The Green Templeton Squash Club (GTSC) has wrapped up another successful season!
The Club continues to be a dominating force on the court, with Men's and Women's teams boasting impressive results. The Men's 1st team retained their spot in the top Premiership Division of the college league, while the Men's 2nd team are in the top division of the reserve league. For the second year running, we were the only college entering two full teams in the women's college league, and the first women's team secured their third Cuppers title in four years. The teams continue to play at a high skill level within the club and between colleges.
As veteran player Charles Laurie says: "One of the best parts of the Club is that it's very challenging. The dominant players in the Club are always being challenged amongst themselves. And that is also reflected on match level. All of the team members are going to face a challenge, but we normally win out. The team is extremely competitive, and I've heard lots of people say this is the new college to beat."
The Club has continued to develop with squash court refurbishments and decorative improvements. Importantly, our weekly professionally coached practices for all teams with the skilled and motivating Wilma Kirsten were a great success and absolutely vital to Club growth.
Last year's rookie of the year Hamish King says of the coaching: "The training has been very professional. It definitely feels like a proper club. You go to training, you work hard. And there's a real camaraderie as well, which I didn't really expect. I didn't really expect to be involved in a team like that at all."
The official season ended in mid-March with the annual black tie squash banquet, where awards voted by the Club were given to players, including Most Valuable Player, Most Improved Player, Rookie of the Year, and Best Team Player. Trinity term saw the entire GTSC compete against one another in a team tournament.
Overall the GTSC has developed significantly since its inception four years ago. This is thanks to many committed players, committee members, fellows, coaches, and of course the College's continued support.
Charles Laurie best summarises the development of the Club when he says: "The best part is that it just began with a group of friends who were playing socially. And the idea came up to formalise it into a club. So we've seen it come from something we would do once in a while perhaps on the weekends, to being a major sporting activity at the College that allows students to get great sporting experience, allows you to meet people from other colleges, to represent the College at the university level. And frankly, to do a really great job playing squash. The team has done incredibly well by any measure, but particularly in the fact that it's a college team that's only a few years old."
The Club has recruited many new committed players who have found that squash at GTC is much more than they expected. The Club is always open to new players, whether social or more serious.
For anyone interested in GTSC, please contact the president Ruby Carrington.