Hignett and Bromilow Join Referee Development Group

Totally Tennis performance players and Sherfield School tennis scholars Liam Hignett and Miles Bromilow are adding more skills to their ever growing tennis portfolio by attending a three part Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) referee development course.

The boys were invited to become part of the new Referee Development Group taking place across the South West of England. The LTA initiative aims to develop young players aged 16+, especially those who have shown an interest in coaching, to enable them to run events at their respective clubs by teaching them the necessary competition organisation skills.

IMG_1358With the number of tennis players competing having dropped in recent years from 24,000 to 20,000 the LTA has announced its commitment to reversing the decline. This new group is designed to get like minded young players together and encourage them to run competitions and events that give other players the opportunity to play tennis.

The boys will take part in three free courses at the Winchester Racquets and Fitness Club; the Competition Organiser Course which they have already completed, the Court Supervisors Course and Referees Course worth a whopping £125 in total. They have also been gifted team kit and laptop bags and will receive on-going mentoring as well as the opportunity to learn valuable new skills.

Hignett said. “It has been great to be a part of the Referee Development Group. I’m  looking forward to being able to transfer the skills I have acquired to organise LTA tournaments in the future.” he added, “The next two parts of the courses will teach me how to run my own tournaments as a Referee and also oversee a number of courts at larger tournaments as a Court Supervisor.”

I am looking forward to continuing with the group and embracing the new opportunities it will give me in the officiating side of the game.”

 

 

Hignett Top Seed in 18U County Cup

Totally Tennis performance player Liam Hignett represented Hampshire & Isle of Wight (IOW) in this weekend’s 18U Boys County Cup held at Taunton Tennis Centre in Somerset.

 

The Hampshire & IOW team competed in Group 3a against teams from South Wales, Lancashire and Nottinghamshire. On the first day the Hampshire boys were up against Lancashire and won two of the six singles matches. Top seed Hignett lost but Ryan Goldsworthy and Zizheng Jin both won, in the doubles Hignett and partner Jake Norris won but the other two pairs lost meaning that the team lost 6-3 overall.

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Things went pretty much the same way on day two with the Hampshire team losing to South Wales 5-4. In the singles Hignett won his match along with James Blair, Goldsworthy and Outek Dinapala so the team led 4-2 after the completion of the singles matches. In the doubles all three pairings lost so the end result went against the Hampshire team.

On the final day things were much better with the Hampshire boys beating the team from Nottinghamshire convincingly 9-0. The final results were Lancashire 6, South Wales 4, Hampshire & IOW 2 and the team from Nottinghamshire ended with no points and will be relegated to 3b.

Aegon County Cup events give players the opportunity to represent their county in team competition in national/regional stages, the age group categories range from 9U to Adults.

 

 

Titles for Totally Tennis Players at the Hampshire & IOW Junior County Championships

Totally Tennis players competed in this year’s Hampshire & IOW Junior County Championships that were held from Sunday 21st to Saturday 27th August at Winchester Racquets and Fitness.

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Performance player Liam Hignett played in the 18U Boys singles and the Men’s open events as well as both the 18U Boys and the 18U Mixed Doubles. In the 18U singles he beat Will Coward 6-1, 6-1 followed by team-mate Miles Bromilow 6-1. 6-0.  In the semi’s he defeated Ryan Hutchinson 6-2,  6-2 but then lost in the three set final against George Houghton 6-1, 3-6, 10-3 to finish as runner up, receiving a medal and an Amazon voucher.

In the 18U doubles Hignett and partner Hutchinson lost their first match 4-2, 0-4, 10-6 to Jake Norris and Ryan Golesworthy but won the consolation event 5-3, 5-4 (7) against Totally Tennis duo Dylan Allenby-Ryan and Alex Dawson.

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In the men’s event Liam beat Harry Dunnett 6-2, 6-1, Bromilow 6-0, 6-1 followed by 6-2, 6-1 win against Austin Gwilliam in the semis. The final was a reply of the 18’s against Houghton with Hignett losing the first set 6-0 managing to pull himself together and played exceptionally well to win the second set 6-1.  In the tie break they both played some great tennis but this time Hignett was the victor winning 11-9.  He received a trophy, towel and t-shirt. In the Men’s Open Doubles he partnered Norris and they won their first match after a bye in the first round against Hutchinson and James Blair 7-5, 7-6 (4) but lost in the final to Houghton and Adam Drysdale 6-2, 7-6 (3). Hignett and partner Isabelle Barefoot were 18U Mixed Doubles runners-up after beating brother and sister duo Miles and Jasmin Bromilow 6-2 and then Alfie Reynolds and Charlotte Howard 6-2 but lost against Gwilliam and Freya Davis  6-4.

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Dean Cooper Kirby had a fantastic tournament winning the 12U Boys Singles title, the 12U Doubles title with partner Aaron Dawson and was runner-up in the 14U Boys singles event. Cooper Kirby beat Louis Bowden in the final 6-3, 4-6, [1-0](8) to be crowned the 12U Boys singles champion, Dawson also competed but lost at the semi final stage. In the doubles event Cooper Kirby/Dawson defeated Christopher Adeshina and Owen Martel 4-1, 5-4(4) in the semis after a bye in the quarters. In the final they beat Louis Bowden and Jack Curtis 0-4, 4-1, [1-0](4) to win the event. In the 14U Boys final, Henry Bowden beat Cooper Kirby 6-2, 7-6(4) to win the event.

