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)

  • Monday 15th January 2018 - U13 Netball v South Dartmoor
    • The first match of the new season was in the rain! Today, a mixed team of U12 and U13s played South Dartmoor School.  We were strong from the outset with Anita and Amaya shooting really well.  At halftime, we were up 6-3.  With some changes at halftime Belle and Harriet had a chance to shine with their shooting and they too helped to drive the total up.  In the centre court, Jemima Hill made dynamic moves in attack and defence and linked up well with Lucy E-J at WA.  Jemima Gasgoine played in her first match for the team learning the footwork rules in a quick five minutes before the game!  In defence, Matilda and Lily had to work hard. Lily had a very tall GA to mark and did well to keep her out of the game in the first half. Player of the Match was Jemima Hill. The final score was a very good, 10-4, to Stover. 

      Mrs Craven

  • Monday 15th January 2018 - U12 Football v Plymouth College
    • Plymouth College 2 - 5 Stover (U12)

      Anticipation levels were high ahead of our under 12's first game of the season against Plymouth College. The players all seemed eager to impress with all of the players showing confident touches on the ball in the opening exchanges.

      The deadlock was broken after 10 minutes, with Oliver Bellotti breaking through the defence and finishing into the bottom corner. The team grew in confidence from this point forward and Stover made it 2-0 just before the end of the 1st third, with a good passing move resulting in Jack Cox finishing well into the top corner.

      Plymouth College struck quickly after the break to make it 2-1 but Stover was not to be rattled. A few minutes later, Bellotti played it through to Hugo Denman who finished confidently; making it 3-1 in Stover's favour.

      Cox and Belotti added to the scoring in the final third of the game, either side of the second goal for Plymouth College, as the game finished 5-2. A confident performance from all involved, well done Stover!

      Man of the Match: Joe Wilkinson

      Mr Bristow

  • Tuesday 16th January 2018 - U14 Football v Shebbear
    • U14 v Shebbear Away

      On Tuesday, the U14s travelled to Shebbear for their opening fixture of the year against a strong Shebbear side. In some of the worst conditions I have ever seen, the boys worked hard trying to get the ball down and play. After the 12th minute, the game was put on hold whilst we took cover from the thunder and lightning overhead. After 10 minutes the storm passed and we were back out and playing. We worked hard, closed the ball down well and stopped them from playing but struggled to create anything ourselves. The second half saw us trying to take a few more risks in attack and it nearly paid off after some near misses. Unfortunately, this became our downfall, after committing a number of players forward we got caught in possession and Shebbear broke forward slotting home nicely into the bottom corner. One then became two as their striker found himself in space to again slot the ball home. The boys let out a sigh of relief when the final whistle went as the wind and rain continued to drive in. A disappointing result for the boys but a number of positives to take away from the game in some horrendous conditions.

      Man of the match went to Owen Sutton for his fantastic work rate, hard tackling and composure of the ball.

      Mr Halse

  • Wednesday 17th January 2018 - U13 Netball v St John's School
    • The U13 played St John's today at home, avoiding the rain all afternoon.  We fielded a mixed team of U13 and U12s.  After a match early on in the week we were keen to have another chance to try out some different combinations on the court.  Jemima Hill continued to dominate the centre court, consistently giving good passes to her team mates.  Anita and Amaya started to develop a good relationship in the shooting circle, Anita timing her moves well to receive a pass from Amaya.  Lucy, looking not so cold in this game, was excellent as WA and Lily was central to holding things together in defence as GD.  Jemima G in only her second game has already started to grasp the game well, her passing being very strong and this time she timed her moves well to receive the ball from Lily in defence.  In at GK Tilly and Daisy didn’t have an awful lot to do in this game. At half time the score was 10-0 to Stover.  Mrs Craven made lots of changes in this game to try out lots of options. Belle came in to shoot as did Harriet and scored some great goals.  Beanie also came in as WA and improved her passing and movement as the game progressed.  At the final whistle the score was 21-1 to Stover. POM went to Jemima Hill.

      Mrs Craven

  • Wednesday 17th January 2018 - U13 Football v St John's School
    • Stover U13s 6 - 2 St Johns U13s

      Stover's U13 side had a confident start to their season this afternoon. Stover made their intentions clear from the kick-off, with Noah Fenton bursting through the defence, putting it past the keeper and making it 1-0. Stover later doubled their lead, a goal-line scramble resulted in Sam Webber poking the ball in for his first goal of the season. Stover grew in confidence from this point forward, making it three through a debut goal from Sam Stone, a great way to announce his arrival into the under 13 side. Just before the halftime break, Stover made it 4, Noah doubling his tally with a well-taken goal into the bottom corner.

