Cambridge Past v Present Finishes All Square

01/12/15: Cambridge University Past took on Cambridge University Present last Saturday with honours ending up even after a 2-2 draw. The match was masterminded by Ralph Morgan, who is planning a second game towards the end of the season on Saturday April 23rd, which will feature a social event as well as the Fives itself. Any former Cambridge players interested in taking part should contact Ralph or Gareth Hoskins.

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John Lyon’s Charity awards the EFA £105,000 grant for Fives development at Westway

The EFA is delighted to announce that John Lyon’s Charity has made available a grant of £35,000 per year for three years, 2016-2018, to contribute towards the costs of a Fives Manager/Coach and an Assistant Coach at the Westway Centre, Shepherds Bush, London.

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Turnbull Trophy 2015: St.Olave's On Top

Anthony Theodossi reports:

16/11/15: On a rather windy day at Eton the 2015 Turnbull Trophy took place. By Friday evening there was a healthy entry of 18 pairs, but due to lots of last minute drop-outs we were heavily depleted to almost half the entry; the 10 pairs that did take part though made for a competitive fun day of Fives.

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Yet Another Title for Highgate

09/11/15: The Richard Black Cup is now in its seventh year and the numbers of participants, the standard and the strength in depth all continue to rise, making the 2015 edition of the competition the best yet. The fantastic group of players from Highgate School won for the fourth successive year, but they had to work very hard to defeat perennial challengers North Oxford. The gap between these two teams and the rest was still there this year, but it is closing all the time and the standard of play throughout the competition, all the way down to the 7th/8th place match was both hugely impressive and highly encouraging for the future of ladies Fives.

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A Chance Encounter

Nov 2015: A chance encounter between Fives player Richard Tyler and a Nigerian lawyer at a recent lunch led to a fascinating blog post: CLICK HERE to find out more

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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Universities 2015: Oxford and Durham Take the Honours

24/10/15: The 2015 Jesters Universities Tournament took place at Eton on Saturday with a terrific turnout of 29 pairs from 17 different universities - Oxford, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Swansea, Cardiff, Durham, Liverpool, Loughborough, Leicester, Bath, QM, King's, LSE, UCL, Middlesex, Imperial and RVC.

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Richard Barber Cup 2015: Olave's On Top Again

Grant Williams reports:

12/09/15: Five teams entered the Richard Barber Tournament at Eton on Sunday, which was won once again by St.Olave's. The format of the tournament comprises three old boys and three schoolboys and is always a great chance for the youngsters to be introduced to senior fives.

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Aldenham Ladder: One for the boys

Phil Lyndon reports:

Aldenham Fives Club staged its first ladder competition with boys from the school last night (6 October 2015). Six schoolboys joined 14 AFC players to fill five courts for 80 minutes of continuous competitive fives. A tremendous rainstorm added to the excitement of the evening!

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Welsh Tournament 2015: A Sissons Clean Sweep

22/09/15: The third annual Welsh Tournament was played at Rydal Penrhos School in Colwyn Bay at the weekend, with the usual mixture of school pupils, staff, current and former gap year coaches and guests taking part in a highly enjoyable weekend of Fives, which once again demonstrated just how far Fives has come at the school in the last five years since the game was re-established there under the guidance of Mike Leach.

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