2011 - 2012
WHA IN2 Hockey Finals 2012
I am so glad to be back and what a way to start! Despite having to train in the pouring rain the team were as ready as they could have been for the West finals at Millfield. This was the rearranged event after qualifying back in December.
Our pool included Millfield Prep, Bristol Grammar School and St Richards, from Cornwall. We started positively but not quick enough and Millfield took advantage of our slow start. After a clear team talk we went out against BGS and won convincing 3-0 and then again against St Richards 3-0. Goals were coming thick and fast from Anna Rose and Rebecca – we were back on form! The team were into the quarter finals and set to play Dean Close, who were topped as the tournament favourites. This did not un-nerve the team and we played the best game of the season. The score at full time was 0-0 so it went to penalty strokes, Captain Anna Rose Gabbitass, Tabitha Vause and Year 5 Rebecca Hamiltion stepped up to take the shots and they did it for the team winning 2-1. With no rest and straight back on the team faced The Elms School and again with nothing between the team it came down to penalties. Anna Rose started us off well putting a power shot past the keeper but unfortunately it wasn't enough and The Elms won 2-1. It was a tough result as the whole team had given their all throughout a long and cold day, but that's how sport goes. I am always so proud of the team for their attitude and approach. Well done team, 3rd out of the top 16 schools in the West Region is a fantastic effort! Thank you to Mr James Mayes for his hockey coaching and input, Mr Southgate for driving and our wonderful parents and families for supporting.
IAPS U11 Netball National Finals
To qualify for the nationals is an achievement in itself but to compete with confidence and conviction at the national finals is the next step up. The girls who make up the Blundell's Prep U11 squad certainly gave it their all at Roedean at the weekend, winning 7 of the 8 section matches and scoring 73 goals – the most scored by all of the 68 schools competing from U11 - U13. It was a great feeling to have won the section and make it through to the quarter finals.
The quarter final against Twyford was end to end and to be leading by 1 goal at half time was promising, unfortunately we could not hold on and Twyford just took the lead in the final minutes of the match to win 12 - 10. We went to Brighton and put Blundell's Prep firmly on the map! It was a great experience for the players and I hope they feel proud of what they achieved along the way. Thank you to Mr Southgate for driving, being chief photographer and putting up our little green tent! Also to Mrs Gabbitass for keeping me calm and helping out with the team and all the parents and family members who travelled to Brighton to support. The team played some outstanding netball and made it through to the top 8 independent school teams in the country. They also made me very proud!
Netball U10 Millfield Tournament
The U10 team had had a disappointing time at Queen's tournament the Saturday before and were determined to prove that they had what it takes to be a winning side. They certainly proved this in their first match against Millfield, in which they dominated throughout. With their first victory under their belt the girls were looking good and feeling invincible! The winning streak continued and Blundell's Prep were unbeatable. It was a well-deserved first place at the U10 Millfield tournament where all the girls shone throughout the afternoon. Sophie Clough and Milly Curtis were shooting well with Rebecca Hamilton and Sparkle Menzies feeding the ball confidently into the circle. Kata Lee and Lily Mackay were a lovely combination in defence and Grace Labdon played outstandingly as Goal Keeper. Well done girls!
IAPS U11 Netball Regional Tournament
Thursday 1st March started foggy but it was certainly warmer than previous tournaments the team had played in. It is always a competitive event with a lot at stake and the U11 squad have had this within their sights since the start of the season. The pool games started well and Blundell's Prep had three convincing wins to get them warmed up. As the afternoon proceeded we faced St John's on the Hill who gave us a close game followed by Winterfold who had looked strong in previous games but we still maintained our winning streak. Our final game to decide our placing was against Millfield Prep, it started goal for goal but after the first half we took control and took the lead. It was a great feeling to finish as winners of the pool and satisfying to have scored 60 goals, only conceding 4. The team had played amazingly putting in great attack as well as defence. The next set of playoffs gave us 15 minutes to compose ourselves as the next match would decide whether or not we would make the national finals. We faced Hazelgrove Prep who were as eager as us, however our short break gave us the energy to maintain control of the game and secure our place at Rodean.
The team fully deserved their place at the nationals and after another three matches finished equal first, but were placed as runners up within the South West to St Gabriel's on goal average. It was a full day of high level netball and I could not have asked anymore of the girls, some of whom had battled illness all week to make the tournament. What made me so proud was the spirit amongst the team and the manner in which they conducted themselves as representatives of Blundell's Prep. A huge thank you must go to Mrs Gabbitass who really helped me out with some extra coaching for the team, Mrs Chandler who kindly umpired and Mrs Cracknell for all the little extra jobs that need to be done and not forgetting the parents who came to support.
