Report by David Le Guern
Some people see Squash as a sport of the
80's. A fad if you will, with only a few generations sitting in its
corner, cheering it on to win.
Well, as a 31 year old, who has loved the
game for what it is, since before I can remember, I can tell you
that Squash at the Club is thriving. So much so, that this year we
made history. It was the first time ever that the Club has won
division two of the Bath Cup.
The first Bath Cup game was played in
1922, which makes the competition the oldest squash league in the
world. There are three Divisions in the competition, 1st, 2nd and
Veteran. The format for the competition consists of three singles
matches with each team playing each other twice; once at home and
once away, split into two halves.
The team consisted of Alex Williams,
David Le Guern, James Rowland Clark and Tom Crosthwaite, with
contributions from Luca Lasciarrea, Jez Carter, James McCouat and
Michael Hill throughout the season. We started well with a solid
3-0 win over rivals RAC in round one. The momentum from the first
fixture started a winning steak that would see the team lose only 2
of 22 fixtures over the 6-month season.
The MVP (most value player) award goes to
Alex Williams for winning 80% of his games, playing 20 of 22
matches, and losing just 4 at number 1 in the team.
The TFC (thanks for coming) award goes to
Tom Crosthwaite for managing to win 12 of 15 matches before falling
from his unicycle and tearing his ACL, rendering him with crutches
for nine months.
Key to the teams success was the
availability of players especially when it came to playing key
matches. We managed wins over Queens and Lansdowne, home and away,
this alone went a long way to ensuring the cup position in the
trophy cabinets of Roehampton Club … finally!