Derby, Sunday 28th June 2020
Because of the coronavirus crisis this event has been postponed until further notice. We hope to play it in the autumn perhaps.
It is now 16 years since the competition was first played in 2004. The highlight of the day was the appearance of National Singles Champion, Hamish Buchanan, who came up from South London and was a huge inspiration to the youngsters. We are very grateful to the many players from other clubs who have come to take part in our day and grace our courts. They too have been much appreciated friends to the Derby Moor Fives Club.
Derby, Thursday 19th March 2020
This was our last session before the lock-down. The School informed us that their facilities had become out of bounds to the public. Also, the government requested that everyone isolate at home except for essential travel such as going to the supermarket - and in all cases to keep at least two metres from other people. Makes playing fives a bit tricky!
Derby, Sunday, 15th March 2020
Lewis Keates organised the match which was part of a tour for Sedbergh School who had played against Oundle the day before. Jonathan Lidiard had brought six colts and seniors and, although the format was far from conventional with a lot of mixing and matching taking place, it was a very enjoyable session.
Raheem and Daniel Moore played singles but not the doubles with Lewis, Doug Tidy, Vishal Singh, Callum Yates and Kristians Davins playing in both. After the singles DMF was 54-50 down and after the doubles a further narrow loss of 103-102 produced an overall victory for Sedbergh of 157-152. However, Lewis then challenged Jon to a game of singles and it was agreed that this would count towards the overall scores. Lewis won 11-4 and snatched the lead at 163-161 to DMF.
Thanks to Sedbergh for coming to Derby and particularly to Jon for bringing the players.
Oundle School, Sunday, 1st March 2020
Dean Ali, Raheem, Callum Yates and Abdul Zulfquar travelled down to Oundle to play in the Singles and Doubles competitions. In the Singles, Dean and Raheem came top in their pool matches and progressed to the main competition where both won their first two knock-out rounds to meet each other in the final. Raheem won 11-0, 11-4.
Meanwhile, Callum and Abdul progressed from the round-robin into the RFA Mug competition. Abdul exited in the first round of the knock-out but Callum made it to the final where he lost 9-6 to Cliffe of Bedford School.
In the doubles, which was a straight knock-out competition, Dean and Raheem made it to the final where they met the Oundle first pair. They won the first game predictably, but then very quickly found themselves down by several points as George and his partner Henry Hollund blasted their way into a lead which they did not relinquish in the second game. The third game went precisely the other way as Raheem and Dean got off to a rapid start and managed to hold off the Oundle challenge, largely by making fewer mistakes in a game where all four players were visibly tiring. “I’d pay money to watch a fives match that exciting!” said one spectator. Oundle had the consolation of their second pair winning the Doubles Plate by demolishing a young and very weary Derby Moor II (Callum and Abdul).
Derby, Sunday, 29th February 2020
Lewis Keates, Dean Ali, Callum Yates and Stuart Kirby played on behalf of Derby Moor. Lewis, Stuart and Callum all lost their singles which put the RFA in a lead. In the Doubles it became more balanced but overall the RFA won.
Rugby School, Sunday, 22nd February 2020
Lewis Keates, Raheem, Aaron Wheatley, Doug Tidy, Dean Ali and Callum Yates represented Derby Moor With a match against local team: Rugby Old Boys. Stuart Kirby of DMF played for Rugby. Singles got off to a good start with Callum, Aaron and Doug results leading Derby Moor 59-39. In the Doubles, Derby Moor won 109 – 81 giving an overall total of 169 to 120 in Derby's favour.
Oundle, Saturday and Sunday, 1st and 2nd February 2020
Lewis Keates and Raheem Yusuf represented the Derby Moor Fives Club this year entering both the singles and doubles.
Lewis beat his First Opponent T. Liu easily winning 11-1 ,11-2 and then progressed into playing Ben Jourdan who Lewis previously lost to at last year's Yorkshire Open Singles. He fought tremendously to win the first game 15-10 but energy levels dwindled and Ben won the second and third game 15-8 15-5. Lewis then played Joe Sumner in the 3rd round losers competition and lost 15-10.
Raheem lost in his first match against Challenger winner Christian Blackaby 15-4. 15-8. A good experience for the upcoming season. Raheem then progressed into the plate losing in the quarter finals against Harry Jackson from Durham University.
In the Doubles Raheem and Lewis faced a last minute change to the draw. The first match playing Douglas Law and Micheal Suddaby fell into a three gamer winning the first 15-13 and then losing the second and third 15-13 ,15-0.
They progressed into the plate final losing to scratch pair Jeremy Manger and Archie Mcreath.
Manchester, Saturday and Sunday, 11/12 January 2020
Lewis Keates and Rob Whitehorn travelled to the newly refurbished Manchester courts for the North West Open.
In the singles, Rob beat Ollie Arnold in his first match but lost to Dan Grant in the quarter finals 11-2 11-0. Lewis lost in the first round to James Tilston and progressed into the Plate where he was runner-up losing to Ollie 15-5. On the way, he beat James Smith 16-15 after a long game in which he was 14-9 up and missed a volley that would have finished it earler!
In the doubles they lost to Smith and Sudaby 11-4 11-2 in the first round which put them into the Plate. They progressed to the final where they were runners-up, losing narrowly to Brice and McCreath 15-13.
Sherborne, Saturday and Sunday, 4/5 January 2020
Unseeded, Raheem of Derby Moor Fives beat Munro-Davis of St Pauls in the Singles Final, 11-3, 8-11, 11-1 bringing the Kemp Cup to Derby for the first time in the history of this tournament.
On route to the final, Raheem managed to defeat the number 1 seed, G. Wiseman (Alleyn’s), in a thrilling three-game semi-final, winning 1-11, 12-10, 11-7. Despite an adrenaline-filled performance by Wiseman, Raheem maintained his composure to come from behind in the second game, which saw some fantastic rallies and superb, down-the-wall passing shots.
As noted by Sam Roberts, Raheem’s play shone out for its unmatched consistency, perfect length and pin-point accuracy.
It was a first class performance against very strong opposition, making him a worthy winner of this trophy - a great result for Raheem and, indeed, for Derby Moor Fives.
Our other senior player, Dean Ali lost to B. Pymont of St Pauls in the second round who went on to lose to the Singles runner-up, Munro-Davis.
In the colts Singles, Callum and Kais went into the plate competition. Callum won his pool to go into the semi-final, where he lost to a Wykehamist, K. Bremner. Kais won one of his pool games, but was not strong enough to progress further.
In the quarter-finals of the U18s Doubles tournament, DMF pair, Dean and Raheem, played a cracking match against Blundells 1, winning 11-6, 8-11, 11-8. The game saw some immense serving by Dean, which secured the victory for Derby Moor. They were then defeated in the Semis by Alleyn’s 1 (Wiseman/Puvanendiran) in two games. Tiredness took its toll somewhat on this second day.
In the Colts Doubles, Callum and Kais were beaten by Tonbridge in the first round and went in to the Plate competition, where they were runners up - they played commendably and had a great weekend.