2009 National Schools' Championships

Mark Williams reports:

A staggering 448 pairs from 32 schools entered the HSBC National Schools' Eton Fives Championship which was held at Eton College.

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2008/09 Keeling Cup

Richard Tyler reports:

For the first time this year, we expanded the Keeling Cup to 12 players and three courts for each round. This was a great success and all the games were keenly contested. The starting line up featured four Olavians, three Chomeleians, two Harrovians, two Etonians and an Edwardian - a reasonable proxy for playing strength at the top of the game.

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David Barton (1920-2009)

Our longest serving Vice-President – from 1972 – David Barton, has died at nearly 89, having been our Hon. Treasurer from 1952 to 1971. For a number of years he had also been Chairman and a Vice-President of the Old Etonian Fives Club. David was very involved in the EFA's affairs in the start-up after the war, but it was a source of great regret to him that his memory of that period was very limited.

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2009 Prep Schools' Tournament

James Woodcock reports:

The competition returned this year to Eton by kind permission of the Head Master. During the day there was some excellent fives played by 36 pairs representing 9 schools. In the group stages there were two groups which were tightly contested. Cranleigh 1 did well to win their group as did Summer Fields 4 (U12 semi-finalists from Tuesday) who beat Sunningdale 1, a clear upset to the form guide. All four of Highgate's four pairs progressed as well as Ludgrove's and Summer Fields' first pairs.

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2009 EFA Trophy

Gareth Hoskins reports:

A grand total of 12 teams and 76 players took part in the qualifying rounds of the EFA Trophy, the largest entry for a long time and one which comfortably kept all 16 courts occupied all day.

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2008/09 Alan Barber Cup

Mark Williams reports:

The first round saw four of the five scheduled matches played, with comfortable wins for Edwardians and Cholmeleians; however Etonians dropped the first pair to Millhillians who conceded the third pair and therefore the match. The match of the round however was between the Salopians and Wulfrunians, making a welcome return to this competition after a long absence. Salopians were victorious 2-1, but it was a tussle, and the Wulfrunians were left to rue a difficult draw.

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2009 Varsity Match

Rodney Knight reports:

The Battle of Wills

Oxford 2, Cambridge 1

The slightly later date of this time-honoured encounter produced the mildest weather for some years and ensured that natural light could be enjoyed throughout by players and spectators alike.

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2009 Northern Tournament

Andrew Mitchell reports:

Championship

This was the strongest field for many years, both in terms of numbers (26 pairs) and quality.

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Fives at KEHS

This article first appeared in the Birmingham Mail in February 2009

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