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Successful BJO for Lucy

The Club's Lucy Turmel has had a successful 2018 British Junior Open, finishing 3rd in the Girls' U19 behind two girls in the top 50 in the world. The BJO attracted the best in the world with over 600 entries from more than 30 countries. As expected there was a strong Egyptian entry but Malaysia and the US were also present in force; the US brought 50 players along with 15 coaches! The tournament was played at four venues around Birmingham with the focus on Edgbaston Priory and the fantastic new facility at Birmingham University, although they only used 6 of the Uni courts in addition to the all glass show court.

Lucy was seeded 3/4 in the 64 player draw and fulfilled that seeding beating the US No1 on the way to a semi final against Japan's Satomi Watanabe, ranked 48 in the world senior rankings. The semi was tight until late in the 4th when Watanabe put together a quick run of 5 points to see her into the final. Lucy went on the win the 3/4 play off 3-2 against Essex's Elise Lazarus.

Turmel v Watanabe

 Overall the event was a success for home players with many making semi spots and two winners, Jonah Bryant winning the BU13 title and Sam Todd winning at U15. The other eight titles were split between Malaysia and Egypt.

Lucy's progress to senior success

The Club's Lucy Turmel is beginning to make an impact on the Women's senior squash scene - and she is stil only 17. Her latest event, the European Individual Champinships in Nottingham was another significant step up, seeded 5/8 in the event that saw her achieve her first senior England cap.
Lucy in action during the European Championships 

She thoroughly enjoyed the whole occasion, getting the opportunity to be part of the Opening Ceremony and to mix with some world ranked Senior players.  She was lucky enough to play her first 2 matches on the newly installed full glass exhibition court which was a massive experience in itself. 

After a comfortable win against the Swiss Nadia Pfister her second round match was against the 3/4 seed, Coline Aumard from France whose world ranking is currently 26.  Lucy fought hard for the 49 minute match to lose 1-3, 8/11, 11/6, 7/11, 13/15 which put into the playoffs for a 5/8 finish.

Two more wins against top class opposition saw her clinch the 5th spot, an astonishing result for someone who just broke into the world top 100 a few months ago. Her superior fitness saw her through in 5 aagainst former World number 35 Sinda Kandra/Wall, a player with amazing racket skills and great shots.

To clinch the 5th place Lucy beat Tinne Gillis from Belguim whom she's played a few times as a junior in Europeans and had always lost 3/0. Lucy played some of the best squash of her career to win 3-1 in 59 minutes, 12/10, 5/11, 16/14, 11/9.

Lucy exceeded her seeding but more importantly came away having played some challenging matches. As a result her world ranking has jumped to 80 putting her amongst the players who graced our courts during last year's PSA event. Lucy only got a wildcard entry to that event which is a measure of her progress in the intervening months.

Her game has undoubtedly benefitted from the work over the summer with the Club's coaches, Lee Drew and Ali Livingstone as well as competitive matches against many of the Club's senior players. She has also benefitted from the experience of working with the country's top player, Laura Massaro. The Club is delighted to welcome Laura to play an exhibition with Lucy on Sept 17th en route from the Chinese Open in Shanghai to the Oracle Netsuite Open in San Francisco. (Contact Reception for tickets.)

Laura Massaro who has worked with Lucy during the summer 

Full draws and gallery for the European Open can be found on http://eicsquash2017.com/draws/

Lucy is supported by the Club's Squash Futures Fund which aims to support developing junior talent though the generosity of Club members.


Fazil Akyol, Junior Player of the Month, June 2017


First Saxon Cup Schools Competition

The ISC Futures Fund held its very first inter primary school competition on Wednesday. The Saxon Cup featured 2 teams from each school (year 3 & 4) from St Helens, Springfield and St Josephs College. The first round setting up a tightly contested finals day on 14th Dec to crown the very first ISC Primary School Champion. There will also be awards for the most improved boy and girl along with Player of the Tournament, so watch this space. Good luck to all the teams in the finals. 

Lucy Turmel - British Junior Champion 2016

Lucy Turmel is British Junior Squash Champion after lifitng the title in the Championshps at the National Squash Centre in Manchester on Sunday October 30th. Second seed Lucy won the first game of the final but then lost two tight games. She dug in and turned the momentum of the match to take the third 11-8 before a very quick and straightforward 5th. Just turned 17, Lucy is a very impressive prospect on the National and International scene, and a great advert for the Club's coaching team who work closely with the England set up. Also a good result for the Club's members who help support Lucy through the Futures' Fund.

Suffolk Championships 2016
The Club's Juniors had a succesful outing to Martlesham Leisure for the 2016 County Championships.
Emma Logan won the GU13 and GU11 titles, Kian Howard won the BU15 title, defeating Tate Harms in the final, Nero Harms won the BU13 event and Harry Griffith was runner up in the BU9 championship.

Harry Griffith with Suffolk Junior Chairman Robbie Beecroft

Emma Logan

Nero Harms

Kian Howard

Junior World Championships, Poland, August 6-15, 2016

Lucy Turmel comes away from the World Junior Squash Championships with a fine 17th place after Thursday's final rounds in Poland. Over the 6 rounds of the event Lucy only dropped one match, a tight 9-11, 9-11, 11-13 loss to Egyptian Zeina Mickawy who went on to finish in the Worlds top ten. Lucy's other wins were all pretty comfortable up to the topsy turvy final round which she won 4-11, 11-8, 0-11, 11-3, 11-4 against Malaysian Aifa Asman. An excellent performance from Lucy which promises much for the future with another two full seasons as a junior.
Travelling to the Worlds with the England team was a fitting end to a season that has seen Lucy achieve some remarkable results; British U17 Champion, 3rd place in both the British U23 Championships and the European U19 Championships, and part of the England team that won the European U17 Team Championships.
The English team at the World CHampionships
That all calls for hard work and dedication and a lot of time on court with the Club's coaches, Emily Ison, Ali Livingstone and Lee Drew who will be in Poland with the team. Many of the Club's top players such as Kristian Day and Tom Ison are also happy to suffer on court for the sake of helping Lucy improve her game. And ordinary Club members play their part with some financial support through the Futures Fund.

Belgian Visitors

For many years in the early 90s the Club had exchange visits of junior players with clubs in Belgium. How many faces do you recognise from this picture taken in Brugge in (around) 1992?

Lucy helps England to Victory

In one of her first outings for England, Lucy Turmel's 3-0 victory helped the Girls' U13 team to a 5-0 win over France.

 Junior Membership

The Club is launching a new 3-tier pricing Junior Membership structure based on age as follows:

  Annual Monthly Joining Fee
Junior U18 (17yrs & under) £230 £21 £25
Junior U14 (13yrs & under) £160 x £15
Junior U10 (9yrs & under) £110 x £15

Annual Monthly Joining Fee Benefits
• Great Facilities
• All-Sports Membership
• Online Booking
• Member Coaching Prices
• FREE BTM/ESR Membership
• FREE Box Leagues & Club Play
• Inter-Club Matches
• Invitations to Exhibitions/Events

Please note that the above categories are all-sport memberships but are subject to certain restrictions. For details of these membership categories, please see the Membership ‘How It All Works’ Brochure Insert or contact the Membership Administrator on membership@ipswichsports.co.uk. The Club aims to ensure that all participants on Coaching Programmes become members of Ipswich Sports Club. However, non-members may make use of the Coaching Programmes at this time but will be required to pay significantly higher coaching fees which will include an additional non-member’s fee, payable to Ipswich Sports Club.

Children in Need

Over the weekend of November 18/19, 2011, Emily Ison and her juniors raised £2300 for Children in Need.