Girls Win Premier 14 & U Aegon Team Tennis League

The Totally Tennis performance players have been completing in the Aegon Team Tennis Premier league in a series of home and away fixtures. The girls 14 & under team have won the Premier 14&U Girls Tier 2 South West (East) League after drawing on points with second place Woking but winning on number of games won.

The team of Tillie Reid (3), Kirsty Da Silva (4), Isla Hignett (1), Jasmin Bromilow (2) got off to a tricky start after losing their first fixture in the  against Woking LTC 8-4. Bromilow was the only player to win her singles 6-4-6, 6-2 and with partner Hignett their won their doubles match 6-3, 6-3. The additional two member son the team are Amberley Chapman and Atinuke Adelakun.

image1-3.jpg(L to R) Tillie, Kirsty, Isla and Jasmin

The girls then had a tense fixture against Oxtails Tennis Club were they won on a shoot out after the scoreline was tied. Bromilow and Reid both won their singles 6-1, 6-3 and 6-2, 6-4 respectively but Hignett and Da Silva lost, in the doubles that followed Reid/Da Silva won their match in three sets 6-7, 7-5, 1-0 to secure victory for the team after Hignett/Bromilow were beaten.

In their final fixture played at the weekend in Oxford, the girls beat White Horse 8-4. Hignett and Reid won their singles 6-0, 6-0 and 6-2, 6-3 respectively but with Bromilow and Da Silva losing the score was level. In the doubles Hignett/Bromilow won in three sets 6-3, 2-6, 11-9 and Reid/Da Silva won 6-4, 6-4 to secure overall victory.


Donella Hignett said “The team finished as winners in the premier division, with Woking finishing in second place.  This is the first time the girls have played in the premier league, so it’s an amazing result.”

Congratulations girls 🙂

The Totally Tennis 18 & under boys team of Dylan Allenby-Ryan, Miles Bromilow, Alex Dawson, Liam Hignett and Josh Lawson have been competing in the Premier 18 & Under Boys (Tier 2 – South East). The boys lost in their first fixture against Westside Lawn Tennis Club (LTC) 8-4 with only Hignett and Bromilow winning their singles matches. They bounced back to beat Woking Lawn Tennis Club (LTC) 10 – 2 with Hignett, Bromilow and Allenby-Ryan all winning their singles and the team winning both doubles matches. The team’s next fixture is against DL Raynes Park.

Aegon Team Tennis is a singles based team competition that provides players of all ages (8&U – Open) with regular league matches, against similar standard players in a competitive team environment. A total of 6,158 teams from over 1,050 venues are playing in Aegon Team Tennis 2017, last year there were a record number of 9,837 fixtures completed across the country. The Premier 12U-18U tier provides the opportunity for teams to compete outside of their county on a regional and national level. This allows stronger players and teams to play in a more appropriate league. Teams are accepted to the Premier 12U-18U events based on the ratings of nominated players at entry stage, there are three age groups 12U, 14U and 18U.


Tennis Scholars Win Regional Stage of the Glanville Cup

The Sherfield School sixth form team of Liam Hignett, Miles Bromilow, Alex Dawson and Dean Cooper Kirby (from Year 8) won the Hampshire/Dorset/Wiltshire knockout stage of the Glanville Cup. The team beat Bournemouth Colleigate 8 – 4 in their final match played last Friday at the West Hants club in Bournemouth.


In the earlier matches the boys beat Alton College 12 – 0 and Cranleigh Senior Boys 10 – 2. The team made up of Totally Tennis performance players, who are all also tennis scholars at the school, have now qualified for the National Finals that will be played at Nottingham Tennis Centre from 11th – 14th July.

Congratulations boys!

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.


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.

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Hignett Top Seed in 18U County Cup

Totally Tennis performance player Liam Hignett represented Hampshire & Isle of Wight (IOW) in this weekend’s 18U Boys County Cup held at Taunton Tennis Centre in Somerset.


The Hampshire & IOW team competed in Group 3a against teams from South Wales, Lancashire and Nottinghamshire. On the first day the Hampshire boys were up against Lancashire and won two of the six singles matches. Top seed Hignett lost but Ryan Goldsworthy and Zizheng Jin both won, in the doubles Hignett and partner Jake Norris won but the other two pairs lost meaning that the team lost 6-3 overall.


