Prep Sports Report
Last Friday it was the turn of the U11 boys to compete in the IAPS Regional Hockey Tournament at Clifton College. This proved to be a tough day but hopefully a lot was learnt. The boys worked extremely hard in defence and certainly made it difficult for the opposition to score. However they did struggle to create attacking opportunities so found it difficult to relieve pressure.
On Wednesday all the boys played triangular fixtures against West Buckland and Exeter Cathedral School. The U11A’s enjoyed two well fought matches and showed more fluidity in their play but struggled to convert their chances in front of goal. The U11/10B’s put a lot of effort into their match whilst the U10’s benefited from the triangular format. They enjoyed a lot of possession though they needed to be quicker in transitioning the ball to players in space to truly benefit from their dominance.
The girls played Exeter at the end of last week where the U11A’s enjoyed a close game but struggled to get momentum going whilst the U11B’s had a solid game though struggled to lose their markers around the court. Both U10 teams made good progress and worked hard at passing and moving into space.
On Wednesday all the girls travelled across to Millfield. The U11A’s played very well and the effort that they put into training is clearly shown on the court in matches. The U11B’s started strongly but faded as the match progressed whilst the U10 teams battled hard and showed great determination, never giving up against very well drilled opposition.
Senior Match Reports
Hockey Match Report
U12A v Wells Cathedral – In a thriller, Queen’s found themselves 1-0 at half time despite some excellent attacking play and creating four or five goal scoring chances, all saved by the opposition GK. In the second half, Queen’s pushed forward and eventually got on the scoresheet through Tom Taylor. Arthur Kennan added two more, one after a mazy run from the halfway line to win the game 3-1. Queen’s defended resolutely to the end, with Leyton Thomas and Oliver Lockington looking solid at the back.
U13A v Wells Cathedral – The U13s battled a very good Wells Cathedral side. Tom Nash scored a great goal to start things off. The boys battled hard to the end making life difficult for Wells. There is some great potential in this U13 team, who are improving each week.
U15A v Wells Cathedral – With a team cobbled together after illness and injuries hit the camp, Queen’s fielded a team using U13 – U16 players and after taking the first 20 minutes to familiarise themselves with their teammates, the game started to flow. Wells scored the first goal of the game after a slick passing move but Queen’s always looked dangerous on the attack and created several chances, with one flashing just past the post. In the second half, the team battled well but couldn’t find the back of net and eventually conceded two late short corners. A great team performance and special thanks to the younger players who stepped up and performed brilliantly.
U12B v Exeter Cathedral School – Queen’s played a great game on Wednesday in a tightly contested fixture vs ECS. Jacob Wells played amazingly in the midfield making lots of tackles and moving the ball well. goals for Theo Mcfayden and Aiden Kan. A game played in great spirts from all involved.
Senior 1st v King’s College -Queen’s put in a solid performance and had chances to win this fixture. Being 0-0 at half time and dominating the match so far, Queens limited kings chances on goal. Defending well and keeping possession. In the last 20 minutes fatigue started to set in and Kings were clinical. A well fought game and the score ended being 0-3. Lots of learning for future fixtures but many positives from a tough opposition.
U13A v Exeter Cathedral School – A quality performance lead to the U13A’s first win of the year. All playing in multiple positions lead to large team development and everyone learning something from this fixture. Tom scoring a hat-rick, and Arthur scoring 2 to built up most of Queen’s goals. The squad has eyes on the County tournament after half term and aims to keep preparing well for that.
Netball Match Report
Senior 1st v King’s College – The 1st VII Netball Team saw their most impressive performance yet. Minimal errors on the court and doing the basic things well lead this team to victory. Vici Sieradzka and Jenny Thurston were unstoppable in defence, making countless turnovers in goal third. A fantastic performance by the whole team and a well deserved win.
Senior 1st v West Buckland – The team had some tough opponents today. They were slick and fast, and hard to close down. Jenny Thurstan and Pippa Drummond made the highest number of turnovers, leading to some excellent goal scoring opportunities. This nail-biting match ended in a loss of 29-31.
Senior 2nd v King’s College – Close contested first half with some excellent defensive work, and some strong attacking intent from the team. The legs tired in the towards the end and we could not contain our opposition attacking moves in the final half. Well played by Edie Hepburn who scored some brilliant points.
U12A v West Buckland/King’s Hall Triangular -The girls were a bit slow to get started against West Buckland, but finally found their rhythm to go from 3-0 down to a 6-5 win. Their match against King’s Hall was even closer, and the girls were unlucky to narrowly lose in the final few minutes.
U12B v West Buckland/King’s Hall triangular – The girls enjoyed both of their well contested games, taking away lots of pointers to help them improve for their next matches. The girls did themselves proud by listening to the feedback given to them at the half time talks and applying it well to the matches. Well done girls!
U14A v West Buckland – We faced a well drilled opposition and struggled to win find any rhythm with our passing and getting the ball to our shooters. GK Holly Downward for her continual interceptions awarded coached s player and Tabitha Shaw given opposition player.
U14B v West Buckland – The 14B’s were the ‘most improved’ team of the day. Going from losses in the first two quarters to a draw and a win in the second half of the game. Outstanding performances from both Evelyn and Georgie.
U15A v West Buckland – The U15s had a great game this week in wet and windy conditions. The scoreline was close throughout the entire match but the team managed to edge forward to take the win by 2 goals! Niamh Lee got player of the match for shooting accuracy in the wind!
U12B v Millfield – The girls worked exceptionally hard throughout the match against a tough opposition. They showed fantastic progress in the quality of their passing as the game progressed and shot some impressive goals in the final quarter.
U13A v Millfield Prep -The girls fought hard and showed a great understanding of netball by playing in a variety of positions to keep Millfield on their toes. They were really appreciative of their year head Mrs Allan coming down to support them and provide motivation through the quarters.
U13A v King’s Hall and West Buckland – The girls battled well against two strong teams. Off to a great start in both games putting the first score on the board both times. We didn’t read the conditions well though and too many intercepted overheads from us made the difference in the end.
U12A v Millfield – Playing Millfield’s Under 13A team was always going to be a tough ask but it was an opportunity to learn a lot about how to adjust and make the most of our strengths. Far better in the last quarter when we stopped sending overheads against a team of much taller girls!
Rugby Match Report
A historic day for Queen’s College on Thursday with the girls playing there first every rugby fixture! Playing a range of laws variations, great development was made by both sides. Late into the second period Macy Pena-Romero crossed the whitewash, after some great inter play with Bella Clements for Queen’s Colleges girls first ever try! Queen’s battled hard throughout although being out numbered the girls shown great determination throughout with Charlotte Speak on another of her barnstorming and Vici Sieradzka displaying unbelievable offloading skills out the tackle. The game concluded with Fallon Gillies running down the wing and being tackle just before the line, showing amazing skills to ‘pop’ the ball off the floor to Ella Tyler through barraged her way through for Queen’s second try. The dedication and development shown by the girls throughout the term has truly been outstanding. We now look forward to more fixtures for the girls such as the U15 on Tuesday night!