Senior School Sports Results

Stover Senior School Sports Results

  • Tuesday 19th September - U14 Match Report
    • In their opening fixture of the season the Under 14 rugby squad chalked up an impressive win over near neighbours, Coombeshead Academy, in a keenly contested 13-a-side game that was played in an excellent spirit. Stover opened the scoring from the kick off after a well-worked move was rewarded with a try following some slick handling. A few missed tackles allowed Coombeshead to equalise soon afterwards, however, in what rapidly became an open and free-flowing game; with both sides looking to run the ball at every opportunity.

      There were particularly good performances from James Griffin, Ollie Willis, Owen Sutton and Josh Perry – all of whom exhibited some strong running; and Ed Hall and Trystan Good impressed in the tight. Try of the match went to Noah Fenton, “playing up” a year group who broke through from the half way line then chased his own kick to outpace the cover defence.

      The final result with a win to Stover by 7 tries to 3 was a fair reflection of the overall quality of play. Sterner tests will no doubt follow but with a little work on basic tackling the squad look set for a very good season. Well done boys!

  • Thursday 21st September - U12 and U13 Rugby Tournament
    • On Thursday last week the under 12s and under 13s had their first run outs of the season in an introductory rugby tournament up at Shebbear college. Each team had three fixtures, the Under 13s playing St Joes, Shebbear A and Shebbear B, whilst the Under 12s played Kingsley school, Shebbear A and Shebbear B. It was a fantastic afternoons rugby and a great way to ease back into the season.

      The Under 12s results went as follows: against Shebbear B the games finished 4 tries to none with the scorers being Jack Cox with 2, Harry Rideout and Ishka Thres with one each. Their second match against Kingsley saw them win with 6 tries to none, Jack Cox with a hat-trick, Olly Belotti with one and Ishka Thres with two. Their third and final game against Shebbear A didn't quite go to plan as a strong Shebbear A side ran in 4 tries with no reply.

      The U13s first fixture was against Shebbear A, Noah Fenton with two, Toby Cox and Pip Burton Race with one each saw them win with four tries to none. Their second match against St Joes saw them run in 9 tries to 1, Pip scoring two, Jed Waugh with two, Toby Cox, Harrison Ball, Jed Griffin, James Darcey and Noah Fenton all getting one each. Their final game was against Shebbear B and saw the boys run in 8 tries to 1, Noah with a Hat-trick, Jed Griffin with two, Jed Waugh, James Darcey and Jack Cox all with one each. 

      A fantastic afternoon of rugby for both age groups. A special mention must go to Hugo Denman in the U12s team who was excellent throughout the day making some fantastic tackles and some great carries for the team. Well done


      U12 Team: Jack Cox, Harry Rideout, Oliver Bellotti, Hugo Denman, Ishka Thres, Ted Ager and Finn Strong

      U13 Team: Jed Griffin, Jed Waugh, Noah Fenton, Pip Burton Race, Harrison Ball, Toby Cox, Jack Cox and James Darcey

      Well done to all those who played.

      Mr Halse

  • Wednesday 27th September - U15 Boys Rugby v Shebbear
    • This afternoon a mix of mainly under 14 boys with a few U15's took on a very physical Shebbear Under 15 team. Electing to play up hill during the first half quickly looked to be a mistake as we spent the initial 10 minutes struggling to get out of our half. On the 15th minute Shebbear mounted a strong attack and broke several tackles to score and run under the posts making for a straight forward kick at goal. It wasn't much later that again some poor play at the breakdown saw us lose possession in a dangerous area, allowing Shebbear to pass through the hands to score in the corner. We struggled to make any in roads through the Shebbear defence and again found ourselves on the back foot, we didn't help matters by missing regular tackles allowing Shebbear to make good ground and eventually score their third try. At half time the score read 17-0, the message was very much to do the basics better in making our tackles and to try to look after the ball going forward. We did just this and started very brightly attacking down the slope. Paul Griffin nearly managed a try in the corner only to be just pushed into touch with less than a metre to go. It wasn't long after that we did get our first after a smart piece of play down the blind side saw Oliver Willis score in the corner. Jack Puddiphatt then converted a difficult kick to make the score 17-7. We pushed and worked hard for the next 10 minutes creating several half chances but didn't come away with any points. Late on Shebbear fought back scoring 2 more tries and making the final score 27-7.

