Week commencing 15 October 2018
Monday 15 October
U10A v Maynard School - lost 1 - 3
"On a drizzly afternoon the U10's faced The Maynard at home and the A team were really looking forward to it," said Miss Wright.
"The game was a thrilling display of end to end hockey. The Exeter girls worked so very hard at making strong tackles, fast passes up the pitch and creating excellent space. At half time it was 3-0 to The Maynard.
"The second half was an outstanding performance from the Exeter girls with excellent passes from Evie Jenkins, strong runs from Beatrice Hughes and relentless resilience from Lamorna May.
"Towards the end of the second half of the game Exeter's fight paid off with a goal being scored by Katie McMurry. The girls were really elated at the end of the game to have played so well and I feel exceptionally proud of their achievements."
U10B v Maynard School - lost 0 - 3
"The U10Bs showed real progress and determination on a rather rainy afternoon’s match against The Maynard," said Ms Barnes.
"Captained by Alex Freemantle, the team really pulled together to demonstrate some super passing formations and often had the ball down in their goal-scoring area. Alex herself hit the ball hard and maintained great energy and stamina right up to the end.
"Poppy Sadeghi was a courageous goalkeeper and managed to make some really impressive saves. The girls were brilliant at providing positive team spirit to keep each other going and had discussed various plans on how they were going to approach the match.
"These matches provide excellent experience for all the girls, where they are given the opportunity to further develop skills learnt in lessons."
Wednesday 17 October
U11A v Taunton Prep - won 4 - 1
"The team started out a bit hesitant towards Taunton School but soon got into the swing of things with an early goal scored by Yasmin Brown," said Miss Wright.
"However we did let our guard down a bit allowing Taunton to equalise not long afterwards. After the first 8 minutes Exeter got their normal fighting spirit back and captain Rosie Batchelor scored her first goal this season from a short corner.
"At half time it was 2-1 to Exeter. The second half saw some excellent play from Charlotte Greenwood, Megan Roberts and Emma Barton which then eventually led the team winning 4-1 at the final whistle."
U11B v Taunton Prep - won 7 - 0
"The team was raring to go against a large Taunton School side hungry to play some hockey and that they certainly did!" said Miss Wright.
"It was a slow start in the first 8 minutes with the score remaining at 0-0. However Exeter seemed to get an injection of speed, power and competitiveness at around 10 minutes into the game and 3 goals were scored before half time.
"As always the team rotated all the way through and some outstanding performances came from Grace Lister, Yasmin Tucker and Tahlia Hill.
"Lucy Netherton did an excellent job in goal as did Eva Levell and Esme Hobbs outfield. The goals flooded in after half time and Exeter were on a roll to make it 7-0.
"Well done to the girls, an excellent performance."
Thursday 18 October
U9A v Maynard School - lost 5-0
"It was a lovely sunny afternoon for the match v Maynard with lots of supporters down at the astro," said Miss Wright.
"The girls started off well but the force of Maynard's defence denied Exeter from scoring. As Exeter became more settled into the game, as did Maynard and they utilised players well to score some stylish goals.
"However the resilience from Exeter was impressive and this saw some excellent performances from Kate Daybell on her debut, Matilda Sharland and Anoushka Narayan.
"Exeter’s passes were sent into good spaces, their tackles became stronger and the team's understanding of positioning and tactics got better throughout the game.
"Rose Batty was voted 'player of the match' by Maynard and Annabel Jenner played outstandingly in goal. Well done to the whole team, a really good game with lots learnt."
Tuesday 16 October
Exeter v Taunton School
Exeter - 201
Taunton - 203
It was the first gala of the season on Tuesday against a very strong Taunton School. 24 pupils travelled to compete in the Upper One, Lower Two and Upper Two gala for boys and girls.
"The team were well organised and ready at the start of each race in plenty of time showing their eagerness to do well," said Miss Wright.
"Some brilliant performances came from across the board from front crawl through to the medley relay however there are a number of pupils to highlight.
"Isabelle Johnson had an excellent swim coming third in both of her events despite only being in Form One. Along similar lines William Maynard came a very respectable second place in his event swimming a year up for the Upper Twos.
"George Gillingham had an excellent meet and he won all 4 of his events, breast stroke, butterfly and both relays. Hanna Sari had a brilliant outing as well winning both of her individual races.
"The overall final result in fact came down to the last race; the Upper Two girls' and boys' freestyle relay.
"The boys came in first but the girls were pipped to the post by centimetres to come second!
"It was a brilliant finish to the gala; you could have cut the atmosphere with a knife! Taunton School enjoyed the gala so much they would like to come down to Exeter to have a re match! Watch this space!"
Wednesday 17 October
U11A v King Edward's, Bath - lost 15 – 20
Tries: Tom Byrne (1), Rory Clarke (1) and Wilfred Venn (1)
"It was fantastic to be playing proper rugby on a really good surface," said Mr Pidwell. "This fixture proved to be a real “humdinger” with excellent rugby played by both teams.
