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  • Greenwich Skating Club U14 team wins regionals.

    Congratulations to Greenwich skating club U14 team on winning the regionals. They are headed to the tier 2 nationals in Texas after winning in triple overtime and scoring the the winning goal at 6.35 in the third.

    This is the second time this team have been to nationals - going as a U12 team 2 years ago, as the first team in the history of the club to compete at nationals.

    Congratulations from everyone at Harrow.

  • Tania Bailey Wins Second and Sustains Injury at Manor Open

     
    Tania Bailey (third from left) after winning second place at the 2011 BSBA Boston Open
    English squash player Tania Bailey had to concede during the fifth and final match against Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) at the 2011 Manor Open due to an unknown injury she sustained during the fourth.
    After surpassing Belen Etchechoury (ARG), Nada Elkalaawy (EGY), and Birgit Coufal (AUT), Bailey found herself facing the eighty-third ranked Perry who won two matches pushing the game into a fifth. But something was noticeably different about Bailey who arduously chose to cut the match short, which meant taking home second-place.
    Bailey is no stranger to injury having torn a hole in her knee last year during the 2011 Women's World Team Championship in Palmerston, North New Zealand. The ensuing surgery forced her to spend the majority of the year in recovery. Yet she managed to make a triumphant return in September at the Carol Weymuller Open where she won first place and her sixth WISPA world title.
    No news on the severity of her injury or how it will affect her early appearances on the 2012 WISPA World Tour schedule. Harrow Sports wishes her a speedy recovery.
    Manor Open 2011
    1st Round: vs. Belen Etchechoury (ARG) 11/4, 11/7, 11/2
    Quarter-Finals: vs. Nada Elkalaawy (EGY) 11/5, 11/2, 11/4
    Semi-Finals: vs. Birgit Coufal (AUT) 11/4, 8/11, 11/4, 11/1
    Final: vs. Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) 8/11, 11/8, 8/11, 12/10, 8/5 ret.

     

  • Brown Rises to #5 and Weleily to #7 in WISPA World Rankings

     

    Brown (Right) v. Duncalf, Photo credit: worldsquash.org
    Last month was an exciting time for Harrow’s women squash players as a few managed to take home hard-earned titles, and many succeeded in raising their Women’s International Squash Player’s Association World rankings.

    Raneem El Weliely (EGY) continued to prove herself as runner-up to Nicol David (MAS)at the Cathay Pacific Sun Hung Kai Financial Hong Kong Open, where Kasey Brown managed to reach round two in the tournament, and number five on WISPA’s world rankings.

    England’s Tania Bailey won her sixth WISPA title and first tournament since 2009 at the Coronation London Open last week after breezing through Farah Abdel Mequid (EGY), Tesni Evans (WAL), Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG), and Cigany Sillevis (NED).

     
    Tania Bailey, Photo credit: squashsite.co.uk

    1st round: Tania Bailey (ENG) v. Cigany Sillevis (NED) 11-3, 11-3, 11,-3

    Quarter-Finals: v. Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) 11-9, 11-9, 11-6
    Semi-finals: V. Tesni Evans (WAL) 11-5, 11-5, 11-5
    Final: v. Farah Abdel Mequid (EGY) 9-11, 13-11, 11-8, 11-2
    Korea’s Ahn Eun Chan, also took home her second trophy this year by winning the Women’s Indian Summer Tournament in St. Paul  a mere sixth months after capturing  the biggest WISPA World Squash Tour title ever won by a Korean at the Women’s Black Knight Open in Perth, Australia.

     
    Ahn Chan (R) Photo credit: squashsite.co.uk

    1st Round: Maria Fernanda Rivera (MEX) 11-4, 11-23, 11-3

    Quarter-finals: Celia Allamargot (FRA) 7-11, 11-7, 11-8, 11-6
    Semi-Finals: Alex Clark (SCO) 7-11, 12-10, 11-4, 10-12, 14-2
    Final: Zephanie Curgenven (ENG( 11-12, 11-8, 11-6, 10-12, 11-6
    As for the rest of Harrow’s players, they succeeded in substantially raising their position on the squash charts. See below for honorable mentions.

