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2011

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.


2010

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...

2009

November 18th - A 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 Pringle...
In the meantime, Andy is still accepting entries for the club's annual Singles Ladder. It is hoped to start the competition on November 1st with the traditional random draw. 

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 time.
Other members have also done well: Tom Maconie was a quarter-finalist in the London Open singles, while Andy Pringle won the singles Plate there and helped the Old Eastbournians to a plate win in the Owers Trophy. He was also part of the England team which went to the World Handball Championships in Portland, Oregon, and came back with The (handball) Ashes, following a win over the Australians.

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 Lamb.
At the same time, the club's singles ladder drew to a close, with Tom Maconie deservedly retaining his number 1 spot, after successfully winning his last two challengers, James Bristow and Andy Pringle. At the club's prize-giving, in the Sun Inn, Barnes, the winners all received silverware, and we also presented awards to deserving club members - who will be named n this website just as soon as we've told them in person!

In the mean time, you can see a video of the day's competition on this site's Photos/Videos page.

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 - The 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 - The 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 - The 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 consecutive time.

March 18th - The 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 - The 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.

2008

December 9th - The 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 finals.
This strong showing comes on the back of a good last couple of months: for the second year running, Will, Marcus Bate and Tom Maconie qualified for the last 16 of the National Singles, with Will going on to reach the quarter-finals and Tom finishing as runner-up in the Plate. Will also did well in the BUCS Student championships, finishing as runner-up in both the singles and doubles, while Shafin Somji was runner-up in the Plate singles.
The club also had a good showing in Sherborne at the West of England Championships, with two players in the doubles final: Marcus (with James Toop) beat Will (partnered by Hal Mohammed), while Tom Maconie won the Doubles plate. Will also reached the quarter-finals of the singles.

September 7th - The 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 semi-final).