Monday, September 10, 2012

Congratulations to Donna Urquhart!!

Australia’s Donna Urquhart won her first title on the women’s professional squash tour since April last year when she beat Danish number one Line Hansen in straight games to win the Crocodile Challenge Cup in Hong Kong on Sunday.


Urquhart was in total control throughout as she disposed of Hansen 11-6, 11-8, 11-6 in an impressive display.

The 25-year-old has been in great form of late, including a first ever win over fellow Australian Rachael Grinham at last month’s Australian Open.

She followed that up by reaching the quarter-finals of the Matamata Open in New Zealand the following week.

Urquhart went into the Hong Kong tournament as firm favourite and didn’t disappoint, dropping only one game on her way to her seventh career title.

She now has a week’s break before the Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur, where she will play Czech Lucie Fialova in the first round.



Semi-final results – prefix denotes seeding




Women



1-Donna Urquhart (AUS) bt 3-Line Hansen (DEN) 11-6, 11-8, 11-6

Harrow Sports to become the official equipment supplier of UC Davis Women's Lacrosse

DENVER, September 10th 2012 - Harrow Sports today announced an official partnership with UC Davis  to be the official sponsor of women’s lacrosse equipment for the Aggies.

“UC Davis has a high caliber program and we believe this partnership will have an immediate positive impact for our brand”, said Mark Hayden, Harrow Chairman and CEO.  “This further demonstrates Harrow’s commitment to aligning elite athletes with the most innovative equipment in the market. We are excited to support Kate Henwood as she takes the helm as the new Aggies head coach.”
"UC Davis is thrilled to begin a new era of excellence in Women's Lacrosse and, as the new Head Coach,  I am equally as excited to embark on this journey with Harrow as our official lacrosse equipment sponsor.” –Kate Henwood UC Davis Head Coach “Harrow integrates cutting-edge technology into their equipment, which will enable our players to perform to their maximum potential."

The partnership will begin in 2012 and will last through the 2015 season. The UC Davis Aggies will use Harrow as its main supplier of women’s lacrosse equipment.

About Harrow Sports

Harrow Sports, Inc. is a leading marketer, manufacturer, and distributor of sporting goods and uniforms to the institutional and team sports market. Harrow's lacrosse, field hockey, ice hockey, and squash equipment lines, along with comprehensive apparel, bag, and footwear offerings are sold internationally and throughout America. Harrow is a devoted sponsor of the US WCLA Tournament, National Tournament and several NCAA programs.


About UC Davis Women's Lacrosse

Besides leading the nation in draw controls, the 2011 Aggies ranked third in Division I with 15.53 goals per game, shattering their previous school record by more than a goal per game.The Aggie's also scored 21 or more goals five times, including 22 vs. LIU on Mar. 27. Kate Henwood, formerly the top assistant at Villanova and most recently the head coach at Garnet Valley High School in Glen Mills, Pa., has been named as head coach for UC Davis women's lacrosse.

Harrow Sports Contact
Amanda Mastera, Women’s Lacrosse Brand Manager
Email: amastera@harrowsports.

HARROW BACKS MORE TOP SQUASH




Harrow Sports signed two more top international squash players, Adrian Grant and Chris Simpson, both of the UK.

Chris Simpson is currently ranked #38 in the world and was the winner of the PSA World Tour Kent Open this year.
Simpson stated, "I'm very excited to be joining Harrow, they have a range of rackets that both look and play great, so I'm looking forward to starting my PSA season with my new Harrow equipment."

Adrian Grant is currently ranked #15 in the world, has achieved a highest professional rank of #9, and highest English ranking of #4. Grant has won 16 PSA World Tour titles, gold at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in men's doubles, currently holds 'most tour titles won' and is second on the all time list of 'Englishmen with tour titles won'. He has participated in a variety of squash fundraisers and is helping to inspire the next generation. He works with www.spiritofsquash.com whose goal is to introduce children to the sport of squash and provide sporting opportunities for young people.

