• Essex Junior Open 2014
  • Richie Fallows representing England
  • Essex juniors in action
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Key dates for the new squash season

The forthcoming junior squash season is jam-packed with new events, tournaments, coaching sessions and inter-county dates. Here’s your easy to follow guide to what’s going on. We have broken the calendar down into five sections. Just clink on the red links for the information.   Essex Junior Calendar Essex Calendar 2014-2015 (3) xx County and Regional



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Nick Matthew carries the flag for Team England

England’s world champion Nick Matthew is one of three squash players carrying flags at the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony at Celtic’s Parkhead stadium. Malaysia’s Nicol David, like Matthew a gold medal winner in Delhi, will be carrying the flag for Asia, while men’s world No.23 Chris Simpson is the standard bearer for Guernsey. Matthew’s selection



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Nour and Diego top seeds at World Juniors

Diego Elias and Nour El Sherbini are set for historic success in next month’s WSF World Junior Squash Championships in Namibia according to the draws for the sport’s first ever world championship to be held in the southern African country announced today by the World Squash Federation. The Men’s & Women’s World Junior Individual Championships will take place at the Wanderers Sports Club in the capital Windhoek from 10-15



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Commonwealth Games is the pinnacle of squash says Peter Barker

World number eight Peter Barker from Brentwood says the Commonwealth Games will remain squash’s top competition until the sport becomes an Olympic event. Squash’s bid to be included at the 2020 and 2024 Games was rejected last year by the International Olympic Committee in favour of retaining wrestling. “The Commonwealths are the pinnacle for us at the



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Great win for Zaid at the Cumberland Club

Rising Connaught player Zaid Mushtaq overcame an early reverse at The Cumberland Club in London at the weekend to claim the best tournament win of his young career. The bubbly 10-year-old, another product of the Dave Webster school of coaching at Connaught, in Chingford, lifted the U-11 title and was a picture of joy as



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Why Laz is hungry for the Olympics, drama Queens…and a good chicken curry

Each week we are putting an Essex squash coach under the spotlight for a quick-fire spot of Question and Answer. This week it’s the turn of Dave ‘Laz’ Lazarus. What’s your name: Dave ‘Squash Guru’ Lazarus Where do you coach squash:  Redbridge Sports Centre “The Home of Squash”. When did you first begin playing and how



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Garrison scouting mission unearths new talent

Essex talent scouts headed for Colchester Garrison on Sunday on the lookout for new squash stars to join our growing county squad. We opened the doors for players under-13 to step forward and show us what they have and coaches Lauren Selby, Paul Selby, Chris Chitty, Paul Allen, ably assisted by Elliot Selby and John Allpress, were left more



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Full list of Junior events in our 2014/15 calendar

The 2014/15 junior squash season is jammed packed with top quality competition. We’ve added all the dates to our ‘What’s On’ calendar (the link is at the top of the home page) but here’s an easy-to-read version to plan your year.  If you want to download a PDF version, click the link at the foot



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Daryl hopeful of first Commonwealth Games medal

Essex’s Daryl Selby is optimistic of adding a Commonwealth medal to his trophy cabinet at the forthcoming Glasgow Games, where he will compete in two doubles events.The 31-year-old from Chelmsford fell at the quarter-final stages of both the men’s singles and doubles on his Games debut in Delhi four years ago, losing 3/1 to Malaysian



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Averil crowned World Champ…for the fifth time

LEE HORTON reports on the World Masters Essex squash player Averil Murphy became a record five-times world champion yesterday when she was crowned WSF World Masters Champ in Hong Kong. While Australia swept the board with 17 medals – seven of them gold –  it was Averil, who plays Essex League squash at Woodford Wells, South African Craig van



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WHY LOZZA LOVES SHABS, HATES ARSENAL AND SAYS SQUASH IS JUST LIKE PINBALL

In the first of a new series of articles, we put former WSA world No 34 player Lauren (Lozza) Selby under the microscope in a quick-fire round of Questions & Answers. Each week we’ll be putting a different Essex coach in the hot seat to find out what they like, why they do it and what



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County trials part 2. Head for the Garrison this Sunday

Essex Junior Squash is casting its net again to find the next generation of potential squash stars. After the success of our first set of open trials at Connaught last month, our county coaches will be scouting for more talent this Sunday (July 13th) at The Garrison courts in Colchester. The trials are open to ANY player under the



