November 7th 2016
Our fast developing U15 team comfortably defeated a spirited Plymstock school team in this fixture and in so doing have qualified for the knockout stages of the National champs as one of the best 20 teams in the country.
The feat was all the more significant as at the last minute we lost our no1 player Jack Mahon to injury only the day before enforcing everyone else to play a position higher up the order and Ben Thorpe to come into the team, despite a niggling knee injury, at no 5 and secure an excellent 3/0 victory. At no 4 Jason Ayliffe, fought long and hard to outperform his opponent 3/1 in a close and exciting encounter. At no 3 Rufus Martin with his speed and growing accuracy was simply too good and won 3/0 and this was closely followed by a hard-hitting and strong performance at no 2 by Josh Mitchell.
This left young 11 year old Louis Murray to seal a clean-sweep with a professional and solid win over a much older player 3/0 and therefore Truro school ran out 5 nil victors and jointly top the group with Exeter school who we play on November 30th.
This will decide who wins the group and gets a slightly smoother path onwards by playing the runners up instead of the winners of another pool group. We are potentially 2 knockout matches away from the Grand finals in March!
As coach and Head of Squash I would like to add how proud and delighted I am with the team’s work ethic, attitude and approach to developing their performance levels which included severalspecialist and extra sessions during half term itself. Many congratulations to the players and we now look forward to the clash with Exeter at home on the 30th to which parents will be welcome to attend and support.
Truro Squash Head Coach