      A tough afternoon for the boys up against a very big, physical Shebbear team. Bearing in mind over three quarters of the team were playing up an age group it was a great effort by all. Man of the match goes to James Griffin for making countless tackles along with some good carries going forward.


      Match Result

      Stover 7 (Willis- try, Puddiphatt- conversion)

      Shebbear (5 tries, 1 conversion)


      Stover Squad

      Rowan Munk, Daniel Ekin, Jacob Whitbread, Sammy Ingham, Jack Puddiphatt, Alistair Fusco, Rory Ho Cheng Yu, Owen Sutton, Oliver Willis, Ben Lee, James Griffin, Paul Griffin, Trystan Good, Joshua Perry, Dylan Cadwallander, Finn Holmes, Harvey Bradford

  • Tuesday 26th September - U13 A and B Natball v Kingsbridge
    • Yesterday, the U13 A and B team travelled to Kingsbridge.  After finding the astro, thanks Olivia, we were all set to play. The Kingsbridge teams looked much bigger than Stover, and all their girls were Year 8 so we felt quite daunted.  After a strong start by Kingsbridge in the B game we managed to break through the defence and score our only goal of the game.  Lucy and Issy combined really well to set up the final shot on goal.  In the mid field Ellie, new to the role was working tirelessly chasing up and down the pitch.  At the back Lois made some excellent tackles alongside Katie who was again learning her role.  Poppy had her first game in goal and had her work cut out as Kingsbridge were extremely strong. We learnt fast in this game and had a lot to do but the girls really improved.  The A's had better fortunes in their game.  They were tied at half time 1-1.  The game was very even.  Amaya was working hard in attack this week, alongside Lily to try and score a second goal but we were eluded. Kingsbridge and a couple of lucky breaks through our defence and managed to score 2 goals before the final whistle, final score being 3-1 to them.

  • Wednesday 27th September - U14 and U15 Netball v Kingsbridge
    • Today the U14/15s travelled to Kingsbridge again to play another game in the heat of the September sun!  The team looked good on paper although we had a few absences  on the day.  Mrs Craven was still confident that we had enough strength in the team to give Kingsbridge a good run for their money.  From the outset we settled well, especially as up until now we have only be used to playing 7-a-side.  Jess P, Jess E and Amalie looked good up front with Sophie our new striker in the D waiting for the ball.  Annabel provided her usual strength in the mid field and passed the ball around well.  Olivia and Freya showed their great fitness levels and linked up well to feed the ball back to the attack.  The first goal came early on with a shot from Jess.  At the back Haleemah was getting used to her role as sweeper and her two backs Romilly and Anna S made excellent tackles too.  The ball remained mainly in the Kingsbridge D and we had lots of chances to score, Darcy never really touched the ball in goal the whole game. It was a shame that we were unable to convert another chance and the game ended 1-0 to Stover. However it was a great display of skill, the team settled well into playing on a full pitch and show much promise for the rest of the season.

      Man of the match was Jess P.

  • Monday 2nd October - Year 8 Rugby v Bramdean
    • The Year 8's made the journey to Bramdean on Monday. In a smaller sided game of 9 a side. The boys started brightly and moved the ball through the hands with speed and precision. It wasn't long before a neat move was finished off by Jack Cox bundling over the line for the first try of the match. The boys continued to pile on the pressure with great success and were managing to regularly break through the Bramdean defence. At the break we found ourselves 20-0 up with further tries from Noah Fenton with two and James Darcey with a fantastically well worked move. After the break concentration started to slip a little and Bramdean managed a couple of tries of their own, before a good fight back that saw Jed Waugh finish off a good move and Harrison Ball picking a gap to score. It was then end to end for the remainder of the game, Bramdean scoring another 2 tries to reach a score of 20, and Stover with a further 5 tries through Harrison Ball with his second and third, Toby Cox, Jed Griffin and Jack cox with his second to round off an excellent performance form the boys.


      Man of the match goes to Julian Beck for seemingly always being there to make the big tackle at the crucial moments. Well done boys!