The national finals will be held at Rodean school in west Sussex on Saturday 10th March. Good luck girls!
Bryanston Netball Tournament
||Lost 5 - 1
||Won 6 - 2
||Won 5 - 1
||Won 3 - 0
||Won 8 - 1
||Won 6 - 4
||Won 8 - 5
It is always a lovely event to attend alongside the U13 team. The journey is always long but the Netball is well worth it. All coaches, staff and players agree that such an early tournament really helps get the season off to a flying start.
Both Blundell's teams were in great spirits and up for the challenge of the pool matches before the afternoon playoffs. Twenty seven Prep schools participated in the event from all over the South of England, so it was great to be able to wave the flag for Blundell's and Tiverton. Both our teams certainly made the spectators take notice.
With the news of the U13 team winning their pool it boosted the U11 to work hard in their final pool matches. We finished a very pleasing second in the group, only losing out to Hoe Bridge from Woking, Surrey. Second place took Blundell's Prep into the Plate Competition and meant a semi-final against Port Regis. After a tricky first half and a stiff team talk the girls pulled some fantastic team work out of the bag and won the match 6-4 and a place in the final against Amesbury. It was a nail biting game with the scores level, 5-5, at half time. Blundell's Prep won the final 8-5 with an outstanding performance. It was a great moment for the team and their supporters! Their hard work had certainly paid off, well done!
Queen's Hockey Tournament
The team won their pool comfortably scoring 5 goals and only conceding 1! They faced Exeter Junior School in the semi-final and managed a 2-0 victory to make the final against Queens. After a good 30 minute rest the team were ready and went all out to prove they had what it took!
It was a fantastic team performance and all the Blundell's prep supporters were very proud. Anna-Rose Gabbitass was a fine captain with Tabitha Vause having an outstanding tournament. Imogen Hamilton-green was a super goal keeper and only let 1 goal in the whole tournament.
Now the team look forward to the IAPS tournament in November.
Rugby: Port Regis U11 Tournament
This very hard tournament was started with a game against the hosts. Being 14 to 7 up at half time the team settled too much and we lost 14 to 21. The next game against Bristol Grammar saw the team gel and a good win came our way. The Dragon school was the last game in our pool and they won 7 to 21. The Dragon went on to win the main competition with Millfield second.
After a good win in the semi-final we met Bristol again in the final. The team had one more big effort even though there were a few injuries to some key players. The plate trophy was secured with a 28 to 7 victory. Everybody in the squad played their part to get as far as the team did.
2010 - 2011
Jersey Tour 2011
On this years tour the boys played rugby against the Jersey 1st team, Jersey Rugby Club and Guernsey Rugby Club. The girls played netball and hockey against Jersey's 1st team in both sports.
There were also many more competitive matches, a pdf containing the tour schedule can be found at the link below.
Tour Schedule 2011
Boys' Hockey: Sherborne Tournament
We recently participated in the Sherborne School U11 Hockey Tournament. Despite a great deal of effort and determination we struggled to win against some tough opposition. We eventually came through in the final, beating Wellington Junior School and winning the Vase.
U9 Rugby Tournament
An U9 rugby tournament was recently hosted by Blundell's Preparatory School. The tournament involved fourteen other schools, and we were Runner Up in Plate Final. The photos were taken by the children.
We also hosted also an U9 hockey tournament recently, involving sixteen schools, in which we came third in the pool.
South Africa Coaches Day
Ethienne Fynn, an ex-south African rugby player and now a Natal Sharks coach, came to the school recently. He coached from Kindergarten to year 8 some cutting edge rugby drills and answered the children's questions. A lot was learnt by all.
Queen's Rugby Tournament
The U10's played some fantastic rugby recently at the Queen's Tournament on Saturday 13th November. Blundell's Prep U10's were runners up in the main competition, losing in the final having played five other matches that morning.
Four boys, M Crowe, S Maunder, B Stevens and M Butterfield, represented the school at the Southwest Barbarians trials at Blundell's senior school. The boys trained with many other boys who came from around the Southwest. They came together to form three teams who played each other in three trial matches to see who would go on to represent the Southwest against the Southeast. In previous years Blundell's Prep have had national representation in the Barbarians and this year S Maunder and B Stevens have been chosen to play in the Southwest team with the chance of going on further. The boys also got to meet a couple of Exeter Chiefs rugby players who also helped out in the training.
