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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.

Inter County call-ups

posted Jan 29, 2019, 6:43 AM by S Meanley   [ updated Jan 29, 2019, 6:43 AM ]

Lucy and Emma (year 5) and Grace (year 2) have all received their maiden call-ups to represent Essex Junior Squash at an Inter County Friendly tournament against Kent and Middlesex later this month. All three girls attend Monday night game practice at Mersea Mica Center and Off The Wall Squash Squads during the week too. This kind of exposure to competitive tournaments can only be a bonus to the development of the Mersea School Team who have been in great form the last few years and grown in strength yearly.

Grace's brother George (year 6) also got a call up to represent  Essex County, but one step further at the full Inter County final weekend 23rd/24th February. George narrowly missed out competing for the boys under 11 side in round one along with Hugh and Luca due to an inconveniently timed birthday and the rules allowing the children to play. However since his step up to the under 13 county squad George has impressed and secured a place after one of the original team to qualify had to pull out of the finals.

Grand Prix 5

posted Jan 29, 2019, 6:23 AM by S Meanley   [ updated Jan 29, 2019, 6:24 AM ]

Grace (year 2) continues to dominate the year four and under girls section of the Essex Junior squash Grand Prix series. 
Not content with winning five out of five rounds of the GP series, Grace, who has to compete against year 6 and under girls due to the lack of younger girls in the competition, has now taken her first win against a year 6 girl 2-0, and is taking up to 8 points of the 11 available against the current leading year 6 and under girl.

Harrison (year 4) scored his first medal in the boys year 4 and under section, by winning two of his four matches 2-0 and taking a game from the 2nd placed boy, to finish in third medal position, his skill level increasing with his confidence in every match.

Exeter Boys Under 11 plate winner

posted Jan 29, 2019, 5:52 AM by S Meanley   [ updated Jan 29, 2019, 5:53 AM ]

Hugh (year 5) traveled to Exeter Golf and Country Club on Saturday 26th January to
compete in an England squash bronze level tournament.

Hugh, playing in the boys under eleven section, had a tough draw in the first round, losing on this occasion but earning some good points along the way. This saw Hugh move into the plate competition, where he met and defeated both remaining boys 2-0 dropping few points to claim the boys under eleven plate. 

OTW Squash Progress Awards Level 1

posted Jan 29, 2019, 5:34 AM by S Meanley   [ updated Jan 29, 2019, 5:35 AM ]

Emma and Lucy (year 5) have both embarked on the Off The Wall Squash Junior
progress awards. At the weekend they completed their level 1 certificate.
The aim of the awards is to provide a fun and engaging way to encourage and
track the skill progression of junior squash players. There are 6 levels of
award and 5 skills per level. As junior players successfully complete a
level they receive the relevant wristband and certificate. Their progress is
then tracked on the chart displayed on the noticeboard at Colchester

Yr6 EFS team Win Essex School Games & Yr 5 Runners Up

posted Jan 18, 2019, 6:41 AM by S Meanley   [ updated Jan 20, 2019, 2:20 AM ]

Looking amazing in their new EFS kit Mersea year 5 and year 6 team headed to the Garrison on 18th January to be part of the Essex School Games. Essex are one of few counties that include squash in this prestigious competition, run by Active Essex, a lottery funded organisation encouraging children to get fit in Essex.

Mersea fielded a year 5 team of Hugh, Oli , Lucy  and Emma. The year 5’s won 5/6 matches in a strong display of team spirit, supporting each other along the way, only losing to eventual winner Ardleigh, however they were not strong enough to topple our number one boy Hugh who remained unbeaten throughout. Mersea year 5’s came runners up in this year county championship.

The year 6 team sported George , Daniell, Matilda and India. The year 6’s went one better. Toppling all seven year 6 teams and five of those without dropping a point, looking as strong as last years team who also took the championship making Mersea year 6 team two-time Year 6 county champions. George playing in boy one position also remaining unbeaten throughout.

Most importantly, as we left the venue, Mersea were congratulated as being the politest children with great sportsmanship on and off the court. They were a pleasure to accompany to the tournament and are a credit to Mersea school.

Special thanks to our parent driver Mrs Milgate and parent supporters at this event, as without them we would be unable to attend.

British Junior Open - Birmingham

posted Jan 8, 2019, 10:34 AM by S Meanley   [ updated Jan 21, 2019, 12:59 AM ]

Three Mersea children traveled to Birmingham for 2-6th January to experience for the first time the Platinum level squash tournament that is possibly the biggest junior tournament in the world. George, Mersea's first pupil to do the tournament whilst still at Mersea Island School, Amelie yr 7 and Lara yr 9 took on the world’s best children in their respective age groups (Boys Under 11’s, Girls under 13’s and Girls under 15’s). To even gain entry to this event is a feat as it requires a high national ranking in your home country to be able to compete. As an international event it attracts up to 750 competitors in 10 competitions spread between boys and girls and catering for under 11 age groups (George's section) right up to under 19.

