The Queen Mary’s College (QMC) Boys A Team got off to a good start in the new season of this years Senior Students Competition. All the teams who are managed by QMC PE teacher Sarah Goldson train at Totally Tennis’ indoor centre and it’s also the venue for all the college’s home fixtures.
The Boys team of Loic Armstrong, Nick Dingwall, Adam Hod and Luke Watts beat Bedales 10-2. In the singles Armstrong, Dingwall and Watts all won their matches 6-2 and Hood lost 6-1. In the doubles, Armstong/Dingwall won 7-5 and Watts/Hood won 6-3.
Goldson said, “Although it was a good victory in the end, the match could have swung the other way and I was pleased to get this first match done.”
Dingwall and Watts then played in a Mixed match immediately afterwards the Bedales fixture against Collyers College with Holly Groves and Beth Lowe. Pair one Dingwall/Groves lost against the 2nd pair 6-1 and defeated the top pair 6-1. Watts/Lowe beat the first pair 6-2 but lost against the second pair 6-2 which meant a deciding shoot out! Dingwall/Lowe won the shoot out 10-4 to give QMC overall victory.
Goldson commented, “This match ended up closer than expected. Beth was by far the player of the match and I was relaly impressed with her level of play.”
In the Girls fixture against St Catherine’s School, Guildford the newly formed girls team of Lowe, Groves, Sarah Winkle and Frankie Turner played well even though the final scoreline told a different story. Top player Kelsey Mosquera was unable to compete due to her high rating preventing her inclusion in the team.
In the singles, Lowe lost 6-1, Groves lost 6-3, Winkle lost 6-2 and Turner lost 6-0. In the doubles, Lowe and Groves won 6-4 and Winkle and Turner lost 6-0 so the team lost overall 10-2.
Goldson said, “We have not had a girl’s team for a couple of years, so it was good to get a team in this year. Although Kelsey unable to play as rated too high so our fourth player is really a Badminton player. The girls really did well though and despite the scoreline the games were well contested.”
The Boys B team of Matt Rennie, Joseph Lane, Chris Yarney were joined for Watts who stood in for an injured player, lost against Lancing College 12-0. In the singles, Rennie lost 6-0, Watts lost 6-3, Joseph Lane lost 6-1 and Yarney lost 6-0. In the doubles, Rennie/Lane 6-1 and Yarney/Watts lost 6-0.
Goldson finished “We have a very good record in the Senior Students Competition, particularly the Boys A Team and Mixed Team and it was good to get wins in the first group matches for these two teams.”
The Senior Students Competition is an annual tennis tournament to encourage players in Years 11 – 13 to play competitive tennis and provide teams with an opportunity to compete in a National Final. The entry period runs run June to September with local league matches being played from October to December. Winners of the local leagues progress through to the knockout rounds from January, with the National Finals taking place in March next year at Bolton Arena.
The QMC players have a busy schedule after half-term with more matches in the Senior Students competition, the Association of Colleges competition (formerly British Colleges) and the South East Regional Competition singles tournament run by Goldson at Totally Tennis with Loic Armstrong and Kelsey Mosquera representing the college.