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Grand Prix Number 5 - Connaught

posted Feb 11, 2018, 11:46 AM by S Meanley   [ updated Feb 11, 2018, 11:49 PM ]

Mersea players were out in strength at the fifth Essex Squash Junior Grand Prix, number 5 of 7.
Ruby taking runner up spot in a seven strong group of girls year 6 and under with a 2-1 battle for the final winners spot. Harrison in boys year 6 and under claimed runner up spot just ahead of Aidan in 3rd in an experienced group of boys. Henry in the boys year 6 and under strongest group, took runner up spot banking some vital championship points at this stage of the competition. George, celebrating his birthday took home some valuable learning points after some tough games and a fifth spot.
Hugh in boys year 4 and under gave Mersea another runner up spot. With Harry F picking up 3rd in boys year 6 and under and Leonie showing improving performance with her first match win in the grand prix series. 
Mersea are proving a force to be reckoned with in the Junior Squash Series.

Year 3/4 teams selected

posted Feb 9, 2018, 11:11 PM by S Meanley   [ updated Feb 11, 2018, 11:51 PM ]

Mersea A

Boy 1     Hugh
Boy 2     Ollie
Girl 1      Ruby
Girl 2      Emma

Mersea B

Boy 1     Charlie E
Boy 2     Charlie M
Girl 1     Jess
Girl 2     Lucy



The Lexden Cup year 3/4 series dates:

23rd February 
9th March
23rd March

Three new recruits to Essex Junior squash squads

posted Feb 1, 2018, 11:29 PM by S Meanley   [ updated Feb 1, 2018, 11:30 PM ]

At Essex Junior Squash Trials held at Corporal Budd Gymnasium, Colchester on 21st January, three Mersea girls, India, Izzy and Alice, tried out their skills.
Completing a series of game type tests and showing their agility and racket skills the girls were duly invited to join the Essex Junior Squash Development Girls squad.
India and Alice recently received medals at the Essex School Games (bronze in year 5), and Izzy is the youngest girl from Mersea School to try out and to be selected.

Mersea win Essex School Games

posted Jan 20, 2018, 1:11 AM by S Meanley   [ updated Jan 20, 2018, 2:28 AM ]

Mersea had such strength in their squash players this year that they sent three teams to the Essex School Games held at Corporal Budd Gymnasium in Colchester. 

Mersea year 6 A team: Henry, George (still in year 5 and playing up an age group), Amelie and Ruby, our Lexden Cup winning team.
Mersea year 6 B team: Aidan, Harrison, Charlotte and Beatrice, our Lexden Cup runners up team.
Mersea year 5 team: Sid, Daniel, India and Alice, a new team for this year.

Mersea year 6 B team took wins in the group stages against Holland Park 36-12, Tiptree 36-18 and Elmstead 36-13 (36 being full marks). The only defeats being against Lawford the first match of the day and it was close at 24-31 where two of our team won and two of Lawford won the difference only being 7 points and Ardleigh 35-20.
This put Mersea B in the play offs for 5th and 6th against Felsted after both teams finished third in their respective group stages. Mersea boys came out strong and took the first two matches and the girls put in a fight but the Felsted girls were slightly stronger leaving the difference on points to decide the places. Mersea 25 and Felsted 29 for Mersea to take 6th place out of 11 teams (the best in Essex as they all had to qualify for the event) and were the highest placed B team at the event. 

Both Beatrice and Aidan only dropped 1 point throughout the entire day of competition, and Beatrice takes a special mention in her group for fairplay and attitude.

Mersea year 5 team took wins against Brooklands 29-16, Elmstead 36-6, and Langham 32-15. Against Felsted it could not have been tighter with Felsted just clinching it 29-30 and Lawford inched ahead with 25-27. This was a fabulous showing for the new team and they finished in bronze medal position. Sid noticeably winning all his matches and being the best sportsman of the day in his team for behaviour on court and honesty (a Mersea trait).

I leave the best to last, three of the current Mersea A team were present at last year's Essex School Games and took home the winners trophy in the year 5 group. This year with the addition of George (as already mentioned still in year 5) the team worked together to take wins in the group stages against Gt Bromley 31-16, Felsted 36-9, Elmstead 36-5, and Holland Park 36-2. This sat them at the top of group one with a semi final place against Lawford which they walked away with the win at 36-5 and a place in the final with Gt Bromley who won their semi final. Mersea stepped up to the plate and deservedly took the win and the best year 6 team in Essex award trophy 34-20. Henry Amelie and George remained unbeaten throughout the day and Henry won best sportsmanship award in his team.

