AON reclaim top spot in League A

AON Reclaim Top Spot in Division A

Cannel Print knocked a hole in StoneArt’s title hopes with a 3-2 away win in this weeks A League. StoneArt’s top two players Jason Blue and Hamish Thornton enjoyed 3-0 wins against quality opposition. However the lower order all lost their matches. Ben Peach went back up the rankings with a 3-0 win over a higher ranked opponent. Young Oliver Wait had a five game battle with Steve Baker, his fitness telling in the end as he took the match 3-2. Rob Colquit stated badly but got stronger to take his match 3-1 and claim the winning bonus points for Cannel.

Team AON reclaimed the top spot in league A with a 4-1 win over the Crazies and now lead the league by only 8 points. Robin Crease and Mason McLarney both limited their opponents to only 17 and 16 points respectively in their 3-0 wins. Jason Crease lost the first game but as the match progressed he improved and became more dominant to take a 3-1 win. Chris Cave had a five game tussle with James Ramsey but just got the win. Crazies  only success came through the dependable Ashley Sandyford-Sykes who won 3-1 against Pat Fitzpatrick. These players have contrasting styles and treated the viewers to a great match.

Another week, another nip-and-tuck encounter in the B League. Island Tyres & Exhausts edged a topsy-turvy match with a makeshift Racketeers Pioneers 3-2, 213/182. The latter side were missing regulars Daf Lewis and Marc Taggart, but still pushed the title contenders hard thanks to wins from number one Rob Boyles and Barry Irvine, the latter edging past Mr Squash, Les Callow in five at five. Callow’s Tyres’ team-mates Shaun Wyllie, Liam Townsend and Magnus Lamprecht secured their side’s decisive wins. Magnus beating Joe Burrows 3-2 as the Racketeers man made an impressive second-tier debut after shining in the C League this term.

Outcasts strengthened their league title hopes by gaining maximum points against a slightly weakened Junior Academy team, who were without their usual top player. Nathan Quilliam, Chris Cave, Toby Woolard and Pat Russell all obtained 3-0 wins and restricted their opponents to single figures in game scores. Ben Leith secured one game for the Juniors and was very competitive in his first two games against Mark Henson, however experience told in the end and Henson took the final two games convincingly.

Derivco Sharks secured their second win of the season against last years champions Crowe Dragons. Four of the matches ended in 3-1 scorelines with Dave O’Neill, James Ramsey and Baillie Watterson all getting victories for the Sharks. Dave had a particularly close match with Dragons captain Jon Shepherd but just got the result in the end. The Dragons victories came through number one player James Martin and Dave Hedley who bucked the trend by winning his match 3-0. 

The four top teams in Division C met this week. The first match up was Island Exhaust Vets against Buchanan & Pitts MIsfits. The Vets won the title last year but Misfits’ squad has been strengthened considerably by new number one Toby Woolard who won his match 3-0. The other Misfits winner was Stephen Pitts who won 3-1. However Vets middle order trio of the ever-improving Richard Cretney, the everlasting Peter Sharples and the evergreen Les Callow were all victorious and ensured the win for Vets.

League leaders Hansard Racketeers were missing their top two players when they played Outcast Dragons. They are undefeated this season but they met their Waterloo in this encounter. Darren Smethurst, Phil Whittam and Andy McLarney all recorded 3-1 win for the Dragons and Fatheha Essa battled hard for a 3-2 win. Racketeers only success came through captain Matt Corlett who restored Racketeers pride winning the fifth game 15-12. Overall the points score was 247-192. The Dragons are now third, just one point behind the Vets, but Hansard Racketeers still top the league.      

The fixture between Dohle Stars and Dandara Falcons resulted in a first league win for Dohle. It was good to see Dohle’s Brian Cowley back on court, following a break through injury and he looked like he’d never been away, taking a 3-1 victory. Harry Douthwaite played very well to win 3-1 and Dave Maddrell secured the bonus points with his 3-0 win. Sach Baniya was just edged out by Falcon Simon Jones and the other Falcon win was at number one where Julien Uzzell had three very close games with Wouter Schoeman then ran out an easy winner in the fourth game to take his match 3-1. 

