Tennis Scholars Win Regional Stage of the Glanville Cup

The Sherfield School sixth form team of Liam Hignett, Miles Bromilow, Alex Dawson and Dean Cooper Kirby (from Year 8) won the Hampshire/Dorset/Wiltshire knockout stage of the Glanville Cup. The team beat Bournemouth Colleigate 8 – 4 in their final match played last Friday at the West Hants club in Bournemouth.

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In the earlier matches the boys beat Alton College 12 – 0 and Cranleigh Senior Boys 10 – 2. The team made up of Totally Tennis performance players, who are all also tennis scholars at the school, have now qualified for the National Finals that will be played at Nottingham Tennis Centre from 11th – 14th July.

Congratulations boys!

QMC Mixed Team will play in National Finals

The Queen Mary’s College (QMC) tennis mixed team travelled to Aldenham School in Hertfordshire for their latest match of the knock out stages of the Senior Students competition.

The team of Luke Watts and Jordan Mosquera (pair 1) and Andrew Dingwall and Dessi Bratinova (pair 2) had a bye in their first match so needed to win this fixture to qualify for the National Finals in Bolton. Both pairs made a great start with Watts and Mosquera beating the opposing team’s top pair 6-3 and Dingwall and Bratinova defeating the second pair 7-6 (3).

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The QMC mixed team who will play in the National Finals in Bolton (L to R) Luke Watts, Jordan Mosquera, Dessi Bratinova and Andrew Dingwall.

QMC PE teacher and tennis team manager Sarah Goldson said “Both pairs served well in the first matches and both Luke and Jordan played well up at the net to cut off any long baseline exchanges.” she added,  “Andrew and Dessi had served for the match earlier in the set but were pegged back to a tie break, but lifted their game once again to take the tie break-relatively comfortably.”

Going into the second matches, the QMC team needed just one win to qualify, Dingwall and Bratinova were the first to finish but unfortunately lost to the top pairing 6-3.  Watts and Mosquera got off to a great start winning the initial few games to lead 3-0 but again the opposition fought back but the QMC pair battled on breaking serve to win the match 6-3 and securing the mixed team’s qualification for the national finals in Bolton.

Goldson said “This will be a fourth appearance by a QMC mixed team in Bolton and a sixth appearance for the College overall.  This was an unexpected surprise for the QMC team this year and we have certainly made the most of an advantageous draw.”

The team along with Saul Irwin (who played in the earlier round) will head to Bolton on Saturday 11 March to compete against Millfield School, Felsted School, Ellesmere College,  Strathallan School, Rugby School, Sevenoaks School and local rivals Peter Symonds College from Winchester.

This will be a great opportunity for the players, we have nothing to lose and as such will hopefully play with a sense of freedom and no pressure,” said Goldson “All five players are certainly capable on their day and it is great that QMC have a place back in the finals after a couple of years where we have just missed out.”

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The 2010 QMC Mixed Team who won the National Title and a masterclass at Totally Tennis from Judy Murray (L to R) Ben Jubin, Jack Nicholson, Steph Catlin and Aimee Paterson

The team are following in the footsteps of the QMC Mixed Team who won the National Title back in 2010. Totally Tennis performance players Steph Catlin, Ben Jubin, Jack Nicholson and Aimee Paterson were the dream team who brought the trophy home to Basingstoke. Goldson said “It may be 7 years ago but I still remember it well!  I am very much looking forward to see how our players this year get on.” J

ubin is now a full-time tennis coach at Totally Tennis and Catlin is a sports nutritionalist and contributor to this blog.

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.

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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.

World Tennis News: The US Open winners are……

World number one Novak Djokovic won his second US Open and tenth Grand Slam title after beating old rival Roger Federer in the final held at Flushing Meadows that was initially delayed three hours because of rain. Djokovic won the title in four sets 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 to finish this years tennis Grand Slam calendar winning an impressive three of the four tennis major titles. Men’s doubles champions were twelfth seeds Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut from France who beat Jamie Murray and John Peers 6-4, 6-4.

In the women’s event, Italian Flavia Pennetta defeated fellow Italian Roberta Vinci in the women’s singles final and then retired from professional tennis.

Martina Hingis and Sania Mirza beat fourth seeds Casey Dellacqua/Yaroslava Shvedova in 6-3, 6-3 the final. Fourth seed Hingis also won the Mixed Doubles title with partner Leander Paes beating unseeded USA’s pairing Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Sam Querrey 6-4, 3-6, 10-7.

