Last season was a mixed one for the Men’s Blues seeing them successfully defend their position as one of the UK’s best university sides, securing their place in the BUCS Premier Division for another season, but also suffering a painful Varsity defeat. However, a sense of optimism surrounds the squad. The Men’s Blues have kept the core of their team for next season and, with a season’s experience of highly competitive squash under their belts, this provides very solid ground for the men to push on to a highly successful season next year.
The Blues will be seeking to return the Varsity trophy to its rightful home at Oxford University Squash Club whilst once again maintaining their position in the BUCS premier division. Finishing as one of the top four universities would make the season an undoubted success, and, although a tough ask, the Men’s Blues will be working hard throughout the year to realise this goal.
The Blues will, as ever, be training three times a week, with two of these sessions being supplemented by the advice and coaching of Ben Rosec, the club’s level three coach, as well as making the most of additional game time with matches in the local Oxfordshire league and competitive games against fellow OUSRC members.
Traditionally the squad has largely been left to its own devices in terms of personal fitness levels, and, on the whole, this will mostly continue. However, in order to provide the team with the best possible chance of succeeding in the Varsity match, Michaelmas and Hilary term will see the reintroduction of a structured fitness session each week. With such fine margins in several matches last year, the Blues are confident that this can help give them an edge over their opponents who will be training equally as hard.
Off the squash court the club looks in great health, with a concerted effort to bring more members into the fold next year, both by rejuvenating our members’ sessions under the lead of the Member’s Officer and level two coach Ed Burns, and also by making our social events bigger and better than ever. The upcoming season looks set to be a great one and the whole of OUSRC is excited to watch it pan out.
As happens every year, the Blues squad will be holding trials at the start of Michaelmas term, and talented players who are new to the university are always encouraged to attend the trials. There will also be places in the second team up for grabs, as well as taster sessions for those seeking to join the more casual members’ sessions which are open to players of all levels. Be sure to come and find us at freshers’ fair (3rd and 4th October) and email myself, Joe Sibley, or any other members of the committee for information and advise regarding the upcoming season.
Article by Joe Sibley, Men’s Blues Captain 2018/2019