MTRC vs Newmarket (11/4/15)

An experienced yet remarkably sprightly looking Newmarket team made the long journey ‘Up North’ to fulfil a highly entertaining fixture in Manchester. Each match was played in a spirit of excellent sportsmanship assisted by eerily asccurate marking by the older of our two professionals, SB. The opening exchange involved Julian Stafford giving Mountain something of a tennis lesson. Defying away court disadvantage Julian had spectators checking his Handicap ranking as he raced to a 6/0 first set whitewash.Our local hero struggled to gain a foothold in the match only troubling the scorer by winning a first game in the middle...

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MTRC Leamington and Moreton Morrell (7th/8th March)

A thoroughly enjoyable weekend was had by the team and their wives.  Dinner at the Leamington Club on Saturday evening with Norman Hyde and Ian Steele was an additional highlight with the roast venison being most tender and tasty. It was especially satisfying to defeat Leamington after the whitewash defeat two years ago, and reflected the big improvement in standard of Bob, Richard and Ian. Sat 7 March v Moreton Morrell Bob Howe (34) v Andrew Hamilton (32 )   Lost 4/6, 3/6 Robin Barlow (35) v David Bryant (32 ) Won 5/6, 6/3, 6/4 Richard Dyson (51)  v  John...

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MTRC Handicap Singles KO 2015

27th February – 1st March Robert Shenkman retains the title There was an excellent turnout of 36 players for this premier tournament in the MTRC calendar of 36. It was pleasing to see some new faces entering and doing well.  After 68 matches including some great handicap matches the 1st semi final was between Robert Shenkman & Richard Dyson. Robert was the resounding winner concentrating hard and coping with Dyson’s power play. The second semi final saw Nick Ogden defeat Jamie White with a large handicap difference where Jamie was one serve and ban the tambour. It was clear to...

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MTRC vs HURLINGHAM PIGEONS (22nd Feb 2015)

Despite the previous evening’s revelries, some good quality tennis was on show in the first match. Both Hegarty & Mortimer played consistently well to wear down their female opposition comfortably. In the second match, Mountain & Howe were overwhelmed in the first set and did well to claw their way back in the second set. Browne and Campione had five match points in the set but eventually lost it 5-6. They won the third comfortably with Browne & Campione playing consistently excellent tennis. In the third match, a tight first set was won by Bebb & Lawton, who improved as...

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MTRC vs QUEEN’s (21st Feb 2015)

The first match was high quality tennis with many long rallies. Bebb & Lawton edge the first set but Adam & Browne showed greater consistency to win the last 2 sets. The second match was a game of two halves. The first set was played off level and Mansfield & Jenkins won it easily and raced into a 4-0 lead in the second. But the last 2 sets, played off handicap, were much tighter and Fielden & White started to play much better and won both sets. Armstrong & Dyson started off strongly and won the first set comfortably. But...

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Pol Roger Relegation Playoff

Having lost to a strong Royal Tennis Court side in the first round of the 2014/15 Pol Roger trophy, a slightly below strength Manchester team took on Petworth for the right to remain in the top division. Missing Alex Duncliffe-Vines due to the Montreal amateur rackets and also Number 1 player Richard Owen, but bolstered by the return from injury of doubles specialist Mark Openshaw-Blower the team was nearly at full strength but would nonetheless have to be on top form to beat the Sussex side, who have won the competition on numerous occasions. First on court was team captain...

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Bentley Doubles

This year’s Bentley Doubles was won – again – by Leamington but not by the holders, Norman Hyde and Ian Steele, who were beaten 6/5 in the semi-final by their less-fancied compatriots Geoff Broome and Bill Slora. Geoff & Bill, having played their own internal ‘final’, were now relaxed and beat Stella Heap and Derek Stevens in the final by 8 games to 3

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Bristol & Bath RTC v MTRC

After a shaky start MTRC put up an excellent performance to draw 3/3 against BBRTC on Saturday.   Jonathan Platt (49) v Richard Dyson (50)  Played level to 6 – 0 then 15 owe 15, finishing 10/5   Paul Butler (38.5) v Bob Howe (35.5) 7/10 Played level.   Simon Caple (37.9) v Graham Heap (36) 5/10 Played level.   Sam Beale (42) v Terry Jones (39) 8/10 Played level.   Ivo Shields (42) v Robin Barlow (32.5) 10/6 Played – plus 15   Julian Hemming (55) v The President (56) 10/2 Played level.   Jonathan Platt got almost everything...

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MCC vs MTRC – October 2014

MCC were a little too strong for a depleted Manchester team, despite reinforcements in the shape of four players borrowed for the day (Nigel a Brassard, Christie Marrian, Clive Picton & Peter Brunner). The first doubles was a close and exciting encounter between four players familiar with the court, none of whom were, however, actually members of MTRC. The two honorary Mancunians nonetheless upheld the honour of the Club by managing to secure a narrow victory for the visitors by two sets to one. In the opening singles, it seemed at first that Andrew Mountain might maintain the winning momentum, but...

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Le Tournoi des Trois Tripots, September 2014

Le Tournoi des Trois Tripots, September 2014 An account of a week in Biarritz and the Basque country Winning the Field Trophy earlier this year has clearly inspired Manchester players to continue showing their competitive mettle. In September a team of sprightly young veterans flew to the Pyrenees where they took on 11 other club teams from UK, France and Australia and reached the semi-finals of a tournament run on similar lines to the Boomerang. The big difference to the Boomerang was the peculiar nature of the 3 courts on which we played. All three courts at Bayonne, Urrugne and...

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What a truly glorious Spring Day in the fields.

What a truly glorious Spring Day in the fields. As the brilliant sun peered over the tree-tops and started baking the plentiful Warwickshire road-kill, 14 outstanding athletes convened on Moreton Morrell Tennis Court Club, ready to do battle for the illustrious Field Trophy. The rejuvenated Holyport Real Tennis Club had sent a team of the finest stock, a wonderful blend of youth, power, and guile, sprinkled with the class of a former World Champion. Manchester Tennis & Racquets Club’s offering was a little more circumspect. And it wasn’t just the players who had made the journey down from Manchester; El...

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