Victory For QMC Boys Against Bedales At The Indoor Centre

The Queen Mary’s College boys tennis team were action last week in a friendly match against Hampshire’s Bedales School at Totally Tennis’ indoor centre, winning with an impressive 8 – 0 scoreline.

IMG_3620(L to R) Ollie Brown, Jonathan Duggan, Chris Bundhoo & Matthew Berry

The team of Totally Tennis squad player Ollie Brown, Matthew Berry (who is coached by Liam Hignett) and former club players Jonathan Duggan and Chris Bundhoo won all their matches convincingly. In the singles, Berry won 6-0, Duggan and Brown 6-2 and Bundhoo 6-3 and in the doubles matches Brown/Duggan won 6-0 and Berry/Bundhoo won 6-3.

Sarah Goldson, QMC PE teacher and Tennis Team manager said, “It was good to get a match in as have not had many competitive opportunities since going out of the senior students group stages.”  She added. “Our next match will be in the National Cup, where we await the winner of Bradfield College vs. Clare’s Court having been given a bye in the first round.

Team Tennis Schools Senior Students Finals 2017

Basingstoke’s Queen Mary’s College (QMC) Mixed team travelled with PE teacher and tennis team manager Sarah Goldson to USN Bolton Arena last weekend to compete in the Team Tennis Schools Senior Students Finals 2017.

The QMC team (pictured below) of  Saul Irwin, Jordan Mosquera, Andrew Dingwall, Dessi Bratinova and Luke Watts played in Group B along with teams from Millfield School, Strathallan School and Canon Slade School (LL). On the first day QMC, who were second seeds, were beaten by Canon Slade School 6-2 with only Mosquera/Watts winning one of their matches 6-3 followed by a 8-0 whitewash courtesy of Millfield School on in their first fixture on day two. The bad luck continued in their final match as they suffered another 8-0 defeat against Strathallan School which meant the team finished in a disappointing fourth place overall.

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Goldson said, “It was quite a tough couple of days for the mixed team but I think it was a good experience for them all and a lesson in consistency.” she added, “Whilst our results were not what we wanted, the team did not feel that the standard needed was out of reach with more experience/practice, especially given we gave the eventual winners a good match in spite of the scoreline.

We hope to qualify again next year and give a stronger performance.

Millfield School then beat top seeds and Group A winners Ellesmere College in the final 6-2 to claim this year’s Senior Mixed team crown. The school than also claimed the Senior Girls title after defeating Ellesmere College again in the final. The Boys event was won by defending champion’s Truro and Penrith College, becoming the first Boys team to ever successfully defend the Senior Students title.

The Senior Students Competition started in October 2016 with events for Boys, Girls and Mixed teams. Each player must has a maximum rating of 7.1 at entry stage and in Years 11, 12 or 13 at their school or college. The QMC Mixed Team of Steph Catlin, Ben Jubin, Jack Nicholson and Aimee Paterson won the National Title back in 2010.

Photo provided by www.lta.org.uk

QMC Mixed Team will play in National Finals

The Queen Mary’s College (QMC) tennis mixed team travelled to Aldenham School in Hertfordshire for their latest match of the knock out stages of the Senior Students competition.

The team of Luke Watts and Jordan Mosquera (pair 1) and Andrew Dingwall and Dessi Bratinova (pair 2) had a bye in their first match so needed to win this fixture to qualify for the National Finals in Bolton. Both pairs made a great start with Watts and Mosquera beating the opposing team’s top pair 6-3 and Dingwall and Bratinova defeating the second pair 7-6 (3).

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The QMC mixed team who will play in the National Finals in Bolton (L to R) Luke Watts, Jordan Mosquera, Dessi Bratinova and Andrew Dingwall.

QMC PE teacher and tennis team manager Sarah Goldson said “Both pairs served well in the first matches and both Luke and Jordan played well up at the net to cut off any long baseline exchanges.” she added,  “Andrew and Dessi had served for the match earlier in the set but were pegged back to a tie break, but lifted their game once again to take the tie break-relatively comfortably.”

Going into the second matches, the QMC team needed just one win to qualify, Dingwall and Bratinova were the first to finish but unfortunately lost to the top pairing 6-3.  Watts and Mosquera got off to a great start winning the initial few games to lead 3-0 but again the opposition fought back but the QMC pair battled on breaking serve to win the match 6-3 and securing the mixed team’s qualification for the national finals in Bolton.

Goldson said “This will be a fourth appearance by a QMC mixed team in Bolton and a sixth appearance for the College overall.  This was an unexpected surprise for the QMC team this year and we have certainly made the most of an advantageous draw.”

The team along with Saul Irwin (who played in the earlier round) will head to Bolton on Saturday 11 March to compete against Millfield School, Felsted School, Ellesmere College,  Strathallan School, Rugby School, Sevenoaks School and local rivals Peter Symonds College from Winchester.

This will be a great opportunity for the players, we have nothing to lose and as such will hopefully play with a sense of freedom and no pressure,” said Goldson “All five players are certainly capable on their day and it is great that QMC have a place back in the finals after a couple of years where we have just missed out.”

