For the first time since February 2020, Racquetball Canada hosted a selection event. Normally, Canada hosts two of these events each season (usually, in late November and then again in early February) to determine seeding for its eventual Nationals (held in May). But, thanks to Covid, we hadn’t seen one of these tournaments since right before the Pandemic took grip of society.
Trackie.com site for the event: https://www.trackie.com/…/racquetball-canada…/474684/…
Lets do a quick recap of the results.
Note: thanks to IRF’s decision to go to rally scoring, this tournament was played with the rally scoring rules. Three out of Five games to 15, win by one.
In Men’s Open, #1 Samuel Murray and #2 Coby Iwaasa met up in the final for the eight successive Canadian Nationals or Selection event, with Murray taking the title over his countryman for the 8th successive time. Murray’s 10th straight Canadian national tournament title came with the scores of 8,11,14.
click here for the Match report: http://rball.pro/F20E68
Click here for a list of all Canadian Men’s National event finals dating to 1975; http://rball.pro/2CB02F
In Women’s Open, #1 @Frederique Lambert continued her dominance over Canadian Racquetball (when she can play, given her medical residence requirements) by taking out #2 @Michele Morisset in the final (😎,10,6,10. The draw was missing @Christine (Keay) Richardson, who had made the final of the previous five Canadian national tournaments.
click here for the Match report: http://rball.pro/DCDEDE
Click here for a list of all Canadian Women’s National event finals dating to 1975; http://rball.pro/AF9A18
Murray and Lambert retain their #1 positions in Canada heading into May’s Canadian Nationals, and should be representing their country at the upcoming PARC event in Mid April In Bolivia.
This coming weekend is a busy one on the racquetball calendar
- USA Racquetball High School Nationals is in St. Louis
- the LPRT is in Boston
- there’s an IRT Tier 3 in Findley, Minnesota that has a handful of touring pros attending.
- there’s an IRT Tier 4 or 5 in Pueblo, Colorado, also with a few IRT regulars in the field.
Click here for my running Racquetball “major” event tracker: