AON Finish Division A On Top Form

AON Finish Division A On Top Form

Team AON claimed the Division A title as they won the final match of their league fixtures prior to the Christmas break overcoming StoneArt 4-1. All but one of the four matches finished 3-1 with AON’s Jason Crease, Mason McLarney and Chris Cave ensuring their team got the win. StoneArts captain Steve Baker prevented the clean sweep by beating Liam Davies. The final match to be played was between AON captain Robin Crease and Hamish Thornton where Crease took the match in straight games. Team AON are a young competitive side who learnt their squash here on Island and are very worthy champions.

Since the Crazies rebranded themselves as ‘Crazy Phil Shaw Vehicles’ they have been really driven, not losing a match. This week they made it three wins on the trot with victory against Argosy Allstars. James Ramsey won 3-0 whereas his team mates Mark Webster Smith, Mike Hayler and Dave Freer all dropped games as they motored their way to victory. Dave Freer had a particularly close match with Sharks teammate Dave O’Neill. Argosy number one Dave Norman showed why he occupies the top spot in the IOMSRA Rankings by defeating third placed Ashley Sandyford Sykes.  

Sharks remained Outcasts nearest challengers at the top of the B League after they scored a maximum points win over Racketeers Pioneers in the pair’s final game of the year. All five matches ended in 3-1 successes for Dave Freer’s side as they swept to a 250/176 victory. Joining skipper Freer in the winners’ enclosure for Sharks were Douglas Jacobsson, Alan Macnair, Dave O’Neill and Greg Ansara, the latter beating Barry Irvine on his return from injury. 

Argosy Junior Academy made it 5 wins out of 10 matches when they defeated Crowe Dragons in the final match before the Christmas break. This young team are very worthy of a place in Division B and Oliver Wait, Isaac Quayle and Ben Leith ensured their team got the 25 bonus points with good wins over their respective opponents. Crowe Dragons wins came through Julien Uzzell and Stephen Pitts, with Pitts, the November Player of the Month, triumphing in a cracking five game match with Emma Leith. 

The Division B champions were determined in this final round of fixtures which brought together league leaders Outcasts and Island Tyres and Exhausts. This was a close tie with three of the matches finishing 3-2 and the other two 3-1 in games. All the wins went to the Outcasts players though and the team of Angus Hopkinson, Chris Cave, Liam Davies, Mark Henson and captain Peter Ginty won the match 250-201 in points ensuring that they could claim the B League trophy. 

 The Pre-Christmas Division C Title was decided when the top two teams battled it out this week, with Island Exhaust Vets just managing to hold on to their unbeaten record in a close 3-2 encounter against Outcasts Dragons. Gerrit Du Toit and Ian Sheard both won in straight games for Vets while team-mate Peter Sharples had to work much harder for his win in a ding-dong battle against Phil Whittam that went all the way to five games. Wins for Dragons came from Andy McLarney who beat Les Callow 3-1 and Darren Smethurst who triumphed over Mark Stratford at one, coping well with Stratford’s usual winning formula of playing the corners with high lob shots. Island Exhausts Vets finished this half of the season with a score of 2172, over 200 points clear of their nearest rivals.

Buchanan & Pitts Misfits recent poor run of results continued against Santander Academy Racketeers as they somehow conjured a loss out of a possible win having looked the favourites for much of the tie. It was close though, ending 221-196 on points before Santander claimed the 25 bonus points. Alan Walkinshaw got off to a very good start against Martin Greenwood but was then pegged back to lose 3-2 while Elliot Henson likewise lead 2-0 against Steven Wright only for Wright to come back fighting to steal the match 3-2. John Watterson became the third Dragon to lose in five games, this time against Charlie Beard. Andy Dixon got the home side its only victory on the night in a five game battle against Harry Douthwaite. Finally, Stephen Pitts, playing at the dizzy heights of number one, went down 1-3 against Fraser Dorling to seal Santander’s victory.

The Falcons finished their fixtures with a 3-2 win over Chrystals Junior Academy. Sarah Simpson and Simon Jones both had good 3-0 wins against Harrison Callow and Callum Larkin respectively. However the match score was equalised when Island ladies players Beth Jones and Amaline Batty beat Vicky Watterson and Phil Butler, the latter in a tight high-scoring match. The overall match was decided at number one where Julien Uzzell defeated Emma Leith 3-2 to claim the win and the 25 bonus points for Falcons.  

