Hignett and Bromilow Represent Hampshire in the Boys 18U County Cup

Performance players and Sherfield Tennis Scholars Liam Hignett and Miles Bromilow were members of the Hampshire & IOW 18 and under County Cup team that played last weekend and just missed out on promotion to the next division.

The boys joined fellow Hampshire players Ryan Golesworthy, Henry Bowden, James Blair, Outek Dinapala, Dylan Allenby-Ryan and Mats Colling who made up the team captained by Mike Booth and his assistant Karim Aouichaoui. The team competed in the three day event held at David Lloyd Southampton in Group 3a against teams from Sussex, Cambridgeshire and Buckinghamshire.

3cdc74d5-b63d-4da2-a813-f8bb33430ad7.jpegOn the first day the Hampshire boys beat the Buckinghamshire team 6-3 with Hignett, who was player 1, winning his singles 6-2, 6-3 and his doubles with partner Golesworthy 6-3, 6-3. Bromilow, who was player 4, was also victorious in his singles match winning 6-7(4), 3-6.

Business continued as usual in day 2 with the boys defeating the Cambridgeshire team 7 – 2. Hignett and Golesworthy won their doubles 6-0, 6-3 but Hignett lost his singles match against the top seed after a close second set and tie break 4-6, 6-7(5). Bromilow had a tough three set singles match but came out on top 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 but he unfortunately lost in the doubles with partner Allenby-Ryan 6-7(4), 3-6.

There was everything to play for in the final day with both the Hampshire and Sussex teams on level pegging having won their first two rubbers. On the day Sussex proved to be the stronger opponents winning 5-4 to top the group and gain promotion to the next division. Both Hignett and Bromilow won their singles matches 6-2, 6-4 and 6-7(7), 6-7(7) respectively. After all the singles matches the teams were level on 3-3 but with only Hignett and Golesworthy winning their doubles 6-2, 6-3 the Sussex team claimed overall victory.





QMC Players Ready for the Spring/Summer Season

The Queen Mary’s College (QMC) tennis team who train at Totally Tennis have new tennis kit ready for the Spring/Summer season. The players have started training outside on Totally Tennis outdoor courts in the War Memorial Park making the most of the March sunshine.


The boys team have their first match in this year’s Team Tennis Schools National Championships (previously the Glanville Cup) playing in Group 10 (London South) away against Hampton School from Middlesex tomorrow (29th March).


The National Championships provides players with the opportunity to compete for their school and become the best team in the country. The winners of the National Championships win the Aberdare Cup (Girls) and Glanvill Cup (Boys). Matches are played from March through to July. Teams first compete in a knockout stage and the finalist play in the four day national final.

Senior Students Competition 2016

The Queen Mary’s College team have started their 2016 Senior Students competition campaign, this year PE teacher and Tennis Team manager Sarah Goldson has entered two teams from the college, one boys and one mixed.

The boys team of Saul Irwin and Cam Speirs have been joined by new college first year recruits Andrew Dingwall and Dan Hutchison. The boys got off to a shaky start losing their first match against Alton Sixth Form, who beat QMC in a shoot out last year in the penultimate knock out round.

It was always going to be a tough opening match against Alton and even though the QMC were on home turf at Totally Tennis’ indoor courts they were unable to capitalise on the home advantage and lost 10-2 overall. In the singles, Dingwall played consistently from the back of the court and served well to win 6-4, Irwin lost 6-4 which was not too bad considering he lost the first four games and managed to fight back to level the score at 4-4 but was unfortunately got broken again. Both Speirs and Hutchison also lost with scores of 6-3 and 6-1 respectively. The doubles were a white wash with Irwin/Dingwall losing 6-2 and Speirs/Hutchison beaten 6-3.

qmc-senior-students-boys-2016-2017(L to R) Hutchison, Dingwall, Irwin and Speirs

The team’s second match was away against Bishops Wordsworth School and despite it being held outdoors and not the team’s favoured surface the boys played far more consistently in this match, although they still lost 8-4 there was definite improvement overall.

In the singles Irwin played well especially at the net and won 6-2 but his three teammates lost, Dingwall was unlucky after he fought well throughout the match he lost in the tie-break  7-6 (3), Speirs lost 6-4 and despite the scoreline suggesting otherwise Hutchison had close games but lost 6 – 0.  Irwin and Speirs won their doubles match 6-4 but Dingwall and Hutchison lost 6-1.

Goldson said, “The boys are out of the group stages with two losses out of three matches.  This is the first loss in the group stages of this competition in about seven years.  The team has some experienced players but has not got the strength of depth as yet in terms of match experience at this stage.” she added “I hope for better fortunes for the team later in the season.

