Wednesday
Feb132019

A Successful 2019 Edmonton Open wraps up!

Thanks to all who participated, cheered on and supported the 2019 Edmonton Open last weekend.  The handball was phenomenal!  Here are the results:

 

 Junior Events:

 

1)  Youth Singles:  1st Dominic Dubeau  2nd Kalia Vigen 3rd Jordyn Vigen

2)  Pre Teen Singles:  1st Dominik Morgan  2nd Danny Godunov

3)  Pre Teen Doubles:  1st Andrew Dechaine/Dominic Dubai  

2nd  Leo Day/Dominik Morgan

4)  Teen Singles: 1st Isaac Carkner 2nd  Gavin Stankievech

5)  Teen Doubles:  1st  Gavin Stankievech/Josh Dechaine  2nd Evan Lempke/Dominik Morgan

 

Masters / B/C Events:

 

    In Masters Singles action, Phil Cutts outlasted Guy Martin to take the trophy.

    Erin Lovie and Mike Shyluk met in the consolation final, which was won by Lovie.

    In Masters / B/C Doubles, Russ Glasgow and Evan Neil defeated Guy Martin and Howard Strettle.

    On the consolation side, Tim Murphy and Mike Shyluk took Skip Smiley and John Murray on an end-to-end tour of the court in their victory.

 

Open Events:

 

   Open Singles saw Pat Shearer and Shane Vigen duking it out again.  Shane had just enough awkward overhead back-court fluke scoop kill shots to win.

   Consolation was won by Shawn Kupchenko over Chris Goddard.

   Shortly after in Open Doubles, Pat Shearer and Chris Goddard had too much firepower for Jeff Yeo and Shane Vigen and took the doubles title.

   On the other court, John Kopeck and Evan Neil took the consolation title over Carter and Rory Rakochey.

 

   Congrats again to all the players who showed off some incredible handball.  It was a pleasure to be a part of it!  Extra thanks to the out of town players who filled out the draws and made the weekend that much better.

 

     - Shane Vigen and Skip Smiley

 

 

 

Wednesday
Feb062019

Edmonton Open Start Times!

Cutts

Phil

FRI 5

Lipatnikov

Tony

FRI 5

Martin

Guy

FRI 5

Shyluk

Mike

FRI 5

Goddard

Chris

FRI 6

Loignon

Francois

FRI 6

McGrath

Bill

FRI 6

Murray

John

FRI 6

Rakochey

Carter

FRI 6

Rakochey

Rory

FRI 6

Smiley

Skip

FRI 6

Kopeck

John

FRI 7

Kupchenko

Shawn

FRI 7

Lovie

Erin

FRI 7

McGrath

Sean

FRI 7

Murphy

Tim

FRI 7

Neil

Evan

FRI 7

Rossi

Frank

FRI 7

Vigen

Shane

FRI 7

Yeo

Jeff

FRI 7

Smiley

Skip

FRI 8

Murray

Jon

SAT 9

Strettle

Howard

SAT 9

Shearer

Pat

SAT 3

Glasgow

Russ

SAT 5

Wednesday
Jan162019

The 2019 Edmonton Open Handball Tournament is almost here!

The Edmonton Open Handball Tournament

February 8-11

Kinsmen Rec Centre

9100 Walterdale Hill

Edmonton, Alberta

Hit the ball!  Get the points!  

Join us for a weekend of excellence and fair play in sport! 

 

Adults $60.00 – 1st event 

$20.00 - 2nd event 

Juniors: $40.00

 

REFEREES 

Loser must referee next available match. 

 

CATEGORIES 

Open Singles  B/C Singles Masters Singles Golden Masters Singles

Open Doubles   B/C  Doubles Masters Doubles Golden Masters Doubles

Junior 19-under Singles Junior 15-under Singles Novice Juniors

Junior 19-under Doubles Junior 15-under Singles  Adult Big Ball

 

Organizing committee will reclassify individuals where necessary, and combine divisions in the event of insufficient entries.  Junior divisions will be organized in conjunction with Junior Coaches.

 

ENTRY DEADLINE 

We need to know what events you are playing no later than Sunday February 3rd Entry forms can be phoned in or e-mailed to 

Shane Vigen - tha_shane2@hotmail.com - 780-977-8447 or 

Skip Smiley - skip.smiley@shaw.ca - 780-721-0127

Payment upon registration at the Kinsmen 

 

REGISTRATION 

Friday, February 8th, 5:00–9:00 pm. Play will begin Friday at 5:00 pm. 