The Team photo is of team AON, Division A Champions.
Back row – left to right – Jason Crease, Chris Cave, Pat Fitzpatrick and Robin Crease (Captain). Front row – left to right – Mason McLarney, Liam Davis and Dafydd Lewis 

Christmas Handicap Competition 2020 – Finals Night – Thursday 10th December

Christmas Handicap Competition 2020 – Finals Night – Thursday 10th December

I have updated the Draw for the Christmas Handicap 2020 Tournament. The updated draw showing matches for Finals night, Thursday 10th December 2020. Yay can download the attached PDF Document to see full details of the draw.

For Finals night, Thursday 10th December, play starts at 6.30pm prompt. We will have 4 courts from 6.30pm up until 8.45pm, by which time I think we will have finished. The were some excellent fancy dress costumes last night, hopefully see the same again tonight BUT do make an effort on finals night. After the final has been played ALL Competitors are invited to attend a Social after the final, it will be held at Douglas Golf Club.

The Order of Play for the Final Round will be to start at the bottom and work up the draw. So the first round of matches on court will be – 21v22 – Steve B v Mark WS, 19v20 – James L v Hamish T, 17v18 – Calum B v Pat F, 15v16 – John W v Dave J ……… and carry on up the draw. So hopefully at 7.30 we will have 5v6 – Elliot H v Leighton G and 3v4 – Isaac Q v Steven W on courts 1 and 4 leaving Court 2 for the final 1v2 – Ben L v Callum L.

Christmas Handicap 2020 – 24 Draw Master – Day 3

 

 

Argosy Allstars Secure First Win of the Season

Argosy Allstars Secure First Win of the Season

Argosy Allstars got their first win of the season with a convincing 3-2 win over StoneArt. Island Games silver medalist Dave Norman playing his first match of the season won 3-0 while teammate Malcolm Levy another Island player also won 3-0 at second string. The last time Dave Hedley played Shaun Wyllie it finished 3-1 to Shaun, this time the score was the same but Hedley got the win.  StoneArts wins came through Angus Hopkinson who won 3-0 and Douglas Jacobsson who just got the better of Steve Morley in a five game match.

Crazies, now known as ‘Crazy Phil Shaw Vehicles’, continued their winning run with a very close 3-2 result against Cannell Print. Crazy players Mark Webster Smith and Dave Freer both achieved 3-2 wins in two very close and well fought matches against respective opponents Ben Peach and Harvey Douglas. There was another 3-2 encounter between Cannell number two Josh Green and James Ramsey with Green going 2-0 up then Ramsey fighting back to level the score only to see Josh take the deciding game. Alan Macnair was the other Cannell winner beating Ironman Mike Hayler 3-1. The deciding match between the two captains Ashley Sandyford Sykes and Thom Whiteway saw Sandyford Sykes take the win and the overall victory for Crazies.

In the B league Outcasts got back to winning ways with a 4-1 win over Racketeers. They have one hand on the Division B trophy now and it would take some weird results for them not to be crowned champions. Angus Hopkinson, Chris Cave,  Liam Davies and Peter Ginty all had 3-0 wins. Mark Henson and James Leith had a close match with Leith coming back from 0-2 down to win 3-2 and take the only win of the night for his team. 

An understrength Argosy Juniors faced a full strength Sharks team this week with Sharks coming out on top 4-1. Douglas Jacobsson had too much experience for his younger opponent winning 3-0 while Leighton Ginty stormed into a 2-0 lead against Greg Ansara before Ansara used all his experience to slow the game down and come back to win 3-2. Issac Quayle played his best squash of the season to push Alan McNair to five games, but unfortunately tired in the last one. Emma Leith pushed her much higher ranked opponent Dave O’Neill to four games but lost 3-1. The match of the night was at number one where Harvey Douglas beat Dave Freer 3-2 for his best win to date this season.

