year 8 football


 Read about how our Year 8 Boys' Football team won the League and keep up to date with sporting results from the College's teams.

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Year 8 Footballers Win The League - Thursday 16 March. Report by Mr Axworthy

 The Year 8 football team played Hele's in what was billed as a title decider. Both teams so far having played three won, won three in the league.


After going a goal down the boys showed great character equalising on the stroke of half time to make it 1-1. The famous Axworthy hairdryer team talk had its desired effect and the boys went up about four gears in the second half (spurred on by Learning manager Mr Hammond and Miss Le Page) and got a stroke of luck with a deflected shot putting us 2-1 up. From there we pushed on and scored further goals through Ollie, Daniel, Angel and Callum. The final whistle went and it was confirmed the boys had won the league!

The team's league results have been:

VS Tor Bridge Won 4-0
VS Sir John Hunt Won 4-0
Vs Heles Won 6-1
VS DHSB Won 4-1


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Miss Seward took the Year 9 Netball team to the Life Centre for the end of season tournament on Wednesday 15 March

Six teams took part in the Year 9 end of season tournament at the Life Centre. Year 9 started out with a strong win then sadly lost by 1 in the next two games who went on to take first and second place. The girls then finished by beating the last two teams very successfully! This in turn meant they placed third.
A fantastic result especially after PGL last weekend and three games on Monday night! An amazing week for Year 9 netball!

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Miss Le Page and Miss Seward took three Netball teams to PGL over the weekend of 11/12 March where they played in a Netball tournament and had the opportunity to go on adventure activities too.

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Year 8 End of Season Netball Tournament

Report by Miss Seward


Once again Miss Le Page and I had great pleasure in taking another netball team to their end of season tournament! This time it was Year 8's turn!

The tournament was slightly different, we were put into a random group to start and played three games.

The top two teams from each group would progress to the cup (positions 1-4) and the lower two teams the plate (5-8).

The first game was against Lipson, a high scoring first half, 0-0 - it was very tense! The second half saw both sides score one goal each! A draw, an excellent start for us. Second game up Plymouth High 2, the girls managed to get an advantage straight away and were 2-0 up by half time! Super defending saw us hold out for the win. The final group game saw us face Plymstock who managed to pip us by one goal and win the game 1-2.

This saw Stoke go into the cup - top 4! Brilliant! We were chuffed at that alone!! We then took on DHSG who we held to 1-1 at half time, they brought on their super shooters who took the final score to 5-1. The next game was pivotal, we took on Plymstock again. This was our chance to fight for a top position! Another low scoring game...saw it end 0-0. This was a huge victory for us though meaning we could take third position.
We lost our last game to PHS 2-5 after some late goals by them.

So here we are, all the teams together waiting to find out our placing...on goal difference, we came third - the cheer from Miss Le Page and I alone was enough to convince people we had won.

Our wonderful team have stamped their mark on Plymouth Netball for year 8!

Also a special mention to Grace in Year 11 who has been helping coach them on a Tuesday after school and committed her evening to help the girls.



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Devon Schools Rugby Tournament 1 March 2017

Report by Miss Le Page


Mr Harris and I had the pleasure of taking our female rugby players to Topsham for the Devon Schools Rugby Tournament.


We had lots of draws and a few losses but results were not what the day was about. Amongst many club and county players our girls held their own, never once looking out of place after only a few training sessions, due to the short notice given for the tournament.

It was so lovely to see the girls improving game by game and never giving up against some extremely talented teams - they were resilient to the end.

This fantastic opportunity has now ignited a strong passion and enthusiasm for rugby and many are now joining Devonport Services Rugby Club as a result.


They really were fantastic - congratulations to them all.




Diving at the Life Centre 27 February 2017

Report by Mr Broomfield

On Monday I had the thrill of taking PE's gifted and talented students to the Life Centre for a diving lesson. For the first hour students were jumping from diving boards into a foam pit, then we progressed to diving into the swimming pool. Most students managed to reach the 5m board with a couple reaching the 10m.  From the smiles on their faces it was very clear that the students were enjoying themselves. This was also reflected in their performance.

