Provisional Fixtures for 2017-2018
Saturday October 14th: Mixed EF and RF Cuppers (tbc)
Sunday October 15th: CURFC v. RFA (Match Manager Andy Pringle)
Saturday October 21st: The Lady’s Cup — a doubles event for beginners, each pair containing at least one lady (date confirmed)
Saturday November 4th: CURFC v. Jesters (tbc)
Saturday/Sunday November 11-12: National Singles qualifying (various venues)
Friday-Sunday November 17-19 BUSF at Marlborough
Sunday November 19th: Ladies’ U23 Championships at St. Paul’s
Saturday/Sunday December 2-3: National Singles Finals at St. Paul’s
Sunday January 14th or 21st (tbc) Ladies’ National Championships at St. Paul’s
Saturday January 20th: CURFC v. RFA (Match Manager Bob Dolby)
Saturday/Sunday February 3-4: National U25 Championships at Oundle
Saturday February 10th: Past versus Present at Cambridge
Saturday February 17th: Varsity Match at St. Paul’s
Sunday March 4th: RFA v. BUSF at Cambridge
Sunday March 4th: Ladies’ Winchester Fives Championships at Bradfield
Sunday March 11th: Winchester Fives Doubles Championships at Bradfield
Sunday May 6th: Mixed Winchester Doubles at Bradfield
|Saturday 1 October||The Owers Trophy||Barnes||1 day||Cambridge Old Paulines (Beltrami, Kay, Shaw) won the event|
|15-16 October||The Yorkshire Open||Giggleswick School||2 days||Beltrami & Kay runners-up in Doubles; Kay semi-finalist in Singles|
|Saturday 15 October||The Lady’s Cup||Cambridge||11.00am||5 CU ladies, one CU gentleman competedd. Alina Guna won le Petit Pot|
|Sunday 23 October||RFA (postponed from 16.10.2016)||Cambridge||2.00pm||L 133-139 Kay, Shaw, Boyd & Manger played|
|29-30 October||West of England Championships||Clifton College||2 days||Ed Kay (with Will Ellison) won the Doubles; was semi-finalist in the Singles. Ben Beltrami, Matt Shaw and Andrew Boyd also competed, with Matt Shaw winning the Singles Plate|
|Saturday 5 November||Jesters||Cambridge||2.15pm||W 130-110 Beltrami, Boyd, Manger & Constable played|
|Saturday 12 November||National Singles Qualifying||Cambridge||11.00am||Beltrami, Boyd, Manger and Shaw competed. Beltrami and Shaw qualified.|
|Sunday 13 November||Derby Moor Fives||Cambridge||2.30pm||W 80-64 Manger & Tebboth, Shepherd & Simpson played|
|18-20 November||BUSF Championships||Barnes||3 days||Ed Kay successfully defended his Singles title; Ben Beltrami & Matt Shaw won the Doubles title for the third consecutive year. Andrew Boyd and Jeremy Manger also competed|
|20 November||Ladies U23 Championships||Barnes||1 day||Georgina Shepherd and Lottie Simpson competed. Georgina won the Singles Plate|
|3-4 December||National Singles Finals||Barnes||2 days||Kay, who qualified automatically and was seeded 4, reached the semi-final. Matt Shaw won the Plate|
|Sunday 11 December||President’s Cup||Northwood||1 day||Ben Beltrami wins the Mate’s Plate (with Guy Matthews); Jon Abecassis wins the T-Pot (with Angus Hanton); Bernard Atkinson is a finalist in the T-Pot.|
|Sunday 15 January||Ladies Nationals||Barnes||1 day||Shepherd, Henderson, Simpson competed|
|Saturday/Sunday 14-15 January||North West Open||Manchester||2 days||Kay was runner-up in the Singles; Beltrami a semi-finalist. Kay & Shaw won the Doubles — Kay’s second time, Shaw’s first.|
|Saturday 21 January||RFA IV||Cambridge||2.00pm||W 126-73. Beltrami, Tebboth, Manger, Simpson played.|
|Wednesday, 1st March||St. Paul’s School||Cambridge||2.30pm||W 117-73 Beltrami. Shaw, Mabbutt, Walker played.|
|Sunday 5 February tbc||Ladies IV from Sedbergh School||Cambridge||cancelled|
|Sunday 5 February tbc||Ladies IV from Rugby School||Cambridge||postponed|
|4-5 February||National U25s||Oundle||2 days||Ed Kay successfully defended his Singles title, beating Ben Beltrami in the final. Ben beat Matt Shaw in the semi-final. Ed Kay & Matt Shaw won the Doubles, beating Ben Beltrami and his partner in the final. Andrew Boyd and Jeremy Manger also competed.|
|Saturday 11 February||Past versus Present||Cambridge||11.30am||The Present won by 214-181. Georgina Shepherd’s IV won the Mixed Doubles|
|Saturday 18 February||Varsity Match||Barnes||11.00am||W 293-94. The Sparrows lost 70-180. The Ladies won 180-6|
|25-26 February||North of England||Durham||2 days||No competitor from CURFC|
|Sunday 5 March||RFA v. BUSF||Cambridge||1.00pm||Kay and Beltrami took part in a victory for BUSF. Shaw selected but unavailable|
|Sunday 12 March||Winchester Fives Doubles||Sedbergh||1 day||Ed Kay unavailable to defend. Ben Beltrami won the event with Dave Butler|
|8/9 April||National Doubles||Alleyn’s||2 days||Kay & Beltrami reached the semi-final, losing in 3 games to Grant & Tristao. Shaw played with Arnold: they lost in semi-final to Brooks & Ellison|
|Sat/Sun 22-23 April||Wood Cup||Barnes||2 days||CU IV reached the semi-final, losing to the Wessex Club. Players: Kay & Manger, Beltrami & Boyd|
