The Junior Nationals Draw – as always first on S4HU Blogs

The Junior National Draw is once again avilable through S4HU Blogs for everyones review and convenience. All the very best for your tournament and see you do well in Chennai.


Noida Player Makes into Uttar Pradesh All India Inter State Team

Regions of Uttar Pradesh

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A local lad from Amity International School made it to the U.P. State All India Inter-State Junior Team for this years Nationals.

The Governing body for Squash in the State of U.P. continues to support the cause of its juniors by organising more and more competition within the state and further promoting their participation at National Championship so that its bonafide players benefit from the right mix of competition and exposure.

The UPSRA has identified a fine mix of youth in this years Inter State Team.  To read more about the constitution of the teams please click on the following notification from Secretary UPSRA.


Vikas Sharma /Secretary DGBNSRA

Malaysia & England Share Squash Singles Gold !!

Nicol David returning the ball to Jenny Duncal...

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Malaysia’s Nicol Daved added the only major title missing from her trophy cabinet as she beat England’s Jenny Duncalf impressively in the Women’s Final in Delhi to come through the tournament without dropping a game, just as she did in last month’s World Open in Egypt.

After loosing out in the semi finals last time around Nicole sure had a game plan.  Even as the Englishwoman made a sound enough start, going 3-2 up in the first game, the Malaysian’s pace, precision and retrieving skills meant that Duncalf had to work the harder of the two, and the pressure told as David reeled off eitht points in a row with Duncalf forced into errors towards the end of the game.

Second had a similar story, David pulling clear to a commanding two game lead.  The third saw a quick 3-0 start for David and she looked ominous, but Duncalf dug in and played her best squash of the final, pulling it back to 3-all. It was still the Malaysian generally in charge though, and she pulled away again, taking leads of 6-3, 8-4 and reaching match ball at 10-7. It was converted first time on a stroke, and Malaysia had their gold medal.  [1] Nicol David (MAS) bt [2] Jenny Duncalf (ENG)  11-3, 11-5, 11-7 (40m)

Matthew kept a tight grip on the first two games, and was always ahead, finishing both on his first game ball opportunities. Willstrop, who looked tired at the end of the second, took an early lead in the third, but more punishing rallies saw Matthew get back on level terms, and aided by some unforced errors from hjis opponent, moved from 6-all to 9-6. Willstrop pulled one point back, but Matthew finished it off in style with two winners that saw him raise his arms in triumph. [1] Nick Matthew (ENG) bt [2] James Willstrop (ENG)  11-6, 11-7, 11-7 (66m)

A proud moment for England winning the Gold, Silver and Bronze in the Mens Singles Category registering a clean sweep.


Commonwealth Finals Today

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As the individual events for both men and women get into the final stage today one was dismayed by the lack of interest amongest locals in the National Capital Region.

The author and his team witnessed some brilliant matches being played. Noticable amongest them was World Number One Nicole David of Malaysia taking on Australian Kasey Brown in the womens semi finals and also James Willstorpe of England playing against yet another Malaysian Mohd. Azlan Iskander in the mens semi finals.



Nicole as always here organised best and was quickly got into her fold. The Five time Women’s World Champion who finished a very poor 4th in the last Melbourne edition of CWG was happy with the way she was moving and striking the ball.  For the spectators it was a dream and despite Kasey’s early inroads in the first game when she led on three occausions, it was Nicole all the way. The World Champions going about her business in a very methodical way and finishing the match 11-6, 11-3 and 11-3. And Kaseys submission on Nicole strength both mentally and physically summed up her performnce when she mentioned….”You feel you have to win five points before you get one.”

The Mens Semi finals which was played immediately after this match had another Malaysian Mohd Azlan Iskander with his trade mark tounge in the mouth style of storke-making got to meet the taller James Willstorpe of England seen here in the foreground.

While James played Palmer for 111 minutes Azlan played Englishman Selby in a match that  lasted 135 minutes.James riding on a high after his brilliant quarter final win over Australian David Palmer whom he beat from 0-2 down in what many describe the match of the tournament sofar. James never allowed Azlan to settle down and continued to mount pressure from the word go making fewer errors he managed to keep the game under warps and win quiet comfortably in the end 11-4, 11-7 & 11-5 in a match that lasted 44 minutes.

While the competition was of the highest quality one was dismayed to to witness close to 60 % vacant spectator seats.  Despite the dust and debris that was thrown around on the eve of the games – one gets a feeling that no one is learning and was horrified how lack of foresight has deprived youngsters in the region to watch TOP Quality Squash in their own backyard.  Having played the game for over 3 decades the author has been lucky to see some top quality squash courtesy SRFI in Chennai but this is actually the first time Delhi is witnessing competition of this scale and what one gets to see is nothing inside. A true reflection on how the sport despite its continued struggle for a place in the Olympics has yet to find a place in the National Capital Region. 