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Year 7 Netball 22 February 2017

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Miss Le Page and I had the pleasure of taking 10 amazing Year 7s to their end of season tournament. Any school in Plymouth can enter the tournament and there is often a vast array of abilities. The students represented themselves and the school fantastically - I felt particularly proud when one of our students showed more care for an opponent who had fallen than the importance of the game. If the other team don't remember us for winning they'll remember us for being caring.

Out of 8 schools the girls placed fifth which is amazing - well done to them all!

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Plymouth Schools Cup 21 February 2017

Match Report from Mr Thomas

"This afternoon the Year 7 Boys' Football team competed against Plymstock School in the Plymouth Schools Cup.

Within 40 seconds of Mr Harris tooting his whistle, Lewis of  7.1 received the ball wide on the left wing, cut in around three defenders and placed the ball into the side netting. Stoke's equivalent to Cristiano Ronaldo leaving both coaches rubbing their hands together with ridiculous grins.

The boys were on top in a competitive game, however, goalkeeper Stan, missing from the previous encounter, was constantly tested with a long ball from Plymstock. Stan demonstrated incredible bravery, diving at attackers' feet and even putting his face in the firing line. Pressure finally mounted and Plymstock equalised and quickly scored again to take the lead into half time.

A half time shake up in formation and strategy from the coaches saw the boys rapidly concede a third.

Fortunately Lewis (now back on the left) reignited his boots and turned into Jimmy Grimble, leaving his marker for dead and with a step over followed by a casual roll of the ball, netted his second. 2-3, heads started to raise and tails perked again.

Spurred on by an unbelievable performance from man of the match Josh, the boys heaved on the pressure in the closing stages of the game. Angel and Harley both came close after well-worked quick football offered them strikes at goal but the score remained 2-3. A long ball from Stan to the left meant that Lewis could have one last drive down the wing, on this occasion he crossed the ball, Angel brought the ball down but missed his strike. In the panic that pursued a Plymstock defender stuck a toe out at the ball sending it uncontrollably passed his sprawling keeper and into his own net. 3-3, penalties.

Plymstock smashed in their first, leaving Stan with no chance. Angel levelled with a coolly-placed pen. A break as Plymstock hit the post with Stan "having it covered". Battle smashed his in off the crossbar with German efficiency putting Stoke ahead by one. Plymstock converted but an unfortunate miss for Stoke levelled the score. Plymstock attempted to replicate Battle's thunderbolt, but ended up producing a rugby-style conversion giving Dylan the chance to again go ahead. Dylan kept his nerve and gave Stan the opportunity to win the match. Now, goalkeepers don't tend to take penalties, but this young man fancied it. He gave the opposition a brief smile as he smashed the ball into the net sending his team into the final.

Celebrations were of course "Klinsmanns" into the corner, followed by a very sporting round of handshakes and consolations to the opposition."

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Devon Table Tennis Championships at Eggbuckland School 8 February 2017

Mr Thomas wrote this report:

"The College attended with eight students competing across the three age ranges.

In the U13 Boys category James and Cobie  (Year 7) won their first two matches and unfortunately  ended up meeting each other in the last 16.
James prevailed taking a 2-0 win and progressed to the next round. He remained in the competition until the semi-finals, where he was the only non “club” playing competitor. James unfortunately lost his semi-final, but won the third place play-off to take home a medal.

In the U16 Boys category Jay managed to win two games before meeting incredibly tough competition and being knocked out, Layton made the second round and Matt, who was seeded number one was knocked out in round one.

In the U19 Boys category the Pollards, both renowned for their table tennis prowess at the College took home a podium two and three. Fortunately the boys did not meet each other in the tournament on this occasion and were able to progress to the final and third place play off. Oscar was just pipped to the gold in a very tight final and Isaac comfortably won his play-off.