|Sunday 8 May||Mixed Winchester Doubles||Bradfield||1 day||Ben Beltrami was unable to defend his title. No competitors from CURFC.|
Captain’s Report on the Season 2016-17:
CURFC enjoyed a very successful season once again this year, managing to retain our Varsity crown in February by a margin of 293 points to 94, as well as triumphing over the Past in our annual match the previous weekend. These events underline how far many players have improved over the course of the year, with both Andrew Boyd (Churchill) and Jeremy Manger (Downing) putting in very strong performances in their first Varsity Match. Other players showed their potential during the series of matches that CURFC played this year. Charlie Mabbutt and Charlie Constable both performed well, especially the latter as he only started at the beginning of this season! Our now well-established female players continued to improve over the course of the year, as is highlighted by their impressive presence on the Women’s rankings. Cassi Henderson rose from 27 to 17 in February after her performance in the Ladies’ National Singles and Georgina Shepherd has maintained her position at 13. Lottie Simpson also has developed her game over the season, as was underlined by her performance in the Varsity Match, helping the Ladies IV to an emphatic 180-6 victory over Oxford. Hopefully they, along with the rest of the Club, can continue to improve and build on such successes in the future!
There were a few stand-out individuals over the course of the season whose achievements ought to be noted. CURFC Secretary for 2016/17, Matt Shaw, enjoyed his best season to date. He won the North West Open Doubles Championship, his first victory at open level, and the National Under-25s Doubles Championships for the third year in a row with teammate Ed Kay as well as successfully defending the BUSF Doubles Championship for a second time with Ben Beltrami early in November. As a result of these achievements he was deservedly awarded a Full Blue at the beginning of 2017, only the 6th to have ever been granted to the Club in its history, and he saw his national doubles ranking increase from 11 to 6. Matt’s respective partners Ed and Ben also had highly successful seasons, with Ed retaining his BUSF and National U25s Singles crowns – defeating Ben in both finals for the second successive year – and Ben attaining his first open title by winning the National Winchester Fives Doubles at Sedbergh in March.
Thanks go to Elliot Tebboth, Aurelien Gueroult and, once back from the States, to Laurence Cook for their support of the Club and to Jane Coombs for her part in the ladies’ success. Many thanks to the Cambridge Past, whose continual support makes the high standard of Fives in Cambridge possible, and to our President Bob Dolby, whose close supervision of the Club is invaluable to its successful running.
Ben Beltrami, June 2017
|10-11 October||The Yorkshire Open||Giggleswick School||2 days||no entries|
|Saturday 17 October||The Lady’s Cup||Cambridge||11.00am||3 pairs entered from CURFC|
|Saturday 18 October||RFA IV||Cambridge||2.00pm||L 48-145|
|24-25 October||West of England Championships||Clifton College||2 days||Ed Kay reached the semi-final of the Singles and the final of the Doubles. Ben Beltrami beat Nr 3 Seed to reach the semi-final of the Singles and with his partner Matt Shaw the semi-final of the Doubles|
|Wednesday 4 November||Oundle Poachers||Cambridge||6.00pm||L 72-90|
|Saturday 7 November||Jesters||Cambridge||2.15pm||W 133-98|
|Tuesday 10 November||Bedford School||Cambridge||2.15pm||W 114-41|
|Saturday 14 November||National Singles Qualifying||Cambridge||11.00am||Ed Kay automatic. Ben Beltrami qualified.|
|Thursday 19 November||Derby Moor Fives||Cambridge||7.00pm||cancelled|
|Saturday 21 November||Alleyn Old Boys||Cambridge||11.00am||cancelled|
|27-29 November||BUSF Championships||Cambridge/Oundle||3 days||Ed Kay wins the Singles; Ben Beltrami runner-up. Beltrami & Shaw win the Doubles for second year in a row.|
|5-6 December||National Singles Finals||Barnes||all day||Ed Kay beat Buchanan and Cavanagh on the way to the semi-final, where he lost in three games to Tristao. Beltrami withdrew through injury.|
|Sunday 13 December||Oxford University||Winchester||pm||postponed|
|Saturday 16 January||Jesters IV||Cambridge||2.00pm||cancelled – played in November|
|Saturday/Sunday 16-17 January||North West Open||Manchester||2 days||By beating Dan Grant Ed Kay made it to the final against Will Ellison, who beat Ben Beltrami in the semi-final. Beltrami & Buchanan were runners up in the Doubles|
|Saturday 23 January||RFA VI||Cambridge||2.00pm||W 96-88|
|Saturday 30 January Wednesday 2nd March||St. Paul’s School||Cambridge||2.30pm|
