19 Jun 2019
Uppingham Sport Summer Term Week Eight

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After another week of awful weather, we did manage to get some sport in this weekend.


Our sailing team won their triangular competition with Rugby, Oundle and Kimbolton Schools, winning all but one race on the day. We also competed in the Thames Valley regatta on Saturday 8th June at Maidenhead Sailing Club. After an early start the team were faced with unfamiliar surroundings on a very small lake and strong and variable wind. Our team performed well, winning one race and were very close in the other two races out of four.


Our boys’ final match of the season was away at Stamford School and with no Upper Fifth and limited Upper Sixth pupils, we had to juggle our players around which allowed more opportunities for others and showed how much depth we have in our tennis programme this year. Alex Liu (Fourth form) made his debut in the senior 1st team with Barnaby Shand and they both performed outstandingly to win all three of their matches. Edward Chevallier Guild has worked very hard this summer and deserved his chance to play in the 1st team with Toby Missen. Oliver Wyatt stepped up from the U15s to the 2nd team and formed a strong partnership with William Oakden.

The girls finished their season with a home match against Trent College. Emily Le Marquand (Lower Fifth) played for our senior 1st team with Meg Sellers for the first time and looked a strong partnership. Due to all the hard work all the players have put in this summer, these changes did not impact the teams, as they are now more familiar with the tactics required to play doubles regardless of the team they are playing for, or the partner they have.


Our Lower Fifth was the only year group to play cricket on Saturday. Our U15As were first to bat against Stamford School, amassing an impressive 148 from 28 overs; we then grabbed three quick wickets for 12 runs before rain stopped play. Our U15Bs scored an equally impressive 171, with Joseph Ntodi (50) and Marcus Aldrich (40) scoring well. Jonty Blayney was involved in a 50-run partnership with Joseph Ntodi and Pablo Kearney made a 51-run partnership with Marcus Aldrich before the game was rained off.


Following some superb performances this year, our inter boys’ and girls’ team travelled to Moorways Stadium in Derby on Monday for their Regional Track and Field Cup Final, after both had qualified as county champions before half term. The Track and Field Cup is a fantastic event, with every athlete contributing to the team’s final score. Each athlete must compete in one track and one field event with their times and distances converted into points in a scoring system similar to the decathlon/heptathlon. Our boys improved their score by more than 20 points to finish in fourth place with exceptional individual performances from George Rycroft (shot put), Joshua Toomes-Hall (200m), Herbie Linney (300m), Kevin Liu (hurdles) and Christian Brassey (100m). Our girls’ performance was outstanding, winning the event and qualifying for the National Final in July. Every member of the team made a significant contribution to the team’s success, but I was especially impressed with Deborah Kargbo’s teamwork; she cheered on our 800m and 1500m runners on the back straight, as well as motivating our relay team and helping them improve their change overs. The full team that qualified for the National Final is Kelly Smit, Deborah Kargbo, Tess Walker, Jasmine Curran, Annabelle Bramal, India Cranwell, Chloe Munro, Natasha Lewis, Georgina Luckin, Alice Winter, Rosie Winter and Lauren Shaw.

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