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 securing the overall title.

Ardleigh St Mary’s were relatively comfortable winners of  the Year five event, but it was a monumental battle in the Year six division with just six points separating second-placed Lawford from the top prize, also won by Ardleigh.

“The level of competition and the improvement of squash was remarkable,” said OTWS senior coach Lauren Selby. “This has been a fantastic competition and I couldn’t be happier with the level of commitment and fairness shown by all the players. For most of the children, the Roman Cup has been their first taste of competitive squash. I’m sure by the smiles and the ability on display over our three events, it won’t be their last.”

Year 5

Final scores: 1st: Ardleigh (1) 532 points; 2nd Dedham 482; 3rd Langham 426; 4th Lawford (1) 411; 5th Gt Bromley 403; 6th Ardleigh (2) 398; 7th Lawford (2) 378; Bradfield 288.

Best Girl – Rosie Snook  – Ardleigh St. Mary’s

Most Improved Girl – Amy Burgess – Langham

Best Boy – Alfie Austin  – Ardleigh St. Mary’s

Most Improved Boy – Joseph Mayhew-Millard   – Bradfield Primary Sch

Year 6

Final Scores: 1st Ardleigh (1) 511 points; 2nd Lawford (1) 505; 3rd Dedham 386; 4th Langham 370; 5th Ardleigh (2) 363; 6th Bradfield 353; 7th Lawford (2) 346; 8th Gt Bromley 340.

Best Girl – Hannah Morley – Ardleigh St. Mary’s

Most Improved Girl – Emma Lay-Flurrie – Lawford Primary Sch

Best Boy – Kian Mistry Shah – Lawford Primary Sch

Most Improved Boy – Will Dutch – Ardleigh St. Mary’s

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