|6-7 February||National U25s||Oundle||2 days||Ed Kay won the Singles beating Ben Beltrami in the final; Ed Kay & Matt Shaw won the Doubles; Ben Beltrami was runner-up in the Doubles with Ollie Arnold|
|Thursday 11 February||Merchant Taylors’||Cambridge||2.00pm||cancelled|
|Saturday 13 February||Past versus Present||Cambridge||11.30am||L 207-236|
|Saturday 20 February||Varsity Match||Barnes||11.00am||W 284-120; Sparrows won 161-92; Ladies won 147-83|
|27-28 February||North of England||Durham||2 days||Ben Beltrami runner-up to Will Ellison in the Singles and runner-up in the Doubles with John Minta. Oli Quarry also played in the Singles|
|Sunday March 13||Winchester Doubles||Sedbergh||1 day||Kay & Ellison won|
|9/10 April||National Doubles||Alleyn’s||2 days||Kay & Beltrami reached the semi-final, losing to Grant & Tristao|
|Sat/Sun 16-17 April||Wood Cup||Barnes||2 days||CU entered a IV, from Beltrami, Brubert, Pinder, Quarry and Shaw|
|Sunday 8 May||Mixed Winchester Doubles||Bradfield||1 day||Ben Beltrami won playing with Kathleen Briedenhann|
Captain’s Report on the Season 2015-16:
Once again CURFC’s ‘superstars’ had a stellar season. Between them, Ed Kay, Ben Beltrami and Matt Shaw took home a variety of titles including the Universities and U25s tournaments in both singles and doubles formats. They also helped the men’s 1st VIII to a convincing victory in the Pol Roger Varsity Match. The men’s 2nd IV’s encounter with the Oxford Beavers was arguably the least predictable match of the day and it was excellent to see our players, so new to the game, show such strength as they claimed the win.
The most pleasing development this year, however, has been the arrival of a full strength ladies’ team. They have gone from four beginners at the start of the year to threatening the top 10 of the National Women’s rankings. They were attempting both to avenge last year’s defeat (though none of them played then) and to help Cambridge become the first squad to win all three matches on the day. Captain Cassi Henderson played the game of the day against her Oxford counterpart, and her successor Georgina Shepherd struggled manfully to victory despite a shoulder injury. Ably supported by Lottie Simpson and Sasha Haco, they led the team to a 147-83 victory. All four are staying next year and will surely only improve. They challenge any school or club ladies’ team to take them on!
The only blemish of the year was a first defeat for several years by the Past but, as ever, all enjoyed a very convivial Jock Burnet Dinner at Magdalene. A number of players will be joining the Past this year and one of them we should particularly like to thank: Jacob Brubert, who played in seven Varsity Matches and captained us to our record victory last year.
We must also thank most warmly Peter Reynolds who has performed the role of Senior Treasurer for our Club, and for CUEFC, for more years than any of us can know. We wish him well in his ‘retirement’ from Rugby Fives and look forward to working with Andrew Cates, who has kindly agreed to take on the role of Senior Treasurer for CURFC. Andrew (Clifton & Trinity) played for the Club against Oxford in 1985, 87, 88 and 89. He is currently Bursar of Pembroke College.
- CURFC beat Oxford University 284-120
- Cambridge Sparrows bt. Oxford Beavers 161-92
- CU Ladies beat Oxford Ladies 147-83
British Universities Championship: Ed Kay wins the Singles; Ben Beltrami runner-up. Beltrami & Shaw win the Doubles for second year in a row.
Ed Kay was a semi-finalist in the West of England Championship and in the National Singles Championship. He was runner-up in the North West Open and winner of the National U25 Championships, where he did the doubles, winning the Doubles with Matt Shaw. Ed was also winner of the National Winchester Fives Doubles in partnership with Will Ellison.
Ben Beltrami was runner-up in the British Universities Championship and in the National U25s, as well as in the North of England Championship.. He was a semi-finalist in the West of England Championships and the North West Open. Ben Beltrami was runner-up in the U25 Doubles with Ollie Arnold. He was also runner-up (with Hamish Buchanan) in the North West Open and likewise with John Minta in the North of England Championships. Matt and Ben were semi-finalists in the West of England Doubles.
Ed Kay & Ben Beltrami were semi-finalists in the National Doubles.
Ben Beltrami won the Winchester Fives Mixed Doubles, playing with Kathleen Briedenhann.
In the End-of-season National Rankings Ed Kay is 3rd in the Singles rankings and 4th in doubles; Ben Beltrami 4th and 6th; Matt Shaw 11th and 9th; Jacob Brubert 25th and 35th=.
In the End-of-season Women’s rankings Georgina Shepherd is 13th.