Things went pretty much the same way on day two with the Hampshire team losing to South Wales 5-4. In the singles Hignett won his match along with James Blair, Goldsworthy and Outek Dinapala so the team led 4-2 after the completion of the singles matches. In the doubles all three pairings lost so the end result went against the Hampshire team.

On the final day things were much better with the Hampshire boys beating the team from Nottinghamshire convincingly 9-0. The final results were Lancashire 6, South Wales 4, Hampshire & IOW 2 and the team from Nottinghamshire ended with no points and will be relegated to 3b.

Aegon County Cup events give players the opportunity to represent their county in team competition in national/regional stages, the age group categories range from 9U to Adults.



Juniors Compete in Team Tennis Competition

Two teams from Totally Tennis have been competing in the South East Division of the Aegon Team Tennis Hampshire & IOW competition. The team of Liam Hignett, Miles Bromilow, Alex Dawson, Dylan Allenby-Ryan and James Blair played in the Premier U18 Boys competition and Isla Hignett, Jasmin Bromilow, Tillie Reid, Kirsty Da Silva and Tinuke Adelakin played in the U12 Girls event.

The boys team played in Tier 2 of the South East Division and won three out of their four matches. Their beat Beckenham Tennis Club in a doubles tie-break 7-6 after a shootout by top seed Liam and James when the match was tied at three sets each. Their next win was against Highgate which they won 8-4 and their final victory was a close encounter against Sutton Tennis Academy. Unfortunately Alex got injured during his singles match and had to retire so this left the tie at three sets all which meant a deciding shootout needed to be played, Liam and Dylan stepped up and won sealing another 7-6 victory for Totally Tennis. The boys only defeat came against the overall winners of the division, Woking Tennis Club who won the fixture 10-2, Totally Tennis finished in the runner-up spot.
Head coach James Macintosh said “The boys this year did really well in the Premier Aegon team tennis and finishing second in the league is a great result. Well done!
The girls played four matches in their league against Winchester Racquets Club, David Lloyd Ringwood, Wickham Tennis Club and Compton & Shawford winning every match convincingly 12-0.
Macintosh said “It’s a fantastic achievement for the girls to win every match in the division, not only did they win all of their matches they didn’t drop a set in the whole competition.” he added, “Well done girls, next year we will enter into the premier division where the competition will be stronger.”

Aaron’s Amazing Summer of Results

Young Totally Tennis player Aaron Dawson has had a very success summer of tennis in various tournaments in both singles and doubles competitions. Back in late July he competed in the Grade1 Summer National Tour Finals 2015 – 10 and under Invitational held at the West Hants Club in Bournemouth where he finished in a very respectable 6th place. In his first match he beat Tibet Hanedan 4-0, 5-4(0) but then had a tough second match against Benjamin Johnson which went to three sets and he just missed out after narrowly losing in the championship tie-break 2-4, 5-3, [1-0](7) causing him to miss out on a playing for a 1-4 position. In the play off 5th To 8th final Dawson lost against Jay Darvay 4-2, 4-2 to finish in sixth place.

Aaron NationalsIn the 30th Eastleigh Open held at the Virgin Active Hampshire Health and Racquets Club Dawson competed in both the Grade 3 Boys 12 and under doubles and singles events. He was crowned doubles winner with partner Dean Cooper-Kirby after they defeated Franko Stoman and Pieter-Roux Olivier in the quarter finals 4-0, 4-1, Joe Eales and Matthew Nice in the semis 5-3, 4-2 and then Harrison Macdonald-Taylor and George Shields 4-2, 4-1. In the singles event he had a bye in the first round and was then beaten by doubles partner Cooper-Kirby in the second round 6-0, 6-4. In the consolation draw he won the semi-final after beating William Moore 4-0, 4-1 in the semis and then won the event defeating Nishant Talpallikar in the final 4-2, 4-1.

Aaron Eastleigh Open U12 doublesIn the annual Hampshire & IOW Junior County Championships 2015 held at the Winchester Racquets And Fitness, Hampshire Dawson competed in three events. In the 10 and under Boys singles he finished as runner-up after losing to former clubmate Daniel Prickett in the final 4-2, 4-2. He had a bye in the first round and then defeated Spencer Hayes 4-0, 4-0 in the second round, Toby Blackwell 4-0, 4-2 in the quarters and the Jack Curtis 4-1, 4-1 in the semi-finals. In the 12 and under singles he had another bye in the first round and then beat Samuel Blackwell 4-0, 4-0 in round two but again nemesis Cooper-Kirby (who won the event overall) beat him in the quarters 5-4(2), 4-0. In the Boys 12 and under doubles Dawson and partner Bill Eales lost in the quarter finals against Zach Corner and Samuel Blackwell after a three set battle 1-4, 5-3, [1-0](5). In the consolation event, they lost to winners Toby Blackwell and Prickett 4-2, 5-4(3) in the semis.

