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Essex teams grab the spoils at Inter-Counties Grand Prix

REPORT BY DAVID HARRIS A great weekend at the office for Essex Under 11 and Under 13 teams in the Southern & Eastern Counties Grand Prix 3 at the Connaught Club in Chingford as 3 of our 4 teams pickup medals in friendlies against Middlesex, Surrey and Kent. Our U11 Essex B team of Sam



Mersea finish top of the class at Lexden Schools’ Cup

  Report by PAUL ALLEN Several year three and year four Colchester primary school squash teams recently took part in the annual mini squash ‘Lexden Cup’. The competition involving schools from the Tiptree and Stanway consortium saw teams compete against each other in pool fixtures over three consecutive Fridays finishing up with play off matches



Elise leads strong Essex showing at English Junior Championships

 LEE HORTON REPORTS ESSEX players stamped their mark on the English Junior Championships (EJC) last weekend in Birmingham with Elise Lazarus claiming the Under-17 crown and several of her county team-mates putting in exceptional performances. The three-day event staged at Edgbaston Priory and the University of Birmingham saw nearly 300 juniors competing across eight categories for the



Essex Junior Open winners are simply GR-EIGHT

LEE HORTON REPORTS SILVERWARE from last weekend’s outstanding Essex Junior Open held at the Colchester Garrison was spread far and wide with no less than EIGHT different counties putting their name on the honours board.. As hosts, Essex bagged the majority of the trophies with 14 of the 26 gongs up for grabs remaining on home



English Championships draw sees Essex pair seeded one and two

ESSEX pair Elise Lazarus and Alice Green have been seeded one and two for this weekend’s U-17 English Junior Championships in Birmingham. The girls spearhead a 15-strong squad of players including their county U-17 team-mates Eleonor White (9/16), Amy Aspinall, Paige McCoy and Eli Barrott. Aaron Allpress (9/16) and Joe Blackmur carry our hopes in the U-19’s



Fourteen teams in Women’s World Junior Teams in NZ

Hosts New Zealand will lead a select group of six nations that have competed in each WSF Women’s World Junior Team Squash Championship since the inaugural event in 1985 when they do so again in the 2017 championship on home soil in July. The 17th biennial World Squash Federation championship will take place at Devoy



Essex Junior Open draw has been made

It’s all systems go for this weekend’s Essex Junior Open at The Cpl Budd VC Gymnasium, Berechurch Road, Colchester CO2 9RQ.   We have received a large number of entries and as a result have a packed schedule, please report to the tournament desk at least 20 minutes before your first match (please note that for 9am



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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’



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



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



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