Week commencing 18 March 2019

News & events

Week commencing 18 March 2019

Boys' Hockey

Saturday 16 March

U15 VII v Queen's College - drew 1-1

U14 VII v Queen's College - lost 0-3

U13A VII v Queen's College - won 4 – 0

U13B VII v Queen's College - won 3 – 2

U12A VII v Queen's College - won 4 - 1

U12B VII v Queen's College - won 7 - 1

Monday 18 March

U15 XI v Wellington School - lost 0 - 3

U14 XI v Wellington School - lost 1 - 3

Tuesday 19 March

U13A VII v Wellington - won 7 - 1

U13B VII v Wellington - won 4 - 0
Wednesday 20 March

U12AVII v Wellington - cancelled

U12 B VII v Wellington - cancelled

1st XI v Exeter College - won 3 - 1

Thursday 21 March

U13 West Finals, Millfield

The U13 boys travelled to Millfield to compete in the West Regional Finals.

"Qualifying as Devon champions our draw seemed quite favourable, though at this level no game is easy," said Mr Skinner.

"The Elms proved this point making a 2-1 victory very hard earned. Truro School fought back against a 1-0 advantage, making the closing clashes nerve racking. The ‘kings of clinging to victory ‘ survived again, Clayesmore the recipient of this treatment, losing 2-1. Exeter’s final pool game against Cheltenham however, showed how hard the team had worked. Heavy legs couldn’t prevent 2 early goals and despite periods of pressure, Exeter could not force a goal.

"Exeter still made the quarter finals to play Warminster. The team couldn’t initially get to grips with their opponents and chances were shared around both goals. Frantic efforts to score brought no reward and penalty strokes were necessary.

"Up stepped the nervous takers alongside Harry Sharp in goal. Sharpy made the saves, the strikers celebrated a 2-0 victory. A semi final win over Kingswood would get the boys to National Finals. 0-0 with 2 minutes to go and a beautiful slide pass through the Kingswood defence found Ben Briar who tucked his chance away. But the game wasn’t done.

"With no time remaining Kingswood gained a corner. James Matthews ran down the shot but the ricochet hit his foot. A second chance, this time executed perfectly. 1-1. More penalty strokes, but this time not in our favour."

Coach Ross said “Oh so close! Brilliant performances throughout the day. We just missed out on those small percentages this time. The team should be very proud of each other.”


Saturday 16 March

1st VII V Taunton School - lost 25 - 38

2nd VII V Taunton School - lost 16 - 32

3rd VII V Taunton School - lost 13 - 23

U15A VII V Taunton School - won 26 - 23

U15B VII V Taunton School - lost 7 - 15

U14A VII V Taunton School - lost 5 - 41

U14B VII V Taunton School - won 10 - 9

Monday 18 March

U14A VII v Uffculme - won 9 - 7

U14B VII v Uffculme - won 21 - 12

Tuesday 19 March

U12A VII v Uffculme  - won 24 - 8

U12B VII v Uffculme - won 21 - 12


Monday 18 March

Gala v Queen's College, Taunton

"The swim team recorded a hard fought victory in a gala against four other schools," said Dr Robb.

"The event was held in King's College Taunton with Queens College, Wellington and West Buckland also competing. The team had to work hard and with a lack of a senior girls' team, owing to clashes with trips, Exeter was lagging after the individual events.

"However the work that the team have been doing on relays paid off and all swimmers swam excellent legs to secure a tight win of 179 points to Exeter, with Queen's College coming second with 173 and third place going to Wellington with 169.

"This was the last completive outing for the senior boys' team who have been unbeaten throughout the year, and I would like to thank Sam Sims, Jake Allman, Andre Orchard and Cosmo Coish, who along with Sam Allman and Luca Riezzo have performed admirably for the school.”


Wednesday 20 March

Isca League

1st XI v Wellington School - lost 1 – 2 (Ed Lister)

"This was a crucial match for the first XI, with both schools going into the game with a chance of winning the Isca league," said Mr Ashman.

"With Wellington having a game in hand over us, this was a match that we simply had to win. We started off the game well, with Ed Lister finishing off an excellent move to put us 1 – 0 up. Sadly, a lack of concentration in our box allowed our opponents to equalise straightaway. The boys then did well to stay in the game, although we did struggle a bit keeping the ball on such a big pitch.

"Chances then followed at both ends, before Wellington took a 2 – 1 lead midway through the second half. We the ‘threw the kitchen sink at it’ for the remainder of the game, but just didn’t show enough quality in the final third; no further goals were added by either team.

