2000 Prep Schools' Tournament
2000 EFA Trophy
Ed Taylor reports:
Thankfully this year, the second weekend in February didn't fall in the destructive path of a certain Mr. Valentine, allowing a record entry of twelve sides.....the courts were positively heaving, especially as the semi-finals of the Barber Cup were played on the very same day. Thanks to all those who gathered a side together! I have to give a special thanks to Mark Williams, who kindly held the fort in my absence. I was however on hand at the later stages.....
1999/2000 Alan Barber Cup
Ed Taylor reports:
Once again the Barber Cup was a hugely exciting and dramatic event! Full of surprises and some titanic confrontations. It is sad that some formerly mighty clubs struggled to raise sides in the early rounds. I hope in years to come, with the renewed efforts of the EFA, the Eton Fives Coaching Agency and many keen individuals, a new generation of players will emerge from schools where the game had momentarily slumbered - to back up those enthusiasts searching for an extra player or two. At present - while many of the top club sides have strength, they are much like the British Tennis Squad - in a spot of trouble should anyone be injured!
2000 Varsity Match 7th March - Eton
Cambridge University beat Oxford University 2-1
2000 Williams Cup
2000 Northern Tournament
Andrew Mitchell reports:
Late entries reached ridiculous proportions this year, with over half the eventual entries received less than three days before the tournament, making catering arrangements etc. somewhat tricky. Arrangements are reasonably flexible, but....
2000 Ipswich Tournament
Steve Burnell reports:
The Ipswich Tournament, as has become customary in recent years, was again held early in January and this year attracted thirteen pairs, with an overwhelming majority of the season's OI regulars participating, together with a combination of pupils, one master and, disappointingly few, non Ipswichians. The weather, though cold, was thankfully dry and all three of the heavily used courts played consistently.
1999/00 County Championships
Jamie Fleming reports:
Aaaah, the County Championships.
OK, so it's had a bit of a poor record of late, and it hasn't been the most widely supported competition on the circuit in recent years, but I'm happy to report that the 2000 season went a little way to changing all that.
Tony Hughes (1938-1999) - A Fives Legend
Tony Hughes first came to notice in Eton Fives upon reaching the final of the Public Schools Competition in 1957 when he and fellow Edwardian, J. C. Green, lost to Aldenham (G. B. Vine and D. R. Barker). He was disheartened not to have won, but a quiet word from the stalwart Old Olavian, Doug Keeble - always a supporter at the various competition finals - inspired him to put this match behind him and come back the next year to win the Kinnaird Cup.
1999/00 Turnbull Trophy
Graham Dunbar reports:
The Graham Turnbull Trophy was played at Harrow School on Sunday 9th November, 1999.
Thirteen pairs, from Lancing, Westminster, Sunningdale, Orley Farm, Harrow, Berkhamsted, Mill Hill, Highgate and St. Olave's, entered this year's tournament and every pair won at least one match. Indeed, every pair lost a match.