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. 


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%

Dandara Falcons Run C League Favourites Close

The picture below is of Dandara Falcons. Back Row left to Right – Vusimbe Zivave, Fiona Baker (Captain), Ian Barnes. Front Row left to Right – Lewi Long, Jon Cox

In the A League this week EasyGym, put out their strongest team so far this season against table toppers Cannell Print. All EasyGym’s players enjoyed wins to make it a 5-0 victory for the orange Men. The stiffest resistance came at number four where Rob Boyles took four games to beat a dogged Rob Colquit.  Similarly in the top match between the islands top two players, Dave Norman affirmed his number 1 spot by beating heir apparent Thomas Whiteway 3-1. EasyGym toppled Cannell Print off the top spot in the league with this convincing 180-116 points win.

StoneArt got their first win this year over Team AON and in doing so secured the second spot in the league. On court first were StoneArt team captain Steve Baker against Jason Crease, two players who are fairly evenly matched but this time Crease was on form and won 3-1. The match at number five was between workmates Jon Shepherd and Liam Davies with Davies triumphing 3-0 for AON. StoneArt’s Jason Blue and Hamish Thornton both secured 3-0 wins at first and second string to make the match score 2-2. The deciding match between Chris Cave and Lyndon Cheetham was a tremendous match which Cheetham pulled back from 2-0 down to secure the 15 bonus points and the match win for StoneArt.

In the B League Outcasts had a good 4-1 win over the previously unbeaten Island Exhausts. There were comfortable wins for Nathan Quilliam and Liam Davies at first and second string, but the bottom three matches were much closer. Stuart Highy beat Les Callow 3-1 at number five. At three and four both the matches went to the full five games with Mark Henson winning the fifth game against Peter Sharples but Shaun Callow getting the Exhausts only win with a 3-2 victory over Outcast captain Peter Ginty. The Outcasts take the top spot in the league table off with this 249-168 points victory. 

Victory went to Crowe Dragons 4-1 in their match against Sharks, with captain David Freer winning the only game for the Sharks this week. In the other games Peter Ferguson made a successful return to competitive squash wining 3-1 against Alan McNair in a close fought match. Youth won over experience when Oliver Wait defeated Mark Stratford 3-0, while Steve Morley and Douglas Jacobsson had a very entertaining close match that Morley won 3-1. It was a similar story at one where Ben Peach beat Mark Webster-Smith in four close games.

Browne Craine Dragons underlined their C League title credentials on Tuesday evening at the NSC with a 235/187 win over Hansard Racketeers. Michelle Smith, Fatheha Essa and Richard Creer provided most of the Dragons’ fire winning their respective games at two, four and five 3-0. Team-mate Darren Smethurst was pushed a bit harder by Gary Stephenson, eventually triumphing 3-2 after five gruelling games. James Leith once again grabbed the Racketeers’ consolation, continuing his unbeaten run in the C League this season with a 3-0 win over Dragons’ Phil Whittam at the head of the order.

Buchanan & Pitts Misfits versus Junior Academy was a very close match with the result being dependent on the outcome of the five games between Andy Dixon and Oliver Williams. Before this deciding match Academy’s number 1 and elder statesman Richard Webster and their number 5 young Ben Leith had both secured good 3-0 wins. But in response to this Misfits John Watterson and Stephen Pitts won 3-1, so the stage was set for this deciding match. Andy ultimately won the deciding game 15-11, bagging the 25 bonus points which resulted in Misfits first win of 2019.

Division C contenders Dandara Falcons and Island Exhaust Vets had a very close match on Friday with the final score being 215-212 in favour of the Vets. At five Sarah Simpson made her debut for Falcons and lost in five games to Jimmy Fick. It was a similar story for the experienced Simon Jones who lost in five to Richard Cretney, who has just recently returned to league squash. Vusimbe Zivawe lost by just one point against the Vets’ John Smith, 45/44.  The Falcons, currently plagued with injury, had two debutants at one and two, Alan McNair and Stuart Highy, who both enjoyed good 3-0 wins against their respective opponents.  

Santander International Racketeers Academy chalked up their second win this year against Dohle Stars 3 games to 2. Andrew Brown and Anthony Bentley-Roberts had the match of the night at second string, taking five games to find a winner, with Bentley-Roberts taking the victory 45 to 43 points for Dohle. Nic Kieswetter, Alan Bashforth and Fraser Dorling took the wins for Santander at one, three and four respectively. 



