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Essex Under-15 and U-17’s turn on the heat at chilly Brunel

TIM BARROTT REPORTING Essex’s U15 and U17 teams made their way to Brunel University Sports Centre, Uxbridge on 22 January for the second stage of the Inter County Tournament with Kent and Middlesex. The first stage for the teams, which comprise two boys and two girls, had been held in December at Connaught and the



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Final weekend to enter Essex Junior Open

The Essex Junior Open broke all entry records last season and hopes are high that year’s event reaches the same heights. The showpiece tournament will again be held at the Colchester Garrison with the action set for March 4th and 5th. We are also thrilled that our new sponsors, Miles Smith Insurance Group will be backing the tournament



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Record entry for Garrison Essex Junior Grand Prix series

REPORT BY DAVID HARRIS The Essex Junior Squash Grand Prix season saw its largest entry of the year when we took over the impressive courts at The Garrison in Colchester, home of Off The Walls Squash, on Sunday February 5th. The GP series is designed to provide competition for the next generation of young players. Aimed



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Essex’s Lauren Briggs crowned British National 035 Champion

LEE HORTON REPORTS Essex’s Lauren Briggs added the British National Championship Over-35 title to her amazing list of title victories when she swept all before in Manchester at the weekend.. Lauren, a former professional tour player who trains at The Connaught Club in Chingford, finished second in last year’s World Masters in South Africa but



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Essex U11’s triumph at South-East GP as U13’s lose by one game

REPORT BY DAVID HARRIS Last weekend development teams from our Under 11 and under 13 teams headed off to Rodmersham Squash Club in Kent for the first in a series of Grand Prix style friendlies against Middlesex, Surrey and Kent. Teams of three boys and two girls in each category take on similar teams from



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Essex make their mark at Inter-County Finals

ESSEX fielded four teams at the recent Inter-County Finals marking another tremendous year for the county’s junior squash players. The main event – the National Finals – were held at Pontefract in Yorkshire and saw our Under-13 girls in action alongside the Essex Under-17’s team. Elsewhere, the Essex Under-13’s ‘B’ team and our Under-15 girls



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Essex Squash 200 Club winners for December and January

TIM BARROTT REPORTS The draws for the December and January rounds of the Essex Junior Squash 200 club were made by several junior players at last weekend’s Essex Junior Grand Prix event at the Colchester Garrison. The winners are as follows: December 3rd, £20 Wand, no 7 2nd, £30 D.Harris, no 5 1st, £40 Dina Mistry, no



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Manningtree High School girls head for national finals

The girls of Manningtree High School will be flying the flag for Essex at this year’s England Schools Squash Championshis finals. The team of Elli Barrott, Hattie Callen, Hannah Morley, Libby Connor and Rosie Snook, who are all Essex Junior Squash county players, secured their place in the national Under 15’s finals with a resounding 5-0



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Jonah Barrington student renovates squash courts to inspire Essex youngsters

A former professional rugby player-turned sports coach who was taught squash by Jonah Barrington as a junior has renovated courts at his Essex school to bring through a new generation of young players. Chris Garstin was forced to retire after a series of concussions but has found a new passion in introducing schoolboys to the



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British Open finalist Elise gets a hero’s return from club mates

British Junior Open finalist Elise Lazarus received a hero’s welcome when she returned to The Connaught Club following her astounding efforts at last week’s prestigious tournament in Sheffield. Elise, 16, from Woodford Green, became the first English girl in four years to reach a British Junior Open final, the world’s most prestigious tournament in the



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WOULD YOU LIKE TO BECOME AN ESSEX PLAYER? COME TO OUR TRIALS DAY ON JANUARY 22nd

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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Diary Date: Connaught Junior Bronze event (Feb 11-12)

Dave Webster’s popular Connaught Junior Open Bronze event is fast approaching and entry forms are available HERE ENTRY FORM. The event is booked in for February 11th and 12th with an entry closing date of February 2nd. Address: The Connaught Club Barn Hoppett, Rangers Road, Chingford E4 7QH www.connaughtclub.co.uk enquiries@connaughtclub.co.uk Contact Nicola Bastick on 0208 529



