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.
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.
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.