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Wood is Good!!

Victory at the 2020 Boomerang Cup in Melbourne

Boom Boom

Charlie, Julian, Katie & Derrick

This biennial team handicap doubles tournament takes place in Melbourne in January and 33 teams participated from around the world. The “Wood is Good” team consisting of CURTC members Julian Stafford and Derrick Wells along with Derrick’s son Charlie and Katie Leppard from Oxford was not feeling optimistic when we started the tournament as we had all 4 of our group matches owing handicap including several rubbers which were one serve ban tambour. Our stalwart team laboured through only dropping one set during the group stage. Our secret advantage was Charlie Wells having recently only played with a hangover under the auspices of Ben Taylor-Matthews at Leamington and Rob Fahey at Prested Hall. Charlie now staying with the team at our splendid Yarra Valley billet played in fine form and attracted bandit status – one of several improving players – but crucially very consistently.

Entering the knock out stage we met RMTC “The Rest” with a straightforward victory 4-0. At this point we had only lost one set. Then in the quarter-final, we met Oxford. They arrived with a supprt team that resembled cheerleaders from an NFL match that drowned our miserable encouragement. 2 sets all and level games after all four rubbers. Twenty-two games apiece. The last pair on court had to slug it out in a best of a five game set. Our pair on court was Charlie Wells and Katie Leppard. Three games to love and the match was ours. Off to the semi-final.

The semi-final fixture was against our old nemesis Julian Snow (ex British Amateur Champion over a period spanning 25 years) leading a very competent low-handicap Leamington team including Freddie Dixon, Chis Kroeger, Henry Bryan, and Rob Stuart. A formidable team but dispatched with some great floor shots from Julian, volleys from Katie and the odd force from Derrick at crucial point moments. The result, 3-1 to Wood is Good.

The final was against the US Secret Service which included the former Ladies world Champion Penny Lumley and a bunch of very capable Americans with one Australian. At two up we were challenged by Penny and Andrew Gould. Facing 6-2 down Derrick and Julian pulled up their laces and stormed back to an 8-7 win and sealed the title. Charlie and Katie finished off the last set to make it a 4-0 love win.

Julian Stafford

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CURTC vs MCC, Pol Roger Trophy

MCC take the tie 4-1 after some highly entertaining high class Doubles and Singles

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East Anglia Pennant Update

On Thursday the 16th of January, Cambridge travelled to Newmarket for a crucial fixture in the East Anglia Pennant. At the start of the evening Cambridge were top of the league on 12 points whilst Newmarket were second on 10.
The tennis started with Andrew Barker playing his singles but struggled to find his form and got crushed 6-0. At this point it looked as though the evening could be a long one for Cambridge. Andrew was then joined by Alan Sharpe in the doubles. Andrew and Alan played well together to achieve a comfortable 4-8 win. Andrew left Alan on court to play his singles. Which was the definition of a nail biter; 11 games, of which 8 went to 40-all game point. Alan displayed composure in many high pressure situations and ultimately took home a very hard fought victory, 5-6. Up next was Richard who played well to achieve a narrow win 5-6. Cambridge were looking good at this point; 1-3 in the lead, and with the seemingly unbeatable duo of Sonja and Richard stepping up to play their doubles. Read More

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MCC visit in the Pol Roger Trophy, Sat, Jan 25th

Some familiar faces from the MCC will be facing CURTC’s full complement of Ed’s on Saturday. Please come along to the club if you can and if not please support the CURTC Stream team who will be back in action. Check back for the link.

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CURTC visit Hatfield House

The first away fixture for 2020 took a team of ten players to our near neighbours Hatfield on a crisp Sunday morning.
The first match saw Ben Geytenbeek and Andy Smith (Cambridge) up against Mark Wilcox and Joe Thompson (Hatfield). Cambridge raced to a fast start, with Smith playing some excellent retrieving especially from the backhand corner and Geytenbeek just holding on to Thompson’s fast cut volleys. Cambridge took the first set 6/1, but lost a little concentration to let Hatfield into the second set. It soon became clear that the hazard end was the safe place to be with Thompson’s hard forces at or under the dedans. A little more to and fro and Cambridge took the second set 6/4. Read More

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Sign-up, Sign-Up, Sign-Up

Sign up for the 2019/20 Season Club Fixtures & Tournaments. Links for CURTC Calendar and Membership Forms: Seniors/Students and Juniors.

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The Dutch, 4/1/20

A New Decade’s visit from our friends across the North Sea.

CURTC vs The Dutch, 4/1/2020

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How do I Become a Member?

CURTC is on Grange Road, next to the UL

Membership of CURTC is open to all, very much town as well as gown. We love welcoming new members, please come in and find out about this ancient and intriguing game. Our professionals are usually here 9 am – 5 pm on weekdays or 9 am -12 noon on Saturdays, they will be happy to explain and encourage.

We offer free one hour taster lessons in groups of up to 6 people. Just register your interest with the pros in person, by telephone (01223 357106) or by email ( Read More

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CURTC Xmas Tournament

Gabriele & Catherine

With all the top seeded players being unable hold their nerve under the stress imposed by the handicap algorithm, we saw Catherine Stewart defeat Nina Ludekens and Gabriele Bailey defeat Alasdair in their respective semi finals. Read More

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University Cup: Finalists and Presentation

You didn’t think that the players in the University Cup would escape without a photo montage or two did you?

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70+ Category Tournament

We have the first pair of CURTC 2020 Category Tournament finalists! CURTC student co-President, Rosie Taylor and Isabella Harvey will play for the honour of a spot on an Honours Board on Finals Day, Saturday March 14th next year. Finals Day is again sponsored by Hannay Robertson Financial Planning so many thanks DHR.
Congratulations are due to Bella & Rosie as well as to all whom participated in some hard fought tennis on Friday night and earlier today.
Thanks to Kees for the photos Read More

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University Student Cup: Finals & Results

Sunday play began early, Read More

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University Student Cup: Part 1

With the Inter-University tournament moving to March, the past weekend saw the first running of the University Student Cup; a handicap tournament between all of the current Cambridge students. There were new players and old, burgeoning talents and raw recruits, handicaps ranging from the 20s to the 80s in a singles and doubles draw. After a few matches earlier in the week for scheduling reasons, play started in earnest on Friday morning with a Group A singles match between Ashwin Ahuja (Gonville & Caius) and Ivo MacDonald (Magdalene), which after a few minutes resulted in a force being smacked into the dedan and disrupting the camera feed! Read More

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NtVM5, More

Some pictures of the teams demonstrating exemplary etiquette…

The Net, NtVM5

…and who got to take home which trophy…


…and finally a link to a Google Photos Album with the individual photos and more, click HERE for NtVM5

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CURTC vs Radley, Brodie Cup: Part 2

Match 1: 30 Singles Neil Stutchbury beat Matthew Alden 6/5 6/2

The first match saw some fantastic tennis between Cambridge’s Stutchbury and Radley’s Alden, “on loan” from Oxford for this match. Stutchbury began with some clinical execution into the backhand corner to race to a 4-0 lead in the first set, but Alden started to dig them out and turn the rallies into his power game. Slowly, Alden fought back to 4-all and 5-all, with the frustration beginning to show for Stutchbury. Finally, he pulled through the first set 6-5 by some excellent play to both sides of the court. Stutchbury continued the momentum into the second set sweeping the first four games again to 4-0. Despite some hard forcing from Alden, to pull back a couple of games, Stutchbury held his nerve to win by defending some short chases. Read More

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