15 Jan 2019
Uppingham Sport Spring Term Week One

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It has been great to be back at Uppingham after our Christmas break with another very successful week of sport and a packed Saturday fixture list.

After their fabulous autumn term, our U16 girls’ hockey team takes on The Perse School for a place in the National Quarter Finals on Thursday 17th January. Any support would be greatly received.

New Staff

We are very fortunate to have four fantastic new members of staff join our sports coaching team this term. Hannah Joseph joins the Physical Education department with a specialism in netball. Hannah is a member of the Loughborough Lightening squad and was named Player of the Match after Loughborough’s victory over Seven Stars in their Superleague fixture on Saturday evening.

Richard Surtees joins us as Head of Tennis from Grantham Tennis Centre and has already made a big impression on our budding Andy Murrays and Katie Boulters with lots of extra coaching sessions last week. Richard is one of the top tennis coaches in the country and is a Level 5 qualified LTA coach.

Liam Castellas joins us as Director of Cricket from Myerscough College, where he was also an Assistant Coach at the Lancashire Thunder Development Centre and the Senior Lancashire Women’s Team. Liam is from Melbourne, Australia, where he combined his role as Head of Cricket at Overnewton College with being Head Coach of the Cricket Victoria Women’s Academy.

Emily Jenkinson is our new Graduate Sports Assistant having graduated from the University of Central Florida on an athletics scholarship. Emily is an 800m runner and was ranked 9th in the world as a teenager, she will be coaching cross country, athletics and girls’ football.

Fives World Record Attempt

On 9th and 10th February, our pupils will be attempting to break the world record for the longest game of fives, currently standing at 42 hours. In order to support the team we are running various taster sessions for pupils, parents, staff and local residents. Parents are invited to play from 5.00pm – 8.00pm on 9th February should you wish to don the gloves! Please contact James Holroyd (jh2@uppingham.co.uk) if you would like to join in.

Hockey

We had twelve boys’ teams compete against Stamford School on Saturday. Our 1st XI came up against an impressive Stamford team and performed very well. Our 2nd XI battled out a 0-0 draw and our 3rd XI was on fine form with two goals from midfield dynamo Charlie Fairs and a magician’s goal from the mercurial Max Richardson. Our 4th XI got off to a flyer, edging out Stamford by a single goal. Following their impressive run to the National Finals last year, our U15A team looked good with goals from Hector Trower, Marcus Aldrich and a brace from Louis Sheffield. For our U14s it was their first set of matches in an Uppingham shirt with some promising displays from all four teams.

Netball

Our girls played a triangular fixture against Stamford High School and The Leys School on Saturday with 27 fixtures being played in total. Our 1st team got their season off to a great start on Saturday and then backed it up with a superb performance in The Perse School tournament on Sunday, playing some great netball to finish second out of ten teams with Marta Korab-Karpinska shooting superbly. Hannah Cowie covered every inch of the court with Hattie Stamp excelling and Captain Naomi Ogbe leading her team superbly. Tallulah Pollock put in a superb shooting display for our 3rd team, Matilda Luscombe was player of the match for our U16A team and Neve Walker impressed in defence for our 3rd XI. I really enjoyed watching our U15s and U14s at home. It was especially pleasing to see every Fourth Form girl selected to play for one of the six teams we fielded and every girl played at least half a game in a variety of positions. Their work rate was superb and their netball impressive.

Lacrosse

Our U15 girls enjoyed their first match of the season against Oakham School. For many of our girls it was their first competitive lacrosse fixture. In our U15A team our beginners did an amazing job to keep calm throughout the match and improved dramatically. Eloise Maciver made numerous great saves as an unexperienced goal keeper, and player of the match was awarded to Isabella Lewis for her fearless and persistent chasing of the ball. Our U15B team played with a full team of beginners, having had just four hours’ worth of training and no match experience. Being up against experienced players allowed our girls to quickly pick up spacing on the pitch and learn the rules of the games. The match proved to be invaluable to their learning of the sport and some players really started to shine over the hour of play. Player of the match was awarded to Phoebe Neame for her dynamic play and straight runs to goal and Isabel Blackman also had a strong first game in attack.

Badminton

The matches against Oundle School on Saturday were terrific and our team played exceptionally well to record wins, with great team spirit and a particularly strong desire to come out on top. Annabel and Suzanna van Tuyll van Serooskerken had their first outing of the year; it was great to see them quickly getting into match mode and looking to out-wit opponents by putting them under constant pressure, resulting in excellent performances. Cyrus Wong played exceptionally well, using his jump smash to great effect and also his disguised drop shots. Amy Yuan and Alistair Ng played some impressive badminton, coming from behind to win 21-20. Tim Tian and Jason Chiu displayed an outstanding attitude and great sportsmanship in their games. May Zhou and Harmony Wong displayed a great work ethic and a real passion to be competitive, with Max Cheng and Leo Liu displaying exceptional effort throughout the matches, even when behind. It was all capped with the calm and reassured performance of Tingting Yu, the girls’ captain, who worked hard to finish off the fixture with some impressive drop shots and interceptions.

Football

Our boys’ team had a tough start to the season against some impressive teams from King’s Ely. George Miller was the stand out player for the 3rd XI; he ran himself into the ground and was pivotal in the 2-2 draw away from home where Yerassyl Shakhmardanov also played brilliantly. Harvey Rinfret made some world-class saves for the 1st XI and James Blunt put in some crunching tackles on his 1st XI debut. Henry Tear had a great game for the 2nd XI at the heart of the defence.

Shooting

We had a productive fixture against Oakham School on Saturday. Ross Carmichael and Kirill Taradayko produced the goods as normal, scoring a 96 and 97 between them and Hugo Turnbull-Hall and Lucas Williams produced two 95s, which Mr Gladding was very impressed with. Tom Han, who is new to the school and new to the sport, shot a Rifle for the first time last week; a brilliant effort, being part of our B team and shooting like a trained marksman.

All our results and fixtures can be found on our sports website and regular updates on my Twitter page.