Our week started with some lovely u9 and 8 matches with Kings College. The u8 girls went across the King’s and enjoyed some intense matches and worked hard. The rest of the children all were at home and managed to dodge most of the rain to play in some even matches which was great to see.
Wednesday the boys hosted West Buckland and had quite a tough afternoon against some great opposition, maintaining consistency is key for all sports and the boys looked a little tired in their performances.
The girls went on their longest trip of the season to Leweston. With over an hour on the bus the U10 girls started well, passing the ball effectively and running the ball out of defence well, using Gracie-Jean on the left wing effectively. The B team also had a great game, with a lot of possession, Elspeth was quick onto the ball as a striker, and good performances at the back especially from Elizabeth and Megan saw a well-deserved draw. The U11 matches were equally as exciting. The B team had a good goal-scoring half, going ahead early, Leweston fought back but a late goal sealed the win for the team. The A team game was well-matched. Penny yet again was outstanding in goal, meeting the ball and kicking out strongly. Two great goals for Juno, a lovely set up from her and a cross from Moiya led to the final Queen’s goal- good days work all round!
Today our U11B are travelling to Exeter for a lovely festival event where the girls mix up with other schools! And tomorrow some of the U9 girls will travel to Hazlegrove for another festival – we are hoping for a lovely sunny day!
U16 Boys Rugby
On Saturday, the U16 made the long journey to Plymouth College. Not long off of the bus, the Queen’s boys started slowly and made some uncharacteristic errors which led to Plymouth taking an early lead. Slowly, the bus journey was out of the system and Queen’s equalised before half-time. The second-half saw some heroic defence from Queen’s and some slick attacking play. Unfortunately, this possession didn’t turn into points and Plymouth were quick to respond with a further two tries. A couragious performance against a much older Plymouth 2nd team gave the boys the test they needed and a focus for the nlast two games of the season.
U15 Boys Rugby
Queen’s U15 boys were on the end of a heavy defeat this weekend to Plymouth College. While the result was short of recent weeks’ scoreline, the performance and resilience was certainly one to be proud of. Theo was awarded man of the match for his driving runs, brave jackals and hold-up play during turnovers. Despite chasing the game, U15’s refused to give in and the rallying cry at half time was one of winning key moments and having something to talk about on our long return home. Mr Bell spoke in the huddle after the game and said how immensely proud he was of each and every player. Queen’s go again next week!
U14 Boys Rugby
Plymouth College were again the opposition for the U14’s on Saturday. The boys resilience and courage were commendable against a much stronger team. They showed glimpses of brilliance and sound defence but the Plymouth team wwere relentless in their attack. Despite the result, the boys left the pitch with heads held high and with reflections of positivity about their performance.
U13 Boys Rugby
On Monday, the U13 boys were guests at the annual Stover School Cup, along with five other schools. An exciting day of rugby saw some great team and individual performances from the Queen’s boys. After some tough opposition in the first few rounds, the boys showed real character and resilience to finish the day with a convincing win against Trinity School.
With the Stover Cup fresh in their minds, the boys returned to Stover again on Wednesday for another fixture. Therefore they were therefore familiar with their foe and began the game showing some notable resolve in defence to repel Stover’s initial attacks. Willingness to tackle has been an issue this season so it was pleasing to see more effort from the team throughout the game in this regard. They must keep working on this. Going forward, several Queen’s boys ran strongly. Josiah and Ptolemy were prominent with Ptolemy running half the length of the pitch at one point, only being tackled a metre short of the line! Elie also showed up well and Kirk’s footwork and pace were a problem for the Stover defence. The star of the show, however, was captain, Max. He made numerous powerful surges forward, regularly making 10, 15 and 20 metres at a time and led by example, also putting in some crunching tackles. We scored a couple of good tries through Max and Jayden but again fell off some tackles against the big Stover boys and were also guilty of giving the ball away too easily at the ruck and in contact when we were going forward, consequently conceding some soft tries. However, the boys should be proud of their efforts, especially the improvement in their willingness to tackle.
U12 Boys Rugby
Stover was the opposition for the U12 boys on Wednesday. A thoroughly enjoyable and exciting match for both teams in what was an evenly fought contest. With end-to-end tries from both teams, the scores remained even for most of the match. Queen’s defence was solid and they showed determination when carrying the ball. A last-minute break-away try from Stover meant the boys only narrowly missed out on the win. An excellent and much improved performance, once again. Well done!
2nd Team Hockey
A super day for Queen’s winning 2-1 at home to Mount Kelly on Saturday. The first half saw all the action with Liv scoring a cracking goal from a short corner, lifting the ball slightly to deceive the keeper and get the ball in the corner! The second goal came from Tabby. Stood in front of the keeper she had great composure on the ball before sneaking a reverse stick shot past the keeper.The excitement didn’t stop there with Tabby – she had a shot denied by the post and Alicia had a close 1-1 encounter with the keeper.The second half saw Mount Kelly build the pressure and score from a short corner. The team battled it out to the end with multiple shots and some fantastic effort from all the girls. They deserved their rest!
Player of the match was Sarah, Grace and Alicia.
1st Team Hockey
A thriller of a match took place at Queen’s on Saturday! Mount Kelly started fast, going 1-0 up within minutes. Queens Held them for a further 10 minutes and then went 2-0 down. We got a bit of momentum back, scoring a couple of goals but going into halftime with a 2 goal deficit (4-2). Queens came out in the 2nd half and played the best they have all season, defending with pride and committing to every attack. Inspiring performances from Meg and Claire to name a couple leading to 3 goals for Queen’s. Final score 5:4 win. Well done to Hattie on her 1st xI debut making some great saves too.