Fives 2005/06

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Captain of Fives: Oliver Beach W/OH/W

  Senior A Senior B Junior A Junior B
King's Bruton W W W  
Pilgrim's Winchester     L 46-113  
Christ's Hospital     W 94-73  
RFA L 81-120 L 42-46    
Malvern College L 75-85 W 89-34 W 48-44  
Clifton College postponed postponed postponed  
Sherborne L 105-119 L 104-110 W 162-89  

Season Report, 2005/6

The Fives Club has had yet another busy and successful season with over 50 players regularly taking to the courts and even more playing in Activities and Quiet Hours. Wayne Enstone, who is featured in the Guinness book of Records for holding the British number one ranking for 15 consecutive years, gave an extremely constructive and well-received coaching workshop.

We have been able to field competitive teams at all levels from the U13 ‘Mackerels’, who performed well at the Pilgrim’s tournament at Winchester College, through the ranks of the unbeaten Junior Colts, Senior Colts, a 2nd IV to the 1st IV at the top of the tree. Despite starting the season with an encouraging win against King’s School, Bruton, the 1st IV struggled to find the winning formula, losing matches against Malvern and Sherborne by very narrow margins.

The Tour of the North in February was another great success. Kindly hosted by Fettes College, the Senior Colts IV (Richard Longstreet, Jack Eadie, Eddie Lock and Austin Squibbs) played with great spirit and determination beating the hosts 76-68 but lost to a very mature Merchiston Castle 83-100. The Junior Colts were a very well organised and dominant outfit throughout the tour and indeed for the whole season. Represented by Hugh McDowell, Matt Kvesic, Ben Hall, Guy Durant, Dominic Waldron and Andrew Longstreet, they outplayed tough opposition to beat Merchiston Castle 88-24, Fettes College 86-68 on tour and Sherborne 162-89 at home. Hugh McDowell collected the Year 9 Cup beating Matt Kvesic 11-4 and both players look to be outstanding prospects for the future.

The OB match in March was poorly attended by OBs but those present, a mix of boys and girls of all ages, enjoyed a good afternoon with Jack Eadie and Andrew Wyeth OB winning in a close final against Oliver Beach and Ben Hall. The National Mixed Doubles held at Bradfield College in May is always a fun way to end the season and this was no exception. Alex Steel OB and Joe Lambert teamed up to reach the semi-finals and Jessica Morton and Richard Longstreet won the Plate Competition.

Many thanks to WEHS, CHD, PFR and IRD for their coaching contributions, without whose help the success and smooth running of the club would not be possible. The players have certainly benefited from their enormous wisdom and range of eccentric shots including the Etonian Overhead Smash and the Radlean Backhander. Oliver Beach has been an outstanding captain for the season and a great support in encouraging the junior players and coaching the Ladies team despite being considerably restricted by a recurrent dislocating shoulder, an all-too familiar affliction. He has an extremely promising future in the game as he moves on to university. Congratulations to Eddie Lock, Jack Eadie, Austin Squibbs, Jessica Morton and Serin Hartopp on being awarded their Junior Colours for Fives.

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