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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 gain) the video of the entire Final is available below

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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.

Jamie

Jamie


Rob Shenkman

Rob Shenkman

First up the Jamie Giddins (world ranked 48) will take on Manchester young gun, Robert Shenkman (world ranked 55). Jamie won the title of most valuable player during the season and remains undefeated in national league singles for over a year. However, Robert has spent this year at Queens and Chicago and has shown rapid improvement under the tutelage of Andrew Lyons and Steve Virgona. This should be an exciting and important match, with selectors for the under 26 GB side certain to be watching.

Next up Ed Kay (world ranked 21) will take on Manchester’s pro Darren Long (world ranked 17). Darren was the only person to beat Ed throughout the season, however Ed won their most recent encounter on the Blue Court. Darren recent took the 0-9s title and is playing well in the US Pro Singles and will hope he can continue this run of form into the final.

Following this there will be a doubles.

This is a great opportunity to watch some quality tennis and your support could help the Cambridge team to victory, so please come down to the club.

Ed

Ed

Darren Long

Darren Long

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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:

http://packnetwork.com/wc2016/

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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: https://twitter.com/cam_tennis
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)

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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 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:

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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