Conister Racketeers Pioneers Narrowly Lose to Title Contenders

Conister Racketeers Pioneers are pictured below. They are left to right – Dean Sowerby, Andy Dalrymple, Rob Boyles, Marc Taggert and Barry Irvine.

EasyGym advanced their chances of winning the league with a hard fought 3-2 victory over StoneArt. EasyGym had wins at three through Rob Boyles and five courtesy of Dave O’Neill fresh from his debut for the Merseyside Over 60s team, but both these matches were close 3-1 battles. StoneArt hit back with wins at two and four for Hamish Thornton and Douglas Jacobsson who is finding his form just in time for the IOM Championships. At 2-2 it was down to the number one players to decide the match and EasyGym’s Dave Norman wrapped it up with a convincing 3-0 win.

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Outcasts Beat Crowe Dragons to Take Top Spot in Division B

The Team photograph below is of Santander Racketeers Academy.
Back Row, Left to Right – Alan Workman, Allan Bashforth, Steven Wright and Nick Corlett. Front Row, Left to Right – Andrew Brown and Charlie Beard 

 

The A league this week saw a close match between StoneArt and Team AON. AON took a 2-0 lead after the first two matches with Mason McLarney and Chris Cave both winning 3-1. However Stoneart’s Hamish Thornton and Lyndon Cheetham made the match score 2-2, with Lyndon Cheetham having a particularly hard fought five games against Nathan Quilliam. It was then up to the number one players, Jason Blue and Robin Crease, to determine the match winners. Jason Blue eventually took the spoils with a 3-0 win, taking the match for Stoneart.

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Island Exhausts End Crowe Dragons Unbeaten Run

The Team Photo below shows this weeks Island Exhausts – left to right – Ian Sheard, Peter Sharples, Dave O’Neill, Mark Grace and James Martin  

EasyGym met Team AON in a top of the A League table clash with only three points separating these teams. Malcolm Levy showed his class with a good 3-0 win over Robin Crease at one and Paul Barnett took the other win for EasyGym at two, beating Jason crease 3-1. However Team AON’s strength in depth meant they took the rest of the matches 3-1 courtesy of Mason McLarney, Dafydd Lewis and Chris Cave.  The match score finished 158-155 to Team AON which means that these two teams are now joint top of the table with points totals of 768 each.

Cannell Print put out possibly the strongest side that they have fielded all season against StoneArt, with their top two players placed at 2 and 4 on the rankings. Rob Colquitt and Ashley Sandyford-Sykes both had convincing 3-0 wins for Cannell Print at fifth and second string respectively. However number one Thomas Whiteway and the ever-improving Joshua Green at five had to work a little bit harder for their 3-1 wins. The only match to go to StoneArt was the number three string match where Steve Baker just got the better of Mike Hayler in a five game encounter. Cannell took the match 179-127, only dropping 1 point, and are now level with StoneArt with both sides having 733 points totals in the league.

The B league is beginning to look like a three horse-race, with Crowe Dragons in the lead by a short head and Outcasts and Island Exhausts close behind. Island Exhausts closed the gap when they defeated Crowe Dragons in a close match. Dragons’ Ben Peach reached a record high 14 in the IOM rankings with a comprehensive defeat of Dave O’Neill 3-0. Exhausts James Martin had a real battle with Oliver Wait eventually winning 3-2 but only by a single point. Exhausts Mark Grace had a similarly close game with Jon Shepherd with Jon just edging it. At four and five the experience of Exhausts players Peter Sharples and Ian Sheard showed as they both got straight forward 3-0 wins over Beth Jones and Darren Smethurst.

Sharks beat the Conister Racketeers to win the battle of the B League’s bottom two by 245-185 points. Rob Boyles and Daf Lewis won two titanic tussles with Mark Webster-Smith and Douglas Jacobsson at one and two to register the Racketeers’ two victories on the night. It was the Sharks’ tail that secured their side the overall win, however, with skipper Dave Freer, Mark Stratford and Alan McNair all netting victories.

In the C League Buchanan & Pitts Misfits had a good 4-1 win over Jewel Tech Juniors.  The fourth and fifth string matches were very close with Allan Walkingshaw resisting a fight back from Rania Gomaa to secure a 3-2 win at five, and Emma Leith beating Stephen Pitts by a similar margin at four to secure the only win of the night for Jewel Tech. However the the Misfits top order wrapped up the overall win without dropping a game, through convincing victories for Andy Dixon, Terry Holt and John Watterson.

Dandara Falcons did well to field a team against Browne Craine Dragons, although they lost 3-2. The two top order matches were won for Falcons by Greg Ansara who dominated his match, and Stuart Highy, who started more slowly, dropping the first game to Darren Smethurst, but then going on to win 3-1. Richard Lewy, new to the island, made his debut for Falcons at three and grew in confidence as the match progressed, eventually losing 3-1 to Alex Cave. Fatheha Essa and Helen Cave took the other wins for Dragons at four and five.

Santander International Racketeers Academy, rocking out with their new kit, hosted the Junior Academy on Friday night. The Junior Academy took the victory winning 4 of the 5 matches. John Workman took the sole win for the Santander International Racketeers Academy on this, his debut. At number one Andrew Brown had a cracking match with Richard Webster only just losing 45-43 in points. The other junior victors were Harvey Douglas, Leighton Ginty and Ben Leith.

Dohle Stars and Island Exhaust Vets had a relatively brief encounter with all five matches over in three games. Pat Russell guested for Dohle at one and beat Peter Sharples in three close games. Nick Hardacre had a good win over Jimmy Fick at five, making him one of the favourites for player of the month. However the Vets took the rest of the matches courtesy of stalwarts Ian Sheard, Les Callow and Lee Loughren to further cement their place at the top of the table.

