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CURTC Ladies vs Middlesex Ladies

Old friends, new friends and epic rivalries continue at Middlesex

On Saturday 18th February the CURTC Ladies’ Team took on MURTC Ladies’ Team at Middlesex Court. In a warm up for Varsity, the day consisted of four singles and two doubles matches played off handicap; first to eight in the singles and first to six in the doubles. The initial warm up hit on the court felt like playing pinball and we found a new earned respect for our hosts (especially when they play on the Green court at Cambridge). Lucy Barrett was first to play against Lousia Madsen. It was clear from the outset this would be a tussle. It went game for game, until finally at five all, Barrett broke the deadlock winning 8-5.

Our loyalty was then torn as Cambridge’s Olivia Chesser took on Emily Chadwick – Cambridge alumni and former teammate but now playing for Middlesex. Confusingly both were sporting the Cambridge uniform. With exquisite shots Chesser raced to the lead and was one game from the match at 7-2. We really wanted Chesser to win but how could we see a former Cambridge legend go down so easily. We shouldn’t have doubted. Unfortunately with experience on her side Chadwick came back to win 8-7. Some skilled doubles then followed between Barrett & Murphy against Allen & Chadwick and Plews & Chesser against Madsen & Mejibovski. Cambridge took the first match 6-2 but Middlesex levelled winning the second match 6-1.

In the third singles match of the fixture, a great consistency of shot into the decans doomed Amanda Murphy to an 8-4 loss against Middlesex’s Ester Mejibovski. Playing for the draw CURTC’s Annie Plews faced off once again with MURTC’s Georgina Allen. The Interuniversity tournament had seen a memorable clash at Newmarket where Plews went down 5-0 only to come back and win 8-7 – this was the rematch Middlesex had been waiting for. Plews started slowly on the bouncy court and, in a repeat of Newmarket, Allen won the first five games. However this time, Allen was wary and despite bringing the score back to 7-3, Cambridge lost the match 8-3 and the tie 4-2.

We would like to thank the MURTC Ladies and friends for hosting us and for the great meal and marking. I think we need another fixture back in Cambridge soon.


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Busy Couple of Days

The Women’s and Men’s Varsity Teams are in action today & tomorrow at Lord’s. Across town at Queen’s, Jamie is in the Amateur Doubles semis @5pmn and Ed is in the Final of the Amateur Singles @11am tomorrow. Next weekend it is the turn of the 2nd’s Varsity here in Cambridge. Please drop by and lend some support if you can. Good luck to one and all and Play well!
Live Stream from Lord’s (currently no audio)

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Ed & Jamie through to the Amateur Semis… Gotta be a first for CURTC or any other club!

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Giraffe Club Tournament Photos

Only 4 photos this time…. Click on the images for much bigger versions.


Chaseless Saturday

The Final

Prize Giving…

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Hardwick House pay a Visit

CURTC 4 -1 Hardwick House TC

February is mostly dedicated to the Category tournaments and practice for a series of matches against the other place at the end of the month. However, a visit from Hardwick House proved a timely reminder that our favourite sport provides a most enjoyable way of spending an afternoon in good company with some excellent food, wine and dare I say it Tennis! The scorecard doesn’t reflect the closeness of the contest let alone the enjoyability of the contest. Not surprisingly, we already have half a team for the return visit next year to one of RT’s iconic venues!
Special thanks to Peter for marking and match manager Karen for an excellent lunch.

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40’s Roll On

Congratulations to Chris Schramm & Alex Wright who are the latest additions to the race card for Final’s day, sponsored by Hannay-Robertson Financial Planning, on Saturday March 18th.

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CURTC vs Wellington Live Stream

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

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Final’s Day Update

2017 50’s Category Tournament

Congratulations to Amanda Murphy & Hugh Markus who will battle for the 60+ Category Cup on Final’s day, sponsored by Hannay-Robertson Financial Planning on Saturday, March 18th. They will join Vix Harvey & Annie Plews, the CURTC Ladies Championship Finalists.
In the 50’s Category tournament there were some big upsets. Amanda nearly made it from her ‘wildcard’ entry and Will Boys-Stones staged a heroic fightback but just fell short against Andy Smith who will face Johnathan Becher on the 18th.

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150 Years of Play Celebration: Doubles Highlights

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.

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Congratulations to….

… 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).

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Giraffe Club Tournament Finalists…

Giraffe Tournament Group Stage Results

Congrats to our worthy Finalists who live to take the Court tomorrow.
In no particular order they are: Alex Evans & Andrew Petrie, Amanda Murphy & Annie Plews, Jimmy ‘The Beard’ & Colin Clifton Brown, Emily Chadwick & Will Boys-Stones and Robin Faux & Andy Smith.
They get to join Ed Kay & Matt Shaw who clearly have something on the Organisers that justified a bye into the Final Rounds…
The ‘Oh, So unlucky’ award goes to Catherine Stewart & Carina Mouritsen-Luxhoj who lost out on the second tie breaker with an honourable mention to Andrew Snodgrass & David Hope.

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!!

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Giraffe Club Exhibition Matches, February 10th

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.
Click for Video and Timings

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CURTC vs Wellington National League, Thursday Feb 16th

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.


