In mid-October, the Oundle School 1st Netball team won the County rounds and are through to the Regionals to take place in Nottingham on Saturday 27 January 2018.
Captain, Lily Craven (17) commented, “After weekly sessions we went into the tournament feeling confident in our abilities to perform. Our first match was against a strong Wellingborough side and we knew we would have to be on top of our game. We controlled the play with an especially strong performance from Cordelia Barlow (16) in defence, turning a number of balls over.”
At half time it was 12-13 so going into the second half with a few substitutions the Oundle girls knew they needed to hold their own. Their strength in both attack and defence shone through allowing them to score a number of goals and end the match with a promising 26-18 victory.
The second match was against the local Northampton High School for Girls and the Oundle side began the game with high energy and tight play. With Lily, Honor Starling (15) and England player Sienna Rushton (15) all working intensely, the first half of the game saw Oundle dominate the circle, finishing the first half firmly in the lead with Northampton struggling to maintain serious possession.
The second half was a tougher fight with energy levels dropping, but Oundle’s defensive players maintained firm resolve throughout and held the Northampton side back to a 24-5 victory.
Lily concluded, “The team was pleased with its performance and for such an early game we played incredibly well and it is an excellent start to the coming season. I would like to congratulate everyone for their performances as a new team retaining our title and I look forward to the Regionals next term.”
Head of Netball, Bev Burnham commented, “Although we had a slow start the girls united as a team and produced some exciting passages of play, creating many turn overs and converting these to goals. There was a great team spirit with the squad bonding as one which is all looking positive for the upcoming season.”
Player of the tournament was Sienna Rushton for her solid attack and also for making a number of crucial turn overs.
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 2016, the School completed its ambitious SciTec project, uniting 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. The development includes the ground-breaking Patrick Engineering Centre, a new Mathematics department and an extension to its sixteen state-of-the-art Science laboratories. Oundle has now embarked on a detailed Sports MasterPlan which will significantly upgrade sporting facilities across the School by 2020, incorporating the building of a new Sports Centre housing a fifty metre swimming pool and an eight court sports hall.
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.