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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

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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Farewell to Scott, Saturday 5th August 2017, 10:30 am – 12 noon

Please come and say farewell to Scott and wish him well as he and his family move to the most northerly of England’s RT Clubs, Jesmond Dene where Scott will be the new Head Pro. Tea and cakes will be served on court at about 10:30 prior to George Pearson, the CURTC President, wishing Scott and his family well, at around 11:00 am.

Please try and come along.

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Tayabali & White League, 2017

Around 120 people from Handicap 11 to 93 played in The Tayabali & White League between January & July 2017.

We would like to congratulate you for making the T & W league so enjoyable over the season with the hosting of meals after the matches.

Furthermore, we would like to thank the Captains for their organisation of their teams & extend our gratitude to Simon White and to Imran Tayabali of T & W for their sponsorship.

Congratulations to the division winners (listed below) who will now have the opportunity to battle against each other in the Champions’ League in the last 3 weeks of September.

Division 1
Julian Stafford, Jimmy Campbell & Andrew Petrie

Division 2
Robin Faux (c), Howard Mason, Grattan MacGiffin, Peter Morrison & Nigel Parslow

Division 3
Tayabali & White 2,
Simon White (c), Guy Kirk, Duncan Hannay-Robertson, Tom Hartley & Stuart Miller

Division 4
Hit n’Hope,
Richard Bowers (c), James Dowson, Simon Hirtzel, James Stevens & Richard Brown

Division 5
Tony Peckham, James Keatley, Peter Cowley & Alex Peake

Apologies to anyone we have missed out who filled in for these teams


ps On behalf of all the players, many thanks to Peter for his tireless organization, all the Pros for their expert marking and T & W for making it all possible.

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Farewell to Scott

All members, past and present will be sad to know that Scott will soon be leaving CURTC to take up the position of Head Professional at Jesmond Dene, Newcastle. Although he will be missed by all who know him, this is a very exciting move for Scott and his family. His last day at work will be the 4th of August.
We hope to have a farewell event for Scott at the end of the Autumn term, when the students are back, in the meantime you may wish to say your own farewells.

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East Anglia Cup

Cambridge need a bit of help. Go Ian!

The EAC is an end of season tournie featuring our three neighbours Prested, Newmarket and Hatfield for (roughly speaking) 45-55 handicappers. The format is a round robin between the clubs with each tie being two Singles and one Doubles. It was our turn to host this year and Prested, the holders, had remembered to bring the Cup. So, after about 150 assorted e-mails it was time to actually get on Court at 9am on Saturday.

First up was Vix against Richard Dunn of Newmarket and a crucial game it turned out to be. Vix dug herself out of a hole at 4-1 to get back to 6-all before Richard edged it 8-6. Vix had another tough loss against the experienced Grandpa Vigrass but came storming back against Hatfield’s Richard Williams. Andy Smith was in fine form winning his three matches and the Doubles combo of yours truly defeated the Hatfield and Newmarket pairs, the latter match being interrupted by a visit from the fire brigade following a direct hit on the alarm from an errant forehand. But alas we came unstuck against the Rose Bowl winning pairing of Prested’s Ian Hawkey & Bryan Eaton. In fact, we did a reverse Vix by letting a 4-2 lead slip before getting back to 6-all and then losing the last two games. This proved to be the difference in the tally which saw Prested retaining the EAC with the final Score being: Prested 14, Cambridge 12, Hatfield 8 & Newmarket 2. Congratulations to Prested! We look forward to next year when we are off the Hatfield.

Click on images below for larger versions where you can actually see…

On Court from the EAC

2017 EAC Winners: Prested

This year we expanded the EAC to two days with the EAC Plus for 60+ handicappers on Sunday. This proved to be a three way match up with Hatfield pipping Prested to be the inaugural winners.

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Double Header!

