The University of Exeter's Staff Barbarians were unable to
hold back a torrent of goals as they faced Hospiscare for a charity football
match on 19 March.
The friendly match was organised by the University to help raise
funds and awareness for Hospiscare, its partnered charity, and saw staff from
each of the organisations go head to head in on the University's rubber crumb
A dominant start from the charity side put to the infamous
Barbarians on the back foot early on, a clinical approach providing a
commanding 5-2 lead going into half-time. A structural re-shuffle and improved
performance from the home side saw a more evenly fought second half. An outstanding performance from the
Hospiscare keeper and a lack of fineness from the university saw Hospiscare
maintain their led; the full time score Hospiscare 8:4 Barbarians.
Set up in 2005, the University of Exeter Staff Barbarians regularly
face local businesses in charity football and cricket matches.
Barbarians' player / manager Andrew Fry said "The whole
focus of the Barbarians is to raise money for Hospiscare and increase awareness
of their invaluable work. The University is committed its partnership with
Hospiscare and it's brilliant to be able to strengthen that relationship.
"It was a difficult match, but the game was played in great
spirit and we hope to have the opportunity to regain our pride in a rematch
soon. The important thing is that match has made some contribution to promoting
the work of such an important charity. Hospiscare provides help to hundreds of
people that simply is not available elsewhere and we are pleased to be
Hospiscare is a Devon-based charity that provides free
support services to the terminally ill and their families, including nursing
care, bereavement services and practical advice. The Hospiscare team thoroughly enjoyed the match and not just because
they scored a notable victory.
Corporate Fundraiser for Hospiscare said after the game: "We trust the
scoreline won't damage the excellent relationship between the University and
Hospiscare and we look forward to further challenges of a sporting nature in
the future. We would especially like to thank Patrick McCartan, the
referee who kindly volunteered his services. The match raised very
welcome funds for a good cause which Hospiscare will ensure directly benefits
those in the local community who need its services".