The Green Court is 150 years young this year. We are celebrating April 14-16th, 2016. Please mark your calendars if you haven’t already done so. More details coming (very) soon…
APOLOGIES for the delay. There have been several (very) exciting developments over the last few days which we can’t wait to tell you about….. Meanwhile here are a few PHOTOS
Sign up sheets for 2016 Club fixtures and Category Tournaments HERE and on the Club Notice Board.
Sign-Up by February 19th on the Club Noticeboard (or e-mail our fantastic pros)
In the semi-finals, Hugh Markus beat David Hope 6-2 and Richard Bowers beat Vix Harvey 6-2. Congratulations Richard and Hugh, we will see you on March 12th….
We’re planning on upgrading to crockery 2.0 in the club room, but what to do with all these old favourites? Any fans of retro crockery are welcome to collect a souvenir or two from the two tubs of rejected – sorry, previously loved – crocks and assorted stray tupperware which are under the table by the dishwasher. Anything left by Sunday Feb 7th will be removed and disposed of.
…but some high quality tennis (and lunch, many thanks to Sue & Duncan) was enjoyed by a full Dedans & Club Room in a great atmosphere as CURTC agonizingly fell short 2-3 against the MCC in the Pol Roger Trophy Semi-Final.
p.s. Congratulations to our National League Division 7 squad who triumphed 2-1 against RTC to solidify their hold on 4th place, only 5 points behind the leaders Hatfield with a game in hand.
Oh, you may ask, are there any photos? Thanks for asking, it just so happens there are (quite) a few available HERE
…who are the finalists in the 2016 CURTC Ladies Championship. The final will be held on Finals Day (sponsored by Hannay Robertson Financial Planning), March 12th.
Some excellent tennis is in store for this coming Sunday as MCC (including possibly 3 ex-Cambridge Captains) visit in the Pol Roger Trophy. CURTC will be represented by some of it’s top players so there will be more than just a place in the Semi-Finals at stake. It all starts at 11am (unless you count the warm-up act, the ‘Hang-over Doubles Crew’ who will be doing their stuff at 9:30am).
We’ve persuaded our crack CURTC catering team to include a few extra lunches for CURTC members at the usual inter Club match rate. There are a few places left so sign-up if you want some lunch while cheering on the good guys of CURTC….
In no particular order, we have with links (blue text) to sign-up sheets….
NOTE the Finals of all Category Tournaments will be played on Finals Day (March 12) sponsored by Hannay Robertson Financial Planning.
Last weekend Ed Kay and Jamie Giddins won the under 24 open doubles at Middlesex University, beating Leon Smart and Neil Mackenzie 6-3 6-3. Having previously struggled past dangerous fresher Matt Shaw and his partner Rob Shenkman 6-3 0-6 6-1 in the semis, they produced an imperious performance to add their names to a trophy previously won by legends such as Fahey & Wood and Sayers & Riviere.
In the singles Ed Kay narrowly lost in the final to Boston pro Leon Smart 6-4 6-5.
Many thanks to Scott and Peter for handicapping and, particularly Peter for his Trophy arrangement. Frankly it was pretty exhausting but all 9 of us made it through to the end fortified by fish pie and chocolate cake. So, Congratulations, Gary, and many thanks for saving me from having to explain how the results would have had to be adjusted if you had not been such a clear winner!
More to come…. Here, for example
Question: What’s better than one Christmas? Answer: Two!
So on Saturday, January 9th we are going to celebrate Russian Christmas with its very own Tournament. We promise it will be fun and it will be different…. Before January 7th, Click to Sign-up
Diary marking time! It looks like the MCC may be including 3 former Cambridge Captains* in their squad for their next round of the Pol Roger Trophy here in Cambridge. It should be a ‘Cracking Match, Grommet’ type of encounter. We are also looking into some extra catering. Sign-up if you are interested…. and we will get back to you.
*Alexis Hombrecher has confirmed, Neil Roxburgh and Jamie Douglas played in the MCC’s victory over Seacourt.
Ed Hyde is the winner of this year’s Renny Cup at the National Schools Rackets Championships at Queens. Results and photos (scroll down past the Foster Cup winner who has a familiar looking name)
Prested is a tricky place to play at best and some of the lights are out at the moment. We were playing on the gloomier of the two Courts and believe me the difference is not subtle! Cambridge did not get a good start and lost the first two rubbers and were a set down in the third when Ross Smythe gradually found his inner karma and the base of the Tambour. Finally, Cambridge had won a set and then a rubber to get back to 1-2. Next up was James ‘skipper’ Thomas who found himself one set and 4-2 down against an opponent who had an unerring accuracy for the Grille (James lost one game to three straight Grille shots. The fourth hit the edge of the Grille….). James dug deep and found his inner Ross, clinched the second set 6-5 and third set in an epic match to draw us level at 2-2. This set up yours truly in the 45 Doubles pairing as the decider….. Alas, the comeback was left incomplete as Prested’s ‘unconventional’ (their Pro’s description, not mine) pair clinched the match in no uncertain manner.
Many thanks to the Pros and the other members of the Brodie squad for their help in getting us prepared and to Keith for coming to support us. Next year!!
