For the un-initiated, Fives (also known as Eton Fives) is a hand-ball game, similar to Rugby Fives, played as doubles in a three-sided court. The object is to force the other team to fail to hit the ball ‘up’ off the front wall, using any variety of wall or ledge combinations as long as the ball is played ‘up’ before it bounces twice.
There is a long history of Fives at Rydal Penrhos, with the first courts being built at the school in 1935. Two further courts were built after the war and the school enjoyed a long and successful schedule of fixtures throughout the years, with the most regular (and most difficult) opponent being Shrewsbury School.
Fives was reintroduced at the school in autumn 2009, and now pupils play in their lunchtimes on the school’s two Fives courts. All new pupils at Rydal Penrhos are given an introduction to the game and are encourage to get more involved. The location of the courts (next to Lower School House) is an ideal opportunity for them to play it as it began, when they’ve got half an hour or so to fill at lunch or at the end of an afternoon.
Fives is becoming more prominent at the school, with many pupils getting involved.