Thursday, October 9, 2008

IRT : Canadian Classic Qualifying Results

Most of the seeded players made it through qualifying for this weekend's Canadian Racquetball Classic on the International Racquetball Tour (IRT). The big exception is Chris Crowther, who missed the time for his match with Greg Thomas, and as a result lost by default.

For his part, Thomas barely survived his battle with Jamie Slamko, the hometown teen who won the 16 and under title at this year's Canadian Junior National Championships. Their match went tie-breaker, and it wasn't pretty.

The other match that was an upset by the IRT rankings was Vincent Gagnon defeating James Landeryou in three straight games. However, Gagnon is ranked higher than Landeryou in the Racquetball Canada rankings, so his victory is not unexpected.

The Racquetball Blog has heard several people express their disappointment that Kane Waselenchuk is not playing this weekend, especially as Edmonton is his hometown. There's been much speculation as to the reasons for Waselenchuk's absence, but we haven't substantiated any of them.

Qualifying Draw
First Round (seeding)

(16) Greg Thomas d. (17) Jamie Slamko, 11-8, 11-7, 8-11, 4-11, 11-5

Second Round

Q1: (16) Greg Thomas d. (1) Chris Crowther, default
Q8: (9) Vincent Gagnon d. (8) James Landeryou, 11-5, 11-4, 11-8

Q5: (5) Lee Connell d. (12) Michael Vogan, 11-5, 11-8, 11-6
Q4: (4) Travis Woodbury d. (13) Nathaniel Husulak 11-2, 11-5, 11-8

Q3: (3) Kris Odegard d. (14) Ben Ryder, 11-0, 11-0, 11-0
Q6: (6) Tim Landeryou d. (11) Darryl Thomas, 11-1, 11-4, 11-0

Q7: (7) Michael Burgess d. (10) Sebastien Boissonneault, 11-8, 11-0, 11-4
Q2: (2) Andy Hawthorne d. (15) Troy Brooks, 11-3, 11-9, 11-5

Main Draw

(1) Rocky Carson vs. Vincent Gagnon
(8) Ben Croft vs. Greg Thomas

(5) Jason Thoerner vs. Travis Woodbury
(4) Alvaro Beltran vs. Lee Connell

(3) Jason Mannino vs. Tim Landeryou
(6) Shane Vanderson vs. Kris Odegard

(7) Mitch Williams vs. Andy Hawthorne
(2) Jack Huczek vs. Michael Burgess

Follow the bouncing ball....

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