The Junior Academy C team and Santander Racketeers Academy are two closely matched teams, which made for a great evening of squash. All five matches were hard fought with at least four games per match and a very high points tally for all players. There were some great comebacks from Racketeers’ Jas Singh and Charlie Beard, both winning from 2-0 down. For the Juniors there were confident 3-1 wins from Harvey Douglas and Amaline Batty. The final win went to Santander Racketeers Martin Greenwood, who bagged the bonus points for his team. Prior to the bonus points being added the Juniors had a higher points score of 212-206, which just shows how close all matches were.

The picture above shows Team AON. From Left to Right –  Jason Crease, Robin Crease (Captain), Chris Cave, Pat Fitzpatrick and Mason McLarney 

League C Fixtures for Weeks 8 through to 10

C League Fixtures for Weeks 8 through to 10

All the fixtures up to the end of week 7 in the C league have now been completed. So the top 4 teams in the league will now play each other again to determine who win the Division C for Autumn 2019/2020.  The bottom 4 teams in the league will play each other again to determine who wins the Division D Trophy for the Autumn 2019/2020. The points already accumulated remain unchanged and these are additional matches on top of the league matches already played.

The top 4 teams competing for the Division C Title are –

  • Hansard Racketeers
  • Island Exhaust Vets
  • Outcast Dragons
  • Buchanan & Pitts Misfits

The bottom 4 teams competing for the D League Trophy are –

  • Dandara Falcons
  • Santander Academy Racketeers
  • Dohle Stars
  • Junior Academy C

The fixtures along with the fixture dates are shown below –

I will get these added to LeagueMaster ASAP, still all to play for and may the best team win.

Richard Cretney – IOMSRA Player of the Month October 2019

Congratulations to Richard Cretney Player of the Month  October 2019

Richard Cretney is the IOMSRA POM (Player of the Month) for October 2019 with a points increase of 35.3%. Richard returned to IOMSRA league squash at the end of last season and is continually raising the bar on his playing level. He constantly produces good performances and is improving with every match.

Mason McLarney is second with an increase of 26.1% and the great achievement of passing the 3000 points barrier. Mason plays for Team AON and remains undefeated for his team in the league this season winning four of his five matches 3-0.

The third placed player is Dandara Falcons captain Vusimbe Zivave. This popular player has worked hard to improve his game  and this is evidenced by some great results so far this season.

The five most improved players in October 2019 are listed below –

1 Richard Cretney – points moved from 604 to 817 = 35.3%

2 Mason McLarney – points moved from 2541 to 3204 = 26.1%

3 Vusimbe Zivave – points moved from 253 to 315 = 24.5%

4 Oliver Wait – points moved from 1660 to 2056 = 23.9%

5 Shaun Wyllie – points moved from 794 to 982 = 23.7%

Outcasts lead a very competitive B league

Outcasts Lead in Very Competitive B league

The A league saw Team AON enjoy a good 5-0 win against league leaders StoneArt who they now trail by only 23 points. StoneArt had two reserves playing and both Magnus Lamprecht and Mark Henson did well to take games off AON regulars Chris Cave and Dafydd Lewis. Mason McLarney and Pat Fitzpatrick won 3-0 and 3-1 respectively. The closest game of the match was between the two team captains, with AON captain Robin Crease eventually winning 3-2 against Steve Baker.

Mid-Court-Crisis (MCC) continue to be denied a win, this time thanks to Cannell Print who beat them 3-2. MCC’s major availability and injury problems this season haven’t helped their cause. Cannell’s Josh Green, Oliver Wait and Rob Colquitt all enjoyed 3-0 wins. MCC’s success came from IOM champion Dave Norman who beat Thomas Whiteway 3-0 and Rob Boyles who just came out on top in a five game marathon with Ben Peach, winning 11-9 in the final game. 

In the B league Outcasts 4-1 win against Crowe Dragons means they now top the table. Dragons’ Richard Cretney was solid against the much higher ranked Mark Henson but lost out 3-0 while Peter Ginty also had a 3-0 win for Outcasts at fifth string. Mark Grace, despite a strong start against Toby Woolard, had to concede his match due to injury. Dave Hedley found Nathan Quilliam’s youth and quality was too much and went down in three straight games. Dragons captain Jon Shepherd had a very close game with the higher ranked Chris Cave eventually coming from 2-0 down to take the only win for  Dragons,15-14 in the fifth game.