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The 2010 QMC Mixed Team who won the National Title and a masterclass at Totally Tennis from Judy Murray (L to R) Ben Jubin, Jack Nicholson, Steph Catlin and Aimee Paterson

The team are following in the footsteps of the QMC Mixed Team who won the National Title back in 2010. Totally Tennis performance players Steph Catlin, Ben Jubin, Jack Nicholson and Aimee Paterson were the dream team who brought the trophy home to Basingstoke. Goldson said “It may be 7 years ago but I still remember it well!  I am very much looking forward to see how our players this year get on.” J

ubin is now a full-time tennis coach at Totally Tennis and Catlin is a sports nutritionalist and contributor to this blog.

QMC Girls Compete in National Cup

 

The Queen Mary’s College Girls tennis team who train at Totally Tennis competed in their National Cup fixture away against Alton College. Despite some close matches and good tennis the team lost the singles 3-1 with only Holly Groves winning her match 7-6, 6-1.  Unfortunately due to the length of time the singles matches took and the scoreline at that point the doubles was conceded.

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The other singles results were as follows; Antonia McPhee lost 7-6, 7-6 (a very tight match with some great winners by Antonia), Sarah Winkle lost 7-6, 7-5 (again some great rallies and fabulous effort by Sarah) and Daisy Edmunds lost 6-0, 6-0 (Daisy was a total beginner at the start of the year and has come along really well in terms of her match play)

PE teacher and QMC tennis manager Sarah Goldson said “I was so pleased with the way the girls played during the singles, their consistency and movement about the court has improved hugely this year. Despite the result they played probably some of the best tennis I have seen all four play, a great effort by all of them.” she added, ” A special thanks to Sarah and Holly who have been a key part of the team for the last two years and will hopefully continue to enjoy their tennis when they move onto University next year.”

The QMC tennis team are going to the first day of this year’s Championships at Wimbledon next month. With tickets for Court Two and Centre Court it’s a great way for all the players to celebrate the end of the college tennis season with a day out at a Grand Slam event.

Player Profile: Joseph Lane

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Age: Seventeen 

Squad:  QMC

How old were you when you first started tennis?

Thirteen

How were you introduced to the sport?

By my uncle

What made you come to Totally Tennis?

It’s local

Who is your favourite professional tennis player?

Mansour Barhamii

What do you like most about the sport?

Drills

What do you consider to be your best shot?

Hot Dog

How often do you play?

Four times a week

Do you play any other sport?

No

Greatest achievement so far

Playing at Wimbledon as part of the QMC college team helping with the ball boys and girls training 

 

Player Profile: Matt Rennie

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MATT RENNIE

Age: Seventeen

Squad:  QMC

How old were you when you first started tennis?

Six

How were you introduced to the sport?

By my parents

What made you come to Totally Tennis?

QMC

Who is your favourite professional tennis player?

Rafael Nadal

What do you like most about the sport?

Playing

What do you consider to be your best shot?

Forehand

How often do you play?

Four times a week

Do you play any other sport?

No

Greatest achievement so far

Winning a match

South East Colleges Doubles Event

The Queen Mary’s College (QMC) players were in action again at the indoor centre at Totally Tennis. Run by QMC PE teacher and tennis team manager Sarah Goldson, there was a slight change to the format with the doubles event like the singles event.  This year the tournament was scheduled for one day only rather than two and as such the field was reduced to one pair rather than previous year’s two per event (boys, girls and mixed doubles).

Disappointingly, there were quite a few last minute withdrawals and therefore the boys doubles was only contested by four pairs, the girls doubles by three pairs and the mixed doubles also by four pairs. QMC was represented by Alex Wood and Saul Irwin in the Boys event, Mixed Doubles players were Kelsey Mosquera and Luke Watts but the college withdrew fro the Girls event due to only having one player available, Sarah Winkle.

Boys Doubles final (Saul and Alex to right)

In the boys event, the Peter Symonds pair of David Gwilliam and Will Coward were heavy favourites to take the title, both with ratings in Division 3.  This proved the case in their first two matches which they won comfortably against Worthing and Bexhill for the loss of 2 games.  The QMC pair also served and returned well, to secure two wins 6-2 and 6-4.  This meant the winner between QMC and Symonds would decide the title.  Whilst Wood and Irwin played well, the superior doubles tactics and interceptions at the net, especially by Coward made things very difficult.  The Symonds pair took quick control of the rallies and dominated the net area and making things very diffiuclt for the QMC pair, who lost 6-0.

In the girls event, despite there only being three teams, there were some great matches.  The very first match provded the deciding one, where the Highbury girls (Pink and Kabbani) had a great win over the Peter Symonds team of Gwaze and Craft, 6-3.  The girls then went onto beat Bexhill 6-2 to secure the overall win.  This was a great effort by the Highbury team both of whom who had competed in the singles event.

Girls doubles winners (HIghbury College)

In the mixed event, Goldson was confident that the QMC team had a chance to win the title with Mosquera and Watts, who play together regularly and have been past winners of doubles titles in Basingstoke.  Opened match was against Peter Symonds, which again proved to be the key match.  Mosquera served superbly throughout and was extremely consistent from the back of the court, where Watts also played with great confidence.  The pair soon found themselves with an early break and extended this when they broke the Symonds male player (Harris) to love.  It was a high quality match with probably more play from the back of the court by all four players than the net, somehting that worked in their favour, QMC won 6-2.  The QMC pair also beat the Barton Peveril and Worthing pair quite comfortably losing just one game in each tie.  This was a fantastic was to end the regional events, Mosquera and Watts will go on to represent the South East team in April at Teeside.

 Mixed Team (Kelsey and Luke to right)