Photos used courtesy of www.usopen.org

May in Pictures

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Harry Rushbrook won the 8 and under event at The Bourne Club in Farnham

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Mini Performance players Tillie Reid and Isla Hignett competed in the 12 & under Doubles at Millfield School in Bathphoto 2

It was the Primary Schools Tournament back in April (post published in May) and Sherborne St John were the winners (below)

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Great British Tennis Weekend event at the Indoor Centre

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Players enjoying the Holiday Tennis Camps during the Half Term break

National Finals Place For Dawson and the Hampshire County Cup Team

Totally Tennis mini performance player Aaron Dawson was part of the Hampshire & Isle of Wight (IOW) 10 and under Boys County Cup team that competed last weekend at Weald Lawn Tennis Squash and Rackets club. The Hampshire boys played in Group B along with Sussex and Surrey. On a sunny first day, the team played Sussex first with Louis Bowden beating Jonah Bryant 4-0, 4-0, Dawson defeated Finlay Edwards winning 4-1, 4-0 and Daniel Prickett won 4-1, 4-1 against Darcy Pycroft. Dawson and Prickett won the doubles rubber with a 4-1, 4-1 victory which gave the team a fantastic 4-0 start.

aaron individual-2Next up was tougher opposition from the Surrey team. Bowden came from behind in the first set to beat Tom Dunlop 5-3, 4-2, Dawson then won a close first set against Dominik Hagmann before winning the second set convincingly. With overall score at 2-0 to Hampshire, Prickett was up against Surrey number one Freddie Plummer winning the first set 4-1 but Plummer came back to win the second set tiebreak. Prickett stepped up a gear to win 10-2 and secure the team’s position as group winners and put them through to the semi-final stage.

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Due to a bad weather forecast for the second day the organisers decided to play the semi-finals singles matches on the first day and Hampshire were up against old rivals Dorset. Undeterred Bowden beat William Pickard 4-1, 4-0 and Dawson recorded the same scoreline against Louis Cunningham. Prickett also kept a clean slate with 4-2, 4-0 victory against James Sclater and after a very day of tennis the team were through to the final!

Due to heavy rain the hard courts were unplayable on day two so the boys played the final on the clay courts against Kent. Prickett kicked things off with a 4-1, 4-0 victory against Matthew Pickering. Dawson battled but was unlucky against Oliver Evans losing 5-4(6), 4-2 and that levelled the score to 1-1. An on form Bowden defeated Hugo Coquelin 4-1, 4-0 to give the  Hampshire boys a 2-1 lead after the singles. With a place in the National Finals at Bolton up for grabs there was everything to play for in the the doubles and Prickett and Dawson delivered with a fantastic win against Pickering/Evans 4-0, 4-0.

Congratulations Boys and Good Luck for the National Finals in two weeks time!FullSizeRender-121The Aegon County Cup National Finals will take place at Bolton Arena over the weekend of 12th -14th June.

Information and group pictures provided courtesy of Andy Sheridan. Deputy Captain was James Crawford and the two travelling reserves Toby Blackwell and Owen Martel.

QMC Knocked Out in the Knock Out Rounds

In the knock out rounds of this year’s Senior Students competition against local rivals Peter Symonds college from Winchester, the Queen Marys College (QMC) Boys A team lost 8-4 overall. The team of Loic Armstrong, Nick Dingwall, Adam Hood and Luke Watts were at a disadvantage from the offset playing on Symonds unfamiliar Astro turf courts in the rain and the opposition just proved too strong for them.

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In the singles, Armstrong was the only winner with a 6-2 victory, an injured Dingwall lost 6-4, Hood 6-1 and Watts 6-3. Things stayed pretty much the same in the doubles with Armstrong/Watts winning 6-2 and Dingwall/Hood losing 6-4.

QMC PE teacher and Tennis Team manager Sarah Goldson said “It was disappointing to be 6-2 down after the singles matches. We have a strong team and were confident we stood a good chance against Symonds despite their strength in depth but with Nick in doubt before the match started due to injury we knew we would be up against it. ”

She added “We were still confident of pulling it back in the doubles but were narrowly beaten in the second singles rubber. This was really disappointing for the team particularly in view of the fact that we knew had we won this match that we stood a good chance against the remaining opposition to gain a place at the Bolton National Finals.”

Peter Symonds went on to win both their next matches, beating both Lancing and Eastbourne colleges 10-2 and 12-0 respectively and competed in the Nationals Finals last weekend at Bolton Arena. The overall champions of 2014/15 were Strathallan School from Perth, Scotland who won all three National titles in the Boys, Girls and Mixed events.

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, with the National Final taking place in March.