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.

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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.

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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.

 

FREE She Rallies ‘Lil Miss Hits’ Workshop – 4th June 2017

After the success of the first FREE She Rallies course held at Totally Tennis’ indoor centre yesterday (photo below) it’s now time to sign up for the second workshop, Lil Miss Hits, that will take place this Sunday (4th June).

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Lil Miss Hits

Date:     Sunday 4th June 2017

Time:     10:00am – 1:00pm

Lil Miss Hits is designed to introduce girls aged 5-8 years to starter tennis in a fun environment. The sessions will develop the skills needed to play tennis and a group of friends to play with. It’s a non-technical course so you don’t need to be a qualified coach to deliver it. Each session lasts 45 minutes and is full of simple skill building activities and games. Perfect for teachers, students, mums, sports leaders, community workers and club members. Lil Miss-Hits makes starter tennis delivery simple and fun.

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To book onto these free courses please visit sherallies.com/get-involved/

Read more about She Rallies here and for more information please contact Sarah Rutherford by e-mail info@hampshireiowlta.uk or telephone 07850 862929.

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FREE She Rallies Courses at Totally Tennis

She Ralliesthe initiative to encourage women and girls to get involved in tennis was launched earlier this year by Judy Murray, mother of top British players Andy and Jamie. Two FREE She Rallies workshops, supported by the Lawn Tennis Association, will be running at Totally Tennis’ Indoor Centre in the War Memorial Park, Basingstoke.

Fun Day

Date:     Tuesday 30th May 2017

Time:     10:00am – 1:00pm

The Fun Day course will give attendees a whole range of ideas for running sessions aimed at whatever age and stage is targeted, beginners, improvers and advanced players of all ages from U10 to 60+ . Participants will be shown how to run drop in sessions for new starts or old hands, bring a friend days, mums and daughters days, themed days…using whatever space, time and equipment that is available. These days are great for bringing girls of any age together.

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Lil Miss Hits

Date:     Sunday 4th June 2017

Time:     10:00am – 1:00pm

Lil Miss Hits is designed to introduce girls aged 5-8 years to starter tennis in a fun environment. The sessions will develop the skills needed to play tennis and a group of friends to play with. It’s a non-technical course so you don’t need to be a qualified coach to deliver it. Each session lasts 45 minutes and is full of simple skill building activities and games. Perfect for teachers, students, mums, sports leaders, community workers and club members. Lil Miss-Hits makes starter tennis delivery simple and fun.

To book onto these free courses please visit sherallies.com/get-involved/

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Read more about She Rallies here and for more information please contact Sarah Rutherford by e-mail info@hampshireiowlta.uk or telephone 07850 862929.

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Photos used with courtesy of bbc.com/sport and sherallies.com

 

 

Two Trophies For Tillie

Even when visiting her grandparents in Devon for the Easter holidays performance player Tillie Reid still managed to win not one but two trophies to add to her collection.

image1-15Sherfield School tennis scholar Reid competed in the Grade 4 North Devon Spring Open 14U Girls singles and doubles events in the tournament held at the Tarka Tennis Centre in Barnstaple. After a bye in the first round of the singles she beat Grace Vowles 4-0, 4-0 in the semi-finals and then won the final against Amelia Pirt 4-0, 4-1.\

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The following day she joined forces with Pirt to compete in the doubles which was played in the round robin format. Together they defeated Evie Norris-Bishop/Ruby Davis 4-0, 4-0 followed by Katie Rowe/Martha Macdonald 4-1, 4-1 and then won the final against Lucy Ward/Vowles 4-0, 4-2 to collect the winners trophies.

Congratulations Tillie! What a great start to the summer season!

Winchester Open Runner’s Up Medal For Isla

Totally Tennis performance player Isla Hignett competed in the Girls 14U and 16U singles and doubles events at the Grade 3 Winchester Spring Open that took place last week at Winchester Racquets and Fitness Club.
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In the 14U singles competition sixth seed Hignett had a bye in the first round and then beat Sienna May in the quarter finals 6-1, 6-2 and then Katy Jarvis in their three set semi final encounter 6-2, 0-6, 1-0(9). In the final Hignett was up against former Totally tennis teammate and third seed  Eliza Wheeler who won the match 6-2, 6-1 leaving Hignett collecting the runners-up prize. In the 16U singles Hignett lost to Alana Unitt in the quarter finals 6-3, 6-1 and she then lost in the consolation final match against Samyuktha Manoharan 6-1, 7-5.
Hignett then teamed up with Manoharan in the 16U doubles, they lost in the three set semi final match against another former Totally Tennis player Aisling Mcgrane and her partner Unitt 4-1, 3-5, 1-0(6). In the 14U doubles Hignett partnered club mate Tillie Reid   but they lost to Jessica Holloway/Sophia Huron 4-2, 4-1 and Migraine/Unitt 6-1, 6-1.
Donella Hignett (Isla’s mum) said, “Isla didn’t win a match in the 16Us singles or the 14Us doubles which she played with Tillie as the opponents were just too strong.  It was good experience though.”

