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Inter-county friendly series Under 11 & Under 13

posted Apr 22, 2018, 12:43 PM by S Meanley   [ updated Apr 22, 2018, 12:44 PM ]

Essex Junior Squash sent two teams of under 13 up and coming players and a team of under 11 players to Kent on 22nd April to contest an inter county friendly series with Kent and Surrey.

Essex A under 13's finished 2nd and Essex B team in 6th. The under 11's took 4th in their group.

Great learning experiences for all the Essex youngsters. Players were Henry, Felicity, Ruby and Aidan in the under 13's and Hugh in under 11. 

OTWS player of the month March 2018

posted Apr 19, 2018, 8:40 AM by S Meanley   [ updated Apr 19, 2018, 8:40 AM ]

George is Off the Wall Squash's player of the month for March 2018. This is what they had to say about him.

The player for the month of March is George. George is one of our bright young prospects. He has improved so much in recent months, now in the elite silver training group. George attends squad three times per week and is yet another talent from Mersea School. George sums up our academy perfectly, he works hard, listens, engages, respects the coaches and other players, has fun and plays fair. He is now on the England ranking list for boys under 11 at number 83 and is committed to playing more tournaments. Well done George for all your hard work. Keep up the momentum.

Mica junior squash Easter tournament

posted Apr 9, 2018, 8:29 AM by S Meanley   [ updated Apr 9, 2018, 8:30 AM ]

Monday 9th April had 16 children keen to battle in two different categories.

The red ball tournament, group 1, for children fairly new to competition had eight contestants.
With some well fought matches throughout a 5 hour duration Harvey came out strongest to take the group win, trophy and Easter Egg. 
In joint second, Sacha and Angel had to share the runner up trophy for today, Sacha taking it home (another already ordered for Angel).

The black ball competition, group 2, were all more experienced on court. 
Some tough battles were seen and runner up Daniel only losing to eventual winner Hugh who took all his matches and only dropped one game in the tournament to Sid who finished third. Matilda came 5th and finished as highest girl in this group.

Mersea is well known for their fair play and manners on court. They fight hard and smart but play with manners, fairness and honesty.
This year the overall award presented by the Mica Centre for fair play was presented to Sid, who was honest throughout and played fair, but also his manners towards other players and their good shots were seen often. India in group 2 and Izzy in group 1 picked up a racket bag and medal each for fair play on their respective courts. Abigail received an Easter selection box for perseverance and determination. This was her first time on an actual squash court and she tried hard the whole day, never stopping smiling, this trait will see her do well in the future, her game improving today with each match.

Mersea claim the Lexden 3/4 cup for the 3rd successive year

posted Mar 23, 2018, 3:22 PM by S Meanley   [ updated Apr 9, 2018, 8:50 AM ]

Preparations for the final round of the Lexden 3/4 cup were severely tested this week in the Mersea Junior squash camp when one player injured her arm and another was off sick for three days. Alessandra and Izzy (year 3) had to be drafted in for replacements and in case of none returns from illness.

Team B: Charlie E, Charlie M and Ruby were joined by the girls who played a match apiece at the final leg of the tournament. 
The team beat Stanway B 39-26 with Alessandra stepping in for her first ever match in competition and taking the win along with Charlie E and Charlie M. This put them in third place in the leader table after all rounds were played. This gave them one final match against Stanway A team for overall 3rd and 4th place. With Charlie M and Izzie (walking away with 11-9 and 11-1 wins respectively)  to help their team claim a 32-32 draw for the 3rd place medal overall the team grinned from ear to ear. Jess who played in rounds one and two before hurting her arm will also receive her medal.

Team A: Hugh, Oli, Emma and Lucy (returning just in time from sickness) faced Tiptree in their final group stage match. Hugh started the team off well winning 11-6 but nerves were playing on the children and Tiptree took the next three games and the win 39-20 to finish top of the leaderboard. This meant Mersea A finishing in second place in the group and had to play Tiptree once more for the final 1st and 2nd playoff, Tiptree looking confident for the win.

I have said previously that what makes me so proud of Mersea School's teams is the resilience and dedication that they all put into their game. With nothing to lose,and some new tactics in the bank Hugh returned to the court, he dispatched his player 11-3 setting Mersea off in a strong lead, and making Hugh unbeaten throughout the three days of tournaments). Oli stepped onto court and with a new tactic he played a strong game narrowly missing out but grabbing a vital 9 points in the process and giving Mersea a 20-14 lead over Tiptree before handing over to the girls to do their bit. Emma moved better and read the ball well, upping her score by two points to  give Mersea a 27-25 lead before handing over to Lucy. Lucy who having been ill during the week, playing a big server that she lost to in the previous round 11-3 Lucy went on court with a smile on her face and a plan to follow. She followed it to the letter and executed the biggest upset by taking the win 11-5 and giving Mersea A team the trophy for the third year in a row with a win of 38-30.

Well done Mersea teams AGAIN!

