Week commencing 4 February 2019

Week commencing 4 February 2019

Boys' Hockey

Tuesday 5 February

U10A v West Buckland School -  won 5 – 1 (Rufus Lovell 2, Sebastian Bosch 2, Josh Paget)

"With the disappointment of two cancelled matches behind them, the boys were raring to go," said Mr Bland.

"They very quickly got in to their stride and some slick stick work and excellent passing throughout the game saw them prove too strong for West Buckland, emerging worthy winners.

"All the boys deserve credit for their efforts. There was much potential on show; they now have a target to move the ball even harder and look to win all 50:50 tackles. Well done!"

U10B v West Buckland School - won 3 -2 (Tom O’Connor 2, Toby Donegan)

"The boys got off to a flyer and scored two early goals," said Mr Ashman.

"However, the rest of the half was like ‘paddling through treacle’, as we struggled to keep possession and allowed our opponents to score two goals to draw things level at the break.

"In the half-time team talk, we focused on improving the basics and prepared to work the ball into wide areas and to utilise the space more effectively. The boys did this with great aplomb in the second half and we pressed the opposition effectively and eventually got the breakthrough to make it 3 – 2.

"This ended up being the final score and, in the final analysis, we were deserved winners. Special mentions to Daniel Adams for being a reliable fulcrum in the midfield, Samuel Morgan and Cameron McDowell for some good play on the wings and Tom O’Connor for his direct approach on goal."


Tuesday 5 February

U10A v West Buckland - won 11 - 8

"The squad was excited for another highly competitive game away at West Buckland," said Miss Wright.

"The game started slowly and the girls needed a little bit more energy after the long bus journey! However, at half time the team managed to pull away with a good lead.

"Captained by Evie Jenkins, the girls played with real confidence and conviction. It was excellent to see Grace Stevenson and Lamorna May intercepting the ball across all areas of the court allowing the ball to be transferred up to the attacking D.

"A special mention must go to Bea Hughes for some amazing shooting and for winning player of the match.

"Such a brilliant game to officiate and I am really proud of how well the whole squad worked, displaying leadership and resilience throughout."

U10B v West Buckland - lost 2 - 4

"The U10B girls’ netball team played with increasing confidence and speed in an exciting match against West Buckland," said Ms Barnes.

"They really focused on marking their opponents and moving quickly into a space. In spite of the wet weather, the girls, very ably captained by River Tinkler, fought a close match, with goals scored by Emily Bishop and Alex Fremantle." 

Thursday 7 February

U9A v Maynard - lost 5 - 12

"Having walked down to the Maynard as a team, I was able to prepare the girls for the game ahead," said Miss Wright.

"Right from the off, Maynard demonstrated their strong presence on the court and we able to utilize some excellent opportunities in their attacking D. After the first few minutes Exeter seemed to settle into the game a lot more and some excellent play came from Isobel Cann and Henni Lutke-Schipholt in all areas of the court.

"Exeter gathered some momentum and due to some brilliant passing and intercepting from the player of the match Charlotte Wood, the team were able to convert some lovely goals. Throughout the game, the girls got stronger and stronger and the team really held its own. I am really pleased with our girls' performance and resilience."

U9B v Maynard lost 3 - 7

"For the majority of the team, this was their first game of the season, and what a game it was!" said Miss Wright.

"There is no doubt that as the game progressed, the girls became better at all the key skills including intercepting the ball and moving into space. In the last quarter, Imogen Charlton-Anne played her socks off, earning her player of the match.

"Other brilliant performances came from Matilda Sharland at Centre and Rose Batty at Goal Attack. It was a pleasure to witness such a good close game and I know the girls have really enjoyed the whole experience, including the match teas, of course!"

U8 v Maynard - won 4 - 1

"The U8 girls were very excited for the first Form One netball fixture and were very impressive from the outset," said Mrs Handley.

"Isla Gray, Eloisa Sherlock and Isabelle Johnson demonstrated some timely interceptions and strong awareness of creating space. Well done to Mollie Jenner, who was nominated player of the match. All of the girls can feel very proud of their efforts which culminated in a successful outcome, winning the match 4-1. Well done to all of the girls!"


Thursday 7 February

 U11A v St Leonard's Primary School - won 7 – 0 (Tom Byrne 2, Rupert Murray 2, Jack Wills, Wilfred Venn, Alex Vosper)

"There were many good aspects of the performance of the U11A team today," said Mr Ashman.

"The boys were certainly very quick ‘out of the traps’ and played the game on the front foot and at a high tempo. They also played the heavy conditions very appropriately with firm direct passes. Added to that, the players adapted well to different positions during the game and maintained a high level of intensity throughout; this was accompanied by some clinical finishing in front of goal.

"What pleased me the most was the way the boys adapted to the ‘silent coach’ in the second half (this contrasted with the quite vociferous coach of the first half!). This showed a key progression in the development of the team, namely that they could stick to a game plan and maintain a good structure with the minimum of guidance from the touchline. Well done, boys!"

U11B v St Leonard’s Primary School - won 5 - 2 (Joe McFadyen 3, Tom Lambert, OG)

"A great display from the U11B team in which they dominated the game against St. Leonard's, with countless chances in front of goal," said Mr Buckingham.

"However it was also a very inspiring performance, as during the game the boys found themselves 2-1 down very much against the run of play. The first half consisted of many chances at both ends with an eventual breakthrough for Exeter via a goal mouth scramble.

"St. Leonard's came back with 2 quick fire goals at the start of the second half, both very well worked as a particular individual on their team was exceptional and carrying the ball from defence to attack.

"Tom Lambert’s pressing and closing down in the opposition penalty area managed to force the St. Leonards goalkeeper into an error bringing the score to 2-2. After a brief 5 minutes break on the touchline Joe McFadyen was subbed on instantly causing the St. Leonard's back line problems and went on to score a superb hat-trick against his former school.

"Overall it was a well-deserved win for the U11 B and a great performance to build towards their final game of the season next week."

Cross Country

"Last Thursday all Form One and Upper One laced up their old trainers or football boots and took to the playing fields at Exeter School," said Miss Wright.

"Pupils had the choice to stop at finish line number 1 (the shorter distance) or finish line 2 (one full lap of the playing fields).

Incredibly, all pupils completed the run at finish line number 2, which demonstrates how tough and determined everyone really is! The run was ran in a brilliant spirit and was completed for a number of reasons, including to help select the cross country team, to add to our mileage for the London Marathon challenge and to practice for the house cross country event that is held later in the term.

"The cross country squad has now been selected consisting of 10 boys and girls at U9 level. The identified pupils have already had a practice after school to work on the technique of running a good cross country race in preparation for the race at Stover School after half term.

"Overall I would like to say to all pupils in Form One and Upper One, well done, you were all amazing!"