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Brodie & Pol Roger Cup matches on Sunday

On Sunday, Prested are visiting the Home of Real Tennis in the Brodie Cup and Holyport in the Pol Roger Cup. It all starts at 10am, please drop by and lend your support if you can!

Update: the weather was a winner on Sunday, as Holyport (with one exception) had to cancel their trip and Prested was forced to forfeit two matches. Cambridge did win 2-1 in the matches played with yours truly partnering Will Boys-Stones and Andy Smith registering in the win column and Captain Kirk gamely giving something for Prested to cheer about. Next up, a Home tie for the Pol Roger squad and a trip to Wellington or Radley for the Brodie team. Both matches on Sunday, January 28th.

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The 2017 Earthworks Doubles League


The Division winners are below. Congratulations!

  • Div 1 Kings
  • Div 2 Endeavour
  • Div 3 Judge & Jury
  • Div 4 Th’underdogs

Thanks to Peter, all the Captains and Markers for making the League run smoothly and last, but by no means least, Earthworks for their sponsorship!

Next up the Tayabali & White Singles League will start from Monday 22nd January,and continue for 20 weeks until late June (with a two-week break over Easter and a break for the Cambridge Week). SIGN-UP

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Wednesday Outlast Monday to take Ball Sewing Honours


In the end it was down to the sheer single mindedness of the Wednesday crew who kept going even when key squad members were absent due to believing the ‘season was over’…. But many thanks to them and all the other ball makers who participated in the last six weeks of workshops. It was (surprisingly) a fun couple of hours each week and the various wounds are healing quite nicely, thank you.

ps Kees and Peter are already at work planning the 2018 season

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70+ Category Tournament

Helena Tunks and Matthew Johnson’s route to the 70+ category Final. Click on image to see details…

Friday and Saturday saw the inaugural CURTC 70+ category tournament taking place at the Home of Real Tennis. Open to anyone with a handicap over 70, a lot of very close games ensued. Congratulations to all the participants with particular mention to Krittika D’Silva who won the Friday night group in which 3 of the 4 matches ended 8-7! and our 4 semi-finalists in Gillian Moore, Ben Geytenbeek, Matthew Johnson and Helena Tunks. Helena and Matthew prevailed in their Semis and will meet on CURTC Finals Day (sponsored by Hannay-Robertson Financial Planning), Saturday March 17th, when the CURTC Ladies Championship and all the Category Tournament Finals will be decided.

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2017 Inter Universities Cup

Over 70 players descended on Cambridge (and Newmarket) for the 2017 Inter-Universities Tournament at the Home of Real Tennis. In the team competition, Cambridge 1 regained the Inter University Cup by defeating Durham 1 in a tense final. Cambridge were represented by the bearded and non-bearded pairing of Matt Shaw and Jimmy Campbell whereas a clean shaven Durham comprised of Guy Maxwell and Olly Taylor

Cambridge just lost out in the final of the handicap singles to Middlesex as our Varsity Ladies’ Captain Olivia Chesser was defeated by Connor Holmes.

Many thanks to sponsors Pol Roger, Dedanists and the T&RA along with Kees & Peter for their marking and organisation.

ps Check the CURTC twitter feeds for the entrants to the ‘Real Tennis in 15 secs’ video competition.

Olivia Chesser (Cambridge) & Connor Holmes (Middlesex)

2017Inter Uni Winners: Cambridge

2017 Inter Uni Finalists: Cambridge & Durham

Survivors!

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CURTC’s Stream Team are Back

After a frustrating afternoon of set-up yesterday, hopefully the gremlins have been well and truly put back in their box (or wherever gremlins hide when they are not making one’s life miserable). Tennis starts at 6pm, today, Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, 23rd. Please use the Youtube live chat or Twitter to participate.

Our very own Ed Kay and Alex Evans will take on the North/South Capital pairing of Will Burns MURTC and Josh Smith RTC in the IRPTA National League, Division 1.

