Oliver Williams – Player of the Month for March 2020

Congratulations to Oliver Williams Player of the Month for March 2020

Oliver Williams is the IOMSRA Player of the Month for March with a points increase of 36.6%. He had a particularly good IOM Championships which has enabled him to break the 1000 ranking points barrier. He had a slight dip in form after Christmas but his movement and temperament are exemplary and should enable him to improve much more in the future.   

Chloe Corrigan and Charlie Beard are joint second with points increases of 32.6%. Both of these players play C league squash, Charlie plays for the Racketeers and Chloe captains PwC Playables, a team new to the C league. 

Chloe Corrigan was away at Nottingham University last season but has got back into squash since her return to the IOM and is a member of the IOM ladies squad. Her performances for her team and in the IOM championships have seen her steadily climbing up the rankings.

Charlie Beard played five matches in March and only lost one of them. He also succeeded in winning the IOM Championships Vase event. Charlie learnt his squash through the Racketeers Academy and under the tutelage of its coaches Andy Dalrymple and Steven Wright. He has played a lot more squash this season and is undoubtedly getting better with every match.   

The five most improved players in March 2020 are :–

1 Oliver Williams – points moved from 853 to 1165 = 36.6%

2= Chloe Corrigan – points moved from 236 to 313 = 32.6%

2= Charlie Beard – points moved from 316 to 419 = 32.6%

4 Beth Jones – points moved from 656 to 808 = 23.2%

5 Alan Macnair – points moved from 1206 to 1425 = 18.2%

Oliver Williams is pictured above

Outcasts and Island Exhaust Vets remain favourites for Titles

Outcasts and Island Exhaust Vets remain favourites for Titles

Due to the Coronavirus crisis only six matches from Week 18 of the IOMSRA Squash league for 2019-2020 were played before all future matches were postponed. This leaves the A league with six matches to be played, the B league with another six matches and the C league with five matches required to complete the season. 

In the B league Crowe Dragons secured maximum points against a weak Island Tyres and Exhausts team. Dave Hedley, Beth Jones and Brian Crellin all secured 3-0 wins for the Dragons. The Exhausts’ Stephen Pitts took a game off Dragons captain Darren Smethurst before losing 3-1. The closest match of the evening was between James Martin and Shaun Wyllie. Wyllie took the first 2 games 15-12 and 15-13 but a resurgent Martin come back to take the next 3 games with scores of 10,10 and 8 against him. Last seasons champions Crowe Dragons took the match 250-143 and still have slim hopes of retaining their title.

League leaders Outcasts  dropped only 8 points in their 4-1 win over Racketeers Pioneers. There were comfortable 3-0 wins for Mark Henson and Angus Hopkinson. Both Liam Davies and Toby Woolard were made to work a bit harder, both winning 3-1 with respective opponents Marc Taggart and Joe Burrows. Dafydd Lewis took the only win for the Racketeers winning 3-0 against Nathan Quilliam. Outcasts remain favourites to win the title.

Derivco Sharks are only 21 points behind the Outcasts team so are really pushing them for the top spot. They beat Junior Academy 4-1 in matches and 237-185 in points. Ben Peach took the only Juniors win 3-1 over James Ramsey. The Sharks, without their leader Dave Freer, had 3-1 wins through Dave O’Neill, Alan Macnair and Greg Ansara. The only player not to lose a game was Shark Baillie Watterson. The Outcasts play the Sharks in the next round of matches and the winner of that encounter could be the league winner.

In the C league there was a close match between the two leading teams when last seasons champions Island Exhaust Vets met Outcast Dragons. For the Dragons Andy McLarney and Darren Smethurst both won 3-1. However the Vets levelled things up through identical wins by Richard Cretney and captain Ian Sheard. Richard had a particularly close match against Liam Townsend, (who was making his debut for the Dragons) with only 3 points separating the players. With the scoreline at 2-2 it was Merseyside Over 65s player Les Callow who beat IOM Ladies player Michelle Smith in three close games to bag the 25 winning bonus points for the Vets.

