Week commencing 10 December 2018
Monday 10 December
U14A XI v Plymouth College - lost 0 - 5
Tuesday 11 December
U13A XI v Bramdean - won 9 - 0
Wednesday 11 December
U13A VII - won 3 - 0
U13B VII v King's Ottery - won 5 - 0
Thursday 13 December
U15B XI v Maynard - won 4 - 1
Wednesday 12 December
1st XI v Exeter College - lost 0 – 5
"I think that I might have said this before this term, but the score line doesn’t tell the whole story!" said Mr Ashman.
"Against arguably the best team, both technically and tactically, we have ever faced, this fixture was always going to present the 1st XI with a major challenge, as we played our first ever match down on the 3G at the Sports Hub in Exwick.
"The first ten minutes gave us a real insight into what was to come. The opposition’s patient passing and movement was a real pleasure to watch, as we struggled to get any possession.
"Having said that, the determined way our boys closed down their opponents and kept our shape, leaving very little space between the lines, was hugely impressive. As the half wore on, our the College players were getting increasingly frustrated and were forcing passes in the final third. Therefore, it was somewhat ironic that the only goal we conceded in the first period was from an unchallenged cross leading to an unmarked header!
"With rolling substitutions employed, fresh bodies were needed at regular intervals to maintain our defensive press. Inevitably, tired bodies led to gaps and individual errors and further goals were conceded in the second half.
"However, our first half defensive display showed what is required in the Isca League matches to come next term. A special mention should go to our Captain, Rob Stoyle, for a very solid performance, shielding the back four very effectively and organising the troops superbly out on the pitch.
"In goal, James Horler was simply outstanding. Not only did he deal effectively with a number of efforts on target, but his decision-making in and around the six yard box was exemplary.
Naturally, the lads are eagerly awaiting the first home game of the season against Shebbear on 23 January. Merry Christmas one and all!"
Wednesday 12 December
U13 v St Peter's, Lympstone - won 5 - 1
Oliver Gribble - lost 8 - 11, 7 - 11
Freddie Cockram - won 10 - 11, 11 - 5. 11 - 4
Harry Williams - won 7 - 11, 11 - 5, 11 - 5
Elle Golsworthy - won 11 - 4. 11 - 5
Tom Russell - won 11 - 5, 11 - 6
Hector McKinnel - won 11 - 4, 11 - 5
Wednesday 12 December
1st XV v Colston's School - lost 0 - 19
The final rugby match of the season, and final match for many of the Upper Sixth was played against Colston’s School for the first time in the school’s history under lights at Shaftesbury Park, home of the Ding’s Crusaders.
"The artificial pitch led to a fast and exciting game where both teams demonstrated what they could do with both the ball in hand and defensively," said Mr Ross.
"Having not played for three weeks it was a tough start for Exeter, as Colston’s set the pace for the game with their wide offloading style putting pressure immediately on the Exeter defence. However, Exeter scrambled well and built their way into the game after an early try for Colston’s.
"Finlay Johnson went over the line but it was ruled out for a double movement in the best chance of the first half. The second half again flowed up and down the pitch with chances for both sides. Alex Peacock, Max Batson and Harry Emmett all going close but not quite getting there. With time running out and the wind against them Exeter continued to try and play out of their half which ultimately led to two more tries for Colston’s.
"It was a fantastic game of rugby to watch for the large crowd that had assembled, played between two even sides who wanted to move the ball around and score tries.
"Congratulations to the Upper Sixth in their final game for the school, and thank you to all of them for the work they have put in across their time at the school."
"House basketball drew to a close this week with the finals of the Junior competition," said Mr Ross.
"Throughout the term, houses have been competing during lunchtimes in the Sports Hall. The overall scores were extremely close this year with four houses sharing sixth place and two sharing fourth place.
"Well done to Dowrich who came third in their sport competition. Daw took second place with Townsend taking the overall winning spot.
"Congratulations to everyone who took to the basketball court to represent their house.
"Next term, sport competitions include house indoor football during lunchtime and house cross country and hockey during Games sessions."