Here you can find details on our upcoming and past fixtures:
Bedford School (a)Bedford School, 7th December 2019 at 1pm
RFA vs Durham UniversityDurham, Saturday 23rd November 2019
Five Derby Moor players travelled to Durham to play as the Rugby Fives Association against the University and were joined by Richie Murby who arrived on the train from Edinburgh.
After the singles to 15 we were ahead 74 - 60. Then in the doubles, Lewis Keates played with Sean Kendrick, Richie with Jacob Drabble and Stuart Kirby with Raheem. It had been deemed that each pair would play the opposing three pairs in two games to 15 making a punishing 6 games for each pair. Unfortunately, there had been a large increase in temperature overnight and the courts began to suffer from condensation which led to some funny angles and balls dropping off the back wall but the floors remained essentially OK. The doubles was eventually abandoned due to a bruised hand and a lack of time but not before the RFA had beaten the University by 268 - 188.
RFA vs The White Rose ClubDerby, Sunday 17th November 2019
Richard Christie, Jacob Drabble, Brian Kirk and Stuart Kirby represented the RFA while Tim Widdop and Bob Sandie from White Rose were joined by Lewis Keates and Sean Kendrick. After the Singles the RFA was down 38 - 31 and after the singles we lost 134 - 106.
We retired to the White Swan for some refreshments with old friends.
RFA vs Bedford Modern Old BoysBedford Modern School, Saturday 10th November 2019
Brian Kirk played with Stuart Kirby and Lewis Keates with Alex Smith representing the RFA in a Doubles-only match. For BM they fielded Mark Kiteley with Neil and Chris Davey with Joe Sumner. We narrowly lost with Chris and Joe overpowering both of our pairs to win all of their matches.
Nationals Singles QualifierDerby, Saturday 9th November 2019
One of the four Nationals Singles Qualifiers was held at Derby Moor due to ongoing repairs at Manchester following a flood. Derby was honoured to host the qualifier for the first time with Raheem Yusuf and Lewis Keates being joined by Julian Hanton from Sheffield University. Despite there only being 3 players, the quality of fives was high and thoroughly enjoyable.
The round-robin matches were played as 2 games to 15 with Raheem scoring 38 points, Julian 49 and Lewis 60 having won all of his games. Thus Lewis qualified for the finals weekend at St. Paul's School on the 7/8th December.
Midland's Eton Fives Competition 2019Repton School, Repton, 26/27th October 2019
Lewis Keates partnered with Bally Singh, Stuart Kirby with Dean Ali and Raheem with Adrian (an Eton Fives player). On the first day, Lewis & Bally and Raheem & Adrian progressed through the initial round-robin stage winning 3 and losing 3 games which on points put them both into the main competition. Stuart & Dean won 1 and lost 5 putting them into the Festival Competition. All three pairs won some and lost some on the Sunday, had a great time but did not win any silverware ..... although, Stuart and Dean found themselves in the Festival Plate second competition which they won by winning all of the matches in their round-robin.
Yorkshire Open ChampionshipsGiggleswick School, North Yorkshire, Sat/Sun, 12-13 October 2019
We entered 6 players for the Doubles on Sunday, 4 of whom stayed on for the Singles on Sunday.
In the Doubles Vishal & Raheem and Anthony & Lewis won their first matches and progressed to the semi-finals, both losing at that stage. Meanwhile Dean & Bally were beaten in their initial match.
Raheem and Lewis won their first matches in the Singles, while Dean and Vishal lost. All went into the Plate, where Lewis reached the final despite being burdened by a heavy cold.
Friendly Evening in RugbyRugby School, Thurs 10th October 2019
Derby Moor took six people to Rugby for a friendly evening including Stuart Kirby, Lewis Keates, Raheem, Dean Ali, Anthony Goodwin and Max Frost. We all had a great evening playing against three adults and one of the students. Trevor White and Richard Christie also came as spectators and provided pork pies in the pub afterwards for those that did not have to leave early.
The London OpenWhitgift School, Sat/Sun 28-29 September 2019
Lewis Keates and Rob Whitehorn entered the Singles. Rob beat the National Ladies Champion, Louise Mathias, then exited the main draw, beaten by the eventual winner, Will Ellison, in the 2nd round. Rob went on to make the semi-final of the Plate. Lewis was beaten by James Tilston in the first round of the main draw.
Lewis & Rob teamed up for the Doubles but went out in the first round to the Alleyn Old Boy Club combination of Carr & Hebblethwaite. However, they made it to the final of the Plate where they lost to the vastly higher ranked Aquilina & Tilston.
Richard Christie also played in the Doubles, partnering Keith Kennerley, but they were knocked out in the 1st round by local pairing, Heathcote & Lawson.
Owers Trophy 2019St. Paul's School, London, 15th September 2019
Anthony Goodwin, Lewis Keates and Raheem formed Team A with Rob Whitehorn, Bally Singh and Vishal Singh forming Team B.
Team A beat Bedford Modern 2 and Oundle but lost to Bradfield in the initial round-robin leaving them in 2nd place.
This put them into the main competition where they lost 11-3 11-2 11-9 in the semi-final to St. Paul's - the eventual winners.
Meanwhile Team B beat Bedford Modern 1 and Rugby but lost to Alleyn's and St. Paul's. This put them into 3rd position and into the plate competition in which they beat Rugby in the semi-final and then Oundle in the final.
South East OpenChrist's Hospital - Horsham, 17-18th August 2019
Lewis Keates travelled down to Horsham to participate in both the Singles and Doubles. Lewis had an easy first round against Louise Mathias winning 11-2 11-3 and then a tough match against Dave Butler losing 11-5 11-0. This put him out of the Plate Competition as a second round loser but it had been decided that all of the second round losers would form their own plate to ensure that they all had their fill of singles for the day. Lewis beat all of the players in this upper plate and so was declared the winner.
In the Doubles, Lewis was partnered with Morgan Spillane, a powerful left hander who learned his skills playing Irish Handball. They beat all of the pairs in their round-robin competition and progressed to the final where they were beaten in a three game battle by Rupert Mathieu and James Tilston 11-5, 11-12, 11-6.
DM visit to DurhamDerby, 28th July 2019
Eight players from Derby Moor travelled up to Durham, not for a match or competition but just to play some enjoyable fives with the City of Durham Club. Playing for four hours we mixed in with Durham Club for some excellent Fives. Thanks go to Lewis Keates and Tom Wakelam for organizing and to Brian Kirk and Richard Christie for driving.
Derby Moor Invitation Doubles TournamentSunday 30th June 2019
12 players from Derby Moor joined 8 from the City of Durham Club, 3 from the Old Bedford Modernians and Bedfordians and 1 from the Halifax White Rose Club to contest the 16th Derby Moor Invitation Doubles. Organiser Brian Kirk arranged play in such a manner as to provide both a competitive Main Draw and a game-packed Plate competition. In the Main Draw Joe Sumner & Raheem emerged victorious in the final, beating Max Frost and Nick Baron, while in the Plate final Aaron Wheatley & Tom Wakelam beat Anthony Goodwin & Oscar McIntyre.
National Club Championship (Wood Cup)St. Paul’s School, 27th April 2019
A young Derby Moor IV featuring Max Frost, Anthony Goodwin, Lewis Keates and Rob Whitehorn formed one of 8 sides competing for the Wood Cup. Grouped initially with Wessex and West of England II the Derby Moor players made it into the Plate, where they lost in the final to a strong Pauline IV consisting of Ben Beltrami, Sam Russell, Julian Aquilina and Tom Dean.
National Doubles Championship (Cyriax Cup)Alleyn’s School, 13-14 April 2019
Lewis Keates entered and was paired by organiser Hamish Buchanan with left-handed Pauline, Henry Jefferies. Losing in the first round to eventual semi-finalists Butler & Watkinson, Lewis & Henry went on to reach the final of the Plate where they lost to the Alleyn Old Boys pairing of Julian Hanton & Ben Kirwan.
National Veterans’ ChampionshipsMarlborough College, 7th April 2019
Stuart Kirby and Richard Christie entered the Doubles, losing in the quarter-finals to the eventual 3rd place pair of Hebblethwaite & Spillane, then in the final of the Plate to Harvey Bishop & Tim Widdop.
National Schools ChampionshipsSt. Paul's School, 1-4 April 2019
Dean Ali entered the U18 Singles, came third in his pool but nevertheless reached the final of the Plate, losing to a player from St. Paul’s. Raheem entered the U16 Singles, came 2nd in his group and also reached the Plate final, losing to a player from Winchester College. Together Dean and Raheem played in the U18 Doubles but did not advance to the knock-out stage, however, they were entered into the doubles Plate and again lost in the final.
National Vintage ChampionshipsCambridge University Sports Centre, March 30th 2019
Brian Kirk organised this event as usual but was unable to play, having incurred a leg injury some weeks previously. Stuart Kirby and Richard Christie entered. Stuart reached the semi-final of the Singles, where he lost in three games to eventual runner-up, Angus Hanton. Playing with Tony Burrows instead of his customary partner, Neil Roberts, Stuart reached the final of the Doubles after defeating the much fancied pairing of Ian Jackson & Richard Christie 12-11, 12-11. However, Stuart and Tony had to settle for silver in the end.
Under 13s National Schools ChampionshipsSt. Paul's School, Sunday 17th March 2019
Kevin Valentine and Karanveer Singh played in the singles and doubles. They both suffered from being young within their year group so had to face bigger and more powerful players - not a problem at the U16 or U18 level as growth rates have slowed by then. Kevin won one game out of six in his singles pool and Karanveer won two meaning that they did not progress to the knock-out stage. In the doubles, they lost their first round match against Stamford 11 - 5 and progressed into the Plate where they had some wins and some losses. Kevin had some good serves but lost a lot of points through serving down in both the singles and doubles. Karanveer had a consistently good serve but found it difficult to receive some serves due to being too far forward so that the ball bounced around his feet. Both players learned a lot and that is what it is all about.
Friendly Match vs South West ClubMalvern, Sunday 9th March 2019
Brian Kirk (still suffering from his broken leg) drove Dean Ali, Stuart Kirby and Lewis Keates to Malvern where we were joined by Richard Christie for a fixture against the South West team that had driven up from Devon. Richard and his wife had travelled earlier to make a weekend of it. The DM players were joined by some children from the school and two Malvern old boys. The Winchester fives was very closely fought in the newly refirbished courts including extensive repairs/replacement of the roof and was very enjoyable. The DMF/Malvern combined team won narrowly.
Midlands Schools Regional ChampionshipsBedford, Sunday 3rd March 2019
We entered Dean Ali, Raheem, Abdul Zulfwar and Denis Bazykijski in the U18 category at Bedford Modern School, while Callum Yates and Kais Mahmood were our sole representatives in the U15s at Bedford School. Callum and Kais built on their experience of playing in the same competition last year: Kais reached the final of the Singles and Callum the semi-final. In the Doubles Callum & Kais won the Plate for 3rd Place.
In the U18s we had similar success, with Dean reaching one semi-final where he lost to the eventual winner from Sedbergh. Two years young, Raheem narrowly lost the other semi-final against the Number 1 from Rugby but won the play-off for 3rd Place by beating the Number 1 from Bedford. In the Doubles Dean & Raheem took silver, losing to the Sedbergh pair in the final.
Derby Moor v. Sedbergh School (h)Saturday, 2nd March 2019
As part of a tour of the Midlands, Sedbergh School came to Derby to play us before moving on to Oundle and Bedford. Anthony Goodwin played at Number 1 against Sedbergh’s very good top player, Taylor McGuire, which produced a superb contest won by Taylor 15-11. Good wins by Callum Yates and Raheem, though, meant that Derby Moor led 44-31 after the Singles. Both teams subbed in players for the Doubles: Sedbergh’s master in charge, Jonathan Lidiard, joined in for his side, while Stuart Kirby, Kevin Valentine, Denis Bazylijski, Lewis Keats and Kais Mahmood all played some part for Derby Moor. The result was a very close victory for the home side by 112-109.
RFA Edinburgh TourFriday to Sunday, 1st to 3rd February 2019
Richard Christie, Lewis Keates and Stuart Kirby travelled to Edinburgh with five others to play against the four schools (Edinburgh Academy, Fetes, Merchiston Castle and Loretto) and the Caledonian Club. Generally, the senior players mixed in with the boys and girls to even the stengths of the teams but Merchiston Castle and EA fielded stronger teams that put up a good fight. Our match against the Caledonian Club was a bit lopsided with each of our pairs easily beating their second pair but losing badly to their first. A very socialable weekend which included a memorable meal at restaurant called 'Under the Stairs' where the lighting was very dim (2 lux as measured on a calibrated phone app) requiring use of mobile-phone torch-light assistance to read the menus.
RFA v. Cambridge UniversityCambridge, 19th January 2019
Six players from the Club represented the Rugby Fives Association in this annual encounter with Cambridge University, played on the glass-backed courts at the University Sports Centre. Lewis Keates, Stuart Kirby, Richard Christie, Dean Ali, Vishal Singh and Raheem all played Singles, at the end of which the RFA was leading 49-36. In the Doubles, the pairings of Richard & Stuart, Dean & Lewis and Vishal & Raheem furthered increased this lead to win the match by 131-76. Match Manager Bob Dolby and club member Brian Kirk spectated.
DMF visit to Rugby SchoolWednesday, 16th January 2019
Richard Christie, Stuart Kirby, Dean Ali and Lewis Keates visited Rugby to play against the boys. We mixed the players up - 1 with 4 and 2 with 3 to even up the teams and had an enjoyable session. Trevor White took us to the pub afterwards.
West of England Schools CompetitionSaturday and Sunday, 5/6th January 2019
Stuart Kirby rented a seven seater Citroen and headed off to Sherbourne in Dorset for the weekend with Dean Ali, Vishal Singh, AR, Kais Mahmood, Callum Yates and Denis Bazylijski. Vishal, Dean, Callum and Raheem won their first games but lost their second putting them out of the competition. Raheem's second game against Scott of Alleyn's was very close losing 15 - 10. Meanwhile, Denis and Kais lost their first round matches and entered the plate where Kais won three games in his pool but had a disastrous game against Nugent losing 15 - 1 with seven foul serves! This put him in third place and so he did not progress to the knockout.
In the U18 doubles, Vishal and Dean lost their first round match against Tonbridge 11 - 1, 11 - 5 and then progressed into the plate where they won the single pool to become plate winners. The final game was the hardest against St. Paul's II winning 15 -11. Dean played well and Vishal was much improved with consistent attacking shots. In the U16s, Raheem and Kais won their first round against St. Paul's III, 11 - 7, 11 - 9 but then lost to Alleyn's in their second match 11 - 8, 11 - 6. Callum and Denis lost their first round to St. Paul's II and continued into the plate. Denis's style was slightly cramped by having been bitten by a horse while walking through the village! - thankfully some extra padding saved the day.
The weekend was marked by a pleasant meal in the Wincanton Tandoori.
DMF vs Bedford SchoolBedford School, Saturday 8th December 2018
With Bedford 1st IV a man short on the day our Callum Yates guested for them. This weakened our U15 team, who lost heavily in a match where our three remaining players played a variety of Singles and Doubles against Bedford’s four. However, it was useful experience for Burt Cundy, Karanveer Singh and Awais Ehsan to come up against bigger opponents on unfamiliar courts. For Callum it was a chance to play at a higher level than he has been used to: he rose characteristically well to the challenge.
While our younger players lost, our 1st IV of Dean Ali & Vishal Singh, Raheem & Kais Mahmood were too strong for the Bedford IV, winning the Singles by 43-30 and the Doubles by 77-26. Dean & Vishal lost just 2 points in the course of four games, hitting the ball with impressive power. Raheem & Kais were on course to do much the same until tiredness came into play, concentration flagged and shot selection deteriorated to a point where they lost their final game to love.
National Singles - CambridgeSaturday 1st December
The finals of The National Singles were played at Cambridge on Dec 1st. Rob Whitehorn had qualified by playing in the regional qualifications. He was beaten in the first round by number 1 seed Ed Kay: 15 - 2, 15 - 2. Rob is our second Club player to qualify for the National Singles after Anthony Goodwin.
RFA vs Old Bedford ModerniansSunday 11th November
Richard Christie, Lewis Keates, Brian Kirk and Dean Ali travelled to Bedford playing as the RFA and won.
Midlands Eton Fives TournamentRepton School, Saturday and Sunday 27/28th October 2018
Stuart Kirby partnered Richard Christie, Vishal Singh with Dean Ali and Brian Kirk with Lewis Keates. The first day was a round robin to select players for the main and plate competitions with the result that Vishal with Dean and Brain with Lewis went into the plate or Festival Competition on the Sunday. For the first time a Derby Moor pair (Stuart and Richard) qualified for the Main competition by winning 3 and losing 3 in the round robin. They then lost 15 - 1 in the first round putting them into the Main Comptition Plate which eventually placed them in 14th position for the whole competition. A very enjoyable day for all and nice to see an Emily O'Malley now doing teacher training in London.
Yorkshire OpenGiggleswick School, Saturday 6th October 2018
Stuart Kirby, Richard Christie, Vishal Singh and AR travelled to Yorkshire for the doubles competition.
In the first round, Stuart and Richard were beaten by Hamish Buchanan and Sam Russell and Vishal and AR by Ben Beltrami and Dave Butler who are currently ranked 7 and 10 in the doubles rankings.
The plate competition consisted of a round robin during which Vishal and AR lost their first game to Neil Roberts and Bob Sandie 15-7 but took the second, winning 16-15. Ultimately, Stuart and Richard were the overall winners.
South West Open at Blundell's School, Tiverton7th and 8th July 2018
Brian Kirk & Vishal Singh, Richard Christie & Lewis Keates motored down to Devon to take part in the South West Open Championships at Blundell's School. Each pair lost in the first round of the main Doubles competition, Richard & Lewis to the the 4th seeds, Aquilina & Tilston, Brian & Vishal to Exeter Club members Hughes & Rew.
In the Plate Richard & Lewis reached the final, which they lost 13-15 to the Old Blundellian pairing of Richard Dyke & Alexandra Steel.
Derby Moor Invitation Doubles TournamentSunday 24th June 2018
Organiser Brian Kirk reports: On Sunday 24th June, Derby Moor Fives Club ran its summer invitation tournament. 24 players entered, with long-standing supporters of the event coming from White Rose in Halifax, plus other individuals from around the country. This year saw a strong entry from newcomers, the City of Durham Fives Club, who brought along both adult and junior players of both sexes.
