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Annual Tournament & Dinner
The annual tennis tournament and dinner of the Dedanists’ Society was held at the Queen’s Club on Wednesday 11 May 2022. Cancelled for Covid in the previous two years, it was a special pleasure to hold it this year.
 

The Tournament

The tournament for the Lowenthal Trophy was a handicap doubles competition for 16 pairs with individual handicaps in the range 29 to 70. Doubles pairs played three round-robin league matches to qualify for knockout semi-finals and the final. Game-to-game sliding handicaps made the tennis more competitive. They moderated the impact of inaccurate handicaps. They helped those who were losing to recover. They nipped complacency in the bud among those who were winning. The finalists were from both ends of the handicap range.

Note: The trophy is named after Laurie Lowenthal who was a founder of the Dedanists and its first treasurer.
 

Tournament Results
The Final

Ian Harris & Sebastian Wood beat Nick Browne & Yuri Kugler 4 - 2
 

Semi-Finalists / League Winners

Nick Browne & Yuri Kugler beat Jonny Saunders & Martin Village 4 - 3

Ian Harris & Sebastian Wood beat John Mortimer & Peter McDonald 4 – 1
 

 

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The finalists with Carl, Josh & the marker

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

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Best Shot

James Leeper

for a main wall boast from the service end into the winning gallery that was intended and did just that.

Lowenthal Trophy Winners

Ian Harris & Sebastian Wood

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Watchers, Dedans 1

Worst Shot

Peter McDonald

for heading the ball in defence of the grille.

Full marks for commitment. No marks for strokeplay.

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Watchers, Dedans 2

Pipped at the Post

Pam Tomalin & Paul Rivlin

for losing 3 consecutive match points & hitting lights, not winners.

This is a Carl Snitcher award for those who most strikingly pluck defeat from the jaws of victory. It recognises the power of fate and the fickleness of fortune. It celebrates the grace with which the best losers contain their disappointment.

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The Dinner

Thirty-one Dedanists attended the dinner. Josh Farrall presided. Carl Snitcher moderated. The assembled company thanked Carl and Josh for organising an afternoon and evening of such excellent entertainment.

The Dedanists’ visit to Bordeaux, May 2022 – match report

 

Six Dedanists assembled in Bordeaux on the weekend of 7/8th May for a weekend of tennis on the new court, now situated adjacent to the Merignac airport; so close, in fact, it seemed only a matter of time before a Boeing suddenly burst through the netting of the dedans, to embed its fuselage at ‘chase second gallery…’; the court had had an inauspicious start, opening in 2020 (after eight years of no court at all in Bordeaux), then having virtually no play during the Covid pandemic, so it was reassuring to be told that it has some 60 playing members, and that the club is holding a series of international fixtures this summer: the popular Kressmann Trophy for players age 50+, (after eight years in Fontainebleau); us (most importantly); the World Masters (age 60+) Championships, followed by the World Championship Doubles Tournament and finally, in July, the ‘Championnat de France Féminin’: all of which should replenish the club’s coffers, after two financially perilous years.

Bordeaux’s elegant buildings were sparkling during our visit; the trams glided almost silently around the city while we dined splendidly each evening ‘en terrasse’, and the sunshine appeared to have brought out all the pretty girls – but I digress; to return to the tennis…

On Saturday we played an afternoon of informal games with club members, sometimes partnering a Bordeaux player to maintain a balanced handicap difference. The home players included Henri Blanchot, the architect of the new court, so there was much discussion over lunch regarding the complexities of building a new court. It plays well, although none of my serves proved very effective, frustratingly, (hardly the court’s fault).

On Sunday we had the court to ourselves for a mini-tournament each of us playing three 8-game sets, with points scored for games won and bonus points for hitting winning openings. I hoped this would, with luck, produce a clear winner.

It did. Tony Branfield won his first set with ‘2 grilles, 2 winning galleries, followed by another grille. Then you arrived and said Dedans were counted too, so I got one of those’…there was thus little doubt who would be awarded the congratulatory bottle of champagne, especially as Tony went on add four more winners to his maximum of 24 game points… Formidable!

We eagerly await another Bordeaux fixture for the Dedanists in 2023.

