Luke Thomson wins the President's Cup (with Guy Matthews); Max Frost wins the T-Pot (with Richard Dyke); Alex Satterfield wins the Love Mug (with Hamish Buchanan), beating Clive Butler (and Dan Tristao) inn the Final.
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.
...at Oundle by 148-42. The DMF side consisted of Rob Christie, Matt Blunden, Craig Baxter and Ashley Timney.
The DMF 2nd IV (Sam Johnson, Lawrence Taylor, Lewis Keates and John Halligan lost 32-148.
Overall match result DMF lost 180-190
Thomson of Loughborough University, guest member at Derby Moor Fives, beat the favorite Ed Kay from Cambridge to win the British Universities Singles title at Marlborough.
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.
A Junior V of Rob C, Matt Blunden, Mike Baxter, Craig Baxter and Jai Singh played out a tie, 93-93. 9 points down after the Singles, the boys came back in the Doubles to equalise the scores.
Jimmy Goodwin & Michael Baxter, seeded 2, duly reached the final of the National Schools Winchester Fives Championship, for which they are eligible by age. It was played on the courts of Winchester College. In the q/final they beat St. Paul's III by 15-2, 15-6; they then played their best Fives to beat the much fancied home pair (last year's National U16 Doubles champions) Winchester I by 15-13, 15-7 in the semi-final. They lost the final to the favorites, St. Paul's I, by 2-15, 5-15.
...beating Steve Coffey and Rich Lebon (ex-Cambridge captain) from Southampton University.
Max Frost & Jay Gravatt beat Stuart Kirby & Richard Christie 10-12, 11-1, 11-6 in the final of the Plate. In the semi-final they beat Jimmy Goodwin & Michael Baxter. They become the first winners of the T.Ian Roberts Plate.
A team of Matt Blunden & Craig Baxter, Ashley Timney & Bradley Hudson, Jai Singh & Lawrence Taylor (all in Year 10 at DMCSC) beat the much older boys of Denstone College, who are now being coached once a week by Anthony Goodwin, by 145-127 on the Denstone courts.
They won the Doubles 97-79 and shared the Singles 48-48. Matt and Craig won all their matches comfortably; Ashley and Bradley had mixed results against bigger and stronger opponents, tho' Ashley unexpectedly won his Singles; Jai played really well in all his games, protecting Lawrence in the Doubles and winning his Singles well. Lawrence, who was a late replacement for Bally Singh, gave it his all in his first match for the Club.
A team of Anthony Goodwin, Michael Baxter, Jimmy Goodwin and Max Frost (one schoolboy allowed) reached the final of the Owers Trophy by beating the Old Eastbournians 47-46 in the semi-final. In the final DMOB lost to the holders, the Old Paulines, 88-23.
Playing as the RFA, a team of Stuart Kirby, Richard Christie, Anthony Goodwin and Max Frost won 145-103. We were 34-32 up after the Singles, with victories for Max and Richard; we then won 6 of the 8 doubles to increase the lead to 42 points. The White Rose were represented by Tim Widdop, Paul Manning, Bob Sandie and Paul McIntyre.
Anthony & Max added another victory in a senior Doubles event by winning the Plate at the London Doubles, played at St. Paul's. In the final they beat Malde & Edmonds. Last season Anthony & Max won the equivalent title at the West of England Doubles. Richard Christie reached the semi-final of the Plate, playing with 'honorary DMF member' Jay Gravatt.
...at the South West Open. They lost 12-15 to Wayne Enstone & Tim Watson.
...playing with Tim Widdop from the Halifax White Rose Club. In the final they beat Stuart Kirby & Clive Butler in 3 games. It was a first senior title for both players. Craig Baxter won the play-off for third place, partnering Anthony Goodwin. Max Frost won the Plate Competition playing with Paul McIntyre from the White Rose Club.
Success at the National Schools Fives Championships at St. Paul's this week!
In the U14 Singles, both our players reached the final yesterday by beating players from Winchester, Tonbridge, Sedbergh, St. Paul's (x2) and Radley. In the final, Matt Blunden beat his partner Robert Whitehorn from Littleover Community School 8-11, 11-7, 11-9. The match lasted just over an hour and left both players exhausted! The standard was outstanding. Matt had a greater variety of shot, Robert impressive resilience.
In the afternoon's Doubles Matt & Robert beat pairs from Winchester and St. Paul's before meeting the other very strong pair in the tournament, Tonbridge I, in the semi-final. It was effectively the final. Matt & Robert lost 12-15 after a 35-minute tussle. They understandably ran out of steam.
Max Frost, a year young, reached the quarter-final of the U18 Singles, losing to the St. Paul's Nr 2 on his own courts. Max will be a significant contender again next year.
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Stuart, Clive and Bob have given the courts a spring clean ahead of the Wood Cup match against the Executioners.
Sam lost all his 4 pool matches in Singles but benefited from the experience and definitely improved. Bally won 3, qualified for the Plate and got to the semi-final. In Doubles Sam & Bally lost to Winchester 4 in the first round and Winchester 3 in the Plate.
Mike Baxter & Aaron Wheatley, Robert Whitehorn & Matt Blunden travelled to Rugby for the first match against Rugby School on their new courts. We were down 44-49 after the Singles despite a heavy win for Mike at Number One, at which point Matt Blunden had to stop playing because of a massive bruise. Mike & Aaron played both Rugby pairs, coming out just 2 points ahead. DMF therefore lost the match 82-85.
Craig Baxter, Ashley Timney, Sam Johnson and Lewis Keates suffered the narrowest of defeats in a match at Derby against the Oundle U14 IV. Craig and Ashley won their Singles, at the end of which Derby had a lead of just 2 points. Oundle built a tiny lead of 1 point after the first round of Doubles which they increased by just 2 more points by the end of the match.
Max, third seed after his win in the U16 Singles last year, beat the Number Two seed from Winchester 1-11, 11-9, 11-1 in the semi-final of the Open Singles. In the final Max, who is a year young, lost to the overwhelming favorite, Luke Thomson from Christ's Hospital.
Elsewhere unseeded Rob Christie and Robert Whitehorn beat the number two seeds from St. Paul's in the quarter-final of the U16 Doubles but then lost to the eventual runners-up from Blundells.