Competing in a field made up of the best senior women, university graduates and Highgate School National Champions, all our girls' Fives pairs did extremely well – despite the fact that many of them are relative newcomers to the game and lacked competition experience.
1st Pair Jo Cull and Charlotte Harris were promoted to the Main Ladies’ Championship Competition, where they were competing against the best pairs in the country. To their great credit they came 2nd in the Plate competition, beating their great rivals Wolverhampton Girls’ School 1st Pair along the way.
With a large entry in the Festival Competition and matches being played up to 15, the day proved to be a marathon event. But by 6.00pm we had achieved success as 2nd Pair Charlie Perkins & Eliza Woods won the Festival 15-8 against Bould & Lo from Cambridge University.
3rd Pair Alice Sykes-Waller & Gaby Byrne (both Upper Sixth) played their best fives ever and reached the semi-finals.
4th Pair Lower Sixth Formers Esmé O’Keeffe & Ciara Murphy, playing in their first event, improved dramatically and qualified out of their group. They lost in the quarter finals.
5th Pair Elinor Dolphin & Raf Major also qualified out of their group, improved match on match, and bowed out in the quarter finals.
6th Pair Honor Turpin & Emily Wood, also playing in their first event, were brilliant in their application and concentration and will have gained much from the experience.
C.Harris & J.Cull (Captain) (Pair 1) Main 3-15, 3-15, 0-15, 5-15, 3-15 Plate 9-11,15-9,15-3 - 8 matches
E.Wood & C.Perkins (Pair 2) Festival Group 15-12, 15-3, 15-0, 15-0, 15-6, 15-1,15-11
KO Stage 15-1,15-8, FINAL 15-8 - 10 matches
A.Sykes-Waller & G.Byrne (Pair 3) 10-15, 15-2, 15-0, 15-2, 15-4, 15-1, 15-5,
KO Stage 15-2, 8-15 - 9 matches
E.O'Keeffe & C.Murphy (Pair 4) 7-15, 15-6, 15-0, 6-15, 15-5, 8-15, 15-0
KO Stage 2-15 - 8 matches
E.Dolphin & R.Major (Pair 5) 2-15, 15-13, 15-11, 5-15, 15-9, 15-10, 5-15
KO Stage 4-15 - 8 matches