The UCC Men's A team, consisting of Jaime Balbuena, Frank Ryan, Fionn O'Brien, Michael Ryan and Donal Coughlan, were seeking to defend the title they had won last year. Having convincingly overcome 2011 champions Queen's University Belfast in a 5-matches-to-nil triumph in their opening fixture, UCC faced University of Ulster Jordanstown (UUJ) in what was effectively a semi-final in their second match.
Donal was first on court, getting UCC off to an ideal start with a 3-1 win over his UUJ counterpart. Michael followed Donal's lead, recording another 3-1 victory with an impressive display of controlled and clinical squash to put UCC 2-0 up, needing only one more victory to reach the final. Next up was the top seeds, with Jaime putting his undefeated inter-varsity record on the line against the UUJ number 1, a former Irish under-19 champion who had first represented the Ulster Senior team at only 16 years of age. Despite putting in a valiant performance Jaime lost out 3-1 in a hotly contested encounter.
Fionn then took to the court, but agonisingly failed to convert either of two match points before eventually losing 3-2, meaning the fixture went down to the final match. Frank raced into a 2-0 lead playing exquisite squash, but it was clearly not to be UCC's day as another match point went begging before UUJ went on to win 3-2, meaning that UCC exited the competition after the narrowest of defeats. A disappointing outcome for a talented UCC team who were unfortunate to fall short against formidable opponents.
Left to Right: Donal Coughlan, Michael Ryan, Kevin Quinlan (Coach), Jaime Balbuena, Fionn O'Brien, Frank Ryan
The finals of the Men's B were also markedly close, and strongly contested. After having beaten strong QUB and UUJ teams to reach the final, the men were so close yet so far away, as they were narrowly beaten by TCD in an adrenaline pumping final. Although bitterly disappointing results, both teams played exquisite squash and demonstrated immense skill and determination.
The men's C team performed at a particularly high standard, in a relatively long day of games, with all the players having some very long and strongly contested matches throughout the day. The team did well against NUIG, beating them with a clean sweep, as well as beating DCU; they were consequently disappointed to lose to Trinity College Dublin. The number 1 and 2 slots of the team were of a particularly high standard, with Conor Pullin performing particularly well, winning all of his matches. All of the games against the final champions TCD were strongly contested games, with lots of long and skilful rallies.
Left to Right: Donal Horgan, Sean O'Sullivan, Omar Aziz, Michael Hanrahan, Cathal Hannon, Liam O'Mahony
With regard to the Ladies A team, although quite a new team, and relatively inexperienced they performed well against a very strong RCSI team, who were the eventual inter-varsity champions. Throughout the games, there were numerous brilliant shots and rallies, demonstrating the skill and potential that exists within the team.
Although a very new team, the Ladies B team, didn't let the nerves get to them and performed strongly throughout the weekend. During the first round of games against DCU, the team performed very strongly, winning almost all their games in straight sets. The Ladies B also put up a strong fight, confidently beating DCU before unfortunately losing to a strong UCD team. The ladies B captain, Orlaith Nishuilleabhain put in a notably solid performance against the UCD number 2, who was coincidentally on the UCC ladies A team at last year's inter-varsities.
As Aidan Daly, the Men's C captain put it, this year's inter-varsities were filled with "great games, great fun and was an overall good experience." A sentiment that I am sure is echoed by all of the competitors.
Author(s): Amina Flynn(PRO), Fionn O'Brien(Men's A Captain)
***IMPORTANT*** Intermediate/Advanced Men ***IMPORTANT***
Hi Lads, DCU are hosting this years Squash Inter-Varsities in Dublin on Friday the 15th and Saturday the 16th of February 2013. Due to the large number of players in the club I want to give everyone who's interested and DEFINITELY available to travel, the chance to qualify for the team. Please email us Squash@uccclubs.ie with your Name and Mobile Number ASAP if you are interested in qualifying. If you are on the Ladder as well, please prioritise qualifying for the Inter-Varsities over ladder matches.
Happy Christmas from all at UCC Squash Club
The club has now finished up for Christmas and will return to normal in the new year. DCU are hosting this years Intervarsities on the 15th and 16th of February so we will be hoping to hold a qualifying tournament in January to decide on the squad due to the large number of players this year.
