Good start to CURFC’s season
Over 8 days in October players from the CURFC squad enjoyed success in two tournaments and one match.
On Saturday October 15th 5 ladies and one gentleman played in the Lady’s Cup at Cambridge, a competition designed primarily for female players of limited experience or indeed total beginners. Georgina Shepherd, Cassi Henderson, Rebecca Love, Jane Coombs, Alina Guna and Zac Moxon played. Georgina & Cassi were runners-up in The Lady’s Bowl and Alina, a total beginner playing with a Rugby School pupil, won Le Petiti Pot. We hope their success will boost ladies’ Fives at Cambridge even more. For further details see http://rugbyfivesassociation.net/youngest-winners-yet-of-the-ladys-cup/
The same day, at Giggleswick School in North Yorkshire, Ben Beltrami & Ed Kay, lived up to their seeding in the Yorkshire Open Doubles by reaching the final, where they lost a close match to Bristol University’s Ollie Arnold & Theo Parker by 6-15, 15-12, 11-15. In the semi-final they had beaten 5-times former champions Buchanan & Ellison. The following day Ed reached the semi-final of the Singles where he lost to British Number 2 Dan Tristao, the eventual runner-up to Will Ellison. Ben Beltrami won the Plate. For more details see http://rugbyfivesassociation.net/surprise-win-for-parker-arnold-in-yorkshire-open/
The following weekend a Cambridge IV consisting of Ed Kay, Matt Shaw plus freshmen Andrew Boyd and Jeremy Manger took on a strong RFA side of Dan Tristao, Adam George, Gareth Price and James Smith. The Cambridge players lost the singles by 39-56 but pegged back nearly sufficient points in the Doubles for victory but lost the match overall by 133-139, a huge improvement on the performance in the equivalent fixture last year.
All bodes well for the Universities championships at St. Paul’s in November where Ed Kay will be defending the Singles title and Ben Beltrami & Matt Shaw the Doubles.