With the Multisports trophy languishing in the Head’s study
and the ‘scythe of Covid’ hanging over the build-up,
it was vital that the trophy be wrestled from the pupils and returned to The Stables where it rightly belongs.
In sports journalism terms ‘it could have gone either way’ right up to the moment the OOs ‘ran away with it’ 7.5 to 3.5! It’s nigh on impossible
to single out any spectacular individual performances (apart from my own, of course)
but let’s just say it was a weekend of two halves and we won both of them. School got off to a flyer, bagging rifle shooting
(pupils not in the least fazed by experienced OOs and their arsenal of state-of-the-art weaponry), water polo (not for the faint hearted)
and squash 2-4 (plucky OOs crushed by the weight of the unforgiving machine which is Oundle School squash).
However, the OOs hit back, snaffling fives (always a pedigree scrap), the rowing ergo (go Kristina!)
and clay shooting (nailing 123/200 of the blighters – that’s clays not pupils).
Cross country was off-site but some heroic OOs threw themselves into the fray and we agreed a draw.
Meanwhile, on the 2-Acre, the silky skills of the OO Vets put Peterborough Vets to the sword 45-17 despite not having Guy Simmonds’ bro reffing! Ok,
so this doesn’t count in the overall score but to purists the skill level brought to mind the Welsh Wizards of the 70s.
If Warren Gatland’s got any Lion-sized holes to fill next year he’d do well to ignore age and focus on the sort of athleticism and skill which our lads had in spades.
Additional full marks to the Team for focusing on the importance of rehydration chez The Ship where everyone Multisports Weekend 2020
(bar me and my son) enjoyed watching England v Wales in the Six Nations Rugby (alas I can’t recall how that match panned out.)
Sunday dawned clear but breezy and a tide of slightly hungover maroon and dark blue swept the plucky pupils away as we recorded wins in netball
(30-19 – a much tougher sport than blokes imagine); men’s hockey (2-1 with a sort of Eurohit-’em-on-the-break approach) and football (5-2).
May have muddled men’s hockey and football scores but let’s not get fussy! Finally, stand-in skip the evergreen Sophie Walker
(L 10) led the charge as a massive contingent of OO racketeers overwhelmed the pupils 12-4 to record the biggest winning margin in years.
Next door, on the hallowed 2- (soon to be one-) Acre, yet another festival of honed athleticism
was in evidence as the U-21 OOs played the O-21 OOs in a high-quality, fastmoving match.
I can’t remember the score but Sport was definitely the winner Multisports Weekend 2020
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