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Mersea Year 6 Lexden Cup Winners

posted by S Meanley   [ updated ]

Mersea Island School fielded two teams with reserves in the year 6 Lexden Cup held at Lexden Squash and Rackets Club.
Grace, Zara, Lucy, Emma, Phoebe, Sonny, Hugh, Oli, Chase, Oscar, Evan and Charlie making up the two teams.

Mersea A and Mersea B were up first against each other, Mersea A taking the win 60-34, Grace coming the closest in the B team to toppling a Mersea A player just missing out by one point 14-15.

Mersea A then faced Tiptree Heath and then Stanway Primary School taking both wins 60-32 and 60-10 respectfully to remain unbeaten (Hugh, Sonny, Lucy and Emma) throughout the tournament.

Mersea B took on the teams in reverse order winning 60-9 against Stanway and narrowly missing out against Tiptree 40-48 Grace being the only Mersea B player to win a match against Tiptree.

The final scores were:

1st Mersea A    180
2nd Tiptree        140
3rd Mersea B    134
4th Stanway        23

What makes this finish so good is Mersea School were fielding the future as well as the present, 1 x year 3 player; 6 x year 5 players and only 5 x year 6 players and they were only 6 points off runner up spot too, showing our strength beyond year 6.

A huge thank you to Mrs Andrews, Mrs Peachey and Mrs Mussett for driving to and from the event, we are unable to compete in events like this without parent support.

Mersea have now qualified a year 5 and year 6 team at the Essex School Games in association with Active Essex at the Corporal Budd Gymnasium in January 2020.

Lucy bags OTWS level 4 award

posted Dec 5, 2019, 12:54 PM by S Meanley   [ updated Dec 5, 2019, 12:54 PM ]

Lucy (year 6) has achieved her level 4 Off The Wall Squash junior progress award.

The OTWS Junior Progress Awards are six skill-based awards for young players to help with their development whilst providing the coach with a package that can add value to  junior squash sessions by providing additional activities to deliver.

The OTWS Progress Awards have been developed by OTWS coaching and development team to provide a logical step by step package that will help young players learn, practice and be consistent in a range of on court activities.

Well done Lucy.

Mersea EFS team win year 5 Lexden Cup for third successive year.

posted Nov 15, 2019, 1:55 PM by S Meanley   [ updated Nov 15, 2019, 11:04 PM ]

Mersea Island School in EFS sponsored team kit fielded two teams of four and two reserve substitutes for the Lexden Cup 2019 year 5 competition.

The teams consisted of: Sonny, Evan, Phoebe, Grace (yr3), Chase, Oscar, Zara, Izzy, Monia and Harley.

Mersea A had to play their own home team Mersea B first and the hardest test for them claiming a 43-21 victory with three wins and only one point dropped from a full house. They went on to face Tiptree A taking a decisive win 40-19 and followed this up with full marks finishes against Tiptree B 44-6 and Stanway 44-18 to slap an unbeatable lead of 171 points on the leader board with only 5 points dropped in all 16 matches. The girls Phoebe and Grace taking no prisoners and winning all their matches.

Mersea B started by taking 21 points from Mersea A team and this was the highest amount of points taken by any other team from Mersea A. Oscar the only one winning a match here for the B team. Mersea B went on to play Stanway taking the win 39-25, Tiptree A with a narrow 30-37 battle and then followed up with Tiptree B this time winning 37-31. The three girls Zara, Izzy and Monia winning all their matches except in the Mersea A head to head.

All players played brilliantly, with honesty, integrity and great team spirit. They shook hands after every match and thanked markers. They shook hands with event organiser Paul Allen and thanked him for the tournament. They clapped good shots from other schools. The children from Mersea are a pleasure to take out to represent Mersea School. 

Final placings:

1st     Mersea A    171
2nd    Tiptree A      133
3rd     Mersea B    127
4th      Stanway      109
5th      Tiptree B       91

Each child from every school entered also received a voucher for several free coaching sessions at Lexden squash and rackets club. This is a valuable prize and hope everyone will take up the offer.

Events like this are impossible without the support of parents and a huge thank you must go to the Mrs Yuzen and Mrs Woodhead for driving some of the team to the venue. Mersea also had lots of parents to watch at the venue and support the teams, thank you to you all and for the extra offers of lifts, this makes a huge difference to all the players.

Lucy is POTM for October

posted Nov 15, 2019, 1:20 PM by S Meanley   [ updated Nov 15, 2019, 1:21 PM ]

Lucy (year 6) is player of the month at Off the Wall squash for October 2019.

They say about her:

The OTW player of the month for October is Lucy. Lucy is an up and coming talent from Mersea and has been improving fantastically well. Lucy attends squad two to three times a week and is very committed to her squash. During training sessions she is growing in confidence and working hard to develop her game. In September she finished runner up in the Essex Closed only missing out narrowly in the final. She has been selected to represent the Essex Under 11 team at the November Inter county event. All the coaches love Lucy's attitude to her development and are excited for her future. Well done Lucy we are proud of how far you have come. Keep working hard Lucy.

Inter-county team success

posted Nov 11, 2019, 5:59 AM by S Meanley   [ updated Nov 11, 2019, 5:59 AM ]

Three current Mersea students were selected for Essex Junior Squash Inter-County teams at the weekend. Hugh (year 6) playing for the boys under 13B team and making up two thirds of the girls under 11 team were Lucy (also year 6) and Grace (year 3).

