Prep Sport - Week of 2nd October 2017

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

Rugby

1st VII at Loretto 7’s (A)
The U13s travelled to Loretto on Sunday 1st October for their first 7s tournament of the season. The first game was against Merchiston. Both teams played some entertaining rugby but eventually Fettes lost by a conversion with both teams scoring 1 try each. Our second game was against Ardvreck in which Fettes proved too strong running away with a 12-4 victory. After a very long break, the boys played some wonderful rugby and played to their potential. Our last pool game was against a Loretto B side in which Fettes played some brilliant rugby with some razzle dazzle being shown for a number of tries! It was great to see smiles on faces with lots of high skill levels on show. With this win, Fettes progressed to the cup semi-final in which they came up against a strong Belhaven side. Fettes did not play well and had a number of opportunities spurned. Belhaven showed good defence which eventually led to them scoring a try. This is how the game finished but the boys knew what to do to improve. They were disappointed but had to motivate themselves for one last game against Merchiston in the plate final (3rd place play off). Fettes had an opportunity to right the wrongs of the previous 2 losses. They came out the blocks fired up and played the rugby they knew they could play scoring some excellent tries through hard work and working as a team. Their realignment in attack enabled the ball to be passed through the hands with ease and the work at the breakdown produced clean ball in attack and turnovers in defence. Fettes eventually won the game and finished the tournament on a high. Lots to work on but the boys enjoyed themselves and are looking forward to the Ardvreck 7s next.

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U12A v Stewart's Melville (A) 27-6
The U12A rugby team walked up to Inverleith for a game against Stewarts Melville. It was a good day for running rugby – dry with a wee chill in the air. Stewarts Melville started the stronger scoring the first try through some very good offloading. Fettes got the 2nd try through some outstanding footwork from Robin. Zach got the 3rd try through some brilliant passing using the whole width of the field. Then Stewarts Melville came back with another try through some poor discipline from Fettes which allowed Stewarts Melville lots of space after being awarded a number of penalties. Zach then scored again before half time to put Fettes back in the lead. Brodie at fly half was pulling the strings and putting his team mates in space many times. After half time Fettes scored through Jayden (2), Brodie (3) and James before the final whistle blew. The final result was 27-6 to Fettes. It was a very good performance from the whole team and lots to get excited about looking forward to next year. The boys are looking forward to training on Friday and to keep working hard.

U11 VII at Loretto 7's (A)
Sevens is a wonderfully popular and enjoyable game, more space usually allows for flowing rugby and the players individual skills (both in attack and defence) are more frequently put to the test. The U11 squad performed well as Loretto winning their first two games but with all these tournaments injuries and fatigue played a part, the boys fell away a little in the business end of the tournament. Finlay G used his evasive running skills to spearhead our attack and Harry, Finlay F and Archie worked tirelessly in defence. The boys ended up losing in the plate final to a strong St Mary's team ending a long and tiring day!

U11A v St Leonards (H) 6-3
The boys were eagerly anticipating the return home fixture against St Leonards this week. With a couple of the T form boys away playing for the U12 team, there were a few new faces making their debut. In tough conditions the boys moved the ball well at times and some strong direct running from Max E, Jamie B and Archie F the team helped keep the scoreboard ticking over. The final score of 6-3 may not be true reflection on what was a well matched and competitive fixture.

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U9A v St Leonards (H) 11-6
The Under 9 As played some high quality rugby against a St Leonards side that had some athletic and well-balanced runners. The early exchanges swung both ways with the team in possession usually managing to find a way to the try line despite some impressive tackling from both teams. The Fettes side kept control of the ball well, off-loaded out of the tackle to keep forward momentum and produced some well-structured attacks which led to a 6-3 lead at half-time. Some long distance efforts in the second half, most notably from Freddie and Archie S extended the lead further but Fettes were made to work hard for the openings and St Leonards finished well to leave the final score at 11-6 at full time. Both teams had made plenty of progress since their match at the beginning of September and once again, the game was played in the right spirit throughout.

