School Sport: Coopers pupil serve up treats

PUBLISHED: 09:30 15 October 2015

Coopers Coborn pupils are into the regional finals of the National Schools' Tennis championships

Coopers Coborn pupils are into the regional finals of the National Schools' Tennis championships


Tennis and badminton teams impress

Coopers Coborn pupils booked their spot at the regional finals of the National Schools’ Tennis Championships at David Lloyd Bushey.

The under-13 boys met Haberdashers’ Aske’s on carpet courts, with Neo Wren (6-2) and Sam King (6-3) winning their singles rubbers.

Jamie Bixby and Anthony Weingarten won the doubles (6-3), before Weingarten sealed overall victory with a 6-2 win in his singles.

Wren and King won their doubles 6-1 as Coopers claimed a 5-1 success to join the best of the rest in the South East.

Assistant head Mark Duncan said: “The team will now be training hard at the school’s high-performance tennis sessions, run every other week at Redbridge Indoor Centre by our partners ‘Compete Tennis’.

“It was a pleasure to take the boys away and we look forward to the next challenge to compete for a place at the National Finals.”

n Coopers Coborn’s under-19 boys won three singles and eight doubles matches in their annual badminton fixture against Harrow School.

The Upminster school included four sixth-formers, one year 11 pupil, two year 10s, two year nines and a year seven student in Liam Purton, who earned special praise.

Duncan said: “The matches were of exceptional quality with many exhilarating rallies and energetic performances from all players. A particular mention must go to Liam as his movement across the court was truly phenomenal!

“The commitment shown to every shot was commented upon by all staff and spectators in attendance. There were several times in each match where Liam would dive across the court to return a seemingly impossible shot only to then return to his feet to retrieve the very next drop shot (on the other side of the court) and often win the point in the process!

“It is an excellent fixture that really shows the developing strength of badminton in the lower years of the school and bodes well for the season ahead.”

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