2011 Universities Tournament: City and Cambridge Master the Arts of Fives

The 2011 Universities Championships took place at Eton on Saturday, with 32 pairs from 16 different universities taking part. The Ladies tournament was won by Charlotta Cooley and Rosie Scott of City University who defeated Emily Scoones and Hannah Blofield of Bath in the final while the Men's final saw Rory Griffiths and Robert Wilson of Cambridge beat the Yorkshire pair of Chris Hughes (Leeds) and Callum Brock (York).

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2011 Universities Mixed Championship: Cambridge take the title

Elli Hullis reports:

Drizzling rain did not deter nine pairs from universities across the country coming to compete in the inaugural Universities Mixed Eton Fives Championships on Sunday 13th March 2011.

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2010 EFA Universities: A higher degree of success

The 2010 Universities Championships took place at Eton on Saturday 13th November, with a record 34 pairs representing 17 different universities in a feast of Fives. Oxford and Cambridge - the only two universities with their own courts and clubs - provided 9 pairs apiece, but pairs from all over the country made an enormous effort to get to Eton with players taking part from Durham, Newcastle, Nottingham, Manchester, Bristol, Bath, Cardiff, Exeter, Oxford Brookes, Brunel, King's, Imperial, UCL, Queen Mary's and City University.

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2009 Universities Tournament - a Cambridge double

As always, Oxford and Cambridge were well represented with Cambridge in particular bringing 13 pairs – a fantastic effort given that the club operates with just one court. They were joined this year by several other universities, with players travelling from far and wide; the Durham pair had had a 5:30am start to get to Eton in time for the group matches and there were also entries from Manchester, Cardiff, UEA, UCL, Imperial, Royal Holloway, Northampton and Bristol.

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2008 Universities Tournament

Julian Black reports:

The Universities tournament was held this year on Saturday 15th November at Highgate School. Despite our best efforts, we were unable to persuade players from farther-flung universities to attend, but instead we got a good turnout from Oxford and Cambridge, the only two universities with active Eton Fives clubs, including three (and a half) Ladies' pairs.

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2007 Universities Tournament

Julian Black reports:

The Universities Competition was held this year at Highgate School; this year, the competition was only attended by Oxford and Cambridge despite best efforts, but we hope next year to involve players from other universities as well.

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2006 Universities Tournament

With Oxford (Iffley Road) and Cambridge (Magdalene College) the only British universities with direct access to their own courts, it was pleasing that this competition - not held last year due to organisational difficulties - first took place and second attracted a record field of entry.

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2004 Universities Tournament

James Toop reports:

The 2004 Universities Championships took place at King Edward's School, Birmingham on Saturday 6th November. It involved pairs from Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial, Newcastle and one pair from the school.

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2002 Universities Tournament

Sanjaya Ranasinghe reports:

Once again British Rail engineering works and unreliable trains led to a sudden depletion in pairs for these championships with pairs from Newcastle and Edinburgh being prevented to attend at the last moment. Seven pairs (3 from Oxford and 2 from both Cambridge and Durham) were split into two groups for the round robin stage of the championships.

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2001 Universities Tournament

Seb Cooley reports:

Edgbaston Saturday 10th November 2001

The Universities Championships were held in Birmingham once again this year. Organised by James Toop despite his being in Germany, they were a demonstration of the power of electronic communication. Not of electric communications, however, as both Newcastle and Durham's sides' efforts to get to Birmingham were thwarted by a train cancellation. Apart from these pairs, it was astonishing to find that most players had arrived at the courts twenty minutes before the start time; are we seeing a new, punctual breed of fives players emerging?

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