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Training times and prices for Connaught Squash Club

Connaught Squash Club professional Dave Webster has posted his latest squad and training schedules for the new season. You can contact Dave on david.webster29@outlook.com if you have any questions or you can call him on 07956317292. Programme Tuesday: 5.30pm till 7pm U19 Mix junior squads 7pm till 8.30pm U13 Mix junior squads Wednesday: 5.30pm till 7pm.



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11 points on fitness with Adrian Grant

Adrian Grant has recently returned from the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, where he and Nick Matthew teamed up to win silver medals in the men’s doubles, narrowly missing out on adding a second gold to the one’s they won in Delhi in 2010. Adrian has also been a key member of several of England’s European



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Flying start for Essex Junior Development Squad

Essex unveiled its first ever junior Development Squad on Sunday when a dozen new faces went on court with county coaches in a tough two-hour training session at Connaught Squash Club in Chingford. The Essex Junior Squash committee staged open trials days earlier in the summer in the hope of identifying emerging talent previously unseen



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PSA stars top the bill at Off The Wall Squash Grand Opening

Essex’s newest squash academy has hit the ground running in its first official week of operation with a ‘mind-blowing’ amount of players attending and signing up for the exciting Off The Wall Squash centre at The Garrison in Colchester. Over a hundred players were in action on the six pristine courts at the Corporal Budd Gymnasium following the launch



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Hip op’ for Willstrop after Chinese takeaway

Newly-crowned China Open champion James Willstrop entered hospital yesterday for a hip operation with his summer mission accomplished. The world no.7 from Yorkshire wanted to experience a home Commonwealth Games and a first PSA Tour event in China before having his damaged hip repaired – and he achieved both with flying colours. First, the 31-year-old carried off a



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Sign up for the Essex Junior Closed NOW

Essex Junior County Closed Championships 2014 SPONSORED BY DUNLOP SQUASH, ACTIVE ESSEX & EC3\Legal LLP Saturday September 27th & Sunday 28th  Closing date Monday Sept 15th   The 1st match times will be emailed by Mon 22nd Sept.  Also online here Venue: Colchester Garrison Address: The Cpl Budd VC Gymnasium, Berechurch Road, Colchester CO2 9RQ Tournament Contact: Karen Selby : 



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Peter Barker edged out in gripping China Open final

Yorkshire’s James Willstrop marked his last PSA Tour event before a hip operation with his first Tour title since March 2013 when he pipped England team-mate Peter Barker from Essex to the China Open trophy. The world no.7 justified his top seeding by defeating the third seed from Essex 3/2 in a thrilling final to the $88,000



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Magnificent Millie crowned world Uni champ

Derbyshire’s Millie Tomlinson is the new world university women’s champion after thrashing top seed Olga Ertlova in the final of the 2014 championship in India. The 22-year-old 5/8 seed’s 11-8, 11-6,11-1 rout of the world no.59 from the Czech Republic maintained her astonishing giant-killing run in the Chennai event. In consecutive rounds the world no.141 has seen off Canada’s Alix



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HOW ENGLAND RANKED ESSEX JUNIOR PLAYERS IN SEPTEMBER

ENGLAND RANKINGS SEPTEMBER 2014 (Essex players) Under-11 Boys: Joel Braddock (3); Max Hyde (21); Zaid Mushtaq (24);Yusuf Sheikh (38) Under-11 Girls Mikayla Mann (19) Under-13 Boys: Timothy Bacon (10); Oliver Green (13); Joel Braddock (24);  Harry Martin (68);Sujan Srindon (96);Travis-Jack Tatum (99); Mikey Tallentire (110); Zaid Mushtaq (122); Ryan McCoy(161);Brandon Higgins-Pearce (168); David Hawkes (186). Under



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Billy gets England call after striking Silver in Northumbria

BILLY BEECROFT was this week enjoying a double celebration after winning the Northumbria Open Silver event and being called into the England squad. The Colchester Off The Wal Squash Academy player, currently ranked six in the England Under-15s, was second seed in the Newcastle event and  received a bye in the first round before powering past his first opponent



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Essex youngsters have the Ex-Factor

DAVID HARRIS reports (in full) from the Devon and Exeter Silver event Last weekend saw the first silver event of the season take place at the split venue of Devon & Exeter Squash club and Exeter University. Representatives from Essex were entered into the Girls U13 & U15 Tournaments along with Boys U13, U15 and U19



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Mikey and Aaron give it some welly in Wellingborough

