Christian Webster is IOM Squash Rackets Association POM (Player of the Month) for March 2019 with a phenomenal record points increase of 71.5%, the highest points increase since POM was introduced. Christian played 9 matches that impacted his playing level and in 7 of these he recorded a significant increase in his playing level.

Emma Leith is the second placed player, her increase was 43.2%, she is yet another promising junior who is coming on in leaps and bounds and is surely destined to represent the IOM in the not too distant future.

Veteran player Les Callow came third and proves it is never too late to improve your game.

The five most improved players in March are listed below –

1 Christian Webster – points moved from 396 to 679 = 71.5%

2 Emma Leith – points moved from 336 to 481 = 43.2%

3 Les Callow – points moved from 687 to 929 = 35.2%

4 Ben Leith – points moved from 282 to 359 = 27.3%.

5 Harvey Douglas – points moved from 389 to 492 = 26.5%

Buchanan & Pitts Misfits Bring Splash of Colour to C League

The photograph below is of Buchanan & Pitts Misfits. 
Left to Right – John Watterson, Andy Dixon (Captain), Stephen Pitts, Stephen Pitts (Sponsor), Terry Holt, Courtney Gilardoni, Allan Walkingshaw and Jay Dernie    

Cannell Print and Team AON both enjoyed good wins in Division A this week and in doing so they draw level at the top of the table with 1381 points each They meet next week in the final round of matches and the winning team will likely play EasyGym in a Division A final after Easter. 

Cannell Print had a very convincing 4-1 and 177-121 points win over pre-Christmas winners EasyGym. EasyGym’s win came in the shape of Rob Boyles with a 3-2 win over one of his main adversaries Ben Peach. Cannell Print’s Thomas Whiteway, Joshua Green and young Oliver Wait won their matches 3-1 but Mike Hayler was most impressive in taking his match 3-0. 

The match between Team AON and StoneArt was a lot closer with Team AON’s lower three players Liam Davies, Mason McLarney and Jason Crease wining their matches to give AON the 15 bonus points. However the top two matches went to StoneArt through Jason Blue and Hamish Thornton. Thornton’s match with Robin Crease was particularly close with Thornton winning the last two games by the score of 11-10.

The penultimate round of matches in the B league saw league leaders Outcasts play their final match, but they need to wait until next week to see if they are far enough ahead to maintain their top spot.

Crowe Dragons gained maximum points with a 5-0 win over Conister Racketeers Pioneers. Young guns Ben Peach, Oliver Wait and captain Jon Shepherd all won 3-0 in the top string matches. Magnus Lamprecht had to work a bit harder for a 3-1 win at four. The bottom string match between Darren Smethurst and Andrew Brown ended in a 3-2 win to Smethurst who pulled it back from 2-1 down. This win means Dragons are in with a real chance of topping the league next week as they are currently only 234 points behind league leaders Outcasts and still have a match in hand.

The Sharks bit a big hole in the Outcasts chances of topping the league in the post-Christmas block of matches with a 3-2, 241-197 points victory. Both Greg Ansara and Alan McNair picked up 3-0 wins at five and four respectively, then Nathan Quilliam took the first win for the Outcasts at first string. The closest encounters were between Liam Davies and Dave Freer and Mark Henson against Mark Stratford.  Outcast Henson won 3-2 in five very close games while Sharks captain DaveFreer kept his nerve despite being 2-0 and came back to win the final three games by scores of 15-14,15-14 and 15-13.  

The penultimate week of the C league saw Island Exhaust Vets maintain their undefeated record to top the table with 1858 points. However Browne Craine Dragons, Dandara Falcons and the Hansard Racketeers all have an outside chance of catching them.

Island Exhaust Vets beat Browne Craine Dragons by a score of 4-1 and 232-167. Veteran players Peter Sharples, Ian Sheard and Les Callow all secured 3-0 wins in the top three places. At number five John Smith, had a cracking 3-2 match with Richard Creer just managing to snatch the fifth game 15-14. The Dragons only winner was Michelle Smith who won 3-0 to avoid the white wash. 

