Eton Fives success
Marjolaine Briscoe (2017, Earth Sciences), captain of Oxford’s Eton Fives team, was part of the winning first pair in the Varsity match this month.
Eton Fives involves hitting a small, hard ball with gloved hands. It’s played in a three-sided court that has a step across it, a buttress, and many ledges. Fives is played in “doubles”, with one pair competing against the other.
Oxford women’s and men’s first and second teams all won against Cambridge. Marjolaine and Freya Butler won their match 3-0 (12-3, 12-3, 12-3).
In February, Marjolaine teamed up with Hugo Young to win the Universities Mixed competition at Eton. 11 pairs entered the tournament, but Marjolaine and Hugo were strong from the very beginning of the competition. Marjolaine has won the Universities Mixed competition for the past two years alongside first Tom Kirkby and then Sam Oppenheimer.
In 2018, Marjolaine became the first woman to win the national U21s, U25s, Universities and Universities Mixed competitions. In 2019, she won the U21s competition and the Universities competition.