Thursday 2nd May 2019
U9 Cricket v Mount Kelly
Our first cricket match of the 2019 season saw us play Mount Kelly. Our captain, Jack, won the toss and decided to bowl first. He opened the bowling and took a wicket in the fourth over. Seb and George bowled next and managed to keep the run rate down and take a wicket. Tom and Nathan took the next few overs and managed three wickets between them, as well as being the most economical pair of the afternoon.
We had a difficult target of 315 to chase, managing 285 before end of play. Tom and George batted well in the middle order whilst Leo made some very nice shots, all high elbows, and was unfortunately out before getting into his stride. This was a really good start to the cricket season, played with the usual Stover spirit. Today’s player of the match was Tom England.
U12 and U13 Rounders v Shebbear College
Today, the U12s and U13s
Tuesday 30th April 2019
Tennis Matches v NAC and Kingsbrigde
Monday afternoon saw the first tennis fixture of the term as we invited Newton Abbot College and Kingsbridge to Stover. In a round robin based format where players were seeded and had to play against their opposite number in a singles match then pair up with a teammate to play a game of doubles, each match being worth 2 points.
Against Newton Abbot College we finished with a fantastic result of 10-2 to Stover, Olly Bellotti narrowly missing out in a marathon match up against their number 2. Well done to Jack Cox, Kevin Jago and Sam Rew for their victories.
Unfortunately against Kingsbridge they ran out 8-4 winners, although it did go down to the wire in the final doubles match which nearly saw us draw level and force a shootout however it wasn’t to be and Kingsbridge were the victors. Well done to Jack Cox for his solitary singles win and teaming up with Olly Bellotti for a doubles victory.
Well done to all those that took part in a fantastic afternoons tennis. Squad was Jack Cox, Olly Bellotti, Saw Rew, Jago Kevin and Elliot Fenton.
Stover Hosts Cyclo Cross Event
This afternoon, Stover hosted the last round of the Sports Partnership Cyclo-cross races. The course this time around was more interesting and difficult with the children cycling through the ‘Jungle’ and even going into ‘Torture Field’ for the U11’s. The races were competitive and fiery off the line with lots of children hustling for the front positions, trying to seek an advantage and get away from the pack. Stover Sixth Form were involved in this event too under the role of race marshals dotted around the course. They volunteered their time and did such a fantastic job and both the Partnership staff and I thoroughly appreciate their time and effort. Our children really got stuck into their racing and we had a great set of results, as follows:
U9Girls:Lynsey Sell11th, Ava Donald:14th
U9Boys:George England:6th, Tom England:10th, Jack Luckes:16th, Jack Donald:19th, Kordi Tinnyunt:36th, Nathan Smith:43rd and Henry Patt:44th
U11Boys: Frazer Cox:2nd and Max Andrews:21st
Further to these individual results, our joint U9 Girls and Boys teams finished in 2nd position with all of their scores added together. Congratulations to all of our pupils, in particular Frazer and Aine on their top 3 finishes. Well done, everyone!
U15 Cricket Match report vs Bramdean
This afternoon, saw the first ever fixture played on our new Stover grass wicket! With the recent weather being a little mixed however it meant for a bit of a slow pitch but the boys were keen to get out there and try it out. Winning the toss Owen Sutton elected to bowl first unsure of what a good score would be on our new wicket. Ir started brilliantly with Finn Holmes picking up one of the danger men in his second over. Some excellent bowling on a helpful pitch saw us create several good chances only for them not to stick in the hands. This allowed Bramdean to put together a couple of good partnerships in the middle overs. It wasn’t until a devastating spell from Ben Lee that the runs slowed as he picked up 4 wickets and was on a hat trick at one point. Bramdean pushed a long to what we thought was a par score 109.
The chase didn’t start particularly well as despite a long talk from his Dad, James Griffin fell swiping across the line in the early overs. A good partnership between Owen and Josh Perry and then Finn Holmes saw us tick the score board along but we slowly began to slip behind the run rate. When Owen departed for a well made 28 the game was over, despite Olly Willis’s confidence of hitting 34 in 6 balls it wasn’t to be and the boys fell 27 runs short when the overs ran out.
So not quite the fairytale