CURTC 1+ – 2+, The Dedanists

CURTC hosted two matches last Saturday. The CU Ladies took on RTC, see Amanda’s match report below while The Dedanists took on CURTC in a close fought match and even closer fought lunch. The Dedanists came out on top, 2 and a bit to 1 and a bit. The ‘a bit’ bit is a bit complicated due to KK & JB being a bit overfast out of the gate and having to be a bit restrained mid match. Still it was much more than a bit entertaining to watch as we enjoyed a bit of lunch. (That’s enough ‘bits’, Ed)
Previously, the G men (Guy Kirk & Gratts MacGiffin) and Andy Smith had showed exemplary hospitality by letting our visitors win the 2nd set having comprehensively won the first. That was enough for Andy who promptly won the deciding set. The G men seemed determined to get to a 5-All, 40-All finish but were thwarted after probably the best rally of the match ended up in the Dedanists favour with the score only ’40-30′. Amanda then took an even more generous approach by letting her opponent recover from 4-0 in the 1st and 4-1 in the 2nd.
Click on the images below for larger versions of some on-court shots

CU Ladies vs RTC, Doubles

CURTC vs The Dedanists, 17/6/17

And then of course there was lunch….


Did someone say Lunch?

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CURTC Ladies vs RTC Ladies (& Nick)

To finish off a gruelling term of exams, the CURTC ladies took on the RTC Ladies in Cambridge on Saturday. Ellie McAleese debuted for Cambridge at 9:00am on the Green court against Alison Cryer of RTC (don’t worry… the wonderful new 2017/18 Ladies Captain, Olivia Chesser, was also at the courts at the start of that early May week hour). Unfortunately McAleese was unable to hold off Cryer, going down 8-5. Cambridge’s Linnea Gradin played Nick Hyams and engaged in a very tight tussle, going game for game. Unfortunately Gradin finally went down 8-6. Gradin and McAleese then teamed up for doubles, but the singles results were repeated and they lost 8-4 to the RTC pair.

In sweltering heat, the afternoon session kicked off with a doubles match between Carina Mouritsen-Luxhoj and Lucy Barrett of CURTC vs Sarah Lambie and Alex Soltynski of RTC. The RTC team took no time to warm up winning 8-2. Mouritsen-Luxhoj then took on Soltnski on the Green court, while Barrett took on Lambie in the heat of the Blue Court. A lack of court time over the exam period showed for Barrett, losing 8-4 to a very tough opponent in Lambie. Unfortunately Mouritsen-Luxhoj shared the same fate, despite producing some incredible shots into the dedans and being a point away from a game on several occasions, she went down to Soltynski 8-0.

We would like to thank the RTC team for making the journey to Cambridge and to Nicola Doble for all the organising that made it possible for this to happen (I hope we see you next time and maybe even reverse the results!) . Also thanks to Christie and the Pros for miraculously fitting us into a very tight schedule on Saturday.

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CURTC get Stuck on M4 and come Unstuck on Court



It was off to Holyport on Saturday and off we certainly were (with one notable exception). Our trip down was almost asymptotic, the closer we got, the slower we crawled. But eventually we arrived to see some (unscheduled) Doubles being played and CURTC already two down. Not a good start….
We didn’t do much better as we raced to a 6-1, 5-1 deficit. We clambered back to 5-all but that was it and we were left with the thought that we had doubled CURTC’s games won even if we had done nothing for the sets won. Guy and Kate also managed a 6-5 but we were facing a whitewash as Kate took to the Court for the final match. While I consoled myself with some lunch Kate got serious and I looked up to see a 5-0 lead. Returning to the Dedans to support in person did cause a slight hiccup, but Cambridge finally won a set! And then another to at least get Cambridge to 1 in the Win column.
Many thanks to our hosts, especially Colm O’Shea the HRTC MM amd John Evans the HRTC Pro for marking. We look forward to doing a bit better when HRTC visit next year!
Click on the image below so you can actually make out what is going on…

Kate Kirk, Julian Stafford, Jules Camp, Guy Kirk -CURTC vs HRTC- Chris Figg (playing Kate), John Evans (Marker), Colm O’Shea (MM)

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CURTC Overcomes all from North & South

May 20th saw the Eggs & Bacon team (MCC) arrive in Cambridge for the first leg of their ‘Fens weekend’. In spite of a last minute hiccup due to a missing bottle of white*, CURTC came out on top 5-4 after an excellent afternoon of tennis and extended lunch.

The following day, the recently reinvigorated Jesmond Dene squad were in town on the second leg of their ‘Fens weekend’. BTW, the uncertainty about the Court at Jesmond has been resolved as the Club has a long term lease on the Court and the attached house. Great news!

