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! Click for Video and Timings
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!
You will receive an e-mail* telling which of the three ‘Packs’**, headed by Rudolph, Donner & Blitzen, you are in. Please play frequently and often against members of your and other Packs (Singles or Doubles). Santa’s IT elf assures us the scoring system is so simple Santa himself could use it. The set-up is in the Blue Court Dedans. All you need to do is highlight your name and click on ‘WIN’ or ‘Lose/Draw’ as appropriate. No need to enter the actual score. This is all for fun and the IT elves have promised us the beta version of the software just as soon as they have finished some deliveries in a couple of weeks. (We told them to use Amazon’s new drones but they insist that Santa is somehow better ‘suited’)
* Instructions and background to the Jingle Bingle included with the e-mail
** OK, for you pedants, we are quite aware that reindeer come in ‘herds’, not ‘packs’. But then nobody has had a hit with a song called ‘Leader of the Herd’, so Vrrrmmm, Vrrrmmm…
*** Talking of ‘Leaders of the Pack’ when the Jingle Bingle closes on January 17th 2017 (unless R, D & B decide otherwise) the three LotP will be recognised with valuable prizes when frankly just a mention on the Club’s website would more than satisfy yours truly.
ps If the scoring system is by some remote chance non-operational, please write the name of the two (or four) players and highlight the winner(s) on the back-up ‘sheet of paper’
Click on the times/links below to take you to the corresponding part of the video.
Highlights include the 2nd set of the 2nd Doubles (listen for the banging on the Clubroom window towards the end…) and the 3rd Set of the 1st Doubles starting with Charlie’s 2nd Set winning shot….
2nd Doubles: 12:15 Start, 31:30 2nd Set, 1:09:40 3rd Set
1st Singles: 1:55:05 Start, 2:14:37 2nd Set
2nd Singles: 2:47:29 Start, 3:09:51 2nd Set
3rd Singles: 3:51:15 Start, 4:16:25 2nd Set, 4:51:00 3rd Set
1st Doubles: 5:31:10 Start, 5:50:47 2nd Set, 6:11:45 3rd Set
2nd Doubles: Matt Shaw & Ed Pearson bt Alexis Hombrecher & Jolyon Symonds 2/6 6/5 6/2
1st Singles: Ed Kay bt William Maltby 6/1 6/2
2nd Singles: Jamie Giddins bt Horatio Cary 6/1 6/4
3rd Singles: Alex Evans bt Mark Howard 6/4 4/6 6/3
1st Doubles: Duncan Colquhoun & Charlie D’Oyly bt Mark Mathias & Neil Roxburgh 2/6 6/1 6/5
* a.k.a. the Home of Real Tennis vs the Home of Cricket
ps The flaming streamers will be back for the visit of Petworth on Sunday, January 29th in the semi-final of the Pol Roger Trophy.
CURTC opened well when Gary Weller won against MCC match manager Tom Carew Hunt. The match went the full distance (one set all, 5 games all, 40-all) and then Gary defended a short chase to perfection. The next match almost went the same way. CURTC match manager Keith Beechener & Julian Stafford led in all three sets but at one set all and 5 games all Keith Beechener mis-judged his defence of a short chase and the notorious Lord’s low bounce gave MCC (Paul Cattermull & Robert Kilgour) their first victory. David Pimblett & Nick Heath succumbed to Brian Woodbridge & Jonathan Cundy, and this was followed by a further defeat when Gerald Smith & Howard Mason were beaten by Peter Brunner & Robert Kilgour to give the MCC a winning 3-1 lead with only one match to play. The final match saw the Davidson brothers (Jeremy for CURTC and Nick for the MCC) facing each other for family pride. Jeremy D, with the assistance of Keith Beechener, took the family title in straight sets against Nick D & Mark Wilcox.
Many thanks to MCC for their hospitality and congratulations on a deserved 3-2 win.
The 2016 Pol Roger Inter-University Tournament saw a gathering of Men’s and Women’s student real tennis players from across the country at the Cambridge University Real Tennis Club (the home of Real Tennis at Grange Road) and, for those brave enough to venture there, the Newmarket and Suffolk Real Tennis Club.
Representatives were present from St Andrews to Exeter University including a lone wolf from Oxford. There were early (and in some cases, very painful) starts at Newmarket, rumours of a winning gallery competition within the Middlesex camp, too many photos to count and some splendid tennis played across four days.
The Handicap singles saw 61 students take to the court and Cambridge’s Keeler Mears, Amanda Murphy and Matt Shaw topped their groups and made it into the round of sixteen. Precision and killer spin then took Matt Shaw into the Handicap Singles Semi-Final where he played splendidly to beat Charlie Drew 6-1. The other Semi-Final saw an all Durham affair, where Oliver Taylor (a.k.a. Bandit 1) took on Matt Brooks (a.k.a. Bandit 2). Taylor came out on top 6-4, and nobody was left in any doubt that both of these players would have much lower handicaps come next year! In the final, Taylor defeated Shaw 8-3 playing a handicap difference of 35, highlights of which can be found on the “CURTC Fixtures” YouTube channel!
