We have had another enjoyable season at Wessex this year with 54 different people playing fives (not including the pupils from the college), and an average of 20 players for each of the 30 weeks in the season.
As ever we have the full range of abilities from beginners to the current Barnes Bridge Winchester Fives Champions (Will Ellison and Hal Mohammed). The tournament in Malvern was a successful one for the club as 5 of the 8 players in the semi-finals came from Winchester.
Our matches have been keenly fought, none more so than the home and away games against Oxford University. At home in the Autumn we won 115-102 and in the away match in January they beat us by the same 115-102. Fair to say it was honours even!
We were really pleased this season to have Nick Wolstenholme and Julian Pearce-Smith return to playing fives on a regular basis, so increasing our numbers of top end players. With any luck we will reach our aim next year of selecting a team for the club knockout picked on ability rather than availability!