And last, this Bank Holiday weekend, our intrepid travellers visited Queens and came out on top 3-1, again after some splendid tennis on a Court which plays surprisingly (to me at least) differently to our trusty Green & Blue.

Results as far as I can remember, apologies for any errors…

CURTC 5 – 4 MCC @Cambridge
Gary Weller lost to Tom Carew Hunt 6/5 5/6 4/6
Guy Kirk lost to Robert Kilgour 0/6 4/6
Vix Harvey lost to Graeme Marks 2/6 6/4 3/6
Mark Perriton def Ben Pilgrim 6/2 6/5
Alex Wright def Nick Jeffery 2/6 6/2 6/5
Nigel Parslow lost to Tony Friend 6/3 2/6 6/5
Gary Weller & Mark Perriton lost to Tom Carew Hunt & Ben Pilgrim 4/6 4/6
Anthony Bailey & Vix Harvey def Robert Kilgour & Graeme Marks 6/0 6/0
Anthony Bailey & Guy Kirk def Tony Friend & Nick Jeffery 5/6 6/2 6/4

CURTC 4 – 3 Jesmond Dene @Cambridge

Fiona & Simon (KK photos)

Anthony Bailey def Tony Harrison 6/3 6/3
Simon Hirtzel lost to Fiona Harrison 3/6 6/5 4/6
Nicholas Heath lost to Nick Thompson 6/1 5/6 5/6
James Thomas def Richard MacAlister 6/2 6/4
Anthony Bailey & Julian Stafford def Alan Douglas & Nick Thompson 5/6 6/4 6/5
Gary Weller & Julian Stafford def Alan Douglas & Richard MacAlister 6/4 6/5
Guy Kirk & Kate Kirk lost to Fiona Harrison & Tony Harrison 4/6 6/1 5/6

CURTC 3 – 1 Queens @Queens
Anthony Bailey lost to Tony Penny
Simon Hirtzel def Emmanuel Gueroult 1/6 6/2 6/4
Andrew Petrie def Nick Browne 3/6 6/2 6/4
Amanda Murphy def Charlotta Ginman 6/3 6/4

…and special thanks to our Pros and Simon for some seriously extended marking!

*It was consumed in a good cause. More details shortly…

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Real Tennis Fitness Pilot – FREE TRIAL (CURTC members)


CURTC is hosting an exciting new agility class on Monday 29 May at 4pm on the Green court. The aim of the class is to improve your footwork, speed and agility.

SOCA SKIP is a rope skipping class designed and run by Fronzie Charles an elite athlete and former world champion Taekwondo legend.

There will be music from the Caribbean carnival, skipping, stretching and strength work. This class is as challenging as you make it and accessible to all levels of fitness.

You need trainers, flexible clothing (gym kit/ tennis kit is fine) and a towel.

This is a pilot project which we hope will bring different members of the club together and offers a chance to improve your agility and fitness.

To book: email

Numbers are limited.

Medical/ Care information: please give details of any medical, health or other care information that the club needs to be aware of.

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CURTC v PHRTC at Prested – Sat 6 May 2017

Honours were well and truly even after CURTC’s visit to Prested this weekend!

CURTC Prested Hall Result
Andrew Petrie27Matt Potter1910/4
Howard Richardson68Dr Mark Bellis665/10
Simon Hirtzel63Bruce Hogarth-Jones6310/8
Howard Mason52Mike Cotton544/10
Catherine Stewart86Louise Richardson806/10
Gillian Moore75Mike Stockley7610/3

Marker: Ged Parsons, PHRTC
3 handicap points for Home Court advantage
Match Result: CURTC, 3 – 3, Prested
Total Games for CURTC 45, Total Games for PHRTC 45

Match Manager: Howard Richardson

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Stream Team being outdone?

Wellington, the lapis lazuli court and newest addition to the Round-Britain-Can-You-Play-The-Lot-In-A-Year challenge, has got a drone!

Our Stream Team have produced some amazing coverage of some incredible matches, but this adds a whole new dimension. Wonder if hitting a drone is equivalent to a winning gallery?

