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East Regional Success

posted Oct 14, 2018, 12:48 AM by S Meanley   [ updated Oct 14, 2018, 5:40 AM ]

George (year 6) had a successful East Regional Championships in Ipswich the weekend of 6th and 7th October. 
The championships are a head to head of the six East Regional counties Essex (obviously the best), Suffolk, Norfolk, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire.

George only dropped one match the whole weekend against the eventual winner. George won two of his matches 3-0 and managed a role reversal against an old adversary from the Essex closed to win 3-1 against a strong player in the 3/4 playoff to take third place. Well done George.

Hugh (year 5) had some great matches and gained valuable experience this year in the same under 11 category as George with still another year left to play at this age group.

Grand prix number 1 sibling success

posted Sep 28, 2018, 6:31 AM by S Meanley   [ updated Sep 28, 2018, 6:32 AM ]

Essex Junior Squash began it's Grand Prix series of 2018/19 at Woodford Wells near Woodfood Green.

Grace won the year 4 and under section, playing in the older year 6 and under group due to low younger entries and notched up 38 points against the older girls across 6 games.

George, now in year 6, won the year 6 and under boys section, playing in the toughest group due to his overall third place last year against older children.

Harrison, playing at his first GP thoroughly enjoyed it and improved on his points score throughout the day, playing better with every match.

A great start to the season for them all. At the end of the season the top two players on points overall will receive winners training sessions with an England ranked player.

Mersea success at Essex Junior Squash Closed

posted Sep 16, 2018, 11:38 AM by S Meanley   [ updated Sep 16, 2018, 11:09 PM ]

Mersea once again showed their strength in junior squash at the 2018 annual Essex County Closed event held 15/16 September 2018. This tournament runs over two days and is open only to Essex residents, the event is used by Essex Junior squash as a selection process for county team selection events later in the squash season.

Mersea had six current pupils competing and nine past pupils in all bagging 6 of the trophies on offer at the event. Four of the six current pupils were trying out a squash tournament for the first time and did not disappoint.

Grace who only turned seven the day before the competition took home the girls Under 9 category winner trophy. Grace had to play boys twice her height as girl entries were low on the ground achieving more than 50 points against the boys, looking very much a player of the future.

Grace's brother George playing in the boys under 11 section won all of his four group matches dropping just one game along the way. The final saw him up against the number one seed and try as he might, taking one game, George had to settle for runner up this time. 

Harrison (only year 4) got some amazing points and equally played some really great rallies in a really tough group. Again, looking lik a pleasing future ahead.

Daniel at his first squash tournament gave some really close performances against really experienced players, pitched in the same box draw as Hugh who was unlucky to finish equal second on matches with two other players, however on count back of points to separate them for places ended up down the table this time.

Lucy played girls under 11, her first tournament for Essex Squash and she took on some really experienced girls. Amassing a massive 57 points in just three matches and twenty one of those against the seed one player she was very close to upsetting the draw. 

OTWS & Felsted School Friendly Tournament 10th August

posted Aug 10, 2018, 7:06 AM by S Meanley   [ updated Aug 10, 2018, 7:21 AM ]

Two recent recipients of Colchester Garrison Off the Wall Squash (OTWS) player of the month awards George (year 6) and Hugh (year 5) contested the Felsted/OTWS friendly held at Colchester Garrison on 10th August.

The format had George playing in group A where he won three of his matches (a 33% win rate) at a higher level than he usually plays and seeing him finish in 6th place. Hugh played in group B winning 5 of his matches (a 45% win rate) and also took 6th place in his group.

Twenty two children took part in the day, eight of them past or present pupils of Mersea school.

Plate winner at Mote Junior Open

posted Jul 24, 2018, 4:09 AM by S Meanley   [ updated Jul 24, 2018, 4:09 AM ]

George traveled to Maidstone in Kent to compete in the Mote Junior Open on 21st July.
Competing in the boys under 11 section he lost his first match 3-1 (7-11, 10-11, 11-7, 9-11) very close in each game. This placed George in the plate draw which he dominated, winning both matches 3-0 to take the plate title.

Squash achievement awards 2018

posted Jul 17, 2018, 6:16 AM by S Meanley   [ updated Jul 17, 2018, 6:16 AM ]

Mersea School Squash achievement award 2018

George has had an amazing year of squash.

He has had some great performances as part of Mersea School’s winning year 5/6 Lexden Cup team.

Moving on with his team to win the Essex School Games trophy for year 6, George himself only being in year 5.

