This has been another fine year for Fives – a unique and highly popular sport at which St Olave’s students, past and present, continue to excel. The Year 7 squad performed very well in the Nationals with Yoaan Bleunven, Ishkaar Ujoodia, Vishal Prashar and Rohan Tse touring Switzerland during the May half Term. Year 8s also joined the tour with Jonathan Aderanti and Kieran Kang playing exceptionally well to reach the final of the Lindt Challenge event. In Year 9 Louis McLean and Satchin Balaji reached the quarter-finals of the Nationals, whilst an exceptional Year 10 squad won almost all their matches. Kieran Walton and Charles Stocks helped win The Richard Barber Cup alongside the Seniors, whilst James Tate and Charles Stocks won a very large regional Individual event at Harrow, albeit at the expense of Sohayl Ujoodia who also reached the Final against them. In Year 11 Vish Shetty’s superb win at the Eton U16s Individual event was a real highlight. Morgan Pugh played at the highest level for the U16’s, Seniors and even Old Olavians 1st Division. Tomas Gallagher won the Turnbull Trophy, The Kinnaird Pepper-Pot, and became the first schoolboy to be in a Barber Cup winning team. The most outstanding success of the season however came from Kosi Nwuba and Tomas Gallagher who lived up to their 1st Seed ranking by winning the National Schools’ Championship’s U16 title without dropping a set. Joint Senior Captains, Josh Ravi and Edward
King led by example, pouring energy back into training others in the school. In a good collaboration with the Old Olavians they played a key role in victories over Eton, Shrewsbury and Westminster, with Josh jointly winning the Kinnaird Pepper Pot and reaching the Turnbull Final. Josh and Edward were joined by William Belsham in training a large Senior Girls squad who beat Westminster and made impressive contributions in the National Mixed category. Despite ending her season on crutches, Imogen Spark established herself as the strongest member of this promising squad.