Feast Represents the QMC Team in the AOC Singles Competition

The Queen Mary’s College (QMC) team, who train at Totally Tennis, competed in the AOC South East Regional Singles tournament played at the indoor centre on 12th November. Both the boys and the girls draws were round robin groups, where the top two progressed to the semi-finals.  The boys draw has fourteen players and the girls draw seven players.

QMC was represented by Totally Tennis performance player and assistant coach Harry Feast and Matt Berry and in the girls event, former Totally Tennis player Aisling McGrane, who was the top seed.

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The boys event had some great matches in the early group stages, Berry gained an early victory 4-0, 4-0 against one of the Bexhill players but subsequently lost his second match against Mironovic from Havant & South Downs 3-4 (6), 1-4.  In his last group match Berry beat the Richard Collyers player, 4-2, 4-1, to earn himself second spot and progression to the semi-finals.

QMC PE teacher and tennis team manager Sarah Goldson said,”Having watched Matt play in a number of matches at College during his first year, this was unquestionably the best tennis I have seen him play in competition.  He served exceptionally well, and was aggressive throughout, it really was an impressive level of tennis.”

Feast only had two group matches due to the withdrawal of one of the players prior to the start of the competition.  He had a comfortable win against Taylor from Richard Collyers which effectively put him in a good position to qualify, with his second and final match in the group against the seeded player in the group.  He lost this match 2-4, 1-4 but his level was improving, and he ultimately played his best tennis in the final stages.  

In the quarter finals, Berry was beaten by the number 2 seed, 4-2, 4-0 but Feast had a highly competitive match against Mironovic which he won 4-2, 3-4 (6) and 1-0 (10).  This was a great match from Harry, his defensive skills in particular where excellent and he continued to play aggressively in the deciding tie break, despite the disappointment of losing a close tie break in the second set.  His next opponent, was the number one seed, James Ardley from Peter Symonds, and Feast was disappointed to lose the match having started well and found his form and lost in a ten point tie break. The final was contested by the two Peter Symonds players, which Milan Bharadia won in two tie break sets.

Goldson said’ “I was really impressed with how Harry played.”  

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In the girl’s event, McGrane (pictured left) won through to the final comfortably with the loss of just a handful of games.  In the final, she faced the Peter Symonds player, Magda Konicjzuk and although the initial set was close, with McGrane taking it on a tie break; she raised her level in the second set and closed out the match 4-0 with some excellent serving.

Goldson said, “It’s great to have someone of Aisling’s calibre representing the College at the regional competition and we look forward to see how she gets on at the National Finals in Nottingham.”

AoC Sport, formed following the merger of British Colleges Sport, English Colleges FA and the Association of Colleges sport policy team, is the membership organisation for colleges, leading the development of sport and physical activity in 16+ education. Sport and physical activity are essential components of college life, giving students significant advantages in education, employment and health. The AoC vision is for every college student to participate regularly in sport or physical activity and their purpose is to promote, support and deliver college sport and physical activity.

 

Read more about AoC sport on their website www.aocsport.co.uk

October in Pictures

IMG_3128Coach Liam Hignett won the LTA British Tour Exeter Open Mens Singles title 

IMG_3101Head coach James Mcintosh ran the Oxford Half Marathon

4f76318e-dd7f-494c-b4f0-8835764bd3e0The latest Adult Course graduates

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Hayden Cummings won the 12 & under Boys singles title at the Portsmouth Tennis Centre Winter County Tournament 

956525df-d8b4-4134-83d4-a05e9e450ef7Red and Orange TT Tour5f4983ec-3506-4891-8385-16460d64b2a9IMG_3467Aaron Dawson won the 16 & U Boys singles title at Birchwood Junior & Senior Open

1B927363-7C9A-404F-9F0C-9E906DA3195DOctober Half Term Tennis CampsIMG_3470Coach Liam captained the Hampshire & IOW 9 & U team to victory at the West Hants Club

8e777b9b-bbd2-4649-b7b7-9a1748e65980Meet performance player and assistant coach Harry Feast  – read more about all the coaching team HERE

Winchester Doubles Title for Liam

Performance player and coach Liam Hignett won the Open Mens Doubles title at the Winchester MANTIS Open 2019 with partner William Coward earlier this week.

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In the event held at the Winchester Racquets and Fitness the pair, who were top seeds, had a bye in the quarters top seeds and then beat William Farnfield and William Jones 6-2, 6-0 in the semi finals. In the finals Hignett and Coward defeated Andrew Gorvin and Dominic Pearson 3-6, 7-6(6), 1-0(6) to win the title.

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Congratulations Liam and William.

