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Denver, Colo. - Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - The start of December was one to remember. The 2014 SHOP.CA Women’s World Team Squash Championship drew athletes, coaches and squash
fanatics from 20 countries to share more than just a competition but also the sport. Every athlete kept fans fixated on the court with heart-pounding action all week long.
England defeated first-time finalists Malaysia 2/1 to win the 2014 World Championship title for the seventh time this past weekend. Team Malaysia upended the favorite, Egypt 2/0 in the semifinal round. Raneem El Welily fell to Nicol David in one of the most competitive match ups of the week and Low Wee Wern upset Nour El Sherbini for the deciding point to solidify Malaysia’s slot in the final. Amanda Sobhy and Team USA beat France 2/0 to capture 5th place and their best finish in the World Team Championship. Lastly, we would like to highlight Omneya Abdel Kawy who played in her eighth World Championship!
SHOP THE LOOK
Harrow Sports proudly outfitted Team Canada, Malaysia, India, USA, Wales and was the official apparel provider and racquet sponsor of the WWT Tournament. Harrow also supported the new line of string during the tournament. If you didn’t get a chance to test the new line of string, please contact Dave Rosen or Manek Mathur for samples.
Team Harrow would like to welcome Laurens Jan Anjema and Donna Urquhart back to the court after months of being sidelined with injuries. We are thrilled to see the Harrow racquets in hand and moving!
Share your squash updates, apparel and equipment by tagging @harrowsports to be featured on the Official Harrow Sports Instragram and Twitter accounts.#TeamHarrow #UnleashYourGame
Harrow Sports is pleased to announce a three year partnership with the Atlantic Coast Collegiate Hockey League commencing with the 2014-2015 season.
Harrow has had the pleasure to work with hundreds of ACHA programs providing equipment, uniforms, team apparel and bags throughout the years and is thrilled to begin this venture with the ACCHL.
"We are very excited about the opportunity to work with additional teams in the ACCHL under a unified agreement,” said Todd Johnson, Club Sports Advisory Board Chairman of Harrow Sports. “We simply ask teams to give us their wish-list and allow us to win their business with proven products and trusted service and delivery. To have the support of this approach from the ACCHL is wonderful. We look forward to supporting the league initiatives over the course of the term.”
“The ACCHL is ecstatic to have recently partnered with Harrow Sports,” states Mike “Sheriff” Walley,Commissioner of the ACCHL. “Our teams will benefit from the phenomenal quality of products, customer service and expeditious delivery service that is proven second to none. The ACCHL would also like to thank Harrow Sports for their extremely generous support for the ACCHL All-Star game and tournament.”
With ground breaking Ion-Mask technology, Water is no longer an excuse on the hockey pitch! The new Princess Sportsgear T700 Turf Shoe is 100% Water Repellant and 100% Breathable. Designed by top hockey players in the world, with every change of direction and stop-on-a-dime in mind, this lightweight shoe will help put you miles ahead of your competition.
The T700 is truly a shoe designed for a field hockey player and we are proud to exclusively offer this product! Don't wait... Shop the T700 available in 2 colors.
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Fun Fact: NCAA National Champion at University of North Carolina
Living at altitude means layers are essential. Most workouts, whether playing hockey, running or biking include multiple layers. The Pulse Half Zip and Impulse Dri-Fit shirt make the perfect combination. The Impulse is a great, loose fitting base layer that wiks away sweat and keeps me cool in the summer. Easily layered under the Pulse for chilly workouts makes it a year-round go to for me. One of my favorite features of the Pulse is the stretchy material and slightly longer sleeves that allow me to tuck my hands inside for particularly cold mornings, then once I'm warmed up I can hike up the sleeves to my elbow, or shed the layer completely and tie it around my waist.
My weapon of choice for the past year or so has been the RD8 Low Bow. As a forward, quick stick skills and powerful, accurate shooting are key. The RD8 provides me with plenty of power to get the ball past the keeper and at 550 grams the control is unbelievable. I am a firm believer in comfort and protection so the Protec Shin Guard with two pairs of Intercept sleeves (one under, one over) is a no brainer for me.
My new obsession off the field is the Envy Women's carry-all bag. Since I travel frequently for work, I figured I would mainly use it as a carry on when flying. The laptop sleeve and multiple internal pockets allow me to stay organized when I'm on the road. When I ditch the laptop to hit the gym or pack to head up to the mountains to ski the Envy seems to magically expand to fit everything I need to take with me. It's extremely versatile and I get compliments on the classic all-black outside and bright blue liner every time I open it.
Harrow Sports today announced that Jana Withrow, a mainstay in the field hockey industry, has joined Harrow in a newly created position, Director of Field Hockey Sales. Withrow will be target retail and institutional accounts in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. Jana is expected to make an immediate national impact on the Harrow Sports field hockey brand.
Jana brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Harrow Sports team. As an All American goalkeeper for the University of North Carolina, Withrow won 3 National Championships. She then went on to compete for the USA National Team for several years. After her playing career, Jana spent 7 seasons at her Alma Mater as an assistant coach before taking a head coaching position at Columbia University in New York. Her competitive background and coaching career promises to make her an invaluable addition to Harrow Sports.
