Christ’s Hospital triumphs in national championships

Champions Abdul Ahmed and James Kennedy with president of the Rugby Fives Association, Richard Warner
Champions Abdul Ahmed and James Kennedy with president of the Rugby Fives Association, Richard Warner

NEW champions triumphed for Christ’s Hospital school at the 2012 National Schools Fives Championships on Sunday April 29.

Year nine student, Abdul Ahmed, beat opponents from around the UK before taking the title of national U14 singles champion in the final of the championships at St Paul’s School, Barnes.

Edward Hatton, head of classic and fives, said: “Every round was close, so it was Abdul’s superior fitness and winning mentality that enabled him to come out on top.

“He showed great strength of character in the final to win after losing the second game heavily to a clever opponent testing his left hand.”

Abdul then went on to win the doubles plate with his partner, James Kennedy.

At the 2012 National Girls Fives Championships at Marlborough College, Molly Todd dispatched three U14s before winning the title of U13 national singles champion.

Tamsin Denny and Phoebe Thornhill won the U13 national doubles titles and Mary Ward, Olivia Crossman, Louise Mathias and Coralie Strong gained doubles plates.

Mr Hatton said: “All of the U13s were playing in their first competitive occasion so their efforts were particularly impressive.”

This is the third year running that the Christ’s Hospital squad has emerged with more than four titles, cementing a position as one of the leading schools for girls fives.