Stone Art Squash get first win of 2021 in the A league

Stone Art Squash get first win of 2021 in the A league

Stone Art Squash got their first win of their winter campaign with a 3-2 win over Crazy Phil Shaw Vehicles. This was a low scoring encounter as none of the matches went past three games. Crazy’s captain Ashley Sandyford-Sykes and his number two James Ramsey both won. Stone Art players Toby Woolard and Angus Hopkinson evened the match score at 2-2. Unfortunately Crazies didn’t field a 5th player so Shaun Wyllie got a walkover for his team and in doing so sealed the victory for Stone Art Squash.

Argosy Allstars had a good 3-2 win over Cannell Print in the other A league match. Allstars number one Dave Norman was ruthless in his 3-0 defeat of Thom Whiteway allowing his opponent only 15 points in the whole match, while his teammate Malcolm Levy had a 3-1 win at number two. Ben Peach and Oliver Wait both won 3-1 to even up the match score for Cannell Print. The deciding and closest match of the night was at number five between Rob Colquitt and Steve Morley where Morley came from two games down to win the next three in style and take the overall match win for Allstars.

Crowe Dragons got their first win of 2021 with a 4-1 win ver Island Tyres & Exhausts in the B league. Dave Hedley and Julien Uzzell earned 3-0 victories over brother and sister combination Liam and Clare Townsend with Clare making her debut appearance for the team. Dragons captain Darren Smethurst won 3-1 as did his teammate Mark Grace who beat team newcomer Lance Wyllie. The match of the night was between the number ones where Shaun Wyllie can back from 2-0 down to beat James Martin 3-2.

Racketeers Pioneers unbeaten start to 2021 continued in the B League last week with a narrow victory 3/2 222-208 victory over reigning champions Outcasts. Both sides were missing players to injury, but it was the in-form Racketeers who adapted the best thanks to some stirring performances from their middle order. Marc Taggart claimed a good win over Mark Henson at number two, while James Leith and Andy Brown edged ding-dong, five-game battles with Outcasts’ skipper Peter Ginty and Pat Russell respectively at three and four. Outcasts actually accrued more points than their opponents before the bonus 25 were added thanks to good wins from number one Chris Cave and Stuart Highy at five.

Sharks claimed a good win over the Junior Academy who put up a spirited defense. There were victories at 1 through 4 for Sharks with both Dave O’Neill’s match versus Christian Webster and Alan Macnair’s against Ben Leith going the distance to 5 games. David Freer and Douglas Jacobsson had more straightforward wins over Harvey Douglas and Isaac Quayle respectively. The juniors did win at fifth string with Leighton Ginty overcoming guest Vusimbe Zivave in three games.

Island Exhausts’ Vets relentless form at the head of the C League standings continued last week as they brushed aside the Hansard Racketeers 249/161. Mark Stratford, Peter Sharples, Gerrit Du Toit and Les Callow only dropped two games between them as they claimed the spoils in the first four strings. 

Racketeers’ Daryl Richards prevented the whitewash though, with a spirited 3-2 win over Exhausts’ debutante Clare Townsend at fifth string. Santander Racketeers Academy defeated the mighty Buchanan and Pitts Misfits winning four of the five matches (and earning the bonus points) with the final result 205 to164 points. Santander Racketeers Academy were missing a fifth player due to last minute injury, giving Buchanan and Pitts Misfits a walkover at five. Charlie Beard and Elliot Henson had the highlight match of the evening where, after five close games, Beard came out on top 3-2 for Academy

The Falcons secured their first win of 2021 when they met Outcasts Dragons. The Falcons have recruited well this season with new players Phil Butler, Vicki Watterson and Lance Wyllie all playing in this fixture. Butler and Wyllie both achieved wins while Watterson only just lost in five games to Phil Whittam. Dragons captain Darren Smethurst had a comfortable 3-0 win at number one. The longest serving Falcons player on the night was Jon Cox who first represented them in 2011 over 9 years ago. His 3-0 win took the Falcons over the line with a 3-2 match victory.

The full squad of Stone Art Squash Team are pictured above. Squad members insert into the picture on top are left to right – Douglas Jacobsson, Angus Hopkinson and Shaun Wyllie. Main picture – Back row left to right – Hamish Thornton, Steve Baker (captain) and Lyndon Cheetham. Main picture – Front row left to right – Jason Blue and Toby Woolard.

Isle of Man Elite/Masters – Cancellation

Due to the latest government announcement, this weeks competition has to be cancelled. Further information about the rescheduling of the event will be announced at a later time.

Many thanks to everyone who entered the competition and don’t forget to get involved with the community challenges on squashlevels, this months challenge is the 5k so get out running during lockdown!


Isle of Man Elite/Master Day 1 – Order of Play

First rounds of the Isle of Man Elite/Masters Competition is to start at 6:30pm on Tuesday. Please arrive at least 30 mins before your game to help mark, pay entry fees and take advantage of any late people or games that finish early!

Entry fees due are:

£30 for 2 events, £20 for 1 event and £15 for Juniors. Entry fee must be paid on the first day of the competition.