Jewel Tech and Dohle Stars has a fantastic night of squash with Dohle winning 3-2. The match of the night was between the up and coming Emma Leith and Tony Bentley-Roberts with five incredible games and some great long rallies. Emma just edged the fifth game winning 15-14.  Christian Webster was definitely on top form despite a tiring weekend of training in Liverpool as he had a great 3-0 win for Jewel Tech over Luke Tippett. Dohle Stars took the fourth and fifth string matches thanks to Sachet Baniya and Nick Hardacre, who’s powerful serves earned him a great deal of points. So it was delicately poised at 2-2 when the last match between Beth Jones and Pat Russell went on court, it produced four close games with Russell winning 3-1 to claim the win for Dohle.

Dandara Falcons claimed second spot in the league by gaining maximum points with a 5-0 win over Buchanan & Pitts Misfits. Jon Cox and Sarah Simpson had good wins for Falcons at four and five. Simon Jones had to battle hard against Jay Dernie to win 3-1 at three, with Dernie making great comebacks a number of times to really test Jones’s stamina. The other wins for Falcons were from Lewi Long at second string and Ian Barnes at one who had a really tight match with Andy Dixon with very close scores in their three game match.

The other Friday night match was the Racketeers derby game. This one was won by Hansard Racketeers 3-2 with the three wins coming courtesy of the top order players James Leith, Lucy Kerr and Matt Corlett. Santander Racketeers Academy picked up matches through Nick Corlett and Martin Greenwood. The number ones had the closest match with Leith taking five very competitive games to beat Andrew Brown. The overall score was 230-208 to Hansard Racketeers. 

IOMSRA Division C fixtures for Week 10

IOMSRA Division C Fixtures to be played on Tuesday 2nd April and Friday 5th April are –

Tuesday 2nd April – 

Island Exhausts Vets v Dandara Falcons 

Browne Craine Dragons v Hansard Racketeers

Friday 5th April – 

Buchanan & Pitts Misfits  v Dohle Stars 

Jewel Tech Juniors v Junior Academy

For Week 10 the positions in the league after all results for Week 9 have been input are used to determine the final round of matches. The team placed 1 will play the team placed 2, the team placed 3 will play the team placed 4, the team placed 5 will play the team placed 6, the team placed 7 will play the team placed 8 and the team placed 9 will have a Bye. The winning team will be the best placed team from all the teams in the league – so still all to play for!

Division C Champions

Island Exhaust Vets won the Pre-Christmas block of the league. If the winning team for the Post-Christmas block of the league is not Island Exhaust Vets then that team will play Island Exhaust Vets in a C League Final on Tuesday 30th April. If Island Exhaust Vets do manage to win the Post-Christmas block of the league, then they will be the Winners of Division C.

Dohle Stars find form with win over Junior Academy

The Photograph below is of Dohle Stars. The picture shows left to right – Brian Cowley, Nick Hardacre, Antony Bentley Roberts, Eckhard Garbers and Luke Tippett.

Squash A League saw a top of the table clash between EasyGym and Team AON this week as these two teams have been neck and neck most of the season with only 12 points separating them. At number one Dave Norman, fresh from being crowned island champion, won 3-0 for EasyGym. However Team AON won the rest of the match ups. Robin Crease played well to beat Malcolm Levy in five close games while his younger brother Jason won his match 3-1 at third string. Mason McLarney bagelled his opponent in one game of a very convincing 3-0 win and fifth string Chris Cave won to make the match score 4-1 and 167-121 in points.

Cannell Print beat StoneArt 3-2 in the other A League match. At fifth string two B league captains, Dave Freer and Jon Shepherd, had a tremendous tussle with Cannell’s Freer eventually winning 11-9 in the fifth game. Allister Crossley who has struggled to find his form recently, was very impressive in his 3-2 win over Josh Green. Mike Hayler had a good win at three for Cannell but then Hamish Thornton won 3-1 at second string to make the match score 2-2. This left the decider between the number one players Thom Whiteway and Jason Blue. Whiteway won this 3-2 resulting in a 166-137 points win for Cannel Print, who are now just two points behind Easygym. 

