The Green Mann Springs Douglas Open squash competition was held recently at the NSC.
A field of 38 squash players entered the tournament with nearly a quarter of them made up of junior players, some playing in their first senior tournament.
First and second round matches went according to seeding but, one match worthy of note, was junior Ed Batty against number one seed Dave Norman, Dave was made to work hard as the young legs of Ed chased every ball that Dave tried to get passed him, Ed is one to watch in the future.
The Isle of Man Squash Rackets Association recently had two of its coaches attend a squash development course run by former World No.1 squash champion – Peter Nicol. This opportunity gave both Dewald Joubert & Mike Hayler, not only the opportunity of benefitting from the skills and techniques learnt from attending the course but also meet with other coaches many of whom, coach professionally. This experience will be invaluable in turn will be used in passing on to the island’s junior and senior players.
The Isle of Man squash community received a blow last week with the news that Mount Murray is to shut its three remaining courts to make room for more hotel accommodation.
No date has been given for the closure, but management at the Santon venue have told the Isle of Man Squash Rackets Association not to include the facilities in its calendar for the forthcoming season, which starts in early October.
This means that the six courts at the NSC are all that are currently available in the island.
The summer junior graded squash tournament was held at the NSC recently with a good entry of 29 players.
The competition promised to be hard fought and competitive with the players split into different groups according to their ability. Trophies were awarded to the first, second and third places in each group.
As there was a big entry into Group E the players were split into two pools of four and five players respectively. Group E2 soon developed into a battle between Leo Taylor and Ben Leith for the top spot. They had a good game but Taylor’s control won the day.