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Monthly archives: September, 2014

Essex Closed delivers its promise of super squash weekend

WALES international squash player Owain Taylor led the parade of winners at the Essex Junior Closed on Sunday after a fabulous weekend of action at the Colchester Garrison. Owain, from the Lexden club in Colchester, playing in his final Essex tournament as a junior, bowed out in magnificent fashion winning the Under-19’s trophy following a gripping



Photo action from the Essex Junior Closed

Here’s a taste of the action from last weekend’s Essex Junior Closed. Our super snapper Jo Braddock was behind the lens throughout the entire tournament and she has kindly shared her collection with us. Her time and dedication is much appreciated. Enjoy the journey below. There’s also a great set of video action from The Garrison. Check them out



Barker continues fine PSA tour run

Essex’s Peter Barker continued his impressive recent sequence of results last night by cruising into the semi-finals of the $70,000 NetSuite Open in San Francisco. The 31-year-old third seed, who was runner-up earlier this month in the China Open, overwhelmed Botswana’s Alister Walker 11-5, 11-5, 11-9 in 46 minutes. The world no.8 now takes on



Essex Junior Closed (The Draw)

All eyes will be on The Garrison in Colchester this weekend for the Essex Junior Closed. After the success of last season’s Junior Open, the action returns to the same courts for two days of top action. Here’s the draw but keep checking the website for any late news. We’ll also be carrying a full



World Juniors 2015 set for Cairo

The title-holders will defend the WSF Women’s World Junior Team Squash Championship on home soil following the WSF decision to award Egypt the right to host the 2015 Championships in Cairo. Egypt, winners of the biennial title for the fourth time in a row in Poland in 2013, last hosted the event in 2003. The Individual Championships precede the Women’s Team Championship, and while Egypt



Fun and games at launch of Off The Wall Squash Academy

Smiles, groans, aches and cheers were the currency of the day when the Off The Wall Squash Academy staged its Grand Opening Family Day tournament at The Colchester Garrison on Sunday. To celebrate the official launch of the exciting new Essex squash venture, Off the Wall Squash invited not only the usual band of young,



Impressive Haydon strikes early in Purley

Essex Under-15 player Haydon Smith opened his season’s programme with an impressive victory at the Purley Junior Open one day bronze event on Saturday. Being the number 2 seed Haydon had a first round bye. His first match for 3/4 position was against Lucas Farrimond the number three seed from Hertfordshire which he won convincingly 3-0. This set



Essex squad make their mark in Cardiff

Five Essex players competed in the Welsh Open in Cardiff this weekend returning with creditable performances. Joel Braddock from Colchester entered the U13 competition winning three matches 3 – 0 against Joshua Audsley and Max Miles-Owen of Wales and Alex Van Blerk of England. His winning run ended when he lost 3 – 0 to Adam Goad from Cumbria,



Training times and prices for Connaught Squash Club

Connaught Squash Club professional Dave Webster has posted his latest squad and training schedules for the new season. You can contact Dave on david.webster29@outlook.com if you have any questions or you can call him on 07956317292. Programme Tuesday: 5.30pm till 7pm U19 Mix junior squads 7pm till 8.30pm U13 Mix junior squads Wednesday: 5.30pm till 7pm.



11 points on fitness with Adrian Grant

Adrian Grant has recently returned from the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, where he and Nick Matthew teamed up to win silver medals in the men’s doubles, narrowly missing out on adding a second gold to the one’s they won in Delhi in 2010. Adrian has also been a key member of several of England’s European



Flying start for Essex Junior Development Squad

Essex unveiled its first ever junior Development Squad on Sunday when a dozen new faces went on court with county coaches in a tough two-hour training session at Connaught Squash Club in Chingford. The Essex Junior Squash committee staged open trials days earlier in the summer in the hope of identifying emerging talent previously unseen



PSA stars top the bill at Off The Wall Squash Grand Opening

Essex’s newest squash academy has hit the ground running in its first official week of operation with a ‘mind-blowing’ amount of players attending and signing up for the exciting Off The Wall Squash centre at The Garrison in Colchester. Over a hundred players were in action on the six pristine courts at the Corporal Budd Gymnasium following the launch



Hip op’ for Willstrop after Chinese takeaway

Newly-crowned China Open champion James Willstrop entered hospital yesterday for a hip operation with his summer mission accomplished. The world no.7 from Yorkshire wanted to experience a home Commonwealth Games and a first PSA Tour event in China before having his damaged hip repaired – and he achieved both with flying colours. First, the 31-year-old carried off a



Peter Barker edged out in gripping China Open final

Yorkshire’s James Willstrop marked his last PSA Tour event before a hip operation with his first Tour title since March 2013 when he pipped England team-mate Peter Barker from Essex to the China Open trophy. The world no.7 justified his top seeding by defeating the third seed from Essex 3/2 in a thrilling final to the $88,000



Magnificent Millie crowned world Uni champ

Derbyshire’s Millie Tomlinson is the new world university women’s champion after thrashing top seed Olga Ertlova in the final of the 2014 championship in India. The 22-year-old 5/8 seed’s 11-8, 11-6,11-1 rout of the world no.59 from the Czech Republic maintained her astonishing giant-killing run in the Chennai event. In consecutive rounds the world no.141 has seen off Canada’s Alix



HOW ENGLAND RANKED ESSEX JUNIOR PLAYERS IN SEPTEMBER

ENGLAND RANKINGS SEPTEMBER 2014 (Essex players) Under-11 Boys: Joel Braddock (3); Max Hyde (21); Zaid Mushtaq (24);Yusuf Sheikh (38) Under-11 Girls Mikayla Mann (19) Under-13 Boys: Timothy Bacon (10); Oliver Green (13); Joel Braddock (24);  Harry Martin (68);Sujan Srindon (96);Travis-Jack Tatum (99); Mikey Tallentire (110); Zaid Mushtaq (122); Ryan McCoy(161);Brandon Higgins-Pearce (168); David Hawkes (186). Under



Billy gets England call after striking Silver in Northumbria

BILLY BEECROFT was this week enjoying a double celebration after winning the Northumbria Open Silver event and being called into the England squad. The Colchester Off The Wal Squash Academy player, currently ranked six in the England Under-15s, was second seed in the Newcastle event and  received a bye in the first round before powering past his first opponent



Essex youngsters have the Ex-Factor

DAVID HARRIS reports (in full) from the Devon and Exeter Silver event Last weekend saw the first silver event of the season take place at the split venue of Devon & Exeter Squash club and Exeter University. Representatives from Essex were entered into the Girls U13 & U15 Tournaments along with Boys U13, U15 and U19



Mikey and Aaron give it some welly in Wellingborough

Essex players Aaron Allpress and Mikey Tallentire got the new season off to a flier at the weekend when they both bagged silverware at the Northants Summer Squash Festival. Aaron (pictured left) won the U17 tournament, held at Diana’s Squash Club in Wellingborough, beating Samuel Hay 2-0, 11-4 11-4; Lewis Brown 2-0, 11-3 11-7 and Odran