Week commencing 18 March 2019
Friday 15 March
U11 Exeter Junior School Tournament
U11A v Wellington - won 4 – 2
U11A v West Buckland - won 3 - 0
Winners of pool A
U11A v Blundell's - lost 0 - 4
U11A v Queen's - lost 2 - 3
The U11A team came third overall out of 9 schools.
Exeter Junior School hosted a total of nine schools at the annual U11A Netball Tournament.
"Exeter played both Wellington School and West Buckland in the pool stages of the competition," said Miss Wright.
"The team started strongly and Emma Barton made it clear through her passing and interceptions, that Exeter meant business right from the off. Charlotte Greenwood had a fantastic start to the afternoon, despite the heavy winds, scoring some excellent goals, ensuring Exeter had an early lead against the opposition which proved too much for West Buckland resulting in good win in Exeter’s favour.
"With the first game behind them, the U11 girls took the same fight into the match v Wellington. Maria Turnbull Pomares made some effective passes through the centre court, transferring the ball towards Exeter’s attacking D. Wellington were determined to make the girls work hard for victory, but due to the outstanding linking play between Megan Roberts and Maria, it meant that possession remained predominantly in Exeter’s hands.
"Exeter emerged winner of its pool and it was into the finals v Blundell’s and Queen’s College. Having played Blundell’s twice this season, the team always knew it was going to be a tough, hard fought game, but Exeter rose to the challenge and worked exceptionally hard across the whole court, in particular in defence.
"Milly Traylor certainly used her height to her advantage and made some fantastic interceptions in the end third. Milly and Rosie Batchelor linked up superbly to work the ball out of Exeter’s defensive end. Despite this, unfortunately Blundell’s were too clinical in their D which resulted in the loss. Blundell’s then took to the court to play Queen’s.
"Once again, the force of Blundell’s shone through, which meant it was all to play for in the final game; Exeter v Queen’s. Second place was up for grabs and Grace Lister was determined at WD not to allow the ball to be transferred up the court towards Queens’ attacking end. Throughout the entire game it was very tight, not only physically but also on goals scored. Captain Yasmin Brown not only had an excellent game against Queen’s but she also had a wonderful tournament. Yasmin and Charlotte tried relentlessly to get free form the Queen’s defenders with varying degrees of success; however, at the time of the final whistle being blown, Exeter were on the end of a defeat.
"The tournament was a brilliant opportunity for our girls to show their class and skill throughout, as well as to be challenged and understand how to react under pressure. I am very proud of them all and they have been a pleasure to work with all season.
"Thank you must also go to Mr Ashman and Miss Johannson for running the tournament on the day and to Miss Lunn for umpiring."
Thursday 21 March
Exeter Junior School U9s & U8s Festival
Thirty Form One and Upper One pupils took to the netball courts for an in-house festival.
Pupils were split into four teams, named after premiership Netball clubs; Manchester Thunder, Loughborough Lightning, Surrey Storm and Celtic Dragons. All teams played against each other and throughout the afternoon there was some healthy rivalry and competitiveness displayed.
"Overall, there were 22 goals scored over the course of the festival with some admirable skills on show as well as brilliant forms of sportsmanship shining through during every match," said Miss Wright.
"At the end
of each game, both teams voted
for a player of the match from the opposite team.
"Congratulations to Evie Handley (x 3), Eloisa Sherlock (x 3), Rose Batty (x 2), Berenice Rydin-Orwin (x 2), Zoe Carson (x 1) and Imogen Charlton-Anne (x 1) who all got nominated. After the festival, girls were able to celebrate with some well deserved squash and biscuits.
"A special mention must go to the chief photographer, Anna Watson, who took many of the pictures. Well done to all for a brilliant afternoon of sport!"
Thursday 21 March
U9A v St Leonard's Primary School - lost 2 – 3 (Lochie Hughes, Reuben Tucker)
"The A team game was hugely entertaining, with the action going from end to end," said Mr Ashman.
"We scored in the first third before being pegged back. We then led again, before the same thing happened! An excellent goal for our opponents on the counter-attack sealed the win, but not before Mitchell Harreld hit the post with a long range effort.
"Joseph Lomas had an excellent game at the back and Matthew Cooper looked dangerous out on the right, with some direct running; Reuben Tucker tried hard to make things happen in the middle of the park.
"There was plenty of endeavour throughout the team, but we fell a little bit short in keeping possession, by not overloading the areas of the pitch where the ball was. I was impressed with the boys’ positional sense; they just need to learn to be a bit more flexible with their movement. Overall, it was a pleasure to referee this one!"
U9B v St Leonard's Primary School - won 2 – 0 (Yi-Ren Wong x2)
"The B team were left frustrated in the first third, after largely dominating the opening 10 minutes found they found themselves level with the scores at 0-0," said Mr Buckingham.
"We aimed to play St. Leonard's on the counter attack as we knew that they would be a physical team that would put bodies forward. Our opening goal came from exactly this, a St. Leonard's corner was cleared and Zac Dunstan played a great through ball to Yi-Ren Wong who coolly finished his one on one to make the score 1-0.
"In the final third of the game we had several of these counter attacks from St. Leonard's being caught too far up the pitch and again Yi-Ren Wong scored an almost mirrored goal to the first. A special mention goes to Reuben Turnbull Pomares who stepped into the goalkeeper role at very short notice and can be extremely proud of his performance, not only keeping a clean sheet but make some exceptionally brave saves through-out the game.
"The boys conducted themselves very well in this game, sticking to the game plan and keeping a level head despite some incidents where they could have lost it, it was a great game to referee and the boys can be proud of their display."
Friday 15 March
U11C v Third Form U12C - lost 0 – 5
"An initial onslaught from a confident U12 team saw two quick goals go against us," said Mr Bland.
"Fortunately, the boys then looked to regroup. Captain Jake Dunstan steadied things, leading by example and giving 100 %. Nathaniel Mazer, Theo Ibrahim, Abe Tamblyn and Alfie Podd all played their part in defence and midfield, creating an increasingly secure line.
"Whilst we conceded a couple more goals the opposition had to work really hard to for them. Goalkeeper Henry Batty was stoical in goal, maintaining a positive attitude and making a number of good saves.
"The second half was much closer. Alex Wreford and Joshua Hwang used their pace to good effect, looking to force a number of penalty corners. Unfortunately, we couldn’t quite convert these, with Andrew Reynolds seeing a super chance saved literally inches from the line. Overall, the boys could be very proud of their efforts and with a little more luck, the score line could have been much closer."
Friday 15 March
"Upper Two boys brought the curtain down on the Boys’ House Hockey competition," said Mr Ashman.
"The results were as follows, with the points in brackets being the number of points taken through to add to the points accrued in last week’s competition:
- Blake 9 points (8)
- Scott 8 points (6)
- Grenville 4 points (4)
- Gilbert 4 points (2)
"Once again, there was some excellent hockey played and the final result will be announced in Monday’s Assembly. The overall winners, whereby the points from the boys' and the girls' competitions are combined will be announced in this term’s Final Assembly."