National Tennis Success

Top tennis Castle Court tennis players, Toby (Year 6) and Alex (Year 5) were recently part of a Dorset team of 4 boys playing at the 10& Under County Cup SE Region in Bromley, Kent.

This was the qualifier for the National County Cup finals on 15-16th June in Bolton with one County from each region progressing.

Dorset played against 5 other Counties and  won all 15 of our singles and doubles matches over the course of the weekend to claim top place – beating Surrey in the final! A full match report is outlined below.
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Boys 10&U County Cup Report – Bromley.

(Editors note: pupils from Castle Court School make up half this county team)

With three players inside the top ten of the National leader board, on paper Dorset would have to fancy their chances of hopefully competing in a meaningful match on the final day of competition. The team orders for the weekend were to focus on working hard and respecting the opposition. Toby (one of the senior tennis players from Castle Court School), set the early tone with a devastating 4-0, 4-0 win over Joel G. Luca and Alex (one of the senior players form Castle Court School)  followed suit with impressive 4-0, 4-1 wins over Orlando and James A respectively. Harrison and Luca combined forces to complete the rout with a straight set win in the doubles.

With confidence high, the home county of Kent were up next. The energetic Jack, ranked 7th in the national leader board, offered some resistance to Toby but eventually fell 4-1 4-2 at one singles. Luca maintained his form dropping just two games against Archie. Kent’s Liam came back from losing the first set 1-4 against Alex at three singles to turn the match on its head winning the second set 4-1. Alex regrouped mentally to turn the deciding match tiebreak in his favour winning 10 -3. Toby and Alex teamed up to complete another four match win.

Semi – finals the following day would pit us against the talented Sussex team under the guidance of Chris Colvin. The ever reliable Toby got the team off to a perfect start beating Alex E, ranked 13th, for the loss of just one game. The momentum of the tie started to swing back when Sussex’s big hitting Lleyton came back after losing the first set 5-3 to win the second set 4-0 with some scintillating winners. Luca’s experience shone through in the tiebreak with Luca jumping out to an early lead which he maintained to win 10-5. Alex maintained Dorset’s 100% singles winning record with a controlled win over Toby B at three singles. Toby and Luca teamed up for their first ever doubles match together with an impressive display without dropping a game.

After a lengthy wait to see who we would play in the final, Surrey came through the other semi – final in a tie break shoot out to beat Kent. Alex stepped up first and quickly dented Surrey’s optimism with a 4-2, 4-2 win over Harry. Luca looked to be on cruise control on the other court winning the first set 4-1 before Max (ranked 9th) showed off some of his magic with a wide array of shots to claw back the second set 2-4 to turn the tie on its head. Luca was able to build an early lead in the deciding tiebreak to lead 8-5. Basing then hit back to level at 8-8 but couldn’t stop the positive play of Luca who went on to win the next two points securing a 2-0 match lead with Toby up next. With confidence high, Toby produced a clinical performance to win 4-1, 4-0 to seal victory in the South East region stage.

Captain Shane Deacon said “This is my fourth year captaining the team and preparations for this event started last year with both Toby and Alex playing here last year. Luca came into the team and brought a great deal of positivity and big tennis. Alex was solid all week and was getting better every match. Toby led by example as our number 1 and Harrison, our reserve player summed up what our team is all about, teamwork. We will go to Bolton with confidence high and with the knowledge that we are a good team. If we can play as well as we did, have some luck go our way, we could come back a great team.”

Rowers compete at Canford Regatta

The half-term ended for the senior rowing squad with their second outing of the season, this time at Canford.  The two crews rowed well against the crews from Canford Crocodiles.

IMG_6611Next weekend sees them back at Bryanston, rowing in two quads in the summer regatta.  If you would like to know more about rowing please contact our Director of Sport Nick Robinson on .


Freddie Flintoff visits Castle Court

Castle Court School played host to the Andrew Flintoff Cricket Academy for the third year running over the half-term week.  Over 35 children from a number of local schools attended three days of cricket training and development.

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The Academy was established by Andrew “Freddie” Flintoff to help pass on the passion and enjoyment that he feels for cricket.  Along with his experienced and enthusiastic team the Academy provides opportunities for young cricketers of all levels to improve their game.  “Freddie” was able to spend some time with the children on the final afternoon, presenting prizes, and providing them with insights into his experience of the game.

Nick Robinson, Director of Sport at Castle Court stated : “Team sports are so important in helping children develop.  It is a great honour for Castle Court to be able to provide a venue where such a prestigious academy can deliver both an

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enjoyable and dynamic three days of play, skill development and technical knowledge for such a fabulous sport. To be able to meet and learn from such a respected player was a great experience for all the children who attended.

Castle Court currently has some 8 cricketers who regularly play at County level, and a large number more who turn out for both the school and their club sides each week.  The fathers and staff also have their own wandering cricket team, so this sport is an important part of life in the summer at Castle Court.”

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Richard Stevenson Headmaster added: “The Andrew Flintoff Academy is a highlight in our summer holiday course calendar, and we are pleased to be able to offer Castle Court as a venue.  We look forward to hosting many more!”