• Essex Junior Closed 2014
  • Essex Junior Open 2014
  • Richie Fallows representing England
  • Essex juniors in action
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Impressive Owain sends a message to Wales selectors

Essex Under-19 Champion Owain Taylor celebrated entering the great world of senior squash last week, (he was 19 and one day) by finishing third in this season’s senior Welsh Closed. Owain’s impressive performance was a  timely reminder to the Welsh Senior Team’s selectors ahead of the Denmark European teams event event in Division 1 later this year. Owain is



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Time to sign up for Connaught Junior Open

There’s still a week before the closing date for next month’s popular Connaught Junior Open run by Dave Webster. February 4th is the cut-off date to sign up for the Chingford event which takes place on Saturday Feb 14th and Sunday Feb 15th. Dave is running age-group events for boys and girls Under 19’s, U-17’s,



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Book now for the Canary Wharf experience

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to play on a glass court like the pros? Watch a worldclass match live? Ask a pro those burning questions? Well now you can… The Canary Wharf Classic is completely SOLD OUT for all dates, but Off The Wall Squash has 45 tickets (30 juniors, 15 adults) available on Monday 23rd March, for what



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Essex U13 boys gain experience in trophy final

PAUL ALLEN reporting This year’s boys’ U13 county campaign was always going to be tough with all bar one player in the squad only just turning eleven.   Despite giving their opponents an age advantage it turned out to be a very rewarding season.   After coming a close second in both stages one and



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Tough beat for Barker as Miguel wins 120-min epic

Colombian World No.8 Miguel Angel Rodriguez became the first ever South American squash player to reach the quarter-finals of a PSA World Series event after beating Essex’s Peter Barker in a 120-minute epic at the J.P Morgan Tournament of Champions in New York. Two of the fittest and most fluid movers on tour, the duo



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Brave Essex girls miss National crown by narrowest of margins

ESSEX Under-15 girls battled their hearts out before surrendering the National Inter-Counties squash crown to home team Yorkshire at the prestigious finals in Pontefract on Sunday. It was a valiant effort by the Essex team who missed out on the biggest prize in county squash by the narrowest of margins with Yorkshire taking the title 3-2. “We are



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Essex girls fired up for Inter-Counties finals at Pontefract

Essex Squash girls’ under-15’s have a crack at the biggest prize in English Inter-Counties competition at the weekend when they fly the county flag at the National finals in Pontefract in Yorkshire. The seven-girl squad of Alice Green, Ellie Hewes, Elise Lazarus, Paige McEvoy, Piper Tatum, India Webb and Eleanor White have stormed through the



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ESSEX JUNIOR SQUASH LAUNCHES OWN BRANDED SPORTSWEAR

ESSEX JUNIOR SQUASH is pleased to unveil its latest innovative idea…our very own line of branded sportswear. After a ton of requests from parents and young players alike, we have launched our own online shop where were plan to offer a whole host of Essex Junior Squash branded squash goodies. We’ll be scouting for the best deals and



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Want to play for Essex? Come to our U-13 trial dates

Essex Junior Squash is again casting its net to find the next generation of potential squash stars. We are staging another trials day where ANY player under the age of 13 and not already identified as County standard can come along and show our coaches how good you are. There’s no charge and it’s open to all



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JUNIOR GRAND PRIX SERIES HEADS FOR LEXDEN

THE SECOND Essex Junior Squash Grand Prix Squash Series event, aimed at players School Year 10 and under who have yet to play competitive squash for the county, is just three weeks away. Following the success of the opening event at Club Kingswood in November, the centre of attention switches to Colchester’s Lexden Club where



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Take it to the limit…How Nick Matthew trains for squash

Are you fit enough for squash? Three-time world champion Nick Matthew tells us how he’s pushed to his physical limit. If your matches are harder than training sessions, you’re not working hard enough. I always attempt to go above and beyond what I experience in a match because that gives me the mental strength to tire



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ESR INVITE NOMINATIONS FOR AWARDS

Nominations for the 2014/15 ESR Coaching and Volunteer Awards are now open. This year, in recognition of the unbelievable support that volunteers provide to squash and racketball, we have also included the additional category of National Volunteer of the Year. There have been some subtle changes to this year’s nomination form and we hope we have made



