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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Oratory Real Tennis Clothing - 2011-12

Here's a list of The Oratory RT clothing we have availible. Samples of the clothes are availible in reception along with photos of them on and order forms.

1)      Men’s Classic Cotton polo shirt
·        Code: HB100
·        Sizes: Chest to fit -, XS - 34" S - 36" M - 38/40" L - 42" XL - 44/46" 2XL - 48" 3XL* - 50/52"
·        Colour: White
·        Cost: £20.00

2)      Henbury Cool Plus Polo
·        Code: HB475
·        Sizes: Chest to fit - S - 36" M - 38/40" L - 42" XL - 44/46" 2XL - 48"
·        Colour: White
·        Cost: £25.00

3)      Henbury Full Zip Microfleece
·        Code: HB850
·        Sizes: Chest to fit- S - 36" M - 38/40" L - 42" XL - 44/46" 2XL - 48" 3XL* - 50/52"
·        Colour: White or Navy (only navy available in 3XL)
·        Cost: £32.50

4)      Performance Shorts
·        Code: KS102
·        Sizes: Waist to fit- S-30”, M-32”, L-34”, XL-36”, 2XL-38”
·        Colour: White
·        Cost: £22.50

5)      Lined Tracksuit Bottoms
·        Code: TL047
·        Sizes: Waist to fit - XS - 26" S - 28/30" M - 32" L - 34" XL - 36" 2XL - 38"
·        Colour: White
·        Cost: £25.00

6)      Slazenger ‘Smash’ Hoodie
·        Code: SL084
·        Sizes: Chest to fit - S - 38", M - 41", L - 44", XL - 47", XXL - 50"
·        Colour: White or Navy
·        Cost: £50.00

Coming soon…….

7)      Original College Hoodie
·        Code: JH001
·        Sizes: Chest to fit - XS* - 34" S - 36" M - 40" L - 44" XL - 48" 2XL† - 52" 3XL# - 56"
·        Colour: White or French Navy
·        Cost: TBC (circa £30.00)

8)      Ladies Dash Training Shirt
·        Code: S182F
·        Sizes: XS - 8, S - 10, M - 12, L - 14, XL - 16
·        Colour: White and Red
·        Cost: £25.00

National League -Thursday 13th

A reminder Andy is playing his first National League match tomorrow:

Date: Thursday 13th October
Venue: The Oratory
Opposition: Hatfield House (Will Burns and John Dawes)
My Partner: John Lumley
Time: 6.30pm Start
Price: £10 (includes dinner) cooked by Pam Tomalin

Andy Says: I look forward to seeing lots of faces here on Thursday for some social drinks and some (hopefully) excellent tennis!

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Leamington Ladies Doubles tournament 17th and 18th September.

The Oratory Ladies participated in the Leamington Ladies Doubles tournament 17th and 18th September. The Oratory players participating were Pam Tomalin, Diane Binnie, Lucy Davies, Candida Nicholls and Katy Weston. Candida Nicholls made it to final with her partner Rebecca Kashti from Radley, unfortunately they could not beat the incredibly strong hitters Sarah Backhouse and Madelin Grant in the Final.

Well done to Candida for making the Final.

In photo: The Finalists; L to R – Candida Nicholls (Oratory), Rebecca Kashti (Radley),
Sarah Backhouse (Radley), Madeline Grant (Moreton Morrell).

