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

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Friday, June 24th…

…a special Event* is coming to CURTC. Details to follow….
*Yes, it involves Real Tennis and Ed and Jamie and…

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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?

Unfortunately it wasn’t going to be a famous victory for CURTC, as the visitors won the day 4-2, but Guy Kirk played like he’d been born to the game, using the strings far more often than the wood for a change and putting in a fantastic performance (ahem, surely some bias on the part of our reporter here? Ed), against erstwhile CURTC player Jonathan Ellis-Miller. The Professor came out a straight sets winner, as did our esteemed Fixtures Secretary Christie Marrian. Despite a slight scare at 1-5 down in the second set, Christie actually looked like he might be enjoying himself as he took on Alec Fitzgerald O’Connor.

As for the rest of the CURTC stalwarts, Gary Weller clocked up the highest number of miles run around the court in a thrilling match against the MCC’s Paul Cattermull, John Bailey and Kate Kirk almost pulled off a three-setter vs Richard Boys-Stones and CURTC defector Paul Forster (standing in for an MCC player who failed to leave the Pavillion) but went down 5-6 at the very end, Vix Harvey for once couldn’t quite reach everything in the corners, although the first set against Richard Buxton could have gone either way at 5-5, and Keith Beechener and Julian Stafford simply played too early in the morning for their respective joints and heads against a more sprightly Tom Carew-Hunt and Paul Cattermull.

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The MCC’s Paul Cattermull demonstrates the fancy footwork that foxed our Gary.


Christie Marrian enjoying being 3 games behind the pace.

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Gary Weller ready and willing.

MCC lunch

John Burnett drops in for lunch with the MCC.

The only slight hiccup occurred when the MCC realised that CURTC operates a BYOT* policy, let’s hope they didn’t spot that the cutlery doesn’t match.

*Bring Your Own Towel

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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 live above the blue court at 10.30pm on Tuesday 17th May. Please come along to see whether Rob Fahey, at age 48, can extend his extraordinary record to 24 years or whether Camden Riviere can wrestle it off him on home turf. This should be a fun-packed evening (with Jimmy Campbell rumoured to be running the show) and there will be some quality tennis to watch. Dependent on numbers we will do this again for the second and final days.

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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!
Friday Play will start at 2pm for those who can get there, followed by Newmarket Nights: Racing, live music by Will Young & a Picnic under the stars. Saturday the balance of the doubles will play till canapés & the club annual dinner which is to be held on court. Sunday will be the close of the great weekend with finals. The tournament is handicap doubles and we can find you a partner if required. A sumptuous lunch will be included for both Saturday & Sunday. To register your interest please email me with you & your partners name. Entry Forms will be returned via email with more details shortly. & 07804 618 585

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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 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:

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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
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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…..

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:

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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

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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…



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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