NO is the New Black

13/11/17: There was a new name on the Richard Black Cup at Eton yesterday as North Oxford ended five years of Highgate dominance with a 3-0 win in the final of the most competitive and open competition for many years.

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Fives Stars: Five in a Row for Highgate at the Black Cup

14/11/16: Highgate completed a nap hand of successive wins in the Richard Black Cup at Eton yesterady, defeating perennial rivals North Oxford in the final of a competition which featured a record-breaking 10 teams and over 60 players, providing a terrific showcase for the ever-improving standard and numbers of players in the ladies game.

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Black to Black Titles 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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Nov 2014: Black Sunday - Three in a row for Highgate

10/11/14: The 2014 Richard Black Cup was won for the third successive year at Eton on Sunday 9th November by Highgate School, who once again proved that they have the ability and strength in depth necessary to succeed in team Fives. This year's entry featured a record eight teams and forty-eight players in total with a welcome new entry from Berkhamsted School and a day of Fives that had a bit of everything - close matches, high-quality matches, players returning to the game after a while away and plenty of newcomers, who all gained invaluable experience and improved visibly during the course of the day.

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2013 Black Cup: Highgate Girls Back in Black

The Richard Black has been going now for five years and is well established as one of the highlights of the Fives calendar, providing an EFA Trophy style competition for the ladies game, only with better prizes. This year’s edition almost had a record entry of 8 teams and even with the late withdrawals of Cambridge University and the Highgate second team, it was still a very healthy number of teams and players who made it to Eton on Remembrance Sunday to compete for the trophy.

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2012 Richard Black Cup: Highgate Perform Black Magic

The 2012 Richard Black Cup was claimed in fine style at Eton yesterday by Highgate School who overcame a strong field of seven teams in the biggest and best Black Cup in the competition's short history, beating the EFA representative team 3-0 in the final.

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2011 Richard Black Cup: Greaves and Wells star in Olavian win

The third Richard Black Cup - the Ladies team championships - took place at Eton yesterday, with the Olavians emerging triumphant in a thrilling final over defending champions the EFA by the narrowest of margins at the end of a terrific day's Fives featuring six teams, 40 players, old and new faces and countless close and exciting matches.

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2010/11 Richard Black Cup: EFA win again

The second ever Richard Black Cup took place at Eton on Sunday, with five teams gracing the courts and producing a veritable feast of Fives. The entry for this ladies Fives team competition was slightly disappointing, a combination of school holidays, university vacations and Mother's Day preventing a number of potential teams from raising enough players to enter. A change of date next year will hopefully produce a larger entry as this exciting competition begins to establish itself in the Fives calendar.

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2009/10 Richard Black Cup: Girl Power in action

The inaugural Richard Black Cup was won by the EFA who defeated St.Olave's 3-0 in an exciting final.

The tournament was held at Eton on Sunday March 28th and in the space of one day established itself as one of the most enjoyable events on the Fives calendar. A three pair inter-club Ladies Fives competition was probably long overdue and the six teams who entered the first running of the tournament produced a day of exciting, competitive and high quality Fives.

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Richard Black Cup Past Champions

The Richard Black Cup is the ladies three pair team competition.

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