James Pinder, July 2016
|11-12 October||The Yorkshire Open||Giggleswick School||2 days||No one entered from CURFC|
|Saturday 18 October||The Lady’s Cup||Cambridge||11.00am||Jacob Ader & Sienna Tompkins win the Lady’s Mug|
|Saturday 19 October||RFA IV||Cambridge||2.00pm||W 166-89|
|25-26 October||West of England Championships||Clifton College||2 days||Jacob Brubert, Ed Kay, Ben Beltrami and Matt Shaw competed. Beltrami won the Singles Plate.|
|Wednesday 29 October||UCL||Cambridge||tbc||Cancelled|
|Saturday 1 November||Alleyn Old Boys||Cambridge||tbc||L 104-142|
|Tuesday 4 Nov.||Oundle Poachers||Cambridge||7.00pm||W 157-68|
|Saturday 8 November||Old Tonbridgians||Cambridge||tbc||Cancelled|
|Tuesday 11 November||Bedford School||Cambridge||2.00pm||W 168-44|
|Saturday 15 November||National Singles Qualifying||Cambridge||11.00am||Playing: Jack Malde, Jack Tennison, Rikki Houlden|
|Sunday 16 November||Alleyn Old Boys||Cambridge||2.00pm||not played|
|21-23 November||BUSF Championships||Sherborne School||3 days||Ben Beltrami & Matt Shaw win the Doubles. Ed Kay runner-up in the Singles. CURFC win team title.|
|Thursday 27 November||Derby Moor Fives||Cambridge||7.00pm||W 65-43|
|6-7 December||National Singles Finals||Barnes||all day||No competitors from CURFC|
|Sunday 14 December||Oxford University||Winchester||pm||W 120-48|
|Saturday 17 January||Jesters IV||Cambridge||2.00 pm||postponed|
|Saturday/Sunday Jan. 17-18||North West Open||Manchester||all day||Jacob Brubert wins Singles Plate; Ed Kay wins Doubles (with Dan Tristao)|
|Saturday 24 January||Merchant Taylors’||Cambridge||11.00 am||L 97-104|
|Saturday 24 January||RFA VI||Cambridge||2.30 pm||W 165-101|
|Saturday 31 January||St. Paul’s VIII||Barnes||2.30pm||L 136-181|
||National U25s||Oundle||2 days||Ed Kay wins Singles, beating Ben Beltrami in the final; James Pinder wins the Singles Plate beating Tom Bury. Ed Kay & Matt Shaw win the Doubles, beating Jacob Brubert and Chris Burrows (from Imperial) in the final.|
|Saturday 14 February||Past v. Present||Cambridge||12 noon||W 248-164|
|Saturday 21 February||Oxford URFC||Barnes||11.30 am||W 300-23 ; Sparrows bt Beavers 151-86 ; Ladies lost 2-60|
|4-5 April||National Doubles||Alleyn’s||all day||Ed Kay, partnering fellow Old Pauline Tom Dean, reached the final after beating 8-times holders Buchanan & Perry|
Captain’s Report on the Season 2014-15:
At every level, 2014-15 has been a phenomenal season for Cambridge University Rugby Fives Club (CURFC). Bolstered by some fresh young talent and with very few departures, competition for places was hot. The first competition of the year took a slightly different format to normal; the inaugural Lady’s Cup was held in Cambridge, where some well matched mixed doubles matches took place, and, although CURFC could only field two pairs, Sienna Tompkins and Jacob Ader went on to take one of the Plates!
Michaelmas saw five home matches take place, with four wins and one loss (permissible given that CURFC ‘donated’ two players to the opposition, the Alleyn Old Boys). On the road, CURFC were represented at the West of England Championships and the BUSF Student National Championships. There Ed Kay continued his 2nd place streak in the singles, falling prey to Dan Grant once again. Defending doubles champions Kay & Jacob Brubert were not able to defeat Grant & Chase (ex-Cambridge) in one semi-final; however the raucous pair of Ben Beltrami & Matt Shaw stormed to victory in the final, marking an exciting start to their university careers. Cambridge proved to be the most successful university once the results had passed through the Hebden computer.
During the Christmas vacation the first Winchester Fives Varsity Match took place, at Winchester College. Oxford fancied their chances in this version of the game; however Cambridge adapted their tactics and swept to a 120-48 victory. Hopefully this form of the Varsity Match will continue to take place in years to come.
In the New Year, the countdown to the Varsity Match began. Against Merchant Taylors’ and St. Paul’s School, CURFC did not field their strongest side and suffered close losses in both cases. However, at the National U25 Championships all guns were blazing: Kay raced to his first student singles victory, defeating Ben Beltrami in the final. Furthermore, the Plate Singles final was also an all-Cambridge affair, with James Pinder beating Tom Bury. In the doubles, Kay paired up with Matt Shaw to beat Brubert & Chris ws (Imperial) in the final.
The Past v. Present match fell on Valentine’s Day this year – surely a sly tactic by the organiser to eliminate key players from the game (!) – but the Present still overcame the Past for the 3rd consecutive year by 248-164.
