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IRPTA National League Div 1, Thursday Feb 1st

Radley visit Cambridge for 1st Division National League on Thursday 1st February. Cambridge currently top the table with Radley in a close second, so this promises to be an exciting match with a lot at stake.

First up, at 6pm, Craig Greehalgh (assistant professional at the other place) takes on Alex Evans. Following this will be Robert Shenkman vs Ed Kay, two of the highest ranked amateur players in the country. Robert is in great form having recently won the world under 24 title and will look to end Ed’s 5 year unbeaten singles streak at the home of real tennis. After the two singles matches there will be a doubles.

Please come down and support the Cambridge team as they try and cement their place at the top of the table.

Some great tennis last night. Click on the links below for a recap!

Alex vs Craig START
Ed vs Rob START
Doubles START

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Pol Roger & Brodie Squads in Semi action

Cambridge welcome RTC to the Home of Real Tennis on Sunday in the semi-final of the Pol Roger Trophy. There are some familiar names on the RTC squad so they will not be at much of a disadvantage playing away from home. Please come along and support if you can. There is bound to be some exciting tennis…
Meanwhile Captain ‘Guy’ Kirk’s Brodie team are off to Radley in their Semi. Its is going to be a tough one but who knows.. The squad has already has shown it can win away from the Home of Real Tennis! If you are anywhere near Radley on Sunday, any support would be much appreciated!

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And finally… part 4

I promise you this is the last… Friday of the DofE Tennis Challenge was Seniors day and featured three matches with a brave HRH. In the second match with Anthony Dean partnering HRH against Vix Harvey and Morten Landrock, the banter level hit 11 although Anthony seemed to be living on borrowed time. Not so long ago, that amount of poaching from Royalty would have earned an extended stay in the Tower (or worse).

DofE Seniors

DofE Seniors, click on image for larger

Click for the Google Photos Gallery of the individual photos

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Congratulations to the Graduate Cup Finalists…

Graduate Cup 2018 KO Rounds…Donald Fung and Hugh Markus who made it through the Group and KO Rounds to play for the 2018 Graduate Cup on Finals Day Saturday, March 17th, sponsored by Hannay-Robertson Financial Planning.
Donald and Hugh join the 70’s Category Tournament finalists (Helena Tunks and Matthew Johnson) and the 60’s, 50’s, 40’s, 30’s and 20’s finalists to be decided next month. It’s not to late to sign-up! Finals Day will also feature the CURTC Ladies Championship, so a great day of tennis on March 17th awaits…

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Behind the Scenes, part 3

By any account, the Juniors session at the DofE Tennis Challenge at CURTC was pretty special. There are loads of photos of these sessions already out there and there are more to come. But here are a few more taken from behind the galleries….

DofE Juniors

DofE Juniors, click on image for larger..

…plus a link to a Google Photos Gallery of the individual photos which let you see some of the detail!

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Behind the Scenes, part 2

Of course, the DofE tennis challenge at Cambridge couldn’t have taken place without a large crew of volunteers. With apologies to those I missed, here are a few pictures in a Google Photos Gallery of everyone hard at work (but having fun, I hope!) along with the collage…

DofE Crew, click on image for larger..

DofE Crew, click on image for larger..

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Behind the Scenes, part 1

Incredible couple of days at the home of Real Tennis as the HRH the Earl of Wessex ticked off the first two of courts on his DofE Real Tennis World Tour. One of the truly remarkable aspects was the transformation of the Blue Court orchestrated by Jocelyn Poulton for the DofE reception on Thursday evening. It all started just after 2pm. Guests started to arrive just before 6pm and weren’t over keen to leave at closing time. But by 8:30pm the Blue Court was back to what it was designed for! Here’s a collage of the transformation….

CURTC's Blue Court, 18/1/2018

Blue Court Transformation. Click on image for larger..

….and a link to a Google Photos Gallery of the Court between 2:30 and 8:30…

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DofE Reception Doubles Exhibition Match…

…as streamed by CURTC’s Stream Team, Thursday January 18th. The Doubles Exhibition Match featured Ed Kay and Matt Shaw vs Ed Hyde & Alex Evans from broadcast from Cambridge’s 151 and a bit year old Green Court.
Update: Apologies the streaming gremlins hogged the audio for the relay on the Blue Court and failed to leave anything for the stream….

