Well Done Essex Juniors - Alice Green crowned British Champ

Alice Green crowned British Champ as Essex players shine in Manchester
ESSEX players emerged from this weekend’s British Junior Championships in Manchester with success, near misses, huge amounts of praise and no shortage of memories after a tournament that showcased the best young players in the nation.
And leading the county parade was Billericay’s Alice Green who stormed to the British Under-15 title without dropping a single game throughout the entire tournament. In fact, Alice surrendered just 48 points in her five rounds of matches, such was her domination of the event.
The win also gave 14-year-old Alice her second British Junior Championship title, matching the Under-13 trophy she won two seasons ago. Her coach, Paul Selby from the Off The Wall Squash Academy in Colchester, (pictured above with protégés Alice and Ollie Green) was in Alice’s corner throughout the tournament and he was full of praise for her performances.
“Alice was in inspired form from the first match to the last,” said Paul. “It’s never easy going into a tournament as number one seed. It adds pressure and you are there to be shot at. But Alice was never fazed and never really troubled throughout the Championship. She should be proud of her achievement.”

Essex almost bagged a second title after Redbridge’s Elise Lazarus (pictured below) reached the final of the U-17 event. Elise has not played much tournament squash over the past 15 months, but she returned with a bang taking out 3-4 seed Amy Jones, 9-16 seed Rawan Elkalaawy and second seed Jasmine Hutton on the way the final.
Her run was only ended by number one seed Lucy Turmel from Suffolk. Elise’s coach Jack Jago said: “We have to be pleased with how Elise performed, considering the limited time she had to prepare. We can take plenty of positives away with us.”
Essex can also boast a third and fourth place finish at the Championships. Alice’s younger brother Ollie Green banked third spot in the boys’ Under-13’s and Colchester’s Ellie Hewes was fourth in the same age group confirming the county’s tremendous strength in depth.
Joel Braddock was 10th in the U-13’s, Charlie Martin 13th in the U-15’s and Joe Blackmur 16th in the U-17’s.
Lee Horton