Week commencing 11 February 2019

News & events

Week commencing 11 February 2019


Sunday 10 February

U18 West England Tournament - cancelled

Boys' Hockey

Tuesday 12 February

National Cup

U16 v King's College, Taunton - lost 2 - 4

Exeter’s U16 Cup side played a strong King's’ Taunton team on Tuesday evening.

"A fast start by King's brought a wonder goal that found the net with a backhand shot from the baseline," said Hockey Development Coach Mr Skinner.

"Exeter were shocked but not phased and began to find some pattern. Both goals were threatened and exciting goalmouth scrambles ensued. A penalty corner breakdown found Harrison Gribble in front of goal and he calmly slotted the ball passed the Kings’ goalkeeper for Exeter’s equaliser.

"The second half was fast and furious. Calvin Clifford continued to thwart the opposition with some amazing goalkeeping. Eventually the sterling defence was pierced and then 2 further quick goals followed. Exeter fought back, but couldn’t find the net until Kieran Tucker made the score 2-4. There just wasn’t the time remaining to pressurise our opponents into mistakes to create further chances.

"Calvin Clifford was everywhere in the D, using his speed of reaction and anticipation. Certainly the man of the match. This was a very impressive team performance against a very good hockey side.”

Wednesday 13 February

National Cup, round 3

U18 XI v Mount Kelly - 0 - 0 after full time, lost on penalty strokes

Exeter’s U18 Cup team travelled to Mount Kelly to play in the third round.

"A difficult pitch did not enhance our playing style," said Mr Skinner.

"In addition an early ankle injury to Tom Taylor caused further disruption to our patterns. Exeter could not find the pass to unlock the Kelly defence. The pressure mounted as Kelly broke down Exeter’s attacks and sent counter attacks at pace. However, credit to both defences, no goals were scored.

"And so to penalty strokes, with Exeter feeling very nervous about having to face an England U16 goalkeeper. The first barrage of 5 ended 4-4, Paddy Gray making the game saving stop on the final stroke. Sudden death next and the pressure grew. Excellent penalties from both sides could not separate the teams, until Exeter rattled the post and went down 6-7."

Captain Sam Sims said: “The team were all very disappointed, especially to lose in this fashion. We need to shake it off and get back to playing the quality hockey we are capable of during the second half of our season.”


Friday 8 February

U13A v KES Bath – lost 15-18

U13B v KES Bath – won 8-7

U13C v KES Bath  – won 14-3

U13D v KES Bath – won 6-3

Tuesday 12 February

U12A VII v Maynard - won 11 - 0 (Player of Match Phoebe Redfern)

U12B VII v Maynard - lost 4 - 15 (Player of Match Grace Hughes)

Wednesday 13 February

U15B VII v Maynard - won 17 - 10 (Player of Match Freya Munson)

U14A VII v Maynard - lost 10 - 46

U14 B VII v Maynard - lost 10 - 30

Thursday 14 February

U15 v St John's, Sidmouth - postponed


Wednesday 13 February

Isca League

1st XI v Blundell's School - won 2 – 0 (Charlie Pullen 2 (1 pen))

"On a fairly sticky and bobbly surface, concentration and resilience were always going to be key elements," said Mr Ashman.

"We were determined to get off to a good start and press the opposition, which we did very effectively. After about 10 minutes, Charlie Pullen drove sharply into the box and was brought down, before scoring with a less than convincing penalty to put us 1 – 0 up! Whilst our opponents had plenty of possession in our half, we defended superbly, sensing danger quickly and clearing our lines effectively. Epitomised by Cameron Dennis, one of the key features of today’s performance was our ability to win our individual duels and a large % of the 50 / 50 challenges.

"As ever, Charlie Pullen was a constant threat and managed to give us a bit of daylight with a clinical finish just before the break. In the second half, we were determined to deal with the inevitable Blundell’s backlash and to also be a little more disciplined in possession.

"The boys kept their shape superbly without the ball and we also began to be a little more threatening in possession. We saw out the game very efficiently and the boys deserve all the credit for a fantastically disciplined and hugely effective team performance.

"It really would be unfair to single too many out, as it was very much an 8 out of 10 performance across the board. I am delighted to report that this result puts us top of the Isca League!"

2nd XI v Blundell's School - lost 1 – 2 (Tom Peters)

"After a slow start to the game, both keepers were called into action mid-way through the first half as the game started to open up a little," said Mr Charters.

"There were a number of fiercely contested duels in the midfield, with Jack Gibbins again impressing with his industry, and Harry Shore-Nye making some key interceptions. George Heard was strong in the air and Alex Peacock was a combative presence in defence, bringing the ball out from the back very effectively.

"Blundell’s capitalised on some miscommunication at the back to take the lead, but Exeter School hit back shortly before half time when Tom Peters cleverly defied the opposition off-side trap to make things all square. We had the better of the chances in the second half, with Charlie Killen and Adam Wajed coming close to scoring, but Blundell’s carried a strong counter-attacking threat all game, and it was a long ball out of defence that saw their centre forward break free and unleash a powerful strike into the top corner.

"The boys battled hard and should count themselves unlucky to lose, but with last week’s encouraging win there is still everything to play for in the league."


Tuesday 12 February

The school golf team took on Sherborne School in the regional quarter final of the HMC Foursomes competition at Woodbury Park Golf Club, winning 3-0.

The first pairing of Fred Bishop and Jack Parry won 3 and 2, the second, Louis Hayman and Ben Reynolds, 3 and 1, and finally Sam Corney and Tom Peters, 7 and 6.

Mr Wilcock said: "The team progress to play Millfield in the second half of the term and are therefore two matches away from the National Finals in this competition, following last year’s successes where Sam, Ben and Louis played in the National Schools’ Finals, finally finishing 12th out of 36 at Woodhall Spa, the home of England Golf and Fred had been part of the Devon contingent on the same two days in July at the South Western Counties Boys Championship at Perranporth."