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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

Coaches Play At Wimbledon

Queen Marys College (QMC) PE teacher Sarah Goldson invited four of the Totally Tennis coaches to play at Wimbledon, former college players Shyam Vithlani, Ben Jubin and Ali Olrog were joined by fellow coach Jamie Jordan to play at famous SW19 location. In her other role as manager of the Wimbledon Championships ball boys and girls (BBG’s), Goldson took the coaches to this year’s selection session for the prospective candidates, six guys played across two days during the weekend.

Goldson said “It was great to have such a high standard of play, it means the candidates raise their level and this year we saw some excellent performances from the applicants.”

She added “It was also good to catch up with so many ex-QMC tennis players and relive some past golden moments!  Great to see they are all still enjoying playing Tennis.  I know they like playing during the BBG sessions, and the instructors think they are a great asset to the programme…….as do I.  Thanks guys.”

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Vithlani said “An enjoyable weekend competing against fellow coaches, great to feel part of the championships as part of the ball boys and girls assessment days.”

Goldson landed the BBG Manager position at the Wimbledon Championships in 2011 after refereeing for about seven years for the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) alongside her job at the college. Goldson’s position at the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) involves selecting, recruiting and managing the training of all the BBGs. The job as BBG Manager involves working at the All England Club approximately one hundred days a year, including the annual Championships fortnight.

Player Profile: Joseph Lane

92bda3b9c1fbafe708dcc974cab97491JOSEPH LANE

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 

 

Tennis Talk: QMC At World Tour Finals and Djokovic Wins Title

Queen Mary’s College PE teacher and tennis team manager took thirteen of the college’s tennis and former tennis players for an outing to the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London last week.

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The O2 hosts the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals (source:Sarah Goldson)

A lucky fourteen players, Nick Dingwall, Adam Hood, Luke Watts, Michael Thompson, Joseph Lane, Patrick Lincoln-Ohstrand, Chris Yarney, Sarah Winkle, Kelsey Mosquera, Holly Groves, Ellis Wyles, Harvey Stuart, Ali Olrog and Matt Rennie, accompanied Goldson on the trip to London to watch the world’s top players in action.

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The court at the O2 from the QMC groups perspective (source: Sarah Goldson)

Goldson said “It was a great day out with all the tennis players and it was good to have everyone together to watch the Tennis. The doubles was probably a better match than the singles, we saw the Bryan brothers, just edge out their opponents in a 10 point tie break. In the singles, we saw Berdych beat Cilic.” she added “The students really enjoyed the event and even though we were on the back row, the view was fantastic and for some of them it was the first time they had attended the event.”

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Federer tells a disappointed crowd that he won’t be able to compete in the final (source:www.bbc.com/sport/tennis)

There was disappointment for Goldson yesterday who is a massive fan of Roger Federer as he had to pull out of the final against Novak Djokovic due to injury, handing the defending champion and world number one his fourth season ending crown. Swiss Federer, 33 who has won the title six times previously, announced he was not able to compete as he was not ‘match-fit’ and apologised in person on court to the packed 02 after World number one doubles players twins Bob and Mike Bryan won the Doubles title. Federer said “I’m sorry I’m not fit to play,” he said. “I hope you understand. I wanted to come out personally and explain. I did everything I could. I took pain-killers, had rest until the very end, but I just cannot compete at this level with Novak.” (BBC sport)

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Murray on court with tennis legends McEnroe, Cash and Henman (source:www.bbc.com/sport/tennis)

In an attempt to pacify the obviously disappointed crowd, the organisers had drafted in British number one Andy Murray to return to the O2 and step into the fray to play Djokovic in an exhibition pro-match which Djokovic won 8-5. Murray then paired up with tennis legend John McEnroe to beat Tim Henman and Pat Cash 8-6 in a doubles match. Serbian Djokovic, 27, who only had an incredible eight defeats from sixty-six matches this year collected the ATP World Tour Finals trophy before his exhibition match with Murray.

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Champion Djokovic who would have preferred to play to win his fourth title (source:www.bbc.com/sport/tennis)

It’s clearly not the way I wanted,” he said. “It’s an incredible achievement, but at this moment it’s hard to talk about it. I’m not one of the players that celebrate this particular type of win.” (BBC Sport)