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Oratory vs MCC (Lords) - Saturday 1st October

The MCC are always a good travelling side, this year they bought seven players to The Oratory for what looked like a very evenly match day. The 1st Match was between Candida Nicholls & Nigel a Brassard. Candida took an early lead of 5/3,but Nigel fort back to take the 1st set 6/5. Candida then took control of the match and ended up winning the next two sets and the match. The final score was 5/6  6/4 6/3. 
Next up was Peter Buckley and Richard Boughton who took on MCC’s Patrick Sumner & Oliver Wise There was some big hitting mixed with some superb cut shots. Both teams took control at different part of the match, but it ended up with MCC coming out on top winning 6/4 6/2. The score line doesn’t reflect the standard of play from The Oratory pairing.
That made the score line one apiece. Pete Harding stepped on court next facing a very experienced Ronald Paterson from MCC. Ronald seemed to read the game so well making it look easy. Pete played well in each game but just couldn’t win the vital points. The very composed Ronald took control in the 2nd set and won 6/1 6/1.
It was all down to the final pairing of David Fox & Mike Box to save the match, they took on Giles Pemberton and David Christie. David & Mike got off to the dream start winning the 1st set 6/3. They were playing some excellent tennis and controlling the match, this bought them to a 5/3 lead in the 2nd set. At this point Giles & David started to relax and improved with every shot. They managed to pull it back and take the 2nd set 6/5. This gave the MCC pairing a massive boost and continued to play well in the 3rd set to take the set and the match 3/6 6/5 6/2
It was a well attended day from both team and everyone really enjoyed the day.
MCC won overall 3-1. Congratulations!

Category C Club Singles Tournament - Season 2010-2011

Saturday 24th September saw all the 40-50 handicap players gather at The Oratory to battle it out for the title of Category C Singles Champion. We had nine entrees on the day; they were split into 2 groups. The group stages saw some excellent tennis, Pam Tomalin played out of her skin to beat one of the favourites in the 1st match. Considering it was all played of level we were treated to some nail biting finishes. The top two in each group when through to the semi-finals.
The 1stsemi-finalsaw Mark Lambert take on David Ruck Keene, it was very enjoyable to watch with Mark Lambert coming out on top with a 6/4 victory. In the 2ndsemi-final Andrew Woodward defeated Pam Tomalin 6/4. This left Andrew & Mark in the final. Andrew Woodward played a consistent competition and was the lowest handicap on the day. He went on to clinch the title 6/3 in an exciting match. Congratulations Andrew!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Category C Club Doubles Tournament - Season 2010-2011

Sunday 26th September and the Category C Club Doubles Tournament for the 2010-2011 season was played at the Oratory.

With some last minute drop outs we were down to 4 pairs. Competition for the all important semi finals places was tough….. It seemed that “the knockout” stages were used as a warm up as in the semi finals everyone stepped up their game!

The first semi final game saw Sarah Whittaker and Sarah Brownlee play Ian wood and Tim Tomalin. This game saw some superb tennis from the Sarah’s although it seemed that Ian and Tim were unable to miss a shot (as had been the way most of the morning!) and this secured their place in the final. The next match was Kevin McCourt and Brian Lambert against Pam Tomalin and Mark Lambert. With Pam barking orders and Mark running like a mad man they managed to gain the lead and close the set 6-3. This of course meant Pam and Mark would play Ian and Tim in the final. By this stage Pam and Mark were on form and they took the first game. From here they were level pegging all the way to 5-5. The game both teams played some truly superb tennis taking it right to the line with a 5-5, 3 deuce, 40-40 finale which ended in a brilliant cross court tambour which Pam and Mark were unable to return.

Congratulations to Ian Glyn and Tim Tomalin!

Catergory C Club Singles and Doubles competitors

Thank you to all players for an excellent day of doubles and look forward to seeing you all in this seasons tournament on the 11th and 12th of March 2012.


Wines for the Real Tennis Club


Due to popular feedback we will continue to stock our new wines. We will be selling some by the bottle only (you can take the bottle home with you) and others by the glass or bottle.

