Steve Boileau entered the Sunset Country Squash Club’s annual Boxing Day tournament this year hoping to defend his title.
A full complement of 20 players participated this year, with Boileau rising to the occasion once again in defeating Jason Kabel 3-2 to capture the ‘A’ Open title in a rematch of last year’s final.
The match was extremely close, with the deciding factor being some timely drop shots in the fifth game for Boileau. Both players pushed their physical and mental games to the limit.
Boileau now holds four career wins, previously taking home the title in both 2015 and 2016.
Josh Councillor claimed the ‘A’ division title with consistent length, downing club foe Jeff Wright 3-1.
A determined and much improved Mike Canfield defeated Alex (OV) Bruyere 3-1 to snare the ‘B’ division crown.
In C action, meanwhile, “speedster” Andrew Hanson dominated the ‘C’ division with a convincing 3-0 win in the final over Santhosh Boopathi.
Up next for the local club is the 33rd-annual La Place Rendez-Vous Squash Open that will run this Thursday through Sunday (Jan. 2-5).
Thursday will feature local action starting at 3:30 p.m. to keep court times in order for the weekend, said tourney co-organizer Bob Tkachuk.
He also noted that it will feature the largest field ever for the tourney, with a slate of 70 players on board.
The public is invited to come and watch any day free of charge at the squash courts at the Memorial Sports Centre.