 

Dedanists were: Tony Branfield, Chris Marguerie, Simon & Rachel Martin (who took the photos), Graham Meek, David Phillips and Alastair Robson (match manager).

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Left:  The Visitors
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Bottom Left: On court at Bordeaux

The Dedanists' spent three evenings in Bordeaux.

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Saturday 12th March
Dedanists v Hatfield 

Wellington on 6th March:

Dedanists v Hurlingham

 

On Sunday 6 March four Dedanist pairs enjoyed a competitive and convivial day with the Hurlingham  club at Wellington College RTC. Congratulations to James McDermott for managing things so successfully while simultaneously running and playing in another match at Hardwick, and many thanks to Wellington’s Head Professional Danny Jones for looking after us all so well both on and off court. In the latter he was ably assisted by the Cumin Garden, Crowthorne, who provided an excellent lunch. A civilised 2-2 draw seemed an entirely appropriate way to finish one of those great days of real tennis in which most players could have happily represented either side, and indeed occasionally seemed to have forgotten on which team they actually were playing.

 

It was a delight to welcome William Maltby for his first match for the Ds!

 

Results:

 

Carl Snitcher and Charles Oliphant-Callum lost to John Deere and Matthew Page    4-6, 5-6

Josh Farrell and Trudi Machin beat Guy Egerton-Smith and Valerie O’Donnell          6-1, 1-6, 6-5

Jonathan Ellis-Miller and Graeme Marks beat Matthew Page and Patrick Jenkins     6-4, 4-6, 6-3

Sue Haswell and Simon Talbot-Williams lost to William Maltby and Alex Machin     4-6, 6-5, 6-3

 

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I'm delighted to report that a very enjoyable day was had by all and that the Dedanists recorded a fine victory @ Hatfield House by three rubbers to two. The full match result as follows (Deds first) :

 

  • Nick Brodie bt Mark Rayner 6/2, 6/1

  • Richard Wyse & Anton Eisdell bt Robin Aley & John Longhurst 6/5, 6/4

  • Yuri Kugler lost to Minty Oldham 6/2, 3/6, 5/6

  • Adrian Akers & James Leeper bt Minty Oldham & Tom McNeilis 6/5, 5/6, 6/4

  • James Leeper lost to Sarah Sullivan 4/6

Saturday 19th February 2022
Dedanists' v Oratory

Results

  • Ian Hawkey & David Mills v Fergus Brownlee & Peter Buckley 6/4 5/6 6/4 - Won

  • Guy Egerton-Smith & Charlotta Ginman v Richard Boughton & Mark Keogh - 4/6 2/6 - Lost

  • Tony Branfield & Chris Hancock v David Weston & Tim Tomalin 3/6 6/2 6/4 - Won

  • Giles Stogdon & Maggie Gibbs v Katy Weston & Sarah McGivern 6/2 6/2 - Won

  • Anton Eisdell & Carl Snitcher v Pam Tomalin & Valerie O’Donnell 0/6 4/6 - Lost

Petworth House 6th February

PHTC v Dedanists

Results

Charlotta Ginman & Yuri Kugler v Robert Muir & Martin Fox 6-1 6-5 - Won

Julian Sheraton Davis & Sebastian Lyon v Julian Wilkinson & Mark Stevenson 5-6 6-5  6-4 - Won

Robert Dolman & Linda Sheraton Davis v Richard Stables & Tim Fooks 5-6 3-6- Lost

Mike Cotton & Steve Steadman v David Bevan-Thomas & Alastair Williams 3-6 6-1 6-4 - Won

Josh Farrall & Giles Stogdon v Stuart Ritchie & Helen Linfield 6-5 6-2 - Won 

 

Match Result Dedanists' won 4-1

A good match result for the Dedanists..

The Dedanists v Queen's Club Match
Friday 4th February 2022

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MCC v The Dedanists, Lords, Saturday 5th February

In reality the Dedanists were  the winners!! Of the 20 players on court, during the match 17 were members and they all generously paid the £20 match fee which meant that the  amount raised was £340.,ALL of which goes towards supporting our  junior programs . A big thank you to them all   

 

It was a fun day which everyone enjoyed and the tennis was of the highest order (ahem !), which the results show . As was the expert and accurate marking of the highest order by the incomparable Chris Swallow  , 

 

Probably the most dramatic result was in the 4th match when at 5 all , 40 all  in the 3rd set, new member, Paul Rivlin playing in his first match match for the Deds, with  Josh ,thumped the  ball back from my serve  straight into the Dedans for the winner!! Well done that  man !

