On the 6th February the East Midlands Regional Netball tournament was held at Oundle School and saw Oundle’s U14s crowned Regional champions, progressing through to the Nationals in Brighton on 19th March
Oundle’s first match was against Kibworth - who they had previously beaten in the postponed Regionals which had taken place on 23rd January but had to be rescheduled due to the weather.
Captain, Mia Stanton (14) commented, “We had a rocky start in the first half because we were still trying to get in to our rhythm. However, after half time we got in to our stride and were able to secure a 13-2 win.”
The next match was against Bramcote, who Oundle had also beaten when playing them in the previously postponed Regionals.
Mia added, “The problem was Bramcote knew how we play, therefore tried to block us out; consequently the score was 4-3 to them at half time. However, in the second half we played really well and we won 11-5.”
Oundle’s third match was against Repton, where they played really well with their defence on the ball and mid-court getting the ball down nicely to the shooters who got shot after shot in the net, resulting in a 16-3 victory to Oundle.
With the Oundle team on a roll their next match was against Queen Elizabeth High School. Oundle had found their rhythm and secured a 15-5 win taking them to the semi-finals, where they played Ecclesbourne.
Mia commented, “We were unsure at the start how good they were as we hadn’t seen them play before. Our coaches had noticed that their goal shooter was the dominate shooter and moved quickly, meaning Emily (our goal keeper) had to work extremely hard.
We played well and tried really hard because we really wanted to get to Nationals.”
Oundle secured an 18-5victory guaranteeing them a place in the Nationals with just Oakham to place in the Final match of the Regionals. A 13-3 victory in this final match made the Oundle U14s Regional champions.
Coach, Mrs Kelly Washington commented, “The U14s are such a fantastic team. They really work hard for each other and have a great desire to do well. They played some brilliant netball and deserve the title of regional champions, I am a very proud coach!”
Head of Netball, Mrs Bev Burnham, “This team has shown great maturity for such a young side; the future is definitely bright for the Oundle School Netball Club.”
Players of the tournament: Mia Stanton and Sienna Rushton
Team: Emily Horrocks-Taylor, Ella McCluskey, Mia Stanton, Poppy Chatterton, Amy Ratcliffe, Sienna Rushton, Ziyana Ayonete, Orla McMenamin, Polly Brown, Gemma Raby and Catherine Swanston.
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.