StoneArts winning streak Crumbled by Crazies

StoneArts winning streak Crumbled by Crazies

The Crazies brought StoneArt’s winning streak to an end this week, capitalising on the fact that StoneArt had three regular players missing primarily due to injury problems. Douglas Jacobsson and Shaun Wyllie were making their A League debuts for StoneArt but both struggled to adjust to the rigours of top division squash and lost 3-0 to Mark Webster Smith and Dave Freer respectively. Crazies top two players Ashley Sandyford Sykes and James Ramsey also got 3-0 results. StoneArt number 3 Angus Hopkinson was his teams only winner by another 3-0 scoreline. 

Team AON returned to the top spot in the A league after beating Cannell Print         4-1. Team AON were at full strength for the first time this season and the middle three of captain Robin Crease, Jason Crease and Mason McLarney all achieved good 3-0 wins against strong opposition. AON number 5 Dafydd Lewis was taken to 5 games by Santander IOM Open plate winner Harvey Douglas, but got the win in the end. Thom Whiteway was the printers only winner beating his training partner and IOM Junior Academy head coach Pat Fitzpatrick 3-0 and 33-19 in points.   

At the eighth time of asking the Racketeers Pioneers finally chalked up their first win of the B League season. The Pioneers beat fellow stragglers Crowe Dragons 4-1, 234/181 thanks to wins from Andrew Brown, James Leith, Baillie Watterson and Marc Taggart. The latter came through a five-game tussle with Julien Uzzell, Taggart going 2-0 before the Dragons man levelled things up at 2-2. The Racketeers vice-captain held his nerve, however, to win the fifth 15/9. Dragons’ sole victor was Dave Hedley who saw off Joe Burrows at first string.

Outcasts and Sharks, the top two ranked teams in Division B had an extremely tight match that could have gone either way. The evening started off with Mark Stratford and Dave O’Neill gaining 3-0 wins for Sharks but then Outcast Liam Davies beat Alan Macnair 3-2 and Chris Cave beat David Freer 3-0, leaving the match tied at 2-2. The top ranked players were left to decide the winners and it came down to the wire with Douglas Jacobsson eventually beating Angus Hopkinson 3-2 to secure the win for Sharks allowing them to narrow the gap on Outcasts lead at the top of the table.

There was a well deserved win for a determined Argosy Juniors side over Island Tyres and Exhausts. The Juniors’ Oliver Wait, Ben Leith, Isaac Quayle and Emma Leith all won their respective matches against Shaun Wylie, Richard Cretney, Peter Sharples and Phil Butler. The only Exhausts win for the night came from second string Magnus Lamprecht who overcame his youthful opponent Harvey Douglas, 3-1. 

In the C league Island Exhausts Vets had a close encounter with Santander Racketeers Academy, winning 3-2.  Andrew Brown made the best possible start for Santander Racketeers with a good 3-0 win at number one followed by a 3-1 win by teammate Fraser Dorling in a close match with Peter Sharples at second string. Exhaust’s  Gerrit Du Toit and Ian Sheard both clocked up straight game wins to level the draw. The decisive match between Les Callow and Charlie Beard turned out to be the closest match of the night as both players chased the ball furiously and never gave up on a single rally. Callow somehow kept his nerve and steadied himself in the final few points to win an excellent match and gain the bonus points for the Vets. 

Falcons began the end of season play-offs with a hard-fought win over bottom side Hansard Racketeers. The former third-tier champions triumphed 4-1, 236/186 thanks to wins from Falcons’ stalwart Jon Cox, Simon Jones, Greg Ansara and Julien Uzzell. The latter enjoyed another ding-dong five-set battle with Racketeers’ number one Matt Corlett repeating his narrow success of only a couple of weeks ago with a 45/43 victory. Racketeers’ Tom Burrows prevent the whitewash with a fine 3-1 win over the IOMSRA’s October Player of the Month Phil Butler at third string. 

