European U19 Team Championships

The Under 19 team of Sara Sabry, Lydia McQuillan, Sean Murphy, Danny Lynch and Tristan Snodgrass play in Pool D against Switzerland, Germany & Hungary on Thursday and Friday.



ESF Championship – ESF European Mixed Team u19 Squash Championships 2 – Pool D


Standings of ESF Championship – ESF European Mixed Team u19 Squash Championships 2 – Pool D
    Points Played Won Draws Lost Rubbers Games Points
1 SUISwitzerland 6 3 3 0 0 7 2 21 10 301 241
2 GERGermany 2 3 1 0 2 4 5 17 15 308 263
3 IRLIreland 2 2 1 0 1 2 4 8 15 182 238
4 HUNHungary 0 2 0 0 2 2 4 7 13 149 198

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Latest matches of ESF Championship – ESF European Mixed Team u19 Squash Championships 2 – Pool D
  Time Home Away Score Court
  Thu 28/03/2024 12:00 SwitzerlandSwitzerland HungaryHungary 2-1 Main Location – GC
  Thu 28/03/2024 12:00 GermanyGermany IrelandIreland 1-2 Main Location – 1
  Thu 28/03/2024 16:00 GermanyGermany HungaryHungary 2-1 Main Location – 3
  Thu 28/03/2024 16:00 SwitzerlandSwitzerland IrelandIreland 3-0 Main Location – 5
  Fri 29/03/2024 12:00 SwitzerlandSwitzerland GermanyGermany 2-1 Main Location – GC
  Fri 29/03/2024 16:00 IrelandIreland HungaryHungary   Main Location – GC

Day 1

GermanyGER – IRLIreland1-2

Time: Thu 28/03/2024 12:00
Draw: ESF Championship – ESF European Mixed Team u19 Squash Championships 2 – Pool D
Score: 1-2


Match overview
Order Event GermanyGER IRLIreland Score Points     Duration
1 MS1
Finn-Lennart Koch Germany
Ireland Sean Murphy
13-11 10-12 8-11 5-11 0-1     53m
2 MS2
Fabian Igelbrink Germany
Ireland Danny Lynch
11-13 11-5 11-6 11-13 10-12 0-1     1h 03m
3 WS
Maya Weishar Germany
Ireland Lydia Mcquillan
11-2 11-3 11-5 1-0     17m


SwitzerlandSUI – IRLIreland3-0

Time: Thu 28/03/2024 16:00
Draw: ESF Championship – ESF European Mixed Team u19 Squash Championships 2 – Pool D
Score: 3-0


Match overview
Order Event SwitzerlandSUI IRLIreland Score Points     Duration
1 MS2
Fabian Seitz Switzerland
Ireland Tristan Snodgrass
11-8 11-3 11-5 1-0     33m
2 WS
Maja Maziuk Switzerland
Ireland Sara Sabry
11-7 8-11 11-9 7-11 11-5 1-0     47m
3 MS1
David Bernet Switzerland
Ireland Sean Murphy
11-1 12-10 11-8 1-0     32m

There was a rest day between the individual event and the team event, some much needed recovery for the players was on the cards, the hotel facilities were great for this with a nice cold outdoor pool mixed with a sauna and salt room inside. We said good bye to Ella and Frank who returned back to Ireland and we gathered ourselves for the pool stages of the team.
The European teams event is like no other, always such passion with a huge variety of cultures and personalities.
Bucharest are doing a fantastic job of hosting, they put on a quick and effective opening ceremony to welcome all the new players and teams before play started today.
We were facing Germany first, coached by recently retired ex world no.3 Simon Rosner. They boasted a strong line up, including the bronze medalist from the girls event.
Sean Murphy was first up and hopes were high for the ultra talented left hander. In game one, he put a ton of work into the legs of the German but lost out 13-11.. this wasn’t too much of a worry as you could see the energy was being drained as Sean stretched the court out brilliantly and held his nerve to take control of the following 3 games. A mature team performance from a top player!
Danny Lynch was next up in what was an epic battle. On paper, the German would have been favoured, but Danny was playing well and hungry to put in a performance for the team. He snook the first, 13-11, lost the next two and snook the fourth, also 13-11… with such an important 5th game, the nerves were high and the exciting atmosphere , as often the case in these events, unparalleled. It was nip and tuck all the way in the deciding game, Danny went 10-8 up but didn’t convert. Some monster rallies at the death of the match, we all held our breath… 12-10 to Ireland and with that win, the tie closed out. Complete elation for the team!
Lydia had the unenviable task of playing the formidable German no.1… this was always going to be a tough ask but McQuillan put on a brave display and showed what she’s capable of. Some perfect rallies, great athleticism and digging deep from the Lisburn player. The German girl closed out the match in 3 but a good showing from the Irish for sure!
Delighted with victory over the Germans, we next looked to the Swiss with just 2 hours to recove.
Luckily Patricia was forward thinking enough to have our food ready for when we finished!
David Bernet was Sean’s next target. The Swiss superstar was 3rd at the British Junior Open in January, and has not lost too often through his junior career. He had a blistering start and got the first game in double quick time. The next two were a different story, Sean getting stuck in and even earning game balls in the second. It was thrilling squash, impeccable control and balanced from the Swiss, magic touch and thoughtful squash from the Irishman. The third was close too, but in the end, the super organised Swiss rocket was victorious 3-0..
Tristan came in at two for this match, he came out swinging, going 5-0 up. Playing quality rally after rally, working super hard. The exchanges were tough but the points started to go the way of the Swiss and before we knew it, we were one down. Snodgrass fought valiantly through the match but hadn’t enough for the Swiss in the end.
Sara Sabry was up at no.1 string next, another mega battle going the distance. Some of the squash being played was top notch, winner after winner coming back, each player having to reel off four or five knockout shots to finish a point. In the fifth, Sara got off to a slower start than she had hoped, and that gap didn’t narrow as the game went on, even with some huge efforts from her! Ultimately losing in 5 but can be proud of the performance.
To reach the quarterfinals we must defeat Hungry tomorrow, confidence is high and the team spirit is solid.
We’ll be on the glass, so tune in at 2pm Irish time, world squash YouTube.
Wish us luck