The Outcasts secured their number one spot in the B league with a 241-192 victory over the Island Exhausts team. The Exhausts performed well at one and two with Josh Green and Dave O’Neill getting the better of Chris Cave and Liam Davies, O’Neill only just piping Davies 15-14 in the fifth game. The Outcasts levelled it up though when Nathan Quilliam and Mark Henson, both won 3-0 at three and four respectively. The fifth string match would decide it, the battle of the two captains, Peter Ginty of Outcasts and Peter Sharples of the Exhausts. Sharples won the first two games but Ginty showed great determination to take the next three games and the match for the Outcasts.     

Crowe Dragons had a narrow 3-2 win over Sharks in a close encounter. Sharks won at four and five as Alan McNair and debutant Michael Fernandes both had 3-1 victories. At three Dragons Captain Jon Shepherd had a comfortable 3-0 win but the matches at first and second string both went to five games. At one Ben Peach continued his winning run with another victory against Mark Webster-Smith while at second string Oliver Wait and Dave Freer faced each other in a very close match. Wait took the first two games but Freer evened the score and was 12-8 up in the fifth before Wait fought back to win the game 15-14 in dramatic fashion and secure victory for Dragons.

Dohle Stars claimed their second victory since Christmas with a resounding 4-1 defeat of the Junior Academy in the C League. Dohle Stars Pat Russell and Eckhard Garbers both enjoyed 3-0 wins at one and five respectively, while third and fourth string players Dave Maddrell and Nick Hardacre had to work a bit harder for their victories. The Juniors win came from Harvey Douglas, last month’s POM, who seems to be improving with every match. Special mention must also go to Kai Kieran who made his league squash debut and is yet another junior who is showing real promise.

The match between Browne Craine Dragons and Santander Racketeers Academy ended with a Santander victory but only due to the additional 25 bonus points, before these were added the score was 193-181 to the Dragons. Racketeers Nick Corlett and Fraser Dorling both had 3-0 wins as did Dragon’s Michelle Smith and Fatheha Essa. The clash of the number ones produced the best match of the night, Racketeers Andrew Brown and Darren Smethurst. This was a tight match, the lead changing twice before Andy sealed the match in the fifth game.

Buchanan & Pitts Misfits put a depleted Hansard Racketeers to the sword at the NSC on Friday evening. The latter side could only field four players, giving their opponents a 45-point head start from the off. Misfits kicked on and Jay Dernie, Stephen Pitts and skipper Andy Dixon wrapped up a 4-1, 246/159 win for their side. Matt Corlett battled from two games down to beat John Watterson 3-2 and clinch the gallant Racketeers only success of the night.

Dandara Falcons had a narrow victory over the continually improving Jewel Tech Juniors. Falcons Kale Combes and Vusimbe Zivave both had to fight hard for their wins at fifth and fourth string respectively, the latter coming back from 2-1 down to win in five games against Clare Townsend. Jon Cox returning form injury struggled to find his previous form and lost 3-0 to Emma Leith, while Simon Jones battled hard to beat Amaline Batty at two. The match of the night was between Ian Barnes and Carl Albright at one, with some great tight squash on show in very close games, Albright just winning 15-12 in the fifth for Jewel Tech. 

IOMSRA Division A fixtures for Week 10

IOMSRA Division A Fixtures to be played on Monday 1st April are  –

Team AON v Cannell Print

EasyGym v StoneArt

For Week 10 the positions in the league after all results for Week 9 have been input determine the final round of matches. The team placed 1 will play the team placed 2, the team placed 3 will play the team placed 4. The winning team will be the best placed team from the all the teams in the league after the Week 10 fixtures have been completed – so still all to play for!

It is very close, see the Division A League Table below –

Division A Champions

EasyGym won the Pre-Christmas block of the league. If the winning team for the Post-Christmas block of the league is not EasyGym then that team will play EasyGym in an A League Final on Monday 29th April. If EasyGym do manage to win the Post-Christmas block of the league, then they will be the Winners of Division A.