17 Sep 2019
Sports News Autumn Term Week Two

After three weeks at school, many of you will have the opportunity to chat to your children about their sporting experience at Uppingham, during their leave out weekend. I always get a little frustrated when the first question children are asked about their fixture is, “Did you win?” Research tells us that winning is rarely high on the list of reasons why children take part in sport. As I said last week, I would like our pupils and staff to be judged on our ‘Ten Things That Require Zero Talent’. The immediate aftermath of any competition is rarely the right time to discuss an athlete’s performance – arousal levels are still high, and it can be difficult to be rational or objective straight after victory or defeat. If you want to ask children about their sporting experience at Uppingham, and beyond, I recommend these ten questions as a start:

  1. Are you enjoying yourself?
  2. What do coaches/parents do that makes sport more enjoyable for you? Or less enjoyable for you?
  3. How would you like me to cheer for you in games? Should I say nothing, cheer positively, cheer equally for everyone?
  4. In the coach/car on the way home, do you like to talk about the game, or would you rather wait until the next day?
  5. What other sports do you want to play?
  6. What are your individual goals for the season?
  7. How do you plan to achieve those goals?
  8. What are your goals for your team this season?
  9. How do you plan to achieve your team goals?
  10. What is your role in the team? Are you happy with it?

The best piece of advice I have been given as a parent, is to tell your children, “I love watching you play.” There are few greater joys than watching your daughter or son play sport. Now that my girls have moved on to university, it is something that I will miss greatly. I genuinely enjoy watching all our pupils play sport - I will be making the effort to make sure I say that to as many of them as possible this year.

I hope you have had the opportunity to use www.uppinghamsports.co.uk to look at our team sheets, fixtures, sports news and results. If you go to the fixture list for your son or daughter’s team, you can use the, ‘Download to Your Calendar’ option to transfer all fixtures to your online calendar or mobile device. If fixtures are added, or a venue or start time is changed, this will automatically update on your calendar.

Many of you have asked to see the fantastic sports video we screened on Speech Day earlier this year. Here is the link to the Speech Day film.

Here is a review of this week’s sport at Uppingham:

Hockey

Our hockey teams took on Repton School, a great opportunity to challenge ourselves against the best girls’ hockey school in the country – they are the current U14, U16 and U18 national champions. At senior level, our 1st XI played Repton’s 2nd XI – after a very lethargic start, we finished well, with Hannah Cowie working tirelessly up front, Ellie Buttery defending intelligently and Zuha Animashaun making some great saves. Captain Lucy Ewbank scored a clinical penalty flick, and Lucy Butterworth finished off a well worked short corner. Our 3rd XI held out for a 0-0 draw, battling until the final whistle with an excellent Repton goalkeeper making numerous saves. Their coaches noted the girls really showed what good, enjoyable school sport should be like. Every member of the team worked tirelessly, and they put in a really great team performance – we couldn’t select a single player of the match! They kept battling right to the end, and showed support for their fellow players in the way they backed up their passes and created spaces for play - if only Repton’s goalkeeper had not been so good! Special mention should also go to Olivia Parker, who came back to hockey for a couple of weeks to be our goalkeeper and help the team out. Our 4th XI played Ratcliffe College’s 3rd XI, with Lucy Sexton scoring four goals and Alice Barclay a brace in an excellent team performance. I watched the end of our U16A’s game, a high-quality encounter with lots of chances for both teams to score in the last ten minutes; a draw was a fair result. Goals from Anna Lowry, Olivia Henson and Veronica To topped off another excellent performance from the U16Bs. Our U15As demonstrated great discipline and work rate in their match, with lots of shots on goal and Georgina Luckin was player of the match. Our U15Bs had a very exciting game with Repton, equalising with just 20 seconds to go. Our U15Cs benefitted from a wellbeing lesson on Saturday morning and said, “we learnt in well-being this morning, that the more positive your approach, the more positive experiences you will have. So, we’ve decided that we are going to approach today with positivity, energy and enthusiasm.” It worked, as they performed with great energy with goals from Caitlin Mackenzie, Izzy Faris-Wilson, Lola Fraser and Sienna Wheeler. Our U14As came up against a quality Repton team and continued to improve as the match progressed; Fiona Ginger was on great form in goal, and Audrey Galbraith tackled superbly. Several our U14Bs look ready for promotion after their match away at Repton. Isobel Balzan and Olivia Staveley scored as we grew in confidence, and picked up the pace in the second half, applying pressure all over the pitch.

