These rankings reflect the changes resulting from the first three championships of the 2017-18 season.
Dan Tristao consolidates his position at the top of the Singles rankings following his wins in the South West and South East events. But the main interest at the top is Ed Kay’s rise to threaten Will Ellison’s no. 2 spot. Ed managed wins against Will at both the South East and London events, and picked up the winner’s trophy at the latter. Dan Grant takes over from Charlie Brooks at no. 4 after semi-final appearances in all 3 events.
Plate winners Nick Woolfenden (South East) and James Smith (London) benefit with rises to Nos. 34 and 42 respectively. In addition to Nick, other new entries are veteran Tim Lewis, and at the opposite end of the age spectrum, Peter Winzeler & Julian Hanton.
In the Doubles Will Ellison doesn’t seem to mind much who he plays with, the result tends to be the same, a convincing win. Will won the South West with Dan Grant and the London with Matt Shaw, and as a result is top of the Doubles rankings by a comfortable margin. Dan benefits from his SW win by rising 2 places to take second spot, while Matt rises to No. 5.
Two players enter the top 20 for the first time. Henry Jefferies rises to No. 15 after reaching the SW semi-final with Julian Aquilina, and the London QF with Peter Hanton. Tim Hebblethwaite at No. 17 reached the London QF with Alan Bowden and also won the “invitation” South East event with Nick Woolfenden, who enters the rankings at No. 21.
Good results in the South West see Anthony Goodwin, Robert Whitehorn, Lewis Keates, Jai Singh, Stuart Kirby, Ashley Hill and Addie Chai all make good progress, whilst Alan Bowden, Julian Hanton, and Ben Kirwan benefit from their results in the London.
The South East is a “draw for partners” event and as such carries reduced rankings points. However, Bart Callaghan, Andy Pringle, Morgane Spillane, Peter Winzeler, Louise Mathias, and Zac Moxon all pick up useful points from this event.
These first 3 events of 2017-18 see a total of 10 new players enter the Singles & Doubles rankings, a healthy prospect for the game of fives.
I plan to publish the next update to the rankings following the West of England Championships to be held Oct 28th/29th.
To see the full official rankings, just click on the link below.
Official RFA rankings (opens in separate window).
The official RFA rankings are prepared by Dave Hebden.