IOMSRA Squash League 2020-2021 Entries close on Monday 24th August 2020
THE IOMSRA SQUASH LEAGUES FOR 2020-2021 SEASON COMMENCE ON 14 SEPTEMBER 2020
To get a copy or the league rules or more details contact Steve Baker at – Email – Bakers94@manx.net / Text – 07624 333745
Key Points to Rules are:
Teams – If you want to enter a Team in the League then I must receive the entry ASAP but the last date for entry is Monday 24th August 2020
Match Nights – Matches will be played at the NSC. The Match nights are primarily – A league (Thursday), B league (Monday) and C league (Tuesday) BUT Matches may also be scheduled on Friday nights if there are lots of teams entering the leagues.
Teams – These will consist of 5 or more players, the top 4 players in a team CANNOT play in a lower league.
Cost – To register a Team the Cost is £80; for Individual Registration with the IOMSRA and England Squash the cost is Seniors £35 and Juniors £25; and teams are responsible for Court fees for matches these will be roughly £5 per 45minute session used.
To do – Send me an Email with Division you want to play in; Team name; Team Captain and Vice-Captain along with Contact details; and list of players that will be registering for that team.
Players are expected to register for a team in a division that reflects their ability and the IOM SRA national rankings will be used to determine a player’s eligibility to play in any division.
● If a player is ranked 25 or above they may only play in the “A” division.
● If a player is ranked 50 or above they may only play in the “A” or “B” divisions.
Only players who have paid full membership of the IOM SRA are eligible to play in leagues. IOM SRA membership fees are to be paid to the treasurer within 1 month of the start of the season. The fees are £35 for seniors and £20 for under 19’s. If a Player joins the IOM SRA after Christmas this fee is reduced to £25 for seniors and £10 for under 19’s. Any player who has outstanding debts with the IOMSRA from previous seasons will not be allowed to play in the 2020/21 leagues until the debt has been settled in full.
The season starts with the usual opening tournament the “Dave Karran Memorial Manx Telecom Tournament”, this is scheduled for Tuesday 8th, Thursday 10th and Friday 11th September so put the the dates in your phone/diary, but more on this later.
The first round of league fixtures will commence on the week starting on Monday 14th September. I will want teams submitted to me by Monday 24th August but will be asking for your teams from Monday 10th August onwards. Again more to follow on this.
The image below shows the first 3 months of the season, but full details can be found on the URL Link above to the IOMSRA Calendar .
Whiteway, Baker, Cretney and Leith Win Summer Graded Tournament
The IOMSRA Squash 2019-2020 season finished with the Summer Graded Tournament, a rebranded Easter Graded Tournament delayed due to COVID 19. Usually this end of season tournament is well supported and this year was no exception.
There were 36 entrants who were placed in groups with players of similar ability. The top 8 ranked players were drawn in the Grade A event, players ranked 9 to 16 contested the Grade B grouping, for these ranked 17 to 24 it was Grade C, the D grade had the next 8 ranked players and the remaining four played each other in a mini Grade E competition.
Father and son combination of James and Ben Leith were the top two seeds in the Grade D event. It went according to seeding in the first round but in the semi-final round Isaac Quayle beat James to set up a final with Ben. This final round of matches also brought together two good female players, ex-island champion Vicky Watterson (who has recently returned back to the island) and Edinburgh University and current island player Hannah Dixon. Hannah just triumphed 11-8 in the fifth game to take the match 3-2. The final was an all junior affair with Ben Leith beating Isaac Quayle 3-2 in a good tight match.
There were a couple of upsets in the first round of the Grade C competition when Liam Townsend and Peter Baker got the better of their higher seeded opponents Peter Ginty and Mark Grace respectively. The closest first round match was a really good contest in which Richard Cretney only just managed to beat Julien Uzzell taking the fifth game 14-12. The next round saw top seed Magnus Lamprecht only just get the better of Liam in their 3-2 encounter. The final between Magnus and Richard was another 3-2 duel but this time Richard got the upper hand and managed to claim the Grade C prize money.
In the grade B event Calum Baker and Toby Woolard were the top two seeds. Calum was pushed all the way in his first round match against Oliver Williams only just scraping through 3-2. Another noteworthy match was Alan Macnair against his former pupil Oliver Wait, this time Oliver was teaching the lesson in his 3-1 win. The second round went according to seeding as did the final round, which brought together Calum and Toby. Calum is very strong in the deep backhand corner and his accuracy here was the difference between the players and contributed to his 3-1 victory.
In the grade A event the first round went according to seeding but thesecond round brought one minor upset. Steve Baker seeded at 6 met Ben Peach the seventh seed. Although Steve took a good 2-0 lead Ben showed real fight and battled back to take the next three and beat his higher ranked opponent. In the final round Pat Fitzpatrick beat Malcolm Levy, seeded one place above him, 3-0. The best squash of the whole tournament was witnessed by a good sized crowd when A grade number 1 seed, the experienced Ashley Sandyford-Sykes took on the number 2 seed Thom Whiteway. This crowd watched some tremendous squash as these two talented players battled it out over five games with Thom eventually taking the victors spoils over a very tired Ashley.
Whiteway, Baker, Cretney and Leith – winners in the IOMSRA Summer Graded Tournament 2019-2020
The Isle of Man Summer Graded Squash Tournament 2019-2020 took place from Tuesday 21st to Friday 24th July. 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 Committee member Pat Fitzpatrick presenting the prizes.
Grade A Winner – Thom Whiteway
Grade A Runner Up – Ashley Sandyford-Sykes
Grade B Winner – Calum Baker
Grade B Runner Up – Toby Woolard
Grade C Winner – Richard Cretney
Grade C Runner Up – Magnus Lamprecht
Grade D Winner – Ben Leith
Grade D Runner Up – Isaac Quayle
A group photo of some of the tournament competitors
The IOMSRA Committee would like to thank all the competitors for playing in such a sporting manner. The event competitors would like to thank Tournament Organiser Thom Whiteway for running the event so well.