RESULTS

MCC First Best Of three sets off handicap - 3 all in the third
 

10.30 am Tony Friend / Paul Cattermull v Yuri Kugler /Johnny Saunders 2-6,2-6 Dedanists win

11.15am Peter Dean / Guy Egerton Smith v Richard Wyse / Oliver Wise 6-5 6-5 MCC win 12.30 pm Dominic Flint / Gareth Zundel v Martin Village / Peter Brunner 6-2 6-0 MCC win

12.45pm Lunch all together

1.45pm Jonathan Ellis-Miller /Carl Snitcher v John Farrall /Paul Rivlin 6-4 4-6 5-6 Dedanists win

3pm Anton Eisdell/ John Thirlwell v Sebastian Wood/ James McDermott 4-6 6-5 6-5 MCC win
 

MCC won 3-2

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A selection of photos from the match at Lords

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Please click on the pdf button to view the Match Report from Sunday 16th January. Dedanists' v Newmarket RTC

DEDANISTS AT HARDWICK 8th JANUARY 2022

By: John McVittie
 

Match Result: Hardwick 3 Dedanists 2

No match took place in 2021 owing to Covid-19. So it was doubly pleasurable to be able to hold a match in 2022 at the wonderful Hardwick Court. Wonderful not only for the court itself but also for the welcome provide by Ian Whittaker, the Match Manager, and his fellow members. We did miss Sarah, Ian’s wife, who was looking after Ian’s mother (true dedication that).
 

The first match Andy and Johnny started slowly and very soon the first set was over. In the second set the Dedanists showed true determination, cutting down on errors and volleying strongly. The final set played from 3-3 moved to 4-4 and then quickly to 6-4 in favour of the Dedanists.
 

In the second match the Dedanists were up against the formidable pair of Ian and Fergus. The locals showed their knowledge of the court by winning a succession of grilles The all round play of the home pair were – on this occasion – too much for the visitors who subsided into a loss by 3-6 and 2-6.
 

Kim and John showed a fighting spirt in the third match winning the first set but letting their concentration falter in the second set which they quickly lost. However, nothing ventured, nothing gained they started playing well again and won the third set 6-5 from the 3-3 start.
 

Carl and Jonathan were specifically picked to play together. Jonathan running like a stag around the court with Carl finishing off any ball that came within his reach. Despite Jonathan’s best efforts the first set was lost 4-6. The second set was very close with many games going to 40-40. Then a ball bounced into the dedans at a key point to dim the hopes of the visitors – home court advantage!
 

The last match was another fluctuating situation with the first two sets going one each. In the final set, Anton who was suffering from a flu like illness (not Covid -19), was gradually overwhelmed despite the best efforts of his partner.

 

£220 was raised for the Dedanists’ Academies.......
 

 

The final results were:

Johnny Saunders & Andy Bishop v Michael Seymour & Robin Fountain 3/6 6/4 6/4 Won

Charlotta Ginman & Richard Wyse v Ian Whittaker & Fergus Brownlee 3/6 2/6 Lost

Kim Walker & John Harrington v Fiona Fountain & Tim Tomlin 6/5 1/6 6/5 Won

Jonathan Ellis-Miller &Carl Snitcher v Brain Lambert & Chantelle Harding 4/6 5/6 Lost

Anton Eisdell & Sarah McGivern v Sarah Brownlee & Pam Tomlin 4/6 6/2 4/6 Lost

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Winners & Losers

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Match Manager

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Ian Whittaker

Dedanists’s Society v Wellington @ Wellington

Saturday 4th December 2021

By Guy Egerton-Smith, Match manager

 

This was an excellent day of tennis at Wellington, coupled with the hospitality of the home team and much enjoyed by all. Thanks, Danny Jones and Drew Dowie, the Wellington MM. Drew and I agreed to play 7 Doubles starting at 9.00 am running through to the end of the match at 6.00 pm. So 128 players in all and the 7 matches played were the most I have put together in my time as a Dedanists’ Society MM. 

