Squash Doubles News :)

And now for something really important :)

The new holders of the coveted Canadian squash doubles over-60 championships are Brian Murray and Stephen McIntyre of Toronto defeating John Brazilian and Malcolm Davidson of Boston in the final, held at the Atwater Club in Montreal.

In other events, Mike Pirnak and Willy Hosey won the men’s open championship and Stephanie Edmison and Stephanie Hewett won the women’s open.


Figure 1. Left to right: Michael Martin, Brian Murray, Stephen McIntyre, finalists John Brazilian and Malcolm Davidson, Dennis Bishop. Martin and Bishop were tournament conveners and gracious hosts.

The US squash doubles championships are in Chicago from March 25-27 and we’ll be going. I played in the US over 60s last year and lost in the semis with Victor Harding to the eventual winners. I played with Brian in the Canadians last year and lost in the final (but defeated the US champions in the semi.) While our children were growing up, I played league squash in Toronto but didn’t go in many tournaments, particularly if there was travel involved. I hadn’t been to a tournament in Montreal since 1986 or so and, until last year, had never traveled to a US championship.

Hosts of squash doubles tournaments usually make a great effort to be hospitable and our hosts in Montreal, especially Mike Martin and Dennis Bishop, upheld this tradition.


49 Comments

  1. Gerald Machnee
    Posted Mar 7, 2011 at 12:11 PM | Permalink

    Congratulations and all the best in the Windy City!

  2. Hu McCulloch
    Posted Mar 7, 2011 at 12:17 PM | Permalink

    Congratulations to you and Brian! You’re an inspiration in more ways than one!

  3. Schnoerkelman
    Posted Mar 7, 2011 at 12:18 PM | Permalink

    I’m sorry this is wildly off topic but I found it too funny to ignore.
    The Google-ad I’m getting just below your post is the following:

    The Daily Climate
    Michael Mann exonerated. Climate science prevails, again.
    http://www.DailyClimate.org

    Congrats on winning the cup, I’m amazed you find enough time to stay so fit!
    p.s. I clicked the link in the hope that CA will get paid a little too :-)

  4. Posted Mar 7, 2011 at 12:34 PM | Permalink

    Brilliant news! Well done, and many congratulations. And nice that the hosts look so pleased too!

  5. Alan Bates
    Posted Mar 7, 2011 at 12:50 PM | Permalink

    Many Congratulations from the UK!
    You deserve a new cartoon from Josh. (Hint, Hint …)

  6. Dave Dardinger
    Posted Mar 7, 2011 at 12:58 PM | Permalink

    Congratulations. Now you just need to photoshop the photo to show a broken hockey stick in back of you.

  7. Posted Mar 7, 2011 at 12:59 PM | Permalink

    Congratulations Steve! A little too far to bring some well deserved Belgian beers to refill all the lost calories…

  8. Timothy Sorenson
    Posted Mar 7, 2011 at 1:19 PM | Permalink

    It’s been 1974 since I played squash but when did they change to racketball “rackets” to play squash instead of the
    amazing long rackets with small ‘heads’ to play?

    • mpaul
      Posted Mar 7, 2011 at 1:48 PM | Permalink

      I had exactly the same reaction when I saw the photo … having not played squash since the 80’s. I never quite understood the rationale for the very small heads of the wooden squash racquets, because for a novice player, I would miss hit the ball quite often. But I had assumed it was to make them very light weight so as to improve the player’s racquet quickness (at the expense of sweet-spot size). But now with composites, I imagine the trade-off equation has changed.

  9. Ale Gorney
    Posted Mar 7, 2011 at 1:23 PM | Permalink

    what sort of shoes are you wearing for this strange game called squash ?

  10. RayG
    Posted Mar 7, 2011 at 1:31 PM | Permalink

    Wow. I had expected to see your squash attire plastered with the logos of all of the big oil companies that some in the blogosphere allege are behind you, a la NASCAR or men’s tennis. I guess that they are mistaken… Oh well, best wishes for Chicago. btw, it is a great restaurant city so bon appetit as well.

    Further OT but a Canadian connection. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed watching a rapidly rising young Canadian tennis star win the SAP open in San Jose, CA last month. Chap by the name of Milos Raonic, and no, no Exxon Mobil logos on his tennis duds, either.

  11. Sundance
    Posted Mar 7, 2011 at 1:34 PM | Permalink

    You look like you have pencils for legs in the above photo. May I suggest you visit one of the many fine ethnic “all you can eat” buffets in Chicago to gain some weight? lol. Congratulations and I hope you play your best ever in Chicago.

  12. matthu
    Posted Mar 7, 2011 at 1:57 PM | Permalink

    Congratulations!
    Very impressive !

  13. Ed Waage
    Posted Mar 7, 2011 at 2:02 PM | Permalink

    All of you are too exhausted to smile, but you made up for it with the :) in the title.

    Congratulations and all the best in the windy city.

  14. TAC
    Posted Mar 7, 2011 at 2:10 PM | Permalink

    Congratulations! I can think of no one more deserving of recognition for rigorously addressing global challenges.

  15. Rhoda Ramirez
    Posted Mar 7, 2011 at 2:22 PM | Permalink

    Congratulations! May you win many more.

  16. Posted Mar 7, 2011 at 2:25 PM | Permalink

    Wow! Congratulations. By the way, those are some really kicking shoes.

  17. Mike B
    Posted Mar 7, 2011 at 2:30 PM | Permalink

    Congrats. Don’t know how you do it. My shoulder and elbow were wrecked before I was 30.

  18. Posted Mar 7, 2011 at 2:42 PM | Permalink

    I am horrified by the carbon footprint from this outrage. Clearly McIntyre is an agent of the squash racket industry. They will stop at nothing.

