IOMSRA Team Captains meeting

We had a IOMSRA Captains Meeting on Wednesday 15th May at the Woody Pub, during the meeting a few decisions were made that will effect next season.

1.Match Nights 

It was decided that we would swap the match nights for the A and the B league. So next season A league matches will be played on a Thursday and B league matches will be played on a Monday.

2.C league matches

We have decided to play 3 matches on a Tuesday night as Friday night is such an unpopular night for matches.

3.Scoring system

This will remain the same with one small change for the A league, at 10-10 the game will continue until a player has won by 2 clear points. the score will be entered as 11-10 to the winner though. 

EasyGym ease to victory over Cannell Print in League A Final

On Monday night last week EasyGym met Cannell Print to decide who would win this seasons League A Title. These teams qualified for the final by virtue of winning the league during the Autumn block of fixtures before Christmas in the case of EasyGym and the Winter block of fixtures after Christmas in the case of Cannell Print.

The match started with EasyGym and Island number one Dave Norman taking on Island captain Thomas Whiteway. The first game went to Norman 11-8, but then Whiteway took the next game by the same score. Norman went on to win the next two games convincingly taking the match 3-1. 

On the opposite court we had the youth of Cannell Print’s Oliver Wait taking on the experienced Dave Hedley. The games were all close with the players taking it in turns to win making the score 2-2, but the eventual game was 11-8 to Wait, making it 1-1 in matches. 

Joshua Green was next on against EasyGym’s Rob Boyles. Green only started playing league squash this season and his improvement has been quite remarkable. He is a very accomplished badminton player whose athleticism lends itself to squash and he took the match 3-1.

EasyGym captain Paul Barnett took on Ben Peach, another vastly improved player. Barnett took this encounter in three straight games 11-8, 11-10, 11-10 with his experience really showing when it came to the vital points. So the match score became 2-2.

The final and deciding match was Cannell Print’s Mike Hayler against Malcolm Levy. Levy was in no mood for a marathon against iron-man Hayler and made full use of his shot making skills to take the match in three very quick games. In winning the encounter he ensured that the League A title for the season went to EasyGym. 

The EasyGym squad is pictured above from Left to Right – Malcolm Levy, Rob Boyles, Steve Morley, Paul Barnett, Dave Hedley, Peter Ferguson and Dave Norman  

Congratulations to Island Exhausts Vets on becoming IOMSRA Division C Winners

The final round of IOMSRA Division C Fixtures was played on Friday 5th April resulting in the Island Exhaust Vets becoming the winners of the C League. The team is pictured above and is back row from left to right – Phil Shaw, Ian Sheard (Captain) and Peter Sharples. Front row left to right – Jimmy Fick and Lee Loughren. 

Division C has been very close since Christmas as the final placings in the table below shows – 

Division C Champions –

Island Exhaust Vets won the pre-Christmas block of the league fixtures and Island Exhaust Vets also won the post-Christmas block therefore as they won both these blocks they are the undisputed IOMSRA Division C winners. The is no need for a C league final to be played. 

 

IOMSRA – Important Dates for your Diary

29th April – Monday

Division A Final to be played between EasyGym and Cannell Print. It will be played at the NSC and will start at 6.30pm.

 

15th May – Wednesday

Captains Meeting to be held at the Woodbourne Pub in the Pool Room starting at 7pm. It will be followed by an IOMSRA Committee Meeting. Venue still subject to Confirmation.

 

17th May – Friday

IOMSRA Handicap Cup Final. It will be played at the NSC starting at 6.30pm.

 

18th May – Saturday

Annual IOMSRA Prize Giving. Venue is to be confirmed but the start time will be 7pm. Food will be served and prizes and awards for the Squash year will be presented.

 

14th June – Friday

IOMSRA Annual General Meeting. Venue to be Woodbourne Pub in the Pool Room starting at 7pm. Venue still subject to Confirmation.

