Games this week kicked off on Monday 21st with the ULU 1st team seeing Imperial 2nd ULU team at home. With two regular players absent, Jonny Eyles and Charlie Bruinvels came up for play at 4 and 5 respectively, and the tension was palpable for them for their first ULU appearance. Both the boys, however, didn’t disappoint with two 3-1 wins putting RHUL 2-0 up, leaving the spectators and other players stunned by the great performances. Tim Scarfe (3) failed to control pace and strength in many rallies and unfortunately lost 3-0, putting the game score at 2-1. Julie Peachey (2) secured the match for the team by blitzing her opponent 3-0, and pushing the game score to 3-1. Jamie Pearce (1) came in for his match, now purely administrative, and really capitalized on the lack of pressure, giving some absolutely incredible rallies and shots that keep the crowd very happy. The match score finished 4-1 to RHUL, a great warm-up to the remaining games against much harder teams.
Moving on to Wednesday 23rd, the team and club were pumped for Come in Your Kit in the evening and the energy at the courts for two home games was electric. Jonny and Charlie, the heroes of Monday, were in action again, both playing two games each both for Men’s 1st and Men’s 2nd team. Men’s 1st hosted Sussex and were keen to get any games possible to give them the best chance of going top of the league. Charlie Bruinvels (5) started the team off well, quickly going 3-0 up and giving his opponent no chance to get ahead. Jonny Eyles (4) had a slightly harder time of things, taking his opponent to the 5th game and edging past them, winning 3-2. Tim Scarfe (3) shook off his poor Monday performance and shot up to 3-0, like Charlie, giving his opponent no chance. Julie Peachey (2) and Jamie Pearce (1) completed the impressive performance with two more 3-0 wins, showing some stunning skill and secured the 5-0 win for RHUL.
The Men’s 2nd team then welcomed Brunel 2nd team on court, and Charlie Bruinvels (2) fought his way back from a bad start, initially going 2-0 down and ended the match 3-2, after some impressive shots and incredible mental fortitude. Jonny Eyles (1), after already playing a 5 game match for the 1st team, followed his opponent neck and neck to the 5th game and lost of the last point 3-2. It was up to Rory Voake to secure the match, as the match stood at 1-1, and he did so in spectacular style, using his impressive and faultless skill to push through to 3-0. The match ended 2-1 to RHUL.
As well as three match wins, RHUL Squash also undertook a volunteering project on Friday 25th as part of volunteering week. Members spent the day painting a scout clubhouse in Egham (see picture) and Rory Voake had this to say about the experience:
– It’s just nice to be able to give something back in the community and to be able to make some kids happy. Hopefully they’ll like it!
All in all, a tremendous week for RHUL Squash. Hopefully these winning streaks will carry to the last games of the season.