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MASSARO TARGETS TITLES AND WORLD No.1 SPOT

Laura Massaro, who this month lost her world no.2 ranking to Egypt’s Raneem El Welily, is aiming to get it back – and then to bid for the no.1 spot held by Malaysia’s Nicol David. The 31-year-old from Lancashire (pictured above left) has been world champion – winning the 2013 event staged last March –



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British Junior Open sets challenges for Essex players

The opening rounds of the Technifibre British Junior Open threw up some tantaslising match-ups when the draw was made at the weekend. Essex has seven junior players entered in the Sheffield event, which will take place between January 2-6, with Ellie Hewes and Oliver Green being dealt particularly stiff early challenges. Ellie, from Colchester, the current England



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Essex Senior Closed confirmed for Club Kingswood Jan 24-15

The Senior Essex County Closed Championships have been confirmed for Club Kingswood on January 24-25, 2015. Competitions will include:Men’s Squash – Class A, B & C. 035’s, O45’s, O55’s and Plate and Ladies Class A, & B, O40’s, O50’s and Plate Closing date for entries is Friday 16th January 2015 at 8pm. The first match times will be emailed



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MASSARO SEEKING TO MAKE WORLD SQUASH HISTORY

Laura Massaro will be looking at creating her own slice of history when she defends her WSA Women’s World Championship in Egypt next week. No woman has won three world squash titles in a year before – but that is the tantalising prospect if the 31-year-old second seed triumphs at the Wadi Degla Club in



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Run off your Xmas excess at our Family Fun tournament

Many years ago Essex Junior Squash used to run a great Family Fun Tournament between Christmas and New Year and we thought it would be good to try again this year. Lexden Squash Club has kindly agreed to host the event 10am – 4pm on Sunday 28th December. All players are welcome, any age, any ability,



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Top teenagers given glimpse of the future

England’s top under-13 and under-15 players, including Essex’s Ellie Hewe,s got an idea of what to expect at senior national squad get-togethers recently when they attended the two-day ESR Invitational Grand Prix at Lilleshall. The weekend focused on player development through team-based competition and was attended by the ESR High Performance coaches Lee Drewb, Andy



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New hope for 2020 Olympics after IOC changes event format

REPORT BY ALAN THATCHER (SquashMad.com) Hopes of squash gaining admission to the Olympics appear to be gaining traction after the IOC agreed to significant changes in the structure of future Games. The key decision voted in was the sweeping away of a cap on the number of sports, which could open the door for squash to appear



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Register now for the Off the Wall Squash Junior Open 2015

The books are now open for the first Off the Wall Squash Junior Open which will be held on January 10-11. The event will be held at Martlesham Leisure Health and Fitness Club near Ipswich. Squash has a long tradition at Martlesham since the club was founded in the late 1970′s. It has achieved a



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Essex kids are MEGA impressive

MEGA SERIES REPORT COURTESY OF JOANNE BRADDOCK Two Essex players finished on the winners’ rostrum at the latest round of the Mega series last weekend. The event was also another opportunity to monitor the progress of several county players who appear to be improving event by event. Essex girls continue to develop well. Mikayla Mann and



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Racketball men seal place in Premier League play-offs

RACKETBALL REPORT BY ESSEX No1, ELLIOT SELBY Essex Men’s Racketball broke new ground at the weekend when they fielded an Inter-County Championships team for the very first time. With the county currently blessed with a strong nucleus of players. the Essex team of  Elliot Selby, Scott Legg, Antony Savage, Matt Cutchey and Adam Grilli headed to Grantham



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Ardleigh St Mary’s crowned Roman Cup champions

Ardleigh St Mary’s School were crowned Roman Cup Squash Champions after the final round of matches at the Colchester Garrison last week. The event, organised by the Off The Wall Squash Academy, featured 64 players from six schools split into 16 teams. The children, from years five and six, competed over three tournaments with the combined scores



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Tickets for Canary Wharf selling out fast

THE final of the 2015 Canary Wharf Squash Classic is already a sell-out. London’s favourite squash tournament takes place from March 23-27 and all tickets have gone for both the final and semi-finals. The event has been a complete sell-out for the past five years and Tournament Director Tim Garner says: “Once again our loyal