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CURTC vs Queen’s, March 12th @Hampton Court

RTC @Hampton Court

CURTC will be playing the Queens club in the Pol Roger trophy final 10am-4pm on Sunday 12th March at Hampton Court Palace. Can anyone who would like to come down and support please contact Nick Wood ( Also let Nick know if you would like lunch (£15). Any support would be much appreciated by the CURTC team.


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60+ Category Tournament Update

2017 60+ Group Stage

2017 60+ Group Stage

We have our first Category Semi Finalists! Congratulations to Richard Bowers and Howard Markus who will face off in a repeat of last year’s Final along with Amanda Murphy and James Dowson, the other Semi-Finalists. The winners do battle for a place on the Honours Board and a Cup for the mantelpiece on Finals Day, Saturday March 18th, sponsored by Hannay Robertson Financial Planning.

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Ladies Club Championship

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….

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Cambridge vs Petworth, Pol Roger Trophy Semi-Final

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

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Tayabali & White singles – Th’underdogs v T&W2

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

Th’underdogs (Alasdair Poole rec’r) v T&W2 (Guy Kirk serving)

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CURTC vs Petworth, Semi Final of the Pol Roger Trophy…

… 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.

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Jingle Bingle… It’s over….

…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!

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CURTC Crumbles at the last…



Hatfield House TC were in town on Saturday, and what a gripping day of tennis it was. Seven Singles matches were on the schedule and three went to 5-all, 40-all in the 3rd set. Kudos to Gillian Moore for winning her match in this fashion and commiserations to Howard Richardson and Andrew Snodgrass (after a 2+ hour epic with all three sets ending 6-5) who didn’t. Anthony Bailey & Nick Heath were the other CURTC winners but sadly David Hope lost the deciding match (in the third set of course) to give HHTC a 4-3 overall victory.
Then it was on to the main business of the day, Lunch. CURTC match managers are a creative lot in the kitchen but Andrew & David pushed up the bar another notch with their menu of MacCheese+ and Focaccia followed by massive amounts of 4:3:2 Crumble. In fact CURTC now boasts two Crumble makers of the highest class so a Crumble Rumble is definitely on the cards.

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…

Going, Going... (with matching forks)

Going, Going… (with matching forks)

Andrew's Crumble in action

Crumble Action Shot

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CURTC Ladies vs Newmarket

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.

  • Olivia Chesser defeated Bill Mackintosh 8-7
  • Lucy Barrett lost to Phillipa Wells 1-8
  • Barrett & Chesser lost to Wells and Mackintosh 3-8
  • Annabel Plews defeated Jeremy Barnett 8-2
  • Amanda Murphy defeated Charles Granville 8-7
  • Plews & Murphy defeated Barnett & Granville 8-5


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One more Court ticked off….

RTC @ Hampton Court

CURTC were hosted by RTC on Saturday and CURTC’s travelers did not disappoint. Andrew Petrie was first up and didn’t let losing the first set at 5-all, 40-all get in the way of some blistering tennis to win the 2nd set. Things got a bit nervy in the third set which crept inevitably to 5-all. But no more 40-all dramatics as Andrew crashed (yet) another one into the Dedans to put CURTC one-up. Next up was the em, err ‘experienced’ pairing of hips & knees in the form of yours truly and David Pimblett. A slow start followed by a good run saw us win the 1st set at which point we extended some generosity to our hosts by not really showing up in the 2nd set. But the 3rd set was ours without resorting to any of this 5-all nonsense.

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!

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The Giraffe Club Weekend 10-12 February 2017

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
Black tie
£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

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Jingle Bingle: Less than a week to go….

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)

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Cambridge Ladies vs HHTC – Match Report

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.

Annie staging an epic comeback against Richard

Annie staging an epic comeback against Richard


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CURTC Host The Dutch

CURTC, 5 – 2, The Dutch

Getting 2017 off on the right foot, a selection of CURTC’s ‘finest’* had an entertaining (and successful) afternoon of tennis against 4 hardy travelers and a local Dutchman. Here’s a cryptic match card and a promise of more with photos to come… …and here they are. Click on images for a higher resolution version.

Andreas & Charlie

Erik & Rogier vs JT & Julian and Florentine

*’finest’ ?? Ed

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Neil Stutchbury’s Racquethon

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: I really hope you can play.

Neil Stutchbury

Stop Press: only a few slots left!!

Bookings for Neil’s Racquethon on Sat, Jan 14th.

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Congratulations Rob Fahey, MBE!!

from all of us here at the Home of Real Tennis

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Christmas Tournament 2016

Robert Doe & Ginny Myer, CURTC’s 2016 Xmas Tournament Finalists

For a further year this CURTC favourite had a full draw of 24 players.
At the knock out semifinal stage Virginia (Ginny) Myer showed her excellent strokes and consistency to defeat the much-fancied Kate Mason (returning to Grange Road after a 10 year absence). Richard Bowers and Gillian Moore have done well in this tournament before; this year it was Richard’s turn to progress through to the semis. Tony Kennedy could not overcome Kate Kirk, even though Kate was hampered by her husband’s marking and Robert Doe continued to play extremely powerfully to beat Karen Pearce.

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.


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