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East Regional junior squash championships

posted Oct 14, 2019, 12:30 PM by S Meanley   [ updated Oct 15, 2019, 8:32 AM by Trevor Wright ]

Hugh and Lucy (both year 6) took part in the Under 11 East Regional Junior Squash Championships held on 12th/13th October at Ipswich Sports Club.
The East Regional Championships are the best children from six counties: Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk, Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire.

Hugh won two of his three matches 3-0 and 3-1 to place third in the boys under 11 category. Lucy took one game from a Cambridgeshire player to come third in her group.

Essex County Closed junior squash runner-up

posted Oct 1, 2019, 4:53 AM by S Meanley   [ updated Oct 1, 2019, 4:54 AM ]

Lucy (year 6) was the only person from Mersea School to achieve trophy status at the Essex County Closed event on the weekend of 28th & 29th September. Lucy took a well-deserved runner-up spot in the girls under 11 section winning both matches 3-0 in the group stages and then only just missing out by the skin of her teeth in the final with a 3-2 battle of wills. Lucy’s game has improved immensely in the last year and this result justified her hard work. 

Other notable results went to Phoebe (year 5) who claimed third place in the GU11 just behind Lucy and who still has another year left in this age group. Hugh (year 6) in boys U11 finished in third place only dropping one match the whole tournament.

There were good performances also over the duration of the weekend from: Chase Castle-Prop in BU11 who finished in 11th at his first major tournament.

The one sadness was that Grace (year 3), recent star of Mersea Life due to the sheer number of great performances at GU9 level, was unable to compete in her county championship due to a fall the week before at school that left her with a broken wrist (luckily not her playing hand), although I have my suspicions that she would be equally good with her left hand too! Grace has also had to withdraw from a bronze tournament on 5th/6th October and the East regional closed, which I am sure she would have excelled in. Luckily though at only 7yo she still has a great deal of time to claim these titles.

Connaught junior squash runners up

posted Aug 13, 2019, 2:55 AM by S Meanley   [ updated Oct 17, 2019, 7:27 AM by Trevor Wright ]

Hugh and Grace each had successful visits to the Connaught bronze junior tournament in Epping Forest on 27th & 28th July in the last tournament of the 2018/2019 squash season, junior squash shuts down for August  and then the tournaments all start afresh after a summer break (great for parents and children alike).

Hugh who will be returning to school in September in year 6 had a successful battle of the titans affair. Hugh, seeded 3/4 for this tournament,  battled through a 5 game match in round 1 to see him safely into round two, here he whizzed his way with a win into the final (his first ever at a bronze tournament). This time Hugh had to settle for runner up spot, but as he was seeded to come third or fourth this was a win in his books, and his highest finish at this level to date.

Grace  who returns to year 3 in September continued her run of taking the prizes by picking up a runner up medal at Connaught once again playing children an age group older than herself.

Silver medals in Middlesex

posted Jul 1, 2019, 7:05 AM by S Meanley   [ updated Oct 17, 2019, 7:27 AM by Trevor Wright ]

George and Grace both took part in an Essex Squash organised team friendly tournament, held in Middlesex at the weekend.  The teams are designed to give junior players experience of playing in a team without the pressure that a team match can bring.

Grace played in the Under 11 B team and the team lifted the silver medals. George was fielded in the Under 13 A team and they too scooped the silver medals for their journey home.

Well done teams.

Futsal win for Mersea Oyster Girls U12 team

posted Jun 24, 2019, 11:57 AM by T Wright   [ updated Oct 17, 2019, 7:27 AM by Trevor Wright ]

The Oyster Girls U12 team won their Futsal tournament organised by Essex FA at Essex University on Saturday 22nd June.

There were 6 Mersea Island School girls in the team: Alice Kelly, Tilly Weber, Lizzie Riley, Rose Whiting and Keira French from Year 6 and Isla Skinner from Year 5.

Winners training session for Grace

posted Jun 10, 2019, 5:42 AM by S Meanley   [ updated Oct 17, 2019, 7:27 AM by Trevor Wright ]

Grace (year 2) took part this weekend in her winners training session with world ranked local player and Commonwealth Silver medalist Daryl Selby at Colchester Garrison courts after winning the year 4 and under grand prix series.

Grace thoroughly enjoyed her time on court with Daryl, the local squash wizard nicknamed "Bobby the Dazzler" with his trick shots on court, even winning a point from him when they tousled on court.

Grace is the first year 4 to be awarded this new trophy.

Grand Prix Number 8

posted Jun 10, 2019, 5:25 AM by S Meanley   [ updated Oct 17, 2019, 7:27 AM by Trevor Wright ]

Mersea once again showed a good strong finish in the Essex Junior Squash Grand Prix series final round.
Lucy (year 5) took  a solid runner up position (her highest finish to date in the GP series) in the girls year 6 and under competition winning 4 of her 5 matches, in still her first year in this age group. Grace (year 2) continued a strong start to the season with a win in the girls year 4 and under section, but also claiming a match from a year 6 and under player. Luca (year 6) took a good 4th place finish in a large group of under year 6's.

After all eight rounds Grace took the year 4 and under championship and with it a training session with world ranked local player and Commonwealth Silver medalist Daryl Selby, and all the other group winners and runners up. Lucy took a solid fourth place overall finish after completing four of the 8 available rounds.

George takes the Inter Regional Challenge

posted May 22, 2019, 2:01 PM by S Meanley   [ updated Oct 17, 2019, 7:27 AM by Trevor Wright ]

George (year 6) was selected by his East Regional squash squad to travel to West Warwickshire to compete in an Inter Regional Challenge. The East regional squad comprises of members from: Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk, Bedford, Cambridge and Herts and so representing our six counties George won 4 of his 6 scheduled matches and gained some great experience for the day.

Grace achieves OTWS level 3 award

posted May 22, 2019, 1:52 PM by S Meanley   [ updated Oct 17, 2019, 7:27 AM by Trevor Wright ]

Grace (year 2) has moved up another level on Off The Wall Squash's Junior progress Awards. There are six levels that gradually improve a players development and understanding of the game whilst improving their racket skills at the same time. Well done Grace for persevering.

Beckenham win and runner up

posted May 12, 2019, 5:58 AM by S Meanley   [ updated Oct 17, 2019, 7:27 AM by Trevor Wright ]

Brother and sister squash playing duo George and Grace both traveled to Beckenham in Kent on 11th May. George (Year 6) seeded number two in the boys under 13’s with 8 in the draw saw him win his first two matches comfortably 11-1 11-1 and then 11-5 11-9 to book a spot in the final with the number 1 seed who was ranked 18 places higher than George in the England Squash rankings. Not deterring George, he took the first game 11-6, the other boy then came back 4-11 to draw level, leaving it to a battle of the final game. George dug in and took the game and match 11-9 to claim his first under 13 bronze tournament win.

Grace, took on two girls in the under 11 section (both girls in year 5 and 6, with Grace just in year 2). Grace looks like an angel off court, but anyone that goes on with her will be able to tell you that she plays like a demon on court, with a natural talent for spotting a weakness in the opposition. Grace took to the court first to play the strongest in the group and pushed all the way, despite the age difference to take a narrow loss 3-2 (11-8 9-11 11-8 7-11 5-11). Not deterring Mersea’s youngest national tournament player she stepped out on court later against the remaining contestant to take a great win 3-0 (11-5 11-7 12-10), giving Grace her second runner up trophy in girls under 11.

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