For me, what makes Mersea school so good at squash currently is the resilience that our teams are showing. If they are beaten, rather than being upset, they come and ask what they can do to improve, they have made the link that working harder gets the results in the end, that losing today is a learning point for tomorrow. They are passionate about the sport, and they are fair beyond a fault.

Well done Team Mersea.

Bishop Stortford grand prix success

posted Jan 15, 2018, 7:28 AM by S Meanley   [ updated Jan 17, 2018, 5:55 AM ]

Mersea squash players are going from strength to strength. On Sunday 14th January 7 children took the trip to the newly renovated Bishop Stortford Squash Club to try their hand in the Essex Junior Squash grand prix series.

In the year 4 and under section Hugh took home runner up position and a medal even after sustaining three hits with the ball during the competition.

Ruby continued her form with a runner up in the year 6 and under girls section with a battle ending on 2-1 with the eventual winner.

The boys year 6 and under section is growing in size at every event and this time Harrison took a great winner spot in his group winning all his matches 2-1, 2-0, 2-0, 2-0. Henry taking a joint first with two other players in the strongest year 6 group. George picking up runner up this time, as did Aidan in his respective group.

That is: 2 x wins and 4 x runners up in one event.

Current leader standings for the 2017/2018 season table after 4 of the 7 events are:

Girls Year 6 and Under group 1st Ruby 57 points 4th Leonie 16 points
Boys year 4 and under group 3rd Hugh 32 points
Boys year 6 and under group 2nd Henry 47 points 5th George  39 points 6th Harrison 37 points 8th Aidan 28 points 14th Stanley 15 points  

At the end of the season the children finishing in the top two positions claim a winners prize of a free training session with England player Ben Coleman (a professional player).

Lara selected for England Aspire Squad

posted Jan 4, 2018, 7:57 AM by S Meanley   [ updated Jan 15, 2018, 7:12 AM ]

Just last week, past pupil Lara (now in year 8) was invited by England Squash to be a member of the England Aspire Squad.

The Aspire programme is focused on enhancing players with potential above county level to create a sustainable succession of players into the England Development Programme (EDP) and offer a quality environment where the best players in a region can come together to train.

Aspire players will be in contention, alongside the EDP players to represent England junior squads at European and World events.

Lara started her squash just over 3 years ago in Mersea School PE squash lessons.

Garrison vs Felsted & Ipswich friendly

posted Dec 27, 2017, 2:17 AM by S Meanley   [ updated Dec 27, 2017, 2:18 AM ]

During the Christmas holidays Off The Wall Squash (OTWS) from Colchester Garrison held a friendly competition for young players to gain vital competition experience against Felsted School and Ipswich Sports Club. Several Mersea players took part with some great matches played, notably Hugh (year 4) won all the matches in his group with some determined battles.

First boy to receive training bursary

posted Dec 15, 2017, 12:08 PM by S Meanley   [ updated Dec 15, 2017, 12:09 PM ]

George (Yr 5) has been awarded a training bursary by Essex Junior Squash with top Essex Coach Lauren Selby. He will receive 8 individual lessons as part of the bursary as they believe he has the right attributes needed to be an outstanding squash player. George is the first boy from Mersea School to receive a bursary and received his first session on 14th December.

East Regional under 13 squad selection

posted Dec 15, 2017, 12:01 PM by S Meanley   [ updated Dec 15, 2017, 12:04 PM ]

After finishing 5th at last weekend’s two day East Regional Championship  held in Ipswich in the under 13’s girls section, Amelie has been selected to be on the East Regional under 13 training squad which encompasses Essex, Cambridgeshire, Suffolk, Norfolk, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire.

November Player of the month @ OTWS

posted Dec 15, 2017, 11:58 AM by S Meanley   [ updated Dec 15, 2017, 11:58 AM ]

The Off The Wall Squash Player of the Month for November is Henry 

This is what they had to say about him:

Henry started playing squash through Mersea Island School's programme. Henry is one of our most regular academy members and attends two sessions per week. He has constantly improved since starting squads and is now playing fantastic squash. Henry is without doubt one of the politest and most well-behaved players at our squads. He is always fair, honest and helps others too. He is always so attentive and tries his utmost to improve his squash. The coaches always love having Henry in the group, he is a breeze to coach!

Well done Henry, a much deserved winner and we look forward to watching your improvement.

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