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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Inauguration of the Second Zurich Court

This article first appeared in the Eton Fives Association Annual Report 2000/01

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2001 Veterans Tournament

Peter Knowles reports:

The seventeenth Over 40s Tournament was contested for the first time for silverware with Anne Shortland-Jones kindly presenting the Cup in memory of Martin, who won the inaugural tournament in 1985. In partnership with Jimmy Biggs, Martin won this tournament on four occasions. It was good to see entries back to double figures after last year's disappointment, with Martin Lindsay's seventeenth appearance maintaining his perfect record.

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2001 Aberconway Cup

Mike Fenn reports:

The Eleventh Championship was held at Eton on Sunday 22nd April. The absence of the Dunbar family, dominant champions for the last five years, threw the Championship wide open and gave added impetus to the aspirations of the other entrants. Each was determined to take advantage of this unexpected opportunity to become holders of the Aberconway Cup.

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Kinnaird Cup 2001

Foreword

As in previous years, the early rounds through to the quarter-finals were played at Eton over a weekend. 31st March 2001 and 1st April 2001 to be precise.

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2001 Mixed Championships

Howard Wiseman reports:

Fifty players took part in the Mixed Championship. For the second year the "Wiseman" Mixed Fives rules were used - the male server was only allowed to remain serving for one rally before either swapping with his partner, or returning to the role of "cutter".

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2001 Ladies Championships

Howard Wiseman reports:

A different format was used this year, which combined both the Mixed and the Ladies Open into one day.

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2001 National Schools' Championships

Mark Williams reports:

Two hundred and forty-five pairs from twenty-three different schools contested this year's Championships at Harrow School.

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2000/01 Keeling Cup

Malcolm Keeling reports:

After last season's rather special millennium tournament, raising funds for charity in memory of Tony Hughes, we reverted to the usual procedure this year, where the players competed just for pride and prizes!

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