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News in 2011

Photo: Luke wins President's Cup (with Guy Matthews)

President's Cup

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Luke Thomson wins the President's Cup (with Guy Matthews); Max Frost wins the T-Pot (with Richard Dyke); Alex Satterfield wins the Love Mug (with Hamish Buchanan), beating Clive Butler (and Dan Tristao) inn the Final.


Junior VIII v. Bedford School

Saturday, December 10, 2011, Bedford

A IV consisting of Mike Baxter, Rob Christie, Matt Blunden and Craig Baxter beat the Bedford School 1st IV by 110-71. A Junior IV consisting of Jai Singh, Ashley Timney, Bally Singh and John Halligan lost by 62-146 against much bigger and older boys in a friendly.


Junior VIII v Oundle

Sunday, November 27, 2011, Oundle

Rob Christie, Matt Blunden, Craig Baxter and Ashley Timney all won their Singles to give DMF a lead of 84-79. While they prospered in the Doubles as well the 2nd IV of Sam Johnson, Lawrence Taylor, Lewis Keates and John Halligan (playing only his third game of Fives) struggled and could not prevent an overall defeat of 180-190.


LUKE THOMSON WINS BUCS SINGLES  - Photo

Luke Thomson (Student and Guest Member) won the BUCS Singles

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Thomson of Loughborough University, guest member at Derby Moor Fives, beat the favorite Ed Kay from Cambridge to win the British Universities Singles title at Marlborough.


v. Cambridge University

Saturday, November 19, 2011, Oundle

Lost 110-192. Max Frost & Michael Baxter, Jimmy Goodwin & Matt Blunden, Brian Kirk & Richard Christie took on a Cambridge VI comprising Tom Chase & Elliott Malone, Peter Judge & James Lane, Jacob Ader & Rob Christie (guesting for CURFC). Highlight was Matt Blunden's defeat of Jacob Ader 11-7.


Junior v. Rugby

Thursday, November 10, 2011, Rugby

A Junior V of Rob C, Matt Blunden, Mike Baxter, Craig Baxter and Jai Singh played out a tie, 93-93. 9 points down after the Singles, the boys came back in the Doubles to equalise the scores.


Jimmy and Mike at Winchester - Photo

Schools Winchester Doubles

Sunday, November 6, 2011, Winchester

Jimmy Goodwin & Michael Baxter, seeded 2, duly reached the final of the National Schools Winchester Fives Championship, for which they are eligible by age. It was played on the courts of Winchester College. In the q/final they beat St. Paul's III by 15-2, 15-6; they then played their best Fives to beat the much fancied home pair (last year's National U16 Doubles champions) Winchester I by 15-13, 15-7 in the semi-final. They lost the final to the favorites, St. Paul's I, by 2-15, 5-15.


Max and Jay at the West of England - Photo

West of England Doubles

Sunday, October 23, 2011, Bristol

Richard Christie & Stuart Kirby, Clive Butler & Brian Kirk, Jimmy Goodwin and Michael Baxter, Max Frost & Jay Gravatt competed. All pairs went into the Plate after 2nd round defeats. Max & Jay won the Plate, Stuart & Richard won the 3rd place play-off against Brian & Clive.


Max with the Robert's Plate - Photo

Yorkshire Open Doubles

Saturday, October 15, 2011, Blundells

Max Frost & Jay Gravatt beat Stuart Kirby & Richard Christie 10-12, 11-1, 11-6 in the final of the Plate. In the semi-final they beat Jimmy Goodwin & Michael Baxter. They become the first winners of the T.Ian Roberts Plate.


U15s v. Denstone 1st VI

Wednesday, October 12, 2011, Denstone College

A team of Matt Blunden & Craig Baxter, Ashley Timney & Bradley Hudson, Jai Singh & Lawrence Taylor (all in Year 10 at DMCSC) beat the much older boys of Denstone College, who are now being coached once a week by Anthony Goodwin, by 145-127 on the Denstone courts.

