21 Jan 2020
Sports News Spring Term Week Two

Quitters never win, and winners never quit.” That was a playground cheer when I was growing up; it turns out there was something to it. Successful players and teams always work hard – Owen Farrell kicking a 50m penalty goal to tie up the Lions’ Third Test in Auckland, or Helen Housby scoring with the last play of the game to win the Commonwealth Games, may look easy on television, but it is the result of hours and hours of training. Our teams are starting to reap the benefits of early morning weight training sessions, lunch time skills training and players staying after lessons to improve their skills and fitness. Our athletes have already started their training for the summer term, as have our cricketers and tennis players, with lots of one on one sessions with Andy Siddall, Director of Cricket and Richard Surtees, Head of Tennis.

‘Winning’ is not only the result of a fixture, it also means achieving a long-sought-after goal. It means working at something that is important to you and accepting setbacks, even failures. It means tweaking, fixing and redoing if necessary and still moving on. It means not giving up. It means striving for excellence. It means sticking to something until the outcome is excellence – that is our goal at Uppingham.

Netball

Our girls had another very successful weekend with fixtures against Repton School. I really enjoyed watching the senior matches on The Leicester courts, with our 1st VII leading the way. We selected all 11 girls in the 1st VII squad, ahead of next Saturday’s regional finals, with changes being made every quarter. Captain Hattie Stamp turned over huge amounts of ball, to give us lots of possession and Lucy Butterworth, Imogen Curtis and Lucy Ewbank all shot superbly. With the match in the balance in the final quarter, Holly Walters and Grace Franklin dominated the mid court to secure a tight victory. Our 2nd VII played well again, with lots of excellent feedback and positive chat on court, with Breanna Tye, Lara Scott and Amelia Horne combining well as a defensive unit. Our 3rd VII all played in different positions to ensure the match was competitive and Sienna Middleton was player of the match. Against an excellent Repton team, scores ebbed and flowed in the U16A’s fixture with the scores tied when the final whistle blew. Our U15As continued their impressive start to the season and will be looking forward to some tougher fixtures as the term progresses. In the U15C’s match, Jemima Curran and Matilda Alexander were named players of the match. The U14s have been working brilliantly in training and transferred this to their matches on Saturday. Audrey Galbraith was voted player of the match in the U14A’s fixture and our U14Bs were, ‘on fire’ according to their coach, Miss Paxman. Jessica Martin’s shooting was awesome, Charlotte Bingham defended brilliantly, and Emma Shaw dominated the midcourt playing centre. Holly Jarvis made countless interceptions in the U14C’s game, Matilda McKay defended well, and Alice Norrie shot accurately throughout the match.

Badminton

Our 1st and 2nd VIs travelled to Bedford School on Saturday and enjoyed two competitive games. Captains Tim Tian and Amy Yuan both played well, making their opponents fight for every point.

Hockey

Our 1st XI had a busy week with fixtures; we were put to the sword by an impressive Stamford School outfit on Tuesday, before bouncing back with a victory over Culford School in the National Cup on Thursday, with a hat trick from Charlie Hurd and Sam Turberville Smith and Archie Hogan leading from the front. On Saturday we took on Repton School, one of the strongest hockey schools in the country. Our 2nd XI lost out at home. Charles Langford was player of the match in the 3rd XI’s fixture. Our U16As had a fantastic 5-4 victory, scoring some beautiful team goals – the highlight for me came from a great pass to Kate Ewbank, who calmly slipped the ball to Ralph Chivers to tap in. Our U16Bs also performed well, winning 3-1, including an unreal Matilda Courtauld goal from a seemingly impossible angle. Our U15As fought valiantly against a very skilful Repton team, Mr Hicks commented that their attitude was first class, with Henry Hargreaves setting the tone. Our U15Bs won, with a goal from Harvey Payne. Mr Bartley’s U15C, ‘Dream Team’, notched up their second consecutive victory, with a late winner sparking plenty of post-match celebration. Our U14As lost out to an excellent Repton team. Our U14Bs played superbly in a 2-2 draw, in front of a big crowd at Repton – Arthur Cornish was phenomenal in goal and Roddy Dewar played a blinder in attack. Our U14Cs lost out in a nail-biting finish, with Repton’s goalkeeper making several impressive saves.

Cross Country

Our teams competed in the second round of the East Midland Independent Schools’ League at Welbeck College, with some clever racing from our runners thoroughwort the age groups. As the group looked to control their own racing a little more, we saw measured effort turn into higher places. In absence of both captains, our teams impressively responded to the challenge. Amelie Goetz’s victory was wonderfully supported by Anya Batty, the ever- improving Jemima Myles and Chloe Munro, as they all achieved top ten places. There were breakthrough runs for Alexander Nicol-Gent, Billy Brooks and Ned Hercock, as we saw another glimpse of what is to come from them.

Football

It was a tough weekend for our girls’ and boys’ teams against Repton School. There was plenty of endeavour and skill on show – we were just beaten by better teams.

Squash

Our 1st V (Alex Southern, Oliver Thompson, Samuel Ferson, William Knapman and Edward Hazelton) played out an exciting draw against Welbeck College and our 2nd V (Andrey Smirnov, Theo Arthur, Freddie Lagesse, Cameron Sprott, Jay Kim and Carlson White) all played well in a close victory.

Table Tennis

On Sunday, I took our table tennis team (Max Cheng, Elliot Leong, Michael Chen and Bobby Watson) to represent the school in the regional finals in Grantham, playing against Northgate High School, Reepham High School, Leicester Grammar School and Bedford Modern School. All four boys performed well throughout the day, coming up against some exceptional players to test their skills and match play.

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