The Hansard Racketeers’ topsy turvy’ season continued with a maximum points win over enthusiastic newcomers PwC Playables. A walkover at fifth string helped the former third-tier champions on their way before Gary Stephenson, Matt Corlett, the returning Lucy Kerr and Mark Harrop sealed the victory for their side. Andy O’Neill secured PwC’s only game of the night as he edged past Harrop 15/14 in the first game of their encounter at second string.

The other C league match finished in a 3-2 victory for Buchanan & Pitts Misfits over Dohle Stars. Dohle Stars had 3-0 wins courtesy of number one player Angus Hopkinson and the dependable Harry Douthwaite. Misfit Stephen Pitts beat Chris Nash in a five game battle where Pitts lost the first 2 games by scores of 15-14 but eventually took control to win the last 3 games. Fellow Misift Jay Dernie beat Brett Dean 3-1 to make the match score 2-2. Sadly Dohle Stars have had major injury problems this season and had to concede the fifth string game and with it the match.

Sadly as mentioned above, all IOMSRA Squash league matches have been postponed due to the Coronavirus. Hopefully the matches will be rearranged for future dates when social gatherings and sport become the norm again.

Racketeers Pioneers Team.  Back Row Left to Right – Barry Irvine, Joe Burrows and Marc Taggart (Captain).  Front Row Left to Right – Dafydd Lewis and James Leith.

 

Announcement – Postponement of league Fixtures and Junior Training

Due to the ongoing situation in regard to Covid-19 (Coronavirus), the IOMSRA committee have come to the hard decision that due to the duty of care owed to and best interest of its members to suspend all remaining league fixtures and junior training and academy sessions as of 19th March 2020 indefinitely.

The committee will look to rearrange all fixtures when they believe that it is safe and in the interest of its members. At present, there is no provisional date for the restarting of the leagues/training sessions but will be constantly monitored given the unprecedented nature of the current events.

The committee would like to thank all its members for their support and participation in IOMSRA events during the year and look forward to the recommencement of leagues in due course.

If you have any questions in regard to this announcement, please contact admin@iomsra.com.

Nathan Mead victorious in Utmost Wealth Solutions Isle of Man Squash Championships 2020

Nathan Mead victorious in Utmost Wealth Solutions Isle of Man Squash Championships 2020

The IOMSRA staged the Utmost Wealth Solutions Isle Of Man Championships from Monday 9th March through to Friday 13th March. This was played using the ‘Monrad’ methodology which means players usually get a game each round of the Tournament and with an entry of 40 players there was a lot of squash played during the week. 

There was a small first round of 8 matches with the winners qualifying for the main draw of 32 players. The closest of these matches was a 3-2 encounter where Stephen Pitts only just overcame Andy O’Neill 17-15 in the fifth game. Damien Loughrey a player new to IOMSRA events had an enjoyable introduction by beating the established Greg Ansara 3-1. Funnily enough this round also featured two players with identical ranking points, Harry Douthwaite and Amaline Batty, who had a close match with Douthwaite eventually inning 3-1.

In the second round most matches went with seeding but there was one upset when the 16th (Richard Cretney) and 17th (Harvey Douglas) seeds met. These two are next to each other on the rankings and had a predictably close match with Harvey eventually winning, taking the fifth game 13-11. The other five game match of the round was Angus Hopkinson against Oliver Williams where Angus came back from 2-0 down to eventually take the match 3-2. 

In the third round Damien Loughrey continued to impress with a good 3-0 win over a higher ranked opponent while James Ramsey did well to take a game off the higher ranked Ben Peach. Darren Smethurst had a very close match with Fraser Dorling with Darren taking the match 3-1,15/13 in the final game. Ben Leith and Andrew Brown had a good match with the win going to young Leith 3-1.