Port Regis rugby tournament
Port Regis Prep School recently hosted a rugby tournament, in which the U11A team won the whole competition. They had only four tries scored against them throughout the contest. They beat the Dragon School in the final 28-7. The whole team played 'total rugby'; each player being able to ruck, pass, run and tackle in any position.
2009 - 2010
Under-11 Cricket Season off to a good start!
Netball Trip to See Team Bath for Year 6
A group of Year 6 girls went to watch a super league netball match - Team Bath v Mavericks. It was an exciting opportunity to see a high level of netball being played up close and the girls thoroughly enjoyed themselves. The event will be shown on Sky Sports 4 on Wednesday 24th March during the evening.
Rugby/Hockey Jersey Tour Party
The U11 touring party to Jersey pose in their new tour shirts, kindly sponsored by Stags for the boys and Mendip Media Group for the girls. Posing in the pictures is Mr Lockwood from Stags and Mr Trevor from Mendip Media Group. The tour is over five days during February half term where the boys will play rugby against two local sides and their national side, and the girls will play both netball and hockey against the island's national teams!
Rugby: U9 Tournament Hosted by Blundell's Prep
Blundell's Prep hosted an Under-9 rugby tournament in late November. 13 schools took part (156 boys), which all played two matches in their pool and then entered either the main competition, the plate competition or the shield competition.
The overall winners were St Michael's in a very close final with Millfield. The pictures are of Blundell's Prep battling against Queen's and Stover. Thanks must go to Island-Sports for sponsoring the tournament and Mr Ed Saunders (Director of Sport at Blundell's) for refereeing.
Hockey: U9 Tournament Hosted by Blundell's Prep
It was a fantastic turn out with 12 schools entered this year. Thank you to staff and parents who travelled from all over Devon and Somerset to participate. Despite the cold and wet conditions the teams played and performed very well. All 120 girls were in high spirits as their matches came thick and fast! It was wonderful to see such enthusiasm from all players and a high standard of U9 Hockey being played.
After the 30 pool matches, the semi-finals took place between Blundell's Prep & Millfield and Queens and Wellington. The final was between Blundell's Prep & Queens. After the 8 minutes of time the score was 1 -1 and so we played extra time for golden goal. With end to end play and after 20 minutes the score remained the same, so umpires decided to share victory.
Very well played to both sides; it was an exciting match to watch and you should be proud of your efforts today! 2009 Joint winners - Blundell's Prep & Queens College, Taunton.
Prep School Barbarians
Three Blundell's Prep Pupils played in the Prep School Barbarian U11 rugby. Jack Lockwood, Ben Clarke and Tobias Francis played in a terrific game, with boys selected from all over the South West to represent their School in the South West area match, held at Blundell's Senior School. We are delighted that Tobias has been selected to represent the South West Barbarian team in the next stage. The standard was high and the event gives the boys a great opportunity to pitch their skills against all the other leading school players and to mix with them socially throughout the day and train together. Jack, Ben and Tobias enjoyed a great day. Well done to all of them and our thanks to the senior school for hosting such a lovely event.
Hockey: Senior House Matches
Much fun was had at the senior house matches recently, which were played in great spirits! The girls played with determination and desire. Lots of goals were scored and matches played. Thank you to all the parents and friends who came out to support the teams.
Rugby: Blundell's U11 v Tiverton Rugby Club
Blundell's Under 11 recently played Tiverton Rugby Club at Tiverton RFC. Score: draw, 35-35. Mr Swain Refereed an exciting game with many spectators from both sides watching. After the game a presentation of the school crest was made to the rugby club, along with first team socks to their captain and man of the match. It is hoped that all age groups will play next year in this new fixture.
Rugby: Inter-House Competition
We had an inter-house rugby competition on the last day before half-term. Grenville were the winners following a victory against Raleigh and a very close game against Drake. Everybody played well, showing the strength and depth of rugby at the prep school.
Rugby: Tournament at Port Regis School
A rugby tournament took place at Port Regis School on Saturday 19th September. We came third in the Plate Competition.
Rugby: U11A v Swanbourne House
Last week the school hosted Swanbourne House on a Rugby Tour to the South West. A competitive game led to a convincing win for the visitors. After the match the captains exchanged mementoes of the game. It was enjoyable afternoon.
2008 - 2009
Senior House Football Matches
Netball House Matches
The Girls House Netball Matches were won by Raleigh at Under-11 and Drake at Under-10. The girls are pictured receiving the results.