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Queen’s visit in the Brodie Cup

Peter enjoys a cup of (well earned) coffee

The Captain made it back in time and more importantly brought a magnificent lunch with him. He was not needed on court as the 45 Doubles pairing of yours truly and Will Boys-Stones, Andy Smith (40 Singles, complete with comeback) and Michael Firth (50 Singles, an even more impressive comeback) provided the necessary 3 victories. Julian Stafford and Rupert Grose & Mark Perriton left it all out there to complete a highly entertaining afternoon of tennis. Thanks to our visitors and Kees and Peter for marking.
Prested are visiting on December 10th. Should be a close one, especially for those of us who remember visiting PHTC in the Brodie two years ago….

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Westward Ho

Oxford’s perfectly proportioned Court

A squad of CURTC’s finest are back from their trip to the mid west and west of the UK’s Real Tennis Clubs. First up was Oxford on Saturday. We did not get off to a great start… Newly re-recruited Paul Brown took the first set but with exemplary politeness allowed Danny Dawson from his new base to take the next two sets. Johnny Bailey was next up and faced the dilemma of plying Jeremy Irwin Singer who was also preparing lunch. Johnny did the right thing and lost as quickly as was deemed polite for the greater good.

And good it was! Both on the table and off as it signalled a dramatic change in Cambridge fortunes. Tony Kennedy was in fine form and made relatively short work of Chris Peri. Next up was the Saturday ‘dream’ team pairing of Ben Geytenbeek and Charles Pendred. They were up against the infamous (Ron) Mutton chop and ambidextrous serving Stephen Cryan. With the aid of some not so subtle distraction of Stephen in the form of almost true updates from the Scotland rugby match, Cambridge stormed (well walked briskly) back from 3-5 to take the first set. However, their sense of fair play prevailed and they returned the favour by allowing their opponents to take the second set after having a 5-3 lead and a couple of match points. But that was enough politeness as Cambridge took the third set, evening up the match at 2-All. Unfortunately this brought the Knees and Hip combo of yours truly and David Pimblett to Court to try and take the day. We creaked and groaned our way to 5-All against John Stevens and the returning Chris Peri but alas that was it as we let things, our tie and the match slip 5-8 and 2-3. Still an entertaining day of tennis and many thanks to Craig Greenhalgh for marking and organising and Jeremy for that invigorating lunch.

The spacious confines of Bristol RTC


Following a (not so) brief sojourn at the Magdalene Arms, it was on to Bristol the next morning. On the early shift, the Sunday ‘dream’ team of Kennedy and Bailey proved to be too good for our hosts. Johnny remained on Court for his Singles but began to visibly flag as he trailed 3-7 before he put in his bid for comeback of the day to put Cambridge 2-0 up. But would it be enough to give us a winning weekend and to take the coveted ‘Lazarus’ trophy?

Another excellent lunch (thanks to Lyn & Nigel Harradine) did not galvanise our opponents the way it had galvanised our good selves the day before. Back on Court Kennedy put on an immaculate display of hitting the ball straight back down the middle of the court which might have been fine when playing Doubles but was not such a great tactic against a fine striking but somewhat mobility challenged opponent. Still TK prevailed in spite of the singular lack of sympathy for his plight from the Dedans. The Knees and Hip duo were given a second outing but again proved more than unequal to the task as we slipped to a two set to nil defeat sufficiently rapidly to get us back on schedule.

Charles Pendred then took the Court and his somewhat abstemious lunch choices were looking decidedly ill advised as he slipped (well crashed might be a better description) to lose the first 6 games against Patrick Quinn. Fortunately this was a 10 game set and Charles finally got on the scoreboard to take that crucial 7th game. However that seemed a bit of an aberration as the score slid to 2-8. But suddenly there was a ‘Road to Damascus’ like transformation as Charles slowly started racking up the games and the score crept to 8-All. However in that crucial 17th game, Charles was 40-15 down and facing two sub 3yd chases. Incredibly he won one and it was chase off on the other; he got the serve back and served out not just the game but also the set to take the ‘Lazarus’ trophy by acclaim and give Cambridge a winning weekend! Many thanks to our hosts and Kevin King for his patient but eloquent marking.

