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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2000 Universities Tournament

James Toop reports:

The first year of the new British Universities Eton Fives Championships saw ten pairs from four different universities, Cambridge, Loughborough, Oxford and Warwick, compete at King Edward's School, Birmingham on Saturday 18th November. The entry would have been larger had Nottingham, Durham, Bristol UWE and London not had to withdraw the week before, through injury.

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