Island Tyres and Exhausts claimed their fifth win of the season when they defeated bottom placed team Crowe Dragons. The Exhausts top three Shaun Wyllie, Liam Townsend and Richard Cretney all got 3-1 wins. The Dragons only winner on the night was Stephen Pitts who got the better of October Player of the Month Phil Butler. The match of the night was between Peter Sharples and Beth Jones where all the games finished 15-12 with Sharples winning the final game to claim the match.

In the penultimate round of squash fixtures before the Christmas break, Santander Racketeers Academy hosted Outcast Dragons in the C league, with the Dragons ultimately winning 3-2. Andy Brown and Fraser Dorling both won for Racketeers against Darren Smethurst and Stuart Highy in two very close five game matches. However Dragons lower order players Phil Whittam, Andy McLArney and Chloe Corrigan all won for their team with Mclarney pushed to five games by Steven Wright in a very tight match. 

A tough match beckoned for Buchanan & Pitts chasing the league leaders Island Exhaust Vets although the outcome was much better than B&P might have expected with the Vets just sneaking home with a 3-2 win. Elliot Henson, Jay Dernie and Andy Dixon were all roundly beaten 0-3 by Gerrit Du Toit, Les Callow and Ian Sheard respectively. The really big surprise of the night was Stephen Pitts who produced by some way the best squash of his life after losing his first game and then barely putting a ball wrong to beat Peter Sharples 3-1 in the best tie of the match. Mark Henson secured the second win of the night for B&P with a 3-0 victory over Mark Stratford.

Chrystal Junior Academy had a very close match against Hansard Racketeers with only 13 points between the teams before the bonus points were claimed by Juniors for their 3-2 win. Juniors coaches Beth Jones and Richard Webster lead by example with 3-1 and 3-0 wins respectively. Junior players Amaline Batty and Callum Larkin played well to take their opponents to four games but both lost 3-1 to Racketeers Tom Burrows and Mark Harrop. The decider and the closest match of the night was at fifth string where Scott Jones senior just beat Racketeers captain Andy Dalrymple 3-2 to claim the bonus points for Juniors.

The Team photo above is of – ‘Argosy Allstars’. Back row – left to right – Paul Barnet, Steve Morley and Magnus Lamprecht. Front row – left to right – Malcolm Levy and Rob Boyles

 

IOMSRA CHRISTMAS 2020 HANDICAP SQUASH TOURNAMENT – FINAL NOTICE

IOMSRA CHRISTMAS 2020 HANDICAP SQUASH TOURNAMENT

THE CHRISTMAS 2020 SQUASH HANDICAP TOURNAMENT (FANCY DRESS) IS OPEN TO ALL PLAYERS

COMPLEMENTARY FOOD AND DRINK AT THE GOLF CLUB INCLUDED IN ENTRY PRCE

Location – NSC

Format – Swiss System (match each round)

Dates – Monday 7, Tuesday 8 & Thursday 10 of December

Start time 6.00pm

Competitors – Restricted to 32 entries

Closing Date for Entries – Friday 4 DecemberCost – £25 for Seniors and £20 for Juniors (Pay on the Monday)

How Handicapping works – For all matches the players will be given a handicap value which will be determined using a Handicapping Chart. The handicap values are determined by the players ‘Squash Levels’ ranking points, which should mean the players get a fair handicap. Note – The results of this Tournament will not affect the ‘Squash Levels’ Rankings.

I have added a PDF of the SL Handicapping Chart that will are used to determine the players Handicap in a match. The Chart is attached below – 

SL – Handicap Chart V2 up to 10k

To Enter or for further details contact Les Callow atEmail – les.c@manx.net / Text – 07624 494734

To Enter Open the following URL and fill out the form –https://forms.gle/CmHu5q4vqaLRS2cj9

 

StoneArts winning streak Crumbled by Crazies

StoneArts winning streak Crumbled by Crazies

The Crazies brought StoneArt’s winning streak to an end this week, capitalising on the fact that StoneArt had three regular players missing primarily due to injury problems. Douglas Jacobsson and Shaun Wyllie were making their A League debuts for StoneArt but both struggled to adjust to the rigours of top division squash and lost 3-0 to Mark Webster Smith and Dave Freer respectively. Crazies top two players Ashley Sandyford Sykes and James Ramsey also got 3-0 results. StoneArt number 3 Angus Hopkinson was his teams only winner by another 3-0 scoreline. 