Essex players Aaron Allpress and Mikey Tallentire got the new season off to a flier at the weekend when they both bagged silverware at the Northants Summer Squash Festival. Aaron (pictured left) won the U17 tournament, held at Diana’s Squash Club in Wellingborough, beating Samuel Hay 2-0, 11-4 11-4; Lewis Brown 2-0, 11-3 11-7 and Odran



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Essex pair fall in Hong Kong quarter finals

English interest in the PSA Tour’s Hong Kong Open ended when Essex pair Peter Barker and Daryl Selby fell to higher-ranked opponents in the quarter-finals of the $150,000 event. World no.10 Selby lost 3/0 to top seed Gregory Gaultier in 45 minutes, while world no.8 Barker (pictured) extended Egyptian second seed Mohamed Elshorbagy to four games before



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Rich Rowley says try going solo to hone your skills

Each week we put an Essex squash coach under the spotlight for a quick-fire spot of Question and Answer. This week it’s the turn of Essex Junior Squash coach Rich Rowley. What’s your name: Rich Rowley (That’s me at a recent Essex open trials day) Where do you coach squash: I coach at several clubs



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Is your club geared up for World Squash Day?

Squash clubs all over the world will be celebrating World Squash Day on Saturday October 18th with a stimulating and varied programme of events. World Squash Day is sanctioned and supported by the World Squash Federation, and gives clubs and federations the opportunity to promote the sport and add to the growing army of players in around 185 nations worldwide.



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Disappointing England finish fifth at world juniors

In an epic battle England’s endeavor to win back honour after a shock quarter-final loss to Malaysia at the World Junior Championships being staged in Namibia was rewarded with a fifth place win over India 2/1 but it was a close run thing and went to the final game. George Parker put England ahead on the scoreboard with a 6-11, 11-8, 5-11,



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Piper, Joel and Travis enjoy Fantasy Fest in Notts

Essex fielded three young players in the one-day Bronze Mantis Fantasy Squash Festival at Nottingham Squash Club Joel Braddock and Travis Tatum competed in the U13 boys  while Piper Tatum(pictured above) entered a very strong Under 15 event where she was tested from the start. Piper performed well against very strong opposition and the experience will have



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Aaron and Elli impress at Beckenham

Four Essex players, Elli Barrott. Conor Adams, Aaron Allpress and Ben Richardson were in action at the Beckenham Open on Sunday all producing encouraging performances. Elli (pictured left) entered the Girls’ U13 competition coming up against four girls from Kent. She won three of her four round-robin matches, dropping only one game,  as she beat Islay Thornicroft, Lara



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mALAYSIA STUN eNGLAND IN wORLD JUNIORS UPSET

Malaysia produced a shock 2/1 win over England in the quarter-finals of the WSF Men’s World Junior Team Squash Championship at the Wanderers Sports Club in the Namibia capital Windhoek to deny the four-time champions a last four finish for the first time in the 34-year history of the biennial World Squash Federation championships. England, the only nation to have reached at least the semi-finals in



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Barker heads English challenge in SAN FRAN

Essex’s Peter Barker will lead the English challenge for the NetSuite Open title in San Francisco next month. The left-hander is the only English seed for the PSA International 70 tournament from September 26 to 30. The third seed is paired to meet American wildcard Julian Illingworth in the first round, which also features two other English



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Studies and squash go hand-in-hand for Sobhy

Amanda Sobhy has got the brains and the brawn both at the same time.The 21-year-old American is currently pursuing her degree in social anthropology at Harvard University and she is also the top ranked American squash player at No. 15 in the world.And Sobhy who was also the world junior champion in 2010 believes that



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The Godfather of Squash dies at the age of 100

The great Hashim Khan has passed away, just one month after celebrating what was believed to be his 100th birthday. The Pakistani legend, who won the British Open seven times, spawned several generations of champions after arriving in London as an unknown entity in the early 1950s. The man who learned to play squash while



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Sadness as Youssef Abdalla retires at the age of 20

Popular young Essex player Youssef Abdalla  has announced he is retiring from the professional game at the age of 20. His parents moved to Abu Dhabi 12 months ago and Youssef has found it a massive struggle to compete on the PSA circuit without their support. The talented Redbridge-based player, currently ranked 133 in the world, has now



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Why Lee Drew is helping to unearth hidden gems

Each week we put an Essex squash coach under the spotlight for a quick-fire spot of Question and Answer. This week it’s the turn of LEE DREW, Squash TV commentator, England elite coach and former England international player.  What’s your name: Lee Drew (They call him Drewboy) Where do you coach squash Based in Colchester but have