Prep School Sports Round Up - Week of 27th November

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It was a busy week of sport in the Prep School, with a number of fixtures taking place across Rugby and Hockey.

Rugby

1st XV v Belhaven Hill (H) 8-10
This was a very disappointing match for the Fettes team, having shown great promise in the early stages of the match. The match opened with an early score for the home team after a period of very nice handling. Unfortunately, this was not maintained throughout the half as the team gave up possession with far too much regularity, leading to two tries for the away team. After a stern talking to at half time, the Fettes team conceded one more try before a late riposte, converted by Zach. The team have one match to make up for this and I hope they use this result as motivation in the final match of the season v St Mary's.

1st XV v Aysgarth (H) 4-17
A very chilly Saturday morning greeted the Aysgarth and Fettes teams on WW2. This was Aysgarth’s final match of their little tour of Scotland. Fettes kicked off deep and immediately Aysgarth showed their intent with some big ball carries within some wide passing. Fettes defended very well for the first 5 minutes and earned their reward after a turnover led to Zachary making a break up the left touchline. He superbly drew the last defender and put William in for the first try of the match. Zachary converted. Aysgarth came back with a converted try of their own under the posts. Fettes had a lot of possession but our depth was a little off and so was allowing Aysgarth to get off their defensive line quickly and stop us from making the gain line. Aygarth took their opportunities well and scored 2 more tried before half time. Fraser M rallied his team and managed to get very close to scoring but alas, the final pass evaded the boys. Into the second half they went. Fettes battled incredibly hard and showed so much heart and spirit but the technical elements were suffering as passes were being dropped and tackles were being missed through poor technique. The boys understood what was going wrong and every time, made a conscientious effort to improve but it was not enough and Aysgarth scored 2 more tries to win the game 17-4. It was a very good game of rugby and Fettes would like to thank Aysgarth and all that attended. The boys enjoyed being out there and we move on with a focus on getting better in training on Monday, looking ahead to Belhaven. Next job.

2nd XV v Aysgarth (H) 17-32
Twelve months on from a cancelled fixture against the touring Aysgarth school the wintery weather threatened another cancellation, however thanks to the ground staff and some tightly crossed fingers the game was able to go ahead on Young’s on a crisp November morning. Fettes started brightly with good ball retention and pleasing forward running, Yousef was rewarded with the first try of the game which was converted by Louis for an early lead. Aysgarth would come back strong, some strong ball carries and good attacking shape would see them cross for three unanswered tries. Fettes were playing well throughout the match, some of the best rucking and support running that the 2nd XIII have seen this season. A little more vision and getting the ball wide may have produced more points as too many times overlaps were either unspotted or balls dropped meant the attacking opportunities were missed. Arseniy would be next on the score board for Fettes, closing the score to 24-12. Aysgarth would come back strong again to extend their lead; Fettes should be applauded for their attitude throughout the game, never giving up despite the biting cold, some players suffering knocks and being up against the toughest opponents of the season by some way. This attitude was exemplified with Finlay scoring Fettes’ third try of the game with the last play of the match. The final score of the match was 32-17 to Aysgarth with both sides agreeing it was the hardest on their fixture list.

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U11A v Belhaven Hill (H) 11-6
The first tackle of the match by Max E set the tempo for what was a wonderful first half for rugby for the U11A against Belhaven Hill. The final score of 11-6 to Fettes doesn’t actually represent the whole picture of the game, where both teams looked to be ambitious in their attack throughout. Archie F and Jamie B again gave the team direction whilst Finlay G exploited the space out wide. Both teams deserve a great deal of credit for the manner in which the game was played – they treated the crowd to some fantastic running rugby.

U11B v Belhaven Hill (H) 10-18

The end of examinations saw a tired and slightly excited U11B team take on Belhaven in an 8-a-side game on the U9 pitches. Despite the confidence we felt in our team and the desire to finally win a game, the initial exchanges were not promising. We were 2-0 almost from the kick off. George M and James R continued to run and try their best and we began to claw our way back into the match and scored a few tries. After some harsh words were spoken at half time, there was a general improvement but it came too late and we were never really in the match. The rare highlights included a bag of tries for George and a fine, first ever try for Andrew M. It was a disappointing, end of season performance. Here’s hoping we can rouse ourselves for St Mary’s next week- our last chance to record a win this season!

