On Wednesday, we held our annual Moyles Court Invitation Cross-Country event. Due to the change in date we had less than half the entries of previous years, seven schools in total, but with a promise of all the usual schools entering next year, we were blessed with a cool but sunny afternoon.
Both the junior boys and girls races were won by St. Francis School but Baden Powell and Leehurst Swan schools ran them close in both races.
Moyles Court School’s highest placed runners were Alex in the boys’ race, he finished 18th and Lea who finished 20th in the girls’ race.
Again, in the senior races, St. Francis School won both the boys and girls team races, although the girls’ race was shared with Talbot Heath. However, Moyles Court senior boys’ team did well to finish second – so well done to Max 6th, Archie 7th and Richard 8th.
In very competitive races all the runners from Moyles Court managed to complete the course and I am sure they will have learned a lot from their experiences.
A great afternoon was had by all – a huge well done everyone!
Moyles Court made national headlines this week with news of our reduced fees making the school accessible to more working families. It has appeared now in the Telegraph and the Daily Mail. On Friday, Mr Richard Milner-Smith, Headmaster, was also live interviewed live on LBC Radio on Friday.
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The girls had to work very hard in the first half defending a great team of Ballard’s attackers as 3 goals were scored in quick succession within the first few minutes. However Moyles Court fought back and the first half concluded 5/3 to Ballard with our goals scored by Lucy.
Moyles Court had clearly warmed up as the girls were quick, defended well and attacked hard in the second half. Between Jade and Nia, 6 goals were scored to Ballard’s 2.
The match ended with a victorious win of 9/7 to Moyles Court!
With changing of positions and opportunities for all the girls to get some match play, this was a superb team effort. It was bitterly cold but the girls remained cheerful throughout. Well done!
Players of the Match: Nia and Rachel
Moyles Court started off very slowly in this match and were unable to grab a foothold in the first half. However, there was a massive improvement in the second half. The tackling was much better and Moyles Court were much quicker and more adventurous with the ball. Inspired by Jack, Harrison grew into the game and made a series of fantastic tackles. Alex and Rohan combined well on the left hand side to cause Avondale a series of problems.
However, Moyles Court had too big a deficit to make up from the first half and despite scoring several tries in the second half of this match the final score was Moyles Court 8 – 10 Avondale.
Man of the Match: Jack for his Captain’s performance.
An honourable mention must go to Archie for taking part in his first ever competitive fixture in any sport. Well done!
This was our first match of the rugby season. With Lewis and Tommy, the Captain, organising the team well, Moyles Court began positively despite this being the first match that the girls had ever played in. All of the players were involved in all aspects of the game, making numerous tackles, running with the ball and supporting the ball carrier and passing the ball, however Isabella, Victoria and Finley played really well and scored several tries between them. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to win the game.
Final score: Moyles Court 8 – 11 Park
Man of the Match: Finley
This was an evenly contested game, with both teams supporting the ball carrier well with some fine individual play from all of the players in both teams. Most of the players made a contribution to the score, however Bobby, Harrison, Alex, Rohan and Jack all ran more than one try a piece. The score remained close throughout most of the game, until unfortunately in the final quarter Moyles Court began to tire and Park School were able to capitalise and run in a couple of extra tries to win by a score of 28 – 21.
Man of the Match: Jack
Moyles Court went into the match with a positive attitude and started on the front foot against LHS. However, they conceded a goal due to a long range shot. Fortunately, Jack was on hand to bring the score to 1-1 as he tucked the ball under the keeper to cap off a good season for him. Half time: 1-1.
In the second half, Moyles Court started off on the attack and were unlucky not to score, with the opposition goalkeeper making a series of fine saves. Unfortunately, LHS moved the ball quickly on the counter-attack and scored to make it 2-1. Alex stepped up as Captain and took charge of the match, picking up the ball in his own half before unleashing a superb shot that sailed into the top corner.
The match continued at a frantic pace with both sides showing off some excellent attacking play. LHS took control of the game with two quick goals in succession. Moyles Court showed true grit, effort and determination; characteristics that they have developed over the course of this term. They brought the match back to 4-3 with three minutes remaining thanks to Bobby tidy finish after Harrison worked the ball nicely into the box from the left. There were jubilant scenes as Moyles Court grabbed a well-deserved equaliser with only 45 seconds remaining on the clock. Harrison Hughes, Bobby and Jack worked together to put the LHS defence under pressure before Alex slotted the ball into the back of the net to make it 4-4 with his second of the match.
Final score: Moyles Court 4 – LHS 4
Man of the Match: Alex
Moment of the Match: When Moyles Court grabbed the equaliser to level the match at 4-4, a just reward for never giving up. Moyles Court have played well over the course of this season and have bonded together as a tight unit. Mr Babur is very proud for all that they have achieved and he is very thankful for the effort and team spirit that they have shown.
Jenny is in Year 11 and in her thirteenth and final year as a pupil at Moyles Court School. Jenny is now, very deservedly, Head Girl.
She began working towards her Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award in January this year and as part of the scheme pupils have to complete a physical aspect of the course and she chose power lifting.
Having started in January, she took part in her first competition in April where she qualified for the British Championships. On the 31st October Jenny proudly became the Sub Junior British Champion in her age and weight category – competing against twenty other girls!
Jenny comments: “I chose powerlifting as my Mum inspired me as she has been power lifting for four years. You have to be very dedicated as need to train three times a week. I am thrilled to win this tropy after only been training for less than a year. ”
Moyles Court also celebrated success last Wednesday at the Independent School Association (ISA) Southwest Swimming Gala at Sherbourne School. As a result of winning their heats, Elliott in Year 10 and Rachel in Year 9 have been selected to represent the South West of England at the National Independent Schools Association Swimming Championships in January at the Olympic Aquatic Centre in London.
Mr Milner-Smith, Headmaster adds: “They are wonderful ambassadors for our school and have competed with great enthusiasm and skill – I am extremely proud of them and what a wonderful opportunity for our swimmers to be competing in London – we wish them both the very best of luck.”
The Moyles Court team started well, scoring the first 2 goals. This was encouraging as our team consisted of only two Year 5s – the rest being Year 4s. The opposition were all Year 5s and 6s and considerably taller!
Our three older and taller girls commanded the game and were supported by the smaller girls who fought hard. Moyles Court deserved to win by 4 goals to 1 after playing so well.
Final Score: Moyles Court – 4 Leehurst Swan- 1
Player of the Match: Lola for scoring all the goals and for her determination on court
Moyles Court started off very brightly and quickly raced into the lead thanks to some superb solo play from Harrison. Avondale were stunned and quickly conceded another after some excellent interplay between Bobby and Jack. Moyles Court should have added a third and possibly another goal soon after that, but were sloppy in finishing their chances. They were made to pay for their lack of composure in front of goal and gave away a penalty after Alex brought down their attacker as he was through on goal. The penalty was converted and Moyles Court then conceded a second towards the end of the half, bringing the score to 2-2.
Moyles Court again started the next half brightly and scored after the impeccable Harrison tested their keeper from long range. He had hit the bar in the first half after his effort had appeared to be goal-bound, partly thanks to a beautiful save from the opposition keeper. Moyles Court were creating all of the chances and had the majority of the best play, with Avondale looking quick on the counter. Their tactics worked as they scored to bring the match level to 3-3. Moyles Court can count themselves desperately unlucky in what was a pulsating end-to-end and very competitive fixture that should have ended in a victory. The opposition dug in deep and rightfully deserved something from the game. Final score: 3-3.
Man of the Match: Harrison Hughes