Blundell's must be one of the oldest fives playing schools in the country, with records going back to 1625. Fives is still played throughout the year, although the majority of school fixtures take place during the Easter term. The school has six Rugby Fives courts which, unlike Eton and Winchester Fives courts, have no buttressing.
Sherborne, King’s Bruton and Clifton College provide the bulk of local opposition although the school team has been known to travel as far afield as Radley, Bloxham and Rossall for tournaments. 2003 saw the first Blundell's Fives Tour to Scotland. School teams enter the National and West of England Tournaments each year. The school also hosts touring Club teams such as Deep West and The Jesters and a number of Old Boys regularly return to use the courts.
All Blundellians, regardless of experience, have access to the Fives courts, which underwent extensive renovations a few years ago. Both gloves and balls are provided by the master in charge and stocked in the school shop.
Captain of Fives: Tobias Francis OH
U13 National Championships, St Paul's School, London.
Yr 8: Ed Swarbrick, Max Mayor, Freddie Clayton, James Bartlett
Yr 7: Oscar Wetherall, Oscar Winsley, Ollie Yeadon, Sam Robshaw
The Blundell's squad performed admirably at this year's U13's Championships. They had to perform in an extremely competitive environment against a selection of the 44 players involved, representing 8 different schools. Year on year, the standard of Fives has got higher and higher and in many instances they were up against opponents with very much more experience than their own. Nevertheless, the squad as a whole played with undimmed Blundellian spirit. There were many individual performances of note in the singles and Ed Swarbrick and Max Mayor managed to win more than half their games in the pool stage. Freddie Clayton was unlucky not to have progressed into the knock out, having gained 52 points. It was something of an ordeal by fire for the year 7 squad but they showed real pluck and resilience throughout. In particular, it was very gratifying to see the absolute resolution of Oscar Wetherall to play every point to the utmost.
In the doubles, all pairs competed with increased fluency, conviction and communication as the afternoon progressed. Max Mayor and Ed Swarbrick did very well to get through to the quarter finals of the main draw. The second pair of Freddie Clayton and James Bartlett played some superb fives on their way to the third round of the plate competition. Ollie Yeadon and Sam Robshaw , unfortunately, came up against the top St Paul's pair and whilst never giving up and at times playing very well they were eventually well beaten. Oscar Wetherall and Oscar Winsley similarly played an experience pair but showed determination to the extent that their opponents never looked comfortable despite beating them to a low score. The index of their enthusiasm and desire to improve was the fact that they came off the courts very reluctantly at the end of the tournament. They would have been happy to play on in into the night!
The squad's behaviour was a credit to Blundell's during the overnight stay at the Oxford YHA and throughout the weekend and they were were all very good company. During the tournament we adopted a mentoring system where by a year 8 supported a year 7, under the expert guidance of our captain Ed Swarbrick and Max Mayor his deputy.
Another very successful and enjoyable weekend of Fives in the 'Capital'. CHD / Wayne Enstone
Seniors: Addie Chai, James Maclaurin, Christian Cabburn, Barney Ames, Hamish Reading, Paddy Ellicott
Colts: Oscar Voysey, Toby Pearce, Seb Farrant,
We had a very good return flxture against Sherborne, ably skippered by Christian Cabburn. Blundell's won 213-188. The squad played with with its usual enthusiasm and impressive focus throughout.
