Week commencing 30 April 2019
U9, U10 & U11 girls v Maynard School
Exeter School – 155 points
Maynard – 121 points
Exeter Junior School welcomed Maynard School for an U9, U10 and U11 swimming gala.
"On Exeter's behalf the full competitive swimming squad was selected to represent the school, as well as a member from the development squad," said Miss Wright.
"The girls had a brilliant warm up and were raring to go. Early on, it was clear that Exeter was going to work Maynard very hard for their points. Out of 15 individual races, Exeter came first and second in 7 forcing Maynard to pick up the points for the third and fourth. In addition to the 7, Exeter won a further 3 individual races, taking the total of individual wins to 10 out of 15!
"In the relays the story was much the same and Exeter won 5 out of the 6 races. A special mention must go to the following pupils who stepped out of their comfort zone and perhaps didn't swim their favourite stroke, but they swam for the team (and did exceptionally well!): Grace Lister (Backstroke and Butterfly), Annabel Jenner (Butterfly), Rosie Batchelor (Butterfly).
"In addition it was a debut for a number of girls and I would like to congratulate the following: Iris Bone (F1), Maria Turnbull Pomares (U2), Milly Traylor (U2) and Connie Kemmish (L2).
"Well done to all swimmers on such a successful gala."
Wednesday 1 May
U10A v Stockland Primary School - won by 101 runs
Exeter – 310 (Josh Paget (14), Jacob Hardy (14), William Maynard (13))
Stockland – 209 (Daniel Adams (1), Toby Donegan (1), Ollie Johnson (1), James O’Connell (1), Toby Kenefick (1), Josh Paget (1), Jacob Hardy (1), Rufus Lovell (1))
"I was very pleased to see the U10s get their season off to a winning start in such convincing style," said Mr Wood.
"In the paired format we played, both teams start the match on 200 runs and the total can rise and fall throughout the innings as runs are accumulated, or lost (-5) with the fall of each wicket. For this age group, the loss of a wicket is not such a hammer blow as it is in the older age groups, as the batsman remains at the crease with his partner for their allotted 4 overs. Also, every member of the team bowls 2 overs, so it really is an inclusive cricketing experience.
"The match itself was rain effected to a degree, but not sufficiently to stop play, and I was pleased to see how our boys maintained their focus and adapted to the cold, wet conditions in their fielding innings. The figures reflect the strength of bowling throughout the team, with wickets for most of the boys.
"We were also tight in the field and not too generous with the extras, keeping the opposition’s total down to a very achievable 209. Conditions had improved after tea, and the result was never in doubt once we’d got to 240 from 8 overs. It was wonderful to see our more experienced batsmen playing some delightfully correct shots both in attack and defence, and the eagerness to pick off quick singles at every opportunity, even when victory was assured, bodes well for the tougher challenges ahead.
"Thanks to Josh Paget for captaining so effectively on the day, and well done to all for contributing to an enjoyable game.”
Thursday 2 May
U9A v St Peter's Prep - won by 22 runs
Exeter - 298 for 3
St Peter's - 276 for 3
"This was a super start to the season with the team containing quite a few diamonds waiting to be polished," said Mr Pidwell.
"I was very impressed by the potential, skills and determination of the side. St Peter's fielded will and we were a little lucky to get away with some shots that would have been better suited to the baseball diamond.
That said, the boys played very well and maintained concentration throughout the match. Lots of coaching and learning ahead but a super start. They all got better and better as the game progressed.
"Well done to all the boys."
U9B v St Peter's Prep – won by 34 runs
Exeter - 282 for 3
St Peter's – 248 for 6
"In their first match of the season the U9B team secured a well-earned victory," said Mr Mason.
"Bowling first they took six wickets, reducing the opposition score by 30 runs. Whilst there is still plenty of work to do in refining the bowling actions Lochie Hughes was accurate and only gave away seven runs from his two overs. William Ahmad took two impressive wickets and top of the bowling was Mitchell Harreld who gave away a miserly three runs and took three wickets.
"Champagne moment of the innings was Lochie’s stunning catch in the outfield. At the end of their innings St Peter's had scored 248 for the loss of six wickets.
"In reply Exeter batted very sensibly and added runs to the scoreboard steadily. Mitchell Harreld was the pick of the batsmen hitting three fours. With more training on the key skills of backing up, calling and running between the wickets the team be a force to be reckoned with. Exeter finished their innings on 282 for 3 winning by 34 runs."
U8A v St Peter's Prep - won by 80 runs
Exeter Junior - 334 for 1 (Huw Phillips 10 not out)
St Peter’s Prep - 254 for 7 (Jayden Sclater-Black 3 for 3)
"This was a most encouraging start to the season for a very inexperienced group of boys," said Mr Ashman.
"When batting, I was delighted with our shot selection and our ability to know where our stumps were. We will now need to work at running between the wickets. The fact that we only lost one wicket in our entire innings bodes very well for the future.
"Bowling was more challenging, but all the boys showed that they had the ability to bowl a good delivery; it is now just a case of striving for more consistency in line and length. I was particularly impressed with the contribution of Huw Phillips, Dexter Leck, Ted Brough and Jayden Sclater-Black.
"Overall, I was very pleased with the application of the whole group. Well done, lads!"
Congratulations to the six pupils from the Junior School who were selected to represent the school at the national IAPS squash competition in Nottingham this week. The three girls competed in the U11 mixed singles tournament, the U11 mixed doubles tournament and the U14 girls singles tournament. The three boys competed in the U11 mixed singles tournament and the U11 mixed doubles tournament.
Lydia McLeod enjoyed all three competitions but did particularly well in the U11 mixed singles tournament coming fifth in the group stages. It was a very busy tournament for Tom O’Connor and Josh Paget who enjoyed playing a mammoth seven games which totalled twenty one matches over the two days!
Tom and Josh did particularly well and won one of the very tough U11 doubles games. In the U11 singles William McLeod, enjoyed winning two gruelling matches on the first day and relished playing doubles with Yasmin Brown. It was Yasmin Brown (U2) and Grace Golsworthy (U1) who brought home the silverware, with Yasmin winning the U14 girls tournament and Grace coming second! In addition to this, Grace in the U11 mixed singles tournament came in the top 8 in the plate competition with Yasmin coming a brilliant fourth.
"Overall, I know all of the players took a huge amount from the experience and the standard was exceptionally high across the board," said Miss Wright.
"Very well done to all competitors on such a wonderful tournament, representing Exeter School in the best possible way."