      St Johns started well after the break, scoring a good team goal, putting Stover back on their toes for the rest of the game. However, Stover regained control after a good period of passing play resulted in St Johns putting the ball into their own net, making it 5-1 in Stover's favour. St Johns showed good character despite the scoreline and finished a good passing move excellently into the bottom corner before Sam Stone added his second to round off the scoring. A 6-2 win for Stover is a great way to start the season and we hope for more of the same in the coming games. Well done boys!

      Man of the Match: Sam Stone

      Mr Bristow

  • Tuesday 23rd January 2018 - U15 Hockey v Mount Kelly
    • U15 Hockey v Mount Kelly

      A great start to another busy week of fixtures.  The U15 girls, a mixture of our U14s set out at a great pace in the first quarter against Mount Kelly.  The ball was up and down the court with neither team scoring an awful lot in the first quarter as they settled down.  At halftime we had pulled ahead thanks to the great defence from Haleemah and Freya in the D.  Anna Stone was shooting well and timing her runs out of the circle to receive some great passes from Annabel and Jess E.  At halftime the score was 5-2. So it was all still to play for. Mrs Craven told the team to slow down and play their own game and Olivia Laity managed to settle the team well in the third quarter.  We made 2 changes with Sophie in at WA and Millie at GK.  Our defence continued to keep Kelly on their toes and we wound up eventual winners 9-3. An excellent result against a strong team, POM – Haleemah Afolabi.

      Mrs Craven

  • Tuesday 23rd January 2018 - Stover U13s v St John's
    • Stover U13s v St John's

      The Stover U13 team built on last weeks win with an excellent display of counter-attacking football. After Bramdean dominated the possession in the early stages, Stover broke through their backline and Noah Fenton slotted in to make the score 1-0. Stover later doubled their lead after again soaking up pressure from Bramdean. Stover hit them on the counter-attack and Pip Burton Race grabbed his first goal of the season. Sam Stone then made it 3 goals for the season with a clever finish meaning that Stover went into the halftime break 3-0 ahead.

      Bramdean started well after the break, winning a penalty just after the restart. They expertly put it away, making the scoreline 3-1 in Stover's favour. Bramdean gained confidence and started to put pressure on Stover. However, the backline was resolute and refused to concede the second goal. Instead, Sam Webber stepped up, doubling his tally for the season, putting Stover further ahead. Noah Fenton and Sam Stone both grabbed their second goals of the game late on, meaning the game finished 6-1. 12 goals in two games is an incredible way to start the season, keep It up, boys!


      Man of the Match: Julian Beck

      Mr Bristow

  • Thursday 25th January 2018 - Stover U14s v St John's
    • Stover U14s v St John's

      Conditions were not great when Stover opened their football season at home to St John's. The U14 side had happy memories of playing St Johns last season and hoped for more of the same. This was a very entertaining match to spectate, with both teams playing good passing football despite the conditions. It was Stover who made the breakthrough midway through the first half, with Owen Sutton slotting away at the second attempt to grab his first goal of the season. Both teams continued to make chances as the first half progressed but the score stayed at 1-0.

      The second half started as the first half finished, with both teams showing their capabilities on the ball and creating chances at will. After a few missed opportunities, Stover eventually found the two-goal cushion they were looking for, Sutton's initial shot was saved but Charlie Eastley Jones added his name to the score sheet on the rebound. St Johns pushed after this to get a goal back but the Stover backline was resolute and the game finished 2-0. A great game to watch for the spectators and enjoyed by all who took part, well-done boys!


      Man of the Match: Charlie Eastley Jones

      Mr Bristow

  • Thursday 1st February 2018 - U12 v St John's
    • U12 vs St Johns

      The game started slowly this week in the new but very cold dome! The team was an essentially U12 team this week, but Mrs Craven also asked 2 ladies to come along and have a go that hadn’t played before too. Ana and Kayley played very well after watching the first quarter. Ana was strong in both the shooting circle and as C.  At halftime the score was 4-1 to Stover.  Poppy was playing really well with some accurate passing and linking up well with Lucy who had to mark the tallest player on the team.  Belle had some good shots in the circle as did Amaya.  In defence, Lily was making lots of interceptions again.  At the end of the game, the score was a convincing 15-1 to Stover. 

