Squash season resumes – Again!

 

Squash season resumes – Again!

The IOMSRA Squash season resumed after lockdown 3 with some very competitive matches. A league title contenders Team AON and Cannell Print enjoyed what was a close match despite the 5-0 win for Cannell, with four of the encounters finishing 3-2. Cannell skipper Thom Whiteway and teammates Josh Green, Oliver Wait and James Martin all had to play five games to get their wins while Rob Colquitt dispatched Ben Leith with a scoreline of 3-0. This was a great performance by the Cannell team and really helps their title chances.

Another team in the running for the A league cup are Argosy Allstars who are currently top of the division. They restarted the season well, beating Crazy Phil Shaw Vehicles 5-0. Dave Norman, Malcolm Levy and Dave O’Neill all won in straight games. Crazies main resistance came through Mark Webster-Smith and Mike Hayler but both eventually lost 3-2 to the Allstars Paul Barnett and Mark Grace respectively. 

The Sharks and Racketeers Pioneers were the two undefeated teams in the B league before lockdown, but that would have to change when they met in a top of the table clash. This was another very close match with four encounters finishing with a 3-2 scoreline. Sharks players Douglas Jacobsson, Dave O’Neill and Greg Ansara all won in five games against their opponents but their captain Dave Freer lost to Racketeer Dafydd Lewis by the same scoreline. The other result was a 3-0 win for big Alan Macnair which made the match score 4-1, 246-203 in the Sharks favour.

Winners of the Autumn B league, the Outcasts, also won 4-1 with wins for Chris Cave, Liam Davies, Mark Henson and Peter Ginty in the top four ranked positions. Ginty won in straight games whereas his higher ranked team mates all dropped a game. The only Island Tyres and Exhausts win came in the fifth string match where the keen and constantly improving Phil Butler came out on top in his five game encounter with Stuart Highy.

Argosy Junior Academy played Crowe Dragons in the third B league match. The Junior team have improved a great deal this season and Harvey Douglas and Ben Leith continued to impress with good wins for their team. Crowe Dragons top two players James Martin and Dave Hedley are both very experienced and won their matches to level the score at 2-2. The match of the evening was between two of the best ladies in the island squash community, Beth Jones and Emma Leith. Jones eventually won the final game of the 3-2 battle to secure the win and the bonus points for Dragons. 

In the C league Island Exhaust Vets played Santander Racketeers Academy and were delighted to welcome back Brian Cowley to court, who after 18 months of no competitive squash clearly wanted nothing more than an extended five game match that went right to the wire. After Cowley took a two game lead over Steven Wright, the latter steadily fought his way back into the contest, eventually winning 45-44. Vets Gerrit Di Toit, Les Callow and Mark Stratford all triumphed in the middle order games. At the top of the order Peter Sharples had good chances to take some games, but Racketeer Fraser Dorling’s speed and quality of shotmaking proved decisive. In the end Vets triumphed 3-2, 240-186 on points.

Buchanan & Pitts Misfits and Falcons had a close encounter with Misfits winning 3-2 overall. Falcons wins came from captain Vusimbe Zivave in a thrilling match against Elliot Henson, and Vicky Watterson whose opponent unfortunately had to retire injured. Misfit Andy Dixon had a straightforward 3-0 win while teammate Terry Holt had to work harder in an exciting match with Sarah Simpson to earn his 3-1 win. Pat Russell finished off B&P’s team win using his cunning drop shots to outwit Lance Wyllie who had the misfortune to break a racket before going down 3-1. 

The third C league fixture of the evening was yet another 3-2 match result when Chrystals Junior Academy played Outcasts Dragons. Dragons captain Darren Smethurst and his number 3 player Phil Whittam both achieved 3-0 wins. Sadly the Dragons could only field four players so the Juniors had a walkover at 5. Isle of Man Ladies players Beth Jones and Amaline Batty secured the win for the Juniors with 3-1 wins over their respective opponents, resulting in a match score of 3-2, 219-161. 

The Photo shows competitors taking part in the B league match night. Back row – left to right – Peter Ginty, Peter Sharples, Les Callow, Phil Shaw, Christian Webster and Baillie Watterson. Front row – left to right – Lance Wyllie, Douglas Jacobsson, Dafydd Lewis and Harvey Douglas 

 

IOMSRA Squash Season restart after Lockdown 2

IOMSRA – Squash Season restart after Lockdown 2 –  Matches resume on Monday 26th April.

We had an IOMSRA Committee meeting at the end of last week and we agreed to the rescheduling of the squash season so that we can complete all the fixtures and tournaments.

We have a week to get in some much needed practice from Monday 19th April and the week starting on Monday 26th we will play a Week of League fixtures.

The Elites and Masters Tournament will now include the IOMSRA Ladies Championships too. We will re-advertise this event so be sure to enter it, as the draw from last time has been cleared. To enter go to the Google form shown on the Tournament Poster.

The League fixtures have been updated on League Master but over the next few days I will re-publish the draws on the Website with Fixture Images and Downloadable files. 

Look forward to seeing you all on court in the near future. The Image below shows the rescheduling of the Matches and Tournaments. 

