Island Exhausts Vets closing in on C league title

Island Exhausts Vets closing in on C league title

Team AON became strong favourites to become undisputed A league champions when they secured maximum points against Stone Art Squash Team. The Crease boys, Robin and Jason, looking very unruffled in their straightforward 3-0 wins, conceded very few points. However at the top and the bottom of the playing order Pat Fitzpatrick and Chris Cave each dropped games on the way to their wins. The closest match was between Mason McLarney and Lyndon Cheetham and considering that this was Lyndon’s first game back after a long injury break he did exceptionally well to take two games off Mason with the final points score of 33-31. Team AON now have a good lead in the A league. 

Cannell Print dropped only 11 points on their way to a win over Crazy Phil Shaw Vehicles. Crazy’s Ashley Sandyford-Sykes and Mike Hayler both did the Mountain Marathon at the weekend and were perhaps still recovering as they lost 3-0 and 3-1 to Thom Whiteway and James Martin respectively. Josh Green was the other victor for Cannell with a 3-1 over James Ramsey. The Crazy’s winning duo were former Shark Mark Webster-Smith and current Shark’s captain Dave Freer. The teams were separated by 40 points at the end of the night with a match score of 169-129. 

In the C league Island Exhaust Vets maintained their lead with a 4-1 victory over Falcons, helped by the Falcons all having to play up as their number one was instructed to self isolate. Falcons captain Vusimbe Zivave played a great match at number five taking the only win for his team 3-0. Vets Gerrit Du Toit and Mark Stratford also had 3-0 victories at fourth and first string respectively. At number two Peter Sharples had to work very hard to beat Vicky Watterson in four games but once again the match of the night was Les Callow’s, this time against Simon Jones. Callow was not without his opportunities to finish the match in three or four games but was taken all the way to five again. 

Second placed team Santander Racketeers Academy kept the pressure on the Vets by dropping just 7 points in their 4-1 win over Buchanan & Pitts Misfits. Racketeers Fraser Dorling, Steven Wright and Charlie Beard all enjoyed 3-0 wins, though Charlie’s was a walkover win. The other two matches were 3-1 results with one going to each team, Racketeer Andrew Brown defeated Terry Holt and Misfit John Watterson came out on top in a very close match with Harry Douthwaite. Santander Racketeers Academy now trail the Vets by 80 points which will be a very hard gap to bridge.

Outcasts Dragons played Hansard Racketeers in the other C league match. The Dragons have struggled to field a full five players recently and could only put out four for this fixture. However all four of these players won their matches with skipper Darren Smethurst, Phil Whittam and Andy McLarney all winning 3-0. Dragons number two Stuart Highy had a very close match with Tom Burrows with all four games being decided by only 2 points. Racketeers only win was a walkover at fifth string. The final score was 205-177 to Outcasts Dragons. 

The Picture above shows the Island Exhaust Vets Team.
Left to Right – Ian Sheard (Captain), John Smith, Les Callow, Peter Sharples, Mark Straford and Gerrit Du Toit.


Martin Greenwood – Player of the Month for May 2021

Congratulations to Martin Greenwood May 2021 Player of the Month 

Martin Greenwood who plays for Santander Racketeers Academy in the C league has become the IOMSRA Player of the Month (POM) for May 2021 with a points increase of 24.8%. Martin has had two particularly good results in May which have moved him up the rankings.

Fellow Racketeer and team mate Harry Douthwaite is placed second with an increase in his playing level of 14.9%. Harry played 3 league matches in May and won them all with 3-0 score lines. Good wins against fellow Racketeer Mark Harrop and Phil Whittam have really helped him climb up the rankings.   

The third most improved player is the irrepressible Phil Butler, only 0.2% behind Harry in his playing level increase. Phil played 3 ranking matches in May, each result producing an increase in his playing level of over 3%.

