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Monthly archives: June, 2014

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



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



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



Elise returns to action with impressive win at Nottingham Silver

ELISE LAZARUS marked her return to competitive action after a five-month break by winning the girls’ under-15 title at the Nottingham Squash Silver event at the weekend. The England number one ranked age-group player from Redbridge was in a strong field but looked comfortable in the early rounds as she reacquainted herself with the demands



New dates for your diary for next season

We have now finalised the dates for the main junior calendar for the coming season which are as follows.    27-28 September             Essex Junior Closed Championships 11-12 October                  Junior Inter County Stage 1 (Boys one day – Girls the other – actual day to be advised) 22-23 November              Junior Inter County Stage



Laura and Jenny top the bill as Essex Ladies launch Squash Evolution

It was a Ladies’ Day worthy of Ascot on Saturday when world champion Laura Massaro and England star Jenny Duncalf joined over 50 other players for the Essex Junior Squash sponsored Squash Evolution tournament at Connaught aimed at boosting the girls’ and womens’ game. A full day of competition was capped  by a brilliant doubles match



Young stars flock to Off The Wall Squash event

The first Off The Wall Junior Squash tournament took place at Ardleigh Hall near Colchester last weekend attracting a fantastic entry of almost 50 players starting out on their path to squash stardom. The event was part of an exciting grassroots development programme and showcased new young talent from the ages of under 15 down to under nine level. The youngest



Alice, Elise, Anna and Lauren joining in the Connaught fun

Three Essex British champions will team up at Connaught Squash Club on Saturday to join in the exhibition fun headlined by current world champion Laura Massaro and England international Jenny Duncalf. Alice Green, Elise Lazarus and Anna Kimberley, all former or current British junior champions, join forces with top Essex coach and former WSA professional



Joy for Joel as he upsets seeds at England U-11’s

LEXDEN’S Joel Braddock upset the form book at the Englsh Under-11 Championships in Nottingham over the weekend busting into the last four with some battling and stylish performances. Joel opened his account with an impressive three love win over Harry Morris but ran into stiff opposition in the next round against Luca Campbell from Dorset.



Who wants to play against Laura Massaro and Jenny Duncalf?

A message from Essex coach and committee member, Lauren Selby Not long now until THE event of the season! Laura Massaro, current world champion, against former world number two Jenny Duncalf. A fantastic opportunity to see two of the world’s best female players battle it out at Connaught Squash club Saturday June 14th. We are also running a ladies/girls only tournament



Ladies only Racketball course for beginners at Lexden

LEXDEN coach Paul Allen kicks off a new ladies racketball programme for beginners this Saturday aimed at wives, girlfriends, mothers and daughters who want to get fit, have fun and burn off up to 500 calories an hour. The six-week course with Paul begins at 10.30am-11.20am starting this Saturday (7th June) on courts A & B. “Don’t worry, they are the



ENGLAND RANKINGS (JUNE): Richie bows out as No.1

Richie Fallows exits the world of junior squash this month bowing out top of the England rankings. The Redbridge player, who is 19 on June 17th, has enjoyed a stellar career as a junior becoming world bronze medallist, European individual and team champion, British champion and England U-19 number one player. He is currently ranked



Impressive Josh delivers silver service at Gloucester

Josh Perkins, who trains at Colchester club Ardeligh Hall, was celebrating victory at the Gloucester Junior Open Silver event at the weekend after winning the boys’ Under-13 event. The 11-year-old, who has one-to-one with coaching with top Essex coach Lee Drew as well as Suffolk’s Joey Kemp at Ipswich, was in impressive form as he carved



Super Ben is the Real deal in Madrid

Essex’s Ben Coleman won his third PSA Tour title inside two months on Sunday when he lifted the Madrid Open trophy in Spain. The 23-year-old from Chelmsford, who was the favourite for the $5,000 tournament, justified his top seeding with a 3/1 victory over second-seeded Frenchman Christophe Andre in the 76-minute final. Coleman captured his first Tour crown at



Super Seven head for English Under-11 Championships

Mikayla Mann from Harwich will be carrying the hopes of Essex into next weekend’s English U-11 Championships at Nottingham as our sole representative in the girls’ event. The 10-year-old, who plays her squash on the courts at Ardleigh Hall and the Essex University, is a 9/16 seed and opens her account against Yorkshire’s Millie O’Toole. If she’s