It is played over the Michaelmas and Lent terms culminating in the national championships held in March. All age groups are represented and Mill Hill has been highly successful over the last few years. The game requires good hand-eye coordination, quick reactions, and agility; it is of considerable benefit to other sports such as hockey and cricket. It is introduced to pupils as young as Year 3 at our prep school, Belmont, and then followed through all the way to Senior Under 18 level with all age groups playing representative matches.
Mill Hill plays on three excellent courts built in 2007 with coaching sessions during games and activities by a professional coach. The school has a strong fixture list with regular matches against Eton, Harrow, Westminster and Highgate with around 25 fixtures played across the year. A key part of the Fives philosophy is that players wish to continue playing after leaving school; this is aided by strong links with the Old Millhillians Fives club that currently runs teams in both division 1 and 2 of the national league, in 2018 the Old Millhillians won division 1.
The 2017-18 Fives season included a girls fives team for the first time, with Sienna Turner and Evelyne Fonteyne coming 10th in the national championships. The boys teams from year 9 to 13 played 57 fixtures, winning 34 (59%), drawing 7, losing 16 with impressive wins over Harrow, Westminster, and Berkhamsted. The U14’s won 66% of fixtures, and the seniors won 80% led by first pair of Charlie Plummer and Iain Kidd. Charlie and Iain went on to reach the last 8 of the nationals before losing in an extremely close match to Shrewsbury School, lasting just under 4 hours. The U14 first pair of Jacob Irwin and Jed Lewis reached the last 16. We say goodbye to Charlie and Iain, as well as all the U6th who have done so much for the game at Mill Hill and look forward to seeing them play as OM’s in the future.
For the full seasons results, please click here.