This weekend is a big one for the
sport of squash as the national championships get under way.
The Cayman Islands National Squash
Association hosts its annual local championships starting tomorrow in the form
of the 2010 Massive Nationals.
Over 120 participants are expected
in the most important tournament on Cayman’s squash calendar.
Each player competes in a minimum
of three matches under the Monrad system at the South Sound Squash Club.
Matches are slated to be played
throughout the day on Saturday and continue during next week. The championships
wrap up next Friday.
Among the categories for the
competition is the men’s and women’s A, B and C grades, vets (for the 40 and
over and 50 and over groups) and doubles.
There is also an Open section that
allows any Cayman resident, regardless of skill level, to compete. The idea is
that anyone can be a national champion.
Massive have been involved in the
sponsorship of the squash championships for nine years.
Christina Kirkaldy, one of the
director’s of Massive Equipment and a keen squash player herself, expressed her
delight in sponsoring the 2010 event.
“We’re very pleased to once
again support this event and help stage such an important tournament,” Kirkaldy
The men’s championship is expected
to be a battle between reigning champion Dean Watson and youngsters Cameron
Stafford and Jake Kelly.
Stafford and Kelly were the finalists in the 2009 club championships but
have yet to beat Watson in a major tournament.
The women’s champion last year was
Marlene West who is the hot favourite to win her seventh title.
These championships are slated to
build hype around the sport prior to the Cayman Open in April, which is
expected to be played in a glasshouse arena in Camana Bay.
For more information be sure to log
on to www.squash.ky.