Oxford Women’s Eton Fives successfully defend their National University Championship title, beating Cambridge University in the final.
Late October’s Jesters Universities Eton Fives tournament was the first tournament of the year for the squad and with only a few weeks of training behind them they travelled to Eton College. It involved teams including UCL, Imperial College London, Cambridge, Manchester, Nottingham University, and Imperial College London.
Oxford was ably represented by three pairs:
Alice Walker and Isobel Watts – Isobel, studying for a DPhil in Zoology, is the current captain and only started playing fives when she joined Oxford in 2009. Alice is now in the final year of an Engineering degree and has been captain for the past two years, before becoming the club president this year.
Scarlett Maguire and Lucy Rands – Scarlett is the club secretary and played fives while at Highgate during GCSE’s but picked up the game again last year when she joined Oxford. Lucy is in her third year studying Materials.
Rosalind Parr and Hannah Pritchard – Rosalind and Hannah are in their first year studying Classics and English respectively. Both started playing whilst at Shrewsbury School
The format saw two pools of pairs playing each other in a one game match (12 points). The winner of each pool then played the runner up of the other pool in a 3 game set, the winner of each progressing to the final.
Walker/Watts won all of their games, beating Cambridge 1st in the final on the way to the Championship title. The win only increases anticipation of Varsity next term. At last year’s Varsity fixture Oxford did not drop a game to the old foe over all 6 pairs!
Maguire/Rands and Parr/Pritchard were very unlucky to narrowly miss semi-final places but played well to reach an all Oxford Plate Final, with Parr/Pritchard coming out victorious.
Next fixtures on the horizon for the girls include:
- Sunday 10 November the Richard Black Cup, which is a three pair team competition.
- Under 21’s tournament (Michealmas Term) which half the team can attend
- Ladies Nationals (Hilary Term)
- Mixed Universities (Hilary term) which the girls are hoping to send a pairs for the first time
- Varsity (Hilary Term)
Well played girls!