On Thursday 8th October, Oundle’s U16 netballers were runners-up in the County Championships, earning them a place at the Regionals which will take place in Lincolnshire on 30th January 2016.
Captain Clare Taylor (15) commented, “We arrived with plenty of time to warm up and were ready and raring to go. After a slow start we won our first match against Brooke Western 6-1.”
The girls went straight in to their second match, against Northampton High School, which they also won, 5-0. There followed wins against Wellingborough and Weavers, with both matches ending with a 7-0 score line.
Clare added, “We knew that our next match against Quinton House was going to be tough. We got quite flustered in the moment and unfortunately lost 1-4. However we had a break and lifted our heads for our next match against Pitsford which we won 9-0.”
In the semi-final the girls faced Pitsford again and won 9-1. This meant they had qualified for the next round in the competition to the Regionals and we were just fighting it out for positions in the final.
Clare concluded, “We knew the final was going to be a very tough match having previously lost to Quinton House but we went in with high spirits. We fought especially hard and when the final whistle went, it was 4-4 draw.”
The match went into extra time and the Oundle girls fought on, turning over many balls but unfortunately Quinton House pipped them by just one goal, making the final score 6-5.
Player of the tournament was Lily Craven (15).
Head of Girls’ Netball, Bev Burnham commented, “This was the first time I had seen this squad come together and I am very proud of their achievement after only three training sessions. We are all looking forward to the Regional Finals where the girls are hoping to continue their winning ways. Particular mention must go to Hanna Wakeford, Ella Johnsrud and Phoebe Gammell, who all played a year ahead of themselves and Lucy Scott, who showed great skill in centre court. “
Team: Lily Craven, Sarah Connell, Gemma Harrison, Clare Taylor (Cpt), Ella Johnsrud, Lucy Scott, Phoebe Gammell, Hannah Wakeford, Lili Ismail, Lizzie Lethbridge and Imo Caudwell.
Background Information on Oundle School
Oundle School is situated in the quintessentially English market town of Oundle, about 90 miles north of London. The School’s buildings, dating from the 17th to the 21st centuries, are dispersed throughout the town, which is, to a large extent, its campus.
The School’s history dates back to 1556, when Sir William Laxton, Master of the Worshipful Company of Grocers and Lord Mayor of London, endowed and re-founded the original Oundle Grammar School, of which he was a former pupil. In 1876, the Grocer’s Company divided the School into two parts; Laxton Grammar School, primarily for the inhabitants of the town, and Oundle School, primarily for pupils from further afield. In 2000, the Grocers’ Company reunited the two schools under the common name of Oundle School and retained the name of Laxton for the day House.
At the beginning of the 20th century, Oundle was put firmly on the map of leading English public schools by its most famous headmaster, F W Sanderson, who established Oundle’s reputation as one of the great science and engineering schools, a reputation still renowned today. In 2007, SciTec - a major and ground-breaking new science complex - opened, housing 16 state-of-the-art laboratories. The School is now embarking on a large SciTec Campus development project which will see a new Mathematics department constructed adjacent to SciTec as well as a significant upgrade to the Design and Technology department within the Patrick Engineering Centre. Due for completion in September 2016, the development will unite Science, Mathematics, Design, Technology and Engineering both physically and philosophically, enabling pupils to move seamlessly from theory to practice and from pure science to the achievement of a workable technology. A concurrent Sports MasterPlan will upgrade sporting facilities across the School over the next few years, including a new 1st XI cricket pavilion which opened in April 2015 and new astroturfs due to be completed this year.
There are currently 1110 pupils on roll at Oundle School, with 860 boarders and 250 day pupils. Also within the Corporation of Oundle School is Laxton Junior School, a day School for children aged 4 to 11.