July in Pictures

IMG_0578Liam Hignett (right) & partner Miles McDowall won the British Tour FAST4 Doubles at the National Tennis Centre

Some of our coaches enjoyed visits to the year’s Wimbledon Championships

IMG_0579Coaches Liam and Jamie (along with Tillie & Isla) played against each other in Warsash

img_8534.jpgDean Cooper Kirby played in the Grade 4 ITF in the Bahamas

1710ac8f-a623-42c9-93ec-45c0f4e2f32eMini Performance player Hayden Cummings (left) and partner Tuna won the 10 & U Doubles in Bath

IMG_0515Liam Hignett was part of the Hampshire & Isle of Wight team that participated in Group 4 of the LTA Summer Mens Doubles County Cup 2019

IMG_0512Isla Hignett won the 16 & U singles title in Woking

IMG_0511Tillie & Isla won the 16 & U doubles title in Woking

Summer Tennis Camp Fun

 

Summer Titles for Isla and Tillie

Totally Tennis performance players Isla Hignett and Tillie Reid won the 16 & under Girls Doubles title at the 92nd Woking Open held at Woking Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club.

After a bye in round one, the girls, who were top seeds, beat  Ellen Alliston and Allegra Hodson in the quarters 4-1, 4-0 followed by third seeds Rebecca Fisher and Daniella Scotland in the semis 6-4, 6-3. In the final they defeated Sofia Maine and Sienna Rolland from The Bourne Club 6-0, 6-3 to win the title.

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It was a double celebration for Hignett who also won the 16 & under girls singles title beating eighth seed Hodson in the final 6-4, 6-0 to win her second trophy of the tournament. A first round bye top seed Hignett defeated Sofia Maine  6-4, 6-2 in round two, Raga Ram in the quarters 4-0, 4-2 and sixth seed Anya Hamilton in the semis 4-1, 4-2.  Third seed Reid also had a bye in the first round and then beat Isabella Calvert 6-3, 6-3 in  round two but was then knocked out of the competition by Hamilton in a three set quarter final match 2-4, 5-4(5), 1-0(6).

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In the 18 & under Girls Singles competition Hignett beat Rebecca Scofield 6-3, 6-0 in the quarters but was then knocked out in the semis by second seed and eventual winner Jorja Reynolds 6-4, 6-1. Reynolds, who plays at Manor Park Tennis Centre, also defeated Reid in the quarters 6-0, 6-2. 

Well done girls!

June in Pictures

image2Tillie Reid and Isla Hignett were crowned 18 & under doubles champions at the Woking FAST4 tournament

image1Isla was also runner-up in the 18 and under Girls singles event

b88132ac-9b4e-4b81-ae51-b88a6ac3e291The coaching team visited local schools delivering tennis taster sessions as part of this year’s Totally Tennis Schools Roadshow

b92c55c6-2b1c-4432-a6c1-e736221b4989074deb83-0e8a-4696-a857-c517d42445eaJuniors who attended the schools roadshow were invited to a FREE open day at the club for the chance to play on real courts and enjoy fun games

4903f1a7-e491-4dc8-806b-d63e2670ec137fc711e2-6b80-42a6-befa-2c02376d5b5eTotally Tennis defended their unbeaten record in the annual Festival of Sport against Euskirchen 13 – 1. Overall the Basingstoke sporting community won the event 22 – 7

6da7f53a-5062-4396-bb63-397d76ee7d01IMG_8496Basingstoke & Deane mayor Diane Taylor (left) popped down to the outdoor courts for a game

3D5C5DD2-F0B1-499E-92DD-17C175C77F59Totally Tennis performance players Isla Hignett and Atinuke Adelakun from Robert Mays School won the Hampshire Schools U16’s Doubles title

May in Pictures

b537c9fb-b305-416f-832c-f9661c11f811The annual primary schools tournament was held at the indoor centre and won by followed by the Sherborne St John 1st team (pictured below)

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567d1626-b875-4af5-a31f-6572338f78abHayden Cummings won the 10 & under Grade 3 Cardiff Mini Tennis tournament

a1023167-1056-424f-81f2-c8ad7f719fdfCummings and partner Tuna Lokman were runners-up in the 10 & under Sutton Tennis Academy Easter Grade 2 Tournament

0bafcfa0-2e37-4d65-815b-04ea7803be7aThe American Adult Doubles Tournament was followed by the club’s annual Wimbledon Draw

IMG_7452Sherfield School tennis scholar Tillie Reid won the 15 & under title at the annual Independent Schools Association (ISA) tournament4bf331f2-2896-4ac5-9aaa-e000c1d07196Liam Hignett has been competing in various LTA British Tour events