On Wednesday 12 February, Oundle’s U15
netballers were victorious at the County Netball Tournament at Northampton High
School scoring 113 goals and only conceding 25 - winning all of their 8 games.
Captain, Ruby Goodall (15) commented, “The day commenced with Oundle's first match
against the host school Northampton High. We knew it was important to play well
and to take control of the match from the very start due to the short amount of
time each match lasted. At half time we were ahead and were now beginning to settle
into our game and play together as a team. We won this first match 15-3 and
were determined to keep up this level of performance.”
The next few matches continued to go
well with a variety of combinations of Oundle players working well together.
Oundle's attackers played a strong game and had a lot of possession. Lucy Baker
(14) especially performed well both as Wing Attack and Goal Attack, obtaining
many interceptions, creating goal scoring opportunities and managing the
transition between roles very well.
Oundle beat Brooke Weston (16-5),
Campion (13-2), Pitsford (11-6), Quinton (11-6), Sponne (14-4) and Weavers
Ruby added, “After these comfortable wins, our first real challenge came against
Wellingborough who were a stronger side than most of the other teams. After
going behind in the first half Oundle we were determined to bring it back. Some
good work in defence especially from Georgie Harrison (15) enabled us to turn
the game around and start to have more possession of the ball. The final score of
this match was 6-5 to Oundle in what was a close but well fought game.
At the end of the tournament we were rewarded for our play
throughout the day with a 1st place and therefore crowned county champions. Player
of the tournament was Lucy Baker, who played consistently well throughout all
matches and played a key part in the success of the Oundle attacking side.”
of Netball, Bev Burnham commented, “This
squad shows tremendous potential; some of these pupils will be representing the
School at the National finals in the U16 squad. The netball club definitely has
a bright future.”
Publicity and Press Relations Officer
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.
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.
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.
Phase two of the SciTec vision is now underway, with enhanced Design Technology
facilities and a new purpose-built Mathematics Department planned to link the
STEM subjects both physically and philosophically. A concurrent Sports
Masterplan will upgrade sporting facilities across the School over the next few
years, including a new 1st XI cricket pavilion in 2015.
are currently 1110 pupils are on roll at Oundle School, with 865 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.