AJ Bell National Squash Championships 2019

The British National Squash Championships is being played in Nottingham this coming week. Play will take place at Nottingham Squash Rackets Club and at the University of Nottingham Glass Court from Tuesday 12th February with the Finals  scheduled for Sunday 17th February. For more details about the tournament go to the URL below –  

https://nationalsquashchampionships.com

The Tournament Draw can be found on the website below. You will see that the Isle Of Man player Oscar Hill is through to Qualifying Round 2 and is scheduled to play Mark Fuller at 17.15 on Tuesday 12th February. I am sure you will join me in wishing him a good tournament. Details of the draws can be found below –  

https://nationalsquashchampionships.com/2019-draws/

You can Watch the 2019 Nationals Live and Free …Coverage will be on the England Squash Facebook and YouTube Channels, and we’ll have all you need on the page shown below – 

https://nationalsquashchampionships.com/today-watch/

 

 

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO LIAM DAVIES – PLAYER OF THE MONTH FOR JANUARY 2019

Liam Davies is the IOM Squash Rackets Association POM (Player of the Month) for January  2019 with a point’s increase of 30.8%. Liam played 8 ranking matches in January and 2 good wins over workmate Jon Shepherd and 1 over Mark Grace helped him to raise his points level. The second placed player is Joshua Green with a 28.3% increase in playing level. Joshua Green is a very accomplished badminton player who has recently taken up Squash, he is showing a great aptitude for the game. The third placed player is Dohle Stars player Luke Tippett, with 27.9%. The five most improved players in January are listed below
1 Liam Davies – points moved from 1563 to 2044 = 30.8%
2 Joshua Green – points moved from 1652 to 2199 = 28.3%
3 Luke Tippett – points moved from 437 to 559 = 27.9%
4 Calum Baker – points moved from 1566 to 1890 = 20.7%.
5 Douglas Jacobsson – points moved from 1371 to 1610 = 17.4%

Former world Number 1 James Willstrop – ‘The Marksman’

This is a short promotional Video about former world number 1 James Willstrop – ‘The Marksman’. We thought you might like to see it –

Watch James Willstrop’s film The Marksman 

What does it take to become World No.1? Our inspiring new film, The Marksman charts James Willstrop’s success on the world stage and the defining moments that led to him becoming one of the finest English players to have graced the courts.

James reflects candidly on his career from the astonishing highs of Commonwealth gold to the numbing lows of career-threatening injuries.

Featuring behind the scenes footage from the Gold Coast and exclusive interviews with father Malcolm Willstrop, and brother David Campion, The Marksman is a rare insight into one of the most gifted players of our time.

This film is available to everyone and requires a website account with EnglandSquash.  Log in or sign up for a free account now.

To see the full film then go to the following URL – https://accounts.englandsquash.com/core/login?

 

UTMOST WEALTH SOLUTIONS – Isle of Man Squash Championships 2019

This years  Isle Of Man Squash Championships 2019 are being sponsored by ‘Utmost Wealth Solutions’.
 
Details about the tournament and how to enter can be can be found on the Poster above and below –
 

Location – NSC . Dates – Monday 11th, Tuesday 12th, Thursday 14th and Friday 15th of March 2019. Start time – 6.30pm. Finish time – about 9pm. Format -Monrad/Swiss – a match every round. 

Prizes – All entrants will receive a ‘Tournament’ Tee Shirt PROVIDED your entry is received on or before Friday 22nd February 2019

Cost – £15 for Seniors /£10 for Juniors (payment on the first night of the tournament). 

For further details contact Les Callow at email – Les.c@manx.net / Text – 07624 494734

To Enter go to the following URL and fill out the form – https://goo.gl/forms/Ul1qnRsjC5JCrNm83

 

The first ever Isle of Man Squash 57 Championships will be run alongside the Isle of Man Squash Championships. Cost – £15 for Seniors /£10 for Juniors (payment on the first night of the tournament). For further details contact Les Callow at email – Les.c@manx.net / Text – 07624 494734

To Enter go to the following URL and fill out the form – https://goo.gl/forms/vxRFqzDYhqL1vhaD2 

 
Please do let your fellow Squash Players and Squash 57 (formerly known as Racquetball) players that may also be interested in entering these competitions know about them.
If you have any questions about the Tournaments then please do contact Les Callow the Tournament Organiser.