The following week Cambridge and Oxford descended upon St Paul’s School for the Varsity Match. The day commenced with the 1st IV singles games, in which Cambridge dominated for the loss of just 4 points. The ladies then took to the court in the inaugural Ladies’ Varsity Match. Oxford Ladies were the more experienced and dominant side, winning 60-2. The men’s doubles (1st VIII) and Sparrows v. Beavers (2nd IV) matches took place after lunch. In the main match Cambridge enjoyed phenomenal strength in depth and conceded just 19 points in the doubles, leading to a record victory by 300-23. In the Sparrows match Cambridge fielded both experience – in the form of Wilson Lau and Richard Law – and fresh enthusiasm from James Tennison and Cameron Jenkins. Cambridge prevailed by 151 to 86. In summary, it has been a year of fine victories and female firsts!
Back in Cambridge 7 teams entered the Cuppers tournament run by Wilson Lau. It produced a final between Emmanuel and Queens’. The Emma side consisting of Ed Kay, Laurence Cook and Georgina Shepherd won by some 8 points against a Queens’ side featuring Jacob Brubert, Tom Bury and Sacha Hajnal-corob.
And a final word of congratulations to Ed Kay, who started the season by winning the Singles title at the inaugural South East Open at Horsham in August and then, in April, reached the final of the National Doubles at Alleyn’s, playing with fellow Pauline Tom Dean. There they lost to the favorites Daniel Tristao & Will Ellison.
We have now had two seasons on the new courts and they are playing well. It certainly feels as though the club can call the Sports Centre its new home.
Jacob Brubert May 2015
The President’s Report: Jacob Brubert has been an exemplary Captain. Ably aided by his Secretary, Jacob Ader, he has organised, cajoled and encouraged his club-mates all season, keeping up a stream of information and invitations and doing his best to enable both experienced players and newcomers to enjoy the game and the courts. We wish him well as he goes off to Oxford to further his studies – and doubtless bolster their squad. He will not be the first player to have played fives for both universities but it is a select band. After the very one-sided Varsity Match of this season we expect next year’s contest to be a more traditional one.
We also look forward to more ladies playing the game. We have made a start this year with a Ladies’ Varsity Match, but there is far to go. I am convinced that CURFC ought to be able to produce a ladies’ National Champion within a few years. I hope very much that next year, under the leadership of James Pinder and Ben Beltrami, we shall move nearer to that goal. I look forward to the new season as we say goodbye to some of our ‘old hands’ – Jader, Wilson, Jack, James and Tom – hoping to see them back for the Past versus Present in February.
|Sat 19 October||Captain’s VI v RFA VI||Cambridge||2.00pm||W 110-107|
|Weds 23 Oct.||St. Paul’s School||Cambridge||4.00pm||L 125-197|
|26-27 October||West of England Championships||Clifton College||all day||no entries|
|Sat. 2 Nov.||Durham University||Cambridge||tbc||postponed till December 17|
|Sat. 9 Nov.||President’s VI||Cambridge||2.00pm||not scored|
|Tues. 12 November||Bedford School||Cambridge||2.00pm||L 87-108|
|Saturday 16 November||National Singles Qualifying||Cambridge||11.00am||Kay & J Brubert qualify|
|Sunday 17 November||Old Bedford Modernians||Cambridge||3.00pm||L 88-115|
|22-24 November||BUCS Championships||Marlborough College||3 days||Kay & J Brubert win Doubles and Kay is runner-up in Singles. Ader & Ganendra are runners-up in Plate Doubles. Cambridge win team title|
|Thurs. 28 November||Derby Moor Fives||Cambridge||7.00pm||L 167-176|
|7-8 December||National Singles Finals||Barnes||2 days||Kay wins Plate|
|Sunday 15 December||President’s Cup||MTs, Northwood||all day||Ader & Gueroult compete|
|Tues. 17 December||Durham University||Barnes||5.00pm||L 172-183|
|Saturday 18 January||Jesters VI||Cambridge||2.00pm||W 143-135|
|Saturday 25 January||RFA VI||Cambridge||11.00am||W 136-108|
|Sunday 26 January||Merchant Taylors’||Cambridge||2.00pm||L 92-114|
|Saturday 1 February||St. Paul’s VIII||Barnes||2.30pm||W 223-217|
|8-9 February||National U25s||Oundle||2 days||Kay wins Doubles for 3rd time in a row with Tristao and is runner-up in Singles. Ader & Malde win Doubles Plate|
|Saturday 15 February||Past v. Present||Cambridge||12 noon||W 242-206|
|tbc||Old Paulines||Barnes||tbc||not played|
|tbc||Executioners VIII||Barnes||tbc||not played|
|Saturday 22 February||Oxford URFC||Barnes||11.30 am||W 269-153. Sparrows bt Beavers 146-117|
|5-6 April||National Doubles||Alleyn’s||all day|
Captain’s Report on the Varsity Match:
In a repeat of last year’s top two singles, Cambridge’s Kay and J Brubert again had the better of Oxford’s Jefferies and Thomas respectively, while Malde at 3 and freshman Z Brubert at 4 also recorded good wins to give Cambridge a commanding lead at lunch.
