The first annual Jester’s crossover event saw the McMaster Marauders men’s squash team take on the U of T, McGill and Queen’s this past weekend at the new National Squash Academy facility at North York.
This exciting new venue will serve as the hub of high-level squash development in Canada as well as a regular supporter of university squash in the future.
In the first match up against Queens, with injury and illness depleting the McMaster line up, the Marauders struggled, going down 6-0. Spirited performances by veterans Phil Leonard (Hamilton) and Michael Fong (Barrie) narrowly missed the mark, losing tight 3-2 matches..
The second match up against McGill provided an intense display of closely fought squash. Despite a concerted push by the Marauders, McGill prevailed 5-1 in matches. David Rossouw (Melbourne) decisively won his match 3-0 in games. Notable performances by team captains Colin Chisholm (Ancaster) and Leonard were a few points short of evening the battle with McGill, both losing close 3-2 matches.
On day two of the competition, the McMaster line up received a boost by the return of two regulars to the line-up, powering the Marauders past Toronto, 4-2. McMaster number one position and rookie Patrick Morkus trounced his opponent 3-0 in short order while Rossouw was again victorious capturing a 3-1 win.
Sophomore Andrew Chong (Woodbridge) kept a cool head in a tight 3-2 win over his rival, and finally a gut-wrenching come-from-behind battle by captain Leonard pushed the Marauders past Toronto, 4-2, in matches.
McMaster co-captain Chisholm, despite playing injured and forced to play two of three matches above his position, gave a quality and inspiring performance, losing two of his matches by a 3-2 score.