The five most improved players in May 2021 are :-

1 Martin Greenwood – points moved from 214 to 267 = 24.8%

2 Harry Douthwaite – points moved from 530 to 610 = 14.9%

3 Phil Butler – points moved from 611 to 701 = 14.7%

4 Baillie Watterson – points moved from 1482 to 1652 = 11.5%

5 Chris Cave – points moved from 2273 to 2534 = 11.5%


Argosy Junior Academy Produce Class Act to Earn First Win

Argosy Junior Academy Produce Class Act to Earn First Win

Argosy Allstars kept their A league title hopes alive by dropping just one point in their win over Stone Art Squash team. Allstars top two players Dave Norman and Malcolm Levy both recorded 3-0 wins. However the lower order matches were very close with Dave Hedley losing 3-2, 33-32 to Stone Arts Mark Henson and Allstar Steve Morley winning 3-1, 33-31 against Doug Jacobsson. The last match on court was Stone Art captain Steve Baker who lost by a margin of only 3 points in his 3-2 defeat at the hands of Rob Boyles.

Team AON put one hand on the A league trophy with a convincing 5-0 win over Crazy Phil Shaw Vehicles. They are now looking like favourites for the Title of undisputed A league champions for the 2020-21 season. Sadly due to some Crazy players preparing for the Mountain Marathon the team could only field 3 players. AON’s Jason Crease, Mason McLarney and Chris Cave all achieved 3-0 win and with the 2 walkover matches the final result was 180-55 to the league leaders. 

Crowe Dragons struggles after the B League’s restart continued on Tuesday against the Racketeers Pioneers. The injury-ravaged Dragons could only field three players for the encounter, handing two walkovers and 90 points to their opponents before a ball was struck in anger. In the three games that did take place, the Dragons gave a good account of themselves. Beleaguered Dragons’ skipper Darren Smethurst beat James Leith 3-0, while the Racketeers’ Daf Lewis edged a topsy-turvy encounter with James Martin 3-2 in what was probably the tie of the night. Baillie Watterson wrapped up the match’s other spoils beating Dave Hedley 15/11, 15/11, 15/11 at number two. 

It could not have been a closer match when the Sharks met Autumn league winners the Outcasts, with the final result being 3-2 to Sharks. There were wins from David Freer, Alan Macnair and Greg Ansara for Sharks, whilst Outcasts took the spoils at first and second string where  Chris Cave and Liam Davis got the better of Douglas Jacobsson and Dave O’Neill respectively. 

Argosy Junior Academy celebrated the end of the exam season with their first win of the Winter league by beating Island Tyres and Exhausts 3-2. The juniors won the middle order matches through Isaac Quayle, Ben Leith and Emma Leith, but Ben was pushed all the way by Peter Sharples who came back from 2-0 down to level the score at 2-2 before Ben took the fifth game convincingly. Island Exhausts wins came at the top and bottom of the playing order with Phil Butler winning 3-0 and number one player Shaun Wyllie triumphing 3-1. These teams were well matched with a points score of 200-197 to the Juniors before the bonus points were added. 

In the C league Island Exhaust Vets were pushed all the way to their 4-1 win in a hard fought fixture with Buchanan and Pitts Misfits. Vets Mark Stratford and Les Callow secured good 3-0 wins at first and fourth string respectively while at number five teammate Brian Cowley needed all his experience to get the better of Allan Walkingshaw 3-1. Terry Holt took the only win for Misfits at third string beating Gerrit du Toit 3-1. The match of the night was between Ian Sheard, returning from injury, against a determined Andy Dixon. This encounter went all the way to five games with Sheard eventually securing the win and the match for the Vets.

Despite being down to only three players Outcasts Dragons managed a 3-2 victory over Hansard Racketeers. Dragons captain Darren Smethurst enjoyed a really close encounter with Matt Corlett with both players getting double points in each game. Stuart Highy and Andy McLarney were the other two winners for the Dragons. Despite losing the match the Racketeers won on points 207-160 thanks to the Dragons conceding the two lower order matches  45-0 to Racketeers.

Santander Racketeers Academy had a good 4-0 win over Chrystals Junior Academy with both teams only having four players available on the night. Harry Douthwaite won 3-0 against an improving and determined Callum Larkin at third string but the other matches all went to four games. Harrison Callow played some excellent shots to take a game off Santander captain Steven Wright while Amaline Batty did very well to take a game from Andy Brown whose speed gave him the advantage needed to win. Likewise in the number one seed match Leighton Ginty took a close win in the first game against Fraser Dorling but he latter’s ability to move well around the court sealed him the next 3 games to win.

The Picture above shows the Argosy Junior Academy Team. Back row – Left to Right – Isaac Quayle, Harvey Douglas, Olly Wait (Coach) and Pat Fitzpatrick (Head Coach). Front row – Left to Right – Christian Webster, Emma Leith and Ben Leith. 

