Visit of Andrew Breen to the IOM

Visit of Andrew Breen to the IOM

Merseyside and North West Region SRA Level 3 Coach Andrew Breen is visiting the Island to do some coaching clinics. He is doing a days coaching for players ranked in the Top 30 on the rankings (however it may be made open to Top 40 players if there are spaces to fill).

The cost is between £10 and £15 and will be from 10.30 and 4.30 on Sunday 1st March 2020.

There are currently 6 spaces left on the course so if you are interested could you email Pat Fitzpatrick on to book a place.

But email him ASAP as the places will go fast !

PwC Playables becoming more able players in Division C, as they adjust to competitive squash

PwC Playables becoming more able players in Division C, as they adjust to competitive squash  

In the A league Team AON remain undefeated in 2020 after their win over Cannell Print. AON’s Jason Crease beat Ben Peach in three very close games with the points share of 33-28 showing just how close the match was. Fraser Dorling, making his A league debut for Cannell, lost 3-0 to Liam Davies  but picked up 18 points for his new team. Robin Crease used all his experience to beat Joshua Green 3-1 in four very close games. Cannell’s wins came through Thomas Whiteway and Oliver Wait who both beat their opponents 3-2 in very hard fought matches.

The second A league match was a close run one with Mid-Court-Crisis (MCC) coming out on top against the Crazies 147/140. MCC won at first and second string with Malcolm Levy and Paul Barnett beating Mike Hayler and Mark Webster-Smith respectively.  The Crazies then levelled the score taking the third and fifth string matches through James Ramsey and Baillie Watterson. Dave O’Neil secured the win for MCC with a great come-back from 2-0 down to take the match 3-2.

Outcasts maintained their Division B lead by beating Crowe Dragons 4-1. Mark Henson and Nathan Quilliam had comfortable wins over Brian Crellin and Dave Hedley. Angus Hopkinson made his debut for Outcasts with a 3-0 win over Julian Uzzell. The closest match of the night saw Peter Ginty coming back from 1-2 down to beat Richard Cretney 3-2. Beth Jones continued her recent good form beating Stuart Highy 3-0 to take the Dragons only match of the night.

A severely weakened Island Tyres & Exhausts did their best to contain a strong Derivco Sharks team but with little to show for it in the scores, Although many of the games were closer than the scores might suggest there were 3-0 wins for the four lower ranked players. Exhausts number one Magnus Lamprecht offered the most resistance by taking a game off James Ramsey. Worthy of a mention is the fact that Phil Butler made his IOMSRA league debut for the Exhausts.

Junior Academy’s impressive debut season in the B League continued with a 3-2, 202/197 victory over Racketeers Pioneers. Pat Fitzpatrick’s precocious youngsters gained the all-important wins at first, fourth and fifth strings. The more experienced Ben Peach halted Dafydd Lewis’s good recent run at number one, while Christian Webster overcame James Leith at number four. Isaac Quayle wrapped up the bonus points for his side when he battled back from 2-1 down to beat Barry Irvine in five at five. Picking up the Racketeers wins were the in-form Joe Burrows and skipper Marc Taggart.

In the C league Junior Academy C’s match against Santander Academy Racketeers was a very competitive affair. At five Calum Larkin’s greater experience of squash showed against Joe Butler, taking the match 3-0. At four Asad Awan was matched against his friend Charlie Beard, but Beard’s greater consistency won through taking the match 3-0. Junior Amaline Batty took on Steven Wright at three in a closely contested match with Batty just gaining the upper hand to win the tie 3-2. At second string Fraser Dorling won an excellent game for Racketeers against Leighton Ginty but then Emma Leith gave a very astute performance to defeat Andy Brown 3-0 to take the overall match for the Junior Academy.

Hansard Racketeers won their first match this year with a 4-1 victory over Dohle Stars. Matt Corlett had three very close games with Antony Bentley-Roberts just getting the money points to take the match 3-0. Mark Harrop was blown away in his first game with Harry Douthwaite but eventually found his feet to take the next three and the match 3-1. The first string match was between two players currently ranked in the top 50 so there was some quality squash on show with Joe Burrows continuing his fine form to beat new Dohle player Angus Hopkinson 3-1. Chris Nash beat Racketeers founder and legend Andy Dalrymple to get Dohle’s only game.

The PwC Playables are becoming more competitive with each match, however they were defeated by Falcons 5-0. The highlight of the match for the Playables came when captain Chloe Corrigan started off strong taking the first game against Jon Cox comfortably by the score of 15-9, however she couldn’t maintain her good form and lost the next three games. The overall score was 250-85 in points. 