CURTC 4 – 1 BRTC

The squad contemplating the eastward trip Home

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Champions of Champions!

Wednesday night saw the official presentation of the Champions of Champions trophy shield to Taybali and White captain, Simon White.

Simon White received Champions of Champions trophy

Champions of Champions

Having won division three in the Cambridge Leagues, the Taybali and White team: Simon White (c), Guy Kirk, Stuart Miller, Tom Hartley and Duncan Hannay-Robertson took part in the Champions of Champions inter-division match played between the teams which had won each division.

In a close-run final that went down to the final match, and despite Julian Stafford from the Kings team taking Most Valuable Player in the league, Taybali and White took the champions league to be crowned Champions of Champions.

Each of the five members of the team received an individual memento trophy in recognition of this most prestigious and coveted title:

Champions of Champions of the Cambridge League.

 

Guy Kirk, Champion!

Simon White, Champion!

Stuart Miller, Champion!

Tom Hartley, Champion!

Duncan Hannay-Robertson, hurt Champion!

Julian Stafford, MVP Champions League

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Monday Strike back

Biscuits included!

Week 2 of the Ball Making League, sorry Workshops saw the Monday evening team upping the pace considerably. The Wednesday morning squad, in spite of the presence of a true ball sewing bandit, struggled to keep up and went into overtime to get close to Monday’s magic 30. Please sign up if you’d like to join the fun!

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British Open November 12-21 @Queen’s Club

There is a lot going on at the British Open next week…
In particular: Juniors Day. All under 18’s can apply to watch the Doubles Semis by contacting Freddy Adam
Click here for the full program of Events and Draws
ps Ed is in action at 6pm on Sunday, November 12th and Jamie (remember him?) at 7pm on Tuesday, November 14th.

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CU Ladies visit Hatfield House RTC

Yesterday HHTC hosted a club match between Cambridge Ladies (students) and Hatfield’s finest.

The Cambridge Ladies were accompanied by their head professional and mentor Kees Ludekens who spurred them on throughout the day, offering tactical support and motivation from the Dedans!

Cambridge brought an impressive 9 up and coming students along to what is now a very important fixture in their calendar for continued player development and match play experience.

However Hatfield Ladies (accompanied by Steve Sullivan) were not fazed by the array of up and coming talent from the opposition, rising to the challenge and matching the impressive footwork, shot making and enthusiasm of Cambridge and managing to just edge the overall fixture in Hatfield’s favour.

It was great to see so many up and coming ladies and students on court from both clubs playing some great tennis in good spirits and we look forward to seeing Cambridge back next year with at least 10 shots improvement off this year’s handicaps!

Also a big thank you to Steve and Sarah Sullivan for providing a fabulous lunch to fuel the day whilst having a racket in one hand and source-pan in the other!

James Law, HHRTC

Scores!
ps A couple of places left for our inter club match @Hatfield in January (the 21st, to be precise…)

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Pol Roger Final Recap

It’s only 5 minutes….

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Ball Making Workshop(s)

It’s Monday vs Wednesday in CURTC’s new morning ball making league. With not much help from me, I believe Wednesday eked out a narrow lead following their 20-ball output this morning, see photo. On the plus side, I didn’t hit my thumb/fingers with the hammer during the cover tacking part and I managed several successive stitches during the cover sewing phase. However, in spite of Kees’ kind words my output (fortunately only one) was the sort of ball that you want to keep in your pocket for a 40-all serve. It was actually a lot of fun and of course it is helping the club out in a time of need. Please contact the Pros if you can help out on a Monday or Wednesday morning at 9am for a couple of hours.
A couple of shots of the Wednesday squad in action…

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MURTC visit the Home of Real Tennis…

