Rainey maintain Magherafelt Squash tradition

At the recent Ulster Schools Squash Championships held at the Lisburn Racquets Club, Rainey Endowed School entered 3 teams.

The teams entered were the U17 girls, the U15 boys and the Under 13 boys. The girl’s team consisting of Catherine Walshe, Robyn Hastings and Lisa Walls faced Strathearn, Belfast in the final. Catherine played super squash and won her game comfortably 2 – 0. Robyn then followed and quickly went one game up. However, she then lost and little concentration and lost the next 2 games to lose 2 -1. Lisa now had to win to lift the trophy. Her result was never in doubt as she dominated her opponent to win 2 – 0. This result left the girls as Ulster Champions.

Next up was the Under 13 boys and they faced Campbell College Belfast in the final. First up was Neal Hastings who played with great skill to win 2 – 0. Mark Mc Lean playing his first ever game of squash was next up. Mark showed great promise by taking a 1 – 0 lead. Unfortunately, his lack of match practice was to tell and he lost the next 2 games to lose 2 – 1. With the match 1 – 1 Anton Lupari had to play the deciding game. Anton dominated from start to finish, producing some lovely shots to win 2 – 0. This result gave the boys the Ulster title.

The final contest involved the Under 15 boys in the Novice Championship. After defeating Methodist College, Belfast in the semi final, the boys faced Newbridge Integrated College, Banbridge in the final. Mark Rooney was first to play in the final. He faced a tough opponent and showed great skill and determination to win the match, especially after trailing 7 – 2. With Rainey one up, Scott Campbell took court. He faced a strong opponent who did not let him settle. Although he battled to the end and played some excellent shots he lost to leave the score 1 – 1. The destination of the cup was now in Adam Moore’s hands. Adam began his game strongly and took an early lead. However, his opponent fought back and made him work. His quality showed through in the end and he held his nerve to win, making the match score 2 – 1. This win gave Rainey a hatrick of titles, which is a fantastic achievement.

The following coaches have made a real contribution to these victories and deserve a lot of thanks. Without the expert help of Jeremy Hastings, Nicholas Hastings, Laurence Hastings and Gareth Browne these successes would probably not have been possible.