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Nations Cup 2022

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Carrus Nations Cup 2022, Trustpower Arena, Tauranga, New Zealand
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Nations Cup 2022
03 - 06 Nov

Tauranga, New Zealand

Results - Final: 2022 Carrus Nations Cup

[1] New Zealand 1-1 [2] England (England Win 45-44 on points)
Joelle King (NZL) bt Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) 4-0: 7-4, 7-2, 7-5, 7-6 (37m)
Mohamed ElShorbagy (ENG) bt Paul Coll (NZL) 4-0: 7-5, 7-6, 7-1, 7-4 (43m)

Results - 3/4 Play-Off: 2022 Carrus Nations Cup

[3] Europe 2-0 [5] Canada
Nele Gilis (EUR) bt Hollie Naughton (CAN) 4-2: 6-7, 1-7, 7-6, 7-5, 7-2, 7-1 (42m)
Sebastien Bonmalais (EUR) bt David Baillargeon (CAN) 4-0: 7-1, 7-1, 7-2, 7-5 (32m)
 
Results - Pool Stage Day Three: 2022 Nations Cup

[5] Canada 1-1 [7] Australia: Pool A (Canada win due to winning 6-4 on games)
Rex Hedrick (AUS) bt David Baillargeon (CAN) 4-2: 4-7, 7-2, 7-2, 7-2, 4-7, 7-2 (56m)
Hollie Naughton (CAN) bt Jessica Turnbull (AUS) 4-0: 7-1, 7-2, 7-2, 7-4 (19m)

[6] USA 2-0 [8] New Zealand B: Pool B
Timothy Brownell (USA) bt Lwamba Chileshe (NZL) 4-1: 7-6, 5-7, 7-3, 7-2, 7-2 (40m)
Olivia Clyne (USA) bt Kaitlyn Watts (NZL) 4-1: 7-3, 7-4, 7-5, 6-7, 7-4 (32m)

[1] New Zealand A 2-0 [4] Scotland: Pool A
Paul Coll (NZL) bt Greg Lobban (SCO) 4-0: 7-2, 7-2, 7-1, 7-4 (26m)
Joelle King (NZL) bt Lisa Aitken (SCO) 4-1: 7-1, 7-4, 3-7, 7-0, 7-1 (32m)

[2] England 1-1 [3] Europe: Pool B (England win due to winning 39-37 on points)
Mohamed ElShorbagy (ENG) bt Sebastien Bonmalais (FRA) 4-0: 7-3, 7-0, 7-4, 7-2 (30m)
Nele Gilis (BEL) bt Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) 4-0: 7-3, 7-4, 7-3, 7-1 (33m)

Draw - Third-Place Play-Off: To Be Played November 6th
[5] Canada v [3] Europe

Draw - Final: To Be Played November 6th
[1] New Zealand A v [2] England
Results – Pool Stage Day Two: 2022 Nations Cup

[4] Scotland 1-1 [7] Australia: Pool A (Scotland win due to winning 7-5 on games)
Greg Lobban (SCO) bt Rex Hedrick (AUS) 4-1: 7-2, 7-6, 7-2, 3-7, 7-1 (42m)
Jessica Turnbull (AUS) bt Lisa Aitken (SCO) 4-3: 5-7, 7-3, 4-7, 7-6, 7-5, 5-7, 7-2 (45m)

[3] Europe 2-0 [8] New Zealand B
Sebastien Bonmalais (FRA) bt Lwamba Chileshe (NZL) 4-1: 2-7, 7-1, 7-5, 7-4, 7-5 (43m)
Nele Gilis (BEL) bt Kaitlyn Watts (NZL) 4-0: 7-4, 7-2, 7-2, 7-2 (28m)

[1] New Zealand A 2-0 [5] Canada
Paul Coll (NZL) bt David Baillargeon (CAN) 4-1: 7-2, 7-2, 7-2, 6-7, 7-2 (35m)
Joelle King (NZL) bt Hollie Naughton (CAN) 4-1: 4-7, 7-2, 7-0, 7-2, 7-5 (32m)

[2] England 2-0 [6] USA
Mohamed ElShorbagy (ENG) bt Timothy Brownell (USA) 4-0: 7-3, 7-1, 7-1, 7-3 (32m)
Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) bt Olivia Clyne (USA) 4-3: 6-7, 5-7, 7-3, 7-6, 7-5, 0-7, 7-4 (45m)

