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Grace is OTWS Player of the month March 2019

posted by S Meanley   [ updated ]

Grace (year 2) is Mersea's youngest winner of the Off The Wall Squash Player of the month award for March 2019.

Mica Easter tournament 2019

posted Apr 15, 2019, 11:24 AM by S Meanley   [ updated Apr 15, 2019, 11:27 AM ]

Mersea Island Junior Squash had their Easter tournament for the third consecutive year at the MICA Centre.
With ever increasing numbers and improved ability year on year, the four separate groups were well contested.

Group 1:

Winner - Holly
R/up - Beth

Group 2:

Girl Winner - Phoebe
Girl R/up - Izzy

Boy Winner - Kyan
Boy R/up - Nathan

Group 3:

Winner - Bradleigh
R/up - Alfie

Group 4:

Girl Winner - Lucy
Girl R/up - Matilda

Boy Winner - Daniel
Boy R/up - Luca

Resilience awards:


MICA Outstanding Sportsmanship Award:


With twenty-four children taking part playing 7 hours of squash, every one who stepped on court in the morning had improved in performance by the end of the day.
Well done to you all. Thank you to the MICA Centre for providing a superb venue as always.

Grace continues dominant run in Year 4 and under

posted Apr 10, 2019, 1:19 AM by S Meanley   [ updated Apr 10, 2019, 1:20 AM ]

Grace (year 2) continues her dominant streak against not only her year 4 and under section, but also year 6 and under that she must compete against due to low girl numbers.

Grace, diminutive only in stature, looms large on the squash court. Winning not only her year 4 and under group at Essex Junior Squash Grand Prix number seven of eight, Grace also took a 3-0 win against a year 6 and under player too. 

This leaves Grace in pole position in the leader table for the last GP of the season, to be held on 19th May at Bishops Stortford, 95 points clear of her nearest rival.

Essex Junior Squash Open

posted Mar 25, 2019, 6:33 AM by S Meanley   [ updated Mar 25, 2019, 6:34 AM ]

The bronze level tournament, the Essex junior open was held on the weekend of 23/24 March at Colchester Garrison squash courts. Six Mersea school children took part with some formidable results all round. Some of the children have only competed at the grand prix series in the past and this tournament was a giant step up for them and their squash.
Hugh and Luca took part in the  boys under 11 section both winning one of their three matches Hugh took a great top 8 finish in sixth place, with Luca taking an eleventh place this time.
George who with his early birthday in the school year had to play in the boys under 13 section took a solid 6th position with two wins out of 4.

Lucy, Emma and Grace had to battle it out in the girls under 9 section (Grace) and girls under 11 section, with each girl taking one win out of the three they had to play. Grace confidently taking the girls under 9 section trophy and Lucy the under 11's trophy with Emma in runner up position.

EFS Mersea team win for 4th consecutive year

posted Mar 23, 2019, 2:06 AM by S Meanley   [ updated Apr 11, 2019, 2:35 AM ]

EFS Mersea Team win year 3/4 Lexden Cup for fourth consecutive year

The final of three rounds of the Essex primary school Lexden Cup took place on 22nd March, with six teams going head to head. Tiptree, Mersea and Stanway primary schools all fielding two teams a piece this year, with match play on court improving year on year.

Sonny, Nathan, Sam, Oscar, Harley, Kyan, Grace, Zara, Izzy and Phoebe all giving their best for their Mersea School teams.

With one match left to complete the group stages, Tiptree B won 60-19 against Stanway B. Stanway A beat Mersea B 49-46 and Mersea A completing their round beating Tiptree A 53-30.

This left the leader table after group stages at:

1st Mersea A       286

2nd Tiptree A       245

3rd Mersea B       230

4th Stanway A     228

5th Tiptree B        214

6th Stanway B      92


Tiptree B played off with Stanway B in the 5/6 playoff. Tiptree taking the win and 5th position with 3 games won out of 4 (Stanway not allowing them to make a clean sweep) and points at 59-36 for 5th place finish ahead of Stanway in 6th.

Mersea B managed to turn the tables on the result against Stanway A in the group stage by clinching the win, each team taking two games apiece, Stanway the boys and Mersea the girls for a nail bitingly close finish of 50-49. Mersea taking bronze medal position and Stanway having to settle for 4th this time.

In a battle of the giants who both dominated the leader board throughout the group stages Mersea A once again took on Tiptree A team. This time EFS Mersea A took all four wins and the Lexden 3/4 cup with a 60-27 score line, for a fourth consecutive year.

Grace (who is only year two and was playing children three years above her), Phoebe and Sonny remained unbeaten throughout the whole tournament.

