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.
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Eton Fives at Westway
Eton Fives at the Westway Sports Centre, an introduction broadcast on National Television
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.
Rugby Fives National Singles Final 2013 - Tristao vs. Ellison
For the first time in 6 year we have Rugby Fives National Final without James Toop. Tristao vs. Ellison.
After an hour of seriously high quality play, Tristao walks away with the title. He outplayed Will with a spectacular range of shots. Final score 15-4 15-7.
He is the first Old Pauline to win since the great John Easy in 1969.
Eton Fives - Abs Vs Roopdawg - 19.06.11
Bottom court match for jokes after ages!
Cameo from crow at around 8:30. The crow delves into my bag, and steals and opens a cereal bar. What a chief.
Eton Fives Scholars & Rogues 2010
Eton Fives tournament where a teacher pairs up with a school pupil.
Eton Fives Highgate Thursday night practice 250517
Jon Ho + Ashley Lumbard VS Joe Marks + Emily Scoones
Adult language can be heard in this video, viewer discretion is advised.
Eton Fives - Abs Vs Roopdawg 19.06.11 - 2
Eton Fives Tournament - Scholars & Rogues
This is a school Tournament from 2009 where a teacher and pupil pair up to play together.
Eton Fives: Barber Cup final second pair
Barber Cup Final second pair at Eton 21/02/10: Seb Cooley & Howard Wiseman of the Old Olavians against Tom Gerrard & Tom Cox of the Old Salopians
Scholars and Rogues Eton Fives Tournament 2015
Eton Fives tournament at Berkhamsted School where a pupil and staff member pair up together.
Video created by James Morrison.
Berkhamsted Eton Fives Scholars & Rogues 2013
Eton Fives competition where a teacher and pupil pair up together.
Eton Fives Under 25s 113.avi
Under 25s Mens Final at Highgate 03/01/10: Robert Desmond & Laurie Brock vs Andrew Joyce & Mylo Scurr
Eton Fives Kinnaird Cup Final 2010
Matthew Wiseman and James Toop vs. Tom Dunbar and Peter Dunbar.
Eton Fives: Midlands Tournament 2010
Midlands Tournament 2010 final at Repton: Ant Theodossi & Ryan Perrie vs Mark Yates & Sid Simmons
Eton Fives: Varsity Match 2010
Robert Desmond & Laurie Brock of Cambridge against Rex Worth & Peter Stewart of Oxford at first pair in the Eton Fives Varsity Match at Eton 06/03/10.
Eton Fives Under 25s 111.avi
Under 25s Tournament at Highgate 03/01/10. Ladies Final - Charlotta Cooley & Anita Ganguly vs Dom Redmond & Ashley Lumbard
Eton Fives: Aston House Studs vs The Academy in the Westway Summer Superleague 2010
Robert Desmond & Spencer Chapman of the Studs take on John Reynolds & Sam Matthews of the Academy