The fixture between Outcasts Dragons and Buchanan & Pitts Misfits was incredibly close with three of the matches taking four games to decide the winner and two going all the way to five. Outcasts Darren Smethurst, Phil Whittam and Andy McLarney won in 4 games whereas the experienced Stuart Highy went to five in a very close match against Andy Dixon. Misfits number five Jay Dernie prevented the full sweep by beating Chloe Corrigan in another tight match, taking the fifth game 15-12. This was a high scoring match ending with a scoreline of 4-1 in games with points of 247-202. 

The Team photo is of – ‘Crazies’ to be known now as ‘Crazy Phil Shaw Vehicles’. Back row – left to right – Phil Shaw (sponsor), Dave Freer, Mike Hayler, Mark Webster Smith, John Smith (Manager). Front row – left to right – James Ramsey and Ashley Sandyford Sykes 






Location – NSC 

Format – Swiss System (match each round) 

Dates – Monday 7, Tuesday 8 & Thursday 10 of December 

Start time 6.00pm 

Competitors – Restricted to 32 entries

Closing Date for Entries – Friday 4 DecemberCost – £25 for Seniors and £20 for Juniors (Pay on the Monday)

How Handicapping works – For all matches the players will be given a handicap value which will be determined using a Handicapping Chart. The handicap values are determined by the players ‘Squash Levels’ ranking points, which should mean the players get a fair handicap. Note – The results of this Tournament will not affect the ‘Squash Levels’ Rankings.   

To Enter or for further details contact Les Callow at Email – / Text – 07624 494734 

To Enter Open the following URL and fill out the form –


Whiteway Wins Isle of Man Open Tournament sponsored by Santander International

Whiteway Wins Isle of Man Open Tournament sponsored by Santander International

The IOMSRA Open Squash Tournament took place from Monday 9th November through to Friday 13th November 2020 and was sponsored by ‘Santander International’. The tournament was played using the Monrad system which enables all players to have a match in every round.

In the first round matches normally go according to seeding as there is often a large disparity between playing levels, however in the middle of the draw more closely ranked players meet, resulting in some tight matches. The 16th and 17th seeds, Magnus Lamprecht and Christian Webster, had a very close encounter with Lamprecht coming back from 2-1 down to win 3-2. Two other matches went to four games with Andrew Brown and Julien Uzzell both taking a game off their higher ranked opponents Alan Macnair and Shaun Wyllie respectively.

The second round produced two very close 3-2 results. StoneArt teammates Steve Baker and Lyndon Cheetham had a good battle with Baker getting the win while Angus Hopkinson put on a really good performance to beat James Ramsey, a player ranked about 10 places above him. Chris Cave did well to take a game off Oliver Wait as did Vicki Watterson, struggling with a hand injury, in taking Stephen Pitts to four games.

In the third round, or quarter final round, the three top seeds Ashley Sandyford Sykes, Thom Whiteway and Pat Fitzpatrick all showed why they play for the IOM with easy 3-0 wins. Junior Christian Webster proved what a fine young prospect he is with another good performance taking a game off top 20 player James Ramsey. Another noteworthy match of this round was between Magnus Lamprecht and Chris Cave, which ended in a 3-1 victory to Chris. Probably the closest match was between Sharks captain Dave Freer and Shaun Wyllie, Freer paved the way to a 3-0 victory by clinging onto victory 16-14 in the first game and went on to finish the match with 11-9 and 11-8 scores to claim a 3-0 victory against his higher ranked opponent.

Semi Final night usually brings close matches as the players are very evenly matched in this round and this one did not disappoint with the four IOM players still undefeated and battling it out for places in the final. Malcolm Levy came back from 2-0 down against Ashley Sandyford-Sykes to claim one final spot and the other went to Thom Whiteway who came out on top in a 3-2 thriller against Pat Fitzpatrick to claim the other.