Sharks Basking in another Win increase B league lead 

Sharks Basking in another Win increase B league lead 

 Stone Art Squash team had a good win over A league leaders Cannell Print with both teams struggling for players and having to put out two substitutes on the night. Stone Art’s subs proved stronger as both Douglas Jacobsson and Shaun Wyllie got their team off to a 2-0 start with 3-1 victories. James Martin and Stone Art captain Steve Baker enjoyed a good battle with Martin clinching it by just 2 points in the fifth and final game of their match. Toby Woolard clinched the victory for Stone Art with a good 3-1 victory against the higher ranked Olly Wait while the final match saw Cannell’s Thom Whiteway produce a convincing 3-0 win over Hamish Thornton 3-0. The final score was 158-144 to Stone Art.    

Team AON played Argosy Allstars in the other match of the evening and unusually all the results were 3-0 making it a fairly brief encounter. The Allstars top two of Dave Norman and Malcolm Levy were their teams victors with Norman only conceding 12 points on the way to his victory. Team AON’s overall victory came through the bottom three ranked players, Jason Crease, Mason McLarney and Chris Cave. This was a low scoring match with the final match score of 147-121 in team AON’s favour and they now trail Cannell by just 6 points.   

The Racketeers Pioneers returned to winning ways in the B League with a 4-1, 247/186 victory over Island Tyres and Exhausts. The Pioneers were pushed hard by their opponents, Daf Lewis, Baillie Watterson and James Leith battling to wins over Rob Colquitt, Richard Cretney and Peter Sharples respectively. The former’s encounter at number one required five games to determine the winner, Lewis coming back from 2-1 down to seal the win 3-2. Barry Irvine secured the Pioneers’ other win, while Exhausts’ ‘on-loan’ Racketeer Fraser Dorling secured his temporary side’s sole success coming from two games down to secure the spoils from Marc Taggart.

League leaders the Sharks dropped just 9 points in their 3-2 win over Crowe Dragons. Sharks top three of Dave O’Neill, Dave Freer and Douglas Jacobsson are very evenly matched and as their respective rankings have changed they have taken it in turns to play in the top three positions. O’Neill topped the order in this match but lost to Dragons number 1 James Martin in three very close games. Freer had the number 2 spot and took a game off the wily Dave Hedley in his 3-1 defeat. Jacobsson was at 3 and soon dispatched Dragons skipper Darren Smethurst 3-0. Unfortunately the Dragons couldn’t field lower order players so the two walkover rubbers meant Sharks won the match 3-2, 241-114. 

Unfortunately the match between Argosy Juniors and Outcasts was temporarily postponed as many of the junior players are currently taking exams. 

The Racketeers derby between C League teams Santander Academy and Hansard took place this week with the younger Santander team gaining the bragging rights. Santander’s Fraser Dorling, Andrew Brown and Harry Douthwaite all gained victories at the top of the order with Browns only just clinching his win against Tom Burrows 15-14 in the fifth game. Martin Greenwood won in 3 against Daryl Richards but these were very close games with Richards never more than three points adrift of the winning score. Hansards only win came through Dave Johnson who beat Santander skipper Steven Wright 3-1. The match score was 4-1, 243-179 which leaves Santander just 54 points behind league leaders Island Exhausts Vets.

Island Exhausts Vets beat Outcasts Dragons 4-1 to retain their top of the table spot helped by Dragons only being able to field four players. Gerrit Du Toit won 3-0 at fourth string while at number one Outcasts captain Darren Smethurst took the only win for his team, also 3-0. Peter Sharples had too much power and placement for Stuart Highy, winning 3-1 with some very good, extended rallies. The match of the night was undoubtedly between Les Callow and Andy McLarney, with three of the five games going all the way to 14 all, but in the end Callow won 3-2. 

The C league fixture between Chrystals Junior Academy and the Falcons was also postponed and it is hoped this will be played next week once the juniors have finished exams. The clash with exams is only a problem this year due to the late season finish following the lockdowns.

The Picture above shows the Sharks Team who remain undefeated since Christmas. Left to Right – Alan Macnair, Douglas Jacobsson, Dave Freer (Captain), Dave O’Neill and Greg Ansara.