U9A v Belhaven Hill (A) 9-2
On a chilly day in Dunbar the Fettes under 9s continued their upward curve against a Belhaven team on much the same path. It was a game of three thirds with players on both sides frequently rotated to keep everyone warm. There was plenty of structure to the play but Fettes managed to take their chances more efficiently and defend with slightly greater determination. Tries from Jonty (3), Freddie (2), Angus (2), Archie S and Archie F meant we ran out 9-2 winners. Well done to both teams though on dealing so well with the conditions.

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Hockey

U13A v Belhaven Hill (A) 7-0
The exams were over and the girls were raring to go for their last match of the season! Lessons had been learned from the last game and the girls were keen to get back to winning ways! They started well, moving the ball quickly around the pitch and getting it into the D for chances to shoot. This worked well and resulted in three early goals. The team settled well and played the ball wide before attacking strongly and more directly. They also did well to win some short corners. After ½ time they kept the pressure on and scored 4 further goals. The last piece of play highlighted what kind of game the team had been working on. The ball moved from midfield, out of trouble to the defence who switched it around the back, wide onto the side line and then quickly up high to the forwards. A real team effort – which reflected our successful season. Unbeaten in Scotland in weekly fixtures! Well done girls on a super season!!

U13B v Belhaven Hill (A) 4-0
The U13B completed their set of fixtures with a 4-0 win over a committed Belhaven team, in cold and wintry conditions in Dunbar on Wednesday. This was a tricky game to finish the season, and the girls did well to counter the problems posed to us, scoring twice in each half. The girls played in their in their usual resilient fashion, against feisty and determined opponents, and responded well under the captaincy of Imogen. The team has beaten every prep school B team this term, and our only draw was against Ardvreck’s A team. Well done girls on a wonderful season!

U13C v Cargilfield (H) 2-5
The U13C team had a tough match today but played enthusiastically right until the end. They made good use of the space on the pitch and communicated well to each other. Unfortunately the team lost 2-5 but they should be very proud of their playing today. Well done, girls!

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U11B v Belhaven Hill (H) 4-6
It took the first half of the match against Belhaven Hill on Wednesday for the U11Bs to come out of their exam haze and start playing effectively as a team. Belhaven Hill were leading 1-5 by this point so we needed to improve our game! Tess H, having already put us on the scoreboard in the first half, lead the charge with a more determined and focused head. We started to fight for possession and to control the ball more rather than hitting it away in blind panic, and all began to look more positive. We scored three goals in this half to Belhaven Hill's one, leaving the final score 4-6 to them. It wasn't the ideal end of the season for the U11Bs, but we wish today's team made up of T Formers all the best when they move up to U13s next year.

U11C v Belhaven Hill (H) 9-4
The U11 C girls finished their season triumphantly against Belhaven. The first half was concerning as the opposition was athletic and our defenders were not covering the goal enough leaving the half time score as 2-2. It seemed that the girls had finally met their match but this spurred the girls on to play really well after half time where 7 more goals were scored by us, letting in only 2 by Belhaven. The goals were scored by a number of girls and they should be really pleased with finishing the season on such a high. Emily played particularly well with some great dribbling around the other players and Dashka covered the width of the pitch really well. Sasha did a great job as captain of this match. Well done!

U10A v Craigclowan (H) 3-2

The U10A team had their second game in a week and it was a fantastic match. Issy A was there hero of the day with a very well taken hat-trick but every single member of the team really stepped up their game and contributed to a great performance. The match was a real end to end affair with both Goalkeepers required to make saves early on. Issy A opened the scoring early when she tapped in from close range. Craigclowan equalised not long after and it was 1-1 at half time. Issy A was once again on the scoresheet following some good build up play from Emily and Tess H. Tess H then came close to scoring the third but her shot went just wide of the target. Craigclowan pulled one back to make it 2-2. The game wasn’t over however and in the final minutes a brilliant solo run from Issy and a great shot from the top of the D secured the win for Fettes.


U9A & B v Craigclowan (H) A: 1-3 and B: 2-2
The U9's had a competitive match against Craigclowan, producing some nice Hockey. The A's had a tough match against a strong Craigclowan side but remained composed throughout and managed to score a great goal. The B's started strong but unfortunately lost a bit of focus in the second half, which resulted in Craigclowan scoring two quick goals to even up the score. Well don on your efforts today girls.

U9B v Belhaven Hill (A) 6-1

The under 9B’s played Belhaven on Wednesday, it was bitterly cold but the girls didn’t let that stop them, after a slow first half the score was 2-1 at half time to Fettes, in the 2nd half the girls really got stuck in with some great passes and more goals, the final score was 6-1 to Fettes. A special mention to Chloe BC who scored a lot of the goals for the team. Well done to all the girls it was a great way to finish the season.

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