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How Tweets and Facebook are spreading the Essex word

Essex Junior Squash has recorded a great set of new-media figures over the past seven days. Those fine people at Twitter (who they are nobody knows) inform us that our Tweetery has attracted 1850 views in a single week. Of course, that may be one single person totally addicted to our @EssexJnrSquash account, but we suspect



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Why Essex coach Lee Drew has gone back to school

Essex coach Lee Drew, whose many hats include England High Performance Coach, PSA Squash TV Commentator and Ardleigh Hall coach, has penned an interesting article on Squash Site about studying for an England Squash post graduate degree. We repeat it here as an illustration of the remarkable strides being taken by many of country’s top coaches whose



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Matthew progressing well in Games fitness fight

Triple world champion Nick Matthew is making “good progress” towards recovering from minor knee surgery in time to defend his two Commonwealth titles at the Glasgow Games later this month. The 33-year-old men’s singles and doubles champion underwent surgery to repair a small tear in the meniscus of his right knee on June 23 and



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Essex produce power show to retain Harrow Cup

Report by LAUREN SELBY, Essex coach and Harrow Cup organiser Essex, Cambridgeshire and Suffolk met for a battle of the counties at Ipswich Sports Club on Sunday, an annual event organised by Off The Wall Squash for the prestigious Harrow Cup. The event originally started over 10 years ago by Paul Selby, when he was the Regional Coach.



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Calling all clubs and coaches

If you or your club run a Junior Squash Club morning, afternoon, evening and would like to promote these sessions, then please send details to our junior chairman, david.s.harris@btconnect.com. We are planning to compile a list of all Junior Squash Clubs on our website so that anyone moving to or living in the area can look-up and



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Birkhamsted are national junior champions

Berkhamsted beat Pontefract 3-2 to win the Dunlop National Junior Club Championship yesterday at The Park in Nottingham in a final played in a good spirit, with both teams showing good sportsmanship and respect for one other. With the final deadlocked at 2-2, Laurence Green defeated Tom Bamford 3/1 in the decisive rubber between the no.2s to clinch the title for Berkhamsted, after Bamford had won the



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Essex on the rise in July England rankings

Essex has increased the numbers of players currently ranked by England Squash and Rackets to 58. The July listings show a rise of 12 players in the national rankings, further sign of the progress the county is making. ENGLAND RANKINGS JULY 2014 (Essex players) Under-11 Boys: Joel Braddock (4); Michael Tallentire (18); Max Hyde (27); Zaid



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England seeded to win three Games golds

England are seeded to win three Commonwealth titles at the forthcoming Glasgow Games by the World Squash Federation. Nick Matthew is expected to repeat his double gold success of the 2010 Games if he recovers from minor knee surgery in time, while Laura Massaro and Jenny Duncalf are favourites for the women’s doubles title. If Matthew,



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Kingswood claim first South Essex Junior League title

Report by KERRY MUNN (Squash coach at Club Kingswood) The final event of the inaugural South Essex Junior League took place at LA Fitness Thorpe Bay on Saturday with teams from Bannantynes/Thurrock, LA Fitness Thorpe Bay, Brentwood School, Springhealth Chelmsford and Club Kingswood taking part. The league is for development juniors, year 10 and below (the



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Essex scouting mission unearths new young talent

Essex talent scouts headed for Connaught Squash Club in Chingford on Sunday on the lookout for new players to join our burgeoning county squad. We opened the doors for players under-13 to step forward and show us what talents they have and coaches Lauren Selby, Paul Selby and Richard Rowley were left more than impressed by the



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Sunday service only for Harrow Cup

Next month’s Harrow Cup event at Ipswich is now a one-day only event instead of the two days as previously planned.Essex coach Lauren Selby announced the news this morning, explaining:  The closing date was last Friday and as yet I am still waiting on a few counties to enter teams. I’m delighted to say that



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It’s all White on the night as Eleanor lifts Connaught trophy

Chelmsford’s Eleanor White (above right) put her name on the honour’s board at last weekend’s Connaught Junior Open after carrying off the girls’ under-13 trophy, just ahead of Essex team-mate Elli Barrott who finished runner up. In a competitive division, Eleanor, who plays at Marconi and is coached by Paul Selby, maintained her improved form this season which