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2002 Aldenham Tournament

Graham Pulsford reports:

As usual the competitors were a combination of Heath 'regulars' and specially invited guest players. There were representatives from Aldenham, Berkhamstead, Chalfont St Peter, Charterhouse, Ipswich, Shiplake, Shrewsbury and Westminster, and it was a pleasure to welcome James Lally, Simon Randall and Simon Shepherd for the first time.

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2002 Ladies Championships

Howard Wiseman reports:

The National Championships were held rather later than usual!! Tucked in just before the new season commenced in mid September. Eighteen ladies took part, and it was especially pleasing to see the appearance of Karen Nunn (a recent leaver from Mill Hill School), as well as Sophie Palmer and Juliet Browning from Lancing College. A large group of young men from the senior team at Lancing College had also made the effort to travel from the south coast in order to support the mixed event in the afternoon.

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2002 Veterans Tournament

Richard Dennis reports:

The Veterans competition took place on a helpfully warm and sunny afternoon and it was therefore slightly disappointing that, in the event, only seven pairs entered, with The Heath and Old Ipswichians contributing the majority of them. Early betting suggested a likely final between the holders Neil Margerison/Graham Pulsford and Peter Boughton/Simon Woolfries.

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2002 National Schools' Championships

Mark Williams reports:

Just under two hundred pairs from twenty different schools contested this year's Championships at Shrewsbury School. The format was much as before, with a Pools stage in each competition at first, and Plates for those who failed to progress beyond the second round. There were many closely-fought matches contested in a friendly manner throughout, a credit once again to both players and coaches.

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2002 Aberconway Cup

Mike Fenn reports:

The Twelfth Championship contained no pairs from the first year. Several regulars were absent with one or two fathers hanging up their gloves whilst others were unable to enter due to sons abroad or away at University.

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2001/02 Keeling Cup

Richard Tyler reports:

The Individual Tournament was again played over six rounds at various venues including Eton, Aldenham, Highgate and Ludgrove. I am pleased to say that this year's competition produced some good competitive Fives with the overall result remaining in doubt until the final afternoon at Ludgrove.

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Kinnaird Cup 2002

"High Fives for game that needs no replays"

Giles Coren "My Week" Article in the Times Preliminary Round Weekend

This week has been all about sport. No, not the Champions League, that vulgar procession of overpaid cheats and ruffians. I'm talking about sporting anticipation. No, not for the World Cup - jeez, anyone would think it was David Beckham's ankle that was going to be lying on a catafaque in Westminster Hall for the nation to file mournfully past. No, I am talking about the Kinnaird Cup, the National (and by implication, international) Open Eton Fives Championship.

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2002 Mixed Championships

Howard Wiseman reports:

The "Wiseman" mixed championship rule was used again this year - the man only being allowed to remain in the serving position for one rally before changing with his partner (as if having been cut down). This made for very even matches, and prevented domination from any of the stronger players present.

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2002 EFA Trophy

Chris & Seb Cooley report:

Pool 1:St Olave's, Oxford University, Old Etonians

The Old Etonians qualified in first place. They won both their matches 3-0, beating St Olave's comfortably (with the benefit of experience, Olave's having a young side) but having a closer game against Oxford. In the remaining match, a match of comebacks eventually ended in a 3-0 win for Oxford who thus qualified second, experience again proving a decisive factor.

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