The 2016 Cunis Cup was won by Charlie Brooks who surprisingly hadn’t won the tournament before.
Nine OPs entered this year’s tournament although sadly only eight finished. The returning Ady Lee, playing for the first time in five years, was struck down with an old calf injury while playing Charlie early on.
Effectively this left two groups of four with Charlie topping Group A with a 100% record. Following Charlie in rank order were Tom Dean, James Tilston and Jack Malde.
Group B saw Dan Tristao, Julian Aquilina, Oli Quarry and Matt Nunes battle it out with the outcome in that order.
As usual first played first, second played second etc to see give a group winner with Group A coming out in top.
In the main final Charlie eased through his match against Dan (with an extra hand) 15-5.
Jack Malde and James Tilston won the 2016 President’s Cup going through the round robin tournament unbeaten.
Their last match against Jonny Baker and Henry Jefferies turned out to be the decider with both having won all games to that point. The video below isn’t from the best angle but gives you a flavour of the match. Scores, full report and more videos to come.
10 March 2016 – Old Pauline v RFA
An evenly matched four took to the court in this annual fixture. For the OPs – Aquilina, Baker, Dean and Roberts and for the RFA – Bristow, George, Maconie and Waller.
It all ended up coming down to a final game of doubles where George & Waller needed to beat Dean & Roberts to 10 or less to win the match for the RFA. At 11-2 (give or take) up this seemed highly likely, however an OP fightback got them the game 16-15 and the match as a whole. Here’s a video of that game, plus two others from the match.
Dean & Roberts 16 – 15 George & Waller
Dean & Roberts 15 – 11 Bristow & Maconie
Dean 15 – 7 Waller
The BUSF Championships this weekend have been dominated by OP players.
Ed Kay won the singles, beating Ben Beltrami in the final. Ed beat Matt Shaw in the semi, while Ben beat Ollie Arnold. The plate winner was Sam Russell who beat Ollie Quarry in the final.
In the doubles Matt and Ben won their semi-final winner against Sam Russell and Dave Butler – (Old Bradfieldian and Durham). Ollie Arnold and Theo Parker beat Kay/Quarry in their semi-final to set up another all-OP final in which Matt and Ben won.
Ben Ashraf and his Durham partner won the plate.
Next weekend sees the finals of the national singles at SPS, with Dan Tristao top seed and seven other OP players in the last 16.
The Old Pauline Vs club secured another Owers Trophy after entering two teams into this year’s newly structured tournament. The 2012 leavers team, captained by Theo Parker (team: Parker, Francis & Russell) were joined by a strong OP team, captained by Cunis Cup champion Julian Aquilina (team: Aquilina, Beltrami & Tristao).
Three man teams with nine teams in total split into three groups of three produced four teams into the semi finals (Confused? Me too!). Both OP teams progressed to the final though giving the club its first one-two in the tournament’s history.
Julian’s team came through in the final with him commenting afterwards:
“The match was played in great spirit, Dan typically produced some moments of flair to excite the crowd and Ben was at his brutal best in cracking returns of serve time after time. I did alright too…
Losing captain, Theo Parker struggled to come to terms with the defeat:
“It was a tough final. Tristao’s left hand smash volley into the floor gave me hope but we weren’t helped by our bagel loss to Aquilina & Beltrami.
The winning team below – Aquilina holding his second trophy in two weeks.
A new name was added today to the Cunis Cup with Julian Aquilina coming through a tough field.
Winning all his games, Julian showed a mix of power, precision and superior fitness over the other entrants.
He finished four points ahead of last year’s champ’ Theo Parker who, was not quite able to pull off back to back tournament wins.
As is usual, the tournament was followed by the annual AGM in which not very much was decided. However in the absence of the tournament winner, Julian was promoted to a position on the committee (position TBC, Julian yet to be told!). The other decision was to leave the now vacant position of President empty for the year – this following the death of Alastair McKenzie in the summer.
The OP handicapped singles tournament The Cunis Cup will take place on Sunday 20 September.
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