Clean sweep in County Netball Championships
5th March 2014


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 (23-0).


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.”


Head 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.”


Press contact:


Liz Dillarstone

Publicity and Press Relations Officer

Oundle School

01832 277267

07810 788458



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. 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.


There 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. 

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