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Tayabali Tomlin & White Singles League, 2016

logo_ttandw_50Around 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.

Division 1
CU Students,
Jimmy Campbell (c), Alex Evans, Nick Worsnop, Ed Kay & Andy Webster

Division 2
Tayabali Tomlin & White,
Imran Tayabali (c), Simon White, Paul Robison, John Lees, Gerald Smith & Shaun Ruffles

Division 3
Mark Law (c), Howard Mason, Guy Kirk & Stuart Laing

Division 4
Hit n’Hope,
Richard Bowers (c), Andrew Rowson, Simon Hirtzel, Hugh Markus & Richard Brown

Division 5
Richard Jones, James Keatley, Ollie Brenton & Sara Hawkins

Apologies to anyone we have missed out who filled in for these teams

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Jimmy Campbell vs Simon Fox

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 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

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CURTC vs RTC: The Final

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.


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Cambridge vs Manchester: The Photos

You’ve seen the video, you’ve read the report, now for the PHOTOS

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Another National League Final: Cambridge win

Charlie's ready

Charlie’s ready

Latest: Cambridge win 2-1 after a Jimmy Cambo 3 set epic and Andrew Petrie’s stylish victory…
Cambridge take on RTC (aka Hampton Court ) starting at 6:00pm, yes 6:00pm on Friday in the Division 5 Final.
First up is Cap’n Jimmy Campbell vs Cambridge alum Simon Fox, followed by Andrew Petrie vs Fred Satow and a night cap of Charlie D’Oyly vs Geoffrey Russell (best of three full sets Singles with none of this short third set business).
I’m sure all support would be most welcome!

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Spotted at the Club

tshirtNovel commemorative t-shirt with deliberate mistake – collector’s item!

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BBC1 Documentary featuring CURTC Mon 10:45pm

Martina Navratilova on CURTC Blue Court

Martina Navratilova shakes hands with Sophie Morrill on the Blue court

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.


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(not) Up for Cup

FullSizeRender-1This 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 competition between Cambridge and our three nearest Tennis neighbours. However, sadly, Newmarket could not make it this year but reigning cup holders, Hatfield were prescient enough to bring the cup with them.

not coming to Cambridge

not coming to Cambridge

Cambridge were first up against the home team and much to my delight, Prested has installed new LED lighting (hint, hint). The difference is not subtle (see the Brodie report for a before assessment) and has turned a rather gloomy court lit from one side into a real, Real Tennis court.
Aided by being able to see court, ball, opposition and marker, even if the striped floor is still somewhat confusing, Cambridge took their opening rubber against the home team 4 points to 2 (two Singles and a Doubles). Next up was Hatfield and a return to earth as we lost 5-1. Those of you still reading this piece of post Brexit nonsense may wonder how three matches can result in such a score but i’ll leave that as an exercise for the remaining reader(s). This left Prested 3 points behind going into the final match against Hatfield. This became one after Vince Lucey came from behind to beat Robin Mace. Clive Turner and Hatfield’s Don managed a draw to leave the final Doubles as a Cup decider. It went Prested’s way as Prested beat Hatfield 5-1.

Congratulations to Prested and many thanks for improving the lights and hosting. We look forward to welcoming everyone to Cambridge for next year’s edition chez nous (that’s a french expression for you Brexiters).

New (Bright) Lights

New (Bright) Lights

ps Thanks Keith (Beechener) for the photos and playing along with John Trapp, Peter Morrison and myself
pps Final score Prested 7, Hatfield 6, Cambridge 5, Newmarket n/a

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Cambridge win an epic Doubles decider….

Cambridge are 2016 National League Div 1 Champions. Congrats Ed & Jamie and thanks Darren & Rob for some great tennis! If you missed the live stream (or want to see it again) the video of the entire Final is available below

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.

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National League, Division 1 Final: 3:30pm this Friday 24th…

Please come along and support Ed and Jamie as they take on Manchester in the Division 1, National League Final. It all starts at 3:30pm on Friday, June 24th. Some excellent tennis is in store with Ed vs Darren Long (0), Jamie vs Rob Shenkman (9) and then some Doubles!