      Bramdean- 20

      Stover- 55

      Fenton x2, J. Cox x2, T. Cox, Darcey, Waugh, Griffin, Ball x3

  • Tuesday 3rd October - U16 Area Tournament
    • Yesterday the U16s team travelled to Kingsbridge, again! For the Area Tournament.  Unfortunately, upon arrival we discovered the number of entrants was done to just 3, from the whole area!  We made good time so were on first to play against Kingsbridge.  Having had a few competitive games against them already this season Mrs Craven felt rather confident in that she knew the team had good strengths and depth.  Disappointingly, however, we were let down by a few players at the beginning of the day, one of those our goalie, so Freya was called in to play and then asked to be our last minute goalie.  After a quick lesson in keeping she went out into goal.  Our team was made up of players from yr9-11 which meant we have strengths in all parts of the team, up front at back and in the middle.  We started the game well, I think surprising Kingsbridge with our string hits and good stick skills.  Jess L and Powis were formidable up front.  With Anna P on the wing and Jess Elston as our striker, always goal hungry! We made some good progress up the pitch in the first few minutes with 2 shots on goal.  It was very exciting. At the back Anna, Hallemah were holding things together under lizzie direction and feeding some good balls out to our halves when they were put under pressure.  Initially we had a few holes in the mid field but by halfway through the half we had resolved any of those issued and were playing as a great unit.  Again we had 2 more chances towards the end of the game, and Kingsbridge too had a shot on goal which was saved brilliantly by our new goalie! The game ended 0-0.

      The second match was against South Dartmoor. Having sussed out the team beforehand Jess reliably informed us that there were many Devon team players in their squad!  We were confident however and ready for the game.  They hit us hard from the outset.  Putting us under pressure when we had the ball was their tactic and they straight away had some shots on goal. Freya made 2 excellent saves but the increasing pressure from South Dartmoor made it difficult for us to come back at them. We did have some good breaks up the field, mainly from Jess L ad Jess P, whose stick skills enabled them to dodge round players.  The final score was 2-0 to S Dartmoor. 

      In an unusual twist we were required to play in a penalty flick off to end the tournament as we drew with K Bridge and they also lost 2-0 to S Dartmoor.  We selected 5 players, Lizzie, Jess P And Jess L, Annabel T and Maddie to flick. And poor Freya in her first game had to face the penalties as our goalie! It was a tense but exciting end to the day.  We went ahead with Freya saving the first 2 flicks.  But Kingsbridge drew back level. Jess came to take the last flick and missed which meant Kingsbridge had to convert the last penalty, which they did putting them through. 

      Player of the match was Freya Woodward, great perception and bravery in goal, and at the last minute!!

      Mrs Craven would like to add that the skill level of the team, all round was excellent and we really competed well against two much bigger schools, the team spirit was excellent and everyone really worked hard.

  • Thursday 5th October - U12 Rugby v Queen's Taunton
    • Queen's Taunton 10 v Stover 10

      A dogged performance from the Under 12 boys. Two evenly matched teams spent most of the time between the two 10 metre lines in the first half; neither side missing many tackles. Towards the end of the half we just started backing off and allowed their bigger runners to generate a head of steam! This resulted in two tries against us just before half time.

      The second half saw us apply more pressure and force Queen's Taunton into making mistakes. We capitalised on this scoring twice. Once with a weaving run from Ishka Thres and another from a clever kick from Jack Cox that was chased down and scored by Aaron Baker.

      The final score being 10 all.

      Ted Ager deserves a mention for his tireless work at the break down as does Hugo Denman for his strong running. However, this was very much a team performance with no less than 4 playing in their first ever rugby match.

      Squad: Ted Ager, Luke Notman, Finn Strong, Harry Rideout, Lhamo Thorpe, Sebastian Tarrant, Jack Cox, Joe Wilkinson, Aaron Baker, Leighton Kirby, Luke Bann, Ishka Thres, Oliver Bellotti, Hugo Denman, Etienne Nieuwoudt.

