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.
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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
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 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.
Rugby Fives National Singles Final 2015
This two and a half hour epic match to find the champion of the 2015 Nationals was one of the most spectacular matches in the history of the sport. The two finalists are Will Ellison and Daniel Tristao. Will won the title last year and Dan the year before. Both played consistently go hammer and tong together in the various regional finals and this was the big one.
Tremendous shots, clever play, tireless retrieval and pushing to the very limits of endurance are just some of the traits on offer for anyone who can stomach this match. Sadly the battery cut out at the business end of the third so the creatives among you can simply make the ending up.
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 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!
Eton Fives: Richard Black Cup final
Eton 28/03/10: Action from the first pair match in the final of the Richard Black Cup. Kerry White & Fiona Barnes of the EFA take on Charlotta Cooley & Marianne Rees of St.Olave's
Eton Fives Under 25s 105.avi
Under 25s Tournament at Highgate 03/01/10. Ladies Semi-Final - Charlotta Cooley & Anita Ganguly vs Annabel Griffiths & Karen Hird
Eton Fives: Old Cholms Vs Old Olavians 1 17.10.10
Cholms pair 2 (Abhishek Bhattacharya and Guy Chapman) vs Olavians pair 2 (David Mew and George Campbell) at Eton College.
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: Midlands Tournament 2010
Midlands Tournament 2010 final at Repton: Ant Theodossi & Ryan Perrie vs Mark Yates & Sid Simmons
Eton Fives Kinnaird Cup Final 2010
Matthew Wiseman and James Toop vs. Tom Dunbar and Peter Dunbar.
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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 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)
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 Summer Superleague - Katona vs WHOREFC 3
The Westway Sports Centre Summer Superleague in action.
Eton Fives - Abs Vs Roopdawg at Highgate 04.01.2011 - Match 2
Second Bottom court match!