Team AON returned to the top spot in the A league after beating Cannell Print         4-1. Team AON were at full strength for the first time this season and the middle three of captain Robin Crease, Jason Crease and Mason McLarney all achieved good 3-0 wins against strong opposition. AON number 5 Dafydd Lewis was taken to 5 games by Santander IOM Open plate winner Harvey Douglas, but got the win in the end. Thom Whiteway was the printers only winner beating his training partner and IOM Junior Academy head coach Pat Fitzpatrick 3-0 and 33-19 in points.   

At the eighth time of asking the Racketeers Pioneers finally chalked up their first win of the B League season. The Pioneers beat fellow stragglers Crowe Dragons 4-1, 234/181 thanks to wins from Andrew Brown, James Leith, Baillie Watterson and Marc Taggart. The latter came through a five-game tussle with Julien Uzzell, Taggart going 2-0 before the Dragons man levelled things up at 2-2. The Racketeers vice-captain held his nerve, however, to win the fifth 15/9. Dragons’ sole victor was Dave Hedley who saw off Joe Burrows at first string.

Outcasts and Sharks, the top two ranked teams in Division B had an extremely tight match that could have gone either way. The evening started off with Mark Stratford and Dave O’Neill gaining 3-0 wins for Sharks but then Outcast Liam Davies beat Alan Macnair 3-2 and Chris Cave beat David Freer 3-0, leaving the match tied at 2-2. The top ranked players were left to decide the winners and it came down to the wire with Douglas Jacobsson eventually beating Angus Hopkinson 3-2 to secure the win for Sharks allowing them to narrow the gap on Outcasts lead at the top of the table.

There was a well deserved win for a determined Argosy Juniors side over Island Tyres and Exhausts. The Juniors’ Oliver Wait, Ben Leith, Isaac Quayle and Emma Leith all won their respective matches against Shaun Wylie, Richard Cretney, Peter Sharples and Phil Butler. The only Exhausts win for the night came from second string Magnus Lamprecht who overcame his youthful opponent Harvey Douglas, 3-1. 

In the C league Island Exhausts Vets had a close encounter with Santander Racketeers Academy, winning 3-2.  Andrew Brown made the best possible start for Santander Racketeers with a good 3-0 win at number one followed by a 3-1 win by teammate Fraser Dorling in a close match with Peter Sharples at second string. Exhaust’s  Gerrit Du Toit and Ian Sheard both clocked up straight game wins to level the draw. The decisive match between Les Callow and Charlie Beard turned out to be the closest match of the night as both players chased the ball furiously and never gave up on a single rally. Callow somehow kept his nerve and steadied himself in the final few points to win an excellent match and gain the bonus points for the Vets. 

Falcons began the end of season play-offs with a hard-fought win over bottom side Hansard Racketeers. The former third-tier champions triumphed 4-1, 236/186 thanks to wins from Falcons’ stalwart Jon Cox, Simon Jones, Greg Ansara and Julien Uzzell. The latter enjoyed another ding-dong five-set battle with Racketeers’ number one Matt Corlett repeating his narrow success of only a couple of weeks ago with a 45/43 victory. Racketeers’ Tom Burrows prevent the whitewash with a fine 3-1 win over the IOMSRA’s October Player of the Month Phil Butler at third string. 

The fixture between Outcasts Dragons and Buchanan & Pitts Misfits was incredibly close with three of the matches taking four games to decide the winner and two going all the way to five. Outcasts Darren Smethurst, Phil Whittam and Andy McLarney won in 4 games whereas the experienced Stuart Highy went to five in a very close match against Andy Dixon. Misfits number five Jay Dernie prevented the full sweep by beating Chloe Corrigan in another tight match, taking the fifth game 15-12. This was a high scoring match ending with a scoreline of 4-1 in games with points of 247-202. 

The Team photo is of – ‘Crazies’ to be known now as ‘Crazy Phil Shaw Vehicles’. Back row – left to right – Phil Shaw (sponsor), Dave Freer, Mike Hayler, Mark Webster Smith, John Smith (Manager). Front row – left to right – James Ramsey and Ashley Sandyford Sykes