EasyGym ease to victory over Cannell Print in League A Final

On Monday night last week EasyGym met Cannell Print to decide who would win this seasons League A Title. These teams qualified for the final by virtue of winning the league during the Autumn block of fixtures before Christmas in the case of EasyGym and the Winter block of fixtures after Christmas in the case of Cannell Print.

The match started with EasyGym and Island number one Dave Norman taking on Island captain Thomas Whiteway. The first game went to Norman 11-8, but then Whiteway took the next game by the same score. Norman went on to win the next two games convincingly taking the match 3-1. 

On the opposite court we had the youth of Cannell Print’s Oliver Wait taking on the experienced Dave Hedley. The games were all close with the players taking it in turns to win making the score 2-2, but the eventual game was 11-8 to Wait, making it 1-1 in matches. 

Joshua Green was next on against EasyGym’s Rob Boyles. Green only started playing league squash this season and his improvement has been quite remarkable. He is a very accomplished badminton player whose athleticism lends itself to squash and he took the match 3-1.

EasyGym captain Paul Barnett took on Ben Peach, another vastly improved player. Barnett took this encounter in three straight games 11-8, 11-10, 11-10 with his experience really showing when it came to the vital points. So the match score became 2-2.

The final and deciding match was Cannell Print’s Mike Hayler against Malcolm Levy. Levy was in no mood for a marathon against iron-man Hayler and made full use of his shot making skills to take the match in three very quick games. In winning the encounter he ensured that the League A title for the season went to EasyGym. 

The EasyGym squad is pictured above from Left to Right – Malcolm Levy, Rob Boyles, Steve Morley, Paul Barnett, Dave Hedley, Peter Ferguson and Dave Norman  

JUNIOR SQUASH ENJOYS SUCCESSFUL TRIP TO MERSEYSIDE

The Picture below shows – Left to Right Back Row – Richard Webster (coach), Beth Jones (coach), Ellen Rumney, Harvey Douglas, Cameron Bell, Max Birchall, Isaac Quayle, Christian Webster, Ben Peach (coach). Left to Right Front Row – Cai Lewis, Kai Kieran, Ben Leith, Callum Larkin, Harrison Callow and Pat Fitzpatrick (head coach)

Eleven junior squash players from the island recently travelled to Liverpool for a coaching camp weekend with North West regional coach Andrew Breen. The weekend consisted of over six hours of coaching and a team match against a junior team from Merseyside. The IOM team had some good wins against their opponents showing how much they have improved through the Junior academy coaching here on island. It was also a worthwhile trip for the coaches who learned some fresh ideas and different aspects of coaching. 

The Spring Junior ranking tournament recently held on the island saw a good entry with seventeen juniors taking part. After some competitive matches the final same down to the top two seeds, Oliver Wait and Oliver Williams. Williams started strongly with some brilliant line and length squash, taking the first game. He continued to play brilliant squash in the second game, not letting Wait get into a rhythm. Williams then had two match points but Wait produced his best squash of the final so far to save the points and take the match into a deciding game. Wait continued playing well in the final game and managed to take the match overall 2-1, although Williams pushed him all the way, producing his best squash of the season. 

Overall this was a great tournament with some good squash on display. All coaches would like to thank parents and guardians for their support and making sure their children got to the event on time. If there is anyone under 19 years of age who would like to get involved in squash please contact the Junior Development Officer Patrick Fitzpatrick by email to – patty97@hotmail.co.uk 

CONGRATULATIONS TO ISAAC QUAYLE – PLAYER OF THE MONTH FOR APRIL 2019

Isaac Quayle is IOM Squash Rackets Association POM (Player of the Month) for April 2019 with a point’s increase of 39.7%, mainly due to some very good results in the Easter Graded Squash Tournament in which he won the Grade D category. He is one of the current crop of very promising juniors. 

Peter Baker was second with a point’s increase of 35.5%. Peter learnt his squash through the junior development system here on the Island and is currently continuing his sport at university where he is captain of Keele University squash team.

The third placed player is Oliver Williams, he is another junior player who has improved his game a great deal this season.

The five most improved players in April 2019 are listed below

1 Isaac Quayle – points moved from 214 to 299 = 39.7%

2 Peter Baker – points moved from 527 to 714 = 35.5%

3 Oliver Williams – points moved from 649 to 865 = 33.3%

4 Marc Taggart – points moved from 1104 to 1398 = 26.6%

5 Mark Grace – points moved from 1147 to 1407 = 22.7%.