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.


EasyGym ease to Division A title, Crowe Dragons crowned Division B champions and Island Exhaust Vets motor to the top of Division C

The last matches of the pre-Christmas squash season were played last week to determine the winners of each league.

EasyGym are the A League winners despite losing their final match to team AON. AON won 3-2, however, the victory wasn’t big enough for them to overturn the 46-point deficit they needed to take top spot from their opponents. Jason Crease and Chris Cave gave AON the perfect start with 3-0 victories at four and five. Dave Norman and Malcolm Levy levelled the score with victories for Easygym at one and two, with Levy surviving a five game battle with Robin Crease in the closest match of the night. Mason McLarney took the deciding win for AON at three. 

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Congratulations to the Crowe Dragons team on winning Division B

Crowe Dragons won a very competitive Division B on Thursday night, despite losing to Island Exhausts they gained enough points to take the Division B title, they ended up only 4 points ahead of Outcasts who came a very close second to them. The picture below shows the Crowe Dragons team of left to right – Ben Peach, Peter Ferguson, Steve Gaylor, Magnus Lamprecht and Jon Shepherd. Other players to have represented the team but not pictured are – Lyndon Cheetham, Brian Cowley, Beth Jones, Oliver Wait and Oliver Williams

Congratulations to Island Exhaust Vets on winning Division C

Island Exhausts Vets achieved success on Tuesday when, by defeating the Browne Craine Dragons, they secured the top spot in Division C. They are a very experienced group of players who have performed consistently well and are worthy champions. The team for Tuesday is pictured below it is top left to right – Phil Shaw, Ian Sheard and Peter Sharples. Bottom row – left to right – Jimmy Fick and Lee Loughren.