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Essex Junior Squash Grand Prix goes from strength to strength

By David Harris – EJS Competitions Last weekend the 2018/19 Miles Smith Essex Junior Squash Grand Prix series moved to The Connaught Squash Club for round 3 of 8. 58 players entered our third Grand Prix of the season. Another eight debutants to the series proved the format of our event goes from strength to…



Come along to Essex junior squash trials on December 9th

For all those Juniors not currently involved with Essex Junior Squash Development or County Training squads, please note our next trials are on Sunday December 9th at the Garrison in Colchester and Connaught Squash Club in Chingford. You do not need to register, just turn up between 10:00 and 12:00. Essex Junior Squash coaches will…



Essex Juniors heading for English Inter-Counties Finals

Report by LEE HORTON England Squash has crunched the numbers, double-checked the scores and announced that Essex has four teams in the next January’s England Inter-Counties Championship Finals in Nottingham. We also have three teams in the ICC Trophy finals with our Under-19 girls still awaiting confirmation of which event they will play in. They…



Essex Junior Grand Prix attracts 12 new faces for round 2

The 2018/19 Miles Smith Essex Junior Squash Grand Prix series moved to Lexden Racket & Fitness Club for round two of eight. Sixty players entered our second Grand Prix of the season, a record number of entries. Another 12 debutants to the series proved the format of our event goes from strength to strength as…



Yusef Sheikh strikes gold for Essex at British Championships

  The third and final day of the Dunlop British Junior Championships 2018 saw 10 players crowned across seven English counties as the junior tournament in Nottingham drew to a close for another year. And Essex were one of the first counties to celebrate after Yusuf Sheikh took the BU13 title after battling from two games…



Essex Juniors Squash Tournament with Ariel Reid playing for Lloyds of London

Essex juniors enjoy another thriller against Lloyds of London

The annual Essex Junior Squash vs Lloyds of London Squash challenge produced another cracking match on Monday evening at the Reuters Building on East London’s Isle of Dogs. Nine players from both teams went head to head in a thrilling encounter with the Essex team of seven junior girls, one senior county woman player, Sarah…



Essex juniors shine at Tom Elton Barratt tournament

Great to see so many Essex junior competing and doing well in the 2018 Tom Elton Barratt Junior Squash Championships at Bishop’s Stortford last weekend. Winners were: GU13 Amelie Brooke, GU15 Renitha Srindran, GU17 Ella Hall, BU11 Reuben Thain, BU13 Alex Banhidai, BU15 Callum Egan, BU17 Joel Braddock, BU19 Harry Kitchens. Presentation of trophies was…



Lexden hit the road to support World Squash Day

REPORT BY ALAN THATCHER (World Squash Day Co-ordinator) Squash clubs across the country are opening their doors this Saturday to promote the sport on World Squash Day. As well as staging open days to showcase the fun and health benefits that squash offers, many clubs are engaging with their local communities. Members of the Lexden…



Stanley Sykes leads Essex junior charge at East Region tournament

Essex Juniors gave a great account of themselves at the East Region tournament at Ipswich over the weekend scooping three titles and four runners-up finishes in a competitive field. Alex Banhidai from Bishops Stortford was dominant in the Boys’ U-13’s with some impressive wins, including a belting final against local favourite Matthew Bartley. Alex came from two…



Are you a 200 club winner?

The latest draw for the Essex Junior Squash 200 club has been made by Essex Junior Squash committee. Congratulations to the winners and thanks to all those who have signed up to the 200 Club for your continued support. If you would like more details about the draw or how to sign up for just £2…



Alice Green relishing start of Youth Olympic Games

Ahead of squash’s introduction as a Showcase Sport at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games, World Squash Federation (WSF) President Jacques Fontaine has expressed his excitement at seeing the world’s best squash juniors coming together for the event in Buenos Aires, Argentina, this weekend. Action from a state-of-the-art glass squash court, complete with innovative interactive front-wall…



New Essex Junior Grand Prix kicks off with record 1st event entry

This season’s Miles Smith Essex Junior Squash Grand Prix series kicked-off at Woodford Wells Squash Club. 49 players entered our first Grand Prix of the season, a record number of entries for the first event of the year. 12 debutants to the series showed the format of our event goes from strength to strength as…



Which clubs produced most players for the Essex Junior Closed?