 

The most exciting match was played between Drew Dowie/Clive Watson & Simon Roundell/David Dickson. It was a nail-biting affair with some great tennis played by all 4 players. Simon/David won 7 games in a row having been 4-0 down in the 2nd set to win the set 6-1, and to go on to lead the decider third set and then win their match 2-1. The Dedans was full of cries of “put the boot in Welly” and “re-boot Welly re-boot” all said in the spirit of the great match atmosphere.

 

A very good curry lunch was laid on by Danny with all the extras to go with it. Post lunch we lost a couple of matches probably due to lunch “heat” issues! There was a slight distraction for Wellington players post-lunch in that there was a Wellington College 1st 15 inter-school match which the home team won much to the delight of their school and tennis supporters.

 

£300 was collected for The Dedanists’ Junior tennis programme which was very pleasing.

 

We all look very much look forward to our next Dedanist v Wellington match in December 2022.

 

The Match result was a win for Wellington 4-3. Individual results as below with Wellington players first.

 

Simon Greenley/Tim Shaw v Guy Egerton-Smith/John Harrington 6-3, 6-5 L

Graeme Marks/ Phil Wilson v  Fergus Brownlee/Oliver Wise 3-6, 4-6 W

Bill Sproul/Jeremy Pennant v Bruce Hogarth-Jones/Iain Harvey 6-2,6-2 L

Drew Dowie/Clive Watson v Simon Roundell/David Dickson 6-1, 4-6, 5-6 W

George Scott/John Amor v Yuri Kugler/David Bevan-Thomas 6-4,6-1 L

Giles Stogdon/Rosie Monk v James McDermott/Kim Walker 6-2, 6-3 L

David Enticknap/George Scott v Yuri Kugler/Michael Llewelyn-Jones 6-3, 3-6, 4-6 W

 

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A very good curry lunch was laid on by Danny with all the extras to go with it.

Dedanists’ Society v MURTC

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By Martin Village

The Dedanists match against MURTC on Saturday November 20  was drawn with two games apiece. Yuri Kugler won his singles game narrowly (ten games to nine) with a dogged display of returning everything that was thrown at him by an occasionally brilliant opponent prone to unforced errors. Then, with a classy mixture of proper real tennis strokes and experience, Julian Sheraton-Davis prevailed in his singles game by the same narrow margin against a good player twenty years his junior. At that point, with lunch very much in the offing and perhaps relaxed in the knowledge that a draw was in the bag, the rest of the Dedanists generously conspired to lose the next two doubles games to their hosts, by a stunning two games to ten in the case of Martin Village and Linda Sheraton-Davis, and in the final game Alastair Robson and Chris Marguerie went down by a slightly better six games to ten. Nevertheless, a good lunch and a very congenial afternoon's tennis was had by all on this lively court.

 

Dedanists’ v Holyport at Holyport 
 

Holyport Saturday 23rd October 2021 
By Guy Egerton-Smith
 

 

Match result Holyport 3 Dedanists’ 2 

This was the first match at Holyport with Josh Smith as the Head Professional. We all wish him well in his new RT role and I am sure that he will be a great success with the Club and will receive the support he deserves from the Club members going forward. 

 

I, as the Match Manager, was unfortunately unable to play on the day, and despite requests for photos of the proceedings and anecdotes from the team they somehow failed to adhere to the MM’s pre match instructions! Never mind I gather it was a very good day enjoyed by all despite the Dedanists’ going down 3 matches to 2. Three of the matches were closely fought affairs running to 3 sets. Results with Dedanists’ first were as follows:- 

 

David Enticknap & Andy Bishop v Andy Parkinson & Nick Parkinson 1-6 6-4 5-6 Lost 

Kim Walker & Miles Buckinghamshire v Andy Lightfoot & Steve Bowler 0-6 1-6 Lost 

Yuri Kugler & Bruce Hogarth-Jones v George Fowler & Mark Piper 5-6 6-5 6-4 Won 

Linda Sheraton Davis & John Harrington v George Fowler & Martyn Rowlands 0-6 5-6 Lost 

James McDermott & Jenny Jones v Gill Goddard & Robert Thorogood 4-6 6-5 6-3 Won 

 

£200 was collected for the Dedanists’ Society.

