Just back from visiting a rather special Court. As a hint, there is one non-CURTC face in the picture above, Dan Jones, formerly the Pro at Seacourt.
.. and some tennis!
Some more PHOTOS
If you need to tick the Oratory or MURTC off your lifetime court list, now’s the time. We’re going to the Oratory on Saturday October 22nd, and MURTC a week later, Saturday October 29th. So far, we’ve only got 4 players for Oratory and a measly 2 for MURTC.
Come on Cambridge! Sign up on the Inter Club Matches link where it says Sign-up, sign-up, sign-up (you can’t miss it). By this Sunday (9th) evening for Oratory, please.
… is underway. Some staggering handicap differences are being played!
In the Div 1 final Mark Perriton beat Ross Smythe, Mark went 5-3 down after tripping over but then picked himself up & rallied with determined retrieving & great serving.
In the Div 2 Final between Paul Carson & Duncan Hannay Robertson was nip & tuck until 4 games all when Duncan managed to pull away to 8-4 with good sidewall serving.
In the Div 3 final James Dowson hard hitting style was too strong, a number of main wall forces went past Jonathan Spence for James to win 8/1 though a number of games went to 40 all.
Many thanks to the sponsors Pol Roger for their generous prizes for each semi finalist a bottle of Drouhin-Vaudon Reserve de Vaudon and for the winner a bottle of Pol Roger Brut Reserve Champagne.
CURTC got back on track with a 3-2 win against the Ol’ Rugbeians last weekend. CURTC were helped by Andy Smith’s ‘big jump’ to get above Simon Hirtzell (Old Rugbeians). Andy took up the sport this summer and proved he’s one to watch this season.. he won 6-2, 6-0.
Kees and Vix
ps Spotted on Court: this CURTC leadershhip pairing
ps If anyone can identify the algorithm used to rank the teams in the above table, please leave a comment…
CURTC is offering 6 companies the chance to compete in the first ever Real Tennis Workplace Challenge. Thanks to the generosity of the T&RA and Living Sport, teams of 3 players can enter the Challenge for only £150/ team. This will cover all equipment, court fees, lessons for 4 weeks with the Pros and a fun tournament and drinks reception on 30 September. Please encourage your colleagues to sign up without delay; lessons start at the beginning of September ow.ly/ZtBA302TnDf
Around 125 people from Handicap 2 to 85 played in The Tayabali Tomlin & White Singles between January & July 2016.
We would like to congratulate you for making the TT&W league so enjoyable over the season with the hosting of meals after the matches.
Furthermore, we would like to thank the Captains for their organisation of their teams & extend our gratitude to Simon White and to Imram Tayabali of TT &W for their sponsorship.
Congratulations to the division winners (listed below) who will now have the opourtunity to battle against each other in the Champions League in the last 2 weeks of September.
Jimmy Campbell (c), Alex Evans, Nick Worsnop, Ed Kay & Andy Webster
Tayabali Tomlin & White,
Imran Tayabali (c), Simon White, Paul Robison, John Lees, Gerald Smith & Shaun Ruffles
Mark Law (c), Howard Mason, Guy Kirk & Stuart Laing
Richard Bowers (c), Andrew Rowson, Simon Hirtzel, Hugh Markus & Richard Brown
Richard Jones, James Keatley, Ollie Brenton & Sara Hawkins
Apologies to anyone we have missed out who filled in for these teams
The first match in last week’s National League, Division 5 Final was a 2 1/2 hour epic. Simon Fox won the first set and had a 4-1 lead before Jimmy removed his headband and won 5 straight games. In the 3rd, Jimmy changed shirts and moved to a 5-3 lead but Simon was not done as he got the service end and 2 games to even it up at 5 all. But at 30-all in the last game, Jimmy crucially got two chases… Some PHOTOS
The CURTC stars played magnificently to defeat RTC 2-1 in a very close Div 5 Final.
The confident CURTC Captain, Jimmy Campbell, promised Kees a 10 pm end to the the event, and who would doubt him; the team’s preparations could not be faulted – weekly fitness session with Karen Pearce and early morning practises with Duncan Colquhoun, Scott and Kees should have made for a quick victory.
Clearly wanting to demonstrate his new levels of fitness, Jimmy Campbell lasted longer than ever before (2 and 1/2 hours!) to clinch victory over ex Cambridge Blue Simon Fox by 2 sets to 1 (4/6, 6/4, 6/5).
Andrew Petrie left no room for questions, overpowering his opponent Fred Satow in two clear sets (6/1, 6/1).
Charlie D’Oyly played a confident first set winning it 6/2; however, his opponent Geoffrey Russell came back fighting and took the second two sets (3/6, 3/6).
Pork pies and beer made a welcome post match meal. Jimmy really went the extra mile to make the guests feel welcome, showing serious attention to detail by trimming his beard to resemble the picture of Henry 8th positioned in the grille at RTC.
You’ve seen the video, you’ve read the report, now for the PHOTOS
Novel commemorative t-shirt with deliberate mistake – collector’s item!
The club will feature on BBC One next Monday!
Martina Navratilova’s recent trip to CURTC will appear towards the end of the new BBC documentary ‘Just call me Martina’ on BBC1 on Monday 4 July at 10.45pm, after the news. Sophie Morrill makes an appearance and represents the Club and Real Tennis perfectly.
I had the opportunity to see the documentary at the advance press screening and I found it fascinating. I would highly recommend it to you all.
This is a great opportunity to promote Real Tennis to your friends, so please let them know about it as well.
This year’s East Anglia Cup was held at Prested last Saturday. Still buzzing from Cambridge’s epic victory in the National League, Division 1 final the day before (tinnitus following a headphone malfunction while streaming on Friday), your intrepid reporter set out for a return to Prested on Saturday. The Cup is a four way end of season Read More
Cambridge are 2016 National League Div 1 Champions. Congrats Ed & Jamie and thanks Darren & Rob for some great tennis! Many thanks to Jimmy Campbell, Rob Shenkman and Ed Hyde for taking turns behind the mike and to Paul Brown without whom none of this would be possible. If you missed the live stream (or want to see it again) the video of the entire Final is available HERE
Please come along and support Ed and Jamie as they take on Manchester in the Division 1, National League Final. Read More
The Hyde’s Court was nice and bright but Canford was even brighter with an interesting mix of natural and artificial (sodium, I think) light. Well that’s my excuse for even more photos than usual and a ‘movie’ (after the photos). You can find it all HERE
Just in case you were wondering there are a few more photos from CURTC’s visit to The Hyde and they can be found HERE
It’s quite a way and the ‘end of half term’ weekend is probably not the best one to choose but one of the more characterful Tennis Court awaits. It’s had a varied life including a tank repair depot during WW2 (the vehicle entrance is visible from the outside). But it was restored to its rightful use in the 90’s and by all accounts is thriving. A warm welcome awaits including matching cutlery…
…and sage advice. Read More
Having topped the regular season of the National League Division 1, Cambridge host runners-up Manchester on Friday 24th June starting at 3.30pm. Read More
…a special Event* is coming to CURTC.
Details to follow….. All starts at 3:30pm @CURTC…..
*Yes, it involves Real Tennis and Ed and Jamie and Manchester
With a test match and the final of the Real Tennis World Championship going on, what better way to celebrate some famous victories than for the MCC team to visit CURTC? Read More