Stuart Kerr and Mark Maclure represented the IRTA in this year's Brigands Doubles tournament, kindly hosted by Hardwick House. Congratulations to Stuart and Mark on reaching the semi-final!


We enjoyed another competitive, fun and sociable day at the lovely court of Hardwick House on Saturday when the 9th iteration of the Brigands Peripatetic Tournament was held. Pairs from twelve teams fought through the day of round robins and semi-finals to compete in a final where two former winning teams went head-to-head to battle for the very desirable silverware, the Brigands Cup.

First, a bit of history: past winners are:

2010Hurlingham PigeonsNick Pellew & Michael Marcar
2011BrigandsMarek & Christopher Stefanowicz
2012IRTARoland Budd & Rupert Derham
2013IRTARoland Budd & David Keane
2104Hurlingham PigeonsNick Pellew & Michael Marcar
2015LRTAClare Bucknell & Sophie Dannreuther
2016LRTAEvelyn Fleming & Isabel Candy
2017LRTAIzzy Hunt & Chris Davies

And yesterday’s winners were: The Hurlingham Pigeons, for the third time, and each time captained by the redoubtable Nick Pellew! So they have matched the Ladies’ record. Many congratulations to them. They were interestingly up against the LRTA, who again reached the final this year. Despite Candida Nicholls and Katie Leppard having home court advantage and playing canny and forcing doubles, they were unable to keep up their form against the consistently stronger pairing of Nick Pellew and his very fit and able partner, Andrew Sellars. The full results are below, as are three photos showing the finalists at play, the cup they were playing for and the well-deserved prizes that they took home. Well done to all who took part.

Many thanks again to Lesley Ronaldson, who marked superbly throught the long day (11 hours). Many thanks also to my lovely wife, Victoria, who looked after us all so well during the tournament, ensuring that everyone was well fed with croissants and bacon and egg rolls in the morning, followed by baked potatoes over-flowing with tasty home made chilli con carne, interpsersed with all sorts of other healthy and not so healthy snacks!

A good day was had by all. Roll on 2019, which will be our tenth anniversary of the tournament!

—Malcolm Thorp


Photos courtesy Malcolm Thorp.

Full results

The full results sheet is available: