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Mersea claim the Lexden 3/4 cup for the 3rd successive year

posted Mar 23, 2018, 3:22 PM by S Meanley   [ updated Apr 9, 2018, 8:50 AM ]

Preparations for the final round of the Lexden 3/4 cup were severely tested this week in the Mersea Junior squash camp when one player injured her arm and another was off sick for three days. Alessandra and Izzy (year 3) had to be drafted in for replacements and in case of none returns from illness.

Team B: Charlie E, Charlie M and Ruby were joined by the girls who played a match apiece at the final leg of the tournament. 
The team beat Stanway B 39-26 with Alessandra stepping in for her first ever match in competition and taking the win along with Charlie E and Charlie M. This put them in third place in the leader table after all rounds were played. This gave them one final match against Stanway A team for overall 3rd and 4th place. With Charlie M and Izzie (walking away with 11-9 and 11-1 wins respectively)  to help their team claim a 32-32 draw for the 3rd place medal overall the team grinned from ear to ear. Jess who played in rounds one and two before hurting her arm will also receive her medal.

Team A: Hugh, Oli, Emma and Lucy (returning just in time from sickness) faced Tiptree in their final group stage match. Hugh started the team off well winning 11-6 but nerves were playing on the children and Tiptree took the next three games and the win 39-20 to finish top of the leaderboard. This meant Mersea A finishing in second place in the group and had to play Tiptree once more for the final 1st and 2nd playoff, Tiptree looking confident for the win.

I have said previously that what makes me so proud of Mersea School's teams is the resilience and dedication that they all put into their game. With nothing to lose,and some new tactics in the bank Hugh returned to the court, he dispatched his player 11-3 setting Mersea off in a strong lead, and making Hugh unbeaten throughout the three days of tournaments). Oli stepped onto court and with a new tactic he played a strong game narrowly missing out but grabbing a vital 9 points in the process and giving Mersea a 20-14 lead over Tiptree before handing over to the girls to do their bit. Emma moved better and read the ball well, upping her score by two points to  give Mersea a 27-25 lead before handing over to Lucy. Lucy who having been ill during the week, playing a big server that she lost to in the previous round 11-3 Lucy went on court with a smile on her face and a plan to follow. She followed it to the letter and executed the biggest upset by taking the win 11-5 and giving Mersea A team the trophy for the third year in a row with a win of 38-30.

Well done Mersea teams AGAIN!