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UTech Knights looking for KPMG League three-peat

Published:Monday | February 9, 2015 | 12:00 AM

KINGSTON:Defending champions UTech Knights will be gunning for their third consecutive title when the 2015 KPMG Squash League serves off on Tuesday, February 17.

The two-time winners are top picks for a three-peat as 16 teams get set to do battle in the 15th renewal of the popular tournament. The competition, which is set to run for eight weeks, features a handicap format, which levels the playing across gender, experience, and skill level. The structure ensures that practically every match is competitive and every team has a reasonable shot at the title.

While the unpredictable nature of the tournament means even the most seasoned players cannot be complacent, the Knights, led by former national and regional junior champion Ashante Smith, will hope to tip the odds in their favour. Smith, who captained the Knights for their two previous victories, comes into the tournament on a high after closing out last year by winning the Liguanea Open.

"The KPMG League remains one of the most exciting competitions on the local squash calendar because every team knows they have a fighting chance," explained Raymond Donaldson, the tournament director.

"For 2015 we are expecting a high level of competition and we're looking forward to eight weeks of top-quality squash and competitive play," he added.

pleased supporters

Tarun Handa, managing partner for sponsors KPMG in Jamaica, said, "KPMG is pleased to support this tournament for the 15th consecutive year, and we are proud of the high level of participation, the solid quality of play, and the strong spectator support the league gets each year.

"As sponsors, we are confident that this will be another well-run tournament, and as squash fans, we look forward to eight weeks of exciting matches, great camaraderie, and stiff competition," he added.

The 2015 KMPG League will be held at the Liguanea Club and the University of Technology (UTech) in Kingston. Matches will be played on Tuesdays and Thursdays of each week, starting at 5:30 p.m.