  • Monday 9th October - U13 Rugby v Queen's Taunton
    • Match Report for Under 13 Rugby Vs Queens Taunton

      The under 13's travelled to Queens on Wednesday with the hope of building on the excellent performance against Bramdean on Monday. From the off we made it hard for ourselves with some sloppy handling in attack and some missed tackles in defence. A very organised busy Queens team were very quick to get in our faces and we found it tough to play. At the end of the first half we found ourselves 15-0 down. The second half started much brighter and all of a sudden we started to find the hands and ran some much better lines. Noah Fenton found the try line twice to get us back in the game. We then started to really put the pressure on and came very close twice more through Samuel Webber and Toby Cox only to lose the ball in the final moments. All of a sudden from a scrum 5 metres from the Queens try line we lost possession and a queens player ran the length of the pitch to score making it 20-10. It was Noah again who then hit gaps to get his third and fourth tries to tie the game at 20-20. Very much a game of two half's for the boys, if we had played like we did in the second half for the whole game I think we could've come away with the win. However, lots of positives to take from the game, man of the match could only go to one person in Noah Fenton, who scored all four tries and always looked threatening on the ball.

      Well done boys

  • Wednesday 11th October - U13 5 at Mount Kelly
    • Stover U13 5 at Mount Kelly 3 - 11/10/17


      Stover got off to a great start opening the game with a brilliant try from Pip Burton-Race. We passed well and made those first tackles. Mount Kelly then responded by scoring, but Noah Fenton scored a final try before halftime. After halftime, we just had to concentrate on making those tackles, which we did well. We opened the half with another try from Noah Fenton.  Harrison ball then scored an incredible try running from the halfway line and putting in a spectacular diving finish. The ducks in the nearby pond would have been proud of. We then scored another 2 tries by Noah Fenton and Pip Burton- Race to finish the match at 5-3 to stover.


      Man of the match was pip burton-raceπŸ‘. 


      Written by Oliver Amos

  • Wednesday 11th October - U12 Rugby v Mount Kelly
    • Stover U12 4 @ Mount Kelly 0 - 11/10/17


      In the first half, we were firmly planted in Mount Kelly's half of the pitch and scored 3 tries by Jack Cox, Joe Wilkinson and Hugo Denman. We had some great passes that led to those amazing tries. But we also gave a lot of knock-ons that resulted in a lot of scrums that we shouldn't have given them but thanks to our amazing scrummers, we won a lot more than we should have, which was great for us. The second half was more challenging and there were a lot of knock-ons and forward passes, plus Mount Kelly made a lot of ground by kicking the ball back into our half a lot of times. But then we went through a couple of great phases that ended in another good try by Hugo Denman. So, in the end, the final score was 4 try's to Stover and 0 to Mount Kelly. 


      Written by Seb Tarrant and Hugo Denman

  • Thursday 2nd November - U13 CV Hockey League
    • The U13 hockey team went to the first round of the hockey league without some of our stronger Year 7s last week so they knew they had some tough games in store.  The first match was against Cuthbert Mayne and we started well.  With only a ten minute game we had to make a quick start and get into our play. From the outset, we looked good with Beanie making some good runs down the wing. Anita played up front this week and scored the first goal.  We won this game 1-0.  Unfortunately, that was our best result of the afternoon.  Next, we played a tough TGGS team and lost 3-0. We were weak at maintaining possession and in defence keeping our sticks down to stop the ball when under pressure.  We fared slightly better in the next game and a few mistakes led to Kingsbridge breaking through to score on a number of occasions, we lost 3-0 again.  In the final game, we were up against a strong team from South Dartmoor and whilst our play and certainly improved they were more skillful than us in attack we lost 4-0.  The girls tried hard and will have lots to work on next week when we played the next round of games. 

      Mrs Craven 

  • Wednesday 18th November - U18 Rugby v Trinity School and Mount Kelly
    • Under 18s sports report 18/10/2017



      Being our first match of the year, we started off with a slow attacking line. Our defensive line, on the contrary, was strong and firm, allowing us to stop the much bigger side from scoring many tries while leaving gaps in their line, which let out nimble backs step through them and score. This was well demonstrated by Dylan Tabi who scored the first and second try of the match. Ending the first half with a 2:1 score to Stover.

      By the second half of the match our players had clearly warmed up as the tries rained in, with Harry Langabeer, Finn Sherwood and Jamie Green all three making excellent runs. Furthermore, with great support play by Mario Mozo Ruiz, allowed Esewi Egheosa to break the line and score the final try of that game.

      With a final score of 5 tries and 2 conversions scored by Ben Hooper and Harry Langabeer (there was a slight wind), Stover went away from the match as victors with a score of 34:5. Great effort for the first game of the season.

