Rugby Fives Association, 29th July 2019
The fourth set of End-of-Season Women’s Rankings, compiled by Chris Burrows, show significant gains made principally by younger players whose performances at the recent National Schoolgirls’ Championships have elevated them, in the case of champion doubles pairing Lena Barton and Kirsten Bell from Marlborough College, into the top 20. Two schoolgirls occupy top 10 places following successes at school and adult level: National U18 Singles champion Katie Sumner at 9 and National U16 Singles champion Martha Nugent at 7.
National Ladies Singles and Doubles Champion Louise Mathias has consolidated her lead at number 1 over former champion Kathleen Briedenhann. Winchester Fives champion Maddy Raynor has climbed into the top 3, while Dominique Redmond’s performances earn her the number 10 spot. Helena Tunks, who won the inaugural Rugby Fives Mixed Doubles, enters at 21, just below Cambridge Ladies Captain Lottie Simpson who introduced Helena to the game. The City of Durham Club now have Camille Beattie and Julie McIntyre at 23 and 25 respectively.
The next ranking tournament is the City of Durham Invitation event on the weekend of 2-3 November. It is Chris Burrows’ intention to introduce separate rankings for Singles and Doubles at that point.
Women’s End-of-season Rankings 2019