"Two highly motivated teams played their very best in a game that was a fantastic advert for U11 contact rugby. The tackles, rucks and mauls were hard but fair, with good technique keeping the boys fully engaged and safe. Exeter Junior School played with huge heart making great tackles, super turn overs and scoring three terrific tries.
"In the end, Exeter were defeated by a last minute try from Bath, scored by the mercurial Danny Mckenzie. Our boys gained a huge amount from this match and really developed as the game went on. I am hugely proud of their effort and resilience.
“Man of the match”, chosen by the touring side coach, was a very deserving, Rory Clarke. Well done, to the whole team. This proved to be an excellent afternoon for Junior School rugby.
"It was especially gratifying to see every boy in Upper Two having the chance to play rugby for their school and enjoy the camaraderie and sportsmanship of the tea afterwards."
U11B v King Edward's, Bath - lost 50 – 0
“The touring B team from KES Bath had some very talented boys in their squad, and a few would have graced many an ‘A’ team, so the result was probably a fair reflection of the overall balance of the game," said Mr Wood.
"Having said that, I was pleased with the spirit shown by all the Exeter boys when confronted with more experienced players – they gave their best, put in their tackles and ran hard into the opposition, not quite managing to cross their try line, but getting close on a couple of occasions.
"I am sure they will have learned much from this game, as they saw the benefits their opponents enjoyed from supporting the ball carrier, communicating well and making great use of very slick handling.
"Their coach was complimentary about the resilience we showed, and Theo Ibrahim was singled out in the post-match award ceremony as the most effective B team player in an Exeter shirt on the day – well done to him, and all of the team!”
U11C v King Edward's, Bath - lost 15 - 50
"It was pleasing to see the boys start to get used to the contact nature of rugby and improve their tackling as the game progressed," said Mr Mason. "Particular mention to Aidy Wilson and Alex Raichura who showed gritty tackling and determined running with the ball throughout the game."
Thursday 18 October
U9A & U9B: Plymouth College Prep Festival
EJS beat Truro B
EJS beat St Peter's A
EJS beat Truro A
EJS beat Trinity A
EJS drew against Truro B
EJS beat Mount Kelly B
EJS beat Mount Kelly A
EJS drew against St Peter's A
"This was a great afternoon of rugby," said Mr Pidwell. "All the boys hugely enjoyed the experience, especially the rough and tumble fun of the contact element.
"The boys played very well. Many players showed some super passing and moving skills as well as great tackling. The B team grew in experience and skill in every game and developed and improved their special awareness and game playing strategies in every match.
"A super festival. Well done to all the boys who played."
Thursday 18 October
U11B v Otterton Primary School - lost 0 – 5
"The U11Bs put in a very committed display against Otterton’s strongest team, but just lacked the ability in this game to play the ‘killer pass’ to open up the opposition defence," said Mr Ashman.
"Having said that, I was pleased with their ‘never say die’ attitude and special mentions go to Andrew Reynolds in goal for some superb reaction saves and Alex Raichura for leading the way in getting his head up when looking to make a pass. You certainly didn’t leave anything out there, lads!"
U8A v Otterton Primary School - lost 0 - 3
"The boys put in an extraordinary shift against Otterton and were hard done by to come away from the game without scoring a goal with the game ending 0-3 to Otterton," said Mr Buckingham.
"Bar a few lapses of concentration that resulted in us conceding, the boys were generally well disciplined defensively with the likes of Dexter Leck, Hugh Phillips and Vincent Dong alternating in defence.
"I was particularly proud of how all the boys tackled and got stuck in throughout the match, despite this being their first game for the school. Malachy Smart also did very well in goal often finding the composure to make saves and build the play from the back, especially considering this was his first time in goal.
"The front-line looked dangerous on many occasions and we particularly created problems for the opposition from counter attacks, with the pace we had going forward; that came from Oscar Wallace, Pengxiao Zhu, Archie Kemmish and Mark Lian.
"The forwards drew many good saves from the Otterton keeper and were unfortunate not to have scored a few within the 30 minutes' game time. Ultimately, this was a game simply to introduce the U8s to playing competitive football.
"The boys showed signs of great potential and with more time playing together and further practice, we can build a strong and successful team in the future."
This week saw the start of the House Football competition with all the boys from Lower Two pitting their wits against each other.
"There was some excellent football played, with Grenville and Gilbert fighting it out for the top accolades," said Mr Ashman.
"Grenville just pipped Gilbert, by virtue of scoring one more goal. The matches were played in a great spirit and all the players really gained something from the event."
The final table is as follows; the points in brackets will be added to the Upper Two competition in the first week back after half-term to find the overall winner, which will be announced in Final Assembly.
• Grenville 8 Pts (6 goals) (4)
• Gilbert 8 Pts (5 goals) (3)
• Blake 5 Pts (2)
• Scott 3 Pts (1)