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Bluenose Classic 2015

  Bluenose Classic 2015
20-25 Oct
Halifax, Nova Scotia, $35k
Round One
22 Oct 
23 Oct
24 Oct
25 Oct
[1] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY)
11-2, 11-4, 11-5 (19m)
Shawn Delierre (CAN)
Karim Abdel Gawad
11-5, 11-9, 11-3 (31m)
Alfredo Avila
Karim Abdel Gawad
11/8, 11/7, 11/4 (32m)
Andrew Schnell
Karim Abdel Gawad
6/14, 11/8, 11/6
Ryan Cuskelly
[6] Alfredo Avila (MEX)
1-11, 11-7, 11-6, 12-10 (71m)
[Q] Reiko Peter (SUI)
[8] Eddie Charlton (ENG)
11-9, 11-9, 12-10 (52m)
[wc] Andrew Schnell (CAN)
Andrew Schnell
 11-6, 7-11, 11-9, 11-4 (51m)
Alister Walker
[3] Alister Walker (BOT)
10-12, 9-11, 11-6, 11-7, 11-3 (56m)
Todd Harrity (USA)
[Q] Arthur Gaskin (IRL)
11-6, 11-6, 11-6 (33m)
[4] Ryan Cuskelly (AUS)
Ryan Cuskelly
11-5, 11-7, 11-5 (49m)
Laurens Jan Anjema
Ryan Cuskelly
11/8, 11/6, 11/4 (37m)
Marwan Elshorbagy
Chris Gordon (USA)
11-4, 11-7, 10-12, 11-3 (53m)
[5] Laurens Jan Anjema (NED)
[Q] Piedro Schweertman (NED)
11-7, 9-11, 11-7, 11-5 (49m)
[7] Campbell Grayson (NZL)
Campbell Grayson
10-12, 12-10, 11-7, 11-9 (71 m)
Marwan Elshorbagy
[Q] Martin Knight (NZL)
11-6, 11-7, 11-6 (42m)
[2] Marwan Elshorbagy (EGY)
Results: Welaptega Bluenose Squash Classic 2015
Cuskelly Upsets Gawad to Lift Bluenose Classic Title

Australia’s Ryan Cuskelly captured his biggest ever PSA World Tour title after scalping top seed Karim Abdel Gawad in straight games in the final of the Welaptega Bluenose Squash Classic, PSA M35 tournament.

The number four seed reached the final without dropping a single game and achieved his place in the showpiece event after easing past World No.10 Marwan Elshorbagy, who was struggling with illness, in the semi-final. Gawad had also been in near flawless form in the build up to the final, seeing off Shawn Delierre, Alfredo Avila and surprise package Andrew Schnell en-route.

World No.22 Cuskelly started brilliantly and soared into an early lead after putting his Egyptian opponent under pressure at the front of the court. Gawad came into the match more as it went on but it was Cuskelly who stayed patient and picked his openings well to edge the opening game by a 16-14 margin of victory.

Cuskelly built up another lead in the opening stages of a second game which excited the gathered spectators Homburg Centre, Canada with a superb flurry of attacking volleys bringing the crowd to their feet time and time again. A tin from Gawad handed Cuskelly the game as the Australian No.1 doubled his advantage.

It was Cuskelly again who started the quicker of the two in game three as he romped to an unassailable lead. Gawad battled back in a bid to try and save the match but Cuskelly stood firm to complete a 16-14, 11-8, 11-6 victory which yielded the 14th PSA World Tour title of his career.

“In the first [game] it was really high quality and I did a lot of work,” said Cuskelly.

“I think I was probably pushing the pace too much and I was a bit too keen to get on there and win. When you do that you are just putting it on Gawad’s racket and, if you do that, he puts in the winners so I tried to slow it down and be aggressive when I got the loose balls.”
Wildcard Andrew Schnell has made it through to the semi-final of the Welaptega Bluenose Squash Classic, PSA M35 tournament after a superb 3-1 victory over Botswanan number three seed Alister Walker on home soil.

The World No.92, who upset Eddie Charlton in the previous round, lost to Walker at last year’s event. The tables were turned though this time out as Schnell, cheered on by a partisan home crowd, roared to victory in the first game before Walker pegged the Canadian back in the second.

Schnell retained his composure in games three and four though to complete an 11-6, 7-11, 11-9, 11-4 victory – arguable the biggest scalp of the 23-year-old’s career.

He has the distinction of taking on top seed Karim Abdel Gawad for a place in the final after the Egyptian World No.12 dispatched Alfredo Avila in straight games.

Meanwhile, Marwan Elshorbagy and Ryan Cuskelly will face each other in the other semi-final fixture. Elshorbagy saw off Campbell Grayson despite battling illness while Cuskelly defeated Laurens Jan Anjema in three.


Spectators at the Homburg Centre in Halifax, Canada were treated to a number of well-contested matches in the first round of the Welaptega Bluenose Squash Classic, PSA M35 tournament with Eddie Charlton being the only seed to bow out at the first hurdle to Andrew Schnell.

Schnell, the wildcard from Calgary, was ranked almost 40 places below his opponent in the World Rankings but, after a fast start from Charlton, managed to steady himself impressively. Charlton hit a number of tins during the encounter and Schnell took full advantage to earn an 11-9, 11-9, 12-10 triumph to move into the next round.

He will go on to face Alister Walker in the quarter-final after the Botswanan overcame Todd Harrity in a five-game thriller. Harrity started brilliantly and racked up a number of quick blows to rise into a two-game lead but Walker’s experience paid off in the end as he came back to complete a superb turnaround.

Karim Abdel Gawad has also advanced to the next round and seeing off Shawn Delierre in style. The 24-year-old Egyptian took the first game in just four minutes with Canada’s Delierre unable to cope with Gawad’s speed and accuracy throughout. Despite being on the brink of elimination, Delierre threw everything he had into the final two games but it wasn’t enough to prevent an irrepressible Gawad from completing the victory in three to set up a next round clash with Alfredo Avila who beat Reiko Peter.

Elsewhere, World No.10 Marwan Elshorbagy defeated fan favourite Martin Knight, controlling the tempo of the match to win a 42 minute tie in straight games. Elshorbagy, who will travel to Qatar and Seattle in the coming weeks for the Qatar Classic and PSA Men’s World Championship, respectively, will face Campbell Grayson next thanks to the number seven seed’s triumph against Piedro Schweertman.

Ryan Cuskelly is also through after sweeping to a 3-0 victory against Arthur Gaskin to set up a quarter-final encounter with Laurens Jan Anjema who dispatched Christopher Gordon in four.