      Mount Kelly

      After a short rest, we faced a much more experienced team. Regardless of this fact, our boys performed the best they ever had. Great individual technical skills were displayed. Demonstrated by Bruno Wakeman with his pick and drive runs, Oscar Moyle who tackled boys 2 times his size, also max Millward acting as a great fullback, stopping balls from rolling into our territory. Sadly, Mount Kelly with their higher skill level managed to break our line early on and put down the only try of that half, as our team quickly adapted to their style of play inhibiting them from scoring anymore.

      In the second half, Stover increased pressure and turned the game very physical, our forwards Bruno, Esewi, Tom, Mario, and Archie never failed to make a tackle, which allowed the backs to use their speed to an advantage. This was seen when Esewi took the ball into contact and Mario who beautifully supported him snatched it out of the maul, putting down the last try of the game as he played his first and final game for Stover. Lastly with ben Hooper’s terrific conversion, we left the score at a close 10-7 to mount Kelly.

      ‘The Man of the Match’ was Mario who was always right behind you, willing and ready to support.

  • Tuesday 17th November 2017 - U13 Rugby v Trinity
    • The U13s played Trinity in miserable conditions on Tuesday afternoon. Stover started brightest with Julian beck scoring in the corner. Stover did all the basics but in the wet conditions found it hard to keep hold of the ball. In the scrum, Stover was very successful winning all of their own and only losing only one of Trinity's.

      Stover was 30-0 up at halftime. After the break, the tries came flooding in as James Darcy ran the whole pitch to score in the corner but at the end, we lost our focus as Trinity scored the closing try

      The final score was 70-5.


      Match report by Jed Waugh

      Try scorers were:

      Pip Burton Race x4

      James Darcy x3

      Jack Cox

      Noah Fenton x4

      Julian Beck

      Sam Webber


      Man of the match went to James Darcy for 3 tries and excellent passing

      Written by our very own Jed Waugh.


  • Monday 16th November 2017 - U12 Rugby v Bramdean
    • On Monday the U12's traveled to Bramdean hoping to build on their excellent start to the season. In some blustery conditions, we started well and kept the ball through the phases creating some good early pressure. It wasn't long before we found the line with Oliver Belotti finishing off a good move in the corner. Bramdean then came back at us with a try of their own before another nice bit of work through the hands saw Jack Cox score under the posts. We then got a little sloppy and weren't quite so dominant at the breakdown losing possession on several occasions in some crucial areas of the pitch leading to Bramdeans second and leveling the match 10-10 at the break. The second half was much better and two tries followed straight from the break, one from Hugo Denman and the other a second for Jack Cox. A silly penalty then saw Bramdean crash over for their third bringing the score to 20-15. A potentially nervy last 10 minutes was then put to bed as Ryusei Nagase found the try line in the dying minutes to wrap up the match 25-15.

      A fantastic effort from the boys against a physical Bramdean team. Lots of positives to take from the game and a few things to work on. Man of the match goes to Ishka Thres for his tireless running, some big tackles and some good carries in possession.


      Bramdean- 15

      Stover- 25 (Cox x2, Denman, Nagase, Belotti)

  • Thursday 5th October - U15 Central venue League
    • We played the U15 central venue netball league this week.  Matches were against Coombeshead to start.   We started well with some new players in the team this week. Annabel and Haleemah dominated the game, but struggled to get the ball into to Jess P, who just couldn’t catch in this game!  We defended well but Coombeshead converted all their goals and we lost 2-1.  In the second game, we had settled a bit better. Niamh came on as GK and made some good interceptions in the circle.  Jess was back to her usual reliable self but we failed to convert our chances in this game and Cuthbert Mayne won 3-0.  In the final game, the girls realised they needed to focus on their structure a little better and time their attacking moves down the court.  Once they had done this they played much better. Emma made some better runs up the court and Rosie came back on to mark the GS.  Sophie had more of an impact on this game and linked up well with Jess and Olivia in attack.  The end result being 4-0 against Dartmouth.  