Seniors: Addie Chai and James Maclaurin as the first pair made a had a clean sweep in their doubles matches 11-4 and 11-0. Christian Cabburn and Barney Ames to continue to make great progress as a partnership and are thinking more strategically and striking the ball more convincingly. They fought a tight game against Harvey and Mercer, just losing by a small margin 11-13.There was much excellent play in the singles, Christian had a deserved win against Mercer 11-8. The highlight was the epic match between Addie and Shardlow that could have gone either way so fiercely was it being fought. Eventually Shardlow won 12-11.Hamish Reading and Paddy Ellicott have made very pleasing progress in a short time and were able frustrate the opposition and make significantly more points
Colts: Oscar Voysey, Toby Pearce and Seb Farrant continue to make great strides in singles and doubles and had some notable victories. Perhaps one of the most compelling games was Oscar's last singles match against Black, remakable for its intensity and long rallies
All in all it was an excellent afternoon of Fives, played in the best Blundellian spirit. CHD
v Exeter and Tiverton Fives Clubs
Seniors: Addie Chai, James Maclaurin, Christian Cabburn, Barney Ames, Hamish Reading, Paddy Ellicott
The Match went very well indeed with a very mature performance from Addie as usual, however, his improvement is seemingly endless. He controlled Dan Hill from start to finish winning 11-3. He then went straight on against a very determined Alex Rew who gave nothing away, he really did concentrate to keep Addie down - Addie's first point came at 7 - 1 and although losing 11-2, Alex was grateful to end the game, he never looked comfortable! This was great experience for Addie.
The new recruits, Paddy and Hamish played Maddy Raynor and Phil, getting 2 and 3 points that were well earned. They really didn't look out of place. Jack Lockwood played Bob Wilmer in a battle of the rugby players, Bob just winning 11-8. Jack then played Maddy later and won 11-6 after some long rallies, he improved throughout the evening and played in with Bob, Phil and Dan, holding his own!
Christian and Barney had two games of doubles, first against Keith Kennerley and Maddy losing 11-3, but then raising their game against Tim Lewis and Johnathan Webber winning 12-11 much to their delight! Addie and James had two tough games against Alex and John Savery, losing 2 and 6. James improved his concentration in the second one, which did make all the difference!
This was another terrific Match against the clubs and well worth playing from many points of view. Wayne Enstone
Seniors: Addie Chai, James Maclaurin, Christian Cabburn, Barney Ames, Hamish Reading, Paddy Ellicott
Colts: Oscar Voysey, Toby Pearce, Seb Farrant, James Barlow
We had Tremendous afternoon of highly competitive Fives against Sherborne, Blundell's winning overall 181-160
Addie Chai and James Maclaurin played some masterful and fluent Fives in both singles and doubles format, comfortably winning all their games. Christian Cabburn and Barney Ames as the second pair fought energetically in closely argued games, the highlight being their Doubles Match against Mercer and Harvey that they only just lost 12-14. Hamish Reading and Paddy Ellacott played with great spirit and commitment in their first fixture after only 4 weeks experience in the sport and clearly learnt a great deal from the experience.
It is impressive how much progress Oscar Voysey, Toby Pearce and Seb Farrant have made this term in terms of hitting quality and court coverage.This is is particularly true of Seb who is also new to the sport this term. Many of their games were increasingly very tightly contested, but in the end they won convincingly 74-50 in singles an doubles. James Barlow put in a great first performance despite his initial trepidation! The highlight being the epic doubles game where he partnered Wayne Enstone against Haywood-Smith and Mr Scorer, the Sherborne Master in Charge. Blundell's finally triumphed 12-11!
All in a great competition played played in true sportsman-like spirit by both teams. CHD
v Pilgrim's & Bloxham Tournament at Winchester
Squad: Ed Swarbrick, Max Mayor, Dom Wielenga, Ollie Yeadon
We had a great afternoon of Fives playing against Pilgrim's and Bloxham Schools. Bertie Matthew brought a squad down from Bloxham, so it was the first time in some years that we have taken part in a three way at Pilgrim's. Blundell's players acquitted themselves admirably and played hard, but in the best sportsman-like spirit of the game. Many of the games were extremely close in result. Pilgrims were top dogs overall with 99 points, Blundell's and Bloxham were very close with 73 and 71 respectively.
The standard and skill of the squad increased exponentially as the afternoon progressed. In the singles Ed and Max achieved hard won victories against their Bloxham Opponents and Dom Wielenga won both his matches convincingly against Pilgrim's and Bloxham.
