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Monthly archives: October, 2014

Alice and Lauren nominated for top sports awards

LAUREN SELBY and Alice Green have both been shortlisted for the prestigious 2014 Active Essex Sports awards. Their nominations are a major coup for Essex Squash, which is enjoying a massive resurgence in popularity and unparalleled success. Former top WSA professional Lauren is now one of the country’s leading squash coaches, spearheads the Essex Junior programme and is a

Peter and Daryl to meet in Bluenose Classic semi-final

Essex pair Peter Barker and Daryl Selby clinched a semi-final meeting in the Bluenose Classic, when both won their quarter-finals in the $50,000PSA International event in Halifax, Canada, last night. The England team-mates ensured a first Tour encounter since the NetSuite Open over a year ago, after second seed Barker defeated Australian Cameron Pilley 11-6, 11-7, 9-11,

Essex juniors chase British Championship glory but it’s sad news for Jags

INJURY has forced Jags Sehmbi  to pull out of the Tecnifibre British Junior Championships which start in Manchester today. The Redbridge-based county player had been scheduled to open his U-19’s campaign with a first-round match against Emyr Evans of Wales but a thigh injury which has plagued him for the past month has forced his

Men’s and women’s squash to join forces in historic merger

The world governing bodies of men’s and women’s squash are to merge in a bid to address the disparity in prize money between the sexes. A BBC study into prize money found squash was one of 10 sports that reward men more highly than women. The Professional Squash Association (PSA) and Women’s Squash Association (WSA) will

Collette’s hard work pays off with Middlesex victory

CONNAUGHT player Collette Whittington has been working tirelessly over the past 18 months to improve her fitness, touch and technique. With the help of coach Dave Webster she has put in hundreds hours of court time and conditioning as she pushed herself to improve her squash. That hard work paid off huge dividends on Tuesday when 15-year-old Collette


In light of the report by the BBC, which highlighted that sportsmen often earn more prize money than sportswomen, England Squash & Racketball feel that they have made good progress towards ensuring equitable prize money in their two major events. ESR have already introduced equal prize money at the National Championships and with the support

Essex gain full honours at Cambridge

Essex Junior Squash made its presence felt at the East Regional Closed in Cambridge at the weekend with a powerful squad of players claiming titles, reaching finals and performing brilliantly throughout the event. Ellie Hewes, Ollie Green and Elise Lazarus returned victorious while Aliza Sheikh, Alice Green, Max Hyde and Aaron Allpress all reached finals. Brothers Billy and Angus Beecroft,

Massaro shortlisted for sportswoman of the year

England’s no.1 female squash player, Laura Massaro, has been shortlisted for the Sunday Times & Sky Sports Sportswoman of the Year award.She has enjoyed a year starred with huge achievements on the global stage, including victory at the World Championship in March and earning England two silver medals in the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Massaro,

Inter-County friendly event proves a massive hit at the Garrison

Essex Junior Squash hosted a three-county friendly tournament on Sunday showcasing many of the county’s emerging young players in matches against Kent and Middlesex. The fixture was just one of several new ideas being rolled out by the Essex Junior Squash Committee with the aim of giving developing players the experience of playing in a tournament

Ben downs Richie in all-Essex Bexley Open final

Ben Coleman beat Essex team-mate Richie Fallows to win the first The Park Estates Bexley Open in Kent yesterday. The 23-year-old from Chelmsford (pictured) justified his top seeding with a 3/1 victory over the 19-year-old Fallows in the final of the $5,000 PSATour event. The world no.74 opened up a 2/0 lead by winning the first

OTWS half-term coaching squads at the Garrison

Off The Wall Squash are running afternoon coaching squads during the half-term holiday. The squads will be on the following days: Monday 27th October: Elite Squad 1-4pm Coaches- Lee Drew and Paul Selby Tuesday 28th October: Advanced/Improver Squad 1-4pm Coaches- Paul Selby, Lauren Selby and Will Southworth Wednesday 29th October: Elite Squad 1-4pm Coaches- Lee Drew and Lauren Selby

Essex take on Kent and Middlesex in friendly challenge

Essex host a three-county friendly tournament at the Colchester Garrison on Sunday showcasing the county’s young talent, including recently recruited Development Squad players, against teams from Kent and Middlesex. Registration will be at 9am for a 9.30am prompt start. Please note that the centre closes at 3pm, and so we must be finished by that time.