  • Thursday 9th November - U14 Rugby v Plymouth College
    • Thursday 9th November

      Under 14 rugby vs Plymouth College

      With Stover having had a great first half-term of rugby, the U14’s team were raring to go.  With the weather bringing patches of rain Stover had to be careful and play short quick passes.  The first half saw them missing lots of tackles but a great try from Trystan left Stover 7-0 up.  An encouraging team talk from Mr Griffin got the boys ready to go, however, in the space of a few minutes Plymouth had scored two tries leaving the score at 12-7 to Plymouth. Just as the game was about to finish a great piece of play brought Stover right up to Plymouth’s try line.  Surely they had this.  But it wasn’t the team’s day and they failed to score the try.  Everyone’s heads were down, but a great talk left the boys knowing it would get better.  Mr Griffin was cut short as the boys ran off to collect their well-deserved match teas.  Special mentions to Noah Fenton playing up the age group as a key part of the team.  Also to Josh Reynolds, superb tackling.  Well done boys you were very unlucky. 

      Man of the match goes to Trystan Good, great tackling, and a great try.

      Reported by Joshua Perry

      Mr Halse 

  • Monday 13th November - William Cole Cup
    • Match report from the William Cole Cup 13/11/17

      This afternoon saw our annual William Cole Cup rugby tournament take place. With 7 schools keen to take home the trophy it was sure to be a fantastic afternoon’s rugby. Along with our Stover team we had last year’s champions, Coombeshead Academy alongside Shebbear College, Plymouth College, St John’s Sidmouth, Trinity School and The Element School (Tower House). It was a fantastic afternoon’s rugby with a number of very close matches. After a hard fought competition, with each team playing 6 matches in all, our boys were pipped at the post by a strong and well-organised Plymouth College team who ran out deserved champions without losing a game. We thus found ourselves in the final match of the day against Shebbear with a winner takes second place situation. Shebbear took the lead early on before our boys managed to turn it round and run in 4 tries leaving us with a deserved silver medal.


      Stover School results:

      Stover School 10 Vs 0 The Element

      Stover School 30 Vs 5 St Johns

      Stover School 30 Vs 5 Trinity

      Stover School 30 Vs 0 Coombeshead 

      Stover School 0 Vs 5 Plymouth College 

      Stover School 20 Vs 5 Shebbear College 


      Top three positions

      1st    Plymouth College: Played 6, Won 6, Lost 0

      2nd   Stover School: Played 6, Won 5, Lost 1

      3rd    Shebbear College: Played 6, Won 4, Lost 2


      It was a fantastic afternoon for the boys who gained valuable experience against some strong opposition. My Man of the Tournament was Jed Griffin, for his discipline, his excellent tackling in defence and his unselfishness in attack - often setting up his team mates to score. Special mention should also go to Lukke Morris who made his rugby debut for the school.

  • Friday 17th November 2017 - U13 A Hockey League
    • U13 A Hockey League

      Today, the team travelled to TGGS for the second round of the hockey league fixtures. Last week was disappointing for the team finding strong opposition in TGGS and S Dartmoor, only winning one game against Cuthbert Mayne. After yesterday’s game, we were determined to try to improve our play again today. Mrs Craven felt that the main issue facing the team was because we were so used to playing on grass we are always too close together so she really emphasized this point to the team before they started. In our first game against TGGS, we started well and broke through the defence early on to score the first goal- another fab dive from Anita! TGGS soon equalised- we were still pushing back the ball to their attack from defence, which let them in to score. Fortunately, there was a great run from Mollie down the wing and she scored just before the final whistle meaning we were up 2-1.

      In the second game, we were against South Dartmoor. They were playing without a goalie as well, so we knew we only had to break through their amazing back to score. The game was quite even until one of their players broke through with a great shot on goal. They scored again quickly, but we fought well under pressure and managed to get through their player to score a final goal, the game ending 2-1 to them.

      In our final game of the evening, we were against NAC. We were buzzing from the earlier success, finally, things dropped into place. We were holding our positions correctly and making good runs up the pitch. At the back, Lily and Belle made some great tackles and clears this time out to our players. Matilda made a good save in this game. Mollie, Anita, Beanie and Jemima all linked together much better and actually passed the ball to each other in this game creating their scoring opportunities, Jemima and Anita had one each, with Mollie missing one narrowly at the post. A great evening’s games girls, well done!

