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Monthly archives: March, 2015

Essex Junior Open showcases massive resurgence in squash

 LEE HORTON REPORTS FROM THE ESSEX OPEN WOW…what a monumental weekend of squash action at the Colchester Garrison! The Essex Junior Open is going from strength to strength, illustrated by an amazing 22 per cent increase in entries from last year. And the bed-rock of that bounce in numbers?  Newcomers attracted to squash following an exciting

A picture of fun. What happened when Tom met Nick Matthew and LJ

ONE swallow doesn’t make a summer but the sighting of Tom Bird certainly heralds the beginning of Spring. Essex squash player Tom from Frinton added to his growing catalogue of celebrity  ‘selfies’ when he made his annual pilgrimage to Canary Wharf for the 50k PSA Classic featuring many of the world’s top squash stars. Last

It’s Green for go as Alice lifts English National crown

ESSEX’S Alice Green stormed to her second English National title on Sunday adding the Under-15 crown to the U-13 prize she bagged a year ago. Alice from Billericay, who plays at Club Kingswood but is coached by Off the Wall Squash coach Paul Selby, powered through five rounds of action at the Championships in Birmingham before

Grand Prix Series delivers again with shocks and thrills

REPORT BY DAVID HARRIS Bishops Stortford Squash and Racketball Club staged round three of the Essex Junior Squash Grand Prix series on Sunday,  an event designed to provide competition for the next generation of young players. Aimed at youngsters who have yet to wear county colours, the Grand Prix competition is being staged over six months at

Jamie Oliver changed the way kids eat. Lauren wants to do the same with sport.

  In the first of her monthly blog reports, Off The Wall Squash and County coach Lauren Selby is alarmed at the lack of PE opportunities in Primary Schools and sounds the clarion call that she wants to do something about it.   Primary School rekindles memories of discipline, learning, respect, fun and a very heavy PE


England wrapped up a Five Nations grand slam at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh on Sunday as they won both the under-13 and under-15 titles. The squad (pictured above) headed the U13 table with 73 points and the U15 competition with 71 after winning all four matches in both tournaments. The U13 team of Sam Todd,

Just 11 tickets remaining for Massaro and Fernandes Essex showdown

Essex Junior Squash has signed two of the biggest names in the sport to headline our second Ladies Only tournament and exhibition at Bishops Stortford on April 4th. And after an incredible surge of interest, there are just 11 tickets remaining to watch the world-class event. Former world champion and current England No.1 Laura Massaro, and

Haydon gets a crack at No.1 seed at English Championships

Colchester’s Haydon Smith has the stiffest first-round challenge at this month’s Tecnifibre England Junior Championships in Birmingham with an opening Under-15 match-up with number one seed Jared Carter from Hampshire. Carter, the current England number one, is ranked 28 places higher that Haydon but will present a notable scalp if the Essex player can reproduce

Find out what the mad Professor is saying about Essex Junior Open

We’ve been banging the drum about this month’s Essex Junior Open at the Colchester Garrison for a while so it’s nice to have a new voice talking about our showpiece event. Check out what Professor von Hans Puppet has to say about the tournament, which is already attracting a terrific line-up of players. The clever

Danny Massaro on pushy parents and a blame culture that hurts our children

By DANNY MASSARO – Squash Mad Coaching Columnist Staring through the back-wall glass or from up on the balcony, the eagle eyes of the squash parent keenly observe the progress of their offspring. Emotional, practical and financial support for a child’s development is a big commitment, and parents rightly expect a return on that investment. Occasionally, that

International Women’s Day backs lobby for equal prize money

By SCARLETT SMITH – Squash Mad Correspondent Female squash players joined British Open sponsor Dr. Allam as they took part in celebrations to mark International Women’s Day. Dr. Allam and the world’s top squash players showed their support to Women’s Day with the powerful message of #MakeItHappen for equal prize money in sport. The Allam British Open

Willstrop drawn against World No.1 in Brit Open first round

Top seed and world no.1 Mohamed Elshorbagy faces the daunting prospect of taking on three-time British Open runner-up and home favourite James Willstrop (pictured above) in a titanic opening encounter in this year’s Allam British Open Men’s Championship in Hull in May. The opening day on May 11 will also see Essex’s world no.8, Peter

Aaron Allpress bags Tetley on way to Leicester final

LEXDEN’S Aaron Allpress took out number one seed and reigning champion Hayden Tetley on the way to the final of last weekend’s London Road Junior Open at Leicester Squash Club. Aaron, who will be 16 later this month, looked impressive in the early rounds as he removed Owen Bailey 3-0 and Joe Sibley 3-1. That pitched

Brentwood School down Harrow but are denied place in National Finals

FORMER professional squash player Jack Jago is helping return Brentwood School to former glories with a coaching programme that took the school to within touching distance of the most prestigious finals in the squash calendar. Jack, who became Brentwood’s senior coach last September, helped guide the Under-19 team to an impressive victory over Harrow School in the National

Ben Coleman in Canary Wharf wild card shoot-out with Lyell Fuller

By Alan Thatcher, Squash Mad Editor The Canary Wharf Squash Classic has added a novel feature to this year’s final day programme – an on-court shoot-out between two rising English stars to win a coveted wild card place into the main draw of next year’s tournament. Essex’s Ben Coleman and Londoner Lyell Fuller are the


England’s rankings for March 2015 feature eight Essex players inside the top 20 across the various age groups. Elise Lazarus from Redbridge and Club Kingswood’s Alice Green shadow one another in the girls’ Under-15’s ranked two and four while Ellie Hewes from Colchester rides high at four in the girls’ Under-13’s. Mikayla Mann at 12

Another Mega effort by Essex juniors

Essex players bagged three first-placed finishes at the final round of Mega-Series matches held at the Hunts County Squash Club in Cambridgeshire. Charlie Martin (pictured right), Joel Braddock and Jusuf Sheikh delivered impressive displays as they topped the winners’ rostrum in the Under-15, Under-13 and Under-11 events respectively. All three flourished throughout the Mega Series, alongside a