Oundle School’s U14 netballers were recently undefeated in the County championships and go through to the regionals to take place in January 2016.
Captain, Mia Stanton (13) commented, “Coming into the tournament we were all very excited but also very nervous as we had only had three training sessions together beforehand.”
After a good warm up, Oundle’s first match was against Campion who started off quite fast but Oundle soon found their rhythm securing a 10-4 victory. The next match was against Northampton High School (NHS) which was tight at half time but after a team talk and change in attack, resulted in the girls winning 12-6.
Mia added, “Our next match was against Wellingborough, who seemed a very good team after watching them in their previous match. We played extremely well minimising our errors. We spotted their centre was extremely good, and Poppy Chatterton (14), who was playing centre at the time, tried to cut her out of the game. At half time we had a good lead but there was still a chance they could catch up.”
In the second half of the match against Wellingborough, Oundle had not lost momentum, and shooters, Sienna Rushton (13) and Amy Ratcliffe (13), looked like they had been playing together for years securing a 15-2 victory. The subsequent game against Quentin resulted in another victory, 13-4 and the girls went on to beat Pitsford, 14-5.
Mia concluded, “In the semi-finals our attack and defence did brilliantly scoring 17 goals and only letting in 3. Taking us through to the Finals – another match against NHS. We definitely didn’t play our best but we tried hard, which secured us a 12-5 win, leaving us undefeated and the U14 County Cup winners.”
Coach Mrs Washington is very excited with the potential this team demonstrated during the tournament, and is looking forward to working with them in the Easter Quarter.
Head of Netball, Mrs Bev Burnham, “This team has shown great maturity after only being together for a few weeks; the future is definitely bright for the Netball Club.”
Player of the tournament: Sienna Rushton (GA and GS)
Team: Emily Horrocks-Taylor, Ella McCluskey, Mia Stanton, Poppy Chatterton, Amy Ratcliffe, Sienna Rushton, Ziyana Bayoneted, Orla McMenamin, Polly Brown 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.