      Mrs Craven

  • Wednesday 22nd November 2017 - U14 Hockey League v TGGS
    • On Tuesday the 21st of November the U14 girls had a hockey league match, we had a very tuff start to the game losing 4-0 to TGGS. The second game drawing 1-1 with a good cross from Liv Laity going to Jess Elston with a strong strike scoring 1, in the second half NAC pulled it back scoring 1, very good defence and attack for the girls on this match. On the third match against south Dartmoor Jess Elston gave a strong cross to Liv Laity which pulled us up winning 1-0 in the second half south Dartmoor pushed through defence scoring 1, Ellie Edwards had some amazing saves and great defence from Jess Merryfield. Overall good game girls. Player of the match Ellie Edwards.

  • 19th November 2017 - U12 Rugby v Plymouth College
    • Rugby v Plymouth College


      On Monday we travelled to Plymouth College for an U12 rugby match. We played some good rugby in both half's but did chuck a couple of silly passes that led to them scoring early on (1:0). We then played a little better and put a couple of good phases together that led to a try by Joe Wilkinson (1:1). Then we started not moving as a team and leaving several gaps for the opponents so they broke through our wings and scored (2:1)We then got aggressive at the breakdown and sent the tacklers in to turn the ball over and Aaron Baker nipped through a gap to score (2:2) In the Second half we got really going and saw two great try's by Jack Cox (3:2) and Aaron Baker (4:2). But Plymouth responded by penetrating our line and scored with a dive (4:3). But we took the ball in to contact and then broke through to score a try by Jack Cox (5:3) then they hit us hard a came out with another try(5:4). We made a big run and we scored a good try by Hugo Denman(6:4)and then Jack Cox made a big run and then offloaded it to Hugo Denman who made a great run to score a try in the corner(7:4). So final score was 7 to Stover and 4 to Plymouth College.


      By Hugo Denman

      Final Score:
      Stover 35
      Try scorers: Wilkinson, Baker x2, Cox x2, Denman x2
      Plymouth College 20
  • Wednesday 22nd November 2017 - U18 Rugby v Trinity School
    • Match report: Stover v Trinity

      In our second game against Trinity school, our opponents seemed to put up a greater shield in an attempt to stop us from scoring tries. However, thanks to the pre-game talk from Mr Halse, we stepped up to the pitch with a brave face. The first half of the game was very much biased towards trinity as they scored 2 tries and converted both. Their bigger forwards were about to create gaps that allowed their backs to run through our strong (but not strong enough) line of defence. Trinity used their skill which allowed them to get through a lot more phases and be quicker in the breakdowns during the first half. However, we played to their weaknesses and were able to steal the ball in rucks and offload the balls to our wingers.

      In the second half of the game, we revised our strategy and we returned all of Trinity's tries and more, with Tom Manley and Finn Sherwood making extraordinary tackles (to players double their size running at full speed), which allowed our backs to run through the big gaps that were made and allowed Dylan and Max to both score 2 tries each, Our other 3 tries were put down by Oscar, Esewi and Ben and used sheer skill and speed to step opponents who then offloaded between each other. The final score was 47, 22 to Stover. All of our tries were converted by Ben Hooper and for this reason he was made the man of the match.

  • Monday 20th November - U13 Rugby v Plymouth College
    • Match report for U13 rugby vs Plymouth College on Monday 20th November.

      Written by Year 8 Jed Waugh.


      On Monday 20th November stover travelled to Plymouth and got off to the worst possible start conceding the 1st try in the opening minutes but that woke us up as we then scored 4 consecutive tries before halftime. At halftime, stover was winning 2-4, but like the first half we started poorly and conceded the 1st and second tries of the 2nd half. We then responded with 2 quick tries of our own. We were 4-6 up in the last 10 mins but we let our foot off the gas and Plymouth college levelled but there was a twist in the tail as in the last 2 minutes 2 try’s were scored Pip scored in the corner with what we thought was the winning try but straight from kick-off Plymouth college scored ran straight through our defence to level the match.

