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***NEWS FLASH...The Fixture List has been updated. Please see below for the NEW AMENDED List***

NEW FIXTURE LIST 2023/24

Dedanist Society fixtures calendar for the 2023-24 season.  

 

Fixtures Secretary: Chris Marguerie, (cmarguerie@doctors.org.uk, 07775904895) 

 

Guy Egerton-Smith has now stepped down as Dedanist fixture secretary; with his support I have taken over these duties. I am very grateful to him and the committee for their support and advice.  The Society is in Guy’s debt for his work over the last many years. 

Please find the dates for next seasons fixtures below; the Paris weekend match will hopefully be in late January to early February and will be confirmed shortly.  

 

There has been the resurrection of the Seacourt fixture; thanks to Paul Weaver.  

 

The Jesmond Dene match has changed from the autumn to the spring and is now a weekend fixture, which will include a dinner on the Saturday. The Dedanists will play against Jesmond Dene and another club, who will be invited by Jesmond  

Dene.  

 

We are also moving the Cambridge/Prested weekend from June to April 27/28 2024. 

 

The matches against school teams have been dropped. 

 

The season opens with the Warwickshire weekend and will finish with Oxford and Brigands weekend in early July. Nick Browne and I will look at these dates, the support for this weekend and meal were down from pre-Covid levels. 

 

The list of match managers is given below. We are looking for match managers for a few of the fixtures. David Phillips may approach you.  It's a great way to contribute to the society. 

 

The majority of the matches will be close to the date from last season.  Some have changed by a week or two so please check the dates. 

 

The AGM will be held by Zoom on the 18th of October 2023. 

 

The peripatetic doubles organised by the Brigands will be held on 30/09/2023 at Hardwick.  It is a handicap doubles for 12 pairs; one or two from each of the peripatetic/evening/touring clubs.  I will send out an invite in August. The range of handicaps is 30-60. We may be able to offer more than one pair. 

 

If there are matches or weekends you particularly like the look of please contact the match manager. 

 

The format is generally doubles and the hospitality from the various clubs makes for a great day. The contribution to the Dedanist Society is unchanged and collected by John McVittie using GoCardless.  The post of Dedanist treasurer may change during this year 

 

May I ask the match managers to send photographs and a brief summary of the days' action to Tory Wall (torywall@hotmail.com), who will post the results on the Dedanist website. 

To view the NEW Fixture List for 2023/24 please click on this Word Button

To play in a match please contact the relevant match manager.

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Match Reports......

West Country Weekend 16th and 17th March 2024
 

What would you do if you are out in Dorchester on a cold evening with 3 other Dedanists and you came across a young lady standing holding a tray with a glass of white wine. One might be curious. We found out that she was bringing attention to passers-by that a local restaurant was having a pre-opening evening and wanted trial customers. Well, it didn't take much for the MM to be persuaded that this was the restaurant for us. The evening turned out to be a lot of fun. After we had consumed several rounds of Tapas with appropriate beverages, we were further drawn in by the restaurant owner, of Portuguese extraction, on Valerie O’Donnell’s left, who plied us with additional complimentary food and wine. Was this a good omen or would we pay the price?

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HYDE. Saturday 16th March

In the morning, we gathered at the Hyde club where we were greeted by our charming hosts John and Susie Pearson. Beforehand we had agreed that the format of the day would be 2 rubbers per player consisting of one set to 6 for the singles and 8 for the doubles. Their head professional, Jez Brodie, was playing a competition in Canford, and therefore we were introduced to the new assistant professional Caerwyn Thomas, no guessing his origins. For a young fellow relatively new to the game, he conducted himself well and marked clearly and accurately. Unfortunately, despite the smiles and jollity before we knew what was happening, we were 4 rubbers down. The MM was starting to regret the frivolity of the previous night. In ours singles matches Tony Branfield and the MM managed to steady the ship and then we watched a great game of doubles by Graham Findlay, on his first outing for the Dedanists, playing with Tony Branfield. This was a closely fought affair but sadly we fell 7:8. If we were desperate, we could have claimed a draw since Jon Fistein was called upon to play for the Hyde team; 3 Dedanists on court. Jon could not find a polite way of letting his partner down or was it his desire to win either way it was a win for Hyde. Sadly, the next two games went the home team's way until Giles Stogdon held up the rear winning a tough match against Laura Pentreath, an accomplished lawn tennis player. Well, played Giles and thank you.

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Mark Brinson v Chris Marguerie 6:2

Phillip & Jane Thicknesse v Valerie O’Donnell & David Phillips 8:3

David Noyes v John Fistein 6:4

Mark Brinson & Laura Pentreath v Chris Marguerie & Giles Stogdon 8:1

David Noyes v Tony Branfield 3:6

Philip Thicknesse v David Phillips 1:6

Jonathan Pentreath & Jon Fistein v Graham Findlay & Tony Branfield 8:7

Jane Thicknesse v Valerie O’Donnell 6:3

Jonathan Pentreath v Graham Finlay 6:3

Laura Pentreath v Giles Stogdon 5:6

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Hyde win 7 rubbers to 3

Evening

Most of the team had camped out in Dorchester at the Premier Inn which evoked an Esprit de corps. Before dinner some gathered to watch Wales play Italy 21:24 which produced much pleasure for some but not the match manager, from Swansea. Fortunately, the MM has a short-term memory loss which in this case helped. Eight of us rendezvoused at Cote Brasserie, a consistent and predictable affair. Giles Stogdon, a Dedanist starwort, thinks he now knows the full Cote menu by heart, something he is not proud of! Despite giving the MM a hard time, for his choice of restaurants, it was a most enjoyable evening with much hilarity. There was also in depth discussion of the recent achievements of several members of British Real Tennis academy which evoked a sense of pride in our cause.

CANFORD. Sunday 17th March.

On the Sunday we were enthusiastically greeted by James Ryan, Canford Head Professional. The format of the day was similar to the Saturday. Sadly, our merry band of 7 was diminished by one owing to malaise. The first 2 rubbers went our way, Jon Fistein had clearly drunk the correct amount of alcohol to optimize performance since he easily won his two matches. The MM thought the alchemy of the previous evening must be working only for the next two to go against us. Then Graham Findlay and the MM played well to overcome the tough Canford pairing. Chris Marguerie as always gave his all but as on the Saturday frequently found himself pinned down at the receivers end which proved decisive. Sadly, in terms of the last 3 rubbers the wheels came off the Dedanist bus. Well as I often say never forget , there is always next year.

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Steve Bennett vs. Jon Fistein 4:8

Steve Bennett & Philip Chissell vs. Jon Fistein & Tony Branfield 2:8

Philip Chissell vs. Tony Branfield 8:4

Iain Fullerton vs. Graham Findlay 8:5

Iain Fullerton & Andrew Gillard vs. Graham Findlay & David Phillips 5:8

Andrew Gillard vs. David Phillips 8:2

Mark Robson vs. Chris Marguerie 8:4

Nick Kiernan vs. Giles Stogdon 8:4

Mark Robson & Nick Kiernan vs. Chris Marguerie & Giles Stogdon 8:0

Canford win 6 rubbers to 3

Dedanists v The MCC - Saturday the 3rd February at Lords

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Chris Bray and Alex Hume the IiP apprentice at the MCC contributed to making it another  great day at Lords. t was particularly noteworthy to see Hon President  Josh Farrall . his replacement as Chairman of the Society, Simon  Roundell as well as Former professional , now and Amateur Peter Luck Hille on court  and representing the Dedanists'  although they,  like 22 others  on court could have played for either side .That must be some sort of record  which is helped if the MM manages both sides!

 

It was also  a first outing  for  new member Jonny  Westcar, playing  with Yuri Kugler who were pipped at the post in a closely contested rubber. 

 

All in all it was a most convivial  and enjoyable  day at  Lords.

Carl Snitcher

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MCC v The Dedanists', Saturday 3rd Feb 2024 at Lord’s

 

MCC won 3-2

 

10:00 - Peter Dean and Giles Stogdon v Peter Luck Hille and Johnny Saunders 6/2 6/3

 

11:15 - Ben Martin and Catherine Walker v Jonny Westcar and Yuri Kugler 4/6 6/5 6/4

 

12:30 - Rodger Davies and Simon Mansfield v Martin Harris and Johnny Saunders 5/6 4/6

 

13:45 - Sebastian Wood and Anton Eisdell v Chris Marguerie and Jonathan Ellis Miller 5/6 5/6

 

15:00 - Corin Fisher-Jenkins and Ronald Paterson v Simon Roundell and Andrew Lowenthal 6/1 6/2

Not part of the official match

16:15 – Carl Snitcher & Josh Farrall v Paul Rivlin and Martin Village

Dedanist match against Paris. Weekend of the 27-30 January, 2024.

 

Results:

 

Paris Players - Dedanist Players Score, first to 10.

