Moyles Court History Club led the Remembrance Day Assembly last Friday followed by a cake sale at break time to raise money for Help for Heroes. We raised £46.55 which we were able to present to one of their Regional Co-ordinators when she visited the school on Tuesday lunchtime. Jen gave an inspirational talk to History Club about the work of the charity and her involvement with it. Lea, who had the idea, can be seen presenting the money on behalf of History Club.
Moyles Court pupils are supporting ‘Re-start a Heart’ Day. Nurse Lucy is training all Senior School pupils with this vital lifesaving skill in support of this national initiative by the British Heart Foundation. We are very grateful for her expertise and patience and hope that we can make a difference.
It was a pleasure to welcome so many of you at our European Languages Day assembly this morning. What a wonderful way to start the day, seeing our fabulous confident children engaging and understanding so many wonderful songs! Thank you for your support and to Mrs Pragnell and Ms Constantin for all their enthusiasm.
Moyles Court participated in an away football fixture against Park School. Team Moyles have happy memories of this fixture from last season as Jack scored 4 and Harrison netted 3 as the team beat Park 9-2, so they were looking to put in another impressive performance this time around. Moyles Court had the majority of the ball and looked dangerous every time they went forward. In truth, this was a fantastic all-round performance with Harrison bossing the game from midfield, Rohan marshalling the defence and Jack creating several decent chances for himself. Three quick goals before half-time saw Moyles Court go into the interval three-nil up, with 2 impressive goals from Jack, one of which was thanks to an assist by debutant Oscar. However, the score-line should have been double that as Moyles Court spurned a hatful of promising chances. Freddie played well on the right hand side and could have scored several of his own.
The second half saw Park come into the game a bit more and they scored a well-deserved goal midway through the second half to make it 3-1. However, Harrison grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck and forced an own-goal from Park before finding the net himself to make the final score 5-1. Again, the score should have been closer to double figures had Moyles Court made the most of their chances. This was a fantastic and in-control performance by the boys and they were feeling slightly disappointing at the full-time whistle that they had not produced an even more impressive scoreline.
Final score: Moyles Court 5 – 1 Park School
Man of the Match: Harrison
Although Moyles Court enjoyed some periods of possession in the first half we somehow found ourselves 5 – 1 down at half-time through defensive frailties. However we were a much more positive team in the second half and we came back to score 3 goals; 2 from Pedro and 1 from Harry, that brought us right back into the game. However the loss of another goal just before the final whistle, meant that the score finished 6 – 3 in favour of Ballard.
A special mention should go to Tyler who defended heroically and to Harry, Pedro and Roy who were great up front. Also, well done to Oscar, Leo and Bobby who turned in promising performances in their first games for Moyles Court.
Moyles Court took part in a closely competed 8-a-side fixture versus Buckholme Towers in what proved to be an enjoyable afternoon. Moyles Court started with Alfie in goal, with both Callum and Joe providing a defensive shield in front of him. Henry, Josh and Alex added steel, determination and pace in midfield with Edward up front, supported by Harrison playing an advanced midfield role.
Moyles Court saw a lot of the ball in the early exchanges but struggled to form any coherent attacks in the opening half due to a few misplaced passes and the ball not reaching the more advanced players. Buckholme struck early on with a finely worked goal from their left hand side which found its way into the box and was slotted in by their chief striker. Moyles Court however responded very strongly and were level within seconds. Henry Howe dispossessed the ball off the opposition in midfield and found Alex on the right wing, who in turn provided an excellently driven cross into the box which was expertly dispatched by Edward.
Disaster then struck as Moyles Court conceded a penalty after a clumsy mistimed tackle in the box. However, they were handed a lifeline as Alfie, who is enjoying a fine run of form in the team and is regarded as one of the best shot-stoppers in the school, saved the penalty by diving down low and kept hold of it to prevent the on-rushing Buckholme team from sneaking in a rebound. Moyles were in very high spirits after this and now started to show off some sharp, quicker passing and created several decent chances of their own.
Buckholme were given a boost before half time when a poor goal-kick was intercepted by the Buckholme midfield, who promptly found the net within two passes. Moyles Court were down 2-1 at the break despite being the better team at the end of the half.
