Junior Academy back into Division B

Division B will be a contested by six teams this season.The Teams along with the Squads of players are shown in the graphic below –

Defending champions Crowe Dragons, having signed up James Martin, Dave Hedley and Mark Grace, will be a lot stronger this season. Their captain Jon Shepherd will ensure that this is a very competitive team. 

Last year they were pushed all the way by the Outcasts who are unchanged but with Chris Cave, Nathan Quilliam and Liam Davies occupying the top three places in the team they will be hard to beat.

Derivco Sharks have lost Mark Webster-Smith but Merseyside Over 60’s player Dave O’Neill is a very welcome replacement. Dave Freer captains he team who won the most matches of all the teams in the league in the first half of last season. 

Racketeers Pioneers have lost Dean Sowerby who has moved to warmer climes but they still remain strong and we will see Rob Boyles and Dafydd Lewis scrapping it out for the number one spot again.

Island Tyres & Exhausts experienced a mass exodus from the team with only Shaun Callow of last seasons squad remaining, but IOMSRA Committee members Les Callow and Steve Baker have shored up the team and recruited some exciting young players.

The Junior Academy complete the league line-up. In the past the junior teams have been very competitive in the B league and their team this season will be spear-headed by the two Oliver’s – Wait and Williams. These are two fine young prospects with big futures ahead of them so they may cause some upsets.

Having six teams in the B league will mean a match every week so player availability could be a factor when it comes to determining who will be  crowned B league champions. 

Division A up to 5 teams

League A this season will have five teams battling it out to be the top team in the IOM. The Teams along with the Squads of players are shown in the Graphic below –

Defending champions easyGym have rebranded themselves as Mid-Court-Crisis this season, however the squad is unchanged. With three top 10 players in the form of Dave Norman, Malcolm Levy and Paul Barnett in the squad they will be hard to beat when they are at full strength.

The winners from two years ago are Team AON who also remain unchanged. They are a  young squad headed by island players Pat Fitzpatrick and Robin Crease. This team is improving with every season.

StoneArt are a bit stronger having added ex IOM player Kevin Watterson to their squad. They have four of the best over 50’s players on the rock, but thankfully the youthful Jason Blue at number one brings the average age of the team down a long way.

Cannell Print have broadly speaking split into two teams with Thomas Whiteway looking after the younger players. Young Ben Peach and Joshua Green were two of the most improved players last season and if they continue to progress this team could challenge for the title.

The fifth and final team making up the league is the newly formed  ‘Crazies’. This team is headed by Ashley Sandyford-Sykes and Mike Hayler, but they are backed up by former StoneArt player Allister Crossley and Mark Webster-Smith who has definitely earned his A league spot.

The competition promises to be fierce in League A this season.