 

Geurout/Fontaine vs Jon Fistein/Ian Machin 9:10

Charton/St John-Webb vs Anthony Bailey/Trudy Machin 3:10

Marinai/ Gil Kressman vs Charles Heaton/Martin Village 8:10

Salmon/Oddo vs Jonathan Ellis-Miller/Simon Cripps 8:10

Smart/Maguet vs A Bailey/T Machin (gave 15 owe 15) 7:10

Salmon/Chapellier vs Chris Marguerie/François Ménage 7:10

Oddo/Chapellier vs C Marguerie/ François Ménage 5:10

Mariani/Mallen vs C Heaton/M Village 4:10

Jeremy Kreitz/Emmauel Foy vs J Ellis-Miller/ S Cripps 8:10

Zolidis/Heasler vs J Fistein/I Machin 8:10

 

 

An intrepid team of Dedanists' visited Paris. We received a warm welcome from the Jeu de Paume club. Enormous thanks to Rod McNaughton for his help with the organization, despite just returning from surgery. This was his first day back. We were looked after by the bar team, with an enjoyable cold collation for both days.

 

Given the characteristics of the Paris court; we had a preparatory hit for a couple of hours on the Friday before a simple repast at Le Petit Retro.

 

Most players staying in Victor Hugo, or the sister hotel Pascal, both within a 2-3 minute walk of the Jeu de Paume.

 

Trudy Machin was the player of the weekend, adapting to the court with ease. The Dedanist’s played with intensity and concentration against a strong opposition, with home court advantage. All the matches were keenly fought and could have gone either way. Rod had managed to create matches with balanced handicaps, only two matches required adjustment. An excellent result for the Dedanist’s, especially as we lost 8 nil last year.

 

 

At Victors restaurant, we celebrating with members of the Jeu du Paume. Victors provided a great set menu with excellent wine.

 

On the Sunday we played rolling doubles; using a system, picked up by Jonathan Ellis Miller on a recent tour of the US courts. We were joined by Emmanuel Foy and Jeremey Kreitz, both playing off 60 despite only taking up the game within the last year.

 

The final repast was a brasserie on Rue Henry Poincore.

 

I am grateful to Patricia Gallagher for taking photographs, with her customary generosity and flare. It was lovely to see Gil Kressman on court.

I was glad to hear that Charles Heaton and his wife successfully negotiated the French farmers blockade to leave Paris for the Alpes without too much trouble. The rest of us arrived back in the UK to the ASLEF overtime ban.

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A fantastic weekend in Paris!

Dedanists at Queen’s Club;  Friday, 2 February 2024

 

A very fine collection of athletes turned out for this ever popular fixture, and it's greatly appreciated that some of them travelled a good distance to play. 

 

They took to the courts with enthusiasm and expectations running high.

 

They cut, volleyed, boasted and forced. They served Giraffes, Boomerangs, Underhand Twists, Backhand Dribblers, Railroads and a few which dont have recognised names along with an occasional double fault!

 

Matches were generally close and many could have gone either way. 

 

Although very many players qualified for both sides to balance matches out a couple guested for the other leaving Tennis the winner as ever!

 

After play and drinks in the dedans nearly all the players together with some partners as well as Josh and Carl, whom everyone was delighted to see, adjourned for typical hospitality Queen’s provides in the Members Bar where we were  also delighted to receive an update from Josh on the Society and the great work the Academy is doing as well as the splendid achievement of some of its squads.

 

Everyone thanked Nick Browne, who was unable to be there on the day, for arranging a great evening on and off the court.


Subsequently, it was wonderful to hear from the Treasurer “Probably this event will again provide the highest amount for financing our Academies out of all the matches in the year”.

 

Wow….Thank you to all who made for such a successful fixture.

 

Tony Friend

Please click on the pdf button to view all the scores for the Match

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Fun in The Dedans!

DEDANISTS AT HARDWICK 6th JANUARY 2024 

By: John McVittie 

Match Result: Hardwick 3 Dedanists 1 

Last year the Dedanists won by 3-1 after one game was abandoned because the court had become damp and therefore had to be played at the Oratory. This year the road to the car park at the back of the Court was flooded by the constant rain and so parking was in the Yard. 

The first match had only just started when Catherine Hudson suffered a back injury and had to withdraw. John Harrington replaced her and he and Giles Stogdon took on the Hardwick ladies, Sarah Whittaker and Fiona Fountain. In the first set, the ladies demonstrated their knowledge of the court and won 6-1. The second set was won 6-1 by the Dedanists who had by this time got their act together. Because of the late running of the match after the restart it was decided that there should be a 5-5 shoot-out. The Dedanists sped out of the traps and reached 40-0. Hardwick then slowly reeled them in and won the next four points to claim a well deserved win. 

In the second match John McVittie stepped in as the travelling reserve to play with Jonny Westcar, a new Dedanist member and member of Hardwick. After Pater Mawson, the wonderful marker (and a Dedanist member) had adjusted the handicaps play commenced. The Dedanists were up against the implacable defence of Ian Whittaker and Fergus Brownlee. The first set passed by with the score being 6-4 to Hardwick. This spurred the Dedanists onto greater efforts and the games went evenly up to 5-5. In the final game at 30-30 what looked like a winning last gallery chase to the Dedanists was thwarted by the court as the ball caught an edge and just went over the last gallery line. Realising that not only were the Dedanists playing Hardwick but also their court, the last point was tamely lost along with the match. 

The third match with Yuri and Charlotta playing confidently as a pair led to the first set being won 6-4. Charlotta’s ability to volley two handed into the corners with backspin won a number of points. The second set was shorter with the Dedanists on top of the rests and was finished relatively quickly at 6-1. The score was now Hardwick 2 Dedanists 1. 

Possibly because of the excellent lunch the fourth match stared in what the Marker described as “being in an uncoordinated manner”. Jonathan Ellis-Miller and Candida Nicholls our new match manager were not gelling and the set quickly passed by 6-0 to Harwick. Having got their act together, Jonathan and Candida won the second set 6-2. In the decider which started at 3-3 the score went to 4-4 then 5-4 then 5-5. In the final game the Dedanists got 15-0 up and laid down a 2 yard chase to the cheers of the audience. Then 30-0, 40-0 and a win to the Dedanists. Overall score now 2-2. 

The last match had three ladies on court together with Anton Eisdell (the Dedanist lady being Kim Walker). Chantelle Harding and Pam Tomalin are a tough pair and working well together steadily headed the Dedanists winning the first set 6-2. Likewise in the second set the Hardwick pair were never headed and ran out winners 5-2 (not sure why 5-2 rather than 6-2 but this will have to remain a mystery). 

Much fun was had by all. Final Score Harwick 3 Dedanists 2 

 

 

DEDANISTS               HARDWICK                    RESULTS

Giles Stogdon

John Harrington

John McVitie

Jonny Westcar

Yuri Kugler

Charlotta Horrell

Johnathan Ellis-Miller

Candida Nicholls

Anton Eisdell

Kim Walker

Sarah Whittaker

Fiona Fountain

JIan Whittaker

Fergus Brownlee

Robin Fountain

Michael Seymour

JSarah Brownlee

Tim Tomalin

Chantelle Harding

Pam Tomalin

1/6 6/5 5/6

Shoot out

4/6 5/6

6/4 6/1

0/6 6/2 6/5

2/6 2/5

Dedanists V Wellington at Wellington Sunday 3rd December 2023

Reporter/Match Manager (non playing): Guy Egerton-Smith

 

On a wet Sunday the Dedanists took on Wellington for their annual pre Christmas fixture. For those of you who have played in this match you will know how welcoming Wellington are - the pros, their players and not forgetting their match manager (James McDermott). Thank you Adam for marking all day. The Clubs Sunday roast will not be forgotten by those Dedanists who have played in the past and in last Sundays match.  A pointer for next years fixture not all our players participated in the lunch and James pointed this out and next year it will be made clear that all our players will be expected to participate, Christmas cake included!

 

We put together 5 doubles matches and the results are as follows with Dedanists shown first:-

 

Julian Sheraton-Davis & Jonathan Fisher v David Enticknap & Mark Harris 4/6 2/6 to Wellington

Linda Sheraton-Davis & Iain Harvey v Giles Stogdon & Ian Machin 3/6 1/6 to Wellington 

Kim Walker & Liz Fisher v Charles Oliphant-Callum & James McDermott 4/6 6/0 6/5 to Dedanists

Peter Luck-Hille & George Scott v Khimmy Cheong & Matt Reid 2/6 3/6 2/1 to Wellington

Chris Marguerie & Iain Harvey v Chris Blake & Andrew Hind 0/6 6/5 3/6 to Wellington

 

Wellington won 4/1

Dedanists v Holyport at Holyport Saturday 21st October 2023

 

Reporter/Match Manager (non playing): Guy Egerton-Smith

 

As always Holyport were great hosts and thanks go to Josh Smith, Holyport Professional and their players. 

