Field Trophy goes to Cambridge

16 Mar 2009

A 4 - 1 victory assures CURTC of the Field at Moreton Morrell


at Moreton Morrell Tennis Court Club Sunday 15 March 2009


Players and supporters were blessed with a beautiful sunny Warwickshire spring day. Cambridge clinched the vital first match when Burak Salgin and David Mills proved too strong for Mark McMurragh and Fred Satow in securing a 6/1, 6/2 victory. Despite having played little since last year�s Field Trophy, Salgin complemented Mills�s consistency with some positive volleying at the net.

The first singles tie was dominated by the youthful Robert Hird whose return of serve into the dedans or the forehand corner asked too many questions for the hard working David Watson with a 6/3, 6/3 triumph.

As the excellent midday tipples of Pol Roger were enjoyed by a well attended bar, R.T.C.�s captain Simon Barker succumbed to his opposite number, Duncan Colquhoun, 3/6, 4/6 �in a match dominated by long and entertaining �rests�. When 4/2 up in the second set, Barker had the opportunity to take the match into a third set but failed to play with his usual consistency.

The �dead rubbers� ironically produced the closest tennis of the day with Cambridge�s Nick Brown squeezing past James Watson 5/6, 6/4, 6/2. The first doubles provided R.T.C.�s only crumb of comfort as James Sohl and Karen Hird entertained the dedans with a hard fought 6/3, 4/6, 6/4 win: a good day, therefore, for the Hird family!

The presentation of the Field Trophy? In one of those delightfully awkward moments, Tennis Committee Chairman Andrew Hamilton was left without the correct trophy to present- alleged to be residing somewhere in the south possibly at last year�s winning club�Petworth! Duncan Colquhoun was presented with the Anne Boleyn Trophy of an axe which it was agreed would be soon winging its way to Petworth�

Tom Granville, Nick Jury and Marc Seigneur (who had to endure as the only Frenchman present a heavy defeat of the French Rugby team by the English) were thanked for their efforts in ball making and marking and MMTCC members David Bryant, Keyvan Farmanfarmai and proof reader�s nightmare George Kruszynskyj for all their efforts in ensuring a smooth running and enjoyable day.

Such an excellent occasion would not be the annual delight without the most generous sponsorship of Pol Roger.

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