Roehampton Club University Squash Cup 2017 (1)

Leicester win Roehampton Club University Squash Cup 2017

On Saturday the Club saw more than 80 students descend on Roehampton Club for the University Cup. Play started promptly at 9.30am with sixteen teams divided into four groups of four, playing  a round robin group with the top two from each group going into the quarter finals on Sunday. The other competing universities battled it out for placing to determine seeding for the following year.

One of the main reasons to develop the Roehampton Club University Squash Cup is to increase participation in the sport by younger players. The event is clearly growing stronger and the waiting list for competing teams shows this.

There was some excellent play, remarkable impartiality of the refereeing and great comradeship of the teams. It is also worth noting that the number of female players has increased over the years and we had some incredibly talented participants this weekend.

After the group play on Saturday, players and guests were given the chance to see former PSA professionals, Peter Marshall, World Rank High 2 and our very own Robbie Temple, compete in an exhibition match providing participants with a real showcase of double-handed hitting and creative angles!

Showing the Club and its facilities in the best possible light, the exhibition match between Peter and Robbie took place at a packed Heffler Court with an audience of Members and participants.

The Gala Dinner followed the exhibition match and a wonderful Q&A from Peter gave insight into top level squash and how he coped with injuries and going back to university as his career was coming to an end.

Peter Marshall Uni Cup Dinner _edit 

Sunday's play saw the battle for placing positions carry on throughout the day; the semi-finals were fought out between Bristol v Imperial 1, and Imperial 2 v Leicester. Bristol won against Imperial 1 in a rematch of the previous year's semi-final while Leicester proved too strong for Imperial 2.

Uni Cup Action

The final match between Leicester and Bristol would provide a new name on the trophy. Leicester were also 2016 losing finalist and were keen to avoid a repeat of this. This close match proved to be a real spectacle for those watching, Leicester started better and after the first three matches had taken an unassailable 2-1 lead, and crucially took a 3-1 lead to claim the title and trophy, eventually winning the match 3-2 .

Congratulations to Leicester on winning the 2017 Roehampton Club University Cup. I look forward to welcoming back the universities involved.

Thank you to all the Members for giving up the court time to host this amazing event and continue the pathway of squash development within our wonderful Club.

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