Squash IVs 2019: UCC Ladies A Take Home the Silverware!
Frances O Connell
UCC Squash had a very successful trip to Belfast on 8-9 March to compete in the Squash Intervarsities 2019. UCC were well represented by 45 players this year showing the huge growth in the club in recent years, thanks to the consistent hard work of past administrators and coaches.
In the Men’s A, hopes were high for a return to glory after a number of years of close finishes and runners’ up medals. Unfortunately this was not to be the year. Comprehensive victories over Trinity College and Queens, led by long-time stars Philip McSweeney and Jamie Torpey proved to be in vain. UCD emerged victorious following an agonisingly close encounter featuring two 5 set losses for UCC, despite a brave effort from the ever-improving Sean Hanrahan.
There was far better news in a keenly contested Ladies A, led by club captain Frances O’Connell. The strength of Cork players Anne Marie O’Connor and Annemarie Ryan helped by the skill of Elena Khoo in her first Intervarsities performance at number 1 seed. Our Ladies’ A team, despite losing key player Constance Young to injury, won the Ladies A completion for the first time ever. It also shows the huge depth in the panels we have in UCC with new players constantly stepping up when needed. Our Ladies B team also had a great weekend falling short to UCD who were Ladies’ B champions.
In the other divisions, the huge depth of squash in UCC proved to be decisive. Following intense competition for places what emerged were superb wins in the C and D divisions. Spirited campaigns in both B sections unfortunately proved fruitless on this occasion but will no doubt fuel the motivation for next years’ event in Galway. The admirable commitment of second strings was particularly noticeable with all players giving their all for the Skull and Crossbones.
Highlights included Sean Twomey’s dramatic comeback win from 2-0 down to secure the D title, as well as assured performances from Highfield’s Sean Cronin and Waterford’s Oisin O’Mahony in their tournament debuts, illustrating the great potential in the club.
Ucc wish express their thanks to Queens University for running the competition as well, as the other teams for a very fair and sporting weekend. For UCC, the season will finish next month with what is sure to be very competitive club championships. Finals are planned for April 3rd and updates can be found on the club website and Facebook page.