      Mrs Craven

  • Friday 9th February 2018 - U15 Football v Plymouth College
    • Stover U15s v Plymouth College

      Stover U15's wanted to build on an impressive performance last time out against Plymouth College. Unfortunately, due to illness, Stover was only able to field 10 players against a physically strong Plymouth College side. The heart our U15's showed was a joy to behold and there were some terrific individual performances. It took 25 minutes for Plymouth College to break down our resolute defence, with Plymouth scoring from 25 yards out. Stover went into halftime 1-0 down but with a point to prove.

      The start of the second half was all Stover. The U15's created chance after chance but unfortunately, the closest they came was through Charlie Eastley Jones, hitting the bar from the edge of the area. The stars of today's performance though were the defenders. Clement Barbazanges had a terrific debut at left back and today's man of the match Sammy Ingham was a rock at the heart of the defence. By the end of a terrific effort, the boy's legs just couldn't work anymore and Stover conceded 3 late goals, meaning the score finished 4-0. Lots of positives to take out of this for Stover and the squad are looking forward to the upcoming games.


      Man of the Match: Sammy Ingham

      Mr Bristow
  • Tuesday 27th February - U 13 Football v Trinity School
    • Stover U13 7 - 2 Trinity U13's

      Stover's U13 side returned to action with a terrific performance against Trinity this afternoon. Stover worked the ball in the midfield magnificently and it wasn't long before Stover opened the scoring. Kian Nicholas Wyles picked up the ball on the edge of the area and placed the ball into the bottom right-hand corner. Sam Webber doubled the scoring, working his way between 3 Trinity defenders before slotting past the keeper to double the lead. That's how the score finished come half time, but there was more to come.

      The second half started similar to the first until Oliver Bellotti scored his first goal for the U13's with a composed finish. Trinity fought back to make it 3-1 but Stover countered and Jed Griffin expertly rounded the keeper to score his first ever goal in a football match, top effort! Ollie doubled his tally soon after but then Trinity scored a delightful free-kick, bringing the score up to 5-2. Jack Cox and Hugo Denman finished off the scoring for Stover (both grabbing their first goals for the U13's) and the game finished up 7-2. An expert performance from the boys this afternoon, with Pip Burton-Race staring in the midfield. Well done boys, more of the same, please!! 

      Man of the Match: Pip Burton-Race

      Mr Bristow
  • Wednesday 28th February - U15 Football v Shebbear
    • Stover U15s 8 - 1 Shebbear U15's

      Stover's U15 side responded from a disappointing result last week in resounding fashion. The boys played an expansive game of floor-based football, which Shebbear could not handle. It wasn't long before Stover took the lead, Armanni Murray slotted home his first of 5 goals of the afternoon. Stover did not look back from this point and the forward players were combining expertly. Armanni, Jacob Whitbread and Owen Sutton all scored before the halftime break, meaning the score going into halftime was 4-0.

      Shebbear started the second half brightly, scoring a great goal from all of 25 yards. However, Stover quickly regained their 4 goal advantage, Armanni completing his hat-trick. Armanni grabbed another 2 before the final whistle and Jack Puddiphatt also got on the score sheet, with the score finishing 8-1. Stover's versatility and tenacity was a joy to behold, with a number of the boys being asked to play in a few different positions. A fantastic performance from the boys and all are excited for their match against Trinity in 2 days time.

       Man of the Match: Armanni Murray

  • Monday 5th March - U13 Lady Taverners County Cricket Final
    • Yesterday, our U13 cricket team travelled to Exeter University representing as South Devon Champions in the Lady Taverners County Cricket final. The best teams from across the region were competing to progress through to the West of England round. The girls were able to manage a very tense first game vs Cullumpton which was exceptionally close - Stover working hard to steal the victory by 4 runs and were off to a great start. This was shortly followed by another great win over Exmouth CC in which our girls had to weather some great bowling from some County players. In this game our running between the wickets was more positive and the girls made more efforts in the field. With two wins under our belt we then faced a tough game vs St Peters. This was a hard fought game which saw a hatrick maiden over leading to a batting collapse which we never recovered from. Despite our best attempts with the ball in hand - this was an unfortunate loss, compounded by another against Okehampton - the eventual winners. In our final match the girls re-grouped brilliantly and played their best cricket of the day to beat South Dartmoor by an astonishing margin - Stover scored 111 for 2 off of the 8 overs and bowled South Dartmoor all out for 52!

