01 Oct 2019
Sports News Autumn Term Week Four

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It has been another exciting week for Uppingham Sport with over 50 teams representing the school.


Our eagerly awaited 1st XV fixture against Oakham School, did not disappoint on Saturday afternoon. In front of a massive crowd on The Leicester, our boys played some entertaining rugby to defeat Oakham for the first time in ten years. We looked relaxed in the warm-up, and when James Chalk gave his father a big smile as he ran on to the pitch, I knew our boys were ready to play. Running the ball from all areas of the pitch, we raced into an early 15-3 lead, with tries from our exciting back three of Ethan Hodgson, William Meadows and Archie Hogan, before Oakham was awarded a penalty try to make the score 15-10 at half time. The second half was a nail-biting affair for Uppingham supporters, as we continued to attack the Oakham line but could not quite get over to make the game safe. In the last five minutes we controlled possession superbly to run the clock down and spark wild scenes of celebration! Our 2nd XV played in windy conditions, defending brilliantly, as did our 3rd XV with Robert Davies making some outstanding tackles. Our 4th XV had a great first half but fell away in the second – Harvey James-Bull and Toby Whittome were our stand-out performers. Our U16As continued their impressive season going up against Oakham. Having convincingly beaten Loughborough Grammar School on Tuesday, they had a strong start with tries from Freddie Read and Herbie Linney. Oakham rallied and went into half time 19-12 up. Debutant Hector Trower was brought on in the second half and had an excellent game at full back in testing conditions. Playing against the wind, Uppingham scored four tries in the second half through Freddie Read, Jasper Luscombe and a brace from Jack Leggate to win the 38-24. Edward Lewis made his first start after a year out with injury, Samuel Burchnall and Harry Alderson were excellent in defence and half backs, with Fergus Makepeace and Freddie Read controlling the game superbly. Our U16Bs also performed well, with Heinrich Stander IV, Archie Pearson, Kevin Liu and Aidan Butler all in great form. Our U14s and U15s struggled against bigger and more powerful opposition, battling until the final whistle. Our U14Bs put in their best performance of the year; Arthur Cornish was a warrior, Gregor Woolgrove put in a nuggety performance at flanker and Harry Codrington played well at fly half.

Hockey - Girls

At the start of our 1st XI match against Bromsgrove School, we played at high tempo and dominated possession to go a goal up, before Bromsgrove equalised from a penalty corner. The second half performance was not as strong and allowed the opposition back into the game; I’m sure our girls will be looking to bounce back against Stamford School next week. Having worked on keeping possession, and looking for more simple passes in matches, it was pleasing to hear that our 2nd XI played so well on Saturday. Lead runs and quick passing resulted in some lovely goals in open play from Anya Batty, Izzy Wyatt and Alice Dobell. Our 3rd and 4th XIs travelled to Tudor Hall School on Saturday afternoon, and despite being a couple of girls short and playing without a goalkeeper, they performed well. Annie Smith, Alice Browne, Harriet Fowler and Milly Wood all had cracking games for our 3rd XI, and Pippa Neal was on outstanding form for our 4th XI. Our U15As put in another great performance with relentless effort for the whole game; our goals were scored by Georgina Luckin and Katie Smith. Mr Hicks has written an in depth U15Bs match report on our website for his ‘Dream Team’. Fluid passing moves from Isobel and Amelia Elwood, the calm control of Eliza Sexton and Florence Hamilton, the vision and decision making of Savannah Hunter and Caitlin Mackenzie and the silky wing play of Matilda Alexander and Alice Winter, resulted in another fantastic team display. They were ably abetted by Araminta Gordon at right back, with Flossie Attwood offering her usual unflustered presence in goal. But it was Sienna Martin who once again proved her worth as a goal poacher, popping up for a second half brace after Amelia Elwood had doubled the first half lead from a short corner. Eliza Sexton had broken the deadlock after several waves of pressure in the first half, her deflected goal just rewards for the visitors. Sienna Wheeler and Amelia Hoskins were players of the match for our U15Cs. Our U14As were a little erratic, but still managed to sneak a narrow victory at Bromsgove with goals from Tallulah Lascelles and Olivia Staveley. Elizabeth Simpson was superb in defence; Poppy Wraith dominated the midfield and Lulu Leetham and India Wyatt worked tirelessly in attack. Audrey Galbraith was named player of the match. Our U14Bs were on fire with goals from Scarlett Simmonds, Isobel Balzan and Isabella Spokes. Our U14Cs have made great improvements since the start of term and played their best match of the season with Gracie Parker being awarded player of the match.


It was the first time Uppingham had competed in the Stowe School relays, and the results that came out of it were impressive. Our junior boys (Alasdair Woolgrove, Nathan Choi, Hugo McGuinness, Albert Tanner and Kit Moore) secured a bronze medal in their medley relay, and a silver medal in the freestyle relay. Our Senior Boys (Adrian Ting, Hugo Ross-Wilson, Max Cheng and Marcus van Rest) also showed outstanding performances, breaking yet another school record in the U19, 4 x 50 medley relay and also winning a silver medal, along with a gold medal in the freestyle relay. The junior girls (Olivia Whyte, Bridget Duff, Georgina Luckin, Zoe Pyott) also broke school records in the 4 x 50 medley and freestyle relays - lowering it by three seconds!


Our senior badminton teams enjoyed fixtures against Oakham and Bromsgrove Schools this week. There were debut 1st VI appearances for Amy Dai, Esther Mok and Tuchchapong Phoorimeti in an excellent team performance. In our 2nd VI there were debuts for Isabel Shenton and Jessica Lomas who both got off to winning starts.


We held our annual fives reunion on Saturday with many Old Uppinghamians returning to school to take on our seniors. In the evening we had a wonderful dinner in The Kendall Room to celebrate the successes of our programme over the last few years, concluding with an entertaining poem from our head of fives, James Holroyd.

Results, fixtures and some more detailed match reports can be found on our sports website and regular sports updates on my Twitter page

Best wishes

Chris Dossett