  19. pax
    Posted Mar 7, 2011 at 3:06 PM | Permalink

    Come on guys, look at him! Can’t you see how sleek, evil and corrupted he looks, it’s just so obvious :)

    Congratulations. Truly impressed.

  20. andy
    Posted Mar 7, 2011 at 3:07 PM | Permalink

    Well done and congratulations.

  21. keith guy
    Posted Mar 7, 2011 at 3:59 PM | Permalink

    Congratulations on winning the Squash cup, but you look too young to be over 60. Are you sure this isn’t a case of data manipulation?

  22. Gary
    Posted Mar 7, 2011 at 4:08 PM | Permalink

    Do I detect increasing linear trend in height of 1.04 +/- 0.03 cm from left to right? Or maybe a chladni pattern?

    Congratulations on another victory, Steve.

  23. Fred Harwood
    Posted Mar 7, 2011 at 4:36 PM | Permalink

    Well done, and I hope you find some sun!

  24. Roger Peck
    Posted Mar 7, 2011 at 5:28 PM | Permalink

    If you run down that small green ball with anything like the tenacity with which you pursue the truth, this post doesn’t come as too much of a suprise…

    But Congratulations!!

  25. Fred Bloggs
    Posted Mar 7, 2011 at 5:34 PM | Permalink

    I used to play a lot of squash at college but never doubles.
    Does squash doubles mean there are four of you on the court at any time ?
    That must be a “contact” sport.
    Well done !!

  26. smcg
    Posted Mar 7, 2011 at 6:16 PM | Permalink

    Steve,

    You are a star in so many ways!!!

  27. RevTonka
    Posted Mar 7, 2011 at 6:35 PM | Permalink

    Who’s this Brian Murray? – I haven’t seen him in the peer-reviewed literature (until now;).
    Hearty congratulations – a truly noteworthy achievement.

  28. Robert E. Phelan
    Posted Mar 7, 2011 at 7:23 PM | Permalink

    I’m glad to see that in spite of all the toil and trouble in the climate world you are able to keep your priorities straight. Congratulations and well done!

  29. Posted Mar 7, 2011 at 7:49 PM | Permalink

    Congratulations Steve!

    (The trend lines are essentially horizontal behind the happy throng).

  30. grzejnik
    Posted Mar 7, 2011 at 10:45 PM | Permalink

    Congratulations! What an awesome sport!

  31. Geoff Sherrington
    Posted Mar 8, 2011 at 12:35 AM | Permalink

    Strange. Steve, where in Canadia did you find 5 other people who walk more than ten feet tall?

    Keep up the inspiration on all facets. Geoff.

  32. Eric Anderson
    Posted Mar 8, 2011 at 1:32 AM | Permalink

    Looks like it was a rough match — apparently someone knocked the hair off your head down to your chin!

    [I get to say that because I'm in the same boat! :)]

  33. Posted Mar 8, 2011 at 2:58 AM | Permalink

    Congratulations, Steve … and here’s wishing you many more victories in the years ahead :-)

  34. Willis Eschenbach
    Posted Mar 8, 2011 at 4:21 AM | Permalink

    Dude! That is so awesome! I am majorly impressed. Mad skilz.

    My very best to you,

    w.

  35. Alexej Buergin
    Posted Mar 8, 2011 at 4:27 AM | Permalink

    Since Steve McI looks so much like Hagen von Ortloff, he must be a train-lover, too.

  36. Mac
    Posted Mar 8, 2011 at 11:49 AM | Permalink

    Looks like a knobbly knee contest to be honest……… and those shorts, well more like ‘longs’ if you ask me.

    Congrats by the way.

    PS How come the losers are the only ones sweating?

  37. JEM
    Posted Mar 8, 2011 at 2:05 PM | Permalink

    Very good, congratulations.

  38. Robinson
    Posted Mar 9, 2011 at 4:33 AM | Permalink

    I played squash on one occasion in my life. I didn’t win a single point and never played again :p. My excuse is my arms aren’t long enough.

    Anyway, congratulations. I wonder what it feels like to be “best in country” at anything?

  39. BK
    Posted Mar 9, 2011 at 9:05 AM | Permalink

    Congratulations, as a regular reader of you blog, a fellow squash player, and retired scientist, I am in awe of you and I hope you continue to keep the AGW debate honest.

  40. Jockdownsouth
    Posted Mar 14, 2011 at 3:35 AM | Permalink

    Congratulations from another who gave it up in his 30’s as too strenuous.

  41. Eric49
    Posted Mar 16, 2011 at 10:14 AM | Permalink

    Congratulations! Continue your achievements in squash, and I beg you, stop your warming skeptic rantings !

  42. Posted Mar 26, 2011 at 11:20 AM | Permalink

    How’s the Chicago tournament coming along?

  43. TerryMN
    Posted Mar 27, 2011 at 1:05 PM | Permalink

    Narrow loss, but looks like it was an incredibly tight match:

    Winner: Boynton,J / Griffin,T
    14-15,15-14,11-15,15-12,17-14
    Sun, 3/27 11:00am

    • Steve McIntyre
      Posted Mar 27, 2011 at 11:28 PM | Permalink

      Yup. A disappointing loss. Extra points in the fifth. Woulda, coulda, shoulda. Would have been great to win a US championship. The match was about an hour and half long, which is a lot of squash for guys our age. We defeated last year’s champions in the semis, also a five game match, but not nearly as long.

      • Don Wagner
        Posted Mar 27, 2011 at 11:39 PM | Permalink

        Had you padded the endpoints, run it through a Gaussian filter and rejected the results you didn’t like you would have won!!!

        Congratulations Steve on a good effort

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