Stone Art Squash get first win of 2021 in the A league

Stone Art Squash get first win of 2021 in the A league

Stone Art Squash got their first win of their winter campaign with a 3-2 win over Crazy Phil Shaw Vehicles. This was a low scoring encounter as none of the matches went past three games. Crazy’s captain Ashley Sandyford-Sykes and his number two James Ramsey both won. Stone Art players Toby Woolard and Angus Hopkinson evened the match score at 2-2. Unfortunately Crazies didn’t field a 5th player so Shaun Wyllie got a walkover for his team and in doing so sealed the victory for Stone Art Squash.

Argosy Allstars had a good 3-2 win over Cannell Print in the other A league match. Allstars number one Dave Norman was ruthless in his 3-0 defeat of Thom Whiteway allowing his opponent only 15 points in the whole match, while his teammate Malcolm Levy had a 3-1 win at number two. Ben Peach and Oliver Wait both won 3-1 to even up the match score for Cannell Print. The deciding and closest match of the night was at number five between Rob Colquitt and Steve Morley where Morley came from two games down to win the next three in style and take the overall match win for Allstars.

Crowe Dragons got their first win of 2021 with a 4-1 win ver Island Tyres & Exhausts in the B league. Dave Hedley and Julien Uzzell earned 3-0 victories over brother and sister combination Liam and Clare Townsend with Clare making her debut appearance for the team. Dragons captain Darren Smethurst won 3-1 as did his teammate Mark Grace who beat team newcomer Lance Wyllie. The match of the night was between the number ones where Shaun Wyllie can back from 2-0 down to beat James Martin 3-2.

Racketeers Pioneers unbeaten start to 2021 continued in the B League last week with a narrow victory 3/2 222-208 victory over reigning champions Outcasts. Both sides were missing players to injury, but it was the in-form Racketeers who adapted the best thanks to some stirring performances from their middle order. Marc Taggart claimed a good win over Mark Henson at number two, while James Leith and Andy Brown edged ding-dong, five-game battles with Outcasts’ skipper Peter Ginty and Pat Russell respectively at three and four. Outcasts actually accrued more points than their opponents before the bonus 25 were added thanks to good wins from number one Chris Cave and Stuart Highy at five.

Sharks claimed a good win over the Junior Academy who put up a spirited defense. There were victories at 1 through 4 for Sharks with both Dave O’Neill’s match versus Christian Webster and Alan Macnair’s against Ben Leith going the distance to 5 games. David Freer and Douglas Jacobsson had more straightforward wins over Harvey Douglas and Isaac Quayle respectively. The juniors did win at fifth string with Leighton Ginty overcoming guest Vusimbe Zivave in three games.

Island Exhausts’ Vets relentless form at the head of the C League standings continued last week as they brushed aside the Hansard Racketeers 249/161. Mark Stratford, Peter Sharples, Gerrit Du Toit and Les Callow only dropped two games between them as they claimed the spoils in the first four strings. 

Racketeers’ Daryl Richards prevented the whitewash though, with a spirited 3-2 win over Exhausts’ debutante Clare Townsend at fifth string. Santander Racketeers Academy defeated the mighty Buchanan and Pitts Misfits winning four of the five matches (and earning the bonus points) with the final result 205 to164 points. Santander Racketeers Academy were missing a fifth player due to last minute injury, giving Buchanan and Pitts Misfits a walkover at five. Charlie Beard and Elliot Henson had the highlight match of the evening where, after five close games, Beard came out on top 3-2 for Academy

The Falcons secured their first win of 2021 when they met Outcasts Dragons. The Falcons have recruited well this season with new players Phil Butler, Vicki Watterson and Lance Wyllie all playing in this fixture. Butler and Wyllie both achieved wins while Watterson only just lost in five games to Phil Whittam. Dragons captain Darren Smethurst had a comfortable 3-0 win at number one. The longest serving Falcons player on the night was Jon Cox who first represented them in 2011 over 9 years ago. His 3-0 win took the Falcons over the line with a 3-2 match victory.

The full squad of Stone Art Squash Team are pictured above. Squad members insert into the picture on top are left to right – Douglas Jacobsson, Angus Hopkinson and Shaun Wyllie. Main picture – Back row left to right – Hamish Thornton, Steve Baker (captain) and Lyndon Cheetham. Main picture – Front row left to right – Jason Blue and Toby Woolard.

IOMSRA Rules – some Key rules about eligibility for Divisions

IOMSRA Rules – some Key rules about eligibility for Divisions

I would just like to highlight 2 Key rules which determine players eligibility to play in the different divisions. These rules were agreed at the AGM, they are intended to ensure that players play against players of a similar level and competition is fair.

Rule 1 – Players ranking restricts the Division that can play in 

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. 

Rule 2 – Players ranking in their teams restricts the Division that can play in 

The top 4 nominated players in a team are deemed to be the core players, and these may not play in a lower division than the one they are nominated in. Players nominated 5 and lower may play down 1 division as long as the ranking that they have allow’s them to do so, refer to rule 1 described above. 

The graphic below shows the top 50 ranked players at the start of this New Year – 

 

Division A Fixture List – winter league 

Division A Fixture List – winter league 

In Division A, the same 5 teams will be competing for the league title again this half of the season. Team AON were winners of the autumn league so if a different team can win the Post Christmas winter half of the league a league final will be played on Thursday 22 April 2021. The fixture list along with the breaks for tournaments and holidays can be seen on the graphic below, it can also be downloaded as a PDF document. 

Fixtures A League 2020-21 WINTER 2nd half – 5 teams MATCHES