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It is crucial that all players provide relevant information on playing standard and previous results when completing their entry, to assist with seeding. This should be added in the “Notes” section.
Please note all Functions/Transport Add-ons have a limited number of spaces and therefore should be booked at the time of entry. If players forget to book these a facility will be added shortly to purchase them, however, this will be dependent on ticket availability.
Ashley Sandyford-Sykes wins Merseyside over 45s Tournament
The Merseyside Closed Squash Tournament is very much part of the IOMSRA Calendar with a group of IOM based players travelling across to take part in the tournament every year. The Tournament took place on 12th and 13th January at Liverpool Cricket Club and as the IOM is affiliated to Merseyside squash we qualify to compete in the tournament and represent the county of Merseyside.
As well as the Open Event the organisers ran Masters events for Overs 35s, Over 45s, Over 55s and Over 65s. Island based players Steve Baker, Jason Blue, Pat Fitzpatrick and Ashley Sandyford-Sykes met up with Oscar Hill at Liverpool hoping to bring some silverware back to the IOM.
In the open event Pat, Oscar, Jason and Ash all progressed to the last 16. In the next round Oscar and Ash won to progress to the quarter finals but Pat and Jason lost so entered the Grade A plate competition. Both Ash and Oscar faced quality opposition in their quarter final matches and failed to get the wins.
Pat and Jason performed well in their Grade A plate matches with Jason eventually reaching the Grade A plate final where he eventually lost 3-1 to Chris Lea, however he did claim silverware in the form of the Grade A platerunner-up trophy. Ash played in the 5th/6th play off match and left everything on court going down 3-2 to finish the open event in sixth position.
Steve Baker competed in the Masters Over 55s event. The trophy was competed for by five players of roughly equal ability so no easy matches. Steve won both his matches on Saturday and his match on Sunday morning which meant he competed against Southport & Birkdale based player, Mark Crompton, with an identical 3 out of 3 record in the final match. This was a really close match and went to a full five games with Mark winning in the end.
Ashley Sandyford-Sykes is incredibly fit and athletic for his age and chose to enter the Master Over 45s event as well as the Open Event. This event like the Over 55s had five entries and used the round robin method to determine the winner. He really did show just what a fine and talented squash player he is by winning this event without conceding a game in any of his matches. So Ash became the Over 45s champion.
All five players enjoyed competing against players other than the usual sparring partners that they play against on a regular basis on the Isle Of Man. They also returned to the IOM with 3 trophies – Steve Baker – Over 55s runner-up, Jason Blue – Open Grade A Plate runner-up and Ashley Sandyford-Sykes Overs 45s winner.
From left to right – Pat Fitzpatrick, Ashley Sandyford-Sykes, Steve Baker and Jason Blue
Congratulations to Stephen Pitts Player of the Month December 2019
Stephen Pitts is the IOMSRA Player of the Month for December 2019 with a point’s increase of 13.7%. Not many matches are played in December which explains the small increase but Stephen enjoyed two good results against higher ranked players.
Emma Leith was second as she went past the 750 points mark to achieve her highest ranking ever at 766 points. Emma represented the IOM at the Island Games in Gibraltar and the experience she gained there seems to be really pushing her to better and better performances.
The third placed player is Andy McLarney, he has increased his playing level by significant margins in his last four matches. He is a great addition to the Outcasts Dragons squad and has really helped them perform well and achieve some good results this season.
The five most improved players in December 2019 are –
1 Stephen Pitts – points moved from 408 to 464 = 13.7%
2 Emma Leith – points moved from 676 to 766 = 13.3%
3 Andy McLarney – points moved from 301 to 331 = 10%
4 Barry Irvine – points moved from 871 to 956 = 9.8%
5 Nathan Quilliam – points moved from 2188 to 2385 = 9%
The SRA Cup is to be played as a Handicapped BLITZ Competition for Teams on Saturday 8th February – Get your entries in now.
Format – This is a MONRAD Cup competition for teams that will be played as a ‘BLITZ’ Tournament. However the competition is handicapped so the amount of points that a player gains in his match is dependant on his ‘Squash Levels’ ranking points when compared with his opponents.
Teams/Squads – This is a team competition and each match will be played between teams of 3 players, however the team of 3 players can be selected from a squad of 6 players. A player can only be in 1 squad/team for the duration of this tournament.
Match Format – It is a ‘BLITZ’ tournament so the team number 1 players will play each other followed by the number 2 players then finally the number 3 players. The players will play each other continually for 13 to 18 minutes and the points scored by each player will be recorded however each will be modified, the modification will be dependent on the players handicap.
Date – Saturday 8th February 2020
Closing Date for entries – Friday 31st January
Restricted Entry – Teams will not be allowed to enter after 16 teams have entered.
Times – The times that the SRA Cup matches will be played are dependant on the teams entering the competition.
If we have 8 squads/teams entered the tournament will take place in 1 session – the Afternoon Session 14.00 to 17.00.
If we have 16 squads/teamsentering the competition then the tournament will take place over 2 Sessions – the Morning Session 10.00 to 13.00 and Afternoon Session 14.00 to 17.00
If the entry is between 8 and 16 squads/teams the Morning Session will be reduced to accommodate the matches required to be played for the tournament.
