UTMOST WEALTH SOLUTIONS – Isle of Man Squash Championships 2019

If you want to enter both the Squash Championships and the Squash 57 (formerly Racquetball) Championships then the Price for entering both is ONLY £20 !!!! However I plan to order the shirts on Monday 25th February so I must have your entry by Sunday 24th February if you are to get a ‘Tournament’ T shirt. For further details contact Les Callow at email – Les.c@manx.net / Text – 07624 494734

Location – NSC . Dates – Monday 11th, Tuesday 12th, Thursday 14th and Friday 15th of March 2019. Start time – 6.30pm. Finish time – about 9pm. Format – Monrad/Swiss – a match every round. Prizes – All entrants will receive a ‘Tournament’ T Shirt PROVIDED your entry is received on or before Sunday 24th February 2019. Cost – £15 for Seniors /£10 for Juniors (payment on the first night of the tournament).

To Enter go to the following URL and fill out the form – https://goo.gl/forms/Ul1qnRsjC5JCrNm83

The first ever Isle of Man Squash 57 Championships will be run alongside the Isle of Man Squash Championships. Cost – £15 for Seniors /£10 for Juniors (payment on the first night of the tournament). 

To Enter go to the following URL and fill out the form – https://goo.gl/forms/vxRFqzDYhqL1vhaD2

 

Team AON Triumph Results in Tight A League Table

The team shown below are Team AON.  They are pictured left to right – Jason Crease, Robin Crease (Captain), Chris Cave, Pat Fitzpatrick and Mason McLarney  

Team AON reinforced their A league title winning credentials with a good victory by 171-117 points against Cannell Print. Cannell Print’s Thomas Whiteway just came out on top in an epic encounter with fellow Island player Pat Fitzpatrick at one. Top junior player Oliver Wait got the other win for Cannell Print at five with a 3-1 win over Chris Cave. However AON picked up wins in the middle order through team stalwarts Robin Crease, Mason McLarney and Jason Crease who all denied their opponents valuable points by picking up 3-0 wins.

StoneArt won their second match of the season on Monday in a very close encounter with EasyGym. Malcolm Levy was in great form to get EasyGym one up but then Douglas Jacobsson levelled the match at 1-1. The middle order matches were all 3-1 results with EasyGym’s Rob Boyles celebrating his call up to the Island squad with a win over Steve Baker. However the other two matches went to StoneArt with Hamish Thornton and Lyndon Cheetham both winning very close matches. EasyGym now top the table but, with StoneArt only 7 points behind them in third spot, it is closer than a clam with lockjaw in Division A.

In the B league Sharks were left still looking for their first win of the season after a 3-2 defeat to Outcasts. Greg Ansara made a winning return for Sharks beating Stuart Highy who gallantly stepped in at the last minute for Outcasts. Douglas Jacobsson and Nathan Quilliam had a close match with Quilliam taking the spoils in four games. Mark Henson was too strong for Mark Stratford on this occasion, giving the Outcasts a lead of 2 -1, before David Freer came back from 2-0 down to beat Liam Davis in five games to tie the match at 2 each. This left Alan McNair and Peter Ginty to decide the outcome in a thrilling five setter that Ginty won taking the game and the match for Outcasts. 

Crowe Dragons beat Conister Racketeers Pioneers 4-1, with only one match going to more than three games. Dragons had two C league regulars playing up this week: Darren Smethurst who beat Jas Singh 3-0 at fifth string, and Beth Jones who lost in three very close games to the higher ranked Barry Irvine at fourth string. Jon Shepherd stuttered to a 3-1 win over Dean Sowerby in the closest match of the night at three. At two Oliver Wait continued his ferocious form to dispatch Marc Taggart in three games and Ben Peach beat Dafydd Lewis 3-0 at number one.

In the C League all Island Exhaust Vets players had to work hard for a maximum points victory over Buchanan and Pitts Misfits. Lee Loughren and Les Callow playing Stephen Pitts and John Watterson respectively both dropped games on their way to winning their matches. Les and John had a particularly hard match, neither player giving up on trying to retrieve the ball, resulting in some really good rallies. Likewise Ian Sheard dropped a game in beating Terry Holt as Terry’s forehand drives caused Ian some difficulty. Exhausts Peter Sharples and Richard Cretney had 3-0 victories at first and fifth string respectively.

Dohle Stars lost 3-2 to Dandara Falcons, a team with four regular players unavailable through injury. Alan McNair and Greg Ansara  played at the top end for Falcons and got good 3-0 wins. At three, team regular Simon Jones used his years of experience to beat Antony Bentley-Roberts and give the Falcons a 3-0 lead. Wins for Dohle came from Dave Maddrell who beat Vusimbe Zivave in three games at fourth string, and a walkover at fifth string due to injury.  

Brown Craine Dragons won a fun but competitive match against Jewel Tech Juniors 247-194 in points. Beth Jones took the only win for Jewel Tech at one, beating Phil Whittam in five games. Dragons took all the other matches. At four Helen Cave beat Rebecca Keeley in a ding-dong encounter while at five guest James Van Dort fought back from 2-0 down to win against Aaron Rumney. Darren Smethurst and Emma Leith had a great duel at two and it is good to see our young players showing such a never say die attitude. Alex Cave beat Asad Awan in three close entertaining games.

The match between Hansard Racketeers and Junior Academy pitted experience against youth and on this occasion experience won out. Racketeers Ben Dalglish, Andy Dalrymple and John Halligan won at three, four and five. At two Oliver Williams continued his good form for the Academy to win 3-0 over Matt Corlett, who was clearly handicapped by injury. The final match featured the elder statesman of the teams , Richard Webster and James Leith, which was closely contested and went to Leith who took the final game 15-13 to take the match. 

AJ Bell National Squash Championships 2019

The British National Squash Championships is being played in Nottingham this coming week. Play will take place at Nottingham Squash Rackets Club and at the University of Nottingham Glass Court from Tuesday 12th February with the Finals  scheduled for Sunday 17th February. For more details about the tournament go to the URL below –  

https://nationalsquashchampionships.com

The Tournament Draw can be found on the website below. You will see that the Isle Of Man player Oscar Hill is through to Qualifying Round 2 and is scheduled to play Mark Fuller at 17.15 on Tuesday 12th February. I am sure you will join me in wishing him a good tournament. Details of the draws can be found below –  

https://nationalsquashchampionships.com/2019-draws/

You can Watch the 2019 Nationals Live and Free …Coverage will be on the England Squash Facebook and YouTube Channels, and we’ll have all you need on the page shown below – 

https://nationalsquashchampionships.com/today-watch/

 

 

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO LIAM DAVIES – PLAYER OF THE MONTH FOR JANUARY 2019

Liam Davies is the IOM Squash Rackets Association POM (Player of the Month) for January  2019 with a point’s increase of 30.8%. Liam played 8 ranking matches in January and 2 good wins over workmate Jon Shepherd and 1 over Mark Grace helped him to raise his points level. The second placed player is Joshua Green with a 28.3% increase in playing level. Joshua Green is a very accomplished badminton player who has recently taken up Squash, he is showing a great aptitude for the game. The third placed player is Dohle Stars player Luke Tippett, with 27.9%. The five most improved players in January are listed below
1 Liam Davies – points moved from 1563 to 2044 = 30.8%
2 Joshua Green – points moved from 1652 to 2199 = 28.3%
3 Luke Tippett – points moved from 437 to 559 = 27.9%
4 Calum Baker – points moved from 1566 to 1890 = 20.7%.
5 Douglas Jacobsson – points moved from 1371 to 1610 = 17.4%