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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.
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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.
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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.
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Rugby Fives London Open 2016 - Highlights

The epic highlights of the London Open 2016 Rugby Fives Final in which Dan Tristao conquered Will Ellison after this monumental rally.
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Rugby Fives WoE Singles Final 2013, Tristao vs. Grant

The singles final of the 2013 West of England Rugby Fives Tournament.

After a shock win by Grant over Toop in the semis, the rankings were wide open.

Grant (seeded 5) took on Tristao (seeded 2), but the little scamp was too strong for the challenger and the final score was 11-5, 11-9 Tristao.

Apologies for the battery running out

Rugby Fives London Open 2015, Doubles Final

The full match between defending champions and no.1 seeds Ellison & Tristao vs no.2 seeds Grant & Kay.
The first game is a non-starter but the 2nd one pushes the top 2 doubles players in the country all the way. This has nothing to do with the long final the champs played earlier that day in singles but everything to do with Kay's class and Grant's brilliance.
The full match report can be seen here:

Rugby Fives 2018 National Doubles Final - Highlights

Grant & Tristao take on Ellison & Brooks again for the 5th time. Can they finally break through the most dominant pair in the country?

Rugby Fives Pub Quiz Extraordinaire

Rugby Fives Pub Quiz Extraordinaire

Rugby Fives National Doubles Final 2014 (Highlights)

Some of the footage from the 2014 National Doubles final, where Will Ellison & Charlie Brooks looked to hold on to the Cyriax cup against Tristao & Grant, who wanted it back!

Sadly we could only film one court and the players moved back and forth as the courts sweated. This is everything we have - doesn't do it justice, but still great doubles action!!
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Scottish Open 2013 Rugby Fives Singles Final - Tristao vs Ellison

Daniel Tristao takes on Will Ellison in the 2013 Scottish Open final.

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Rugby Fives North West Open Singles Final, 2014

Join the action in Manchester as Will Ellison takes on James Toop in the NW 2014 final. James has never played this tournament before so his place in the final is all the more remarkable.
In the end Will's patience and power overcome James' tenacity, and the Wykehamist wins 11-6 11-6. This is the first time Will has won this tournament and it completes his full sweep of ALL regional titles.

The report can be found here:

Rugby Fives National Singles Final 2014 - Ellison vs Grant

Will Ellison fought his way to his first National Singles title, in his fifth consecutive final; in doing so he became the first ever Wykehamist to triumph. His opponent this year was Dan Grant, in his debut Jesters Club Cup final. Will had breezed through his first three matches, never conceding more than two points in a game on his journey to the final, but was then pushed all the way by Dan’s attacking style. In the end, fitness played its part, and although both players were close to their limit, Will was able to maintain his high standard and emerge victorious. Dan absolutely flew out of the blocks and, combined with Will’s cautious start, dominated the opening game. At 13-2 it was looking very rosy indeed, but Will started his fightback. Crucial points were won, not only to give Will confidence but to extend the match as long as possible.

The best period of the match was the start of the second game as Will gradually asserted himself on the final, while Dan was still able to counterattack, conjuring winners out of thin air to combat Will’s control. It was a pivotal exchange which brought them to 8-8; crucially, however, it sapped Dan’s energy and he was unable to live with the continued onslaught. After both players suffered from cramp in the third game, Will finished in relative comfort, claiming a 9-15, 15-10, 15-3 victory.

Rugby Fives North Open 2014, Doubles Final - Ellison & Dean v. Grant & Buchanan

The action from the North Open doubles final at Durham. Short & sweet, Ellison and Dean dominate entirely. It's over in a blink of an eye and the duo walk away with their third title in a row.
11-2 11-2
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Rugby Fives National Doubles Finals 2014 - Semi final: Brooks & Ellison vs. Dean & Kay

The complete match of the hotly anticipated semi final from the 2014 National Doubles Finals. Defending champions Ellison & Brooks take on big hitting Dean and smart toe-hopping Kay. The underdogs put on a solid show in the first game, but sadly capitulate in the second.

Rugby Fives Yorkshire Singles Open 2014

The full match from the Yorkshire Open singles final, 2014. Top nationally ranked player, Daniel Tristao takes on a firey Daniel Grant.
Grant comes out guns blazing and owns the first game, but Tristao digs in, as he always does, to win it in 3.

Rugby Fives National Singles Finals 2017

16 competitors, who have qualified from all over the UK, head to Manchester to compete in the Rugby Fives National Singles 2017.

Rugby Fives Yorkshire Doubles Final 2014

The full match of the epic Yorkshire Doubles Final 2014. Daniel Tristao and Gareth Price try to win the title from Hamish Buchanan and Will Ellison. Hamish & Will beat the pair convincingly last year, but this time round things were much closer!

Down to the wire and every game to the bitter end, it was Hamish & Will who came away after 2 hours with the victory.

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.

Full report:
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.

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