Junior Academy gain first win in the B League

Junior Academy gain first win in the B League

StoneArt maintained their undefeated run in the top division with their maximum points win against Mid-Court-Crisis. Magnus Lamprecht and Hamish Thornton both had convincing 3-0 wins with the other three matches all going to five games. Alan McNair got the better of Mark Grace and Lyndon Cheetham beat Dave Hedley. The match of the night between top players Jason Blue and Malcolm Levy was very entertaining and demonstrated how the game should be played, with Blue eventually gaining the victory.

Crazies came up against Cannell Print in the other A league match and although they lost 4-1 the matches were close resulting in only two points difference between the teams before the 15 bonus points were added. Jon Shepherd and Oliver Wait won for Cannell at five and four while Mark Webster Smith took the only win for Crazies in a convincing three games. At second string Crazies’ Allister Crossley took Ben Peach to the full five games before succumbing to the younger players energy while Thom Whiteway had a good win against the higher ranked Ashley Sandyford-Sykes at one.

The B League threw up another 3-2 thriller as Outcasts edged past Racketeers Pioneers. Toby Woolard, Pat Russell and Stuart Highy gave the former an unassailable lead before the Racketeers’ top two, Rob Boyles and Dafydd Lewis, prevented the whitewash with hard-fought 3-2 wins of their own over Nathan Quilliam and Chris Cave respectively.

Island Tyres & Exhausts lost their undefeated record to Crowe Dragons in a very tight match. Dragon’s Jon Shepherd and Beth Jones enjoyed 3-0 and 3-1 wins respectively. Shaun Wyllie was the home team’s only winner and his fitness told in this match as he took the fourth and fifth games to single figures. The match-ups at number one and two were very close. The experienced Steve Baker narrowly lost 15-14 in the fifth game to Dragon James Martin while at two Shaun Callow went down 15-10 in the fifth game to Dave Hedley.

Junior Academy celebrated their first win of the season when they defeated Derivco Sharks. The juniors enjoyed good 3-0 wins courtesy of Oliver Wait, Christian Webster and Harvey Douglas. Alan McNair and Brian Cowley took the wins for Sharks, McNair with a good 3-0 victory over Oliver Williams. Cowley making his debut for Sharks had a real battle at fifth string against Ben Leith. This time experience triumphed over youth with Cowley eventually closing out the match 15-12 in the fifth and final game .

C league leaders Hansard Racketeers extended their unbeaten run with a 3-2 victory over Dohle Stars. All matches were completed within three games with  Baillie Watterson, Joe Burrows and Lucy Kerr taking wins for Racketeers at the top end. Luke Tippet put on a stand out performance managing to win ten points in the third game against Watterson, a highly ranked player who has just returned to league squash after a long period out with injury. Dohle Stars Harry Douthwaite and David Maddrell had good wins at four and five respectively.

The Island Exhaust Vets came away with a 4-1 victory over Santander Racketeers Academy. The Vets top four players of Peter Sharples, Richard Cretney, Gerrit Du Toit and Lee Loughren all enjoyed good 3-0 wins, but Sharples had to work particularly hard against Fraser Dorling for his victory. Charlie Beard was the Racketeers only winner just getting the better of Phil Shaw in five very close games at fifth string.   

Dandara Falcons and Buchanan and Pitts Misfits had a 3-2 thriller with only four points separating the two teams going into the deciding match. There were strong performances to get 3-0 wins by the Misfits Toby Woolard and Jay Dernie. However Falcons Julien Uzzell and Vusimbe Zivave evened up the match score up with 3-0 and 3-1 wins respectively. The third string players were on last in the deciding match between Jon Cox and Terry Holt with Holt overcoming Cox 3-1 in four close games to ensure victory for Misfits.

With many of the Juniors taking part in a squash competition in Manchester over the weekend, it was a struggle to get a full Junior Academy C team together, therefore Beth Jones and her dad Scott Jones Sr (making his league squash debut) had to step in. The Outcasts Dragons provided a strong team who were all able to take home a win, ending the night 5-0 to Dragons. This isn’t to say that their matches were easy for them, each game was very entertaining and there were some great examples of technical squash and improvement among the juniors.

The picture shows the Junior Academy team. Pictured from Left to Right Back Row – Pat Fitzpatrick (Coach), Richard Webster (Captain) and Oliver Wait. Left to Right Front Row – Christian Webster, Emma Leith and Isaac Quayle. 

Harvey Douglas – Player of the month for September 2019

Congratulations to Harvey Douglas Player of the Month (POM) for September 2019 

Harvey Douglas is IOM Squash Rackets Association POM (Player of the Month) for September 2019 with a point’s increase of 36.2%. Harvey has clearly improved a great deal and has demonstrated tremendous form in September. He is one of the current crop of very promising junior players. 

Ben Leith was second with a point’s increase of 34.4%. Ben is another Junior Academy product who is improving all the time. He had particularly good results in the Manx Telecom Dave Karran tournament played at the beginning of the season.  

The third placed player is Richard Cretney. He returned to league squash at the end of last season and is improving with every league outing. 

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

1 Harvey Douglas – points moved from 505 to 688 = 36.2%

2 Ben Leith – points moved from 395 to 531 = 34.4%

3 Richard Cretney – points moved from 455 to 604 = 32.7%

4 Leighton Ginty – points moved from 313 to 415 = 32.6%

5 Christian Webster – points moved from 616 to 810 = 31.5%.

 

How to Join the IOMSRA

How to Join the IOMSRA

So we have entered October now so your registration with the IOMSRA is quite well due. If you play for a team in the league and are over 19 the cost is £30, but for Juniors (under 19s) it is £20. When you become a member of the IOMSRA you can also become a member of England squash which gives lots more benefits.

Follow the procedure shown below to become a member and pay the subscription –

 

If you have any questions on this the IOMSRA secretary Dave Freer, the treasurer Helen Callow or the website development person Steven wright are the people to contact.

 

Strong Start for Crowe Dragons in Squash League’s First Week

Strong Start for Crowe Dragons in Squash League’s First Week

IOMSRA Squash League began strongly with five teams competing in division A, six in B and eight in the C. 

In Division A StoneArt beat Team AON 3-2. AON had major player availability problems on the night so quickly lost the bottom two matches. However at two and three Robin Crease and Mason McLarney both played well to gain 3-0 victories. This left the number one players Jason Blue and Pat Fitzpatrick to determine the match. StoneArt’s Blue came back from 2-0 down to win the fifth and final game of his match 11-7, clinching the victory for his team.

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Court Allocations and Order of Play for Matches

League Fixtures commence next week with the B league playing on Mondays, the A league playing on Thursdays and the C league playing 3 fixtures on Tuesdays and 1 fixture on Fridays.
We are well used to having 4 courts and playing 2 fixtures on the night. The start time of 6.30 remains unaltered. Similarly having 1 fixture played on 2 courts is straight forward.
This year we will be playing 3 fixtures on 4 courts which necessitates us having an earlier start time. On Monday (B league) and Tuesday (C league) nights when we have scheduled 3 fixtures we have a start time of 5.45. We will have 3 courts from 5.45 to 6.30 then 4 courts from 6.30 until 8.45. We will have to share out he courts between matches so I have prepared a plan which should help you to organize this. It is shown on the graphic below but can also be found on the NSC Notice board next to the fixture schedules.