On a glorious Spring afternoon, we were treated to a fabulous game of rugby at LHS. Our Y5/6 team started the game superbly, keeping possession of the ball well and going through a number of phases before Jack stormed over for the first try of the game. LHS equalised soon after, but the first third ended all square with both sides coming close to taking the lead.
In the second third, Moyles Court continued to press, with Tommy having a particularly strong game in midfield and consistently making inroads into the LHS defence. Rohan was leading the tackle count at this stage and it was a good break from him that enabled Sam to dart through the LHS defence to regain the lead. LHS responded well with a couple of good tries, but another try from Jack meant that Moyles Court finished the second third in a strong position and looking dangerous.
The final third was a scintillating contest, with Moyles Court desperately trying to turn some good possession into scores. However, it was LHS that secured the win with a couple of fine solo tries, but what a game and what a performance.
Tommy and Rohan. Tommy for his bulldozing runs and immense support play and Rohan for his phenomenal tackle count.
In a closely contested match Yarrells took advantage of a sluggish start by Moyles Court and scored the first try. Yarrells continued to dominate early possession, but excellent tackling from Bobby and Harry kept the opposition at bay. However, after surviving the early pressure Max equilised with a well worked try from the scrum. This try gave Moyles Court a boost of confidence and they began to play with more spirit and togetherness and it wasn’t long before we took the lead with a try from Andy Warner. Although Yarrells soon levelled the score with a fine try of their own, Harry gave us the lead with another fine try. In the last few minutes of the game this lead was extended with another try from Andy.
Credit should go to the whole squad who all made a positive contribution to a well-deserved victory.
On a drizzly, damp afternoon the U11 rugby team entertained teams from Leehurst Swan and Talbot House in a thoroughly entertaining mini tournament. The opening match against Talbot House was a classic with great running rugby and resilient defence from both teams. Anthony continued his fine start to the season with a very well taken try, following some typically robust work in midfield from Jack. Talbot House hit back with two tries of their own, only for Sam to score a fine try in the corner to bring the scores level. With time running out for both teams, it was Talbot House who managed to conjure up a winning try, to bring a thoroughly competitive and entertaining match to an end.
The second match against Leehurst Swan B was another tense encounter with both teams defending brilliantly. Try scoring opportunities were kept to a minimum, but great work from Archie and Rohan nearly created the opening that Moyles Court were craving. Eventually LHS found a way through the Moyles Court defence and scored the only try of the game to sneak a fine win.
In the final game, Moyles Court competed valiantly against LHS A team, making them work hard for their opportunities. Finlay was having a great game in his first outing for the team and despite losing by three tries to nil, the performance was a very pleasing one.
Jack, for his persistence and great ball carrying skills that created plenty of try scoring opportunities.
The U11 rugby team came up against a very strong Avondale side this afternoon and despite the afternoon ending in defeat, there were plenty of positive signs from this emerging group of players. Jack led the team with his usual commitment and skill and there was always plenty of support from Tommy, Freddie and Archie in particular. Anthony was outstanding in defence in his first game for the team and Adam finished off a flowing passing move to break clear of the Avondale defence and score a well deserved try. Well played boys!
Man-of-the-Match: Anthony for his ferocious and consistent tackling in his first game for the school
Moyles Court played two games against an A and B team from the Park. Both games were really exciting with the score staying within one try of each team until almost the end of both games. Both teams passed the ball around well, always supporting the ball carrier and we scored some very good tries. It would be impossible to pick out one player as this was such a great team effort and the sportsmanship displayed was a real credit to the players from Moyles Court. The results were a loss in the first game 8 -7, but the second game we won 9-8.
The U11 rugby team got their season underway with two very closely fought matches against The Park School. In the first match, the boys created some excellent passages of play to put the visitors under pressure and a number of good tries from Jack, Harrison, Tommy and Freddie kept the scores level. However, with time running out, The Park capitalised on a couple of mistakes from the home team to sneak home 14-12.
The second match was a similar story with Moyles Court always in the game. Good tries from Tommy and Freddie early on and with Jack always causing the visiting defence some problems, it was turning into a very entertaining and competitive match. However, the game was eventually won by The Park 11-6.
It was an impressive start to the new season and one that holds plenty of promise. Well played boys!
Men-of-the-Match: Jack and Freddie
Our final match before the Christmas break was against a combative Leehurst Swan School. In a closely contested game Moyles Court, despite dominating the early possession went a goal down within the first 10 minutes. However, it wasn’t long before Harrison scored an excellent goal from a shot that was well outside of the penalty area. For the remainder of the first half, chances went to both teams, but the score was 1 – 1 at half-time.
Again in the second half, Moyles Court dominated much of the possession but we were unable to take any of the goal scoring chances that came our way. In fact LHS had their own chances to win the game, but all their efforts were thwarted by some excellent defending by Anthony and some great goalkeeping from Lewis in goal. In the end, a 1- 1 draw was a fair result to both teams.
Moyles Court and Talbot House girls were considerably taller and more experienced than the opposition. This was evident in the first quarter when the score was 5-0 to Moyles Court. We continued to dominate in the second quarter with our shooters playing well and our defence keeping the ball away from Sopley’s attacking circle. So it was 10-0 to Moyles Court at half time.
Going into the second half we weakened our team by changing positions and hopefully showing good sportsmanship to a much weaker side.
The final score was 14-0 to Moyles Court.
After the match tea, Sopley stayed for a coaching session with some of the Moyles Court team. The girls played in mixed teams and the aim was to gain experience.
Final Score: Moyles Court – 14 Sopley Primary – 0
Player of the Match: Amia and Isabella
Moyles Court started brightly playing some lovely football and right from the beginning creating goalscoring opportunities. However it took 10 minutes before we scored our first goal which was a scrappy goal scored with a mishit shot from just in front of the goal from Harrison’s left foot. Despite dominating play Sopley soon equalised. However the lead was soon restored with a tap in goal from Jack and then we scored 2 further goals before half-time from Harrison and Finley.
After half-time further goals were added by Harrison (2) and 1 from Abdul. This was a game that everybody contributed to the performance of, with some excellent goalkeeping from Lewis, some fine defending from, Tommy, Evan, Freddie and Rohan, some great passing in midfield from Jack, Abdul and Finley and once again the talented forward play of Harrison scoring the goals for us. A great game with the final score Moyles Court 7, Sopley 1.
Moyles Court played brilliantly in the first half, demonstrating some good awareness and team unity. Consistent pressure led to an own goal and a 1-0 lead, and a second goal soon followed thanks to some good build up play from the entire team.
Tommy showed why he is our most improved player, and he formed a back 3 with Abdul and Rohan that the opposition struggled to get past. Harrison and Jack worked well with Finley up-front, and the boys enjoyed a 3-0 lead at half time.
In the 2nd half Avondale came out positively and scored 2 quick goals of their own. Lewis made some good saves, and the entire team battled heroically to defend their lead as the held on for the win.
Man of the Match: Harrison Hughes