In the Portsmouth Tennis Centre Boys 12 and under Grade 5 ranking tournament Dawson was declared the winner. In the quarters he defeated Hugo Pennant and Sterling Blakey in the semis with the same 4-0, 4-0 scorelines and finsihe with a another 4-0, 4-0 victory in the final against George Richardson. The amazing summer of hard work and results paid off as Dawson has achieved his 8.2 rating already whilst still Under10s and has now moved up to Under12s. Congratulations Aaron 😉
I have attached 2 photos; one of him at Nationals and one of Him and Dean with the doubles’ trophy.

Junior County Championships Title for Hignett

Totally Tennis performance player Liam Hignett finished off his fantastic summer of tennis by winning the 16 and under Boys singles title at the annual Hampshire & IOW Junior County Championships 2015.

image1-5In the Grade 3 annual event held at the Winchester Racquets And Fitness club, Hignett who is still just 15, had a bye in the first round and then defeated James Blair in the second round 6-2, 6-3, followed by Noah Bradwell 6-2, 6-1 in the quarter finals and then Matthew Whitehead 6-1, 6-0 in the semis, In the final he beat Zizheng Jin 6-3, 6-2 to win the event and collect his trophy, winners medal and a £40 Amazon voucher. Club mates Miles Bromilow and Alex Dawson also played in the event. Bromilow also had a bye in the first round but lost in the second round against Colling 6-2, 4-6 [1-0](8). Dawson won his first round match against Ned Timms 6-0, 6-0 and then lost to Jin in the second round 6-2, 6-2.

image4All three boys then competed in the 18 and under Boys singles. Again Hignett had a bye in round one and then beat Mats Colling 6-2, 6-1 in round two, Liam Seager 6-0, 6-3 in the quarters and Austin Gwilliam in the semis 6-3, 6-3. He finished as runner-up after losing to George Houghton who is two years older in the well fought final 2-6, 6-4 [1-0] (6). He received a medal and £25 Amazon voucher. After a bye i round one Bromilow won his second round match against James Blair 6-1, 2-6 [1-0] (5) but then lost to Gwilliam in the quarters 7-5, 6-0. Dawson also had a first round bye then lost to William Coward 6-2, 6-0 in the second round.

Donella Hignett, Liam’s mum said, “Liam won the first set of the 18 and under singles 6-2, then lost the second set 6-4 and the 10 point tie break was level at 6-6 but George was the victor 10-6. Liam was flagging slightly toward the end having just played the 16s final. He knew he would have a better chance in the 16’s so he was glad he played that first and I think he surprised himself how close the match was with George.”image2-5Hignett also played in the Boys doubles in both age groups. In the 16’s he partnered Whitehead in the round robin event and Bromilow played with Dawson. Hignett/Whitehead beat Bromilow/Dawson 4-2, 5-5(5), Colling/Harry Dunnett 4-1, 1-4 [1-0](5), Hugh Wilkinson/Thomas Woodcock 4-0, 4-0 and finished as overall runners-up after losing against Gwilliam/Bradwell 5-3, 4-1. Bromilow/Dawson beat Wilkinson/Woodcock 4-0, 4-0 and Colling/Dunnett 4-2, 5-3 but lost to Gwilliam/Bradwell 5-4(6), 4-1 to finish in third place. In the 18’s event, Hignett played with former Totally Tennis player Ryan Goldsworthy and  they finished in third place overall after losing to eventual winners Houghton/Seager 4-1, 4-0 in the semi-finals.


After the presentations Hignett started playing in the Men’s event. He won his first round match against David Darrock 6-2, 6-4 and then the quarter-final match against Harry Wilmott-Stanton 6-1, 6-4 which put him in the semi-final against Gwilliam, whom he defeated 6-4, 6-2. He finished a very respectable runner-up after losing in the final to Zander Woodford-Smith 6-3, 7-5. He received a babolat towel and £20 cash for his efforts. Congratulations Liam on a fantastic performance in all the five events you entered.