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!

Hignett Crowned Warsash Club Men’s Champion

Last weekend Liam Hignett played in the men’s singles final of the Warsash Tennis Club Closed 2016 club championships. On route to the final players arranged their own matches with Hignett winning his way though to the final to play against Jake Norris.
After a bye in the first round second seed Hignett beat Adam De Leeuw 6-0, 6-4 in round two followed by sixth seed Richard Steeds in the quarters 6-1, 6-3 and a win in the semis against fifth seed Martin Wilkinson 6-1, 6-0. The final was a close match with Hignett beating Norris 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 to become club champion. Hignett was delighted to win and collected a lovely glass trophy to keep presented by former club chairman/president David Sadler (pictured below with Hignett), a bottle of Prosecco that he gave to his mum as he’s underage and his name engraved on the big silver trophy that stays permanetely in the clubhouse.
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The final’s event, that was organised by Pauline Udal, was followed by a BBQ for the competitors and supporters.
Well done Liam!

More Summer Success for Hignett

Performance player Liam Hignett enjoyed more tournament success last week at the Grade 3 Woking Open sponsored by BMW Vines Guildford and held at Woking Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Surrey. Hignett was the 16 & U singles champion in 2015 and this year competed in both the Open Men’s singles and doubles events.

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After a bye in the first round of the singles he beat Richard Varley 6-1, 6-0 in round two, Benjamin Baker in round three 6-2, 6-4 and James Eager in the quarters 6-2, 4-6, 7-6(6). He had a fantastic win against top seed Neil Cordon in the semis 6-4, 6-4 but then lost to second seed Lamar Bartley in the final 6-1, 6-1 finishing in the runner-up spot receiving £100 in prize money, a medal and a BMW towel.
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He had more success in the doubles with partner Cameron Alexander from Kingsley Tennis Centre as the pair were declared the overall winners. In the first round they beat Dylan Allenby-Ryan and Lewis Emmerson 6-2, 7-6(0) followed by Michael Paling and Andrew Williams in the quarters 6-4, 3-6, [13-11] and then had a walkover in the semis against  Stephen Gibbons and Max Holland. They then won the event in a superb last match beating Alex Roszkowski and Dominic Pearson in the final 6-4, 7-6(11-9).  Both boys received a trophy, BMW towel and a cash prize of £25 each.
Congratulations Liam!
Photos: Donella Hignett

Bromilow Siblings Win at the Wirral Open

Performance players Miles and Jasmin Bromilow were both victorious at The Wirral Open 2016 in the U16 Boys and U12 Girls events respectively. The siblings, who are both Sherfield School tennis scholars played at the Grade 3 tournament at the Wirral Tennis & Sports Centre in Merseyside at the beginning of the month

In the Boys 16 & under event, Miles had a bye in round one and then beat Nathan Caines 6-1, 6-0 in the quarters, Robin Bloomer in the semis 6-0, 6-4 and then defeated Danny Urey 6-2, 6-2 to win the final and collect the trophy. Miles then competed in the Boys 18 & under event losing in the semis in three sets against Sean Drewry 2-6, 6-2, 1-0(3)

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Not to be outdone by her big brother, Jasmin won the 12 & under Girls singles event beating Hanna Mjahed 6-3, 7-5 in the semis after a bye in the quarters and then defeated Lara Wedd in final 6-2, 6-4 and collected her trophy. In the Girls 14 & under, Jasmin had another bye in the quarters and then lost to second seed  Maisie Lavelle 6-2, 6-1 in the quarters.

Congratulations Miles and Jasmin 😉

Another Win For Isla Over Easter

Totally Tennis performance players Liam and Isla Hignett were in action over the Easter Holidays at the Grade 3 Winchester Spring Open competing in both singles and doubles events.

Isla and partner Eliza Wheeler were the winners of the Girls 12 & under doubles event beating Lottie Forsyth and Emma Goodacre in the semis 4-1, 4-0 followed by Francesca Davis and Zara Burney in the final 2-4, 4-0, 1-0(5) to win the event and collect the trophies, well done girls!unnamedIn the 12 & under singles Isla finished as runner-up. After a bye in round one she beat Katy Jarvis 6-1, 6-0 in the quarters and Lilac Jervis 6-4, 6-2 in the semis but lost to Davis (whom she beat in the doubles final) 6-0, 6-1 to take second place overall.  In the 14 & under singles event she won her first match against Maria Ivanova 1-4, 4-0, 1-0(8) but then lost in the second round to eventual runner up Annabelle Davis 4-0, 4-0. In the 14 & under doubles Isla teamed up with Emma Stewart and after losing their quarter final match against Anna Vinnell and Magda Kornijczuk 4-2, 5-4(5) they won the consolation final beating Celeste Crosby and Zoe Upcraft 4-1, 4-1.l