    Updated WISPA World Rankings
    Nov
    Dec
    +
    Kasey Brown
    AUS
    6
    5
    1
    Raneem El Weleily
    EGY
    8
    7
    1
    Samantha Terán
    MEX
    17
    13
    4
    Gaby Huber
    SUI
    32
    30
    2
    Victoria Lust
    ENG
    31
    30
    1
    Coline Aumard
    FRA
    71
    56
    15
    Alexandra Norman
    CAN
    64
    63
    1
    Samantha Cornett
    CAN
    46
    44
    2
    Olga Ertlova
    CZE
    49
    48
    1
    Ahn Eun Chan
    KOR
    63
    53
    10
    Megan Craig
    NZL
    123
    84
    39
  • Harrow Sports Welcomes Chris Fuller

    Harrow Sports is proud to announce that it has recently signed two-time British Junior Champion Chris Fuller as its newest sponsored squash player.
    The 20-year-old athlete, who hails from Nottingham, UK has been a dedicated squash player since the age of 12 and quickly rose through the ranks to eventually join theProfessional Squash Association’s world tour in November of 2009.
    But Fuller’s ascent was not without a few setbacks. In 2005 and 2006 he sustained two injuries that kept him on the side lines for a short-time. Yet he managed to recover and win the British Junior Open under 17 category in 2006, and the British Junior Open under 19 category in 2009.
    Thus far, his career highlights include being a 2 time European Junior Team Gold Medalist, Sao Paulo Open 2010 Semi Finalist, and Progetto Open 2010 Finalist.
    Harrow Sports looks forward to supporting Fuller's promising career.
  • National Field Hockey Festival Starts Up

     

    If you’d rather watch sports than fight crowds on Black Friday, keep your eyes on theNational Field Hockey Festival taking place November 25-28 at the Reach 11 Sports Complex in Phoenix, AZ.

    The annual USA Field Hockey event is expected to attract more than 230 club teams, 3,500 amateur athletes from the United States, Canada, Europe, and the Caribbean and 4,000 visitors. Also in attendance of the four-day showcase will be Olympic athletes, college recruiters, and Harrow Sports supplying the official event merchandise.
    Next year, expect to catch all the action in Palm Beach, FL because USA Field Hockey recently announced it is moving the world’s largest amateur field hockey event to Wellington County November 2012.
  • Get in Shape for Hockey Season

     By: Sam Chapman
    Hockey season is officially underway leaving little time for workouts between practices, games, and being on the road. So whatever workout an athlete manages to squeeze in must maximize time and productivity. That means, trading in endless sessions of pumping iron and aerobics for efficient workouts done twice a week.These workouts should incorporate multi-joint strength movements combined with interval conditioning like strong man (aka strength athlete) maneuvers that work the entire body done medley style. Medley style, or circuit style, is when several targeted exercises are done one after the other with little rest time in between to build endurance.

    Heavy leg training isn't always necessary because hockey players suffer the most losses in the areas of the upper body pushing and pulling strength while the legs manage to maintain their power. Therefore, the legs should only receive minor attention.

    Another thing to keep in mind is that when training during the season, the eccentric or lowering portion of a lift can cause increased soreness. So as a preventative measure, consider replacing eccentric motions with partial lifts and sled training.

    Finally, make sure to supplement main lifts with injury prevention work to protect vulnerable areas like shoulders, rotator cuffs, the lower back, groin, and forearms.

