July 26th - In true Executioners style, our 'end-of-season' doubles tournament took place after the first RFA event of next season! Nevertheless, six pairs took to the courts to compete for the prize. In the end, the final came down to a match between Ed Hatton & Tafara Golding and Toms Dean and Webster. As much of the competition had been throughout the day, it was a close match, and both pairs had match-point during the game. In the end, though, it was Ed and Tafara who won - 16-14. The games were followed by the now-traditional visit to the Sun Inn, Barnes, where Guy Matthews gave a mercifully short speech, and the season's awards were handed out. This saw Andy Pringle win the Singles Ladder, while Alex Steel (in her absence) won the Most Competitive Player award. Finally, the evening ended with a curry at the Maharani in Clapham.July 13th - Despite the fact that the club is yet to have its end-of-season tournament, plenty of members went to the first RFA event of the 2011/12 season - the South West Open - and a good time was had by all. Will Ellison (who we claim as one of our own, as he's paid a sub!) won the singles championship, and then went on to win the doubles with Marcus Bate, who's definitely one of us. At the same time, Jay Gravatt did well to win the singles plate, while Andy Pringle and Tom Dean reached the semi-finals of the doubles, where they lost to a pair including Chris Burrows.
March 14th - The club's members proved themselves very adept at Winchester Fives in the recent National Championships. Occasional Executioner Will Ellison won the men's doubles title with Hal Mohammed for the third year on the trot, while Andy Pringle (pictured, right, with partner Gareth Price) picked up the Plate. However, pride of place goes to Alex Steel and Anita Ganguly, who won the ladies national doubles title after Alex had been runner-up in the singles.
February 1st - All too often we concentrate on the men at the club, so we're delighted to report some great success for our ladies in the 2010 Ladies Championships, which were played in January 2011 after being postponed from December because of the snow. Alex Steel reached the semi-finals of the singles, where she only lost after a truly magnificent game against Kathleen Briednhann. However, she and Anita Ganguly went one better in the doubles, reaching the final. And, although they lost, they put up a very creditable performance against the nine-times champions, who have been unbeaten in this competition since 1999.
May 2nd -
At the Scottish Open, Andy Pringle continued to expand his collection
of 2009/10 Plates. After scoring a good win over local student Johnny
Major to take the singles Plate on Saturday, he then teamed up with Ian
Roberts to take the Doubles plate on the following day. These two are
in addition to the Plates he has already won at the London Open
(singles), Owers Trophy and National Doubles.
April 22nd -
Organiser Guy Matthews has confirmed that this season's end-of-season doubles tournament will be on Saturday June 19th
at St. Paul's. Anyone interested in playing must be a fully paid-up
member of the club and should let Guy know asap that they want to have
their name in the draw. Following the day's play, there will be the
usual visit to the Sun for a prize-giving, including the trophy for the
Singles Ladder, which will also finish on the same day.
April 18th -
It was another case of so near, yet so far in the final rounds of the
Club Knockout this year. After getting a bye into the semi-finals, the
club faced the Owers Trophy champions, the Old Paulines, and it was a
tremendously close encounter. Over the course of the match, the team of
Tom Maconie, Chris Burrows, Tom Dean and Andy Pringle shared the games
with their opponents – and were even ahead going into the final two
games of doubles – but OPs staged a fine comeback to win both games and
emerge as the winners by seven points.
March 29th -
In the same week as the club's first team safely won through to the
quarter-finals of the Club Knockout, three of the team also did well at
the National Doubles Championship. Tom Dean and Andy Pringle did well
to take a game off the third seeds before losing in the quarter-finals,
but made up for any disappointment by winning the plate, comfortably
defeating every other losing quarter-finalist. However, as in 2009, the
best performance came from Marcus Bate, who (with partner Will Ellison)
finished as runner-up.
March 11th - For the second year running, the club is entering two teams into the Club Knockout. The first team, captained by Andy Pringle, is hoping to emulate its semi-final appearances of the last two years, starting with a first-round match against the Old Tonbridgians. Meanwhile, Guy Matthews' second team starts its campaign with a game against the White Rose Club - a home fixture, fortunately!
March 3rd -
The club has seen some good match results recently - albeit mainly
against schools, with victories over St Dunstan's College and Bedford
School. The biig challenge comes on March 13th, when we face St Paul's
in an eight-a-side match.
March 1st - The club is delighted to report that, once again, we have a champion in our midst. Marcus Bate, with Will Ellison (formerly of this parish) has won the North of England doubles title - a fine win in three games over the country's two top-ranked doubles players. Next up for the pair will be the National Doubles Championship, where they could well have to face Andy Pringle and ToDean in the quarter-finals...