Draw – Pool Stage Day Two: To Be Played November 5th
[7] Australia v [5] Canada – Pool A
[1] New Zealand A v [4] Scotland – Pool A
[8] New Zealand B v [6] USA – Pool B
[2] England v [3] Europe – Pool B
Results - Pool Stage Day One: 2022 Nations Cup

[5] Canada 2-0 [4] Scotland: Pool A
Hollie Naughton (CAN) bt Lisa Aitken (SCO) 4-0: 7-4, 7-1, 7-3, 7-4 (21m)
David Baillargeon (CAN) bt Greg Lobban (SCO) 4-3: 4-7, 4-7, 7-1, 7-5, 6-7, 7-3, 7-5 (61m)

[1] New Zealand A 2-0 [7] Australia: Pool A
Joelle King (NZL) bt Jessica Turnbull (AUS) 4-1: 7-5, 7-1, 7-5, 5-7, 7-1 (30m)
Paul Coll (NZL) bt Rex Hedrick (AUS) 4-0: 7-4, 7-3, 7-5, 7-4 (36m)

[2] England 2-0 [8] New Zealand B
Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) bt Kaitlyn Watts (NZL) 4-0: 7-5, 7-4, 7-1, 7-4 (25m)
Mohamed ElShorbagy (ENG) bt Lwamba Chileshe (NZL) 4-1: 7-1, 3-7, 7-4, 7-1, 7-0 (25m)

[3] Team Europe 2-0 [6] USA
Nele Gilis (EUR) bt Olivia Clyne (USA) 4-1: 7-6, 7-6, 6-7, 7-5, 7-5 (41m)
Sebastien Bonmalais (EUR) bt Timothy Brownell (USA) 4-3: 7-5, 7-2, 7-2, 6-7, 3-7, 3-7, 7-3 (61m)
 
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Day 4

England Beat Hosts New Zealand to Win Inaugural Nations Cup

Carrus Nations Cup winners England: Mohamed ElShorbagy (left) and Sarah-Jane Perry (right)

England are the Carrus Nations Cup champions after they overcame hosts New Zealand by the slimmest of margins earlier today in a thrilling finale to the inaugural SquashFORWARD event, which has taken place at the Trustpower Baypark Arena in Tauranga this week.

Men’s World No.4 Mohamed ElShorbagy put in a devastating performance to beat home favourite and World No.2 Paul Coll 7-5, 7-6, 7-1, 7-4 after 43 nail-biting minutes of world-class squash.

Coll was cheered on by a packed home crowd but narrowly missed out on victory for New Zealand, with a rampant ElShorbagy coming up with a spell-binding display to capture his first trophy in England colours having switched allegiance from Egypt in June of this year.

ElShorbagy’s triumph - coupled with teammate Sarah-Jane Perry’s 7-4, 7-2, 7-5, 7-6 defeat to Kiwi Joelle King - saw England ultimately win 45-44 on points to ensure that they are the inaugural Nations Cup champions.



“I’ve got Sarah-Jane Perry to thank,” said ElShorbagy afterwards.

“I’ve been asking her questions the whole week about how to deal with things. She has been leading the team this whole week and has done an incredible job with me. All of her advice during the game today has been unbelievable.

“It’s an honour to represent England beside her. She has been leading the way for so many years for England, and it’s such an honour to win with her.”

Perry said: “Even in my match I was thinking to myself that I had to win as many points as possible in the last couple of games.



“I wanted to give Mo a chance. He’s an absolute legend of the game and he took that chance and went with it and played incredibly. I’ve got to thank Mo today for his incredible performance.”

The third-place play-off was contested by Team Europe and Canada, with the former - represented by Belgium’s Nele Gilis and France’s Sebastien Bonmalais - prevailing.

Women’s World No.13 Gilis came back from two games down to overcome World No.17 Hollie Naughton, winning 6-7, 1-7, 7-6, 7-5, 7-2, 7-1 in 42 minutes.

“I’m feeling good. I’m very happy to sneak that win for Team Europe,” said Gilis (below).



“From 2-0 down, she still needed two games, so I thought, okay, that’s still a long way to go, actually, so I knew I could fight my way back into this. If it was best of five and 2-0 down, that’s a tough ask to come back from.”

World No.38 Sebastien Bonmalais closed out the win for Europe following a dominant 7-1, 7-1, 7-2, 7-5 triumph.

“I was feeling very comfortable on the court and was finding everything, my shots, my length, and I’m happy I managed to win 4-0 today against a friend and roommate in David,” Bonmalais said.



