Squash & Art in Krakow – Final Day

The final day of the Squash and Art festival in Krakow featured Junior, Men’s and Team finals, and more …

Squash&Art – final day (3) – saturday 28/06 2014 step by step:

IMG_85221)  Junior tournament – won by Krakow’s Squash4You Juniors Team, beating in semifinal defending champions Kahuna from  Warsaw 4-1 and in the final ‘black horse of the tournament’ Malaka Squash 5-0 (who earlier won against MySquash Poznan 3-2 in the semifinal) .

Juniors and their coach Matt Kotra had a big surprise after the final – they were invited to Radio Krakow to tell everybody  about their success and their squash experiences … and also take a tour around the studios!

DSC_05442) Men’s tournament – match for bronze medal between Krakow’s McWIL Harrow Squash4You 2nd team and best team from Poznan SquashPark. Poznan was leading 2-0 (6-1 in games) after Tomek Abramowski won against Grzegorz Kaleta 3-0 and Tomek Gałecki won against Staszek Rusek. It looked almost impossible to lose.

Krakow had to win last two matches 3-0 and 3-0. Playing for Krakow Eddie Charlton (~50 PSA) won 3-0 (7,3,0!!!) against very talented Czech player Kuba Solnicky and Michał Kotra won 3-0 against Karol Andrzejczak, giving bronze medal to Krakow.

Historical moment as two teams from one club (McWIL Harrow Squash4You 2 and 1) finished in top 3 of the event, that had more than 100 teams from all over the Poland!

DSC_11963) Final of mens tournament – Great squash night at beautiful setting in the centre of Krakow, with over 600 people watching repeat of 2013 final between two very strong teams:

– This time Warsaw’s Simple Kahuna avenged last year’s loss to defending champions Krakow’s McWIL Harrow Squash4You  (2-2, won by games)  including good start from Krakow (Maciek Maciantowicz beating Kamil Dominiak 3-1), then a relatively easy point to Warsaw (Matt Kotra losing to current leader of polish ranking 0-3).

A great match of professional squash between current world #1 Gregory Gaultier and former #1 James Willstrop , won 3-0 by Gaultier (playing for Kahuna), that gave the  championship title to Kahuna, so the last match between top polish players Julian Kischel and Wojtek Nowisz was only best of 3 , won by Kischel 2-1.

4) Best photo competition (won by Pawel Dziurzynski like last year)

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DSC_20265) Closing ceremony with beautiful hostesses from Porsche Bronowice (Skoda dealer in Krakow) plus after party till early morning…

Saturday was also last day of World Squash Federation Coaching and Development conference and course for referees. A lot of good learnings for coaches, referees attending them. And all the people watching top squash for last few days.

 Photos by P.Dziurzynski

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