• Essex Junior Closed 2014
  • Essex Junior Open 2014
  • Richie Fallows representing England
  • Essex juniors in action
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Men’s and women’s squash to join forces in historic merger

The world governing bodies of men’s and women’s squash are to merge in a bid to address the disparity in prize money between the sexes. A BBC study into prize money found squash was one of 10 sports that reward men more highly than women. The Professional Squash Association (PSA) and Women’s Squash Association (WSA) will



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Collette’s hard work pays off with Middlesex victory

CONNAUGHT player Collette Whittington has been working tirelessly over the past 18 months to improve her fitness, touch and technique. With the help of coach Dave Webster she has put in hundreds hours of court time and conditioning as she pushed herself to improve her squash. That hard work paid off huge dividends on Tuesday when 15-year-old Collette



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ENGLAND SQUASH MOVES TOWARDS EQUAL PRIZE MONEY

In light of the report by the BBC, which highlighted that sportsmen often earn more prize money than sportswomen, England Squash & Racketball feel that they have made good progress towards ensuring equitable prize money in their two major events. ESR have already introduced equal prize money at the National Championships and with the support



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Essex gain full honours at Cambridge

Essex Junior Squash made its presence felt at the East Regional Closed in Cambridge at the weekend with a powerful squad of players claiming titles, reaching finals and performing brilliantly throughout the event. Ellie Hewes, Ollie Green and Elise Lazarus returned victorious while Aliza Sheikh, Alice Green, Max Hyde and Aaron Allpress all reached finals. Brothers Billy and Angus Beecroft,



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Massaro shortlisted for sportswoman of the year

England’s no.1 female squash player, Laura Massaro, has been shortlisted for the Sunday Times & Sky Sports Sportswoman of the Year award.She has enjoyed a year starred with huge achievements on the global stage, including victory at the World Championship in March and earning England two silver medals in the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Massaro,



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Inter-County friendly event proves a massive hit at the Garrison

Essex Junior Squash hosted a three-county friendly tournament on Sunday showcasing many of the county’s emerging young players in matches against Kent and Middlesex. The fixture was just one of several new ideas being rolled out by the Essex Junior Squash Committee with the aim of giving developing players the experience of playing in a tournament



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Ben downs Richie in all-Essex Bexley Open final

Ben Coleman beat Essex team-mate Richie Fallows to win the first The Park Estates Bexley Open in Kent yesterday. The 23-year-old from Chelmsford (pictured) justified his top seeding with a 3/1 victory over the 19-year-old Fallows in the final of the $5,000 PSATour event. The world no.74 opened up a 2/0 lead by winning the first



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OTWS half-term coaching squads at the Garrison

Off The Wall Squash are running afternoon coaching squads during the half-term holiday. The squads will be on the following days: Monday 27th October: Elite Squad 1-4pm Coaches- Lee Drew and Paul Selby Tuesday 28th October: Advanced/Improver Squad 1-4pm Coaches- Paul Selby, Lauren Selby and Will Southworth Wednesday 29th October: Elite Squad 1-4pm Coaches- Lee Drew and Lauren Selby



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Essex take on Kent and Middlesex in friendly challenge

Essex host a three-county friendly tournament at the Colchester Garrison on Sunday showcasing the county’s young talent, including recently recruited Development Squad players, against teams from Kent and Middlesex. Registration will be at 9am for a 9.30am prompt start. Please note that the centre closes at 3pm, and so we must be finished by that time.



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Essex U-15’s win a nail-biter to clinch spot in Inter-Counties Stage 2

RICHARD MARTIN reports ESSEX U-15 boys, under the guidance of coach Paul Allen, weathered a stiff challenge from host team Suffolk to book their spot in Stage Two of the Inter-Counties Championships on Sunday. After victories against Norfolk and Lincolnshire, the spoils came down to a head-to-head clash with Suffolk, which Essex edged by the narrowest of margins. Essex



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Under-19’s and U-17’s ease through but U-13’s have to sweat it out

The county’s Under-17 and Under-19 boys’ teams both safely navigated their way through Stage One of the Inter-Counties Championship on Sunday joining the boys’ and girls’ under-15’s in the next round. Meanwhile, our Under-13 boys await the adjudicator’s slide rule before learning whether they will also make it into Stage Two after finishing second in



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Girls get Essex off to stunning Inter-Counties start