      An excellent finish and a great day's cricket - we finished joint second with St Peters who just pipped us to eventual second place by only 7 runs!

      3rd in Devon - an excellent achievement - well done girls!

      Miss Robinson

  • Thursday 8th March - U13B v St Peter's and Taunton
    • Stover U13B 0 - 0 St Peters U13B

      A newly put together U13B side, with a mixture of year 7s and 8s involved, were keen to impress this afternoon in their two games. The afternoon started off with a game against St Peters and it was the most entertaining 0-0 draw I have ever been a part of! Stover dominated for large periods, creating chance after chance, but unfortunately were unable to find a way through. At the other end, George Tapley was resolute at the back, ensuring that Stover kept a clean sheet in a 0-0 draw.


      Stover U13B 2 - 1 Taunton U13B

      Next up for Stover was an imposing Taunton side. Taunton was a side who liked to get the ball on the floor and pass it and it showed with their first goal. A slick passing move resulting in a rocket shot into the top corner and Stover found themselves behind. In the second half, however, Stover went through the gears and was quickly back on terms. A well-worked move of their own resulted in Harrison Ball poking it past the keeper for his 1st goal of the season. It was to get even better for Stover as in the dying minutes, Kian Nicholas-Wyles picked up the ball 20 yards from goal, took it past one defender and blasted it into the top corner to win the game 2-1.


      A terrific outing for the new side and all are very excited about the upcoming David James cup.

      Player of the Tournament: George Tapley

      Mr Bristow

  • Wednesday 2nd May 2018 - U13 and U15 Girls Tennis at Tavistocks College
    • The U13 and U15 teams set out with a little bit of nervousness about the upcoming tennis fixture.  On arrival, we got straight into our games. In the U13 competition, Anita had a strong competitor to play against, having some great rallies on the free hand. Anita persevered eventually winning 6-4.  Belle was our only Year 7 attending and gave a good account of herself. She served well and had some good shots to win her game 6-0!  Jemima Gascoyne and Jemima Hill were a little nervous at the thought of their singles games but played really well and they too won 6-2 and 6-4 respectively.  IN the U15 competition Annabel and Jess both played some consistent groundstrokes in their singles games. Jess won her match 6-2 and Annabel narrowly lost 6-4, after some excellent rallies.  Unfortunately, Tavistock could not field a 3rd and 4th seed so had to concede those games.  Anna and Jess played their doubles match and lost 6-4.  Overall 2 wins for Stover.


      Mrs Craven

  • Tuesday 1st of May 2018 - U13 Tennis Tournament
    • On Tuesday we welcomed Trinity School, Newton Abbot College and Coombeshead to Stover for a tennis tournament. Samuel Webber and Noah Fenton were playing as number 1 and 2 with Olly Bellotti and Harrison Ball playing as 3 and 4. With each player having single and doubles matches against each school, it was a fantastic afternoon of tennis with some incredibly close match ups. Sam Webber in particular just finishing on the wrong end of a couple of thrilling matches.

      By the end of the afternoon, it was Trinity who finished as outright winners beating all three schools. Our boys finished in second with close wins over Newton Abbot College and Coombeshead. Well done to all four boys who took part.


      Final Standings

      1st- Trinity

      2nd- Stover

      3rd- Coombeshead

      4th Newton Abbot College

      Mr Halse

  • Thursday 3rd May 2018 - U12 Cricket v Churston
    • This afternoon we welcomed Churston to Stover for our second match of the season. With a good win the previous week the boys were keen to keep the momentum going.

      Captain George Tapley won the toss and elected to bat. He himself opened up with Ted, but before long both were back in the shed with only 22 on the board, George the main scorer with 14, including a huge 6! Jamie Perry then came and went without troubling the scorer leaving us in a bit of panic. Three good partnerships then followed, Ishka Thres joined Ryusei and put on 58, Jack Cox then joined Ryusei to put on a further 20. Then an excellent unbroken stand of 48 between Luke Notman and Jack Cox saw us to a well made 152 for 5. Luke Notman finishing on 10 and Jack Cox 29. A fantastic first innings total.

