Cooper Kirby Wins Winchester Open Title

Totally Tennis performance player and Sherfield School tennis scholar Dean Cooper Kirby recently won the 14 & under Boys Winchester Spring Open 2017 title. After a bye in the first round, Cooper Kirby beat Christian Yeates 6-1, 6-1 in round two followed by Louis Bowden 6-4, 4-6, 10-6 in the quarters and then Joshua Parsons in the semis 4-6, 6-4, 10-5,  he then defeated Oliver Fernandez 6-0, 6-2 in the final.

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Cooper Kirby and partner Ayaan Haneef then won the 14 & U Doubles title beating clubmate Aaron Dawson/Louis Bowden 4-1, 4-1 in the semis and James Johnson/Alexis Paris in the final 5-3, 4-0.

In the Easter Grade 4 Tournament at Kings House, Chiswick Cooper Kirby won the 18 & U singles titles and was runner-up in the 16 & U event. In the first round of the 16 & U competition he defeated Alexander Pennycooke 4-1, 4-1 followed by wins against Bailey Mcatee 4-3, 4-0 and Warok Rai 4-2, 4-1 but he finished up in second place after losing in the final against Nicolas Sperat Czar 4-3, 4-0. In the 18U’s Cooper Kirby beat Adam Wilkinson 4-1, 4-2 in the quarters and then beat Laurence Woodford 4-0, 4-2 in the semis. In the final he defeated Mathieu Betto 5-3, 4-2 to win the event.

Cooper Kirby is also part of the Sherfield School sixth form team that has won the Hampshire/Dorset/Wiltshire knockout stage of the Glanville Cup. The team has now qualified for the National Finals that will be played at Nottingham Tennis Centre from 11th – 14th July.

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First photo used with courtesy of the Basingstoke Gazette

 

 

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!

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!

Hignett Competes in Bath

Totally Tennis performance player Liam Hignett, 17 competed in Aegon British Tour Bath in the Grade 1 Men’s Open Singles competition.
Eighth seed Hignett, who is a Sherfield School Tennis Scholar and sponsored by Mantis Sport, played in the qualifying event last Monday. After a bye in the first round  he then  defeated Ben Battey 7-5, 6-4 in round two.  The following day he played his third qualifying match losing against tenth seed Matthew Summers 6-3, 6-2 but still progressed to the main draw as a lucky loser.
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He won his first main draw match against qualifer Michael Owen 6-4 6-3 but his luck ran out on the fourth day when he lost to sixth seed Sean Hodkin 6-2, 7-5.  The event was won by second seed Luke Oakley.
Read more about Liam here

Hignett’s Christmas Tournaments

Siblings Liam and Isla Hignett competed in the David Lloyd Southampton Christmas Tournament 2016 at the start of the school holidays. Liam played in the men’s open event where he won his first match beating David Brehme 6-1, 6-4 but lost his second against eventual runner-up Benjamin Battey 7-6(5), 6-0.

Isla also won her first match in the 14U Girls singles defeating Iris Plane 6-1, 6-2 and then lost in her second against overall winner Charlotte Howard 6-0, 6-0. The 16U Girls competition went much the same way with Isla beating Josie Culliford 6-1, 6-1 in her first round match and then losing her second against the overall winner Isabelle Purser 6-3, 6-0. In the 14U Girls doubles Isla and partner Zara Burney were third overall.

Liam also played in the Gosling SP Winter National Tour 18U Boys & Girls held at Gosling Tennis Centre in Hertfordshire after Christmas at the end of December going straight into the main draw without needing to qualify.  He won his first match against Jake Penny 6-4, 5-7, 7-5 but was then beaten by Nicholas Brookes 6-2, 6-2 in his second match.

 

Hignett Represents Hampshire in Men’s County Cup

Totally Tennis performance player Liam Hignett, 16 represented Hampshire & IOW last weekend in the Aegon Men’s Winter County Cup held at the Shrewsbury Club. The team, who were playing in Group 3a of Division, were up against opponents from North Scotland, Sussex and Nottinghamshire.

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The Hampshire team just missed out on promotion as Nottinghamshire won the group overall with six points. On the first day Hampshire beat North Scotland convincingly 9-0 followed by an 8-1 victory against Sussex on day two but they were just pipped at the post 5-4 on the final day by the stronger Nottinghamshire team.

Hignett was number one seed for both his singles matches beating Michael Welsh (North Scotland) 6-2, 6-3 but losing against Marcus Walters (Nottinghamshire) 6-3, 6-3.

The Aegon Winter County Cup is a one-off event played over three days at the end of November. It’s the second oldest County Cup event that was first played in 1946. Surrey are the most successful county with their men’s team winning sixteen times and the ladies a record twenty-six times. The forty-four counties are placed in four counties per group per gender with Group 1 the premier division.

Hignett Selected for Men’s County Cup Team

Totally Tennis performance player and Sherfield Tennis Scholar Liam Hignett has been selected for the Hampshire & IOW Men’s Winter County Cup Team that will compete this coming weekend.

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Hignett, 16 will play in the three-day event that starts on Friday at the Shrewsbury Club and will see the Hampshire team playing in Group 3a against teams from North Scotland, Sussex and Nottinghamshire.

The Aegon Winter County Cup is a one-off event played over three days at the end of November. It’s the second oldest County Cup event that was first played in 1946. Surrey are the most successful county with their men’s team winning sixteen times and the ladies a record twenty-six times. The forty-four counties are placed in four counties per group per gender with Group 1 the premier division.

Good Luck Liam and the Hampshire team!