Congratulations to Liam Townsend September Player of the Month
Liam Townsend becomes the IOMSRA POM for September with a points increase of 59.8%. Liam is a product of the junior development system here on the island but has improved his squash whilst studying at Lancaster University. He has had a fine start to the season winning the Plate Event in the Manx Telecom Dave Karran Tournament and performing well in his three matches for the Island Tyres & Exhausts team prior to returning to University.
Phil Butler is placed second with an increase in his playing level of42.1%. Phil is relatively new to squash but he is very keen and with hard work coupled with his natural ability he should continue to improve and progress up the rankings. He is a new player for the Falconsteam in the C league.
The third placed player is Racketeer Andrew Brown, he is only 0.1% behind Phil in his playing level increase. Andrew has played 9 ranking matches in September and the results from 7 of these have brought about a significant increase in his playing level.
The five most improved players in September 2020 are :-
1 Liam Townsend – points moved from 1023 to 1635 = 59.8%
2 Phil Butler – points moved from 309 to 439 = 42.1%
3 Andrew Brown – points moved from 648 to 920 = 42%
4 Shaun Wyllie – points moved from 1477 to 1898 = 28.5%
5 Andy Dalrymple – points moved from 200 to 238 = 19%
Liam Townsend – Player of the Month for September 2020 is pictured above.
IOMSRA Player Rankings at the End of September 2020
For those of you who like to track your progress on ‘Squash Levels’ I have downloaded the IOMSRA Rankings as recorded on 02 October 2020. The IOMSRA Rankings at this point in time can be found on the attached PDF document
In Division A Team AON claimed the top spot courtesy of their 4-1, 174-131win over Crazies. Both Chris Cave and Dafydd Lewis won 3-1, whilst the in-form Jason Crease wasted no time on his way to a very good 3-0 win over James Ramsey. Both the other matches were 3-2 results with Mason McLarney coming back from 2-1 down against Mark Webster-Smith to clinch his victory. Captain Ashley Sandyford-Sykes took the Crazies only win to prevent AON gaining maximum points.
The other A league match brought together Cannell Print and new team Argosy AllStars. After the top two strings had played the match was equal with Argosy’s Malcolm Levy and Cannell’s Josh Green both getting 3-0 results. However the other three matches were all close five game battles. Steve Morley had a break from squash last season because of injury but is rapidly regaining his form. He played his usual aggressive hard-hitting game to beat the younger and higher ranked Oliver Wait, coming back from 2-1 down to take the other win for Argosy. Cannell were the overall winners in the end as Ben Peach and James Martin took the other two matches. Although both are ranked above their opponents they had to battle hard to get their 3-2 wins with Argosy’s Magnus Lamprecht playing particularly well to push Martin all the way.
In the B league Island Tyres and Exhausts made it two wins out of two matches with a maximum points win over Racketeers Pioneers. Peter Sharples and Shaun Wylie both had convincing 3-0 wins at numbers five and one respectively but the middle order players had to battle a bit harder for their 3-1 wins. Magnus Lamprecht and Richard Cretney both lost the first game to their Racketeers opponents Andrew Brown and James Leith before winning the next three. The match of the night was a real tussle between the number twos Liam Townsend and Baillie Watterson where Townsend played with passion and came out on top beating his higher ranked opponent 3-1.
The Outcasts continued their unbeaten run with a 4-1 win over Argosy Junior Academy with good matches all round. Outcasts captain Peter Ginty and number two Chris Cave claimed 3-0 victories over Ben Leith and Isaac Quayle respectively. Christian Webster at three for Argosy pushed A league player Liam Davies all the way, with Davies just coming out on top in the fifth after an amazing game of squash. Outcasts stalwart Mark Henson secured a 3-1 win to make it four wins for the Outcasts. The juniors number 1, Oliver Wait, clinched the juniors only win 3-1 in a fine match with another top 25 player Angus Hopkinson.
The third B league match was Sharks against Crowe Dragons. On paper the Dragons had the edge but the Sharks top two players Alan Macnair and Douglas Jacobsson punched well above their weight to defeat their higher ranked opponents and Dave O’Neill made it three for the Sharks with a convincing 3-0 win over Peter Ferguson. The closest match of the night was a five game battle between island player Beth Jones and Sharks Greg Ansara. Greg was 2-1 down but dug deep to pull it back and claim a 3-2 victory. Dragons captain Darren Smethurst prevented the whitewash taking their only win of the night 3-0 at number five.
In the C league Island Exhaust Vets proved too strong for the Falcons and walked away with a maximum points win. Mark Stratford and Peter Sharples won their games 3-1 against Julien Uzzell and Lewi Long respectively. Les Callow had to work a bit harder for his 3-1 victory over Vusimbe Zivave who played well to take a game off his higher ranked opponent. Gerrit Du Toit and Vets captain Ian Sheard both won 3-0 in their matches against the Falcons ladies Vicky Watterson and Sarah Simpson.
Chrystals Junior Academy bounced back from their opening-night defeat with a hard-fought win over Hansard Racketeers on Tuesday. The youngsters won all five of the C League tie’s encounters, including a walkover for Leighton Ginty after opponent Gary Stephenson was delayed at work. The other four rubbers went to four games with victories going the way of Callum Larkin, Amaline Batty, Emma Leith and skipper Beth Jones, who came from one down to triumph over Mark Harrop 3-1.
Buchanan & Pitts Misfits maintained their 100% record with a 4-1 win over Outcasts Dragons in the other C league match. Misfits Mark Henson and Stephen Pitts only dropped one game in their wins while Dragon Chloe Corrigan pulled one back for her team with a 3-0 win at five. Andy Dixon and Phil Whittam had a five game battle at second string with Dixon winning 15-13 in the fifth while John Watterson and Fatheha Essa also went to the full five games before the more experienced Watterson clinched the fourth match for Misfits.
