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Ed & Jamie through to the Amateur Semis… Gotta be a first for CURTC or any other club!
Only 4 photos this time…. Click on the images for much bigger versions.
Yes, the stream team will be back on Thursday (16th) with all of the National League Match between CURTC and Wellington.
The first match will start at 5:30pm with Jamie Giddins vs Adam Player followed by Ed Kay vs Peter Wright. Two tight matches are in prospect and with only the top three teams going through to the post-season Cambridge really need to win.
Jamie vs Adam Start: 10:40
Ed vs Peter Start: 1:17:05
Just in time for the 151st Anniversary, CURTC’s Stream & Video Team bring you some carefully (you have no idea how carefully) selected highlights of the Doubles Exhibition between Chris Bray & Ed Kay and Jamie Douglas & David Woodman. Enjoy!
Thanks to Paul Brown & Frederika Adam for the original footage and Julian Stafford & David Hope for the video editing.
… the Giraffe Tournament Finalists! Preceding the Final, an entertaining series of Group matches, where the after effects of the previous evening were much in evidence, included the first ‘chaseless’ set of the Tournament. The names of the chaseless are being withheld by request. To the left, Runners-up Andy Smith (L) and Robin Faux (R) receive their loot from Organizer in Chief, Vix Harvey. They were beaten 8-7 in a pulsating Final by the Varsity Ladies Team pairing of Annie Plews (C/L) and Amanda Murphy (C/R) seen below with Lucy Barrett (L) and Emily Chadwick (R).
Thanks to all those who took part, I certainly had a good if not desperately successful time on Court and a thoroughly enjoyable evening afterwards!!
To kick-of the 1st Giraffe Club Weekend, the Ladies World Champion, Claire Fahey visited the Home of Real Tennis to play against CURTC’s very own Ed Kay. But first she ran some Masterclasses for our Varsity squad and Juniors before teaming up with Alex Evans to play some Doubles against Ed and Capt’n Jimmy with Scott marking and Emily Chadwick providing some Commentary.
Cambridge’s Division 1 National League team take on Wellington next Thursday, 16th February. Starting at 5.30pm Jamie Giddins (8) takes on Adam Player (10). Adam is fresh off his win in the Seacourt Silver Racket, while Jamie will be looking to get his first home win of the season. Around 7pm Ed Kay (2) will play against Peter Wright (5). In their only previous meeting Ed won in the final of the MCC all comers, so Peter will be out for revenge. Please come down to support the Cambridge team!
If you can’t make it to the Club, please follow along via the Live Stream (details forthcoming) and send in your support via Twitter or the Live Comments on the Youtube page.
CURTC held the first rounds of the Ladies Club Championship this weekend. As usual there was a good mix of seniors and students (and one intrepid 10 year old managed to sneak a few matches).
Friday evening’s round was for newer players: Bex Faux played well from the start, hitting the ball low and fast, not allowing Bella Harvey to find her best strokes. Bex won 6-1. Carina Mouritsen then stole victory from Catherine Stewart , 6-5, in an excellent match with many long and hard fought rallies. Bella, having regained her composure and donned a rather fetching bobble hat to combat the hyperborean conditions, twirled around the court to defeat both Catherine and Carina and finished second in the group; quite an achievement for the youngster!
In Saturday morning’s group, first up were Karen Pearce against Victoria Harvey, swapping the lead throughout until, at 7-6 down, Vix saved a match point, then won that game and led in the final game. Vix didn’t look back, maintained her momentum, and won the match. Amanda, the University Team Captain, showed the improvements she had made by pushing Karen in an excellent match but Karen was too consistent, attacking the corners effectively and winning 8-3. Vix started well against Amanda, then Amanda came back and led 7-5. Vix saved a match point again and although utterly exhausted, managed to win 8-7.
Bex earned her spot to take on Linda Fairbrother and Annie Plews in the afternoon group. Bex’s inexperience wasn’t going to hold her back and she showed excellent speed to get to balls after she served but the ball kept coming back in her matches against Annie and Linda; and, whilst Bex won many points she lost 8-0 in both matches. Annie made it clear that she had been working hard on her game this season and, whilst Linda showed why she has dominated this event in previous years by fighting for each point, Annie’s movement and composure kept her ahead throughout the match, Annie won 8-6 to reserve her place against Vix in the final on March 18th.