English Junior Squash Championships

posted Mar 16, 2018, 8:05 AM by S Meanley   [ updated Mar 16, 2018, 8:05 AM ]

This year and for the next three years the Dunlop English Junior Championships are to be staged in Hull, the UK city of culture 2017. The very best junior players from all over England head up to Yorkshire to battle out for supremacy in the various age categories, this year held from 9th - 11th March.

Mersea once again had past and present pupil participation at this very highest level of competition, all pupils starting their squash careers at Mersea School PE sessions. Amelie and Lara contested the girls under 13 age category whilst Daisy took on the under 17 level. Amelie, unseeded in this years event had a draw that saw her challenged in round one playing an experienced opponent from Durham, getting some good points she moved into the 17-32 section of the draw. Amelie then won round two battling with a 3-2 victory against a Northumbria player, this saw her pitched in the 21-24 section of the draw against an Essex player missing out 3-1 on this occasion. Amelie won the next round seeing her through to a play off for final positions and took home eventual 22nd place. Lara seeded in 9-16 position for this event fought hard and with three wins out of 5, taking a game from seed number three player in round two and pushing all the way walked away with 10th place in England. Some great results with some great futures.

Mersea sets up for a Tiptee head-to-head final

posted Mar 11, 2018, 12:04 PM by S Meanley   [ updated Mar 11, 2018, 12:04 PM ]

Mersea junior squash teams visited Lexden squash club last Friday for round two of the Lexden year 3 & 4 school cup.

Leading after stage one Mersea A team (Hugh, Oli, Emma and Lucy) took on Stanway B winning with a massive 44-10 with all four players picking up maximum points. 

Mersea B team ( Charlie E, Charlie M, Ruby and Jessica) faced Stanway A with three players taking full marks and the team winning 34-22.
All our players are improving with every outing. 

Current standings after round two:

1st    Tiptree        132
2nd    Mersea A    122
3rd     Stanway A    94 (all rounds played)
4th     Mersea B       84
5th     Stanway B    53

Following round three when all teams have played each other, positions 1 and 2 play off again for 1st and 2nd places, positions 3 & 4 play off for 3rd and 4th place. With Stanway A having already completed all their matches, Mersea A's final match on the 23rd March is against Tiptree and regardless of points will play Tiptree a second time that day for the final positions. Mersea B draw Stanway B and are likely to play off with  Stanway A or B for 3rd and 4th position.

This is where maths makes it exciting (sport and maths combining together). Mersea A and Tiptree both have 52 points against them so far, an average of 17 points per game, who will win in the battle of the schools? Watch this space...

Mersea go from strength to strength in Essex Junior Open

posted Feb 26, 2018, 11:50 PM by S Meanley   [ updated Mar 16, 2018, 7:24 AM ]

Mersea Island School had no less than ten players at the Essex Junior Open, some past players and 5 current pupils, held at Colchester Garrison at the weekend. Age groups were spread all the way from Under 11's to Under 19's in both boy and girl categories.

Aidan picked up a really useful 5th place in the boys Under 11 section which was extremely competitive. With 15 players entered this was a great result for Aidan only losing to Number 1 seed in England, so a great experience to play someone of that calibre. George picked up the plate winner trophy in this same event, again only dropping one match along the way. Hugh picked up a useful 11th place finish, a great show as he still has two years left in this age category.

The girls did not disappoint either. Amelie coming through from a 15 starting field to knock out the number 4 and 3 seed to take a final third position in the next age group up, the girls under 13 category in this her first year at this level. Ruby winning two of her matches with some great hard fought battles and some great learning experiences for her future.

Well done team Mersea.

Mersea head table after round one of Lexden School Cup year 3&4

posted Feb 23, 2018, 12:03 PM by S Meanley   [ updated Feb 23, 2018, 12:04 PM ]

After round 1 of the year 3/4 Lexden School cup Mersea A team, Hugh, Ollie, Emma and Lucy looked strong throughout and set down some good starting scores find themselves sitting at the top of the table with two good wins against Stanway A 37-15 and their own Mersea B team 41 - 27. Hugh and Ollie unbeaten on day one.

Mersea B team: Charlie E, Charlie M, Ruby and Jess played the two strongest teams Mersea A and Tiptree and scored a solid 50 points, which although puts them in 3rd at the table currently, looks good as they have got the toughest competition out of the way already in the first round which should open up the field over the next two rounds.

OTWS Player of the month for January

posted Feb 22, 2018, 10:52 PM by S Meanley

The Off The Wall Squash Player of the Month for January is Ruby.

This is what they said about Ruby:

Ruby is another protege from Mersea School where she began. One of Ruby's finest qualities is her resilience. She will keep working and even if she struggles with a task, she is always determined to overcome the challenge. During our squad she is polite and well mannered and respectful of the coaches and her peers. Ruby has been playing extremely well in the grand prix events and is currently leading in the current year 6 and under event. We are extremely pleased with Ruby's progress and proud of all she has achieved so far. Well done Ruby and keep up the hard work.


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.

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