In the block of players ranked 5 to 8 Angus Hopkinson got a very good result. Angus has made steady progress climbing up the rankings this season and in his match against Olly Wait he came back from 2-0 down in games and a match point against him to surge on to a 3-2 victory. In the 9 to 12 block it was Dave Freer who continued to impress with a 3-2 result against the higher ranked Chris Cave.

In the lower half of the draw the matches between players ranked 21 to 24 recorded two 3-2 results. Stephen Pitts and Julien Uzzell took it in turns to win games but Stephen got the odd numbers so claimed a 3-2 victory. Santander Racketeers Academy players Andrew Brown and Fraser Dorling had a really close match with two games going to setting before Fraser eventually won the 3-2 victory. Congratulations to the 28th seed Sarah Simpson who also performed well to better her original seeding with a 3-2 victory over Harry Douthwaite. 

The final round of matches determined the players overall position in the tournament table from 1 to 28. Working from the bottom of the draw up we had a fine performance by Julien Uzzell beating Andrew Brown 3-2 to claim the 23rd spot. Santander International employee, Marc Taggart, gained the 19th placing. Higher up the draw Outcasts players Chris Cave and Liam Davies had a 5 game encounter with Chris getting the 3-2 win to grab the 11th ranking place. Steve Baker played Oliver Wait, a player over forty years younger than him, for the 7th spot with youth winning this time as Wait played very well, a worthy winner.     

The 9th placed player, James Ramsey, only lost one match in the tournament and beat teammate Dave Freer 3-1 to gain his 9th spot. Congratulations to Dave though as he has had a good tournament and improved his overall IOM ranking by about 15 places. The third placed player is another player to lose only 1 match, his semi-final match. This slot was decided when Ashley Sandyford Sykes played Pat Fitzpatrick, Ash showed his class by taking the match and third place with a 3-0 result.

The Plate final took place between the 17th and 18th ranked players, Darren Smethurst and Harvey Douglas. Harvey seemed to really apply himself and kept his error count very low to claim the much coveted Plate final by a score of 3-1.        

The Final was between Thom Whiteway and Malcolm Levy. Levy managed to clinch the first game 14-12 but Whiteway fought back to take the second and third games 11-7 and 11-8. Thom looked to have one hand of the trophy but Malcolm snatched it off by taking the 4th game 11-8. So the winner of the 5th and final game would determine who would be the IOM Open Champion. Both players started the final game in very determined fashion but it was the younger man, Thom, who displayed greater strength, stamina and skill to claim the victory.

The IOMSRA would like to thank Marc Taggart and Santander International for sponsoring the tournament.




Thom Whiteway triumphant in IOM Open Squash Tournament, sponsored by Santander International.

Thom Whiteway triumphant in IOM Open Squash Tournament, sponsored by Santander International.

The IOMSRA hosted the annual Isle of Man Open Squash Tournament sponsored by Santander International from Monday 9th to Friday 13th November 2020 at the NSC. A full report will be published in the near future but for now here are some photographs from the finals night. The prize winners are pictured with IOMSRA member and Santander employee Marc Taggart.

A group photo showing some of the Tournament competitors before the finals were played

Winner – Thom Whiteway

Runner Up – Malcolm Levy

Plate Winner – Harvey Douglas

A group photo of some of the Tournament competitors after the finals were played

The IOMSRA would like to thank Santander International for supporting Squash on the Isle of Man by sponsoring the tournament.


The Santander International Isle of Man Open 2020 – Finals Night

**Changes to the order of Play**

The Santander International Isle of Man Open 2020 continues tonight at 18:30. Please arrive at the NSC at for 6:30 wearing a red playing shirt if possible for the tournament photo!

We will be going to Douglas Golf Club after for a free drink and pizza at £5 per person, bring along your money on the night or no pizza!

The loser will be expected to mark the following game on court.

The draw can be found at the link below,

The planned order of play is pictured below.