Whatever happens on March 18th, there will be a new name on the championship board….
Ed Pearson and Jules Camp complete a 5-0 sweep for Cambridge in an exciting 3-setter.
On to RTC on March 12th for the Final vs Queen’s!
In the opening match of the Tayabali & White 2017 Cambridge Singles League for Division 3, Th’underdogs took on Tayabali & White 2 (there’s a Tayabali & White 1 with presumably better players in it somewhere above us)
First up was Neil Ruffles against the eponymous Simon White who managed to claw back from Neil’s killer serves with some skillful corner shots to take the second set and then the third set. Neil’s game seemed to suffer from some self-frustration as his grip on the game lessened, which only accelerated the slip. He managed to get on top of this but slightly too late to help secure the last set.
Next up was Robert Altham against Tom Hartley who both seemed to be taking it rather too lightly. Robert’s fantastic boasts from the mainwall corner of the service end meant the ball kept just dying out of reach from Tom. Robert took the first set 6-3. Tom eventually realised about halfway through the match that a mainwall nick shot around the last gallery line could stop this and it had the added advantage that it often gained a chase and this turned the match in his favour, and gave him the second set 6-3. Tom eventually took the final set also with the score of 6-3, making it 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 to Tom.
The final leg saw Alasdair Poore take on Guy Kirk who was pleased to learn he was spared any pressure for the match. However, this was not perhaps the case for Alasdair as he clearly cared passionately about winning his match. Guy’s relaxed air helped him gain a comfortable lead in the first set but Alasdair managed to pull himself out of his low spot and fought back bravely managing to hold Guy to five all in the second set. At 40-all, game, and potentially set and match point, Guy served, Alasdair returned, Guy shut it down into the corner and Alasdair was unable to fetch it back.
A clean sweep for Tayabali & White but a valiant effort and some fantastic food from Th’Underdogs
… is this Sunday (29th) @CURTC. It all starts at 11am. The best of the best will be on Court so please come along to the Club and lend your support. (I’ve seen some of the squad practicing recently, they definitely
need deserve all the support we can give them!). If you can’t make it to the Club, please follow along with the live stream and let us know how things are going via Twitter (@cam_tennis) or Youtube.
…but not before we congratulate our final three ‘Leaders of the Pack’: Robert Doe, Keeler Mears & Peter Cowley (vrrrmm, vrrrmm..) along with Stephen Doel, the Social Elf aka Santa’s Pet. Hopefully there will be a bottle of wine prize for each of our four worthy winners. Stayed tuned for Easter Scramble planned for the err, um.. Easter vacation unless we can come up with a catchier/punnier name!
Thanks are due to our sporting visitors along with Peter, Simon and Kees who not only marked but made sure the whole schedule made sense (Peter) and applied some key mid match repair to a recalcitrant calf (Kees).
Finally, some pictures of the lunchtime attractions…
On Sunday 15th January CURTC Ladies triumphed against Newmarket RTC 4 matches to 2.
We would like to thank Ian and the worthy Newmarket team for organising the day and hosting us.
Match results below.
Kate Kirk then took to the Court to give CURTC a 3-nil lead. Husband Guy teaming up with newly engaged Howard Mason were not interested in any 3 set nonsense as they won while only conceding a couple of games. Equally newly engaged Catherine Stewart was game enough to give our generous hosts a look-in but CURTC ended the day 4-1 winners.
Many thanks to our Hosts and Markers. It was my first (and hopefully not last) visit to RTC and I must say I found it one of the more challenging Courts on which to play!
