Week commencing 25 March 2019
Friday 22 March
Blundell's Prep U9 & U11 Boys & Girls Larkman Cup
Last Friday, the U9 and U11 cross country teams travelled to Blundell’s for the annual Larkham Cup event. The course is more challenging than that at Stover, which took place earlier in the term. The terrain varied from flat, short grass on an even surface, to longer grass on uneven ground and uphill climbs.
"Despite the tricky conditions, all pupils from Exeter Junior School finished the race and to the best of their ability," said Miss Wright.
"Exeter was racing against schools from across Devon and Somerset, such as King’s Hall, Queen’s College, Taunton School, West Buckland, Plymouth College and St Peter’s Lympstone, to name but a few.
"Notable performances came from Oliver Lister, who came first in the U9 boys’ race, Thea Rochester, who came fourth in the U9 girls’ race and Emma Barton, who came sixth in the U11 girls’ race.
"Well done to all of the runners for a challenging yet enjoyable competition."
Saturday 23 March
U11A v Taunton Prep - lost 1 – 7 (Gus Lovell)
"With a couple of players already under par, it proved to be a tough time for the boys," said Mr Bland.
"Matched against a very skilful and direct Taunton team, the boys had to work really hard to stay in the game. Unfortunately, when put under pressure we struggled to mark tightly enough and found it difficult to get the ball out from defence.
"This said, there was some good hockey played, particularly with Gus Lovell and Oliver Rochester working the ball down the right. William McLeod was the pick of the defence, keeping a cool head and looking to work the ball wide.
"Wilfred Venn had a few break away chances, but again the final decisive strike was missing. The boys kept their heads up throughout and it was good to see Gus Lovell crack in a consolation goal towards the end of the game."
U10A v Taunton Prep - won 5 – 2 (Josh Paget 2, William Maynard, Ollie Johnson, Tom O'Connor)
"The boys got off to blistering start and were 4 – 0 up before the end of the first quarter," said Mr Ashman.
"In the main, this was due to excellent distribution from Toby Kenefick, effective wing play form Josh Paget and impressive stick work from William Maynard. Whilst we lost our way a bit, when players were rotated, it was a great opportunity for others to step up to the plate and affect the game. I was really pleased with how some of the other boys rose to that task and increased in confidence as the game progressed.
"A mention should also go to James O’Connell in goal, who pulled off a number of excellent saves. Overall, it was a very encouraging morning and some of the play on view certainly bodes well for next year’s U11 squad. Well done, boys!"
Monday 25 March
U11A v Exeter Cathedral School - won 5 – 0 (Wilfred Venn, Toby Lutke-Shipholt, Gus Lovell, Oliver Rochester)
"The boys looked to move the ball quite quickly, linking up to score some well worked moves," said Mr Bland.
"Gus Lovell, Oliver Rochester and Wilfred Venn were prominent in attack, with George Gillingham and William McLeod looking increasingly comfortable in defence. As ever, Jack Wills in goal was rarely troubled and looked composed even when under pressure. A well deserved win for the boys!"
U11B v Exeter Cathedral School - won 7 – 1 (Rupert Murray 2, Tom Byrne 2, Alex Raichura, Jed Smith, Joe McFadyen)
"The boys finished off the season with a comprehensive win," said Mr Ashman.
"We dominated the game from start to finish with Tom Byrne and Jed Smith controlling things in the middle of the park. Alex Raichura provided a spark on the right and Rupert Murray took up some excellent positions in the opposition circle.
"When called upon, our keeper, Henry Batty pulled off a couple of decent saves. Going forward, the boys will need to learn to be a bit more patient in possession and to strive to work the ball around their opponents, rather than through them! Overall, it was an enjoyable match, played in very pleasant conditions; Spring has duly arrived!"
Tuesday 26 March
U11 Boys’ West Mini Hockey Finals 2019
Elms School - lost 0 - 1
Paragon School - drew 0 - 0
Queen's Taunton - lost 0 - 5
St Mary’s - won 2 - 0 (Oliver Rochester, Gus Lovell)
Sherborne School - lost 0 - 1
Cheltenham School - lost 0 - 1
6th / 7 in group
"Competing against the top schools from across the west proved a real test for the boys," said Mr Bland.
"It was a real eye opener for the boys; there was a clear increase in intensity and ball pace compared to other fixtures and much of the time we were pinned back in defence. The boys couldn’t be faulted for their effort, but we struggled to keep possession or really penetrate in attack, with only two goals scored for.
"Jack Wills was Player of the Day for EJS, making numerous fine saves to keep us in a number of the games."
Thursday 28 March
U11B v Otterton Primary School - lost 1 – 6 (Rory Clarke)
"The U11Bs had a challenging afternoon against Otterton’s strongest team," said Mr Ashman.
"Whilst we made life hard for ourselves by conceding some sloppy goals, the boys can take great heart from winning the last quarter 1 – 0. A special mention should go to Rory Clarke for really leading the way in terms of resilience and not ‘throwing in the towel’.
"I was also pleased with Guy Harrison, who showed how to be unflappable under pressure. The result was soon forgotten, as the boys enjoyed some fine cuisine in the King’s Arms in Otterton after the match!"
U8A v Otterton Primary School - lost 3 – 6 (Pengxiao Zhu 2, Vincent Dong)
"A tough match against a strong and determined Otterton," said Miss Wright.
"After conceding two early goals in the first half we came back into the game with goals from Vincent Dong and Pengxiao Zhu with the slight slope in the pitch playing to our advantage.
"However, this was not enough to be victorious and Otterton came back strong, some great tackles and marking form all particularly Oscar Wallace and Huw Phillips. A gritty performance from both teams ending on a high with excellent match teas."
Tuesday 26 March
On a very sunny Tuesday afternoon, the Upper and Lower Two took to the netball courts for the annual House netball tournament.
"As always, the competition was hotly contested over the course of the games session with end to end netball being played," said Miss Wright.
"All the girls represented their house, with substitutions happening every 5 minutes. After each game, the teams nominated a star player from the opposite team. Players who were nominated over the course of the afternoon were Milly Traylor (x3), Emma Barton (x3), Grace Lister (x1), Maria Turnbull Pomares (x2), Yasmin Tucker (x1), Lydia McLeod (x1) and Lucy Netherton (x1).
"Well done to all the girls; some excellent leadership was displayed by the captains and superb sportsmanship when considering substitutions."
"Once again, it was a very sunny afternoon, perfect for some wonderful House netball," said Miss Wright.
"All pupils who were able to play represented their house and those who were injured team managed, kept score and took pictures. The tournament was a round robin with everyone playing everyone.
"All players rotated to give both Form One and Upper One girls a chance to play in one of their two favourite positions over the course of the event.
"Special mention must go to the following girls who were nominated as players of the match: Isla Gray, Evie Handley (x2), Rose Batty, Maisie Ash (x2), India Ferguson, Isabelle Johnson (x2), Alice Kotting and Isobel Cann.
"Well done to everyone on such an enjoyable competition."