In many respects some of the best play was to be seen in the doubles and Ed and Max as the first pair played exceptionally well against Pilgrim's and although Pilgrims got the upper hand (9-6) There were many fearsome and long rallies, notable for excellent court coverage, communication and retrieval. Dom and Ollie had a cliffhanging and long game against Bloxham. They finally won 9-8.
All in all it was an excellent performance, where much was learnt and it will stand them in very good stead, When some of them go up to the Nationals in March. CHD
v RFA 2017
Squad: Tobias Francis (capt), Addie Chai, James MacLaurin, Christian Cabburn, Barney Ames, Lewis Terry
RFA: Wayne Enstone, Keith Kennerley, Nick Geere, Bob Wilmer, Melanie Whitehead, CHD
We had a delightful afternoon of highly competetive Fives against the RFA. The latter take no prisoners and demanded much of the Blundells Squad.
In the singles there were many very closely fought games with Tobias, Addie and James winning their matches. Eventually honours were equally drawn between the two sides, 44-44.
In the doubles The RFA piled on the pressure and finally won 79-61. Addie and James were dominant against Kennerley and Geere, beating them 11-5 in both games. There were many long rallies in all matches and Blundell’s tactical and communication skills developed very impressively as the afternoon progressed. The RFA team commented on the excellent, sportsmanlike attitude of the Blundell’s squad that nicely balanced serious commitment and evident enthusiasm for the game.
Special praise should go to Lewis Terry for withstanding the ordeal and playing so positively, having only had a week’s experience of Fives! All in all it was a super occasion. Much was learnt from experienced adults and Blundell’ players can take this knowledge forward to matches against their peers from other schools. CHD
West of England Schools Championships 2017
Tobias Francis (Capt’), Addie Chai, James MacLaurin, Jack Lockwood, Christian Cabburn, Barney Ames
Colts: Boris Ames, Joe Horsey, Tommy Ryder, Dom Vause, Tom MurphyBlundell’s had a full representation at the West of England Tournament taking up a squad of 7 seniors and 5 Colts. The 2017 tournament had one of the biggest Draws in recent memory consisting 43 senior and 30 colts players from 9 schools. The standard as ever was exceptionally high with Winchester currently being the dominant force on the circuit, Wayne and I are extremely proud of the Blundell’s squad’s achievements and the great team spirit demonstrated throughout. No match was unsupported by the squad across the different age ranges. On many occasions the Blundell’s shout could probably have been heard at Yeovil! It was very good to have had so many turning up for the practise session on Friday to get rid of the excess Christmas pudding and it allowed the squad to hit the deck running on Saturday.
Over the two days there were many highlights as pairs and and individuals.
It was a great achievement Addie Chai to get through to the ¼ finals of the main draw. He showed his usual steely determination and brilliant court coverage against Rentoul of Allens who he beat 15-9 and Whitham of St Pauls ( a year older) who he eventually relented to 9-15.Tobias Francis and James Maclaurin got through to the 3rd round with notable victories against Bedford and St Paul’s. In the plate competition there was much good play From Christian Cabburn and Barney Ames. The latter deserves special mention, as this is the first major competition he has played in for well over a year. In many respects the performance of the day was from Jack Lockwood who got to the final of the plate. He was on fire throughout and played with undimmed intensity. He took out all the players in his pool from Bedford, St Pauls and Tonbridge, capping it with an epic contest against Gugroult of St Pauls that he finally won 11-9. He eventually went down fighting to the end against Manur of Malvern.
In many respects the singles competition was a baptism of fire for the colts but it was to their credit that they never let their heads go down despite disappointments. Commitment and pluckiness was demonstrated throughout. Boris Ames played exceptionally well in the plate only losing one of his 3 games by a point and was unlucky not have got into the knockout semi finals.
