ORRTC v Oxford 12 November 2016

Another defeat for the ORRTC; we went down 2-4 against the Oxford students on Sunday 13th November.

Rupert Derham (T 01-06) beat George Peel 2-6, 6-3, 6-4
Rupert Derham / Richard Bray (M 58-63)  lost to Harry Lawes / Natalie Baker 3-9
Bray / Buckley lost to  Lawes / Marshall 6-9
Oliver Buckley (W 67-71) lost to Oscar Marshall 6-0, 5-6, 2-6
Fred Satow (C 70-75) lost to Mark Fischel 0-6, 4-6
Satow / Stephen Goss (B 74-79) beat Peel / Fischel 2-6, 6-5, 6-2


These matches are notoriously difficult to handicap because of the volatility of the student players. A freshman may only have been playing the sport for 6 weeks and can drop several handicap points in a week. My own singles match was a case in point. Having won the first set 6-0, I suggested to the Oxford professional that he might consider altering the handicap. “Oh no”, he replied, “Oscar can play better than that” and so he did. Neither Richard Bray nor I were on top form in our Doubles, both losing easy games by failing to return service (which in Real Tennis ought not to be too hard). Rupert did well to beat George Peel in his singles – George has been playing the game for quite a few years, is on the Oxford varsity squad and gave Fred Satow and Stephen Goss a lot to think about in the later Doubles. Stephen and Fred realised after the first set defeat that they needed to break up the rhythm of the Oxford pair by constantly shifting tactics, which they put to good effect in a very entertaining match.

Next match is at Queen’s Club on Friday 2nd December.

Oliver Buckley (W 67-71)
Hon Sec