By Karen McColl
Ten squash players from the Revelstoke Racquet Den travelled to Vernon last weekend to play in the Winter Carnival Open Squash Tournament. Divisions included Men’s Open and A-level, and Mens and Women’s B, C, and D.
According to Racquet Den President Kevin Dorrius, Revelstoke Squash players have come a long way over the years.
“Other clubs used to see that they were playing a Revelstoke player and assume an automatic win,” he said Saturday.
Not anymore! Playing in the Men’s B+ Division, Scott Waddingham was contending for first place, but unfortunately had to pull out in the second game due to injury. Rico Petrucci placed second place in the Mens C division, Karen McColl placed second in the Ladies C, and Kim Wright placed third in Ladies D.
Ian McHarg of Vernon, a Mens A level player for the past eight years, remarked on the progress of the Revelstoke club.
“We see Revelstoke as a competitive threat. No longer someone we will walk on – out of the minors and into the majors.”
Duncan Macdonald, owner of Swingers Squash Club in Nelson, agreed. He remembered Revelstoke players showing up at a tournament in Nakusp several years ago with “old school visors.”
“Revelstoke players have improved a lot. (They are) one of the better clubs to support the tournaments.”
Revelstoke squash players look forward to the Banana Cake Open in Nelson this March. For more information about playing squash in Revelstoke, please visit www.racquetden.com.