We fielded 3 pairs in the senior competition. Addie Chai and James Maclaurin as the first pair got through to the quarter Finals of the main draw achieving a convincing victory over Alleyns 15-1.They succumbed to the greater experience of the top tournament pair From Winchester who are in upper 6th, but not without a real fight. Addie and James continue to develop as a highly combative and effective pair with very useful complementary skills. Tobias Francis and Christian Cabburn, as the second pair, gave some very skilled performances in the pool stage of the plate against Tonbridge (11-2) and Sherborne, and by the end were working very effectively as a unit. Special praise should go to the Ames Brothers as the third pair, young Boris showing great reservoirs of courage as the only Year 9 player competing at senior level!
It was a hard call for the two Colts pairs Joe Horsey/ Tommy Ryder and Dom Vause/Tom Murphy as they were faced with more experienced opposition often I or 2 years their senior. By the pool stage the partnerships had bedded down and these delivered some very effective performances against St Pauls and Malvern.
All in all it was a great start to the season and Blundell’s can hold its head high! CHD
Reichwald Trophy 2016
School: Tobias Francis, Ben Clarke, Addie Chai, James Maclaurin,
Christian Cabburn, Barney Ames, Lucas Amery, Ed Swarbrick,
CHD, Bertie Matthew
OB’s: Daniel Hill, Jonathan Webber, Alexandra Steel, Christian Brooks, Melanie Whitehead, Frank Akerman, Will Akerman, Tom Massey, John Savery, Nick Geere, Wayne Enstone
As ever we had a thoroughly enjoyable and competitive afternoon of Fives and apart from the odd shower had good weather. We followed the normal format of pairing up ten OB’s with a current pupil on a strong to weaker basis and a draw was made to ensure that the pairings were evenly balanced. We had less pupils than usual as there was a clash between the tournament and the Mills Cup and CCF, thus making unavailable the year 9 and 10 invited players. Nevertheless the matches were very tightly contested and the afternoon saw many long and exciting rallies at the pool stage. The tempo increased at the knock out stage. The results were as follows:
The Reichwald Cup was won by Christian Cabburn and John Savery (15-14)
(by a hair’s breadth against Barney Ames and Wayne Enstone)
1st plate by Lucas Amery and Will Akerman
2nd plate by James Maclaurin and Alexandra Steel
3rd plate by Ed Swarbrick and Dan Hill.
4th Plate was won by Tobias Francis and Tom Massey
It was great to have Bertie Matthew come and play with his usual vigour and enthusiasm. Ed Swarbrick as the youngest player deserves special mention for his pluckiness and super serving. We owe may thanks to Wayne for masterminding the draw and to Frank Akerman and the Exeter and Tiverton clubs for their unwavering support of the event. As ever Janet Woof provided us with a very tasty lunch and tea at the Beale Centre. CHD
National Schools Fives Championship Report 2016
Blundell’s had four players representing school this year with Tobias Francis, our captain, entered the Open Singles and Doubles, Addie Chai entered the Colts (U16’s) Singles and partnered Tobias, and in the Under 14’s Dom Vause and Toby Pearce entered the singles and formed a new doubles partnership.
Tobias was drawn in a Pool of three players which meant playing two matches, unfortunately, the first of which was against the strongest player from Rugby, losing that 15-5. In the second match Tobias showed great determination and whilst getting off to a poor start, 5-0 down, recovered to level at 5-5 all and to go on to win 15-5. If he had produced this form in the first match he could well have been competing in the main competition, instead he was now in the Plate on day two. In this match he initially looked much the better player and his opponent whilst not having the range of shots of Tobias was extremely fit. At 9-9 all Tobias looked tired and proceeded to lose 4 points quickly only to show great determination to recover to 13-13 all, this effort left him exhausted and he understandably lost the match15-13. As he commented later he should have won and now realises he has to work on his fitness for next year.
