Students past and present from Moyles Court School, Ringwood held a football match on Thursday 4th December to mark the centenary of the games that took place during the World War 1 Christmas Truce – in a project backed by Prince William.
The match is part of the Football Remembers project from the British Council, The FA, the Football League and the Premier League – which will see every level of football mark the anniversary in a week of commemoration between 6 – 14 December.
The students were divided into two teams – the British and the Germans. They exchanged gifts of chocolate bars, played a football match and finished with a rendition of ‘Silent Night’ in German and English.
Richard Milner-Smith, Headmaster said: ”The whole school, led by our fabulous History Club, have been reflecting on this amazing event that took place 100 years ago. It is a powerful story of hope and peace and an important one for our children to understand. Events such as this help to humanise the horrific stories from the First World War and ensure that those who made the ultimate sacrifice are not forgotten.”
We played 2 games against an A and B team. In the first game, Moyles Court started strongly with quick tries from Josh Divall, with another shortly after from Luis Sparkes. Both teams had opportunities to score but in the end Moyles Court made the most of their possession and ended up winning by 40 – 10 with Josh scoring 3 further tries, Max 1 and Luis scoring 3.
The second game was a more evenly contested match with Ballard playing some good rugby and linking well. Moyles Court also passed well between Aidan, Josh, Harry and Luis in particular with this game going right to the final whistle with Moyles Court equalising in the last minute of the game, making the final score 20 -20.
Men-of-the-Match: Josh (Game 1)and Luis (Game 2)
This game started with Ballard running in 3 tries before Moyles Court realised they were in a game. From 3 restarts Ballard caught Moyles Court lacking organisation and they ran in tries whilst we were not ready. With some frustrated guidance from the sidelines Moyles Court began to wake up and get themselves into the game. Edward used his boot to good effect by clearing his line on several occasions. The first half ended with the score at 25 – 0 in Ballard’s favour.
However, we came into the game much more in the second half after some half- time guidance. Josh, who had an outstanding game, made many defensive tackles and he ran in 3 tries of his own. We managed in the main, to compete equally in the second half and ended up conceding only 4 tries in the second half losing finally by 40 – 15.
This was an evenly contested game with both teams sharing equal possession for most of the game. The first half saw both teams score tries with a couple of players on each side running through the opposition without being tackled, this took us into half-time with a score of 7-5 in Ballard’s favour. At half-time it was agreed to condition the game to encourage the players to pass the ball at least 3 times before scoring a try.
The second half, as a consequence, was far more entertaining with a lot of good support play and passing being played by both teams. However, a couple of ball handling mistakes by Moyles Court enabled Ballard to eventually end up winning by 13 – 8. Our tries were scored by Harrison 1, Oliver 3 and Jack 4.
A special mention should go in particular to both Oliver and Jack, who both were the main players in all our attacking moves and made many of our defensive tackles.
Men-of-the-Match: Jack and Oliver
Our Craft and Gift Fair was an amazing success and attracted 45 stall holders and lots of lovely visitors. Father Christmas arrived in style much to the children’s delight – a huge thanks to all that helped, supported and came on Saturday – Happy Christmas to you all!
This was one of our better performances. Moyles Court enjoyed lots of possession and were able to produce several tries that involved great support play and passing amongst all members of the team.
Every player was able to score a try and in fact, Harry ran in 5 on his own. Although Harry was the stand out player, every player deserves credit for a really solid performance. This was a game that we won comfortably by 85 – 5
Men-of-the-Match: The Whole Team
Before the game started we had 2 crucial late withdrawals from the starting list, which meant that we took the field with a severely depleted team.
Leehurst Swan fielded a team who were significantly bigger in size than we were and this meant that we found it difficult to compete for the ball. Lee Hurst Swan dominated possession and although Moyles Court battled valiantly, we were well beaten by opposition who were simply better than we were.
Credit should go to Joshua in goal, who made some amazing saves and Aidan and Harry who tried their best to break up play in midfield.
This was a return match between these 2 teams with our girls narrowly losing in the previous meeting.
The junior netball squad have been working with Mrs Wall on Wednesday afternoons to build on their skills and tactical play and started strong in this game. Margaux was shooting brilliantly, hardly missing a shot with Lea supporting and shooting to add to our score.
As well as our attackers working well, Farah and Tatum worked fantastically hard in defence. In the centre court Eleanor was intercepting well and Mrs Wall commented: “This game was the best I’ve seen them play.”
Huge congratulations to all the girls.
Final Score: Moyles Court – 14 Avondale – 3
Player of the Match: Lea
Laura Mulliner, Artist, came in to Moyles Court School this morning to inspire and run a ‘Portrait Painting’ workshop with our Year 11 GCSE Art students.
The students will continue with their ‘identity’ themed artwork when Laura returns to run a second workshop next week. They will also benefit from the expertise of the artist Emma Mount, who successfully exhibits internationally and will join them to work with acrylics and oils.
From the kick off Moyles Court dominated play and passed with great skill, including most of their players in their passing movements. In the first half we ran in 4 goals with 2 from Harry and 1 each from Callum and Josh, with Bukholme Towers scoring just one in reply.
However, the second half was more evenly contested and in fact both teams scored with Harry adding to Moyles Courts goal tally and Buckholme scoring 2 in response. The match was played with great spirit from both teams and the sporting conduct displayed by both teams was a credit to all the players. Moyles Court ended up winning 5 – 3.
Man of the Match: Harry