Squash Thriving in UCC
The new season has kicked off with a bang at UCC Squash club, based in the Mardyke Arena. With over 100 competitive members and many more social players the club is continuing its steady rate of growth over the last number of years.
The club currently has three teams participating in the Munster leagues. The Division 1 side’s hopes of retaining the title appear to have been dealt a fatal blow with an injury to key man Barry Lynch. However the league still represents a great opportunity to play at the top level with UCC. Philip McSweeney has showed his class at one seed, holding his own with top Munster players John Hurley (Sundays Well) and Kevin Knox (Celtic, Waterford). Our Division 5 teams are also battling admirably in their respective Division 5 campaigns. 5A have made a strong start to their campaign. Led by captain Sean Hanrahan, players like Andrew Kucey have stepped up to the plate. While in 5B, Niall O’Keeffe’s troops have battled well, Robbie Matthews leading the way with a 3-0 win on his league debut in Glenville.
In tournament squash, the club had a very successful and enjoyable trip to the Killarney Open held in the Gleneagle club. The ever-improving Tony Fitzpatrick secured victory in the C section, with McSweeney, O’Keeffe and Michael Hanrahan just coming up short in their respective finals. Special word to all those playing in their first competitions in either Killarney or the Munster Open held recently in Cork. Every point was fought for to the last, as is expected when representing UCC.
Despite the above, the club’s proudest achievement to date has been the increased participation among new players in what is the world’s healthiest sport. A recently started team tournament featuring 16 teams and 80 players is currently being keenly contested. Another competition is planned for the remaining players. It is particularly heartening to see the many Freshers taking to the game; in squash there is no sitting on the bench or endless training, our priority is match play from Day 1.
Next on the agenda is the much anticipated tournament finale on November 29. It should provide great preparation for the Intervarsities and other big plans in the pipeline for Semester 2. Squash is a growing sport offering the ultimate combination of skill, speed and strength for players of all abilities and standards. To get involved and find out more, please check out Munster Squash website, or feel free to send UCC Squash a message on Facebook and we will point you in the right direction.