04 Mar 2019
Uppingham Sport Spring Term Week Seven

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We had another very busy and successful week of sport at Uppingham. On Thursday and Friday we hosted the IAPS (Independent Association of Preparatory Schools) U11s and U12/U13s netball tournaments with more than 30 preparatory schools competing, and over the weekend, we fielded almost 50 teams in nine different sports.

Lacrosse

Our senior girls travelled to Aldershot to play in their National Tournament this weekend. We started the first day with a 7-0 win over The American International School with goals from Eliza Walsh and Constance Brownhill before the team then faced four of the top championship teams; Cheltenham Ladies College, Moreton Hall School, Guildford High School, Sherborne School and Fettes College. Our goals were scored by Isabella Brudenell-Bruce and Eliza Walsh and Eloise Maciver took some serious hits and made some sharp saves in goal throughout the day. After a solid performance against the best schools in the country, the team qualified for Division Two (out of three) and faced Tudor Hall School, The Queen’s School and Glenalmond College on Sunday morning before being knocked out by North London Collegiate School. Even though the weather was severe, with gale force winds ripping in half and blowing away our gazebo, our girls remained positive and full of energy. Our player of the tournament was Olivia Clarke and our most spirited player was Tallulah Pollock.

Netball

On Saturday we hosted our annual U15s tournament with 16 teams competing on The Leicester courts. There was some very skilful netball on display; Repton School defeated Oakham School in the final of the U15As tournament with Uppingham beating Oundle School to win the U15Bs competition. Our U15Bs were superb throughout the afternoon with Jasmine Curran dominating the centre court and Anna Lowry and Zoe Pyott scoring some spectacular goals in very testing, windy conditions.

Our 1st VII had a busy week with fixtures against Rugby School on Friday night and Repton School on Saturday afternoon. The girls had prepared well with an excellent video analysis session on Thursday afternoon with Loughborough Lightening’s Hannah Joseph, before putting in two excellent performances. On Saturday the rest of our teams travelled to Repton School. Our four senior teams all performed well in victory, as did our U16As and U16Bs. With the rest of the U15s at home for the tournament, our U15Cs played superbly to win 19-10. Our U14As had a really close game, losing out by three goals, but putting together some really nice patterns of play and movement through the court. Our U14Bs played out a high quality 28-28 draw and really enjoyed the tight finish, continuing to play well under pressure. Our U14Cs won a scrappy affair in windy conditions and our U14Ds put in a great defensive display with lots of turnovers and interceptions, with Tess Walker and Elizabeth Manley on great form defending our circle. Our U14Es and U14Fs also played well, meaning that we were able to select every girl in the group again.

Hockey

Our U15A boys beat Bromsgrove School on Thursday to reach the quarter finals of the Independent Schools’ National Cup against Churcher’s College. A special mention to William Barclay who made some spectacular saves in a game that was won on sudden death penalty flicks, making the vital final save to clinch the win.

On Saturday we took on Oakham School in a block fixture with lots of close, competitive matches. The highlight was the 4th XI’s match, played on The Sunley, with Max Khan grabbing a hat trick.

Shooting

Our 1st team beat Oundle School in both the 8s (1469 to 1378) and the 4s (750 to 734).

Basketball

After losing a fantastic match midweek against Stamford School (48-50), our basketball team won by a convincing 11 points against Rugby School on Saturday. It was a real team effort, which was reflected on the scoresheet; we had more individual scorers than in any of our previous matches, with nine players on the scoresheet.

Football

Our 1st XI drew 2-2 with The Leys School, equalising in the final minutes after dominating for most of the game but unable to take advantage of the many chances that were created.

Rugby Sevens

On Sunday our U16s and U18s played in the Oakham Sevens. Our U18s won the Bowl after being drawn in a very tough pool in the morning, winning three very hard and physical knockout matches to bring home some silverware. Our U16s had an excellent morning playing some great sevens to beat Rugby School and Trent College before losing the quarter final in the last play of the game against Campion School. Our boys will take a lot of confidence into next weekend when we host our own tournament at Uppingham. Sevens rugby is always a fantastic spectacle – it would be great to have as much support on The Leicester as possible.

Rugby

Congratulations to Zoe Pyott on her selection for the U15 Leicestershire County team.

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