They won the Doubles 97-79 and shared the Singles 48-48. Matt and Craig won all their matches comfortably; Ashley and Bradley had mixed results against bigger and stronger opponents, tho' Ashley unexpectedly won his Singles; Jai played really well in all his games, protecting Lawrence in the Doubles and winning his Singles well. Lawrence, who was a late replacement for Bally Singh, gave it his all in his first match for the Club.


DM Old Boys - Photo

Owers Trophy

Saturday, October 1, 2011

A team of Anthony Goodwin, Michael Baxter, Jimmy Goodwin and Max Frost (one schoolboy allowed) reached the final of the Owers Trophy by beating the Old Eastbournians 47-46 in the semi-final. In the final DMOB lost to the holders, the Old Paulines, 88-23.


DM at Halifax - Photo

vs The White Rose Club

Sunday, September 18, 2011, Halifax

Playing as the RFA, a team of Stuart Kirby, Richard Christie, Anthony Goodwin and Max Frost won 145-103. We were 34-32 up after the Singles, with victories for Max and Richard; we then won 6 of the 8 doubles to increase the lead to 42 points. The White Rose were represented by Tim Widdop, Paul Manning, Bob Sandie and Paul McIntyre.


Max and Anthony in London - Photo

London Open Doubles

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Anthony Goodwin & Max Frost added another victory in a senior Doubles event by winning the Plate at the London Doubles, played at St. Paul's. In the final they beat Malde & Edmonds. Last season Anthony & Max won the equivalent title at the West of England Doubles. Richard Christie reached the semi-final of the Plate, playing with 'honorary DMF member' Jay Gravatt.


South West Open

Sunday, July 10, 2011, Blundell's

Mike Baxter and Jimmy Goodwin reached the Plate Final at the South West Open. They lost 12-15 to Wayne Enstone & Tim Watson.


Mike and Tim - Photo

8th Derby Invitation Tournament

Sunday, June 19, 2011, Derby Moor

The premier Fives event in the East Midlands! Those playing: Stuart Kirby, Richard Christie, Clive Butler, Brian Kirk, Anthony Goodwin from the senior Derby Moor Fives Club; Max Frost, Jimmy Goodwin, Mike Baxter, Rob Christie, Robert Whitehorn, Matt Blunden, Craig Baxter from the junior Derby Moor Club; Jay Gravatt from Durham University; Bhaswar Baral from the OMTs; Dickie Warner from the Executioners; Tim Widdop, Colin Heptonstall, Oliver Woodhouse and Paul McIntyre from the Halifax White Rose Club. Winners were Mike Baxter & Tim Widdop, who beat Stuart Kirby & Clive Butler 15-7, 7-15, 15-10 in the final. Craig Baxter & Anthony Goodwin won the 3rd place play-off against Brian Kirk & Richard Christie. Max Frost won the Plate with Paul McIntyre.


Wood Cup Quarter-final

16th April 2011, Bank of England

Richard Christie and Max Frost not available. Stuart Kirby, Clive Butler, Robert Christie and Anthony Goodwin took on the defending champions, Manchester Y Club, and lost 29-132!


Veterans Championship

10th April 2011, Horsham

Stuart Kirby played Hamish Buchanan in the semi-final of the Singles. Brian Kirk played Doubles with Bernard Atkinson.


Wood Cup: DMF I v. Executioners II

3rd april 2011, Derby Moor

Stuart Kirby & Richard Christie, Anthony Goodwin & Brian Kirk beat an Executioners' side of Richard Dyke, Dick Warner, Richard Bridge and Guy Matthews by 15895. We won all 4 Singles and 6 of the 8 Doubles games.


DMF II v. White Rose Club (a)

2nd April 2011, Halifax

Clive Butler & Brian Kirk, Jimmy Goodwin & Mike Baxter lost 93-139 in this preliminary round of the Wood Cup Club Knock-out. Clive was the only one to win his Singles; Mike & Jimmy won one of their four Doubles games.


Robert and Matt - Photo

National Schools Championships

Friday, April 1, 2011, St. Paul's

Success at the National Schools Fives Championships at St. Paul's this week!