The draw contained a mix of experienced and new players playing the best-of-three games to 11 points with first and second round losers migrating to two Plate pools. With a mix of abilities some of the early games proved a little one-sided, but both the semi-final and final proved competitive, with long hard games in a best-of-three-to-15 format. It took a three-setter for Anthony Goodwin & stalwart Bob Sandie to beat the nicely balanced combination of Nick Geere & Lewis Keates. The initial game was won by the latter pair, setting the scene for what many thought would be a short final. However, with Goodwin “stepping up” and Sandie playing his usual consistent defensive game, keeping the ball in play, victory was assured in the second game, thus setting the scene for a tense final contest, winner taking all. Initially the game ebbed and flowed, favouring one then the other pair. However, as fatigue set in, mistakes were made by Geere & Keates, allowing Goodwin & Sandie to move into a lead which they quickly consolidated into a win.
It was Anthony’s 4th victory in this annual contest and Bob’s 3rd. They previously won it together in 2013.
The Plate was a round-robin funfest in which junior players were given the opportunity to challenge more experienced players and pairs. Hamish Buchanan, partnering up-and-coming junior player A.R., won through in pool 1 while Neil Roberts and the slightly more experienced left-hander Vishal headed pool 2. The final ebbed and flowed but Hamish & A.R. finally won the contest for the silver boules.
Midlands Schools Regional ChampionshipBedford School and Bedford Modern School - Sunday, 29th April 2018
5 junior members of the Club entered the Midlands Schools’ Regional Fives Championships this year. Dean was injured, so Vishal was the only player in the U18 section. He was unable to make it out of the pool into the main draw of the singles, but in the doubles he teamed up with a player from Rugby to win one match before exiting at the hands of the eventual winners.
Great success was had in the U15s. Raheem triumphed in the singles competition with a superb three-game win in the final over his opponent from Rugby. Raheem showed great application and desire to gain his first piece of silverware. Kais lost to Raheem in the semi-final but had the consolation of winning the third-place play-off, and with it the plate, by beating Matthew. Matthew had had his own very satisfying moment in the quarter-final when he defeated an older Rugby player who had beaten him in the pool.
In the doubles Raheem & Kais reached the final but just made a few too many mistakes to gain a win. It was the second time Raheem had been in this final, having partnered Dean last year. Not to be outdone, Matthew & Callum won the Plate by coming a clear third in the round robin. So, one gold, two silvers and three bronzes! What’s more, Kais, Matthew and Callum will still qualify next year.
Veterans (Over-45s) CompetitionMarlborough, Sunday 8th April 2018
Richard Christie and Stuart Kirby travelled to Marlborough for the doubles only and progressed to the semi-final losing to Hughes and Kiggell 15-2 15-10. In the third place playoff we beat Jenkinson and Sharp. It was nice to see old DMF player Oliver Steed who has retired to the West Country and encourage him to start playing again.
Vintage (Over-55s) CompetitionCambridge, Sunday 18th March 2018
Organiser Brian Kirk reports -- Singles: From the two pools Stuart Kirby and Neil Roberts eventually emerged to contest the final. Defending champion Stuart found Neil’s service difficult to cope with and was forced into more errors this year. Neil also appeared to have greater mobility than last year when Stuart enjoyed great success playing the ball relentlessly into the back corners. Neil won the match 15-10 and thus won the title for just the first time.
In the Doubles the final was, once more, between defending champions Stuart & Neil and Richard Christie & Brian Kirk. The latter pair reached the final for the second year in a row after a testing encounter with Tony Hamilton & Bob Sandie, with long rallies and multiple discussions concerning court positioning. In the final Stuart & Neil gradually wore down their tiring opponents and won 11-8, 11-4.
Derby Moor Fives vs RFADerby, Saturday 3rd March 2018
Chris Davey and Mark Kiteley came to Derby in the snow and with DMF players Richard Christie and Brian Kirk formed the RFA team. They were opposed by Stuart Kirby, Lewis Keates, Dean Ali and Vishal Singh. After some disastrous singles DMF was 60 - 23 down with only Dean putting up a fight losing 15 - 13 to Brian. Ground was made up in the doubles with DMF winning 92 - 77 but the RFA won the match with an overall score of 137 - 115.
Malvern College, Quadrangular TournamentSaturday, 17th February 2018
Richard Christie & Aaron Wheatley, Lewis Keates & Brian Kirk took part in a quadrangular doubles tournament involving players from Malvern Town, the Old Blundellians and Derby Moor Fives, played on the Winchester Fives courts at Malvern College. Richard & Aaron came third.
National U25sOundle, Saturday 3rd February 2018
Rob Whitehorn reached the quarter-final of the Singles by beating James Smith from Manchester University. Rob then lost to the title-holder and eventual winner, Ed Kay. Rob and his partner Chris Davey also lost in the quarter-final of the doubles but were then eligible for the Plate, which they won against Smith and Julian Hanton from Sheffield University.
Coaching Session at Rugby SchoolRugby, Wednesday 24th January 2018
Lewis Keates, Richard Christie, Brian Kirk travelled to Rugby to help coach four of the sixth formers via a match in which each DM player paired with a Rugby School player. A great evening.
North West Open DoublesSunday 14th January 2018
Brian Kirk partnered Keith Kennerley in the doubles losing in the first round to Arnold and Beltrami and then had a good time in the plate.
RFA vs. CambridgeCambridge, Saturday 20th January 2018
5 members of the club joined Joe Sumner from Bedford Modern School to form a VI to play Cambridge University at Cambridge.
In the Singles Stuart, at 2, and Richard at 3 had comfortable victories, as did Kais playing at 6 against the University Ladies captain. Vishal and AR suffered narrow defeats but gained several points each to contribute to a 25 point lead.
In the Doubles Joe & Richard won all their matches to come out 23 points up. Stuart & Vishal had the closest matches of the day and came out just 5 points to the good, while AR & Kais did their job at 3rd pair by picking up 14 points in the course of four games.
In the end the RFA won by 159-136.
West of England Schools CompetitionSherborn, Saturday/Sunday 6/7th January 2018
Stuart Kirby took Dean Ali (U16), AR (U15) and Kais Mahmood (U14) to the Colts (U16) competition. In the singles, Dean won his first round convincingly and his second against Pymont of St. Paul's was very tight and difficult but he won 15-8. In the next round he met the first seed (Perceval of Winchester) and took the first game 12-10 with many rallies played on 9-all and 10-all. In the second and third games, Perceval and Dean both played more agressively with Perceval winning 11-8 and 11-7. Dean's excellent serve was a deciding factor early on with Perceval beginning to learn how to get it back as the match went on.
Kais won his first match against an Under-16 from St. Paul's 15-11 and then lost his second 11-5 against Lewis of Tonbridge. Meanwhile, AR won his first match 15-10 and lost his second 15-4 against Fraser from Winchester and ended with a twisted knee - thankfully back to normal for the Doubles Competition the following day.
In the Doubles on the Sunday, AR played with both Dean and Kais as repectively DM1 and DM2. DM1 beat Tonbridge 2 in the first round 15-8 and then lost in the Quarter Finals to Winchester 1, 15-11 15-7 in a very close and hard hitting match.
DM2 lost their first round and went into the plate which was run as a round-robin. They won 2 and lost 2 and came third.
All of the players had a creditable weekend and learned a lot!
An evening at Rugby SchoolRugby, Wednesday 13th December 2017
Stuart Kirby, Richard Christie, Lewis Keates and Chris Davey travelled to Rugby to play a mixture of masters and old boys, however, rather than a formal match we mixed up the players to have a very enjoyable evening. The event was organised to try out the new floors as the previous surface had become slippery and the consensus was that they were great. The journey back to Derby was difficult due to snow and ice with Lewis taking an hour and three quarters to make a journey that should have been an hour. Stuart and Richard left in separate cars at 11pm with Stuart arriving back at 1:15am (travelling up the M1) and Richard at 2:30am (travelling across country).
President's CupSt. Paul's School, 10th December 2017
Rob Whitehorne and Chris Davey participated and after a grueling day, Chris with Jonny Baker won 'the Mate's Plate'.
President’s CupSunday 10th Dec. 2017 all day
Derby Moor v. Bedford School (a)Saturday 2nd Dec. 2017 1.45pm
A group of 8 players played the annual December fixture against Bedford School. Stuart & AR, Lewis & Dean took on the inexperienced School 1st IV, winning 132-44, while a Junior IV consisting of Kais & Callum, Matthew & Abdul enjoyed a rewarding and close match with their opposition, which resulted in a win by 111-92. For the younger members of the Club it was a valuable exercise in learning the difference between a match, where every point counts, and a tournament, where games won dictate success or not.
RFA v. Old Bedford Modernians (a)Sunday 26 Nov. 2017 2.00pm
Brian Kirk, Stuart Kirby, Lewis Keates and Anthony Goodwin represented the RFA in a match versus the Old Bedford Modernians. In a doubles-only match, the RFA won 111-73 but this result was influenced by two of the oposition being thick with colds!
RFA v. Cambridge (a)Sunday 26 Nov. 2017 2.00pm
Richard Christie and Dean Ali represented the RFA in a match on the courts at the University Sports Centre. Playing both Singles and Doubles Richard and Dean contributed by 61-45 to an RFA victory of 123-94.
British Universities CompetitionMarlborough College, Wiltshire, Friday-Sunday, 17-19 November 2017
Robert Whitehorn and Chris Davey participated. Rob beat players from Durham in both the preliminary and first round but lost to Theo Parker from Bristol in the second round and then reached the final of the plate where he lost 15-7 15-11 to Sam Russell. Chris Davey won his preliminary round but lost to Bushan of Oxford in the first round 15-6 15-6.
In the doubles, Rob and Chris won their preliminary and first round matches against the LSE and Oxford but lost in the second round to the stong pair of Shaw and Kaye from Cambridge.
RFA v. White Rose (h)Sunday 19 Nov. 2017 2.00pm
Richard Christie organised himself, Aaron Wheatley, Stuart Kirby and Brian Kirk to play as the RFA against White Rose including Lewis Keates as an honorary member of White Rose and an actual Yorkshireman with Neil Robers, Bob Sandie and Brian Nithsdale. After the singles we were winning 42-25 and we ended the doubles on a total of 157-109. A good and enjoyable match.
London OpenSt. Paul's, London, Saturday/Sunday 9/10th September 2017
Derby Moor took three players to the tournament. Robert Whitehorn played in the singles and won his first round against Alan Bowden in a three gamer - 11-3, 5-11 and 11-0. A titanic effort from both players. Inevitably, Rob then lost to Will Ellison 11-3, 11-1.
In the the doubles, Anthony Goodwin and Ashley Hill played against Peter Hanton and Henry Jeffries in a match which included "the pick of the games". The latter pair prevailing 11-6, 6-11 and 11-4. In the round-robin plate competition, Ashley developed a twinge in his back and they won some games and lost some.
National Singles Qualifying (Midlands)St. Paul's, London, Saturday/Sunday 9/10th September 2017
Anthony Goodwin, Ashley Hill and Aaron Wheatley participated but did not progress to the finals.
West of England Open DoublesClifton College, 29th October 2017
Richard Christie & Aaron Wheatley entered the doubles on the Sunday. They lost in the first round to Henry Jefferies & James Tilston 2-11, 1-11. In the Plate competition, played in pools, they reached the final, where they lost a lengthy contest to Ben Beltrami & Nick Geere, 12-10 2-11, 2-11.
Midland Eton Fives CompetitionRepton School, 28-29 October 2017
A small contingent of Derby Moor players entered the annual Eton Fives Midlands Tournament. Vishal Singh with Dean Ali and Lewis Keates with Brian Kirk played together in this highly entertaining two day event.
As usual, day one was a set of round-robin games in order to separate the very good from the not-so-good players and the Derby contingent were seeded into the lower half - known as the Festival Plate. This year the Plate was separated into two pools of 7 teams and after the required six games, Dean and Vishal ended second in their pool with 3 accumulated points separating them from Brian and Lewis (in third spot) and so they found themselves in the semi-final where they were beaten by an experienced pair of Eton players.
As ever a fantastic two days of fives organised by Howard Wiseman.
Eton Fives is a really fun game to play and it was surprising how each of us quickly remembered the requisite skills to play this confounding game. We played a dozen games over the two days and went home exhausted and with beaming smiles on our faces.
The Lady’s CupCambridge, Saturday 21st October 2017
Emily O’Malley came down from Wrekin College to partner Lewis Keates. Last year they won the Plate; this year they reached the final, where they lost to Freya Harrison & Dick Warner after a busy day’s play which involved several matches in pools, then in knock-out format.
Yorkshire OpenGiggleswick School, Saturday 14th October 2017
Richard Christie and Lewis Keates entered the Doubles on the Saturday. On wet courts they lost 11-15, 7-15 to Buchanan & Butler. In the subsequent Plate competition they reached the semi-final, where they lost to the eventual winners, Neil Roberts and Ed Hawke.
London OpenSt. Paul's, London, Saturday/Sunday 9/10th September 2017
Derby Moor took three players to the tournament. Robert Whitehorn played in the singles and won his first round against Alan Bowden in a three gamer - 11-3, 5-11 and 11-0. A titanic effort from both players. Inevitably, Rob then lost to Will Ellison 11-3, 11-1.
In the the doubles, Anthony Goodwin and Ashley Hill played against Peter Hanton and Henry Jeffries in a match which included "the pick of the games". The latter pair prevailing 11-6, 6-11 and 11-4. In the round-robin plate competition, Ashley developed a twinge in his back and they won some games and lost some.
South West TournamentSaturday 8th June 2017
Derby Moor took seven players to the tournament. Robert Whitehorn and Ashley Hill breezed through their first rounds but were beaten in the second by Julian Aquilina and David Butler respectively. Meanwhile, Anthony Goodwin lost his first round to Theo Parker and so went into the plate. Both Vishal Singh and Lewis Keates were invited to participate in the Plate Singles and Lewis progressed to the final after beating Penn Chai 11-1 in in the semi-final. It was an all DMF final with Lewis meeting Anthony. Lewis demonstrated that he has matured as a singles player through his best ever performance - he narrowly lost to a slightly stonger Anthony. The final score was 15-8 but was stuck at 6-all for several rallies.
In the doubles, Rob and Anthony lost in the second round to Aquilina and Jefferies and Stuart Kirby and Ashley to Price and Tristao. Meanwhile, Lewis with Brian Kirk and Lewis with Vishal lost their first round matches and progressed into the plate. The problem of Lewis playing twice was solved by Ashley taking over from him with Vishal. This led to another all-DMF final with Brian and Lewis losing narrowly to Ashley and Vishal. Vishal played very reliably and strongly on the left with Ashley covering the right.
The Derby Moor Invitation Doubles - all daySunday June 25th 2017
The annual Derby Moor Fives Tournament took place on Sunday 25th June 2017. An excellent turn out from old stalwarts plus some new entrants made for an excellent day's fives with 12 pairs competing for the honours. The format, as ever, meant that evenly matched pairs played in a knock out for the main competition with early losers playing in a round-robin format for the plate making sure everyone left exhausted but happy. A strong contingent from Rugby School enabled youthful pairings with Derby Moor youngsters. Supported by Bob Sandie and John Hawke from Halifax, regulars Nick Geere and Mark Kiteley and a surprise showing from multi tournament winner Hamish Buchanan paired with an up and coming Derby youth player, Vishal Singh, ensured a high standard of play. Seeded one, Hamish and Vishal met a strong pair combining strength (Wheatley) and subtlety (Geere) in a close fought three setter (11-12, 12-10, 11-2). Wheatley and Geere won through and then won their semi-final establishing a firm position for the final. At the other end of the draw, ex schoolboy champion, Rob Whitehorn and George Terry made steady progress through the draw beating firstly Lewis Keates and Mike Suddaby and then Ashley Hill and Bob Sandie to reach the final. The final did not quite live up to expectations with Whitehorn and Terry beating Wheatley and Geere 11-0, 11-1 despite long rallies. The third place playoff between Hill and Sandie and Goodwin and Kiteley was mammoth with the organiser having to evict the four off court so that the final could commence. An honourable draw was agreed upon as the more mature players in the pairings had had enough.
In the plate two pools of 3 and 4 pairs battled for the honours. Schoolboys Kais Mahmood and AR acquitted themselves brilliantly playing against much stronger opposition. These lads are names to watch out for in the future. Stalwart Richard Christie and partner Chris Evans met Lewis Keates and Mike Suddaby in the plate final with Keates, playing the best fives of his life, and Suddaby winning through 11-7, 11-5.
Club Captain, Stuart Kirby, explained that this was the second chance for the Derby Moor club to showcase its newly enclosed courts and would like to thank everyone who entered for supporting the tournament. A good day's fives was had by all.
Wood CupSt. Paul's School, Barnes, 22 April 2017
Rob Whitehorn, Anthony Goodwin, Aaron Wheatley and Craig Baxter travelled to London for this Club Competition where they met the West of England in the first round. Their opponents were too strong for them and they lost 132-47. The match did feature a top-quality tussle between the ever improving duo of Ollie Arnold and Rob, won 11-9 by the slightly stronger Bristolian.
In the afternoon, Derby Moor played in the Plate final in which a reconstituted RFA IV of Jefferies & Russell and Dyke & Hale beat the Derby Moor IV in a Doubles-only contest by 73-52.
National DoublesAlleyn's School, Dulwich, 8/9 April 2017
Anthony Goodwin and Aaron Wheatley travelled to London for the competition where they met Ben Beltrami and Ed Kay in the first round - loosing 15-0 15-2. They then participated in the plate.
National Veterans (over-45s) ChampionshipsMarlborough, 2 April 2017
Richard Christie and Stuart Kirby beat John Beswick and Wayne Harrison in the second round 15-1 15-8 to reach the semi-finals. They came up against the eventual winners, John Minta and Andy Pringle where they were over-powered and lost 15-2 15-1.
Brian Kirk and Keith Kennerley won their first round against John Hawke and Bob Sandie but lost in the second against Hughes and Rew and then participated in the Plate.
National Vintage (over-55s) Championships at the Cambridge University Sports CentreSunday March 19th, 2017
After many years of playing in competitions at all levels Stuart Kirby finally, and deservedly, has won his first national title in Rugby Fives: the Vintage Singles. And having achieved this, Stuart then went on to win the Doubles with his opponent in the Singles final, multiple champion Neil Roberts. Their opposition in the Doubles final were Richard Christie & Brian Kirk, also featuring in their first national final.