      With a mixed bowling performance the previous week the message was 'line and length' when we took the field. We struggled to keep control of our line and were leaking extras, however, we were picking up regular wickets ensuring the opposition couldn't get away. Special mention must go to opposition player Henry Milton who anchored the Churston innings for 23 with not much support. The wickets were shared around, but the pick of the bowlers was Jack Cox with 2 wickets for four runs. Churston finished on 100 for 9 meaning we recorded our second victory, another excellent performance. Lots of positives from the game including 4 run outs, however with 67 extras in total it will definitely mean some more bowling practice in lessons

      Well done to all that played, man of the match goes to Jack Cox for his quicker 29 not out off only 17 balls, his two wickets and his two run outs, a fantastic game.


      Mr Halse

  • Thursday 26th April 2018 - U12 Cricket v Shebbear College
    • Match report for U12 Cricket v Shebbear

      This afternoon the U12's welcomed Shebbear to Stover for their first fixture of the cricket season. Showers were forecast but captain and Stover debutant George Tapley confidently elected to bat first. Early wickets fell before a cracking partnership between Captain George coming in at number 4 and opener Jack Cox moved the score along nicely. Jack was caught for a well made 29 with George retiring the following over on 30 not out. A good knock at the end from Oli Bellotti nudged the score to 104 for 5 at the end of the 20 overs.

      We then took the field and looked a little rusty. Some wayward bowling and some early missed chances saw Shebbear make a good start. George then struck in his second over and Ted Agar in his first giving the boys some momentum. Ryusei Nagase then came on from the golf course end and after 4 balls was on a hat trick, his Hat trick ball narrowly missing the off stump. Hugo Denman then found himself in the same situation 4 overs later only to see his hat trick ball blocked. Luke Notman then chipped in with a wicket and also bowled the only maiden of the match. In amongst some good spells of bowling however were a number of extras allowing the score to creep up and with 2 overs to go Shebbear needed just 23 to win with two wickets in hand. Fortunately for Stover Ted and Jack finished off with two tight overs to see Stover win by 15 runs.

      An excellent first game for the boys with lots of positives. One thing to work on however will be our bowling as the total extras count was 66 out of a score of 89! Special mention must go to captain George Tapley who had a fantastic game on debut. Moment of the match also belonged to George who during the game had the opportunity to easily run an opponent out but chose not to after he saw him slip mid way down the pitch, an incredibly sporting gesture, well done.


      Mr Halse

  • Friday 4th May - Swimming Gala at Trinity School
    • Swimming Gala write up from Friday 4th May at Trinity

      On Friday we travelled to Trinity for our first swimming gala in the senior school for a number of years. Trinity hosted a fantastic afternoon, allowing for swimmers of all abilities to get in the pool and compete in various races. We took a squad of 14, 7 girls and 7 boys who were excited to get their teeth into the competition.

      The afternoon was a fantastic success with competitive races in the 4 different strokes, various relay events and some woggle and brick races, allowing all students the opportunity to compete and enjoy themselves. The stand out performances over the afternoon were newly appointed swim captains Jemima Gascoyne and Jed Griffin winning every event they swam in including the individual medley races. Tallulah Belgeonne also had a fantastic afternoon winning in the 50m breaststroke and the 50m front crawl. The girl's freestyle relay team also had a win with Jemima Hill, Jemima Gascoyne, Matilda Meek and Daisy Cross swimming well. The boys nearly did the same but for an eager Jack Cox leaving before his brother got to him, leading to a disqualification.

      I must also mention the boy's woggle race where, Samuel Webber, Toby Cox, Jack Cox and Hugo Denman took home first place.

      A fantastic afternoon had by all, and thanks again to Trinity for hosting the event, a great success.

      Mr Halse

  • Tuesday 8th May - English Schools Athletics Competition
    • English Schools Athletics Competition

      Yesterday afternoon we took over 50 students to Exeter Arena for the first round of the English Schools Athletics competition.

      With each student having to do two events it proved a tough afternoon, testing them outside their comfort zone. The students had a great afternoon and competed well against other, much larger schools, recording some very respectable results. 

      There were lots of stand out performances over the afternoon but the main one to pick out was Jemima Hill, winning her 80m Hurdles event up against some strong opposition she flew to a the finish line with over a 5 metre gap to second place. Jemima is coached by our resident Athletics Teacher Kirk Salmon. If any parents would be interested in having some private sessions with Kirk then please get in contact with Mrs Craven.


      Mr Halse