George had possibly the unluckiest draw to start as he was drawn against the number one seeded player from Malaysia, although he lost this match George forced some long rallies and won some good points against this boy, with some crucial learning done, the experience that George gained, by seeing first-hand what the next level of competition is like, was invaluable. George went on through the competition to win 2/5 of his matches and take a finishing 51st.

Amelie had a great start to the BJO by dispatching a seeded player in round one. The competition runs as a monrad draw, which is a multi-match draw format whereby all players continue to play, win or lose through to a final finishing position. The earlier you win a match the higher up the draw you finish. By winning her early match Amelie secured herself a 1-32 place finish at her first attempt. Amelie went on to win 2/5 matches to finish in 23rd place with players in her draw from Belgium, Wales, Slovenia and Australia.

Lara in her first year of her age group had matches against girls from Botswana, Slovenia and the number one girl from India in her draw whom she faced in round one. She won 2/5 matches to finish in 57th position.

The opportunity for the Mersea players to experience different styles from different nations and the pressure involved at this high level of competition, will serve them well in the future, lots learnt, and lots gained. 

Three new recruits at Essex Junior Squash Trials

posted Jan 8, 2019, 10:16 AM by S Meanley   [ updated Jan 8, 2019, 10:16 AM ]

Shortly before Christmas Sonny, Grace and Matilda tried their hands at the Essex Junior Squash County trials.

Grace (year 2) is the youngest to date from Mersea Island School to try out and together with Matilda (year 6) they have both been selected for Essex Junior Squash Girls Development Improver Squad. Sonny in year 4 also attended the trials and along with the girls was put through his paces for speed, agility, co-ordination, resilience and ball and racket skills and was rewarded with selection to the Boys Development Improver Squad. Well done to you all.

Grace goes from strength to strength & Daniel scores a win

posted Dec 17, 2018, 5:14 AM by S Meanley   [ updated Dec 19, 2018, 5:19 AM ]

Grace is going from strength to strength in the Essex Junior Squash grand prix series. She has won every year four competition so far this series and again on this occasion, playing against girls in year 6 and under (Grace is just year 2). In several of the matches this time around Grace was getting a many as nine points a game (out of 11) and 80% of her serves are going in the desired area, a target that Grace has been working on hard.

Daniel won the boys year 6 and under group, dropping only one game during the tournament and winning all his matches. Well done Daniel.Lucy and Alice playing in the girls under year 6 section are both gaining in experience and points scored with every outing.

Mersea players currently hold 12 places on the overall leaders table after 4 rounds of competition, with 4 left to go in 2019. Who can hold out for a final two finish and training with a top world ranked player?

EFS Mersea squash teams take 1st and 2nd place at Lexden Cup Final

posted Dec 14, 2018, 12:07 PM by S Meanley   [ updated Jan 19, 2019, 11:56 AM ]

The final round of the Lexden Cup series took place on Friday 14th December. Mersea B team had their final pool match against an inform Stanway A side, but Mersea were stronger and all four players: Luca, Hugh, Alice and a new player for the series Emma (returning after injury) confidently took a win each and a team win of 60-22 to finish second in the pool group just 6 points behind the leaders.

Mersea A team: George, Daniel, India and Lucy had a date with an old adversary Tiptree. George stepped up to take a dominating 15-0 win, followed swiftly by Daniel with a 15-3 win. This gave the girls a strong lead as they stepped onto the court. India had a tough job playing against unbeaten Tiptree girl one and managed to steal a point towards the team total. This gave Lucy a 13 point cushion stepping onto court with only three points needed to beat Tiptree, although coach may have neglected to tell Lucy this and she battled for a 15-14 finish, dropping her only point of the series she played for Mersea in a great match. Mersea taking the win against Tiptree 45-33. 

This meant the final league tables were:

Mersea A         274
Mersea B         268
Tiptree              228
Stanway A        179
Stanway B        148
Milldene              51

Mersea A and Mersea B played off for 1st and 2nd places in the final. George took a commanding lead over Luca 15-1 with Hugh then turning it around for Mersea B beating Daniel 15-9. With the girls up next, Alice and India edged up the points fairly equally and with a last flourish India took charge for a 15-11 win. Lucy last up on court this time with a 12 point advantage from her team mates meant she only needed 4 points for her team to win but fought hard for a win of 15-3 over friend Emma to see Mersea A take the 2018 Lexden Cup trophy with a win of 54-30 against Mersea B in Runner-up spot. 

Well done to George and Hugh who both remained unbeaten throughout the three round series and to Lucy who dropped only one point throughout the series. Well done to Matilda who could not be with us in the final, but her points in earlier rounds helped Mersea to their success.

Once again, Mersea School's junior squash team had impeccable manners on and off court. They were honest and sporting towards others. They are all a pleasure to take to events. This win sees Mersea qualified for the Essex School Games, taking place in January at the Garrison against the winners and runners up from the Roman Cup.

Well done Team EFS Mersea. Looking particularly dapper this year in their newly sponsored team kit.

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