The numbers may not have been what Adam Johnston was hoping for, but the handball was great. Once again David Wells is the farthest traveled, coming from Fargo North Dakota, Zoly Motoz our most senior.
Ryan bowler was in California at the Simple Green U.S. Open for a reality check, so the question still remains, who is the king of the castle in Ontario? John Audet was impressive with the slam in the open singles and doubles. He did not have to play a tie-breaker until the doubles final.
In the singles Peter Service gave John a run for his money with scores of fifteen and eighteen. While in the Open Doubles it was an all Niagara Peninsula final with John Audet and Wally Oprezdek against Mark Polgrabia and Ryan Elliott in a great display of handball, a win here for Ryan and he would have been the one with the slam as he was the champion in the B/C event.
Hamilton’s Nasim Bajwa was disappointed by Buffalo’s Sal LiPuma in the master’s singles, coming up just short on a tough two game match.
In the sixty plus final travel did not hurt David Wells as he came out ahead, defeating Ivan Elliott in an 11-6 tie-breaker. While in the seventy plus singles George McQuillen of Toronto defeated Pat Murphy of Fort Wayne Indiana.
In the Masters Doubles Nasim paired with Curtis Crocker to eke out an 11-4 tie breaker over the Buffalo/Kitchener pair of Sal LiPuma and Rick Jackiw.
In the seventy plus doubles Pat Murphy teamed with Fenton Michigan’s Dave Dodds to deny Hamilton’s Dave Forbes and Zoly Motoz from keeping the champion’s plaque in Hamilton.
The Horseshoe would not be possible without tremendous support. The “Y” replaced the court doors which reduced door hinders to a bare minimum and followed that with great help from the staff. Of course our volunteers we take for granted, but shouldn’t especially the ladies who put up with our addiction year-round and then come out to help at the tournament. Last, but far from least the participants who come out to contribute in some great handball. THANK YOU ONE AND ALL.
Open Singles: Round Robin: John Audet (Niag. Falls ON) def. Peter Service (Richmond Hill ON) 21-15, 21- 18. John Audet def. Adam Johnston (Hamilton ON) 21-5, 21-9. Peter Service def. Adam Johnston 21-2, 21-3. Champion; Audet.
“B/C” Singles: 1st Round; Steve Pribek (Batavia NY) def. Ivan Burgos (Fort Erie ON). Ryan Elliott (Fort Erie ON) def. Alam Burgos (Fort Erie ON) 21-13, 16-21, 11-2.
2nd Round; Elliott def. Pribek 21-11, 21-10.
Masters Singles: 1st Round: Sal LiPuma (Buffalo NY) bye. Art Avalos (Tor). ON) def. Steve Nowak (Burl. ON) 18-21. Mark Gronlund (Ham.ON) bye. Nasim Bajwa (Ham. ON) bye.
2nd Round: LiPuma def. Avalos. Bajwa def. Gronlund 21-5, 21-7.
3rd Round: LiPuma def. Bajwa 21-16, 21-18.
60 Plus Singles: 1st Round; Ivan Elliott (Fort ON) bye. Tom Ehrlich (Ham. ON) def. Fred Bowler (Pick. ON)21-13, 21-17. Brian Goto (Burl. ON) bye. David Wells (Fargo ND) bye.
2nd Round: Elliott def. Eurlich 21-1, 21-9. Wells def. Goto.
3rd Round: Wells def. Elliott 18-21, 21-14, 11-6.
70 Plus Singles: 1st Round: George Mcquillen (Tor. ON) def. Dave Dodds (Fenton MI) 21-8, 21-7. Pat Murphy (Fort Wayne IN) def. def. Mike Jennings (Pick. ON) 21-16, 21-13.
2nd Round: McQuillen def. Murphy 21-3, 21-13.
Consolation: Dodds def. Jennings 31-10.
Open Doubles: 1st Round; John Audet (Fort E. ON/Wally Oprezdek (St. Cath. ON) bye. Ivan Burgos (Fort Erie ON)/Alam Burgos (Fort Erie ON) def. Steve Pribek (Batavia NY)/Steve Rennie (St. Cath. ON) 21-15, 18-21, 11-9. Adam Johnston(Ham. ON)/Jennine Wilson (Pick. ON)bye. Ryan Elliott (Ft. Erie ON/Mark Polgrabia (Niag.-on-the-Lake ON)bye.
2nd Round: Audet/Oprezdek def. Burgos/Burgos. Elliott/ Polgrabia def. Wilson Johnston.
3rd Round; Audet/ Oprezdek def. Elliott/Polgrabia.
Golden Masters Doubles: 1st Round; Nasim Bajwa (Ham. ON)/Curtis Crocker (Ham. ON) def. Art Avalos (Tor. ON)/Ivan Elliott (Ft. Erie ON) 21-15, 21-14. Sal LiPuma(Buff. NY)/Rick Jackiw (Kitch. ON) def. Mark Gronlund (Ham. ON)/Steve Nowak (Burl. On) 21-10, 21-11.
2nd Round: Crocker/Bajwa def. LiPuma/Jackiw 21-15, 11-21, 11-4.
70 Plus Doubles: Round Robin: Dave Dodds (Fenton Mich)/Pat Murphy (Fort Wayne IN). def. Frank
Shimoda (Ham)/Alan Campbell (Ham). Dave Forbes (Ham)/Zoly Motoz (Ham) def.
Campbell/Shimoda. Dodds/Murphy def. Forbes/Motoz.