New league will be the business

South Sound Squash Club is beginning a new weekly squash business league. The competition runs from August to November and will be played on Thursday nights.

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West, right, (seen on court here with world No.5 Jenny Duncalf) will represent her office – Samson and McGrath. Photo: Submitted

Teams of two will play each week, with the finals held in late November.

TeleCayman Fiber Optic Network has already stepped in as the major sponsor of the league, which begins in three weeks.

The league is being organised by squash coach Dan Kneipp. ‘We’re very pleased to have TeleCayman as our major sponsor for this event,’ he said.

‘We’ve been looking to start a new league for ages, and the response to the TeleCayman Squash League has been overwhelming so we know it’s going to be a strong and popular competition.

‘A lot of the top players on island have already entered teams, including five times Caribbean champion Marlene West. But we’ve also got a B and C grade competition so it’s not just for the elite players.’

TeleCayman has been heavily involved with squash on a social level with a number of their staff involved in the squash club.

CFO of TeleCayman Tom Kinstler, a keen squash fan himself, is pleased to be a part of the competition.

Kinstler said: ‘We particularly like the format of this competition. The teams are small, but it’s a busy social competition that caters to all levels of squash players.

‘We hope that with TeleCayman’s support this event will grow and become one of the major events for the squash calendar.’

Kneipp is pleased that the response has already been overwhelming. ‘We’ve only got a few team spaces left. We’re nearly full which is great. We’ve got a few rival firms on island that have already started trash talking each other.

‘The league is structured so that two teams play each other every week, with the losing team having to buy a drink for the winning teams.

‘I think the bragging rights for those weekly drinks will have more value than the finals trophy. But as long as everyone has some fun and gets a good work out then the league will be a success.’

The Cayman Islands National Squash Association will host the best squash players from the Caribbean at South Sound Squash Club from August 17-22.

Over 100 athletes from the Caribbean are taking place, with teams from Barbados, Jamaica, Guyana, Trinidad and Bermuda taking on Cayman’s best.

Squash is really taking off in Cayman, thanks in part to Kneipp promoting it so well.

He organised the hugely successful Cayman Open in May which attracted the world’s best women and some of the Caribbean’s finest players.

And on the strength of the Cayman Open, in two weeks’ time Cayman will host another major tournament, this time the Caribbean Championships.

It was awarded on short notice when original hosts Trinidad pulled out last month because of the swine flu epidemic there.

Former world No.28 and Caribbean champion Nicolette Fernandes from Guyana has confirmed her attendance. The men are led by Barbados, including current Caribbean champion Gavin Cumberbatch and Caribbean No.1 Shawn Simpson.

Simpson was in Cayman for the recent Cayman Open, making the final of the men’s event when he lost to Cayman youth coach Dean Watson. He has promised to come back for revenge.

  • Players interested in joining or submitting a team for the TeleCayman Squash Business League can contact Dan Kneipp at [email protected]
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