The IOMSRA Easter Graded Squash Tournament for 2019 took place between Tuesday 23rd and Friday 26th April. Competitors were entered into Grade A, B, C or D competitions depending on their playing ability (Squash Levels ranking). A full report will be written and published, through the usual channels, in the near future but for now here are some details of the matches played along with some photos. Most of the photos show tournament organiser Les Callow presenting prizes to the Winners or Runners up from each of the categories.
Grade A Tournament
Grade A Winner – Thomas Whiteway
Grade A Runner Up – Jason Blue
Grade B Tournament
Grade B Winner – Douglas Jacobsson
Grade B Runner Up – Mark Grace
Grade C Tournament
Grade C Winner – Oliver Williams
Grade C Runner Up – Michael Fernandes
No Photo at present
Grade D Tournament
Grade D Winner – Isaac Quayle
Grade D Runner Up – Ben Leith
A Group photograph of some of the Tournament competitors
The IOMSRA Handicap Cup Competition commences on Tuesday 30th April and will climax in a final to be played on Friday 17th May. The IOMSRA Handicap Cup competition is for teams in the B and C leagues. Each team is given a Handicap which is derived from the teams results over the course of the season. Additional points are given to C league teams to make them competitive against the B league teams. The Handicap (offset values) are the numbers in brackets and will be added to each team after all the match has been completed. The full draw is shown below and it includes the dates of matches and the Handicap values to be applied –
The Cup matches will be scored like the league matches so the team score will be a determined by adding the scores of the best 3 games of each player together for the team. The scores for each team member will then be added together to give a Total Points scored for the Team. Please note the will be ‘NO BONUS’ points added to the winning team, but the difference between the teams handicap values will be added to one of the teams instead.
Please note that a player will NOT be cup tied, he can play for both his B and C league teams in the cup unless they play each other of course. If they do he must select 1 of the teams to represent.
Note – The match dates have been revised as Netball Europe competition have the use of the squash courts on the following dates :
Wednesday 8th May
Thursday 9th May
Friday 10th May
Saturday 11th May
Sunday 12th May
Take down will be on Monday 13th May and we anticipate the courts being available from 6.00pm for you if you need them.
Isle of Man Squash Rackets Association sent a squad to compete in the European Team Championships from the 3rd to 6th of April in Lisbon, Portugal. The Isle of Man were in Division 3, competing against nineteen other European countries, and for the first time in ten years put forward a women’s as well as a men’s team.
The IOM Squad is pictured above. The men’s team was made up of Thomas Whiteway, Oscar Hill, Malcolm Levy and Patrick Fitzpatrick while the women’s team consisted of Beth Jones, Michelle Smith and junior Amaline Batty. None of these women have ever played international squash before so this was a great experience as well as a big challenge for them.
Arriving at the courts in Lisbon it was obvious that the matches would be a challenge due to the courts being semi open air and the temperature in single figures.
The first matches were played in a round robin format and the men’s team were drawn against Malta, Lithuania and Poland while the women had to play Norway and Luxembourg in a group of three. The Isle of Man men were first on court against Malta and although they put up a spirited fight they lost 4-0. The women then played a very strong team from Norway (who eventually finished third) and again played well but lost 3-0. The men were back in action three hours later against Lithuania and, although three of the four matches went to five games, the team lost 4-0. An early start the next morning saw the women back in action and again they played well in some very close matches but the more experienced Luxembourg team came out on top.
Unfortunately for the Isle of Man men, Malcolm Levy had to head back home due to a family illness which left them one man short and due to play Poland the next day. After some discussion it was agreed that Team Manager Les Callow could fill in at number four for the remaining matches.
In the men’s match against Poland the IOM number one Thomas Whiteway managed to take a game off his Polish counterpart before losing in four. Patrick Fitzpatrick and Oscar Hill had close games but lost 3-0 which then left number four Les Callow to take on the young Polish player who was 52 years his junior!Young legs proved to be the winner but Callow had a great match and managed to get 7 points in one game. Squash is a very big sport in Poland and it was no surprise that they eventually won the tournament.
On the Friday the IOM men played Guernsey in what was the battle of the small Islands and proved to be very close. Three of the matches could have been won by either team but Guernsey proved to be the stronger on the day winning 4-0. The women played Slovenia next, coming close in every match but eventually losing 3-0. Their afternoon match was against Romania and they showed improvement again, pushing their opponents all the way with Michelle Smith taking her match to four games.
Finals day was on the Saturday and the IOM men were drawn against Belarus. Fitzpatrick and Hill both worked hard to win their matches 3-1 resulting in a 2-2 result for the men in their last match of the championships. The women’s last match was against Greece and all our women demonstrated how much they had improved over the competition with all three coming close to winning their match.
Team manager Les Callow commented “Two things stood out when you watched all the matches. One was the fact that it was so cold on court with players wrapped up in blankets waiting to play and the ball not getting hot enough to bounce and the other thing was just how much all the teams have improved.”
The Isle of Man loves playing in this event and will be back next year, hopefully much improved and with a full complement of players.
I have included some Pre Match photographs below –