Buchanan & Pitts Misfits proved the best competition yet to Island Exhausts Vets just losing 2-3 in a very competitive fixture. Phil Shaw and Richard Cretney won for Vets at fifth and second string respectively. John Watterson won his match 3-0 for Misfits at fourth string while teammate Terry Holt had to work harder for his win against Les Callow. The match of the night was undoubtedly the two Marks at number one where, after being powered off the court by Mark Henson in the first ,Mark Stratford got himself in front with some excellent positional shots frequently hitting both back corners with some accurate, precise shot-making. He just managed to keep his nerve in the final game to make the final result 3-2 to the Vets.

PwC Playables. From left to right – Sam Mitchell, Chloe Corrigan (captain), Kunal Patel, Tom Bielech and Andy O’Neill

Richie’s Kids triumph in SRA Cup

Richie’s Kids triumph in SRA Cup

The SRA Cup was played on Saturday 8th February at the NSC This was a Team Blitz competition using the Monrad format, which means teams get a match every round. It was played by teams of three players, but handicaps were applied to the individual matches. These were calculated using the Squash Levels handicapping method.

The Tournament was well supported with 8 teams which is the ideal number for this type of event. Buchanan & Pitts Misfits entered an A and a B team the Junior Academy entered three teams; Pat’s Team, Ben’s Team and Richie’s Kids. There were also entries from reigning SRA Cup champions Derivco Sharks, ‘B’ league team Outcasts Dragons and a team called All Fun & Games.  

In Round 1 the best performances came from Buchanan & Pitts Misfits B team who beat Ben Peach’s Junior Academy team by about 70 points. The Misfits Beth Jones and Allan Walkingshaw did particularly well against their opponents making significant points gains. The closest match of the round was between All Fun & Games (AFG) and Richie’s Kids. AFG’s Lewi Long finished 17 points ahead of his opponent and his team-mate Fatheha Essa ended up 5 points ahead. However Richie’s Kids player Isaac played really well to claw back that 22 point deficit to ensure that the Kids finished the match 4 points ahead of their opponents.

The Semi-Finals saw reigning champions Derivco Sharks take on Richie’s Kids and Buchanan & Pitts Misfits B play Outcasts Dragons. Both these matches were close with the Sharks Dave Freer and Mark Stratford making small 4 point gains on their opponents, however the Kids Isaac Quayle played great squash against his opponent to make a 15 point gain and ensure the kids got a place in the final. Outcasts Dragons Stuart Highy played superb squash to get a 24 point gain on his opponent only to see Allan Walkingshaw make 40 points against his opponent and earn his team, the Misfits, a place in the final. In the 5 to 8 place play off matches there were very good wins for All Fun & Games and Pats Junior Team. 

So the final round would result in all the teams being ranked from 1 through to 8 in their finishing places. Ben Peach’s Junior Academy team secured seventh place when they beat Buchanan & Pitts Misfits A team by 19 points with Amaline Batty gaining the biggest margin of 9 points on her opponent in the match. In the 5th/6th place play off Pats Junior Team had a 60 point win over All Fun & Games. This match saw some of the best squash of the tournament as top 10 players Pat Fitzpatrick and Jason Blue battled it out at number one. However the juniors Emma Leith and Callum Larkin gained 17 and 42 points respectively against their opponents which accounted for the big points win.

In the 3rd/4th place play off Derivco Sharks managed to overcome Outcasts Dragons by 11 points thanks mainly to Greg Ansara’s victory. The matches between Dave Freer versus Peter Ginty and Stuart Highy versus Alan McNair were very close but in the third string match Greg won by 13 points to make sure the Sharks came third overall.     

The final saw Richie’s Kids take on Buchanan & Pitts Misfits B team. Beth Jones got the Misfits off to a superb start gaining 28 points on her opponent. The Kids Christian Webster reduced the deficit by only 4 points in his match with Stephen Pitts. So the Kids were behind by 24 points going into the third string match between the Kids Isaac Quayle and Misfit Allan Walkingshaw. It seemed like certain victory for Misfits but then the onlookers witnessed a quite outstanding performance by Isaac Quayle who just kept on going against a tiring Allan Walkingshaw, eventually won 77-49 to make the Kids the SRA Cup winners for 2020 by just four points. 

SRA Cup Winners – Richie’s Kids

Steve Baker (organiser), Richard Webster (Captain), Isaac Quayle, Les Callow (organiser), Christian Webster, Oliver Wait and Max Birchall

The Tournament was organised by Les Callow and Steve Baker with technical help from Chris Butler and Dave Freer. The Organisers would like to thank the competitors for supporting the event and competing in such a sporting way.