Dandara Falcons Run C League Favourites Close

The picture below is of Dandara Falcons. Back Row left to Right – Vusimbe Zivave, Fiona Baker (Captain), Ian Barnes. Front Row left to Right – Lewi Long, Jon Cox

In the A League this week EasyGym, put out their strongest team so far this season against table toppers Cannell Print. All EasyGym’s players enjoyed wins to make it a 5-0 victory for the orange Men. The stiffest resistance came at number four where Rob Boyles took four games to beat a dogged Rob Colquit.  Similarly in the top match between the islands top two players, Dave Norman affirmed his number 1 spot by beating heir apparent Thomas Whiteway 3-1. EasyGym toppled Cannell Print off the top spot in the league with this convincing 180-116 points win.

StoneArt got their first win this year over Team AON and in doing so secured the second spot in the league. On court first were StoneArt team captain Steve Baker against Jason Crease, two players who are fairly evenly matched but this time Crease was on form and won 3-1. The match at number five was between workmates Jon Shepherd and Liam Davies with Davies triumphing 3-0 for AON. StoneArt’s Jason Blue and Hamish Thornton both secured 3-0 wins at first and second string to make the match score 2-2. The deciding match between Chris Cave and Lyndon Cheetham was a tremendous match which Cheetham pulled back from 2-0 down to secure the 15 bonus points and the match win for StoneArt.

In the B League Outcasts had a good 4-1 win over the previously unbeaten Island Exhausts. There were comfortable wins for Nathan Quilliam and Liam Davies at first and second string, but the bottom three matches were much closer. Stuart Highy beat Les Callow 3-1 at number five. At three and four both the matches went to the full five games with Mark Henson winning the fifth game against Peter Sharples but Shaun Callow getting the Exhausts only win with a 3-2 victory over Outcast captain Peter Ginty. The Outcasts take the top spot in the league table off with this 249-168 points victory. 

Victory went to Crowe Dragons 4-1 in their match against Sharks, with captain David Freer winning the only game for the Sharks this week. In the other games Peter Ferguson made a successful return to competitive squash wining 3-1 against Alan McNair in a close fought match. Youth won over experience when Oliver Wait defeated Mark Stratford 3-0, while Steve Morley and Douglas Jacobsson had a very entertaining close match that Morley won 3-1. It was a similar story at one where Ben Peach beat Mark Webster-Smith in four close games.

Browne Craine Dragons underlined their C League title credentials on Tuesday evening at the NSC with a 235/187 win over Hansard Racketeers. Michelle Smith, Fatheha Essa and Richard Creer provided most of the Dragons’ fire winning their respective games at two, four and five 3-0. Team-mate Darren Smethurst was pushed a bit harder by Gary Stephenson, eventually triumphing 3-2 after five gruelling games. James Leith once again grabbed the Racketeers’ consolation, continuing his unbeaten run in the C League this season with a 3-0 win over Dragons’ Phil Whittam at the head of the order.

Buchanan & Pitts Misfits versus Junior Academy was a very close match with the result being dependent on the outcome of the five games between Andy Dixon and Oliver Williams. Before this deciding match Academy’s number 1 and elder statesman Richard Webster and their number 5 young Ben Leith had both secured good 3-0 wins. But in response to this Misfits John Watterson and Stephen Pitts won 3-1, so the stage was set for this deciding match. Andy ultimately won the deciding game 15-11, bagging the 25 bonus points which resulted in Misfits first win of 2019.

Division C contenders Dandara Falcons and Island Exhaust Vets had a very close match on Friday with the final score being 215-212 in favour of the Vets. At five Sarah Simpson made her debut for Falcons and lost in five games to Jimmy Fick. It was a similar story for the experienced Simon Jones who lost in five to Richard Cretney, who has just recently returned to league squash. Vusimbe Zivawe lost by just one point against the Vets’ John Smith, 45/44.  The Falcons, currently plagued with injury, had two debutants at one and two, Alan McNair and Stuart Highy, who both enjoyed good 3-0 wins against their respective opponents.  

Santander International Racketeers Academy chalked up their second win this year against Dohle Stars 3 games to 2. Andrew Brown and Anthony Bentley-Roberts had the match of the night at second string, taking five games to find a winner, with Bentley-Roberts taking the victory 45 to 43 points for Dohle. Nic Kieswetter, Alan Bashforth and Fraser Dorling took the wins for Santander at one, three and four respectively.