Addie also played in a Pool of three, winning both his matches very convincingly with no points lost. Addie was through to the knockout phase. He was drawn against a good player from Merchant Taylor’s, fortunately he continued his good form and won both games comfortably 11-4, 11-1. This took him through to the quarter-finals to play Low of Whitgift, the number 3 seed, the following day. Low was a taller boy who was equally talented as Addie and although Addie won many rallies throughout the match he lost 11-2,11-1. As we discussed later this type of match was another valuable lesson for the future. Low played the eventual winner and gave him a more difficult match than his final opponent, so the standard of Colts player was extremely high this year.
In the Open Doubles Addie played above his age range to form a new partnership with Tobias and at 10-10 all in the first game it really did look good for the Blundell’s pair, amasingly a few loose shots at the end from Tobias allowed their opponents to win that 12-10. In fairness to Tobias tiredness again made the difference in his performance and whilst the second game had some super rallies Blundell’s lost that 11-6. As discussed later and on a positive conclusion to their tournament this was a match that could have been won with more practice as a pair.
In the Under 14’s singles both Dom and Toby were in Pools of four players meaning having to play three matches. Whilst not winning a match both Dom and Toby hit the ball very well with their stronger hand and now realise the importance of practice especially with their weaker hand. Considering Toby has limited fives play he has a natural hitting style as does Dom, which did win them many rallies. This was the end of the singles for them both. On day two in the Doubles they met very strong opposition in their first match, losing 15-5, to a pair from St Paul’s who had home court advantage. The pleasing thing for us all was both Dom and Toby showed an improvement in their play from day one and there were many fine rallies in this match. This continued into the plate match where at 4-4 all Dom and Toby looked a very competent doubles pair, especially for the future. Unfortunately, their more experienced opponents equally played some excellent shots and won the match 15-8. Throughout the tournament Dom and Toby showed a good attitude and never gave up, in addition, they improved many aspects of their game in every match. They both left expressing how they had enjoyed the experience and desire to return next year, which speaks volumes.
Very well done to them all for competing and it is only in the future, hoping they continue with fives, that they will value and appreciate this experience even more.
Girls School’s National Championships 2016
Squad: Jessica Whitehead, Grace Labdon
Jessica and Grace did well today. They were third in their doubles group and went into the plate competition where they lost in the semi final. In the singles Jessica lost her first match but then proceeded to get to the plate final and Grace got through her first match but was then knocked out by the eventual winner. There were strong girls from Malvern and Bedford Modern who outclassed ours but they coped well against the girls from Eastbourne, Marlborough and Christ’s Hospital. They represented the school well I think!
Squad: Tobias Francis, Addie Chai, James MacLaurin, Christian Cabburn, Ed Pawson, Alastair Johnson-Ferguson,
OB team: Rob Whitethorn, Daniel Hill, Keith Kennerley, Bob Hitchens, Christian Brooks, Melanie whitehead
We had a great afternoon of Fives against the OB’s on Saturday. The teams overall were evenly matched. The Blundell’s squad played dynamically and skilfully throughout and with good spirit. In the end honours were evenly distributed. In the Singles unsurprisingly the OB’s with their superior experience and skill won overall 107-70. However Tobias and and Addie played exceptionally well against Rob Whitehorn and Daniel Hill. Christian Cabburn really revved up in his second match against Bob Hitchens and Ed Pawson was triumphant in both tightly fought games against Christian Brooks.
Blundell’s came in to their own in the Doubles winning 73-70. Pawson/Ferguson-Thompson won both their games and the Maclaurin/Cabburn duo played very inventively against Kennerley/Hitchens winning 15-7 in the first game and narrowly losing 12-15 in the second. Francis/Chai played brilliantly against the awesome firepower and tactics of the first pair Whitethorn/Hill and managed to score 8 points in both games. This will serve as fantastic preparation for the Nationals in two weeks time.