Disappointingly it was not possible to put forward a full team of 10 players as the invitation response was poor. We need to address this with the membership as a general matter. Disappointingly we were only able to manage a team of 5 players and the result was as follows (Dedanist players shown first):-

 

Julian Sheraton-Davis & John Whiting v George Fowler & Yuri Kugler - 2/6 1/6 to Holyport

John Whiting & Andy Bishop v Andy Parkinson & Theo Bernard - 0/6 5/6 to Holyport

Linda Sheraton-Davis & Oliver Wise v Martyn Rowlands & Paul Harniess - 0/6 2/6 to Holyport

 

A strong Holyport team won 3/0

 

In their “Holyport Newsletter” it was reported that "We welcomed a travelling team from the Dedanists; a fantastic organisation that support junior tennis at Holyport and around the UK. The tennis went well for our Holyport team who came through the day unbeaten, but as always it was a great day of tennis. We take this chance to give a deep thank you to the Dedanists and their supporters - all of our junior tennis here at Holyport have received their financial support. We are tremendously grateful for their support of the next generation of real tennis players, and if you would like to find out more, just speak to the Pros.”

Hamsters v Dedanists RTC 19 October 2023

Reporter: Ian Harris

Team captaincy is not what I usually do. I wasn’t quite the kid at school waving his hand wildly at the captains saying, “me, me, me” in the hope of avoiding the ignominy of being the last one left. But by the time one of the captains picked me, the remainder would be the motley, hand-waving crew.

Anyway, Tony Friend unavoidably was diverted away from Hampton Court on urgent business, so asked me to stand in for him. Tony had already picked the team and matched up the contests with John East of the Hamsters, so my leadership role was confined to shouting “come on The Dedanists” at regular intervals during the match and collecting the match/lunch fees. Even I can do that.

It was a lovely day. By which I mean, the weather was absolutely horrible…(I took the photograph on a sunny day just a few weeks before our match)…but still we had a lovely day.

Poor weather cannot spoil the warmth and comfort of Hamsters hospitality at this regular fixture between two teams of enthusiastic friends of the game.

Two species of pie (steak & ale, chicken & ham), lasagne and some vegetarian tarts, with salad. A very gooey-looking chocolate dessert and a lemon one, with plentiful juices and wines to wash down those tasty delights. As captain for the day, I felt obliged to try most of the options, enabling me to report on how good they were. They were really good.

There was also tennis. I won't beat about the bush - we Dedanists lost narrowly. Unlike my lead on eating the food, my captaincy/match management skills weren't quite up to it on the tennis front.

The crucial rubber turned out to be the second one, which The Dedanists lost by a whisker. I was marking that match, so found insufficient opportunities to shout “come on The Dedanists”. Worse yet, when the Dedanists were a set and 4-1 up in that rubber, I made a mistake, which I rapidly corrected once John East gently pointed out the error. 40-30…30-40…I don’t suppose I’m the first person to have momentarily forgotten who was in the lead in a game. Anyway, that moment seemed to transform John East into a winning machine. From then on, he and Oliver Buckley relentlessly took over and won that second rubber.

The Dedanists won the first and the third rubbers well but then lost the last two decisively, thus the match went to The Hamsters 3-2. An image of the final results sheet is included with this report.

Needless to say, The Dedanists’ Society always wins such matches, thanks to the generosity of Dedanists and opponents alike. On this occasion, we scored £343 for the Academy, with grateful thanks to all, especially the Hamsters who contributed on the day.

The Results

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Hampton Court, a beautiful venue for our match

Dedanists v Radley College on 30th September 2023 

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Results 

Andrew Bishop/Andrew Leslau vs Sebastian Lyon/Julian Sheraton-Davis 

10-7 

Mary Joyner/Andrew Leslau vs Tony Branfield/Julian Sheraton-Davis 

10-8 

Andrew Bishop/Mary Joyner vs Sebastian Lyon/ Tony Branfield 

10-6 

Nick Gordon/Simon Holland vs Martin Harris/Tim Tomalin 

8-10 

Nick Gordon/Jack Marriott vs Martin Harris/Chris Hancock 

10-7 

Jack Marriott/Simon Holland vs Chris Hancock/Tim Tomalin 

8-10 

Giles Stogdon/Romilly Holland vs Linda Sheraton-Davis/Pam Tomalin 

10-6 

Giles Stogdon/tbc vs Linda Sheraton-Davis/Liz Fisher 

10-4 

tbc/Romilly Holland vs Liz Fisher/Pam Tomalin  

7-10 

Radley College won 7 matches to 3. 

 

The Dedanists fielded a team of 9 very enthusiastic players and the pros at Radley set up some close pairings and gave everyone the opportunity to play twice. We played first to 10 games and all the matches were hard fought and close which was not always reflected in the final result. Radley put on a lovely cold buffet lunch (think they thought we’d be hungrier than we were as they were very generous with the quantities!). As with all these matches, the social side was also very enjoyable. Many thanks to the pros at Radley for organising and particularly to Alex who marked continuously and faultlessly all day. 

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Tim Tomalin gearing up for a wicked serve. 
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Julian Sheraton-Davis and Sebastian Lyon  
2023 Brigands Peripatetic Tournament held at the iconic Hardwick House tennis court. Saturday 30th September, 2023

The Dedanist team started well against the competition-winning Bar team (the only compensation) but then fell away with some strong play against our weaker player, before coming back too late to save a heavy loss.  Although the Dedanist pair played much better against the Brigands Omega, the win was not enough to compensate for the earlier loss. As always a fine lunch and warm welcome from Hardwick softened the blow!

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The two finalist pairs

The Warwickshire Weekend 2nd and 3rd September 2023

As in recent years our season starts with the first weekend of September in Warwickshire; Leamington on Saturday and Moreton Morrell on Sunday. This year thirteen enthusiastic Dedanist’s gathered to play and brought with them a frisson of excitement. Over the two days there were eleven rubbers, 9 doubles and 2 singles being played between the two courts.

We were warmly welcomed by the pros and rubbers were marked by Chris Aley (LTCC) and Lloyd Pettiford (MMTCC). Lunch intervals were taken; at Leamington where we enjoyed Katsu chicken curry followed by an apple crumble and at Moreton, Salmon followed by spotted Dick. The size and the wholesome nature of the desserts may have contributed to the results, as maybe did the wine! But before the results a few comments and photographs.

Match 1 The day started well with an intense and close doubles match between David Phillips and Giles Stogdon against Kanan Nithi and Roy Rogers. Fortunately, both Dedanists came good at varying times to bring home our first victory of the season. Surprise and smiles abounded.

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Match 3 Giles Stogdon and Dr Chris Marguerie just lost the first set 5:6 but Simon Martle, ex racquet player, on multiple occasions effectively volleyed the ball and Nick Jamieson normally playing off HC 28 played wrong handed HC 61.  Nick just got better and better demonstrating that even when playing with your less dominant side timing the softer, well positioned ball can be devastating.  Leamington took the next set 2:6. 

Match 4 Inset 1. On the left our old warrior Dr Alastair Robson, poised and possibly over stating the racquet back position.  On the right Charles Heaton either keeping his eye on the ball or just admiring his serve.

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Nick Jamieson (far left inset 2) contributed to our downfall again by position and fine touch play.  Next year he will be confined to only one game if I have anything to do with it!  

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Match 5 Our redoubtable Derek Williams took on the ever competitive and enthusiastic Paul Brennan.  This was probably the match of the first day.  It was not for the faint hearted. Power play was evident from the off with some super retrievals.  A little more cut might have shortened the rests but then we would not have had so much fun. The smiles on both players faces says it all. Both men played very well but Paul sneaked though in the third set using, by his standards, a considerable measure of subtlety which afterwards he admitted was the product of a recent string of lessons from the Leamington pros.  An advert for the benefits of lessons in this, one of the most complicated of sports.

Picture right afterwards.  The smiling faces of the victor on the left and the flush face of the magnanimous in defeat Derek Williams on the right.  I am sure smiling is good for the soul.

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After

Moreton Morrell

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Match 3 The lowest handicapper for our side was Steven Bishop playing in his first rubber for the Dedanists.  It was clear from the onset that he was carrying an injury which as time passed caused many in the Dedans to wince. Despite the impediment he played valiantly with some quality tennis to gain 3 games over the canny Jerry Slora playing off 46, once a 29 handicapper.  After one set Steven rightly came off court and our ever energetic and exuberant Derek Williams downed his drink in the bar to enter the breech.   Derek, receiving some useful handicap, was challenged by Gerry who on his home court stretched Derek from side to side with punishing length which in the end proved too much. Beware of a man who holds his racquet in one hand with a big smile.  He is likely to be on form!

Match 5 The match manager played his wild card.  Two female academics one playing wrong handed; that should do the trick.  Before the match Prof Liz Leach had Tony Branfield firmly in her sights but he was not falling for any of her psychological manipulations. Little did the Moreton lowest handicap pairing know what was to happen. Liz confuddled the opposition using her declared wrong hand handicap and combined this with good court craft. Then who else would you want on court but the determined Candida Nicholls.  Well Candida told me afterwards she has lost some strength but that was not at all evident as she raced around the court hitting the ball cleanly with at times significant accuracy and power.   We thank the ladies for our only victory on Sunday.