Order of Play:

During the competition, in conjunction with the guys at Squashlevels, a separate prize is available, see the poster below for details on how to enter:

Lastly, we have the privilege of trialling out a new feature on Squashlevels where the player of the tournament will be announced:

Head over to Squashlevels to enter now!


Isle of Man Elites/Masters – Update

Following today’s Government announcement, the tournament this week is expected to go ahead as planned at this point in time.

First round of matches to commence on Tuesday evening at 6:30pm. (Please ignore the previous advertisement stating it begins on the Monday).

The order of play is to be finalised and published tomorrow by Midday.

You can find the draw for each competition using link below.

Tournament Draws

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Racketeers Pioneers Remain Undefeated in Squash B league

Racketeers Pioneers Remain Undefeated in Squash B league

Argosy Allstars had a very close encounter with Stone Art Squash in the A league and just came out on top in the 3-2 match result. The Allstars top two players Dave Norman and Malcolm Levy both won 3-0. These 3-0 results were mirrored by Stone Art players Steve Baker and Toby Woolard. So with the match score at 2-2 the deciding match was between Stone Art’s Lyndon Cheetham and Allstar Steve Morley. On rankings Cheetham was the favourite but he was hampered but having not played squash for 3 months due to a foot injury and lost 3-1 with Morley bagging the bonus points for his team.

Team AON continued their unbeaten run with a victory over Crazy Phil Shaw Vehicles. AON’s Dafydd Lewis, Chris Cave, Mason McLarney and Jason Crease got the 4 wins for AON, with only Mason dropping a game on his way to the win. Crazy Phil Shaw Vehicles captain Ashely Sandyford-Sykes prevented AON from getting maximum points with his 3-0 win over Pat Fitzpatrick in a close fought match where Sandyford-Sykes managed to win the vital points at the end of each game. The match result was 174-110 to AON, so far they have dropped only 21 points in this winter league campaign.    

 Racketeers Pioneers maintained their unbeaten record in the B league with a great 5-0 victory over Crowe Dragons. Baillie Watterson and Marc Taggart both finished the match with 3-0 wins whereas Andrew Brown dropped a game in the win over regular sparring partner Beth Jones. Crowe Dragons players Dave Hedley and Stephen Pitts, who really is improving at the moment, provided their teams stiffest resistance. Both had really close games but eventually lost 3-2 to Dafydd Lewis and James Leith respectively. The Racketeers could be title contenders if they maintain this form.

The Sharks played the Outcasts this week and with both these teams being so far undefeated this promised to be a good match. Outcast Chris Cave beat Sharks captain 3-0 and his team mate Liam Davies got the better of Douglas Jacobsson in a very close 5 game match in which players took it in turns to win the games. However the Sharks lower order players Dave O’Neill, Alan Macnair and Mark Stratford all triumphed over their opponents to claim the win for Sharks with an overall match score of 235-180, putting Sharks at the top of the table.

Island Tyres and Exhausts got their first win of the winter league when they met Argosy Junior Academy The Exhaust top two of Shaun Wyllie and Liam Townsend both won 3-0. This was matched by juniors Ben Leith and Leighton Ginty at four and five, leaving the middle order match as the decider. This turned out to be the closest match of the night as Richard Cretney and Harvey Douglas battled it out. Cretney lost the first game but came back to win the next three and take the match 3-1 and claim the bonus points and the win for Exhausts.

The Hansard Racketeers picked up their first C League win of the season last week with a narrow 3-2 success over the Chrystals Junior Academy.  A strong Racketeers side were kept honest by the Juniors thanks to wins from number one Emma Leith and the ever-improving Kai Kiernan at number four. The Racketeers’, however, clinched their first triumph of the 2020-21 campaign thanks to victories for Daryl Richards, the in-form Tom Burrows and Barry Irvine who made a successful return to the third-tier with a 3-1 win over Leith’s fellow island player Amaline Batty.

The Falcons performed well and stretched the strong Island Exhaust Vets team although eventually they lost 3-2. Exhaust wins came from their number one Mark Stratford who edged Lance Wyllie 3-1, Peter Sharples who beat Vicky Waterson 3-0 and Gerrit Du Toit, now nicknamed the postman because he always delivers. Falcons wins came from their captain Vusimbe Zivave beating a player who is new to IOMSRA squash but a South African veteran, Johan van der Merwe, 3-0 and Phil Butler who overcame Les Callow 3-1. This was a very close match ending 198-216 on points.

The match between Buchanan & Pitts Misfits and the Outcasts Dragons produced an interesting outcome this week. The Dragons won the top order matches through Darren Smethurst, Stuart Highy and Phil Whittam with Smethurst having a particularly close battle against Pat Russell who took him all the way to five games. Misfit Terry Holt  had a good 3-0 win at fourth string and his team also had a walkover at five as Outcasts could only field four players. The high scoring by both sides resulted in an overall match win for Outcast Dragons by 3-2 while losing on points by 201-189, a rare occurrence.

The Photo shows the Racketeers Pioneers who are currently undefeated. They are – Left to Right, back row – Barry Irvine, Joe Burrows and Marc Taggart. Left to Right, front row – Dafydd Lewis and James Leith.