Roehampton Club's University Squash Cup 2016

Roehampton Club's University Squash Cup 2016

Since its creation in 2010, the Club's annual competition has expanded over two days and has gained the 100% support of BUCS (British Universities Colleges and Sport). Remaining true to the original aim of the competition, the event gives students the opportunity to compete for their university at a top London Club in a organised, well matched, friendly and unique event.

We are pleased to report that this event has grown year-on-year, highlighting the increase of younger players participating in the sport. More than 80 university players competed in Roehampton Club's University Squash Cup 2016 on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th February, battling it out for placing which determines the seeding for the following year.

Spectators saw some excellent play, remarkable impartiality of the refereeing and the comradeship of the teams. It is also worth noting that the number of female players has increased over the year, and we had some incredibly talented participants over the weekend.

 

After the group play on the Saturday players and guests were given the chance to watch former PSA touring professional, Peter Barker, World Rank high 5 and former professional Tim Garner, compete in an exhibition match.  Showing the Club and its facilities in the best possible light, the exhibition match between Peter and Tim in front of a packed Heffler court with Members and participants was a real highlight.

With the completion of the Club's new 6th 'show court' with spectator seating capacity for 75 and upgrade for courts 4 and 5, has not only transformed the Club's facilities but also enables us to host large tournaments such as this and again there was nothing but positive comments about the Club's first-class squash facilities.

The Gala dinner followed the exhibition match and a wonderful Q&A from Peter gave a real insight into top level squash and how he coped with injuries, referees and life on tour.

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Sunday's play saw the battle for placing positions carry on throughout the day; the semi-finals were fought out between Bristol v Imperial, and Durham v Leicester. Imperial managing a 3-2 win while Leicester contained Durham to win 4-1.

The final match was a replay of the first round of group D between Leicester and Imperial (Leicester winning 4-1 at that stage.) This close match proved to be tight once more and a real spectacle to watch. Imperial started well this time and after the first three matches had taken an unassailable 3-0 lead, eventually winning 4-1 and a reflection of the on-court battle between all the strings.

Congratulations to Imperial, the inaugural winners in 2010, on winning the 2016 title.

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I look forward to next year and welcoming back the universities.

 

For full table of results visit http://bit.ly/UniCupResults

 

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