Toronto Racquet Club Centenary Squash Tournament

The Toronto Racquet Club is having its centenary this year and held a “century” squash doubles tournament this week-end – the teams had to be at least 100 in combined age. The proprietor of this blog is feeling weary today, after playing 4 matches and having one of his very occasional tournament wins. We played against some good players – Paul Deratney in the semi-final is a 4-time Canadian champion; Chris Deratney in the final is a ranked WPSA player. I was googling some of the players and, due to the miracle of google, found a listing of myself a couple of times at the U.S. squash site here alongside players who are much better than me.


  1. TCO
    Posted Oct 2, 2005 at 8:35 PM | Permalink


  2. Steve McIntyre
    Posted Oct 2, 2005 at 8:41 PM | Permalink

    No (other than as a kid against a wall.) You don’t see kids playing handball against walls much anymore.

  3. John A
    Posted Oct 2, 2005 at 9:11 PM | Permalink

    Did you win a tournament in 1984?

  4. Steve McIntyre
    Posted Oct 3, 2005 at 10:10 AM | Permalink

    Yes, that was me – I won the Buffalo tournament in 1984 and 1985. That was the only U.S. tournament that I played in. My partners in those tournaments, Vic Harding and Tom Poor, have won buckets of tournments, so I got to play with a couple of pretty good players. You can compete in doubles much longer than singles. Hand speed and kill shots are relatively more important than singles and you don’t lose them as fast as twitch reactions in your legs.

    It seems to me that I spent the next 20 years being busy at business or driving my kids to hockey and soccer practices and games. I’ve started going in a few age group tournaments again now.

  5. Steve McIntyre
    Posted Jan 22, 2006 at 5:50 PM | Permalink

    Not that most of you are desperate to know about my squash tournaments, but it’s my blog. I played in the Ontario over-50 squash doubles tournament this weekend and lost in the semis and won the 3-4 match today playing with Brian Murray. ( I want to see if this turns up on google.)

    The son of my former high school football and basketball coach, Taylor Fawcett, won the over-40s with Alan Grant of Philadelphia (formerly of Toronto), who played brilliantly. My former football coach, Don Fawcett, is perhaps the only football coach who is mentioned in a Nobel autobiography, being mentioned here by Mike Spence, who was 3 years ahead of me at school and a terrific example for younger students.

  6. Posted Apr 17, 2010 at 7:23 AM | Permalink

    Damn man, you’re pretty good!

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