“I am thrilled that Jana will be joining our team,” comments Mark Hayden, CEO, “She shares our values, our focus on innovation and our passion for the game. Jana has proven to be an extraordinary leader throughout her career, and with her knowledge of the marketplace, I am convinced she will be an incredible asset for Harrow Sports.”
“I am proud and honored to be able to join the Harrow Sports team. We have great momentum with our brand and I am very excited to begin my new role,” Withrow said. “I am a competitive person and the challenge of continuing to grow the Harrow field hockey and women's lacrosse lines drives me."
Harrow Sports is a leading marketer, manufacturer and distributor of squash, field hockey, lacrosse, ice hockey and racquet sports. Harrow also provides a comprehensive selection of customized team apparel, bags and footwear.
The article below was posted in the Loyola Pheonix- Good Luck this season Grant!
The Men’s Club Hockey Team plays their home games in Wilmette, a 20- to 30-minute car ride away from campus.
The men’s club hockey team is ready for new beginnings this year. Last year’s coaching staff is gone and a set of new coaches has been hired to take its place. Nobody on this staff has experience coaching college-level hockey, but that doesn’t mean they’re not familiar with the game or college-level play.
In fact, the 2013-2014 head coach, Grant Riendeau and assistant coach, Konrad Gawel, both graduated from Loyola last year. Both were staple forwards on the team the previous four seasons.
Current senior forward Michael Cronin played with both coaches the last three seasons and calls the adjustment from friend to coach “interesting.”
“We’re good friends and now we have to separate that friendship from coaching,” Cronin said. “But [Riendeau] can relate to us better and knows what we struggle with.”
Riendeau graduated with degrees in finance and marketing. And he still works close to Loyola, finding a (hockey-related) job in downtown Chicago as a sales consultant at Harrow, a sports equipment manufacturer.
While the staff is new, the coaches have made active changes to create a more distinguishable presence for the team within Loyola and the city of Chicago.
To begin that process, Riendeau spent time during the off season on the East Coast recruiting players to the team. In total, 12 new players are on the roster this season; the team held tryouts Monday, Aug. 6 to Sunday, Sept. 1.
The new recruits as well as changes within the team are preparing the program to eventually reach its goal of becoming a Division I sport.
“There have been a lot of changes this season,” Riendeau said. “For the past four to five years, the team has been pretty stagnant. This year the talent level has increased; as a result, we see the culture changing.”
The culture of the hockey program is undergoing a transformation overhaul, and Riendeau compared it to the Chicago Cubs organization as both teams look to bring in new talent and create a dominant Chicago team.
“Chicago needs a college hockey team,” Riendeau said. “ We want to change the culture and how everyone thinks about it … There’s no NCAA Division I hockey team in the city. Our end goal is to be Division I; more doors open that way.”
For the team’s first home game this season it will take on Marquette University on Friday, Sept. 20 at 9:45 p.m. In case some fans aren’t able to attend the home opener, the Ramblers play Marquette again the next night at 9 p.m.
“Marquette’s a good team,” Cronin said. “It will be a good gauge to tell us where we are and what we need to do for the rest of the season.”
The team plays its home games in Wilmette, a 20- to 30-minute car ride from campus. But students don’t have to worry about figuring out which bus to take to get to the ice rink because this year, for home games, the team will provide a fan bus to take students to and from the games.
“When there’s a fan bus, more students get involved and the average fan bus will bring 100- plus students to the games,” Riendeau said. “We had that turnout at three-plus games last season. We’re trying to have a fan bus for every home game this season. Students can buy a ticket and get a shirt and a ride to and from the games. We’ll post signs around campus.”
“ When there are fans at the games, it’s exciting,” Cronin said. “I hope everyone comes out to the games this season.”
There will be plenty of time to make it to a game as hockey season runs from September to February. The team plays, on average, 30 games in the regular season.
The playoffs aren’t out of reach in the team’s mind this year.
“Making the playoffs is the goal,” Cronin said. “We haven’t done that in the three years I’ve played.”
“Last season our record was a few games below .500,” Riendeau said. “This year, I’m expecting to be five to seven games above .500. … This is basically a building year. We expect to be in a higher league than the one we’re in now next year.”
Currently, Loyola hockey is a part of the American Collegiate Hockey Association Division II, Mid-America Collegiate Hockey Association Gold Division.
While the game schedule for the team spans nationwide, the practice schedule for the Ramblers can be described with one word: grueling. On Tuesdays and Thursdays the team has, what Coach Riendeau calls, “late-night” practices: It meets and leaves campus at 10 p.m. and after a half-hour drive, the team members are at the ice rink, but it takes them another half-hour to dress for practice. They’re on the ice from 11 p.m. to midnight and home by 1 a.m.
“We have practice so late because we have to wait for all of the guys to finish class,” Cronin said. “I’m used to it now. It’s difficult; you need to get all your schoolwork done before practice.”
Aside from those two on-ice practices per week, they also have two off-ice conditioning practices and then play two games each week.
“There are 12 new players, nine freshmen, a few seniors and a handful of juniors,” Riendeau said.
While there are many new players on the team, that only increases the team’s competitive drive. “This season, the team has a better attitude,” Cronin said. “We have a lot of young players and guys are fighting for spots. The competitiveness brings out the best in every player.”
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