Isaac Quayle is IOM Squash Rackets Association POM (Player of the Month) for April 2019 with a point’s increase of 39.7%, mainly due to some very good results in the Easter Graded Squash Tournament in which he won the Grade D category. He is one of the current crop of very promising juniors. 

Peter Baker was second with a point’s increase of 35.5%. Peter learnt his squash through the junior development system here on the Island and is currently continuing his sport at university where he is captain of Keele University squash team.

The third placed player is Oliver Williams, he is another junior player who has improved his game a great deal this season.

The five most improved players in April 2019 are listed below

1 Isaac Quayle – points moved from 214 to 299 = 39.7%

2 Peter Baker – points moved from 527 to 714 = 35.5%

3 Oliver Williams – points moved from 649 to 865 = 33.3%

4 Marc Taggart – points moved from 1104 to 1398 = 26.6%

5 Mark Grace – points moved from 1147 to 1407 = 22.7%.

Inaugural Easter Graded Competition a great success

The first Easter Graded Squash Competition took place last week at the NSC. This is a new addition to the squash calendar and after a good entry it will become a regular fixture. The players were graded into four groups according to ranking with eight players in each group.

In group A the first round matches went according to seeding with all but one match being won 3-0. The exception was the match between Hamish Thornton and Steve Baker where Baker managed to take a game off his higher ranked opponent. The closest match in the second round was between Hamish Thornton and Jason Blue, with Blue coming back from 2-0 down to win 3-2. In the final round there was a very close match between father and son Steve and Calum Baker with dad managing to win 3-1 in four very hard-fought games. The A group final was between Thom Whiteway and Jason Blue. Whiteway took a 2-0 lead but Blue won the third game. Whiteway showed his skill and good retrieving to take the next game and win the Final 3-1.

In the B group the closest first round match was between James Leith and Jon Shepherd with Shepherd coming back from 2-0 down to win in five games. All the second-round matches went to five games with Douglas Jacobsson and Mark Grace beating Mark Taggart and Jon Shepherd respectively, and Les Callow and James Leith triumphing over Dean Sowerby and Pat Russell. The Final in this group was between Douglas Jacobsson and Mark Grace with Jacobsson just managing to win in five tight games.

The closest match of the first round in group C was between Shaun Wylie and Andrew Brown. After four games the scores were level and the fifth game continued in this neck-and-neck way until Brown won in the battle to two clear points 14-12. The second-round matches were all won 3-0 apart from Beth Jones against Darren Smethurst, where Smethurst won 3-1 playing great hard running squash. In the final round Beth Jones beat Brian Cowley 3-2 and Peter Baker beat Andrew Brown by the same score. The final was between Michael Fernandes and Oliver Williams with Williams winning in three close games.

Group D was a very competitive group with four of the six matches going to five games. Emma Leith lost to Isaac Quayle 3-2 but in the next round Emma managed a 3-2 win against Fatheha Essa. Essa then lost 3-2 to Isaac Quayle. The final of group C was between two juniors Isaac Quayle and Ben Leith with Quayle winning 3-2 in five very close games.

The Winners and Runners Up were –

A grade

Winner – Thomas Whiteway

Runner Up – Jason Blue

B grade

Winner – Douglas Jacobsson

Runner Up – Mark Grace

C grade

Winner – Oliver Williams

Runner Up – Michael Fernandes

D grade

Winner – Isaac Quayle

Runner Up – Ben Leith

IOMSRA – Prize Presentation Evening – Change of Date

The Prize Presentation Evening will take place on Friday 24th May 2019. It will be held at the Manx Legion Club on Market Hill in Douglas, the start time will be 7pm.

Helen Callow is organising this and I will circulate further details about food, music and cost ASAP but for now just put this date in your diary so you are free to attend.

Note – this had previously been planned for Saturday 18th May but will now take place on Friday 24th May.

Squash Fitness

The squash season may almost be over but drill sergeant Les Callow is offering his 10 week block of squash fitness again!

Whether you play squash and want to improve your court fitness or simply looking for a military style workout, why not give a try!

Where: National Sports Centre – Main Sports Hall

When: 6pm – 7pm every Tuesday starting 14th May

Cost: £25 in advance for the 10 sessions