August 2013: EFA President Rides London To Raise Money For Cambridge Courts

EFA President Richard Barber successfully completed the 100 mile RideLondon bike ride last weekend, raising money for the new Cambridge University courts in the process.

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July 2013: Westway Fives Festival Is A Huge Success

Paul Bowden reports:

The First Westway Fives Festival at Eton College

On Wednesday 17th July, 112 ten and eleven year olds from three schools took part in the first ever Westway Fives Festival held at Eton College, the home of the game. They were participants in the Westway Outreach Programme generously sponsored by John Lyon’s Charity in which 16 schools had taken part over the last year involving almost 700 children.

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Cambridge Playathon players go the distance

Robert Wilson reports:

On Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd June, Cambridge University Eton Fives Club played a twenty-four hour sponsored match on the court at Magdalene College to raise money for the three Eton Fives courts that are being built in the new sports centre for October 2013. So far, nearly £1,000 has been raised, with the overall appeal requiring under £40,000 of the total £440,000 needed.

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Aldenham Tournament 2013: Pulsford and Malik triumph

Played at Aldenham on Sunday 9th June

Graham Pulsford reports:

The courts were buzzing well before the start with players warming up and practising their favourite shots. The warm weather added to the general bonhomie as did the arrival of players in a mix of green and coloured winners' shirts well before the draw was made. Nick Shaw, Gareth Hoskins and Ian Mitchell were welcomed from North Oxford EFC – our ‘sister’ club.

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Universities Mixed 2013: London win the title

The final of the Universities Mixed pairs competition, delayed since February due to injury, finally took place at the weekend and was as close as the early stages of the competition had suggested it would be. In the end it was a win for the London Law School pairing of Laurie Brock and Rosie Scott, who triumphed 3-1 over Bath University's Tim Leech and Emily Scoones.

Geneva Tournament 2013: Zuoz youngsters star

John Reynolds reports:

There was a Fives revolution at the weekend: two members of the latest generation to come out of the Lyceum Alpinum Zuoz overthrew the old guard to win the Geneva International Fives Tournament for the first time. Renato Buechi and Kevin Michaelsen, recently graduated from the Swiss school, defeated former Kinnaird champion John Reynolds and partner Erkki Tammivuori in the semi-final, and then current Kinnaird champion Seb Cooley and partner Roland Knapp in the final.

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May 2013: EFCT Chairman Puts His Best Foot Forward

Eton Fives Charitable Trust Chairman Richard Black completed his sponsored walk - wearing his Fives gloves all the way - on Sunday, raising over £1,200 for the Cambridge courts appeal in the process.

EFA Dinner and Awards 2013

The 2013 EFA Dinner took place in London on Saturday night and was another memorable occasion; the event featured the second end of season award ceremony with the winners in each category voted for by the Eton Fives-playing public. An even higher number of votes was cast than last year and one or two of the categories were incredibly close; the big winners on the night were the Old Millhilllians who took home the Team of the Year award and also the Coach of the Year award for Steve Plummer. George Campbell and Karen Hird were rewarded for their breakthroughs this season with the Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year awards and John Reynolds was the victor in an incredibly strong field in the Special Contribution to Fives category.

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