South West Rugby Sevens 2009 at Plymouth
Congratulations to our Blundell's Prep U11 team that won the South West sevens tournament at Plymouth, beating Millfield Prep in a thrilling final by two tries to one. All the boys played their hearts out to secure our first victory in this event. 16 schools from all over the South West competed and after winning our pool games we beat Exeter Junior School in the semi final before meeting Millfield in the final. A great achievement boys. Well done!
Prep School Barbarians
Our congratulations go to Ben Steer and Jack West on their selection for the final U11 Prep Schools Barbarian team to play Welsh Schools. A marvellous achievement by two very talented young rugby players. The final trial was played at Rugby School on Sunday 8th March where Jack and Ben helped the West Regional team defeat the North and Midlands team and then gained selection for the final squad. Jack is likely to play at Full Back and Ben at Fly half.
National Rugby U11 Finals
Well done to all the boys who played so well in the National rugby 12-a-side finals this month. They performed heroically against strong and powerful opposition, playing some fine rugby and eventually losing in sudden death time in the plate semi-final. All the games were close with only one try separating the teams, but all the boys should feel extremely proud of the way they performed. A great experience for all of them.
Rugby House Matches
Last week the boys took part in the annual rugby house matches. This is always a competitive affair and good running and hard tackling was evident. After three hard fought games at U11 level, the winners were Grenville defeating Drake into second place with Raleigh coming third. At U9 level Raleigh were the victors and at U8 Grenville. Thank you to the many parents who turned up to watch these matches.
The U11A team have had a busy week. They played Taunton A on Wednesday, winning 42-19 before taking on a Sandroyd Touring team on Thursday gaining another victory 35-7. On Saturday the team travelled to Port Regis for a Tournament that included games against Millfield, Caldicott, Clifton College and Papplewick. After losing narrowly to Millfield and Caldicott (the eventual winners in the final against The Dragon), the A team beat all before them to become the Plate Winners. This was a great result and the team were congratulated for playing high quality, open rugby.
2007 - 2008
The U11 finished off a fine unbeaten season with a win over St Peter's Lympstone on Monday. With several players away through illness, Blundell's nevertheless batted with confidence, scoring 123 in their 20 overs. They restricted St Peter's to 91 for 7, winning by 32 runs. After a really close battle against the Old Boys a week before, where Blundell's Prep secured a tremendous 4 wicket win, Blundell's Prep were not at their best against St Peter's and looked a little weary. Blundell's always had the upper hand, however, and never really looked like losing the game.
They can look back on a highly successful season with a great deal of pride. The ever consistent Jack Maunder again scored 27 and Dan Pyle and Ben Steer also batted well, scoring over 20 each.
U10 Hockey Tournament
The U10 boys Hockey Team competed at the recent Tournament at Millfield. They performed brilliantly winning many matches before eventually losing in the final.
Pupils from both the Prep and Senior School took part in a combined team effort at St. Michaels cross-country relays. It was an outstanding afternoon where both the boys and girls dominated the team events with runners from Years 5, 6, 7 and 8.
Six teams were recently hosted at Blundell's Prep for a busy midweek fixture. The U11A team beat Plymouth College but narrowly lost to Queen's College. The U11B team lost to Queen's College. The U10B team had an encouraging win against the Queen's team. The U10A team lost to a strong side from Queen's but played well to defeat Plymouth College.
Regional U9 Rugby and Hockey Tournament
Last week Blundell's Prep hosted a South West regional U9 rugby and hockey tournament. This successful event was well attended by local schools and the rugby and hockey teams were supported by many parents. The very competitive matches in the early rounds led to both the Blundell's rugby and hockey teams reaching the finals. In the rugby final the U9 A team played Queen's Taunton and won 5 tries to 1. In the hockey final the U9 A team played Plymouth College who they had lost to in an earlier round. However they raised their game and won 1 goal to nil. A very successful afternoon!
The U9 rugby teams have made a good start to the season with the A side winning all their matches at the recent Kings Hall Rugby Festival.
Rugby at home, Weds 19th Sept
A busy match day! All of the year 5's and 6's played in the first fixtures of the rugby season. Some fine displays of skills, speed and power helped create some entertaining rugby. The best competition was the under 11 C game where the game was tighter than the final score line indicates.
Under 11A 56 - 0 Taunton A
Under 11B 60 - 10 Taunton B
Under 11C 0 - 30 Exeter Cathedral A
Earlier this week the annual Blundell's Prep Sports Day was held, with the weather being kind to us this year. All pupils were involved with the usual running, jumping and throwing events, including the traditional House Mass Relay, won by Grenville this year.
