7 July - National Fives Winners

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This year's Marsh National Schools' Championships at Eton saw a record 670 pairs from 33 schools take part across 12 different competitions - quite a challenge for Mark Williams and his team of helpers, who ensured that the 10 days of competition saw all 16 of Eton's courts in constant use.

Top dogs in the senior boys' ranks this year were St. Olave's who came into the championships on a hight, having recently won the Williams Cup - the school three-pair team competition - for the first time since the late 1990s. To the delights of coach Howard Wiseman, the Kent school provided both pairs in the open final - only the fourth time this has been achieved by any school in the last 60 years. The final was won narrowly by Tom Gallagher and Kosi Nwuba who beat Morgan Pugh and Kieran Walton. 

The senior girls' saw a changing of the guard as Shrewsbury won their first title at this level with Nina Lange and Sophie Breese, bringing a halt to seven years of Highgate dominance. Further down the age groups were the wins from Eton, Berkhamsted, St. Olave's and Highgate as well as a first national final for Cranleigh Prep - runners-up to Berkhamsted in the first ever girls U13 competition - a well deserved success for long-serving coach Mark Halstead.


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