Here is the new Wine List:


  • Bourgogne Chardonnay “les chenaudieres” 2009 Cave de Lugny = £10.00
  • Wither Hills, Sauvignon Blanc 2010 Marlborough, New Zealand = £9.50

  • Santa Rita 120 Carmenere 2010 Rapel Valley, Chile = £9.00
  • Rioja Reserva 2005 Vina Equia = £9.50
  • Les Galets Cotes du Rhone = £9.00

  • Les Signatures de Mont Tauch Rose 2010 Cotes de Provence = £11.00


  • Wither Hills, Sauvignon Blanc 2010 Marlborough, New Zealand = £3.00

  • Rioja Reserva 2005 Vina Equia = £3.00


Real Tennis Introduction Evenings 2011-12

We have put 3 dates in the diary for our Real Tennis Intro Evenings. The idea of the evenings is to bring along a friend who might be interested in finding out what Real Tennis is all about, experiencing this wonderful game!

The 3 dates we have set in the diary are:
Tuesday 8th November 2011
Tuesday 24th January 2012
Tuesday 24th April 2012

The format for each evening will be 3 members bringing along a friend for 2 hours of Real Tennis (1hour lesson and 1hour of matches) with some social food and drinks.

All standards are welcome!

There is now a sign up sheet on the notice board for all 3 dates.

For more information please contact Liam or Andy.

Friday, September 23, 2011

T&RA Annual Dinner

The T&RA Annual Dinner is drawing near, all Oratory Members are invited.

Deatils are as follows:

The T&RA Annual Dinner 2011
Thursday 27th October 2011 – 7.00 p.m. for 7.30 p.m.
at The Queen’s Club

The T&RA Annual Dinner will be held at The Queen’s Club, preceded by exhibition matches played by some of the best Rackets and Tennis players in the world. The highly distinguished guest speaker will be Anthony Seldon, 13th Master of Wellington College.
Anthony Seldon is a leading authority on contemporary British history and one of the country's most high profile independent school headmasters. He took up his current role in January 2006, having been Headmaster of Brighton College since September 1997. He is also author or editor of 25+ books on contemporary history, politics and education.
Reservations are strictly limited to 120; places will be allocated strictly in order of application. I do encourage members to apply early.

The price of the dinner this year includes a three course meal with wine, and will largely cover the cost of the official guests. The majority of our guests to this dinner are the Tennis and Rackets professionals to whom the games owe so much.

The full cost of a ticket is £70 with a subsidy available to all members who are under 28 years old. The cost to members under 28 will be £40. 

Seats in the President’s Room will be reserved upon receipt of your application.  If members wish to reserve seats with particular friends, please make this clear on your application form, and every effort will be made to place you accordingly. Please complete the application form overleaf and send it together with your cheque to the address below. Alternatively, an electronic version of the form is available on the T&RA website ( where payment can also be made via the Online Shop. If you are unable to attend but wish to send a donation to support the professionals, please fill in the applicable box on the form. If you have any particular questions regarding seating or other arrangements, please contact

Dress code: Suits

I look forward to seeing you there!

Simon Mansfield

Please click on the link above for ticket application form or ask Andy or Liam at the club

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Oratory Hosts the Pro Certificate

On Monday 19th and Tuesday 20th September The Oratory hosted the final qualification part for Pros to gain their Real Tennis Professional Status. Reception was a hive of activity with ball making and racket re-string whilst the court was busy with lessons and game marking.

Thank you to all the Oratory Members who helped out with this by being ‘guinea pigs’ or having your games marked by the Real Tennis Candidates.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Baxter makes a fool out of our Pro!

Here's a snap shot of your Head Pro in action - go Andy!!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Rachel uses the blog!

Hi Everyone,

I'm in the process of updating and re-activating the Real Tennis Blog!

Coming soon will be all the upto date fixtures, club write ups, up and coming matches new playing videos and much more.

Anything you'd like to see on the Blog please let me know -



Sunday, September 11, 2011

Andy Chinneck has been awarded the Henry Johns Cup from the Tennis & Rackets Association

Dear Members, I’m please to announce that Andy Chinneck has been awarded the Henry Johns Cup from the Tennis & Rackets Association for the best all round performance by a young professional in 2010-11. He will be presented with his award at the T&RA Annual Dinner in October. I’m sure you will all join me in saying well done and congratulations to him!

Warm regards, Rachel