11 Feb 2020
Sports News Spring Term Week Five

It has been another very exciting week for Uppingham Sport. For me, the highlight of the week was our girls’ hockey U16s performance, against Rugby School in the Tier Two quarter final of the England Hockey Cup. Following an energetic and focused warm up, our girls got off to a flying start and raced into a three-goal lead, with some fantastic team play. Rugby rallied before half time and scored at the start of the second half to reduce the deficit. A superbly struck goal from Antonia Dilkes calmed our nerves, as we finished the game well to move into the semi-finals. The finals will be on 26 and 27 February at the Lee Valley Stadium in The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London. This should be an opportunity for our girls to create some lifelong memories at an incredible venue.


In terms of results, our U14 boys have struggled this year, but we have never doubted their effort and enthusiasm, week in, week out. On Saturday, our U14As had a competitive game against Bedford School, with Freddie Ling giving us an early lead. Bedford came back into the game and equalised with a penalty corner, just before half time. Our boys kept working hard in the second half, but could not quite hit the net until the last 60 seconds, when a lovely one-two between Louis Nichols and Sam Bateman on the right wing set up a beautiful first time strike from Sam, to cue wild celebrations from the whole team for their first victory in an Uppingham shirt! Our U14Bs and U14Cs also won by a single goal – I hope this will give all the boys a shot of confidence, as we move into the second half of term. Mr Morris was especially proud of our U14Cs, as they cleaned up all the litter and gave both officials strong, respectful handshakes at the end of the game. Our U15As were beaten by an excellent Bedford outfit, with Charles Bruce on great form. Our U15Bs and U15Cs both drew, with Alexander Macdonald, Harvey Payne, Alexander Sizer and Justin Hao all playing well. With a couple of boys playing up for the 1st XI, our U16As put in their best performance of the year, whilst our U16Bs were put to the sword by some powerful Bedford boys. In the senior games, Charles Langford was Player of the Match for our 3rd XI, Charlie Richardson bagged a hattrick for 2nd XI and Mackenzie Macfadyen pulled off a couple of great saves in the 1st XI match after Ethan Hodgson (two) and Charlie Hurd had given us the lead.


Our girls enjoyed a triangular fixture against The Perse and The Leys from Cambridge on Saturday, with matches played at all three schools. Our senior teams all played well – Alice Dobell and Georgie Radford were Players of the Match for our 1st VII, Holly Walters was awesome for our 2nd VII and Sienna Middleton captained our 3rd VII to another couple of impressive displays. In the U16A’s game, we demonstrated great control in the final third and our shooters were on fire; Deborah Kargbo got lots of interceptions, and Ollie May and Jemma Jackson worked relentlessly. Our U15As had two tough games but worked hard to problem solve, especially against a very strong goal attack and tall goal shooter – Annabelle Bramall was Player of the Match in both games. Alice Winter and Kate McCallum were awarded Players of the Match for our U15Bs and Georgia Lindsay was given the award in both U15C games. With the U14As away at the Bromsgrove tournament, our U14Bs led the charge at home, with Gigi Granger and Charlotte Bingham playing particularly well. Both of the U14C’s games were close, competitive matches, with our girls improving throughout the day; Elizabeth Simpson, Holly Jarvis and Matilda McKay defended superbly and moved the ball well through the court. Willa Grieve also worked hard to find space and was always an option in attack. Our U14Ds were a little rusty at first, but persevered to gel as a team; Charlotte Munro and Jemima Peel were named Players of the Match.


Our team travelled to King’s School, Ely, for the ISGA Plate semi-final, last week. Lulu Leetham scored the most points by any player, as King’s won the stableford competition overall.


What an apt weekend to have so much fives action - a year to the day after the World Record success in 2019. On Saturday, we hosted the inaugural Thring Trophy, the first fives tournament hosted by Uppingham in a very long time. Our Fourth Form novices played valiantly; special mention should go to Harry Codrington, Alice Norrie, Arush Buchake and Hugh Heath for a fine effort. There were representatives from Shrewsbury, Oakham, Stamford, Ipswich and Uppingham; the tournament was won by Shrewsbury.

On Sunday afternoon, we had our inter-house fives tournament. The boys’ final was played out between School House and Highfield; the victors were School House - congratulations to Charles Lloyd-Jones, Aslan Aslanli, Hugh Heath and Oliver Veitch. The girls also competed for their inter- house trophy in a round robin; congratulations to Fourth Form girls, Alice Norrie and Charlotte Munro from Samworths’, who defeated all comers to claim the title. Extremely impressive for such a young age; the future is bright for girls’ fives!


Last week our girls’ teams had two fixtures, playing Oakham School on Tuesday and Rugby School on Saturday. Harriet Martin was our star player against a strong Oakham team. Aké Kibona also deserves a mention for playing her first match for Uppingham and taking her opponent to five sets. Against Rugby, our team all performed well to come out as victors.

Cross Country

Last week saw our teams tackle both the National Relays and their normal league fixture. At the national level, the boys’ and girls’ teams competed against the best of the best and were ranked 21st and 16th in the country. On Saturday, there were some more super performances, most notably from Archie Tweed, William Lagesse and Amelie Goetz.

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