"I'm thrilled to have signed with the Harrow team and look forward to exciting developments with the Harrow brand, they have a strong reputation within the US and I hope to help establish their image within the UK and Europe. It was an easy decision to partner with Harrow after sampling their range of rackets. I'm 100% confident Harrow will help me reach my goals as a professional squash player," affirmed Grant. Harrow is very excited to be bringing these exceptional athletes on board.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Harrow Sports partners with SPHL


Harrow Sports has signed a new multi-year partnership agreement with the Southern
Professional Hockey League (SPHL). This league sponsorship names Harrow Sports as an
Official Provider of Apparel and Bags to the SPHL.

The Southern Professional Hockey League is comprised of nine teams located throughout the
southeastern United States. Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, the mission of the SPHL
is to provide a quality entertainment product structured inside an economic model that is viable
for small and mid-size markets and arenas.

"Harrow is very pleased to finalize this sponsorship/partnership with the SPHL,” said Jeff Corey,
Hockey Brand Manager at Harrow Sports. “Each year our products, service, and market share
continues to grow, and we look forward to growing even further with this mutually beneficial
relationship. The SPHL has been around for years. Everyone knows how difficult it is (even at
the NHL level) to operate a professional sports organization, yet the SPHL continues to prove
their professionalism through longevity. This is exactly the type of organization we want to
associate our brand with.”

“We are excited to begin a relationship with Harrow Sports and help to increase their exposure
throughout professional hockey,” added SPHL President Jim Combs.

Harrow Sports is a Denver, Colorado based sports equipment manufacturer focusing on the
sports of hockey, lacrosse, squash, field hockey, as well as the custom team uniforms, apparel,
and bags to go along with each sport.

For more information please contact Jeff Corey at jcorey@harrowsports.com or visit
www.harrowsports.com.

To visit the SPHL website go to www.thesphl.com

Monday, July 16, 2012

Harrow Sports has signed a new partnership agreement with the ECHL, North America’s
Premier ‘AA’ Hockey League. This agreement names Harrow Sports as a “Licensed Bag
Provider to the ECHL”.

The ECHL celebrates its 25th Anniversary in 2012-13 and is the third-longest tenured
professional hockey league behind only the National Hockey League and the American Hockey
League. The ECHL began in 1988-89 with five teams in four states and has grown to be a coast-
to-coast league with 23 teams in 16 states in 2012-13.

"Harrow is very pleased to finalize this partnership with the ECHL. Each year our products,
service and market share continues to grow, and we look forward to growing even further with
this mutually beneficial relationship. The ECHL has an endless list of players they graduate on
to the NHL and we are proud to associate ourselves with such a professional organization.” says
Jeff Corey, Hockey Brand Manager at Harrow Sports.

“We are pleased to have Harrow Sports on board as a licensed bag provider to the ECHL,” said
ECHL Vice President of Marketing & Licensing Tara Crane. “Their high-quality bags should be
of great interest to both our teams and fans.”

“At Harrow Sports, we take pride in our ability to provide the best possible product and service
to our customers. The ECHL/Harrow relationship is one we expect to nurture for years to come”
says Wes Wolfe, Account Manager with Harrow Sports.

Harrow Sports is a Denver, Colorado based sports equipment manufacturer focusing on the
sports of hockey, lacrosse, squash, field hockey, as well as the custom team uniforms, apparel,
and bags to go along with each sport.

For more information please contact Wes Wolfe at wwolfe@harrowsports.com or visit
www.harrowsports.com.

To visit the ECHL website go to www.echl.com

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Columbia University and Harrow Sports Announce Official Partnership

-- Harrow Sports to become the preferred equipment supplier of the Columbia University
field hockey team --

DENVER, April 5, 2012 – Harrow Sports today announced an official partnership with
the Columbia University field hockey team, making them the preferred equipment and
apparel supplier for the Ivy League team.

“We are please and excited to begin the partnership between Columbia and Harrow,” said
head coach, Marybeth Freeman. “Having met with them and talked at length about how
they could meet our hockey needs, the choice was easy and we are confident our athletes
will benefit because of their quality products.”

The partnership will begin in 2012 and will last through the 2014 season. Harrow Sports
will now be the preferred supplier of sticks, protective gear, apparel and accessories.

“We are looking forward to the addition of the Columbia Lions to the Harrow Field
Hockey team,” said Alli Tanner, Harrow Field Hockey Brand Manager. Teaming with
Columbia provides Harrow with a great opportunity to showcase our field hockey line
while continuing to advance the sport on a national level.

