Midlands 2016: Phil-Ant-Trophy or the cup that keeps on giving...

31/10/16: The 10th anniversary of the reinstituted Midlands Tournament took place at Repton at the weekend, with 29 pairs from all over the country taking part.

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Midlands 2015: Redemption for Barker and Houlden

02/11/15: Repton was once again the host for the 2015 Midland Tournament at the weekend with another good turnout of over 30 pairs taking part in one of the most entertaining events on the Fives calendar. It is a tournament that has a high emphasis on sociability and friendly fives, with some unusual pairings and yet it still retains a highly competitive edge when it gets to the business end. This year's tournament produced new names on the trophy as Cambridge University's Tony Barker and Riki Houlden bounced back from their shock defeat in last week's Universities tournament to claim the title, beating David Mew and Andrew Rennie in the final.

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Nov 2014: Super Cooley Goes Ballistic, Bunyan Is Atrocious*

* actually he played quite well, considering

03/11/14: He'll never win any trophies for on court sartorial elegance, but Nick Bunyan did manage to get his hands on the silverware at the 2014 Midland Tournament at Repton at the weekend; to quickly silence the gasps of disbelief echoing around the Fives world on reading that sentence it should be stated that he was being partnered by multiple Kinnaird champion Seb Cooley. It wasn't entirely the Cooley show, however, with Nick making a real contribution to their final win over Howard Wiseman and Olavian schoolboy Tom Gallagher: if medals were awarded for sitting on the ledge under the front wall, shouting "yours" and getting out of the way, Nick would be first in the queue.

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Midlands Tournament 2013: Young at Heart

The 2013 edition of the Midlands Tournament took place at Repton over the weekend of November 2nd/3rd. Presided over as usual in their own inimitable style by Howard Wiseman and Dominique Redmond, this year’s tournament featured over 30 pairs and the excellent Saturday night dinner in a local hotel.

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Midlands Tournament 2012: O'Neill and Theodossi rule at Repton

‎40 pairs took part in the 2012 Midland Tournament at Repton over the weekend, an event that is always one of the highlights of the Fives calendar. Uberveteran Nigel Cox narrowly failed in his attempt to make a second final in this competition, 42 years after his first, as he and Seb Cooley were beaten at the semi-final stage by Old Westminsters Ed Rose and Laurie Brock. Ed and Laurie then went on to lose narrowly in a terrific final to Berkhamsted coach/old boy pair Anthony Theodossi and Jeremy O'Neill, Ant winning the title for the second time in three years.

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2011 Midlands Tournament: Self & Cooley win in Repton

The Midland Tournament took place at Repton over the weekend with nearly 100 players taking part in a fantastic weekend of Fives, battling it out in the main tournament, the festival, the ladies tournament and a host of plate competitions as well as enjoying dinner at the Stuart Hotel in Derby on Saturday night.

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Midlands 2010: Ant and Ryan's Sunday afternoon Repton takeaway

The Midlands tournament took place at Repton over the weekend of 30th/31st October and produced a terrific weekend's Fives. Every game from the quarter-finals onwards in the main tournament was close, with the final eventually being won by Ant Theodossi and Ryan Perrie against Mark Yates and Sid Simmons.

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2009 Midlands: Wiseman and Cooley reign at Repton

Dominique Redmond reports:

This year's Midland Tournament took place at Repton on the weekend of October 31st/November 1st. Nearly forty pairs made the pilgrimage to Derbyshire for one of the most sociable and fun events on the Fives calendar. The Fives was pretty good too, with Olavians Howard Wiseman and Seb Cooley coming away with the trophy.

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2008 Midlands Tournament

Dominique Redmond reports:

This year's event was bigger and better than last year, as we had over double the entry and over double the number of players, guests and partners at the evening dinner. We had over 40 pairs enter across the weekend with three of the 40 pairs coming from the Rugby Fives community at Derby Moor School which is just up the road - they were most welcome and should be congratulated for their effort.

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2007 Midlands Tournament

Dominique Redmond reports:

After a twenty year break, the Midlands Fives competition is back. This year's tournament was held at Repton School by kind permission of the Headmaster.

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