European Squash Club Championships 2018 – Results

LCC Squash Club, as winners of the 2018 All Ireland Club Final (for the second time in three years), represented Ireland in Eindhoven recently in the European Squash Club Championships. The squad comprised of 3 current internationals – Brian Byrne, Sean Conroy, Sam Olwill plus Keith Moran, Michael Conroy & David Conroy who performed at the highest level and finished in a sterling 5th place of the 12 teams.

In the group stage, Squash Club de Petange of Luxembourg were defeated before losing to eventual 3rd placed team Viktoria Brno of Czech Republic, enabling Leinster to progress as group runners-up. In the quarter-final Leinster lost to eventual runners-up Edgbaston Priory of England featuring some tight sets.

In the playoff for 5th to 8th, Leinster beat JSK Squash of Finland (pictured) before securing 5th with a fine victory over Edinburgh Sports of Scotland. A great achievement, even surpassing the excellent performance in Krakow, Poland two years ago. Many players ranked in the PSA World Top 100 participated, including the World number 5 Simon Rosner. 

Travelling supporters witnessed terrific squash at a 15 court venue in a friendly city boasting excellent transport links and hostelries plus a pedestrian friendly city centre. Edinburgh host the 2019 tournament – team manager Rory Gallagher is already masterminding another campaign.

Their participation at this event was made possible by the funding from Leinster Cricket Club & Members, Leinster Squash,  SL Controls, AcryLicon and the players themselves.

Report by Jim Coyne

 

 

 

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