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
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.
I look forward to next year and welcoming
back the universities.
For full table of results visit http://bit.ly/UniCupResults