Past versus Present 2019

Cambridge University Sports Centre and Pembroke College, Cambridge
Saturday, 16th February 2019

As ever, on the Saturday before the  Varsity Match the annual Past versus Present match was played on the courts in the Jock Burnet Fives Centre. It was the 70th anniversary of the founding of this fixture in 1949 under Jock’s presidency. The match was followed by dinner at Pembroke College.

The match was a full-scale rehearsal for the upcoming Varsity Match, with 8 games of Singles and 16 games of doubles, all played with the new ball, variously called the ‘New G6’, the ‘Wiseman Ball’ or even the ‘SE22’.  Six of the Singles games went the way of the Past, which was no surprise with players like Ed Kay and Matt Shaw now playing for the Past.

With so many former members of the club volunteering to play, a further six players were ‘subbed in’ to contest the Doubles for the Past. Tim Caroe & Joe Gribble and Ian Jackson & Elliott Malone were conspicuously successful pairs in the first round of Doubles, and the addition of Andy Pringle to partner Matt Shaw after the turn was all too tough a combination for the Cambridge 1st pair to match.

The final score was a victory by 325-185 for the Past, enabling a proud captain Rupert Mathieu to carry off the Trapnell Tankard. On the third court, however, the Mixed Doubles match for the Ted Isaacs Trophy was a very close affair which went down to the wire, with Cassi Henderson & Joe Gribble holding on to deny Lottie Simpson’s IV in a nervous game against Holly Nugent & Helena Tunks. Helena had the distinction of being the first lady Sparrow to represent the Past. The final score was 66-63 to Cassi’s IV.