In the second half, a tactical change saw Henry play a slightly more advanced role on the right with Josh now driving from the centre of midfield. William now replaced Harrison and Jimmy also made an appearance for Joe, as the team took advantage of their ability to play rolling substitutions. Jimmy gained in confidence as the half progressed and made a number of key interceptions, whilst William carried on his good form and enabled Moyles Court to pass the ball better. Moyles Court created more chances in the second half and found the net with a superb volley from Henry from outside of the box.
Buckholme were reeling from the now cohesive, confident and dangerous Moyles Court attack. Alex had an opportunity and, with his back to goal, spun around in the box and would have found the net if not for some superb goalkeeping from the Buckholme keeper. Moyles Court then hit the
bar after another fine save from the goalkeeper and Josh was now becoming the most dangerous player on the field thanks to his driving runs. He almost capped off a superb second half display with a goal, but was tackled at the very last moment before the trigger was pulled.
All of Moyles Court’s work was seemingly undone in the final quarter of the game when another poor goal kick saw our defence quickly dispossessed and the ball found its way into the net for the third time in the match. Buckholme now led 3-2 despite Moyles Court dominating the match. However, the players kept their hands up and continued to create chances. As the half went on, Moyles Court couldn’t find that clear chance to grab the equaliser as both the goalkeeper and his defence defended well in the closing exchanges. Hearts were in mouths as Buckholme broke quickly from a corner and found themselves one-on-one with Alfie, who dived low to put off the Buckholme attacker and saw the shot dragged well wide.
In the final minute of the game, Buckholme grabbed a controversial goal as the Moyles Court defence were adamant that the ball had gone out of play before being headed in. However, the goal stood and the match finished 4-2 to Buckholme Towers, despite Moyles Court enjoying most of the possession and creating the better chances. Court were positive in defeat and have outlined a number of ways in which they will improve in the next game, notably by becoming more clinical with their chances and by tightening up their defence in order to prevent sloppy goals, as was the case today.
Men-of-the-Match: This goes to both Alfie and Josh. Alfie provided an excellent penalty save and gained in confidence with his shot stopping abilities, whilst Josh grew in stature during the second half and was at the heart of most of Moyles Court’s great play.
It was a steady start by Moyles Court who achieved their aim by preventing the opposition from scoring in the first quarter.
The second quarter saw Buckholme Towers score 3 goals in succession. Unfortunately, Moyles Court struggled to score as two of our key shooters were not playing due to a cross-country event they were running in.
However, our team fought hard and although not able to score more than 1 in the second half they prevented the opposition from scoring more than 1 also.
The final score was 1-4, a vast improvement on the score of 1-10 in the previous fixture with Buckholme just 4 weeks ago.
Moyles Court: 1 Buckholme Towers :4
Player of the Match: Tatum and Eleanor
Effort and Determination: Lola
This was a really exciting game with the score staying within one try of each team until almost the end of the game. Both teams passed the ball around well, always supporting the ball carrier and almost everybody in our team scored a try. In the end though, the game was decided by just two ball handling errors from Moyles Court, which gave turnover ball to Durlston Court who subsequently won by 11 tries to 9.
At the group stage all teams played off against each other. Moyles Court took a while to get going, but as the games progressed we started to pass better, support the ball carrier more, work better as a team and most importantly, tackle better. Although the results in the first 6 games were not favourable towards us, we did score some excellent tries from Jack, Harrison and the impressive Oliver. However, we were able to win our final group stage game that took us through to the semi-final of the Plate completion against BCS. With our best rugby so far, we were able to win this game by 4-2, with 2 further tries apiece for Oliver and Edward.
In the Plate final we played Durlston Court who had previously beaten us comfortably in the first group stage match. However, in the final we played our best rugby of the tournament, but ended up losing by just one try with a final score of 4-3 in favour of Durlston Court. In fact, just as the whistle went, we went over the try line but unfortunately the whistle had already gone.
Stand out player of the tournament for Moyles Court was Oliver, who scored the most tries in the afternoon and made the most tackles, but credit should also go to Jack who carried the ball well, made a number of crucial tackles and scored some good tries of his own and finally to Edward who improved as the tournament went on.