Organiser Brian Kirk assembled 16 competitors at New Portugal Place to vie for the silverware. Eleven of them contested the Singles in the morning. Richard Christie, something of an unknown quantity as a Singles player, battled his way first past Andy Passey, then likewise against Dick Warner. In the semi-finals Neil Roberts’ win over Richard was nowhere near as comfortable as the score suggests, but Stuart began to look ominously strong as he dismissed his familiar adversary Tony Hamilton.
In the final Stuart raced into a large lead with effective serving and a variety of down-the-wall shots but then found himself pegged back to 9-9 as, uncharacteristically, his serve let him down. But, after some nervy rallies, the first game was secured at 11-9 and Stuart made his greater mobility and those same returns-of-serve down the left-hand wall count. A visibly tiring Neil found himself quickly outmanoeuvred. Stuart’s Derby Moor clubmates suggested their man owed Anthony Goodwin a beer for all the matches he had played with Stuart to sharpen up his game!
Meanwhile a three-man Plate competition delivered victory for Brian Kirk who was beginning to look like a man on a mission.
In the Doubles, Kirby & Roberts looked unstoppable in Pool A and they were joined in the next stage by Geere & Hanton who were just that little bit sharper than main rivals Nithsdale & Sutcliffe. In the other pool the well-practised partnership of Christie & Kirk swept all before them, leaving Hamilton & Warner to fight it out successfully with Bernard Atkinson & Andy Passey for the fourth semi-final slot.
In the semis Kirby & Roberts were too steady for Hamilton & Warner, but next door the match between Christie & Kirk and Geere & Hanton was a humdinger from which the Derby pair emerged narrow victors 16-14. After such a tight semi-final contest it was asking too much of Richard & Brian to take the favorites to the wire, and Stuart & Neil duly emerged as champions at their second attempt.
National U13s Championship at St. Paul's School. All daySunday March 12th, 2017
Kais Mahmood, Matthew Beardsley, Callum Yates & Steven Beardsley travelled to St. Paul's School to compete in the National U13s. The first section of the singles was fought as a round-robin so everyone got six or seven games. Kais managed to win 5 out of 7 but missed the cut for the last 16 knock-out stage. In the doubles Callum and Kais were knocked out in the second round of the main competition and then again in the second round of the doubles. A great day where great experience was gained. Thanks to Dawn and Peter Beardsley for helping with the driving.
Midlands Schools Regional Championship (U-15s) at Bedford School. All daySunday February 26th, 2017
A four-strong DMF group competed in the Midlands Schools Regional Championships at Bedford School. In the U15 Singles Dean Ali made it through to the knock-out stages where he lost in the semi-final to the eventual winner from Rugby School. Kais Mahmood, AR and Denis Bazylijski played in the pools but did not progress.
In the U15 Doubles Kais & Denis were knocked out in the first round and entered the pool, where they won one of their two matches and came second. Vishal Singh was unable to play because of illness, so Dean paired up with AR. Playing increasingly good fives, Dean & AR progressed to the final of the main competition, where they lost the best game of the day 8-11, 11-5, 5-11.
"Air on a B-string" Friendly with White Rose at HalifaxSunday February 26th, 2017
Richard Christie assembled a four consisting of Emily O'Malley, Lewis Keates, Aaron Wheatley and Chris Bird, the latter being an Eton Fives player from Nottingham University. They played against Tim Hayles, Neil Reddy, Gareth Tosh and Ben Widdop. DM were ahead after the first round of doubles 59-33 but in the second round the two teams mixed to give Keates/Widdop v Tosh/Wheatley 7-15, 4-15 and Hayles/O’Malley v Bird/Reddy 9-15, 3-15.
National U25 ChampionshipsOundle School, 4-5 February 2017
Anthony Goodwin and Robert Whitehorn entered. Both progressed to the 2nd round of the Singles, where Robert lost to Theo Parker while Anthony gained a notable win -- and ranking points -- over Adam George. Anthony went on to play, and lose comfortably to, eventual runner-up Ben Beltrami. Robert progressed through the Plate with a rewarding victory over Francis Thomas, who had beaten him in the final of BUSF, then victories over Oli Quarry and Ben Chua. Robert thus retained the Plate which he had won the previous year, the first player to do so.
In the Doubles Robert and Anthony beat good friends Chris Davey & Dan Sorensen in the first round, then lost a three-game quarter-final to Francis Thomas & Henry Jefferies, probably the best match of the competition apart from the final.
RFA/DMF v. Cambridge University (a) 2.30pmSaturday January 21st, 2016
A IV of Stuart Kirby, Chris Davey, Lewis Keates and Aaron Wheatley took on Cambridge University at Cambridge. We found the extra zip of the new courts, plus the power of Ben Beltrami, difficult to handle but managed to tie the first round of Doubles 36-36 before the Cambridge players built a big lead after the turn. Likewise Ben and Jeremy Manger were too strong for Stuart and Lewis in Singles, but Aaron had the best game of the day against Elliot Tebboth. Stuart did some coaching at the end with Cambridge's lady player.
North West Open ChampionshipsSaturday/Sunday January 14/15th 2017, Manchester
Anthony Goodwin and Aaron Wheatley competed in a high-quality Singles tournament. Anthony reached the semi-final of the Singles Plate, losing to the eventual winner.
Brian Kirk& Lewis Keates joined Aaron Wheatley & Craig Baxter in the Doubles, while Anthony paired up with Neil Roberts. Eventually Aaron & Craig reached the final of the Doubles Plate, which they won and thereby picked up DerbyMoorFives' 50th Plate since the Club was formed in 2004.
Rugby School 1st IV (a)Thursday January 12th 2017, Manchester
Aaron Wheatley, Richard Christie, Stuart Kirby and Lewis Keates played the 1st four U18s. The standard was very high but DM won with some margin. Notably, the courts were completely dry now that the heating is keeping the moisture away.
West of England U16 CompetitionSaturday/Sunday January 7/8th 2017, Sherborne, Dorset
Stuart Kirby took Vishal Singh and Dean Ali to the West of England U16 competition. Playing as U15s, Dean was beaten by Bagnell of Winchester and Vishal by McGuire of Sedbergh in the first rounds. In the plate Dean narrowly lost to a St. Paul's player 11 7.
In the doubles, they were beaten by Tonbridge 15 11 in the first round. In the plate competition they won preliminary games against St Paul's 2 (11 6) and Blundell's (11 5) so progressing to the final where they were narrowly beaten by St. Paul's 1. There was some excellent serving but they were overpowered by the older and larger boys.
Both played aggresive fives which bodes well for next year and reaching the U16 plate final as U15s means that they performed well.
Juniors v. Bedford School (a) 1.30pmSaturday December 3rd, 2016
Lewis Keates with partner Stuart Kirby and Dean Ali with Vishal Singh played their senior four and won with a small margin despite Dean and Vishal being a few years younger than their opposition - Under 15s v U17s.
Kaiz Mahmood, AR, Abdul Mueez and Denis Bazylijski played as an U13/U14 team against U16s and lost by a big margin although they did win a couple of games.
A good experience which will set them up for future years.
British Universities Fives ChampionshipsSunday November 20th, 2016
Rob Whitehorn (representing Exeter University) and Chris Davey (Birmingham) took part. After his singles matches Chris retired with breathing difficulties and was replaced by Dan Sorensen from Warwick University. Having been knocked out of the main competition in a tight three-gamer with Jeremy Manger & former champion Inigo Ackland, Rob and Dan went on to win the Doubles Plate.
Rob also competed in the Singles Plate, after a narrow defeat in the main draw by Theo Parker of Bristol University. Rob reached the final, where he lost to Francis Thomas, former National Schools champion and captain of Oxford University, now studying at the School of Oriental and African Studies.
On the same day on adjacent courts Emily O'Malley played in the inaugural Ladies Under23 championships, partnered by a schoolgirl from Fettes College.
Derby Moor (as RFA) v. Old Bedford Modernians (a) 2.00pmSunday November 20th, 2016
Brian Kirk partnered Stuart Kirby and Aaron Wheatley partnered Lewis Keates against Bedford. After the first round of doubles we were 4 points down but pulled it back in the second half to win 108 - 93.
Derby Moor v. Cambridge University (a) Time 2pmSunday November 13th, 2016
A IV composed of Stuart Kirby & Dean Ali, Lewis Keates & Joe Sumner from Bedford Modern School took on a mixed Cambridge side consisting of Elliot Tebboth & Jeremy Manger, Georgina Shepherd & Lottie Simpson. DMF won the doubles 52-50, but then Lewis and Joe lost their singles matches, giving an overall result of 80-64 to Cambridge.
Richard Black Cup, Eton CollegeSunday 13th November 2016
Club Member Emily O'Malley formed part of the Plate-winning composite team of Old Olavians/Westminster.
National Open Singles (Jesters' Cup) Qualifiers at Durham 11.amSaturday November 12th, 2016
Anthony Goodwin travelled to Durham for the qualifying competition where he was seeded 2nd. In the semi-final he beat Adam Wordley and then met John Minta in the final. He won in three games, losing the first and winning the second and third, thus qualifying for the finals on the 3rd December at St. Paul's School.
West of England Championships, Clifton CollegeSaturday and Sunday, 29/30th October 2016
Robert Whitehorn came up from Exeter University to compete in the Singles. Robert lost his first round match against Peter Hanton 11-9, 11-5, and went into the Plate. He did not progress to the final.
Anthony Goodwin & Aaron Wheatley entered the Doubles. They lost in the first round to Henry Jefferies & James Tilston. They went into the Plate but did not progress to the final.
The Lady's Cup, Cambridge University Sports CentreSaturday, 15th October 2016
Emily O'Malley competed in the main competition for the Lady's Cup 2016. She was partnered by Tessa Mills, the Ladies' Doubles champion.
In a high-class field Emily & Tessa came third in their group. They then played the Cambridge University first pair, Cassi Henderson & Georgina Shepherd, for The Lady's Bowl, a match which Emily & Tessa won 15-7.
Yorkshire Open DoublesSaturday, 15th October 2016
Aaron Wheatley and Stuart Kirby travelled to Giggleswick for the competition. They met the second seeds, Hamish Buchanan and Will Ellison, in the first round losing 15-2 and 15-7. The plate competition was a round-robin in which they won the second plate.
The Owers Trophy for Old Boys FivesSaturday, 1st October 2016
We entered two teams of three to represent Derby Moor Old Boys: Anthony Goodwin, Robert Whitehorn and Lewis Keates played as the Derby Blinders (name invented by organiser Alex Smith) and Aaron Wheatley teamed up with Craig Baxter and Lawrence Taylor as the Derby Young Guns.
Playing in different groups at the round-robin stage neither team made the semi-finals, though the Blinders were pipped by a mere point by the Old Eastbournians, with whom they tied their group match.
However, in the Plate both teams reached the final, which they will play later in the season at Derby, the event having gone on until the early hours of the evening, with a long drive back home looming.
The South East Open Competition at Christ's Hospital, HorshamSaturday and Sunday, 27/28th August 2016
Rob Whitehorn, Anthony Goodwin and Lewis Keates participated. Rob lost to Beltrami in the first round and made it to the final of the plate where he lost to Tom Watkinson. In the Doubles he played with David Butler and lost to Watkinson and Aquilina in the semi-finals. Anthony lost to Aquilina in the main singles and then to Tom Watkinson in the plate. He played with Nick Geare in the doubles losing in the second round. Lewis had a good time in the singles plate and then played with Dan Grant in the doubles.
Three Way Match at MalvernDate: Sunday, 21st August 2016
Brian Kirk partnered Lewis Keates and Richard Christie partnered Aaron Wheatley in a three way Winchester fives match at Malvern against the Exeter and Malvern Clubs.
With a complex scoring system Derby Moor came third with 87 points against 95 and 111 so reasonably close and competative.
South West Open Tournament at Blundel'sDate: Saturday 16th July 2016
Anthony Goodwin, Lewis Keates, Craig Baxter, Aaron Wheatley, Brian Kirk and Richard Christie travelled down to the West Country on the Friday night in time for the competition on Sunday.
The highlight of the competition was that Anthony upset the seeding by beating Hamish Buchanan in the singles - 11-9 8-11 11-9 which was a magnificent performance against a former national champion. He then lost in the next round to Ben Beltrami.
Craig's first round was another three gamer in which he beat Keith Kennerley 11-3 10-12 12-10 showing great determination. He lost to Olie Arnold in the next round.
In the plate, Richard conceded defeat to Ian Jackson in a very close game losing 11-8.
In the doubles Lewis played with Craig, Aaron with Richard, Brian with Keith Kennerley and Anthony with Sam Russell. Brian and Keith were knackered from the singles and Aaron showed a tendency to overhit. Some good games but no silverware.
13th Derby Moor Invitation DoublesDate: Sunday 26th June 2016
Lewis Keates should be doing the Pools this week: he clearly knows how to pick a winner! Will Ellison in the Mate’s Plate; now Hamish Buchanan in the DM Doubles. Or perhaps it’s time to lower his handicap.
9 pairs contested this year’s “Premier Fives Event in the East Midlands” [Grem McIntyre]. The smart money looked to be on Buchanan & Keates (Hamish won the second such competition back in 2005) or Richard Christie with Bob Sandie, who’s won it twice. Three-time winner Anthony Goodwin playing with Martin Robinson looked a good outside bet, as did any of Lawrence Taylor & Brian Nithsdale, John Halligan & Mark Kiteley, and Aaron Wheatley & Stuart Kirby.
In the first round Lewis and Hamish got off to a gentle start against John Hawke & Hasan Rehman, while Anthony & Martin developed an effective understanding by the end of their first match, against Lawrence & Brian. Stuart & Aaron, now playing regularly at Club nights and coaching too, had a bit too much in the bank for Mark & John, while Richard & Bob got warmed up with a preliminary match against U15s Dean Ali & Vishal Singh, then more serious stuff against Hasan & Jai Singh.
The semi-finals were the usual close encounters, with Hamish & Lewis coming though after a very tight second game against Anthony & Martin, while Richard & Bob managed to come out on top of a predictably dour struggle against Stuart & Aaron, winning 15-12 in the third.
The final looked comfortable for Hamish & Lewis in the first game but then they had to dig deep in the second, defeating Richard & Bob 16-14 to win the pitcher and saucer.
In the Plate, played as a round robin, John Halligan & Mark Kiteley won all four of their games to claim the boules but not without a close shave against Lawrence Taylor & Brian Nithsdale. For once both boules were available for presentation!
With the courts enclosed food and drink were provided on site, the atmosphere as congenial as ever. Huge thanks have to go to Stuart Kirby, who took over organising the event from the absent Brian Kirk. Above all, the day was an appropriate way to mark the end of a 13-year project to refurbish and enclose the courts.
Winchester Mixed Doubles at BradfieldDate: Sunday 8th May 2016
National Veterans Doubles (45 and over) at MarlboroughDate: Sunday 24th April 2016
Stuart Kirby played with his old time partner Neil Butterfield and Brian Kirk played with Keith Kennerley. Stuart and Neil beat Bernard Atkinson and Mark Kiteley in the first round but were then knocked out by Bruce Hanton and Neil Roberts. They lost the first game and narrowly lost the second having been on match point for a total of six points! Brian and Keith were knocked out in the first round and progressed into the plate competition. It was good to see Oliver Steed who has recently moved to the area and is considering playing Eton fives with the Marlborough Club.
Club Knockout (Wood Cup) at St. Paul's, LondonDate: Saturday/Sunday 16/17th April 2016
Sadly, we were unable to support the competition this year partly due to the closure of the Rugby Courts for the building of the enclosure and the fact that we had only played Eton Fives for months!
National Doubles at Alleyn's, LondonDate: Saturday/Sunday 9/10th April 2016
National Schools at St. Paul'sDate: Tuesday-Friday 29th March - 1st April 2016
John Halligan and Bally Singh competed. John reached the last 16 of the Singles. In the Doubles John & Bally beat Rossall II and Sedbergh I on their way to the quarter-finals where they lost 11-5, 11-5 to the eventual runners-up from Winchester College. After a season badly disrupted by building work, John & Bally found something like their proper form in that last match.
National Vintage (55 and over) at CambridgeDate: Sunday 20th March 2016
Stuart Kirby and Brian Kirk entered the National Vintage Championships at Cambridge. Stuart reached the semi-final of the Singles, where he lost to the defending champion, Ian Fuller. In the Doubles Stuart and his first-time partner, Neil Roberts from the White Rose Club, reached the final by beating Dickie Warner & Tony Hamilton. In the final Stuart & Neil lost to defending champions Fuller & Hebden. It was Stuart's first national final.
Brian Kirk meanwhile lost the Plate final of the Doubles playing with Chris Blakeley against Bernard Atkinson & Andy Passey.
Brian organised the event.
National Winchester at MalvernDate: Sunday 13th March 2016
Anthony Goodwin and Chris Davey took part, losing in the second round to young Winchester specialists Kidner & Yoiunger. They then reached the semi-final of the Plate.
Sedbergh IVDate: Saturday 12th March 2016 at 11:00
Lewis Keates, Bally Singh, Hasan Rehman and Stuart Kirby played a friendly against three boys from Sedbergh School and their master-in-charge Jonathan Lidiard. Playing Doubles only, we lost by 71-84. It was the first competitive match played with the new back walls.
RFA v Derby MoorDate: Saturday 5th March 2016 at 2:30pm
Cancelled as courts not yet back in use after building of enclosure
Midlands Regional Schools Fives championship 2016Date: Sunday 28th February 2016
Lewis Keates and Bally Singh competed in the U18 category. They won the Doubles Plate; Lewis reached the last 8 of the Singles. Dean Ali and Vishal Singh took part in the U15 competition, a year young, and gained useful experience.
North of England Championship at DurhamDate: Saturday/Sunday 27/28th February 2016
No entry from Derby Moor.
National U25sDate: Saturday/Sunday 6/7th February 2016
Playing at Oundle with his old friend and foe, Tom Watkinson, Rob Whitehorn won the National U25 Doubles Plate, beating ex-Winchester College players Ben Chua and James Smith in the final.
The previous day Rob had won the Singles Plate, beating Sid Bhushan of Oxford University in the final.
Anthony Goodwin also competed, reaching the semi-final of the Singles Plate. In the Doubles Anthony paired up with Chris Davey but they were knocked out of the main competition by the eventual winners, Kay & Shaw.
Malvern IV (a)Date: Saturday 30th January 2016 at 2:00pm
A Derby Moor Club IV consisting of Stuart Kirby, Lawrence Taylor, Bally Singh and Lewis Keates went to Malvern to play their 1st IV. Given the unfamiliarity of our players with the game of Winchester Fives it was decided to play doubles first, so as to give our players a chance to acclimatise to the demands of the buttress, which at Malvern is especially wide.
