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The Brooke Report – The Callender Cup At Wellington – 4th & 5th, November

Posted on November 11, 2023 | in Match Report | by

The author surveying her weekend accommodation

Hello again. I told you I’d update you on the Revier’s progress in The Callender Cup. It won’t take long. With the winners of our own handicap doubles, Messrs Christie and Sharpe, unavailable that weekend, the Reviers, as losing finalists, stepped in. It should have been a two day event, the top two from four going through to the second day’s knockout. Should have been.

On the Friday we drove down, staying overnight at a Tudor pile twenty minutes from the club. The Reviers were the afternoon group on court at 12.30 on the Saturday so a late, rather good, breakfast and a cross-country walk was a great start to the bright, blue sky day. The Wellington club is in the grounds of the very private public school and the court is the other side of a manned, barriered gateway. Sadly, it was half-term so we never saw what you got for your money.

Saturday pm Group

The court staff were very welcoming while the court itself is bright, clean and very powder blue. And then there was the tennis. She wasn’t at her best while he was at his worst. First up were early twenties Messrs Swindon and Eaton (53) from Queens whose game was a mix of every racquet sport you’d ever seen. She played her usual game while he missed with what few chances he had. 6/0 came as a surprise to nobody. The came Prested’s father and son, the Dicksons (46). He never came to terms with the son’s serve that spat of the back wall in all directions but 6/3 was tidier. Lastly, in a long-dead rubber, came the more familiar faces of Hardwick’s Candida Nicholls and Derrick Wells (56) as both sides laughed their way to another 6/3 Cambridge defeat. Politely, we stayed until the end of the day’s play then slipped away.

2023 Callender Cup Winners

We didn’t go back on the Sunday but I was well walked in the Tudor grounds so I didn’t care. I heard the tournament was won by Hampton Court’s Katy Doy and Henry Dalton (75) playing off the weekend’s highest handicap so the Reviers, playing off the weekend’s third highest, had no excuse. Still, I had a fun weekend and the Reviers took their defeat well. After all, they’re getting used to it.

In sport, Brooke

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