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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
Eton Fives Kinnaird Cup
Kinnaird Cup quarter-final. John Reynolds & Doug Foster vs Ed Taylor and T Walters. 11 time former champion John Reynolds proves he's still got it!
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Under 25s Tournament at Highgate 03/01/10. Ladies Final - Charlotta Cooley & Anita Ganguly vs Dom Redmond & Ashley Lumbard
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Eton Fives: North Oxford vs Oxford University friendly match at Summer Fields. Gareth Hoskins & Justin Shaw vs Rex Worth & James Batting
Eton Fives: EFA Trophy 2010
North Oxford vs Berkhamsted A in the EFA Trophy qualifying round at Eton 31/01/10.
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
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Under 25s Tournament at Highgate 03/01/10. Ladies Semi-Final - Charlotta Cooley & Anita Ganguly vs Annabel Griffiths & Karen Hird
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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.
Eton Fives - Abs Vs Roopdawg 19.06.11 - 2
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Under 25s Tournament at Highgate 03/01/10. Mens Final - Robert Desmond & Laurie Brock vs Andrew Joyce & Mylo Scurr
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 - 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: North Oxford v Old Stoics
Graham Pulsford & Chris Austin of North Oxford win match point against Mike Skjott & Aroop Bhattacharya of the Old Stoics in their first pair match in a Division 2 encounter at Eton on 07/04/13
Eton FIves Barber Cup final pair 1
Barber Cup Final first pair at Eton 21/02/10: James Toop & Matthew Wiseman of the Old Olavians against Ed Taylor & Rex Worth of the Old Salopians
Eton Fives: Ladies Championships
Mandie Clemmett & Emma Double vs Dom Redmond & Kerry White at the Ladies National Championships
Eton Fives: North Oxford vs Old Ipswichians
Textbook back court play from Graham Pulsford of North Oxford against the Ipswichians in a Division 2 match at Eton