The annual Primary Schools Tournament took place at Totally Tennis’ indoor centre last week. This year saw the highest number of entires for the event with a total of nine schools involved and some of them bringing three teams.
The tournament was split into four boxes of group matches where teams play each other and the top two teams from each box qualified for the quarter finals. Each team had four players and they all played a singles match with timed tie breaks.
The eight teams who made it through the quarter final stage were all three teams from Sherborne St John, St Johns 1 and 3, St Mary’s Primary 1 and 2 and Winklebury 2. The St Johns 1 team beat Sherborne 2, St Mary’s 1 beat Winklebury 2, Sherborne 1 defeated St Johns 3 and St Mary’s 2 beat Sherborne 3.
In the semis St Marys 1 defeated St Johns 3-1 and Sherborne 1 beat St Marys 2 4-0 and Sherborne were declared tournament winners after beating the St Mary’s 1 team 4-0.
Head coach James McIntosh said, “The final was a repeat from last year but This time it was the Sherborne team that came out top with each player winning their matches.” he added, “All of the players enjoyed competing for their respective school. The standard of the competition was good and there were some very close matches played throughout the day. Congratulations to the Sherborne team!”
Good luck to Sherborne team who will now go on to compete in the Hampshire Games taking place in June.
Three Totally Tennis girls, Isla Hignett, Tillie Reid and Jasmin Bromilow were part of the Hampshire & IOW 14 & under Girls County Cup who won the regional playoffs
The 2018 Great British Tennis Weekend (GBTW) at the indoor centre
The St. Mary’s A team won the annual Primary Schools Tournament
Lots of fun was had at the May Half Term Tennis Camps
Coach Jamie Jordan pictured with the 10 & under Team Tennis squad who were unlucky to lose their first away match against Portsmouth Tennis Academy
The Hampshire Girls were unlucky at the National Finals in Nottingham
May’s Tennis Tips
Totally Tennis hosted the annual Primary Schools Tennis Tournament at the indoor centre this week with a total of fifteen teams competing from five local schools; St Mary’s Junior School, St John’s C of E Primary School, Sherborne St John Primary School, Castle Hill Primary School and Winklebury Junior School.
The teams played in three boxes of five teams with the top two teams and two of the best third placed teams progressing through to the quarter final stages. There were four players in each team and each player played one singles match with the format of tie breaks to 10 points.
In the first semi-finals, it was a very close match with the St Mary’s A team drawing against the St Johns A team 2 – 2 but St Mary’s just edged the victory with one extra point overall to win 32 – 31. In the second semi-final match Sherborne A beat St. Mary’s B 3 – 1. In the final St Mary’s A beat Sherborne 4 – 0 to be crowned the champions and St John’s won the third/fourth place play off beating St Mary’s B 3 – 1.
Both the winners and runners-up teams, St Mary’s A and Sherborne, will now go on to represent Basingstoke in the Hampshire Games which takes place at Aldershot in June.
The annual Primary Schools Tournament took place at Totally Tennis’ indoor centre last month and lots of local school children participated in the event held at Totally Tennis’ indoor centre in the War Memorial Park, representing their respective schools.
Six teams competed in each of the three boxes in the tournament run by Head Coach James McIntosh. In Box 1 the winners were St Marys who had 289 points overall after beating Tadley 1 59 – 18, Rucstall 1 61- 19, Marnel 1 71- 16, Castle Hill 1 41-34 and Great Binfields 1 57- 25. Great Binfields were runners-up with 253 points. St Marys 2 won Box 2 also with 289 points beating Ructall 51 -29, Marnel 2 51 – 29, Castle Hill 42 – 37, Great Binfields 50 – 26 and Tadley 2 76 – 25. Runners Up were Castle Hill with 285 points. In the third box Sherborne St John were the winners with 260 points defeating St Marys 3 59 – 30, Rucstall 84 – 19, Marnel 67 – 14, Great Binfields 82 – 11 and Tadley 67 – 14. St Marys 3 finished as runners-up with 260 points.
The winners of each box went through to the semi final stage along with the best overall runner-up. Sherborne St John beat Castle Hill 64 – 17 and St Marys 1 defeated St Marys 2 48 – 35. In final the team from Sherborne St John beat St Marys 1 55 – 35 to win the event and be declared overall champions! Congratulations!
McIntosh said, “It was great to see so many teams compete in this years schools competition and congratulations to Sherbourne St John for winning the event with just one team entered into the tournament.”
The latest batch of candidates attended the LTA Tennis Leaders course held at Totally Tennis’ indoor centre last Sunday run by coach Simon James, himself a young coach who have made the successful transition from player to coach at the club. James started his coaching career on the leaders course whilst still at school and throughout the years many of the Totally Tennis coaches started playing tennis at the club as teenagers working their way up through the performance squads and showing an interest in coaching as a potential career via the LTA Tennis Leaders Award.
Totally Tennis performance player Matt Berry was joined by Costello Technology College students, Queen Mary’s College (QMC) students and the Sport and PE assistant from QMC. As well as attending the first core module, most of the candidates will be volunteering at the annual Primary Schools Tournament being held at the indoor centre on Thursday.
Becoming an LTA tennis leader is a junior players first step onto the tennis coaching pathway and is available for those thirteen and over. The course is modular based with a core module and four additional modules. Candidates learn important communication and organisation skills which are needed to be a successful coach. In addition they learn lesson structures, warm-ups, long-term player development, basic technique, diet, customer care and presentation skills taught through the on-court sessions and course booklets. Candidates are offered support and advice by the coaching team, complete ten voluntary on-court hours and are offered follow-on opportunities at the club, continuing their involvement with the game.
Tennis Director Nigel Long, who founded the club identified a need to retain young players in tennis through both playing and coaching, developing leadership skills and using the existing coaching team to mentor younger players. The tennis leaders course increases the awareness of the coaching opportunities available in sport as a career in this country and is a nationally recognised LTA qualification that is great for a players CV regardless of their choice of career.