The first round of doubles -- against the National U16 Doubles champions and a strong 2nd pair -- was predictably somewhat one-sided. Four games of singles showed the lessons that had been learned, as did a second round of doubles. In all the IV came away with a 86-145 defeat but a much better appreciation of the game of Winchester Fives -- and even a bit of a liking for it!
Derby Moor 1st VI v. Oundle (a)Date: Sunday 24th January 2016
With John & Bally not available the Club was represented by Hasan Rehman, Lewis Keates, Usama Rathor and Usmaan Hussain. They found the very fast courts difficult to adjust to and were well outplayed in Singles and Doubles by a strong Oundle IV, going down by 35-135. Dean Ali accompanied them and played some friendly games with three U14s from Oundle.
DMF/RFA VI v. Cambridge University (a)Date: Saturday 23rd January 2016
Three players from Derby Moor – Stuart Kirby, Lewis Keates and Bally Singh – went to Cambridge to play the undergraduates. They were joined by ex-Cambridge player Jon Abecassis. In a match which consisted of Doubles only the RFA led by a point at the turn, but dropped one significant game in the second set of Doubles and came away with a defeat by 88-96.
North West Open at ManchesterDate: Saturday/Sunday 16/17th January 2016
No representation this year
Rugby School 1st IV (a)Date: Thursday 14th January 2016 at 6:45pm
Lewis Keates, Hasan Rehman and Sam Johnson represented the school at this match at Rugby School but a parents evening had prevented the appearance of a fourth college player and so Stuart Kirby stepped in to complete the team.
After the singles, we were 51 - 38 down but recovered in the doubles to win 104 - 125.
The West of England Schools at SherborneDate: Saturday/Sunday 9-10th January 2016
Four U18 players, John Halligan, Bally Singh, Lewis Keates and Hasan Rehman, went down to Sherborne School, taken by Stuart and Brian. With no courts to practise on since mid-October they were very rusty and did not get past the early rounds of the Singles and only John & Bally managed a quarter-final. Hasan got to the semi-final of the Singles Plate where he lost to the eventual winner – whom he had beaten comfortably in the first round!
President's CupDate: Sunday 13th December 2015 at Merchant Taylor's, Northwood
Three members of the Club entered the President's Cup at Merchant Taylors' School this year.
Rob Whitehorn, who was runner-up in the main competition last year with Tom Maconie, found himself partnered this year with left-handed Phil Atkinson, General Secretary of the RFA and a past winner. Phil and Rob worked their way through to the final of the T-Pot where they lost to John Minta and his schoolboy partner Julian Hanton.
Lewis Keates, who is the youngest member of the RFA, was paired with national Singles Champion Will Ellison and played brilliantly in support of his illustrious partner, reaching the quarter-final of the main competition, and then the final of the Mate's Plate, where they beat a pairing which consisted of the Number One Doubles player, Daniel Tristao, and our other representative from Derby Moor, Jeremy Stubbs. The score, 16-14, 15-12, gives an idea of the intensity and standard of play that Lewis experienced and more than coped with.
DMF Juniors v. Bedford School (a)Date: Saturday 5th December 2015 at 1pm
A Derby Moor Junior IV composed of Hasan Rehman, Lewis Keates, Dean Ali and Vish Singh took on the 1st IV of Bedford School at Bedford. We were 33-35 down after the Singles, in which Hasan recorded a heavy win at number 1 and Lewis Keates suffered a narrow defeat at 2, while Dean and Vish lost honourably to older opponents. In the doubles Hasan & Lewis were unable to inflict sufficiently heavy defeats on their two sets of opponents to make up for Dean & Vish's losses on the court next door. In the end Bedford won by 8 points (105-113) in what was the customarily friendly and worthwhile annual encounter.
Winchester: Schools Winchester DoublesDate: Sunday 8th November 2015
John Halligan and Bally Singh were seeded 4 and duly reached the semi-final by beating Malvern II and St. Paul's II comfortably. In the semi they faced the favourites, Winchester I, on their own courts. The home pair gave John and Bally a lesson in hard hitting round the angles and retrieving off the buttress, both of which activities are alien to a Rugby Fives pair, but John and Bally both made progress in playing the game as the day went on.
Midlands (Eton Fives) Tournament, ReptonDate: Saturday/Sunday 31st October/1st November 2015
Stuart Kirby and Brian Kirk were knocked out in the first round of the Festival Competition and went into the Festival Plate which they won in a close final by 3 games to 1. They also won the same Plate in 2010. Lewis Keates and Bally Singh were knocked out in the second round and then participated in a different round robin plate competition with some wins and some losses. As always, a great weekend without having to travel too far.
Yorkshire Open at Giggleswick, YorkshireDate: Saturday 10th October 2015
Richard Christie, Stuart Kirby, Lawrence Taylor and Craig Baxter went up to Giggleswick on Saturday to play in the Doubles competition. Richard and Stuart were knocked out of the main competition by Neil Roberts and John Beswick while Lawrence and Craig exited after losing to the eventual winners - David Butler and Danny Tristao.
In the plate competition, there was a round robin in which Lawrence and Craig narrowly beat Richard and Stuart and others to win the second plate.
Old Derby Moor at the Owers TrophySunday 27th September 2015
A young team of Anthony Goodwin, Craig Baxter and Lawrence Taylor went down to St. Paul's last Saturday to take part in the new-look Owers Trophy, the team competition for Old Boys. This year's format involved three per team playing one game of doubles against each possible combination of opponents: so a quick fire match consisting of three games.
The ODM trio were grouped with the seeded 2012 Paulines, who consisted of Francis Thomas, Sam Russell and Theo Parker, and the Old Wykehamists II. Our boys were understandably outplayed by the Paulines but had a decent contest with the Old Boys from Winchester.
In the Plate they then came up against experienced previous champions, the Alleyn Old Boys, and had a fiercely contested semi-final match which ended in defeat by 26-27.
White Rose Club (a)Date: Sunday 20th September 2015
Richard Christie, Lewis Keates, Lawrence Taylor and Stuart Kirby travelled to Halifax (as the RFA) to play against the White Rose Club. We were 44-19 down after the singles. Lewis and Lawrence were playing in their first adult matches with Lewis managing to take 8 points off Bob Sandie in the singles and Lawrence taking 4 off a former national champion - Neil Roberts. The presence of both Neil and John Minta made the White Rose club too strong for us and we ended 164-72 down after the doubles.
South West TournamentDate: Saturday 11th July 2015
Eight members of the Club travelled down to Blundell’s School in Tiverton for the first RFA tournament of the season. Anthony Goodwin, Robert Whitehorn and Jai Singh all won their first round singles matches. Robert then went out to the eventual runner-up Ed Kay; while Jai lost to the eventual winner Will Ellison. Anthony, however, beat the higher-ranked Ed Hatton over three games before losing in the quarter-finals to Ellison. Stuart Kirby, James Milnes, Chris Davey, Craig Baxter and Brian Kirk meanwhile contested the Singles Plate, where Stuart reached the final, to be beaten by surprise participant Hamish Buchanan.
In the Doubles Goodwin & Whitehorn had the satisfaction of taking more points off the favorites Ellison & Brooks than anyone else, having won their first round match against a local pair. Our other pairs – Stuart Kirby & Chris Davey, Jai Singh & Craig Baxter, Brian Kirk & James Milnes – dominated the Plate, with Jai & Craig winning an exciting final against Stuart & Chris 15-13.
12th Derby Moor Invitation DoublesDate: Sunday 28th June 2015
Anthony Goodwin won the 12th Derby Moor Invitation Doubles for the third time, partnered this year by Chris Davey, ex-Bedford and currently Birmingham University. On the way to victory Anthony & Chris had a tight quarter-final match against Derby Moor schoolboys Jai Singh & Lawrence Taylor; then an even tighter three-gamer in the semi-final against two-times winner Tim Widdop and his partner John Halligan, bidding to win this event for the first time. Stuart Kirby & Bob Sandie had an equally arduous semi-final against Ashley Hill and James Milnes (ex-Blundell’s, now playing regularly at Derby Moor). Perhaps it was no surprise that young guns Goodwin & Davey then had the better of the final.
With such long games going on the latter stages of the Plate have had to be postponed till Club Night. It’s looking like an internal battle: Kirk & Rehman versus Singh & Taylor.
1st round: Brian Kirk & Hasan Rehman bt. John Hawke & Lewis Keates 15-7, 15-7
Quarter-finals: Anthony Goodwin & Chris Davey bt. Jai Singh & Lawrence Taylor 15-10, 15-10; Tim Widdop & John Halligan bt. Richard Christie & Mark Kiteley 15-1, 15-0; Stuart Kirby & Bob Sandie bt. Matt Orr & Rob Christie 15-9, 15-7; Ashley Hill & James Milnes bt. Kirk & Rehman 15-7, 15-10
Semi-finals: Goodwin & Davey bt. Widdop & Halligan 15-16, 16-14, 15-12; Kirby & Sandie bt. Hill & Milnes 13-15, 15-13, 15-8
Final: Goodwin & Davey bt. Kirby & Sandie 15-12, 15-11
Plate: to be confirmed
Winchester Mixed Doubles at BradfieldDate: Sunday 10th May 2015
We were unable to support the mixed doubles this year
Veterans at MarlboroughDate: Saturday/Sunday 25/26th April 2015
4 senior members of the Club took part in the National Veterans Championships at Marlborough College. Jeremy Stubbs alone played in the Singles and then paired up with Angus Hanton for the Doubles. Stuart Kirby & Richard Christie played in the Doubles and reached the semi-final, where they lost to eventual runners-up Beswick & Roberts. Brian Kirk paired up with Keith Kennerley and together they reached the final of the Doubles Plate, where they lost to locals Bob Davison & Tom Kiggell.
Wood CupDate: Saturday 18th April 2015
Stuart Kirby, Richard Christie, Rob Christie and Jai Singh travelled to London for the Club competition and met a very strong Wessex team in the first round - consisting of National Singles and Doubles Champion Will Ellison, David Butler, Harry Ackerman and Giles Munn. Wessex were 60 - 9 up after the singles and 148 - 46 after the doubles. An enjoyable but unbalanced match.
Wessex went on to beat Cambridge University in the semi-final and Old Paulines in the final.
The Derby Moor players retired to a relaxing lunch by the river, with Richard's daughter and Rob's sister Lorna, before heading north again.
National Schools at St. Paul'sDate: Thursday to Sunday 26-29th March 2015
John Halligan and Rob Whitehorn won the Open Doubles at the National Schools Rugby Fives championships this weekend, beating the much fancied pair from Edinburgh Academy in the final. In the semi-final John and Rob, seeded Number One, had beaten Winchester I. Both victories were achieved in straight games.
Their victory means that they have completed the triple of Doubles titles: Schools Winchester Fives in November 2014, the West of England Schools in January 2015 and now the National Schools.
Earlier in the day Robert, seeded Two, was runner-up in the Open Singles, losing to the favourite Tom Watkinson of Winchester College in a three-game match.
There were other successes during finals day for Derby Moor. First Jai and Bally Singh won the Open Doubles Plate for early-round losers, beating a pair from Sedbergh. A few hours later Bally Singh won the 2nd Singles Plate. Jai now has the distinction of having won both Plates -- he won the Singles Plate last year.
During the four-day competition Derby Moor Juniors were represented by the above, plus Matt Blunden, Craig Baxter, Sam Johnson, Lewis Keates and Hasan Rehman. All reached the later rounds of their respective competitions.
All very chuffed!
Vintage at CambridgeDate: Sunday 22nd March 2015
In the National Vintage competition, held at the courts in the Cambridge University Sports Centre, Brian Kirk and Stuart Kirby both enjoyed success.
Brian Kirk, stepping in at the last minute to fill a place in the Singles draw, won the Plate (see photo) by beating Peter Westwood, a converted Eton Fives players playing for the first time in this competition
Earlier Stuart Kirby has lost narrowly in a Pool match against Tony Hamilton. Victory would have guaranteed Stuart a place in the final of the main Singles competition.
In the Doubles, Brian teamed up with Dick Warner from the Executioners, while Stuart was partnered by Tony Hamilton from the Old Whitgiftians. Stuart & Tony reached the final where they lost 15-8 to 10-times National champions, Ian Fuller & Dave Hebden.
Winchester Open Doubles CompetitionDate: Sunday 15th March 2015
Four players from Derby Moor travelled to Winchester to take part in the Winchester Fives Open Doubles competition, or the Barnes Bridge, as it is known.
Matt Blunden teamed up with ex-RFA President Dick Warner but they were dumped out in the first round by two Winchester 14-year-olds!
Anthony Goodwin & John Halligan lost twice to the same pair: once in the second round and once in the Plate.
The good news is that Rob Whitehorn paired up with Tom Watkinson of Winchester College to win the Plate, as Anthony Goodwin and Max Frost did in 2013. Robert & Tom won their first round match but were then knocked out by previous winners Buchanan & Minta. In the 8-pair Plate competition they beat Winchester schoolmasters Munn & McManus in the semi and then Ed Hawke & James Marshall 16-14 in the final.
DMF Juniors v. Malvern College IVDate: Thursday 12th March 2015
In the absence of our U18s through injury and academic commitments we fielded a scratch side of Adam Ali, Usman Hussain, Usama Rathor and Stuart Kirby to play Malvern's talented U16s at home on Thursday March 12th. It was a slightly one-sided contest, with Malvern coming out 44-9 ahead in the Singles and 105-30 in the Doubles. We shall try to take a full IV to Malvern next year to take on the same IV and the wide Malvern buttresses!
Midlands Schools Regional Championship at Bedford and Bedford ModernDate: Sunday 8th March 2014
Derby Moor made a clean sweep of this year’s U18 competition, played at Bedford Modern School with a field of 26 players from five schools. The senior players won both Cups and both Plates.
Robert Whitehorn completed a hat-trick of wins in the Singles and, likewise, in the Doubles, this year partnered by Jai Singh. John Halligan had the unfortunate experience of being runner-up in both, though he and Bally Singh gave their year-older rivals a hard fight in the Doubles final and will be the pair to beat next year.
Jai Singh won the U18 Singles Plate for losing semi-finalists beating the Rugby School number One, while Sam Johnson and Hasan Rehman, playing as Derby Moor IV, won the Doubles Plate for first-match losers in a round-robin competition. It is the second time Sam has won a Plate competition at this event.
All the Derby Moor players were pushed hard by players from Oundle, Bedford Modern and Rugby. We can expect the rivalry between these schools to continue next year.
Dean Ali and Talha Rathor played in the U15 section. They were there to gain experience, particularly Dean, who is actually U12! Dean should be strong enough to play next year in the National U13 competition from which we have been absent for some years now.
DMF v. Rugby Fives Association (h)Date: Saturday 7th March 2015 at 2.30pm
National U25s at OundleDate: Saturday/Sunday 7/8th February 2015
Five young players from DerbyMoorFives took part in the National Under 25 championships at Oundle School this weekend. Anthony Goodwin, Jai Singh, Bally Singh and John Halligan played in the Singles and had the experience of playing much older players in the first round, then got more experience in the Plate.
On the second day Rob Whitehorn came down and paired up with John Halligan; they had the pleasure of winning their first round match against Cambridge half-blues Jack Malde & Richard Law. Jai and Bally got plenty of games in the Plate, winning against the Oundle 1st pair. Anthony teamed up with an old friend from London and Durham, Jay Gravatt.
All of our players will be eligible for several years yet.
DMF Juniors (U15/U16) v. Rugby (h)Date: Sunday 1st February 2015 at 2.00pm
On Sunday there was a friendly at home between Derby Moor Juniors and Rugby School. Rugby brought a male Colts pair and their strongest Senior Girls pair. Derby Moor fielded our Colts pair Adam Ali & Hasan Rehman, plus Emily O’Malley & Sam Johnson for the first half of Doubles and Lewis Keates & Dean Ali for the second round. After the Singles Derby Moor led by 38-29. The Doubles was more even, so that the final game came down to Rugby needing to beat Lewis and Emily by a margin of 8 points. It was not to be: Derby Moor Juniors won the match by 102-97.
DMF v. Oxford University (a)Date: Sunday 1st February 2015 at 2:30pm
Stuart Kirby, Richard Christie, Lawrence Taylor (U18) and Bally Singh (U17) travelled to Oxford for the fixture. After the singles, DM was up 43 to 34.
It was planned that Richard would play with Lawrence and Stuart with Bally but Lawrence was keen that the two juniors should play together as better practice for the junior competitions. They battled hard and registered a 15-11 loss and an 8-15 win against the second pair making them 3 points up. They then recorded a 15-8 win and a 7-15 loss against the first pair, thus adding one more point.
Richard and Stuart won all of their games and DM won the match 151-111.
DMF v. Jesters (h)Date: Saturday 31st January 2015 at 11am
On Saturday the Club’s strongest IV – Anthony Goodwin, Rob Whitehorn, Stuart Kirby and John Halligan took on a Jesters IV consisting of ranked players James Tilston, Adam George and Jez Sinton plus Hamish Hunter, back in the game after a break of four years.
The Derby players won three of the four Singles to build up a lead of 36-25 which they increased in the first round of Doubles to 23 points. The Jesters managed to restrict their opposition to just one more point after the turn. Overall a win over the Jesters for Derby Moor by 127-103.
Derby Moor Juniors v. Oundle School (a)Date: Sunday 25th January 2015 at 10.30am
A Derby Moor Junior IV consisting of Adam Ali, Usama Rathor, Talha Rathor and Dean Ali took on the Oundle School U15 team. Again the unfamiliar courts proved a problem, though Adam won a high-quality match against the Oundle Nr. 1 by 16-15. As so often we improved in the course of the Doubles but had a deficit of 29 to make up, a task which proved too much, though by the end it has been cut to just 16 points. Particularly pleasing were the performances of Adam, who won all his matches, and of his partner Dean, technically an U13, who backed him up bravely in the Doubles. Usama and Talha found it hard to serve effectively on the rapid Oundle courts but finished with their best game, losing 7-11 to the 2nd pair.
DMF v. Cambridge University, IV or VI (a)Date: Saturday 24th January 2015 at 2.30pm
A senior VI representing the RFA and comprising Anthony Goodwin & Rob Whitehorn, Richard Christie & John Halligan, Stuart Kirby & Brian Kirk, took on the mighty Cambridge University. Anthony Goodwin managed to win his Singles against ex-Captain Jack Malde, but the others found their opponents too much of a handful on their own courts, so that they went into the Doubles down by 22-61.