Hockey

U13 IAPS Qualifiers (A)
The Under 13 A team set off on Thursday 28th September to Orwell Park, Ipswich, for the IAPS regional qualifiers. We flew to Stansted and had a slow coach journey to Ipswich. Frankie and Bennie’s was a welcome end to the day! On Friday morning, after a good breakfast, the team set off to Orwell Park. They warmed up well ready for their first game against Moreton Hall Prep. We had all the possession in the game but nerves seemed to have set in and a shot on target was elusive! We managed to score 1 but with 2 break away attacks, Moreton Hall scored 2. This was a disappointing start, but they had got their first game nerves out the way and now knew what needed to be done for the duration of the day! Our toughest match was next against Orwell Park. The girls upped their game but sadly our free hits out of defence were not effective enough and Orwell stole the ball twice to go in a shoot on target. The final score for this game was 2-0 to Orwell. The girls knew they were still in with a chance and played some strong hockey against Old Buckingham Hall School and Wellingborough Prep to win both these games. We had reached the quarter finals but our position in the group resulted in a much tougher match against 2nd place in the other group, St. Faiths. The girls played some excellent hockey against this strong team and scored a good goal. Sadly however St. Faiths managed to score 2. Our hope of reaching the National Finals for a third year were dashed. The girls, however, were determined to play for a place as high up the tournament as possible and they did this, beating Kings College and Kingshott, to finish in a credible 5th place. We hopped on the coach, back to Stansted to fly home. A disappointing end but a great learning experience for all the girls!

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U13A v Longridge Towers (H) 8-0
This was a slightly different U13A team from normal, picked only from 2nd formers, but the girls gave a very polished performance in winning by 8-0 against the Longridge team. Olivia M started the game well, scoring from her very first touch of the ball, following nice play down the right hand side of the pitch, and the girls continued to move the ball well throughout the game.

U13C & D v Longridge Towers (H) 5-0
The under 13 C+D 2nd formers took on Longridge B’s (long ridge only has two teams so this is the equivalent of their D team). The match was very one-sided, with Fettes having the majority of possession and shots on goal, Samantha scored 3 of the 5 goals and had many missed attempts as well, the team played really well together and there was lots of good play, some great defending from Olivia, Tiffany, Lilly and Megan. The team need to work on getting the ball wide and tracking back when possession is lost. Final score 5-0 to Fettes.

U11 VII at Loretto 7's (A)
An early start to a Sunday morning saw nine Under 11 girls hopping onto the minibus to set off for Loretto. Despite the cold, damp conditions the team did a good warm up and were ready to go against Cundall Manor. They played well winning this game and went on to beat the Loretto B team as well. Their last match in the section was against Cargilfield. They showed great determination and had a super start attacking their D. Cargilfield however, were accurate in our D and score 2 good goals. The final score was 2-0 to Cargilfield. The team were through to the Semi-final of the Cup. After a long break the girls did well to stay focused and stepped up their game against Loretto A team. The held a tight defence and attacked well, scoring 2 lovely goals. They won this game and went through to the final against …… Cargilfield again! Tiredness was creeping in but they were determined to give this final game their best shot. They kept Cargilfield at bay for the first 5 minutes however they broke through to score 2 goals before the final whistle. The girls were disappointed to lose this game but were proud to receive their silver medals. A long day but a super tournament for the girls!

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U11 IAPS Qualifier (H)
The U11s had the IAPS qualifier tournament on Wednesday and after a successful Loretto tournament where they were runners up the girls were motivated and eager to go. The first game was a real end to end affair although Fettes had the majority of chances but just couldn’t convert them. A last minute goal meant they lost 2-3 to Craigclowen. The second game against RGS Newcastle was a brilliant team performance and Fettes came out as 5-0 winner including two goals from Issy A. Belhaven was a very close game and at half time it was 0-0 with both teams having had a number of good chances. An early goal in the second half from Selena H secured the win for Fettes. Fettes went in to the Loretto game confident after some strong performances and two more goals from Izzy A meant Fettes came out as 2-0 winners. The final game against Cargilfield was always going to a tough challenge and the girls played some of their best hockey of the day, with very strong defensive performances from Zoe C and Ava B. The game ended 0-0 after a very tightly fought battle. After three wins, a draw and a loss Fettes finished in 3rd place and walked away with the bronze medals around their neck.

U10A v St Leonards (H) 9-1
After a slightly delayed start to the match against St Leonards on Wednesday, the U10s were keen to make their mark early. They showed great determination and ploughed through the defence to score a goal within the first few minutes, a tactic they employed for the next two goals also. St Leonards fought back though and our U10s quickly discovered a need to dribble the ball more and use space around the pitch rather than going through the opposition. A better display of skills and tactical positioning lead to more goals both before and after half time for us. The final score was 9-1 to Fettes.

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Skiing

Skiing U13 SSSA Dry Slope Championships (A)
A mixed team of prep school pupils headed off to Hillend on Sunday to compete in the SSSA Dry Slope Championships. This was probably the biggest ski competition these pupils will have ever raced, featuring the best of Junior Scottish skiers. We competed in the mixed minor category with all four racers – Finlay, Torin, Rory and Holly successfully negotiating the course on both of their runs. The weather was against us with a cold wind and rain, but the pupils did themselves proud and although they had to wait long periods up on the hill in between their runs, they never stopped smiling and thoroughly enjoyed their day. All four skiers are to be congratulated on competing in such a prestigious event and for representing the school so well. Well done!

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