In the Mixed doubles Irwin was partnered with Dessi Bratonova while Luke Watts played with Jordan Mosquera. The team’s first match was against King Edwards who the college have been up against in previous years. The match was close, Watts and Mosquera lost 6-1 to top pair but beat pair two 6-3, Irwin and Bratonova beat second pair 6-2 but lost to top pair 6-3 to make things all square.

With things all square the match went to a shoot out with only one player from each pair being eligible to play. Watts and Bratonova were selected and played the shoot out, they won the toss and started well winning the first three points in a row to give a commanding lead which they never relinquised, the final score was 10-5. The next and final mixed match will be against Kingston College which will decide the overall group standings.

Goldson said “It was a tough choice with the boys but Dessi was clearly the stand out player during the first two matches, with a high level of consistency shown both from her serving and from the back of the court.” she added “This was a fantatsic achievement for the pair and team as a whole after a losing streak in shoot outs last year, Dessi was without question the player of the match. Both Jordan and Luke are unable to play regularly due to their timetables, but we were lucky this match was held on an inset day making the players fully available for the tie.”

The aim of the Senior Students Competition is to encourage lower rated players to play competitive tennis and provide the team with an opportunity to compete in a National Final. The entry period runs from June – September with local league matches being played October through to December with the winners of the local leagues progressing through to the knockout rounds from January. The National Final take place in March at Bolton Arena.

Hignett Helps Hampshire Win County Cup Competition

Totally Tennis performance player Liam Hignett won all his singles matches in the weekend’s U18 County Cup Tie, helping the Hampshire & IOW team to win the fixture 3-0 and gain promotion to Division 3.

The event which was held at the David Lloyd Club in Southampton from 26th to 28th February saw the Hampshire team compete against teams from Berkshire, Northampshire and Oxfordshire. Second seed Hignett was joined by fellow county players George Barfoot, George Houghton, Jake Norris, Zizheng Jin, Austin Gwilliam, Ryan Hutchinson and William Coward.


On the first day Hampshire beat Berkshire with a resounding 8-1 scoreline. Hignett defeated higher rated player Lewis Brown 6-4, 6-1 in the singles but lost in the doubles with partner Hutchinson 6-3, 6-4 against Oliver Okonkwo and Sebastian Tong. Overall the team won six singles and two doubles.

On Day 2 the success continued with another 8-1 win for the team against Northamptonshire. Hignett beat Alexander Ballinger 6-2, 6-0 in his singles match and then teamed up with top seed Barfoot (pictured below) to win their doubles match against Henry Masters and Joe Tyler 6-3, 7-5. This time the team won all the doubles matches and five of the six singles with only Barfoot losing his singles match.


The final day was another success story with the Hampshire boys winning all their matches against Oxfordshire 8-0. Up against another higher rated player, Hignett won his third singles tie of the weekend against Cameron Price 6-4, 6-0 but didn’t play his doubles with Barfoot as the opposition conceded the match. Overall the boys won all their matches played. A very successful weekend of tennis for the Hampshire Boys and a well served promotion. Congratulations to Liam and his teammates for a job well done.


Thanks to Donella Hignett for all the great photos.


January in Pictures

IMG_3482Totally Tennis alumni Josh Murray with British Number One Andy Murray on the practice courts at the Mubadala World Tennis Championships in Abu Dhabi


Mini performance player Tillie Reid was the winner of the Girls 10 & under event at Guildford Tennis Academy


The Totally Tennis 16 and under beat Thornden 12 – 0 in their Wessex Heartbeat Winter League match 


A new batch of Tennis Leaders Graduated including performance players Liam Hignett and Andrew Dingwall



Mini Performance player Isla Hignett started her charity snack sale

IMG_0362Performance player Liam Hignett was named as on of the twelve finalists in the Basingstoke Voluntary Sports Council Junior Sportsmen Award to be decided later this month

Good start for QMC Boys A and Mixed Teams

The Queen Mary’s College (QMC) Boys A Team got off to a good start in the new season of this years Senior Students Competition. All the teams who are managed by QMC PE teacher Sarah Goldson train at Totally Tennis’ indoor centre and it’s also the venue for all the college’s home fixtures.

The Boys team of Loic Armstrong, Nick Dingwall, Adam Hod and Luke Watts beat Bedales 10-2. In the singles Armstrong, Dingwall and Watts all won their matches 6-2 and Hood lost 6-1. In the doubles, Armstong/Dingwall won 7-5 and Watts/Hood won 6-3.