In the Doubles Anthony & Rob excelled themselves by beating all three Cambridge pairs: Ed Kay & Zach Brubert, Jacob Brubert & Rikki Houlden, and Jack Malde & Jacob Ader. Our other pairs, however, continued to struggle find a length or any nicks right until the last game, which Stuart and Brian had the satisfaction of winning against the Cambridge 1st pair. Overall a defeat for the RFA/DMF by 86-165.
DMF Junior 1st IV v. Rugby 1st IV (a)Date: Thursday 22nd January 2015 at 6.45pm
In a match against the Rugby School 1st IV a Junior Derby Moor IV of Jai Singh, John Halligan, Lawrence Taylor and Hasan Rehman won by 127-61. Up by 39-35 in some close Singles the Derby Moor players used their greater power and experience to good effect in the Doubles, winning all their games by clear margins. Indeed, in the last game the Derby Moor 2nd pair of Halligan & Rehman beat the Rugby 1st pair by 11-0.
North West Open at ManchesterDate: Saturday/Sunday 17/18th January 2015
Anthony Goodwin enjoyed success at the North West Open, played on the courts of the Manchester Y Club on the 17th and 18th of January 2015. In the Singles, after a 1st round defeat by last year's schoolboys Doubles champion, Ollie Arnold, Anthony reached the final of the Plate, where he lost 4-15 to the current Captain of Cambridge University, Jacob Brubert.
In the Doubles Anthony and Robert Whitehorn won the Plate for the second year running - and for Anthony a third time in 4 years. In the first round they had lost to Ben Beltrami & Tom Dean, both champions in their own right, but in the final of the Plate Anthony and Robert beat the very experienced pair from the West Country Jim Hughes & Alex Rew 15-10.
Lawrence Taylor, Bally Singh and Richard Christie also competed in this tournament, which attracted 7 top ten players.
West of England Schools at SherborneDate: Saturday/Sunday 3rd/4th January 2015
A very good weekend for the 12 boys who represented DerbyMoorFives at the West of England Schools Championships at Sherborne School in Dorset.
John Halligan and Rob Whitehorn won the U18 Doubles title, beating Winchester I in the semi-final and St. Paul’s I in the final. This is their second victory in a schoolboy event, after winning the National Winchester Doubles in November. It is the Club’s second time of winning the title since Anthony Goodwin & Max Frost won it in 2010.
In addition Craig Baxter and his partner Matt Blunden won the Doubles Plate.
Other pairs representing the Club were Jai & Bally Singh (quarter-finalists), Lawrence Taylor & Ashley Timney, Sam Johnson & Lewis Keates, plus Hasan Rehman & Adam Ali in the U16 section.
In the Singles Rob Whitehorn, seeded One, was runner-up. Jai Singh and John Halligan were quarter-finalists.
President's CupDate: Sunday 14th December 2014 at Merchant Taylor's, Northwood
Five members of DerbyMoorFives competed in the President's Cup this year. Jeremy Stubbs, a previous winner of the event, came over from France to pair up with up-and-coming player Theo Parker. Lawrence Taylor, partnering Andy Pringle, had the experience and pleasure of facing 8-times National Doubles champion Robin Perry, the player with the hardest serve in fives. Richard Christie, paired with Ed Hawke, reached the final of the Love Mug. Anthony Goodwin, playing with Andy Passey, got to the semi-final of the main competition, then lost in the final of the Mate's Plate to undisputed British Number One Will Ellison and his partner Mark Kiteley. Highlight of the day was 17-year-old Robert Whitehorn (serving to Richard Christie in a first round match) reaching the final of the main competition, partnered by top 10 player Tom Maconie. There they lost to the highly fancied pairing of Matt Cavanagh (twice National Singles champion) and Bruce Hanton, multiple Veterans Doubles champion. No disgrace there!
National Singles FinalsDate: Saturday 6th December 2014
Anthony Goodwin played in the final rounds of the National Singles at the Manchester Y Club. In his first round he met the defending champion Dan Tristao, losing by a very creditable 7-15, 4-15. In the Plate Anthony beat Gareth Price 15-11; then in the semi-final he lost 9-15 to eventual runner-up Marcus Bate. Invaluable experience for Anthony and a boost to his national ranking no doubt.
DMF Juniors v. Bedford School (a)Date: Saturday 6th December 2014 at 1pm
On Saturday December 6th a Junior VIII went to Bedford School for a friendly. After some one-sided singles Craig Baxter and Jai Singh dropped out and played a three-game Singles match. Meanwhile Lawrence Taylor & Hasan Rehman, Lewis Keates and Usman Hussain, and Talha Rathor & Dean Ali played a variety of Singles and Doubles, with Bedford winning by 72-68 or DMF winning by 83-72 if we count Hasan's Singles win by 15-0.
DMF v. Cambridge University VI (a)Date: Thursday 27th November 2014 at 7pm
Stuart Kirby, Richard Christie, Brian Kirk, Rob Whitehorn, Anthony Goodwin and John Halligan travelled to Cambridge for a friendly
Senior DMF and Rugby School 1st IV Coaching SessionDate: Thursday 20th November at Rugby
Lewis Keates, Richard Christie, James Milnes and Anthony Goodwin went to Rugby School for a coaching session with the boys.
National Singles QualifyingDate: Saturday/Sunday 15/16th November at Cambridge University
Anthony Goodwin has become the first Derby Moor player to reach the finals of the National Singles. In the Eastern Region Qualifying round held at Cambridge Anthony beat players from the University and from the Cambridge City Club to qualifying for the finals, to be held at the Manchester Y Club. In the first round Anthony has drawn the defending champion Dan Tristao!
DMF vs Old Bedford Modernians (a)Date: Sunday 9th November at 3:00pm
Schools' Winchester Fives DoublesDate: Sunday 9th November at Winchester College
Jai Singh & Lawrence Taylor, John Halligan & Robert Whitehorn and Matt Blunden & Bally Singh played in the competition at Winchester. John and Robert won the competition. They were seeded Number 1 and beat Winchester I (seeded 4) in the semi-final comfortably in straight games, then beat St. Paul's I (seeded 2) 15-6, 15-13 in the final.
Matt Blunden and Bally Singh lost in the final of the plate.
Eton Fives Midlands CompetitionDate: Saturday/Sunday 1st/2nd November at Repton
Three pairs entered this Eton Fives competition held at Repton: Emily O'Malley and Stuart Kirby, Lewis Keates and Sam Johnson and Rob Whitehorn and Brian Kirk. All three pairs lost in the early rounds and headed for the Festival Plate registering some wins but no silverware. Rob and Brian beat the other two Derby Moor pairs in the round robin held on Sunday. A very enjoyable day.
West of England Open DoublesDate: Sunday 26th October 2014 at Bristol
Richard Christie and Anthony Goodwin took Bally Singh, Robert Whitehorn, Lawrence Taylor and Jai Singh to play in the Doubles at the West of England Open Championships at Clifton College. Lawrence & Jai did increasingly well in the Plate as they acclimatised to the courts; Bally Singh gained very useful experience as the youngest players competing, partnering Richard. After a hard tussle in the first round of the main competition with Jacob Brubert and Adam George, Anthony & Robert won all their Plate matches bar one. In the Plate final Anthony and Robert just could not produce enough winners to beat the immensely experienced Marcus Bate (a multiple Doubles champion himself) and Old Bradfieldian Jez Sinton.
The Lady's (Doubles) CupDate: Saturday 18th October 2014 at Cambridge
Lewis Keates, Emily O'Malley and Hasan Rehman played in the inaugural Lady's Cup at Cambridge University. Hasan paired up with a total beginner from the University and together they reached the semi-final of the main competition, having narrowly beaten Lewis and Emily in their pool match. Hasan and partner lost to the eventual runners-up in the competition. Lewis and Emily meanwhile reached the final of the Plate, where they came up against the National Ladies Singles and Doubles champion, Kathleen Briedenhann, and her beginner partner. After amassing a 7-0 lead Lewis and Emily were overhauled by the experienced Kathleen and partner, to lose 15-8. They received 'I love Paris' plates as trophies!
Yorkshire Open at GiggleswickDate: Saturday 11th October 2014
Richard Christie and John Halligan followed in the footsteps of various DerbyMoorFives players this weekend in winning the Doubles Plate at the Yorkshire Open, played at Giggleswick School.
Drawn in the first round against defending champions and eventual winners Hamish Buchanan and Will Ellison they duly entered the Plate competition along with Craig Baxter and Lawrence Taylor, who also had the misfortune to be drawn in the first round against Dan Tristao and Gareth Price, second seeds and eventual runners-up in the main competition.
In the Plate competition, conducted on a round-robin basis, Craig and Lawrence eventually came third, while Richard and John went on to meet old hands Bob Sandie and Wayne Harrison in the final, winning 16-15! They thus win the T. Ian Roberts Plate.
South West OpenDate: Saturday 12th July 2014
Five players entered the South West Open at Blundell's School, Tiverton. Stuart Kirby won the Singles Plate, beating John Halligan in the final. John had beaten ex-President of the RFA Dick Warner in his semi-final. Stuart and Anthony Goodwin then won the Doubles Plate, beating James Milnes & John in the semi-final and Alexandra Steel & Daniel Hill in the final. Brian Kirk also played, partnering Keith Kennerley.
11th Derby Moor Invitation DoublesDate: 29th June 2014
Ten pairs contested the 11th Derby Moor Invitation Doubles. Sadly, this year no Bob Sandie (due to injury) or Dickie Warner (due to a communications cock-up) to enliven proceedings but an ever stronger group of youngsters from the home club. Previous winners Ashley Hill and Matt Orr back from the Army and university respectively, Jay Gravatt in graduation mode from Durham, and regulars Grem McIntyre, John Hawke, Tim Widdop (Halifax), Brian Nithsdale, Wayne Harrison (Manchester), Trevor White (Rugby, sadly injured in his first game) and newcomer Mark Kiteley (Bedford) to add experience to the mix. Brian Kirk had paired people up à la President’s Cup with, where possible, a guest paired with a Derby player, to ensure close matches in the early stages and some spice in the Plate. The four seeded pairs went through to the semi-finals as expected. There last year’s winner Anthony Goodwin & Brian Nithsdale beat Wayne Harrison & Jai Singh, while in the other semi Ashley Hill & Tim Widdop were too strong for Jay Gravatt & Craig Baxter. The final proved to be probably the longest yet and perhaps the best we have seen: it took a good one and a half hours, went to three games and saw hard-hitting Ashley and rather subtler Tim win 15-3, 14-16, securing victory in the third, 15-12. It is often said modern young players “hit the skin off the ball” and this was certainly the case in the final during which the ball had to be repaired or replaced four times due to splitting seams. As if they hadn’t had enough Fives, Jay & Craig and Jai & Wayne decided to have a third place play-off, with Jay & Craig winning through – Jay got the beer, Craig got the Mars Bar! As ever the Plate proved exciting, with two pools of 3 leading to a final between Stuart Kirby & Mark Kiteley, now playing regularly with the new Cambridge City Club, against Matt Orr & Bally Singh. Experience overcame youth, with Kirby and Kiteley winning 11-7, 12-11 and taking the one boule that had been returned from last year! A brilliant day’s Fives, with the usual warm weather (bar a ten-minute downpour!) and food to feed an army.
National Veterans Championships venue OundleDate: 26/27th April 2014
Stuart Kirby, Richard Christie and Jeremy Stubbs took part in the singles on Saturday with Stuart being knocked out in the semi-final by Hamish Buchanan. Richard and Jeremy ended up in the plate with Richard being knocked out in the semi-final. In the doubles on Sunday, Stuart and Richard were knocked out in the semi-final by Hamish Buchanan and Bruce Hanton 15-3 15-7. Jeremy Stubbs (with Angus Hanton) and Brian Kirk (with Keith Kennerley) ended up in the plate.
Wood Cup FinalsDate: Saturday and Sunday 12/13 April 2014
Anthony Goodwin, Stuart Kirby, Richard Christie and Lawrence Taylor travelled to St. Paul's in London to play St. Paul's II. After the singles they were 42-17 down with only Anthony registering an 11-9 win against Parker. After the doulbes, the score was 131-66 to St. Paul's who progressed to the next round.
National Schools Championships at St. Paul'sDate: Thursday to Sunday 3/6th April 2014
At the National Schools Fives competition at St. Paul's School, Barnes, Jai Singh won the U18 Singles Plate for first-round losers. In the final Jai largely outplayed, outlasted and out-thought his older, stronger and more experienced opponent from Rugby School 11-7, 12-10.
In the main U18 competition Robert Whitehorn, seeded 4, lost in the semi-final of the Singles to the favourite and eventual winner.
In the U18 Doubles Plate Robert Whitehorn & Rob Christie were runners-up; Jai Singh & David Johnson reached the semi final.
Matt Blunden and Craig Baxter also competed in this age-group.
In the U16 Singles John Halligan lost in the quarter-finals to the eventual runner-up from St. Paul's. And in the U16 Doubles John Halligan & Balraj Singh lost in the quarter-finals to the eventual runners-up, again from St. Paul's.
National Vintage Championships at CambridgeDate: Sunday 23rd March 2014
In the absence of tournament organiser Brian Kirk on business, Stuart Kirby was the only representative from the Club playing in the National Vintage Championships at Cambridge. Stuart came second in his Singles pool, losing only by 15-16 to the defending champion Wayne Enstone in the process. Stuart went out of the Singles competition at the semi-final stage, losing to the eventual winner, Ian Fuller. In the Doubles Stuart teamed up with Brian Nithsdale and together they progressed to the final, where they lost to number one seeds Wayne Enstone & Ian Fuller.
Winchester Doubles at BradfieldDate: Sunday 16th March 2014
DMF Juniors (U16) v. Malvern (h)Date: Thursday 13th March 2014 Time: 3:30pm
A Derby Moor Fives U16 IV beat Malvern College U16s by 116-55. John Halligan, Bally Singh, Sam Johnson and Lewis Keates each won their Singles match, which gave the IV a lead of 44-20. They then increased this lead in the Doubles by winning 6 out of 8 matches.
Ladies Winchester Fives Championship at BradfieldDate: Sunday 9th March 2014
Junior VI Match versus Sedburgh at DenstoneDate: Saturday 8th March 2014
In a match played on the courts at Denstone a Junior VI of Lawrence Taylor, David Johnson, John Halligan, Bally Singh, Sam Johnson and Lewis Keates lost narrowly to a VI from Sedbergh. 20 points down after the Singles, where only Bally won -- though both Lawrence and Lewis did well to get to 10-all --, the three Derby Moor pairs managed to claw back sufficient points in the Doubles to make everything depend on the last game, which was between John & Bally and the Sedbergh 1st pair. The Sedbergh pair won 11-5 and Sedbergh took the match by 7 points, with a final score of 142-135.
North of England Doubles at Durham UniversityDate: Sunday 2nd March 2014
Midlands Schools Regional Championship at Bedford and Bedford ModernDate: Sunday 9th February 2014
Robert Whitehorn retained his U18 Singles title, beating fellow Derby Moor player Rob Christie 15-10 in the finaL. Robert is U17, so will be looking to complete the hat-trick next year.
Whitehorn and Christie (Derby Moor I) retained the U18 Doubles title, beating Derby Moor II (Craig Baxter & Jai Singh) 15-11 in the final. Derby Moor III (John Halligan & Bally Singh) were semi-finalists.
In the U15 Singles Hasan Rehman reached the quarter-finals and Hasan Rehman & Adam Ali were runners-up in the U15 Doubles, losing 15-8 to Rugby I, after being 8-8 at one stage.
Also competed: U18 Lewis Keates and Sam Johnson: U15 Callum Boyle and Alec Taylor-Durant.
National Under-25s CompetitionDate: Saturday 8th February 2014
Anthony and Jimmy Goodwin entered the singles but both ended up in the plate competition. Anthony won all of his initial pool games and progressed into the knock-out stage. He lost in the semi-final 15-12 to the eventual winner R. Russell.
DMF Juniors (U16) v. Rugby School (h)Date: Sunday 2nd February 2014
A very unusual result in this match -- a tie at 111-111. In the Singles John Halligan and Sam Johnson won comfortably to help the Derby Moor U16 IV to a lead of three points. Rugby came back a little in the first round of Doubles to reverse the situation and lead by four points. That meant that, in the second round of Doubles, John and Bally Singh had to beat the Rugby second pair heavily, which they did by 15-2, 15-1, leaving Lewis Keates and Sam to steal 7 points off the Rugby first pair. This they in turn did: 4-15, 3-15. So the lads learned just how vital points are in matchplay. Next week it's a tournament, the Midlands Schools Singles and Doubles, where the emphasis is on winning games not points.
DMF v Jesters (h)Date: 01-02-2014, Time: 1pm
Stuart Kirby and Richard Christie plus Rob Whitehorn and Rob Christie played Charlie Brooks and Matt Orr plus James Tilston and Ben Hale on a cold windy afternoon. Matt Orr was filling in for an absent Jesters player. After the singles we were 4 points up and extended this in the doubles to 10 points winning 149 - 139.
DMF/RFA v. Cambridge University (a)Date: 25-01-2014, Time: 11:00am
Five Derby Moor members played for the RFA in this fixture: Stuart Kirby, Richard Christie, Brian Kirk, Bally Singh and Lawrence Taylor, plus Andrew Meek. The match consisted of Doubles only and resulted in a victory for Cambridge by 136-108. Playing for Cambridge were Jack Malde and Jacob Brubert, Jacob Ader and Richard Law, and Wilson Lau and Olly Layton.
DMF Juniors (U18) v. Rugby School (a)Date: Thursday 23rd January 2014, Time: 6:30pm
A great win for Robert Whitehorn, Rob Christie, Jai Singh and Craig Baxter in the evening match played at Rugby. After the Singles DMF were up by 13 points, especially thanks to an 11-2 win by Craig playing at Nr 4. The first round of Doubles just went Rugby's way, and they then made up some more ground by beating Rob & Robert 11-6, which left Jai & Craig to score 7 points in the final game to win the match. This they did, winning 11-8. Overall score 92-84.
North West Open Doubles at Y ClubDate: Sunday 19th January 2014
Anthony Goodwin partnered Rob Whitehorn and John Halligan partered Stuart Kirby. They were both knocked out of the main competition in the second round, with Anthony and Rob losing to Dan Grant and Tim Widdop in a three game struggle. The two Derby Moor pairs met in the final of the Plate with Anthony and Rob winning 15-7.