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Results –

Leamington - Saturday 2nd September

  1. David Phillips and Giles Stogdon v Kanan Nithi and Roy Rogers 6:4 6:5 W

  2. Derek Williams and Tony Branfield v Kanan Nithi and Paul Brennan 3:6 4:6 L

  3. Giles Stogdon and Chris Marguerie v Nick Jamieson (WH) and Simon Martle 5:6 2:6 L

  4. Alastair Robson and Charles Heaton v Nick Jamieson (WH) and Roy Rogers 3:6 1:6 L

  5. Derek Williams v Paul Brennan 5:6 6:3 0:3 L

Dedanists 1 Leamington 4
 

Moreton Morrell – Sunday 3rd September

1. Chris Marguerie and John Yarnall v Bernie Spratt and Simon Eastwood 4:6 6:5 5:6 L

2. David Phillips and Giles Stogdon v Derek Williams and Paul Smith 4:6 4:6 L

3a Steven Bishop v Gerry Slora 1st Set 3:6 (Steven withdrew owing to injury)

3b Derek Williams v Gerry Slora 2nd Set 3:6 L

4. Mark Savage and Peter Mason v George Kruszynskjy and John Franklin 2:6 6:4 4:6 L

5. Liz Leach (WH) and Candida Nicholls v Peter Lewis and Tony Branfield 6:4 1:6 6:5 W

6. Charles Heaton and Giles Stogdon v David Aldwincle and Peter Wilson 5:6 5:6 L

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I feel this picture says it all. 
Taken after lunch on the Sunday where smiles abounded. Optimism springs eternal and Real Tennis once again delivered joy to all …...possibly a little too much joy on the opposition side!

I look forward to seeing you next year.

David Phillips M.M.

The Dedanists Pro-Am 
5th July 2023, Queen's Club
 

We held the 17th annual Dedanists Handicap Doubles Pro Am on 5th July 2023 at Queen’s.  It was a great success and raised funds to be shared by the Dedanists’ Society and the Dedanists’ Foundation.  The Society runs the British Real Tennis Academy for the best young players in the country.  The Foundation funds clubs to recruit new young players and schools into the game 

Sixteen amateur players, mainly Dedanists, paid £550 each to play and donate.  With handicaps ranging from 23 to 65, they were representative of the amateur game as a whole.  They each played three round-robin matches against amateurs of similar handicap for a place in the semi-finals  -  and played with four or more different professionals in the process. 

We are especially grateful to the pros for playing in this tournament.  Their very presence persuades amateurs to enter and donate.  They moderate their play to bring out the best in amateur partners and opponents.  They entertain us with the quality of their play and banter.  They encourage us with gems of good advice.  It’s great fun to be on court with them. 

The players were as follows: 

Professionals                                       Amateurs 

Cawston, Ben                                                        Compton-Burnett, Richard  

Fahey, Rob                                                             Marguerie, Chris 

Jones, Dan                                                             Cripps, Simon

Lyons, Andrew                                                      McVittie, John 

Sayers, Bryn                                                          Friend, Tony

Smith, Josh                                                             Mills, David

Taylor-Matthews, Ben                                          Hawkey, Ian 

Williams, Lewis                                                     O'Shea, Colm
                                                                                Readman, Luke 

                                                                                Licudi, Stewart 

                                                                                Llewelyn-Jones, Michael

                                                                                Saunders, John

                                                                                Lowenthal, Andrew 

                                                                                Stevenson, Mark

                                                                                Marks, Graham                                                                                                                                          Wilks, Willie                     

 

Markers:  Howard Angus & Neil Mackenzie 
 

Stewart Licudi, Willie Wilks, Johnny Saunders and Giles Michael Llewelyn-Jones won through to the semi-finals.  Howard Angus reported that the standard of tennis in this year’s tournament was as high as ever.  Michael Llewelyn-Jones beat Johnny Saunders in the final.  At dinner, Josh highlighted the special achievements during this season of the British Academy and the Dedanists’ Foundation.  David Mills, chairman of the Foundation, awarded the trophy and prizes with his own blend of sharp wit and racy humour. 
 

Thank you to Josh, Carl and David for organising such a splendid day. 

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Above Right: Round 1, Compton-Burnett, Lidudi, Williams & Fahey
Right: The Final, Llewelyn-Jones, Taylor-Matthews, Saunders & Fahey
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The LRTA v The Dedanists - 17th June at Hardwick House

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A perfect lunch courtesy of the wonderful Pam Tomalin who thoughtfully provided a special blend of Bloody Mary to start with which Anton thought was tomato juice. He played first and did very well indeed as he and Sebastian Wood were the only winners.

Tim Tomalin played for the LRTA, and we didn’t mind, even though he was a member of the Deds as well. To be fair, he is a member of the LRTA. I was delighted to see Alex Garside, she and Andrew Lowenthal raised the level of play considerably in a keenly contested encounter.  

Josh Farrall our newly elevated honorary. President joined us for lunch, and everyone was very pleased to see him.

It was also good to meet Chris Hancock a newish member from Oxford and his delightful wife, Susie.

Thank you too to the fragrant Sarah McGivern for her spot on marking. 

It was a wonderful day at Hardwick House, and thank you to the Tomalins in particular for such a wonderful day at Hardwick House.

Match Report by Carl Snitcher

Dedanists' v Jesters held at Queen's
26th May 2023

Conviviality is the key to the success of this match, now in the second year of its revived form. Of the 23 participants, 17 were Dedanists, so even if we'd lost there would've been no hard feelings. In the event, we won 4-1 with one match evenly shared.

 

First to start were John Whiting and Bruce Hogarth-Jones who teamed up well to beat Tony Friend and James Crane 6-3, 6-4. Then this writer and Anton Eisdell, playing for the Jesters, lost to Simon Cripps and Ian Harris by the same margin. John Harrington and Richard Vallat followed by winning their first set convincingly 6-2 against the very able Izzy Duncan and Nick Chrimes, but going down 3-6 in the second set to score a draw. Next up were Peter Dean and Yuri Kugler whose very close encounter with Simon Mansfield and Alexandra Bryant ended in the Dedanists' favour at 6-5, 6-5. Johnny Saunders and Oliver Wise then came through with some fine, fast tennis to overcome Michael O'Dwyer and Nick Abelson 6-2, 6-3. Then the final match saw Alex Brodie and Andy Keeley (Scottish champion, handicap 23) overwhelm Richard Vallat and Yuri Kugler 6-3 in the first set, and 6-2 in the second (when Ronald Paterson took over from Yuri) with a blistering display of speed, power and volleying,

 

We are very fortunate to play the Jesters match at Queen's - and we have Tony Friend to thank for making that happen, as well as the buffet dinner that followed, which was excellent and much enjoyed by all. Next year's match has already been fixed with Queen's for Friday, May 24, 2024.

 

Martin Village

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The Dedanists’ Society

Report on the Special General Meeting, Annual Tournament & Dinner

held on 10th May 2023 at Queen’s

The Dedanists’ Society held a special general meeting (SGM) of members and its annual tennis tournament and dinner at the Queen’s Club on Wednesday 10 May 2023. The tournament started at noon. It was followed by the SGM whose main purpose was to elect a new chairman and a new president. The day concluded with dinner and the presentation of prizes.

THE TOURNAMENT

The tournament for the Lowenthal Trophy was a handicap doubles competition for 16 pairs with individual handicaps in the range 32 to 72. Doubles pairs played three round-robin league matches of 25 minutes each to qualify for knockout semi finals and the final. Scheduling was tight. Two pairs were penalised for lateness. Game-to-game sliding handicaps made the tennis more competitive, moderated the impact of inaccurate handicaps, helped those who were losing to recover, and nipped complacency in the bud among those who were winning. The finalists were from across the handicap range.

Note: The trophy is named after Laurie Lowenthal, a founder member of the Dedanists & its first treasurer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The tournament for the Lowenthal Trophy was a handicap doubles competition for 16 pairs with individual handicaps in the range 32 to 72

Tournament Results

The Final

Kim Walker & Anton Eisdell beat Bruce Hogarth-Jones & John McVittie 4 - 3

Kim and Anton played consistently well throughout the day.

At 3 all / 40 all, Anton served an ace to win the final. 

Semi-Finalists / League Winners

Kim Walker & Anton Eisdell beat David Phillips & Giles Stogdon 4 - 3

Bruce Hogarth-Jones & John McVittie beat Mark Heffernan & Stephen Bishop 4 – 3

 

 

THE SPECIAL GENERAL MEETING

Thirty-four members attended this special general meeting. They voted on five resolutions which were all carried unanimously. These five resolutions were:

(i) Elect Chris Marguerie to the committee.

- proposed by David Phillips, seconded by Simon Mansfield.

(ii) Create the new role of honorary president and change the Society’s rules and regulations accordingly.

- proposed by Simon Mansfield, seconded by Ian Hawkey.

(iii) Elect Josh Farrall as the first honorary president.

- proposed by James Barlow, seconded by Jonathan Ellis-Miller.

(iv) Elect Simon Roundell as the new chairman.

- proposed by Johnny Saunders, seconded by Giles Stogdon.

(v) Elect Claire Fahey as an honorary life member.

- proposed by Simon Randall, seconded by Candida Nicholls.

Graham Tomkinson led the succession planning that resulted in the election of our new chairman and new president. He gave an account to members of the process and criteria used.