 

NOTE: You will not be allowed to play until your tournament fees are collected! 

 

OFFICIAL BALL

 

USHA 21 - All Men and Juniors 

USHA White Label - All Women 

Spalding Big Ball Juniors/Adult Big Ball

 

PRIZES

 

 1st, 2nd, and consolation

 

Eye guards are mandatory and must be worn properly at all times during the match. 

 

HOSPITALITY

 

Friday – Chili and buns

Saturday – fruit, muffins, banquet dinner (extra tickets: $25.00 each) 

Sunday – fruit, muffins 

 

 

 

Thursday
Aug312017

Your next Edmonton tournament is right around the corner!!!

The 2018 Edmonton Open Handball Tournament

February 9, 10, 11

Kinsmen Rec Centre

9100 Walterdale Hill

Edmonton, Alberta

 

Let’s make some great memories!

    

   

    

 

Don't miss out on this year's Edmonton Open! 

 Another great weekend of Handball and community.

 

Adults $60.00 – 1st event 

$20.00 - 2nd event 

Juniors: $40.00 – 1st event 

 

REFEREES 

Loser must referee next available match. 

 

CATEGORIES 

Open Singles B/C Singles Masters Singles Golden Masters Singles

Open Doubles B/C  Doubles Masters Doubles Golden Masters Doubles

Junior 19-under Singles Junior 15-under Singles Novice Juniors

Junior 19-under Doubles Junior 15-under Singles  NEW!  Adult Big Ball!!!

 

Organizing committee will reclassify individuals where necessary, and combine divisions in the event of insufficient entries.  Junior divisions will be organized in conjunction with Junior Coaches.

 

ENTRY DEADLINE 

We need to know what events you are playing no later than Sunday February 4, 2018. Entry forms can be submitted online or emailed to 

Shane Vigen - tha_shane2@hotmail.com - (780-977-8447) or 

Skip Smiley - skip.smiley@shaw.ca - (780-721-0127)

Payment upon registration at the Kinsmen 

 

REGISTRATION 

Friday, February 9th, 5:00–9:00 pm. Play will begin Friday at 5:00 pm. 

 

NOTE: You will not be allowed to play until your tournament fees are collected! 

 

OFFICIAL BALL

 

USHA 21 - All Men and Juniors 

USHA White Label - All Women 

 

PRIZES

 

 1st, 2nd, and consolation

 

 

Eye guards are mandatory and must be worn properly at all times during the match. 

 

HOSPITALITY

 

Friday – Chili and buns

Saturday – fruit, muffins, banquet dinner (extra tickets: $25.00 each) 

Sunday – fruit, muffins 

 

Wednesday
Apr052017

2017 Calgary One Wall Championships

The Calgary One wall Tourney a huge success.  

Saturday March 25th marked the beginning of a new era with the inaugural Calgary One Wall tourney. There were 34 players (men, women and juniors) and another 10 patrons attending the banquet at Rob and Launie Rakochey's house. We could not have asked for a more perfect day. 

The games were timed events - 15 minute matches - which went off very smoothly. Daryl Rakochey set up and ran a very smooth tournament desk, keeping all matches flowing smoothly, and he really enjoyed blowing the whistle. So much so that he was seen later that evening using it to round up their barn yard animals. 

The events for singles and doubles consisted of A, B+, B and Juniors. There was fantastic play in all divisions. 

The A division featured in the final, who else, Chad Bemis (not to be confused with Chad Bemish as they know him in Sherwood Park) and Shane Vigen. Chad is on a roll now with two in a row over Shane. But this battle is far from over. Shane was overheard speaking of his new 2 a day training sessions to ensure that this short streak is broken soon. Chad ate an extra hamburger Saturday night in celebration. Plus the good news is Chads fiancé has vowed to start playing. I smell a mixed doubles/couples final in the future. Watch out at the upcoming Westerns in Calgary April 7-9th.