Hugh's team consisted of 5 players with him playing in 3rd seed position playing at Purley Sports Club. The team lost 2-3 to Oxfordshire, 0-5 to Kent but won 4-1 against bucks A team, which is good going from a B team side finishing up in 3rd in their group.

With Lucy in 2nd seed and Grace in 3rd seed position the girls started the day at Purley Sports Club taking on Sussex all three girls looking strong and winning 3-0 against all players from the other side. They then faced Hampshire (who are generally a strong team) and this time the scores went the other way but lots of experience learnt. The final showdown was against Dorset and all three girls returned to winning form dispatching all players 3-0 to take eventual second place in the group. This leaves the GU11 side waiting for confirmation from England Squash to see if they progress to the finals in January in Nottingham.

Well done to you all for your selections to the teams. Almost 20% of players selected for the Essex teams this year were either current or past pupils of Mersea. Fielding players in GU11 x2 BU13 x3 BU15 x1 GU15 x 2 and GU17 x1 showing great progression after leaving the school.

Year 5 & 6 squash team selections

posted Nov 7, 2019, 1:31 PM by S Meanley   [ updated Nov 7, 2019, 1:31 PM ]

Mersea year 5 Squash teams 15th Nov 2019



G1 Phoebe S

G2 Grace W

B1 Sonny S

B2 Evan A



G1 Zara Y

G2 Izzy K

B1 Chase C-P

B2 Oscar P



Monia B

Harley H



Mersea year 6 Squash teams 29th Nov 2019



G1 Lucy B

G2 Emma J

B1 Hugh B

B2 Sonny S



G1 Phoebe S

G2 Grace W

B1 Oli D

B2 Charlie M



Zara Y

Evan A

Hugh takes on the British Junior Open

posted Nov 6, 2019, 11:29 PM by S Meanley   [ updated Nov 7, 2019, 7:43 AM ]

Hugh (year 6) took a trip to Nottingham for three days in the October half term to try his hand at the British Squash Junior Open. As it is the British he was pitted against the very best from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The tournament being held over five venues in and around Nottingham and also Derbyshire.

Hugh played really well winning three of his six matches and taking some really good points against the children that beat him (he did not make it easy for them) and taking 27th spot in a really strong field. Hugh was the only current pupil from Mersea School to give it a go this year. Well done Hugh.

East Regional junior squash championships

posted Oct 14, 2019, 12:30 PM by S Meanley   [ updated Oct 15, 2019, 8:32 AM by Trevor Wright ]

Hugh and Lucy (both year 6) took part in the Under 11 East Regional Junior Squash Championships held on 12th/13th October at Ipswich Sports Club.
The East Regional Championships are the best children from six counties: Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk, Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire.

Hugh won two of his three matches 3-0 and 3-1 to place third in the boys under 11 category. Lucy took one game from a Cambridgeshire player to come third in her group.

Essex County Closed junior squash runner-up

posted Oct 1, 2019, 4:53 AM by S Meanley   [ updated Oct 1, 2019, 4:54 AM ]

Lucy (year 6) was the only person from Mersea School to achieve trophy status at the Essex County Closed event on the weekend of 28th & 29th September. Lucy took a well-deserved runner-up spot in the girls under 11 section winning both matches 3-0 in the group stages and then only just missing out by the skin of her teeth in the final with a 3-2 battle of wills. Lucy’s game has improved immensely in the last year and this result justified her hard work. 

Other notable results went to Phoebe (year 5) who claimed third place in the GU11 just behind Lucy and who still has another year left in this age group. Hugh (year 6) in boys U11 finished in third place only dropping one match the whole tournament.

There were good performances also over the duration of the weekend from: Chase Castle-Prop in BU11 who finished in 11th at his first major tournament.

The one sadness was that Grace (year 3), recent star of Mersea Life due to the sheer number of great performances at GU9 level, was unable to compete in her county championship due to a fall the week before at school that left her with a broken wrist (luckily not her playing hand), although I have my suspicions that she would be equally good with her left hand too! Grace has also had to withdraw from a bronze tournament on 5th/6th October and the East regional closed, which I am sure she would have excelled in. Luckily though at only 7yo she still has a great deal of time to claim these titles.

Connaught junior squash runners up

posted Aug 13, 2019, 2:55 AM by S Meanley   [ updated Oct 17, 2019, 7:27 AM by Trevor Wright ]

Hugh and Grace each had successful visits to the Connaught bronze junior tournament in Epping Forest on 27th & 28th July in the last tournament of the 2018/2019 squash season, junior squash shuts down for August  and then the tournaments all start afresh after a summer break (great for parents and children alike).

Hugh who will be returning to school in September in year 6 had a successful battle of the titans affair. Hugh, seeded 3/4 for this tournament,  battled through a 5 game match in round 1 to see him safely into round two, here he whizzed his way with a win into the final (his first ever at a bronze tournament). This time Hugh had to settle for runner up spot, but as he was seeded to come third or fourth this was a win in his books, and his highest finish at this level to date.

Grace  who returns to year 3 in September continued her run of taking the prizes by picking up a runner up medal at Connaught once again playing children an age group older than herself.

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