Whitgift School, Croydon
Saturday/Sunday, 15-16 September 2018
STOP PRESS: Ed Kay successfully defended his Singles title and then went on, despite twisting his ankle in the second game, to win the Doubles with partner Dan Grant.
In the Singles Ed brought to an end an 11-month unbroken run of titles for Dan Tristao, while in the Doubles it was also at the expense of Dan, who was paired with Julian Aquilina, the latter reaching his first senior final, we believe.
Alleyn Old Boy and Oxford undergraduate Ben Kirwan won the high-quality Singles Plate , beating Old Pauline Theo Parker from Bristol University in the final. In the Doubles Plate a seven-pair round robin was won by Hamish Buchanan & Sam Russell without the need for a final.
A smallish entry contained new faces from the Old Whitgiftians, Merchant Taylors’ School and the OMTs, the welcome return of James Pinder to competitive play and an appearance by U23 Ladies champion Louise Mathias. There were impressive performances in the Singles from Sam Russell, Peter Hanton and Andrew Boyd.
Finally thanks go to Dan Tristao for taking over the organisation of the event from Will Ellison, who welcomed a daughter into this world (of Fives).
Scores and photos
1st round: A.Hopkins bt L.Mathias 11-0, 11-1; B.Kirwan bt C.Low 11-8, 11-3; J.Pinder bt E.Townshend 11-2, 11-2; J.Hanton bt N.Geere 11-3, 11-4
2nd round: D.Tristao bt Hopkins 11-3, 11-1; S.Russell bt B.Jourdan 11-6, 11-2; J.Aquilina bt J.Smith 11-3, 11-7; Grant bt Kirwan 11-5, 11-2; C.Brooks bt Pinder 11-1, 11-3; P.Hanton bt T.Parker 11-8, 5-11, 11-5; A.Boyd bt O.Arnold 11-5, 11-4; E.Kay bt J.Hanton 11-3, 11-1
Quarter-finals: Tristao bt Russell 7-11, 11-5, 11-4; Grant bt Aquilina 11-5, 12-10; Brooks bt P.Hanton 11-2, 11-4; Kay bt Boyd 11-3, 11-5
Semi-finals: Tristao bt Grant 11-9, 11-9; Kay bt Brooks 11-0, 11-4
Final: Kay bt Tristao 11-6, 11-1
Semi-final: Kirwan bt Jourdan 15-9; Parker bt Arnold 15-13
Final: Kirwan bt Parker 15-7
1st round: B.Chua & J.Smith bt J.Graham & E.Townshend 11-4, 11-5; T.Hebblethwaite & A.Hopkins bt C.Low & S.Prakash 11-7, 11-7; N.Geere & A.Hanton bt L.Mathias & J.Pinder 11-8, 6-11, 11-9
Quarter-finals: D.Grant & E.Kay bt Chua & Smith 11-0, 11-5; A.Boyd & B.Jourdan bt H.Buchanan & S.Russell 11-6, 11-5; O.Arnold & T.Parker bt Hebblethwaite & Hopkins 11-0, 11-3; J.Aquilina & D.Tristao bt Geere & A.Hanton 11-5, 11-2
Semi-finals: Grant & Kay bt Boyd & Jourdan 11-2, 11-7; Aquilina & Tristao bt Arnold & Parker 2-11, 11-9, 11-9
Final: Grant & Kay bt Tristao & Aquilina 11-5, 11-1
Plate: Buchanan & Russell