…for an Inter Club match on Saturday. Chris Bray dropped by to say hello, wish his team well and compare Tennis Hips (Tips?, Ed; No, Hips, Author; OK if you say so, Ed). After 11 hours (to the minute) of tennis, comprising of 4 Doubles and 8 Singles, MURTC edged the contest 7-5. Nigel Parslow got CURTC off on the right foot by overcoming the powerful boasting of Jonny Bruce in 3 sets. Done well as Jonny was doing, the Boast can be very effective if the depth is right. There also the added ‘twist’ in that I at least can never work out which way it is going to break after the umpteenth bounce of walls an floor.
For some strange reason most of the other Singles matches were a bit one sided. The one exception being Ben Geytenbeek who battled hard but lost the deciding game after his match had reached 5 all. (Except for the first Singles, all the matches were timed, hence the somewhat unconventional scores) The Doubles were a bit tighter especially my and Guy’s 12-11 loss. We definitely put the ‘slow’ in start and soon found ourselves 3-1 and 5-2 down. We got our noses in front 6-5 and we traded games to 10 all. Our opponents were not afraid to give the ball an enthusiastic whack especially if they got to it before the ball hit the floor. Stuart (who started playing in April) was in great form all over the Court and played a number of powerful overheads right down the middle, always an effective direction for a shot in Doubles. We lost the crucial 21st game and slid behind 12-10. Although we got one back, the buzzer sounded and our time was up.
ps Just heard from Nick the MURTC match manager. They have scored the match 106-101 in CURTC’s favour….So I think we will declare an honourable draw and try again next year at Middlesex!

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Cambridge @Prested National League, Division 1

For those of you who don’t follow the excellent CURTC Twitter feed @cam_tennis, Cambridge had a great result last night at Prested. Alex won 6-3 6-3 against Steve Taylor, Ed won 5-6 6-0 6-5 against Claire Fahey and Cambridge won the Doubles 8-5. Next up RTC at home on 23rd November. Should be a great evening of tennis so mark those diaries!

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Inter Livery Real Tennis Competition – 17th October 2017 at Queen’s Club, London

Bernie Carpenter & Miles Buckingham

David Carpenter, one of our new Liverymen and his doubles partner Miles Buckinghamshire of the Glovers’ Company won the “B” division of the Inaugural Inter Livery Real Tennis Competition held on the 17th October 2017 at the Queen’s Club. Real Tennis is perceived to be the “King” of racquet sports and demands both racquet and some cerebral expertise! Over approximately 2.5 hours of playing time, they won 29 games, lost 11 and won all 4 matches against their Livery Company opponents. In the Semi- Finals, they won against the second team from the Vintners and in the final they won against a team from the Carpenters and the Grocers’. Both their opponents in these rounds found the handicap difference difficult to overcome against the steady play of David and Miles who raced to early leads in both matches to win the cup and probably the unofficial award of the “the handicap bandits“ of the Competition.

24 livery Companies were represented at this Competition which was graced with the presence in the afternoon of HRH The Earl of Wessex, Patron of the Tennis and Rackets Association, who is a keen player of the game. Throughout 2018, HRH intends to play every real tennis court in the world (some 50 with 27 here in the UK) to raise funds for the Duke of Edinburgh’s award to help young people in their careers. To find out more about this historic undertaking and how you can help, please contact Challenge@DofE.org.

This inaugural competition was a great fun event. Our thanks go to our organiser Michael O’Dwyer of the Brewers’ Company and our main sponsor Psigma Investment Management and also to our other sponsors Pol Roger for the Champagne, Latimer Vintners for the wines, Fonseca for the port and Play Brave for our new white tennis shirts. Lastly, David and Miles would like to thank all our fellow competitors who play this truly wonderful game, Ben Ronaldson and his great team of markers and the Queen’s Club staff and their Chairman of Tennis, Simon Mansfield.

Plans for 2018 competition are already well in hand and you can be sure that David will be embarking on a recruitment drive for more Distillers representation!

David Carpenter, 23rd Oct 2017

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Brodie Cup: Jesmond 2-3 Cambridge

It’s a long way to Jesmond but well worth the effort as the Club have made huge strides recently in securing the future of their magnificent Court and our favourite pastime in the North East.
In the match itself, after victories for the 2nd Doubles (Michael Firth and yours truly) and 2nd Singles (Andy Smith), Captain ‘Guy’ Kirk sealed the victory with a 2 set win! 1st Singles (Julian Stafford) and 1st Doubles (Rupert Grose & Gerald Smith) faced tough challenges handicap-wise but left it all out there on the Court.