Thanks to Paul Allen for running the Lexden Cup and to Lexden Squash and Rackets Club for providing the venue for the next generation to give squash a go.

Lexden year 3/4 cup round 2

posted Mar 16, 2019, 5:49 AM by S Meanley   [ updated Mar 16, 2019, 6:54 AM ]

Mersea Island School squash team took a step closer to where they would like to be on Friday 15th March.
Starting the day they were laying in 2nd and 4th place in the points table (Mersea A & B team respectively), but after a great display of squash, determination and team spirit the two teams managed to climb the tables into 1st & 3rd position.

Mersea B team took on Stanway B team and with three wins out of four only dropping one point with the last player they took the win 59-26. They then moved onto Tiptree A team and again a replay of last weeks tournament when Tiptree had stronger boys but Mersea held their own with their girls, Tiptree winning two matches and Mersea winning two for the result of 39-47 to Tiptree. Mersea B suitably dented Tiptree's lead on Mersea A from round one, by stopping Tiptree from getting full marks

Mersae A team Won both their fixtures with a commanding win over Stanway B team all four players taking the win for a score of 60-8. Mersea A then took on Tiptree B team and again only dropping 1 point for a resounding 59-35 finish. This time Mersea A giving their own B team a leg up by stopping Tiptree's advance on the leaderboard.

Mersea players, Sonny, Nathan, Grace, Zara, Oscar, Kyan, Harley, Izzy and Phoebe.
Sonny, Grace and Phoebe still on an unbeaten record.

As a coach I am always extremely proud of Mersea's team spirit, manners and impeccable behaviour when out representing Mersea School. 

Grand Prix 6 of 8

posted Mar 14, 2019, 9:56 AM by S Meanley   [ updated Mar 14, 2019, 9:57 AM ]

Essex Junior Squash held Grand Prix 6 out of 8 in the series at Colchester Garrison on 10th March.
With the numbers of entries continuing to grow at every event and the age categories now allowing under year 4 children to compete, this is testament to the development of the sport in our area by Essex Junior Squash. The standard of the children taking part improve every time too.

Luca, who is growing in strength and confidence every time out, won three of his matches at the event and took home the silver medal for his great performances. Grace in a group with year 5 girls (when she is year 2) won two of her four matches against girls three years her senior and walked away with the gold medal for the year 4 and under section. Grace is currently in an unbeatable position at the top of the year 4 and under table after six wins out of 6 in her age category.

Mersea Year 3/4 Lexden Cup

posted Mar 11, 2019, 7:44 AM by S Meanley   [ updated Mar 11, 2019, 7:44 AM ]

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Mersea School started off on Friday 8th as they mean to go on by logging a good first days' results on the leader table.

Team A Grace, Izzy, Sonny and Oscar.
Team B Zara, Pheobe, Kyan and Harley.

First up was a Mersea head to head where Mersea A took on Mersea B team, Mersea looked stronger with three members taking the wins and Pheobe taking the win for team B. However Mersea B took 40 points away from Mersea A in a 57-40 battle of the giants.

Mersea A then moved on to Stanway A team taking a blistering three wins out of 4 and winning 57-30. Mersea B took Tiptree B team and this turned out to be a battle of the sexes type event. Tiptree claiming the two boys matches but Mersea looking stronger in the girls section. The overall score a draw 46-46.

The overall leaders table looks as follows with two rounds left to play:

Tiptree A      115
Mersea A    114
Stanway A    90
Mersea B     86
Tiptree B       85
Stanway B    39

Watch this space...

Mersea players unbeaten to date: Sonny, Grace and Pheobe.

Grace achieves OTWS awards level 1 & 2

posted Mar 11, 2019, 7:16 AM by S Meanley   [ updated Mar 11, 2019, 7:16 AM ]

Grace continues to show her determination to achieve by receiving her Off The Wall Squash Level 1 AND Level 2 awards on the same day.
The awards are designed to encourage children to progress their racket and ball skills through a series of linked exercises. These awards in turn are linked to good results on the court during matches.

Well dome Grace. Keep up the great effort. 


3 x Essex Junior squash training bursaries

posted Feb 4, 2019, 5:38 AM by S Meanley   [ updated Feb 4, 2019, 5:38 AM ]

Three Mersea School pupils have been awarded a training bursary from Essex Junior Squash.
Luca year 6, Lucy year 5 and Grace (the youngest ever to be awarded) year 2 each receive 8 x 1:1 training sessions with a coach of their choice. They were spotted and nominated by coaches at the Essex Junior Squash development training squads for their attention to detail and improvement.

They join Mersea's previous four recipients in kick starting their squash career to new levels.

Well done to you all.

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