Week commencing 4 December 2017
Saturday 2 December
2nd XI v Wellington - lost 1 - 4
3rd XI v Wellington - drew 1 - 1
U12A VII v Wellington - won 8 - 0
U12B VII v Wellington - won 5 - 0
U13A VII v Wellington - drew 3 - 3
U13B VII v Wellington - won 1 - 0
U14A XI v Wellington - won 3 - 2
U14B XI v Wellington - won 10 - 0
U15A XI v Wellington - won 4 - 1
U16 West Indoor Finals, Cheltenham
The U16 girls' indoor hockey team travelled to Cheltenham Ladies College to compete in the West Finals.
"Facing a strong King's Bruton side in their first game did not phase the very small squad," said Mrs Marsh.
"Excellent defending kept the opposition out, with Emma Halford making many great saves. A 0-1 scoreline was well deserved and lay the foundations for what was to be a brilliant team effort throughout the tournament.
"Wins followed and Cheltenham Ladies College and Prior Park fell to Exeter’s goal scoring machine, 4-1 and 5-1, earning the team a semi final draw against Millfield.
"Although the 0-3 loss took the U16s out of the reckoning for the final, the squad of 6 played their hearts out. With no substitutes to draw from, they ran and battled to the end. They all should be extremely proud of this achievement."
The U16 girls' hockey team are West semi finalists
U16 v King's Bruton - lost 0 - 1
U16 v Cheltenham Ladies College - won 4 - 1
U16 v Prior Park - won 5 - 1
The U16 qualified for the semi finals
U16 v Millfield - lost 0 - 3
The following day Mrs Marsh returned to Cheltenham with the U18 group. Injury and illness again depleted the squad. In a repeat of Saturday, the team had a tough start against a very well drilled Kings Bruton side which resulted, this time, in a 0-3 loss.
The U18s bounced back though, beating KES and drawing with Cheltenham Ladies College. A contentious 0-1 loss against Taunton in the final group game, sent the team home.
Mrs Marsh was philosophical: "Indoor is fast and furious and decisions are made in a flash. With a little more fitness, our team could have squeezed through into the semis."
U18 v King's Bruton - lost 0 - 3
U18 v KES - won 1 - 0
U18 v Cheltenham Ladies College - drew 1 - 1
U18 v Taunton School - lost 0 - 1
This was an amazing result considering they only had 6 players. They were a credit to the school.
Wednesday 6 December
U12A VII v Colyton - won 6 - 1
U12B VII v Colyton - won 5 - 1
Saturday 2 December
Queen’s College Results
1st XV v Queen's College - lost 5 – 7
2nd XV v Queen's College - won 54 – 0
U16 XV v Queen's College - won 43 – 19
U15 XV v Queen's College - won 61 – 10
U14 XV v Queen's College - won 24 – 14
U13 XIII v Queen's College - won 35 – 15
U12A XII v Queen's College - won 60 – 0
U12B XII v Queen's College - won 45 – 10
U13B XIII v Chafyn Grove Prep School - lost 0 – 55
"A strong finish overall in the last block fixture of the season v Queen’s College, Taunton, but with obvious disappointment for the 1st XV who struggled to get going," said Head of Rugby Mr Ross.
"In the morning the U12 finished their season off in style with two convincing performances and now we can look forward to next year and the introduction of positions to see what can be achieved. The U13 team finished off strongly as well having lost earlier in the season to Queen’s they demonstrated how well they could play. Mr Hyde was particularly pleased with the running lines and support play to score some great team tries.
"The U14s pulled together as a squad to put together a performance that has been in the pipeline for some time and can act as a springboard into next season. The U15s continued their good preparation for a big cup match this week with a squad of 24 players across the A and B team demonstrating the depth available in the year group.
"The U16s had a strong first half scoring tries with good handling and strong running. This enabled the team to be mixed up for the second half and plenty of learning playing in different positions. The 2nd XV finished the season after a few tough matches this half-term with a comprehensive display with the entire squad contributing. The 1st XV just didn’t have their day in the end against a spirited Queen’s team unable to take their opportunities in a stop start game. However, the disappointment of the result will hopefully spur them on in their last fixture of the season against Colston’s School under lights at Bridgewater & Albion RFC on Wednesday 13 December.
"The U13B side took on a touring Chafyn Grove Prep School who ultimately were too strong as an A team, but the score line was not fully representative of the match and the possession that Exeter fought well for."
Thursday 7 December
U15A XV v Uffculme School - lost 5 - 41
"The U15s went one step further than last year in the County Cup reaching the Exeter and East Devon Final," said Mr Ross. "However, this put the up against the side that knocked them out last year, Uffculme School.
"Unfortunately, the team didn’t have their best performance of the season and struggled to get over the try line although they had plenty of possession. Uffculme were very clinical with their chances and deserved winners on the day.
"This doesn’t take away from what has been an excellent season for the squad though and there are plenty of exciting moments to come with this group."
Sunday 3 December
U18 West Indoor Finals, Wellington
"A slow start against Taunton found them 0-2 down at half time," said Mr Skinner.
"A quick restructure at half time, diverted energies and a quick goal was followed by waves of pressure as Exeter dominated the rest of the game. However, despite of a penalty corner on the final whistle, the equaliser remained elusive," he said.
"A win against Prior Park, buoyed the spirits. Exeter now had to face two very experienced indoor schools, Dean Close and Canford. The team were beaten by very efficient penalty corner routines, proving the value of training and practice."
Mr Jones was very pleased with the overall performance: "We developed our structure and tactical understanding as the tournament progressed. A great effort from an inexperienced side."
Well done to Exeter School's equestrian team who had a successful weekend at the NSEA Championships Plate in Keysoe.
The team came sixth in the 85cm Arena Eventing and sixth in the Show Jumping competition. Olivia Eden came seventh individually.
The team came second in the 90-95cm Show Jumping, which qualifies them for the Royal Windsor Horse Show.
Well done to Olivia Eden, Ruby Scott, Alice and Megan Bailey on their fantastic performances at a championship competition.