The Queen Marys College (QMC) Boys A team were beaten in the Glanvill Cup 8-0 after fielding a team missing a fourth player who failed to show up leaving the team at a disadvantage before a ball had even been hit. Loic Armstrong played well and started strongly breaking his opponents serve in the first game but was unable to keep up the consistency so eventually lost to Miles McDowell 6-2, 6-2. Nick Dingwall, who came back strongly in the second set was unable to hold off the force of Taylor Vane, losing 6-0, 6-4 .Ali Olrog battled in a three set match but also lost to Hallam Doney 6-3, 5-7, 14-12 and the quality of the match was not reflected in the scoreline and Olrog was unlucky to lose a match point due to a net cord from his opponent. Unfortunately, with the fourth player unavailable and losing all three of the other singles matches QMC were unable to win and due to court time the doubles was not played either.
QMC PE teacher and tennis team manger Sarah Goldson said “We were aware this was always going to be a big ask for the boys with Peter Symonds probably having one of their strongest teams for some years (players rated between 2.2 and 4.1). The difference in ratings between our players and theirs was not always reflected in some of the matches and as always the boys gave it their best effort.”
Mixed Doubles team Lowe, Olrog, Dingwall and Jones
In better news, the Boys A team were declared the Hampshire Boys Doubles champions after the final was unable to be played as Peter Symonds were unavailable to play on the arranged day. The team of Ali Olrog, Nick Dingwall and Loic Armstrong (fourth player Adam Hood not pictured) collected the trophy with PE teacher Sarah Goldson.
Lowe and Olrog in action
The Hampshire Mixed Doubles event was held at Totally Tennis with teams from QMC, Alton and Farnborough competing for the title. QMC were represented by pair one Nick Dingwall and Laura Jones and pair two Ali Olrog and Beth Lowe. Farnborough were the overall winners, Alton were runners-up and QMC were third.
Lovely sunny day for the Mixed Doubles event
Goldson said “Ali and Beth have partnered each other all year but in the absence of a second girl for our mixed team, Laura had only played a handful of times and as such struggled to produce consistent enough tennis during the afternoon. Ali and Beth improved as the matches went on but a slow start meant they were unable to make a significant impact for the QMC team.”