Photographs from the Utmost Wealth Solutions IOM Squash Championships 2019

The Isle of Man Squash Championships was played last week thanks to new sponsor Utmost Wealth Solutions. It also saw the re-introduction of the Squash 57 (formerly called Racketball) Island Championships running alongside and, with thirteen Squash 57 entries and forty squash players, it proved to be a busy week for the organisers.

Head of Utmost Community, Shaun Lewis said ‘This is the first time that we have sponsored the squash tournament, which was thrilling to watch. It was a pleasure to be invited down to present the trophies to the winners and I hope that all participants had a great week at the tournament’.

Here are some Photographs from the Trophy Presentations at the end of the Tournament.

A group picture of the Event winners along with the Utmost Wealth Solutions representative can be seen above. The picture shows back row left to right – Shaun Lewis (Utmost Wealth Solutions), Dave Norman (Winner), Thomas Whiteway (Runner Up), Mark Stratford (Plate Runner Up), Allister Crossley (Squash 57 Runner Up). Front row left to right – Ben Peach (Best Performance), Dave Freer (Plate Winner), Steve Baker (Squash 57 Winner) and Alex Cave (Bowl Winner).

The above picture shows Shaun Lewis of Utmost Wealth solutions presenting a sponsorship cheque of £750 to the IOMSRA (Isle Of Man Squash Rackets Association) chairman Brain Cowley.

Winner Dave Norman being presented his trophy by Shaun Lewis and Les Callow the tournament organiser.

Runner Up Thomas Whiteway being presented his prize by Les Callow the tournament organiser.

Squash 57 Winner Steve Baker being presented his trophy by Les Callow the tournament organiser.

Squash 57 Runner Up Allister Crossley  being presented his prize by Les Callow the tournament organiser.

Plate Winner Dave Freer being presented his prize by Les Callow the tournament organiser.

Plate Runner Up Mark Stratford being presented his prize by Les Callow the tournament organiser.

Bowl Winner Alex Cave being presented his prize by Les Callow the tournament organiser.

The Cannell Print Trophy for Best Performance went to Ben Peach who is pictured with Brian Cannell. 

IOMSRA News – 16 March 2019

 I have quite a lot of News to pass on to you all, see the 7 items listed below –

1. Utmost Wealth Solutions Isle of Man Squash Championships

Congratulations to the winner of the Championships Dave Norman. The Bowl winner was Alex Cave, the Plate winner was Dave Freer and the Squash 57 winner was Steve Baker. The tournament was well supported with an entry of 52 players, it was well run by Thomas Whiteway and Les Callow, we owe them a big THANK YOU.   

2. Next Tournament – Easter Graded Tournament 

The Easter graded Tournament will take place on Tuesday 23rd, Thursday 25th and Friday 26th April. For this tournament players will be put in a draw with players of similar ability. So the top ranked entries will be playing in a Grade A tournament, the players ranked 9 to 16 will be playing in a Grade B tournament … and so on. We will get the poster and more details on this out towards the end of March. 

3. A League – Week 10 (Monday 1st April)  

There will be A league Fixtures on Monday 1st April but these have yet to be determined. After the week 9 fixture has been completed I will inform you all what the fixtures are ASAP.

Note – For Week 10 the positions in the league after all results for Week 9 have been input will 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 all the teams in the league – so still all to play for!

4. C League – Week 10 (Tuesday 2nd and Friday 5th April)

There will be C league Fixtures on Tuesday 2nd  and Friday 5th April but these have yet to be determined. After the week 9 fixtures have been completed I will inform you all what there fixtures are ASAP. 

Note – For Week 10 the positions in the league after all results for Week 9 have been input will 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!

5. Easter Break 

We will have an Easter Break from Squash for the school summer holidays from Monday 8th April until Monday 22nd April.   

6. After Easter – Play Offs to determine League winners. 

If different teams win the the A, the B and the C leagues in the Pre Christmas and Post Christmas halves of the season there will be Playoff – FINAL matches arranged to determine the overall winner. 

If needed these will take place on – 

A league – Monday 29th April 

B league – Thursday 2nd May

C league – Tuesday 30th April

7. After Easter – SRA Cup for B and C league teams

The SRA Cup which is the Handicap Cup competition which we play after the Easter break will be played in the three weeks from Monday 29th April until Friday 17th May. The matches will be played on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday nights. PLEASE NOTE – you will not be Cup-Tied in this competition, you can play for both your B and C league team in this competition but if a player’s B and C league team play each other they can only play for one of the teams. 

 

 

Conister Racketeers Pioneers Narrowly Lose to Title Contenders

Conister Racketeers Pioneers are pictured below. They are left to right – Dean Sowerby, Andy Dalrymple, Rob Boyles, Marc Taggert and Barry Irvine.

EasyGym advanced their chances of winning the league with a hard fought 3-2 victory over StoneArt. EasyGym had wins at three through Rob Boyles and five courtesy of Dave O’Neill fresh from his debut for the Merseyside Over 60s team, but both these matches were close 3-1 battles. StoneArt hit back with wins at two and four for Hamish Thornton and Douglas Jacobsson who is finding his form just in time for the IOM Championships. At 2-2 it was down to the number one players to decide the match and EasyGym’s Dave Norman wrapped it up with a convincing 3-0 win.

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