Oxford Fixtures End HT 2018
The end of Hilary came so quickly! Our teams saw a number of challenges in both the usual fixture format as well as tournament/plates. The end of Hilary unfortunately also sees the end our typical squash season, so thanks to our captains, our final season reports are found below:
The Women’s Blues have no further match reports.
The Oxford Women’s Blues finish their BUCS season at 2nd position in the Midland 1A Division and last 16 in the Midlands Conference Cup.
The Men’s Squirrels has no further matches.
The Oxford Squirrels (Mens’ 2nds) finish their BUCS season at 2nd position in the Midland 2B Division and last 16 in the Midlands Conference Cup.
Women’s Ferrets vs. Northampton 1sts (Home), Wk9: Win (2-1)
In a blink of an eye, the season comes to a close with the Ferrets final BUCS league game of the term. Currently sitting at 3rd in the tables, the Ferrets face the Northampton 1st team to retain their spot, with full intention of finishing the season on a high. Charly, Jess and Ashleigh rally at Oxford train station, armed with satsumas, packed lunches and a lot of waterproof stash, for the trek up North to face their three opponents. After a very chilly walk and a minor curfuffle over some double booked courts, the games are underway and Ashleigh steps on court to makes her BUCS debut. With a powerful deep back serve and a total control of the T, Ashleigh dominates the game from the first hit. Playing long drives and a varied cross-court, Ashleigh quickly drives home her opponent in a straight three set victory for the Ferrets. Next up is Jess, against a Northampton second seed who proves to have mastery over straight drives and a powerful deep-court serve. Having struggled with serve-receive and losing the first set 11-4, Jess rallies in the second set, countering the deep game with some sneaky scrappy drops, and then pummeling with a ferocious overhead serves. She wins the next two games, but looses the fourth set as her oponent rallies and begins to get behind the serve. In an unbelievably finger bitingly close fifth set, Jess pips her arguably technically stronger opponent with a good old fashioned mind game and some tight drop shots, securing win number two for the Ferrets. Finally the final game of the season, Charly steps up against the Northampton first seed. Some unbelievably classy squash is played. Charly has absolute mastery over the deep back court drive, but this is countered by a ridiculously tight boast game from the Northampton first. With a very powerful overhead serve, the Northampton first seed begins to creep away, which Charly counters with an unbelievable show of athleticism and strength. Despite an incredibly technical game from Charly and some stunning cross court runs, Northampton take the three sets, but not without Charly making her work for it tooth and nail. As the Ferrets emerge sweaty from the squash court, they take with them a day’s victory and a success story for the season. Back in Oxford, all is left is one incredibly proud Captain with nothing to say but a massive well done to all her players for an absolutely fantastic year of squash. Ferrets over and out.
The Oxford Ferrets (Womens’ 2nds) finish their BUCS season at 3rd position in the Midland 2B Division and last 16 in the Midlands Conference Cup.