Week commencing 21 January 2019
Saturday 19 January
U11A v Queen's College, Taunton - lost 1 – 2 (Rory Clarke)
"It quickly became clear the boys were up against a strong Queen's team," said Mr Bland.
"Gus Lovell and Oliver Rochester stood out in midfield, linking well down the right, maintaining a threat. On going a goal down, the boys had to work hard to stay in the game.
"Whilst we had a number of forays in to their circle, we struggled to finish off any attacks. Jack Wills performed really well in goal, but couldn’t keep out a second goal that went flying in past his head.
"The boys continued to work hard and apply pressure and were rewarded with a deserved consolation goal, finished off by Rory Clarke."
U11B v Queen's College, Taunton - lost 2 – 6 (Toby Lutke-Schipholt, Wilfred Venn)
"Our boys were very quick ‘out of the traps’ and we scored with our first foray into the opposition’s circle," said Mr Ashman.
"A superb cross from Wilfred Venn was finished with great gusto by Toby Lutke-Schipolt, both of whom contributed significantly throughout the match; Alex Raichura also deserves a special mention for a very decent performance in both halves of the pitch.
"It soon become clear that our opponents were a very decent outfit and Jake Dunstan in our goal made a number of crucial saves to ensure that we went in at the break only a goal down. We started the second half strongly and a very powerful finish from Wilfred Venn brought things back to 2 – 2.
"Unfortunately, in the last ten minutes, we ran out of steam and got picked off by the Queen’s attack and ended up losing 6 – 2, having taken the odd risk to get back into the game.
"The boys had all put in a very impressive shift and had left nothing out on the pitch; they can all be very proud of themselves. Well done, lads!"
Wednesday 23 January
U11B v Stockland Primary School - cancelled
U10 v Stockland Primary School - cancelled
Friday 18 January
U10A v Plymouth College Prep - lost 2 - 10
"This was the first match of the season for the girls playing in this team," said Miss Wright.
"We traveled to Plymouth in the pouring rain, however, thankfully we had the sports hall available to us. Plymouth started really well which made the Exeter girls have to work really hard for every ball.
"Some fantastic interceptions came from Bea Hughes (who won player of the match) which enabled the ball to be transferred up the court via Daisy Brough and Lucy Vosper.
"Evie Jenkins did really well in the attacking D to make the most of shooting opportunities. As the 24 minute game progressed the Exeter girls grew stronger and stronger with each minute of play and I know the team has many positive aspects to take into their next game, as well as areas to develop. Well done to a good start.
U10 B v Plymouth College Prep - won 6 - 3
"The journey down to Plymouth was an exciting one that the girls enjoyed," said Miss Wright.
"The anticipation of the match was high, especially because the girls watched the A team play before them in the sports hall. This enabled the team to have a look at the opposition and some of the tactics employed. The squad was rearing to go and this was shown right from the first centre pass.
"Exeter were the first of the two teams to get off the mark scoring an excellent goal. Alice Brauer worked tirelessly hard in the attacking D scoring some brilliant goals as did Chloe Wallace, Emilia Biggers and Hanna Sari in the centre of the court.
"I know that the team were delighted with the score which was a direct result of the fun and team spirit that the girls played with. Well done ladies!"
Wednesday 23 January
U11B v Taunton Prep - won 15-2
"Captained by Esme Hobbs the U11 squad we're excited to start the netball season off with a game v Taunton," said Miss Wright."
"The girls throughout the game were able to show off some brilliant skills such as agility and use of space. Charlotte Greenwood shot some excellent goals and was ably assisted by attacking players such as Milly Traylor and Lydia McLeod.
"The team really enjoyed the game and I know
they are all looking forward to the next contest."
U11C v Taunton Prep - won 13-3
"The girls were very excited for their away fixture to Taunton on Wednesday afternoon," said Miss Wright.
"The team were able to warm themselves up independently and discussed some effective game tactics before the game commenced. They looked strong against the Taunton side, demonstrating some excellent passes and effective movement.
"Freya worked tirelessly in attack, scoring some super goals. Ella Fowler and Yasmin Tucker (who won player of the match) showed some superb special awareness and movement as the game progressed.
"A special mention must go to Lower Two pupil Alice Brauer who stepped up to play for the Upper Two team due to illness. The team worked extremely hard for the entire match and were thrilled with the end result. Well done girls!"
U10A v Taunton Prep - lost 4 - 23
"Another tough game for the Lower Two team, however, as always, there are so many positives to take from the performance," said Miss Wright.
"Lamorna May was outstanding as GK in the last quarter and made some fantastic interceptions as did Evie Jenkins at GD. The attacking performance was led by Lucy Vosper who worked really hard to get in front of the opposition, calling for the ball in great space.
"The team kept working throughout the game and never stopped applying 100% effort. I know that the girls really enjoyed the match and the teas of pizza and chips was a bonus! Well done girls, as always, a great team spirit displayed."
U10B v Taunton Prep - lost 4 - 10
"The U10B team showed excellent team work and resilience during their competitive match against Taunton," said Miss Robinson.
"The girls rotated round in various positions after each quarter demonstrating their superb adaptability. Emily Bishop and Alex Freemantle improved their defensive skills as the game progressed and made some great interceptions.
"The girls worked really hard to maintain possession of the ball. Gracie Blake read the game well and worked hard as centre to keep play flowing. A great team effort."
Thirty schools took part in the U11 Kids Cup on the astro at Exeter University.
"As ever, the event was superbly organised by Exeter City Community Trust, with Jake Taylor, Exeter City Captain, in attendance at the presentation," said Mr Ashman.
"The top two teams in each of the eight groups would go through to the Last 16 and the bottom two to the Last 16 Plate Competition. The overall winner would then go through to represent Exeter City FC in the League Two South Competition. Our group results were as follows:
- v Ottery St. Mary - won 1 – 0 (Tom Byrne)
- v Withycombe Raleigh - won 1 – 0 (Tom Byrne)
- v Stoke Hill - lost 0 – 4
"This put us second in the group and through to a last 16 game match against Redhills which we won 1 – 0 with a goal from Jack Wills. We then went out in the quarter-final to a very impressive Broadclyst side 0 – 4.
"The boys can be proud of their efforts in what is the predominant event for primary schools in the area. We stuck to our game plan well and increased in confidence, as the tournament progressed. We can also take great confidence from the fact our only defeats were against the eventual winners (Broadclyst) and runners-up (Stoke Hill).
"I hope that the boys will take the many positive aspects of our performances into the Devon Finals of the ESFA Danone Cup at Paignton next week."
Mr Buckingham said the boys gave 100% throughout the entirety of the tournament and were unlucky to come up against two incredibly polished teams in Stoke Hill and Broadclyst who would both eventually go on to make the final.
"Needless to say, getting to the quarter finals of a tournament dominated by schools where football is the main sport is a decent achievement for the school and the boys should be extremely proud.”