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Eton Fives


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.

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

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Eton Fives at Westway

Eton Fives at the Westway Sports Centre, an introduction broadcast on National Television

Eton Fives Kinnaird Cup Final 2010

Matthew Wiseman and James Toop vs. Tom Dunbar and Peter Dunbar.

Cut return

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.

Fives in Zuoz in the 1950s and 1960s

This is archive footage of fives played in the Lyceum Alpinum Zuoz in the late 1950s and the early 1960s.
The edited film is presented to the old boys of the Lyceum by their English friends on the 50th annniversary of the foundation of the Zuoz Fives Club Zurich.
The Lyceum Alpinum Zuoz is set in the striking scenery of the Engadine Valley in south-eastern Switzerland. The courts there were built in the early decades of the 20th century and the game was nurtured by an Englishman called Gordon Spencer, a master at the school.
The film features Gordon Spencer, pupils of the Lyceum and visitors from England. These are members of the Old Citizens Eton Fives Club who visited Zuoz most years in the 1950s and 1960.

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Eton Fives

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 at Highgate 04.01.2011 - Match 1

Bring on the new year with our first bottom court match!

Eton Fives - Abs Vs Roopdawg 19.06.11 - 2

Eton Fives: Barber Cup semi-final

Barber Cup semi-final at Eton 31/01/10. First pair match between James Toop & Peter White (Olavians) and Doug Foster & George Campbell (Lancing)

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 - Abs Vs Roopdawg at Highgate 04.01.2011 - Match 2

Second Bottom court match!

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 Tournament - Scholars & Rogues

This is a school Tournament from 2009 where a teacher and pupil pair up to play together.

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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

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Spencer Chapman & Nigel Cox of North Oxford vs Will Illingworth & Alfred Jackson of Cambridge University in a friendly fixture at Eton 13/02/10



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