TEAM CANADA ARRIVES HOME!
TEAM CANADA ARRIVES HOME!
The 2018 World Junior Squash Championships continue in Chennai, India with the Men's Team Event kicking off tomorrow, Tuesday July 24th.
There’s a long ways to go and a lot of solid teams at the World Junior Squash Championships, but based on Canada’s solid performances by Julien, James, George & Ryan in the individuals we will be seeded 2nd heading into the team event! Stay tuned for results from the team event… Go Canada Go!
In their first pool play match up, Team Canada  came out big and strong to defeat Scotland  3-0. Here's how the match went down…
– Ryan defeated John Meehan [11-5 12-10 11-9]
– George defeated Fraser McCann [11-6 6-11 11-2 11-3]
– Julien defeated Christopher Murphy [11-5 11-5 11-9]
Source: The New Indian Express
Source: World Squash Federation
Source: World Squash Federation
Next, the Canadian Squad faced off against a determined Argentinian team who put up a good fight. Our Canadian boys came out on top with a big W to top their pool and move onto the next round!
First up was George who battled back from being down 0-2 vs. Dylan Tymkiw to take the victory and put Canada up 1-0 over Argentina. [7-11 2-11 11-7 11-2 11-4]
The second match-up between Julien and Miguel Gonzalo Pujol lasted 61 minutes which ended with the Argentinian winning 3-2 to put his team 1-1 against our Canadian Squad. [7-11 11-9 3-11 11-2 4-11]
It was James who kept Canada alive with a huge 3-0 win in the decider vs. Jeremias Anzana. [11-8 11-7 11-3]
Canada finishes first in pool B, securing their spot in the round of 16 and will face off against Australia  tomorrow at 11:00am (IST) – 1:30am (ET) & 10:30pm (PT). .
Team Canada clinched their quarter-final spot as Ryan and James won the opening two matches. George won the best-of-3 dead rubber to consolidate the sweep for Canada!
Ryan Picken started off for the Canadian team. After coming back from being down 1-2 against Maaz Jamal Kharie, Ryan pushed the match to a 5th game to give Canada their first win vs Australia. [9-11, 12-10, 13-15, 11-5, 11-5]
James sealed the deal and secured Canada's spot in the top 8 with a 3-1 win over Nicholas Calvert. [11-6, 3-11, 11-9, 11-5]
George went on to win the dead rubber 2-1 vs Jacob Ford. [11-6, 4-11, 8-11]
The quarter-finals will be a battle of North America, as Canada  faces off against the USA  tomorrow, Friday July 27th at 6:00pm (India Standard Time) – 8:30am (ET) & 5:30am (PT) in Canada.
Our fantastic four faced a determined US squad in the Quarter Finals of the 2018 WSF World Junior Squash Championships (Chennai, India).
Canada’s Superman, James Flynn, was up first for the #2 seeded Canadian squad. Down 2-0, James made an incredible comeback to take his match 3-2 over Tiber Worth [8-11, 8-11, 11-2, 11-2, 11-6].
Up next was Canada’s #1, Julien Gosset. Gosset has had a phenomenal World Juniors tournament thus far and was in position to secure Canada a spot in the Semi Finals. Up 2-1 and with match ball (10-6) in the fourth, Julien took a tumble. After injury time he took the court but unable to move he quickly lost the next four points and was forced to retire injured.
All was on the line now for the semi-final spot ….
In the decider, Canada's George Crowne fought hard and after dropping the first two games came back to take the 3rd 11-5. Canada has had an infinity for the 5-gamers this tournament so it looked like George was about to set it up for another exciting but nerve-wracking finish. In the fourth, the boys traded points but ultimately it was USA's Thomas Rossini who would take the game and the match 3-1 [11-9, 7-11, 11-5, 12-10].
Our boys will now face Pakistan in search of a top 5 finish when they start the 5/8 round tomorrow.
After a tough day yesterday, the boys had to refocus and dig deep to earn the chance to play for 5th place. So, 13 hours later the squad was back on court minus their #1 player against Pakistan, the reigning World Junior Boys Team Champions.
The 5-8 semi-final between Canada and Pakistan was back-and-forth and ultimately had to be decided with a tie-breaker match. Canada fought hard and beat Pakistan 2-1 on the show court, saving two match ball in the fifth game of the decider!
James 1-3 vs. Abbas Zeb [11-9, 12-14, 12-14, 5-11]
George 3-1 vs. Muhammad Uzair [5-11, 12-10, 11-3, 11-9]
Ryan 3-2 vs. Haris Qasim [9-11, 11-7, 11-6, 4-11, 12-10]
In their final match, the boys came out strong and played with confidence and determination. Canada won the match 2-1 vs Malaysia to finish 5th at the 2018 World Junior Boys Team Championships! It was an unbelievable comeback from the boys after what happened in the quarters. We are so proud of this squad! Congratulations Julien, James, George & Ryan – you all made major contributions to the team and we wouldn’t be where we are without each and every one of you! And congratulations as well to coach Jonathan Hill and manager Chris Hanebury, you were both imperative to the success of this team at the World Juniors. Well done all!