Some Collages of 4 of the 5 matches (click on thumbnail for larger version…)

Richard MacAlister (Jesmond) & Julian Stafford

Andy Smith & Nick Thompson (Jesmond)

Guy Kirk & Stephen Goodhart (Jesmond)

Gerald Smith & Rupert Grose and Simon Johnston & Alan Douglas (Jesmond)

and a Google Photos Gallery of the above images and more!
Next up is no more travelling, as Queens visit the Home of Real Tennis on November 19th.

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The Sox is Back

After 2 and half hours on Court at Queen’s Club, the Doubles pairing of our very own Bernie (Sox) Carpenter (Distillers) and Miles Buckingham (Glovers) managed to win the inaugural Inter Livery Company Real Tennis Tournament Psigma Cup.
We are scouring the internet for pictures…

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Giraffe Club Tournament, October, 7th


Congratulations to Jim & Andrew and India & Rufus!

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Cambridge vs Petworth House, National League Division 1, Wed Oct 4th

The Division 1 of the National League returns to Grange Road on Wednesday as Petworth House in the form of Tom Durack & Louis Gordon visit. This year Cambridge are represented by Ed Kay who will be looking to avenge a crucial defeat last year to Tom and ‘newboy’ Alex Evans who will have his hands full with the hard hitting Louis. The Doubles could be critical….. As it was last week when Ed & Alex got Cambridge’s Div 1 season off to a winning start at the Oratory. It all starts at 5.30pm, and all support would be most welcome!
Update: Alex & Ed win the deciding Doubles following Ed’s victory over Tom Durack

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Cambridge v Newmarket, Sept 30th 2017

It is always a pleasure to visit Newmarket to enjoy the marking of Andrew Knibbs, the Brian Blessed of the Real Tennis world, whose volume is matched only by the dramatic intensity with which he calls the score. “FOOURT-TEEEE” (delivered at high pitch) “ FIFFF-TEEEEN” (with a downward swoop to a basso profundo of disappointment).

But when not admiring Andrew’s marking, how was the tennis? We fielded a large group of players, with handicaps ranging from the 80s to the 40s, so play started early, with Gillian Moore against Philippa Wells. The comment from Andrew was: “A close match, but Gillian made the better decisions.” Since the score went 10/2 to Gillian, her perspicacity must have been very much in play.

Ben Geytenbeek got 4/1 up against Newmarket’s Jamie Robertson, (putting an awful lot of balls in the net at first), but then allowed Jamie back in, to finish 9/10 down.

Joe Zygmunt was helped by his opponent Bill Mackintosh’s habit of just getting the edge of his racket to in-coming balls, thus gifting Joe at least 6 or 7 more-or-less free points. Ben’s leftie serve was helpful too, in taking him to a 10/5 victory for Cambridge.

Catherine Stewart was (I believe) making her foreign-match debut against Henry Edwards, who first tried to bribe Ken the marker by scattering copious coins at his feet, and later took advantage of his advancing years by having a lie-down (Catherine following suit, followed by Ken….). At 1/5, Catherine got in her stride, showing true grit to reach 8/9. This galvanised Henry into actually running for the ball at least three times, but Catherine had no mercy for age, and took the match 10/9.

By now the scoreline was 3/1 in Cambridge’s favour. The doubles match, however, did not go our way. Husband and wife team, Jeremy and Linda Fairbrother, had great difficulty finding any serves to bother their opponents Ian Lindsay and Jeremy Barnett. In both sets, games crept up level to 3/3, and then, in both sets, the home team pulled ahead to win: Newmarket 6/5 6/3.