The new chairman, Simon Roundell, said what a special pleasure it was to take on this role. The Society is in excellent shape and does so much for real tennis. Simon made a point of thanking Josh for his massive contribution and leadership as chairman for twenty years. The committee will decide in due course how best to recognise this extraordinary achievement.

 

 

THE DINNER

Thirty four Dedanists attended the dinner. Josh Farrall presided and presented the prizes. Carl Snitcher moderated.

THE PRIZES

The tournament prizes presented at the dinner were designed to reflect as wide a range of human endeavour as possible:

Lowenthal Trophy Winners

Kim Walker & Anton Eisdell

Finalists

Bruce Hogarth-Jones & John McVittie

Best Shot

Anton Eisdell

Pipped at the Post (a Carl Snitcher award)

This is an award for those who most strikingly pluck defeat from the jaws of victory.

Martin Village & Michael Llewelyn-Jones won it by a country mile. They missed their first match, still won through to the semi-final, couldn’t believe it, failed to turn up and lost their semi by default.

Best Losers

Candida Nicholls & John Whiting

Andrew Lowenthal & Johnny Saunders

Both pairs failed to win a single match - but, they said, what a great learning experience!

THANK YOU

Thank you to Queen’s for allowing us to use both courts. Thank you to the markers, Bryn Sayers and Neil Mackenzie, who kept to schedule, applied the sliding handicap with rigour and did a splendid job.

Thank you to the 32 members who played in the tournament and the 34 who attended the SGM.

Thank you to Ian Hawkey for the photographs which give such a good feel for what happened on the day.

Thank you to Carl and Josh for organising the day.

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Simon Roundell is elected as our new Chairman.
Josh Farrall presided & presented the prizes.

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 Oliphant Coley/ Roundell

 Hogarth Jones /MvVittie /Bishop/Heffernan

Mason/Robson

Harris/Marguiere

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Harrington/Hudson

Stogdon/Phillips 

Hogarth Jones /Mcvittie

Harris/Marguiere

IHarris/ Richardson

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Hyde and Canford Weekend
18-19 March

 

We had a most enjoyable weekend in the West Country. Our match manager David Phillips was required to taste wedding fare and couldn’t be with us sadly. His organisation was flawless and deeply appreciated. 

Against Hyde Michael Llwellen-Jones crushed his opposition Nigel S-C 6:2, 6:2; using his side wall boasts to devastating effect.  Chris Marguerie and Charles Heaton lost narrowly on the last point, 4:6, 6:4, 5:6 against James Wilson and Stephen Heather. Giles Stogdon and Bruce Hogarth-Jones beat Tom Hayward and Oscar Newall after losing the first set 1:6, by 6:3 and 6:5. Michael and Bruce beat Stephen H and Nigel S-C by 6:3 and 6:5. Charles Heaton lost to Chris Newall 2:6 and 4:6 in a closely fought game with many 40 alls. Giles sealed victory for the tourists by beating Richard Budington 6:3, 6:3. A splendid lunch was provided by John Pearson and his wife. We are grateful to Jez the Hyde pro who marked the match.

 

We celebrated victory at the Cote Brasserie in Dorchester.

 

Canford hosted us on the Sunday. Many thanks to James Ryan for reorganising the fixture when we made a late change in our line up; as sadly Yuri could not play. Also thanks to Vaughan Hamilton, a Dedanist-sponsored junior pro, for marking all of the matches. We got off to a strong start Michael L-J beat Andy Clark 6:0, 6:3. Michael and Bruce H-J then beat Jeremy Channon and Phillip Cheswell 6:3, 6:5. CM and Giles Stogdon could not overcome the handicap difference against the previous pair and lost 2:6, 0:6, many 40 all matches however. After lunch 2 further doubles matches were lost CM and Bruce H-J and CM and SH. A well-deserved win for Canford 4 matches to 2.

 

Many thanks to Canford School caters for a very good buffet lunch.

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Petworth House Tennis Court v Dedanists
26 March 2023

PHTC entertained a team of Dedanists some of whom were also Petworth members in a very enjoyable match, eventually won by Petworth 4-2.

Ian Harris won both his matches, partnered first by Kim Walker and later by Chris Marguerie, who subsequently joined forces, unsuccessfully!  Earlier match manager, Robert Muir, and Julian Wilkinson lost a close doubles match, and there were also defeats for Tom Carew- Hunt and Christopher Swan ( guesting for the Dedanists) and Petworth Dedanists David Bevan-Thomas and David Fortune. All matches were well contested and played in excellent spirit.

Everyone enjoyed the historic court at Petworth and some excellent marking by Louis Gordon.

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Dedanists v Hatfield
Hatfield, Saturday, 11th March

  • Nick Brodie lost to Martin Richards 6/3 3/6 4/6

  • Yuri Kugler bt David Wood 5/6 6/3 6/4

  • Josh Farrall & Richard Wyse lost to Peter Joy & Robin Aley 1/6 1/6

  • Christie Marrian & Bruce Hogarth-Jones bt David Wood & Catherine Walker (playing for HHTC) 1/6 6/1 6/4

  • John Tacchi bt Richard Sutcliffe 3/0 ret.

 

Dedanists win 3/2.
Much fun was had by all!

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Dedanists' v The Oratory
The Oratory, Saturday, 18th February 2023

The results were:-

11.00     C Davies/R Fahey v K Walker/I Hawkey: Dedanist win: 5/6, 6/4. 5/6

12.30     M McNair/M Candlish v W Wilks/J Sheraton-Davis: Dedanist win 2/6, 0/6

14.00     R Boughton/O Rae v  C Hancock/L Sheraton-Davis: Oratory win 6/5, 6/2, 5/6

15.30     J Jones/D Hirsch v K Weston/S McGivern: Oratory win 6/5, 6/3

 

So it was an honourable draw.  Everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves and we had some good tennis to watch.  Olly Rae who partnered Richard Boughton in the 2pm match is head boy at the Oratory and he played some beautiful tennis.  Rob Fahey marked all day – and played a very good pros game in the first match of the day with his non-dominant hand.  You really wouldn’t have known that it was not his World Championship arm, but the Dedanists did squeak through with a win in that game.

Katy Weston

Dedanists' v Queen's Club
Friday 3rd March 2023

Seven pairs took to the court in a fun evening on court at Queens with some good and close matches.

The dinner after was also a most enjoyable start to the weekend and a tremendous £400 was raised for the Society.
 

Nick Browne

Match Results

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Dedanists v Hurlingham Pigeons  Wellington, Sunday 26th February

Ten Dedanists took on eight Hurlingham Pigeons, but not all at once. Fate had contrived to deny two pigeons the joy of participating in what was a splendid day on and off court.

We were delighted to have two new Dedanists, Trudi and Ian Machin, playing in their first match for the Club and they acquitted themselves very well. It was a first, too, for Chris Hancock making his debut on the Wellington court.
 

Simon Talbot-Williams provided a running commentary on his match and everyone else’s.

 

The contribution of Catherine, David, J E-M, Peter, Charles and Chris M was much appreciated.

Wellington provided an excellent lunch.
 

For the record the matches were as follows:

James McDermott & Trudi Machin v Ian Machin & Dominic Higham 4/6, 5/3

David Enticknap & Catherine Walker v Simon T-W & Chris Hopton 6/5, 2/4

Trudi Machin & Peter Dean v Donald Carse & Barbara Carse 6/3, 5/3

Jonathan Ellis-Miller & Chris Hancock v Paul Spraggs & Donald Carse 6/0, 6/2, 5/5

Charles Oliphant-Callum & Chris Marguerie v Barbara Carse & Dominic Higham 6/2, 2/6
 

I have not studied the mathematics of these results but it was judged by all to be an honourable draw, which means that the true winner is our beautiful game of tennis.
 

James McDermott

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DEDANISTS IN PARIS
18-19 February 2023

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‘The result should not be thought more important than the enjoyment of the players’

Seven Dedanists travelled to the Société Sportive du Paume et de Racquets in Paris this year for our first fixture there since January 2019. It was a delight to be on the court at rue Lauriston once again. Rod McNaughtan ably arranged and marked a Saturday of mostly doubles for us against Paris members: by lunchtime the score-line of 4–0 to Paris was a trifle disconcerting, but this was as nothing compared to when the final result was declared: an 8–0 whitewash by Paris. Here is ‘the reckoning’ (Paris members first; all matches were of one 10-game set):

 

Thibault v Llewelyn-Jones 10–4

De Villpion / Marguet v Robson / Marguerie 10–4

Foley / Chapellier v Rivlin/ Squiers 10–3

Casler / Rafray v McVittie / Readman 10–9

Guerout / Fontain v Rivlin / Squiers 10–1

Mariani / Charton v Robson / Marguerie 10–6

Boulter / Huynh v McVittie / Readman 10–9

Holmberg v Llewelyn-Jones 10–6

Dinner on the Saturday evening was a more subdued occasion this year compared to 2019 (when virtually the whole Paris contingent and spouses etc came too), with just the Paris Club’s President, Bill Holmberg, joining us.

