JUNIOR ACADEMY DEBUTANTS IN DIVISION C MAKE A GOOD START
It’s as tight as a Crease-strung squash racket at the top of the B league with only one point separating the top two teams. The top of the table clash took place on Thursday between reigning champions Island Exhausts and the heirs apparent The Sharks. Island Exhausts took the match 3-2 but surprisingly all the matches were decided over 3 games with all the match results being 3-0. The closest match was Les Callow against Greg Ansara with Greg taking the spoils - 15/9,15/14 and 15/13. At the end of the match both teams have played four matches in division B and currently have points of 890 and 889.
Another crackling match of B League squash coughed up another narrow 3-2 loss for the Conister Pioneers against Outcasts. The latter triumphed thanks to wins for Liam Davies, Peter Ginty and the ever-green Phil Shaw who overcame Andy Brown in a titanic tussle at five. Debutant Rob Boyles and Matt Corlett picked up the Pioneers win as their side racked up a handsome total of 205 points in defeat.
In the C league Browne Craine Dragons continued their impressive form by gaining maximum points over debutant team Junior Academy. The juniors were weakened by not having their coach and number 1 Carl Albright in the team, but they all put in impressive performances for such young players. Oliver Wait and Oliver Williams both lost 3-1 to Jon Shepherd and Michelle Smith respectively. The players ranked 3 to 5 - Leighton Ginty, Aaron Rumney and Ben Leith all lost in 5 games but the matches were hard fought and very close. The featured photograph shows the Junior Academy team - back row (LtoR) - Oliver Wait, Oliver Williams, Aaron Rumney and Leighton Ginty, front row (LtoR) - Carl Albright and Ben Leith.
It was a great night for both teams in the match between Jewel Tech Ladies and Racketeers Academy with excellent squash being played by both sides, resulting in some very close scoring matches. This was particularly close at one between Beth Jones and Nic Keiswetter and at five between Christian Webster and Martin Greenwood, with both matches going to 5 games and resulting in a narrow win of 45/44 to the Jewel Tech players. Unfortunately for Jewel Tech, despite the additional 25 points for winning 3/5 games, the Racketeers benefitted from their high scoring to take the win on points.
A walkover at 5 meant Dohle Stars were 1-0 up before the first 'real' game started against Hansard Racketeers. Luke Tippett quickly added another win against Andy Dalrymple to make it 2-0 to Dohle Stars. David Maddrell crashed to a 3-0 loss against Racketeer Matt Corlett who out classed him. Eckhard Garbers and Daryl Richards put on a 5 game thriller for the NSC crowds, but it was eventually Daryl who left victorious. This left things delicately poised at 2-2, with the hot shots taking the court. A great game ensued, but it was Brian who recorded his first win for his new team with a fantastic performance against a top class competitor.
It was a convincing win for Buchanan and Pitts Misfits against a Dandara Falcons team which was deficient of a couple of their key players. This places Misfits at the top of the C League table.
Storm Ophelia caused the cancellation of the A league matches on Monday. These have now been rescheduled for Monday 18th December. Full results and league tables can be found at http://www.iomsra.com