Essex U-15’s win a nail-biter to clinch spot in Inter-Counties Stage 2

RICHARD MARTIN reports ESSEX U-15 boys, under the guidance of coach Paul Allen, weathered a stiff challenge from host team Suffolk to book their spot in Stage Two of the Inter-Counties Championships on Sunday. After victories against Norfolk and Lincolnshire, the spoils came down to a head-to-head clash with Suffolk, which Essex edged by the narrowest of margins. Essex

Under-19’s and U-17’s ease through but U-13’s have to sweat it out

The county’s Under-17 and Under-19 boys’ teams both safely navigated their way through Stage One of the Inter-Counties Championship on Sunday joining the boys’ and girls’ under-15’s in the next round. Meanwhile, our Under-13 boys await the adjudicator’s slide rule before learning whether they will also make it into Stage Two after finishing second in

Girls get Essex off to stunning Inter-Counties start

ESSEX Under-15 girls kicked off their 2014/15 Inter-Counties campaign in scintillating fashion at Reigate on Saturday totally dominating the four-county Stage One shoot-out. Led by captain Alice Green, the squad of Elise Lazarus, Alice, Ellie Hewes, Eleanor White, Piper Tatum and Paige McCoy were in such dominant form against home team Surrey 2, Buckinghamshire and Suffolk that they won 14

Early ticket rush for Canary Wharf Classic

Squash fans are already rushing to buy tickets for the 2015 Canary Wharf Classic. Tickets went on sale this week and Tournament Director Tim Garner is delighted to report a huge demand for prime back-wall seats. The Canary Wharf Classic takes place from March 23-27 and Garner revealed: “We had a massive surge of interest

Elise takes Wimbledon spoils after Alice tests her in tough semi

DAVID HARRIS reports from Wimbledon Elise Lazarus led the way for Essex at last weekend’s England Squash Silver event at Wimbledon. The number one ranked under-15 player in England from Redbridge Squash Club triumphed in the GU15 final beating Carys Jones from Gloucester 11-7, 11-9, 11-8 in a match controlled entirely by Elise.  The match score

Nick Matthew ready for PSA return

World champion Nick Matthew returns to the PSA Tour this weekend at the U.S. Open determined to “really enjoy” his squash after his summer break. The 34-year-old second seed, whose first match is against a qualifier on Sunday, has vowed not to put any pressure on himself in his first Tour event since the Allam British Open

Active Essex honours county champ Alice with Inspired Athlete award

Essex Under-15 champion Alice Green has been selected for an Active Essex Inspired Athlete award for the second year running. The Billericay schoolgirl, who also made her England squash debut in Ireland last season, received the special Bronze Award and a cheque for £500 as recognition for her achievements over the past 12 months and also as

Essex names its teams for Inter-County Championships

THE squads have been announced for this weekend’s Junior Inter-County Championships which sees Essex fielding five teams. Our Under-13 boys are in stage one action on Sunday on the home courts at Lexden while the remaining four teams are all on the road. If you can get down to support the lads in Colchester, the action

We have lost a generation of players says new England Squash chief

New England Squash and Racketball Chief Executive Officer Keir Worth has returned to the organisation after nearly a year away at British Shooting with a declaration that “my eyes are wide open”. “I know where the organisation is,” the former ESR Performance Director tells the latest issue of Squash Player magazine in a wide-ranging interview. “The no.1

Willstrop ruled out of action until early 2015

James Willstrop, the double Commonwealth Games singles silver medallist who underwent a hip operation in September, expects to be out of action until the New Year. In an exclusive interview in the latest edition of Squash Player magazine, the 31-year-old former world no.1 says he is likely to miss the World Championship in November and

England Squash facing many challenges says outgoing chief

Susan Meadows ended her hectic nine-month reign as Interim Chief Executive of England Squash and Racketball with a warning for her full-time successor, Keir Worth, that there are “many challenges” facing the organisation. Writing in Squash Player magazine, she says: “Despite the fact that squash is a hugely successful sport in terms of winning medals

Chris Vine suggests England Squash can learn by listening

We regularly put an Essex squash coach under the spotlight for a quick-fire spot of Question and Answer. This week it’s the turn of Chris Vine. What’s your name: Chris Vine Where do you coach squash: Currently at various venues around the county (and uk) When did you first begin playing and how long have you