Oxford Men’s Blues started the new decade in style as they beat OUSRC President Tom Paine’s home club 4-1.
With important matches coming up in BUCS and Varsity looming, the Blues travelled to Chesham Bois looking for form and fitness for the weeks ahead. The action kicked off with James McCouat against wily veteran Stuart Burnett. McCouat has proved a revelation with his numerous victories in the second half of the season, and shot up the rankings before term to number 2 in the club. The Greyhound lived up to his moniker with some superb retrievals, staying with Burnett until the late stages of every game. Burnett showed his class however, dominating the centre of the court and ensuring that rallies were short enough to secure Chesham the first match. Up next was Paine himself, making his return to the club that has seen him become the slightly above average squash player he is today. Despite having sunk in the rankings in recent weeks, he showed that class is permanent with a smooth and controlled performance to win 3-0. Captain Tom Trott delivered a slightly less controlled performance to scramble past his opponent 3-1, saving multiple game balls in the 2nd to prevent going 2-0 down, before using his singularly reliable attribute of fitness to wear down the Chesham player. Isaiah Yeo produced a different kind of performance, relying on his precise shot-making abilities and crisp hitting to overcome his crafty opponent 3-1. OUSRC debutant Trajan Halvorsen ensured it would be a comfortable Oxford victory with a 3-2 thriller, learning what side of the court to serve to a left hander just in time.
After the match the team were treated to a Chesham classic; an Indian takeaway. A sumptuous meal concluded an enjoyable day’s events, with the Oxford men returning home feeling more prepared for the challenging weeks ahead. OUSRC’s thanks go to Chesham Bois for helping to organise the fixture, in particular to Aubrey for marking and organising the meal.