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What is Eton Fives?
In a time when sport is often all about money and big business, it is good to find a game which has barely changed since its creation, nearly two centuries ago.
The rules of fives are similar to squash apart from when the ball hits the buttress. If you fail to hit the ball above the ledge around the court, you lose the point. Like squash, you can only score when you’re serving.
Players wear padded leather gloves, since the ball is quite hard. It is only played as a doubles game - two teams of two players. It’s a game of honour and with no umpire or referee, the players must confess their own foul.
Not only is it an extremely fast game, but also one of great skill.
Unlike most other sports, it is thought left-handers have a sneaky advantage owing to the design of the court. Better still, the ambidextrous players have an advantage over both, since shots can be played with either hand.
Eton Fives Kinnaird 2014 highlights
Selected Clips from the 2014 Kinnaird Cup final from the 'Overhead Camera' viewpoint. Thanks to Eton College for hosting the event.
Eton Wall Game
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Cricket Wicketkeeper Drill: Wall Game
A modern take on this classic cricket training drill for wicket keepers. As used by Ian Healy and Mark Garaway!
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Alpine at Wall: Game of the Week
The Standard-Times Game of the Week is the Alpine Fightin' Bucks at the Wall Hawks at Hawk Stadium. Sept. 29, 2011.
P.E. Final - St Paul's v Eton | Henley 2016
St. Paul's School v Eton College in the Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup. As Live Race Replay from Finals Day at Henley 2016, Sunday 3rd July.
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World Rackets Championship
Rackets is the ancient forerunner of squash and began in the 18th century Debtors’ Prisons like the King’s Bench and the Fleet. Gentlemen debtors in search of amusement, exercise and the chance to gamble on a game of skill began knocking a small hard ball around the walls of the outdoor courtyards where they spent part of their day. This fast and furious game soon caught on in the public schools and fashionable ale-houses would often erect an outdoor court to attract more customers (and encourage them to work up a thirst.)
Nowadays there are around 30 rackets courts in Britain, several of them in the public schools which mostly run evening clubs, so the game is now played by people from a variety of backgrounds, many with a grounding in squash, tennis or cricket, because to play it to a high standard demands fast reflexes, anticipation and speed of foot.
Rackets is played on high, black-walled indoor courts using chunky wooden rackets like longer and more powerful squash rackets and the scoring system and rules are very similar to squash. The small, hard, white ball cracks round the walls at speeds of up to 180 mph and the game is believed to be the world’s fastest rackets sport, just holding the edge over Pelota.
This World challenge was between the holder, US-based British professional Neil Smith, and former world champion James Male. It was staged over 2 legs, one in New York and the 2nd round in London.
In the end it was victory for the double-handed Male, an outstanding all-rounder who is also a top Real Tennis player, gives him the chance of an extraordinary double; becoming the first man this century to hold the world Real Tennis and rackets championships simultaneously.
Filmed in 2001 at St Pauls School, London.
Eton Fives at Westway
Eton Fives at the Westway Sports Centre, an introduction broadcast on National Television
SLTV: Rhinos visit Eton
SLTV went along with Kevin Sinfield, Kallum Watkins and Zak Hardaker on Leeds Rhinos' ground-breaking visit to Eton College.
Wall game stupid!
Jimmy Serrano goes in! Rock and roll on a steep wall!
The Field Game - as played in 2012
Saturday 3rd March 2012 sees a historic win for CHB Starlings' scratch over the 7th Field. Epic stuff as Boris' old men, keen as mustard, line up against the young whipper snappers of B & C blocks. Despite calls of sneeking that man and cornering that man from the opposition the old guard showed the youngsters how the game should be played (including the now legendary 'bully rush' to seal victory by a converted rouge...
Rugby Fives National Doubles Final 2013
Defending Champions Grant & Tristao take on Brooks & Ellison in this nailbiting final.
Only the first game was filmed.
The action took place on the 7th April and Alleyn's School, Dulwich.
How to return the cut in Eton fives by John Reynolds and demonstrated by Seb Cooley. Clips from national championships for the Kinnaird Cup feature Seb Cooley, Tom Dunbar, Pete Dunbar, James Toop, Matt Wiseman, George Campbell and Doug Foster.
Henley Regatta 2010 Eton College
Henley Regatta 2010 Eton College
CROSSBAR CHALLENGE W/ HEAD OF ETON COLLEGE SON!
We went to do a normal crossbar challenge when this child came out so we started playing with him and I have full consent from his family to have him in my videos. I own all copyright to my videos however if you with to use them for promotional purposes then feel freely to do so.
Lax wall game (segerstrom lax club)
just a short game against the wall
Ocean vs Wall game 2
A tough overtime loss Taj had his 1st double double 17 pts & 11 assist
Edgemont vs. Wall: Game 1
2008 South Dakota District championship girl's volleyball game between Edgemont and Wall.