West of England Schools Championships at SherborneDate: Saturday/Sunday 4/5th January 2014
Rob Christie, Rob Whitehorn, Matt Blunden, Jai Singh, Craig Baxter, Ashley Timney, David Johnson, Tom Corpe, Lawrence Taylor and Sam Johnson competed in the U18s with Bally Singh and John Halligan in the U16s.
President's Cup at Merchant Taylors'Date: Sunday, 15th December 2013
Due to illness we had a reduced presence at this year's competition. Anthony Goodwin, Jeremy Stubbs and Chris Davey participated but no silverware this year!
Junior VIII v. Bedford School (a)Date: 07-12-2013, Time: 1.30pm
The U18 IV and the U16 IV both recorded heavy wins. The U18 team, consisting of Rob Christie, Craig Baxter, John Halligan and Tom Corpe, won all four singles matches and then all eight doubles games, including an exciting 16-15, to record a victory by 165-70.
In the adjoining courts Bally Singh, Sam Johnson, Lewis Keates and Adam Ali racked up a similar victory by 157-55.
DMF VI v. Cambridge University (a)Date: 28-11-2013, Time: 7:00pm
A DMF VI consisting of Stuart & Anthony, Rob Christie & Brian, David Johnson & Jai Singh beat their Cambridge counterparts by 176-165.
DMF/RFA v. Old Bedford Modernians (a)Date: 24-11-2013, Time: 2.30pm
Playing as the RFA, Brian Kirk, Stuart Kirby, Richard Christie and Rob Christie played Stuart Endersby, Mark Kitely, Phil Atkinson and Chris Ryan and won 104 - 86.
Derby Moor entry to Eastern Region National Singles QualifiersDate: 16-11-2013, Time: All day
John Halligan, Jai Singh and Bally Singh went to the Eastern Region National Singles Qualifying tournament. John beat Jai in the final of the plate 15-13 after a dour battle.
Derby Moor entry to National Winchester U18 Schools TournamentDate: 9-11-2013, Time: All day
Six players from Derby Moor Juniors competed at Winchester: Jai Singh, Craig Baxter, Matt Blunden, John Halligan, Rob Christie and Rob Whitehorn.
Rob and Rob reached the semi-final of the main competition, losing to the runners-up from St. Paul's School.
John (U16) and Jai (U17) won the Plate competition for 1st and 2nd round losers.
Derby Moor entry to Midlands Eton CompetitionDate: 2/3-11-2013, Time: All day
Lewis Keates, Sam Johnson, Richard Christie, Chris Davey and Emily O'Mally entered this competition at Repton. Richard and Chris won the Festival Plate.
Derby Moor entry to Owers TrophyDate: 28/29-09-2013, Time: 1.30pm
Anthony Goodwin, Max Frost, Jimmy Goodwin and Rob Christie played at St. Paul's as Derby Moor in this Ex pupils competition and won the plate in what the organiser said was the finest entry ever.
10th Derby Moor Invitation DoublesDate: 30-06-2013, Time: all day, Location: Denstone
Fourteen pairs competed this year. Anthony Goodwin and Bob Sandie won the main competition beating Jay Gravatt and Rob Christie in the final. Richard Christie and Jai Singh won the Plate; Hamish Buchanan and Craig Baxter won the Festival Plate. Dick Warner and Robert Whitehorn won the third place play-off.
Wood Cup Club Knockout Quarter final...Date: 13-04-2013, Time: all day, Location: St. Paul's
Stuart Kirby, Richard Christie, Max Frost & Anthony Goodwin lost 68-126 versus the Alleyn Old Boys, who included Hamish Buchanan, Bruce Hanton & Inigo Ackland
National Schools Fives ChampionshipsDate: 01-04-2013, Time: 4 days, Location: St. Paul's
Matt Blunden and Robert Whitehorn won the National U16 Doubles. In the final Matt & Robert beat the pair from St. Paul's 12-11, 12-11. Robert Whitehorn also won the National U16 Singles title the same day, beating the West of England Schools champion from Winchester College 11-8, 11-9. Jai Singh and Craig Baxter were runners-up in the U16 Plate Doubles competition. Craig was also runner-up last year (a year young) with Matt Blunden. Bally Singh did very well a year young, reaching the semi-final of the U16 Singles 2nd Plate. Bally and his partner John Halligan had some good results in the pool section, in both singles and doubles. Rob Christie played, singles only, in the U18 section - getting experience for next year when he will have a doubles partner in his age group.
National Winchester Fives DoublesDate: 17-03-2013 Time: all day Location: Malvern
Max Frost & Anthony Goodwin won the Plate.
Midlands Schools TournamentDate: 17-03-2013, Time: all day, Location: Bedford and Bedford Modern
Robert Whitehorn won the U18 Singles, beating the Bedford School Number One in the final. Robert is actually under 16. Robert & Rob Christie (U17) teamed up to win the Doubles, which was played against Bedford II.
In the U15 competitions John Halligan was runner-up in both the Singles (losing to the Rugby School Number One) and the Doubles, where he was partnered by Bally Singh. The winners were Rugby I.
Sam Johnson & Lewis Keates (Derby Moor II) won the U15 Doubles Plate.
Other competitors were Craig Baxter (semi-finalist in the Singles), Jai Singh, Matt Blunden and David Johnson in the U18s. Hasan Rehman and Adam Ali played in the U15s, their first experience of tournament play.
National U13 ChampionshipDate: 17-03-2013, Time: all day, Location: St. Paul's
We entered no competitors this year.
Junior 1st IV v. Sedbergh (h)Date: 16-03-2013, Time: 2 pm, Location: Denstone
We played the Sedbergh School 1st IV on tour at Denstone. Big victories by Stuart Kirby and Mike Baxter gave Derby Moor a lead of 9 points after the singles, but Sedbergh came back in the doubles, particularly against a very rusty-looking Rob Christie and Lawrence Taylor, to win the match by 101-82.
UK Wallball 2013Date: 24-02-2013, Time: all day, Location: Merchant Taylors'
Anthony Goodwin & Mike Baxter were runners-up in the U21 Doubles
National U25sDate: 09-02-2013, Time: all day, Location: Oundle
Anthony Goodwin & Max Frost, Jimmy Goodwin & Mike Baxter to compete: Singles Saturday, Doubles Sunday.
U16 VI v. Rugby School (h)Date: 03-02-2013, Time: 2.00pm, Location: At Denstone
Rugby won 171-149
DMF/RFA v. Cambridge University (a)Date: 27-01-2013, Time: 2 pm, Location: Oundle
4, 6 or 8 depending
Junior 1st IV v. Rugby School (a)Date: 24-01-2013, Time: 6.30pm, Location: Rugby
Rob Christie & Craig Baxter and John Halligan & Lawrence Taylor lost 62-122. Only Rob had any success in the Singles, losing 10-12 to the Rugby Number One. Rob & Craig won 3 of their four doubles but John & Lawrence were outpowered in all games by older opponents.
North West Open DoublesDate: 20-01-2013, Time: all day, Location: Manchester Y Club
Brian Kirk & Richard Christie, Max Frost & Anthony Goodwin competed. Brian & Richard lost 10-12, 10-12 to Kennerley and R. Wyatt-Haines. Max & Anthony went out to winners Ellison & Minta, then won the Doubles Plate, beating the 1st pair from sedbergh School.
President's CupDate: 16-12-2012, Time: all day, Location: Merchant Taylors'
Jeremy Stubbs won, playing with the country's top-ranked doubles player Will Ellison. In the final they beat Dan Grant and Keith Kennerley. Jeremy becomes Derby Moor Fives' third player in 4 years to win the President's Cup, after Clive Butler (2010) and Rob Grey (2009), both with John Minta. Brian Kirk also competed, drawn to partner Andy Pringle.
Junior IV v. Denstone (a)Date: 12-12-2012, Time: 4pm, Location: Denstone
A DMF Junior IV of Ashley Timney & Lawrence Taylor, John Halligan & Bally Singh beat a Denstone IV coached by Anthony Goodwin by 148-62 at Denstone. They won six of the eight Singles and then all of their five Doubles.
Junior IV v. Bedford School (a)Date: 08-12-2012, Time: 1 pm, Location: Bedford School
The Junior 1st IV, consisting of Rob Christie, Craig Baxter, Jai Singh and Lawrence Taylor, did well in losing to their much older, U18 opponents by 67-137, while the U15 IV of John Halligan, Bally Singh, Sam Johnson and Lewis Keates overwhelmed their less experienced opponents by 148-14. Overall score: DMF 215; Bedford School 151.
Junior VIII v. Oundle School (a)Date: 02-12-2012, Time: 10.30, Location: Oundle School
A Junior 1st IV of Rob Christie, Craig Baxter, Ashley Timney and Lawrence Taylor won 125-58, losing just three games narrowly out of 12. The Junior 2nd IV of John Halligan, David Johnson, Sam Johnson and Lewis Keates won a close match 97-88. Sam & Lewis held their own while John and David built up winning scores at 1st pair. Next match versus Bedford School (a) on December 8th. The opposition will be tougher!
DMF v. Cambridge University (a)Date: 17-11-2012, Time: 11 am, Location: Oundle
Richard Christie, Rob Christie, Craig Baxter and Sam Johnson were 44-41 up after the Singles, then increased their lead by 10 points in the Doubles. The highlight was the 14-16,14-16 match lost by Rob & Craig against Robert Mathias & Wilson Lau. Will Sloper also played for Cambridge, while both Sam and David Johnson both guested for them.
DMF versus Old Bedford Modernians (a)Date: 11-11-2012, Time: 2 pm, Location: Bedford Modern School
Richard Christie & Brian Kirk lost to Phil Atkinson & Chris Ryan 12-15, 14-16; beat Mark Kiteley & Ian Corby 15-11, 15-2. Stuart Kirby & Jonny Lee beat Atkinson & Ryan 15-11, 15-9; beat Kiteley & Corby 15-4, 15-2. Match Result: DMF beat Old BMS 116-70
Midlands Eton Fives TournamentDate: 04-11-2012, Time: all day, Location: Repton School
Brian Kirk & Richard Christie, Stuart Kirby (& Ralph Morgan) competed but no silverware!
West of England OpenDate: 28-10-2012, Time: Saturday & Sunday, Location: Bristol
Anthony Goodwin & Max Frost playing in the Doubles, Anthony in the Singles.
Yorkshire Open DoublesDate: 13-10-2012, Time: all day, Location: Giggleswick
Stuart Kirby & Richard Christie lost in the Plate final 15-16, 12-15 to Dick Warner & Jay Gravatt. Rob Christie & Craig Baxter also competed.
Owers Trophy for Old Boys fivesDate: 29-09-2012, Time: all day, Location: St. Paul's, Barnes
Anthony Goodwin, Max Frost, Jimmy Goodwin and Mike Baxter competed, losing in the main competition to Old Paulines II and the Alleyn Old Boys. In the Plate final they lost to the Old Bradfieldians.
9th Derby Moor Invitation DoublesDate: 24-06-2012, Time: from 10 am, Location: Derby Moor Community Sports College
Final: Mike Baxter & Jay Gravatt beat Richard Christie & Bob Sandie. 3rd Place play-off: Jimmy Goodwin & Jonathan lee beat Stuart Kirby & John Hawke. Plate: Anthony Goodwin & Paul McIntyre beat Robert Whitehorn & Charles Robinson. Those playing : Jay Gravatt, John Hawke, Paul McIntyre, Michael Case, Richard Christie, Stuart Kirby, Rob Christie, Anthony Goodwin, Jimmy Goodwin, Mike Baxter, Craig Baxter, Robert Whitehorn, Lawrence Taylor, Ashley Timney, Brian Kirk, Charles Robinson, Jonathan Lee, Oliver Woodhouse, Bob Sandie, Grem McIntyre (20).
Veterans Singles and DoublesDate: 22-04-2012, Time: all weekend, Location: Horsham, Christ's Hospital
Stuart Kirby, Richard Christie, Brian Kirk & Jeremy Stubbs played. Stuart won the Singles Plate, beating Angus Hanton 15-2 in the final. Richard Christie only just lost to Hanton, 13-15, in the semi-final. Brian Kirk reached the Plate Doubles final with Keith Kennerley.
National Club Knock-out...Date: 14-04-2012, Time: all day, Location: St. Paul's, Barnes
Derby Moor beat the Halifax White Rose Club at home to go through to the quarter-finals in London. There a team of Stuart Kirby & Max Frost, Richard Christie & Luke Thomson beat the Wessex Club by 93-91 before losing the semi-final to the Manchester Y Club by 125-73.
National SchoolsDate: 30-03-2012, Time: 4 days, Location: St. Paul's
Max Frost & Mike Baxter runners-up in the Open Doubles, losing to St. Paul's I. Max Frost reached last eight of the Open Singles, losing to Russell of St. Paul's. Rob Christie and Robert Whitehorn both reached the last 16 of the U16 Singles and together they reached the semi-final of the Doubles, losing to St. Paul's II. Craig Baxter & Matt Blunden (a year young)reached the final of the U16 Doubles Plate, losing 12-15 to Whitgift I. Bally Singh & John Halligan, Sam Johnson & Lewis Keates played in the U14 Singles and Doubles.
Wood Cup: DMF v. White Rose Club (h)Date: 24-03-2012, Time: 1.30, Location: Derby Moor
Victory by 133-98 against the White Rose Club from Halifax. Stuart Kirby and Richard Christie, Max Frost and Jimmy Goodwin (deputising for Mike Baxter) won two of the four Singles, then five of the eight Doubles to come home comfortably against strong opposition that included multiple national champion Neil Roberts. Next opponents, in London, the Wessex Club.
U14 IV v. Oundle (h)Date: 18-03-2012, Time: 2.00pm, Location: Derby Moor
Match cancelled. Oundle unable to raise a IV.
v. RFA (h)Date: 04-03-2012, Time: 2.30, Location: Derby Moor
1st ever RFA v. DMF fixture, moved from the day before. Lost 68-121. Richard Christie & Mike Baxter had close tussles with Tim Widdop & Tony Burrows, then with Bob Sandie & Rob Ross, while Rob Christie & Robert Whitehorn found the going rather hard playing against adults. Craig Baxter filled in for Tony Burrows at the turn.
Tour to TonbridgeDate: 26-02-2012, Time: weekend, Location: Tonbridge School
On their weekend tour to Tonbridge the DMF Junior IV of Rob Christie, Robert Whitehorn, Matt Blunden and Craig Baxter beat the Tonbridge U15 IV by 156 points to 79. They won three of the four singles to establish a lead of 56-35, then won seven of the eight doubles.
v. Jesters (h)Date: 18-02-2012, Time: 11.00, Location: Derby Moor
Postponed from January. Charlie Brooks brought a IV including Dan Tristao, Gareth Price and Mark Yates, for the first-ever fixture versus the Jesters. Stuart Kirby, Richard Christie, Jimmy Goodwin and Mike Baxter played for DMF. Just 7 points separated the sides after the Singles, where Richard Christie recorded our one win. In the Doubles Max Frost had to sub for Mark Yates, who twisted an ankle early on. The scores in the Doubles were 89-114 to the Jesters. Charlie Brooks said he had never played in a match with so many drop shots!
U15 IV v. Rugby (h)Date: 05-02-2012, Time: 2.30, Location: Derby Moor
Matt, Robert & co.
North West Open DoublesDate: 22-01-2012, Time: all day, Location: Manchester Y Club
Richard Christie & Rob Christie, Max Frost & Jay Gravatt, Stuart Kirby & Ady Lee competed. Max and Jay reached the Plate final, losing to Neil Roberts & John Beswick.
DMF/RFA v. Cambridge University (a)Date: 21-01-2012, Time: 11.00, Location: Oundle
Lost 98-162, playing as the RFA. Max Frost, Anthony Goodwin, Mike Baxter and Jimmy Goodwin were 28-52 behind after the Singles, despite Anthony's excellent win at Nr 2 against Cambridge captain Elliott Malone. In the Doubles Brian Kirk teamed up with Jimmy for all 4 games; Max (with an increasingly bruised hand) and Anthony played two games together against Kay & Malone; and Mike joined Anthony for the final two games against Malde & Lane, which they won 15-13, 15-7
U18 IV v. Rugby (a)Date: 19-01-2012, Time: 6.30, Location: Rugby
Victory in this first ever U18 match against Rugby School (away). Max Frost and Mike Baxter won all ten of their Singles and Doubles by 67-23. Jimmy Goodwin and Rob Christie won 62-40. They enjoyed the rigatoni bolognese and a doughnut afterwards!
West of England SchoolsDate: 07-01-2012, Time: two days, Location: Sherborne
Rob & Robert, Craig & Matt, Jai & Ashley, Bally & John to compete
President's CupDate: 11-12-2011, Time: all day, Location: Merchant Taylors'
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) in the Final.
Junior VIII v. Bedford School (a)Date: 10-12-2011, Time: 1.30 pm, Location: 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 (a)Date: 27-11-2011, Time: 10.30, Location: Oundle School
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.
v. Cambridge UniversityDate: 19-11-2011, Time: 11.00 am, Location: 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 (a)Date: 10-11-2011, Time: 6.30, Location: Rugby
Rob C, Matt Blunden, Mike Baxter, Craig Baxter and Jai Singh played. The result was a tie, 93-93.
Schools Winchester DoublesDate: 06-11-2011, Time: All day, Location: 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/f 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. Jimmy & Mike lost the final comfortably, 2-15, 5-15 to St. Paul's I, the clear
West of England DoublesDate: 23-10-2011, Time: all day, Location: 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.
Yorkshire Open DoublesDate: 16-10-2011, Time: all day, Location: Giggleswick
Stuart Kirby & Richard Christie, Clive Butler & Brian Kirk, Max Frost & Jay Gravatt, Mike Baxter & Jimmy Goodwin, plus Rob Christie (playing with Grem McIntyre) competed. Max & Jay won the Plate, beating Jimmy & Michael in the semi-final and then Stuart & Richard in the final by 10-12, 11-1, 11-6.
U15s v. Denstone 1st VIDate: 12-10-2011, Time: 4.00pm, Location: Denstone College
Matt Blunden & Craig Baxter, Ashley Timney & Bradley Hudson, Jai Singh & Lawrence Taylor (all year 10) beat Denstone College Ist VI (a) by 145-127. The much older boys of Denstone College who are now being coached once a week by Anthony Goodwin. 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 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.