Have a good Christmas!
Munster Leagues 06/12/2012
U.C.C travel again to close neighbours Highfield Squash Club to take on Highfield B this Thursday, fixtures start from 7.45pm
For Directions to Highfield: Highfield Squash Club
Club Update 20/11/2012
Plans for Beginner And Intermediate Tournaments are underway so if you're interested please email the club, details will be posted here and on facebook once they are confirmed.
U.C.C Went down 3 - 2 to Kilbrin in Munster Leagues Div. 3 last Thursday below in the Mardyke Arena, The Team will be looking to bounce back with a solid performance against Sunday's Well this Thursday just down the Mardyke Walk in Sunday's Well Tennis Club
Munster Leagues 15/11/2012
Kilbrin V U.C.C @ Mardyke Arena 7.45pm
Club Update 05/11/2012
LADDER: The Mens Ladder will be going up tomorrow, if you're interested please email the club Squash@uccclubs.ie with your level if you haven't yet contacted us.
MUNSTER LEAGUES: Highfield (A) V UCC Thursday 8th November @ Highfield Squash Club - Feel free to come and support if you're around - Directions: Highfield Squash Club
BEGINNER TRAINING: Training continues on Wednesday nights for Mens and Ladies
- 6.30pm - 7.10pm Mixed Beginner
- 7.10pm - 7.50pm Mixed Beginner
- 7.50pm - 8.30pm Mixed Beginner
- 8.30pm - 9.10pm Mixed Beginner
INTERMEDIATE TRAINING: Mens Intermediate training continues Monday nights
- 7.10pm - 7.55pm Intermediate Men
- 7.55pm - 8.40pm Intermediate Men
- 8.40pm - 9.25pm Intermediate Men
Ladies Intermediate training continues Monday nights
- 9.25pm - 10.30pm
ADVANCED TRAINING: Mens Advanced Training/Munster Leagues continue Thursday nights
- 7.10pm - 10.30pm Advanced Men / Munster Leagues
Ladies Advanced Training continues Mondays and Wednesdays
- Monday: 9.25pm - 10.30pm
- Wednesday: 9.10pm - 10.30pm
Munster Leagues 01/11/2012
Kilworth V U.C.C
U.C.C Travelled to Kilworth Squash Club in their first away leg of the Leagues on a cold winter night and came away with a 4-1 victory.
- Brendan Lawton 0 - 3
- Eoghan Meaney 3 - 1
- Enrico Macrelli 3 - 1
- Mark Power 3 - 0
- Kelvin Cummins 3 - 0
Munster Leagues 25/10/2012
U.C.C V Silversprings
U.C.C welcomed Silversprings Squash Club to the Mardyke Arena for the opening night of Munster Leagues Division 3. Despite some close contests, Silversprings proved too strong for the College with a convincing 4 - 1 victory.
- Ryan McHale 0 - 3
- Justin Lam 1 - 3
- Eoghan Meaney 2 - 3
- Enrico Macrelli 3 - 1
- Mark Power 0 - 3
With a great start to the year and lots of new members, UCC Squash Club is as active as ever. If you are interested in joining there are training slots provided for all levels from Beginner to Advanced. Email us at email@example.com for more information or find us on Facebook.
7.10pm - 7.55pm Intermediate Men
7.55pm - 8.40pm Intermediate Men
8.40pm - 9.25pm Intermediate Men
9.25pm - 10.30pm Int/Adv Ladies
6.30pm - 7.10pm Mixed Beginner
7.10pm - 7.50pm Mixed Beginner
7.50pm - 8.30pm Mixed Beginner
8.30pm - 9.10pm Mixed Beginner
9.10pm - 10.30pm Int/Adv Ladies
7.10pm - 10.30pm Advanced Men/ Munster Leagues
Squash at UCC is back in full 'swing' this year. We are delighted to welcome all the new members to the squash club.
Training Times: Found Here
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2012/ 2013 Committee:
Club Captain: Richard Bradfield
Ladies Captain: Kayrin Ong
Secretary: Michael Hanrahan
Treasurer: Danielle Bray
PRO: Amina Flynn
Web Admin: Ryan McHale
Training Officers: Tim O'Donnovan and Rossi Griffin
OCM: Rachel Power