Week commencing 4 February 2019
Monday 4 February
Gala U13, U15 & U18 v King's Ottery
"The home gala on proved to be an energetic and closely fought competition with Exeter winning three age groups, King's Ottery winning two and the a draw in the U15 B category," said Dr Robb.
"Each school was able swim two swimmers per event and this allowed large numbers of pupils from both schools to be involved. A number of swimmers from the development squad competed for the school for the first time and all performed well.
"Both schools broke existing pool records and Exeter School swimmers who did so included Sara Sari in the U13 girls freestyle, Luca Riezzo in the U18 boys individual medley and the U15 boys relay team who now hold the pool record for the 4 x 25 medley relay."
|Age group||Exeter||King's Ottery|
Wednesday 6 February
U16 VI v Eton
Max Cockram – won – 11/4, 11/2, 11/4
Bobby Heard – lost – 8/11, 11/9, 6/11
Charlie Hill – lost – 11/6, 7/11, 9/11
Devina Ghandi – lost – 10/11, 6/11, 11/8
Oliver Gribble – won – 11/10, 11/2, 11/4
Team score – won - Exeter 145, Eton 115
U16 VI v Reed's
Max Cockram – won – 7/11, 11/6,11/8
Bobby Heard – lost – 8/11, 5/11, 4/11
Charlie Hill – lost – 6/11, 10/11, 7/11
Devina Ghandi – won – 11/3, 11/8, 11/5
Oliver Gribble – won – 11/2, 11/3, 11/1
Team score – won - Exeter 135, Reeds 113
Exeter – 280 points
Eton – 259 points
Reed’s – 244 points
Miss Lunn said: "After a long journey to Eton, the pupils demonstrated huge stamina and resolve on court to win both matches and qualify as group winners for the National School Plate Finals in Nottingham on Thursday 21 March."
Wednesday 6 February
1st VII v Blundell's – lost – 18-23
2nd VII v Blundell's – lost – 20-24
3rd VII v Blundell's – won – 24-21
4th VII v Blundell's – won – 21-17
U15A VII v Blundell's – won – 34-24
U15B VII v Blundell's – won – 16-13
U14A VII v Blundell's – won – 23-15
U14B VII v Blundell's – won – 25-5
Wednesday 6 February
1st XI v Taunton School - won 2 – 1 (Charlie Pullen, Ed Lister)
"Taunton School are always very tricky opponents and the boys knew that we would be in for a challenging encounter in our first league match of the season," said Mr Ashman.
"The game plan was to flood the midfield and to have two players from our midfield entrusted with supporting our target man, Ed Lister. We got off to a blistering start, with Charlie Pullen scoring with a superb effort from outside the box in the first few minutes. We continued to dominate possession, but didn’t really deal well with our opponents reaction in the latter part of the half. The game became scrappy and we conceded not long before the break.
"However, the boys responded superbly in the second half and we got back on the front foot, albeit hitting longer passes, in contrast to our preferred shorter passing game. We also defended resolutely, epitomised by Jamie Browne’s last ditch clearance from almost underneath our bar!
"The game looked to be heading for a draw until a superbly flighted free-kick from Max Haddican landed at the talismanic feet of Ed Lister, and after a quick swivel on the turn, he buried the finish with his left foot. There were controlled scenes of delight at the final whistle, having defeated our opponents for the first time ever.
"Our day’s work was summed up by our skipper, Rob Stoyle, who won countless challenges, made numerous defensive clearances with his head and kept possession consistently. It had certainly been our most complete performance of the season to date. Well done, lads!"
2nd XI v Taunton School - won 2 – 1 (Tom Peters, Caspar Raworth)
"Although the inclement weather threatened to disrupt our final pre-season preparations (and increased calls for the gaffer to pull some strings and sort out a warm weather mid-season training camp), the 2nd XI turned up to Taunton School with a spring in their step and an eye for ISCA Combination League glory," said Mr Charters.
"The match started slowly, with both teams adopting a cautious territory game, for which Exeter School were indebted to the cultured clearances of our indomitable centre backs, George Heard and Alex Peacock. The game ‘burst into life’ midway through the first half, when Joel Seaward pulled off a few fine saves in quick succession from Taunton forwards who had managed to outwit our committed back line.
"We responded positively, establishing a period of possession and control, thanks in large part to the hard work of our midfield four (special mention must go to the indefatigable Jack Gibbins here). Our pressure was rewarded with a well worked goal shortly before half time: Tom Peters got on the end of a ball whipped in from the left, clipping the ball past an advancing keeper.
"Although Taunton started the 2nd half brightly, we soon doubled our lead through the audacious trickery of our dead-ball magician Caspar Raworth, who managed to convince everyone he was going to cross the ball only to curl it majestically into the top corner. Taunton pulled a goal back late on but defeat was not to be clasped from the jaws of victory on this occasion. Bring on Blundell’s next week!"
See Instagram for a video of the warm up!
Thursday 7 February
U18 XI v Taunton School - won 6-1
"The U18s played in their National Cup Round 2 fixture against Taunton School and came away with a pleasing 6-1 win," said Mr Jones.
"An early goal from Upper Fifth Former, Tom Taylor, set the standard as Exeter looked to impose themselves on the opposition. 2 more goals quickly followed with Sixth Former Sam Corney working some magic to finish from close range.
"Taunton stole a consolation goal just before the break to make it 3-1. Exeter came out with renewed vigour to ensure they closed the game out in style. It was a true squad performance with many players adding to the pleasing display.
"Taylor wrapped up his hat-trick with some well converted penalty corners and Corney topped the display with a superb solo effort. Exeter winning 6-1 by the final whistle setting up a tie with Mount Kelly in Round 3."
U14/15 v Bramdean - won 4 - 0
U12/U13 v Bramdean - won 5 - 1
"Two brilliant fixtures played in great spirits," said Miss Lunn.
"Most of the girls stayed on their feet despite the wet and muddy conditions! Hopefully there will be more to come!"