14 Jan 2020
Sports News Spring Term Week One

Happy New Year!

I hope you have enjoyed looking at our new school website. Our sports website has also had an update where results, fixtures and some more detailed match reports can be found. Regular sports updates are detailed on my Twitter page or the Uppingham Sport Twitter page.

Cross Country

A fantastic opening league match of the season saw Uppingham welcome nine schools and 21 Old Uppinghamians, to take on wind, hills and mud on a brutal course. There were great performances across the board and stunning wins for Bertie Tweed, Amelie Goetz and the girls’ team. We also saw some great debuts from plenty of runners and a huge double fist pump from David Wang, as he competed superbly for the team once again. Recognition should go to Carmen Pérez Pera for running whilst ill to help the team and to Jack Roberts, who ran well and was a star in supporting a runner who fell part way through the race.

Hockey

Our 1st XI enjoyed a fantastic game against Market Harborough mens’ 1st XI on Wednesday evening – Barney Plant scored in the first 40 seconds of the match and Sam Turberville Smith made it 5-5 with the last play of the game! With the weekend off, our 1st XI boys helped coach our U14s in their first game of the season against Stamford School. Louis Nichols equalised for our U14As after an early Stamford goal, but we could not keep the pressure up against some impressive opposition players. Our U14Bs created lots of chances but could not quite put the ball in the net (we will be doing lots of shooting in training this week!) Our U14Cs drew 1-1, with Arthur Cornish making some great saves in goal. Our U15As started slowly but were much improved in the second half, with a cracking goal from Charles Bruce. The U15B’s match followed a similar pattern – a more energetic start next week will undoubtedly help. Our mighty U15Cs won with a last gasp penalty corner from Thomas Knapman. Our U16As were a little rusty in their first outing of the year but managed to sneak a single goal victory, with Hector Trower and Louis Sheffield scoring and Kate Ewbank demonstrating some silky skills. Our U16Bs, captained brilliantly by Antonia Dilkes, performed well in testing conditions at Stamford, with Jasmine Curran, Imogen Wheeler, Jack Leggate, Freddie Read and Archie Alton all making valuable contributions. Our 2nd XI started poorly but finished the game playing well, with Louis Clarkson making some exceptional saves. Our 3rd XI displayed a fantastic attitude throughout their game but struggled with their fitness as the final whistle approached and conceded a couple of late goals.

Netball

15 of our netball teams took on Stamford High School on Saturday. Our 1st VII continued their preparations for the regional finals at the end of the month with an excellent display. The whole team played well defensively and put together some great passages of play in attack; Georgie Radford was Player of the Match for her superb work rate. On Sunday, they represented the school at The Perse Tournament, finishing second out of ten teams. Many of our 2nd VII will be pushing for promotion after their performance against Stamford – their passing into the circle was excellent and communication superb; Flora Wallis was named Player of the Match. In the 3rd VII fixture, Sienna Middleton was voted Player of the Match, for playing in the most positions and encouraging the team both on and off the court. Our 4th VII also put in a great team performance – it was too difficult to single out any individuals as they all played so well! Our U16As were particularly impressive, with players moving positions throughout – the final quarter was played with Stamford and Uppingham girls mixed into the same teams to make the contest as competitive as possible. India Cranwell captained our U16Bs in an impressive display away from home. All three of our U15s performed well; our U15As swapped positions throughout the game. Bridget Duff was voted Player of the Match in an exceptional performance in the U15Bs and Clara Middleton was named as Player of the Match in the U15C’s game, for consistent, effective play at Wing Attack and Wing Defence. Every Fourth Form girl was selected to play on Saturday, with many playing their first ever game of netball. Our U14As were working on holding the ball high in possession and offering a forward passing option; they improved every quarter with each girl playing with great energy – Lulu Leetham shot well in windy conditions and Tallulah Lascelles was Player of the Match. In our U14Bs, Isabella Spokes played fabulously as Goal Keeper, with Daisy Dewhirst and Lola Shand Kydd scoring some great goals – I was also

impressed with Gigi Granger’s passing into the circle. Our U14Cs had a very closely contested game, with Lara Paul dominating as Player of the Match. Holly Jarvis captained our U14Ds, as they lost by a single goal in a tremendous game; Scarlett Simmonds was Player of the Match. Olivia Jordan and Alice Richmond-Watson shot superbly for our U14Es. Anouk Salomons was the stand-out player for our U14Fs.

Lacrosse

Our 1st XII started the term with a convincing 16-5 win over Oakham School, with eight different players scoring goals. Jemima Pemberton and Phoebe Neame stood out for their tireless efforts at midfield, where they fought for every ground ball to give Uppingham key possessions. Clementine Manning was a vocal leader of the defence, forcing Oakham to work hard for every goal they scored and Isabel Blackman’s precise passing on the attack led to several goals. The entire team deserves praise for the consistent effort and positive attitude throughout the match.

Football

In our fixture against Bedford School our 1st XI captain, George Erith, claimed the winning goal, although VAR is still looking to confirm! Our 2nd XIs experienced tough conditions with Jakob Müller-Egloff scoring the winning goal on his school debut. Our U16s lost out in very windy conditions.

Shooting

Our teams enjoyed a match against Oakham School this week. Ivan Pulich, John Hardy, Alexander Hardy and Oliver Hansen all made their debuts, Oliver top-scoring with 198 out of 200 on five bull targets.

Badminton

We had another competitive fixture with Oundle School on Saturday. Our 1st mixed VI drew 9-9, with standout performances from Tim Tian and Amy Yuan. Our 2nd mixed VI lost out 7-11 with almost every game won or lost by a couple of points; Nuar Phoorimeti was our player of the match.

Fives

This weekend, our fives team challenged Oakham and Shrewsbury Schools to a triangular tournament at home. There were notable performances from Blair Morton and Charles Lloyd-Jones, who won five consecutive games against Shrewsbury. Mr Holroyd noted it was the best they had played as a pair since they started playing.