The final match involved the two players with handicaps in the 40s, Ken Smith (wearing his Newmarket hat) against Howard Mason. Ken romped ahead to 5/0, 6/0… 8/0! His spinning serves, and fine use of the dedans corners, were proving deadly weapons. It looked like being a whitewash, but at 9/0 Howard found some serves that worked, and Ken, tiring and spooked, began to make mistakes. Howard started to win points and deuces; and won the next three games. Could he scramble up the mountain all the way? Alas, no, it was too steep by this point, and Ken stopped the come-back to win 10/3.

So the end result was a very fair draw, 3 rubbers each, with an entertaining mix of tennis, psychology, and cunning – plus a good lunch too.

Linda Fairbrother

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CURTC v Old Rugbeians

The 2017/18 season got off to a competitive start against Old Rugbeains with a hard fought draw, 2 all.

The top doubles pair of 2 unrelated Firths, John and James, looked to be coming a close second against Oliver Buckley and Richard Bray when they were 5-3 down in the final set. In 2 closely fought earlier sets, shared 6-4, there was plenty of entertaining and high quality doubles. John and James regained their team work and clinched victory 6-5 in the last.

The second doubles match featured an all Cambridge affair of Stuart Laing and Simon Hirtzel for Rugby against the new pairing of Vix Harvey and Miles Hember. This also went to the final game in the 3rd set with Simon finding the Dedans to win against a chase of better than 2 yards.

The two singles were not quite as dramatic with Gerald Smith losing in 2 sets and Malcolm Howlett playing strongly winning in two to make sure the overall match was drawn.

The viewing gallery was put to good use for a delicious lunch provide by Katherine Firth – related to 2 of the players – and as always the Rugby match was very entertaining and played in excellent spirit.

Many thanks to Kees, Peter and Alex for organising and marking with their normal good humour.

Michael (Firth)

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Thank You!

Kerry, the girls and I would like to thank you for the very generous gifts we have received. We were all totally over whelmed by each and everyone of you who attended either Friday or Saturday or both, and everyone’s kind words of encouragement they all mean a lot to us. We have settled in quickly to our new home and hoping the club will re-open on or around the 4th September. If any of you are visiting the north please pop and say hi.

I would personally like to thank the committee for giving me the junior role in the first instance and all the members who have helped me grow to my new position of head pro. With special thanks to Kees and Peter for all of their mentoring over the past 14 years.

Scott, Kerry, Darcie and Eadie.

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CURTC Tayabali & White Champions League starts Tuesday, September 12

The Winners of the 5 T&W Singles League Divisions go head to head for CURTC bragging rights Schedule, Results…
UPDATE: Congratulations to Tayabali & White 2 – Simon White {c} / Guy Kirk / Duncan Hannay Robertson / Tom Hartley / Stuart Miller – who are the Winners of the 2017 CURTC Tayabali & White Champions League!!

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Lottie Fullerton, Oxford University Tennis Club

Dear Members,

It is with great sadness that I inform you of the tragic death of Lottie Fullerton. Lottie was the Ladies Blues Captain of the Oxford University Real Tennis Team in February this year; those of you who follow our students will remember that Lottie was a well loved member of the Oxford team on more than one occasion. She will be greatly missed. Read More

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The 2017-18 Graduate Cup

There are some significant changes to this year’s Graduate Cup including dates, eligibility, pricing and groupings for the draw.

***Entries close Saturday 7 October 2017***

The Graduate Cup is the CURTC’s premier handicap competition, first played in 1875. Below are the key dates, eligibility criteria and rules of the tournament.

* Eligibility

Over 18

Open to players with non-provisional handicaps

Results recorded against 4 different opponents since 1 June 2017

* Key Dates

Closing date for entries: Saturday 7 October 2017

Group Stage matches: Saturday 14 October 2017 – Saturday 2 December 2017

Last 16, Quarter Finals and Semi Finals: Friday 12-Saturday 13 January 2018

Grand Final: Saturday 17 March 2018 (Finals Day, sponsored by Hannay Robertson Financial Services)

* To Enter

Please sign up HERE: Maximum 64 spaces

* Payment

Senior members will be charged a one off court fee of £32 which will be debited from their Club account in the week following the closing date. For the knockout stages and finals, court fees will be added to members’ accounts in the usual way. Student players do not pay court fees but are expected to make every effort to play their group matches in a flexible and efficient way. Marking fees for the finals are sponsored by Hannay Robertson Financial Services.

