Week commencing 12 November 2018
Saturday 10 November
U10A: Queen's College Tournament
- Match 1 – Exeter drew 5-5 with Port Regis (Try scorer – Toby Donegan)
- Match 2 – Exeter beat West Buckland 30 – 5 (Try scorers – Daniel Adams (2), Toby Donegan (2), Josh Paget (2))
- Match 3 – Exeter lost 15-20 against Taunton School (Try scorers – Jacob Hardy, William Maynard, Josh Paget)
- Match 4 – Exeter beat Millfield 15-5 (Try scorers – Jacob Hardy (2), William Maynard)
Runners-up in the initial group
- Match 5 – Exeter lost 0-5 to Queen's
- Match 6 – Exeter beat Blundell’s 10-0 (Try scorers – Toby Kenefick, Josh Paget)
“Mrs Paget, Mr Pote and I, along with many supporting parents, were all lucky enough to witness the U10 team play some mighty impressive rugby on Saturday, in the teeth of some very challenging wet and windy conditions at Queen’s," said Mr Wood.
"This first-class event, run so well by the Queen’s staff, always draws a high-calibre field from across the South West (top school teams from Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and Dorset regularly compete) and as such, is a useful barometer of how Exeter teams ‘stack-up’ regionally.
"Well, on this showing, I think we can say that they compare very favourably. Three wins, two losses and a draw is a pleasing return at this level, and the two losses were by the finest of margins in matches that could easily have gone the other way.
"What delighted me was how well the boys adapted to the conditions (greasy ball, cold, wet – standard UK November rugby) and that they really worked hard at using all 8 players to their full potential. They are clearly a team that doesn’t rely on just one ‘star’ player, as can happen at 8-a-side, but one that is happy to get everyone involved in the build-up play and has faith that everyone will give their best and contribute.
"Some of our best tries came from multi-phase moves where we rucked and recycled well and denied the opposition even a sniff of the ball.
"So a big thank you to all the boys for playing in good spirit and to the best of their potential; Mr Pote and I are delighted at the progression we are seeing in this team.”
Wednesday 14 November
U11B v Blundell's Prep - lost 10 – 60 (George Gillingham, Tobi Lutke-Schipolt)
"Whilst the score line was pretty conclusive and a fair reflection of the play, it doesn’t tell the whole story," said Mr Ashman.
"The boys can take heart in their resilience and bounce-back-ability.
"It would have been easy to throw in the towel on a few occasions, but they kept working to improve on any previous errors. The key difference between the two teams was at the breakdown, where we simply weren’t physical enough in the early part of the game.
"A special mention should go to George Gillingham and Aidy Wilson, who tackled with great gusto and determination throughout the match. The boys will learn much from this game and will be keen to put a few things into practice against Queen’s College next Friday."
U10A v Blundell's Prep - lost 10-15
Try scorers – William Maynard and Toby Donegan.
"The U10A team lost narrowly in a nail-biting match against Blundell’s," said Mr Mason.
"Exeter took an early lead through some good passing and phase play that resulted in William Maynard scoring the opening try. Blundell’s certainly asked questions of the Exeter defence with runners attacking the line at pace but the tackling was extremely good with Josh Paget leading the way.
"The defence were guilty of honey-potting around the ball and this allowed Blundell’s space out wide to exploit. At two tries to one down at half time the boys started the second half with renewed vigour and they created several half chances, but unfortunately the last pass went to ground.
"Another Blundell’s try seemed to seal their victory but an excellent run out wide by Toby Donegan to score the teams second try ensured for some tense final minutes. However the team were unable to cross the line again and as a result they lost by the narrowest of margins."
U10B v Blundell's Prep - won 55 – 0
Try scorers: Ollie Johnson (3), Samuel Morgan (3), Harry Gray (3), Rufus Lovell (1), Tom O’Connor (1)
“Well done to the U10B team boys, who enjoyed a convincing win over their opponents from Blundell’s," said Mr Wood.