Owers TrophyDate: 01-10-2011, Time: all day, Location: St. Paul's
Max Frost, Anthony Goodwin, Jimmy Goodwin and Michael Baxter to represent the DM Old Boys
v. Halifax White Rose ClubDate: 18-09-2011, Time: 10.30, Location: 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 Club was represented by Tim Widdop, Paul Manning, Bob Sandie and Paul McIntyre.
London Open DoublesDate: 11-09-2011, Time: all day, Location: Alleyn's(?)
Max Frost & Anthony Goodwin, Richard Christie & Jay Gravatt to compete
South West Open DoublesDate: 09-07-2011, Time: all day, Location: Blundells
Max Frost paired up with Jay Gravatt and got to the 2nd round. Max also reached the second round of the Singles. Mike Baxter & Jimmy Goodwin reached the Final of the Plate Doubles where they lost to Wayne Enstone & Tim Watson 12-15
8th Derby Invitation TournamentDate: 19-06-2011, Time: all day, Location: Derby Moor Community Sports College
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-finalDate: 16-04-2011, Time: all day, Location: 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 ChampionshipDate: 10-04-2011, Time: all day, Location: 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 IIDate: 03-04-2011, Time: 10.30, Location: 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)Date: 02-04-2011, Time: 10.30 am, Location: 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.
National Schools Championships 2011Date: 28-03-2011, Time: 4 days, Location: St. Paul's
Success for DMF at the 2011 National Schools Fives Championships at St. Paul's. In the U14 Singles, both our players reached the final 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.
National Vintage Over 55sDate: 20-03-2011, Time: all day, Location: 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!
Winchester DoublesDate: 13-03-2011, Time: all day, Location: 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.
Junior IV v.Rugby SchoolDate: 06-03-2011, Time: 2.00, Location: Rugby School
Mike Baxter & Aaron Wheatley, Matt Blunden & Robert ??????? played in this first match against Rugby, with Rugby fielding their senior top pair and their U15 pair. Only Mike won his Singles, after which we found ourselves down 44-49. Matt had to drop out with a bad bruise, so Mike & Aaron played both Rugby pairs, notching up a 2 point lead. Overall match score: 82-85 to Rugby.
Junior IV v. Oundle U14s (h)Date: 23-01-2011, Time: 2.00, Location: Derby Moor
Craig Baxter, Ashley Timney, Sam Johnson and Lewis Keates suffered the narrowest of defeats in a match at Derby versus the Oundle U14 IV by 90-93. Craig and Ashley won their Singles, at the end of which Derby Moor had a lead of 2 points. Oundle then built a lead of just one point after the first round of Doubles and then increased it by another 2 to win the match by 3 points.
North West Open DoublesDate: 23-01-2011, Time: all day, Location: Manchester
Stuart Kirby & Brian 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)Date: 16-01-2011, Time: 11.00, Location: 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.
West of England SchoolsDate: 08-01-2011, Location: Sherborne
Max Frost runner-up U18 Singles; Max and Mike Baxter reach q/f of U18 Doubles. Rob Christie reaches q/f of U16 Singles; Rob and Robert Whitehorn reach semi-final of U16 Doubles. Jimmy Goodwin & Aaron Wheatley (U18) and Matt Blunden & Craig Baxter (U16) also compete.
President's CupDate: 12-12-2010, Time: all day, Location: Merchant Taylors'
Clive Butler won the event, partnering John Minta. Stuart Kirby won the T-Pot with Ady Lee. Max Frost reached the final of the T-Pot with Bhaswar Baral. Richard Christie was paired with Tony Hamilton.
Junior IV/VIII v. Bedford School (a)Date: 04-12-2010, Time: 2.00, Location: Bedford School
Cancelled due to adverse weather. To be rearranged.
Junior IV v. Radley College (h)Date: 28-11-2010, Time: 2.00, Location: Derby Moor
Our U14s beat Radley U14s by 131-114. Matt Blunden, Craig Baxter, Jai Singh and Bali Singh each won their Singles to give their side a lead of 44-15. With Matt and Craig dropping out alternately to allow Ashley Timney to play in the Doubles, Radley came back to win the Doubles by a small margin. Useful experience for our youngsters in winning enough points when it matters to gain an overall victory in a team game.
v. Cambridge University (a)Date: 20-11-2010, Time: 11 am, Location: Oundle
Rob ??????? & Richard Christie, Jimmy Goodwin & Mike Baxter, plus Clive Butler & Robert Whitehorn went down 78-174 against a Cambridge VI that consisted of Schools Champions Ed Kay & Tom Chase, plus Peter Judge & Fred Kelly, and Charles Compton & Tim Hennock.
North of England Winchester DoublesDate: 14-11-2010, Time: all day, Location: Sedbergh
Richard Christie & Clive Butler beat our own Rob Christe & Mike Baxter in the semi-final, and then they lost to John Minta & Bob Sandie in the Final, 6-15, 9-15.
Club Night at Rugby SchoolDate: 10-11-2010, Time: 7.15-9.00, Location: Rugby School
Stuart Kirby, Clive Butler, Richard Christie, Brian Kirk, Mike Baxter and Jimmy Goodwin to join Trevor White & Co. for Club evening on the new Rugby School courts
Junior IV v. Oundle (a)Date: 07-11-2010, Time: 10.30, Location: At Oundle School
A Junior IV of Craig Baxter, Ashley Timney, Sam Johnson and Lewis Keates beat the Oundle U14s 72-60. Craig and Ashley each won all three of their Singles and Doubles games; Sam won 2 out of 3; Lewis won 1 out of 3. Mike Baxter, Jimmy Goodwin, Rob Christie and Matt Blunden went along for a friendly against some of Oundle's older players. Overall they won 89-23
Midlands Eton Fives FestivalDate: 31-10-2010, Time: 2 days, Location: Repton
Stuart Kirby & Brian Kirk won the Festival Plate
West of England DoublesDate: 24-10-2010, Location: Bristol
Brian Kirk & Clive Butler, Max Frost & Anthony Goodwin competed while Richard Christie paired up with U14 champion Sam Wyatt-Haines. Brian & Clive lost to Pringle & Dean, while Max & Anthony gave John Minta & Ed Hatton a run for their money. Max & Anthony went on to win the Plate, their first piece of adult silverware, beating Maskell & Moger.
London Open DoublesDate: 19-09-2010, Time: all day, Location: Merchant Taylors'
Stuart Kirby & Richard Christie beaten in second round by Minta and Burrows; Max Frost & Anthony Goodwin lost to Grant and Lee, Jimmy Goodwin & Mike Baxter lost in the second round to the ultimate winners, Ellison and Mohammed. In the Plate Max and Anthony beat Malde and Ader, Kay and Ward and lost in the final 15-9 to Brooks and Bristow.
South West OpenDate: 10-07-2010, Time: all day, Location: Tiverton
Stuart Kirby & Richard Christie, Anthony Goodwin & Max Frost competed. Anthony & Max went out to Alveston & King, Stuart & Richard in 3 games to Rew & Hughes. Stuart & Richard went on to win the Plate.
Ingram CupDate: 03-07-2010, Time: all day, Location: Merchant Taylors', Northwood
Richard Christie, Brian Kirk, Clive Butler, Stuart Kirby, Max Frost competed. Max Frost won the Plate Final playing with Bhaswar Baral, beating Brian Kirk and his partner Jay Gravatt.
7th Derby Moor Invitation DoublesDate: 20-06-2010, Time: 10.30, Location: Littleover, Derby
Semi-finals: Enstone & Gravatt bt Christie & Christie 15-3, 15-6; Goodwin A & Frost bt Kirby & Widdop 15-10, 15-12 Final: Wayne Enstone & Jay Gravatt bt Anthony Goodwin & Max Frost 15-9, 15-3 Plate: Richard Christie & Craig Baxter bt Jimmy Goodwin & Mike Baxter 15-5
Winchester Mixed DoublesDate: 25-04-2010, Time: all day, Location: Bradfield
Emma Howie played this year with Andy Pringle. They lost in the final to Dan Grant & Claire Knowles.
Veterans' ChampionshipsDate: 10-04-2010, Time: all day, Location: Horsham
Stuart Kirby, Brian Kirk, Richard Christie and Jeremy Stubbs competed. Stuart won the play-off for third place in the Singles, beating John Walter
National Schools ChampionshipsDate: 29-03-2010, Time: 4 days, Location: St. Paul's
Max Frost and Anthony Goodwin reached the semi-final of the U18 Doubles, where they lost in 3 games to St. Paul's II. Max reached the Final of the U16 Singles, where he lost to the player from Bradfield whom he beat at the West of England Schools. Rob Christie reached the Final of the U14 Singles Plate, where he lost narrowly to an opponent from Sedbergh. Rob and Matt Blunden reached the Final of the U14 Doubles, where they lost to the strong favorites from Blundell's. Their opponents en route to the Final were Tonbridge, Whitgift, Winchester and the second favorites, St. Paul's.
Winchester DoublesDate: 14-03-2010, Time: all day, Location: Bradfield
No luck for Brian Kirk & Richard Christie, Stuart Kirby & Robert ??????.
National U13 ChampionshipsDate: 14-03-2010, Time: all day, Location: St. Paul's
Robert Whitehorn & Matt Blunden win U13 Doubles without conceding a game; Craig Baxter & Ashley Timney reach semi-final of the Doubles Plate. Robert Whitehorn is awarded third place trophy in the Singles. Matt Blunden gets most points off the eventual winner!
U14 IV v. Radley CollegeDate: 07-03-2010, Time: 2 pm, Location: Radley College
Rob Christie, Matt Blunden, Robert Whitehorn & Ashley Timney played some singles against two boys from the College and against the master in charge, Ed Brooke, ex-U25 National Champion. Then a variety of Doubles. No formal score kept. Useful practice for the next week's U13 championships.
West of England SchoolsDate: 13-02-2010, Time: Two days, Location: Sherborne
Postponed from January. To win the U16 Singles Max Frost beat the Sherborne Nr 1 (on his own court) 11-0, 11-0; the St. Paul's Nr 2 11-8, 11-2 and, in the Final, the Bradfield Nr 1 11-6, 1-11, 11-3. At the National Championships next month he will be seeded Nr 1. Our other two U16 players, Jimmy Goodwin and Mike Baxter, did very well. Jimmy lost 14-16 in the quarter-final (had he won that match he would have played Max) after beating the Winchester Nr 1. Mike was playing in his first tournament in his first year of fives: he beat the Nr 1 from Blundell's, then lost to the St. Paul's Nr 2. Together, in the U16 Doubles, Jimmy and Mike lost a three-game quarter-final thriller to the eventual winners: St. Paul's 1. There is no doubt Max and Jimmy would have won the competition if they had played together. However, Max played in the U18 age group with Anthony Goodwin. To win that competition they beat Winchester 1, St. Paul's 1 (most people's favorites) and, in the final, Christ's Hospital 1. Probably no one as young as Max has ever won the U18 Doubles. The two of them will be seeded Nr 1 at the National Championships. Anthony was disappointed to lose in the quarter-final of the U18 Singles to the Winchester Nr 1, having previously beaten the Marlborough Nr 1 and the Tonbridge Nr 1.
Junior IV v. Bedford School U15Date: 30-01-2010, Time: 2 pm, Location: Derby Moor
In the first visit of Bedford School to Derby Moor, a Derby Moor Junior IV of Michael Baxter, Rob Christie, Robert Whitehorn & Matt Blunden won 180-79. All four won their Singles comfortably to take a lead of 60-28; they then won 7 of the 8 Doubles, with Matt & Robert losing just the one game 15-16.
RFA/DMF v. Cambridge UniversityDate: 23-01-2010, Time: 11 am, Location: Oundle
Won 180-31. Anthony Goodwin & Max Frost, Richard Christie & Jimmy Goodwin all won their Singles comfortably (60-8), including Jimmy 15-0 in his first senior game. Richard & Jimmy had to work a little bit harder in their Doubles against Peter Gwynn & Fred Beardmore, but no problems at all for Max & Anthony.
National Doubles QualifyingDate: 09-01-2010, Time: all day, Location: Alleyn's
Brian Kirk & Richard Christie took Max Frost & Anthony Goodwin to compete, as the West of England Schools Championship at Sherborne was cancelled due to adverse weather. Max & Anthony lost to Pringle & Dean, who duly qualified; Brian & Richard lost to the eventual winners, Korris & Mohammed.
President's CupDate: 13-12-2009, Time: all day, Location: Merchant Taylors' Northwood
Robert Grey won the event, partnered by John Minta. In the Final they beat our own Max Frost (16!) and his partner, the England One-Wall Handball captain, Ady Lee, 15-7,15-8.
Junior VIII v. Bedford School (a)Date: 05-12-2009, Time: 1.45, Location: Bedford
Our 1st IV of Max Frost & Jimmy Goodwin, Mike Baxter & Danny Goodall won 81-75. Max and Jimmy won their Singles and Doubles comfortably; Mike and Danny gained enough points on very unfamiliar courts to keep us ahead. The 2nd IV of Rob Christie & Robert Whitehorn, Matt Blunden & Craig Baxter won 99-72, with victories in 3 out of 4 Singles. In the Doubles Matt & Craig (Year 8) did particularly well to take 21 points off two opponents in the Upper Sixth (Year 13)!
Junior VIII v. OundleDate: 29-11-2009, Time: 11 am, Location: Oundle
Lost 135-145 overall, but a win for the Senior IV of Anthony Goodwin & Max Frost, Jimmy Goodwin & Michael Baxter by 92-52. The Junior IV of Rob Chritie & Robert Whitehorn, Ashley Timney & Matthew Newstead lost their match 43-93. It was Ashley & Matthew's first competitive match, playing much bigger, older, stronger opponents. Anthony, Max, Jimmy and Rob all won their Singles. Anthony & Max, Jimmy & Mike, Rob & Robert won their Doubles.
DMF IV versus Manchester Y ClubDate: 22-11-2009, Time: 11 am, Location: Manchester
Brian Kirk & Richard Christie, Anthony Goodwin & Max Frost went. Ther Y Club could only raise 3 players: John Minta, Kevin Henry and Damian Connolly, so all games of Singles and Doubles were friendlies.
DMF VI v. Cambridge UniversityDate: 18-11-2009, Time: 7 pm, Location: Oundle
Stuart Kirby & Richard Christie, Anthony Goodwin & Max Frost, Brian Kirk & Rob Grey beat a Cambridge side consisting of Ladak, Malone, Compton, Hennock, Tunnard and Patel by 169-100. Stuart (1) & Max (4) won their Singles; Stuart & Richard won all 3 Doubles.
Midlands Eton Fives TournamentDate: 31-10-2009, Time: all day, Location: Repton
Stuart Kirby & Clive Butler, Richard Christie & Anthony Goodwin, Brian Kirk & Max Frost competed. Stuart & Clive reached the Final of the Festival (Plate) Tournament for the second year in a row, where they lost to two young ladies from the Eton-Fives playing community.
West of England DoublesDate: 25-10-2009, Location: Bristol
Brian Kirk & Richard Christie, Anthony Goodwin & Max Frost competed. Both won their preliminary round match. Brian & Richard went out in the next round to Furniss & Tristao, while Anthony & Max reached the quarter-final by beating locals Rew & Dunscombe. In the quarter-final they lost heavily to the eventiual winners, Ellison & Mohammed.
London DoublesDate: 13-08-2009, Location: Alleyn's School
Brian Kirk & Richard Christie lost in the second round to Dan Grant & Ady Lee; Anthony Goodwin teamed up with Jay Gravatt of KCS Wimbledon: they lost in Round 2 to the evntual winners, John Minta & Ed Fuller.
South West Open DoublesDate: 12-07-2009, Time: all day, Location: Blundells School, Tiverton
Brian Kirk & Richard Christie competed, going out in the 1st round to Hughes & Rew.
6th DerbyMoor Invitation Doubles TournamentDate: 28-06-2009, Time: all day, Location: Derby Moor, Littleover
Max Frost & Phil Bishop won the 'premier tournament in the Midlands', beating John Minta & Matt Orr 15-12, 15-0 in the final. The latter pair had had a hard semi-final against Richard Christie & Tim Widdop, and Matt Orr was handicapped in the final by a bruise. Nevertheless, Phil's second win in this competition (he won the first event in 2004 with John East) and a first for young Max (U15) was well deserved. Brian Kirk & Bob Sandie won the Plate aginst Anthony Goodwin & Ian Roberts.
OMTs Ingram CupDate: 06-06-2009, Time: all day, Location: Northwood
Brian Kirk, Anthony Goodwin, Clive Butler and Stuart Kirby are entering.
Vintage Singles and DoublesDate: 26-04-2009, Time: all day, Location: Oundle
Robert Grey competed in the Singles and, with Grem McIntyre, in the Doubles
Mixed Winchester DoublesDate: 26-04-2009, Time: all day, Location: Winchester
Emma Howie and Stuart Kirby were unsuccessful in defending their title, coming second to Dan Grant & Anita Ganguly.
Wood Cup Club Knock-outDate: 18-04-2009, Time: am, Location: St. Paul's
Stuart Kirby & Anthony Goodwin, Richard Christie & Brian Kirk represented DMF against the Old Paulines, losing 61-129. The OPs went on to be runners-up to the Manchester Y Club.
Veterans DoublesDate: 06-04-2009, Time: all day, Location: Horsham
Richard Christie reaches Final of the Plate in both Singles and Doubles. Stuart Kirby gains third place in the Singles; Brian Kirk & Stuart come third in the Doubles.
National Schools ChampionshipsDate: 30-03-2009, Time: 4 days, Location: St. Paul's School
Anthony Goodwin (U18) and Max Frost (U16) took part. Anthony came second to one of the favorites in his group and then lost in the Plate to the eventual winner from Sedbergh. Max got to the final of Plate B where he lost in 3 games to his opponent from Whitgift.
v. Executioners 2nd IVDate: 22-03-2009, Time: 2.00 pm, Location: Derby Moor
Wood Cup 2009. Stuart Kirby, Brian Kirk, Richard Christie and Anthony Goodwin won the Singles 44-13 and the Doubles 117-58. Match total 161-71. Playing for the Executioners were Shafin Somji, Guy Matthews, Riaz Dharamshi, Charles Lamb.
Winchester DoublesDate: 15-03-2009, Time: 10 am, Location: Malvern
Clive Butler & Brian Kirk competed. They lost a very close 3-game tussle in the 1st round, went then into the Plate.
