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The girls do us proud!

Best ever placing for Chulmleigh girls at Football finals

Devon Schools Girls Football Final Day – Feniton Football Club

Last Wednesday, the 18th March saw the U16 girl’s football team travel to Feniton, just outside of Exeter to represent North Devon in the Devon Schools Final Day. They were joined by the other respective champions from around the county with the addition of a further finalist from Plymouth City schools.

The format for the five teams was that everyone played each other twice, with 3 points for a win and a point for a draw. The winner would be the team with the highest number of points at the end of the day, or a combination of points and goal difference if tied.

We played Kings School, Ottery in our first match, Bronwyn Cousins scoring our goal, but a last minute equaliser resulted in a 1-1 draw. We then beat Coombeshead 1-0, Bronwyn scoring a second goal, before suffering two defeats, 0-2 to Paignton College and 0-1 to the mighty Ivybridge Sports Academy.

The second round of games began with another draw versus Kings School, 0-0, before two victories, a 2-1 win versus Coombeshead, Bronwyn Cousins scoring a brace of goals and a 1-0 success over Paignton, Katie Smith scoring the winner. We then faced Ivybridge for the second time, who had by then already been crowned champions as they had remained unbeaten for the entire tournament and lost by 0-3.


Games Played









V Coombeshead 1-0

V Coombeshead 2-1

V Paignton 1-0

V Kings 1-1

V Kings 0-0


V Paignton 0-2

V Ivybridge 0-1

V Ivybridge 0-3

Our overall placing was 3rd, behind Kings School and the unbeaten Ivybridge which is the best ever placing Chulmleigh Community College has achieved and is a massive credit to the girls for their level of commitment and drive to succeed. Add to the equation that we only had one Year 11 player, compared to full teams from our opponents, 3rd in the County is a truly remarkable achievement.

Special mention to our captain, Ellie Taplin-Hatcher for leading the team impeccably for this her last time, Bronwyn Cousins for four outstanding goals and confirming her promise as one of the most talented footballers in the county and to Katie Smith, who if she can follow in Bronwyn’s footsteps and work hard in training could become part of the best attacking pairing we have had in some time at Chulmleigh.

The girls will now enjoy a well deserve break, but will be back in September to challenge firstly for their North Devon crown and their three year unbeaten record and then hopefully another attempt to topple the mighty Ivybridge and cement Chulmleigh impressive county standing in girls football.

Well done girls – the College is truly proud of your achievements and success.

Dan Harrison – PE Teacher