12 Feb 2019
Uppingham Sport Spring Term Week Five

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It was one of our busiest weeks for sport at Uppingham this year with thirteen different sports being represented in fixtures.

Fives World Record

At 40 hours and two minutes exactly, Zara Tweed, Charlotte Bowman, Blair Morton and Archie Tweed succeeded in their quest for reclaiming the world record for the longest game of fives. Starting at 4.00am on Saturday morning, these four pupils demonstrated extraordinary resilience to bring the world record back to Uppingham. Throughout the two days they were superbly supported by the whole school community, including a rousing rendition of, ‘Sweet Caroline’ towards the end of the event to keep spirits up.

Cross Country

For the first time ever, we took four teams to the National Relays in Coventry and everyone did superbly, especially when you consider that only two members of the travelling 20 are in the Upper Sixth.

The girls’ A team, led off by Captain Freya Radford, was put in a great position in a very competitive field. The other members’ team, Carmen Pérez Pera, Anya Batty and Amelie Goetz all put in fantastic performances to bring the girls home ranked 16th in the country. The team ran two minutes quicker than any Uppingham team had done before. All the team have at least one more attempt at this race next year and it will be interesting to see how much they develop. The girls’ B team also ran very well, led by Sophie Gray and gained valuable experience along the way to being ranked 29th. Particular mention should go to Annabelle Bramall who ran brilliantly as our only Fourth Form representative.

The boys’ A team was led off by Bertie Tweed who personally got close to the magical 12 minute mark and managed the 27th fastest time of the whole competition, a year young. He was followed by excellent performances from Jolyon Leavesley, Tom Holmes, Thomas Green, Harrison Buckner and Nick Cardozo. Nick brought the team home by sneaking under 13minutes and I’m sure like the rest of the team, will go on to do very well in the years to come. As a team, they finished in 21st place but with Tom Holmes the only Upper Sixth member, they have lots of potential to explore. The boys’ B team led by cross country captain Nazar Efendiev worked very hard for each other and with lots of Lower Fifth in the team, their future is also bright.


Our senior girls had a great run out against Trent College on Thursday in very windy conditions. On Saturday the wind had died down a little as we took on Bromsgrove School with sixteen matches at Uppingham. I particularly enjoyed watching our 1st VII in a cracking fixture in our Sports Hall, the Bromsgrove shooter was one of the best I have ever seen. Every Fourth Form girl was selected to play for the school again – our strength in depth is fantastic with great netball on show from all six teams. I would like to give Harriet Lawson a special mention, she moved from our U16Bs to our 3rd VII to help us out when we were short of players. She saved the day and also played really well against a tough team; we couldn’t have done it without her!


On Thursday we raced against Oakham School with Adrian Ting setting two new school records (U17 and U19 - 50 metre Butterfly) and nine personal bests made by the squad. The whole squad has been training really hard, attending extra sessions and pushing themselves every day. This also sets us up well for the Bath and Otter Cup next month at The London Aquatics Park; home of the 2012 Olympic Games.


Our U15A team faced their most challenging fixture this season against Stowe School without any substitutes and a few injuries on pitch. By half time the score was 2-1 to Uppingham with two goals from Isabella Lewis. Our defence was strong and aware, working as a team to pressure the ball and stop strong Stowe attacks with Eloise Maciver making numerous incredible saves throughout the game. The girls remained positive and reflected on their work in both defence and attack in a huddle before each centre draw. After much grit and determination, they managed to draw 5-5 at full time. Player of the match was Olivia Clarke for her dynamic play and for playing out of position as centre. It was great to hear the Stowe coach comment on our team’s hunger for the ball and their attitude on pitch.


Our 2nd XI drew 1-1 with Loughborough Grammar School; a postponed county match (due to ice the week before) resulted in the team being crowned 2nd XI Tier 4 County Champions, an accolade achieved by our 2nd XI girls last term. The boys are now through to the Midlands Regional Finals on 6th March, alongside the U14As in Tier 2.

We enjoyed lots of exciting games on Saturday against Trent College. Our 1st XI drew 4-4 with a brace from both Archie Fowler and Jamie Womack. Our 2nd XI sneaked a 5-3 win with goals from Harry Nicholls (2), Ethan Hodgson, Tom Stone-Wigg and George Jones. Our U16As lost a thriller 5-7 with Charlie Hurd scoring all of our five goals. Goals from Hector Trower, Ralph Chivers and William Barbrook gave our U15As a one goal victory and Oscar Rook scored for our U14As in a 1-2 defeat.


Our 1st XI boys won away at Welbeck College with two goals from Jack Pearson, while our 2nd XI won 4-3 with a superb performance from Robert Davies in the defensive midfield role. Our U16 boys played on Thursday and lost a hard fought home game against Peterborough School 4-3. Our 1st XI girls also had a great game against Welbeck playing their best football of the season and our 2nd XI girls showed tremendous spirit losing 3-7 after being five goals down.


I enjoyed watching some excellent play from both teams as our senior team took on Stowe School on Saturday. There were lots of skills on display as a large crowd supported our team in the USSC.


Our girls’ team had another very successful week. On Tuesday, our 1st V beat Oakham 4-1 with notable performances from Georgia Everett, Meg Sellers and Anna Horwich and Isobella Stichbury, who showed real grit to win from a game down. Our 2nd V lost narrowly 2-3 with very convincing performances from Emmi Malai and Rosie Charlton and hard fought five set matches from the rest of the team. On Saturday our 1st V played Rugby School; the whole team showed tremendous spirit with Isabella Hargreaves in particular showing real courage and determination to fight back to win her match from a two game deficit.

Table Tennis

It was an early start for our table tennis team as we travelled to Blackburn for the regional finals. We finished 3rd in our group at the regional table-tennis finals behind Altringham Grammar School and Bradford Grammar School with the match scores being 6-2 and 5-3 against. This resulted in the Uppingham team finishing in the top twelve teams in the country. Alaric Oudin, Cyrus Wong, Max Cheng and Elliot Leong made up a strong team.


In the County U19 badminton league we drew 4-4 with Loughborough, winning a tight match on count back. Our U16s were runners up in the county final in an exciting tussle that went down to the final match.


Our 1st and 2nd teams enjoyed fixtures against Oakham School this week. Sam Timpson was player of the match in his first competitive match for Uppingham.

In the final of the Northants Leicestershire Rutland Target Shooting Association league Rupert Spall won the U16 final and Ross Carmichael, Abigail Howe, Kirill Taradayko and Freddie Dell are through to the next round of the U18 competition.


It has been great to follow the progress of James Chalk, Edward Clayton and Jack Hughes playing for the Northampton Saints Academy this term. The Academy teams select the best U18 players from around the country to compete against each other on a weekly basis. Our boys have really enjoyed playing for Northampton Saints in the Academy League, despite some hard results against some very good opposition such as Newcastle Falcons and Wasps. In total there were six matches including a win against Worcester Warriors at their premiership ground, Sixways Stadium. I am sure the boys learnt a lot from playing at such a high level – we look forward to following their progress in the next few years.