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School Sport: Coopers serve up best in a decade

PUBLISHED: 11:00 20 November 2015

Coopers Coborn's Anthony Weingarten, Sam King, Neo Wren and Jamie Bixby finished third in the regional final of the team tennis competition

Coopers Coborn's Anthony Weingarten, Sam King, Neo Wren and Jamie Bixby finished third in the regional final of the team tennis competition

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Pupils impress at tennis finals

Coopers Coborn celebrated their best performance in more than a decade in the National Schools’ year eight and under team tennis competition.

The team headed to Gosling Park for the South East Regional finals, having qualified as Essex champions in the summer and then won two knockout matches this term.

The regional final involves the top 16 teams in Great Britain and the Upminster school eventually finished third in their region and among the top 10 overall.

Assistant headteacher Mark Duncan said: “It’s our best boys performance in over 10 years and all in all a brilliant result, with excellent camaraderie and team spirit shown throughout the day.

“All four boys train exceptionally hard at school and at our partner tennis link clubs Clearview and Compete Tennis at Redbridge indoor Centre.

“The hard work has certainly paid off and tops a very successful season.”

Coopers faced Culford School in their first match, which proved a very challenging fixture and saw some phenomenal tennis, exciting rallies and creative play from both teams.

Excellent wins from Jamie Bixby in the singles, 6-4 against a higher-rated opponent, and Bixby and Anthony Weingarten in the doubles, as they came back from 2-0 down to 6-2, were not enough as Culford won the other four rubbers.

But the Coopers pupils did not let the defeat deflate them as they bounced back in spectacular fashion by winning all four singles matches against The Beacon Score.

Neo Wren (6-2), Sam King (6-1), Bixby (6-3) and Weingarten (6-4) all dominated and put in a superb team performance.

Duncan added: “The performance of Weingarten was particularly impressive as he is still in year seven and was the youngest player taking part from any school, but certainly rose to the occasion and played some exceptional tennis.”

n Coopers Coborn’s year seven rugby boys battled back to earn a draw with Hertford’s Richard Hale School, writes Brad Murphy.

The first half was deadlocked until an opportunist try from scrum-half William Murphy put Coopers 5-0 up at the break.

Richard Hale attacked strongly after the restart and a well-worked forward’s try levelled the match, before excellent running led to two quick breakaway tries that put them 15-5 up.

Coopers were determined not to give up, though, and continued to attack, getting their reward thanks to two late tries from Emmanuel Oloruntola and Tyreece Heckman as it ended all square at 15-15.


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