Jamie Giddins

Jamie Giddins

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CURTC vs Canford: The Movie (and Photos, of course)

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

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CURTC stagger on to Canford – June 5th, 2016

The Home (in the UK) of Chase 8

The Home (in the UK) of Chase 8

Fortified by an assortment of fine dining, wine and whiskey (and I dare say a few beers) our intrepid CURTC travellers made it to Canford for the 2nd leg of their Dorset tour in more or less one piece. Andy Murray was due to play that other kind of tennis so would it be a day to remember or forget… The first thing to note is that Canford really does have a Chase 8… Read More

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The Hyde, part 2

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

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CURTC visit The Hyde, June 4th 2016

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 NO 3-pronged Forks

…and NO Three Pronged Forks

and some wise words

Wise Words

…and sage advice. Read More

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The Northern Powerhouse (aka Manchester) Returns: National League Division 1 Final

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

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Friday, June 24th…National League, Division 1 Final

…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

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The Home of Cricket comes to Cambridge for some proper sport

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

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World Championship catch-up

The World Championship continues tonight, but if you missed the first day’s play, you can catch up here:

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The Results are in…

Richard Bowers & newly polished Graduate Cup

Richard Bowers & newly polished Graduate Cup

…from the Cambridge Weekend. Congratulations to Richards Bowers, 2016 Graduate Cup Winner, who overcame Chris Eggleton in the Final. Richard clearly gained a totally fair advantage by bringing his Mum along to admire the newly sparking silverware.
Howard Mason & Aurelien Gueroult were Divison 2 winners defeating Emily Chadwick and Amanda Murphy who clearly put her team at a huge disadvantage by forgetting her shoe matching pink socks seen at the 150th Anniversary Tournament.
Duncan Colquhoun & Ed Kay were Division 1 winners overcoming Gary Weller and John Firth who at least had the presence of mind to wear matching length shorts… Photos with longer captions than usual

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Announcing the CURTC Twitter Feed @cam_tennis

Hello to all the tweeters out there. The land of @-symbols, hashtags and <140 character updates has a new feed: @cam_tennis (Unfortunately there is a CURT out there who has grabbed @curtc)

Follow this link:
to see tweets of all news from Cambridge’s best Real Tennis club.

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World Championship Screening

We will be streaming the 2016 World Championships Read More

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LRTA vs Newmarket, May 8th 2016

LRTA beat Newmarket 3 matches to 2

Linda Fairbrother lost to Julia Scott 1/6 6/5 5/6
Hazel Dunn lost to Rob Bawden 1/6 6/1 3/6
Pam Tomalin beat Ian Lindsay 2/6 6/4 6/5
Karen Pearce beat Dominic Tomalin 6/5 3/6 6/5
Kim Walker beat Jeremy Barnett 6/5 6/3

What an amazing match we had against Newmarket!

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The Roof is on and so are We….

April 2016

Wellington Real Tennis Court, April 2016

…for a trip to Wellington’s brand new Real Tennis Court on Sunday, October 16th (2016). Sign up HERE

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Rose Bowl 24-26 June, 2016

RoseBowlHello RT Players & Enthusiasts!!
The time has come again to register interest in the Rose Bowl 2016 at Newmarket Real Tennis Club. This year we already have more players due to a Dutch & also Aussie contingent wanting to join in the fun! Read More

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The Varsity Captains’ Challenge (and CURTC AGM)


The CURTC AGM was standing room only (and not because we’d removed all the chairs…). Fortified with some delicious white courtesy of Ken Moody, President George get a rapid review of what has been a notable season for the Club. Also, the finances are in good shape (but we could always do with a few more members). The Varsity teams repeated last year’s sweep and Ed and Jamie are unbeaten in the National League Division 1 (and the website is looking good).

But on to the main business of the meeting which was to guess the number of winning shots in the Varsity Captains’ Challenge. Played-off handicap, Sophie was 2-0 up before Alex had worked out which bits of the Court he could safely aim at. While he ruined my guess with repeated Dedans misses, he clawed back to lead 5-2. Sophie (briefly) stopped smiling and suddenly it was 7-All. And 40-All. Alex missed the Tambour by a whisker yet managed to hit the Grille (banned Tambour was part of his handicap) to clinch it. Some photos above, just click on them for larger versions.

And the winner with the correct guess of 11 and the closest to the number of WGs/Dedans/Grilles was….Isabella Harvey, last photo above.

Back to the AGM… President’s Report

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Souvenir photos from the 150th celebrations fundraising for the Club

There’s a fab selection of photographs from the 150th celebrations available to order. If you’d like a souvenir picture (or two), you can follow the link below to select the ones you want. Any purchases will trigger a donation of £3 to the Club. You can also see the photos on the Club noticeboard.

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150 Years of Play Celebration Photos

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2016 Graduate Cup Finalists….

…are Chris Eggleton (thanks Chris, I now feel a lot better about my defeat in the Group stage!) and Richard Bowers. Congratulations Read More

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150th in the News

Our special visitor to the 150th celebrations last weekend was noticed by the Cambridge News:

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Duncan Hannay Robertson & Rich Wainwright

Duncan & Rich, worthy winners of the 150 Years of Play Celebration Tournament

Duncan & Rich, worthy winners of the 150 Years of Play Celebration Tournament

and how they did it…

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