Tense Tie Break for Under 16 Boys

In the latest match of the Wessex Heartbeat Winter Junior League the Under 16 Boys team, who are competing in Division one, of Liam Hignett, Miles Bromilow, Dylan Allenby-Ryan and Rohith Manikonda played away at Denmead yesterday on a very cold and windy day.


The very cold Boys Under 16 team (l to R) of Rohith Manikonda, Dylan Allenby-Ryan, Miles Bromilow and Liam Hignett

Hignett and Bromilow played their doubles match first against Denmead’s top pair Scott Salway and Matthew Pybus winning 6-4, 6-4 whilst Allenby-Ryan and Manikonda played their singles matches. Unfortunately Allenby-Ryan hurt his back and was forced to retire from the match against Joe Glover and Manikonda lost in three sets 6-4, 4-6, 10-5 in the championship tiebreak. With Allenby-Ryan not being able to compete in the doubles, the pressure was on Hignett and Bromilow to win both their singles matches to give the team a chance to level things up.

The boys rose to the challenge with Bromilow defeating Pybus 6–1, 6–1 and Hignett beating Salway 6-0, 6–3. With the score level at 3-3 a ten point tiebreak shootout followed, where both teams have to choose a first and second pair player to play for overall victory which for Totally Tennis was Hignett and Manikonda against Denmead’s Salway and Glover. It was a very tense shootout but the Totally Tennis boys played fantastically well to just edge the win 11-9 and seal the teams victory!

Head Coach James McIntosh said “Well done boys! The team played really and kept focused to win this fixture which is great result especially as one player suffered an injury and it was so freezing yesterday.”

A special mention to Rohith who stepped up and managed to keep his nerve in the shootout and best wishes to Dylan for a speedy recovery.


Secondary Schools Tournament A Success

The annual Secondary Schools Tournament took place at the indoor centre earlier this month with forty player from three local schools, Costello Technology College, Robert Mays School and Brighton Hill Community College taking part.

image-21All the Secondary Schools Tournament participants 

In the Under 13 competition the Boys Singles was dominated by Robert Mays with winner Dan Nightingale and the runner-up was Ryan Golesworthy both representing the school. In the girls event it was a similar story with both girls from Roberts Mays finishing in the two spots. Helena Mason was crowned Under 13 Girls Singles winner and Chole Tarling was the runner-up. Nightingale and Golesworthy won the Boys Under 13 Doubles title with Costello’s Owen Robinson and Matthew Berry finishing as Runners-up. Mason and Tarling were the Girls Doubles winners and teammates Alice Belcher and Julie Horobin were runners-up.

image-19Will Flynn receives his medal from Head Coach James McIntosh

Robert Mays pupils also dominated all the top positions in the Under 16 events. Will Flynn was Boys Singles winner and Charlie Flynn was runner-up. The Flynn’s paired up to win the Boys Doubles and the runners-up were Joe Blewett and Andy Grant. Antonia McPhee was Girls Singles winner and Vicky Waterfield was runner-up. Under 16 Girls Doubles winners were McPhee and partner Natasha Hargreaves and Waterfield & Emily Merrit were runners-up.

image-18Charlie Flynn (above) and Matthew Berry (below) with McIntosh


McIntosh said of the event “It was a great day with some really good matches. Congratulations to all the winners and runners-up.”

image-20All the winners and runners-up from both age groups