In the U14 Singles, both our players reached the final yesterday by beating players from Winchester, Tonbridge, Sedbergh, St. Paul's (x2) and Radley. In the final, Matt Blunden beat his partner Robert Whitehorn from Littleover Community School 8-11, 11-7, 11-9. The match lasted just over an hour and left both players exhausted! The standard was outstanding. Matt had a greater variety of shot, Robert impressive resilience.

In the afternoon's Doubles Matt & Robert beat pairs from Winchester and St. Paul's before meeting the other very strong pair in the tournament, Tonbridge I, in the semi-final. It was effectively the final. Matt & Robert lost 12-15 after a 35-minute tussle. They understandably ran out of steam.

Max Frost, a year young, reached the quarter-final of the U18 Singles, losing to the St. Paul's Nr 2 on his own courts. Max will be a significant contender again next year.

See Gallery for more photos


Stuart spring cleaning - Photo

Courts Given a Spring Clean

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Stuart, Clive and Bob have given the courts a spring clean ahead of the Wood Cup match against the Executioners.


National Vintage Over 55s

20th March 2011, Oundle

Brian Kirk played in his first Vintage Doubles with Bernard Atkinson and had the pleasure of playing (and losing honourably to) Wayne Enstone and Tim Lewis!


Under 13s Championships

Sunday, March 13, 2011, St. Paul's School

Bally Singh and Sam Johnson participated. Sam lost all his 4 pool matches in Singles but benefited from the experience and definitely improved. Bally won 3, qualified for the Plate and got to the semi-final. In Doubles Sam & Bally lost to Winchester 4 in the first round and Winchester 3 in the Plate.


Winchester Doubles

13th March 2011, Winchester

Stuart Kirby & Richard Christie lost to Fox & Minta in the first round. Brian Kirk & Clive Butler won their first match against Gunyon & Maltby, then lost to Tristao and Roberts.


DMF Juniors at Rugby - Photo

Junior IV v.Rugby School

Sunday, March 6, 2011, Rugby School

Mike Baxter & Aaron Wheatley, Robert Whitehorn & Matt Blunden travelled to Rugby for the first match against Rugby School on their new courts. We were down 44-49 after the Singles despite a heavy win for Mike at Number One, at which point Matt Blunden had to stop playing because of a massive bruise. Mike & Aaron played both Rugby pairs, coming out just 2 points ahead. DMF therefore lost the match 82-85.


Junior IV v. Oundle U14s


Craig Baxter, Ashley Timney, Sam Johnson and Lewis Keates suffered the narrowest of defeats in a match at Derby against the Oundle U14 IV. Craig and Ashley won their Singles, at the end of which Derby had a lead of just 2 points. Oundle built a tiny lead of 1 point after the first round of Doubles which they increased by just 2 more points by the end of the match to win the match by 3 points.


North West Open Doubles

23rd January 2011, Manchester

Stuart Kirby & Bria Kirk, Max Frost & Anthony Goodwin competed. Max & Anthony lost to the eventual winners Ellison & Mohammed in the first round 4-11, 7-11; then lost 12-15 in the Plate to the eventual winners Roberts & Beswick, multiple ex-National champions!


v. Cambridge University (a)

16th January 2011, Oundle

Won 115-107. Stuart Kirby, Max Frost, Richard Christie and Brian Kir, masquerading as the RFA, came out of the Singles versus Jacob Brubert, Fred Kelly, Peter Judge and Tim Hennock respectively, with a score of 51-51. Only Richard at 4 actually won but the other games were very close, especially Max's loss by 13-15 to Fred Kelly. In the Doubles we built of 6 points in the first round, which then increased to 8 by the end of the match.


DMF Juniors at Rugby - Photo

West of England Schools

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Max Frost, third seed after his win in the U16 Singles last year, beat the Number Two seed from Winchester 1-11, 11-9, 11-1 in the semi-final of the Open Singles. In the final Max, who is a year young, lost to the overwhelming favorite, Luke Thomson from Christ's Hospital.

Elsewhere unseeded Rob Christie and Robert Whitehorn beat the number two seeds from St. Paul's in the quarter-final of the U16 Doubles but then lost to the eventual runners-up from Blundells. Jimmy Goodwin & Aaron Wheatley (U18) and Matt Blunden & Craig Baxter (U16) also competed.


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