“I knew if she [Gilis] had lost the match, I would have to beat David like this, but with the pressure on it. So of course it was brilliant that she won and she make a good comeback and I’m happy with the team.”

The Nations Cup was the first instalment of the new SquashFORWARD series, created to trial changes to the traditional competition and scoring formats used at official PSA tournaments. More information on the rules is available here.
 
Day 3

New Zealand and England to Meet in Nations Cup Final

New Zealand and England will line up in the final of the inaugural Nations Cup after they finished top of Pool A and Pool B, respectively as pool stage action drew to a close today at the Trustpower Baypark Arena in Tauranga, New Zealand.

Home favourites Paul Coll and Joelle King made it three wins from three as they helped New Zealand to victory over Scotland, beating Greg Lobban and Lisa Aitken.

Men’s World No.2 Coll was up first and he made no mistake in dispatching World No.25 Lobban 7-2, 7-2, 7-1, 7-4 in just 26 minutes. King then followed up with a 7-1, 7-4, 3-7, 7-0, 7-1 win to wrap up the pool stage for New Zealand.



“I mean it’s a weird thing, before I went on Paul [Coll] told me that we were already through,” said King.

“It should relax you in a good way, but sometimes you need that little bit of something to chase, to sort of fire you up. I’m happy with getting off there and getting through tonight.”

England narrowly got the better of Team Europe in their fixture. Men’s World No.4 Mohamed ElShorbagy completed a 7-3, 7-0, 7-4, 7-2 victory over Frenchman Sebastien Bonmalais.

ElShorbagy’s compatriot Sarah-Jane Perry fell to Belgium’s Nele Gilis by a 7-3, 7-4, 7-3, 7-1 scoreline, but England take the win courtesy of winning 39 points during the course of the fixture, compared to 37 for Europe, meaning they top Pool B.



“I am very happy with my focus," said ElShorbagy.

“I think I was happy with how I did yesterday. Sometimes when you’re winning 2-0, 3-0, you can easily lose focus in one of the games. It happens when you’re playing best of five in a normal PSA event a lot. So this tournament has been very good mentally for all of us."

Europe will take on Canada in the third-place play-off tomorrow following Canada’s victory over Australia earlier which guaranteed them second in Pool A. Despite David Baillargeon falling to Rex Hedrick by a 4-2 margin, Hollie Naughton was able to rescue her team with an assured 4-0 victory over Jessica Turnbull.

In Pool B, USA finished in third place after Olivia Clyne and Timothy Brownell achieved wins over Kaitlyn Watts and Lwamba Chileshe, consigning New Zealand B to bottom place.



The Nations Cup third-place play-off takes place tomorrow (November 6) at 13:00 (GMT+13) before the final takes place at 15:00. Both fixtures will be shown live on
The Nations Cup continues tomorrow (November 5) when the pool stage draws to a close. All matches will be shown live on SQUASHTV.

For more information on the event, Where available Live Scores will be here, or follow on PSAChallengerTourLivestreams, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & TikTok
 
Day 2

New Zealand Rise to Summit of Pool A on Day Two of Nations Cup



Hosts New Zealand A have risen to the top of Pool A after they overcame Canada on day two of the Carrus Nations Cup taking place at the Trustpower Baypark Arena in Tauranga, New Zealand.

Men’s World No.2 Paul Coll and women’s World No.5 Joelle King are starring on home soil this week and they achieved wins over World No.69 David Baillargeon and World No.17 Hollie Naughton, respectively, to put themselves on the verge of a place in Sunday’s final. They sit at the summit of Pool A courtesy of winning four matches to second-place Canada’s two.

They face Australia tomorrow and a win for Coll against Rex Hedrick or a victory for King against Jessica Turnbull would guarantee them top spot in Pool A.

“I’ve gone into this week with a mindset to enjoy it and embrace the crowd,” said Coll after his match.

“I wanted to enjoy it and try and put on a show for the crowd. It’s been a while since they’ve seen top level squash, and we’ve got some greats here, so I hope they have a good week.

“Catching up with friends and family is part of that, going out for lunch, enjoying the beach and the sea. I’m just enjoying my time here, enjoying my squash and hopefully that that transforms into some good performances.”

Scotland overcame Australia in the day’s other Pool A tie, with World No.25 Greg Lobban beating Hedrick 4-1. Lobban’s compatriot, Lisa Aitken, went down to Turnbull in a seven-gamer, but only required two games to win the tie for Scotland, who sit in third in Pool A.

