Oxford-Radley 2017

Dedanists Oxford Radley Weekend 1-2 July 2017

Match Report by F Adam

William & 3 Unicorns

Craig & Breakfast of Champions

In its 9th year, the annual Oxford-Radley Match took place over the first weekend in July with ten Dedanists taking to the court at OUTC and Radley.


Two new Dedanists had their debut this weekend:

Graham Defries (Real Tennis Committee, Queen’s) at Oxford and

Derek Williams (Chairman, OUTC) at Radley.


OUTC @ Oxford on Saturday 1 July

The first two matches at Oxford included artist and web designer extraordinaire William Rowsell, former Bordeaux and Bristol pro Julian Fox, new Dedanist Graham Defries (Queen’s), Dedanist weekend co-pilot Nick Browne (Queen’s National League Div 5 Captain & Real Tennis Committee, Hurlingham) and Match Manager Freddy Adam (Oxford & Queen’s).

All was running beautifully 30 minutes behind schedule – ideal since we had many a Dedanist keen to watch the Lions defeat the All Blacks before the tennis – when Carl (Secretary, The Dedanists’ Society) rang to say that he and Josh (Chair and Founder of the Dedanists’ Society) were lost despite GPS and “somewhere near the M25”. As the tennis stars would have it, they arrived “on time” for the third match “as scheduled” and all was well.

Regular participants returned this year to play: Dedanist Anton Eisdell (MCC) back from Sydney for the summer, Dedanist Team Doctor Alastair Robson (Leamington), old master print specialist Dedanist Nick Stogdon (OUTC & Radley) recently returned from Boston, Jester Paul Brown (MCC & OUTC) and property queen Katie Leppard (OUTC & LRTA). We are grateful to the tennis gods that Nick Stogdon’s left eye escaped a near direct hit off the tambour causing a smashed lens into the brow that probably required some stiches but defiantly Nick stayed to watch the matches having been tended to by Dr Robson and Nurse Peach – and returned on Sunday to play at Radley!

Oxford Pro Craig Greenlaigh looked after everyone with excellent marking and very generously stepped in to play a match to the delight of “The Exquisite” Janet Peach, Mark Savage MW recently returned from Slovenia where he was blending a new white wine for the Wine Society, and a very happy addition to the real tennis family: Oxford DPhil student and top golfer Jenny Jones (Medieval History, St Edwards Hall).

There was a result but the match manager was so busy taking photographs of everyone that we will call it a draw!

Saturday evening at the Cherwell Boathouse



Ten players and friends – including the lovely Emmeline (care of Julian) and Carl’s great friend of forty years Sheila – met at The Cherwell Boathouse for dinner and a very special aperitif. Nick Browne has revived his family’s gin brand – Nicholson Gin – and we thought the Dedanists would be a perfect test group to sample the new gin! We served G&Ts with the Nicholson/MCC colours of Red Rhubarb and Gold Lemon Peel and needless to say the gin got us all in the mood for the Boathouse’s great food and wine list.

With dinner, we tried 3 whites (Isabel Sauvignon Blanc, Triennes Viognier and Quinta de la Erre Albariño) and 2 reds (Allende Tempranillo 2009 and Quinta de la Rosa 2014) blind and finished with a favourite dessert wine of former Boathouse proprietor and real tennis player Tony Verdin which got an unanimous thumbs up: Domaine des Forges Coteaux du Layon 2014.



The Brigands @ Radley on Sunday 2 July

The team opted for a late start of 11am on Sunday at Radley which Chris Ronaldson and Zak Eadle were happy to accommodate. Three Brigands – Malcolm Thorp (Petworth & Chair, Brigands) and father and son duo David and George Dickson (Canford) – joined by members of Radley (Fellow of Magdalen College Simon Horobin, retired lawyer Nick Hedges and sub Sebastian for Maggie who has a broken toe – ouch!) to take on the Dedanists including James McDermott (MCC & Wellington) and Derek Williams (Radley & Oxford).

We think the result ended in a tie but no one from the Deds was counting due to a fine lunch, the sun shining and the lack of sleep kicking in midway through the day!

“Portraits From Tennis Courts: Oxford & Radley”

Inspired by Kazem Hakimi’s exhibition “Portraits From A Chip Shop” at the Oxford Modern Museum (MOA; www.modernartoxford.org.uk), Freddy decided to take portraits of all the players and pros on court during the weekend.  She is grateful to everyone for playing along with the artistic whim – to view the full gallery click here: www.frederikaadam.com.

A Weekend Result! 

Thank you again to everyone for playing and supporting the Dedanists Society. Together we raised £250 this year! Your donations cover the costs to run UK junior tennis training at the top level for the British and Junior Academies.

In addition to the Dedanists, Freddy would like to thank members from Oxford and Radley who pledged support this year: Paul Brown, Julian Fox, Jenny Jones, Mark Savage and Katie Leppard.

And a special THANK YOU goes to Chris Ronaldson, Maggie Henderson-Tew and the Radley members for a further very generous donation of £150 raised during their International Tennis Day celebrations – Thank you

Next year we will be celebrating 10 years of this fixture and therefore aim to do something a little extra in recognition of this summer fixture and to celebrate Radley’s 10th anniversary too – We hope to see you then!

Freddy xx