Sunday morning’s ‘mini-tournament’ was depleted somewhat by minor injuries after Saturday’s exertions; five Dedanists played a mixture of singles and doubles. The bottle of champagne for the highest number of winning openings hit during the course of the morning was awarded to Michael Llewelyn-Jones for his 9 hits to the dedans.

Time then allowed for a visit to Brasserie Terminus Nord opposite the Gare du Nord for some oysters and a glass or three of chablis before boarding an early evening Eurostar for the safety of the white cliffs of Dover and home.

It’s still one of the best fixtures in the Dedanists’ calendar; sign up next year!

 

Alastair Robson

Dedanists v MURTC
1th December 2022

Ten of the twelve participants in this match were Dedanists, and although we lost to the Middlesex team, in a broader and more generous sense we shared in their victory. It was anyway by no means a whitewash. There were two matches of singles and two of doubles and the score line was three games to one in MURTC's favour. All of us had our moments which were collectively and duly rewarded with an outstanding lunch (delivered by Dedanists Catherine Hudson and John Harrington) involving a variety of the poshest pies anyone could remember eating. The scoreboard looked like this:

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MCC v The Dedanists
Saturday 4th of February 2023 at Lords

 

MCC hosted the Dedanists for a popular and much-enjoyed fixture in early February.

Notably, 18 out of the 20 players were Dedanists and all contributed funds raising £360 for the Society.

 

Carl Snitcher 


RESULTS
MCC first

Deds owe half 15

10 am Robert Rhodes 68/Peter Brunner 62 v Paul Rivlin 64/ Jon Fistien 53 (6-3,6-4) MCC win

Deds owe 15

11.15 Catherine Walker 47/ Giles Stogdon 59 v Christie Marrian 43/ Yuri Kugler 49 (4-6,1-6) Deds win

 

Lunch 12.45pm

MCC owe 15

1.30.pm Seb Wood 60 /John Thirlwell 71 v James McDermott 79/ Chris Marguiere 64 (6-2,5-6, 6-4) MCC win

 

2.45 pm Ronald Paterson 39/Roger Pilgrim v Andrew Lowenthal 33/ Stuart Kerr 43 (6-5.6-4) MCC win

MCC WIN 3-1

4 pm John Farrall / Carl Snitcher v Martin Village 62 / Johnny Saunders (this was a friendly rubber and not part of the official match).
 

The Dedanists were due to have an away match at MRTC over the weekend of 4th/5th March. In the usual way I circulated the membership and due to a poor response (2 positives only ) I have agreed to cancel the fixture having had prior discussion with MRTC. 

 

Guy Egerton-Smith

Dedanists Fixtures Secretary

DEDANISTS AT HARDWICK

7th JANUARY 2023

By: John McVittie

Match Result: Hardwick 1 Dedanists 3

Last year we came second with Hardwick winning 3-2. So we were out for revenge. The weather was terrible with constant rain (but read on........)

The first match Sebastian Lyon and Paul Cattermull started slowly but speeded up when the excellent marker (Peter Mawson – a fellow Dedanists) asked that all players take their dark tops off and play in all white. A number of good chases were forged but the Dedanists prevailed winning the first set 6-2 and the second 6-3 despite the best efforts of Michael Seymour and Robin Fountain.

The second match featured Paul again as Derek Williams woke up on the morning of the match with a sore knee. Thank you Paul! Yuri and Paul lost the first set 3-6 and while valiant efforts were made – including both players going for the same ball (calling, anyone....). Ian Whittaker, the match manager for Hardwick knows the court like the back of his hand and ably aided by Mike Brooksbank won the second set, and the match, 3-6.

The third match featured your truly and Michael Llewelyn-Jones. Michael said that we should force against the higher handicap players and this strategy was adopted and proved successful, the Dedanists winning 6-1, 6-5.

After the usual excellent lunch the fourth match started but towards the end of the first set it was decided that the court was sweating too much so play was abandoned and the match counted as a draw. Bad luck on Martin Harris and Jonathan Ellis-Miller.

The last match was moved to the Oratory where, marked by Ian, the Dedanists ladies prevailed in a close three set match, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.

End result 3-1 to the Dedanists with one match abandoned.

 

THE DEDANISTS HARDWICK RESULTS

 

Sebastian Lyon Michael Seymour 6/2, 6/3

Paul Cattermull Robin Fountain

 

Yuri Kugler Ian Whittaker 3/6, 3/6

Paul Cattermull Mike Brooksbank

 

John McVittie Rebecca Kashti 6/1, 6/5

Michael Llewelyn-Jones Tim Tomalin

 

Jonathan Ellis-Miller Pam Tomalin Match Abandoned

Martin Harris Fiona Fountain

 

Jenny Jones Chantelle Harding 6/3, 3/6, 6/3

Kim Walker Sarah Whittaker

Trois Tripot (+1) 2022

Dedanists Match Report from Rodger Davis
 

A reduced squad of five Dedanists, Tony Cooke, Simon Martin, Kim Walker, Ian Wimbush and I travelled to SW France to play in the Trois Tripot +1. Sadly, Jonathan Ellis-Miller sustained a back injury a couple of weeks prior to the tournament and withdrew. Good news is Jonathan has recovered and is back on court.

 

The usual biannual tournament was delayed by a year due to Covid so, unsurprisingly there was significant interest which contributed to the use of four courts, hence TT+1, this year. Previously used courts were; Bayonne, La Bastide-Clairence and Urrugne the fourth ‘new’ court being Bidarray.

 












 

 

 

Above: The team at Bidarray. Thank you Kim

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There was no match for us on the first day, 13th October, so many thanks indeed to the two Simon’s, ours and Berry (of the TT committee), for arranging a two hour slot for us at Pau. Unfortunately, Kim could not play as she and husband Tim had taken the opportunity for a very special lunch in San Sebastian, shame, but no blame, on them!

 

 

 

 

 

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Right: Kim and Tim

 

Our first tasks on arrival were to collect the court key, wait for the end of a game of Trinquet and then, to install the net. The four boys had two fun hours and a good lunch. The very good news is that there are plans in hand that could return the court to an exclusive Jeu de Paume within the next 3 years or so, a potentially great achievement after 75+ years. It will be a great asset for the game.

 

To the competition. The Dedanists were drawn in a Round Robin group of seven teams from Jesmond Dene, Manchester, Oxford, Petworth, Prested and Queens. I’m delighted to confirm that we improved, significantly of course(!), on the 2019 result by winning 3-1 against Manchester in Urrugne and drawing with but losing to Prested Bleu by 1 game on countback in Bayonne. If only Simon and I had lost our match 6-3 rather than 6-1!

 

The overall result was that we valiantly propped up our Round Robin and were drawn to play Newmarket in the plate semi-final on the final day. We lost 1-3 but on the plus side there was a great 6-1 win for Tony and Kim. Well done them.

 

RT on Trinquet courts was a personal ‘leftie’ education. The low, narrow and shallow pitched, penthouses could make a low struck side wall serve from around hazard second very tricky to receive, the ball coming off low and quickly to often uneven surfaces at the back wall. I’ve been working assiduously on my backhand return of serve since the shaming!

 

We all agreed, I believe, that Urrugne was the most ‘friendly’ competition court for RT players, luckily we played on it three times achieving the Manchester win there.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Above: Fixing the net at Urrugne

Right: Plate semi-final, Urrugne

 

Overall our most successful player in terms of average games won/match was Ian closely followed by Tony and Kim. Well done them - and to Simon and me of course! Ian and Tony, keen rugby supporters celebrated appropriately at the finals dinner apart from boosting Guinness sales in Bayonne.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Above: Last night dinner, Chateau d’Arcangues - Ian & Tony

 

Dinner on the final night was at Chateau D’Arcangues, close to Bayonne. Pre-dinner drinks and canapes were very welcome, followed by a very good dinner. Putting ringer thoughts aside (!!) congratulations to the overall tournament winners, Petworth.

 

We all had a great time, thank you team, and Tim, for your support. I would encourage Dedanists to join in next time around. It’s great fun and would be great to have two teams there.

 

Finally thank you so much to the three Simons, the tournament organisers - Simon Mansfield, Simon Berry and Simon Marshall. Also, to all the markers who did a great job – it can be quite difficult to follow the ball on a Trinquet court, apart from the different markings, galleries, on different courts, etc!

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Dedanists v Holyport

Holyport - Wednesday 14th December 2022

 

We had an enjoyably chilly morning/afternoon mid week doubles match at Holyport, who won 4-1. The court was freezing cold, and all who played made sure that they were properly attired. Holyport put up a strong team and home advantage won the day. Holyport player names first below.

