British Virgin Islands gears up for Open Squash Championship

By Professional Squash Association

Joe Chapman will be competing for the 2015 British Virgin Islands Open Squash Championship, PSA Challenger 5 title, June 24 - 27.

Joe Chapman will be competing for the 2015 British Virgin Islands Open Squash Championship, PSA Challenger 5 title, June 24 – 27.

The 2015 British Virgin Islands Open Squash Championship, PSA Challenger 5 event starts on Thursday June 25 with the Tortola Sports Club playing host to some mouthwatering match-ups.

Title-holder Peter Creed is the favourite to retain his crown and is looking for the fifth PSA World Tour title of his career.

Creed, who defeated Dane Sharp in last year’s final, has been consistent recently with three quarter-final finishes or better in his last four tournaments, including a run to the semi-final at the Paraguay Open last month.

The World No.78, whose last PSA World Tour title came at the Austrian Open in April, is set to meet Guatemalan Mauricio Sedano for a place in the next round.

Joe Chapman is competing for the title on home-soil and will be aiming to improve on the quarter-final finish that he achieved at last year’s championship.

The 24-year-old has not made it past the first round of a tournament since that event but will be hoping his home crowd can cheer him on to victory. Chapman meets a qualifier in round one.

Number three seed Joe Green also made it to the quarter-final stage last year before falling to Sharp in a tight five-game encounter. The Englishman has struggled to make it past the first round in 2015 but can challenge for the title if he is on form.

Green will do battle against Wildcard Mike Adamson in a bid to get his campaign off to a competitive start.

Bermuda’s Micah Franklin has taken advantage of Nicolas Caballero’s withdrawal through injury to rise up to his current position as the number four seed and has an outside chance of lifting his first PSA World Tour crown. One of his best performances on the tour came last month at the Rathbones Jersey Squash Classic where he reached the quarter-final and he will look to take confidence from that as he prepares to face Cameron Stafford in his first round fixture.

Main Draw:

PSA Challenger 5, British Virgin Islands Open Squash Championship, Tortola, British Virgin Islands

[1] Peter Creed (WAL) v Mauricio Sedano (GUA)

[Qualifier] v [5] Kale Wilson (TRI)

[7] Antonio De La Torre (ENG) v [Qualifier]

Cameron Stafford (CAY) v [4] Micah Franklin (BER)

[3] Joe Green (ENG) v [WC] Mike Adamson (IVB)

[Qualifier] v [8] Jesus Camacho (MEX)

[6] Anthony Graham (ENG) v Italo Bonatti (GUA)

[Qualifier] v [2] Joe Chapman (IVB)

Creed celebrates win in BVI/PSA Open Squash Championship


Joe Chapman may have fallen early, but Peter Creed gave the crowd plenty to cheer about as he beat Dane Sharp to win the BVI PSA Challenger 5 Professional Squash Tournament on Saturday June 21, 2014, at the Tortola Sports Club.


Challenger 5 Professional Squash Tournament Photo Credit: Charlie E. Jackson

Chapman playing Canadian Matthew Serediak, in the second round on Thursday, recovered from losing the first game, 4-11, to win the next two, 11-5 and 11-8, but could not sustain the pressure and lost the last two games 11-4 and 11-3 to conclude his Tournament, having reached the second round for the first time in the three year life of the event.

“He stayed really disciplined and made me do a lot more work than him to win those two games and he was able to clean up in the last two games. He is more experienced than me, but a year ago I would have probably been beaten by him much easier, so overall, having gone to a 5th game, I’m happy with my progress”, Chapman said.

Chapman also went onto to note how well the Tournament had gone , “The Players say every year that this is one of the best small Tournaments, in terms of the atmosphere, the way they are treated and how well organized it is”.

Although having some extra days off after his defeat Chapman will have little time to rest as he has Tournaments in New Zealand and Australia before heading to the Commonwealth Games and then Colombia.

Serediak went onto lose his semi final 6-11, 7-11 and 8-11 to Peter Creed, the top seed from Wales, who had recorded victories against Chris Hanson (USA) and Phillip Bull (Eng) to progress to the latter stages. Bull had knocked out Tom Chapman in the first round, 11-3, 11-3 and 11-1, in just 21 minutes on court.

Dane Sharp reached the Final, losing just one game, to local entrant, Adrain Ostbye. He also beat England‚  Joe Green and Shahjahan Khan and was much the sharper against Creed, in winning 3-0.

“I won’t say it was easy”, he exclaimed. “I felt like I was playing the best squash all week and having spent less time on court was fresher. I knew if I could show that each and every point then the energy would sap from his legs and I would get stronger and stronger”.

It was Creed’s first time to the Territory and the Caribbean, but he will be back. “I can’t miss this place! It’s hot, but the Country is awesome, everyone is so laid back and it has been a lot of fun”,he said.

Other local players who had progressed through to the main draw met similar defeats to Chapman against their more illustrious competitors with only Ostbye picking up a game, against Sharp. Mike Adamson and Rory Thornton were the other local players to get into the first round proper.

Exhibition highlights VI’s sports for Sochi 2014 and Glasgow 2014

BVI's half-pipe skier for Winter Olympic Fames Sochi 2014, Peter Adam Crook answers questions at the BVIOC's multi sport exhibition

BVI’s half-pipe skier for Winter Olympic Fames Sochi 2014, Peter Adam Crook answers questions at the BVIOC’s multi sport exhibition

The BVI Ski Association, the BVI Athletics Association, the BVI Swimming Association, and the BVI Squash Rackets Association presented their respective sports to a rapt audience at an interactive exhibition hosted by the BVI Olympic Committee at the Tortola Sports Club last Saturday. The morning event highlighted the upcoming Winter Olympic Games Sochi 2014, and the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games in which qualified athletes will represent the Virgin Islands.

Peter Adam Crook (Adam), who earlier last week was officially presented as the territory’s half-pipe skier for Sochi 2014, and Joe Chapman, squash player for the VI in Glasgow 2014 presented their respective sports in the glass-fronted squash courts to a public that previously had very little exposure to either half-pipe skiing or squash.
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