    THE PROGRAM: COMPLETE TWICE A WEEK

    POWER 

    Medicine Ball Rotational Throw 
    2 x 4 each side
    Standing Broad Jump
    2 x 6
    Explosive Push-up 
    2 x 6
    Medicine Ball Slam
    2 x 6
    Take a stance parallel to the wall and explosively throw the medicine ball against it from waist-level. Stand with your legs hip-width apart and dip explosively into a quarter squat (knees at a 20 to 30 degree angle) Standard clapping push-up Raise a heavy medicine ball over your head, throw it explosively against the floor, and catch it on the rebound

    STRENGTH 


    COMPLEX A
    Dumbbell Clean and Press
    2x5
    Single Leg Romanian Dead Lift-Bent Row
    2 x 5
    Hang a heavy set of dumbbells at arm's length. Dip slightly, jump up, and shrug explosively Take a single dumbbell, and on one leg, keeping the back neutral and the chest and head arched, hinge at the hips, bending the knees slightly to lower the dumbbell to mid-calf. Then perform a bent-over row with your knees slightly bent, hinging at the waist, and pulling the dumbbell up to your chest.
    COMPLEX B
    Single Leg Dead Lift
    2 x 5 each side
    Wide Grip Towel Pull-ups
    2 x 5-10
    Using one dumbbell, squat down as if picking up a box with your head down, back arched, and extending one dumbbell in front of you, then lift up. Complete a regular pull-up with your arms extended further than chest-width, gripping a towel draped over the bar.
    COMPLEX C
    Dumbbell Incline Bench Press
    2x5
    Lateral Shoulder Raise
    3 x12
    Rotator Cuff Raise
    3 x 12
    Traditional bench press, but with the bench at a 45 degree angle to work the shoulders Keep the elbows at a 90 degree angle and raise them laterally to try and touch the shoulder to the ear With the dumbbell at your side, raise it to eye level, and rotate it perpendicular to the body.
    ASSISTANCE CIRCUIT
    Angle Lunge
    3 x 8
    Adduction and Abduction
    3 x 10
    Glut-Ham Raises
    3 x 10
    Simple dumbbell lunge out to a 45 degree angle and back Loop a resistance band around the ankle of one foot, stand perpendicular to an anchor point, and then pull and push against the band with that ankle. Kneel on the floor and then lower and raise your body using the muscles in the gluts and hamstrings.

    CORE COMPLEX

    Hanging Leg Raise
    3 x 10
    Turkish Get-Up
    2 x 5
    Hang from a bar with your knees locked, and then raise your legs to a 90 degree angle with as little momentum as possible. Using one hand raise a dumbbell over your head while lying on the ground, do a sit up using your free hand, rise to a lunge, then stand up. Return to first position in reverse.
    CONDITIONING MEDLEY
    complete these exercises in succession, 3-5 rounds
    Sled Push-Backpedal Tire Flips
    (set of 6)
    Farmer's Carry
    Push a weighted sled for a set distance, then drag the sled in reverse while running Squat in a dead lift position, pull the tire up to waist height, then flip it over using the hands and knee of one leg to explosively push it forward Grab a set of heavy dumbbells and walk a set distance, and come back.
  • Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Squash Open 2011 Wrap Up

     
    Raneem El Weleily and Nicol David
    The 2011 Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Squash Open wrapped up yesterday at the Hong Kong Squash Center in China with exciting results for some of Harrow’s players.
    Eighth-ranked Raneem El Weleily (EGY) managed to overtake Sina Wall (GER), Madeline Perry (IRL), Joey Chan (HKG), and Low Wee Wern (MAS) to reunite with her frequent rival, Nicol David  (MAL) in the finals where she fought her way up to second place.

    “I played a good tournament, she told Squash Stars it’s been a great weekend [and] I’m happy to be the runner up.”

    What also makes the 22-year-old athlete happy is finally getting a break from the court—at least for a little while. “Now, I’m off for a while, a long long while,” she said. “I don’t want to see a squash racket, a squash court, a ball, anyone. I just want to have fun…and by the beginning of the year…we have two tournaments coming up in the US [so I’ll be] getting ready for those."
     