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Updated EJS Calendar

Get your diaries out and write down these dates! We’ve compiled a list of dates for the remainder of the 2016-17 season which include county training, aspire sessions and also local and national tournaments our players might be interested in entering. You can also download a PDF at the bottom of the page if you



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Equal prize money at 2017 British Open

Female players will earn the same prize money as their male counterparts for the first time in the history of the prestigious Allam British Open when the 2017 iteration of squash’s oldest and most established tournament gets underway next March. Taking place at the Airco Arena, Hull, from March 19-26 the iconic ‘Wimbledon of Squash’



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October and November 200 Club winners announced

TIM BARROTT REPORTS The draw for the October and November rounds of the Essex Junior Squash 200 club were made by Essex Junior Squash committee members David Harris, Lauren Selby and Lee Horton after a recent committee meeting at the Marconi Club. The winners were: October winners: 1st prize £40 India Webb 2nd prize £30 William Wand 3rd prize £20



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It’s all systems go for busy Joe Blackmur

It has been a busy and successful few weeks for popular Essex junior player Joe Blackmur who trains at the Off the Walls Squash Academy and Kingswood Squash Club. In November, Joe successful defended his Tom Elton Barratt U-19 title at Bishop’s Stortford taking a huge amount of proud knowing that his name will appear



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Roman Cup schools’ event delivers thrilling finale

The Colchester Schools’ Roman Cup tournament came to a thrilling climax last week with the two titles being decided by the narrowest of margins. Run by coaches from the Off The Wall Squash Academy at the Colchester Garrison, the Roman Cup is its third year having been launched as an entry level event to attract school



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Tip, Tip Hooray as Tiptree Heath land third Lexden title

  Tiptree Heath primary school made it a record three titles in three years when they lifted the 2016/17 Year 5/6 Lexden Cup. Tiptree didn’t have it all their own way though with Mersea, Copford and Stanway all hot on their heels. A fantastic total of 9 teams entered this years Lexden Cup proving that the



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Squash is the best exercise to prolong life study reveals

Regularly playing racket sports almost halves the risk of dying by any cause study shows. Scientists have narrowed down the sports and types of exercise that are linked to significantly lower odds of dying before those who do not do those activities. Racket sports, swimming, aerobics and cycling seem to be the best for prolonging



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Essex girls heading for Inter-Counties Finals weekend

IT was a weekend of triumph for Essex Junior girls with THREE of our teams booking their places in next January’s Inter-Counties Championships National Finals. Two teams – our Under-17’s and Under-13’s first team – have made it through to ICC Finals while our Under-13’s second team are through to the Trophy Finals, an amazing



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Essex boys miss out on Inter-County finals

IT was a tough weekend for Essex boys’ teams in the Inter County Championships as our players battled it out in Stage Two of the competition. The Essex Under-13’s led by coach Dave Webster and our Under-15’s under the guidance of Paul Selby both came within one place of reaching the national finals in January



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Essex players shine at East Regionals

The East Regional Junior Championships was held at Ipswich Sports Club on Friday 5th and Sunday 6th of November. with over 130 entrants in all age groups from U9 to U19. Aliza Sheikh (U-13), Harry Kitchens (U-17) and Aaron Allpress (U-19) claimed notable victories for Essex while Joel Braddock (U-13), Hanna Morley (U-13),  Ollie Green



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Jahangir Khan 555 book reveals an amazing era in squash

Jahangir Khan and Geoff Hunt   By Alan Thatcher, Squash Mad Editor Today sees the publication of a book that celebrates the phenomenal achievements of Pakistani squash legend Jahangir Khan, who won 10 British Open titles in a row and went unbeaten for a five-and-a-half-year spell of total domination. It has been a real pleasure



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Newbies make their mark at Grand Prix Three

Round Three of the 2016/2017 Essex Junior Squash Grand Prix season headed off to a new venue for the series, Clements Squash Club, Clement Hall in Hockley, Essex where the event welcomed a reduce field due to the Regional Championships but a few new faces. The Essex Junior Squash Grand Prix series is designed to provide