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Monthly archives: August, 2014

Essex pair fall in Hong Kong quarter finals

English interest in the PSA Tour’s Hong Kong Open ended when Essex pair Peter Barker and Daryl Selby fell to higher-ranked opponents in the quarter-finals of the $150,000 event. World no.10 Selby lost 3/0 to top seed Gregory Gaultier in 45 minutes, while world no.8 Barker (pictured) extended Egyptian second seed Mohamed Elshorbagy to four games before

Rich Rowley says try going solo to hone your skills

Each week we put an Essex squash coach under the spotlight for a quick-fire spot of Question and Answer. This week it’s the turn of Essex Junior Squash coach Rich Rowley. What’s your name: Rich Rowley (That’s me at a recent Essex open trials day) Where do you coach squash: I coach at several clubs

Is your club geared up for World Squash Day?

Squash clubs all over the world will be celebrating World Squash Day on Saturday October 18th with a stimulating and varied programme of events. World Squash Day is sanctioned and supported by the World Squash Federation, and gives clubs and federations the opportunity to promote the sport and add to the growing army of players in around 185 nations worldwide.

Disappointing England finish fifth at world juniors

In an epic battle England’s endeavor to win back honour after a shock quarter-final loss to Malaysia at the World Junior Championships being staged in Namibia was rewarded with a fifth place win over India 2/1 but it was a close run thing and went to the final game. George Parker put England ahead on the scoreboard with a 6-11, 11-8, 5-11,

Piper, Joel and Travis enjoy Fantasy Fest in Notts

Essex fielded three young players in the one-day Bronze Mantis Fantasy Squash Festival at Nottingham Squash Club Joel Braddock and Travis Tatum competed in the U13 boys  while Piper Tatum(pictured above) entered a very strong Under 15 event where she was tested from the start. Piper performed well against very strong opposition and the experience will have

Aaron and Elli impress at Beckenham

Four Essex players, Elli Barrott. Conor Adams, Aaron Allpress and Ben Richardson were in action at the Beckenham Open on Sunday all producing encouraging performances. Elli (pictured left) entered the Girls’ U13 competition coming up against four girls from Kent. She won three of her four round-robin matches, dropping only one game,  as she beat Islay Thornicroft, Lara


Malaysia produced a shock 2/1 win over England in the quarter-finals of the WSF Men’s World Junior Team Squash Championship at the Wanderers Sports Club in the Namibia capital Windhoek to deny the four-time champions a last four finish for the first time in the 34-year history of the biennial World Squash Federation championships. England, the only nation to have reached at least the semi-finals in

Barker heads English challenge in SAN FRAN

Essex’s Peter Barker will lead the English challenge for the NetSuite Open title in San Francisco next month. The left-hander is the only English seed for the PSA International 70 tournament from September 26 to 30. The third seed is paired to meet American wildcard Julian Illingworth in the first round, which also features two other English

Studies and squash go hand-in-hand for Sobhy

Amanda Sobhy has got the brains and the brawn both at the same time.The 21-year-old American is currently pursuing her degree in social anthropology at Harvard University and she is also the top ranked American squash player at No. 15 in the world.And Sobhy who was also the world junior champion in 2010 believes that

The Godfather of Squash dies at the age of 100

The great Hashim Khan has passed away, just one month after celebrating what was believed to be his 100th birthday. The Pakistani legend, who won the British Open seven times, spawned several generations of champions after arriving in London as an unknown entity in the early 1950s. The man who learned to play squash while

Sadness as Youssef Abdalla retires at the age of 20

Popular young Essex player Youssef Abdalla  has announced he is retiring from the professional game at the age of 20. His parents moved to Abu Dhabi 12 months ago and Youssef has found it a massive struggle to compete on the PSA circuit without their support. The talented Redbridge-based player, currently ranked 133 in the world, has now

Why Lee Drew is helping to unearth hidden gems

Each week we put an Essex squash coach under the spotlight for a quick-fire spot of Question and Answer. This week it’s the turn of LEE DREW, Squash TV commentator, England elite coach and former England international player.  What’s your name: Lee Drew (They call him Drewboy) Where do you coach squash Based in Colchester but have

Diego and Habiba power to world junior titles

The 2014 WSF World Junior Squash Championships came to a resounding climax at the Wanderers Sports Club in the Namibia capital Windhoek when 15-year-old Egyptian Habiba Mohamed Ahmed claimed her third upset in as many days to become the second youngest ever winner of the women’s title, and Diego Elias made history by winning the men’s trophy to become Peru’s first ever World Squash Champion.