Overall it was a very upbeat and fitting end to a very good season. CHD
v Sherborne - AWAY
Squad: 1st IV: Tobias Francis, Addie Chai, James MacLaurin, Christian Cabburn,
2nd IV: Ed Pawson, Alastair Johnson-Ferguson, Toby Pearce, Oscar Voysey
We had another great afternoon of Fives against Sherborne away on Saturday. It was an extremely close, hard fought and exhausting match as the final scores reveal. The Blundell’s 1st IV won 110-107 and The Sherborne 2nd IV beat Blundell’s 112-93.
It was good to welcome Toby Pearce and Oscar Voysey for their first ever fixture after only three weeks involved in the game! They played with courage and increasing skill throughout.
There was much to praise In Blundell’s performance. In the 1st IV match, Chai’s victories over the Sherborne first pair, Pyman and Shardlow 15-4, 11-3 respectively was an obvious highlight followed by Maclaurin’s clean sweep of his opposition.
In the doubles Francis and Cabburn had a very convincing win against the second pair, 11-3. Christian playing one of his best games ever.
There were also many achievements for the second IV. Ed Pawson was undefeated in all his singles matches, never allowing the opposition to get more than 4 points in a game, striking the ball with awesome ferocity and accuracy. He and Alastair Thompson-Ferguson played as a highly effective doubles partnership and won all their three matches.
It was an excellent overall performance played in the best Blundellian spirit of enjoyment! CHD
v Malvern (at Clifton)
Squad: Ben Clarke, James Lockwood, Christian Cabburn Addie Chai, James MacLaurin,Ed Pawson, George Gibbs
We had a superb afternoon of fives against Malvern at Clifton playing both singles and doubles formats of the game. We organised the squad in to a first and second IV that crossed age boundaries. For the First IV score-wise it was pretty even-Stephens, Malvern being ascendant in the senior singles, having Nelson their no 1 present. However Bundell’s evened things up in the doubles in which there were some great matches. Chai/ Maclaurin epically took down the Malvern first pair, Nelson/Williams (both in Upper 6th))15-13. Addie and James are now making a superb complementary pair and are turning into formidable opponents, combining Addie’s fantastic court coverage and James’ deft angle shots and volleying skills. This bodes very well for the National Colts championships in April. Clarke/ Lockwood played particularly well in their second match against the second pair, winning 11-5.
The second IV won both the singles and doubles 142-69, only 4 Points short of a maximum score. Pawson, Cabburn and George Gibbs played in different combinations and were triumphant throughout. They played energetically and with increasing skill throughout. George also had notable singles victories against Standen and Platnauer 15-4, 15-5 respectively.
All in all it was a great performance from Blundell’s, played in excellent spirit.
West of England Championships
There was a good mix of players from various schools for this year’s singles in both the Colts(U16) and Seniors on the Saturday.
In the Colts, both Addie Chai and James MacClaurin had comfortable wins in their first and second round matches, reaching the quarter finals where they both met Winchester players who had a very strong squad this year. Unfortunately, for Addie he was drawn to play the number one seed, not winning a point in the first game and somewhat overwhelmed by his opponent. Not to be deterred and as we have seen in the past with Addie he approached the second game in his usual calm but now also attacking style of his own, at 9 all and Addie looking ever bit as good as his opponent the game could have been won by either player, unfortunately, two unlucky bounces swung it in favour of his opponent. His opponent greatly releaved to have beaten Addie. He then proceeded to win the tournament very comfortably, indicating that Addie should really have been drawn in the bottom half of the draw and quite obviously warranted the number two seeding. This will be requested for the National Schools provided Addie is available to attend. James MacClaurin fought adversity, having collided unintentionally with his opponent in the third rally of the match and suffering a rather sore nose, James produced a brave performance but never quite recovered from the knock. Whilst he lost the match 2 and 1 the scores do not give a fair indication of how close and long most of the rallies were, again indicating he capable of reversing that result at the Nationals.