Island Exhausts make an impressive start to the B league

The Photo below is of Jewel Tech Juniors. Back left to right are Emma Leith, Beth Jones (Captain) and Amaline Batty. Front left to right are Asad Awan and Christian Webster.

In the IOMSRA A League this week EasyGym, unable to field a full team, were beaten 3-2 by AON. EasyGym’s top two players Dave Norman and Paul Barnett won their matches, Norman beating Pat Fitzpatrick 3-1 and Barnett taking five games to overcome Robin Crease. Like his brother, Jason Crease also had a five game match, but he came out victorious for AON against Steve Morley. The other win for AON was from Mason McLarney who beat Rob Boyles 3-1, which together with the walkover at five, resulted in a points win of 171-117.

Cannell Print and Stoneart had a close fought encounter. Both Thomas Whiteway and Ashley Sandyford-Sykes took 3-0 wins over their opponents Jason Blue and Hamish Thornton. A league newcomer Josh Green gained a deserved 3-1 victory against Allister Crossley to seal the team win for Cannell Print. It was a close affair in the other two matches with Stoneart’s Steve Baker and Lyndon Cheetham taking the spoils with 3-2 wins against Mike Hayler and Ben Peach respectively.

The B league also struggled for players as Sharks were only able to field four players, giving Island Exhausts a walkover at fifth string. The four matches played were competitive, three of them going to four games, but Exhausts ran out 5-0 winners with wins for Josh Green, Dave O’Neill, James Martin and Mark Grace.

Outcasts recorded their first win of the second half of the season with a 4-1 win over Conister Racketeers Pioneers. Liam Quinn, making his debut for Outcasts, had a comfortable win at five. The closest match of the night was between Pat Russell and Andrew Brown with Russell winning 3-2. Other wins for Outcasts came from Mark Henson and Liam Davies, while Rob Boyles played well at first string to take the only win of the night for Racketeers. 

In the C League Dohle Stars and Hansard Racketeers had a close match with Hansard winning 3-2. The tightest match was at fifth string between Nick Hardacre and Daryl Richards, Hardacre taking the win for Dohle in the fifth game as Richards ran out of steam. Racketeers James Leith and Lucy Kerr both had 3-0 wins with teammate Ben Dalglish overcoming David Maddrell in four close games.

Santander International Racketeers Academy, not to be outdone by their stablemates, also won 3-2 in their match against Buchanan and Pitts Misfits. Fraser Dorling, Charlie Beard and Nick Corlett took the wins for Racketeers, with Corlett having four close games with Allan Walkingshaw at five. Andy Dixon had a close match with Andrew Brown at one with Dixon taking the win for Misfits. The other win for Misfits came from Stephen Pitts.

Island Exhaust Vets started well against Jewel Tech Juniors with a 3-0 win for Jimmy Fick over Rania Gomaa but Emma Leith levelled the score for Jewel Tech with a 3-1 win over John Smith. New recruit for Island Exhaust Vets Richard Cretney,just getting back into squash after a long lay off, played Asad Awan and although the games were close Cretney scored a 3-0 win. Lee Loughren beat Clare Townsend 3-0 at two and Les Callow had a five game battle against the ever-improving Beth Jones at one, with Callow eventually wining 3-2.This resulted in an overall 4-1 win for Island Exhausts.

Browne Craine Dragons had a good 4-1 victory over Junior Academy. Mother and son Helen and Alex Cave both had 3-0 victories for Dragons at four and five. Fatheha Essa and Ben Leith had a very close match at three with Leith just winning 15-14 in the fifth game, taking the only win for Juniors. Phil Whittam and Oliver Williams also had a five game battle at one, Whittam taking the win 15-11 in the fifth for Dragons, while Darren Smethurst completed the wins for Dragons 3-1 against Harvey Douglas. 


Cannell Print off to good start in A League

The Team photo is of Cannell Print. From Left to Right – Ben Peach, Mike Hayler, Thomas Whiteway (Captain), Rob Colquitt and Dave Freer.

Cannell Print got off to a good start in the post Christmas half of the season with an impressive win over last seasons A League champions AON. Both teams were at full strength which allowed Cannell Print’s top three of Thomas Whiteway, Ashley Sandyford-Sykes and Mike Hayler to all secure good 3-1 wins against their opposite numbers. Mike Hayler was particularly ruthless when he ‘bageled’ his opponent in the last game. But AON’s strength in depth was evidenced by 3-0 wins at four and five for Mason McLarney and Liam Davies.

