20 Nov 2019
Sports News Autumn Term Week Eleven

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It has been very pleasing to hear about the successes of our teams this term. We are developing a culture based around fun, challenge, hard work, passion and effort – our ‘Ten Things’ that underpin excellence. These foundations have helped us improve our performances in several sports on a more consistent basis. The wide range of activities and excellent coaching available to all our pupils, enables them to discover new activities and skills as well as helping them develop into outstanding athletes if they wish to. This term, our boys’ junior tennis team won their regional finals, our girls’ hockey 1st XI defeated Oakham School for the second season running, our 1st XV reached the quarter finals of the Champions Trophy, our senior netballers have qualified for next term’s regional finals and our junior boys and girls both made it the regional finals of the cross country cup. This week we have had more success in national hockey competitions as you can see in the report below. There is still lots of hard work ahead, but it is very rewarding to see us moving in the right direction.

Badminton

Our 1st VI boys lost out against the current champions, Ashby Grammar School, in the County Cup on Tuesday, a tough match but lots of lessons learned. Our U15A boys also deserve a mention after their victory over Bromsgrove School last week.

Squash

Our senior boys’ teams had two very competitive matches against Stamford School on Tuesday; Jack Pearson is doing a great job as captain with Alex Southern, Nathan Veitch, Samuel Ferson and Daniel Livermore making up our 1st V.

Hockey

Our hockey teams have had another great week. Our boys’ 1st XI put in a fantastic display away at The Perse School, with goals from Charlie Hurd, Sam Turberville Smith, Louis Sheffield and two each from Barney Plant and Max Woods. Our girls’ 4th XI continued their great season with a brilliant performance against Leicester Grammar School, with standout performances from Alice Browne and Rosie Banbury. Our U16 girls marched into the quarter finals of the National Plate competition with a tight win over Bedford Modern School (goals from Georgina Luckin, Jasmine Curran and a brace from Kate Ewbank). One more victory and they will be playing in the National Finals at The Lee Valley Olympic Park. On Thursday our U14 girls played in their zonal round at Rugby School in horrendous conditions, but showed grit and determination to fight their way through to this Friday’s Regional Finals. We went one goal up in our first game against Rugby School, after India Wyatt deflected a pinpoint pass from Amelia Wordie, but Rugby managed to equalise from a penalty corner in the dying seconds. Some of the girls were struggling to hold their sticks in the second game against Moreton Hall – it was that cold! Jemima May broke the deadlock, scoring in the top corner, before India Wyatt and Lara Paul finished the game off to send us through as group winners.

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.