The women final was a beauty and fans were treated to some very good squash between the best junior girls in the country. At the end of play, both teams and spectators in attendance were awaiting final results. At the number three position Alyssa Mehta defeated Brynn Daniels (3-1) to give Ontario a 1-0 lead, Lindsay Seginson brought both team back to squash one with a 3-1 win over Jillian Baker. In the battle of the number one’s Abbey Foster defeated Hollie Naughton 3-2 to give British Columbia a 2-1 lead with one match to go. In the fourth and final match Michelle Gemmell left crowd in limbo with a 3-2 win over Nicole Bunyan. In order to determine the gold medal winner, a tie breaker was required given that the encounter resulted in a tie between team 2-2.
The Technical Package stated that “If a play-off encounter results in a tie, (each team wins the same number of matches) the following procedure will be used to determine the winner”:
i) first by greater number of games won;
ii) if equal, by positive difference between points won and lost;
iii) if equal, the result of the match between the number #1 ranked players in each province in the encounter will be the deciding factor.
After going through the first tie breaking procedure 1) by greater number of games won both Ontario and British Columbia were still tied in game won (3-1 BC, 3-1 ON, 3-2 BC and 3-2 ON). The tie was broken by looking at the positive difference between point won and lost; officials took a fair amount time to go over the information and had both coaches review the information. In the end, British Columbia was crowned the 2011 Canada Winter Games Champions and recipient of the gold medal by a slim margin of two points 167-165.
After the win head coach Jeff Boag said “It’s incredible to have won a gold medal at the Canada Games, even more amazing as we were the underdogs”. “Our team focus from the beginning was that the attention to detail in every rally of every game would be the difference. We knew we would have a very tough battle and the BC girls rose to the challenge and gave it everything they had. It was a great journey to get to this point and I know we will never forget it”.
In the bronze medal match, third seed Alberta defeated Quebec 4-0. Emma Yong, Evelyn Moorhouse and Danielle Letourneau secured the win for Alberta by taking the first three matches over Marcia Filgiano, Olivia Tory and Lindsay Bovaird. In the last encounter it was a battle between Chloe Chemtob and Heather Yong, with the latter coming out on top 3-2.
In the other placement matches, Nova Scotia proved that their win against Prince Edward Island in the round robin wasn’t a fluke as they beat them a second time in three days 3-1 to finish fifth. Northwest Territories took Manitoba for seventh while Saskatchewan defeated Yukon to finish ninth
In the men final, Ontario successfully defended its title by defeating British Columbia 4-0. Joshua Sekhar defeated Michael Thompson 3-1 in the first encounter. In the second match Cameron Seth won over Mackenzie Foster 3-0. It was Tyler Osborne who confirmed the win for Ontario with a 3-1 victory over Tyler Olson. In the dead rubber match Zachary Leman and Michael McCue went the distance with McCue having the upper hand 3-2.
In the bronze medal match, Calvin Wren, Mathieu Diab and Chris Defour won the first three matches over Jason Field, Adrian DeVries and Tyler to upset third seed Alberta and claim their first medal in squash at the Games. In the fourth Cale William defeated George Henderson for a 4-0 for Quebec.
In other placement matches, Northwest Territories beat Manitoba for fifth place for their best placement at the Games, Saskatchewan won over local team Nova Scotia for seventh place while Yukon edged PEI in a thriller for ninth place.
Results: To view the official Halifax 2011 Canada Winter Games results, click here