"The boys put in a great shift, but credit to our opponents, who had some very good players in their ranks. A special mention should go to James Horler, for pulling off some superb saves in goal, and Will Furniss and Max Haddican, for some resolute defending in the centre of our back four. We now look forward to the last game of the season against the Old Exoxians on 1 April."

2nd XI v Wellington School - won 7 – 0 (Joel Seaward 2, Adam Wajed 2, Charlie Killen 2, Tom Peters 1)

“After a moral boosting win over King’s Taunton a few weeks ago, the boys travelled up to Wellington for our last fixture of the season in high spirits," said Mr Charters.

"Exeter School started the game on the front foot, knowing that only a big win would keep us in the hunt for ISCA Combination League glory, with Taunton School occupying top spot going into the game due to their superior goal difference.

"We created a number of good chances early on, with Luke Donegan and George Hobbs combining effectively on the right flank, but we were a little wasteful in front of goal. Charlie Killen broke the deadlock with a superbly taken free kick midway through the first half, doubling his tally a few moments later with a fiercely struck penalty.

"Thanks to the tireless efforts of Jack Gibbins in the middle of the park and the combative qualities of Alex Peacock at centre back, Exeter School controlled territory and possession for much of the game. Adam Wajed scored a quick brace of goals, making the most of Wellington’s poor man marking at the back. And after a few one on ones with the keeper, Joel Seaward finally started to show his outfield credentials with two well taken goals.

"Tom Peters added insult to injury (with a little help from the opposition keeper), and Ollie Bennett displayed a growing confidence in goal, which capped off a solid defensive display all-round. It was a truly emphatic win and nothing less than this group of boys deserved.

"We will have to wait until next week to find out if it is enough to retain the title, but either way the boys can certainly be very proud of their endeavours this season – they have been a pleasure to coach.”


Thursday 21 March

National Squash Finals U16, Nottingham

Quarter Finals v Felsted School

Max Cockram - 11/4 11/9 11/7 - won 33-20

Charlie Hill - 10/11 7/11 11/5 - won 28-27

Bobby Heard - 11/3 11/5 10/11- won 32-19

Oliver Gribble - 11/7 11/4 11/8 - won 33-19

Devina Gandhi - 11/6 11/4 11/8 - won 33-18

won 159 - 103

Semi Finals v St Aidan’s

Max Cockram 11/9 2/11 7/11 - lost  20 - 31

Charlie Hill 3/11 6/11 11/8 - lost 20 - 30

Bobby Heard 9/11 3/11 11/4. lost 23 - 26

Oliver Gribble 11/8 11/8 11/8 - won 33 - 24

Freddie Cockram 6/11 7/11 6/11 - lost 19 - 33

lost 115 - 144

3rd/4th play off v Hymers College

Max Cockram 11/1 11/6 11/7 - won 33 - 19

Charlie Hill 11/8 6/11 4/11 - lost 21 - 30

Bobby Heard 11/3 11/7 11/5 - won 33 - 15

Oliver Gribble 11/7 11/9 11/0 - won 33-16

Devina Gandhi 11/0 11/0 11/1 - won 33 - 1

won 153 - 81

The team travelled to Nottingham with Mr Mason, Miss Lunn and squash coach Mr Aplin to take part in the national schools plate finals.

"After a late arrival, it was straight to bed ready for an early start the next morning," said Mr Mason.

"Nottingham Squash Club was a hive of activity with over 200 squash players competing for medals. In the first match, the team put together some solid performances to beat Felsted School, however lessons needed to be learnt as unforced errors and loose shots saw valuable points lost.

"The format for the day was that every point counted towards an overall team score. In the semi final against St Aidan's, the team struggled to reduce their unforced error count and narrowly lost by 29 points.

"This placed us in the third/fourth play off for the bronze medal against Hymers College who had seen off Bromsgrove School earlier in the day. Despite the tired and heavy legs, the team put together a dominant performance to be awarded a bronze medal.

"Well done to all of the squad."

Girls' Rugby

Monday 18 March

Exeter School hosted its very first girls’ rugby match against Clyst Vale School.

"Playing against a very strong and experienced team, the girls demonstrated incredible skill and determination," said Miss McIlwrath.

"I was amazed by the standard of play from the Exeter Girls with some superb runs and support from Ellie Monro Higgs, Tilly Collins and Georgia Read, that resulted in our 4 tries.

"Tackles from Jess Cockayne, Maisy Hodges and Izzy Olotu, and excellent support play from the rest of the team, our defensive line was strong, making it very difficult for the opposition to get through.

"The game ended 4 tries to 3 in Exeter’s favour! Well done girls!"