In the doubles, Jefferies and Thomas played excellent fives to best both Cambridge 1 and 2, but that was the summit of the Dark Blues’ achievement, as all but one of the remaining twelve games went to Cambridge. Kay and Brubert showed their class as the reigning BUCS doubles champions in demolishing Oxford 2, while lower down the order Cambridge proved to have the stronger pairings, with both 3 (Ader and Law) and 4 (Pinder and Bury) showing more attacking power and sounder defence. Oxford 3 (Horsewood and Hoskins) fought hard to win their final game, but otherwise it was the Light Blues’ day.
The reserves match was a well-contested affair, with the Cambridge Sparrows eventually building on their singles lead to win by 29 points overall. Each side was well led by an Eton fives player, and unusually the eight players all came from different schools.
We are most grateful to St. Paul’s School, who have recently experienced difficulties with the ventilation and lighting of their courts, for ensuring that they were all in good condition for this match. We would also like to thank Champagne Pol Roger for their most welcome sponsorship of the event.
Captain’s Report for 2013-2014:
The Rugby Fives club had a great season, mainly thanks to the great new courts, which have allowed us to get many more people playing the sport. They meant that we could hold more training sessions and host more home matches, and we now have a dedicated group of beginners who have weekly training sessions coached by a member of the squad.
In Michaelmas there was a tight win against the RFA but, in attempts to field a similarly match ed team, narrow losses to St. Paul’s School, Bedford School and Derby Moor Fives, with all of these matches taking place in Cambridge. Success came at the BUCS tournament where, with a record 12 players from Cambridge taking part, we won the unofficial prize as best performing university. In a repeat of last year, Ed Kay and Jacob Brubert won the Doubles tournament in a very tight match against Bristol’s first pair, whilst Ed lost in the final of the Singles to UCL’s Dan Grant. Cambridge also hosted a national singles qualifying tournament, with Ed and Jacob qualifying. Ed went on to win the Plate competition at the National Singles tournament the week after.
One of few disappointments came with a narrow loss against Durham University over the Christmas holidays in a fixture where we were unable to field a full-strength team. This is now becoming an annual event and always proves to be competitive.
In Lent we had good wins against the Jesters Club, the RFA and revenge against St. Paul’s School at St. Paul’s. We entered 8 players in the National Under 25s tournament and it was a similar result to last year, with Ed Kay losing in the Singles final to Dan Tristao and then teaming up with Dan to win the Doubles for the third straight year. Jacob Brubert did well to reach the semi-finals, also losing to Dan, whilst Jack Malde and Jacob Ader played well to defeat a strong Durham pair and win the Doubles Plate title.
This year the annual Past versus Present match was held at Cambridge. The Present won for the second year running by 242-206, with a total of 90 people dining at Selwyn afterwards. This form then showed through at the Varsity Match held at St. Paul’s and sponsored by Pol Roger, with Cambridge winning the main match 269-153 and the reserve match 146-117. Despite excellent play from the Oxford first pair, who bested both of our top pairs, Cambridge never looked like losing the match. Particular mention should go to freshmen Zach Brubert, James Pinder and Richard Law who played very well in the their first Varsity.
The club is continually thankful to President Bob Dolby without whom we wouldn’t be playing on courts in Cambridge and who can always be called upon to find players for an emergency fixture and to impart his considerable wisdom. We are also thankful to St. Paul’s School for once again hosting the Varsity Match. The future is bright and, with courts on our doorstep, the club looks to go from strength to strength.
|Sat October 28||RFA||Oundle||2.00pm||W 107-104 played Nov. 4th|
|Weds 7 Nov||Oundle Poachers||Oundle||6.00pm||W 104-77|
|Sat 10 Nov||Bedford School||Bedford||1.00pm||W 120-96|
|Sat 17 Nov||Derby Moor Fives||Oundle||11.00am||L 130-143|
|23-25 Nov||BUSC Championships||Christ’s Hospital||3 days||Kay & Brubert win Doubles. Malde wins Singles and Doubles Plate|
|14-15 December||vs The Rest sponsored match||Barnes||24 hrs||L 593-820|
|20 December||Durham University VIII||Barnes||tba||see 2013|
|Weds January 2||Durham University IV||Barnes||7.00pm||L 91-124|
|Wed January 9th||UCS||Barnes||tbc||cancelled|
|Sat 19 January||Jesters||Oundle||11.00am||postponed|
|Sun 27 Jan||RFA||Oundle||2.00pm||W 146-100|
|Sat 2 February||St. Paul’s VIII||Barnes||2.00pm||W 260-198|
|Sat 9 / Sun 10 February||U25s||Oundle||2 days||Ed Kay defends Doubles title (with Dan Tristao) and is runner-up in Singles|
|Wed 13 Feb||Executioners VIII||Barnes||7.00pm||L 189-197|
|Sat 16 Feb||Past v. Present||Oundle||11.30 am||W 275-185|
|Sat 23 Feb||Oxford URFC||Barnes||11.30 am||W 265-176|
Captain’s Report for 2012-2013:
The Rugby Fives club had another successful year, with entrants in several national tournaments as well as wins against strong sides throughout the season. In Michaelmas there were wins over the RFA and Bedford School, while some of the top players competed in the West of England Open and National Singles Qualifying. We entered 5 players into the BUCS championships in November, with Jack Malde winning both the singles plate and the doubles plate (teaming up with Adam George from St Andrew’s). Ed Kay and Jacob Brubert won the doubles, which went much of the way to ensure that Cambridge won the unofficial prize as best performing university at BUCS. In the National Singles the week after Ed Kay made it to the quarter-finals before being knocked out by Dan Tristao.
