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English Junior Squash Championships

posted Mar 11, 2020, 7:45 AM by S Meanley   [ updated Mar 11, 2020, 7:45 AM ]

Held across five venues in Hull, Yorkshire, this was a record-breaking year for the number of entries received for the EJC and as such draw sizes were increased to allow for more players to compete in this championship than ever before, but with bigger draws comes an extra day of competition and five venues to accommodate everyone.

Grace W played in under 11’s as there is no under 9 category at national level so playing girls almost 11 years old. Grace won her last match 3-1 to see her take 15th place in a national final, and in an age group above her level. Her standard of play improving from her learning in earlier matches. To even be eligible to enter gold level national tournaments requires good national ranking.

Runner up team medal for Phoebe and Grace in Southern and Eastern Counties GP1

posted Mar 1, 2020, 10:36 AM by S Meanley   [ updated Mar 11, 2020, 6:15 AM ]

Phoebe S and Grace W joined forces to represent Essex Junior Squash in the Southern & Eastern Counties Grand Prix 1. Phoebe won all of her matches 2-0 playing against teams from Kent and Middlesex on the Essex 5 child Under 11 A team, and Grace also won all of her matches 2-0 to help give the team a runner medal finishing close behind Kent A. Chase C-P had a run out for the Under 11 B team  and had some useful matches on the way to 5th place with his team.

Lucy B  played as girl one on the Essex A team Under 13 squad, teams made up of two boys and three girls and won three of her matches confidently 2-0 only dropping one game in the last match 2-1 to aid her team in a bronze medal position.

Grace goes Gold

posted Feb 29, 2020, 3:13 AM by S Meanley   [ updated Feb 29, 2020, 3:13 AM ]

There were some impressive performances from Grace W who took on the National gold level Surrey tournament February 21st-23rd. This event was held over five venues in Surrey: Wimbledon Racquets and Fitness; The Wimbledon Club; New Malden Club, Surbiton Racket and Fitness and the hugely impressive venue of Epsom College Sports Facility.

With 314 children across the country entered, only 287 children made it into the draws. With 635 matches being played over three days, hence the 5 venues. In Girls under 11 section Grace Woodhead made the cut against the very best in the country and took home a 13th place whilst gaining some important learning. This is a massive step up for Grace and as usual she took it all in her usual cool as a cucumber way. Grace has two years left in this age group.

Grace and Phoebe take Grand Prix 5 places

posted Feb 29, 2020, 2:16 AM by S Meanley   [ updated Feb 29, 2020, 2:17 AM ]

Mersea bagged a runners up spot and a forth at grand prix number five of a series of eight at Bishop Stortford squash club.

Grace W playing up in a year 6 & year 8 and under section when only in year 3 won all her matches except against the winner of the year 6 and under section to take runner up spot. Phoebe S took 4th place with some well won games against both the winner and runner up of the under year six section. 

Grace bags OTWS level 4 award

posted Feb 11, 2020, 6:27 AM by S Meanley   [ updated Feb 11, 2020, 6:34 AM ]

Grace (year 3) continues her hard work and dedication in the squash field by receiving the Off The Wall Squash Level 4 award.
This is a series if 6 levels that test junior squash players and their abilities on the court and their skills with both the racket and ball.

Lucy is Under 11 county champion

posted Feb 3, 2020, 6:29 AM by S Meanley   [ updated Feb 4, 2020, 6:09 AM by Trevor Wright ]


Mersea scored some great results at the recent Essex Junior squash county open event. This event is open to all to enter from across the country and is a bronze level tournament. This event always attracts large draw numbers and is a very well-run event, this year with 124 competitors taking part.

Lucy B (year 6) “thumped” the opposition in the girls under 11 section by winning all her matches 3-0 to become the Essex Under 11 girls county champion. Grace W (year 3) took third place, taking the runner up to a 3-2 battle, Grace playing people up to 3 years older than herself.

Girls U13 saw Mersea girls Emma J (year 6) go head to head in the 7/8 play off after coming 4th in her group. Emma taking the win here 3-1 with one of the matches going to 17-15 as the winner must win by two clear points even though we play to 11 point in juniors.

In the boys under 13 section Hugh B (year 6) took a good 8th place and finishing in the top half of the draw with a first round win. 

Inter County Championships - Nottingham

posted Jan 20, 2020, 11:50 PM by S Meanley   [ updated Jan 21, 2020, 5:18 AM ]

Two Mersea School pupils Lucy (year 6) and Grace (year 3) traveled to Nottingham at the weekend to contest the Inter County Championships with the best of the best from England's 48 counties on behalf of Essex  County Junior Squash as part of their girls under 11 team, Lucy as seed two and Grace as seed 3.

