Lancing Fives are looking forward to another exciting season following the annual Fives Weekend at Lancing which took place at the end of the summer. As ever a great range of ages (12-81) and abilities (novice to nationally ranked) took part and thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
The Saturday consisted of the main Ladywell trophy competition and the veteran’s competition, The Lionhearts. While the Lionhearts, whose cumulative age amounts to around 400 did battle in court 1, the remainder occupied courts 2-4.The final of the Ladywell Trophy was keenly fought between Ashley Lumbard (Manor 2002-2007) and Alex Knight vs. Alex Abrahams (Head’s 2011-2014) and Ralph Morgan. Abrahams and Morgan eventually triumphed after a competitive game, at the end of a long day.
Following this all the players enjoyed a well-earned dinner at the Angmering Manor Hotel during which the Ladywell trophy was presented to the winners.
Sunday morning dawned bright and fresh unlike the Saturday players and around 16 players enjoyed some social and coaching Fives. It was great to see Nigel Wheeler (Olds 1963-1968) on court again and his partner Spencer Beal who plays very handily, without gloves.
The brainchild and inspiration for this event was Richard Black (Second’s 1961-1966), President of the Eton Fives Association. Richard hatched the idea of the weekend with Nigel Cox (Field’s 1958-1963) in 2010 and it has now become a regular and eagerly awaited event at the end of the summer holidays. Richard’s enthusiasm for the game and its proliferation is unbounded and he inspired all that attended over the weekend. Richard is a leading Director on the Fivestar Project, which is an ambitious project to increase Fives playing significantly across the country and he spends a considerable part of his life devoted to Eton Fives. Richard flew back from France especially to attend the weekend; such is his enthusiasm for the game.
The event was organised by Mathew Beard (Sanderson’s 1976-80) and assisted by Rob Cooper, but would not have been possible without the commitment and enthusiasm of participants. Competition formatting and orders of play were very efficiently organised by Gareth Hoskins and Ashley Lumbard. The use of the courts was appreciated by all who took part.
The OLs continue to support Fives playing at the College and welcome students, staff and parents to take up the best court game in the world - Eton Fives. There are two thriving OL Eton Fives Clubs, one based in London and the other based in Sussex which plays regularly on Tuesday evenings at the College. We need more players for both clubs - beginners are welcome.
London - Ashley Lumbard email firstname.lastname@example.org
Lancing Tuesday Evenings- Matthew Beard email email@example.com