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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 Fives at Westway
Eton Fives at the Westway Sports Centre, an introduction broadcast on National Television
Michael Portillo plays Eton Fives at Malay College
Michael Portillo plays Eton Fives at Malay College as part of his BBC series Great Asian Railway Journeys
Eton Fives: Mens Under 25 Final 2011
Mens Under 25 Final 2011 at Eton: Andrew Joyce & Laurie Brock vs Ryan Perrie & Jeremy O'Neill
Eton fives rally
Usally 2 vs 2; one on one classic eton fives rally, I win 12 - 9 (maroon shirt): no pepper used (I'm lazy and what)
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Under 25s Tournament at Highgate 03/01/10. Ladies Final - Charlotta Cooley & Anita Ganguly vs Dom Redmond & Ashley Lumbard
Rugby fives singles match between Antony vs Rob.
Rugby fives singles game ft. Rob vs Antony being played at Derby moor Academy in Littleover Derby. Mondays 6:00pm-8:00pm
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Eton Fives: Ladies Under 25 Final 2011
Ladies Under 25 Final 2011 at Eton: Karen Hird & Emily Scoones vs Ashley Lumbard & Annabel Griffiths
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Jon Ho + Ashley Lumbard VS Joe Marks + Emily Scoones
Adult language can be heard in this video, viewer discretion is advised.
Eton Fives Kinnaird Cup Final 2010
Matthew Wiseman and James Toop vs. Tom Dunbar and Peter Dunbar.
Winchester Fives Nationals 2015 - Final (Full Match)
Here's the full match from the 2015 Winchester Fives National Finals. An epic three-gamer between 6 time Champions, Ellison & Mohammed and 2 of the top Rugby Fives doubles players in the country, Grant & Tristao.
It took just under 12 hours at this year’s Barnes Bridge for Dan Grant and Dan Tristao to emerge as first-time winners, and in doing so, become the first players to beat Will Ellison and Hal Mohammed in the tournament since 2008.
The Dans were soon 8-1 up and it looked as if Hal (who currently lives in Trinidad and for the last three years has flown over for this tournament to play his only Fives of the season) was going to struggle with the pace of the game, as Will and the Dans were smashing it around the front of the court.
Hal stuck in there, though, and by the end of the first game he was holding his own and so, despite the first game being 15-9 to the Dans, it was still not obvious which way the match would go. It was even less clear 20 minutes later when Hal and Will won the second game 15-4 to level the match, but Dan and Dan came out strongly in the third game.
They applied plenty of pressure to Hal in the left-hand corner who hit shot after shot back down the left-hand wall. Each time the Dans went ahead by a few points and it looked like they might run away with it, back came Will and Hal. But, in the end and after some phenomenal play around the front of the court by Will in particular, Dan and Dan proved just too strong.
Nigerian Fives players playing at Orpington December 2019
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.
Winchester Fives, National Final 2014
The astonishing final from Winchester - Ellison & Mohammed going for the 6th title in a row, but Tristao and Roberts playing better than ever. The quality of this match was off the scale!
Sadly, due to batteries and memory, we've missed certain parts of each game, but you get this gist. Amazing stuff!
Here's the official report:
The final was a classic. After a fairly routine first game dominated by Ellison's astounding volleying and speed around the court, the holders came up against some forceful resistance from Roberts and Tristão, who took a substantial lead in the second game and managed to hold on to it – just – through a wonderfully skilful series of exchanges leaving the gallery gasping in disbelief at the attacking and retrieving on show. In the third, the pattern continued, with Roberts and Tristão again going into an early lead. This time, however, they came under heavier pressure in trying to defend it, although the pace of the game slowed as all the players began to feel the effect of the effort expended. As the score crept up, there was little to separate the pairs, and the odd error reminded the spectators that the players were human, after all. The result was in doubt until the final rally, but in the end Ellison and Mohammed managed to take the game 15-12 and retain their hold on the Barnes Bridge trophy, making it six in a row.
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.
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Spencer Chapman & Justin Shaw of North Oxford vs Chris Mellor & Anuj Wali of the Old Edwardians in a League Division 2 third pair match played at Summer Fields School in Oxford 17/01/10
University Fives Championships 2014, Singles Final - Grant vs Kay
The full match from the 2014 University Rugby Fives Championships featuring 3 times previous winner and defending champion, Daniel Grant (UCL) against his annual finals foe, Ed Kay (Cam).
Commentary team is Tom Chase and Dave Butler.
This match is a comprehensive win for Grant and is a fitting end to his lengthy university fives playing career.