ESSEX Under-15 girls kicked off their 2014/15 Inter-Counties campaign in scintillating fashion at Reigate on Saturday totally dominating the four-county Stage One shoot-out. Led by captain Alice Green, the squad of Elise Lazarus, Alice, Ellie Hewes, Eleanor White, Piper Tatum and Paige McCoy were in such dominant form against home team Surrey 2, Buckinghamshire and Suffolk that they won 14



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Early ticket rush for Canary Wharf Classic

Squash fans are already rushing to buy tickets for the 2015 Canary Wharf Classic. Tickets went on sale this week and Tournament Director Tim Garner is delighted to report a huge demand for prime back-wall seats. The Canary Wharf Classic takes place from March 23-27 and Garner revealed: “We had a massive surge of interest



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Elise takes Wimbledon spoils after Alice tests her in tough semi

DAVID HARRIS reports from Wimbledon Elise Lazarus led the way for Essex at last weekend’s England Squash Silver event at Wimbledon. The number one ranked under-15 player in England from Redbridge Squash Club triumphed in the GU15 final beating Carys Jones from Gloucester 11-7, 11-9, 11-8 in a match controlled entirely by Elise.  The match score



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Nick Matthew ready for PSA return

World champion Nick Matthew returns to the PSA Tour this weekend at the U.S. Open determined to “really enjoy” his squash after his summer break. The 34-year-old second seed, whose first match is against a qualifier on Sunday, has vowed not to put any pressure on himself in his first Tour event since the Allam British Open



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Active Essex honours county champ Alice with Inspired Athlete award

Essex Under-15 champion Alice Green has been selected for an Active Essex Inspired Athlete award for the second year running. The Billericay schoolgirl, who also made her England squash debut in Ireland last season, received the special Bronze Award and a cheque for £500 as recognition for her achievements over the past 12 months and also as



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Essex names its teams for Inter-County Championships

THE squads have been announced for this weekend’s Junior Inter-County Championships which sees Essex fielding five teams. Our Under-13 boys are in stage one action on Sunday on the home courts at Lexden while the remaining four teams are all on the road. If you can get down to support the lads in Colchester, the action



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We have lost a generation of players says new England Squash chief

New England Squash and Racketball Chief Executive Officer Keir Worth has returned to the organisation after nearly a year away at British Shooting with a declaration that “my eyes are wide open”. “I know where the organisation is,” the former ESR Performance Director tells the latest issue of Squash Player magazine in a wide-ranging interview. “The no.1



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Willstrop ruled out of action until early 2015

James Willstrop, the double Commonwealth Games singles silver medallist who underwent a hip operation in September, expects to be out of action until the New Year. In an exclusive interview in the latest edition of Squash Player magazine, the 31-year-old former world no.1 says he is likely to miss the World Championship in November and



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England Squash facing many challenges says outgoing chief

Susan Meadows ended her hectic nine-month reign as Interim Chief Executive of England Squash and Racketball with a warning for her full-time successor, Keir Worth, that there are “many challenges” facing the organisation. Writing in Squash Player magazine, she says: “Despite the fact that squash is a hugely successful sport in terms of winning medals



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Chris Vine suggests England Squash can learn by listening

We regularly put an Essex squash coach under the spotlight for a quick-fire spot of Question and Answer. This week it’s the turn of Chris Vine. What’s your name: Chris Vine Where do you coach squash: Currently at various venues around the county (and uk) When did you first begin playing and how long have you



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Elise regains No.1 spot in England rankings

ELISE LAZARUS has regained her England number one position in the girls’ Under-15’s despite a hugely reduced playing programme. The Redbridge player is joined in the top 10 by Billericay’s Alice Green (9th) while the improving Ellie Hewes is up to 31st in that higher age group as well as being ranked fifth in the Under-13’s.



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Selby equals best world ranking

Essex’s Daryl Selby today equalled his best ever world ranking when he climbed to ninth in the PSA Tour’s October list. The Chelmsford-based 31-year-old, who rises one place, last achieved that berth four years ago, occupying it from April to September 2010. Yorkshire’s James Willstrop also climbs one slot, to sixth, after his win in the inaugural



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Essex Closed delivers its promise of super squash weekend

WALES international squash player Owain Taylor led the parade of winners at the Essex Junior Closed on Sunday after a fabulous weekend of action at the Colchester Garrison. Owain, from the Lexden club in Colchester, playing in his final Essex tournament as a junior, bowed out in magnificent fashion winning the Under-19’s trophy following a gripping