2005/06 County Championships

Dan Hawkins reports:

Qualifying Round - 13th November 2005

Eight teams took part in the qualification tournament for the County Championship on Sunday. It was very pleasing that the Oxford and Cambridge University clubs represented their respective counties and, in particular, that Andrew Mitchell brought a group of players down from Shrewsbury.

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2005/06 Turnbull Trophy

Alex Moore & Andrew Betts report:

4th December 2005

Eight pairs made their way to Westway in hope that they may qualify for the final of the Turnbull Trophy. Two pairs from Lancing, one from Berkhamsted, one from Westway, three Olavian pairs and one St Olave's/Westminster collaboration competed in the round robin structured competition playing a single game to 12 against all opponents.

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2005 London Tournament

Mark Herring reports:

With a last minute change of venue to Harrow School the weekend looked a promising one. A high level of entry in the Main Tournament saw seventeen pairs entering which was an increase from last year, mainly due to the entry of several Cambridge University pairs. The Festival, slightly down on numbers, still looked strong with twenty-one pairs entering with a large number from Westminster school staying for the weekend.

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For the Fun of the Game

A tribute to Richard Field - Former Master at Shrewsbury by Richard Barber from 2005

Much of what gets written about Fives records events at the top levels of the game, as its most skilful proponents clash in headline-catching competitions, achieving hard-won victories in famous finals and lifting impressive silverware to display with pride during the coming year. But what we seldom hear about are the innumerable matches among the foot-soldiers of the game Fives which bring no less enjoyment than the game at top level and which probably characterises about 95% of all the Fives played up and down the country.

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Dick Borradaile (1922-2005)

Dick Borradaile, who has died at the age of 84, was the master in-charge of Fives at Wellington College, where for nearly three decades he encouraged the game against all odds from the pressures of other sports.

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