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GP Winners Training with Ben Coleman World No. 55

posted Jul 9, 2017, 1:32 PM by S Meanley   [ updated Jul 9, 2017, 1:32 PM ]

On 9th July, the winners and runners up from the Junior Grand Prix Squash Series 2016/2017 received their prize winning two hour training session with Ben Coleman (based in Chelmsford world ranked number 55 squash player) and Paul Allen head coach from Lexden Squash & Racket Club, an opportunity that cannot be bought.

Six of the children were past or present members of Mersea School, showing the depth Mersea has developed since starting their squash program just two years ago. The children were put through their paces with some fun warm up games and then match play against the other lucky winners. Each child got to have an individual match with Ben, afterwards Ben posed for photographs and autographs after answering some questions the children had for him about his career.

KS2 Consortium Sports - 2nd Place!

posted Jul 6, 2017, 11:21 PM by A Fox-Hammond   [ updated Jul 6, 2017, 11:23 PM ]

On Tuesday 27th June a selection of children across KS2 represented the school at the Consortium Athletics Sports Event. The children competed against 21 other schools from the local area in track and field finals.
A huge well done to Alex Canham, Charlotte Allen, Kieran Trusdale, Lucy Webb, Rebecca Webb, Dominic Gozzett, Mia Sayer, Ellis Higgins, Lereese Sarwie-Gold, Noah Papley, Cherry Hodges, Caeron Findlay, Jem Smith, Kai Bell, Alfie Coe, Rose Whiting, Jack Milne, Matilda Milgate, Lennox Emery and Izzy Coe,  We came 2nd overall!! 

Grand prix no 8 & Championship

posted Jun 18, 2017, 10:19 PM by S Meanley   [ updated Jun 18, 2017, 10:20 PM ]

The final grand prix of the season held at Connaught, Chingford was a resounding success for Mersea School.
Four of the 12 championship placings on offer went to past and present members of Mersea School.

Amelie (year 5) won the girls year 6 and under group for the day and overall championship for the eight events combined, Felicity (year 6) taking reserve champion position.
The champion and reserve champion in each group win a training session with Ben Coleman (world squash ranking 55), and Lexden squash head coach Paul Allen on 9th July.

George (year 4) found himself in the toughest Year 6 and under group this time around, and justifiably so when, with two years still left to play in this age category, George took a game from the eventual winner achieving something no-one else could do on the day. Ruby (year 5) placed in 4th just behind Felicity in the girls year 6 and under top section. Leonie (year 5) showing some great personal improvement this time around playing with more confidence and scoring up to 8 points against her rivals. Hugh (year 3) captured his first match win at this event showing great improvement in a short space of time.

Mersea School pupils have a great work ethic on court, they fight for every point, they are magnanimous in victory and they are gracious in defeat, and come back trying harder. They abide by fair play rules and respect those they play against. They should all be applauded for their hard work and brilliant manners on and off the court at all events.

10th Place in U11 National Finals

posted Jun 5, 2017, 11:06 PM by S Meanley   [ updated Jun 5, 2017, 11:06 PM ]

Amelie from Class W travelled to Hallamshire squash club in Sheffield last weekend to compete in the Under 11 National Finals.
Amelie found herself up against seeds 4 and 5 in her first group stages and played with guts and determination to gain some useful points, gaining great experience at this new level of competition. This then placed Amelie in the play-offs for position 9-12. In this new group stage Amelie won two of her three matches to take home eventual 10th place two places ahead of her seed going into the competition.

3 Mersea Players on Inter County Team

posted May 22, 2017, 2:20 AM by S Meanley   [ updated May 27, 2017, 5:52 AM ]

This weekend saw three Mersea players selected for the Essex Inter County teams. 
Ruby and Henry (both Year 5) and Felicity (Year 6) all traveled to Northwood Club in Watford to compete with 6 other counties.
The A team which Ruby was on came in 2nd place and the B team came 4th out of 6 a really good finish for both teams with such a high quality field. All three players took valuable experience away from this event and played some really great squash.

To see full report follow:

Runner up prize at championship final

posted May 22, 2017, 2:10 AM by S Meanley   [ updated May 22, 2017, 2:11 AM ]

This weekend Amelie (Year 5) competed in the David Pearson Championship Finals in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.
This competition was held after three initial qualifying rounds where Amelie qualified with one win and one second place.
In the final she won two matches confidently and only lost to long time competitor Emma (Suffolk) who has been playing for 4 years and is currently ranked in the top 4 in England, giving Amelie a well deserved trophy for her cabinet. Emma and Amelie both receive a day of training from a top coach as their prize.

