Rankings – Women

Rugby Fives Association, 29th July 2019

The fourth set of End-of-Season Women’s Rankings, compiled by Chris Burrows, show significant gains made principally by younger players whose performances at the recent National Schoolgirls’ Championships have elevated them, in the case of champion doubles pairing Lena Barton and Kirsten Bell from Marlborough College, into the top 20.  Two schoolgirls occupy top 10 places following successes at school and adult level: National U18 Singles champion Katie Sumner at 9 and National U16 Singles champion Martha Nugent at 7.

National Ladies Singles and Doubles Champion Louise Mathias has consolidated her lead at number 1 over former champion Kathleen Briedenhann. Winchester Fives champion Maddy Raynor has climbed into the top 3, while Dominique Redmond’s performances earn her the number 10 spot. Helena Tunks, who won the inaugural Rugby Fives Mixed Doubles, enters at 21, just below Cambridge Ladies Captain Lottie Simpson who introduced Helena to the game. The City of Durham Club now have Camille Beattie and Julie McIntyre at 23 and 25 respectively. 

The next ranking tournament is the City of Durham Invitation event on the weekend of 2-3 November. It is Chris Burrows’ intention to introduce separate rankings for Singles and Doubles at that point.

Women’s End-of-season Rankings 2019

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Rugby Fives Association, 28th February 2019

There are some big changes in the Women’s National Rankings, prepared by Chris Burrows after the recent Ladies’ National Championships at the Manchester Y Club.

First, we have a new Number 1: Louise Mathias. Louise currently holds 5 National titles in Rugby and Winchester Fives at open and U23 level, to add to a previous clean sweep of all schoolgirl titles.

Secondly, we now have 2 schoolgirls in the top ten: Martha Nugent (8th), who can boast titles at U13, U14 and U23 level plus a victory this season in the President’s Cup; and Katie Sumner (9th), the current U16 Singles champion.

Thirdly, we have 6 new entrants into the rankings as a result of their participation in the national championships at Manchester,  among them two players from the new City of Durham Club — Camille Beattie at 26 and Julie McIntyre at 29. Five of the new six are schoolgirls, as is Zara Elliot from Edinburgh Academy, who jumps from 35 to 17.

Fourthly, we see a significant rise from 32 to 14 for Dominique Redmond, better known for her prowess in Eton Fives, who made a welcome return to competitive Rugby Fives in Manchester.

The end-of-season rankings will be published in June after the upcoming Ladies’ Winchester Fives Singles and Doubles Championships, the Schoolgirls; Championships in April and the Winchester Fives Mixed Doubles in May.

Women’s Rankings February 2019

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Rugby Fives Association, 21st January 2019

Courtesy of Chris Burrows, we announce the latest rankings for Women’s Rugby Fives ahead of the Ladies’ National Rugby Fives Championships at the Manchester Y Club this coming weekend.

The rankings follow the Ladies’ U23 Championships in November, in which Louise Mathias successfully defended her Singles title and won the Doubles with Shinan Zhang.

There are five new entrants after that tournament: coming in at 14 Martha Nugent of Alleyn’s School; at 33 Maddie Kent from Bedford Modern School; at 35 Zara Elliot and at 46 Sophie Lundie (both from Edinburgh Academy); and at 47 Kitty Hatchley of Oxford University.

Women’s Rankings January 2019*****

Rugby Fives Association, 22nd June 2018

The RFA is pleased to publish the end-of-season rankings for Women’s Rugby Fives 2018. To be eligible players must have entered at least one of the appropriate tournaments during the past two seasons.

National Singles champion Kathleen Briedenhann tops the list as she did at the end of 2016 when these rankings were introduced. The next four players — Tessa Mills, Maddy Raynor, Alexandra Steel and U23 champion Louise Mathias — have now pulled clear of the rest of the field.

Newcomers are National U16 champion Katie Sumner, now eligible by age, and Dominique Redmond after their performances in the recent Winchester Fives Mixed Doubles at Bradfield College.