Older brother and Sherfield School tennis scholar Liam competed in the 18 & under and Mens singles events reaching the semi-final stage in both events, losing to the eventual winner in the men’s and the overall runner up in the 18’s. After a bye in round one of the 18’s he defeated Nathan Rochelle 6-2, 6-3 in round two, Louis Allen 2-6, 6-4, 1-0(10) in the quarters but lost against eventual runner-up Oliver Dixon 6-1, 6-0 in their semi-final match. In the Open Men’s singles competition, Liam had a bye in round one then beat Ivan derrick 6-2, 6-2 in round two, Cameron Alexander in the quarters 6-2, 6-3 but lost in the semis to overall winner Tommy Cartledge 6-3, 2-6, 1-0(6).

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Liam also competed in the 18 & under doubles with partner  Jin Zizheng. After another bye in the first round the boys beat Max Holland and Harry Neate in the quarters but lost to eventual runners-up Mark Laishley and George Barfoot in a three set semi-final encounter 4-1, 4-14-0, 4-2. In the Men’s doubles Liam partnered Gwilliams and they finished as in the runner-up spot of the round robin competition beating Dylan Allenby-Ryan and Aaron Blackman 4-0, 4-1 but losing against George Houghton and Alexander (who Liam beat in the singles) 4-1, 5-4(6).

Liam also played in the Grade 3 Tennis Solutions Masters Open at the David Lloyd in Bristol playing in Open Men’s singles event. In the first round he defeated Andrew Lumb 6-1, 6-0, Joel White 6-1, 6-2 in the quarters but lost to eventual winner Robert Leck 6-3, 6-4 in the semis finishing in fourth place overall after losing the third/fourth playoff match against Alex White 6-1, 6-3.

Congratulations Hignetts for a very successful Easter Holidays of tennis!

Hignett Wins Half Term Doubles Title

Totally Tennis Performance player Liam Hignett won the 16 and under Boys doubles title at last week’s Grade 3 Salisbury Junior Open with partner Zizheng Jin from Winchester Tennis Club.

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After a bye in the quarter finals, Hignett and Jin defeated Harry Pickard and Luke Chappell in the semi-finals 4-1, 4-1 and the pair then beat Ryan Goldsworthy and Ben Smith in the final 4-1, 5-3 to win the title.

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Congratulations Liam!

Salisbury Tennis Club used courtesy of www.salisburytennisclub.com

Hignett Nominated for Junior Sportsman of The Year

Totally Tennis performance player and Sherfield School Tennis Scholar Liam Hignett has been nominated as Junior Sportsman of the Year in the upcoming Basingstoke Voluntary Sports Council Annual Awards taking place on 4th March at the Apollo Hotel

Hignett had a very successful 2015. He won the Hampshire & IOW County Closed Championship (regional) event at the end of the summer season for the 16 and under age group.  He was Runner Up in the U18’s and also Runner Up in the Mens event even though he was only fifteen at the time, he and his partner were also Runners Up in the U16 doubles event.

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Hignett also won another two regional events in the summer, one in Woking and the other in Poole, and along with his partner he also won the U18 doubles in Poole.  This season he has been semi finalist twice in Regional Mens Events, one in Cheltenham and the other in Sutton and he been ranked number one in Hampshire & IOW since July 2015 in the U16 age group, 2nd in the U18’s and 3rd in the Men’s which is a fantastic achievement. He is fifth in the South West region for the U16’s and ranked forty-one Nationally, this is the highest ranking he has achieved in his tennis career so far.

Hignett is the highest rated and ranked player both at school and at Totally Tennis so was once again the number one seed this year in club and school events.  He won every singles match in the Aegon Team Tennis Hants & IOW U16’s, along with every match in the county schools events.  He was a contributing factor the the school winning the Yr 10 boys county title and qualifying for the regional play offs.  He also plays in the Men’s & Mixed  league for Overton in the Basingstoke & Deane District League, in division one.  This year Hignett has also played in the Southampton & Portsmouth Adult Leagues for Warsash and has proved to be a great asset to the team, winning the league recently.

This year Hignett aims to better his rating and raise his regional and national ranking by continuing to work hard alongside studying and taking his GCSE’s this summer. In latest news he has just been selected to play in the 18U County Cup team representing Hampshire & IOW at the end of this month – read more about that here.

Head Coach James McIntosh said “Liam has worked extremely hard in 2015 and achieved by far his best results.  He won 3 regional events, reached the semi-finals of 2 men’s events. He won the county closed for Hants & IOW at the end of the season in the 16’s, finished 2nd in the 18’s and second in the Men’s.”

He added “He has achieved his highest rating (3.1) and highest ranking (Number 1 in the county, 5th regionally, 41 Nationally).  He has been competing regularly in Mens events, including regional and national level.”

Good Luck Liam!