Wednesday 11th October. A day that will go down in University of Bristol Squash Club history. It was the start of our BUCS season, and our players were faced with the ultimate internal battle - Men's 1s vs Men's 2s, and Women's 2s vs Women's 3s. A chance for the younger, fresher faced players to challenge their elders' dominance. Who reigned victorious? Read below for all the details of this sweaty afternoon!
Men's 1s vs Men's 2s
First on court was Louis against 1s team captain George. After a shaky start, Louis battled it back to make it close, but unfortunately George proved too strong for him and seeing Louis eventually succumbing.
Wednesday also saw our newest recruit and seed number 1, Isaac, take on our social sec James who was representing the 2s. Despite of what some may say was an unfair matching of standards, James fought valiantly and commented 'I put up a reasonable fight, although the scoreline would suggest otherwise'.
However, the real match was occurring between our old president, Ben vs our new president, Arran. With some questionable marking from alumni, Michael Brooks, who made the long journey back from the big city just for this, they fought till the bitter end with the new Pres fighting back to 2 games all. Unfortunately, despite Arran making Ben do all the running, the ex-president's fitness proved superior and he came out on top. Some may say they are enemies on court, but they are most certainly soul mates off the court.
The final match saw our new fresher, George P, against the formidable Henry Howe. A shaky start meant the first game was lost easily, but he regained composure and put Henry on the ropes, however HH just proved too strong and GP eventually lost.
Despite a decent challenge from the 2s, Men's 1s proved they were the leaders of the pack.
Men's 3s vs Exeter 4s
Meanwhile, our Mens 3s had made the journey to take on Exeter 4s. The stand out match came from Ed Whelan, who fought like a demon for 3 long gruelling games against a hard hitting opponent whilst Freddie Borg confidently dispatched his opponent taking a 3-0 victory in style. Milo Jackson-Brown, the team’s resident left hander went onto court brimming with energy after being cooped up in the backseat of a car for over an hour, proceeding to power his opponent off court in 3 games. Tom Corcoran put on a very clean performance with tight drives and a meticulous short game and despite his opponent's speed and skill, he was unable to rattle the Bristol veteran; another 3-0 victory for Bristol. Fully aware of the importance of a win in your first match as captain, Harry Brown did not back down and played through the nerves in a fast paced final match to finish up the proceedings. Having done the job they came to do, they all piled back into the car and rode off towards their second match of the day…..and the pub.
Women's 2s vs Women's 3s
This was the first match of the season, and with a sea of new freshers in the teams, it was great to see the new recruits putting their training to use in match play. Helen proved her position as seed 1 for the 2s with a great match. Despite some great boasts and drops from the 3s Georgia, it wasn't enough to take down Helen. There were nearly some upsets, as the 3s managed to sneak a few games off their superiors. With some intense rallies lasting upwards of 25 shots, Sharon picked the pace up against Maddie but the 2s once again powered through. With rumours of a severe hangover, Abbie struggled to put her best foot forward, but occasionally pulled out a serve that the 2s captain, Holly couldn’t return. With a close battle in the second game, Abbie put up a strong fight but Holly's power proved the winner.
Our fresher, Zoe valiantly fought back to take a game off Lydia, our veteran 2s player, and dominated the third game. Zoe put her lobs to good use but Lydia's experience pulled through and saw the 2s asserting their dominance over the 3s!
In Cardiff, our newly created Women's 4s took on their toughest opponents they will face this year! Their first match of the season, and for some their first proper match ever, a team full of new recruits put up a good fight and kept their high spirits and enthusiasm through the face of defeat - with some even returning to Bristol to step on court for more practice!
After a day of tense matches, it was only right for the club to visit the local curry house and sports night, in some questionable tight and bright outfits for a good boogie and team bonding. Congrats to all the players for a brilliant first BUCs of the year and good luck for your next matches!