Under 21s 2017: Young Guns (Go For It)

13/02/17: The 2017 Under 21 tournament produced a thrilling day of Fives in arctic conditions at Eton yesterday. Highgate's Phoebe Bracken and Amira Reimer dominated the ladies competition once again to record their third successive victory at this level with a win over fellow Highgate School pair Marjolaine Briscoe and Viva Ruggi in the final. The men's tournament produced three classic matches in the knockout stages as Oxford University's Will Ponsonby and Tom Kirkby held their nerve to take the title.

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2017 Northern Tournament: Toop and Wiseman Roll Back The Years

06/02/17: An astonishing 73 pairs - a new record - took part in a vintage Northern Tournament over the weekend. The absence due to work commitments of superstars Tom Dunbar and Matthew Wiseman was disappointing in one way, of course, but it did mean that for the first time in a while at a major tournament the draw looked wide open and the business end a lot more unpredictable.

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Universities Mixed 2017: Liverpool At Last

30/01/17: After three successive semi-final defeats - some by agonisingly close margins - the Liverpool University pair of Aroop Bhattacharya and Alice Brett finally got their names on the trophy after a memorable day's Fives in the 2017 Universities Mixed tournament at Eton on Sunday.

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Cambridge Coaching Workshop

28/01/17: Thirteen fives players took part in a one-day Fives workshop on Saturday at the three wonderful Cambridge University Eton Fives courts. James Powley, the Head of Fives and Squash at the centre, had set up the workshop following a similar one that was recruited by Nick Preston in November. Both workshops were run by Howard Wiseman.

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A.J.N. (Nick) Dawson (1933-2016)

Gerald Barber writes:

Nick, with his twin brother Tim, was born on the 1st September 1933.

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Girls’ Festival at Charterhouse

24/01/17: Paul Bowden reports:

This year the annual Girls’ Festival which had been held at Berkhamsted for three years moved to Charterhouse by kind invitation of Master in Charge John Troy. The format however remained the same: everybody playing one game against a whole range of different opponents just for fun. Result: lots of very smiley faces, some great rallies, steady improvement especially for the least experienced girls and, most of all, lots of fun.

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REFCA U15s Individual and U14s Three Pair Cup

Howard Wiseman & Dominique Redmond report:

23/01/17: On Sunday the 22nd of January, two REFCA tournaments filled the 14 available courts at Harrow school.

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The Cox Self-Invitational Eton Fives Challenge

29th December 2016: match report by various Cooleys

As 2016 drew to a close, an intrepid band of fives players and assorted hangers-on dodged Christmas revellers and celebrity deaths to descend on the fabled fives courts of Grillon, Provence, France, Europe. The players consisted of the Cooleys Charlotta, Christopher, John, Oliver and Sebastian and, narrowly bringing up the alphabetical rear, host Nigel Cox.

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EFA Archives

Most of you will by now be familiar with the new EFA website. You may not have realised that the website now contains an extensive and ever-increasing digital archive of reports, photos, articles and obituaries, all of which can be accessed by CLICKING HERE

The EFA also has a physical archive of material relating to the history of the game, which is currently kept at Highgate School. We would love to be able to add to this collection and we would therefore like you to rummage around in your cupboards and attics to see if you have any Fives memorabilia that you might like to donate to the archive.

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EFA Trophy 2017: Bad Weather Fails to Rain on the EFA Trophy Parade

16/01/17: For the second year in succession, wet weather and tricky conditions affected the qualifying rounds for the EFA trophy, but Fives players are hardy souls and the nine teams and over sixty players taking part in this year's competition carried on regardless to produce a fantastic day of Fives.

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