AOC SOUTH EAST REGIONAL DOUBLES COMPETITION

Following on from the successful AOC South East Regional singles competition on Tuesday 12 November (read about that HERE), the doubles competition was also hosted at Totally Tennis’ indoor centre on Friday 29 November. 

There was a slightly reduced entry list with some last minute withdrawals, leaving just three Colleges competing for the Boys, Girls and Mixed doubles titles; Queen Mary’s (QMC), Richard Collyer’s and Peter Symonds. The match format was the new FAST4 rules.

Six pairs competed in the boy’s doubles with QMC represented by Matt Berry/Chris Bundhoo and Totally Tennis pairing of Harry Feast/Ollie Brown (pictured below). Berry and Bundhoo lost their opening group match against the top seeds from Peter Symonds 4-0, 4-2, they played much better in their second match but frustratingly lost out in two tie-breaks 4-3 (2), 4-3 (4). In the other group, Feast and Brown lost their first match against Peter Symonds but beat Richards Collyer’s to finish second in the group, 3-4 (6), 4-3 (1) and 10-6.  

Goldson said, “Both Harry and Ollie showed greater consistency in this match and a more aggressive approach saw them come back from a first set deficit, to win a highly contested match where with three tie breaks deciding each set.

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Having reached the semi-final, they then had to play the top seeds from Peter Symonds, who played a very solid match to win 4-2, 4-1. Despite the loss, both players enjoyed the experience and both played well, against more highly ranked players. The final saw the two Peter Symonds pairs playing each other, with the number 1 seeds of James Ardley and Paddy Thorne winning comfortably 4-0, 4-2.

In the girls’ doubles, there were only three pairs in the competition and the Peter Symonds number one pairing of Magda Kornijckuz and Loreli Sanderson had a relatively comfortable win, taking both matches in the round robin group to win.  QMC were not represented in the girls’ doubles. Harry Feast and Poppy Goffin represented QMC in the Mixed Doubles and finished in 4th place overall, Calista Muna and Alex Costa from Richard Collyer’s College were the winners.

Goldson said, “Really proud of the efforts from Chris, Matt, Ollie and Harry today.  We always knew it would be tough to get past the Peter Symonds number one pairing but the they all played some great tennis.” she added,  “I was especially pleased to see Harry and Ollie make the semi-final.”

AoC Sport, formed following the merger of British Colleges Sport, English Colleges FA and the Association of Colleges sport policy team, is the membership organisation for colleges, leading the development of sport and physical activity in 16+ education. Sport and physical activity are essential components of college life, giving students significant advantages in education, employment and health. The AoC vision is for every college student to participate regularly in sport or physical activity and their purpose is to promote, support and deliver college sport and physical activity. Read more about AoC sport on their website www.aocsport.co.uk

Hignett invited to play at British Tour Masters 2019

Performance player and coach Liam Hignett has been invited by the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) to play at the British Tour Masters 2019 to be held the National Tennis Centre (NTC) in Roehampton, London next month.

Hignett has qualified for the two-day event, which will take place on 19th and 20th December, due to his final position on this year’s British Tour leaderboard. His invitation comes after his quarter final finish at LTA British Tour Edgbaston 2 earlier this month where he beat Philip Sikman 6-1, 6-1 in round one, Finley Cook in the second 6-3, 3-6, 6-0 but lost in the quarters in three sets to Harry Skinner 6-4, 5-7, 6-4.

Last month Hignett won the LTA British Tour Exeter Open Mens Singles title at the Exeter Tennis Centre, lost in the quarters in Glasgow and had a second round finish in Taunton.

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The Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) British Tour 2019* provides a circuit of tournaments designed to give up and coming players the opportunity to gain experience in their quest to become professional tennis players, to provide competition for professional players in between competing in professional events at home and abroad, as well as providing a national level open competition circuit.

Read more about Liam’s previous British Tour events HERE

*British Tour information used with courtesy of www.lta.org.uk/britishtour

TT Tour Grand Finals 2019

Development squad players Tobi Adeniran (Red) and Luca Dharwar (Orange) were crowned the winners at last weekends TT Tour Grand finals held at the indoor centre.fd76b7a7-d492-4274-9d3d-f1b76e7561f7.jpeg

In the Red event Adeniran won all five of his round robin matches to book his semi-final place beating Gabriella Dyer 10-6, Carter Grout 10-3, Hamish Harwell 10-4, Dylan Mills 10-5 and Maxim Perelighn 10-2. Runner-up Mills joined him in the next round after winning three matches against Grout 10-6, Harwell 10-6 and Perelighn 10-4.

