BUCS report: Squash

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Described as an ‘energetic, lung busting, and strategic game’, Squash didn’t fail to disappoint in their first few intense BUCS matches of the 2014-2015 season.   With last season bringing in their most BUCS points ever at 104, the teams were set for some exciting matches and a positive look at the season ahead.

Playing in a BUCS league, the Squash teams put in a top effort against their opponents in the first week of BUCS sport leaving the men’s 1st topping Exeter’s 2nds in a 4-1 win. The men’s seconds also did themselves proud beating Bournemouth 1s 4-1 in energetic and fast paced matches.

The women showed an immense amount of team work in their first matches of the season with the women’s 1s taking on their own team mates, the women’s 2s. With the Bath student ref in place, (its squash etiquette for the home team to ref the games) the game was played in Team Bath spirit. The support from the home crowd for both teams eventually lead to the woman’s 1st beating their opponents with the final score of 4-0.

Week 2 of BUCS carried on in a positive light with the men’s matches against Bristol. Bath’s 1st team stormed home beating Bristol’s 1st team 3-2. Although a win, it was a nerve racking game with the final game just going to Bath. The men’s 2nd team also had a great game, narrowly missing out 3-2 to Bristol.

With the squash club thriving at over 110 members, the club have ventured into an external local league, Bristol and Avon Squash League to provide even more valuable match time. Here their season has had a very strong start with the four men’s teams bringing home 7 wins out of 8. Incredible effort boys! With this continued high achievement, the men’s teams are hoping to all be promoted next season.

The ladies Bristol and Avon Squash teams are set to start next week and bring a whole new level of excitement to the Bath squash community. Good luck ladies!

A sport which was voted as the ‘Number 1 healthiest sport’ by Forbes magazine not only have competitive teams, they also have club nights for all those members who wish to participate in such an exciting sport at a more recreational level. These sessions are run on Wednesday evenings and the Squash’s clubs very own first and second teams provide some top quality coaching and entertainment in a less pressured environment.  There’s something for everyone in squash!

All in all, squash have had an extremely good and promising start to their 2014-2015 season. With self-refereeing and a game which they state ‘burns the most calories in an hour’, the squash club cover all bases on team work and fitness.  They even have a claim to fame that squash can be played at Grand Central Station!

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Holly Clemens is Sports Officer at the University of Bath Students’ Union (2015/16). She writes reports on University of Bath sports.

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