U13 ChampionshipsDate: 15-03-2009, Time: all day, Location: St. Paul's School
Rob Christie and Robert Whitehorn competed for the second time. Rob got to the last 8, where he lost to the eventual winner from Blundells. Rob and Robert Whitehorn then got through to the semi-final of the Doubles, where they lost 11-12!
Junior U15 IV v. Radley College U16Date: 08-03-2009, Time: 2.15 pm, Location: Radley College
Max Frost, Jimmy Goodwin, Aaron Wheatley and Rob Christie played on Radley's Winchester Fives courts. 28-33 down after the Singles, they rallied to win the Doubles easily, Max & Rob winning 44-19 and Jimmy & Aaron by the same margin.
North of England DoublesDate: 28-02-2009, Time: 10 am, Location: Durham
Brian Kirk and Richard Christie competed, going out to Manning and Widdop in the 1st Round.
v. Leeds UniversityDate: 21-02-2009, Time: 12 noon, Location: Derby Moor
Won 164-54. Stuart Kirby & Clive Butler, Richard Christie & Brian Kirk gained a lead of 44-5 in the Singles and eased to victory in the subsequent Doubles. Playing for Leeds were Rob Wiesner, Alex Wall, Rupert Parker and Alex Miller.
RFA (DMF) v. Cambridge UniversityDate: 31-01-2009, Time: 11 am, Location: Oundle School
Postponed from the previous Saturday. Masquerading as the RFA, Stuart Kirby & Ashley Hill, Brian Kirk & James Buckhalper, Robert Grey & Anthony Goodwin lost 167-195. Highlights were Anthony's 14-16 defeat by Alqahir Ladak, and Stuart & Ashley's battle with Chris Jones & Jacob Brubert 12-15, 15-12. Cambridge won the Singles 61-36 and the Doubles 134-131.
North West DoublesDate: 24-01-2009, Time: all day Saturday & Sunday, Location: Manchester
Brian Kirk & Richard Christie competed.
National Doubles QualifyingDate: 10-01-2009, Time: 10 am, Location: Alleyn's, Dulwich
Brian Kirk & Richard Christie took part in the London Qualifying rounds of the National Doubles.
West of England Schools ChampionshipsDate: 03-01-2009, Time: 2 days, Location: Sherborne School
Ashley Hill & Anthony Goodwin (U18), Jimmy Goodwin & Max Frost (U16) competed in Singles and Doubles. Ashley & Anthony were seeded 3 for the Doubles and duly lost in the semi-final to the runners-up. In the Singles they both lost to the runner-up as well. Max and Jimmy got useful experience in the Colts competition and did well against opposition from Alleyn's, St. Paul's, Eastbourne and Christ's Hospital.
President's CupDate: 07-12-2008, Time: all day, Location: Merchant Taylors'
Brian Kirk, Clive Butler and Richard Christie took part. Playing with Jack Furniss, Richard Christie won the Love Mug, his first piece of silverware!
Junior VI v. Bedford SchoolDate: 06-12-2008, Time: 2.00 pm, Location: Bedford School
Anthony Goodwin & Max Frost, Jimmy Goodwin & Aaron Wheatley, Rob Christie & Robert Whitehorn won the Singles 85-59, with Anthony, Jimmy, Aaron, Robert and Rob Christie each winning their matches; then the team won the Doubles 60-58. We look forward to arranging a return match next term at Derby Moor.
Junior VI v. Oundle U15 (a)Date: 30-11-2008, Time: 10.30 am, Location: Oundle
Jimmy Goodwin & Max Frost, Rob Christie & Aaron Wheatley took on the Oundle U15 IV and won 84-63. Max, Rob and Aaron won their Singles for a lead of 39-23. Then Jimmy helped Max to add another 5 points in the Doubles, while Rob and Aaron tied theirs on points. Meanwhile in the Seniors Ashley Hill & Anthony Goodwin beat the Oundle 1st pair 11-8, 11-5 and the 2nd pair 11-7, 11-2.
Ladies ChampionshipDate: 30-11-2008, Time: all day, Location: St. Paul's
Emma Howie lost in the Final of the Singles to defending champion Claire Knowles, and in the Final of the Doubles (with Irene Bravo) to defending champions Claire Knowles & Melanie Whitehead.
DMF v. Cambridge University (a)Date: 19-11-2008, Time: to be rearranged, Location: Oundle
A chance to see how the new courts are playing!
East Midlands Eton Fives DoublesDate: 01-11-2008, Time: 11 am, Location: Repton School
Stuart Kirby & Clive Butler, Richard Christie & Anthony Goodwin took part. Stuart & Clive rached the final of the Festival Plate, losing 1-2
Yorkshire Open DoublesDate: 11-10-2008, Time: 10.30 am, Location: Giggleswick
Brian Kirk & Clive Butler, Richard Christie & Anthony Goodwin competed.
RFA v. Manchester Y Club (a)Date: 21-09-2008, Time: 10.30, Location: Manchester
A DMF IV representing the RFA beat Manchester 120-118; Stuart Kirby, Richard Christie, Brian Kirk and Clive Butler played for the RFA; Brian Nithsdale, Wayne Harrison, Kevin Henry and Dave Walker for Manchester Y Club.
5th DMF Invitation Tournament(h)Date: 22-06-2008, Time: 11 am onwards, Location: Derby Moor
18 players from DMF, the Manchester Y Club, the Halifax White Rose Club and the Alleyn Old Boys contested the title. Dave Hebden & Max Frost (DMF U14) beat Phil Bishop & Jimmy Goodwin (DMF U14) in one semi-final, while Ashley Hill & Bob Sandie beat Richard Christie & Ian Roberts in the other. Hill & Sandie won a tough final 11-3, 11-5. Brian Kirk & Anthony Goodwin won Plate A, Tim Widdop & Matt Gilbert Plate B. Grem McIntyre & Robert Grey won the Wooden Spoon by default!
Winchester Mixed DoublesDate: 11-05-2008, Time: 11.00, Location: Bradfield
Stuart Kirby & Emma Howie unable to defend their title as it was cancelled for the second year in succession.
Vintage Singles and DoublesDate: 20-04-2008, Time: 10.00, Location: Oundle
Robert Grey entered the Doubles with Dickie Warner. They won the Plate competition.
v. Bedford School (a)Date: 12-04-2008, Time: 2.00 pm, Location: Bedford School
Richard Christie & Anthony Goodwin, Jimmy Goodwin & Aaron Wheatley, Diogo Norte & Rob Christie beat a VI from bedford School 219-117. Up 55-30 after the Singles, they won the Doubles 164-87.
Veterans' DoublesDate: 06-04-2008, Time: 11.00, Location: Horsham
Stuart & Brian won the Doubles Plate for the 3rd time, beating David Hebden and Keith Puckle 15-2,15-8.
National Schools ChampionshipsDate: 28-03-2008, Time: all week, Location: St. Paul's, Barnes
After 4 days of competition at St Paul's Ashley Hill & Anthony Goodwin justified their Nr 1 seeding by beating the St Paul's 1st pair (on their home courts) 11-5, 2-11, 12-10 to win the National U16 (Colts) Doubles championship. They saved one match point at 8-10, then Ashley hit four consecutive winners. They have won a magnificent solid silver trophy (the largest in the sport!) and individual tankards. In the Singles Anthony got to the last 8, Ashley to the semi-finals, both losing narrowly to the top St. Paul's players. They returned home bruised and sore but very chuffed. See Gallery for more pictures.
U13 ChampionshipsDate: 16-03-2008, Time: 10 am onwards, Location: St. Paul's, Barnes
Rob Christie and Robert Whitehorn competed for DMF. They each came 4th in their singles pool and 4th in their doubles pool. Good experience for next year when they are the right age.
v. White Rose (h)Date: 16-03-2008, Time: 11 am, Location: Derby Moor
1st Round of the Wood Cup (Club Knockout). Stuart Kirby & Ashley Hill, Clive Butler & Robert Grey lost 51-120 to a team of Sutcliffe, Marshall, Widdup and Sandie.
Winchester DoublesDate: 09-03-2008, Time: 10.00, Location: Sedbergh
Brian Kirk & Clive Butler reach the quarter-final where they lose to Mohammed and Ackerman.
v. Radley College (a)Date: 08-03-2008, Time: 2.30, Location: Radley College, Oxfordshire
A four consisting of Bob Dolby, Anthony Goodwin, Diogo Norte and Jimmy Goodwin represented the RFA against the Radley 1st IV. After the Singles, which included a hard-fought 15-16 defeat for Jimmy, we were one point down, and after the first set of Doubles the deficit had increased to three. Diogo and Jimmy managed to get 10 points off their opponents while Bob and Anthony won 11-0, 11-3. Overall result: a win 101-97
v. Leeds University (a)Date: 03-02-2008, Time: Postponed; to be re-arranged, Location: Leeds University
Return match after visit of Leeds to Derby in November.
North West Open DoublesDate: 27-01-2008, Time: 9.30 am, Location: Manchester Y Club
Stuart Kirby & Ashley Hill, Brian Kirk & Clive Butler entered. Stuart & Ashley were knocked out in the second round by Hamish Buchanan & Ben Taberner. The tournament was won for the third year running by ex-DMF member Phil Bishop, playing with Ed Fuller.
v. Cambridge University (a)Date: 19-01-2008, Time: 11.30, Location: Oundle
Lost 125-151. Playing in the name of the RFA as usual, Stuart Kirby & Ashley Hill, Brian Kirk & Clive Butler took on a Cambridge IV consisting of Richard Lebon & Charles Compton, Alqahir Ladak & Anand Ashok. We lost the Singles 33-61 but won the Doubles 91-90, with Stuart & Ashley winning all 4 games.
West of England SchoolsDate: 05-01-2008, Time: all weekend, Location: Sherborne School
Ashley Hill & Anthony Goodwin beat the Alleyns' 1st pair to win the Colts Doubles. Ashley loses in the Final of the Singles to defending champion, Peter Hanton.
President's CupDate: 09-12-2007, Time: 11 am, Location: Merchant Taylors'
Richard Christie, Robert Grey and Brian Kirk competed. Brian Kirk reached the Final with Ollie Stone-Lee, where they lost to Phil Atkinson & Jon Abecassis.
DMF Junior VIII v. Oundle (a)Date: 02-12-2007, Time: 11.00 am, Location: Oundle
Lost by the narrowest of margins: 148-150. Anthony Goodwin & Matt Gilbert, Jimmy Goodwin & Aaron Wheatley, Max Frost & Diogo Norte, Rob Christie & Robert Whitehorn played in their first match of the season. 9 points down on the Singles; 7 points up on truncated Doubles. All played in a super spirit.
versus Cambridge University (a)Date: 21-11-2007, Time: 7.30 pm, Location: Oundle
Doubles Match Lost 64-115. Stuart Kirby & Robert Grey, Brian Kirk & Ashley Hill, Clive Butler & Richard Christie took on Alan Beverly & Richard Lebon, Paul Simister & Malcolm Reid, Alqahir Ladak & Peter Gwynne.
versus Leeds University (h)Date: 17-11-2007, Time: 12.00, Location: Derby Moor
DMF won this first fixture with the newly reconstituted Leeds University Club 95-78. Playing for DMF were Clive Butler & Richard Christie, Ashley Hill & Anthony Goodwin. Leeds' players were James Marshall & Rob Wiesner, Andy Benson & Sam Porteous.
Northern Winchester DoublesDate: 12-11-2007, Time: 10 am, Location: Sedbergh
Brian Kirk & Clive Butler won their group, but lost in the final to Roger Pearson & Bob Sandie, 15-10, 15-8
Yorkshire Open DoublesDate: 13-10-2007, Time: 10.00-16.00, Location: Giggleswick School
Brian Kirk & Richard Christie, Clive Butler & Robert Grey drove up to Giggleswick where playing conditions deteriorated quickly. The competition switched to Sedbergh, but there too play became impossible and the competition was abandoned.
CFA One-Wall Doubles TournamentDate: 07-07-2007, Time: 10-5, Location: St. Paul's School.
The City Fives Association is a charitable body set up to introduce 1-Wall Fives, or International Handball, to schools in London following the model of New York City. DMF took 6 players. Ashley Hil & Matt Orr reached the final of the Plate.
4th Derby Moor Invitation TournamentDate: 24-06-2007, Time: 11-5, Location: Derby Moor
"The premier Fives event in the East Midlands". Anthony Goodwin from DMF & John Minta (Manchester Y Club) beat Stuart Kirby (DMF) & Grem McIntyre (Halifax White Rose) in the Final. Richard Christie (DMF) & Tim Widdop (White Rose) won the Plate from Clive Butler (DMF) & Bob Sandie (White Rose).
versus RFA (h)Date: 03-06-2007, Time: 10.30 am, Location: Derby Moor
Vintage and Masters ChampionshipsDate: 22-04-2007, Time: 11 am, Location: Derby Moor
Vintage Singles and Doubles (over 55); Masters Doubles (over 65). Held at Derby for the second time. Wayne Enstone wins the Vintage Singles; David Hebden & Keith Puckle the Doubles. Bernard Atkinson & David Bawtree win the Masters Doubles. Rob Grey of Derby Moor Fives wins the Singles Plate.
National Schools TournamentDate: 01-04-2007, Time: Monday to Thursday, Location: St. Paul's
Ashley Hill and Anthony Goodwin competed in the Under 16 Singles and Doubles. Ashley reached the last 8 of the Singles, and Anthony the last 16. Togther they reached the quarter-finals of the Doubles.
National U13 ChampionshipsDate: 11-03-2007, Time: 10.00-18.00, Location: St. Paul's
Aaron Wheatley and Jimmy Goodwin competed in Singles and Doubles. Aaron got to the final of the Singles Plate, losing 11-5 to Oliver Brenman from Alleyn's
versus the Wessex Club (a)Date: 10-03-2007, Time: 11 am, Location: Winchester College.
Stuart Kirby, Clive Butler, Brian Kirk and Patrick O'Brien lost 70-117 to the strong Wessex Club on their home courts in the preliminary round of the Wood(Club)Cup. Brian and Clive played next day in the Winchester Fives Tournament.
RFA/DMF v. Cambridge University (a)Date: 20-01-2007, Time: 11.00 am, Location: Oundle
Clive Butler, Brian Kirk, Robert Grey and Ashley Hill represented the RFA in this last match to be played on the old Oundle courts. They lost 64-115 to a strong Cambridge side which included national Under 25 and BUSA Champion Alan Beverly
West of England SchoolsDate: 06-01-2007, Time: Weekend, Location: Sherborne
Ashley Hill and Ross Durnie competed in the Under 16 Singles and Doubles. Ashley reached the last 8; as a pair they got to the semi-finals.
RFA/DMF v. Manchester Y Club (a)Date: 03-09-2006, Time: 10.30, Location: Manchester
The first match of the season versus the very strong Manchester Club with two glass-back courts. Brian Kirk, Robert Grey, Ashley Hill and Matt Orr found it difficult to cope with the very different courts and a strong Y Club IV, and they lost 78-168.
Third Derby Invitation TournamentDate: 18-06-2006, Time: 10.30-5.00, Location: Derby Moor.
Previously won by Phil Bishop & John East (2004) and Hamish Buchanan & Stuart Kirby (2005). This year it was won by Matt Orr of DMF and John Beswick of the Manchester Y Club, who beat Bob Sandie of Halifax and Chris Burrows of Oundle School in the Final. Ashley Hill and Robert Grey of DMF won the Plate.
versus the RFA (h)Date: 04-06-2006, Time: 10.30 am, Location: Derby Moor
Won 109-84. Representing DMF: Brian Kirk & Clive Butler, Ashley Hill & Matt Orr. The RFA IV was Ian Roberts, John Hawke, Bob Sandie and Colin Heptonstall.
Winchester Mixed DoublesDate: 07-05-2006, Time: all day, Location: Bradfield
Stuart Kirby and Emma Howie won! For Stuart it is his first title; for Emma it completes the hat-trick of Singles, Doubles and Mixed Doubles.
versus Oundle Poachers (a)Date: 30-04-2006, Time: 11.30 am, Location: Oundle School
Senior IV (Stuart Kirby & Brian Kirk, Clive Butler & Robert Grey) lost 70-107. Junior IV (Ashley Hill & Matt Orr, Anthony Goodwin & Yasser Pervez lost 112-117
National Vintage (over 55s)Date: 22-04-2006, Time: all day, Location: Derby Moor
We hosted this Tournament for the first time. Bob Dolby and Robert Grey got to the semi-final of the Doubles, and Robert was runner-up in the Singles to defending champion David Hebden.
National Schools U14 SinglesDate: 05-04-2006, Time: all day, Location: St. Paul's School, Barnes, London
Ashley Hill was the first entrant ever in the competition from this school. He beat several Number Ones from fives-playing schools on the way to the semi-final, where he lost to the defending champion from Alleyn's.
National Veterans (over 45s)Date: 01-04-2006, Time: all day, Location: Horsham
Often a happy hunting ground for our senior players! Stuart Kirby and Brian Kirk won the Doubles Plate for the second year in a row, Stuart's third time of winning.
DMF v. Manchester Y ClubDate: 26-03-2006, Time: 11.00, Location: Derby Moor
1st Round of the Tom Wood Club Knockout. Lost 41-79. Stuart Kirby & Brian Kirk, Clive Butler & Robert Grey were playing against John Beswick & Wayne Harrison, Kevin Henry & Roger Butterworth. The Y Club go through to the last eight.
versus Oundle Under 16s (h)Date: 14-03-2006, Time: 3.30 pm, Location: Derby Moor
Our first School home game! Won 120-84. Playing for DMCSC were Ashley Hill, Ross Durnie, Waqar Khaleel and Anthony Goodwin. Singles: Hill bt Nichol 11-8; Durnie lost to Edwardson 5-11; Khaleel beat Milburn 11-9; Goodwin beat Spencer 11-6. Doubles: Hill & Durnie beat Nichol & Edwardson 11-8,11-8, beat Milburn & Spencer 11-0,11-5; Khaleel and Goodwin beat Milburn & Spencer 11-3,11-3, lost to Nichol & Edwardson 10-12,6-11.
versus Cambridge University (a)Date: 21-01-2006, Time: 2.30pm, Location: Bedford Modern School
Lost 125-147. Stuart Kirby & Brian Kirk, Clive Butler & Patrick O'Brien played, representing the Rugby Fives Association, of which we are all members
versus Oundle Under 16s (a)Date: 27-11-2005, Time: 11.00 am, Location: Oundle School
Singles and Doubles. Lost 121-130. Matt Hurst & Jamie Taylor, Ashley Hill & Adam Hill, Ross Durney, Philip and Aaron Wheatley played.