2009 Aldenham Tournament

Graham Pulsford reports:

The competitors gathered in the warm sunshine for an early 10.30am start. The line up was particularly strong and included a combination of Heath regulars and a number of hand picked guests. This year's first timer was Nick Shaw and we welcomed back Nick Bunyan and Gordon Whitehead from the distant past!

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2008 Aldenham Tournament

Graham Pulsford reports:

The competitors gathered together inside the courts as the rain hammered down. The clouds were dark, thunder rumbled intermittently and only the occasional bolt of lightening brightened the proceedings. But the players were in good spirits - smiles, jokes and a certain tension in the air as they waited for the tournament to begin.

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2007 Aldenham Tournament

Graham Pulsford reports:

The twenty first Heath Tournament took place on a beautifully clear and warm spring morning. The line up included the usual suspects; a combination of Heath regulars and a number of invited guest players. This year's newcomer was Cameron Grant (Aldenhamian).

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2006 Aldenham Tournament

Graham Pulsford reports:

The competitors gathered in the warm sunshine for an early 10.30am start. The line up included a combination of Heath regulars and a number of hand picked guests. This year's first timer was Richard Smith (Edwardian).

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2005 Aldenham Tournament

Martin Lindsay reports:

The day dawned bright and sunny and thus it remained, with the exception of a few watery but seasonal hiccoughs and a fresh breeze that cooled the fevered brows of competitors but would have been detrimental to a simian population.

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2004 Aldenham Tournament

Graham Pulsford reports:

The eighteenth Heath Tournament took place on a beautifully clear and warm spring morning. The courts were in prime condition and a large supply of new balls was available to suit all tastes. This years entry was as diverse as ever and included Aldenhamians, Berkhamstedians, Carthusians, Cholmeleians, Edwardians, Etonians, Ipswichians, Millhillians, Shiplakeans (?) and Westminsters. Newcomers to our timed fives competition were Chris Cernuschi (Aldenhamian) and David Cooke (Berkhamstedian).

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2003 Aldenham Tournament

Graham Pulsford reports:

At 10.30 on a warm and sunny spring morning the competitors were ready. (All but two, who were transporting a barrel of Scholey's Finest Ale from the car park to the courtside). The line up included a combination of Heath regulars and specially invited guest players. This year's first timers were Trevor Barton (Aldenhamian) and Pete Scholey (Edwardian).

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2002 Aldenham Tournament

Graham Pulsford reports:

As usual the competitors were a combination of Heath 'regulars' and specially invited guest players. There were representatives from Aldenham, Berkhamstead, Chalfont St Peter, Charterhouse, Ipswich, Shiplake, Shrewsbury and Westminster, and it was a pleasure to welcome James Lally, Simon Randall and Simon Shepherd for the first time.

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2001 Aldenham Tournament

Graham Pulsford reports:

After what had seemed like months of incessant rain and flooding the weather changed for the better and we arrived in bright sunshine to find dry courts and perfect playing conditions. The format is straight forward - for each round the pair with the most points, after thirty minutes, using normal scoring is the winner. To spice the game up with five minutes remaining a whistle is blown to jangle the nerves and ensure a final flurry of points! Within two hours sixteen pairs can be reduced to a winner with the other pairs being ranked two to sixteen. This year's sole newcomer was Matthew Woods (Chalfont St Peter College).

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2000 Aldenham Tournament

Graham Pulsford reports:

The year 2000 Heath Tournament took place at Aldenham School on Sunday 16th April in ideal conditions for fives. The sun shone brightly and thanks to the efforts of Andrew Fraser the courts were swept out and in pristine condition.

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