Prep Sports Round Up - Week of 4th September

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

Hockey

U13A v Dollar (H) 5-3
The girls put their nerves aside and started their first game of the season strongly. They played at a high pace and moved the ball up the field quickly. Despite never playing together before they linked passes around the pitch and supported the ball carrier well! At half time they were 4-1 up. The focus in the second half was defence, as we knew Dollar would come back strongly. The second half was scrappier as tiredness was creeping in. Despite Dollar scoring 2 more goals the girls hung in and scored 1 more. The final score was 5-3 to Fettes Prep! Well done girls!

Hockey U13B v Dollar (H) 3-0
The Under 13B Girls hockey season got underway with a home game against Dollar on Wednesday. Our brand new team gelled together really well, winning 3-0 against committed opponents, and playing some great attacking hockey along the way. A special well done to new girls Sofia, Lucy and Kinvara, each of whom contributed plenty to a strong all round team performance.

U12C v ESMS (A) 2-0
The U12C team played a fantastic team game today and showed great enthusiasm. It was lovely to see the girls communicate so well with each other. They are starting to think about their use of space and looking up more. The final score was 2-0. A great start to the hockey season, girls.

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U12D v ESMS (A) 2-2
This was a great start to the year and the girls should be very proud of their performance. They played as a team and worked really hard to get the draw. There were some excellent passes and our two goalies, Imogen and Clementine made some superb saves. A special mention should go to Onari who played her first match for Fettes. Although this was a great start to the season we will need to work on our positioning and movement around the pitch for our success to continue.

U11A vs Dollar (H) 3-7
The U11A team played their first game of the season against a strong Dollar side. This was the first experience of 8-a-side hockey for some our girls and whilst it was a real test it was a great learning experience and this is a team with a lot of potential. The game started well with some end-to-end hockey. Selena H looked strong in the midfield and the backline of Zoe C, Isabella S, and Imogen L made some great tackles as well. Mid way through the first half Dollar scored two goals in quick succession but Selena H replied with a lovely shot from the top of the D. Selena scored another brilliant goal and we went in to half time 2-3 down. The start of the second half started off well and we were quick to equalise with a third goal from Selena H following some good build up play from Megan D and Nicole P. Dollar really upped their game late in the second half and scored some lovely goals to take the win.

U11B v Dollar (H) 2-2
It was a great start to the season for the U11B team with our 2-2 draw against Dollar! We were focused and committed from the first whistle with everyone keen to be involved. As it was our first time playing together as a team, it took a little while to find our rhythm, but that changed when Chloe scored the first goal of the game. Dollar retaliated with a goal either side of half-time before Ava knocked another in. Fitness and spacing out on the pitch are areas for development, however it was a very impressive display of team work and enjoyment today!

1st XIII v Merchiston Festival (A)
The 1st XIII travelled to Merchiston on a beautiful day to have a preseason work out with a number of different prep schools around Scotland. It was a good chance to see the team in match action before training on Friday to improve what was seen at Merchiston. Our first full fixture is against Craigclowan next Wednesday so a lot was learned. The boys played three 12 minute games against Ardvreck and Merchiston. The Ardvreck game was first and seemed to catch the boys cold as Ardvreck played a lot better and scored the only try of the match. In the next game, the boys played so much better and eventually drew the game but in terms of the whole performance – it was very encouraging. The final game was against another Merchiston side and again, it was another notch up the ladder in improvement. The boys are looking forward to training on Friday to iron out what they need to work on moving into next week.

2nd XIII vs Riley House 1st XIII (A) 12-24

The 2nd team headed over the Forth Road Bridge for the final time to open their season against Riley House 1st Team in a training match that took the form of four quarters. Seemingly still on the bus Riley House crossed within minutes to start the scoring. It took some time to get up to speed but on the back of strong carrying from Yousef and Joffey, Fettes opened the account for the season. At half time the score was 10-7 to Riley House. The second half saw a much improved defence with terrier like tackling from Fraser and Toby, carrying on from his impressive first half Yousef crossed for Fettes' second to take the lead 12-10.
Unfortunately this would be the end of the scoring for Fettes as Riley regrouped and scored from close range. Chasing the game Fettes struggled to hold on to possession and Riley House would take advantage of a stretched defence to end the scoring at 24-12. Lots of positives to take from the game but plenty to work on to aim to turn the result our way next week.

3rd XIII v Strathallan (A) 8-4
In the autumn sun light the 3rd's were welcomed to Strathallan. The game was a free flowing affair with Fettes producing some scintillating offloads out of the tackle. In the first 10 minutes Mason finished off 2 great team tries, with the latter being a length of the field score after a great break from Philip. Another brace of tries for Seamus who was imperious with the ball in hand. Rounded off a great start to the season with a final result of 8-4 to Fettes. Still lots to build on, but it was the most encouraging of starts, defence will need to be righted for our next match against George Watson's next week.

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U11A v St Leonard’s (A) 5-1
The U11A certainly didn’t show any signs of the long bus journey up to St Leonards and started the game with a real bang! Max R set the tone with a very effective first up tackle and from then on the team dominated the physicality of the game. Tries from Jake M (2), Finlay G and Jamie B ensure the team kept the score board ticking over. It was certainly not all one way traffic as St Leonards put pressure on both our attack and defence but found it difficult to convert their opportunities with the scored ending up 5-1 to Fettes. A very good start to the season and one the squad can certainly build from.

U11B v Merchiston Festival (A)
A callow group of rugby players arrived at Merchiston full of good spirit and confidence. Very quickly, unfortunately, in the first match, we realised we were playing against larger, more powerful and experienced rugby players. Despite being slightly overrun in all our games, I was very proud of the effort of all the players, especially James R, Rory R, Fraser C, Tom F and Tarka S (who all gave of their best throughout). Harry J and Seth J both showed good skill and speed and, despite his tendency to run as if describing the arc of a parabola, Sam J was a cheerful and supportive captain. Next week, our focus is to get over the try line!

U9A v St Leonards (A) 7-4
The season got underway after short preparation with a trip to St Leonards. The boys made a good start, going through a number of phases and making a number of passes before scoring the first time they had the ball. From then on, the task became tougher but as the contest wore on both sides became more committed in their running and tackling and put together some impressive passages of play. At half-time Fettes led by 4 tries to 2 and continued to play an expansive game in the second period, eventually running out 7-4 winners. Jonty and Angus both scored two with Olly, Archie F and Ramsay also getting on the scoresheet. Syv, Freddie and Archie S all played their part creating and defending well and while there is plenty to work on, this was a great start to the season and a game played in the right spirit throughout. Well done to both teams.

U9B v St Leonards (A) 5-4
The U9Bs travelled to St Leonards to play in the first game of their Fettes rugby career; indeed, for many it was their first ever game of competitive sport …. and didn’t they do well? A pulsating game saw tries aplenty and signs of real talent on both sides. In the end, Fettes snuck home by 5 tries to 4 with Felix and Rory being particularly effective in both attack and defence but the whole team can take credit for a game played in great spirit. There are a few things the coaching team will be working on in the coming weeks but this was a very pleasing start to a long journey

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