 

Ben Hobkinson & Gary Russell beat Guy Egerton-Smith & Giles Stogdon - 6/1 6/3

George Fowler & Renaud Besnard beat Simon Martin & Andy Bishop - 6/4 6/3

Conor O’Shea & Martin Tate beat Kim Walker & Giles Stogdon - 6/4 4/6 6/5

George Fowler & Renaud Besnard beat Vaughan Williams & Andy Bishop - 6/1 6/5

Alan Everett & Mark Piper lost to Candida Nicholls & John McVittie - 3/6 6/1 4/6

P.S John for Gocardless collections

Guy Egerton-Smith
Match Manager

Dedanists’ Society v Wellington
WRTC Sunday, 4th December 2022


The Dedanists’ Society team thoroughly enjoyed their day at Wellington. We played 5 sets of competitive doubles matches which ended with 2 wins a piece with one match drawn. See below. As usual WRTC laid on an excellent luncheon with both teams participating as per the photo. We very much look forward to our 2023 pre-Christmas match.
 
Results

9.30    Peter Dean 50 & Michael Llewelyn-Jones 47.7  v  Ian Machin 68.8 & Trudi Machin 58.4 Won 6/3 6/2

 

10.30  Guy E-S 61.6 & Kim Walker 66.3  v  James McDermott 80.7 & Alex Thomas 83.8 Lost 0/6 3/6 - Set 1 ignored

11.30   David Enticknap 45.2 & Catherine Walker 49.6  v  Simon Roundell 28.8 & Graeme Marks 48.5 Won 6/2 6/2

12.30   Lunch

1.00     Michael L-J 47.7 & Peter Dean 50.0  v  Ian Machin 68.8 & Giles Stogdon 60.2 Lost 1/6 1/6

2.00     Chris Marguerie 59 & Jonathan Ellis-Miller 55.1  v  Charles O-C 69.7 & Rosie Monk 61.1 Draw 3/6 6/5

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A well deserved mid-match lunch, at Wellington RTC.

Dedanists v Manchester
RTC Sunday 13th November 2022

 

On Saturday 12th November MCC welcomed Manchester RTC to Lord’s which MCC won 5-0. Very much at the last minute Carl Hamill (Manchester Match Manager) agreed that it would be sensible to try and arrange a Dedanist v Manchester match for the following Sunday. Carl had spoken to RTC during the week and they kindly agreed to give us 4 morning courts on Sunday 13th November. With 4 players per team an excellent series of 4 matches duly took place, with the results below, which in effect ended with a win apiece for Manchester & The Dedanists and 2 drawn matches. Time constraints restricted us to 4x2 set matches.

 

Guy Egerton-Smith

Dedanists Match Manager 

 

Match Results

Carl Hamill 53 & Martin Farnworth 66 v Guy Egerton-Smith 62 & Peter Dean 51 - Dedanists rec owe 15 love - Draw 6-3, 5-6 - 1 set all

Andy Nevett 46 & DJ Moran 54 v James Leeper 55 & Catherine Walker 44 - Level -
 Manchester won 6-3, 6-1

Carl  Hamill 53 & Andy Nevett 46 v Peter Dean 51 & Catherine Walker 44 - Level -
Draw 5-6, 6-5 - 1 set all

Martin Farnworth 66 & DJ Moran 54 v Guy Egerton-Smith 62 & James Leeper 55 - Dedanists rec owe 15 love - Dedanists won 6-0, 6-3

DEDANISTS v HAMSTERS
20th OCTOBER 2022
Reporter: Ian Harris

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Sun setting on Hampton Court Palace

“It’s a hard rain’s a-gonna fall,” said your intrepid reporter to Carl Snitcher, having braved the 3.5-mile high-pass journey from Notting to Primrose Hill in just over 35 minutes.

“There’s a bad moon on the rise,” agreed Carl, gnomically.

We arrived at a rain-soaked Hampton Court Palace in the nick of time; just as well, as your intemporal reporter was playing in the first rubber. Some might argue that our arrival was actually “worse than two”, but a more substantial discrepancy soon revealed itself; the marker’s sheet was showing a lesser handicap for the Dedanists than the sheet that James McDermott & I had been sent.

In order to avoid a major diplomatic incident, James & I acquiesced to the lesser handicap, yet still somehow contrived to win our rubber, albeit narrowly.

Your insipid reporter was involved again in the second rubber, albeit only for the last two sets, as Carl chose to “play his joker”. Tony Friend and I managed to take the matter to a third set before succumbing to the might of Simon Cripps & Richard East – arguably also a Dedanists pair but playing for the Hamsters on this occasion.

The third rubber also saw your decrepit reporter in the action, in the marker’s chair this time, as Paul Cattermull & Graeme Marks made relatively light work of their rubber, albeit with Robert Frost playing in his “Arch” leftie capacity.
 

On finally staggering away from the court, your incognizant reporter picked up a message that the Prime Minister had resigned. “That’s the second Liz whose expiration has been announced while I was on the real tennis court in the space of six weeks”, I mused, having been informed of the late Queen’s demise by Tony Friend while I was on the Lord’s court.

I thought I might be the tidings-bringer this time, only to discover that most of the group had learnt the demise of Liz Truss some 45 minutes earlier.

Anyway, this was no time to ponder the fate of shambolic politicians – it was time to tuck into the pies before they too were to become a footnote in history. A positive footnote in the case of the pies of course – once again a delicious choice of

· Chicken Ham & Leek;

· Steak & Ale.

Bread and cheese (yes please) and two species of yummy desserts that self-discipline allowed me to avoid, along with the jolly wines on offer.

Thus your temperate reporter just about made it back to the dedans in time for the dénouement of a match between Yarnall & Banks (Hamsters) and Stogdon & Philips (Dedanists) which went down to the deciding game of the deciding set, only to land in the Hamsters favour and leave the match tantalisingly poised at 2-2.
 

Your incorrigible reporter also marked the deciding rubber, in which Yuri Kugler & Christie Marrian defeated Charlie Kearl & Simon Cripps to settle the match 3-2 to the Dedanists. To be fair on the Hamsters, Simon was playing a second rubber as alternate and match-manager Charlie had been acting as chef and waiter for the magnificent lunch.

The Dedanists’ Society won this match in more ways than one, of course. Once again, those warm-hearted Hamsters chipped in with generous donations to add to the Dedanists’ contributions. Thus we raised £380 from the fixture this year.
 

There’s no better way to lift the spirits on a gloomy, worrisome day than a day of pastance with Dedanists and Hamsters. Symbolically, as the nation’s political shenanigans moved on to its new phase, the heavy clouds and rain of the morning had lifted to reveal a gorgeously

bright, sunny evening as we all left. Tony Friend took a few charming snaps to capture that memory, along with the earlier snaps from a couple of the matches.
 

“So foul and fair a day I have not seen”, said Carl, gnomically, as I dropped him home.

“Pass time with good company”, I replied.

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Charles Kearl

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Hampton Court Gardens, after rain. Photos by Tony Friend

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McDermott in Action

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The Results

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Dedanists v Bristol RTC @ BRTC 
Sunday 9th October 2022

We revived the Bristol fixture after a few years absence and I was pleased to take responsibility as the Match Manager and I will continue in that role.

We arrived at BRTC with a team of 7 which was reduced to 6 on the morning of the match as Robert Kilgour sadly had a family bereavement earlier in the day. I had arranged 6 matches but this was reduced to 4 completed matches as Simon Martin suffered a nasty accident in what was going to be the penultimate 5th match on court from which I am pleased to say he has recovered.

 

The Match result was a win for BRTC 3-1 as follows:-

 

      David Weston & Tony Branfield v Luke Sutor* & Chris Harland - lost 2-6, 2-6

      Simon Martin v Alfie Gilbert - won 9-3

      Guy Egerton-Smith & Katy Weston v Elliot Watkins* & Ben Brown*- lost 2-6, 4-6

      Peter Mason & Tony Branfield v Caspian Rugg* & Dan Brown - lost 2-6, 4-6

      Felix Wigzell* & Like Sutor* played in the 5th doubles for BRTC which was cancelled following Simon’s accident on court

 

      *above denotes the 5 young BRTC players.

 

It was great to have the 5 young players from BRTC against us and it was so good to hear from their parents how much their boys had enjoyed 

playing in the match and had benefited from the Dedanists programme at BRTC, under Ben Taylor-Matthews and from Paul Weaver at Queen’s.

 

Guy Egerton-Smith

Match Manager

Dedanists v Radley
Saturday 10th September 2022

JULIA KENT & CHRISTOPHER MACKARNESS v Liz Fisher & Anton Eisdell
5/6 2/6 (rec 1/2 15)


JOHN MATTHEWS v Liz Leach
6/2 6/3 (owe 1/2 15)

 

JONATHAN ORDERS v John Harrington
8/1 (rec 1/2 15)

 

JUSTIN SNOXALL v Michael Llewellyn-Jones
8/7 (rec 1/2 15)

 

JONATHAN ORDERS & JUSTIN SNOXALL v John Harrington & Michael Llewellyn-Jones
8/2 (rec 1/2 15)

 

VICTOR TILL & CATHERINE HUDSON v Pam Tomalin & Tim Tomalin
5/6 3/6 (rec 15)

 

Radley won 4 - 2 

 

Liz Fisher was our Match Manager.

The Warwickshire weekend
3rd and 4th September 2022

The cheerful firing squad pose at Moreton.