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Performance players Jasmin Bromilow, Tillie Reid and Kirsty Da Silva all competed in the 12U Girls singles event. Bromilow was runner-up, Reid was third and Da Silva fourth. In the quarters finals Bromilow beat Gabrielle Gwilliam 6-0, 6-0, Reid beat Poppy Marston 6-1, 6-1 and Da Silva completed the hat trick against Alice Collins 7-6(6), 7-6(5). In the semis Bromilow beat Reid 6-1, 7-5 and Da Silva lost against eventual winner Rina Hayamizu 6-1, 6-1. In the final Hayamizu defeated Bromilow 6-4, 7-6(4) and Reid beat Da Silva for third place 6-1, 6-0.

The 14U Girls Doubles featured four Totally Tennis players, Bromilow, Reid and Da Silva and Isla Hignett. Bromilow was runner-up with partner Magda Kornijczuk after losing against Samyuktha Manoharan and Alana Unitt in the final 4-1, 4-0. The duo had previously beaten Hignett and Reid in the semis 6-3, 6-4. Hignett and Reid finished in third place overall after beating Da Silva and her partner Sienna Boyce in the third/fourth place playoff match 4-1, 4-0.

Bromilow and Hignett also both competed in the Girls 14U singles. Bromilow beat Boyce 6-1, 6-1 in her first round match but then lost to Charlotte Howard in the quarters 6-1, 6-0Hignett won her first match in 14’s against Hayamizu 6-3 6-3 but lost her quarter-final match against Unitt 6-2, 6-3. In the 16U singles’s Hignett lost 6-4 6-4 against Mary Strevens and then lost her consolation match  to Anna Vinnell 5-4, 4-0. Hayden Cummings and Dylan Cooper Kirby competed in the 8U singles which was won by Oliver Cole.

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Lots of fun was had in the touch tennis event.  Liam teamed up with Hutchinson and won two matches, Isla was paired with Vinnell, the overall winners were James Ardley and Mats Colling.

Head Coach James McIntosh said, “It was great to see so many players from the club competing in this years county championshipsAll of the players did extremely well and it was good to see a lot of the players both boys and girls reach the semi-finals and finals of their respective competitions.” he added, “Well done to Dean who won the U12’s boys competition and to Liam who won the Men’s, managing to beat the same player he lost to in the final of the U18’s just a few days before“.

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The County Championships take place across all counties nationwide during the last week of August. All the events offer singles and doubles events across all age groups from mini, junior and adults, there are also social events encouraging all families to be involved.

Photos provided by Donella Hignett. Photos 4, 5 and 6 used courtesy of Hampshire & Isle of Wight LTA

Hignett Recognised at Local Awards

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Totally Tennis performance player Liam Hignett was presented with a certificate, t-shirt, and a cheque towards his coaching and travelling expenses in the Junior Sportsman Awards category at this year’s Basingstoke Voluntary Sports Council Annual Awards. As well as his achievements of 2015 being recognised, he was also selected by the Basingstoke Sports Centre for a scholarship for the rest of the year.

Congratulations Liam!

Winter County Leaderboard Successes

Totally Tennis were well placed across the age groups in the final placings of the Hampshire & Isle of Wight 2014/15 Winter Leaderboards with four winners, two runners-up and lots of other players finishing in top ten positions.

Mini performance player and Sherfield School Tennis scholar Kirsty Da Silva (pictured below) topped the Girls 9 and under leaderboard with 400 points and earned herself a gold medal in the process. Fellow club players Melissa Toner and Amberly Chapman joined her on the board in third and sixth place respectively. In the Boys 9 and under leaderboard Theo Harrison was fourth with 393 points and Eduard Lakatos finished in sixth place overall with 361 points.

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A very happy Kirsty Da Silva with her winers medal

Fellow mini performance player and tennis scholar Tillie Reid won the 10 and under Girls leaderboard with 747 points and teammate Nina Williams was third and Da Silva was fifth overall in this age group. The club had another winner in the 12 and under Girls leaderboard with another tennis scholar, Jasmin Bromilow taking the top spot with 322 points and Isla Hignett finishing as runner-up with 265 points. Harry Feast was third overall in the 12 & under Boys category with 177 points.

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Harry Feast finished third in the 12 & under Boys leaderboard

Not to be outdone by their younger sisters Miles Bromilow and Liam Hignett topped the 16 & Under Boys leaderboard. The two performance players and tennis scholars finished in first and second place, with Bromilow winning gold on 616 points and Hignett in the silver position with 552 points overall. Clubmate Alex Dawson was in fifth place with 262 points.

Congratulations to all our players for another fantastic winter season!

County competition Leaderboards show how well players are performing during the Winter and Summer seasons in a particular competition circuit. Leaderboards provide a great way for young players to track their progress just as the top players do on the ATP and WTA tours.