Over the Christmas holidays the club organized a match to raise money for new courts to be built in Cambridge. The Cambridge squad took on more than 30 opponents over a 24-hour period. Despite our losing the match 820-593, the event was a huge success, raising over £4000 for the cause.
In Lent term the team improved further, with wins against St Paul’s and the RFA. We also managed to enter 8 people In the National Under 25s tournament this year (as opposed to one the year before), which showed a good level of enthusiasm and commitment within the squad. At this tournament Ed Kay was again beaten by Dan Tristao – this time in the final – but then teamed up with him to win the doubles. Jacob Brubert put in a performance which belied his advancing years to beat Peter Hanton and Chris Burrows, and reach the semi-final of the singles. Jack Malde and James Lane performed well in the doubles, eventually losing to Durham’s 1st pair, who went on to reach the final. At the annual Past versus Present match, the form of our team was evident as we comfortably beat the past side by 90 points – the biggest recorded victory for the Present since 1969. This form eventually showed through at the Varsity Match, sponsored by Pol Roger, with the whole squad performing exceptionally well and with each pair adding to the total. The final score was 265-176, a fantastic achievement against a strong and well organized Oxford VIII. Particular mention should go to Will Sloper and Jacob Ader for performing well in their first Varsity Match.
With the potential completion of the new courts before the start of the 2013-2014 season the Rugby Fives Club is looking forward to a new era, with more frequent training and a larger fixture list as well as (hopefully) greater numbers playing the game. We are constantly thankful to President Bob Dolby, not only for his exceptional fundraising effort over the past year, but also for making sure the club has continued to run effectively through this difficult 18-year period without courts in Cambridge. A final thank-you must go to Oundle School who have hosted us during much of that time and enabled to club to continue to exist.
|Sat October 29||RFA||Oundle||2.00pm||L 95-104|
|Thurs 17 Nov||Oundle Poachers||Oundle||6.00pm||cancelled|
|Sat 5 Nov||Bedford School||Bedford||3.00pm||W 164-44|
|Sat 19 Nov||Derby Moor Fives VI||Oundle||11.00am||W 192-110|
|25-27 Nov||BUSC Championships||Marlborough||3 days||Kay & Chase runners-up in DoublesKay runner-up in Singles|
|Sun 14 January||Jesters||Oundle||11.00||cancelled|
|(Sun 23 Jan) Sat. Feb 5||RFA||Oundle||2.00||W 162-98|
|Sat 28 Jan||St. Paul’s VIII||Barnes||2.00||W 191-178|
|Sat 4 / Sun 5 February||U25s||Oundle||Kay wins Doubles (with Tristao)|
|Wed 8 Feb||Executioners VIII||Barnes||7pm||W 222-108|
|Sat 11 Feb||Past v. Present||Oundle||11.45 am||L 207-231|
|Sat 18 Feb||Oxford URFC||Barnes||11.30 am||W 290-158|
Captain’s Report for 2011-2012:
After a very successful 2010-2011 season and with the addition to our squad of some talented freshers, plus the return of ex-captain Alan Beverly, the outlook for the season was very positive.
The first few weeks of training and matches were used predominantly to integrate the new players into the team and work out pairings for BUCS and, eventually, for the Varsity Match. Two wins and one loss from the three fixtures leading up to BUCS was a positive start and turnout to training was higher than in previous years. The BUCS championships were held this year at Marlborough College, which took away the home advantage of the previous year. Hopes were high for Cambridge, with Ed Kay seeded high in the Singles and Cambridge also having 1st and 3rd seeded pairs in the Doubles. However, in the end, fitness seemed to be the biggest enemy as, after a gruelling number of games on Saturday, Kay ended up runner-up in both Singles and Doubles, where he was paired with Tom Chase. The Cambridge second pair of Elliott Malone and Alan Beverly managed to reach the semi-final, but lost to the eventual winning Durham pair, who were seeking to regain the doubles title they lost the previous year.
Even though the team came away with no trophies, the large turnout from Cambridge at the tournament emphasised the enthusiasm and commitment of the team, despite the long journey to and from Marlborough. This was also the first chance we had of eyeing up the Oxford team, and, it was clear that, with continued hard work, we would be favourites going into the Varsity Match.
