24th KPMG Squash League serves off on Tuesday

By Sports Desk March 04, 2024
Karen Anderson (L), president of the Jamaica Squash Association happily accepted the $550,000 sponsorship cheque from Rajan Trehan, country managing partner at KPMG (2nd R) who has been sponsoring the league since its inception. Sharing in the happy moment were Damion Reid (2ndL) - partner at KPMG, Sanjana Nallapati of MADS team and Omar O'Connor of Saints team. The presentation was made at the launch which was held recently at the Liguanea Club, home of the Jamaica Squash Association. Karen Anderson (L), president of the Jamaica Squash Association happily accepted the $550,000 sponsorship cheque from Rajan Trehan, country managing partner at KPMG (2nd R) who has been sponsoring the league since its inception. Sharing in the happy moment were Damion Reid (2ndL) - partner at KPMG, Sanjana Nallapati of MADS team and Omar O'Connor of Saints team. The presentation was made at the launch which was held recently at the Liguanea Club, home of the Jamaica Squash Association.

The Jamaica Squash Association (JSA) and KPMG joined forces recently to launch the 24th KPMG League which will feature sixteen teams. The launch was held at the association's home base at the Liguanea Club in New Kingston. 

There was a mood of heightened excitement for this year's staging of the league after last year's successful post Covid-19 return. AGI was the dominant team then but there is one change to their line-up which could make the difference this year. 

Karen Anderson, president of the JSA said "we can expect exciting matches. We see some really strong teams that have registered for the event and I think we will see an upset or two and so we are extremely excited to see how the matches will play out over the two months of the event." 

The league will run on a handicap system which is used to level the playing field so that everybody will have a chance to play and do well.

The teams will play round robin matches in the first round of four teams per group. The top two teams will go to the quarterfinals where all matches going forward will be played on a knockout basis. The other two teams in the group will play in a plate final or final for the losing teams. 

Anderson announced that the association will introduce new software to run the league fully for the first time.

"The association will be running it using the software that we have, the SportyHQ software, which will help us to be a bit more efficient in getting our results out and in the efficiency of the play because now people can follow live. We are trying to be innovative in how we bring new and different to a league that has been running for 24 years." 

Additionally, Anderson welcomed new sponsor Wata to provide hydration throughout the league. She thanked title sponsor for this year's sponsorship of five hundred and fifty thousand dollars. This will allow for the association to take up the cost of staging all the matches while relieving the teams of the cost of hosting matches. 

Rajan Trehan, country managing partner of title sponsor KPMG credited the league for its continued high contribution to developing young players in the game of squash in the country.

"Over the period (of our sponsorship) it has developed into a very strong league and its one of the major events on the JSA calendar. We are proud because we believe in the development of youth as well as sports and we have adopted squash as one of the sports to make sure that we contribute in the development of squash in particular." 

He also said that KPMG will be around for much longer than the 24 years they have been sponsoring the league. 

One of Jamaica's best young player Sanjana Nallapati endorsed that league while saying that her game had improved because of her involvement in the league. "It (her game) was definitely better because we had a bunch of matches. Games are usually up to 11 but these were up to 21. Even though it was best of three, it tested our fitness quite a bit and the squash definitely improved quite a bit by the end of it." 

Dave Morrison of defending champion AGI (Advantage General Insurance) was upbeat about the league. "Last year was really satisfying. We have never always done well because the nature of the tournament is to ensure that regardless of the quality of players you have, it’s all eliminated or equalized because of the handicap structure. But last year we really came out with a certain level of determination and yes, I had to one or two times, I had to save the team but I will remind them that that's what I did but yes, we had a very, very exciting tournament last year. I really enjoyed it." 

The league will serve off on Tuersday evening at the Liguanea Club while it is scheduled to end on April 19 at the same venue.

 

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