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Match Report - Dedanist's v Hamsters
Hampton Court Palace, 21st October 2021
By Ian Harris

Early in the morning, on this crisp, sunny October day, there was a sound of slumbering creatures stirring in urban and suburban settings across the South-East of England. While many species were preparing to hibernate for the 2021/22 winter, the lesser spotted Dedanists and Hamsters are starting to emerge after more than 18 months of pandemic-induced hibernation. 

This was not the first Dedanists fixture since the resumption, but it was the first for many of us individuals, as it must have been for many of The Hamsters. 

Ten intrepid Dedanists ventured to Hampton Court Palace.  Me, plus: 

  • James McDermott 

  • Carl Snitcher 

  • Jonny Saunders 

  • Tony Friend (match manager) 

  • Yuri Kugler 

  • Giles Stogdon 

  • Iain Harvey  

  • Graeme Marks  

  • Christie Marrian 

 

On arrival, Tony Friend took a beautiful picture of Hampton Court Palace in the sunshine. Tony also managed this splendid action shot of Carl Snitcher handing the ball to Jonny Saunders while the two of them were in the heat of battle with Hamsters Michael Banks and Simon Cripps. 

 

Nick Carew Hunt was the non-playing “mega mind” for The Hamsters, pulling the strings plus, most importantly, cooking the pies. What pies they were too: 

  • Chicken Ham & Leek simply oozing with rich gooey flavour; 

  • Steak & Ale, with an onion-rich gravy. 

An assortment of vegetables accompanied those mouth-watering mains. Naturally, there was also bread, cheese and two species of yummy desert. Plenty of Sauvignon Blanc and/or Beaujolais for the brave, apple juice for motorist wimps like me. 

We even spent a little bit of our time at Hampton Court playing tennis. In my case, I got to mark a couple of matches as well as playing one of my own. Carl Snitcher captured on camera one of my marking moments. Note to self for next time – the netting in the Hampton Court dedans has many more inches of give, when struck, than the netting at most courts. Wearing one in the mouth while marking in the dedans is a mistake I’ll only make once. 

Both teams could clearly claim victory in two rubbers each, while a small panel of judges and jurists met late in the day to try and determine the result of the deciding rubber. A lot of Latin phrases flew around, until they decreed, “animus revertendi”, an intention to return, which surely would be agreed unanimously by all who had attended this most enjoyable fixture. The judges also decreed, “ceteris paribus, consensus facit legem”; that both teams had a legitimate claim to victory and therefore that both teams had won.  

In a way, of course, The Dedanists’ Society always wins its matches, financially.  Thanks almost equally to the generosity of The Hamsters and The Dedanists, this fixture raised over £400 this year.   

Following some initial polite enquiries by your investigative reporter (me), Mr Tony Friend has kindly agreed to account for and explain in full how such an unusual sum as £402.98 was reached, should anyone be crazy enough to ask him to do that. Until such time, Tuppencegate, as I am naming the affair, shall remain a mystery. 

Hampton Court Palace looks truly splendid in the evening light. I took a couple of parting shots while wishing that my tennis shots could be as clean and elegant as my photographic ones.  

It really was a splendid, invigorating and convivial way to spend a day. 

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Splendid, Hampton Court Palace in the early evening light.

1.  Alan Dallamore & Ian Wimbush WON against Ian Harris & James McDermott 6-1 6-3

2.  (EXHIBITION MATCH) Michael Banks & Simon Cripps played Johnny Saunders & Carl Snitcher/Tony Friend 2-6 5-6

3.  RIchard Wear & Maurice Beardsley LOST to Tony Friend & Yuri Kugler 0-6 1-6

4.  David Remington & Charlie Kearl LOST to Giles Stogdon & Iain Harvey 5-6 2-6

5.  Robert Frost (w/h) & Oliver Buckley WON against Graeme Marks & Christie Marrian 6-2 6-1.

 

Match Result: TIED 2-2.

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Dedanists’ Society v Manchester

MTRC Sunday 26th September 2021

By Guy Egerton-Smith

This match formed part of the Dedanists'/MCC weekend fixture away at MTRC. As with the away Dedanists’/MCC weekend fixture at Jesmond Dene a weekend earlier the respective weekend Match Managers had difficulty attracting a full team for both days. We blamed it on the uncertainties of travel due to the ongoing presence of the pandemic. Having said that our match on Sunday attracted 8 Dedanists’ (2 playing twice) which included 3 MTRC Dedanists’ which was excellent.

