2018 Inter County Finals Essex Ladies

Well, what can I say, a hugely successful weekend for the Essex Ladies Squash Team, coming second in the National Inter County Finals.

"The weekend got off to a slightly shaky start with the captain driving the wrong direction on the M25, with the rest of the team wondering what they had gotten themselves into!

Team Essex - Elise Lazarus, Alice Green, Sophie Lemom, Sarah Neller(captain), Eleanor White.

Looking smart in the team kit sponsored by George Benson Ltd, Sovereign Design Play Systems and Racket Up Squash, the first round match kicked off Saturday morning against Gloucestershire. Sophie had a nervous start taking a 3-2 victory, Eleanor also battled an experienced play to take a 3-1 victory. Elise and Sarah were on court next, Sarah had 3-0 win, with Elise losing a close fought 3-1. Essex had won the round by the time it was Alice's turn to play and she won 3-0. Essex 4 - Gloucestershire 1.

Onto the Semi-finals Saturday afternoon. Both Sophie and Eleanor had overcome their mornings nerves taking their matches 3-0. Elise had another close game and took the match 3-1 Both Sarah and Alice won their matches 3-0. Essex 5 - Leicestershire 0. Essex are now into the final, the team are in very high spirits.

After a relaxed evening, refreshing sleep and mountain of breakfast we ventured back to the club for our final early afternoon, ready and raring to go. We had nothing to lose, and were playing Cheshire the 2 times reigning champions. First matches on Eleanor and Sophie. Eleanor played another experienced player and battled to five, only just losing 10/12 in the fifth. Sophie's match was close and hard fought, she lost out 3-1. Elise played her best match of the weekend, losing 3-1. Sarah's turn next, winning convincingly 3-0. Finally Alice's turn, Alice was unlucky and lost 3-0. Final result Essex 1 - Cheshire 4.

Cheshire were crowned Champions for the third year in a row they were formidable opponents and worthy winners.

I just wanted to say thank you to Essex Squash for the support leading up to this weekend. The County Training Sessions have been invaluable for both the team and Essex ladies players in general. They were a huge success and they are still drawing great interest from the ladies who do not play in the team. We have a WhatsApp group where we can all communicate with each other about our squash. Weekly we are getting more members, and I feel that we are starting to grow Ladies Squash in Essex, this can only be a positive.

Thanks again for your help and support.

Kind regards
Sarah-Jane Neller
Essex Ladies Captain