    Kasey Brown
     
    Raneem El Weleily:
    Round One: Sina Wall (GER) 11/6, 11/4, 11/7
    Round Two:Madeline Perry  (IRL) 11/7, 11/7, 11/8
    Quarters: Joey Chan (HKG) 11/7, 11/3, 7/11, 9/11, 11/8
    Semis: Low Wee Wern (MAS) 11/6, 9/11, 11/3, 11/9
    Final: Nicol David (MAL): 11/5, 11/4, 11/9

    Kasey Brown:
    Round One: Melody Francis (AUS) 11/5, 11/6, 11/7

    Round Two: Joey Chan (HKG)  11/8, 11/5, 11/8
  • World Open Squash 2011 Wrap Up

     
    Duncalf, David, Teran,  Grinham
    The 2011 World Squash Open ended at the Luxor Theatre in Rotterdam, the Netherland’s City of Sports yesterday with Malaysia’s Nicol David and England’s Nick Matthew taking top honors on the awards podium—but before they got there, they had to put up quite a fight against a few of Harrow’s own.
    It all began during round one where Raneem El Weleily (EGY) and Kasey Brown (AUS) both swiftly won their respective matches to meet each other in round two. But despite El Weleily’s well-known ability to play the angles of the court to her advantage, it was Brown who remained victorious 4/11, 11/7, 11/3, 6/11, 11/8.
     
    El Weleily and Brown, Round
    But, unfortunately for Brown, the quarter-finals was where her journey ended, which was a few steps further than that of Omneya Abdel Kawyu (EGY) who fell in round one to Egypt’s Kanzy El Dafrawy. But David admits going against Brown was not easy.
    “The score doesn’t reflect how hard it was out there,” said David on the World Open Squash official website. “It was maybe 3-0, but it felt more like 5 or 6 games actually. Kasey had a very hard game yesterday, but still, she is such a strong player. She has stepped up her game so much, if you lower your guard ever so slightly, she gets on it.”
     
    Teran and Grinham, Round 2

    Meanwhile, Samantha Terán (MEX) was busy moving through the ranks past Tesni Evans (WAL)—11/5, 11/3, 11/7; Rachael Grinham (AUS) –4/11, 11/2, 11/3, 12/10; and Dipika Pallikal (IND)—11/6, 11/8/ 11/9 to meet Jenny Duncalf (ENG) in the semi-finals. Duncalf managed to score 11/9, 11/4, 11/7, which put her in front of David who ended up taking home her sixth World Open Squash Title.

    As for the men, Chris Ryder (ENG) might have lost to Olli Touminen (FIN) in round one—8/11, 11/4, 11/4, 11/4—but he didn’t lose his sense of humor.
    “Off for my ‘loser burger’. Maybe a shandy too. Every cloud [has a silver lining]…” he posted on his Twitter page shortly after the match.
    Overall, Harrow’s-sponsored players put on a good show and will continue to do so as both the WISPA and PSA world tours move forward

     

  • Big Dog Lacrosse, Graveyard 7x7 Tournament to be held this weekend

    Attention Lacrosse fans: If you live in Ohio, or will be in the area this weekend, then make sure you check out Big Dog Lacrosse’s 2011 Graveyard 7x7 Tournament November 5-6 at Diamond Community Park in Canton.

    This free, two-day event will showcase 16 youth Lacrosse teams, grades 5-6 and 7-8, from across the country as they compete for top honors in their respective divisions.

    Harrow Sports is proud to be the official sponsor of Big Dog Lacrosse.

  • Samantha Terán Continues Winning Streak

     

    Photo: MexSport

    Samantha Terán (MEX) beats Rachel Grinham (AUS) 4/11, 11/2, 11/3, 12/10 at the World Squash Open in Rotterdam, Netherlands to advance to the quarter finals just days after her unpredictable victory at the XVI Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico.

    Last week, the well-seasoned 30-year-old player defeated new-comer Samantha Cornett (CAN) 11/6, 11/4, 11/6 to win her first gold medal in women’s singles and quickly won a second against Columbia in Women’s Doubles with Nayelly Hernandez (MEX) at her side. See if the top-ranked Mexican woman of all-time continues her hot streak, Nov 4.

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