Week commencing 11 March 2019
Friday 8 March
Lower Two boys took centre stage in the first round of the Boys’ House Hockey. The results were as follows, with the points in brackets being the number of points taken through to the next event, where the Upper Two boys will be taking part:
- Grenville 8 points (4)
- Gilbert 8 points (3)
- Blake 4 (2)
- Scott 3 (1)
"A very competitive event was won by Grenville on goals scored," said Mr Ashman. "Let’s hope the next competition is equally close!"
Tuesday 12 March
Devon U11 Boys’ Mini Hockey Tournament 2019
U11 v Horrabridge Primary - won 2 – 0 won (Oliver Rochester, Wilfred Venn)
U11 v Mount Kelly A - drew 0 – 0
U11 v West Buckland School - drew 0 – 0
U11 v St Andrew’s A - drew 0 – 0
U11 v St Andrew’s B - won 4 – 0 (Wilfred Venn 2, Gus Lovell, Rory Clarke)
"Despite one pitch out of action due to flooding, a last minute decision was taken to let the tournament go ahead," said Mr Bland.
"The horrendous conditions, with torrential rain and strong winds, certainly proved an obstacle to constructive hockey. With game time reduced, it was even more important to be alert from the off and look to get some goals.
"After a good start and an encouraging win, the following games proved more difficult. With the cold settling in, there was some good build up play and plenty of determination on show, but we were unable to convert any chances.
"The last game saw us having to win and score as many goals as possible to have any chance of finishing in the top two. An early goal gave us hope and a constant barrage thereafter saw us score another three. We then had to await the final result where it was announced that we had finished second by a better goal difference of one and so qualified for the West Mini Hockey Finals on Tuesday 26 March to be held at Millfield Sports Arena!
"Well done to the team."
Thursday 14 March
U9B: Blundell's Prep Festival
U9B v Blundell’s 1 – 0 won (Finlay Murray)
U9B v King’s Hall - lost 0 – 2
U9B v Taunton - lost 0 – 2
"On a cold blustery day the boys worked really hard throughout," said Mr Bland.
"After an encouraging win against Blundell’s, the following games proved more difficult. This said, the boys looked to maintain their shape and tried to make the right choice of pass or to dribble.
"The main difference proved to be the opposition’s ability to move the ball somewhat harder and quicker, giving few chances for us to capitalise on. Despite this the boys can be proud of their efforts, particularly as there was a sprinkling of A team players amongst the opposition."
Wednesday 13 March
Exeter Junior School U11 Tournament
U11 v Plymouth College - drew 0 - 0
U11 v West Buckland - won 2 - 1 (Tom Byrne 2)
U11 v St. John’s - won 3 - 1 (Tom Byrne 2, Jack Wills)
U11 v Trinity - drew 0 - 0
U11 v Stover - won 6 - 0 (Joe McFadyen 3, Alex Vosper 2, Wilfred Venn)
"Our tournament week usually reminds us that Spring has begun in earnest, but Storm Gareth put pay to that, and we played our U11 football tournament on astro for the first time, since its inception in 2003," said Mr Ashman. "The test would be which team would adapt most effectively to playing on astro, as well as cope best with the windy conditions.
"In a round-robin format, with no break, this event is all about progression in a tournament format and then finding out at the end where it has taken you! With that in mind, I was delighted with the way that we got better, as the tournament progressed. The boys showed an increasing amount of composure in possession and managed to find pockets of space on more regular basis.
"Added to that, we started to create more chances and score more goals, finishing the tournament off with a superb 6 – 0 victory over Stover in our last game. As it turned, we managed to win the tournament, having scored one more goal than Trinity, with both teams unbeaten on 13 points.
"I was very proud of all the boys. As expected, Captain Tom Byrne and Jack Wills were our most influential players, but I was also very pleased with the contributions of Joe McFadyen and Alex Raichura in the wide areas; George Gillingham provided us with a very solid base at the back. It was a great way to end the season, after the disappointment of missing out on representing the district in the ESFA Danone U11 Cup Devon Finals."
Thursday 14 March
Exeter Junior School U9 Tournament
EJS v Plymouth - won 2 - 0
EJS v West Buckland - drew 0 – 0
EJS V Trinity - drew 0 – 0
EJS v Stover - won 1 – 0
EJS v St Peters Prep - lost 1 – 2
"In quite difficult conditions, the boys put up a fair fight and emerged a creditable second place," said Mr Pidwell.
"The conditions and games, once again showed the need for resilience; an area of play that perhaps could be further developed. The boys defended well and worked well in the middle of the pitch. A few more shots on goal were probably needed but the boys enjoyed their football and got some “bling.” They also learned a lot and developed their game. Well done, to the whole team and the marshals."
Mr Ashman said: "As part of the school sponsorship package with Exeter City FC, which involves an advertising board at St James’s Park, we were delighted that one of the club’s star players, Nicky Law, came to present the awards at the presentation after the event.