He has taken home numerous trophies, been selected for regional training and to represent Essex Junior Squash around neighbouring counties.

George was the first Mersea boy to win a training bursary and he followed this up with an Off the Wall Squash player of the month award in March.

In June George was the highest ranked Essex under 11 boy and he gives his free time to help develop the next generation of Mersea talent by helping at a local club.

Mersea School Squash Most Improved Boy

Luca began playing at Mersea School in PE lessons and joined an after-school club at the MICA Centre. The improvement to his movement on court, his awareness of his opponent and tactics in the game have exploded in the last few months in a very noticeable way.

Mersea School Squash Most Improved Girl

Lucy, following a training bursary donated by the Lions, has shown incredible improvement in the last few months, Lucy looks like a serious contender for Mersea School for the future. Her movement and awareness of the game are improving every time she steps on court, and her win ratio is increasing with every outing.

OTWS Player of the month May 2018

posted Jun 10, 2018, 11:49 AM by S Meanley

Hugh (year 4) is Off The Wall Squash's player of the month for May 2018, having improved dramatically in the last year.
Finishing 2nd in the Essex Grand Prix series and representing Essex in an Under 11 inter-county friendly. OTWS say
Hugh listens, always gives 100% effort and is a pleasure to have him in the sessions.

Runner up spot in Exeter

posted Jun 3, 2018, 12:45 AM by S Meanley   [ updated Jun 3, 2018, 12:45 AM ]

Amelie (year 6) travelled to Exeter at the weekend to compete in a bronze level tournament.
Winning 2 of her matches 11-1, 11-3 in the first and then 11-2, 11-4. Her only loss coming to the eventual winner from Wales. Amelie taking the first game 12-10, but missing out in the final two 6-11 and 8-11 with some hard fought squash.

George signs HEAD Squash Team contract

posted Jun 2, 2018, 2:52 AM by S Meanley   [ updated Jun 2, 2018, 2:53 AM ]

George, currently in year 5, was ecstatic to receive and sign a HEAD Squash Team Contract for 2018 at just 10 years of age.
George will be supplied with equipment from HEAD in the deal.
Well done George.

Commonwealth squash medalist Daryl Selby visits Mersea as new EFS sponsored team kit is rolled out

posted May 21, 2018, 7:23 AM by S Meanley   [ updated May 21, 2018, 7:58 AM ]

Today Mersea School was lucky to receive a visit and Q & A session with Professional squash player Daryl Selby.

Many of you will have watched with awe at the 21st Commonwealth Games held on April 4th – 15th on Australia’s Gold Coast.

Colchester based Daryl Selby, a professional squash player currently ranked 19th in the world was keen to improve on his bronze medal in the Commonwealth Games from four years previously and did not disappoint, bringing home a hard-fought silver medal in the men’s doubles event partnered with Adrian Waller to support England with their 136-medal haul.


Daryl has achieved:

12 career titles

22 Professional squash association (PSA) finals

Victory in the 2013 England world team championships

Silver in the team championships in 2011 and 2017

2014 Commonwealth bronze

2018 Commonwealth silver

And in March 2018 celebrated an amazing 100 months as a world ranked top 20 player.


Daryl is involved with Off the Wall Squash in Colchester Garrison, run by his sister, Lauren Selby, who was also a professional squash player before turning to coaching.


Daryl turned pro in 2004 at the age of 22 and is sponsored by:

Black Knight for his rackets

Mizuno for shoes

Ashaway for Strings

and 305 for clothing

Daryl also kindly signed three junior rackets, available for raffle on the playground before and after school this week (draw on Friday 25th May).

Mersea School Junior Squash Team have very luckily been supported in the way of a brand new sponsored squash kit, unveiled today, and what a perfect day to do so with Daryl in our presence. The teams have acquitted themselves well over the last few years, with fight and determination, but also amazing manners and respect on court. The school are current:


Year 3 & 4 Lexden Cup winners and have held the title for three years

Year 5 & 6 Lexden Cup winners

Essex school games year 5 bronze medallists

Essex School games year 6 gold medallists


Director of EFS (ELECTRICAL FARM SERVICES) Carl Powling was re-elected as Mayor of Mersea Island for 2018-2019 only 11 days ago and was with us to present the school with the new improved kit.


EFS specialises in electrical installation work and installs Solar Panels for both commercial and domestic clients. They also supply electrical products to the banking, agricultural, commercial and industrial sectors. The school are extremely grateful for the support.

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