In the Senoir singles, Tobias Francis( Captain), Christian Cabburn and Ben Clarke all lost their first matches, however, despite losing the players showed great determination and spirit throughout the afternoon and produced some fine performances in the Plate competition. Ben and Tobias reached the semi finals and it was very nearly an all Blundell’s final, Ben losing narrowly, with Tobias progressing. Tobias played a very mature game in the final and not only exploited his opponents weaknesses played many excellent winning shots to dominate and win the final comfortably and in style. As he commented it was a pity he didn’t produce that form at the start of the day, however, he realises he had only had limited practice time leading up to this tournament.
In all the Saturday gave the players the practice they required for even better performances to come on the Sunday in the doubles championships.
In the Colts doubles Addie and James were drawn in the bottom half of the draw which kept them clear of the number one pair from Winchester, one of them being the winner of the singles and the other one of the semi finalists. Throughout the early rounds they grew in confidence as a pair. They made reaching the semi final look easy, however, their opponents from St Paul’s had also looked very impressive. The match started very well, Blundell’s winning the first game, then in the second game their opponents showed the form that had enabled them to reach the semi, winning that game, honours shared the third game started off with many extremely long rallies but then slowly Blundell’s began to dominate with James played out right winning shots, despite by this time suffering from a sore shoulder, Addie played a very sensible steady game. Needless to say they met the number one pair in the final. Briefly, the first game was an exciting display of attacking play from both pairs and although beaten to 3 points they really did deserve many more points, however, that shows the high standard that their opponents set. A wonderful match which concluded in the second game being won rather quickly, mainly due to the injury of James who did very well to play the match out. Whilst disappointed to have lost in the final both players expressed how much they had enjoyed the weekend.
In the Senior doubles the partnerships were Tobias and Ben and, Christian and Jack Lockwood. Both pairs had extremely tough draws playing experienced Derby Moor pairs. Both pairs gave very good accounts of themselves, however, as the players all now realise doubles does need practice. In the plate they again met very good pairs and did improve their performances but were both knock out after very close matches.
From many points of view a very successful weekend with medals being brought back and the main objective being complete that everyone indicated having enjoyed the experience, and all the wiser from entering the championships, coaches included. Wayne Enstone
Squad: 1st IV: Tobias Francis, Addie Chai, James MacLaurin, Christian Cabburn,
2nd IV: Ed Pawson, George Gibbs, Alastair Johnson-Ferguson, Dom Vause
We had an exciting afternoon of Fives against Sherborne at home on Saturday. The match followed the usual format of singles and doubles and Blundell’s won overall 188-120 points. In addition to our full time squad it was good to have two Under 14’s, George Gibbs and Dom Vause participating. They acquitted themselves very well particularly as they were playing opponents one or two years up in age. Tobias was suffering from a sore shoulder but doggedly led the squad.
In the singles, there were many closely contested games, but Chai, Maclaurin, Cabburn, Pawson and Gibbs won all their matches convincingly. Players demonstrated excellent court coverage, anticipation and clean hitting throughout.
In the doubles there was also much to praise. Chai and Maclaurin won both of their matches and perhaps the highlight of the afternoon was the game against the Sherborne 1st pair, Pyman and Shardlow ( both 6th formers) that stayed at 8 all for a very long time, before Blundell’s final got the upper hand. Pawson and Vause also won their doubles match comprehensively 11-0.
The squad displayed excellent team spirit and sportsmanship in the best Blundellian tradition. It was, all In all a very pleasing performance. CHD
v Pilgrims at Winchester
Squad: Mat Hoaen, Boris Ames, Harry Rackham, Ed Swarbrick
We had a delightful afternoon of Fives at Pilgrims School, hosted by the ever- hospitable Deputy head, Geoffrey Hammond. We were royally treated to a delicious roast lunch on arrival. This was the 12th encounter between the two schools and it was a compelling session of singles and doubles. Although honours finally went to Pilgrims there was much to praise in Blundell’s performance. Ed Swarbrick deserves Special mention as he has only recently taken up fives and played valiantly through out.