"The players in the tournament thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to pose questions about his career to date. We found out that one of his most noteworthy goals was a penalty for Rangers against Celtic in the Old Firm derby!"
Friday 8 March
U11A v Queen's College - lost 5 - 8
Netball Captain Yasmin Brown reported on the match:
"On Friday 8 March the U11A and B and the U10A played in netball matches at Queen's College.
"The U11A had an amazing start, leading with a 4-0 win in the first quarter. We kept a strong start in the 2nd quarter but we still managed to hold it to a 5-1 lead at half time.
"In the third quarter, Queen's College started coming back at Exeter; however, we managed to hold on to the win by winning by one goal. By the end of the match, Exeter unfortunately lost out 8-5 to Queen's College. Some notable performances come from Milly Traylor and Rosie Batchelor who played fantastically with amazing defence. Well done to all!"
U11B v Queen's - won 14 - 1
"The girls started their match at a fast pace with strong controlled passes that continued throughout the game," said Miss Robinson.
"The girls rotated round in various positions showing resilience and versatility. Superb passing between Maria Turnbull Pomares and Esme Hobbs ensured that the ball reached the attacking end to Goal Shooter and Goal Attack.
"As the very pleasing result suggests, there were many opportunities for goals to be scored and the girls did a fantastic job at getting the ball through the net. It was a very encouraging game and all the girls worked brilliantly together, demonstrating excellent teamwork."
Wednesday 13 March
U10B v U10B Stover - lost 0 - 10
U10B v U10B Wellington - lost 1 - 3
"As many of the Lower Twos were involved in drama rehearsals, the U10B team had some special guests from Upper One to ensure we had a full team," said Miss Wright.
"The Upper Ones throughout the afternoon worked really hard to make the difference on every aspect of the court. The Lower Two players were excellent, being mature role models to all around them leading the way right from the off.
"Our first game was against Wellington and despite the wind, Exeter transferred the ball up the court in good fashion. Some lovely distribution came from Sienna Mitchell in the centre of the court who often found captain Alex Freemantle who occupied excellent space throughout.
"Fay Abdul-Karim was delighted to score Exeter’s goal towards the end of the first half. Exeter had a fantastic second half, denying Wellington the ball in their attacking D, keeping the score at 3-1 by half time.
"The second game v Stover was a very competitive one and Exeter was made to work hard throughout. Henni Lutke-Schipholt made some brilliant interceptions at Exeter’s defensive end, transferring the ball to vice-captain Chloe Wallace. Unfortunately for Exeter, Stover were very clinical in their attacking D with a conversion percentage at around 99%!
"Despite this, Exeter persevered right until the final whistle, marking players out the game, especially in the middle of the court. Well done to all involved for a jam packed afternoon of netball."
Thursday 14 March
Exeter Junior School U9 Tournament
"Exeter School hosted teams from seven different schools on a very busy and productive afternoon of netball," said Miss Handley. "Our U9 team ventured out on home soil in very blustery conditions, but the weather didn’t deter them, it spurred them on!
"The tournament was arranged in two pools, with each team playing 3 matches. First for Exeter was Wellington School. Exeter made a strong start, quickly capitalising on some superb passing, with stunning goals from Arabella Greenwood. Sienna Mitchell and Evie Handley used their space well in attack, creating even more opportunities in the goal third. We comfortably won the first match 5- 0.
"Next was West Buckland. With a slight change of positions, the girls quickly resumed their momentum from the first match and maintained the lead from the outset. Alice Kotting and Thea Rochester both made some timely interceptions and interrupted the opposition’s attack. Both Arabella Greenwood and Grace Golsworthy were on target with their shooting, resulting in a 2- 0 win again for Exeter School.
"The last match in the group stages was against Blundell's. The girls had a fight on their hands! This was a very exciting match to watch, with some lovely netball skills being demonstrated throughout. Very strong defence from Henni Lutke-Schipholt and Grace Golsworthy managed to prevent Blundell's from scoring, followed by quick and accurate passing down the court resulting in a 1 - 0 win.
"The girls deservedly won their group which meant they progressed to play Maynard School; winners from the second pool, in a match for first and second place. This was a tough opposition from the outset with each of the girls playing their hearts out. Despite a really super effort from Exeter, The Maynard girls went on to win 3-0 and were overall winners of the tournament.
"Exeter finished second place out of eight schools and can feel extremely proud of their achievements and standard of netball they played. A very special mention must be given to captain, Lottie Wood, who despite breaking her arm earlier this week, coached and supported her team throughout.
"Thank you Miss Wright for organising such a lovely tournament."
Exeter v Wellington - won 5 - 0
Exeter v West Buckland - won 2 - 0
Exeter v Blundell’s - won 1 - 0
Winner of Pool A = Exeter v Winner of Pool B = Maynard
Exeter v Maynard - lost 0 - 3
Exeter came second overall out of 8 team.