The last competitor was Jasmine of Year 13. Having only played table tennis for a few months, she was understandably nervous about the competition. All of her nerves were unfounded as she cruised to the final and then to become the U19 Girls Devon Champion. She has now qualified for the National Finals which is a huge achievement."





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15 November 2016

The Cunningham Cup

The Year 9 rugby team played in the Cunningham Cup, an all-day rugby festival which sees lots of schools compete to be crowned the best in the city.
After having an incredible season, winning all league games, we started well by beating All Saints, and then went on to draw the next game against Plymstock.
This placed us in Group Two for the afternoon, as Plymstock beat All Saints by a greater margin than us.
The afternoon saw us draw to Lipson and our first loss in two years to DHSB.
The boys played with huge character and pride for the school.
They should be exceptionally proud of themselves for what they have done this season.
They are champions in my eyes.

Mr Hammond

10 October 2016

Year 10 Football

The Year 10 football team lost in extra time to South Molton. Man of the match was Mitchell as voted for by the team.
An unfortunate result as the boys had most of the possession - just lacked that cutting edge in front of goal.

Mr Thomas



4 October 2016

Year 8 Rugby

The team continues unbeaten!!
Beat All Saints 24-0
Tries from Icue, Alex, Zabi and Olly. Two conversions from Preston.
Beat Plympton Academy 20-10
Tries from Icue, Harry  2 from Zabi.

Mr Hatcliffe

3 October 2016

 Year 8 Boys Football

The Year 8 football team unfortunately lost 3-2 to Bodmin in the National Cup. The boys were absolutely brilliant and represented the school fantastically. Long old trip and they were a pleasure to work with even with the traffic on the way home!
Goals from Stefan, Ollie, Levi, Charlie and Spike with brilliant performances all round.
The boys were gutted. We missed at least four one-on-ones in the second half which would have won it for us.

Mr Axworthy

4 October 2016

Year 9 Rugby


The Year 9 rugby team continued to show its citywide dominance with three outstanding wins.

Heles            33 - 0
All Saints      50 - 0
Plymstock    7-0

Excellent performances from all the boys - star men: Louis and Tommy.

Mr Hammond


 28 September 2016

Year 8 Rugby

The year drew against Plymstock nil nil! This was actually a very entertaining game not like 0-0 in football it was end to end and competitive.

In the second game we beat St Boniface 19-0.

Mr Hatcliffe

 27 September 2016

Year 7 Boys Football

A fantastic result tonight with the boys dominating in a 6-1 victory against a competitive Liskeard team.

The most well-mannered game of football that I’ve been involved with, so well done to all the boys for representing the year group so well.

Mr Thomas

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Year 11 Netball

The Year 11 netball team attended the national schools netball tournament tonight. With a bare seven, the girls played six outstanding games, across two hours, with no breaks!

We beat Plymouth College, Marjon Studio School and Hele's. Drew against Plymouth High and lost to the joint winners, Ivybridge and DHSG. We came third overall only narrowly missing out on making it to the next round.

Miss Le Page

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23 September 2016

Year 9 Netball

 What a great first night of fixtures for the Year 9 girls!

They were amazing as ever! Winning 19-2 against Notre Dame, 16-3 against Coombe Dean and 15-1 against Plympton Academy!
A massive well done to all the girls!

Miss Cole

Year 9 Rugby

 These fine upstanding gentlemen played their first fixtures of the season!

After a slow start against Plymstock and after through some superb conversion kicking from Preston we came out winners 26 - 22!

The second game we continued the fine form and came out 36 - 10!

Mr Hatcliffe

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 20 September 2016

Year 8 Netball

 The Year 8 netball team had their first fixtures tonight.

The girls beat Hele's 4.1 and drew against Plymstock 4.4. Great to see old and new players coming together so well.

Miss Le Page


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 Year 8 Boys Football

The Year 8 football team last night won in the English Schools Cup Round 1 against Liskeard 5-3 and will now face Bodmin in round 2!

Mr Axworthy

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 Results and mini match reports from sporting fixtures across the College can be found here inby clicking on this page.

Stoke Damerel News Archive 2016-17