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Monthly archives: December, 2014

British Junior Open sets challenges for Essex players

The opening rounds of the Technifibre British Junior Open threw up some tantaslising match-ups when the draw was made at the weekend. Essex has seven junior players entered in the Sheffield event, which will take place between January 2-6, with Ellie Hewes and Oliver Green being dealt particularly stiff early challenges. Ellie, from Colchester, the current England



Essex Senior Closed confirmed for Club Kingswood Jan 24-15

The Senior Essex County Closed Championships have been confirmed for Club Kingswood on January 24-25, 2015. Competitions will include:Men’s Squash – Class A, B & C. 035’s, O45’s, O55’s and Plate and Ladies Class A, & B, O40’s, O50’s and Plate Closing date for entries is Friday 16th January 2015 at 8pm. The first match times will be emailed



MASSARO SEEKING TO MAKE WORLD SQUASH HISTORY

Laura Massaro will be looking at creating her own slice of history when she defends her WSA Women’s World Championship in Egypt next week. No woman has won three world squash titles in a year before – but that is the tantalising prospect if the 31-year-old second seed triumphs at the Wadi Degla Club in



Run off your Xmas excess at our Family Fun tournament

Many years ago Essex Junior Squash used to run a great Family Fun Tournament between Christmas and New Year and we thought it would be good to try again this year. Lexden Squash Club has kindly agreed to host the event 10am – 4pm on Sunday 28th December. All players are welcome, any age, any ability,



Top teenagers given glimpse of the future

England’s top under-13 and under-15 players, including Essex’s Ellie Hewe,s got an idea of what to expect at senior national squad get-togethers recently when they attended the two-day ESR Invitational Grand Prix at Lilleshall. The weekend focused on player development through team-based competition and was attended by the ESR High Performance coaches Lee Drewb, Andy



New hope for 2020 Olympics after IOC changes event format

REPORT BY ALAN THATCHER (SquashMad.com) Hopes of squash gaining admission to the Olympics appear to be gaining traction after the IOC agreed to significant changes in the structure of future Games. The key decision voted in was the sweeping away of a cap on the number of sports, which could open the door for squash to appear



Register now for the Off the Wall Squash Junior Open 2015

The books are now open for the first Off the Wall Squash Junior Open which will be held on January 10-11. The event will be held at Martlesham Leisure Health and Fitness Club near Ipswich. Squash has a long tradition at Martlesham since the club was founded in the late 1970′s. It has achieved a



Essex kids are MEGA impressive

MEGA SERIES REPORT COURTESY OF JOANNE BRADDOCK Two Essex players finished on the winners’ rostrum at the latest round of the Mega series last weekend. The event was also another opportunity to monitor the progress of several county players who appear to be improving event by event. Essex girls continue to develop well. Mikayla Mann and



Racketball men seal place in Premier League play-offs

RACKETBALL REPORT BY ESSEX No1, ELLIOT SELBY Essex Men’s Racketball broke new ground at the weekend when they fielded an Inter-County Championships team for the very first time. With the county currently blessed with a strong nucleus of players. the Essex team of  Elliot Selby, Scott Legg, Antony Savage, Matt Cutchey and Adam Grilli headed to Grantham



Ardleigh St Mary’s crowned Roman Cup champions

Ardleigh St Mary’s School were crowned Roman Cup Squash Champions after the final round of matches at the Colchester Garrison last week. The event, organised by the Off The Wall Squash Academy, featured 64 players from six schools split into 16 teams. The children, from years five and six, competed over three tournaments with the combined scores



Tickets for Canary Wharf selling out fast

THE final of the 2015 Canary Wharf Squash Classic is already a sell-out. London’s favourite squash tournament takes place from March 23-27 and all tickets have gone for both the final and semi-finals. The event has been a complete sell-out for the past five years and Tournament Director Tim Garner says: “Once again our loyal



England women are world champs again

In a dramatic climax to the Women’s World Team Squash Championship in Canada, second seeds England defeated first-time finalists Malaysia 2-1 to win the biennial World Squash Federation event for the seventh time. It also means that England become the first nation to hold both the men’s a women’s title at the same time.  It



Alice and Lauren steal the show at Sports Awards

The Champagne (and lemonade)  was flowing at the Active Essex Sports Awards on Monday night when the spotlight fell on two of Squash’s brightest stars. British U-13 champion Alice Green and top coach Lauren Selby were shortlisted from over a thousand Essex sportsmen and women for the prestigious awards evening held at Colchester United FC’s Community Stadium.



Collette and Yusuf lead Essex assault at Tom Elton-Barratt event at Stortford

ESSEX pair Collette Whittington and Yusuf Sheikh were both among the winners at last weekend’s Tom Elton Barratt Junior Bronze event at Bishops Stortford. With over 70 players (32 from Essex) and more than 130 matches, it was a hectic schedule for a tournament that made a donation from all entry fees received to the charity



HOW ENGLAND RANKED ESSEX PLAYERS IN DECEMBER

ENGLAND RANKINGS DECEMBER 2014 (Essex players) Under-11 Boys: Joel Braddock (3); Max Hyde (13); Yusuf Sheikh (25) Under-11 Girls Mikayla Mann (12), Aliza Sheik (18) Under-13 Boys: Oliver Green (7);  Joel Braddock (21);  Harry Martin (60);  Mikey Tallentire (50); Zaid Mushtaq (76); Sujan Srindon (81);Travis-Jack Tatum (84);Ryan McCoy(85); Brandon Higgins-Pearce (109);  Max Hyde (127); Max Chilver (155);



Grand Prix Series gets off to a flyer at Kingswood

Essex Junior Squash launched its new Grand Prix Series for Development players on Sunday with the aim of providing competition for the next generation of young players. Aimed at youngsters who have yet to wear county colours, the Grand Prix competition will be staged over six months at five different venues with points from each



The One Question Every Parent Should Quit Asking

Some thought-provoking words that have no direct connection with squash, but we thought you might like to read them anyway. Danny Masaro, husband of world champ Laura Massaro flagged up the article on his Twitter feed @WinningParent . We enjoyed the words, maybe you will too. “It’s like she’s not even practicing.” Audrey’s piano teacher