Goldson said, “Although it was a good victory in the end, the match could have swung the other way and I was pleased to get this first match done.”

photo-38Dingwall and Watts then played in a Mixed match immediately afterwards the Bedales fixture against Collyers College with Holly Groves and Beth Lowe. Pair one Dingwall/Groves lost against the 2nd pair 6-1 and defeated the top pair 6-1. Watts/Lowe beat the first pair 6-2 but lost against the second pair 6-2 which meant a deciding shoot out! Dingwall/Lowe won the shoot out 10-4 to give QMC overall victory.

Goldson commented, “This match ended up closer than expected. Beth was by far the player of the match and I was relaly impressed with her level of play.”

Girls Senior Students 2014

In the Girls fixture against St Catherine’s School, Guildford the newly formed girls team of Lowe, Groves, Sarah Winkle and Frankie Turner played well even though the final scoreline told a different story. Top player Kelsey Mosquera was unable to compete due to her high rating preventing her inclusion in the team.

In the singles, Lowe lost 6-1, Groves lost 6-3, Winkle lost 6-2 and Turner lost 6-0. In the doubles, Lowe and Groves won 6-4 and Winkle and Turner lost 6-0 so the team lost overall 10-2.

Goldson said, “We have not had a girl’s team for a couple of years, so it was good to get a team in this year. Although Kelsey unable to play as rated too high so our fourth player is really a Badminton player. The girls really did well though and despite the scoreline the games were well contested.”

The Boys B team of Matt Rennie, Joseph Lane, Chris Yarney were joined for Watts who stood in for an injured player, lost against Lancing College 12-0. In the singles, Rennie lost 6-0, Watts lost 6-3, Joseph Lane lost 6-1 and Yarney lost 6-0. In the doubles, Rennie/Lane 6-1 and Yarney/Watts lost 6-0.

Goldson finished “We have a very good record in the Senior Students Competition, particularly the Boys A Team and Mixed Team and it was good to get wins in the first group matches for these two teams.”

The Senior Students Competition is an annual tennis tournament to encourage players in Years 11 – 13 to play competitive tennis and provide teams with an opportunity to compete in a National Final. The entry period runs run June to September with local league matches being played from October to December. Winners of the local leagues progress through to the knockout rounds from January, with the National Finals taking place in March next year at Bolton Arena.

The QMC players have a busy schedule after half-term with more matches in the Senior Students competition, the Association of Colleges competition (formerly British Colleges) and the South East Regional Competition singles tournament run by Goldson at Totally Tennis with Loic Armstrong and Kelsey Mosquera representing the college.


QMC Boys Team Reach Regional Finals

The Queen Mary College (QMC) Boys A Team of Loic Armstrong, Ali Olrog, Nick Dingwall and Patrick Lincoln-Ohstrand are in the regional finals of the Glanvill Cup after winning their semi-final match against Portsmouth Grammar School. The team of Totally Tennis performance players travelled to Portsmouth and came out fighting in the singles matches, crushing the opposition to win all the singles and the fixture before the doubles even began. Armstrong beat Adam Filip 6-3, 6-3, Dingwall beat Charlie Futcher 6-1, 6-1, Olrog beat Toby Bonnett 6-0, 6-2 and Lincoln-Ohstrand beat Guy Cripps 5-7, 7-6 (8),10-6.

ImageThe  Regional finalists (L to R) Ali Olrog, Patrick Lincoln-Ohstrand, Nick Dingwall and Loic Armstrong (front)

With the match already won, the Doubles matches were abandoned due to availability of court time at the Portsmouth centre. Armstrong/Olrog were all square against Filip/Futcher 4-4 in the first set and Dingwall/Lincoln-Ohstrand were leading 6-0, 1-0 in their match against Bonnett/Cripps. The boys are now playing for a place in the National Final in Sheffield and will face local rivals Peter Symonds College from Winchester in the away fixture on Wednesday 4th June.

ImageAli Olrog won his singles match 6-0, 6-2

Sarah Goldson, QMC PE teacher and tennis team manager said “This was a great win for the boys and it was especially pleasing to see Patrick fighting hard for his win in the 4th singles, wrapping up the victory before the doubles rubbers. Although they may have not played at their best in parts during the singles, they have become very good match players and seem to find a way to win regardless.”

She added “The final will as expected be against Peter Symonds, who have one of their strongest teams, the boys are looking forward to the match and will as always I am sure give their very best. The boys have had a great season this year and the QMC teams still have several more matches to play before the end of the year.”

ImageLoic Armstrong won his singles match 6-3, 6-3