Easygym, division A winners for the first half of the season, just managed to claim the 15 bonus points against StoneArt. With the exception of the number four string match which Steve Morley won 3-1 all the matches went to five games. For StoneArt it was Hamish Thornton and Steve Baker who won the vital points in the fifth games whereas for EasyGym it was Malcolm Levy and Dave O’Neill. Easygym won 3-2 and 177-158 points in this incredibly close and hard fought match. 

In the B league Island Exhausts made a flying start to 2019 with a 4-1 238/177 victory over Conister Pioneers. Taking the wins for a very strong Exhausts side were Dave O’Neill, James Martin, Mark Grace and Peter Sharples. Martin and Grace were the only ones to concede games as they were pushed by the Racketeers Marc Taggart and Barry Irvine respectively. Snagging their side’s only win on the night was the in-form Rob Boyles who scored an impressive 3-0 win over Josh Green at number one.

Crowe Dragons had a clean sweep in their first match with a 5-0 win over Outcasts. Steve Morley played his first match for Dragons at two and took a tough 3-1 victory over Liam Davies. Pat Russell and Magnus Lamprecht had a very close match with Lamprecht taking an early 2-0 lead only for Russell to claim the next two, taking it to a fifth game, which Lamprecht claimed for Dragons 15-12. The number one match was between Ben Peach and Nathan Quilliam, neck and neck in the rankings, resulting in another thrilling five-setter which was eventually won by Peach, completing the whitewash for Dragons. 

On the night the British government’s latest Brexit plans were voted down by the House of Commons, Island Exhausts Vets signalled their intent to break clear at the top of the C League with a resounding win over Hansard Racketeers. The reverse fixture at the start of the season had been a close affair, the Vets edging a 3-2 win. On this occasion though the third tier pacesetters claimed an impressive 4-1 (246/167) victory. James Leith secured there Racketeers’ sole win on the night, beating Graham Parrington at number one, while Matt Corlett threatened to nab a second match before succumbing to Mr Squash, Les Callow 14/15 in the fifth. The Vets’ lower order is where most of the damage was done, however, Gerrit Du Toit, Jimmy Fick and John Smith all winning in straight sets. 

Dohle Stars and Buchanan and Pitts Misfits had a close encounter, every match going to four games, and the win going to Dohle Stars 3-2 (238/194). The closest matches were at three with Stephen Pitts beating Anthony Bentley-Roberts in a tight high-scoring encounter with the win going to Misfits, and at four, where Eckhard Garbers reversed the fortunes gaining the win for Dohle over Courtney Gilardoni in four very close games. Other wins for Dohle were from Luke Tippett and Nick Hardacre, with Andy Dixon taking the second win for Misfits at one.

Dandara Falcons made a good start to the second half of the season with a 4-1 win over Santander Academy Racketeers. Liam Quinn made an impressive debut for Falcons at one with a 3-0 win over Nic Kieswetter. Two matches went to five games and in the first of these Fiona Baker and Charlie Beard had a good battle with the younger Beard just winning in the fifth taking the only win of the night for Santander. Lewi Long and Andrew Brown enjoyed a close match at second string, this time the win going to Falcons as Long had just a bit more focus to take the fifth game. Other wins for Falcons were from Simon Jones and Vusimbe Zivave.

The junior derby between Jewel Tech and Junior Academy was hard fought by all players with the lowest score of the night being an impressive 35 points! At two and five Christian Webster and Emma Leith of Jewel Tech won 3-0. Asad Awan got off to a good start at four, winning the first game against Ben Leith 15-12. However Ben kept up his fantastic ability to retrieve even the trickiest of shots throughout some very lengthy rallies, winning the match 3-1 for Academy. Leighton Ginty and Amaline Batty had a nail biting five game match with Ginty eventually taking the win for Academy 3-2. The last and deciding match of the night was at one between Beth Jones and Richard Webster in the battle of the coaches. Webster took a comfortable win in the first game then Beth fought back taking the score to 1-1. Classic super drops from Richard and increasingly more frequent pickups of these from Beth meant that the fight went on to a fifth game which finished with a 15-12 win for Beth and a 3-2 win for Jewel Tech.