“I’m really happy with today’s performance, it was really enjoyable,” said Lobban.



“The quicker and the easier I win, it takes a little bit of the pressure off. To lose [the fourth], it could easily get away from you given that it’s only up to seven points with the Powerplay rule too. Before you know it, it could be 3-2, 3-3 and into a decider.”

Team Europe stay top of Pool A for the second day running after Belgium’s Nele Gilis and France’s Sebastien Bonmalais recorded respective wins against New Zealand B’s Kaitlyn Watts and Lwamba Chileshe.

Europe will go up against England in a blockbuster tie tomorrow to decide who will progress to the final.



“Seb inspired me to go out there and play well,” said Gilis.

“I felt good out there, it was obviously Kaitlyn’s home crowd, so I knew she would be up for it and would be fighting, which she did. I’m really glad to get away in four. I’m looking forward to it [playing England’s Sarah-Jane Perry next], it’s going to be a great battle. We train together, so we know each other’s games, I’m really excited.”

England sit in second in Pool B. They have won the same amount of matches and games as Europe, but have scored less points so far despite their win over USA today. Men’s World No.4 Mohamed ElShorbagy overcame USA’s Timothy Brownell in straight games, while his compatriot Sarah-Jane Perry required seven games to defeat World No.20 Olivia Clyne.

“I think the new format we’re trialling here, I think the concentration is very different, I think we’re all getting used to that and it’s led to some topsy-turvy matches so far, including my match just now,” Perry said.



“I think it’s the the men first [tomorrow], so I’ll be confident in Mo getting on there and doing the job as well. Hopefully he can get me onto the court in a good position and I’ll do my best to bring it home for England.”



The Nations Cup continues tomorrow (November 5) when the pool stage draws to a close. All matches will be shown live on SQUASHTV.

For more information on the event, Where available Live Scores will be here, or follow on PSAChallengerTourLivestreams, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & TikTok.
 
Day 1

Canada and Europe Lead the Way as Nations Cup Begins in New Zealand

The Nations Cup - the inaugural tournament in the new SquashFORWARD series - got underway today at the Trustpower Baypark Arena in Tauranga, New Zealand with Canada and Europe ending the opening day at the summit of Pool A and Pool B, respectively.

The SquashFORWARD series has been created in order to trial changes to the traditional competition and scoring formats used at official PSA tournaments. The Nations Cup features eight teams, split into two groups of four, with the top teams from each group meeting in Sunday’s final. All matches are played using a best-of-seven games format, with each game being first to seven points.

No.5 seeds Canada top Group A after upsetting No.4 seeds Scotland in the opening tie of the day. Women’s World No.16 Hollie Naughton got them off to the perfect start after a dominant 4-0 win over World No.27 Lisa Aitken, before men’s World No.69 David Baillargeon dispatched World No.25 Greg Lobban in a thrilling 4-3 match, which went the distance.



“I’m feeling pretty good, it’s one of the biggest wins in my career,” said Baillargeon afterwards.

“[Naughton winning] Put more pressure on me because after her doing so well, I thought that I had to do it myself now, like I have to win a game or have to make it through because she did really well. I maybe put a bit too much pressure on myself in the first two and I didn’t play as well as I could have.

Baillargeon’s use of the new Powerplay - which gives each player two opportunities per match to win two points if they win the rally they use it on - proved crucial, with the Canadian saying: “I used my two Powerplays back-to-back in the third game and I won that game to clinch our spot and the victory. Then I was more relaxed and I played way better after that.

“I knew even if I lost 4-0 and I made a good amount of points we would go through.”

Hosts New Zealand A sit second in Pool A. Men’s World No.2 Paul Coll and women’s World No.5 Joelle King scored victories over Australia’s Rex Hedrick and Jessica Turnbull but sit behind Canada in the Pool due to amassing 61 points in total compared to Canada’s 70.



“I loved it out there today… but it makes you quite edgy,” said King.

"The new scoring system, I think because nobody’s played it, we didn’t really know exactly what to expect. But I’m actually loving it. I was watching some of the matches before I played and seeing how players are using the Powerplay. I think it’s quite an exciting thing and you can’t relax for a second.”

Women’s World No.13 Nele Gilis and men’s World No.38 Sebastien Bonmalais have led Europe to the summit of Pool A after they beat the United States duo of Olivia Clyne and Timothy Brownell.



“We’re [Gilis and Bonmalais] good friends, so we get along really well,” said Gilis.

