The Queen Mary’s College (QMC) players were in action again at the indoor centre at Totally Tennis. Run by QMC PE teacher and tennis team manager Sarah Goldson, there was a slight change to the format with the doubles event like the singles event. This year the tournament was scheduled for one day only rather than two and as such the field was reduced to one pair rather than previous year’s two per event (boys, girls and mixed doubles).
Disappointingly, there were quite a few last minute withdrawals and therefore the boys doubles was only contested by four pairs, the girls doubles by three pairs and the mixed doubles also by four pairs. QMC was represented by Alex Wood and Saul Irwin in the Boys event, Mixed Doubles players were Kelsey Mosquera and Luke Watts but the college withdrew fro the Girls event due to only having one player available, Sarah Winkle.
In the boys event, the Peter Symonds pair of David Gwilliam and Will Coward were heavy favourites to take the title, both with ratings in Division 3. This proved the case in their first two matches which they won comfortably against Worthing and Bexhill for the loss of 2 games. The QMC pair also served and returned well, to secure two wins 6-2 and 6-4. This meant the winner between QMC and Symonds would decide the title. Whilst Wood and Irwin played well, the superior doubles tactics and interceptions at the net, especially by Coward made things very difficult. The Symonds pair took quick control of the rallies and dominated the net area and making things very diffiuclt for the QMC pair, who lost 6-0.
In the girls event, despite there only being three teams, there were some great matches. The very first match provded the deciding one, where the Highbury girls (Pink and Kabbani) had a great win over the Peter Symonds team of Gwaze and Craft, 6-3. The girls then went onto beat Bexhill 6-2 to secure the overall win. This was a great effort by the Highbury team both of whom who had competed in the singles event.
In the mixed event, Goldson was confident that the QMC team had a chance to win the title with Mosquera and Watts, who play together regularly and have been past winners of doubles titles in Basingstoke. Opened match was against Peter Symonds, which again proved to be the key match. Mosquera served superbly throughout and was extremely consistent from the back of the court, where Watts also played with great confidence. The pair soon found themselves with an early break and extended this when they broke the Symonds male player (Harris) to love. It was a high quality match with probably more play from the back of the court by all four players than the net, somehting that worked in their favour, QMC won 6-2. The QMC pair also beat the Barton Peveril and Worthing pair quite comfortably losing just one game in each tie. This was a fantastic was to end the regional events, Mosquera and Watts will go on to represent the South East team in April at Teeside.