Cambridge vs Oxford in the first round of the Pol Roger trophy. Happily already through to the 2nd round after three of five matches:
Mike Henman/Stewart Licudi (Ox) vs Duncan Colquhoun/Andrew Petrie (Cam) 2-6 1-6
Rob Walker (Ox) vs Ed Kay (Cam) 0-6 3-6
Jonny Whitaker (Ox) vs Alex Evans (Cam) 3-6 1-6
Geoff Baker (Ox) vs Freddie Kalfayan (Cam) 3-6 1-6
Ben Graves/Andrew Clake (Ox) vs Jules Camp/Matt Shaw (Cam) 1-6 3-6
Good luck to the Brodie Cup Team who travel to Prested and the Pol Roger squad who are off to Oxford on Sunday.. Two tough matches in prospect!
from Gerald Smith
Eustace Hamilton Miles was born in 1868. He went to Heath Mount school (near Whitestone Pond) and Marlborough College followed by Kings College Cambridge in 1887. At Cambridge he began his distinguished career in racquets and real tennis, playing against Oxford. Eustace won an amazing number of English and world titles, including a silver medal at the 1908 Olympics in real tennis. Read More
Yes the Green Court is having a (big) Birthday…
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More at www.curtc.net/wp/green-court-150th-anniversary-celebration/
A large entry in the two draws (the Inter-Uni Cup and the Handicap Singles) made this years Pol Roger Inter-Uni Event another great success. Players from Cambridge (C) were joined by representatives from Middlesex (M), Newcastle (N), Exeter (E), Bristol and Durham over four days of intense but very good natured competition.
In the first semi-final of the Inter-uni cup Cambridge 2 played Exeter in what was probably the best contest of this tournament. Home heroes Matt ‘tonsils’ Shaw (25.7) and Jimmy ‘5.18am’ Campbell (27.2) faced Ben Boddington (13.7) and Tom Larminie (54.6). The two singles matches went with handicap and left the rubber to be decided by the doubles. After trading games for the first half of the match, Matt Shaw found some good serves (after much urging by his partner) and clinical volleys to compliment the increasingly solid back court play of Campbell. Cambridge completing the win to set up a repeat of last year’s all Cambridge final against CURTC 1 (Ed Kay, Jamie ‘who?’ Giddins and Alex Evans) who had already cruised through their previous rounds to reach the final themselves.
The final got under way with a clash of the men’s and women’s captains Alex ‘jet lag’ Evans (13.7) and Sophie ‘Osprey of the year’ Morrill (46.1) and was continued with Ed ‘thanks for coming’ Kay (4.1) vs Jimmy C, both ties going as expected to CURTC 1. Playing for pride, Matt Shaw returned from playing Fives to partner Jimmy in the doubles. Despite Jimmy’s cunning plan to put the opposition off with looping lob dedans forces, the 1st team pair were triumphant.
In this year’s Handicap Singles Tournament Carley Williams (M), Keeler Mears (C), Vix Harvey (C), Max Vasey (N), Abilash Chauhan (M) and Alexander Mansfield (E) comprised the fine crop of talented newcomers who progressed to the knock-out stage of the tournament. They were joined by seasoned campaigners Nick Worsnop (C), Tom Larminie (E), Amanda Murphy (C), Tufan Dirik (M), Venetia D’Arcy (C) and Hugh Vermont (N) who had all made considerable improvements to their playing standard since last December. Cambridge players, Nick Worsnop and Venetia D’Arcy were eliminated in the semi finals by Abilash Chauhan and Alexander Mansfield.
During the final contested between Abi (61.2) and Alex (58.0) it quickly became clear that both players were far better than they’re handicaps. The ‘battle of the bandits’ provided great entertainment to the assembled spectators, partisan and impartial alike. One particular shot from Alex led British Open veteran Ed Kay to remark ‘that’s literally the best volley I’ve ever seen!’. The standard and length of rallies confirmed to the large crowd that these were two players who would quickly move down the rankings. Alex’s experience and left-handed railroad proved too much for Abi, who only started playing this term, leaving Exeter in a good mood for they’re trip back home.
Thanks go to the club professionals for organising the event, Pol Roger for they’re unerring liquid sponsorship, Sue Ecob for preparing excellent food for the Saturday evening dinner and George Pearson for presenting the prizes at the end of the tournament. Most of all, Cambridge extends sincere gratitude to the large number of students that travelled from all parts of the country to take part and make the tournament such a good natured and enjoyable event.
CURTC has been ‘challenged’ both on and off court by the Blue Ball in Grantchester (that’s the BB in BBRTC) on Saturday, December 12th it all starts at 11am @CURTC and will end much (much) later at the Blue Ball. CURTC needs some players in their 70’s, 60’s and 40’s, and even 50’s. Please Sign up or at the Club.
Kees has given me the low-down on this weekend’s tournament. Most (if not all) of the Varsity squads will be playing including Ed, Jamie, Alex and Freddie and not forgetting Sophie. Sponsored by Pol Roger, there is an handicap Singles tournament and the Inter-Universities Cup featuring teams from Cambridge, Durham, Middlesex, Exeter, Bristol and Newcastle.
In the Cup, each match comprises two Singles and one Doubles (like the National League, Division 1) and climaxes with the Semis ~10:30am on Sunday followed by the Final at 1:30pm. There may well be a Cambridge vs Cambridge Final again this year although there are some other low handicap players (e.g. Ben Boddington, 13) participating. All support would be most welcome!