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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.

Ed

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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 (nick.wood@royaltenniscourt.com). Also let Nick know if you would like lunch (£15). Any support would be much appreciated by the CURTC team.

Ed

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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…

CURTC, 3-4, HHTC

CURTC, 3-4, HHTC

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

Amanda

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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

Amanda

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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: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Neil-Stutchbury 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.

Kees

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Jingle Bingle Update

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!

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The Jingle Bingle is coming…

Jingle Bingle tracking spreadsheets

Santa’s helpers have been hard at work for months. Initial designs involving Jenga blocks, wood slides, magnetic tags & pegboard did not make the cut so the problem was thrown over to Santa’s IT elves. They have come up ‘Trumps’, with a big brassy, temperamental and refreshingly random scoring system for which the Head ‘elf’ has purloined the monitor kindly donated by Howard & Catherine and a laptop belonging to Mrs Head ‘elf’. (If anybody has a USB mouse they could err.. lend for a few months, please plug it into the aforementioned laptop).

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’

For each player, Click on your Pack tab, Highlight your name (Find box may help), Click on WIN or Lose/Draw

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Cambridge vs MCC*, Pol Roger Trophy, 11/12/16

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

Results:
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.

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Match report from the real MCC v CURTC match, Saturday 10th December 2016 at Lord’s Cricket Ground

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.

Keith Beechener

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2016 Pol Roger Inter-University Tournament

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!

Charlie Drew (Durham)-Semifinalist Oliver Taylor (Durham) - Champion, Matt Shaw (Cambridge) - Finalist, Matt Brooks (Durham) - Semifinalist

Semi-Finalists from left, Charlie Drew (Durham)-
Oliver Taylor (Durham) – Champion, Matt Shaw (Cambridge) – Matt Brooks (Durham)

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.

Rob Shenkman & Charlie Braham

Inter University Cup Winners – Team HS2 Rob Shenkman & Charlie Braham

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.

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Over 70 people attended the Pol Roger Dinner at Robinson College

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Cambridge vs MCC, Pol Roger Trophy, Sunday, December 11th @11am

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….

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Inter-Uni Wrap-up, part 2

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.
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More from Freddy Adam/T&RA

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