CHRIST’S Hospital School is toasting national success in the little known sport of Rugby Fives.
The Bluecoats school has a proud tradition in the sport which is most commonly associated with public schools across England. And the current crop of students has enhanced the Christ’s Hospital reputation in the sport referred to as ‘squash without rackets’ as competitors hit a leather covered ball with their hands.
Their roll of honour at the National Fives Championships this week at St.Paul’s school in London:
Luke Thomson won the under-18 singles title; Luke and Adam Mathias won the under-18 doubles title.
Robert Mathias won the under-18 singles plate, and all three winners utterly outclassed their St Paul’s opposition from start to finish.
Chayton Kent and Andea Gemade reached the U16 Doubles semi-final, beating the favourites, St Paul’s top pair, and were only forced to retire by administrative issues.
At U14 level Louise Mathias, Abdul Ahmed, Tomas Higginson and Will Norris competed in their first National tournament and acquitted themselves admirably. Louise’s presence and skills on court competing evenly with the boys were noted as ‘history-making’ by a senior member of the RFA board.
Christ’s Hospital Fives coach Ed Hatton said the performances against the host school were particularly impressive.
“It’s worth noting that they were all playing against opposition from St Paul’s,” he remarked. “It’s true of any sport, but particularly in Fives, home court advantage is significant.