The friendly match was organised by the University to help raisefunds and awareness for Hospiscare, its partnered charity, and saw staff fromeach of the organisations go head to head in on the University's rubber crumbpitch.
A dominant start from the charity side put to the infamousBarbarians on the back foot early on, a clinical approach providing acommanding 5-2 lead going into half-time. A structural re-shuffle and improvedperformance from the home side saw a more evenly fought second half. An outstanding performance from theHospiscare keeper and a lack of fineness from the university saw Hospiscaremaintain their led; the full time score Hospiscare 8:4 Barbarians.
Set up in 2005, the University of Exeter Staff Barbarians regularlyface local businesses in charity football and cricket matches.
Barbarians' player / manager Andrew Fry said "The wholefocus of the Barbarians is to raise money for Hospiscare and increase awarenessof their invaluable work. The University is committed its partnership withHospiscare and it's brilliant to be able to strengthen that relationship.
"It was a difficult match, but the game was played in greatspirit and we hope to have the opportunity to regain our pride in a rematchsoon. The important thing is that match has made some contribution to promotingthe work of such an important charity. Hospiscare provides help to hundreds ofpeople that simply is not available elsewhere and we are pleased to besupporting them."
Hospiscare is a Devon-based charity that provides freesupport services to the terminally ill and their families, including nursingcare, bereavement services and practical advice. The Hospiscare team thoroughly enjoyed the match and not just becausethey scored a notable victory.
John Arnold,Corporate Fundraiser for Hospiscare said after the game: "We trust thescoreline won't damage the excellent relationship between the University andHospiscare and we look forward to further challenges of a sporting nature inthe future. We would especially like to thank Patrick McCartan, thereferee who kindly volunteered his services. The match raised verywelcome funds for a good cause which Hospiscare will ensure directly benefitsthose in the local community who need its services".