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Monthly archives: January, 2016

New talent impress at Development Squad training

There was a terrific work ethic and display of skills on show at Woodford Wells on Sunday for the latest Essex Development Squad training session run by the redoubtable Dave Webster. The recent Essex Squash trials at The Garrison in Colchester unearthed some exciting new talent and it’s fair to say coach Dave and his loyal assistant were more…



PASSION, PRIDE AND TEARS AS ESSEX U-17 GIRLS GO SO CLOSE

REPORT BY CHRIS CHITTY The Essex girls’ under 17 team comprising of Elise Lazarus, Alice Green, Ellie Hewes, Paige McCoy and Eleanor White travelled to Nottingham for the finals of the national inter county competition. With great determination and desire to win, the girls played Sussex on Saturday in the semi final. Essex played confidently and…



Essex foursome star in PSL action

FOUR Essex players, Lauren Briggs, Richie Fallows, Daryl Selby and Peter Barker, were all in Premier Squash League action last night (Tues) as the second half of the season started with reverse fixtures from the opening round last October. It was tight at the top of both Divisions with Leicester, Duffield and Birmingham separated by…



Danny Massaro: In praise of pushy parents

Parents, teachers and coaches show they care when pushing pupils to succeed   By DANNY MASSARO – Squash Coach The phrase “pushy parent” is mostly used in derogatory terms. It insinuates a controlling parent being overbearing on the poor victim child, who would do much better if their mum or dad backed off. What do you think…



Ben Coleman’s amazing Marathon win in Canada

  Chelmford professional Ben Coleman held his nerve and kept his composure to win the Holtrand Gas City Pro-Am in a 130-minute battle with Canada’s Shawn Delierre, a record duration for a three-game match. Coleman took the title with an 11-9, 13-11, 12-10 victory but it was the second year running that Delierre had featured…



Change of venue for Grand Prix 4

We have been forced to change the venue of the Essex Junior Grand Prix 4 from Bishops Stortford to the Lexden Squash Club. The switch for the February 7th event is because of an over-run on redevelopment work at Storford which mean showers, toilets and changing room facilities are out of action. We hope to reschedule the event at BSSC to…



26 nations to contest world junior team championship

Jordan and hosts Poland will make their debuts when 26 nations – representing all five continents – contest the 2016 WSF Men’s World Junior Team Squash Championship in the city of Bielsko-Biała from 12–17 August. The World Squash Federation event will be staged at the 10-court Enjoy Squash, immediately following the Men’s & Women’s World…



Essex Under-13’s crowned National Champions

By PAUL ALLEN (Essex U-13 coach) A huge congratulation’s to the boys U13 Essex team who became national champions this weekend in Nottingham at the England Squash Junior Inter-County Championships. After the high of defeating rivals Surrey in stage two to qualify for the finals weekend, the boys were highly motivated. They began the weekend…



Richie Fallows crowned British U-23 champion

Top seeds Georgina Kennedy and Richie Fallows (Essex) are the champions of the resurrected British U23 Open, held for the first time since 1990 at the Roehampton Club this weekend. “It was a clinical performance by Gina,” said tournament director Paul Lindsay. “”Had Ellie got her drops or trickle boasts up in the second we…



It’s sweet 16 as Essex juniors dominate England rankings

LEE HORTON reports ENGLAND Squash today released their first set of junior rankings for 2016 and they made happy reading for Essex with a remarkable number of our players featuring in the county’s top 10. Building on the amazing growth and success of 2015 which saw a record numbers of our players qualifying for England rankings, today’s release is…



Mohamed Elshorbagy grabs back world No.1 ranking

Egypt’s Mohamed Elshorbagy has regained top spot in the January 2016 PSA Men’s World Rankings just one month after losing out on the World No.1 Ranking to 2015 World Champion Gregory Gaultier. A disappointing third-round exit at the World Championship in November saw Elshorbagy’s 13-month reign atop the rankings come to an end but an…



Laura Massaro hits world number one spot

Laura Massaro has become just the third Englishwoman ever to occupy the coveted World No.1 position after leapfrogging Egyptian Raneem El Welily to top the January 2016 PSA Women’s World Rankings released today (January 1). The 32-year-old Lancastrian ended 2015 in a rich vein of form claiming three PSA World Tour titles and competing in…



Harry and Renitha impress at Redbridge

DAVE KITCHENS REPORTS Essex junior stalwarts Harry Kitchens and Renitha Srindran led the way triumphantly at the recent Redbridge Junior Open. In the boys’ U15 event Harry, who was playing for the first time in almost a fortnight after picking up a niggling injury at regional training and then recovering from a heavy cold, was…