Match results: Canada 2-1 vs Malaysia
James 3-0 vs. Darren Rahul Pragasam [7-11 9-11 8-11]
Ryan 0-3 vs. Shahrul Izham Nurhaqiem [11-8 11-3 11-6]
George 3-1 vs. Siow Yee Xian [11-7 8-11 5-11 8-11]
Scroll down to view the Squash Canada Flickr page with all the pictures from the 2018 WSF World Juniors
Yesterday coach Hill ordered an ‘Uber’ which turned out to be a tuk tuk that Jon generously and unbeknownst paid twice! Luckily the total was still under 200 rupees.
- George defeated Finland’s Elias Korhonen 3-0 [11-4 11-2 11-5 ]
- Julien defeated New Zealand's Anthony Lepper 3-0 [11-9 11-6 11-4 ]
- Ryan defeated Finland’s Samuli Niskala 3-0 [11-6 11-8 11-4]
- James defeated Ireland’s Conor Moran 3-0 [11-9 11-6 11-6 ]
- Salah defeated Finland’s Ville Koskinen 3-0 [11-3 11-3 11-2]
- Darosham lost a very close five game match to New Zealand’s Elijah Thomas [4-11 12-10 11-6 1-11 11-8] so will now move onto the men’s plate tomorrow
- George defeated Hong Kong’s Kai Hei Ho 3-0 [12-10 11-2 11-2]
- Julien defeated Mexico’s Leonardo Vargus 3-0 [13-11 11-7 11-5]
- Ryan defeated USA’s Thomas Rosini 3-0 [11-7 11-7 11-3]
- James defeated Argentina’s Miguel Gonzalo Pujol 3-0 [11-6 11-9 11-7]
- Salah was defeated in a tough second round match-up with the no 2 seed Mostafa Asal of Egypt
- George came back from being down a game to defeated England’s Curtis Malik [13/16] 3-1 [4-11 13-11 11-4 11-6]
- Julian defeated Hong Kong’s Chung Yat Long 3-0 [11-5 11-4 11-4]
- Ryan lost a tough match against Egypt’s Mostafa El Serty [3/4] [11-9 11-8 11-9]
- James defeated USA’s Daelum Mawji [9/12] in straight games [11-9 11-7 11-9]
- Round 1 Emma defeated New Zealand’s Winona-Jo Joyce 3-0 [11-6 11-8 11-2]
- In the round of 32 Emma lost to Malaysia's Kah Yan Ooi [13/16] 3-1 [11-7 9-11 12-10 11-7]
- Darosham defeated South Africa’s Murray Schepers 3-0 [11-5 11-7 11-9]
- George lost to Marwan Tarek of Egypt but was able to steal a game from the no 1 seed [11-6 11-6 9-11 11-4]
- Julien lost to Egypt’s Omar El Torkey [3/4] although the 5-game match could have gone either way
- [11-7 11-3 9-11 11-13 11-9]
- James took a game from Mexico’s Leonel Cardenas before falling to the 5/8 seed [11-7 8-11 11-5 11-3]
- Emma defeated India’s Aishwarya Khubchandani 3-0 [11-6 11-9 12-10]
- Emma defeated Australia's Alexandra Haydon 3-1 [9-11 11-9 11-6 11-8]
- In the semi-finals Emma lost to Hong Kong's Chan Sin Yuk [13/16] 3-0
- Emma finished 20th overall, after losing a very close match to Poland's Karina Tyma [11-8 12-14 11-4 11-5]
- Salah lost to South Africa’s Mikael Ismail [11-6 11-5 13-11]
- Darosham defeated Finland’s Atte Stengard 3-0 [11-7 11-3 11-6]
- In round 3 Darosham defeated Australia's Joel Arscott 3-0 [11-8 11-9 12-10]
- In the QFs Darosham defeated New Zealand's Anthony Lepper 3-1 [6-11 11-2 11-5 11-8]
- Darosham made it to the semi-finals before losing out to USA's Dillon Huang [9-11 11-4 11-4 11-4]
- James, George, and Julien all made it to the final 16, which was the first time Canada has had 3 boys in the final 16!
- Ryan finished in the top 32 (round 3)
- Darosham finished in the top 4 (semi-finals) of the Men's plate
- Salah finished in the Men's special plate second round
- Emma finished in 20th place in the Women's draw
Check out photos of Team Canada throughout the Championships!
(Photo credits: Chris Hanebury/Squash Canada and WSF World Junior Website)