A huge delegation from the Executioners will travel to Merchant Taylors School this Sunday to face the biggest challenge in Fives, the President’s Cup – a VERY full day of competitive Fives. Among the 32 players will be Guy Matthews (pictured left – last year’s winner of the Love Mug), Tom Webster, Jon Peterson, Jon Abecassis, Alex Steel, Ben Hale and Simon Stokes. Does this loading of the draw mean we could end up with a winner or two? Let’s hope so!
No less than five Executioners played in the annual RFA v Old Bradfieldians match: Alex Steel, Alex Wall, Simon Stokes and Andy Pringle made up the RFA team, while Tom Webster kindly played for the OBs. At least that meant one Executioner wound up as a winner, as the OBs proved just why they are the second best Old Boys team in the country. Although Andy & Alex S won their games against Tom and Dave Butler, the other games were big wins for the OBs, giving them a comprehensive win overall.
Club president Andy Pringle was delighted to be one of four players to be the first to christen the newly refurbished Fives court at his old prep school, St Andrew’s in Eastbourne. Ironically, while a pupil, Andy had no idea that the building he used to walk past every day (and regularly kick a football against) was a Fives court – or that Fives even existed! However, with both technical and financial help from the RFA, the court – which is believed to date back to the 19th century, but most recently had been used as a storeroom – has been returned to its originally intended use. What’s more, Andy can proudly boast that he has never lost a match on the court, as he and Tessa Mills beat Eastbourne College teachers Simon Beal and Kathleen Briedenhann two games to one in a Mixed Doubles clash during an Open Day at the school.
(Full story can be read on the RFA website)
Several club members were involved in the RFA’s Owers Trophy on our home courts at St Paul’s School last weekend. The tournament is for teams of Old Boys, and Simon Stokes continued his record of playing in every tournament so far this season by leading the Old Shirburnians – the first time Old Boys from Sherborne have entered the competition. Meanwhile, Justus van Lare and Penn Chai played for a Scottish Old Boys team, but pride of place went to the Old Eastbournians (Andy Pringle, Marcus Bate and Charles Compton) who scraped through the group stage and only bowed out in the semi-finals.
(You can read a full report on the event on the RFA website)
Simon Stokes put the rest of the club to shame by playing in both of the new season’s first singles tournaments: the South East Open at Christ’s Hospital in August and the London Open at Alleyn’s School in September. Sadly, tough draws (against Dan Grant in the South East and Hamish Buchanan in London) meant he’s yet to win his first tournament match, but he learned a lot from his experience. Mainly that bribing the organiser might be a good idea!
Dust off your gloves, because the 2016/17 season is almost upon us. Our regular Wednesday night sessions start up again from August 31st, and we’ll be on court from 7pm or so that night – and every Wednesday for the next three-and-a-half months. Do come and join us!
Timing his run to perfection, veteran Andy Pringle (pictured here in 2015) sealed the club’s singles ladder for the second successive year this week. After reaching the top spot a week before the end of the season, he was unchallenged the following week, allowing him to win the title and claim – probably rightly – to be the oldest person ever to win the Executioners singles ladder. Could he make it a record-breaking three in a row next season? Time will tell…