Island Tyres & Exhausts dropped just one point in their encounter with Derivco Sharks, however the overall games score was 14-7 so the match was very competitive. One of the closest games was Magnus Lamprecht against James Ramsey. With just 50 ranking points separating these two it was always going to be close but Lamprecht eventually took the win in five games. The Sharks sole winner of the night was Baillie Watterson who had a bruising encounter with Liam Townsend just getting the win 15-14 in the fifth game. The overall score in points was 249-185 in points.

Experience triumphed over youth in the match between Junior Academy and Racketeers Pioneers. Academy’s only winner on the night was Emma Leith at five who outlasted Barry Irvine to win 3-2. Marc Taggart and James Leith won well contested matches at three and four against Harvey Douglas and Christian Webster by 3-0 and 3-1 respectively. At second string Daffyd Lewis got the better of Oliver Williams , winning 3-0 but in a closer contest than the score would suggest. At number one Rob Boyles produced some excellent squash to beat Oliver Wait 3-1 and seal the match for Racketeers.

Hansard Racketeers maintained their lead in the C league by beating their sister team Santander Racketeers Academy by a score of 3-2 and 245-179. Hansard won the first and third string matches 3-0 through Baillie Watterson and Matt Corlett. Santander evened things up through 3-1 wins by Charlie Beard and Nick Corlett. Game of the evening went to Allan Bashforth and Lucy Kerr, going to five games with Kerr taking the victory 3-2. 

Dandara Falcons were back to full strength for their match against Junior Academy C team. Falcons top two players Julien Uzzell and Lewi Long both played well to record 3-0 wins. Falcons captain Vusimbe Zivave has had some great results this October and gained another 3-0 result. Jon Cox was the fourth Falcon winner with a 3-1 win over the stylish Rebecca Keeley. Leighton Ginty took the only win for juniors at number three, beating Simon Jones 3-1.

Sadly Dohle Stars were missing their two top players and were only able to field four players in their match against Buchanan & Pitts Misfits. The Misfits were able to take maximum points and make it five wins in a row. Toby Woolard, Terry Holt and Stephen Pitts all won in straight games. Dohle Stars success on the night came through David Maddrell who took a game off John Watterson in a fairly close contest. 

Island Exhaust Vets got away to a good start in their fixture against Outcasts Dragons with 3-0 wins in the three lower order matches. Dragon number five, Helen Cave, played some strong rallies to put Lee Loughren under pressure in their first two games while Vets Richard Cretney and Ian Sheard were ruthless and restricted their opponents to only a few points in their 3-0 wins. Pat Russell and Peter Ginty really turned things around for the Outcasts Dragons with good wins at numbers one and two. The best match of the fixture was undoubtedly Peter Ginty with one of his trademark recoveries from 0-2 down to win in five against Peter Sharples.

The picture shows the Outcasts. Left to Right top row – Chris Cave, Peter Ginty (Captain) and Nathan Quilliam. Left to Right bottom row – Toby Woolard and Mark Henson

D League Trophy to be Competed for again

D League Trophy to be Competed for again 

C League Captains and Players I would like to draw your attention to what happens after you have all played each other in the first 7 weeks. See the note below, it is at the bottom block of the fixture list.

Note – For Weeks 8 to 10 the positions in the league after all results for Week 7 have been input will determine the final round of matches. The team placed 1 through to 4 will compete against each other to see who wins the league. The Teams placed 5 to 8 will compete against each other to see who wins the title for the bottom grouped teams in the league. 

So basically if you finish in the top 4 teams in the league you 4 teams will play each other and the best placed team will win the C league.

However if you finish in the bottom 4 teams you will all play each other to determine which is the best team of the teams positioned 5 to 8 after Week 7.

I spoke to Derek Tootill recently and he reminded me that there is a ‘D League Trophy’. So this season the winners of these bottom 4 teams of the C league will become the ‘D league’ Trophy winner. So the ‘D league’ trophy is being competed for again and being presented to a team rather than being unused, unloved and forgotten (a sad place to be).

Above is an old picture of the Racketeers Academy the last team to win the D league Trophy.