Where – NSC
Cost – £30 per team
Details/Questions – If you have any question about the tournament then email on email@example.com me or text/phone me on 07624 333745.
Entries – Send your team name, team captain and list of squad players (between 3 and 6) to me and you will have a good chance of winning the SRA Cup. Send your entries to firstname.lastname@example.org
Island Exhaust Vets gain maximum points in opening match of the winter league
The deciding match in this encounter was between Ashley Sandyford-Sykes and Jason Blue. Leading up to this match Crazies training partners Adam Corcoran and James Ramsey had both secured 3-1 wins in the bottom order matches. However StoneArt’s Hamish Thornton and Lyndon Cheetham levelled the match score at 2-2, Lyndon had a ‘classic’ match with Dave Freer, he was greatly encouraged by his team and just came through winning the 5th game 14-12. Ash and Jason were fighting for the 15 match bonus points, the Crazies captain Ash really did raise his game to beat his higher ranked opponent 3-0.
Team AON managed to secure another 3-2 win in their match against Mid-Court-Criss (MCC). AON’s Robin and Jason Crease both played well to bag 3-0 wins. MCC’s Dave Norman and Dave O’Neill had to work a bit harder than the crease boys to get their 3-1 wins. The fifth string match was between Peter Ginty and Harvey Douglas, making his A league debut for MCC. Peter’s experience was the difference taking the match 3-2, the setting in 2 of the 5 games shows how close this match was.
A good victory for Racketeers with them winning 3 of the 5 strings. Dafydd Lewis had a solid 3-0 win and Marc Taggart playing at 2 got the better of his Racketeers sparing partner Baillie Watterson 3-0. The third Racketeers victor was Joe Burrows, he really is moving up the rankings with every match. The Sharks successes came through James Ramsey and Alan McNair, with Alan being the only person to drop a game in the whole match. the overall points score was 222-184.
Retiring captain Jon Shepherd leaves Crowe Dragons with a 5-0victory. The shock result of the night came at 1 with James Martin beating the much higher ranked and highly favoured EX dragon Ben Peach. In what was a reverse of the fixture pre Christmas as James took the spoils 3-1. Beth Jones overcame Isaac in another reverse of the pre Christmas fixture taking the win 3-2 after initially cruising to a 2-0 lead. Darren Smethurst also overcame his demons by finally beating Emma Leith! Jon Shepherd was made to work for his victory against the vastly improved and enthusiastic Ben Leith. The Doc (Dave Hedley) took a comfortable win at 2nd strIng against Christian Webster with a 45-20 win. This was a strong result to start the new year for the Dragons and some encouraging signs for a few of the junior players also!
At the end of this match, before the 25 winning bonus points were added Outcasts had 215 points and Island Tyres & Exhausts had 212 – just 3 points separated the 2 sides. Peter Baker gave the Exhausts the lead in a tough 3-2 battle, his father Steve Baker made it 2-0 to the Exhausts by winning his match 3-2. Magnus Lamprecht secured the 25 bonus points for the Exhausts by defeating his opponent in yet another 3-2 encounter. The Outcasts success came courtesy of Toby Woolard who won 3-1 and Chris Cave who just came out on top 3-0 in his match against the other Baker boy. It was a super matched between to evenly matched teams.
Doyle Stars enjoyed a friendly game to celebrate the arrival of PwC Playables into the C League! More adventures await. It was a little bit of a baptism of fire, as despite a spirited performance from PwC, Dohle ran out comfortable 4-1 winners on the night. Lots of positives for PwC to take, and a little more experience will see them with well in future matches. Many thanks to Meg Jenkinson for standing in at short notice and putting in a stellar performance to take Kunal Patel to 5 games in the best game of the night.
Island Exhaust Vets met the Junior Academy C tram in there first fixture of the winter league. Their experience told as they gained maximum points and all their players won 3-0. The junior Academy C league team are really a development team and they will improve as a result of playing these more experienced players. Academy player Harrison Callow made his league debut and did well to get 23 points of the experienced Les Callow.
Outcast Dragons achieved a good 4-1 result against Santander Academy Racketeers. There were 3-0 victories for Peter Ginty, Stuart Highy and Fatheha Essa. Dragons captain Darren Smethurst had the match of the night against Andrew Brown coming through 15-12 in there fifth game to achieve a 3-2 win. The Racketeers only win came through Charlie Beard who managed a good 3-1 win over a higher ranked opponent.
Dandara Falcons had a great match with Buchanan & Pitts Misfits just achieving the 3-2 win. Falcon’s Lewi Long and Misfit’s Andy Dixon and John Watterson all won without dropping games. It was the Falcons captain Vusimbe Zivave and their number 1 player Julien Uzzell who secured the points for the Falcons by battling hard for their 3-2 wins. Julien did particularly well to beat Misfits debutant Mark Henson, a player ranked well above him.
The above picture is of the Island Exhausts Team. Back Row, left to right – Mark Stratford, Peter Sharples, Phil Shaw and Ian Sheard (Captain) . Front Row, left to right – Lee Loughren and Richard Cretney