 

I am pleased to report that the match result on Sunday resulted in a 3-2 victory for the Dedanists'. 3 of the 5 doubles matches were very closely fought affairs running to 3 sets.

 

Mel Harding & Guy Egerton-Smith 5/6 6/5 6/5 won

Iain Harvey & James Leeper 2/6 2/6 lost

Giles Stogdon & James Leeper 6/1 6/2 won

Robin Barlow & Peter Dean 3/6 6/5 6/4 won

John Mortimer & Peter Dean 6/4 4/6 4/6 lost

It goes without saying that we were very well looked after by MTRC over the weekend which included an excellent dinner on Saturday evening in the Club dining room, with excellent wine and port from the club’s extensive seller. The evening was much enjoyed by all playing members of the MCC/Dedanists’/MTRC teams, including Iain’s wife Rose, who sat through 2 days of tennis watching overall wins over the 2 days for each team.
 
A special thanks on behalf of all Dedanists’ to Stella Heap for looking after us over the 2 days and to Darren Long for 2 days of impeccable marking from the Dedans and explaining to the assembled company the marker’s decision on the very occasional player’s quizzical call. 

 

 

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The British Real Tennis Academy v MCC at Lords September 26th 2021 

The opening match of the season for the Academy representative team took place at Lords on Sunday 26th September. In the absence of Paul Weaver due to illness, the Academy team was managed by Mike Henman who is also the manager of the Academy’s Development Squad. 

Each of the MCC team captained by Nick Warner was matched by handicap to the Academy juniors. The first match was between James Denham and 10 year old Max Warner. This match could not possibly have been closer ending in a single point at 5-5 in the third set, 40-40all with match point to both players. The point was won by James and the MCC took a 1-0 lead. 

The second match saw  Magnus Garson representing the Academy playing George Bretton. A close match ended in a win for Magnus 6-2 6-4. It was all downhill for the Academy from then on with convincing wins for George Parsons and Henry Henman giving the Academy a 3-1 win in the match. 

Many thanks go out to the team captains and of course to the Dedanists Society for sponsoring the event. 

Full results:- (Academy players 1st) 

Max Warner lost to James Denham 5-6 6-4 5-6 

Magnus Garson beat George Bretton 6-2 6-4 

George Parsons beat Fred Pilkington 6-1 6-1 

Henry Henman beat Simon Talbott-Williams 6-1 6-0 

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Max and James Denham

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A few of the MCC team with Henry & George from the British Academy squad

Match Report  -  Dedanists v Radley Club 

at Radley on Saturday 11 September 2021 

 

 

Match Results 

Doubles  -  1 x 8 game set  - first to 8 wins 

 

            Dedanists                             v                        Radley Club                                    Winner 

David Phillips & Giles Stogdon                          Miles Donnelly & Nicholas Kaye              Dedanists  8 – 4 

 

James McDermott & Mark Savage                    Nicholas Kaye & Tim Lancaster                 Radley  8 – 4 

David Phillips & David Weston                           M Henderson-Tew & Victor Till                Dedanists  8 – 7 

Giles Stogdon & Katy Weston                              Miles Donnelly & Julia Kent                      Radley  8 – 6 

Josh Farrall & Mark Savage                                   Nicholas Kaye & Victor Till                       Radley  8 – 6 

James McDermott & Katy Weston                       Tim Lancaster & Julia Kent                       Radley  8 – 2 

Andy Bishop & David Weston                          M Henderson-Tew & David Harris            Dedanists  8 – 4 

Josh Farrall & Derek Williams                                 Mary Joyner & Victor Till                          Radley 8 – 4 

Andy Bishop & Derek Williams                            Mary Joyner & David Harris                    Dedanists  8 – 4 

                                               

                                                                                                                                                     Radley won 5 – 4 

A sunny September day at Radley.  Everyone was especially pleased to be playing at all.  The Dedanists a little rusty but keen.  Radley won 5 matches to 4.  It could have gone either way.  Dedanists who distinguished themselves by winning all their matches were Andy Bishop, David Phillips and David Weston. 