About Harrow Sports
Harrow Sports, Inc. is a leading marketer, manufacturer, and distributor of sporting goods
and uniforms to the institutional and team sports market. Harrow’s lacrosse, field hockey,
ice hockey, and squash equipment lines, along with comprehensive apparel, bag, and
footwear offerings are sold internationally and throughout America. Harrow is a devoted
sponsor of USA Field Hockey and several NCAA programs.

About Columbia University Field Hockey
Columbia finished the 2011 season with a 9-8 (5-2) record under Head Coach, Marybeth
Freeman. Six Lions earned All-Ivy Honors, setting a new school record. The Lions will
open their 2012 campaign on September 8th against Bucknell University.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Greenwich Skating Club U14 team wins regionals.


Congratulations to Greenwich skating club U14 team on winning the regionals. They are headed to the tier 2 nationals in Texas after winning in triple overtime and scoring the the winning goal at 6.35 in the third.

This is the second time this team have been to nationals - going as a U12 team 2 years ago, as the first team in the history of the club to compete at nationals.

Congratulations from eveyone at Harrow.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Harrow Sports is proud sponsor of USA Field Hockey's FUNdamental Field Hockey Program

COLORADO SPRINGS, C.O. – USA Field Hockey announced today an ambitious youth development program focused on inspiring boys and girls ages 7-11 to participate in field hockey nationwide. Fundamental Field Hockey, sponsored by Harrow Sports, will launch 250 programs, distribute 6,000 sticks and encourage 15,000 children to play field hockey across the country in 2012.




“Fundamental Field Hockey is a program that will allow kids their first chance to play field hockey in a fun setting,” said Liz Tchou, Youth Development Manager. “Our development goals will revolve around keeping youth in the pipeline by providing them with an avenue to continue to play and most importantly, have fun. I hope that once these kids pick up a stick, they won’t be able to put it down.”



Fundamental Field Hockey coincides with USA Field Hockey’s long-term strategic plan and commitment to enhance sport development by increasing playing opportunities for boys and girls. The program will emphasize fun, hence the program’s name FUNdamental Field Hockey and is focused on playing small sided games on any flat surface with a small or large group of children. The program will provide the necessary tools to young athletes to be introduced to the game and further provide them with channels to remain involved in the sport at all levels.



USA Field Hockey will encourage recreational organizations and schools across the country to apply to be part of Fundamental Field Hockey. To be eligible for the program, the organization must be a recognized recreational center or educational institution, like a YMCA or elementary school, demonstrate a commitment to expose 7-11 year old boys and girls to the sport and be located within 50 miles of a new or existing USA Field Hockey Member Club.



The application process for Fundamental Field Hockey will open on March15 and will be available on usafieldhockey.com.



“We want the next generation of kids to have the option to play field hockey, alongside other sports like basketball, soccer and lacrosse. Fundamental Field Hockey is going to make that happen and it will be a changing moment for our sport,” said Tchou.



Up to 250 successful applicant organizations will be selected to receive a “Field Hockey in a Box” equipment pack, which will include sticks, balls, cones, a carrying bag and a coaching resource book. Programs will receive support from the USA Field Hockey Youth Development staff as well as their local USA Field Hockey Member Club.



Harrow Sports will provide the 250 programs with sticks, balls and cones free of charge.



“Harrow Field Hockey exists to support the developing field hockey player from their first practice as a child, to reaching their goals at the collegiate and international level,” said Alli Tanner, Brand Manager, Harrow Sports, Inc. “We are thrilled to be involved as the equipment supplier for Fundamental Field Hockey and look forward to seeing our sport reap the rewards as it grows across the country.”



By launching Fundamental Field Hockey in areas where clubs exist, athletes will be able to continue participating in the sport at a recreational or elite level.

“Our hope is that once these athletes finish Fundamental Field Hockey, they will sign up to play regularly with a local club,” said Tchou. “Emphasizing sustainability will be key for these athletes and for the growth of the sport.”

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Harrow's Rachel Dawson prepares for the olympics

















Game day, baby. There isn't anything like it. Not even Christmas. The intensity. The excitement. The electricity.

And yet, amid all the hoopla, only one thing matters on game day -- that you are ready to answer the call of duty.