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DofE Car Wash

On a very chilly Saturday morning, four of our intrepid juniors, led by Kees, washed nine of the Members’ cars. These ranged from fairly new looking and shiny to those which had clearly been ragging their motors round the field in preparation for the big day! Once Kees was up and running with his new toy, the power hose, none of the above proved too much for the juniors and a veritable feast of scrubbing, polishing and rinsing began. Many thanks all the juniors (Jim, Bella, Etienne and Andrew) for participating with such good humour, and to those members who gave so generously and patiently to our initiative (Andy, Christie, Doug, Peter, Stuart, Will’s Mum, Paul, Tom and Sue). Special mention to Jim who survived the entire day! The juniors raised a total of £170 for the D of E, which will be presented to HRH The Earl of Wessex on Thursday, alongside the juniors’ other fundraising efforts.

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The Dutch visit the Home of Real Tennis

On their annual trip to Cambridge, the Dutch showed that ‘no Court’ is ‘no Problem’ as they won the match 7-4.
Match result (missing Cambridge salvaging a bit of pride in the last Doubles) and John Trapp (missing from the above).

The Dutch 7 -4 CURTC

John Trapp, away cooking dinner

The Dutch, 6/1/2018

CURTC, 6/1/2018

Part 3!

Part 4!!

Click on the Thumbnails for much larger images!

and finally a link to a Google Photos gallery containing the photos in the collages above….

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CURTC January 2018 Newsletter…

…can be found HERE and sign-up sheets for this year’s Ladies Championship & Category Tournaments HERE

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5-all, 40-all in the Final of the Christmas Tournament

Finalists: Nina Ludekens & Harry Jones

Finalists: Nina Ludekens & Harry Jones

A Christmas cracker of a final culminated another sociable, yet competitive, tournament. This was an opportunity to play members of different standards in both doubles and singles.
In the knock-out stage of the tournament Nina Ludekens was able to overcome the tournament favourite, Guy Turvill, in the 1st semi final and Harry Jones beat his father Richard Jones in the 2nd semi. The closest of finals, which was between the two youngest players, was won by Harry 6-5.

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Brodie & Pol Roger Cup matches on Sunday

On Sunday, Prested are visiting the Home of Real Tennis in the Brodie Cup and Holyport in the Pol Roger Cup. It all starts at 10am, please drop by and lend your support if you can!
Update: the weather was a winner on Sunday, as Holyport (with one exception) had to cancel their trip and Prested was forced to forfeit two matches. Cambridge did win 2-1 in the matches played with yours truly partnering Will Boys-Stones and Andy Smith registering in the win column and Captain Kirk gamely giving something for Prested to cheer about. Next up, a Home tie for the Pol Roger squad and a trip to Wellington or Radley for the Brodie team. Both matches on Sunday, January 28th.

Updated Update. Wrote too soon on the Brodie result. The two missing rubbers will be played this weekend….
Update#2 Mark Perriton & John Firth clinched the 35D after an epic 5-all game to decide the 1st set. Umpteen deuces (I lost count) before the final denouement. Mark & John clearly decided enough was enough and cruised in the 2nd set after the gallant Prested pair had a chance to pull back to 3-all after losing the first 3 games

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The 2017 Earthworks Doubles League

The Division winners are below. Congratulations!

  • Div 1 Kings
  • Div 2 Endeavour
  • Div 3 Judge & Jury
  • Div 4 Th’underdogs

Thanks to Peter, all the Captains and Markers for making the League run smoothly and last, but by no means least, Earthworks for their sponsorship!

Next up the Tayabali & White Singles League will start from Monday 22nd January,and continue for 20 weeks until late June (with a two-week break over Easter and a break for the Cambridge Week). Schedule will be released shortly!

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Wednesday Outlast Monday to take Ball Sewing Honours

In the end it was down to the sheer single mindedness of the Wednesday crew who kept going even when key squad members were absent due to believing the ‘season was over’…. But many thanks to them and all the other ball makers who participated in the last six weeks of workshops. It was (surprisingly) a fun couple of hours each week and the various wounds are healing quite nicely, thank you.

ps Kees and Peter are already at work planning the 2018 season

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