15 May 2019
Uppingham Sport Summer Term Week Three

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We have had another fantastic week of sport at Uppingham and even had some sunshine for our fixtures on Saturday.


Our athletes competed in the Oakham Relays on Thursday afternoon with great success. Competing against eight other schools in a variety of races (4 x 300m, 4 x 100m, a 1500m continuous relay, a dreilauf and a medley relay) our girls finished second overall and our boys were first, a fantastic achievement. On Friday evening we hosted our own Inter-House Paarlauf, a 16-lap relay with five runners from each House. With most of the School turning out to watch an incredible race, Highfield took the spoils in the boys’ race and Constables took the girls’ trophy. On Saturday we travelled to Rugby School for another school fixture, with our captains, Zara Jackson and Nazar Efendiev leading the team to another excellent set of results.


It was brilliant to see so much tennis being played at Uppingham on Saturday afternoon; a conservative estimate would be that we had 250 Uppingham pupils competing, some playing other Uppinghamians, and others part of 21 teams taking on Stowe School, home and away. In our senior girls’ teams, Holly Walters and Lucy Butterworth have been playing some great doubles. All the teams are looking far more confident with what they are trying to do. Jessica Chen, Annabel Davies, Izzy Faris-Wilson, Charlotte Johnson, Molly Robeson and Martha Goodwin all made debut performances for our U14s, playing some excellent rallies throughout their matches. Our senior boys’ teams are also on great form with our 1st VI defeating both Oakham and Stowe Schools this week. There was also a superb performance from our U15A second pairing of Harry Alderson and William Butterworth, who won their three matches with some very strong service games.


Our boys took on Repton School in a block fixture on Saturday and our girls played Rugby School. On their 1st XI debuts, Freddie Read top scored with 24 and William Marriage took a wicket. Captain Tom Regis also took 3 for 37 off his 8 overs. I enjoyed umpiring our 2nd XI in a competitive match on The Old Pitch. At 12 for 5 things were not looking good, but skipper Thomas Marriage managed to help increase our total to a defendable 99 runs, before directing our bowling and fielding with great precision to give us a narrow nine run victory. Our U15As also enjoyed a tight match, with birthday boy Ralph Chivers taking the last wicket to secure victory by just one run. Our U14As’ game went to the last over of the match for the third Saturday in a row – a brilliant 54 not out from Alexander Macdonald set Repton School a target of 130 from 30 overs. Tight bowling from Thomas Knapman (3 for 16) and Billy Brooks (2 for 15) put the pressure on Repton, before they scored the winning runs with a few balls to spare. Thomas Childs took three wickets for our U14Bs in a 32-run win and our U14Cs lost out by four wickets. Our 1st XI girls bowled well to restrict Rugby to 84 from 20 overs and looked on target for victory before some excellent bowling finished off our batting line up, 17 runs short of the total. In our girls’ U15s, Hebe Willis was player of the match with an excellent all-round performance.


Our 1st team won 4-1 against Kimbolton. Congratulations to Thomas Alston for helping the team to an excellent win on his sailing team debut.


Our golfers lost to an excellent Bedford School team on Saturday. Constantin Rump and William Lancaster had competitive games against players with much lower handicaps, taking them to the last hole.


We received the news last week that Olivia Clarke has been selected for the Great Britain Lacrosse regional academy after a successful assessment day just before Easter. After rupturing her ACL a few years ago, this is testament to Olivia’s hard work and determination – she also batted brilliantly for our 1st XI on Saturday and aspires to play 1st XI hockey next year.

Two of our members of staff were also in action this weekend. Our Graduate Sports Assistant, Emily Jenkinson, won the senior women’s 800m title at the Hampshire Track and Field Championships and Hannah Joseph played for Loughborough Lightening in the Superleague netball semi-finals against Wasps.

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