Thankfully my ultra-competitive older brother taught me early in life the value of game day. Dave was the quarterback of his high school football team, which in my 8-year-old mind made him slightly cooler than the red Power Ranger. The great thing about Dave wasn't his athletic prowess, but his passion; he loved sharing game day with his annoying troop of little sisters.

The six of us girls stood in a row. Shoulders back, chins high, Dave glared at us with fiercely blazing eyes. He took a deep breath, tilted his head and lowered his voice into a deep house-quaking rumble:



"ARRRRRRREEEEEEEEE YOUUUU REEEAAADY???

"YES, SIR," we'd shout in unison.

"ARRRRRRREEEEEEEEE YOUUUU REEEAAADY???

"Yes, Sir!!!!"

"ARRRRRRREEEEEEEEE YOUUUU REEEAAADY???

Yes Sir!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We ate it up.

Now, a bazillion games later, I still eat it up. I love game day. I live for it. Game day asks you a simple question -- are you ready? -- and gives you 70 minutes between whistles to deliver your answer.

Yes or no? The answer has very little to do with your opponent. It's about you and your team and how you compete. The game shows you what you are made of -- your true competitive colors. That's what makes it so exhilarating, scary even, because what you are made of matters. Sometimes, it matters more than mere outcomes.

I get nervous. But I don't mind the nerves. They are a challenge. They demand courage. That courage empowers. The more empowered I am, usually, the more fun I have. So I don't fight the nerves or the excitement or even, on rare occasions, the apathy. I go with the ebbs and flows of energy because I have learned, through trial and error, that I perform best when I let myself feel what's real.
I rely on my pregame routines to prepare me for competition. My routines are flexible; I adapt them to fit the tournament environment. If I had it my way, I'd always eat wheat toast topped with almond butter, honey and a banana for a pregame meal, but if that isn't available, the world doesn't stop spinning. Well, at least not for long. I try to stay away from deeply entrenched rituals. For me, being ready when that first whistle blows doesn't depend on which sock I pull up first, or whether I eat exactly two red, two yellow and two green gummy bears 20 minutes before the game.

My game-day routine is simple. I shower about an hour before we depart. I put on my uniform, pull my hair back in a pony, throw on a headband -- usually pink with our blue uniform and Carolina blue (I did go to UNC, after all) with red -- blob on a dash of waterproof mascara and brush my teeth. Then I pack my bag: sticks, shoes, shinnies, mouth guard, glove, notebook and pen.
On the way to the field I look over my game notes. I choose three individual points of focus. Simple anchor points like ball speed, defensive footwork, early positioning on outlet, patience in tackling, communication, head up pre-scanning, strong left hand, strength on ball, etc. I write each point and close my eyes to envision each task. What it looks like, what it feels like. I figure I'll focus on those three keys and let the rest of the game fall into its place. When I am confident in my anchors, I close my notebook, tuck it back in my bag, turn on the tunes and turn off the mind.
Tiesto, Regina Spektor, the "Across the Universe" soundtrack, Florence, Billy Joel, Coldplay, Adele, Rihanna, Enrique. I'll listen to anything as long as it makes me feel alive. Thankful. Excited. Nervous. Whatever. I just feel it.
As we wait for warm-ups, a group of girls play Hacky Sack; the rest of us mill around the locker room -- some dance, some chitchat, some, like me, sit pretty quietly semi-creeping in the corner, laughing at other people's jokes, soaking up the experience -- the rowdy grins, the courageous eyes, the excited yet poised voices.
And on the odd occasion, there is rave-like dancing. Then there are warm-ups. The huddle. The walk-out. And the anthems.
I love our national anthem. Have you ever listened to it? I mean really listened. Like listening so deep you don't just hear Francis Scott Key's words, but you see his image of America.

The bombs bursting in air. The uncertainty of our nation's survival. The red-smoke-streaked night. The yearning for hope. The resilient American flag waving steadily. The promise of a nation.
That's the image I see in my mind right before I play. And then I ask myself the question: Are you ready?



Yes, America, I am.

Original article can be found at ESPNW

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Egypt’s Raneem El Weleily has made her debut in the top 5 of the new WSA Rankings.