Thank you CJR for organising the play and doing much of the marking.  Thank you Maggie for an excellent lunch, fit for the athletes that we aspire to be.   

We raised £180 for the British Academy and junior real tennis. 

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Pleased to be playing!

A selection of players from the Match Day at Radley, 11th September 2021

Warwickshire weekend 4th and 5th Sept 2021

 

Enthusiasm in this the first fixture in the Dedanist’s calendar was high with 10% of the society’s membership putting themselves forward for selection!  You would think a match manager’s dream but swiftly this turned into a nightmare with 5 withdrawals from non-covid illness, injury and unforeseen events.  As they say on the stage it will all be fine on the night and so it turned out.

The day at Leamington started well with the Dedanists on time but the 167 emails to that time had inevitably brought some confusion and some of the opposition turned up late.  No problem; the batting order changed and battle commenced.  Two new society members, Liz Leach, Oxford, and Tony Branfield, MMTCC, who had got up at 6 and travelled up from London, opened the innings and valiantly fought against the well-seasoned pair of Sampson and Devis but unfortunately came second 5/6  : 1/6. 

The match manager had cleverly chosen to play with the elegant Vaughan Williams and after the first set took a comfortable lead 6/2 but then the MM lost his length on serve and Vaughan, the gentleman he is did not even flutter an eyelid as he was bombarded on his forehand 5/6.  The opposition who had the Rev James Holden, another Dedanist, sensed an opportunity and irreverently seized the moment to take the match 6/4. At least that pulled the assembled into the Dedans.

On stage step James McDermott and Giles Stogdon with a healthy combined handicap of 69.8 what could go wrong. A fierce entertaining and quality battle ensued with Giles giving his all.  Spot the fast-moving blur at the receivers end. (copyright protected).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

For those wishing to place the video on your desktop visit  https://youtu.be/OpoilqweYqY . Giles’ shot went into the dedans but unfortunately lost the point for touching the net.  As MM I feel that I must complete an incident form to complain on the smile on Ed Jessamine’s face at Giles’ plight. This fortified our resolve and the determined pair had the last laugh and took the closing match of the morning 6/5: 5/6: 5/6 keeping the Dedanists candle alight.

Owing to Covid precautions lunch was held seated in the bar area of the lounge which to the MM mind is more convivial owing to the natural light and reflections off the polished silverware. Missed photo opportunity.

To the afternoon and charged with some vino tinto Sebastian Wood and new member Chris Marguerie, MMTCC, confidently strode onto the court.  Focus was the word and neither allowed the opposition, another Dedanist of note Alastair Robson and Caroline Dixon, wife of the LTCC president, to gain any traction.  The match was taken 6/4: 6/1 to level the day.

What does every MM want to clinch victory …… a Dedanist trustee! I can hear you gasp…. After I had dusted him down, Andrew Hamilton racquet unsheathed stepped on court and after ably supported by Michael Llewelyn-Jones, who at this stage had stopped worrying about the national trade deficit, faced Matt Fattorini, yet another Dedanist, and Bill Slora. Well what a match. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Left to right: Bill Slora, Matt Fattorini,                                           

Chris Aley assistant Professional, Michael Llewelyn Jones        

and Andrew Hamilton

 

 

The first set went to 3/6 with a tightening of Andrew jawline and a bead of perspiration on Michael’s forehead the second was clawed back 6/3.  To the deciding set of the day could the Dedanists beat LTCC? You have guessed 5 all in the final game. Andrew has this uncanny knack of swinging the odds in his favour and to fulfil my trust in his selection, the trustee proved himself safe as houses and brought the Dedanists a well-earned Victory against the oldest club in the world (1846).  Most will already know that.

Result Dedanists 3 LTCC 2.  A win for the Dedanists.

A celebratory dinner took place in the Cote Brasserie in Leamington. Nine players, two lady partners and non-playing Norman Hyde, carrying a scalpel induced wound, were present to share in fellowship with good food, wine and banter.