Following last month’s Essex Junior County Closed tournament we thought we would do some analysis to see what clubs our Juniors are coming from. Entries came from across the county with Colchester’s Off The Wall Squash Academy, Lexden Squash Club and the Connaught Club providing the majority of players.



Time to enter Essex ladies tournament to honour squash legend Hazel

Essex Squash is backing Women’s Squash Week by running a tournament at Connaught Squash Club in honour of Hazel Marsh, one of our county’s best loved squash players. Hazel, from Chadwell Heath in Romford, won several world masters titles and was still playing squash well into her 85th year. Sadly she passed away aged 89 earlier this…



Essex Junior Closed draw…including our first Under-9’s event

All eyes will be on the squash courts at the Colchester Garrison this weekend when the 2018 Miles Smith Essex Junior Closed plays out in front of another packed audience. The county’s top juniors will be going head-to-head for 11 age-group trophies, including an Under-9’s competition being played for the first time. Eight of our youngest players will…



ARE YOU A 200 CLUB WINNER?

The latest draws for the Essex Junior Squash 200 club has been made by Essex Junior Squash committee. Congratulations to the winners and thanks to all those who have signed up to the 200 Club for your continued support. If you would like more details about the draw or how to sign up for just £2…



Essex Junior Grand Prix winners train with the stars

The winners of the 2017/2018 Miles Smith sponsored Essex Junior Squash Grand Prix were rewarded on Saturday with a two-hour training session with two of the country’s top squash stars. The victorious Essex juniors, who had competed over seven months at seven different venues to be crowned Grand Prix Champions, got to spend time on…



Essex ladies tournament in memory of squash legend Hazel

On Sunday 23rd September, a memorial tournament will be held at Connaught Squash Club in Hazel’s honour. Jointly run by Essex SRA & OTWS, there will be a fun and sociable ladies team tournament set up with all abilities and ages welcome. There is a £10 entry with all profits being split between Alzheimers Dementia Support and…



Lexden plan amazing charity cycle ride challenge for World Squash Day

On Saturday 13th October members at Lexden Squash Club in Colchester are participating in World Squash Day with a frankly massive challenge. They plan to cycle to FIVE different clubs in the region and play a game of squash at each, all in aid of charity. They have planned a slow-paced route to allow for…



Essex’s Lauren Briggs wins world Masters title in Virginia

England produced five World Masters champions, including Essex’s Lauren Briggs, at the 15th WSF World Masters Championships held in Charlottesville, Virginia on Saturday. All five of England’s champions were seeded to win their respective titles, including Nick Taylor and Ann Manley who retained the Men’s Over 45’s and the Women’s Over 70’s titles respectively. After…



Essex’s Alice Green ranked in world’s top 20

Congratulations to Essex’s Alice Green who makes the top 20 WSF & PSA World Junior Rankings revealed today by the World Squash Federation and Professional Squash Association. Alice joins her England team-mate Lucy Turmel (pictured with Alice) and Sheffield’s Charlotte Jagger in the top 20 list. The August U19 rankings are headed by Egyptians – Cairo 17-year-old Mostafa Asal topping the men’s…



Junior players help shape the future of squash

SquashFORWARD – the joint initiative between the World Squash Federation (WSF) and Professional Squash Association (PSA) – officially kicked off its first activity over the weekend with juniors from all four corners of the globe taking part in a series of brainstorming sessions during the Dutch Junior Open in Amsterdam. SquashFORWARD has been formed with the goal of engaging with the next generation…



By George, master Woodhead lands top school award

REPORT BY SALLY MEANLEY Essex junior George Woodhead has capped an amazing year of sport by winning the Mersea School Squash Achievement Award for 2018. George has enjoyed some great performances as part of Mersea School’s winning year 5/6 Lexden Cup team as well as helping his team to win the Essex School Games’ Year 6 trophy despite only…



Willstrop and Selby put on amazing night of squash at Lexden

ALAN THATCHER, Squash Mad Editor James Willstrop and Daryl Selby delighted a packed crowd at Lexden Rackets and Fitness Club in Colchester, Essex, with a spellbinding display in an exhibition match full of skills, athleticism and great humour. It always amazes me how much energy these top pros put into exhibitions like this, but, as…