On Thursday 26th July, Girton’s senior squash team travelled to Melbourne to take on the state’s best squash players in the 2018 State Titles. Having not competed in a competition of this magnitude for some years, this year’s squash team led by Tom Ayars had worked hard in the lead up and were keen to test their skills against the cream of Victorian junior squash.
After an early start, the boys boarded the 6.08 train bound for Southern Cross station, before continuing their journey to the Albert Part Aquatic and Sports Centre.
In round 1, the Girton players were fully tested, coming up against some very experienced squash players, but holding their own, grinding out some very even matches and receiving a timely reminder of the level required to compete at the highest level.
After a impromptu team meeting, the Girton team lifted things up a notch in round two, with a number of our boys winning their matches and managing to chalk up a victory for the Girton A side, which was a fantastic result. Lachy Sutherland and Thomas Millar in particular, were in brilliant form on-court.
In round three, Girton’s B team came up trumps, recording a comfortable victory on centre court. Thomas Ayars and Henry Keogh both played a scintillating brand of squash and seemed to be getting better and better as the day wore on. Jack Cripps was courageous throughout the competition, putting his hand up to match up against the opposition’s #1 ranked player in all three rounds, putting the team first right the way along. Although losing a closely fought match in round three, Matt Johnston was incredibly brave in his rubber, having come into the side at late notice, only 24 hours prior.
The day was a credit to those who made the journey south to represent Girton. Whilst narrowly missing the finals, the boys played with application, tenacity and excitement. The way they were able to lift the bar in this competition was a credit to them. The team will be much stronger for the experience and it is hoped that next year the Girton side can lift the bar even higher and bring the Victorian squash title back up the Calder to Bendigo. Congratulations to Thomas Ayars (C) Thomas Millar, Jack Cripps, Lachy Sutherland, Henry Keogh and Matt Johnston for their efforts and behaviour on the day. You all did Girton proud.