Sign up for 2016 Club matches: vs MCC May 21, June 4/5 trip full, vs Holyport June 11 HERE.
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
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.
…are Chris Eggleton (thanks Chris, I now feel a lot better after my defeat in the Group stage!) and Richard Bowers. Congratulations to both and all the Best for the final on May 14th, Cambridge Weekend.
Our special visitor to the 150th celebrations last weekend was noticed by the Cambridge News:
With our sincerest thanks to Paul Brown & Freddy Adam
10:00-37:00 Tournament Final
49:15 Emily Chadwick interviewing the Tournament Winners Duncan Hannay-Robertson & Rich Wainwright
56:45 Emily and Jeremy Fairbrother
1:03:53 Emily with George Pearson & Kees
1:12:27 Emily with Anthony Pearson
1:26:06 Emily with Kate Kirk and Nick Heath
1:30:25 Emily with Peter Raby and Anthony Hothfield
1:33:00 The Green Court Photo
1:47:00 John Burnett interviewing Ed Kay, Chris Bray, Jamie Douglas and David Woodman
2:22:30 150 Years of Play Exhibition Match starting with Kees’ introduction. Commentary by John Burnett and Jamie Giddins.
3:14:07 Second Set
3:37:05 Last Point
4:10:45 Emily with Howard Angus
Click on times in Comment
You know your Pros are a tip top team when you find Peter clearing the chairs off the Blue Court at midnight after working all day with Scott and Kees to make sure the culmination of the 150th Celebration tournament and festivities went off without a hitch. When the hangover doubles crew rocked up first thing on Sunday morning (ahem, ok, it was 10am), both courts were back to their pristine best, not a champagne glass or Pol Roger cork in sight. Thanks Pros, you’re the best.
And the first racket has been spun!
Thursday, April 14th
12pm – 9pm Tournament Group Stages: Green Court
Friday, April 15th
12pm – 9pm Tournament Group Stages: Green Court & Blue Court Read More
This year, we are doing things a little differently with a special Exhibition Match at 6:45pm as Alex and Sophie play in the Battle of the Varsity Captains. Please mark those diaries and plan to attend….
Does Kees out-act Jeremy Irons and Dev Patel? Or did the Green Court scenes get left on the cutting room floor? We’ve cleverly arranged for new movie The Man Who Knew Infinity to debut in Cambridge as we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Green Court. With scenes filmed on the Green Court, and one or two other almost equally picturesque places in Cambridge, it’s one to watch. There’s a special screening at the Arts Picturehouse on Thursday 14th:
Ed Kay vs Darren Long, 6/4 6/0
Jamie Giddins vs Neil Mackenzie, 6/3 4/6 6/3
Ed Kay & Jamie Giddins vs Darren Long & Neil Mackenzie, 8/4 a few photos…
The Green Court’s Birthday Bash is fast approaching…. Simon, Jeremy and Kees have been hard at work making sure the Court will be looking its best for the Celebration
The Ladies were next as the 30’s were inquorate and the 20’s were still battling it out on the Green Court. Venetia D’Arcy definitely had her game face on and was not going to be accused of a slow start. Linda Fairbrother, giving away a few decades (but no points as this was a Championship Final) did start a little slowly and soon found herself one set down. The second set was a classic as Linda turned on the gas but Venetia kept winning the crucial points to thwart Linda’s fight back. Exhilarating stuff! By this time, the 20’s had decided on their Finalists but to see how that panned out, you’ll have to read the post below….. Larger versions of the photos in the Collage above…
!!Congratulations to Hugh, Grattan, Chris, Venetia and Charlie!! Category Tournament Finals and the 2016 CURTC Ladies Championship will be contested on the Blue Court starting at 10:30am, Saturday, March 12th
|60+||10:30||Hugh Markus vs Richard Bowers|
|50's||11:20||Grattan MacGiffin vs Robin Faux|
|40's||12:10||Chris Schramm vs Paul Brown|
|CURTC Ladies||13:00||Linda Fairbrother vs Venetia D'Arcy|
|20's||14:15||Charles D'Oyly vs Duncan Colquhon|
Following on from the epic success of the first team last weekend at Lord’s, the seconds were not to be outdone and performed outstandingly in Oxford at the weekend. CURTC launched two formidable teams at the enemy, led by fearless captains Jimmy ‘the beard’ Campbell and Amanda ‘stockings’ Murphy.
The Cambridge teams comprised, for the girls: Leah Bramwell (3), Emily Chadwick (2), Mia Lewis (4) and Amanda Murphy (1) (capt.); and for the boys: Jimmy Campell (1) (capt.), Matt Shaw (2), Oli Quarry (3) and Nick Worsnop (4).
In our never-ending quest to bring you the best of real tennis (our Green Court is 150 this year, don’t forget to sign up for the celebrations!), here are some top technicians in slow motion. Enjoy – and don’t forget to apply what you learn the next time you play.
Andrew Fowler vs Ed Kay: 0/6 6/4 3/6
Ben Boddington vs Jamie Giddins: 1/6 1/6
Andrew Fowler & Ben Boddington vs Ed Kay & Jamie Giddins: 6/8
Cambridge consolidate their position as League leaders.
Next up a visit to 2nd place Oxford on March 10th. One more Home match (vs Manchester) to come.
Yes, Oxford’s Court is a bit smaller….Congratulations to One and All!!
We begin on Thursday, April 14th Schedule, Noted Guests, Entry Form & Latest
As was probably obvious, our website was hacked. We have managed to remove the offending parts and have rebuilt it. Christie Marrian put in a lot of effort (with some help from me) to get the site back up and running.
The hacked website didn’t even fulfill what the hacker had intended: the spread of their virus progeny, as the changes to the website crashed it and brought it down. This means we probably were not targeted explicitly but were caught in the crossfire of a self-replicating virus that wasn’t quite as clever as it thought it was.
We have decided we need to tighten up on our security and our backup strategy so we can survive this sort of mishap more quickly in future; we are not able to guarantee we won’t suffer this sort of outage again, but we can hopefully make it less painful on us