Rugby

Our boys took on The Perse School from Cambridge in their block fixture on Saturday. Our 1st XV put in a fine display on The Leicester and will be feeling confident with matches against Bedford and Oakham Schools in the next couple of weeks. Our 2nd and 3rd XVs merged to play The Perse 2nd XV working hard throughout with Nicholas Gambier player of the match for his excellent running lines. The U16A’s match was a thriller on The Middle with The Perse taking a 17-0 lead before a roaring come back from Uppingham secured a 28-24 win. Harry Alderson was very strong in defence, the energy of Benjamin Moss was exceptional, Heinrich Stander IV made some great breaks and Jack Leggate finished with four tries. Our U15As scored a couple of good tries but were unable to match the opposition’s power and Rory Parker was the standout performer for our U15Bs. Our U14As came up against a very powerful Perse team but tackled bravely. I was especially impressed with Roddy Dewar’s tackling at full back. George Alderson was player of the match for Uppingham. For many boys in our U14Cs, it was their first experience of a full contact rugby match. Gary Cui was almost unstoppable, Oscar Curtis was quickly promoted to the U14Bs, Damir Kulnazarov enjoyed running with the ball, Thomas Jackson made some excellent tackles and Ryan Lo’s pace made him very difficult to catch. Our U14Ds travelled to Oundle School for a touch tournament; Jack Goes showed great evasion skills, Andrey Kyshtymov looks ready for contact rugby after recovering from an injury, and there was some good defence from Cyrus (L Y) Wong, Jonathan Wong and Jeremy Tsai.

Squash

Our senior boys had their first outing of the year with two competitive matches against Wellbeck College.

Fives

The fives team travelled to Shrewsbury School for their first match of the new year. Two new players, Sam Timpson and Edward Kirby, who played for the first time, put up a very good fight against a strong Shrewsbury pair. Some great fives was played, especially by Joshua Law and Archie Tweed, who won two of their three games to secure a win for Uppingham. Unfortunately, no other pair was quite as successful, although everybody played very well. Fredrik Hopkins and Angus Jones made a remarkable comeback to level the scores in the second game but unfortunately just missed out on snatching the win. There was a nail-biting finish on the top court as Blair Morton and Charles Lloyd-Jones narrowly missed out on a victory, having been tied throughout the game. Overall, it was a very exciting afternoon and I’m in no doubt that there will be some terrific fixtures ahead.

Lacrosse

With only a few days’ experience in goal, Freya Woolgrove made six saves on her debut for our 1st X in a triangular fixture against Haileybury and Abbot’s Hill School. Our 2nd X took on Oakham School on The Middle, scoring eight goals.

Sailing

Following last week’s cancellation, our sailors had a triangular fixture against Rugby and Oundle Schools. Sisters, Lana and Kala Davies, won all three of their races in a dominant team performance.

Badminton

Our mixed 1st team enjoyed a well-deserved victory of Rugby School and in our 2nd team, Esther Mok won all six of her games.

Swimming

Our swim squad had their first fixture of the year with a narrow win over Repton and Oundle Schools, with two new School records - 50m Backstroke (Adrian Ting) and the 4x50m Freestyle Relay (Adrian Ting, Joss Moore, Marcus van Rest and Hugo Ross-Wilson) and numerous personal bests. The result was still in doubt until the final relay race, with 10 competitors per school. Marcus van Rest was outstanding, leading our team well on poolside. ‘Fish of the Fixture’ awards were presented to Alasdair Woolgrove and Bridget Duff in assembly on Monday morning.