The SRA Cup is to be played as a Handicapped BLITZ Competition for Teams on Saturday 8th February – Get your entries in now.
Amendment to Times – The times that the SRA Cup matches will be played are dependant on the teams entering the competition.
– If we have 8 squads/teams entered the tournament will take place in between 13.00 and 17.00.
– If we have 16 squads/teams entering the competition then the tournament will take place between 13.00 and 18.00
– If we have between 8 and 16 squads/teams entering the tournament finish time will be brought forward, the amount of time it will be brought forward will be dependent on the teams entering.
Format – This is a MONRAD Cup competition for teams that will be played as a ‘BLITZ’ Tournament. However the competition is handicapped so the amount of points that a player gains in his match is dependant on his ‘Squash Levels’ ranking points when compared with his opponents.
Teams/Squads – This is a team competition and each match will be played between teams of 3 players, however the team of 3 players can be selected from a squad of 6 players. A player can only be in 1 squad/team for the duration of this tournament.
Match Format – It is a ‘BLITZ’ tournament so the team number 1 players will play each other followed by the number 2 players then finally the number 3 players. The players will play each other continually for 13 to 18 minutes and the points scored by each player will be recorded however each will be modified, the modification will be dependent on the players handicap.
Date – Saturday 8th February 2020
Closing Date for entries – Friday 31st January
Restricted Entry – Teams will not be allowed to enter after 16 teams have entered.
Where – NSC
Cost – £30 per team
Details/Questions – If you have any question about the tournament then email on Bakers94@manx.net me or text/phone me on 07624 333745.
Entries – Send your team name, team captain and list of squad players (between 3 and 6) to me and you will have a good chance of winning the SRA Cup. Send your entries to Bakers94@manx.net Send them ASAP please so we will have time to boo the courts.
Cannell Print got off to a great start in the division A winter league with a 177-145 points win over StoneArt, dropping only three points in total. The matches were very close with three of them ending in 3-2 results. Cannell captain Thomas Whiteway had another close encounter with Jason Blue just winning 11-8 in the fifth, these two always have close matches. StoneArt player Hamish Thornton used all his experience to come back from 2-0 down against Josh Green. Shaun Wyllie versus Rob Colquitt was the other five game match with Colquitt eventually winning for Canell.
Team AON made it two wins out of two matches when they beat Crazies 4-1. Robin and Jason Crease both won 3-0 restricting their opponents to just 12 and 13 points respectively. Dafydd Lewis and recent signing Toby Woolard both dropped games but got 3-1 victories for AON. The resistance from Crazies came through captain Ashley Sandyford-Sykes who was recently crowned Merseyside Over 45s champion. Ash beat Patrick Fitzpatrick 3-1 although sadly Pat had to retire due to injury at the start of the third game.
In Division B the Junior Academy team gained yet more valuable experience against league leaders Outcasts who took the match 4-1. Outcasts Toby Woolard, Mark Henson and Peter Ginty all saw off their younger opponents 3-0. The Junior’s Amaline Batty has had some injury problems recently but did well to push Stuart Highy close losing 45-42 in the end. Academy assistant coach Ben Peach got the Juniors only game in a thrilling 3-2 win over the Outcasts number one Nathan Quilliam.
The Derivco Sharks had another 3-2 result in their match against Crowe Dragons. The Sharks took all three middle order matches with scores of 3-0 through Dave O’Neill, Alan McNair and Mark Stratford. Crowe Dragons successes came at the top and bottom of the playing order with Dave Hedley and Beth Jones both also securing 3-0 wins. This was a low scoring encounter as all the matches ended 3-0 so the match score was216-170 to the Sharks.
Island Tyres and Exhausts won 3-2 last week but this week the scoreline was the other way around as they went down 3-2 to Racketeers Pioneers. Racketeers victories came through Dafydd Lewis (3-0), Joe Burrows (3-2) and Barry Irvine (3-1). The home teams winners were Steve Baker (3-0) and Magnus Lamprecht (3-0). The overall points score before the bonus points were added was 197-194 in the Racketeers favour.
In the C league Dandara Falcons players came into their match against Hansard Racketeers feeling confidentafter winning their opening fixture. It was this confidence along with determination that saw their seasoned players like Lewi Long battling to a 3-2 win, Jon Cox winning 3-0 and captain Vusimbe Zivave just coming out on top by a score of 45-42 in his match. Hansard players Mark Harrop and Joe Burrows got the better of Falcons Julien Uzzell and Simon Jones to secure the two wins for Hansard Racketeers. The overall match score was 213-199 to the Falcons.
The match between Junior Academy C and Outcasts Dragons provided a very good night of squash with close matches resulting in scores in the high 30’s and the 40’s. Young Callum Larkin had a great game against Helen Cave, just losing out with a final score of 42-45 but showing a super improvement already since the start of this season. Asad Awan of the Junior team versus Fatheha Essa of the Dragons was also a long, hard fight with all five games scoring high points. Essa took the final game ending the match 43-45. Leighton Ginty put up a strong fight against Stuart Highy with some incredibly long and entertaining rallies and managed to seal the Juniors’ only win of the night at 45-40.
