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Monthly archives: February, 2016

Connaught Junior Open delivers sizzling squash and drama

REPORT BY LEE HORTON The Connaught Junior Open unearthed some exciting new young talent and showcased an incredibly high standard of squash at the weekend. With an impressive entry of over 60 players, the England Squash sanctioned Bronze event attracted players from across the Home Counties as well as a healthy entry from Essex. Organised



Magnifique…Essex players take French Open by storm

REPORT BY LEE HORTON TWO Essex players were crowned French Junior Open Champions in a quite remarkable weekend in Lille. Billericay’s Alice Green and Elise Lazarus from Redbridge were among five English players to lift titles at the championships which attracted a strong entry from across Europe. And Essex almost pulled off a third victory after



Lauren Selby nominated for two top squash awards

ESSEX coach Lauren Selby has been shortlisted for two prestigious squash awards. The Off The Wall Squash Director of Coaching, who is also a major force within the Essex County Junior ncoaching team, was nominated in two categories when the The Polar Squash Workforce Awards panel met in Manchester last week. Over 300 applications were received for



Sports Minister praises inclusion of squash in Essex Games

ESSEX has been praised and heralded by Sports Minister Tracey Crouch for including squash in the their annual Schools Games event…the only county in the country to do so. The partnership between Off The Wall Squash Academy based in Colchester and organising body Active Essex combined to stage a thrilling tournament at the Colchester Garrison with Year



Essex foursome in action at French Junior Open

FOUR players from Essex are heading to Lille this week for the French Junior Open. Eleanor White (Chelmsford) and Alice Green (Billericay) have entered the girls’ Under-15 event with British National champion Alice installed as the 3/4 seed. She plays a qualifier in round one while Eleanor (9/16) opens her account against Catlyn Van Maas



Lauren Briggs flies the flag for Essex at Nationals

Essex’s Lauren Briggs continued her incredible year adding the National Women’s O35s title to the British Open and European Masters titles after a fabulous week in Manchester. Connaught’s Lauren proved too much for Hannah Wright-Davies, finishing the match in straight games to claim her second O35s National title. Chelmsford’s Daryl Selby lived up to his number



Final week to enter Essex Junior Open 2016

The Essex Junior Open broke all entry records last season and hopes are high that year’s event reaches the same heights. The showpiece tournament will again be held at the Colchester Garrison with the action set for March 5th and 6th. We are also thrilled that London law company EC3 Legal are again sponsoring the tournament.



Amazing turn out for latest Essex Junior Grand Prix

The volunteers of Team EJS pulled off another amazing tournament last weekend with 50 kids from school years 4 through to 10 playing over a hundred matches across 9 groups in the space of 6 and a half hours! With Lexden hosting round 4 of the Essex Junior Squash Grand Prix series on Sunday, an event



MATTHEW & MASSARO CONFIRMED AS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS TOP SEEDS

Nick Matthew and Laura Massaro have been confirmed as top seeds for this year’s British National Squash Championships to be staged at the National Squash Centre in Manchester next week. Matthew, who will be attempting to retain the trophy and extend his record number of titles to eight, will face Chris Ryder in his opening



Yusef Sheikh claims number two spot in England rankings

Congratulations to Connaught’s Yusef Sheikh on reaching a personal high of TWO in the current England Junior Squash rankings. Yusef’s rise is reward for some incredibly hard work with coach Dave Webster as well as the Essex coaching system. Yusef has become a key member of our Under-11’s county and East Regional squads and with another



Connaught Junior Open all set for Feb 20-21

The Connaught Junior Squash Open, run by Dave Webster and his team, will take place on the 20th-21st February 2016. You can still enter, but time is short. This is a full weekend Bronze sanctioned event with categories being run in: Boys & Girls U11 Boys & Girls U13 Boys & Girls U15Boys & Girls