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. 

Congratulations to Crowe Dragons on becoming IOMSRA Division B Winners

The final round of IOMSRA Division B Fixtures was played on Thursday 4th April resulting in the Crowe Dragons becoming the winners of the B League. The team is pictured below. From left to right – Oliver Wait, Ben Peach, Jon Shepherd (Captain), Magnus Lamprecht and Peter Ferguson. Other players that have played for Crowe Dragons but not pictured below are – Lyndon Cheetham, Steve Gaylor, Beth Jones, Darren Smethurst , Brian Cowley, Steve Morley and Oliver Williams.

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

Division B Champions

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

Congratulations to Cannell Print on becoming IOMSRA Division A Winners

The final round of IOMSRA Division A Fixtures was played on Monday 1st April resulting in Cannell Print becoming the winners of the A League. The team is pictured below. From left to right – Ben Peach, Mike Hayler, Thomas Whiteway (Captain), Rob Colquitt and Dave Freer. Players that played for Cannell Print not pictured are – Ashley Sandyford Sykes, Joshua Green and Oliver Wait.

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

Division A Champions

EasyGym won the pre-Christmas block of the league fixtures and Cannell Print won the post-Christmas block therefore the overall IOMSRA Division A winner will be decided by a final between these two teams. This final will be played on Monday 29th April at the NSC. All four courts have been booked so the other A league teams can play a friendly match whilst the final is taking place.

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO CHRISTIAN WEBSTER – PLAYER OF THE MONTH FOR MARCH 2019

Christian Webster is IOM Squash Rackets Association POM (Player of the Month) for March 2019 with a phenomenal record points increase of 71.5%, the highest points increase since POM was introduced. Christian played 9 matches that impacted his playing level and in 7 of these he recorded a significant increase in his playing level.

Emma Leith is the second placed player, her increase was 43.2%, she is yet another promising junior who is coming on in leaps and bounds and is surely destined to represent the IOM in the not too distant future.

Veteran player Les Callow came third and proves it is never too late to improve your game.

The five most improved players in March are listed below –

1 Christian Webster – points moved from 396 to 679 = 71.5%

2 Emma Leith – points moved from 336 to 481 = 43.2%

3 Les Callow – points moved from 687 to 929 = 35.2%

4 Ben Leith – points moved from 282 to 359 = 27.3%.

5 Harvey Douglas – points moved from 389 to 492 = 26.5%

Buchanan & Pitts Misfits Bring Splash of Colour to C League

The photograph below is of Buchanan & Pitts Misfits. 
Left to Right – John Watterson, Andy Dixon (Captain), Stephen Pitts, Stephen Pitts (Sponsor), Terry Holt, Courtney Gilardoni, Allan Walkingshaw and Jay Dernie    

Cannell Print and Team AON both enjoyed good wins in Division A this week and in doing so they draw level at the top of the table with 1381 points each They meet next week in the final round of matches and the winning team will likely play EasyGym in a Division A final after Easter. 

Cannell Print had a very convincing 4-1 and 177-121 points win over pre-Christmas winners EasyGym. EasyGym’s win came in the shape of Rob Boyles with a 3-2 win over one of his main adversaries Ben Peach. Cannell Print’s Thomas Whiteway, Joshua Green and young Oliver Wait won their matches 3-1 but Mike Hayler was most impressive in taking his match 3-0. 

The match between Team AON and StoneArt was a lot closer with Team AON’s lower three players Liam Davies, Mason McLarney and Jason Crease wining their matches to give AON the 15 bonus points. However the top two matches went to StoneArt through Jason Blue and Hamish Thornton. Thornton’s match with Robin Crease was particularly close with Thornton winning the last two games by the score of 11-10.

The penultimate round of matches in the B league saw league leaders Outcasts play their final match, but they need to wait until next week to see if they are far enough ahead to maintain their top spot.

Crowe Dragons gained maximum points with a 5-0 win over Conister Racketeers Pioneers. Young guns Ben Peach, Oliver Wait and captain Jon Shepherd all won 3-0 in the top string matches. Magnus Lamprecht had to work a bit harder for a 3-1 win at four. The bottom string match between Darren Smethurst and Andrew Brown ended in a 3-2 win to Smethurst who pulled it back from 2-1 down. This win means Dragons are in with a real chance of topping the league next week as they are currently only 234 points behind league leaders Outcasts and still have a match in hand.

The Sharks bit a big hole in the Outcasts chances of topping the league in the post-Christmas block of matches with a 3-2, 241-197 points victory. Both Greg Ansara and Alan McNair picked up 3-0 wins at five and four respectively, then Nathan Quilliam took the first win for the Outcasts at first string. The closest encounters were between Liam Davies and Dave Freer and Mark Henson against Mark Stratford.  Outcast Henson won 3-2 in five very close games while Sharks captain DaveFreer kept his nerve despite being 2-0 and came back to win the final three games by scores of 15-14,15-14 and 15-13.  

The penultimate week of the C league saw Island Exhaust Vets maintain their undefeated record to top the table with 1858 points. However Browne Craine Dragons, Dandara Falcons and the Hansard Racketeers all have an outside chance of catching them.

Island Exhaust Vets beat Browne Craine Dragons by a score of 4-1 and 232-167. Veteran players Peter Sharples, Ian Sheard and Les Callow all secured 3-0 wins in the top three places. At number five John Smith, had a cracking 3-2 match with Richard Creer just managing to snatch the fifth game 15-14. The Dragons only winner was Michelle Smith who won 3-0 to avoid the white wash. 

Jewel Tech and Dohle Stars has a fantastic night of squash with Dohle winning 3-2. The match of the night was between the up and coming Emma Leith and Tony Bentley-Roberts with five incredible games and some great long rallies. Emma just edged the fifth game winning 15-14.  Christian Webster was definitely on top form despite a tiring weekend of training in Liverpool as he had a great 3-0 win for Jewel Tech over Luke Tippett. Dohle Stars took the fourth and fifth string matches thanks to Sachet Baniya and Nick Hardacre, who’s powerful serves earned him a great deal of points. So it was delicately poised at 2-2 when the last match between Beth Jones and Pat Russell went on court, it produced four close games with Russell winning 3-1 to claim the win for Dohle.

Dandara Falcons claimed second spot in the league by gaining maximum points with a 5-0 win over Buchanan & Pitts Misfits. Jon Cox and Sarah Simpson had good wins for Falcons at four and five. Simon Jones had to battle hard against Jay Dernie to win 3-1 at three, with Dernie making great comebacks a number of times to really test Jones’s stamina. The other wins for Falcons were from Lewi Long at second string and Ian Barnes at one who had a really tight match with Andy Dixon with very close scores in their three game match.

The other Friday night match was the Racketeers derby game. This one was won by Hansard Racketeers 3-2 with the three wins coming courtesy of the top order players James Leith, Lucy Kerr and Matt Corlett. Santander Racketeers Academy picked up matches through Nick Corlett and Martin Greenwood. The number ones had the closest match with Leith taking five very competitive games to beat Andrew Brown. The overall score was 230-208 to Hansard Racketeers.