The annual Festival of Sport, organised by Basingstoke Sports Council, between Basingstoke and Euskirchen took place from 12th – 14th June. Totally Tennis were representing the town again this year in the tennis competition and maintained their unbeaten record winning 7-3 overall and are still the only unbeaten team in the history of the twin-town competition. The final presentation and disco took place at Queen Mary’s College and the Basingstoke team were declared the winners by 19 – 13.
Unfortunately this year the Euskirchen Tennis Club only brought four tennis players will them, a considerably lower amount than in previous years. The German players arrived at the Leisure Park on Thursday night and stayed with their host families. On Friday morning Head Coach James McIntosh ran a training session with all the Totally Tennis players involved and their guests and in the afternoon they enjoyed a round of Pitch and Putt. The German players then had the opportunity to join in with the yellow squad session followed by pizza and a FIFA tournament in the club house after tennis.
(From L to R) Max Loick, Alex Dawson, Miles Bromilow, Andrew Dingwall, Johannes Bachem, Alex Ackerman, Hendrik Becker, Liam Hignett
The matches were contested on Saturday and Totally Tennis was represented by Alex Dawson, Miles Bromilow, Andrew Dingwall and Liam Hignett. The Euskirchen team was made up of Max Loick, Johannes Bachem, Alex Ackerman and Hendrik Becker. In the doubles Hignett/Dawson beat Loick/Ackerman 6-4, Bromilow/Dingwall lost 7-5 against Sachem/Becker, Dawson/McIntosh beat Loick/Becker 6-0, Hignett/Dingwall defeated Sachem/Ackerman 6-2 giving the home team a 3-1 lead. In the singles Dawson beat Ackerman 6-0, Hignett won against Bachem 6-0 and Loick 6-1, Bromilow beat Sachem 6-2 and Dingwall lost to Becker 6-4. The german players then won the FIFA tournament 1-0.
McIntosh said “All of the players had a great time competing and socialising over the weekend and they are looking forward to the trip next year back to Euskirchen which will be the 30th Anniversary of the Festival of Sport.”
The four-day event, organised by Kevin Laing from the Basingstoke Sports Council, included training and competition in athletics, judo, football, taekwondo, volleyball, dance, martial arts, table tennis and tennis as well as participation from local school.