* Format

The draw is for 64 players. There will be 16 groups of 4 players.

Players will be ranked in handicap order and divided into four divisions. A draw will take place and a player from each division will be drawn into each of the 16 groups, providing a representative for each of the four divisions in each group.

The Pros will, on request, block book courts for entire groups to play in one session.

In the event of a draw, group winners will be determined using the following criteria (in order):  most matches won, most games won, fewest games lost, coin-toss!

The Group winners progress to the knockout stage of the tournament which will be drawn. There will be no cap on the maximum difference in handicaps.

All group stage matches are to be played between Saturday 14 October 2017 to Saturday 2 December 2017. Players are responsible for arranging their own matches.

Each match is “first to 8 games”, to be played off handicap and 40-all, not deuce and advantage. Results where the handicap difference is greater than 10 will not be input thus protecting the stronger players who progress to the knockout phase.

Before entering please ensure that you will be available to play ALL 3 of your group matches before the group stage ends on 2 December 2017. If you fail to play matches you disadvantage your fellow group members!

We strongly encourage members to book all their matches by the end of October.

The 16 group winners from the group stage will contest 3 rounds of the knockout competition on Friday 12 and Saturday 13 January 2018, which will produce our two finalists. These matches will be arranged by the tournament organisers.

The Handicap Committee will review the handicaps of the Group winners prior to the start of the knockout phase of the tournament.

The Grand Final will be played on Saturday 17 March, Finals Day sponsored by Hannay Robertson Financial Services. The tournament winner will also be eligible to enter the National Handicap Tournament in the autumn.

A group winner unable to play in the knockout stage will not necessarily be replaced with the runner-up from the same group. Rather, the “next best” runner-up from all of the groups will be selected using the following criteria (in order):  most matches won, most games won, fewest games lost, coin-toss!

In the event that an issue(s) arises that is (are) not covered by the rules above, the matter will be decided by the Handicap Committee whose decision will be final.

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The 2017 Earthworks Cambridge Doubles League

Please let us know if you are interested in playing in the Earthworks doubles league (details below).

The 2017 Earthworks Cambridge Doubles League will commence at the start of October and finish early December. The team format will be the same as the Tayabali & White singles League except each team will only play each of the other teams once (i.e. not home and away) and as each evening will be for a total duration of 2 hours (6 p.m. to 8 p.m.), with each player on court for 1 hour 20 minutes, we suggest the provision of food and beverage will not be necessary.

The scheduling of match days for the various divisions is below.

Monday – Division 1 (Below 45)
Tuesday – Division 2 (45 – 55)
Wednesday – Division 3 (55 -65)
Thursday – Division 4 (65 -80)

Each team will play in 4 matches. On a given match day 3 of the 5 team members will be selected (by their captain) to compete. Each player will compete in 2 doubles matches ie with each of his/her two team mates against his/her opposite number. Each match will be off handicap and will be “the first to win a set to seven games”. All matches will be marked, the cost being £14.50 per person per evening includes marking & court fees

Please sign up HERE

With best wishes,

The CURTC Pros

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A Fond Farewell to Scott & Kerry


An amazing array of cakes made the Hazard end of the Blue Court even more hazardous than usual on Saturday as we said farewell to Scott who is off to take up the position of Head Pro at Jesmond Dene. Of course we are sad to see Scott and Kerry go but it is great to see the progress that Jesmond are making to safeguard the future of their wonderful Court and Club.
Click on the image below for a better view…

ps We will be visiting Jesmond over the Bank Holiday weekend at the end of May to see how they are all getting on!

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The Green Court in a New Light

Our fearless Senior Treasurer has installed an LED light on the Green Court. Note the the way the colour of the wall above the Penthouse changes from left (old lighting) to right (new light).

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