This year’s Festival of Sport took place in Basingstoke’s Twin Town Euskirchen last week and some of the Totally Tennis junior players were part of the team that represented the town in the annual sporting competition.
Liam Hignett, Miles Bromilow, Alex Dawson, Andrew Dingwall, Harry Fest, Ollie Brown, Isla Hignett, Jasmin Bromilow and Tillie Reid travelled to Germany with head coach James Macintosh to compete in the event which was celebrating its 24th year of competition . The group arrived onThursday morning and had a day out at the theme park Phantasialand before meeting their weekend host families.
On Friday morning the players had a training session at Rotweiss Tennis Club where they played on the clay courts, a new experience for some of the players. Friday afternoon was a social event at a natural outdoor lake where the players enjoyed swimming, diving boards, a trampoline in the lake and beach volleyball followed by a BBQ at the organisers house in the evening.
The tennis competition was held on Saturday with Totally Tennis maintaining their unbeaten record in the competition winning 13 – 6 overall. In the singles Ollie beat Moritz 6-0, Liam beat Max 6-0, Miles beat Hendrik 6-0, Harry beat Moritz 6-0, James beat Paul 6-0, Tillie beat Eva 6-0, Alex beat Johannes 6-0, Ollie beat Eric 6-2 and Harry beat Eric 6-0 but Isla lost to Miriam 2-6, Tillie lost to Hannah 1-6 and Andrew lost to Hendrik 1-6.
In the Doubles Alex & Andrew beat Johannes & Alex 6-3, brother and sister Liam & Isla beat Hendrik & Miriam 6-3, Isla & Tillie lost to Max & Hendrik 2-6, Isla & Jas lost to Johannes & Hendrik 2-6 and a second brother and sister combo Miles & Jas lost to Johannes & Hannah 1-6 which gave the Basingstoke team the outright win.
The four-day annual event, organised by Kevin Laing from the Basingstoke Sports Council, included training and competition in a variety of sports culminating in the final presentation on Saturday evening and despite the winning tennis team result Euskirchen beat Basingstoke 21 – 15 to be declared this years Festival of Sport overall winners.
The other clubs involved in the festival were Basingstoke Dance Academy, Basingstoke Athletics Club, St Marys Junior School, Bishop Challoner School, Cube School of Judo, Sherborne St John Football Club and Calleva Boys Football Club.
Macintosh said, “Overall the weekend was a great success, all of the players enjoyed their trip, not only experiencing playing on the German clay courts but also enjoying all the social events and making new friends.” he added “For Harry, Ollie, Isla, Jas and Tillie it was their first trip to Germany and they would love to do it again in two years time.”