“He’s very laid back, he’s a good teammate, and I’m actually really excited to be in Team Europe with him. We talk about stuff like when to use the power play and we’ll talk to each other in between games, so it works well.”

Men’s World No.4 Mohamed ElShorbagy earned his first cap for England since his switch of allegiance from Egypt in June as he overcame men’s World No.99 Lwamba Chileshe, who was representing New Zealand B.

ElShorbagy scored a 4-1 victory over the Kiwi to add to compatriot Sarah-Jane Perry’s 4-0 win against Kaitlyn Watts. They are second in Pool B due to Europe scoring more points during their match against USA.



“I’m really happy to get my first England cap with a win,” ElShorbagy said.

“It was a good match, it’s very different with the format, it was quick-fire. It was a very proud day for me to be representing England officially for my first time and I hope it continues.”



The Nations Cup continues tomorrow (November 4) with the second day of pool stage action. All matches will be shown live on SQUASHTV.

For more information on the event, Where available Live Scores will be here, or follow on PSAChallengerTourLivestreams, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & TikTok.
 
Preview

Teams Announced for November’s Nations Cup
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Eight teams will battle for supremacy at the inaugural Nations Cup between November 3-6, with men’s World No.2 Paul Coll and women’s World No.5 Joelle King teaming up to represent host nation New Zealand in Tauranga.

Held at the Trustpower Arena, the Nations Cup is the first iteration of the new SquashFORWARD series which has been created in order to trial changes to the traditional competition and scoring formats used at official tournaments, including those on the PSA Tour.


Paul Coll and Joelle King

Coll and King - both Commonwealth Games gold medallists in the summer - will make their first competitive appearances on home soil in over five years. Seeded second is England, who will be represented by former men’s World No.1 Mohamed ElShorbagy and women’s World No.8 Sarah-Jane Perry.

The No.3 seeds are Team Europe - represented by men’s World No.34 Sebastien Bonmalais and women’s World No.13 Nele Gilis - while Scotland is seeded fourth and will see men’s and women’s World No.29s Greg Lobban and Lisa Aitken feature.

Other nations to take part are Canada (David Baillargeon and Hollie Naughton), United States (Timothy Brownell & Olivia Clyne), Australia (Jessica Turnbull and Rex Hedrick) and the New Zealand 'B' team (Lwamba Chileshe and Kaitlyn Watts).

The eight teams will be split into two groups of four, with the top teams from each group meeting in the final. The second-place teams from each group will contest the third-place playoff.

A fixture will feature a men’s and a women’s match with the overall team score to be determined in the following order: (1) the number of matches won; (2) the number of games won; (3) the number of points won.

The Nations Cup will use a best-of-seven games scoring format throughout the event. Each game will be first to seven points. If the game scores are locked at 6-6, a sudden-death point will be played, with the winner of that rally taking the game. Each player can opt for a ‘Power Play’ twice per match where he or she can win two points.

The new scoring format was decided following engagement with the squash community, with votes being cast on a series of proposed scoring formats during April-May on the PSA World Tour website.

Group A will consist of New Zealand, Scotland, Canada and Australia, while England, Europe, United States and New Zealand 'B' will make up Group B.

Group stage action will begin on Thursday November 3 at 13:00 (GMT+13). Four fixtures will be played per night for the first three days of the event until the group stage has drawn to a close.

Group stage matches will take place at 13:00, 14:30, 18:00 and 19:30 between November 3-5. The third-place playoff will be held at 13:00 on Sunday November 6, with the final beginning at 15:00.

The Nations Cup will be broadcast live on SQUASHTV, as will the New Zealand Open, which features the Roberston Lodges NZ Men’s Open and the Barfoot & Thompson NZ Women’s Open. Both are PSA World Tour Silver events and will be played at the Trustpower Arena between November 8-13.

For more information on the Nations Cup and to purchase tickets, visit the official tournament website.

2022 Nations Cup: Teams
1. New Zealand: Paul Coll & Joelle King
2. England: Mohamed ElShorbagy & Sarah-Jane Perry
3. Europe: Sebastien Bonmalais & Nele Gilis
4. Scotland: Greg Lobban & Lisa Aitken
5. Canada: David Baillargeon & Hollie Naughton
6. United States: Timothy Brownell & Olivia Clyne
7. Australia: Rex Hedrick & Jessica Turnbull
8. New Zealand 'B': Lwamba Chileshe & Kaitlyn Watts

Group A
New Zealand
Scotland
Canada
Australia

Group B
England
Europe
United States
New Zealand 'B'

 

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