IOMSRA Handicap Cup Competition for 2019 – Revised Draw

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 gain vital experience and perform well in the European Team Championships – a full report

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 –

Isle of Man Easter Graded 2019

** Updated Draw due to withdrawals**

The first Isle of Man Graded competition is being held from the 23rd to 26th April 2019 at the NSC.

The first round commences on Tuesday 23rd April which matches beginning  at 6:30pm. Could all player please arrive 15 minutes before they are due to start and a reminder that the winner of the previous court MUST mark to court afterwards.

The draws and order of play for each competition can be seen below:

A Grade

 

B Grade

 

C Grade

 

D Grade

 

Order of Play

 

IOMSRA Handicap Cup Competition for 2019

The IOMSRA Handicap Cup Competition commences on Thursday the 2nd May and will climax in a final to be played on Friday 17th May. The picture below shows last years winner Conister Racketeers Pioneers and encapsulates what it means to win the Cup Competition. The picture shows, left to right – Andrew Brown, Calum Baker, Nic Kieswetter, Rob Boyles and James Leith 

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 Handicaps for the teams are shown below, if you want to know how these were derived just contact me and I will send you the Excel Spreadsheet that I used to derive them.

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.

I have yet to do the draw but the format of the draw which includes the dates of matches is shown below – 

 

 

Congratulations to Island Exhausts Vets on becoming IOMSRA Division C Winners

The final round of IOMSRA Division C Fixtures was played on Friday 5th April resulting in the Island Exhaust Vets becoming the winners of the C League. The team is pictured above and is back row from left to right – Phil Shaw, Ian Sheard (Captain) and Peter Sharples. Front row left to right – Jimmy Fick and Lee Loughren. 

Division C has been very close since Christmas as the final placings in the table below shows – 

Division C Champions –

Island Exhaust Vets won the pre-Christmas block of the league fixtures and Island Exhaust Vets also won the post-Christmas block therefore as they won both these blocks they are the undisputed IOMSRA Division C winners. The is no need for a C league final to be played.