They all won one of their matches to finish in 6th position. Some great experience gained at Nottingham Squash Club which has ten courts and then day two at Trent Bridge Cricket Ground (inside the hallowed gates) where there are four courts available.

Grace's giant serve catching many an experienced player out and Lucy's determination to never give up on a ball saw some others tumble. Both girls were part of the Essex School Games the day before.

Essex vs Surrey

Grace 7-11 2-11 6-11
Lucy 4-11 3-11 6-11

Essex vs Hertfordshire

Grace 11-7 11-4 11-3
Lucy 11-4 11-7 11-5

Essex vs Warwickshire

Grace 3-11 8-11 7-11
Lucy 6-11 11-6 2-11 5-11

2 x Essex School Games County Champion teams

posted Jan 17, 2020, 5:52 AM by S Meanley   [ updated Jan 20, 2020, 11:51 PM ]

Mersea EFS squash team went one better at the start of the new decade than last year.

The Essex School Games run by Active Essex in conjunction with Essex County Council saw Mersea's year 5 team of Sonny, Evan, Grace and Phoebe improve on last years runner up spot by taking the win and county title in emphatic style, only dropping 4 points from a clean sweep throughout the tournament, with both Grace and Phoebe keeping a clean sheet being unbeaten throughout.

Mersea won with 216 points

41-28 v Highfields    2nd 177
43-23 v Ardleigh       3rd 165
44-17 v Tiptree         4th 163
44-20 v Felsted        5th 140
44-11 v Langham     6th 110 

The icing on the cake was when the year 6 team of Hugh, Ollie, Lucy and Emma backed up the year 5's by taking the year 6 title also, with Hugh and Emma unbeaten in this section.

Mersea won with 240 points

39-24 v  Ardleigh     2nd 216
36-26 v Felsted 1    3rd 213
39-21 v Felsted 2    4th 206
42-27 v Tiptree        5th 168
40-17 v Lawford      6th 139
44-14 v Highfields   7th 120 

More importantly than the double county title for EFS Mersea School squash team was the manners of our teams on and off the court. A pleasure as always to take, and noticed by the organisers of the event.

A big thank you to Off The Wall Squash who run the event so beautifully, a real joy to have adult markers on all courts to help with the smooth running. Also without the help of our parent drivers, events like this are impossible (unless we buy a bus), so a huge thank you for the on call drivers for the day.


Lexden Grand Prix number 4

posted Jan 5, 2020, 12:26 PM by S Meanley   [ updated Jan 5, 2020, 12:27 PM ]

Nine current Mersea School members ranging from year 3 to year 6 took part in the fourth Essex Junior Squash Grand Prix series number 4 held at Lexden rackets club at Chitts Hill in Colchester.

Lucy (year 6) taking a good runner up spot in the combined Girls year 6 & 8 and under category group A, Lucy winning all but one of her matches. 

Grace (year 3) continued a dominant run in competitions by playing up an age group in the  girls under 6 group B category and winning all but one of her matches she and two others also finished on 7 games won a piece one of these being our own Emma (year 6). This called for a points count back seeing the win going to someone that Grace had beaten, Grace taking 2nd and 3rd place to Emma. Phoebe came 4th in the same group pushing Emma to all five games and one of them running to 17-15.

Lucas and Stefan (year 3) both took on the boys year 4 and under category taking 5th and 4th respectively and having some tough battles with some very experiences campaigners in the grand prix series, all valuable learning for the future.

Chase (year 5) took on group B year 6 and under category and after winning one match took home 4th place, after a week of not being very well was a good result.

Evan and Oscar (year 5) took on year 6 and under C group, Evan winning two of his four matches, a great start and taking 4th place. Oscar showing grit and determination and kept fighting for every point (a classic Mersea trait) taking 5th spot.

For those eagle eyed among you will see the new banners behind the prize winners have none other than Mersea's Grace emblazoned on them for years to come, and those with really good eyesight may spot some other past and present Mersea players.

Grace takes U11 runner up at Connaught Dec 2019

posted Dec 21, 2019, 2:05 PM by S Meanley   [ updated Dec 21, 2019, 2:05 PM ]

Diminutive player (only in size, definitely not in ability) Grace from year 3 took on both girls under 11 and girls under 13 at recent Essex Junior squash bronze tournament at Connaught Club in London 21st December 2019.

Taking good points from all matches played, Grace narrowly missed in the GU11 final taking a game 1-3 to take home the runner up medal. Grace has been working hard on her volleys (where you hit the ball before it bounces to take away time from the opponent) and her serves, which came in to good effect at this tournament.

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