By Henry Fagan
Hampton have found success in many different sports this past year; however Hampton squash players have yet to tap into this winning form. There were two squash tournaments since the half term break, with the A team match falling on 17 November, and the B team match occurring on 24 November.
Each match comprised of five players who played three matches with three games for each individual match. In the A team tournament, while team success proved elusive, there were a smattering of individual wins for the A team, although as Luke Trotman appositely recalls, there were “not a notable amount”. Wilson’s School won overall with Whitgift coming second and Reigate third. In the B team tournament, unfortunately there were no wins. This closest to victory in these matches was Sam Shephard who lost 11:10 in a nail-biting game. These other schools taking part were Epsom, St Paul’s and Reed’s, all of whom were very strong opponents.
While Henry VIII used to be successful in the comparable Real Tennis at his stomping ground of Hampton Court Palace, unfortunately round the corner at Hampton School this bout of victory could not be replicated.
Squash is sadly not a club at Hampton yet but for those in Fifth Year and above, it is a possible sports option with the players going down to Colets Sports club every Wednesday to put in further training. Despite the disheartening set of results, this will prove to be a motivator in the Wednesday sessions and in upcoming tournaments and we look forward to seeing the Hampton Squash team “squash” their opponent in the next match.