Many parents watched the events unfold and to see a school record broken by Alice in the Junior Long Jump (pictured to the left). Mrs Vivienne Heeley very kindly presented the prizes (pictured to the right) including the overall House Cup which this year went to Grenville.
U11A football team wins Exeter 7-a-side tournament
Pictured is the Under-11A football team (with their ever-present coach Simon Swain). They won the Exeter Prep School seven-a-side tournament last Wednesday, beating five teams to win over all.
National Prep Schools Finals winners
The Under 10 boys rugby team won the 2007 National Prep Schools Plate Competition at Epsom College. The top 14 prep schools were competing, having won through two previous competitions. We came through via a win at Queen's College Under 10 Tournament followed by a win at the Bryanston Tournament for the best in the South-West. The shirts were sponsored by Island Sports.
Rugby and Hockey Tour to Jersey
Over Half Term pupils from Years 5 and 6 left for a rugby and hockey tour to Jersey. Mr Swain, Mr Mildren, Mrs Hoskins, Mrs Aldridge, Mr Cross and supporters Mr Morris and Jamie all came on the tour too! After an early start at Exeter Airport (5.00 am) and a short stop at Guernsey we landed in Jersey. The girls were in action almost immediately with a game against Grouville. The A team played a boys team and won 3 goals to 1. The B team played a mixed team and lost 3 goals to 2. It was a great start to the Tour and even the sun came out to welcome us.
Rugby and Hockey Tour to Jersey (cont.)
After a quick turn around at the Hotel the boys were in action at Jersey Rugby Club, facing a physically strong combined side from Jersey Wasps and Jersey Tigers. The difference between the sides was the Blundell's 'flyers' in the back line. The forwards performed extremely well against a much bigger team and produced good ball from the rucks and mauls. Blundell's Prep won by 45 to 25 points. A very enjoyable spectator event was enjoyed by many parents who had flown over specially to see the boys.
Blundell's Sevens Competition
The U11 rugby team recently performed well in the annual Blundell's 7's Competition. After beating both St. Michaels and Mount House they unfortunately lost out to Kings Hall and Llannersh Fach from Cardiff to finish in third place.
Netball vs West Buckland
The U11A, U11B, A10A and U10B teams before their matches against West Buckland. The U11 teams lost against strong opposition and the U10 teams both won.
Queen's College rugby tournament
Our Under 10 team was the winning team at the Queen's College rugby tournament 2006.
U11C Team Rugby v St. Peter's
The U11C team recently travelled to St. Peter's to play them at rugby. Many boys were playing in their first game this year and they had been looking forward to it. The quality of play was good from the Blundell's Prep boys and they went ahead with two tries, both converted. The second half was tight with Blundell's Prep defending well. But as the players tired St. Peter's scored two good tries, both converted, to tie the game 14 - 14 at the end. Well done to all players for a great game.
U11 Hockey Tournament, Clayesmore
An excellent start to the term, the girls learnt a lot and played
with great determination. They finished third and were beaten only
by the eventual winners.
0-0 Clayesmore; 1-0 Kings Hall; 0-0 St Anthony’s;
1-1 Millfield; 0-2 The Downs
U11A Rugby v Taunton Prep
The U11A team had an excellent start to the season with a good win over Taunton Prep. Toby scored direct from the kick off, his pace surprising the opposition. The rest of the half was evenly contested with the front five and Jack at scrum half working hard to gain and keep possession. The scrums and rucks were evenly contested, but the backs of Will, Ben, Toby, Harvey, Freddie and Thomas made good ground whenever they received good quality possession. The second half was much of the same with excellent defensive work from the forwards. Three more tries were scored, with Harvey scoring the last on the final whistle. Result: 24 - 0 to Blundell's Prep.
U11B Rugby v Taunton Prep
Rugby – The U11B’s started the season with a terrific win over Taunton Prep. Some good forward play allowed Andrew Hamilton to score all five tries. Result: 14-27.
U10A Rugby v Taunton Prep
A great start for the year group and we managed to get many involved in the game. Three thirds were played rather than halves and flowing tries were scored by Ben, who was excellent, and Luke. Blundell's surged into an early lead. Mr Folland experimented with the team and made the lads play without their main runners for a good proportion of the game. It therefore became tighter and Taunton bounced back. Impressive defence from Daniel and Tom kept Blundell's noses in front and when Ben was allowed back on, he wrapped up the game with a fine individual try from his own half. Blundell's ended up winners by 35-30 in a useful warm up, allowing Mr Folland to see a large proportion of the year group in action. It was also good to see the development in players such as Harry, Oliver and Marco. Well done boys!