Oliver Williams is the IOM Squash Rackets Association POM (Player of the Month) for November 2018 with a point’s increase of 44.9.%. This is a record improvement and has been brought about by some very good performances in the Douglas Open tournament and league matches. The second placed player is StoneArt’s Lyndon Cheetham with a 34.8% increase, he toppled some higher ranked players in the Douglas Open and his form was a lot more consistent in November. Third is Max Birchall, another very promising junior academy product who is starting to add more consistency to his game. The five most improved players in November are listed below –
1 Oliver Williams – points moved from 379 to 545 = 44.9%
2 Lyndon Cheetham – points moved from 1792 to 2415 = 34.8%
3 Max Birchall – points moved from 348 to 437 = 25.6%
4 Nathan Quilliam – points moved from 1680 to 2098 = 24.9%
5 Oliver Wait – points moved from 1086 to 1372 = 24.8%
The B league has been very competitive this season with no one team dominating the league. A quick look at the league table shows that nobody has won more than 4 matches to date. With only 2 matches left the B league reads –
The final fixtures to be played on Thursday 6th December are –
- Sharks v Conister Racketeers Pioneers
- Crowe Dragons v Island Exhausts
The only team that can go above Outcasts is Crowe Dragons but they need to get more than 171 points in their match against Island Exhausts if they are to succeed in doing this and winning the league.
The final week of the C league fixtures sees Island Exhausts Vets and Browne Craine Dragons do battle to determine who will win the C League.
The fixtures for Tuesday 4th December are –
- Island Exhaust Vets v Browne Craine Dragons
- Dandara Falcons v Hansard International Racketeers
The fixtures for Friday 7th December are –
- Junior Academy v Santander Racketeers Academy
- Dohle Stars v Buchanan & Pitts Misfits
At the moment the League C table reads –
After 8 matches just 1 point separates Island Exhaust Vets and Browne Craine Dragons, it should be a very tense and exciting match on Tuesday night.
MYZONE Christmas Handicap – Entry List
I have received 34 applications from players wanting to enter the ‘The MYZONE Christmas 2018 Handicap Squash Tournament’, as I have restricted the event 32 entrants the event is now closed to further entrants.
The Entrants can be found on the attached document –
MYZONE Christmas Handicap – Entry List
Browne Craine Dragons number 1 ‘Phil Whittam’ works for ‘MYZONE’ and they have kindly offered to sponsor the tournament and provide lots of really good prizes for the top players.
Details about the company can be found at https://myzone.org/
We will be using the handicapping chart attached below to determine the Points differences to apply to players in matches. The Level refers to the players Squash Level ranking points on the day of the tournament.
SL – Handicap Chart
Oscar Hill was recently picked to represent the Royal Air Force in the UK Armed Forces Individual Squash Championships, in the u25 category. This event took place at HMS Temeraire over two days. The first day was dedicated to group matches and quarter finals. Hill came through his group unscathed after matches against army players. Due to the draw, he received a bye in the quarter finals.
The semi finals saw him carry his form over from the day before, winning 3-0 and progressing to the final. The final was against a fellow RAF player and Oscar was clearly a man on a mission, winning the first two games 11-4, 11-0. His opponent dug in during the last game, with some tight rallies up to 5-5, but Hill then stepped up an extra gear pulling ahead and winning 11-5.
Oscar first picked up a squash racket in the Manx Youth Games and was coached as a junior through the IOMSRA youth development programme. Interestingly one of his coaches was Steve Baker who won the very same event for the RAF in 1986.