November 18th -
little later than planned, the initial random, unseeded draw for the
club's Singles Ladder has been made. Full details are on the Ladder
page, but it promises to be a season of tough games. At the top is the
relativey inexperienced Pete Harmer, followed by President's Cup
champion Jay Gravatt. However, previous winners Tom Maconie and Andy
Pringle are much lower down, so you can expect to see challenges from
them flying very soon...
November 11th -
An important date for all club members' diaries: the club's annual Xmas
drinks and dinner (organised by Guy Matthews) will be on Wednesday
December 9th. Full details to come, although the evening is highly
likely to feature the Sun Inn, Barnes, at some stage!
October 28th -
The club now has a new-look website - although that's mainly thanks to
changes behind the scenes courtesy of Google, whose software underpins
the site. We hope you like it, but do email any comments to Andy
October 26th -
We can look back on some real success for current and former members of
the club over the opening weeks of the new seasonm with Will Ellison
leading the way. Our former ladder champion reached the semi-finals of
both the singles and doubles at the London Open before leading the Old
Pilgrims to a win in the Owers Trophy. However, his greatest
achievement was in winning the West of England doubles title with Hal
Mohammed, making them the youngest pair to win an open title for some
June 14th -
We had a very impressive nine pairs in the end-of-season tournament,
and after a day's frenetic competition, the winners were the pair of
James Bristow and Toby Brook, the latter appearing in his first ever
tournament final. Runners-up were Jez Sinton and Adam Tong, who pushed
James and Toby all the way, only losing the third game in the
best-of-three final 9-11. The plate was won by Shafin Somji and Riaz
Dharahshi, who defeated the scratch pair of Alex Smith and Charles
June 4th - There's little more than a week now till the club's end-of-season tournament on June 13th. This will be held at St Paul's, and will coincide with the end of the singles ladder - as well as being followed by a visit to Balham's best Indian restaurant, Qmin.
April 26th -
club's first team (led by Will Ellison and Marcus Bate, and supported
by Andy Pringle and Chris Burrows) put up a fine show in the final
rounds of the club championship, claiming possibly its best ever win in
their quarter-final against the RFA Club. Facing a team that included
the current top two ranked singles players in the game, as well as two
former national singles champions, the Executioners emerged victorious
by two points, 93 to 91. This set up a semi-final against the defending
champions, Manchester's Y Club, and although the club lost, a superb
performance from Will and Marcus ensured they scored more points
against the Mancunians (who went on to successfully defend their title)
than the eventual runners-up.
April 10th -
club's two teams had mixed fortunes in the Preliminary Round of the
Club Championship. Although the second four (captain Guy Matthews, plus
Riaz Dharamshi, Charles Lamb and Shafin Somji) lost in an away fixture
at Derby Moor, the first four (Andy Pringle, Will Ellison, Tom Maconie
and Marcus Bate) scored a fine win over the Wessex Club at St Paul's.
Their next opponents - in the Quarter-finals - will be the RFA Club,
captained by National Number 2 Ed Fuller.
April 2nd -
club did well in the final rounds of the National Doubles Championship,
with two pairs reaching the quarter-finals. Andy Pringle and Tom
Maconie lost to the eventual champions in the quarter-final, but
reached the Plate final, where they lost in three games. However, the
best performance came from Will Ellison and Marcus Bate, who beat the
second seeds to reach the final. Here they played extremely well again,
but lost out to the defending champions, who took the title for a sixth
March 18th -
club is delighted to report that it now has a National Open champion in
its ranks after Will Ellison (with Hal Mohammed) won the National
Winchester Fives doubles championship, held at Malvern College. In the
same tournament, Andy Pringle and Jez Sinton reached the final of the
plate, but lost out in a tight three-gamer. For Will, it's just the
latest success in a very successful season, coming off the back of
strong performances in the North of England Open and the Under 25s,
where he was runner-up in the singles and retained his doubles title
with Steve Korris.
January 9th -
singles ladder has now been drawn - rather later than intended(!). Dick
Warner starts the season top of the pile, with previous winner Tom
Maconie not far behind in third. However, reigning champion Will
Ellison will have some hard work ahead, starting in 16th position.
December 9th -
Executioners have had a good run of success lately, crowned – again –
by victory in the President's Cup. We're delighted to report that the
Cup was won by KCS schoolboy Jay Gravatt, who guided national doubles
champion Hamish Buchanan to the title. The club also had players in all
three plate finals: Chris Burrows beat Jonno Abecassis and won the
T-Pot, but sadly Will Ellison, Adam Tong and Andy Pringle lost in their
September 7th -
Executioners put up a mixed showing the London Open. Although several
players failed to register a point while losing in the first round of
the singles, sixth seed Will Ellison reached the quarter-finals. He
then teamed up with Marcus Bate in the doubles, and played superbly to
reach the final, where they lost to the defending champions (who had
already disposed of Andy Pringle – partnering Chris Jones – in the