Consolation matches are usually a one liner after describing the good side of any event, but the A consolation here was epic. Master against Student. Father pitted against son. There was blood, sweat and tears. Rob Rakochey was able to take advantage of the 15 minute time frame to hang on against Carter Rakochey. Rob then tended to his haemorrhoids, changed his sweaty shirt and cried. Carter posted "WTF??" on Instagram and lodged an official protest for next year’s event that the 15 minute limit is discriminatory against fit people. His protest will be duly considered by the chair, who recently announced that he successfully beat anorexia. 

The B+ singles saw Shawn Brown defeat Adrian Bussoli.  We wanted to report the score, but some fan stole the card as a memento. There was a welcome resurgence of the Italian stallion, Adrian Bussoli. His quickness and stealth was incredible, both at the buffet and on the court. But he was unable to overcome the youth and determination of Shawn Brown. Shawn helped round out the A draw too, where he received a couple of good educational matches. 

The B+ consolation final saw Tony (“Do not call me Anthony anymore”) Lipatnikov take out Jud Niven.  Jud, a member of the Calgary Police department promised not to put a special note in their system for Tony when he starts to drive.

The B singles had a great final. Darren Sjogren bested Kalem McGrath.  Amazing that Darren, in his first tourney ever, and Kalem, still a legitimate junior, defeated 2 other opponents each to get to the final.  With all the games that Darren played in the B and the B+ event, we expect that he is a poster boy for Advil on Sunday. The runners up feel no effects whatsoever – damn them.

Darren Bender played another junior, Jack Gummer, in the Connie finals.  Age did overcome youth that day, but my guess is that next year, if these 4 meet again, the results for both of these juniors will be much different, 

This event also featured the lone woman entrant Launie Rakochey who played spectacularly. A huge thanks to Launie for all she did for the event - getting the house ready, buying and preparing all of the food for Saturday during the day, preparing all of the food for Saturday night BBQ banquet, and overall putting up with her high needs husband all the while taking care of the rest of her daily activities. While she is behind the scenes, we could not pull off these events without her help. 

The juniors singles saw a new, first time champion - Jerome Rakochey. Jerome plays handball 4 times a week, two programs for 4 wall, and 2 for one wall. He has progressed from going years without winning a match to winning his first event. Ethan Niven gave him a real run in the final, but Jerome's deep serves kept him in the back court and his returns of Ethan's serves were powerful. These two could be the next Chad/Shane battle. 

In the junior’s consolation event, we had 2 great players – Ivan Aguillon coming out victorious over Ryleigh Barrow. 

The A doubles was a 3 team round robin which was very close each match determined by 1 to 3 points. Very hard fought and the winners were Shane and Rob, runners up Chad and David, with the consolation winners Sean and Carter. 

The B+ doubles saw the finalists of the B+ singles, Adrian and Shawn team together formidably against the first know mother/son team of Launie and Carter Rakochey.  When discussing who should dive for Adrian’s kill shots, Launie stated “I gave birth to you – you dive if necessary!”  Fortunately Adrian cannot kill the ball, and thus no dives were required.

The B+ Doubles Consolation was Ken Ramsay and Jud Niven outlast Bill McGrath and Darren Sjogren in the finals.  Goes to show that even when you play with a Canadian Hall of Fame inductee, you can still lose.

The B doubles had another age v. beauty battle.  Tom Barrow and Darren Bender had just enough to overcome the youth and exuberance of Jack Bender and Kalem McGrath.  Watch out for these kids as I see many years of a doubles team here.

The B Doubles consolation saw Darren Sjogren (no wonder he was pooped) and Oswaldo Aguillon come out on top of Launie Rakochey and John Murray.  The chairman vows to console Launie in whatever way she needs.  John Murray – sorry pal, you are on your own.

The junior doubles finalists were Ethan Niven and Lilliana Brown and Sara Bender and Ryleigh Barrow.  Ethan and Lilliana had too much power and came out on top.

On the juniors Connie side, Erin Sjogren and Grady Brooks came out on top of two other first timers Ivan Aguillon and Jordyn Vigen.  

It is safe to say that every participant in the day went away very pleased. Thanks as well to the Calgary handball Club and their executive for all of their help and support. The prizes were terrific and it was a great community building event as well. Stay tuned for the continued one wall emails. Come out. Bring your friends. The game is great, the fellowship is terrific, and it will be our community that builds this game. 

Rob Rakochey - AHA President and CHC one wall coordinator