The next rankings, kindly compiled by Chris Burrows, will be published before the Ladies’ National Championships in January 2019.

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Rugby Fives Association, 4th May 2018

The latest rankings, compiled by Chris Burrows, show a gradual narrowing of the gaps at the top, with Maddy Raynor and Alexandra Steel closing in on the long-standing leaders Kathleen Briedenhann and Tessa Mills as a result of their success in the Ladies National Doubles in January and in the recent Ladies Winchester Fives championships. Schools champion Ibby Lee gains a place in the top 10 and her partner Anna Laakkonen gains two. The biggest jump is made by Rugby’s Anastasia de Clermont, who pushed Ibby hard in the final of the Schoolgirls’ championships last month. There are new entries: Freya Harrison and Arte Denton from Rugby School enter the top 20, while Meryl Smith of Edinburgh Academy makes spot number 30. Three other schoolgirls enter for the first time.

End-of-season rankings will follow the Mixed Winchester Fives championships to be played at Bradfield College on Sunday May 6th.

Women’s Rankings May 2018*****

The Rugby Fives Association,  20th  February 2018

The RFA is delighted to publish the latest rankings for Women’s Fives following the Ladies National Singles and Doubles championships 2018.

They see Kathleen Briedenhann regain the top spot from Tessa Mills after her victory in the National Ladies’ Singles. Similarly Louise Mathias leapfrogs Shinan Zhang after her success in the championships.

Following her victory in the Singles Plate competition Cassi Henderson rises from 21st to 16th. Her opponent in that final, Lottie Simpson, also rises by 5 places to 26th

There is just one new entry: Emily O’Malley, who enters at 52nd.

The next rankings will appear after the Ladies Winchester Fives Championships at Bradfield College on March 4th.

Women’s Rankings February 2018Ladies Rankings Jan_2018

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The Rugby Fives Association,  20th June 2017

The RFA is delighted to publish the end-of-season rankings for Women’s Fives.

They show the continued see-sawing at the top between our closely matched champions Tessa Mills and Kathleen Briedenhann, and also the close rivalry between Maddy Raynor and Alexandra Steel just below them.

After Kathleen had garnered critical points with her victory in the Ladies’ Winchester Fives Singles, back came Tessa with a points-winning victory in the Winchester Fives Mixed Doubles, while Alexandra’s silver-medal performance in that event was just not quite enough to make up ground she had lost to Maddy earlier in the year.

Meanwhile, after the National Girls’ Championships, the new U18 champion Ibby Lee from Marlborough College climbs into the top 10 and with her comes Phoebe Thornhill of Christ’s Hospital, her opponent in the singles final.

Other schoolgirls make steady progress after their performances in their championships: Anna Laakkonen (Marlborough – 14) , Anastasia de Clermont (Rugby – 18), Holly Nugent (Alleyn’s – 19), and most particularly Maisie Harte (Rugby – up to 29 from 54), while ex-Cambridge Eton Fives player Karen Hird (22) benefits from a strong performance at the Winchester Mixed Doubles.

The next ranking event will be the Ladies’ National Singles and Doubles Championships at St. Paul’s in January.

End-of-season Women’s Rankings 2017Ladies_Ranking_22-06-17

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Rugby Fives Association,  21st April 2017

The latest Women’s Rankings take into account results in the Ladies Winchester Fives Championship held in March at Malvern College. Kathleen Briedenhann beat Tessa Mills in the final to win the Singles title at that event, a result which enables Kathleen to return to the top of the rankings. Kathleen and Tessa won the Doubles, a success which consolidates their position as the top two players in the women’s game.

There are a number of new names in the rankings as a result of their participation in the Malvern competition: Anna Laakkonen, Ibby Lee, Cosi Bugel, Amy Lewin and Stella Smith, all of them schoolgirls, and one player from Sedbergh School, Imogen Boddy, has moved up three places to number 12.