LTCC 3rd September

Over the weekend 16 enthusiastic Dedanists gathered for the first matches in the Real Tennis Calendar starting quite rightly at the oldest Real Tennis club in the world. A family bereavement and knee injury were the only clouds that hung over what was otherwise a great weekend.  The first match started swimmingly well with John Tacchi and Charles Heaton storming ahead 3 love but then a tough handicap difference, a Virgin Pilot, Ollie Newbury and canny retired accountant, David Howells stole the show with Leamington clinching the first match 4:6/0:6.

The second started in a similar way with the M.M. and the deceptive Giles Stogdon taking the first set to love.  The next two sets were another matter with an initial strong defence from John Devis and John Edwards followed by an attack.  The M.M. wobbled with some of his returns and despite a steady performance by Giles we lost the next two sets. 6:0/5:6/5:6.

The third match was a singles classic encounter between Paul Cattermull and Matt Fattorini. The Dedans were treated to an elegant floor game which saw a good number of chases laid better than 2, many beaten. After taking the first set Paul proceeded to deliver a series of well worked serves low and hugging the back wall, followed by accurate shots which proved too much for Matt who succumbed 6:4/6:0.

Play was suspended for lunch which consisted of Paella followed by a delicious Rhubarb & strawberry crumble washed down with an Albarino in keeping with the Spanish theme.

Following lunch there was a heavy weight bruising battle between Michael Llewelyn Jones and Ian Hawkey who played against the home team Paul Brennan and Henry Bryan.  Energy and determination resulted in long rests with some super retrievals. Michael and Ian fought off several attacks producing some excellent tennis and volleys to win in 3 sets 4:6/6:1/6:4.

Chris Marguerie and Martin Village, Martin’s first time on either the LTCC or MMTCC surfaces, played a considered and steady game against the tricky Miles Buckinghamshire and Jon Davy.  After levelling up the sets at one a piece they powered up to take the second to win 4:6/6:3/6:4.   

With the Dedanists one match up with one to play the pressure was off Tony Branfield but could we claim that rare victory at LTCC? There was no doubting Tony’s efforts to claim victory for our side.  He covered large swathes of court retrieving many shots to keep him in the match.  The youthful Joel Armstrong, at least a couple of decades Tony’s junior, had all those frustrating characteristics of a good ball player, new to the Royal game, who would not give up the chase! A splendid match to watch with Tony losing respectably 4:6/3:6.

Result:  Dedanists 3 LTCC 3.

 

We were unable to raise enough individuals to trigger dinner at the club and hence retired to the reliable local Cote Brasserie.  Five players were fortunate enough to have the company of Julia, Martin Village’s wife which no doubt improved the tone of the repas.

 

MMTCC 4th September

The full team, 16 strong, presented to do battle at Moreton. Fortunately, several Dedanists’ could declare dual loyalty and hence play for the home team. Six pairs of doubles were set up with the first commencing at 9.45.  In future, I think that we should encourage starting times at 15, 30 and 40 minutes past the hour!  The trusty pairing of John Yarnall and Peter Mason took to the floor.  John should be commended on bringing his wife, Grace, to the court to celebrate their 58th wedding anniversary. He clearly knows how to give a girl a good time! Spurred on by the great day John peppered the grille/tambour and Peter regained his killer underarm twist after managing back-to-back double faults.  It was a close match but there was enough to overpower John Tacchi and Peter Wilson. Coincidentally and unbeknown to me, it was poetic to learn that Peter Wilson had many years ago introduced John Tacchi to the game so it was great that they could play together. 5:6/6:3/6:3.

Up step Paul Cattermull and Julian Sheraton Davis to play Tony Branfield and the random shot generator Jon Lambdon. It was Paul and Julian’s first time on the new floor and before they could settle in Jon & Tony brought an intensity to the contest forcing little rhythm to be established.  Some back luck and unforced errors, by their high standards, meant they were under pressure.  The opposition had a bisque per set which was excellently called by Tony which resulted in frustration and almost a request for a steward’s enquiry from Paul’s quivering lips which he managed to stifle.  There was a whiff in the air of impending doom. 2:6/3:6.

For the third exchange, Ian Hawkey raced over from LTCC having popped in there for an early successful match representing Prested v Leamington consisting of 3 set warm up.  Liz arrived with Theo, a gorgeous 3 year black Labrador, who did not make a sound, presumably being hypnotized by the scent carried by several canine owners. Across the net stood Michael Llewelyn Jones, playing for Moreton, fresh from a great victory at Leamington and a rejuvenated David Prophet. After losing the first set 6:1 there was a sense of déjà vu. Ian found some extra reserves from the depths of his sturdy legs and Liz continued to brew a mixture of serves.       They put up a good fight but sadly came second 1:6/4:6.

Lunch was taken during the fourth game which was between Charles Heaton and Martin Village v Mark Savage and David Aldwincle.  This was always going to be a tough match given that Martin and Charles had never played on the court whilst Mark and David had numerous cunning successes at the club 2:6/4:6.

A score line pattern was beginning to emerge.  What could the M.M. bring to the next match to change matters ……the trusty, nimble and soft hands of Linda Sheraton Davis from R.T.C.  The problems were firstly Bruce Paxton, who had taken on the task of supervising and managing the excellent new floor at Moreton and Martin Harris an ex-South African grade level cricketer. My plan….one large glass of Mark Savages’ first-rate club claret might make the difference.  I didn’t need to persuade myself!  The match was a tough affair and somehow Linda and I secured the first set 6:4, then the inevitable backlash 2:6. Throughout we released the macho hits were not the route to success. Step up the gliding Linda with strong wrists seeing us home to victory. 6:4/2:6/6:3.

Again, down to the last match.  Of course, the unexpected twist in the tail or rather Chris Marguerie twisting his knee as he hastily got out of the car.  Well, you think a rheumatologist would know better. In his stead the eager, dog-loving and enthusiast Charles Heaton for his second match of the day bounced forward.  I think Ian Hawkey might have gone home, no doubt he would have found enough gas in the tank for his third exploit of the day.  The reliable Giles Stogdon and competitive Charles, who reached far and wide with his racquet, could not overcome Paul Smith OKA Pablo the Moreton Bandit and the mercurial Bernie Spratt who were in destructive mode.  6:1/1:6/3:6. The M.M.’s editorial hope of claiming “the Dedanists’ ravage Warwickshire” will have to wait another year. 

Result Dedanists’ 2 MMTCC 4.

 

These two fixtures are a lot of fun so do put them in your diaries for next year!

Ferocia et Fraternitate,

(the MMTCC moto thanks to our Dedanist Mark Savage, Classics Scholar and M.W.)

David Phillips

M.M. Warwickshire weekend

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Michael Llewelyn Jones & Ian Hawkey played against Paul Brennan & Henry Bryan

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Dedanists' at MMTCC

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Dedanists v Prested - 11th June 2022

The match was won by Prested 3-1.

Clive Turner playing for the Dedanists won his match v Vince Lucey. Unfortunately, Clive and Simon Martin lost 2-0 to Chris Vigrass and Brian Muir, Anton Eisdell lost 2-0 to Patrick Foster and Jonathan Ellis- Miller and Yuri Kugler lost 2-0 to Ian Hawkey and Bruce Hogarth-Jones. Several of the Prested players are also Dedanists so there were some mixed emotions.

The match was played in great spirit and was marked by the Prested pro-Mark Hobbs. Hobbsy was trialling a new Bluetooth microphone announcer for the space behind the glass wall and with eagle eyes whilst marking in the Dedans was able to announce J Ellis-Miller apparition as seeing Top Gun Tom Cruise enter the club. He had the ray bans and the hair and the right stuff attitude.

Kudos too to Yuri for playing almost immediately having got through National Highways worst on the M25.

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Dedanists v Oxford – Saturday 9th July 2022

 

Nick Browne v  Rafa Perera v 6/4 6/5

James Mallinson v George Lythgoe 6/4 6/2

Yuri Kugler & Iain Harvey v JF Bellec & Charlotte Harris 3/6 6/4 4/6

Kugler & iain Harvey v Bruce Morrison & Jonathan Orders 6/3 4/6 4/6

Giles Stogdon & Anton Eisdel  v Ian Barry & Tim Goodacre 0/6 5/6

Giles Stogdon & Sebastian Wood v Jenny Jones & Elli Harris 5/6 2/6

 

(James Mallinson filled in for Ronald Paterson who had pulled out of Saturday)

 

Result: Oxford win 4/2

 

Dedanists v Brigands – Sunday 10th July 2022

 

Ronald Paterson v James Mallinson 3/8 

Nick Browne & Ronald Paterson v James Mallinson & Paul Kettle 8/5

Nick Browne v Paul Kettle 8/5

Yuri Kugler v Malcolm Thorp 5/8

Giles Stogdon v Paul Heaver 1/8

Anton Eisdell v Jenny Jones 5/8

Yuri Kugler & Giles Stogdon v Paul Heaver & Malcolm Thorp 8/2

Anton Eisdell & Yuri Kugler v Jenny Jones & Malcolm Thorp 3/8 

Anton Eisdell & Giles Stogdon v Jenny Jones & Paul Heaver 8/6

 

Result: Brigands win 5/4. 

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Dedanists' & Hyde at Hyde

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