In the second group Shrihan Chakraborty also won all of his five matches to progress to the semis; he beat Lewis Gambrill 10-6, Ivy Grout 10-1, Jasmine Paul 10-4, Rakshit Saiavanakumar 10-2 and Elliot Wrench 10-0. Gambrill beat Grout 10-8, Paul 10-7, Saiavanakumar 10-4 and Wrench 10-4 to earn the fourth semi-final place. In the semi finals Adeniran defeated Lewis Gambrill 10 – 9 and Chakraborty beat Mills 10 – 2. Adeniran then beat Chakraborty in the final ** – * to become the Red champion.

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In the Orange competition Dharwar beat Charlie Burridge 4-2, Liam Durangparang 4-0 and Kaian Harris- Piper 4-0 to win the title.

Coach Loic said, “Great to see a growing number of children from squads take part in the TT tour. It gives them something to work on and put the practice into play at the end of every month.” He added,” I’d like to congratulate everyone who took part and  look forward to seeing them on the 14th December for the Christmas event.

 

Christmas Jumper Week 2019

The Totally Tennis festive charity event this year will be Christmas Jumper day to raise funds for Save The Children.  To coincide with the official ‘Christmas Jumper Day’ on Friday 13th December, players and coaches are encouraged to wear their festive jumpers in squads all week long from Monday 9th December onwards to give all squad players the chance to join in.

Donations can be made via the Totally Tennis Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day Just Giving page – click www.justgiving.com/fundraising/CJD190038133 to donate £2 (or more if you’re feeling generous) to help us reach our team target. Save the Children have also given us a personal QR code (see below)  – anyone who scans the code and then donates will contribute to our fundraising total. (Not sure how it works? Here’s a link to the handy guide on using QR codes claim.savethechildren.org.uk/guide. You will be billed £2 plus standard rate text message). Save the Children receive 100% of your donation.

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On Friday 13th December thousands of people up and down the UK will start their day by pulling on a Christmas jumper for a great cause – to help create a brighter future for children. Find out more about the Save The Children Christmas Jumper Day by clicking HERE

Every pound donated will give children in the UK and around the world the chance to grow up healthy and happy, so they can become who they want to be! Just £2 could pay for antibiotics for eight children suffering from pneumonia, one of the biggest killers of children, whilst £5 could provide a winter jacket for a child in Syria. Read more about Save The Children and how their annual Christmas Jumper Day campaign helps children HERE

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Official photos and additional info used with courtesy of savethechildren.org.uk/christmas-jumper-day

Hignett represents Hampshire & IOW in Winter County Cup

Totally Tennis performance player and coach Liam Hignett represented Hampshire and Isle of Wight (IOW) in the LTA Mens Winter County Cup 2019.

The Hampshire team of Hignett, James Blair, Timothy Farthing, Oliver Fernandez, Ryan Golesworthy, Austin Gwilliam, George Houghton, Michael Johnson, Miles Mcdowall, Robert Mitchell, Jake Norris, Edward Percival and Paul Scullard were competing in Division 1 Group 4A against teams from Buckinghamshire, Dorset and Shropshire.

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On the first day Hampshire beat Shropshire 8-1 with top seed Hignett defeating Luke Henley 6-3, 7-5 in the singles. In the doubles with partner Golesworthy he beat Henley and Thomas Loxley 6-3, 6-2. Things didn’t go so well for the team on day 2 with a 5-4 loss against Dorset in a close fixture, Hignett lost his singles against Toby Samuel 6-4, 6-3 and also lost in the doubles with Golesworthy against Samuel and Sam Bossem in the third set tie-break 6-2, 6-7(2), 10-6.

On the final day things didn’t improve with a 7-1 defeat against eventual group winners Buckinghamshire. Hignett lost his three set singles match against top seed Michael Shaw 6-3 4-6 4-6 but won the doubles with Golesworthy on a walkover against Shaw and partner Roy Knight. The Hampshire team managed to stay again in the division after some tough, tight wins and losses over the weekend.

Hignett said, “As always it’s a pleasure to be a part of this great team and we’ll be looking for promotion next year! It was a privilege to play at number one position this year playing my part in some quality battles particularly against Buckinghamshire’s number 1.” he added, “I love playing in these events as the team atmosphere whilst on court and the off court banter and laughs make it unlike any other tennis event out there. Thanks to all the boys for another great weekend.”

