Term gets off to a good start for CURFC

On the first playing weekend of term the Club recorded two successes.

On the Saturday Jacob Ader, Hon.Sec. CURFC, teamed up with total beginner Sienna Tompkins to win a trophy at the inaugural Lady’s Cup played on the courts at ‘New Portugal Place’, i.e. the Cambridge University Sports Centre. Jacob and Sienna, from Pembroke College, won the Lady’s Mug (see photo) for those who came second in their pool. Sienna had never set foot on a fives court before the day of the competition.

The following day a IV consisting of Ed Kay, Jacob Brubert and freshmen Ben Beltrami and Matt Shaw defeated a IV representing the RFA. In the Singles Cambridge gained a lead of 60-11 after Ed had beaten National Singles champion Dan Tristao 15-5; Ben had defeated Gareth Price 15-3, Matt had beaten Cambridge City Club captain Andrew Meek 15-3; and Jacob Brubert, modestly playing at 4, had defeated Old Bradfieldian Jez Sinton 15-0. The Doubles similarly went Cambridge’s way: Kay & Brubert ended up 47-40 to the good, while Beltrami & Shaw were ahead 59-38. Overall the victory for CURFC was by a margin of 166-89.

Ed Kay reports: The Sparrows went into the first match of the season with an all-star line-up, and Matt Shaw. The RFA had brought along a strong side and we would have to be at our best.

At 4th singles the aged veteran and captain, Jacob Brubert, led from the front, taking a 15-0 win against Jez Sinton. At 3rd singles Matt Shaw laboured to a 15-3 win against captain of the City Club Andrew Meek. At 2nd singles, fresher extraordinaire Beltrami took on a rejuvenated Gareth Price, but with a game of power and precision, Beltrami took him down 15-3. Finally I took on current National Number 1 and ex-Oxford captain Dan Tristao. After taking an early 11-2 lead it looked like I would disintegrate, as Dan came back to 11-5, but he then decided to hit three into the bar to give me a 14-5 lead. Usually this is when he is most dangerous, but a peach of a right hand secured the game 15-5 in my favour.
 
With CURFC going into the doubles 60-11 ahead we felt confident of getting the win. First up Beltrami carried Shaw to 15-1 15-5 against Meek and Sinton, but the old guard of me and Brubert [should that be ‘Brubert and I’? — ed.] proved that, at our age, one singles to 15 is plenty. Gareth and Dan taught us a lesson in fitness and fives, winning 15-5 15-12. In the second round of doubles me and Jacob [?? — ed.] saw off Jez and Andrew 15-3 15-7. The other doubles was the game of the match and Matt Shaw even showed a few signs of his gap year wearing off. There was a long tussle with big hitting, dropshots, angles, the lot, but Gareth and Dan took the match 16-14 16-15 to ensure them a doubles points score of 62 from a possible 60.
 
FINAL RESULT: CURFC BEAT RFA 166-89.
 
Thanks and roll on West of England,
 
Sparrow #303
Sienna and Jacob

Sienna and Jacob

CURFC v. RFA October 2014

CURFC v. RFA October 2014