Pickleball enthusiasts from all corners of Canada gathered in early September to witness some of the most exciting moments in the sport’s history during the Canadian National Pickleball League (CNPL) Western Split. This two-day event, held on September 2nd and 3rd, saw epic battles, stunning upsets, and the emergence of unexpected heroes. Let’s dive into the highlights of this unforgettable competition, but first, click HERE to watch a video re-cap of the incredible event!
The standout story of the Western Split was the remarkable rise of the Rocky Mountain Rush. The team, considered underdogs going into the tournament, defied all odds to emerge victorious. Their ascent was made even more impressive by the debut of Nathan Choi in their lineup. Choi, a newcomer to the CNPL, made an instant impact with his exceptional skills and teamwork.
The Rocky Mountain Rush’s sudden comeback performance left fans and players alike in awe as the team racked up victory after victory. This Cinderella story has captivated the pickleball community, and the Rush’s newfound success has catapulted them into a tie for first place in the CNPL.
While the Rocky Mountain Rush definitely had their moment the spotlight, the West Coast Wolverines continued to demonstrate their unwavering excellence. Known for their high-level play and consistency, the Wolverines maintained their formidable status during the Western Split. Their gameplay was nothing short of spectacular, and they now find themselves tied for the top spot in the league alongside the Rush.
Fans can always count on the Wolverines to deliver thrilling matches and showcase the pinnacle of pickleball skills. Their presence in the playoff picture promises more exciting moments to come.
Another heartwarming story to emerge from the Western Split was the resurgence of Toronto United. With Mark Gottfried and Carolina Hack making their first league appearances, the team achieved a remarkable turnaround. Their performance during the Western Split allowed them to gain significant ground compared to their performance in the Eastern Split.
Gottfried’s addition to the roster injected new energy and determination into Toronto United, and Hack played her heart out at a level showing that she truly belongs in the United lineup. Their strong showing in the Western Split has given them newfound confidence as they prepare for the playoffs.
It should be noted that although their reserves Brent Jackson and Connor Weeks played very well, the East Toronto Smash, dominators of the Eastern Split, had their usual starters Dalbir Bhandal absent for the weekend and Chris Alain away for the first day of the Western Split. Also notable is the Northern Rollers finally putting their first wins up on the board – congratulations team!
As the dust settles from the Western Split, pickleball fans across Canada are eagerly looking forward to the upcoming playoffs and championship. The CNPL playoffs promise to be a spectacle of skill, strategy, and passion as the top teams battle for supremacy.
The championship will take place at One Health in Mississauga on September 30th and October 1st, where the best of the best will compete for the coveted title. It’s an event that no pickleball enthusiast will want to miss. Tickets on sale soon!
In conclusion, the Canadian National Pickleball League Western Split delivered on its promise of excitement and drama. From the Rocky Mountain Rush’s stunning victory to the West Coast Wolverines’ consistency and Toronto United’s resurgence, this event showcased the best of Canadian pickleball talent. With the playoffs and championship just around the corner, the stage is set for more unforgettable moments in the world of pickleball.