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Oundle’s 1st Team through to Netball Regionals
27th November 2015

The Oundle Girls’ 1st team netballers were crowned County Champions at the recent County tournament held at Northampton High School and now proceed to the Regionals in Lincoln in January.

Their first match of the tournament was against Campion School where Oundle produced a fine performance, comfortably winning 12-1. 

With no time to rest in between matches, they went straight into their second match against Northampton High School who they anticipated being their stiffest competition. After a shaky first half, the Oundle team pulled the result back to win 4-3. The girls then played Kettering Buccleuch Academy and won 12-2.

After a short break, the girls returned to the court to play Wellingborough. The Oundle girls played with determination and intensity but unfortunately, despite great performances by Flo Garnett (18) and Mairi Donaldson (17) in defence, the game just slipped out of their hands and they lost 5-6. 

The team bounced back to come out fighting for their final group stage match against Sponne School to win convincingly 12-1, with clinical shooting by Ellie Joseland (17) and Dora Nicolle (16). This meant they had reached the semi-finals having won the group stage.

Captain, Sacha Wight (17) commented, “We faced Wellingborough in the semis, who we had narrowly lost to in the group stage. However we did not let past results dictate our attitude towards the game and began the match strongly.”

With reliable mid-court play from Lucie Baker (16) and Ruby Goodall (16) the girls worked strongly as a team to win the match 8-2. 

Sacha added, “Winning this semi-final meant that we had automatically qualified for the regional tournament, but we did not get complacent and continued to demand high standards of each other going in to the Final.”

With Izzy Myers (16) playing with great competitive spirit by fighting for every ball and reliable shooting from Dora and Ellie, Oundle pulled ahead to leave the score at half time 5-0. The second half continued in a similar fashion with the defence yet again holding strong and leaving the final score at 8-1 with Oundle winning the tournament. 

Sacha concluded, “This is a very promising start to a season which does not properly begin until January and so we have a lot to look forward to in the New Year.”

Head of Netball, Bev Burnham commented, This group grew as the tournament progressed. Although there is still work to do I believe they will develop into a force to be reckoned with. Special mention must go to Ellie Joseland for adapting to a new position very well and player of the tournament was Captain Sacha Wight.”

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. 

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