Buchanan & Pits Misfits took an overall win against Santander Racketeers Academy, with some close games. There were two 5 game matches with Misfits captain Andy Dixon outlasting Fraser Dorling and John Watterson’s experience proving the difference in his win over Steven Wright. Tom Burrows standing in while home from University for the Racketeers took the only win, with the overall score being 4-1 to the Misfits.
Recent league entries PwC Playables played against Island Exhaust Vets and this was always going to be a tough match as a young and relatively inexperienced team took on a much older and vastly experienced team. In this encounter experience was the winner with the Vets getting a 250-84 points win. Playables captain Chloe Corrigan gained 35 of her teams points in her 3-1 defeat to Mark Stratford. The Playables will improve with time and they were unfortunate to play such a strong team in only their second league fixture.
Dandara Falcons – Back row, left to right – Simon Jones, Vusimbe Zivave (Captain) and Jon Cox. Front row, left to right – Sarah Simpson and Julien Uzzell
The sign up page also includes all relevant information pertaining to the Championship, regarding Hotels, Practice Courts, Functions and Transport.
It is crucial that all players provide relevant information on playing standard and previous results when completing their entry, to assist with seeding. This should be added in the “Notes” section.
Please note all Functions/Transport Add-ons have a limited number of spaces and therefore should be booked at the time of entry. If players forget to book these a facility will be added shortly to purchase them, however, this will be dependent on ticket availability.
Ashley Sandyford-Sykes wins Merseyside over 45s Tournament
The Merseyside Closed Squash Tournament is very much part of the IOMSRA Calendar with a group of IOM based players travelling across to take part in the tournament every year. The Tournament took place on 12th and 13th January at Liverpool Cricket Club and as the IOM is affiliated to Merseyside squash we qualify to compete in the tournament and represent the county of Merseyside.
As well as the Open Event the organisers ran Masters events for Overs 35s, Over 45s, Over 55s and Over 65s. Island based players Steve Baker, Jason Blue, Pat Fitzpatrick and Ashley Sandyford-Sykes met up with Oscar Hill at Liverpool hoping to bring some silverware back to the IOM.
In the open event Pat, Oscar, Jason and Ash all progressed to the last 16. In the next round Oscar and Ash won to progress to the quarter finals but Pat and Jason lost so entered the Grade A plate competition. Both Ash and Oscar faced quality opposition in their quarter final matches and failed to get the wins.
Pat and Jason performed well in their Grade A plate matches with Jason eventually reaching the Grade A plate final where he eventually lost 3-1 to Chris Lea, however he did claim silverware in the form of the Grade A platerunner-up trophy. Ash played in the 5th/6th play off match and left everything on court going down 3-2 to finish the open event in sixth position.
Steve Baker competed in the Masters Over 55s event. The trophy was competed for by five players of roughly equal ability so no easy matches. Steve won both his matches on Saturday and his match on Sunday morning which meant he competed against Southport & Birkdale based player, Mark Crompton, with an identical 3 out of 3 record in the final match. This was a really close match and went to a full five games with Mark winning in the end.
Ashley Sandyford-Sykes is incredibly fit and athletic for his age and chose to enter the Master Over 45s event as well as the Open Event. This event like the Over 55s had five entries and used the round robin method to determine the winner. He really did show just what a fine and talented squash player he is by winning this event without conceding a game in any of his matches. So Ash became the Over 45s champion.
All five players enjoyed competing against players other than the usual sparring partners that they play against on a regular basis on the Isle Of Man. They also returned to the IOM with 3 trophies – Steve Baker – Over 55s runner-up, Jason Blue – Open Grade A Plate runner-up and Ashley Sandyford-Sykes Overs 45s winner.
From left to right – Pat Fitzpatrick, Ashley Sandyford-Sykes, Steve Baker and Jason Blue
Congratulations to Stephen Pitts Player of the Month December 2019
Stephen Pitts is the IOMSRA Player of the Month for December 2019 with a point’s increase of 13.7%. Not many matches are played in December which explains the small increase but Stephen enjoyed two good results against higher ranked players.
Emma Leith was second as she went past the 750 points mark to achieve her highest ranking ever at 766 points. Emma represented the IOM at the Island Games in Gibraltar and the experience she gained there seems to be really pushing her to better and better performances.
The third placed player is Andy McLarney, he has increased his playing level by significant margins in his last four matches. He is a great addition to the Outcasts Dragons squad and has really helped them perform well and achieve some good results this season.
The five most improved players in December 2019 are –
1 Stephen Pitts – points moved from 408 to 464 = 13.7%
2 Emma Leith – points moved from 676 to 766 = 13.3%
3 Andy McLarney – points moved from 301 to 331 = 10%
4 Barry Irvine – points moved from 871 to 956 = 9.8%
5 Nathan Quilliam – points moved from 2188 to 2385 = 9%