The Isle of Man Squash Blitz once again returns to the island from the 20th to the 22nd of April
This event welcomes club squash players from all over the UK to participate in a festival and competition of squash. Players not only participate in squash but the trip also provides some time for guests to visit other areas of the island and participate in lots of socialising. This event has been running for over 13 years and originally formed part of the Islands Festival of Sport. Previously teams played out of the former Onchan Squash Club and Mount Murray venues, which boasted an additional seven courts, enabling the island to attract more clubs to compete and visit the island This competition has in the past attracted hundreds of players to the island, but with the lack of squash facilities available now, there is a limit on the number of players who can attend and compete on the six courts at the NSC.
The Blitz gives club players the opportunity to compete on a tour when they may not normally get the chance - players are not allowed to have played county level or above in the last ten years. We are expecting teams from the likes of Norton, Leyburn, Redcar and Lancaster/Vale of Lune squash clubs. The format for the event schedule will take place as follows.
On day one the teams are split into two groups for both the morning and afternoon sessions. Each team consists of at least six players, who are ranked in order of merit. The event is timed, based on American scoring and a swiss format competition. Essentially the number 6’s play each other for a set amount of time then when the whistle blows they stop and move round. The same process is repeated for all the other numbered players in the team, so it is high intensity and fast moving. Every point obtained goes towards points in the team, which are aggregated at the end of each match. The team with the most points wins. This is repeated with all other matches in the various groups during the full day of squash.
The competition continues into it’s second day with the top scoring teams from day one playing each other for the trophy. Other teams play for the plate award. So the NSC squash courts will be in full use for the whole weekend.
The featured Photograph shows a group picture of players who have previously competed in the event.