The 1st V have been unbeaten against school sides so far this term, with home and away victories over Bromsgrove and a home victory over Malvern College. The number 1 player in the 1st V, Fourth Former Alex Webb (R) has on two occasions come from behind to beat Upper Sixth opponents.
Alex has been outstanding in both tennis and squash since his arrival at Shrewsbury last year. He played 2nd pair for the School’s 1st VI tennis team as a Third Former and has now progressed to become the best tennis player in the School. He has also become the second player in the last seven years to beat me in tennis (the other boy being Matt Phillips (Rb 2006-08)). Alex combines fantastic speed and agility with a relentless work rate. This is allied to great tenacity and the ability to push himself to improve. I am most pleased with Alex’s ability to take on advice and then to implement the coaching tips and this is one of the reasons for his quick progression. Only Zahan Dastur (SH 2007-08) who is now playing squash professionally and came second in the British University Championships, has exceeded the level of Alex whilst at Shrewsbury School.
Alex has also excelled for the U15A football team where he is known affectionately as “The Brazilian Donkey” by U15A coach Paul Pridgeon (which seems a little harsh as Nottingham Forest U16s have recently shown an interest in him). Again it is Alex’s ability to take on advice and apply to the situation quickly that has seen him progress so quickly.
Shrewsbury School has excellent depth in squash this year as shown by our 2nd VI beating Wrekin College 1st VI 6-0 and winning all 18 games played. We are expecting to be very successful in the Shropshire Junior Squash Championships that are being held on 22nd/23rd March at Shrewsbury School.