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.
The Picture shows – Hansard International Racketeers team with some Racketeers Squad players. Pictured Left to Right – Lucy Kerr, Steven Wright, Catherine Harrop (Hansard International), Matt Corlett, Dave Johnson and Nic Kieswetter
The 2018 Douglas Open Squash Tournament was played over three nights last week. There was a full entry of 32 that included five juniors and two women.
The first two rounds were played best of three games to 11 points. In the first round current island number one Dave Norman played 13 year old Ben Leith and what a game this turned out to be with young Leith showing that he is going to be a player to watch in a couple of years. He displayed some great shots and good retrieving, making Norman work for his win. Unfortunately Norman was carrying an injury coming into the competition and had to pull out without playing another match, leaving the top spot open.