Closest result yet in the annual RFA v WFA match

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Rugby Fives Association VIII v. Winchester Fives Association VIII
Winchester College; Sunday, 20th October 2019

The 2019 match between the Rugby Fives Association and the Winchester Fives Association was the closest so far in 9 matches. A win by 7 points sees the RFA take a 5-4 lead in the series.

WFA Team Manager Harry Akerman reports: With frequently changing lineups for both teams in the week leading up to the match there was some nervousness on both sides as to whether we would have 8 players in each team. As it turned out the WFA ended up with 9!

We had a great match and the closest game in this series of WFA vs RFA matches that we have ever had, with the RFA now leading the contest 5 matches to 4. In the end it came down to just 7 points and all the ‘What if’s’ and ‘If onlys’ that come with a game like that we mentioned in the post match chat at The Queen.

Ollie and Ben played the game like they were playing with a golf ball whilst Dan and Howard battled against Giles and Tom for a 15-16, 16-15 scorecard!

Thanks to all the last minute replacements who made this fixture and who each played such an important part in the day.

RFA team
1st pair: Ollie Arnold & Ben Beltrami
2nd pair: Dan Tristao & Howard Wiseman
3rd pair: Laurence Cook & Jack Malde
4th pair: Jamie Graham & Stuart Scott

WFA team
1st pair: Dave Butler & Ed Ronan
2nd pair: Giles Munn & Tom Watkinson
3rd pair: Ben Chua & Will Kennedy
4th pair: Seb Fraser & Andy Passey

Scores

  WFA 1 WFA 2 WFA 3 WFA 4  
RFA 1 15-3

15-2

11-3

11-5

11-4

11-3

11-5

11-2

 

96

RFA 2 11-5

5-11

16-15

15-16

11-1

11-3

11-1

11-3

 

91

RFA 3 0-11

0-11

1-11

3-11

4-15

12-15

10-12

7-11

 

37

RFA 4 0-11

0-11

1-11

2-11

4-11

10-12

15-10

15-8

 

47

  65 83 64 52

              RFA beat the WFA 271-264

For video from this contest go to:
https://www.wessexfivesclub.org.uk/news

Results of the previous years:

2011       WFA win 248-217
2012       WFA win 252-223
2013       RFA win 237-217
2014       RFA win 258-230
2015       WFA win 266-257
2016       RFA win 249-214
2017       RFA win 289-230
2018       WFA win 286-233

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