      Final score Plymouth College 35-35 Stover 

      Try scorers were 
      Jed Griffin x2 
      Pip Burton Race x2
      Noah Fenton x2

      Sam Webber x1 

      Man of the match goes to Harrison Ball and James Darcey for there tackling and doing the basics well 

  • Wednesday 29th November 2017 - U16 Hockey v St John's School
    • The U16s had their last hockey match of the season, in the bracing conditions this week, think Mr Halse was being a bit of a wimp about the cold at Shebbear! The pitch conditions were not great, sticky was an understatement but the girls we strong from the outset. Jess P had a great start making a few runs straight up into St John's circle.  With the whole of the St John's team behind the ball, and all the mud to contend with it was a struggle to get the ball over the line.  Eventually, we broke through and scored the first goal within the first 5 mins of the game.  Annabella and Maddie were doing some great work to keep the ball down our end and in the first half St John's only managed to get the ball into our half once.   At halftime the score was 3-0 to Stover.  The three Jess’ did a great job up front continually putting the St John's defence under pressure and 3 more goals were soon to come in the second half.  Our midfield kept the ball up our end and the defence when challenged were impenetrable.  Great work in very slippery conditions!

  • Wednesday 29th November 2017 - U14 Rugby v Shebbear
    • Match report for U14 rugby match v Shebbear away

      This afternoon the U14's travelled to Shebbear on a very cold wet afternoon. When we arrived the weather looked to have cleared, however within minutes of the start the hailstones started to rain in. However not to be put off we started quickly and put instant pressure on the Shebbear defence. James Griffin opened the scoring when he drove through under the posts, cooly converted by Owen Sutton. Regular Shebbear mistakes, some generous refereeing decisions and some excellent handling saw us run in 5 more tries before the break, scorers were Harvey Bradford, two from Ben Lee, Charlie Eastley- Jones and Finn Holmes. With a quick turn around at halftime due to the horrendous weather, the second half didn't go entirely to plan with Shebbear running in two tries of their own almost straight away. We then came back with the try of the match, with several passes through the hands, some excellent support play and a lovely finish from Noah Fenton in the corner. With minutes to go, James Griffin, then went over in the corner for his second and our last, the final conversion going over off the bar from Noah. A good performance in some really tough conditions. Well done to all the boys. A single man of the match couldn't be chosen as it was difficult to even see the boys through the hail storm so, well done to everyone.


      Final Score

      Shebbear- 12

      Stover- 44

      Tries: Griffin x2, Lee x2, Eastley-Jones, Fenton, Holmes, Bradford

      Conversions: Sutton, Fenton

  • Wednesday 22nd November 2017 - U13 Rugby Tournament at Mount Kelly
    • Last Wednesday the U13s travelled to Mount Kelly for an afternoon of tournament rugby. There were 5 teams including us; Tavistock, Okehampton, Mount Kelly and Exeter Cathedral. First, we were up against a huge Tavistock team. It was an incredibly hard fought game on a small pitch, which meant lots of tackles and a really physical encounter. We did the basics well and tried our best to get the ball through the hands but couldn’t get the last pass to stick finishing the game 0-0. A fantastic performance against a team that had only lost one match for the entire year, along with winning a cup. Our next game was against an even bigger Okehampton, another very physical battle that saw us defending on our 5-meter line for much of the early period. They got the break through 5 minutes from time, but fortunately, Jed Griffin snuck through a gap with only minutes to go to draw the game 5-5. Our next game was against Mount Kelly, a much more like for like game. We managed to keep possession well and out wide we looked lethal. It wasn't long before Pip Burton Race punched through a hole to score our first. This was quickly followed by a great run from Noah Fenton finishing off in the corner, making the final score 10-0. The final game was against Exeter Cathedral and this was probably our strongest performance. Keeping the ball for long periods through the phases we looked threatening for the entire match. We got our rewards through tries from Jed Griffin and Noah Fenton to finish the game with another 10-0 victory. 

      According to RFU rules, there can't be winners and losers in tournaments, however, we were the most successful team on the day! A fantastic effort from all the boys, and a special mention to the four Year 7's who played up Jack Cox, Ted Ager, Ishka Thres and Hugo Denman. 

      Man of the tournament was voted for by the spectating parents and it was decided it should be a split between Jed Griffin for his excellent leadership on the pitch and Ted Ager for his relentless work at the breakdown. Well done!


      Tournament results

      Tavistock - 0

      Stover - 0


      Okehampton - 5

      Stover - 5 (Griffin)


      Mount Kelly - 0

      Stover - 10 (Burton-Race, Fenton)


      Exeter Cathedral - 0

      Stover - 10 (Griffin, Fenton)