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University staff footballers defeated by Hospiscare

By University of Exeter Sport  |  Posted: May 23, 2013

Barbarians forward Lee Kirk takes a shot at goal.

Barbarians forward Lee Kirk takes a shot at goal.

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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

supporting them."

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.   

John Arnold,

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".

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