A Win for Kirsty in Oxfordshire

Totally Tennis performance player Kirsty Da Silva won the Grade 5 12 & under Girls event at the Game, Set & Match Play Spring Super Series held at Radley College Sports Centre in Oxfordshire last weekend.

After a bye in the first round, top seed Da Silva defeated Emma Gabriel in the semi-final 4-2, 4-0 and then in the final she beat Beatrice Painter 4-2, 4-2 to win the event and collect yet another medal.

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Sue Da Silva said, “Good consistent play from Kirsty in the event. She had some really clever shots, moving her opponents well.”

What a great start to the Easter holidays, Congratulations Kirsty!

 

She Rallies

Judy Murray, mother of Andy and Jamie, coach and Fed Cup captain has launched a new tennis initiative supported by the Lawn Tennis Association. ‘She Rallies‘ was introduced last month, its goal is to empower and expand the number of women and girls playing tennis and involved in coaching across the UK.

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Sarah Rutherford, ambassador for Hampshire & IOW, will be running four free workshops that are available within the She Rallies programme; Lil Miss-Hits, Teen Girls Starter Tennis, Fun Days and Recreational Competition – full details are available on the website sherallies.com

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Lil Miss-Hits – Six sessions designed to introduce girls aged 5-8 years to starter tennis in a fun environment. Lil Miss-Hits will develop the skills needed to play tennis and a group of friends to play with. It’s a non-technical course so you don’t need to be a qualified coach to deliver it. Each session lasts 45 minutes and is full of simple skill building activities and games. Perfect for teachers, students, mums, sports leaders, community workers and club members. Lil Miss-Hits makes starter tennis delivery simple and fun.

Teen Girls Starter Tennis – The aim is to increase the number of teenage girls trying tennis and keeping them in the game. Teachers, students, club members, parents and sports/youth leaders with be provided with lots of individual, paired and team activities for developing the skills needed to play tennis, along with many fun games that provide a basic introduction to tactical doubles play and court positioning. Teen tennis is for girls aged 11+, it does not require a tennis court and will focus on delivering to big numbers in whatever space is available. This course will make tennis both simple and fun to deliver in schools, parks and clubs.

headerbackground_judyfinalsherallies2Fun Days – The Fun Day course will give attendees a whole range of ideas for running sessions aimed at whatever age and stage is targeted, beginners, improvers and advanced players of all ages from U10 to 60+ . We will show you how to run drop in sessions for new starts or old hands, bring a friend days, mums and daughters days, themed days…using whatever space, time and equipment you have available. These days are great for bringing girls of any age together and for boosting your numbers at the club or park.

Recreational Competition – This course will show you how to bring fun into competition. Team events, doubles events – all with a twist. Funky rules and out of the box scoring systems. We need more girls competing in school, club and county teams so we must make it fun. Girls like being with their friends so team events are our goal. We will show you how to maximise your numbers and your court space by running skills stations alongside the matches.To take part in these workshops you must be 16 or over and keen to be involved but you don’t have to be a coach, you can be a player, parent, teacher, volunteer or a committee member. After attending a workshop, if you are then going to deliver a course/Fun Day/Recreational Competition and you could be eligible for a free kit bag.

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Judy Murray said, ““There is still a significant gender gap in terms of players and coaches at all levels of the game. By rallying together, we can create opportunities in tennis from the grassroots up.” she added, “Whether you’re an existing tennis coach, teacher, parent, student, youth worker, brownie leader or an enthusiastic club member, I have designed 4 courses as part of ‘She Rallies‘, supported by The LTA, which will give you the skills and ideas to deliver starter training and fun competition to girls and women in your community.”

“If we rally together – pun intended – we will make a difference.”

Dates and venues for the workshops will soon be finalised and bookings can be made via sherallies.com/get-involved

For more information please contact Sarah by e-mail info@hampshireiowlta.uk or telephone 07850 862929.

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Second photo used with courtesy of bbc.com/sport, all other photos used courtesy of sherallies.com