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

January and February in Pictures

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The top placed players in the Australian Open, the first TT Tour of 2017 

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Performance player Liam Hignett represented Hampshire & Isle of Wight (IOW) in the 18U Boys County Cup held at Taunton Tennis Centre in Somerset.

 

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QMC Mixed team who will play in the National Finals in Bolton on 11th March (L to R) Luke Watts, Jordan Mosquera, Dessi Bratinova and Andrew Dingwall.

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Performance player Liam Hignett was third in the Junior Sportsman Category at the annual Basingstoke Sports Awards

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Hignett with Head Coach James McIntosh at the annual Basingstoke Sport’s Awards.

November in Pictures

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Performance player and Sherfield School tennis Scholar Liam Hignett became the new David Lloyd Southampton Aegon British Tour FAST4 Mens Singles champion

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TT Tour Finals Orange champion was Hayden Cummings (right) pictured with runner-up Daniel Ward

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Ollie Steer (left) was declared over TT Tour finals Green champion with Jack Moria in second place

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In the yellow event Oliver Alemany (left) was the overall TT Tour Finals winner, runner-up was Noah Lane (right) and Tinuke Adelakun (centre) was third.

image1-9Totally Tennis Performance player Liam Hignett was part of the Hampshire and I.O.W Winter County Cup Men’s team that played at the Shrewsbury Club against teams from North Scotland, Sussex and Nottinghamshire.

andrew-and-alex-aoc-singles-qmcAndrew Dingwall and Alex Wood competed in the Association of Colleges (AoC) Tennis – South East Regional Singles Competition held at Totally Tennis’ indoor centre

qmc-senior-students-boys-2016-2017 QMC boys team of Dan Hutchison, Andrew Dingwall, Saul Irwin and Cam Spears represented the college in the Senior Students Competition

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.

Totally Tennis Hosts Annual AoC Tennis Singles Competition

Queen Mary’s College (QMC) PE teacher Sarah Goldson run the annual Association of Colleges (AoC) Tennis – South East Regional Singles Competition earlier this week at Totally Tennis’ indoor centre in the War Memorial Park, Basingstoke.

This event has been hosted at Totally Tennis for the last ten years and QMC have always been well represented and this year was no exception. Alex Wood and Andrew Dingwall played in the boys event and the girls event was contested by QMC’s top female player Kelsey Mosquera. Each college is permitted two singles entries in each gender category and this year a total of fifteen boys and thirteen girls signed up to play. The tournament was played in the FAST4 format as requested after it was introduced at National Level in 2015, this year the National finals will be held at the Nottingham Tennis Centre for the first time.

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Top seeds in both competitions were Freya Davies and Austin Gwilliam who were both representing Peter Symonds College from nearby Winchester. The boys event was played in four groups with the calibre of play was extremely high. QMC’s Wood played really well beating Matthew Robinson (Reigate) 4-0, 4-0 and Ryan O’Leary (Havant) 4-3(0), 4-0 but lost against Tom Woodcock (Barton Peveril)  4-2, 4-1 to finish second in his group but unfortunately due to time restrictions only the group winners progressed to the semi-final stage. Dingwall had a hard task with top seed Gwilliam playing in his group, he beat Serhan Dogan (Worthing) 4-0, 4-1 but lost to Gwilliam 4-1, 4-0 and then also lost against Harry Orrin (Farnborough) in a close encounter 4-2, 2-4, 9-10 (sudden death nine points all as per the FAST4 format) so missed out on the runner-up spot. In the final Gwilliam beat Ryan Young (Worthing) 4-0, 4-1 to be crowned  the overall winner.

austin-gwilliam-aoc-singles-winner-peter-symondsOverall Boys winner Austin Gwilliam from Peter Symonds College

 

Mosquera defeated Lauren Suter (Farnborough) 4-0, 4-0 and Abigail Downham (Worthing) 4-2, 4-1 to win her group. In the semi-final, she came up against eventual winner Davis whose greater weight of shots and increased consistency was better than any of the opponents she had faced in group stages. Unable to sustain her own game at a high enough level to win the match Mosquera lost to Davis 4-0, 4-0 and she went on to win the final against Helen Skingley (Worthing) 4-0, 4-0 and give Peter Symonds College both victories and two National finalists.

Goldson said “I had high hopes for Mosquera who as expected went for all her shots from the outset, dictating the majority of the points in her group matches from the back of the court.”

freya-psc-and-helen-worthing-aoc-singles-winner-and-runner-up(L to R) Overall Girls Winner Freya Davis (PSC) and runner-up Helen Skingley (Worthing)

AoC Sport is the lead organisation for college sport and physical activity in this country funded by Sport England, the vision is that every college student has the opportunity to participate regularly in sport or physical activity. Regional tournaments in thirteen different sports are open to students in AoC Sport member colleges and are held in the autumn term. The best teams and individuals qualify for the National Championships where they compete individually both for their college and their region.

May In Pictures

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The Quorn Family Cup competitors

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Hayden and dad Ben Cummings were the winners of The Quorn Family Cup (pictured left with brothers Jordan and Ellis on the right)
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TT Tour French Open Competitors

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davPerformance player Jasmin Bromilow won the Girls 14 and under singles title at the Will to Win Pitshanger tournament

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.