To Moreton Morrell on the Sunday and a bright sunny day with windows open and cheerful Tom Granville, Head Professional to greet us.  All members arrived with no flicker of a hangover or not that I could perceive when compared with my own state.  Originally, we were offered a maximum of 16 players and given the enthusiasm for the weekend I managed to balance 8 MMTCC Dedanists v 8 Visiting Dedanists but best laid plans of mice and men and all that… there were 3 withdrawals.  Thanks to local interest 3 equivalent handicap MMTCC players seized the opportunity to get on court.  The day would prove a great opportunity for those who had not yet played on the new floor which has had much acclaim. 

The first match of Tony Branfield who had only to travel 20 minutes that morning and grateful of the lie in, played with streamed lined Terence Drane for the home Dedanists v Michael Llewelyn-Jones and George Krusznskyi, visiting Deds.  It must be said the visitors had a bad start 5/0 and Michael went into overdrive and the two pulled back to 6/4.  The next set was nip and tuck and yet they were clinging on; sadly victory eluded them. 4/6: 4/6.

The second match was Mark Savage M.W. and Chris Marguerie playing for the home Deds v Sebastian Wood and Giles Stogdon for visiting Deds.  Sebastian’s back was not as it should have been so we witnessed some rather unusual floor exercises in the bar which made me think his physio had a sense of humour. Given Giles’ love affair with the net great acrobatics were expected.  Their choreography brought them to the final game of 5 all but the judge (marker) could not give them a score of 10. 5/6: 6/5: 5/6.  Hard luck and at lunch the visiting Deds were two down.

 

A splendid lunch was had in the dining room and provided by George K.  With the need to keep out alcohol levels up for the afternoon some excellent Savage wine was sampled.  The MMTCC house wine gets better with each tasting.  Thank you, Mark.  I think every club should have a Master of Wine. I was dumbstruck to see said MW holding a pint of ale and when I pointed this out, the repost was “well you would not expect me to quench my thirst with wine.”  Wise advice. I must remember that next time.  

To the third match ….would the M.M orchestrate a much needed victory for the visitors.  Bring on secret weapon James Coley.

In the warm up and first set James and Vaughan Williams looked too much for the Home Dedanists, Andrew Hamilton and Rev James Holden, the visiting Deds, playing elegant tennis and the two gelling well looked like they might be too much for the home team, even the marker asked who is this ringer, James Coley. Well, this was a match for all who love to watch tennis. First set 4/6. Being a Sunday one might expect James’ game to be good and as the match progressed the home side pulled one set back 6/5. To the final set….never underestimate a trustee and man of the cloth, there was certainly no rest day here. 5 all. What a match with long rests and Andrew and James with home court confidence took the last set to win an exciting encounter.

The visitors being 3 down had to gain a victory for respect. James McDermott and MM, Deds visitors, played Alastair Robson and Stuart Hodges, Home Deds.  James, clear of all cobwebs, played like a demon and after the MM joints started to ease, they broke the opposition down 6/4 : 6/1.

                    Result MMTCC Deds 3 Visiting Deds 1. 

 

I call that a win-win for the Dedanists. I think I might become a spin doctor in retirement.

Our thanks to Alastair Robson who match managed the LTCC side, Tom Granville and Chris Aley for marking.  From the post-match emails, taking total communications to just over 200, a great weekend was had by all.  Remember to register early for 2022!!!

David Phillips -  Match Manager.

 

Dedanists v LTCC 4th September

Result

L Leach & T Branfield v C Sampson &J Devis 5/6 : 1/6

J McDermott &G Stogdon v E. Jessamine & M. Powell Brett 5/6 : 6/5 : 6/5

D Phillips & V Williams v J Holden & B Compton 6/2 : 3/6 : 4/6

S Wood & C Marguerie v A Robson & C Dixon 6/4 : 6/1

A Hamilton &M Llewelyn -Jones v M Fattorini & B Slora 3/6 : 6/3 : 6/5

 

MMTCC Dedanists v Visiting Dedanists 5th September

Result

T Branfield v T Drane v M Llewelyn Jones & G Krusznskyi 6/4 : 6/4

M Savage & C Marguerie v S Wood & G Stogdon 6/5: 5/6 : 6/5

A Hamilton & J Holden v Jj. Coley & V Williams 4/6 : 6/5 : 6/5

A Robson & S Hodges v D Phillips & J McDermott 4/6 : 1/6

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