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post ‘Racketathon’ Update

Neil Stutchbury (off-court)

I thought you would all like to know that I successfully completed the London marathon on 23 April, for which so many of you sponsored me. You will recall that fun day back in January when I organised a “racketathon” and played many of you over a six hour period. Thank you very much to all of you who sponsored me.
The marathon itself was a fantastic experience with thousands of people lining the whole route, shouting and screaming everyone’s names as they ran past. I’ll never forget the moment when I turned the corner onto Tower Bridge with the towers gleaming in the sunlight, a sea of runners bobbing in front of me and a cacophony of noise surrounding me. The first half was OK, but the miles thereafter seemed to tick by ever so slowly. The final five miles were really tough, but I kept up my pace despite having to swerve round those walking, throwing up or collapsing in front of me! In the end I was the 13,187th to cross the line (out of c.40,000) and just managed to squeeze under four hours (3:59:19), which I was well-pleased with, especially after such an interrupted training period in the weeks before.

Thanks again to everyone who sponsored me. If you haven’t and still want to sponsor me, the site will be open until 23 May – check out my Just Giving site:


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Varsity Captains’ Challenge (and AGM)

Amanda chooses 'White' leaving Jimmy with the 'Red'

Amanda chooses ‘White’ leaving Jimmy with the ‘Red’

Our Varsity Captains gamely went on Court following the CURTC’s AGM* last Thursday. The Beard (Jimmy Campbell) was under some discomfort handicapwise to the tune of rec 30, owe h30, 1 serve, banned tambour, banned chases worse than 3+4, banned hazard chases when playing off chases, service end conceded after 1 chase plus the benefit of advice from the totally unbiased crowd in the Dedans.

Nonetheless, Jimmy rattled off the first two games including a Winning Gallery as Amanda (Murphy) worked out not playing shots was actually more important than playing them and she promptly reeled off the next 4 games. The quantity (if not the quality) of the advice for Jimmy was ramping as he found his range plus an number of edges and ledges round the court as he met Amanda’s 4 games and raised her one to lead 7-4 in the Pro set.

At this point the Dedans starting baying for a Grille which Jimmy obliging went for and duly missed on several occasions. Again, Amanda was deftly leaving everything she didn’t need to play and thumped a few she did need to causing Jimmy to look a little rattled. 7-All, 40:30 Amanda and Jimmy plays one right down the middle of the Court. ‘Leave it’ was the silent roar from the Dedans not that Amanda needed any reminding. It fell Four giving Amanda this year’s bragging rights, the choice of the red or white wine and avenging Sophie’s narrow loss by the same score last year.

Many thanks to our valiant Captains and Peter for coolly marking some tight calls.



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*Several brave souls attended the AGM and asked some pertinent questions (and got some answers too). The bottom line is that the Club had a successful year on and off Court and has a number of new initiatives which hopefully will become apparent in and around the Club over the next few months. We welcome Vix Harvey as a new Committee member but sadly will miss Jane Philmore, Johnathan Spence & Bernie Carpenter who have stepped down.

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Brigands share the spoils

CURTC, 2 – 2, Brigands

A fun afternoon of tennis ended with CURTC and The Brigands even at 2 apiece with the final Doubles being definitely the MOTD. CURTC’s Perriton/Parslow combo fought back from losing the 1st set to the Blisss/Stafford Brigands by winning the second 6-5. Keeping the service end they won the first two games of the (shortened) 3rd before crucially giving up a chase (service is sooooo important in Doubles….). Back came the Brigands to even things up at 5-all but CURTC had serve and whatsmore it was Mark’s left handed monster serves being fired down to the Hazard end. But arghhh… a Double fault and a chase and the Brigands took control and with it the game, set and match. A great spectacle and it did mean we could get started on Jeremy’s (Davidson) excellent lunch…

Inter-club matches are a great way the expand your tennis and help with your handicap. The way things work is: The Away (visiting) team is matched as closely as possible in terms of handicap by the Home team. (In recent matches the player handicaps have ranged from the low teens through to the high 80’s!) While this means we can’t always accommodate all who sign-up for Home matches, signing up for an Away match all but guarantees a game. Any Club member can (and is encouraged to) sign-up.

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