End-of-season rankings will be published in June after the next two events: the National Schoolgirls’ Championships at Marlborough in April and the Mixed Winchester Doubles at Bradfield in May.

Women’s Rankings April 2017Ladies Rankings March_2017

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The Rugby Fives Association,  17th February 2017

The RFA is delighted to publish the fourth set of rankings since the inception of Women’s Rankings in March 2016.

They show new Ladies National Singles Champion Tessa Mills having overtaken her regular Doubles partner Kathleen Briedenhann at the top after her success at St. Paul’s in January.

Maddy Raynor moves up to  third after her silver medal in Singles and Doubles at the Ladies National Championships.

Cassi Henderson’s rise from 26th to 17th reflects the growing strength of Rugby Fives at Cambridge University.

Four new players from Rugby School and Staff enter the rankings for the first time.

The next set of Women’s Rankings will be published in April 2017 after the Ladies National Winchester Fives Championships in Singles and Doubles which will be played at Malvern College.

Women’s Rankings February 2017Ladies Rankings Jan_2017

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The Rugby Fives Association, 17th May 2016

The RFA is delighted to publish end-of-season rankings for Women’s Fives for the first time. These are the third set of rankings to be published since the inception of Women’s Rankings in March of this year.

They show Ladies National Champion Kathleen Briedenhann, who recently won the Winchester Fives Mixed Doubles with Ben Beltrami, having consolidated her lead over second-placed Tessa Mills, who did not enter.

Alexandra Steel moves up to third after her silver medal in the Mixed event.

Georgina Shepherd, Ashley Lumbard and Lottie Simpson enter the rankings at 13, 17 and 27 respectively, while Karen Hird rises 21 places, all four of them after playing in the Mixed Doubles.

Two of the top ten, Alexandra Steel and Louise Mathias, also figure in the National end-of-season doubles rankings.

The next set of Women’s Rankings will be published in February 2017 after the Ladies National Championships in Singles and Doubles.

End-of-season Women’s Rankings 2016Ladies Rankings May_2016

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The Rugby Fives Association, 4th May 2016

The RFA is delighted to publish the second set of Women’s rankings below.

The rankings have been prepared by a director of the RFA, Chris Burrows, using a specially designed programme. They are up-dated after each of the 7 ranking events which we have identified:

The Ladies National Singles and Doubles in January; the Ladies Winchester Fives Singles and Doubles in March; the National Girls’ U18 Singles and Doubles in April; and the Mixed Winchester Doubles in May.

They are restricted to players aged 16 and over.

These rankings follow the National Girls’ U18 Singles and Doubles 2016. A total of 14 new players have entered the list.

Women’s Rankings May 2016Ladies Rankings April_2016

 

The next rankings will be published after the Mixed Winchester Fives Doubles championships at Bradfield on May 8th.

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The Rugby Fives Association, 27th March 2016

The RFA is delighted to launch Women’s Rankings for Rugby Fives.

The rankings have been prepared by a director of the RFA, Chris Burrows, using a specially designed programme, and will be up-dated after each of the 7 ranking events which we have identified:

The Ladies National Singles and Doubles in January; the Ladies Winchester Fives Singles and Doubles in March; the National Girls’ U18 Singles and Doubles in April; and the Mixed Winchester Doubles in May.

They are restricted to players aged 16 and over.

The initial set of rankings published here reflects participation and performance in the above events since January 1st 2015. We expect the number of players listed to increase over the next years as female players enter more tournaments.

This season has been a record-breaking one for Women’s Fives, with larger-than-hitherto numbers playing in the above events and in the Lady’s Cup in October. We have seen female players taking part in the South West Open at Blundell’s and in the National Winchester Fives Doubles championships at Malvern. We have also seen the first IV-a-side Ladies Varsity Match between Oxford and Cambridge Universities.

We very much hope that this trend will continue and that we are entering an exciting period in the history of the game.

Women’s Rankings March 2016Ladies_Rankings_17-03-16

The next set of rankings will be published after the Ladies Winchester Fives Championships in March.

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