Player of the month award

posted May 22, 2017, 2:02 AM by S Meanley   [ updated May 22, 2017, 2:02 AM ]

Amelie (Year 5) has been awarded Off The Wall Squash academy's player of the month award.
Amelie's certificate mentions that she is another  young talent from Mersea Island. They say she is a wonderful athlete and is motivated to improve.
Since she has started at the academy she has represented Essex in Under 11 teams, she was on the 3rd placed national Under 11 team, she has topped the Grand Prix series points table with three wins and three second places and has climbed to 15th in the national rankings. The coaches are proud of her progress so far  and excited about what the future has in store.

Two junior squash grand prix wins at event number 7

posted May 2, 2017, 7:46 AM by S Meanley   [ updated May 22, 2017, 1:46 AM ]

Grand prix number seven in the eight GP series championship saw another win for Amelie  (making her total for the season 3 wins and 3 runner-up spots) in the girls year 6 and under section. Amelie confidently dispatched the other three players 3-0 without losing a single game. This leaves Amelie and Felicity  clear ahead, out in the top two spots going into the final in June where the overall winner and runner up in each section receive a special winners training session with Ben Coleman (current world number 55) followed by a Q&A session, autographs and photos.

Henry scored his first win of the season having placed fourth at a previous meeting, a great improvement, in the boys year 6 and under yellow section. This moved him more than halfway up the overall leader table, but having only done 2 of the previous 7 competitions so far, leaves him too far off the overall championship prize. Harrison  scored a useful 3rd position, just outside a certificate with 3 out of 5 wins in the same group as Henry, placing one place better than the last competition. Aidan year 6 and under blue group scored a 3rd place finish with 3 wins out of 5, adding to his previous 6th place finish and runner-up at the last event, leaving him in 11th place in the league tables just behind George.

Mersea school again had a past and present attendance of almost 35% of the entries at the event, showing the success of the schools squash program.

Easter junior squash tournament at MICA

posted Apr 12, 2017, 5:40 AM by S Meanley   [ updated May 8, 2017, 4:39 AM ]

On 12th April ten children entered the Easter squash tournament held at the MICA Centre, West Mersea.
They were split into two groups of 5 based on ability, with some great matches played, best of three games to 11 points spread over 4 hours on court.

The presentation was made by John Everett (M.I.C.A. Centre manager) and John May (Vice chairman of the M.I.C.A. Centre).
The MICA centre very kindly provided a new trophy for this year in a special award of sportsmanship/performance, this was won by Henry who not only performed professionally today,
but who always has the best sportsmanship on court.

Group 1 results:

Winner                Henry 
Runner-Up          George 
Shot of the day   Jack 

Group 2 results:

Winner                Harvey 
Runner-Up          Leonie 
Shot of the day   Harvey 

National Under 11 Festival - Manchester

posted Apr 9, 2017, 6:43 AM by S Meanley   [ updated May 8, 2017, 4:40 AM ]

Not one, but two current students from Mersea Island School travelled to Manchester for 8th April to compete in the National Under 11 Festival, although only one of them knew about it on the trip up there!
Hugh  (Year 3) thought he was supporting his big sister Amelie (Year 5) as she had been selected to represent Essex as seed 3 on the Essex girls team, however on arrival at the venue a late withdrawal of a player on the Essex boys B team meant, so far away from home and too late in the day to organise a replacement player from Essex that Hugh, only 8 years old, had giant boots to fill by stepping into the B team third seed position, meaning that the boys B team could still compete.

Hugh played some great rallies scoring some good points against some extremely experienced players, the crowd really getting behind him giving him huge cheers when he won a point leaving him grinning from ear to ear and never giving up. Essex B team finishing in a creditable 17th position, with Essex boys A team in  a great 3rd position finish.

Amelie and her team mates, Renitha and Rebecca stormed through the group stages against Wiltshire and Northumbria winning all their matches confidently. This left them in the first, second and third position play-offs. Against Hampshire, Amelie was the only team member to win her match and sadly Warwickshire were a little too strong for them all this year. Essex girls matched the boys with a fantastic 3rd place finish against the best under 11's in the country.

Well done to both Amelie and Hugh.

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