Cannell Print And Team AON contenders for Division A Title
The A League resumed on Thursday night with reigning champions Team AON and their closest rivals Cannell Print both in action. Team AON have a very healthy lead in this division but Cannel Print could overtake them if results go their way.
A maximum points win helped Cannel Print on their way as they ran out victors by a score of 5-0 and 180-97 against Mid Court Crisis (MCC). Captain Thom Whiteway and his young team of Josh Green, Ben Peach and Oliver Wait all secured 3-0 wins against their older opponents. Merseyside over 60s player Dave O’Neill put up most resistance for MCC taking Rob Colquitt to five games before finally losing the fifth game 11-9.
However Team AON maintained their good lead as they dropped only one point in their 4-1 win over StoneArt in the other match. AON captain Robin Crease and Dafydd Lewis (a player who recently broke into the top 20 ranked players on the island) both won their matches 3-0. Steve Baker got out of the traps quickly to get a 2-0 lead against Jason Crease, but Jason’s young legs enabled him to take the next three in a good comeback. Steve’s son Calum, playing against Mason McLarney, came back from 2-0 down to level the match at 2-2, but McLarney eventually took the fifth game 11-9. The highlight of the night was the match between the number ones, AON’s Pat Fitzpatrick and StoneArt’s Jason Blue. It was a very close and exciting match which went all the way with Blue finally victorious, taking the fifth game 18-16.
The Division A Title contenders are shown above in the ‘University Challenge’ Photo.
On top – Leaders – Team AON – Left to Right – Jason Crease, Robin Crease (Captain), Chris Cave, Pat Fitzpatrick and Mason McLarney
On bottom – Second placed team – Cannell Print – Rob Colquitt, Josh Green, Oliver Wait, Ben Peach and Thom Whiteway (Captain)
Dates – Tuesday 21st, Thursday 23rd, and Friday 24th of July 2020.
Start time – 6.30pm
Finish time – about 9pm
Entries Close – Monday 13th July 2020.
Cost – £15 for Seniors /£10 for Juniors (payment on the first night of the tournament).
For further details contact Les Callow at email – Les.email@example.com / Text – 07624 494734
Competitors will be Graded according to their ‘Squash Levels’ ranking points. The top 8 ranked players will be entered in the Grade A Category, the players ranked from 9 to 16 will be entered in the Grade B Category … and so on.
Quarter Final matches will be played on Tuesday, Semi-Finals on Thursday and Finals on Friday.
If you do not have a ‘Squash Levels’ ranking the Tournament Organiser will determine the Category to enter you into, his word will be final in all disputes.
To Enter go to the following URL and fill out the form –
Squash is back after the enforced lockdown break. The B league match on Monday night brought together the Island Tyres & Exhausts and the Junior Academy team. On this occasion experience won the day with Exhausts winning 3-2. Merseyside veteran player Peter Sharples took on Isaac Quayle, a player about a quarter of his age. He used all his experience to win the pressure points and take the match 3-0. On the opposite court Liam Townsend took on the in-form Island ladies player Emma Leith. Leith’s good run of form continued as she won the match in 3 close games. Magnus Lamprecht battled with Emma’s younger brother Ben in the middle string match with Magnus proving a little bit too strong for his youthful opponent, winning 3-1. The second string match saw Shaun Wyllie, the player of the season, come up against Harvey Douglas, the Junior player of the season. This was tremendous match with Wylie eventually winning the fourth game 15-10 to win by a score of 3-1. Finally the number one players took to the court, Steve Baker and Junior number 1 Ben Peach. They are currently ranked at number 13 and 15 on the IOM squash levels and the match was as close as these rankings would predict, going all the way to five games, with Ben’s youth eventually making the difference as he took the final two games to clinch the match.
The Racketeers Pioneers showed no sign of rust as they emerged from the lockdown break to score a near-maximum win over B League Dragons on Monday evening. Pioneers triumphed 246/187 4-1 thanks to wins for Barry Irvine, James Leith, skipper Marc Taggart and number one Daf Lewis. The latter triumphed in an arm-wrestle of a match with James Martin with two games going to 15/14 in Lewis’s 3-1 victory. Dragons were competitive though, with Leith the only Pioneer to keep a clean sheet in his 3-0 triumph over Dragons’ captain Darren Smethurst. Securing their only win on the night was number two Dave Hedley, who came from two games down to ensure Rob Boyles’s much-hyped return to court ended in a 3-2 defeat.
The picture shows players from the match between the Island Tyres & Exhausts and Junior Academy teams. Back row left to right – Harvey Douglas, Ben Peach, Pat Fitzpatrick (Junior Academy coach), Shaun Wyllie and Peter Sharples. Front row left to right – Emma Leith, Ben Leith, Steve Baker, Magnus Lamprecht and Liam Townsend
The IOMSRA will hold their Annual general meeting on Tuesday 28th July 2020 at 7.30pm. The meeting place has yet to be confirmed but should be finalised in the next few days and will be posted on the website.
The IOMSRA Committee is made up of the following people and positions –
President – Les Callow
Chairman – Brian Cowley
Vice-Chairman/Secretary – David Freer
League Secretary – Steve Baker
Treasurer – Helen Callow
Development Secretary – Thomas Whiteway
Junior Committee/Coach – Pat Fitzpatrick
Child Protection Officer/Website Development– Steven Wright
Social Secretary – Shannon Mylchreest
Press Secretary – Fiona Baker
The IOMSRA exists to promote the game of squash here on the Isle of Man and we are always after new people to serve on the committee. So if you are interested in applying for one of the roles and need anymore information then please speak to an existing committee member. Shannon Mylchreest is standing down from the committee so we would be particularly interested in people wanting to take up the role of Social Secretary. We would also like to thank Shannon for all her hard work.
Pictured below are President – Les Callow, Chairman – Brian Cowley and Secretary – Dave Freer.
IOMSRA are pleased to advise Junior squash training will start again on Saturday 27th June 2020. Session will be as normal, beginner and intermediate players session 2pm-3pm (£4) and advanced players from 3pm-4:30pm(£5).
Academy sessions will start on Wednesday 1st July 2020, individual invites have already been sent out via email for this.
Sessions are going to run right way through the summer as imagine no one will be going anywhere on holiday!
Please find attached risk assessment for your guidance and player policy/rules. Please ask your child to follow these rules as if they don’t, they will be asked to stay away from sessions. These rules have been crucial to us being able to set up sessions again and it is there to keep everyone safe.
Anybody wishing to return to junior squash this Saturday or anybody who is new and would like to join please fill in the attached up to date contact details form and return to Patrick on below email address, as we will be keeping an up to date register incase of any contact tracing is needed.update contact details
If anybody has any concerns regarding returning to training please don’t hesitate to contact Junior Development Officer Patrick Fitzpatrick on below contact details.