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Sign up for 2016 Club matches: vs MCC May 21, June 4/5 trip full, vs Holyport June 11 HERE.

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The Varsity Captains’ Challenge (and CURTC AGM)

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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.

http://www.joanthony.co.uk/gallery_697264.html

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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 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.

How Chris and Rich did it...

How Chris and Rich did it…


Talking of the Cambridge Weekend…
Cambridge Weekend letter 2016

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150th in the News

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

http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/Prince-Edward-comes-Cambridge-Real-Tennis/story-29126840-detail/story.html

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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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150 Years of Play Celebration Finale

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
3:50:00 Prizes
4:10:45 Emily with Howard Angus
or…..
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CURTC's Celebration would not be possible without the generous support of our Sponsors

CURTC’s Celebration would not be possible without the generous support of our Sponsors

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Proof that Cambridge Pros are THE BEST

CURTC PeterYou 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.

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Tournament’s Blaber Group…

Tournament's Blaber Group

Andrew, Amanda, Aureilian, Guy, Scott, Kees, Vix, Howard, Karen

…seen rehashing some key moments after Thursday’s group stage!

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CURTC Green Court Streaming

Grille cam...

Grille cam…

It has taken 150 Years but CURTC’s Green Court is streaming live on Saturday, April 16th starting at 2pm with the 150 Years of Play Celebration Tournament final with Rich Wainwright & Duncan Hannay-Robertson taking on Charlie D’Oyly & Tim Poolman with John Burnett & Ed Kay behind the microphones. At 4:30pm, is our Celebration Exhibition Match!
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We are underway…..

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And the first racket has been spun!

Kate spins, David calls, Bailey admires

Kate spins, David calls, Bailey admires

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150 Years of Play Tournament Schedule

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150 Years of Play Celebration Schedule

Thursday, April 14th
12pm – 9pm Tournament Group Stages: Green Court
Friday, April 15th
12pm – 9pm Tournament Group Stages: Green Court & Blue Court Read More

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CURTC AGM, Thursday April 21st at 6pm: Exhibition Match at 6:45pm

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….

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The Man Who Knew Infinity (and our Green Court)

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:

www.picturehouses.com/cinema/Arts_Picturehouse_Cambridge/film/the-man-who-knew-infinity-qanda

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Cambridge vs Manchester, NL – 25th March, 2016

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…

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News about our 150th birthday in the News

http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/Thwack-Cambridge-s-Real-Tennis-club-set-150th/story-28992591-detail/story.html

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The Green Court is Getting Ready: Are you?

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

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Whats missing from this picture…

...This

…This

How its done!

How its done!

Simon marks a chase

Simon marks a chase

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CURTC Finals Day, sponsored by Hannay Roberston Financial Planning

CURTC Finals Day, 2016, sponsored by Hannay Robertson Financial Planning

CURTC Finals Day, 2016, sponsored by Hannay Robertson Financial Planning

Fortified by an excellent lunch from Sue Ecob, CURTC inaugural Finals Day Finalists put on a great show on CURTC’s younger (Blue) Court. First up was the 60+ final between High markus and Richard Bowers. Games were traded until 4-all including one which Richard won in straight points via a Dedans force, a spin back into the Dedans, a double fault and a second spin back. That would have done for me! But Hugh is clearly made of sterner stuff as he went on to win 8-5. Robin Faux and Grattan MacGiffin started the same way in the 50’s Final, but Grattan pulled away to win 8-4 but it looked awfully close at the end. The 40’s proved a true mix of styles and facially expressions (see photos) as Chris Schramm powered his way past Paul Brown who manfully shouldered (kneed?) the mantle of the 40’s knee braces.

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…

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20’s Category Tournament

It was closer than it looks...

It was closer than it looks…

On Finals Day, sponsored by Hannay Robertson Financial Planning, the 20’s did battle over on the Green Court to determine their finalists. They was some great tennis but Charlie D’Oyly and Duncan Colquhon prevailed after their Group match went to 6-5 in Duncan’s favour. In the final Duncan started slowly causing one DeDans wag to exclaim, ‘Duncan’s Done’. But he clawed back to 6-7 from 2-5 and had a point to draw level. But Charlie was not to be denied his place on the 2016 Honours board. Some photos, per chance?

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CURTC Finals Day sponsored by Hannay Roberston Financial Planning, Saturday March 12th

!!Congratulations to Hugh, Grattan, Chris, Venetia and Charlie!! Duncan Hannay Robertson Financial PlanningCategory Tournament Finals and the 2016 CURTC Ladies Championship will be contested on the Blue Court starting at 10:30am, Saturday, March 12th

60+10:30Hugh Markus vs Richard Bowers
50's11:20Grattan MacGiffin vs Robin Faux
40's12:10Chris Schramm vs Paul Brown
CURTC Ladies13:00Linda Fairbrother vs Venetia D'Arcy
20's14:15Charles D'Oyly vs Duncan Colquhon
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Good Friday just got (even) Better…

Jamie & Ed, Neil Mackenzie & Darren Long (Manchester)

Jamie & Ed, Neil Mackenzie & Darren Long (Manchester)

… as Cambridge defeated Manchester in Division 1 of the National League. This means they win the round-robin stage and will host a (or the) final. Ed was in supreme form as Darren Long was swept away after a tight 1st set by a combination of power and retrieval. Jamie also seemed to be cruising through the 2nd set (prompting a certain professional to be say the Doubles would be starting in 10 minutes…) before Neil Mackenzie struck (literally) back to take it. Cool as ever Jamie tuned down the power and turned up the finesse to win in three sets, complete his undefeated year and confirm his MVP status for the Division. (The Doubles didn’t seem to be going as planned when I left). Congratulations! Read More

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Varsity Report: Seconds 2016, March 4-6, Oxford

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).

Kees Ludekens, Oli Quarry, Matt Shaw, Jimmy Campbell, Nick Worsnop, Mia Lewis, Amanda Murphy, Leah Bramwell, Emily Chadwick

Kees Ludekens, Oli Quarry, Matt Shaw, Jimmy Campbell, Nick Worsnop, Mia Lewis, Amanda Murphy, Leah Bramwell, Emily Chadwick


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Top Tennis Techniques

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.

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Cambridge-3 Queens-0 National League Div. 1

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.

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2nd’s Varsity – Cambridge Win: Gals 6-0, Lads 4-2

Victorious Cap'n Amanda...

Victorious Cap’n Amanda…

...and Cap'n Jimmy

…and Cap’n Jimmy

Yes, Oxford’s Court is a bit smaller….Congratulations to One and All!!

Yes, there’s more

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150 Years of Play Celebration, Deadline in <3 days

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We begin on Thursday, April 14th Schedule, Noted Guests, Entry Form & Latest

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Varsity Match: Gals win 5-1, Lads 6-0 with Report

Vix, Jamie, Alice, Ed, Venetia, Alex, Freddie

Vix, Jamie, Alice, Ed, Venetia, Alex, Freddie

Kees, Venetia, Alice, Cap'n Sophie, Bella, Vix

Kees, Venetia, Alice, Cap’n Sophie, Bella, Vix


Read on, There’s lots more…

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And … we’re back

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

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CURTC visit Hardwick House

HHRTC 2, CURTC 3

HHRTC 2, CURTC 3

The Court at Hardwick is magnificent and well worth a visit. The Court managed to be cold and sweaty (which I didn’t fully understand) but it didn’t stop a fine day of tennis. And we won 3-2!
Many thanks to our generous hosts for a splendid lunch and we look forward to seeing them here next year. Of course, Keith and I had our cameras with us

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