The quarter final round saw the players effectively in five groups of 8 players, the top block containing players ranked 1 to 8, the second block containing players ranked 9 to 16 and  so on. The top four players all won their quarter final matches 3-0. On paper the closest match should have been between the fourth and fifth seeds but Thom Whiteway never let Pat Fitzpatrick into the match and ran out an easy winner. In the 9 to 16 block Rob Colquitt eventually overcame Alan McNair by a score line of 3-2, despite initially going 2-0 down. In the 17 to 24 block there were good wins for junior players Oliver Williams and Christian Webster while fellow junior Ben Leith had a great match with Julien Uzzell before losing the fifth game 13-11. The 25 to 32 group produced three 3-2 matches with victories in these matches going to Isaac Quayle, Beth Jones and Fraser Dorling. In the 33-40 group the pick of the bunch was young Amaline Batty’s 3-2 victory over veteran player Phil Shaw. The other five game match was between PwC Playables teammates Andy O’Neill and Chloe Corrigan where Chloe won the first two games but Andy fought back to win this very tight match.  

The fifth round or semi-final round consisted of 10 groups of four players. Working up from the bottom of the draw there were a few 3-2 matches; Andrew Brown beat his Racketeer teammate Fraser Dorling, Christian Webster and Richard Cretney both fought back from 2-0 down to win against Julien Uzzell and Mark Stratford respectively, and the match between the 6th and 7th ranked players Hamish Thornton and Josh Green was a real see-saw match with players taking it in turns to take games but Hamish ran out the eventual winner 12-10 in the final game.  

The top four players competed in the semi-final matches. The first was between Nathan Mead and Thomas Whiteway. Nathan, who is playing in his first IOMSRA event, managed to win in three very competitive games. The other semi-final saw Oscar Hill beat fellow IOM player Ashley Sandyford Sykes by a score of 3-1.  

The final round saw twenty matches between players who are effectively very even in playing level and determined the players final position in the tournament. The Vase trophy went to the 33rd ranked player who was Charlie Beard due to his 3-2 win over Amaline Batty. The 17th place and winner of the Plate Event was a player new to IOM squash Damien Loughrey. 

James Ramsey and Rob Colquit had a close battle with Ramsey eventually clinching the 9th spot by taking the fifth game 11-7. In the third place play-off the experienced Ashley Sandyford-Sykes had a little too much for Thomas Whiteway and won 3-1 despite dropping the first game.   

The finalists Nathan Mead and Oscar Hill are both based across. Nathan is a highly ranked England under 19s player based in Gloucester, his father is Manx and he still has family living on the island. Oscar Hill was schooled on the island but is currently serving in the RAF and is currently RAF senior champion. These are two quality players and the final promised much and did not disappoint. Nathan produced impressive squash and was a convincing winner beating Oscar 11-6, 11-3 and 11-2 to claim the IOM Championships title for his first time. 

A photograph showing competitors in the competition

The IOMSRA would like to thank Utmost Wealth Solutions for sponsoring the tournament. The Tournament was organised by Thomas Whiteway and Les Callow and the tournament competitors and the IOMSRA Committee would like to thank them both for all their hard work in making it a success.

Nathan Mead wins Utmost Wealth Solutions Isle of Man Squash Championships 2020

Nathan Mead wins Utmost Wealth Solutions Isle of Man Squash Championships 2020

The Isle of Man Squash Championships 2020 sponsored by Utmost Wealth Solutions finals took place on Friday 13th March. A full report will be published in the near future but for now here are some photographs from the finals night. The prize winners are pictured with tournament Organiser Les Callow presenting the prizes.

Championships Winner – Nathan Mead

Championships Runner-Up – Oscar Hill 

Championships Plate Winner – Damien Loughrey

Championships Vase Winner – Charlie Beard  

  

A photograph showing competitors in the competition

The IOMSRA would like to thank ‘Utmost Wealth Solutions’ for sponsoring the event. The Committee woulds also like to thank Tournament Organisers Les Callow and Thom Whiteway for running the event.