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Ryan Doran reports on another first rate season from Newcastle University Squash Club

Ryan Doran
6th March 2017
Pride of Newcastle: the Squash Club performed brilliantly in Stan Calvert. Image: Alec Jones

The 2016-17 season was always going to be tough for Newcastle University Squash Club.

Between the loss of the squash courts and the promotion of the Men’s 1st team to the premier league, the club were facing stiff opposition on all sides. Nevertheless, the players have worked harder than ever to make this season more successful than ever before.

Last Wednesday saw the men’s 1st team in a playoff match against Nottingham Trent to stay in the BUCS Premier League. The Nottingham Trent team had only lost two matches in the past two seasons before coming to Newcastle, but Newcastle University Squash Club made short work in defending their place in the Premiership.

It was, however, and afternoon of mixed emotions, as it was 1st team captain Jack Hunter’s last ever home BUCS match. It was fitting then that, after a marathon 65-minute match, Jack came from 2-1 down to seal the victory for the team and for the university. The team now travel to the University of Nottingham for the quarterfinals of the BUCS championships.

Not to be outdone by the 1st team, the men’s 2nd team spent the day travelling to Aberdeen for the last 16 of the BUCS trophy. The 2nd team has had a tough season playing in the Northern 1A division- a league that is mainly made up of 1st teams- but has managed to hold its own. The 2nds continued to shine in the cold north of Scotland, beating Aberdeen 3-2 to progress to the quarterfinals of the trophy.

Closer to home, the men’s 3rd team had a match to guarantee their league win. The 3rds, who have been solid all season, beat Durham to record an impressive 8 wins in 8 league matches, and ensure their promotion at the end of the season.

“This season has been a story of remarkable achievement”

Closely behind the 3rd team is the 4th team, who were a new addition to the BUCS leagues this year. The 4ths have performed beyond all expectations, and now look set to take their league and achieve promotion, as they sit 1 point behind top of the table Sheffield, with a game in hand.

Not to be outdone by the men’s teams- Newcastle University Squash Club’s Ladies 1st team has recorded an equally impressive season in BUCS. The ladies were unlucky to miss out on a promotion battle, but have more than made up for this by going on an incredible cup run.

The ladies have beaten teams from York, Edinburgh and Nottingham Trent to get to the Semi-Finals of the BUCS trophy. The ladies now play Nottingham on Wednesday 8th March at 13:30 in Eldon Square- all support is more than welcome!

In Stan Calvert this year, both teams were hugely successful with the men beating Northumbria 4-1 and the ladies winning 3-2. This is an excellent result for both teams, as Northumbria always bring a very strong team to this event. Congratulations to everyone who played and supported.

Finally, in the Northumbria Local Squash Leagues, the university continues to dominate as the 4th, 3rd and 2nd team all look set to gain promotion, while the 1st team now sits an unheard of 18 points clear at the top of the Premier Division, with a game in hand!

This season has been a story of remarkable achievement for Newcastle University Squash Club. It must be said that this success is due entirely to the hard work of the players, and the tireless efforts of the captains Alex Cahill, Charlotte Cooper, Sam Everall, Martin Jolley, Flora Mockridge and of course, the club legend, Jack Hunter.

Thanks to all of the club members for their work, and hopefully next season will be even more successful again!

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