12 Nov 2019
Sports News Autumn Term Week Ten

Despite the weather, we had a lot of fixtures in a wide range of sport this week. So far this term every pupil in our Fourth Form has been selected to represent the school in a sporting fixture. In our Lower Fifth, 77% of pupils have represented the school, 73% in our Upper Fifth, 75% in our Lower Sixth and 71% in our Upper Sixth; in 11 different sports – impressive statistics this early in the school year.

Cross Country

I had a lovely trip up to Hull on Saturday morning, to watch our Fourth Form and Lower Fifth girls and boys compete in the regional final of the Cross-Country Cup. Charlotte Munro was our lead runner for the girls, with Georgina Luckin, Annabelle Bramall, Katie Wraith, Jemima May and Tabitha Todd completing our team. In the boys’ race, Billy Brooks was our best finisher, with Ned Hercock, Kerecsen Martin, James Buttery and Alexander Stothard completing the line-up.

Hockey

Four of the cross-county girls then drove back to Oakham School for their U15A hockey fixture. The team played some fantastic hockey with some slick passing in attack and real doggedness in defence. Katie Smith, Tabitha Todd and Kate McCallum chased down almost every ball, hassling the Oakham midfield at every opportunity. Kelly Smit finished off a great team goal to put us ahead at half time, before Oakham scored a counter-attacking goal with one of their few forays into our half, to end the game in a draw. Our U15Bs also put in a great performance, with goals from Savannah Hunter, and player of the match was Isobel Elwood. Our U15Cs won with goals from Matilda Duncombe and a brace from Sienna Wheeler; Tess Walker was player of the match. Our U14 girls have also been on fine form this season, with our U14As looking forward to their zonal finals at Rugby School on Thursday. It was especially pleasing to see Isabella Wakeford umpiring the U14Cs match - a knee injury has prevented her from playing this term, but she is still keen to contribute and has qualified as an umpire. There were stand out performances from Lola Shand Kydd and Rose Brassey in the U14C’s match. Having lost heavily to Oakham before half term, our U16As were determined to play with a bit more grit this time around and in a phenomenal effort we fought out a

1-1 draw, with Jasmine Curran terrorising the defence at every opportunity. Our U16Bs played out a thrilling 3-3 draw, having been 1-3 down; Talita Fraser scored two and Martha Greenall pitched in with another. Goals from Alice Browne, Lucy Sexton and Gina Wilson, along with some great ball work, secured victory for our 4th XI. Our 3rd XI only conceded two goals, despite not having a goalkeeper, as well as scoring three of their own. Our 2nd XI had a very close match, with both teams playing with great intensity and physicality; a superb through ball from Anya Batty set up Lexy Regis for the goal of the game. In the match of the day our 1st XI bounced back from their midweek cup defeat by Rugby School with a fantastic team performance against Oakham; they were absolutely buzzing at the end of the match.

Fives

Our fives pairs had an eventful afternoon of matches on Saturday, when we hosted a triangular tournament with Oakham and Ipswich Schools. Our first pair, Blair Morton and Charles Lloyd-Jones, played some high quality matches against Ipswich, whilst Jasper Flinn and Fredrik Hopkins demonstrated fast reactions and slick communication in their match against Oakham to secure the overall Fives Challenge Cup.

Lacrosse

Our girls’ lacrosse U18Bs played a triangular fixture against Denstone College and Oakham School on Saturday. In the first match, Denstone’s strong individual offence gave them a 5-2 lead at halftime, before we returned to form at the beginning of the second half, led by Imogen Curtis’ tireless efforts at midfield and Clementine Wilson’s determined ground ball play. We brought the game to 6-6 with only five minutes left, but Denstone finally managed to stop our momentum to seal the game with three more goals. After a break, our girls played Oakham in a much more defence-oriented affair building up a 2-1 lead that lasted most of the match. With less than two minutes remaining, Oakham netted an equalizer and then capitalised on our surprise with two more goals, for a final score of 2-4. Our girls showed a lot of grit, determination and good spirit throughout the cold afternoon, and should be proud of their effort.

Rugby

Our 1st XV travelled to Hampton School on Wednesday for the quarter final of the Champions Trophy. Hampton had an electric start to the match, racing to a 24-0 half time lead, but our boys played magnificently in the second half, scoring the solitary try to end the game 7-27. To reach the last eight of the top tier schoolboy competition in the country is a fantastic achievement and we are very proud of the team. On Saturday, our 1st XV and 2nd XV both found a way to win in very tight encounters against Solihull School on The Leicester. Our U15As demonstrated their team values (positivity, bravery and commitment) to produce their best performance of term. Our U16As had their first defeat of the season against an excellent Solihull team; tries from Jack Leggate, Archie Rook and Benjamin Moss were not quite enough in a 24-28 defeat. Our U16Bs continued their excellent season, with a 22-7 victory away at Denstone College, where Heinrich Stander IV put in an outstanding display – it was if there were two of him on the pitch! Our U16Cs played in torrential conditions at Bedford. Mr Prior said, “it was raining frogs!”

Badminton

The Badminton squad enjoyed yet more success away at Stamford School on Tuesday, winning both of their matches, before losing out to Bromsgrove School at home on Saturday.

Netball

Our senior girls took on an impressive outfit from Bromsgrove School in the Independent Schools’ National Cup on Wednesday. We looked a little rusty but fought hard in front of a good crowd in the USSC sports hall. I’m sure our girls will be determined to show how they have improved in the block fixture against Bromsgrove next term.

Squash

Our boys’ squash players strove ferociously against Oundle School on Tuesday, in a very competitive encounter in which a number of players made their debuts. On Saturday, our captain, Jack Pearson led our 1st V to a hard-fought draw with Wellbeck College, with our 2nd V performing well in a close victory. Our girls’ 1st V, led by Isobella Stichbury, also had a great game against Oundle on Tuesday.

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 or the Uppingham Sport Twitter page.