08 Oct 2019
Sports News Autumn Term Week Five

We ended the week with two fiercely competitive house events. On Sunday morning, we held the lacrosse competition on The Middle. There were some fantastic skills on display, with Constables, Johnson's, and The Lodge all ending with the same record. Both Johnson’s and The Lodge had the same goal differential (with Constables a single point behind). In the end, the result went to the head-to-head match, which Johnson's won 4-2; congratulations to them and to all the girls for a great competition. On Sunday afternoon, we held our highly anticipated inaugural house conkers competition on The Chapel lawn. All 15 houses were represented, and followed the official rules from the World Conker Championships which will take place on 13th October in Southwick. The support for School House was particularly vocal throughout the tournament, as they reached the final against Samworths’ as favourites. Lara Paul (Samworths’) held her nerve in a tight final, to be crowned, ‘Uppingham Conkers Champion’.

Tennis

On Friday, our U15 boys’ team (William Butterworth, Alex Liu, William Barbrook, Oliver Wyatt and Harry Alderson) travelled to Tipton Sports Academy to compete in the Regional Tennis Finals, having won the Leicestershire and Rutland county competition. The team started a little nervously, as none of our players had competed at this level before. Our first match was against King Edward VI School, Stratford, which we won by four matches to two, taking us to the semi-finals, where we played Kind Edward VI Camp Hill School. Our boys were a little less nervous now and produced some very good tactical tennis to win comfortably and move into the final. We then played Bourne Grammar School, who had not lost a single match in reaching the final, so we knew each match would be very tough. After the singles, we were winning, three matches to one, knowing we needed to win one of the two doubles to win the match; both pairs demonstrated some exceptional doubles play and we won both matches. This was a fantastic achievement for the boys, who represented the School exceptionally well in what was our first ever regional tennis final.

Sailing

I enjoyed a wet and windy afternoon with our sailors at Rutland Water on Tuesday. They were competing with Oakham and Stamford Schools, in team racing events – boats from the three schools were mixed up into two teams.

Fives

On Saturday, we won, 'The Challenge Cup' in our annual fixture against Oakham School, with Sam Timpson, Archie Tweed, Jasper Flinn, Angus Jones, Edward Kirby, Fredrik Hopkins, Joshua Law, Charles Lloyd-Jones and Blair Morton all in great form.

Netball

On Monday, our U14 netballers enjoyed their first outing of the year, at the county championships. The team got better and better throughout the tournament, before being knocked out by Ratcliffe College in extra time in the quarter finals.

Swimming

Our swimmers continued their fine season with some superb performances away at Oundle School. Fish of the Fixture was awarded to Matthew Au and Ludovica Franchi.

Hockey and Rugby

Our boys and girls enjoyed a busy Saturday of fixtures against Stamford School. Our 1st XV enjoyed a thrilling game away at Stamford for the inaugural, ‘Robert Wills Memorial Cup’, named after a man with strong history in both Stamford and Uppingham; the match could not have been a better spectacle to mark the new cup's arrival. Going down 0-10 after just ten minutes, we clawed our way back with tries from Ethan Heath-Drury, Sam Westmacott and Harrison Casey, to lead 19-10 with only five minutes remaining. Stamford then staged a fantastic fightback to snatch victory with the last play of the game. Our 1st XI also demonstrated plenty of grit, with goals from Matilda Luscombe and Lucy Butterworth and some fantastic saves from Lauren Shaw on her debut, ensuring we kept a clean sheet. Our 2nd XV was probably ‘team of the week’ with a gutsy five-point victory against a very physical Stamford team. Daisy Sellers scored the only goal of the game for our 2nd XI, where Isobella Stitchbury and Alice Tusting’s work rate was outstanding. Our U16 boys and girls continued their great season, with Mr Leang reporting some delicious goals from the girls, and Mr Davies purring over the boys’ ‘complete performance’. The highlight of the game was Heinrich Stander IV chasing down the Stamford winger, (who was away and clear to make a try) producing a saving tackle in the final minutes to keep our try line intact. Our girls’ U15As defended well, only conceding one goal, with goals from Annabelle Bramall and Kelly Smit ensuring victory. Phoebe Wilkinson was player of the match, she did not miss a tackle all day! Isobel Elwood scored the decisive goals with just ten seconds left in the U15Bs game. All our U14 hockey and rugby matches were played as versatility quarters this week, with every player changing position at the end of each quarter. We are trying to develop our players’ understanding of the game and not pigeonhole them early in their sporting lives. England prop, Kyle Sinckler, was playing full back as an U14 boy and Great Britain hockey goalkeeper, Maddie Hinch, was spotted diving around playing rounders; developing a range of skills means that children are more likely to excel in sport and continue taking part in physical activity when they are older. I thoroughly enjoyed refereeing the rugby U14As – they have really improved since the start of term and deserved their 15-15 draw, after Charlie Read nailed a penalty from 30m to tie the scores. I also enjoyed watching our U14 girls play hockey later in the day - we have lots of great girls who are really playing well at the moment, and I particularly appreciated Tallulah Lascelles’ reverse hit goal in the U14As match.

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