In the Lent term, the focus was on sorting out the strongest VIII to compete in the 82nd Varsity Match, selecting not only the order of singles, but also building doubles partnerships. The strength of teams we played stepped up dramatically and the team travelled down to St Paul’s school on numerous occasions to practise playing on the courts where the Varsity Match was to be played. Some notable results included beating the RFA, St Paul’s and the Executioners, the latter two fixtures played on the opposition’s home courts
Another significant success was that of Ed Kay, who managed to bag his second doubles title in as many years by winning the National U25 Doubles Trophy with ex-Oxford Dan Tristao. This was a tremendous achievement for a 19 year old undergraduate. Ed and Alan Beverly were selected to represent BUCS versus the RFA later in the season.
On Saturday 18th February, the VIII and the Sparrows IV travelled to St Paul’s for the 82nd Varsity Match generously sponsored, in the shape of 12 bottles of bubbly, by Pol Roger Champagne. The selection process was difficult, due to the depth of the squad, and a lot of thought was required in selecting the doubles pairings to ensure we had the strongest overall team. The atmosphere as ever was one of nervous excitement to get the games underway and the pressure seemed to increase as we felt we were favourites to retain the Jock Burnet Trophy. After the singles, which included some dramatic games, including convincing wins from Kay and Jacob Brubert, as well as Chase’s fantastic comeback from 1-10 down to beat his opposite number 15-13, the Cambridge VIII were 13 points up. This, however, is only a small margin with 16 doubles games yet to be played. Fortunately, all the Cambridge pairs fought hard for every point and won 14 out of the 16 games, making the final result 290-158pts to Cambridge. The side dropped only 10 points out of a possible 300. Particular mention should go to James Lane, Jack Malde and Peter Judge, who all held their own in the doubles, despite it being their first Varsity appearance, Judge notably justifying his selection in the 4th pair with a tremendous performance. This is the highest points margin Cambridge have won by since 1983 and reflects the incredibly hard work put in by the team all year. It was a very satisfying end to the season.
The Sparrows IV also had success in their match, winning their match more narrowly against the Oxford Beavers 138-119. The team was captained by the returning Luke Rowland, who led his team from the front and used his previous varsity experience to good effect. This is the first time the Cambridge team have won the ‘Iron Fist’ trophy since it was first introduced.
|Saturday October 16||RFA||Oundle||2.00pm||Lost 96 – 113|
|Sat 23 October||Old Bedford Moderniians||Bedford Modern||2.00 pm||Won 137-125|
|Sat 7 Nov||Brian Elfick’s IV||Oundle||2.00pm||Cancelled|
|Weds 10 Nov||Oundle Poachers||Oundle||6.00pm||Won 166-94|
|Sat 13 Nov||Bedford School||Bedford||3.00pm||Postponed|
|Sat 20 Nov||Derby Moor Fives||Oundle||11.00am||Won 174-78|
|26-28 Nov||BUSC Championships||Oundle||3 days||Kay & Chase win DoublesKay runner-up in Singles|
|Sun 16 January||RFA||Oundle||11.00||L 107-115|
|(Sun 23 Jan) Sat. Feb 5||Jesters||Oundle||2.00||L 55-77|
|Sat 29 Jan||St. Paul’s X||Barnes||2.00||W 247-243|
|Sat 5 / Sun 6 February||U25s||Northwood||Kay & Chase reach semi-final of Doubles|
|Wed 9 Feb||Executioners VIII||Barnes||7pm||L 110-188|
|Sat 12 Feb||Past v. Present||Oundle||11.45 am||L 229-239|
|Sat 19 Feb||Oxford URFC||Barnes||11.30 am||W 238-201|
|Saturday October 18||RFA||Oundle||11 am||Cancelled|
|Saturday November 1||Alleyn Old Boys||Dulwich||1 pm||L 119-156|
|Sunday November 2||Bank of England||Roehampton||Cancelled|
|Saturday November 8||OMTs||Northwood||1 pm||Cancelled|
|Sunday November 9||Christ’s Hospital||Horsham||Cancelled|
|Thursday November 13||Oundle Poachers||Oundle||7 pm||Cancelled|
|Saturday November 15||Brian Elfick’s IV||Oundle||L 116-153|
|Wednesday November 19||Derby Moor Fives||Oundle||7 pm||Cancelled|
|November 21-23||BUCS Championships||Edinburgh||n/a|
|Saturday November 29||UCS Old Boys||Oundle||11 am||L 127-157|
|Saturday January 17||Jesters||Oundle||11 am||L 101-153|
|Saturday January 31||RFA VI||Oundle||11 am||W 195-167|
|January 31 / February 1||U25 Championships||Northwood||n/a|
|Saturday February 7||Old Paulines||Barnes||Cancelled|
|Wednesday February 11||St. Paul’s VIII||Barnes||7 pm||L 192-261|
|Saturday February 14||Past versus Present VIII||Oundle||11 am||L 197-242|
|Wednesday February 18||Executioners VIII||Barnes||7 pm||W 177-147|
|Saturday February 21||Oxford University VIII||Barnes||11 am||L 109-298|