The Totally Tennis performance players have been completing in the Aegon Team Tennis Premier league in a series of home and away fixtures. The girls 14 & under team have won the Premier 14&U Girls Tier 2 South West (East) League after drawing on points with second place Woking but winning on number of games won.
The team of Tillie Reid (3), Kirsty Da Silva (4), Isla Hignett (1), Jasmin Bromilow (2) got off to a tricky start after losing their first fixture in the against Woking LTC 8-4. Bromilow was the only player to win her singles 6-4-6, 6-2 and with partner Hignett their won their doubles match 6-3, 6-3. The additional two member son the team are Amberley Chapman and Atinuke Adelakun.
(L to R) Tillie, Kirsty, Isla and Jasmin
The girls then had a tense fixture against Oxtails Tennis Club were they won on a shoot out after the scoreline was tied. Bromilow and Reid both won their singles 6-1, 6-3 and 6-2, 6-4 respectively but Hignett and Da Silva lost, in the doubles that followed Reid/Da Silva won their match in three sets 6-7, 7-5, 1-0 to secure victory for the team after Hignett/Bromilow were beaten.
In their final fixture played at the weekend in Oxford, the girls beat White Horse 8-4. Hignett and Reid won their singles 6-0, 6-0 and 6-2, 6-3 respectively but with Bromilow and Da Silva losing the score was level. In the doubles Hignett/Bromilow won in three sets 6-3, 2-6, 11-9 and Reid/Da Silva won 6-4, 6-4 to secure overall victory.
Donella Hignett said “The team finished as winners in the premier division, with Woking finishing in second place. This is the first time the girls have played in the premier league, so it’s an amazing result.”
Congratulations girls 🙂
The Totally Tennis 18 & under boys team of Dylan Allenby-Ryan, Miles Bromilow, Alex Dawson, Liam Hignett and Josh Lawson have been competing in the Premier 18 & Under Boys (Tier 2 – South East). The boys lost in their first fixture against Westside Lawn Tennis Club (LTC) 8-4 with only Hignett and Bromilow winning their singles matches. They bounced back to beat Woking Lawn Tennis Club (LTC) 10 – 2 with Hignett, Bromilow and Allenby-Ryan all winning their singles and the team winning both doubles matches. The team’s next fixture is against DL Raynes Park.
Aegon Team Tennis is a singles based team competition that provides players of all ages (8&U – Open) with regular league matches, against similar standard players in a competitive team environment. A total of 6,158 teams from over 1,050 venues are playing in Aegon Team Tennis 2017, last year there were a record number of 9,837 fixtures completed across the country. The Premier 12U-18U tier provides the opportunity for teams to compete outside of their county on a regional and national level. This allows stronger players and teams to play in a more appropriate league. Teams are accepted to the Premier 12U-18U events based on the ratings of nominated players at entry stage, there are three age groups 12U, 14U and 18U.
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.
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.
The Hampshire Court Ladies Vets team recorded another win in their latest Hampshire and Isle of Wight Babolat Veterans 40+ Summer League match beating the team from Riverside, Salisbury 4-0 in the Division 1 home fixture. Sandie Benham and Sally Cackett won all their matches 6-2, 6-4 and 6-2, 6-3 and Julie Frankland and Bev Cleaver won 6-2, 6-1 and then 6-2, 4-6, (10-5).
The Hampshire Court Ladies team were back in action in their first match of this season’s Hampshire and Isle of Wight Babolat Veterans 40+ Summer League. Playing in Division 1, the ladies faced tough competition in their first away fixture against the ladies from West Hants Club in Bournemouth, playing on the South Coast’s club distinctive green clay courts.
Sandie Benham, Penny Luke, Julie Frankland and Lesley Miotto
The team of Julie Frankland, Sandie Benham, Lesley Miotto and Penny Luke were beaten by the stronger opposition who have won the Division 1 league several times, but the the ladies enjoyed the fixture which had lots of good rallies and was played on a beautiful sunny evening. Frankland and Benham lost 6-0, 6-7, (10-5) in their first match, then 6 -1, 6-0 in the second
Luke and Miotto lost 6-2, 6-1, then 6-1, 6-0. Their next fixture is tomorrow evening (30th April) on home territory at Hampshire Court against the ladies from Virgin Active Hants Club, Southampton.
Team practice (back) Elaine Whitham, Sandie Benham, Chris Tudor, Lesley Miotto, Bev Cleaver and front Sally Cackett and Julie Frankland
The competition is fierce in the league and every team face each twice in both a home and an away fixture in each division. Each team consists of four players with each doubles pair playing a total of four sets, and if the result is even then 10-point tie-breakers decide the outcome.
Two of the Totally Tennis teams who are competing in the Wessex Heartbeat Winter League had a very successful weekend in their latest matches. The Under Sixteen team of performance players Liam Hignett, Miles Bromilow, Alex Dawson and Dylan Allenby-Ryan,who are competing in Division One, beat Thornden 12-0.
In the singles, Hignett beat James Blair 6-2, 6-1, Bromilow defeated Harry Dunnett 6-4, 6-1, Dawson beat Mats Colling 6-0, 6-0 and Allenby-Ryan kept up the clean score sheet with a three set victory against Adam Allen-Rogers 7-6, 1-6, 10-4. In the doubles, the boys continued their good form with Sherfield School tennis scholars duo Hignett/Bromilow beating Blair/Dunnett 6-0, 6-2 and Dawson/Allenby-Ryan defeating Colling/Allen-Rogers in a close three set battle 6-4, 2-6, 10-6 to win 12-0 overall and get their season off to a great start.
Head coach James McIntosh said, “Well done to the Under 16 boys! A great start for the boys who won all of their matches against Thornden. Hopefully they can keep up their good form in the upcoming fixtures against Denmead and Winchester.”
The Under 9 Mixed team of Mini Performance players Theo Harrison, Eduard Lakatos, Kirsty Da Silva and Amberly Chapman were also successful in their match beating Compton & Shawford. The team who are playing in Division One are competing in Group A won the singles matches with Harrison beating Ben Hatfield 4-7, 7-4, 7-4 and Jake Leake 7-1, 7-0, Lakatos defeating Ameila Lott 7-0, 7-3 and Louisa Patterson 7-0, 7-3 and Chapman also winning her two matches beating Patterson 7-5, 7-5 and Lott 7-4, 7-2. Da Silva beat Leake 7-0, 7-2 but lost to Hatfield in a three battle 7-5, 6-8, 7-0. In the doubles Lakatos/Chapman beat Lott/Patterson 7-2, 7-1 and Harrison/Da Silva were beaten by Hatfield/Leake 7-2, 7-1 to give the Totally Tennis team overall victory 16-4.
McIntosh said, “This was the Under 9’s first fixture in the league and they got off to a great start winning 18 out of the 20 matches played. All of the players played some great tennis and we look forward to the next fixture which is on Sunday 25th January against David Lloyd Southampton.”
The Wessex Heartbeat Winter Junior League is a county competition and a percentage of the entry fee from each of the participating clubs goes towards the Wessex Heartbeat Foundation.