Northfield Club is fresh off of hosting the 2017 Ontario University Association (OUA) Team Championships which saw the University of Western Ontario men’s team capture their 34th title in a row and Queens University women’s team capture their 3rd title in a row.
The local crowd was treated to some amazing matches setting the stage perfectly for this weekend as players vie for top honors in Canadian Intercollegiate Squash.
Leading the charge in the men’s open draw is first seed David Baillargeon who is representing McGill University. David is a local favourite with the Northfield members through his play at the BDO Northfield Cup. David splits his time between playing on the PSA tour and studying mechanical engineering.
Mohanad Hekal of Ryerson University enters the competition as the second seed and no doubt has his eye on the prize! Last year Hekal seeded sixth, finished third, losing only to the eventual champion, Cameron Seth. Hekal has wins in the Jester’s University League over 3/4 seeds Patrick Morkus (McMaster) and Matt Henderson (University of Western Ontario).
Morkus laid claim to the 2017 OUA Men’s player of the year while leading McMaster to a second-place finish. Henderson lead UWO to the biggest win of their season against Navy (at London Squash) with a 3-2 win in the deciding match in a 5-4 win overall.
Henderson earned a very rare ‘Harrow- Player of the Week’ honor in the USA College Squash Association league for a Canadian, playing on a Canadian team.
Alison Richmond of Queen's University is the top seed and coming into this event RED HOT! Richmond is undefeated in her university play so far, this season (both in the Jester’s University League and the OUA Team Championships), earning her 2017 OUA Women’s Player of the year honors. Richmond is the defending Canadian University and College Squash Champion.
Second seed, Erin Roberts (formerly teammates with Richmond), is now doing her graduate studies in Biomedical engineering at University of Calgary. Erin has had a year to think about her semi-finals departure from the 2016 event.. Roberts lost to Richmond in a ‘3-1’ nail bitter, 8-11, 11-9, 13-11, 14-12.
64 players will descend on the Northfield club competing in open, a, b, c and d categories and representing 12 different universities.
Play gets underway on Friday at 5:20pm and wraps up on Sunday with the women's open final at 12:20 and men's open final at 1:00pm. Semi finals (Saturday afternoon) and finals will be
streamed live over the Northfield Club facebook page.