One hopes someone is listening – least they could have done is to organise school kids below the age of 13 to come and watch the sport FREE – after all is’nt this the games for the Common Man??  HERE IS AN ARTICLE FROM THE TIMES OF INDIA REGARDING POOR ATTENDANCE IN THE STADIUMS…


Final Results from Jaypee Lotto Italia Open – 2010

Jaypee Lotto Italia Open Squash Championship – 2010

The Annual Signature Event of Northern India concluded after 4 days of intense competition. Jaypee Lotto Italia Open Squash Championship in its second year has been able to successfully brand itself and reach out to players from all over the country. Organised by Noida Squash under the aegis of UPSRA some of the noticeable features were:

  • This year’s event drew its significance from the fact that it was played in the backdrop of the Commonwealth Games and the district’s participation with the CWG Cycling event that is being staged here. Showcasing to the World at large what a professionally organized sporting opportunity can create and have our friends in the media applauding the initiative on the eve of the CWG.
  • This year’s saw 425 entries an all time record and participation from as far as Chennai, Rajkot, Indore, Mumbai, Ajmer, Jaipur, Chandigarh, Dheradun, Dhampur, Varanasi, Kanpur, Allahabad, Mathura, Agra, Gurgaon, Faridabad, Delhi and district Noida.
  • The active participation of the District Administration through the honorable presence of the CEO Greater Noida – Mr. R Raman who officially inaugurated the event on October 01st, 2010
  • Participation of Internationally acclaimed junior players and some national champions added was the star attraction of the event.
  • The youngest player of the event was 8 yrs old and the oldest 60 + a positive indication to Noida Squash continued initiatives over the last 4-5 years in the district.
  • Secretary UPSRA – Dr. NK Pandey took out valuable time from his busy schedule at CWG – 2010 to encourage all participants. His humble words made pleasant reading, I quote “a sport is recoganised by players not administrators”.
  • Secretary Noida Squash- DGBNSRA  Mr. Vikas Sharma on behalf of his association would like to extend special thanks to :
    • All players who converged to play the event
    • CEO GNIDAMr. Rama Raman for his presence, support and words of encouragement
    • Mr. Sameer Gaur – Director Jaypee Greens
    • Mr. Lalit Kishore – Managing Director – Sports Lifestyle Pvt Ltd
    • All Respected and Beloved Friends in the Media – (Print & Electronic) for prioritizing time and showcasing the event.
    • Mr. Anil Agarwal – a Senior Colleague in DGBNSRA – Managing Director Omega Icehill – for administrative and financial support.
    • Mr. Prabal Chaudhry Managing Director of Dream Veg for their sponsorship support.
    • Mr. Mark Clive and YMCA Greater Noida for being our accommodation and entertainment partners.
    • Horizons Unlimited – for its management, administrative and financial support in the organization of the whole event for District Gautam Buddh Nagar Squash Rackets AssociationNoida Squash.
    • Marketing Division of GNIDA for their admirable guidance.
    • Mr. Aniket Nirula, Mr. Vijay Rawat and Mr. D Shukla, Mr. A.P Singh for their support in making the event a great success.

Seen Sitting with Players on Day One are (left to right);

Mr. Amit Bhargava (Jaypee) Mr. Vikas Sharma (Secretary – DGBNSRA), Mr. Lalit Kishore (MD – SLPL);Mr. Rama Raman (CEO – GNIDA, Ms Sonal (Lotto Italia) & Mr. Anil Agarwal (Official DGBNSRA)


  1. Men’s Over 40      –       L Advani
  2. Men’s Over 35      –       Khushwant
  3. Men’s Professional –     Shakir
  4. Men’s Open Winner      A Ohri
  5. Women’s Open –          P Malhotra
  6. BOYS Under – 19        A Ohri
  7. Boys Under – 17         D Mishra
  8. Girls Under – 17         V. Sahni
  9. Boys Under – 15         K Kumar
  10. Girls Under – 15          P Malhotra
  11. Boys Under 13 –         R Singh
  12. Girls Under – 13 –       A Advani
  13. Boys Under – 11 –       N. Prabhu
  14. Mixed Under – 9           Shankran


Vikas Sharma


Dist. Gautam Buddh Nagar Squash Rackets Association


The Jaypee Lotto Italia came to close on Day four of the championship. There was enough fanfare on the last day with a few semi-finals, third fourth seedings matches being played before the finals commenced. The event played at Jaypee Greens in Greater Noida surpassed previous years participation and was conducted very effeciently by Noida Squash in active and healthy consultation with Jaypee Greens and Lotto Italia..


  • Ashray Ohri made the most by picking up two titles – the mens open as well as boys under 19 years and that to in no time of eachother. Clearly emphasising that playing back to back matches without too much of gap. Making the obvious very clear and loud to others that if you have the desire to play nothing can fatigue you.
  • Men’s Over 35 years saw Khushwant Singh from Chandigarh got the better of a local player Abheek Dutta to take the title.
  • The other spectacular match was between old friends and rivals, Deepak Mishra and Kush Kumar – Deepak getting the better of Kush and winning the Under 17 Years title.
  • Local kids Nandini Agarwal and Divyanshu Sharma did proud by  comming third and fourth in their respective categories for Girls U -15 and Boys U – 13
  • Final Results will get pasted on the blog later.


Squash racket

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After a great first half of squash on day three the organisers keeping traffic & security regulations into mind closed matches by 3.00 pm today. So long matches got played as players advanced towards the closure of their respective categories.

The Matches on the Final Day start at 09.00 am as balance semi-finals get played before the players assemble at 1.30 pm for the finals to begin. To be played in the two center courts. The organisers expect the finals to get over by 4.00 – 4.30 pm when the prize distribution ceremony will begin.

Players, officials and participants are then invited to a Hi-Tea that has been organised at the adjoining YMCA Complex by Omega Icehill India for Noida SquashDistrict Gautam Buddh Nagar Squash Rackets Association.

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