"The most pleasing aspect of the game was the way the boys took on board the advice to include every player, let the ball do the work, pass the ball to a man in a better position and support the ball carrier. This really was a complete team performance and I hope the boys saw just how effective and pleasing on the eye this style of play can be.
"Special mention should perhaps be made of the three multiple try scorers for their elusive and pacey runs that helped finish off the great build up play in attack, but I would have to list all 12 of the squad for their hard, committed work in defence.
"Finishing with a clean sheet against a decent Blundell’s team is impressive, and will set them up well for the final match of the season at Queen’s next Friday.”
Wednesday 14 November
U11A v Blundell's Prep - lost 0 - 1
"The team were ready in anticipation for a hard and competitive game ahead v Blundell’s hosted here at Exeter," said Miss Wright.
"The game started as expected; fast paced with both teams in contention. Throughout much of the game the ball went from end to end with some brilliant distributions skills from Grace Lister. Both Rosie Selley and Rosie Batchelor were solid in defence with Rosie S making some excellent saves and Rosie B dominating the D with strong and low tackles.
"Although the final result was 0 - 1, it was a very entertaining and thrilling game to watch with Exeter penetrating the attacking D on so many occasions. At practice we will now work on utilising players in the attacking D to create 2 v 1 situations."
U11B v Blundell’s - won 2 - 0
"Exeter fielded a very strong and versatile team against Blundell’s at home on Wednesday afternoon," said Miss Wright.
"The girls were really fired up and ready to hit the ground running. Excellent play came from Esme Hobbs (who scored a goal) as well as playing brilliantly in the forward and defence line.
"Tess Hughes worked relentlessly in the midfield creating some linking play with Ella Fowler and Milly Traylor. The team worked really hard at winning the ball back from Blundell’s and making the most of the counter attack to make the final result 2-0.
"A special mention must go to Milly and Ella who both volunteered to play half a game for Blundell’s as they were one player short- excellent sportsmanship displayed girls! Well done."
U10A v Blundell's - lost 0 - 5
"A solid performance from the U10A team this week," said Miss Lunn. "Some good patterns of play going forward with great saves from Grace Stevenson. Player of the match was Bea Hughes."
U10B v Blundell’s Prep - lost 0 - 5
"Ably captained by Gracie Blake, our U10Bs showed real progress in passing, position and speed during the match against Blundell’s," said Ms Barnes.
"This match experience is really helping the girls to understand how to respond competitively as a team, using skills learnt in their lessons."
Thursday 15 November
U9B v Stover draw 1 - 1
It was a misty damp day on Thursday when Exeter School hosted Stover.
"The girls, as ever, were excited and eager to play," said Miss Wright.
"Right from the off it was clear to see that it was going to be a really nice but competitive game.
"Captained by Alice Kotting, some lovely balls were played up the pitch to Tilly Haw and Rose Batty. Not to be outdone Evie Handley made some excellent tackles and distributed the ball up the pitch.
"Exeter girls were fierce in defence and Annabel Jenner made some outstanding saves in goal to keep the score line to a really pleasing 1-1 draw. Free passes were often taken quickly by Exeter enabling them to have some fantastic chances and shot on goal.
"Well done to all involved, a brilliant afternoon of hockey!"
U9C v Stover win 2 - 0
"The U9 C team played Stover on Thursday and after their organised warm up the team were ready to play, said Mrs Marsh.
"They worked well as a team passing the ball accurately and using the space to create goal scoring opportunities.
Imogen Charlton-Anne and Zoe Carson were strong in defence at the start of the match, and passed the ball out wide for Anna Brookes-Ferrari to dribble and make attacking moves into the circle.
"Penny Croft and Arabella Greenwood were rewarded with a goal each after a determined effort during the game. Kate Daybell was versatile, showing good tackling skills in defence and then playing as a forward in the second half of the game.
"Matilda Sharland was focused and enthusiastic in goal, making some positive saves to maintain a clean sheet.
"The team worked hard for each other and enjoyed representing Exeter Junior School."