The Giraffe Club Weekend
10-12 February 2017
Deadline for entries 27 January 2017
Friday evening: The Battle of the Sexes
Curtain raiser: exhibition doubles
Ed Kay (#1 Blue, 0 handicap) vs Claire Fahey (Ladies World Champion)
Drinks and nibbles
Free to Giraffe Club members, £15 to non members
Saturday all day: Giraffe Club Tournament
Round robin format, guaranteed three doubles outings
Nominate your partner or let us choose one for you
£30 per person
For Giraffe Club members
Saturday evening: Dinner at Trinity College
£50 per person
For Giraffe Club members
Sunday morning: Tournament finals
Coffee and tea will be available
Free to all spectators
Join the Giraffe Club here
Weekend sign up form here
Your chance to start off 2017 as a certified Pack Leader is slipping away… But it’s not too late! The Jingle Bingle must end on January 17th (at midnight). Congratulations to Robert Doe, Peter Cowley & Keeler Mears who are the incumbent ‘Leaders of the Pack'(s)
On Saturday I returned from my holiday back home in the sunny land of Oz and swapped mornings swimming at the beach for a dark wintery morning trip to the historic Hatfield House. We were welcomed heartily at the door by our wonderful host Martin. After a brief discussion about what to source from the wine cellar (a regular Hatfield tactic for later matches) he took to the court against Cambridge’s phenomenon Kate. Despite some excellent rallies, Kate breezed ahead and won 6-2 6-3.
The Kees Bus arrived during the game and brought Vix, who then faced off against Joe. He had clearly ignored good festive season advice to eat mince pies and instead played squash. This showed in the hard fought match with Vix, where he scrapped though 6-2, 6-0. A junior friendly exhibition doubles then took place between Kees, Bella, Vix and James while the rest of us tucked into a delightful lunch prepared by Martin which included CHOCOLATE CAKE!! Annie deftly avoided the wine at lunch and played an epic against Richard, coming back in the second set from 5-1 down to take the set and the match 6-5, 6-5.
With the jet lag starting to set in, I finally made it onto the court against the tricky serves of Peter. Despite a comeback in the second set, the late hour and the chocolate cake saw Peter triumph in the third set 6-3, 2-6, 6-4. We would like to thank Hatfield for hosting us especially Martin, James and Jon.
*’finest’ ?? Ed
Some of you may know I am running the London Marathon in April for Diabetes UK. I chose this charity because my son is Type 1 and he inspires me with the way he maintains his glucose levels while playing racquet sports (squash mainly) at a high level. So to raise awareness I thought I would do a “racquetathon” whereby I will try to stay on court for six hours and play as many people as possible, mostly doubles I hope! I have booked six courts (permitting doubles) from 9:30am-2:30pm on Saturday 14 January and I would really love it if you were to sign up for more than one court if you can! I hope each of the pros will join in too. I will provide cakes, sandwiches, refreshments etc to keep you all going. Normal court fees will apply and these will go onto your account as per usual, There is no extra donation required to take part, though obviously if you would like to donate then you can go to my Just Giving page and make a donation there: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Neil-Stutchbury I really hope you can play.
Stop Press: only a few slots left!!
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Ginny’s accuracy allowed her to beat the tenacious Richard Bowers in their match and Kate Kirk came so very close, but again Robert Doe’s strength won out (6-5).
In the final, there was nothing between the players. Robert served sidewall serves to great effect, with Ginny needing to volley the return of service, which she did with accuracy into the corners. Ginny served underarm twists to which Robert replied with forces at the dedans and at the mainwall. There were many excellent rests made more fascinating by the contrasting styles of the finalists. At 3-all Robert was able to steady his game, overcome his unforced errors and take the final three games and the Championship (6-3)…. The day ended with the Senior Professional taking the photo of the finalists above.
There was a crash on the roof, some shuffling around the chimney and a few expletives drowned out by Cody’s barking. Eventually it subsided but then the door bell rang which set Cody off again. Warily opening it, I saw three recognizable shapes lurking in our front garden. Rudolph (for it was he) had that self satisfied look that those with red noses so often have and was prancing about doing some recognizable impersonations of a forehand (he switches the racket Lyons style to avoid the complications of a backhand). He proffered me a thumbdrive and gestured with a shrug of the antlers at Donner & Blitzen who seemed far more interested in the vegetation than demonstrating correct positioning for a return of serve. He muttered (as those with red noses are prone to mutter) that he would be busy for a few days but back in touch looking for a game in the New Year. I asked about his handicap, but was met with the reply that surely the other 8 and the big guy were handicap enough. Living in a neghbourhood where chatting with reindeer attracts funny looks even at this time of year, I promised I’d put his handicap into RTO and work out the odds for our game. Wishing them seasons greetings, I retrieved the dog and opened up the thumbdrive….
Congratulations, Mike, Anthony & Gillian, you are the ‘Leaders of the Pack’ in the early going of the 2017 JB!