The Photo above is of the ‘Island Exhausts Vets Team’. From left to right – Ian Sheard (Captain), John Smith, Les Callow, Peter Sharples, Mark Stratford and Gerrit Du Toit
Revisions to IOMSRA Squash Teams and Squads for the 2020-2021 Season
The have been a few amendments to the Team names and the Squads off players representing the various Teams. The most recent ones are that Steve Morley has joined Crowe Dragons and Peter Ferguson has joined Outcasts Dragons. Barry Irvine has also registered as a Hansard Racketeers player.
I have updated the ‘Team org Chart’ to reflect these changes. The revised document can be seen on the linked PDF and also on the Image shown below.
It is a working document and I will update it throughout the course of the season as new players join the various squads. In quite a few cases teams do not have Vice Captains so if you are Captaining a team try to provide me with details of your teams Vice Captain please.
As IOMSRA league squash commenced last week StoneArt started their season by dropping only one point against Cannell Print, the final result being 4-1 in rubbers. With Cannell’s top player Thom Whiteway out of action due to self-isolating, Josh Green played at number one and had a super five game match only just losing to Jason Blue 11-9 in the fifth game. Cannell’s only victory came at two as Ben Peach defeated Hamish Thornton in another five game match, taking the last 12-10. Steve Baker and Toby Woolard both won 3-1 in their matches and Lyndon Cheetham managed a 3-0 win. A good start for StoneArt who capitalised on Cannell being under strength on the night.
The other A league match also resulted in a 4-1 win, this time for Team AON over league newcomers Argosy Allstars. There was a very close match at fifth string where every game between Allstar’s Magnus Lamprecht and AON’s Chris Cave ended 11-10. AON’s Mason McLarney and Jason Crease both secured 3-1 wins while ex-racketeers team-mates Rob Boyles and Dafydd Lewis had a five game battle with Lewis taking the win. Argosy’s only victory came through number one player Malcolm Levy who put in a brilliant performance to secure a 3-2 victory over Pat Fitzpatrick.
In the B league Island Tyres and Exhausts had a good 4-1 over the Sharks although three of the five matches were very competitive going all the way to five games. Shaun Wyllie didn’t drop a game in his match and was too strong for Douglas Jacobsson, who was returning after 12 months out of league squash. Sharks only victory came from Mark Stratford who held on in the fifth to beat Magnus Lamprecht. In the fifth string match Peter Sharples’ experience had the edge over Greg Ansara on this occasion as he took the win4-1 for Island Tyres.
Pat Fitzpatrick’s precocious Junior Academy side hinted at B League title charge this season with an opening-night victory over Racketeers Pioneers.The Argosy-sponsored teens won four of the second-tier encounter’s rubbers in their 235/198 victory. Isaac Quayle, Christian Webster, Ben Leith and Olly Wait picked up the wins, the latter seeing off the determined challenge of the Racketeers’ newly promoted number one Joe Burrows. Baillie Watterson returned from last season’s successful loan spell at fellow B League outfit Sharks to land the Racketeers’ sole win on the night at second string.
The third B league match of the night also finished in a 4-1 result when defending champions Outcasts took on Crowe Dragons. Outcasts were too strong in the lower order with Liam Davies, captain Peter Ginty and Mark Henson all winning their matches without dropping a game. Dragons number one James Martin had a very close match with Angus Hopkinson with all the game scores ending in double figures, Angus got the win to make it four wins to the Outcasts. Dave Hedley took the only win for Dragons triumphing 3-1 over Chris Cave.
The C league saw Falcons field two new players in their match against Santander Racketeers Academy. Both Phil Butler and Vicky Watterson performed well to win their games against Martin Greenwood and Jas Singh respectively. The more longstanding Falcons players however did not fare so well. Lewi Long battled against Fraser Dorling for five games but Dorling eventually won 3-2. In the other two matches Charlie Beard overpowered Jon Cox by 3 games to 1 and Andrew Brown continued to show good form to win his match 3-0. Although Academy won the fixture 3-2 Falcons actually won on points 206-192 reflecting how close the match was.
Buchanan & Pitts Misfits got their season off to a flying start with an emphatic win over Hansard Racketeers. That said, signs of lockdown were evident as players only slowly recovered their stride and the squash improved as the evening progressed. There were good 3-0 wins for Mark Henson and Andy Dixon over Matt Corlett and Mark Harrop respectively. Stephen Pitts also came away 3-0 over Lucy Kerr although she ran him exceeding close and on a different night might easily have won two of the games which ended 15-14. John Watterson overcame Dave Johnson 3-0 while Chris Gledhill was the only Misfits casualty of the night going down 0-3 to Racketeers skipper Andy Dalrymple.
The fixture against Crystals Junior Academy was by no means a straightforward opener to the season for Island Exhaust Vets as the Juniors all gave a very good account of themselves against their more experienced opponents. In the lower order both Gerrit Du Toit and Les Callow won in straight games but from there on it got increasingly difficult for the Vet players as both Peter Sharples and Ian Sheard lost their opening games to Amaline Batty and Leighton Ginty respectively and were given a run for their money. Both of these Juniors had good court coverage and a range of shots to make their opponents work hard throughout. At number one Mark Stratford managed to scramble the first game, but from then on Emma Leith proved herself the better player, dominating the court and not allowing Mark back into the match at all.
Current A league leaders StoneArt Squash Team are pictured above.
Back Row – Hamish Thornton, Steve Baker (Captain) and Lyndon Cheetham.