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Battle of the *URTC’s

The Millennium Court

An intrepid band of CURTC members battled the remnants of Storm Babet and Network Rail’s ‘brilliant’ strategy for dealing with aforesaid remnants to visit MURTC in Hendon last weekend. Nestled alongside a multitude of multi lane highways in various states of disrepair, the magnificent Millenium court is under threat of closure as many of you will no doubt have heard. Things may not look quite as bleak as they did before the pandemic hit but there is no solution in sight. MURTC currently have an enthusiastic set of students playing (they are looking forward to the Inter Unis at CURTC in March) and their current junior pro is an alumnus as was at least one member of their team.

The early shift saw myself and Charles Norbury take on Mark Hefferman and CURTC alumnus, Danny Leboff, in Singles and Doubles. Charles started off a storm until I started watching from the Dedans when a series of 40-all points went the Hendon Way and it was first blood to MURTC. The Doubles was a different story as while playing I could not watch from the Dedans but only admire Charles’ near faultless display of volleying from the Court. 1-all. Unfortunately Danny has two big advantages over me as I quickly discovered. He is a lot younger and quicker and perhaps more crucially at MURTC, closer to the ground and although I staged a bit of a comeback from 2-6 it was only enough to avoid a large loss on RTO.

Next up, was the biggest age difference of the day (and possibly ever at MURTC) of 65 years (give or take) as Felicity Riddall-Bell took on the experience of Alastair Hume. They traded the first 6 games in a remarkably cagey contest until Felicity unleashed a Dedans barrage which took the spectators and no doubt Alastair rather by surprise and suddenly Felicity was serving for and winning the match. The CURTC Doubles pairing of Felicity and Danny Lawrence did get off to a bit of a rocky start (it was Danny’s 2nd game of Doubles) but slowly the CURTC pair gained composure and control as a more relaxed Danny and Felicity played some impressive shots and avoided both the ‘double(s) leave’ and running into each other.

At this point the rumours started swirling that Kings Cross had been closed so I missed the denouement of Danny’s Singles against CURTC Country member, Colin Luke. The only 8-7 result of the day and it meant CURTC’s middle order had swept the board and put CURTC 4-2 up with 3 to play…

5, MURTC – CURTC, 4

Sadly the 3 to play all went the Hendon Way as I struggled to find a way into Kings Cross where the Cambridge trains were running but empty as getting on them was such a challenge. The entire station was closed off both from ground level and below with supposedly several thousand people inside. Unbelievable.
Many thanks to MURTC for such a warm welcome and the Pros Jack Carter and Will Burns for organising, marking and lunch. Fingers crossed that a deal can be done to save their splendid Court!

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East Anglian Pennant 2023

CURTC opening with an impressive 4-2 away win at Hatfield Real tennis Club on Thursday12th October. This kicks off this year EAP tournament, matches involve 4 singles and 2 doubles with victories in the singles by Arthur Adams, Alan Sharpe and Ben Craig and a doubles win by Jonathan Wallach & Ben Craig. All matches were very close encounters with CURTC winning the crucial points that mattered.
Thank you to my team for the great efforts involved even though we didn’t get back to Cambridge much before 12.30am!
Looking forward to round 2 in November

That Serve!

Minty Oldham serving to Arthur Adams

Alan Sharpe – CURTC EAP (Capt.)

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Old Rugbeians take the spoils (and wine)

The Old Rugbeians visited earlier today and CURTC, gracious hosts that we are, allowed them to take the honours on court and then keep the wine at their end of the table!

Tim Bolton Carter

Results

Photo Credits: Kees

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Champagne Leagues Finals

Division 1 saw Charles Harcourt giving up three points to someone whose face looks familiar but the name escapes me. The familiar face needed a quick start and, in spite of an effort at self-handicapping, succeeded and was quickly 2-0 to the good. Unfortunately the good didn’t last and Charles’ unerring accuracy didn’t err enough to give his opponent much of a chance. And so Charles reversed the score line to lead 5-2. Mr Mo(memtum) had one more laugh as the familiar one with either a touch of desperation or more purpose (your choice) smashed, framed and stroked his way to levelling the score at 5-all. But Mr Mo had had enough and the unerring accuracy stopped erring and Charles took the next 3 games.

Division 2 saw a resurgent John Bailey take on the ever improving Liam Guyton. There was a collective groan from the admittedly Bailey biased Dedans as John completely missed his first shot as the ball came down from an admittedly great height and fell for chase 2. It was quickly 1-0 to Liam and the Dedans were preparing for an early getaway. Maybe 1-0 is not exactly Lazarus territory but John grabbed Mr Mo by the scruff of the neck and traded games to 4-all. The Dedans were treated to some notable rallies and some frankly remarkable footwork from both players but, given recent history, John’s was surely the more remarkable. And suddenly JB had served himself to a 40-owe 15 lead in the crucial 9th* game. But after giving up a chase due to some frankly unremarkable footwork, Mr Mo decided he would stay down the server’s end and Liam closed out the contest.

Congratulations to our worthy winners and here are some more pictures of the bottles from sponsor Pol Roger seen in the post below.