In the singles, highlights included Mat Hoaen’s victory over Pilgrim’s no 2, 11- 4 and Boris Ames matches’ against McColleryn 11-4 and narrow defeat to their no 1,10-11. Harry Rackham was unlucky not to have won his Match against McColeryn, to whom he succumbed after an attritional game, 10-11. Many of the Doubles matches were also very tightly contested. Ames/ Rackham took both their cliff-hanging games to the wire and only lost by 2 points in each.
Blundell’s skill development during the afternoon was very impressive and by the end they were showing excellent court awareness, foot movement and clean hitting.
They should be proud of their achievements. CHD /MJT
Despite the scores, there were several 'close' and hard fought games and I thought James McLaurin played particularly well. Unfortunately Tobias had to be substituted after the first game due to his shoulder injury.
1 T Francis/A Johnson-Furguson A Rew
2 J McLaurin D Hill
3 C Cabburn A Steel
4 E Pawson C Brook
Doubles 1&2 v 1&3 1-15, 7-15 2&4 6-16, 15-9
3&4 v 1&3 6-15, 15-16 2&4 0-15, 2-15
Singles 2 v 1 2-11 4 v 4 12-10 3 v 2 2-12
Total 66-145. PFR
v Exeter and Tiverton
Squad: Addie Chai, James MacLaurin, Ed Pawson, Alastair Johnson-Ferguson,
We had an enjoyable evening of Fives playing against the Exeter and and Tiverton clubs. Blundell’s was missing Tobias Francis and Christian Cabburn due to injury and Wayne Enstone and CHD joined the Blundellian ranks! The clubs unsuprisingly won 107-58. However there were some extremely tightly fought matches and Chai/Johnson-Ferguson’s game against Webber and Wilmer (9-11) was an obvious highlight. Honours were equally drawn between Maclaurin/Enstone and Rew and Savory both winning a game apiece. As ever the squad learnt much from the highly experienced members of the Clubs. CHD
Reichwald Trophy 2015
School: Tobias Francis, Ben Clarke, Jack Lockwood, Addie Chai, James Maclaurin,
Christian Cabburn, Barney Ames,Lucas Amery,Jessica Whitehead, Livi Charteris,Dom Vause, Alex Venner
OB’s: Alex Rew,Daniel Hill,Tim Lewis,Keith Kennerley, Jonathan Webber,Nick Cumberlege, Alexandra Steel,Christian Brooks, Jonathan Amery, Rick Vause, Frank Akerman,CH-D, Mat Taylor
We had a very entertaining and enjoyable afternoon of Fives Doubles at last Sunday’s Reichwald trophy much aided by the good weather. There were 12 pairs involved and as normal an OB paired up with a current pupil. We must thank Wayne Enstone for organising a draw and match format that ensured the pairings were very well balanced. At all stages there was often very little in points between the different pairs. There was excellent and highly competitive Fives throughout. It was great to have 2 girls involved as well, Livi Charteris and Jessica Whiteheadd and also to have a good number of parents playing; Christian Brooks, Jonathan Amery, Melanie Whitehead and Rick Vause. Rick Vause did exceptionally well, given that he was an Eton Fives player and hadn’t been on court for over 30 years. There were many memorable moments, Alex Venner’s epic volley and Jack Lockwood’s fantastic stamina being amongst them. As ever current players will have learnt a huge amount from playing with and against some very experienced adult players. We thank Frank Akerman, Nick Cumberlege for their help and support and Janet Woof for providing us with delicious lunch and tea at the Beale centre
The Reichwald Cup was won by by Christian Cabburn and Nick Cumberlege
1st plate by Lucas Amery and Keith Kennerley
2nd plate by Addie Chai and CHD
3rd plate was won by Dom Vause and Jonathan Webber.
Many of the final games were very hard fought and praise is due to the runners up:
Jack Lockwood, Livi Charteris, and Ben Clarke CHD