Squashers compete in Winnipeg

This past weekend, nine members of the local Sunset Country Squash Club travelled to Winnipeg to take part in the 2008 Manitoba Open Pro-Am Squash Tournament.
The members were spread through ‘B,’ ‘C,’ ‘D,’ and ‘E’ divisions, and there were two locals winners.
In the men’s ‘B’ division, Colin Drombolis was runner-up in the championship, losing the best-of-five final 3-0 to a very young upstart junior from Team Manitoba, Johandre Jacobs.
The other winner was 14-year-old junior Anniss Seid, who captured the consolation crown of the ‘E’ division after defeating Monica DeJong of Winnipeg 3-0.
Also in the ‘E’ division was Donny Brown, who wound up with a 1-2 record.
In the ‘D’ division, John Sivonen racked up a pair of wins before losing a narrow 3-2 decision in the semi-finals.
Also competing in the ‘D’ division were Manami Alexander, with two wins and a loss, and Dave Gustafson, who was eliminated after two close losses.
Cole Derksen, meanwhile, made it to the consolation final of the ‘C’ division, where he was blanked 3-0 by a very competitive Rachel Hinton of Winnipeg.
Bob Tkachuk also played in the ‘C’ division, winning once before losing to the eventual champion Burke Wiebe, a Manitoba junior from Winnipeg.
And Mark Faragher, competing in his first ‘B’ division, also had a win before falling 3-2 to the eventual ‘B’ champ in his second match.
Sivonen and Drombolis, as well as Tkachuk and Derksen, competed in the doubles ‘B’ division, ending up with one win and one loss each.
Manami Alexander also competed in the ‘B’ Veterans Division, where she compiled a 1-1 record.
A group of local juniors will be travelling to Winnipeg this coming weekend to compete in their first Manitoba Junior Open Squash tournament.
The next local tournament will be the annual La Place Rendez-Vous Open, which is scheduled for Feb. 15-17.
Sign up in the squash court area at the Memorial Sports Centre.