CL Div 1 winner: Charles Harcourt

CL Div 2 winner: Liam Guyton

Photo credits, Kate Kirk

*Whereas the 7th game is normally seen as the crucial game in a set, this time it wasn’t…

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Champagne Leagues, sponsored by Pol Roger, Finals

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Real Tennis World Championship starts tonight, Sunday, September 17th

From the planet’s newest Real/Court Tennis court at the Westwood Country Club just outside Washington DC in the US of A, John Lumley takes on the World Champion, Camden Riviere

Day 1, 7pm

Day 2, September 19th, 10pm

Day 3, September 21st, 6pm

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RCC inaugural Rob & Claire Fahey Cup

CURTC hosted the Real Champions Club** annual(ish) tennis tournament which this time featured the rather splendid Rob & Claire Fahey Cup (or Trophy, depending on who you believe). A very, very hot and steamy weekend of on court action tested the stamina and (in my case) the number of vaguely respectable tennis shirts of 32 players from across the UK. Saturday saw the Box Matches (round robin of similarly handicapped pairs) followed by the KO rounds on Sunday. In between was a visit to an equally hot Cambridge University Rugby Club for some of Sebastian’s splendid catering and a complete absence of draught or cold beer.

CURTC was represented by some familiar names including the Reviers who romped, bobbed and weaved through the 60(ish) Box matches. Jon Speirs and Jin Lee survived a very tough group of high velocity tennis and my pair survived by the narrowest of margins to play another day. The Reviers came a bit unstuck by the ‘early night’ tactic of their Sunday opponents but Jon & Jin seemed to suffer somewhat from Jon’s different interpretation of ‘early’. So the final was CURTC member free but congratulations to Dan Worboys and Amy Pye (6th and 7th from left above) who took away the aforementioned cup/trophy presented by the great man himself. Dan & Amy only lost one match the entire weekend but modesty forbids me from mentioning their opponents.

Scores can be found here but please note they only reflect the games score, the winner being the pair ahead on points when the buzzer sounded.

Many thanks to Candida Nicholls, Martin Village and Carl Snitcher from the RCC and our Pros who manfully marked two days of intense tennis. Louise provided a memorable lunch on Saturday as did Vix on Sunday. We look forward to welcoming back the RCC sometime in the future, preferably when it isn’t quite as hot!

**The RCC was set up to help fund the ‘Investing In Professionals’ program which provides a structured program to deliver Real Tennis Apprenticeships and enhance the skills of Real Tennis Professionals. They provided support for our very own Jim Ludekens during his apprenticeship.

R&C F T winners, Amy & Dan

David Phillips & Giles Stogdon, runners-up

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The (actual) East Anglia Cup is (finally) back at CURTC…

…after Cambridge’s hard fought victory back at the end of June. Looks like it needs a bit of a clean and some engraving…

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Congratulations!!

In more or less chronological order…
(Dr) Ben

Bella

The IRTA

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September Offer!

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East Anglia Cup & Cup+, 24/25 June 2023

East Anglia Cup

It was CURTC’s turn to host the annual team competition for our neighbouring Clubs. The Cup (h’cap 45+) and Cup+ (h’cap 60+) are round robin team competitions with two singles and one doubles per tie. Both days were hot and Sunday was hotter, the temperature and the tennis. TK was kind/brave enough to be a last minute substitute for Hatfield who lost a player on Friday afternoon so we had a full complement both days.
Saturday saw the hosts start strongly and somewhat surprisingly based on recent results, continue strongly. However the top three teams were only separated by 1 point going to last four matches. Fortunately, CURTC’s man of steel for the day, Charles Norbury (see below for his secret*) was one these matches and he duly completed his unbeaten run along with the Newmarket Doubles pair of Ian Lindsay and Phil Payne and Bruce Hogarth-Jones (Prested).

CURTC’s victorious team (in the background)

Sunday saw our nearest neighbours, Newmarket, led by the unbeaten and still youthful Richard Dunn, take the honours. Prested (led by the undefeated Jane Taylor) and Cambridge were unable to recreate last year’s almost dead heat ending 2nd and 3rd. TK was again on court, wearing his Singles hat, and provided the much appreciated solid and liquid sustenance for one and all.

TK enjoying lunch rather than providing it.

Next year, Hatfield will host and if we can get the two actual Cups from Prested we will make sure they are sent to their new homes! And finally a couple of admittedly slightly random photos from Saturday…

Jane Taylor doing a marking stint, Thanks Jane!

Last of the lunch…

*‘The summer season ticket has allowed me to play regularly without the financial restraint of court fees.  The regular time on court saw me have my best day for the club at the East Anglia Cup.’

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Champagne Leagues sponsored by Pol Roger…

…have started! DRAW

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Cambridge Doubles, 2023

Cambridge Doubles, 2023

Ten pairs across two divisions competed for the prestigious (well we think so!) bragging rites of being a Cambridge Doubles winner. Fed by a magnificent spread of Julia Child dishes as channelled by our very own Kees, marked with suitable aplomb and accuracy by Peter, Jim and the chef, the reigning champions, Bella Harvey and Alex Sam, repeated their Division 1 triumph while Division 2 went to the new pairing of Shubham Haria and Peter Cowley.
You can find the results and how much we lost the final by: HERE or you can stay here and admire the not so impressive efforts off our players to get airborne. The first attempt was frankly not up to par…

First attempt…

So next up was a prejump practice…

Admire the impressive bending of (some) knees

Before finally the majority managed some space between their feet and the ground.

Congratulations again to our worthy winners, Bella and Alex , below and Peter and Shubbham, far left above

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