Exciting Off the Wall Squash Academy launches at The Colchester Garrison

Essex has a new squash academy to rival anything in the country. An elite team of coaches and international players are setting up camp at The Garrison in Colchester in a project that will also be a major boost for junior players in the county. After several months of negotiations, an exciting new partnership has been struck

Filip for Essex squash as Clements aid development programme

Squash in Southend received a massive boost this week with the announcement that Clements Hall is launching its first ever Junior Coaching section aimed at developing and unearthing new young talent in the estuary town. Clements are re-launching the area’s junior programme, previously run at nearby LA Fitness, and an action committee consisting of Clements’ coach and child protection officer

Ardleigh Hall closes but new academy plans will soften the blow for Essex squash

Essex squash players were left stunned by the news that Ardleigh Hall, one of the county’s oldest and most famous clubs, has closed its doors. Ardeligh Hall, set in the heart of Constable Country just a few minute’s drive from Colchester, is steeped in squash history having been the starting point and home to a number of

Calling all clubs and coaches

If you or your club run a Junior Squash Club morning, afternoon or evening and would like to promote them on our website, then please send details to our junior chairman, david.s.harris@btconnect.com. We have compiled a list of Junior Squash Clubs and events so that anyone looking for a club or coaching session can find their nearest club. Please

Kerry Munn says hit the gym, invade the courts and pull together

Each week we put an Essex squash coach under the spotlight for a quick-fire spot of Question and Answer. This week it’s the turn of KERRY MUNN, a relatively new face among the coaching scene. What’s your name: Kerry Munn. Where do you coach squash:  Club Kingswood When did you first begin playing and how long

Wow…our website, Twitter and Facebook figures go crazy

Essex Junior Squash has recorded another record-breaking set of new-media figures over the past month. Those fine people at Twitter inform us that our Tweetery has attracted 17,572 views in July alone. The word is obviously out that we are spreading the good news about our young Essex stars and we are pulling in new followers every day.

Diego set to dazzle at world juniors championships

Teenage star Diego Elias is poised to end Egypt’s decade-long stranglehold on the Men’s WSF World Junior Individual Squash Championship title next week in Namibia – and become Peru’s first ever world champion. Both the Men’s & Women’s World Junior Championships – the sport’s first ever world championships to be held in the southern African


There were some significant improvements for Essex players when the August England rankings were released this week. Over 85 per cent of our junior players rose in the national list with seven Essex youngsters now in the top 20 of the various age groups. Colchester’s Joel Braddock is now ranked three in the Under-11’s while

Nick Matthew to take two-month break from tour

World champion Nick Matthew is to have a two-month break from thePSA Tour after winning gold and silver in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. The 34-year-old Yorkshireman, whose wife Esme is expecting their first child soon, revealed in his column in today’s Sheffield Star that his next Tour event would be the U.S. Open starting on

Women’s squash boosted by $500,000 sponsorship

The Women’s Squash Association (WSA) has finalised a major long-term agreement with Hallmark Events Group to stage the Women’s World Squash Championships in 2014, 2015 and 2016 – and guarantee a total prize-fund in excess of US$ 500,000. The 2014 championship will be staged from December 12-19 (venue to be confirmed) and will be held

England coach Lee Drew hoping for world junior honours

England High Performance Coach Lee Drew, based at Colchester club Ardleigh Hall, is hoping that his junior men’s squad will be challenging for a podium place in both the individual and team events at the forthcoming World Junior Squash Championships in Windhoek, Namibia.Leicestershire’s George Parker and Devon’s Lyell Fuller (pictured above) are experienced at this