 

Christmas Tennis Camps 2019

Do you want your child to burn off some energy and have a fantastic time this coming Christmas school holidays?  Do you want some extra time for that last minute Christmas shopping? For a healthy and challenging alternative, the Totally Tennis Festive Tennis Camps are a great way for juniors to improve their skills and fitness while making new friends.

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Packed with opportunities to learn and play tennis, activities also include multi sports such as basketball, football, hockey and rounders. The scheme has received OFSTED accreditation and the sessions are run by experienced Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) qualified and licensed coaches.

Tennis camps will be running at the indoor centre in the War Memorial Park for two days on Monday 23rd and Monday 30th December. Sessions can be booked for Morning, Afternoon and Full days and can be booked from 9:00am – 4:00pm.

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Each child needs to bring a packed lunch and drinks and be dressed appropriately for the weather – bring warm clothing as it will be cold! Those coming for a full day will be supervised during the lunch break and rackets will be provided for those that need one. Appropriate inhaler or medication must be brought along if needed and the coach informed.

For more information and to book, please telephone the office on 01256 368816, e-mail tt@totallytennis.co.uk or visit the website http://www.totallytennis.co.uk.

 

Feast Represents the QMC Team in the AOC Singles Competition

The Queen Mary’s College (QMC) team, who train at Totally Tennis, competed in the AOC South East Regional Singles tournament played at the indoor centre on 12th November. Both the boys and the girls draws were round robin groups, where the top two progressed to the semi-finals.  The boys draw has fourteen players and the girls draw seven players.

QMC was represented by Totally Tennis performance player and assistant coach Harry Feast and Matt Berry and in the girls event, former Totally Tennis player Aisling McGrane, who was the top seed.

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The boys event had some great matches in the early group stages, Berry gained an early victory 4-0, 4-0 against one of the Bexhill players but subsequently lost his second match against Mironovic from Havant & South Downs 3-4 (6), 1-4.  In his last group match Berry beat the Richard Collyers player, 4-2, 4-1, to earn himself second spot and progression to the semi-finals.

QMC PE teacher and tennis team manager Sarah Goldson said,”Having watched Matt play in a number of matches at College during his first year, this was unquestionably the best tennis I have seen him play in competition.  He served exceptionally well, and was aggressive throughout, it really was an impressive level of tennis.”

Feast only had two group matches due to the withdrawal of one of the players prior to the start of the competition.  He had a comfortable win against Taylor from Richard Collyers which effectively put him in a good position to qualify, with his second and final match in the group against the seeded player in the group.  He lost this match 2-4, 1-4 but his level was improving, and he ultimately played his best tennis in the final stages.  

In the quarter finals, Berry was beaten by the number 2 seed, 4-2, 4-0 but Feast had a highly competitive match against Mironovic which he won 4-2, 3-4 (6) and 1-0 (10).  This was a great match from Harry, his defensive skills in particular where excellent and he continued to play aggressively in the deciding tie break, despite the disappointment of losing a close tie break in the second set.  His next opponent, was the number one seed, James Ardley from Peter Symonds, and Feast was disappointed to lose the match having started well and found his form and lost in a ten point tie break. The final was contested by the two Peter Symonds players, which Milan Bharadia won in two tie break sets.

Goldson said’ “I was really impressed with how Harry played.”  

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In the girl’s event, McGrane (pictured left) won through to the final comfortably with the loss of just a handful of games.  In the final, she faced the Peter Symonds player, Magda Konicjzuk and although the initial set was close, with McGrane taking it on a tie break; she raised her level in the second set and closed out the match 4-0 with some excellent serving.

Goldson said, “It’s great to have someone of Aisling’s calibre representing the College at the regional competition and we look forward to see how she gets on at the National Finals in Nottingham.”

AoC Sport, formed following the merger of British Colleges Sport, English Colleges FA and the Association of Colleges sport policy team, is the membership organisation for colleges, leading the development of sport and physical activity in 16+ education. Sport and physical activity are essential components of college life, giving students significant advantages in education, employment and health. The AoC vision is for every college student to participate regularly in sport or physical activity and their purpose is to promote, support and deliver college sport and physical activity.

 

Read more about AoC sport on their website www.aocsport.co.uk