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

posted Dec 14, 2018, 12:07 PM by S Meanley   [ updated ]

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.

EFS squash team take the lead - Lexden Cup

posted Dec 1, 2018, 7:07 AM by S Meanley   [ updated Dec 1, 2018, 7:07 AM ]

Mersea School's EFS kit sponsored squash team took round two of the Lexden Cup by storm, leaving themselves in a good position for the third and final round to be held on 14th December.

George, Daniel, Hugh and Luca made up the boys selection, with Alice, Lucy, India and Matilda showing the girls strength.

Mersea A team took on Milldene school and Stanway B team coming up victors 60-14 and 60-11 respectively with clean sweeps of matches. All four players looking calm, confident and playing well, with the usual great manners on court Mersea has become known for, shaking hands after every match, supporting their team members, clapping good play from their opponents and thanking the markers as they exit the courts.

Mersea B first played Stanway B taking the win 60-8 to then be faced with Tiptree, winners from 2014-2016. Both boys Luca and Hugh stepped up and took the wins comfortably, giving the girls a good margin of error for their turns. Matilda fought valiantly and grabbed Mersea a much need 11 points to Tiptree's 15 against their girl A when Alice then stepped up to grab the bull by the horns with a renewed look of confidence she took the third win for Mersea and the overall win 56-31.

This puts the league able as follows:

Mersea A             229 
Mersea B             208     
Tiptree                 195
Stanway A           157
Stanway B             88
Milldene                 51

Lucy, Hugh and George remain unbeaten over two rounds of competition.

The final round will see Stanway A vs Mersea B; Stanway B vs Milldene; and Tiptree vs Mersea A. After this match according to final standings in the table will see a play off for 1st and 2nd place; 3rd and 4th place; and 5th and 6th position.

Sibling Grand Prix success

posted Nov 25, 2018, 1:16 PM by S Meanley   [ updated Dec 1, 2018, 6:37 AM ]


Grace and George have again taken the spoils at Essex Junior Squash's grand prix event. Held on 25th November at Connaught Squash Club the pair travelled to take on the opposition.

George playing up in an older age group of under year 8 school children, children as old as 13 as he is too strong for his own age group now. George confidently took all his matches except for the last in which he took one game against the overall winner who is 13 years old, George at just 10 to take eventual silver medal position.

Grace played in the year 4/6 group but as the only year 4 she was playing against girls aged up to 11 years old. Grace even managed to take a game from Girl number one from Tiptree's team in the Lexden Cup. Looking like a promising prospect for Mersea in the future Grace today took another gold medal win for Girls under year 4 section.

Essex Junior Squash Inter-County tournament

posted Nov 19, 2018, 1:56 PM by S Meanley   [ updated Nov 19, 2018, 1:56 PM ]

Mersea School had three players selected to represent Essex Junior Squash in the England Squash Inter-county championships.
Hugh, Daniel and Luca. Hugh in the boys under 11 team A. Daniel was selected for team B but was unavailable due to cricket try outs so Luca, selected as reserve stepped up to the lime light.

Hugh played some valiant matches, battling for points for his team who finished third in their group behind Surrey A and Hertfordshire. Luca in Essex B finishing in fourth behind a strong Sussex A, Hampshire and Buckinghamshire sides.

Some really good comments filtering back about the Mersea duo, their matches, sportsmanship and ability from the coaches supporting them on this big stage. 

Year 5/6 Lexden Cup Round 1

posted Nov 19, 2018, 1:41 PM by S Meanley   [ updated Dec 1, 2018, 2:53 AM ]

Inaugural outing for EFS sponsored kit

Friday 16th November saw the first of a trilogy of competitions held at Lexden Squash and rackets club, Chitts Hill, Colchester.
With Mersea fielding two teams, both teams sporting their brand new EFS sponsored kit, to compete against Stanway's two teams, Tiptree and Milldene.

Mersea A vs Mersea B was the first on the agenda Mersea A keen to take no prisoners, but Mersea B also out to prove a point, and prove a point they did as the only two year 5's of the two teams (Hugh and Lucy) took their matches for the B team to deny Mersea A of a clean sweep. Final score Mersea A 49- Mersea B 32.