Team AON Triumph Results in Tight A League Table

The team shown below are Team AON.  They are pictured left to right – Jason Crease, Robin Crease (Captain), Chris Cave, Pat Fitzpatrick and Mason McLarney  

Team AON reinforced their A league title winning credentials with a good victory by 171-117 points against Cannell Print. Cannell Print’s Thomas Whiteway just came out on top in an epic encounter with fellow Island player Pat Fitzpatrick at one. Top junior player Oliver Wait got the other win for Cannell Print at five with a 3-1 win over Chris Cave. However AON picked up wins in the middle order through team stalwarts Robin Crease, Mason McLarney and Jason Crease who all denied their opponents valuable points by picking up 3-0 wins.

StoneArt won their second match of the season on Monday in a very close encounter with EasyGym. Malcolm Levy was in great form to get EasyGym one up but then Douglas Jacobsson levelled the match at 1-1. The middle order matches were all 3-1 results with EasyGym’s Rob Boyles celebrating his call up to the Island squad with a win over Steve Baker. However the other two matches went to StoneArt with Hamish Thornton and Lyndon Cheetham both winning very close matches. EasyGym now top the table but, with StoneArt only 7 points behind them in third spot, it is closer than a clam with lockjaw in Division A.

In the B league Sharks were left still looking for their first win of the season after a 3-2 defeat to Outcasts. Greg Ansara made a winning return for Sharks beating Stuart Highy who gallantly stepped in at the last minute for Outcasts. Douglas Jacobsson and Nathan Quilliam had a close match with Quilliam taking the spoils in four games. Mark Henson was too strong for Mark Stratford on this occasion, giving the Outcasts a lead of 2 -1, before David Freer came back from 2-0 down to beat Liam Davis in five games to tie the match at 2 each. This left Alan McNair and Peter Ginty to decide the outcome in a thrilling five setter that Ginty won taking the game and the match for Outcasts. 

Crowe Dragons beat Conister Racketeers Pioneers 4-1, with only one match going to more than three games. Dragons had two C league regulars playing up this week: Darren Smethurst who beat Jas Singh 3-0 at fifth string, and Beth Jones who lost in three very close games to the higher ranked Barry Irvine at fourth string. Jon Shepherd stuttered to a 3-1 win over Dean Sowerby in the closest match of the night at three. At two Oliver Wait continued his ferocious form to dispatch Marc Taggart in three games and Ben Peach beat Dafydd Lewis 3-0 at number one.

In the C League all Island Exhaust Vets players had to work hard for a maximum points victory over Buchanan and Pitts Misfits. Lee Loughren and Les Callow playing Stephen Pitts and John Watterson respectively both dropped games on their way to winning their matches. Les and John had a particularly hard match, neither player giving up on trying to retrieve the ball, resulting in some really good rallies. Likewise Ian Sheard dropped a game in beating Terry Holt as Terry’s forehand drives caused Ian some difficulty. Exhausts Peter Sharples and Richard Cretney had 3-0 victories at first and fifth string respectively.

Dohle Stars lost 3-2 to Dandara Falcons, a team with four regular players unavailable through injury. Alan McNair and Greg Ansara  played at the top end for Falcons and got good 3-0 wins. At three, team regular Simon Jones used his years of experience to beat Antony Bentley-Roberts and give the Falcons a 3-0 lead. Wins for Dohle came from Dave Maddrell who beat Vusimbe Zivave in three games at fourth string, and a walkover at fifth string due to injury.  

Brown Craine Dragons won a fun but competitive match against Jewel Tech Juniors 247-194 in points. Beth Jones took the only win for Jewel Tech at one, beating Phil Whittam in five games. Dragons took all the other matches. At four Helen Cave beat Rebecca Keeley in a ding-dong encounter while at five guest James Van Dort fought back from 2-0 down to win against Aaron Rumney. Darren Smethurst and Emma Leith had a great duel at two and it is good to see our young players showing such a never say die attitude. Alex Cave beat Asad Awan in three close entertaining games.

The match between Hansard Racketeers and Junior Academy pitted experience against youth and on this occasion experience won out. Racketeers Ben Dalglish, Andy Dalrymple and John Halligan won at three, four and five. At two Oliver Williams continued his good form for the Academy to win 3-0 over Matt Corlett, who was clearly handicapped by injury. The final match featured the elder statesman of the teams , Richard Webster and James Leith, which was closely contested and went to Leith who took the final game 15-13 to take the match. 

CONGRATULATIONS TO LIAM DAVIES – PLAYER OF THE MONTH FOR JANUARY 2019

Liam Davies is the IOM Squash Rackets Association POM (Player of the Month) for January  2019 with a point’s increase of 30.8%. Liam played 8 ranking matches in January and 2 good wins over workmate Jon Shepherd and 1 over Mark Grace helped him to raise his points level. The second placed player is Joshua Green with a 28.3% increase in playing level. Joshua Green is a very accomplished badminton player who has recently taken up Squash, he is showing a great aptitude for the game. The third placed player is Dohle Stars player Luke Tippett, with 27.9%. The five most improved players in January are listed below
1 Liam Davies – points moved from 1563 to 2044 = 30.8%
2 Joshua Green – points moved from 1652 to 2199 = 28.3%
3 Luke Tippett – points moved from 437 to 559 = 27.9%
4 Calum Baker – points moved from 1566 to 1890 = 20.7%.
5 Douglas Jacobsson – points moved from 1371 to 1610 = 17.4%