 

 

 

 

 

Crowe Dragons crowned Division B Champions

The Photograph below is of Crowe Dragons – left to right – Oliver Wait, Ben Peach, Jon Shepherd (captain), Magnus Lamprecht and Peter Ferguson    

In Division A the clash between Cannell Print and Team AON would decide the Division A winner. Island players Pat Fitzpatrick and Thomas Whiteway had a good close battle with Fitzpatrick just taking the fifth game 11-9 for AON. Cannell hit back to make it 1-1 when Ashley Sandyford Sykes won 3-1 at second string. At three Jason Crease had a very convincing 3-0 win over Cannell’s Ben Peach. However Cannell had the experience of Mike Hayler at four and the athleticism of Joshua Green at five who both performed well and ensured a 3-2 and 155-145 victory for Cannell Print, taking them to the top of the table.

The other fixture was between StoneArt and EasyGym, with StoneArt gaining a surprising 5-0 win to claim the third spot in the table and consign EasyGym to the Wooden Spoon position. Hamish Thornton and Allister Crossley both won in straight games. Team sponsor Lyndon Cheetham and Douglas Jacobsson both had to work harder to get their 3-1 wins. The closest match of the fixture was the number one string battle between Paul Barnett and Jason Blue. The first three games were really close with only 2 or 3 points separating the players when the game balls were won, however Barnett ran out of steam in the fourth with Blue winning 11-1 to secure the whitewash for StoneArt.  

Crowe Dragons secured the B league title with two very strong performances back to back to capitalise on the Outcasts loss last week. This final week they took on Island Exhausts who unfortunately suffered player availability issues which meant a  call up for Richard Cretney on the morning of the match and Mark Harrop an hour before the match. The Dragons also had players injured or off island meaning they had to draft Lyndon Cheetham back into the team. The Dragons team was very strong and took all the matches 3-0, so the overall match score was 5-0 and 250-143. Congratulations go to Crowe Dragons – Division B Champions.   

The other B league match was between the Sharks and Conister Racketeers Pioneers. This was a good final match for the Sharks that saw them finish a solid third in the league. The match score finished 5-0, but this does not reflect the great spirit and close games thoughout. Particularly entertaining was the game between Mark Webster Smith and Rob Boyles with Mark winning 3-1. A close second was that between Mark Stratford and Barry Irvine which went all the way to five games. Saturday morning squash ‘stable-mates’ Dave Freer and Dean Sowerby finished 3-0 to Freer in a closer match than the score suggests. Douglas Jacobsson and Greg Ansara took the other wins for the Sharks.

In the C League Island Exhausts Vets and Dandara Falcons had a cracking end of season fixture with the final score line in no way reflecting how tight the contest really was. Falcons Vusimbe Zivave and Kale Combes both had chances to take games off their opponents Lee Loughren and Richard Cretney but failed to get the vital points. Graham Partington had a bit too much experience for Jon Cox at third string winning 3-0. The Falcons only win came through Lewi Long who fought back from 2-0 down against Ian Sheard, using good tactical play and clever shot selection to take the match to five games clinching the final game 15-5. Peter Sharples won 3-1 at number one resulting in the overall points score 247-160 to the Vets.

Browne Craine Dragons chances of winning the Division C improved as a result of this 4-1, 242-190 points win over Hansard Racketeers. At either end of the team sheet Dragons Jon Shepherd and Helen Cave picked up 3-0 wins. Fatheha Essa asked her work colleague Shahrukh Mirza to play for her team and he definitely did not let her down, with both these players picking up 3-2 wins against Racketeers Andy Dalrymple and Daryl Richards. Hansard Racketeers win came through the grey fox Matt Corlett who won in four very competitive games. 

Buchanan & Pitts Misfits dropped only five points in their 4-1, 245-189 win over Dohle Stars. Terry Holt has missed a lot of squash this season through work commitments but this was not evidenced by his 3-0 win over Brian Cowley. The hard hitting Jay Dernie also won 3-0. John Watterson and Stephen Pitts were both taken to five games by Dohle Stars Luke Tippett and Antony Bentley Roberts but the Misfits managed to secure the match winning points in the fifth games. Dohle Stars only victory came at five through Eckhard Garbers who played well to secure vital points for his team.