2011 Northern Tournament: Shrewsbury injury jinx hands title to Dunbar and Cooley

The Northern Tournament took place at Shrewsbury over the weekend with around 50 pairs taking part, split across the main tournament and the festival. Much of the interest was centred on how the newly formed partnership of Tom Dunbar and Seb Cooley would perform. A slightly tentative start in their semi-final against Howard Wiseman and Peter Cohen was soon overcome as they won through in straight games to face top seeds James Toop and Matthew Wiseman, who had seen off a determined challenge from Peter White and George Campbell in the other semi.

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2010 Northern Tournament

Andrew Mitchell reports:

A highly successful Northern Tournament was held at Shrewsbury over the weekend of Feb 6th/7th and was won by James Toop and Matthew Wiseman, who beat the Dunbar brothers in the final 3-2, having lost the first two games, won the third 14-13 and then been given the last two after Peter Dunbar had to withdraw due to cramp.

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2009 Northern Tournament

Andrew Mitchell reports:

Championship

This was the strongest field for many years, both in terms of numbers (26 pairs) and quality.

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2008 Northern Tournament

Andrew Mitchell reports:

A respectable 18 pairs entered the competition and, although a number of the top players were once again absent, the continuing re-emergence of Old Wulfrunian Fives partly filled the gap.

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2007 Northern Tournament

Andrew Mitchell reports:

Global warming does have its benefits: a mild weekend meant relatively comfortable conditions for spectators and, despite the attractions of the six nations rugby on television, many players, supporters and passers-by enjoyed watching some high-class fives and plenty of more social, if still highly competitive, games.

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2006 Northern Tournament

Andrew Mitchell reports:

After several years of comparatively clement weather (for February), a wet and windy weekend welcomed a total of 48 pairs, and a few hardy spectators. The entry for the main competition, at 26 pairs, was the highest for some years although the turn-out for the festival, 18 pairs, was a little disappointing.

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2005 Northern Tournament

Andrew Mitchell reports:

After several years of comparatively clement weather (for February), a wet and windy weekend welcomed a total of forty-eight pairs, and a few hardy spectators. The entry for the main competition, at twenty-six pairs, was the highest for some years although the turn-out for the festival was a little disappointing. It was, however, good to see so many women taking part.

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2004 Northern Tournament

Andrew Mitchell reports:

After the usual last minute entries, withdrawals and travel problems, a total of thirty-eight pairs arrived for the tournament, split equally between the main tournament and the festival. Although there was a fairly stiff wind all weekend, it was possible to shelter from this while watching the Fives and the weather was mainly dry. The warmth of the main pavilion was also available for refreshments and a more comfortable base to socialise with other competitors and supporters.

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2003 Northern Tournament

Andrew Mitchell reports:

Although numbers were disappointing this year, most of the familiar faces turned up to be greeted by a sunny and windless day.

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2002 Northern Tournament

Andrew Mitchell reports:

A total of fifty-eight pairs entered the two tournaments this year, so that the courts were filled pretty much to capacity. However, although many of the entries were not received until the eve of the tournament, there were no last minute withdrawals, and so organising the draw was a relatively easy task. A mild and mainly dry weekend meant that spectating, or waiting for a free court, was not too much of a hardship either.

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