ROUNDERS: England selection for Princethorpe student

Lucy Gribben
Lucy Gribben

Lucy delighted at trials success

Just one resounding right-handed throw is enough to convince any bystander of 12-year-old Lucy Gribben’s phenomenal athleticism.

The Year 7 Princethorpe College pupil was spotted by Rounders England talent scouts at the Independent Schools’ Midlands Rounders’ Championships last June. The National Governing Body for the sport holds annual September trails in a bid to secure elite players across the age groups. As one of the youngest girls at the trials, Lucy made the U14 age group cut off by just twelve days.

A nervous afternoon’s play at The Academy, Corby, saw the former Warwickshire U10 Tennis Champion put to the test. Trialling with 84 other girls from across the country Princethorpe’s Lucy endured drills, match play and aptitude tests before finding out if her name would be in the mix for the 2015 England Rounders’ squad.

“I didn’t think I played that well on the day,” she explained. “Despite having trained with my former PE teacher at Crackley Hall School, Mrs Kat Vaughan, beforehand I didn’t think I’d done myself justice so when my mum told me the news that I had been selected I was thinking, oh no, it can’t be true!”

Already making headlines at her new school Princethorpe College by playing hockey and running for the cross country team, Lucy’s England selection has boosted early season morale in the P.E Department. Head of Girls’ Games Mrs Debs Brookes went on to say: “We knew what a strong sportswoman Lucy already was across many disciplines so we had high expectations of her potential. The England selection has been an early feather in her cap and a first for Princethorpe. Whilst we have had national representative honours across a number of sports we have never had a pupil go this far in Rounders. It’s such terrific news.”

Lucy will begin her England Rounders training in November with future fixtures planned against; Wales, Guernsey and the Isle of Man in 2016.