Squash: First ever club double for Nuffield St Albans
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Nuffield St Albans squash team won the double for the first time in the history of the club when they defeated Potters Bar in the final of the Herts Cup on Friday.
The 4-1 win was all the more impressive as Nuffield’s number one player this season, Adam Auckland, number three Will John and team captain Tom James were unavailable.
Regulars Ondrej Uherka, Arthur Moineau and Jack Fowler all played while Pedro Pinto, a young player in the development programme based at the club, and Tim Bloomer were drafted in from the second team.
Uherka, captain for the evening, was the only Nuffield player not to record a win. Frenchman Moineau was impressive in his 3-0 win against George Willis and both Fowler and Pinto enjoyed similar domination in their 3-0 wins. Bloomer, captain of Nuffield’s successful second team that won promotion from the Herts Third Division, battled to a 3-2 win.
Nuffield’s first team captain praised the side’s progress over the season.
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“I have been associated with the club ever since I started playing as a junior,” he said.
“During this time, the club has never been in the position where we are competing for the league and cup and to win both is really a dream come true.
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“The accomplishments we have enjoyed this season must make us one of the most successful sport clubs in the county, certainly in St Albans.”
Due to their exploits this season the club will compete in the national club championships in the 2014/15 season and aim to enter a team in the Premier
Squash League, which is the foremost professional squash league in the world.
Martin Robson of Brian Robson Coachworks, which sponsor the team was there to see the historic win on Friday.
“We are proud to be associated with such a successful team,” he stated.
“Not only the way they have played this season but also the professional manner they conduct themselves is a testament to the club and everyone connected to it.”
Nuffield Health’s manager Joanne Kelly was equally effusive of the team.
“Squash provides the club with a unique platform that is hugely valuable to the principles we want to promote as a health club,” she said.
“John [Milton’s] programme is exceptional in working with young players from an early stage all the way up to professional level. It is something that no other Nuffield club provides and something that we value greatly.”