Outcasts Beat Crowe Dragons to Take Top Spot in Division B

The Team photograph below is of Santander Racketeers Academy.
Back Row, Left to Right – Alan Workman, Allan Bashforth, Steven Wright and Nick Corlett. Front Row, Left to Right – Andrew Brown and Charlie Beard 

 

The A league this week saw a close match between StoneArt and Team AON. AON took a 2-0 lead after the first two matches with Mason McLarney and Chris Cave both winning 3-1. However Stoneart’s Hamish Thornton and Lyndon Cheetham made the match score 2-2, with Lyndon Cheetham having a particularly hard fought five games against Nathan Quilliam. It was then up to the number one players, Jason Blue and Robin Crease, to determine the match winners. Jason Blue eventually took the spoils with a 3-0 win, taking the match for Stoneart.

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CONGRATULATIONS TO HARVEY DOUGLAS – PLAYER OF THE MONTH FOR FEBRUARY 2019

Harvey Douglas is IOM Squash Rackets Association POM (Player of the Month) for February 2019 with a point’s increase of just shy of 30%. Harvey is a product of the Junior development system and has started playing league squash and tournaments only recently, he is certainly finding his feet quickly. The second placed player is 20-year-old Ben Peach a former IOM Junior champion who is making the transition to senior squash look very easy, he enjoyed a 23.8% point’s increase in his playing level in February. His best performance this month was to beat a top 10 player and in so doing achieve a best-ever ranking of 14 in the IOM rankings. Nick Hardacre was just behind Ben and came third. The five most improved players in February are listed below –
1 Harvey Douglas – points moved from 299 to 384 = 28.4%
2 Ben Peach – points moved from 2254 to 2791 = 23.8%
3 Nick Hardacre – points moved from 253 to 313 = 23.7%
4 Mark Henson – points moved from 1189 to 1416 = 19.1%.
5 Alan McNair – points moved from 964 to 1134 = 17.6%

 

Sharples, Sheard, Callow and O’Neill perform well for Merseyside Masters

Four Isle of Man Squash players are currently representing the Merseyside county team at Masters level, we are affiliated to Merseyside Squash so we can represent them at county level. The 4 players are pictured below and are left to right – Dave O’Neill, Ian Sheard, Les Callow and Peter Sharples.

Peter, Ian and Les all performed well in this mornings match against Yorkshire Over 65’s but they all lost 3-0 only just failing to win the ‘money’ points to take games.

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Oliver Wait Wins Competitive Junior Tournament

The photo below shows, back row left to right – Asad Awan, Oliver Williams, Oliver Wait, Harvey Douglas and Isaac Quayle. Front row left to right – Ben Leith, Christian Webster and Calum Larkin 

The Winter Ranking Tournament, the first junior competition of 2019, showed that Junior squash on the island is very healthy. There were sixteen entries with some fantastic squash on show and some players entering for the first time. 

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Island Exhausts End Crowe Dragons Unbeaten Run

The Team Photo below shows this weeks Island Exhausts – left to right – Ian Sheard, Peter Sharples, Dave O’Neill, Mark Grace and James Martin  

EasyGym met Team AON in a top of the A League table clash with only three points separating these teams. Malcolm Levy showed his class with a good 3-0 win over Robin Crease at one and Paul Barnett took the other win for EasyGym at two, beating Jason crease 3-1. However Team AON’s strength in depth meant they took the rest of the matches 3-1 courtesy of Mason McLarney, Dafydd Lewis and Chris Cave.  The match score finished 158-155 to Team AON which means that these two teams are now joint top of the table with points totals of 768 each.

Cannell Print put out possibly the strongest side that they have fielded all season against StoneArt, with their top two players placed at 2 and 4 on the rankings. Rob Colquitt and Ashley Sandyford-Sykes both had convincing 3-0 wins for Cannell Print at fifth and second string respectively. However number one Thomas Whiteway and the ever-improving Joshua Green at five had to work a little bit harder for their 3-1 wins. The only match to go to StoneArt was the number three string match where Steve Baker just got the better of Mike Hayler in a five game encounter. Cannell took the match 179-127, only dropping 1 point, and are now level with StoneArt with both sides having 733 points totals in the league.

The B league is beginning to look like a three horse-race, with Crowe Dragons in the lead by a short head and Outcasts and Island Exhausts close behind. Island Exhausts closed the gap when they defeated Crowe Dragons in a close match. Dragons’ Ben Peach reached a record high 14 in the IOM rankings with a comprehensive defeat of Dave O’Neill 3-0. Exhausts James Martin had a real battle with Oliver Wait eventually winning 3-2 but only by a single point. Exhausts Mark Grace had a similarly close game with Jon Shepherd with Jon just edging it. At four and five the experience of Exhausts players Peter Sharples and Ian Sheard showed as they both got straight forward 3-0 wins over Beth Jones and Darren Smethurst.

Sharks beat the Conister Racketeers to win the battle of the B League’s bottom two by 245-185 points. Rob Boyles and Daf Lewis won two titanic tussles with Mark Webster-Smith and Douglas Jacobsson at one and two to register the Racketeers’ two victories on the night. It was the Sharks’ tail that secured their side the overall win, however, with skipper Dave Freer, Mark Stratford and Alan McNair all netting victories.

In the C League Buchanan & Pitts Misfits had a good 4-1 win over Jewel Tech Juniors.  The fourth and fifth string matches were very close with Allan Walkingshaw resisting a fight back from Rania Gomaa to secure a 3-2 win at five, and Emma Leith beating Stephen Pitts by a similar margin at four to secure the only win of the night for Jewel Tech. However the the Misfits top order wrapped up the overall win without dropping a game, through convincing victories for Andy Dixon, Terry Holt and John Watterson.

Dandara Falcons did well to field a team against Browne Craine Dragons, although they lost 3-2. The two top order matches were won for Falcons by Greg Ansara who dominated his match, and Stuart Highy, who started more slowly, dropping the first game to Darren Smethurst, but then going on to win 3-1. Richard Lewy, new to the island, made his debut for Falcons at three and grew in confidence as the match progressed, eventually losing 3-1 to Alex Cave. Fatheha Essa and Helen Cave took the other wins for Dragons at four and five.

Santander International Racketeers Academy, rocking out with their new kit, hosted the Junior Academy on Friday night. The Junior Academy took the victory winning 4 of the 5 matches. John Workman took the sole win for the Santander International Racketeers Academy on this, his debut. At number one Andrew Brown had a cracking match with Richard Webster only just losing 45-43 in points. The other junior victors were Harvey Douglas, Leighton Ginty and Ben Leith.

Dohle Stars and Island Exhaust Vets had a relatively brief encounter with all five matches over in three games. Pat Russell guested for Dohle at one and beat Peter Sharples in three close games. Nick Hardacre had a good win over Jimmy Fick at five, making him one of the favourites for player of the month. However the Vets took the rest of the matches courtesy of stalwarts Ian Sheard, Les Callow and Lee Loughren to further cement their place at the top of the table.