The 23 year old had a breakthrough second half of 2011, winning the Carol Weymuller Open and reaching the final of the Hong Kong Open. She started 2012 in equally formidable form by winning the Greenwich Open, beating New Zealand’s unseeded Joelle King in the final.


Full article at www.squashsite.co.uk

Monday, January 23, 2012

Raneem El Weleily triumphs at Greenwich Open all harrow final

The final of the Women's Professional Singles - The Glo Greenwich Open Sunday afternoon was a gripping display of high quality professional squash with World No.7 Raneem El Weleily from Egypt taking on the in form Kiwi - World No.11 Joelle King.


The match was a contrast of styles with King, in a show of strength, using powerful volleys and low thumping drives to unsettle her more fancied opponent El Weleily, who carries the classic attacking Egyptian traits of shooting from everywhere on the court.

The match began at a blistering pace with King pounding her length, determined to stamp her authority on proceedings. Raneem weathered the storm early, deftly moving King to the front routinely to keep her off balance and force an opening in the points.

The quality of squash cannot be understated with both players making some incredible recoveries to keep themselves in the rallies. Trading point for point in the first couple of games, El Weleily edged her way to a 2 games to zero lead by consistently finding the right attacking option as Joelle struggled to find her rhythm on the short ball against her more nimble opponent.

King regrouped in the third, getting off to a quick start courtesy of some uncharacteristic errors from the Egyptian and some well executed and timely volleys.



With the game score at 2-1 El Weleily, regrouped to structure her points much better, building her attack more patiently. A barrage of hold and flicks kept the tall Kiwi twisting and turning in the fourth as the Egyptian claimed her first Greenwich Open Title winning the admiration of an enthralled and appreciative gallery. King, a bridesmaid for the 2nd year in succession can take heart from a solid week and will no doubt be back again next year to hopefully make it third time lucky.
 
Article courtesy of Liam Kenny at the Field Club of Greenwich

Gould and Mudge Show Their Class


Semi final action in the Chilton North American Open at the GCC saw defending champions - Ben Gould and Damien Mudge take on Johnny Smith and Preston Quick. The Aussie duo who are the defending NAO Champions were composed and calculated in their attack early in the match injecting the necessary pace at the right time to close the important points.

Despite Quick's clever angles and Smith's tenacity to stay in the points, the result was never in doubt as World No.1 pairing Gould/Mudge cruised to a 15/10, 15/8, 15/9 victory and book their place in tonight's final.

The second semi-final pitted four players who recently split and reformed with opposite playing partners. The familiar pairings of Leach/Jenson v Badan/Mathur were flipped upside down recently with Leach/Mathur now playing against Jenson/Badan.

The atmosphere was tense and the crowd intrigued as to who would come out on top with these newly formed pairings.

From the first point Jenson/Badan made their intentions very clear by keeping EVERY ball on the right wall to Leach. Mathur was completely shut out of the points helplessly looking on as Leach battled against an onslaught of high sweeping lobs mixed with power crosscourts from the opposition. This tactic bred success as Jenson/Badan took a 2-0 lead with Mathur only able to poach occasionally with deadly effect.

The third game saw Leech and Mathur control the points much better as the tournament drawcard Mathur finessed his way with a mix of power and clever angles to help his team to a 15-3 score. The forth game was a nail biter with the two teams going point for point until they were eventually tied 14-14. The final point was a series of drawn out tense, patient let calls until finally Mathur gave up an uncharacteristic error with a drop in the tin - perhaps the lack of action on the left wall contributing to his untimely error.

Jenson/Badan will need to be at their best tonight to trouble the top seeds of Mudge/Gould, but their impressive form should provide patrons with a fantastic spectacle tonight at the GCC.





Summary of Results



NAO SEMI FINALS

Mudge/Gould def Quick/Smith 15-10, 15-8, 15-9



Jenson/Badan def Leach/Mathur 15-6, 15-9, 2-15, 15-14



PRO AM RESULTS



RED DIVISION

GREER/BADAN def MUDGE/GEORGE



BLUE DIVISION

ROBBIN/RUSSELL def HAYDEN/MATHUR



WHITE DIVISION

HOPKINS/WYANT def BARRETT/BASSETT
 
Article courtesy of Liam Kenny at the Field Club of Greenwich