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  • 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.

  • Congratulations to the USA Field hockey team

    Article from ESPN.com. Read the original article hereThe victory automatically qualifies the U.S. for the London Games, and leaves Argentina scrambling next year to win a spot in pre-Olympic qualifying.

    "Right now this team is in pain," said Luciana Aymar, considered to be the best player in the world. "The United States is not at our level, but they have improved a lot. These things happen to all teams."
    Argentina has won the world title twice, including last year, while Aymar is a seven-time recipient of the game's world player of the year award. Las Leonas, as the team is known in Spanish, had never lost a game in Pan American play since the sport was included in 1987. The U.S. is ranked 13th.
    After the win, the American women stood with their arms on each other's shoulders on the medal podium, and then raised joined hands to the sky when the United States was announced as the winner.
    Aymar, meanwhile, wiped away tears, put her hand to her forehead and then stared at the ground. Eventually, she crossed her arms across her chest, the posture assumed by almost the entire team. A few stood with hands on hips, openly disgusted.
    The Americans shocked Argentina with two early goals. Paige Selenski scored in the 12th minute and Shannon Taylor added another in the 15th. Maria Barrionuevo scored on a penalty corner in the 18th for Argentina, but O'Donnell made it 3-1.
    Barrionuevo scored her second on a penalty in the 42nd before Michelle Vittese secured the win with a goal in the 66th.
    "In our minds we never had the lead, it was always 0-0," U.S. captain Lauren Crandall said. "We were always fighting, always working. Argentina is capable of scoring three goals in a minute. We stayed focused to the end -- well let's say the last 5 seconds."
    Crandall has been to London before, and she said her parents -- Amy and Tim Crandall of Doylestown, Penn. -- were already looking to book a hotel room just seconds after the match ended.
    "I can guarantee you my mom is doing it right now," she said. "They are probably blowing up my phone right now."
    The United States finished eighth at the 2008 Olympics, but Australian-born coach Lee Bodimeade figures this bunch could contend.
    "Our goal is a medal in London," he said. "Now that we've beaten the world's No. 1 team, well, by definition we've got a chance."
    The Americans play the South Americans several times a year, and in February the United States lost to Argentina 3-2 in the Four Nations tournament in Mendoza, Argentina.
    "We play Argentina so often," Bodimeade said, "and we've been beaten often enough by them to know what works and what doesn't."

    Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press

  • Harrow Syncro Hybrid Hockey Glove review

    Tuesday, October 18, 2011

    We gave player / coach Sean Bucher a pair of Syncro Hybrids and told him to put them through their paces. Check out his review below... 

    Like all hockey players I am extremely particular to the gear I use. The specifications have to be dead on for me to perform within the comforts of my game.

    That being said, my experience with player equipment has been a lesson in trying to find a good mix of comfort and protection. I have used gear from numerous manufacturers when playing out (wing, defense) and coaching. I found myself sampling these different equipment manufacturers, particularly with gloves. I tried Eagle, Easton, Bauer, Reebok and Mission, but not one felt as comfortable as the Harrow Syncro-Hybrid.

    Hands are everything in hockey, if the wrists can rotate properly and get the right amount of flex, it makes a world of difference when passing and shooting.

    With all of that in mind, the Syncro-Hybrid is a great glove for the player looking for added flexibility without sacrificing protection. The glove blends traditional hockey protection with lacrosse style flexibility that other manufacturers have yet to spot.

    The glove plays “game-ready” and gave me no issues with break-in time or discomfort on the ice. The first time I used the glove was for five hours of pre-season coaching. As the day progressed, the glove did not feel heavier or become water logged.

    The lining of the glove aired out quickly in-between ice-makes and was not a hassle. It also allowed for a snug fit that was extremely comfortable to wear.

    The leather in the palm is reinforced and mesh lined, allowing for both longevity and comfort. The leather did not (crust-up) like some gloves, creating rotten holes within the palm which make the hand susceptible to blisters or burns.

    Despite the gloves higher wrist, the flex in the cuff allowed for ample wrist rotation while shooting.

    I highly recommend this glove for a few different styles of player. This glove is a great choice for someone who prefers greater wrist coverage without sacrificing flex. If you like the old Gretzky style glove with high cuffs, then you’ll be impressed.

    I would also recommend the glove to someone whom is transitioning from lacrosse to hockey and likes the flex and mobility of a lacrosse glove.

    Overall, if you are tired of dealing with the same old stiff and uncomfortable options by the unimaginative brains that continue to release the same glove with a new graphic every year, then give the Syncro-Hybrid a try. It is easily the most comfortable and protective glove on the market today.

  • Kasey Brown Takes Down Top Seed Nicol David

    The 2011 U.S. World Open [1] is off to an electrifying start as Kasey Brown(AUS) finallytook down her frequent opponent, and World Number 1 champion Nicol David yesterday at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA. Despite losing all 9 previous matches against the Malaysian five-time World Champion, the 26-year-old Harrow-sponsored player [6] earned the biggest win of her career after four quick games where she scored 11/9, 6/11, 11/9 and 11/4. Watch her keep up

    the pace on PSA Squash TV.

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