The Pol Roger Champagne Reception and Dinner was a great event, held at the nearby Robinson College. Pol Roger Champagne and a three course dinner was enjoyed by all. Some of the more serious athletes continued the festivities in one of the local ‘training’ establishments, meaning there were some sore muscles (heads) for finals day.
The Pol Roger Inter-University Cup saw teams from Durham, Exeter, Middlesex, Newcastle, St Andrews, London and Birmingham and Cambridge (including the Cambridge women’s team) battle it out in both singles and doubles. Both the first and second CURTC teams made it through to the Semi-Finals beating teams from Newcastle, St Andrews, Durham and Exeter. Despite the attempts of Jimmy Campbell to provide an epic Saturday night for the London and Birmingham (HS2) team, Robert Shenkman and Charlie Braham arrived at the courts on Sunday and had the measure of the second CURTC team in the Semi-Final, defeating Campbell and Shaw three matches to love.
The final was streamed live (and can also be found on the CURTC Fixtures YouTube channel) where the HS2 duo took on the Cambridge first team of Kay and Giddins. Kay took the first rubber 8-7, saving match points along the way, against Braham, while Shenkman continued his good form against Giddins winning 8-5. The doubles deciding rubber provided tennis of the highest quality, team HS2 fighting back from 7-5 down to take the match 8-7 and the trophy.
The weekend was enjoyed immensely by all that attended, and thanks must go to all of the pros for organising one of the biggest tournaments in Real Tennis.
The next outing for the stream team! If you can’t make it to the Club to support the our Pol Roger squad, follow along from the comfort of your own armchair/desk/bed or wherever you happen to be….
Congratulations to Team HS2, Rob Shenkman, Birmingham & Charlie Braham, London, Winners of the 2016 Inter-Universities Cup. Rob & Charlie won the deciding Doubles 8-7, saving a match point along the way.
CURTC President, George Pearson offers some ‘Congratulations and Thanks’ following the Final.
More from Freddy Adam/T&RA
Congratulations to all the participants in this weekend’s Inter-Universities Tournament. It was truly great to see such enthusiasm on (and off) court…
The Finals of the Handicap and Team Cup are available via Youtube.
Meanwhile here are the worthy finalists of the Handicap Tournament
We are taking a short break and will be back for the Inter-Uni Cup Final at 2pm
Ed Kay (Cambridge) vs Charlie Braham (London: HS2 Uni)
Jamie/Alex (Cambridge) vs Rob Shenkman (Birmingham: HS2 Uni)
Video from last night…
CURTC is fast becoming a new world leader of social media. Follow our latest venture on Instagram @cambridgerealtennis. The competitors for this year’s InterUniversity Tournament have been invited to participate in a photo competition to win a bottle of Pol Roger Reserve Brut so our feed should be on fire by the weekend!
If you download the Instagram app on your mobile you too will be able to play with the filters and post your best photos to our account. Get practicing and keep an eye out for our Club competitions.
o Champagne Pol Roger would like to invite all competitors of the Inter University Real Tennis tournament to submit their best photo of the tournament, and whomever uploads the best image (as decided by James Simpson MW, Managing Director of Pol Roger Portfolio) will win a bottle of Pol Roger Brut Reserve.
o All photos must be uploaded to either Twitter or Instagram, or both, using the handle @Pol_Roger and the hashtag #InterUnivRealTennis. Please also tag the Twitter handle @cam_tennis and the instagram account cambridgerealtennis
o The subject matter is open to interpretation, ranging from shots of the team, action shots of the players, artistic shots of Pol Roger bottles, images of the real tennis court; the winning image will be judged on the composition of the image and how well it is deemed to capture the spirit of the tournament.
o The competition is only open to adults, over the age of 18; this is to be verified by Kees Ludekens when awarding the prize
o Kees will present the winner with their bottle of Pol Roger Brut Reserve at the Pol Roger champagne reception and dinner on Saturday evening.
Cambridge take on Leamington in the top division of national league this Thursday, 5.30pm start. First up Jamie Giddins (10) will be taking on Robert Shenkman (7), where Jamie will look to get revenge for his three set loss in last years final. Next up Ed Kay (1) will take on world number
6 5 Ben Matthews (+6). We are privileged to be able to watch a player of Ben’s calibre at Cambridge, and I hope that as many people as possible will make it down to the club to watch one of the worlds best.
4pm this afternoon, Wednesday 16th November
links to all matches and live stream:
I wasn’t playing in the game on Sunday so I was able to focus (pun intended) on the tennis. Apologies to Karen, Andy & Sam but I never made it to the Green Court being totally absorbed by a classic tussle between John Beale from Bristol and our very own Charlie D’Oyly. Some great tennis!
John & Charlie were then joined (respectively) by Reggie Williams & Julain Stafford for some Doubles. It was a and a fascinating game with a great contrast of styles, not to mention facial expressions…