Mersea B moved on to Milldene to win 60 - 3, but then showed a real kindness as coach and children descended on court to help develop Milldene's skills, ready for round 2.

Mersea A team took on Stanway A  to win 60-8 with a clinical win. Leaving them in second place in the table at this early stage with great statistics in points for and against them. Mersea B holding 3rd position at this early stage.

1st     Tiptree         120
2nd    Mersea A     109
3rd     Mersea B     92
4th     Stanway B    69
5th     Stanway A    56
6th     Milldene       18

Mersea players yet to drop a match:


Four medals for Mersea at GP No.2

posted Nov 3, 2018, 7:59 AM by S Meanley   [ updated Nov 3, 2018, 8:31 AM ]

Last weekend the 2018/19 Miles Smith Essex Junior Squash Grand Prix series moved to Lexden Racket & Fitness Club for round 2 of 8. 60 players entered the second Grand Prix of the season, a record number of entries.

In the girls year 4 & under Grace in her first season took the honours again winning two of her games against year 6 and under girls and amassing 72 points in total. Lucy in girls year 6 and under (in her first year at this age group) took 58 points and one match win to take the third place medal and her first points towards the league table.

Harrison playing in boys year 4 and under (again in his first year) took the win in one match and took a game from the eventual silver medalist of the group.

Luca and Daniel, also in their first year of competing took 6th and 2nd place respectively. Luca taking games from the 4th and 2nd placed players. Daniel winning four matches   2-0 and only losing out in this occasion to the eventual winner.

In Group B, George (playing up from Year 6) in the boys year 8 and under event continued his winning form taking the group without dropping a game and showing why an early start to playing squash is such a benefit to a player.

Grand Prix 3 sees a return to Connaught Squash Club in Chingford on 25th November 2018 where another bumper entry is expected.

Current standings on the championship points after two events sees Grace heading the year 4 and under girls section and Harrison laying in 6th place in the boys equivalent section. Lucy stands in = third in the girls year 6 and under group while Daniel hovers at 7th place after only attending 1 GP  to date and Luca in 11th also with just one event under his belt. George stands in 2nd place in an age group above his own (showing his current strength).

Winners and runners up of each year group at the end of all eight grand Prix will be invited to attend a 2 hour training session with Daryl Selby, World No.16 and attend a Q & A session and autographs afterwards, plus getting their name on the new coveted winners trophies.

George takes runner up spot at TEB championships

posted Oct 24, 2018, 7:24 AM by S Meanley   [ updated Oct 24, 2018, 7:25 AM ]

George (year 6) had a successful trip to Bishop Stortford at the weekend to compete in the 2018 Tom Elton Barratt Junior Squash boys Under 11 Championships, George only dropping one match the whole day to take runner up spot and lift a trophy. Hugh (year 5) also took part in the same age group and with another year left in this age group won 50% of his matches.

History of the event – This tournament is played in the memory of Tom who was a member of the Bishop’s Stortford Squash & Racketball Club. Tom was always a great sportsman; very fit and active. He played many different sports but when he discovered squash it quickly became his favourite. Andrew Reeve, the club manager at the time, took him under his wing and taught Tom how to channel his energy into a skillful game on court. Tom spent many happy hours at the club, playing matches and helping out – Andrew always put the youngsters to work! At the height of his game, Tom joined the Dragons tour and travelled to Zimbabwe to play. Among the team was his friend Martin Bodimeade (then No 5) who subsequently played in and won this tournament. In July 1983, aged 19, Tom suddenly died from a heart attack caused by an undetected congenital heart defect. The following summer the first Tom Elton Barratt Tournament was played.

The TEB championships donate from entry fees to the registered charity CRY Cardiac Risk in the Young)  Registered Charity No. 1050845
CRY offers subsidised ECG and Echocardiogram screening to all young people between the ages of 14 & 35.

Tennis - commendations

posted Oct 22, 2018, 3:23 AM by T Wright   [ updated Oct 22, 2018, 3:23 AM ]

Well done to the following children who
have all received commendations for
their efforts in tennis this half term:
Sam Cook, Charlie Cook, Freya
Blowers, Oscar Peachey and Harry
Matthews. Keep up the super work!

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.

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