U13 East of England Hockey & Rugby tour

Posted on Friday, 24th November 2017 in Match Reports


We left Moreton Hall at around 12:30 and got on our coach to begin our journey to Wisbech, Mr Moxon’s old school. It was a fairly peaceful bus journey until us Form VIII girls started singing the whole back catalogue of Abba greatest hits at full volume at the back of the coach for a full 45 minutes!

We arrived and played Wisbech.  Everybody there was so friendly and welcoming.

Moreton Hall v Wisbech Grammar – Rugby

We started off fast with Edward scoring a try and later in half scoring another.  Although our defence was strong Wisbech managed to score 4 tries in the first half.  The score at half time was 20-10 to Wisbech.  After an inspiring team talk from Mr James we were determined to lift our game in the second half.  Everyone’s game rose and this lead to Tyler scoring three tries and Edward scoring one – the score was now level. In the last minutes of the game I managed to break through their defence and score.  Due to our great defence we managed to secure a victory.  The final score was 35-30 to Moreton Hall.  Thank you Mr James for coaching and Wisbech for match tea.  Man of the match goes to me from Mr James, special mention to the whole team for not giving up.

Harry, Captain of Rugby

Moreton Hall v Wisbech Grammar – Hockey

After a 2½ hour journey to Wisbech we arrived ready for our first match of our hockey tour.  We started off with both sides being quite equal and after about 5 minutes of this Moreton Hall had a break through and Tashy managed to rifle the ball into the back of the net.  This boosted our confidence and Zynia went to to score our second goal.  Then the whistle blew for half time.  Mrs K. then gathered us in for an inspirational team talk.  After that we went back on, playing the ball around the back beautifully.  After some amazing tackles from Pippa and Maria, the ball was passed up to Tilly who ran up the pitch and hit one of the oppositions feet, giving us a short corner.  This resulted in Maria scoring an excellent goal from right at the top of the D. Then, after another five minutes of play, Zynia legged it up the pitch and smashed the ball in the goal leaving the final score 4-0 to Moreton Hall.  Girl of the Game goes to Zynia for her outstanding attacking runs and her two amazing goals.  Thank you Mrs K for coaching and Wisbech for match tea.

Francesca, Captain of Hockey

Then we left for the hotel.  When we arrived we all rushed to our rooms and chilled.  The rooms were super luxurious and as soon as we got there we stocked up on tea, coffee and biscuits. The next morning we got up and had a lovely breakfast even though Ciara accidently set her croissant on fire!  We then packed and Mrs Randall very kindly took all of our bags over to Glebe House while we set off for the beach.

When we arrived we all headed straight to the sea and then ran out screaming because of the cold.  The boys played football, some people built sandcastles and the girls played cricket.  Then Mr and Mrs Moxon bet us a full size Mars Bar each if we could stay in the water (which was feezing) for 5 minutes at thigh/waist height.  Tashy, Tyler, Harc, Harry, Tilly, Frankie, Maria, Pippa and I all completed the task! Our hunger kept us going despite our legs turning purple and red with the cold!  We then did some dune jumping and played man-hunt.  After that we walked to the arcades and all had lots of fun – especially when Tyler, Steph and Harc scored 106 on the mini basket ball! Once we had all spent a lot of money playing at the arcades we then went to Sainsbury’s and, much to Jameson’s delight, got ‘meal deals’ for lunch! We then went to the park and watched Maria swinging on the swing standing up and then falling off when she was at her highest,   Harley was ready with an encouraging ‘Well done!’  Then we made our way to Glebe House for our match.

Moreton Hall v Glebe House – hockey

After spending the morning at the beach and the arcades we made our way to Glebe House.  We then did a long warm up ready for our second match of the tour.  We started off well with Moreton Hall’s attacking players making some awesome illumination skills which culminated in Tashy scoring our first goal.  Then Glebe House made a break through but Pippa put a stop to it and passed to Tilly who ran up the pitch skilling two of their players and then wacked the ball in the goal just before the whistle blew for half time.  After an encouraging team talk from Mrs K we went back on ten times stronger than last time allowing another goal from Tashy and Tilly, a goal from Katie and a goal from Hermanie leaving the final score 6-0 to Morteon Hall.  Girl of the game goes to Pippa for some amazing tackles in defence and her strong passing.  Again, thank you Mrs K for coaching and Glebe House for match tea.

Francesca, Captain of Hockey

Moreton Hall v Glebe House – rugby

We won the toss and chose to receive.  We started off fast with Harley, Tyler, Edward, Wilf and myself scoring tries but these would not have been possible without the hard work of the team.  At half time the score was 35-0 to Moreton Hall.  After encouraging words from Mr James we were ready for the second half.  In the second half they managed to break through and score.  We came back strong with tries from Henry, Edward and Tyler.  Thank you Mr James for coaching and Glebe House for match tea.  Man of the match goes to Edward for some great runs and tackles.

Harry, Captain of Rugby

After we played Glebe House (which we won!) we drove to St Hugh’s in Lincolnshire and spent the night there. In the morning we got up and left for Lincoln Castle. When we arrived we walked down the hill and stopped in at Poundland to get some supplies – who doesn’t love a bargain – before arriving at the castle. We walked around frantically trying to find the prisons.  We eventually found them and spent a long time in the male and female prisons watching all the prison stories and dressing up.  After that we saw the Magna Carta and watched a short video of how it came to be.  Next we walked along the castle walls and went up a very high tower while listening to an audio guide along the way.  We then headed back to St Hugh’s to play what we knew would be a tough game. Mrs Moxon gave us an inspiring team talk which was basically  ‘If you don’t win, you walk home!’

Moreton Hall v St Hugh’s – rugby

On the back of our other successes we were determined to win this match.  We lost the toss and had to kick.  St Hugh’s got off to a great start scoring two tries.  This was not our best start but we soon managed to score 4 tries between Edward and Tyler making the half time score 20-10 to Moreton Hall.  After some great words from Mr Moxon we were ready for the second half.  In the second half St Hugh’s scored one more try but we had tries from Tyler, Edward, Harley and Wilf.  The final score was 55-15 to Moreton Hall.  Thank you Mr Moxon for coaching and St Hugh’s for match tea. Man of the match goes to Tyler from St Hugh’s.

Well done to everyone who was on tour and for putting in such great effort.  Thank you to all the teachers who helped on the tour with special thanks to Mr and Mrs Moxon for organising and overseeing the whole tour.

Harry, Captain of Rugby

Moreton Hall v St Hugh’s – hockey

We were really determined to win this as that would mean we be unbeaten on tour.  We started off well with Moreton Hall making some excellent tackles and attacking runs which resulted in Moreton Hall scoring a goal.  Their confidence then seemed to drop which allowed us to score another 2 goals.  The whistle then blew for half time and Mrs Moxon gave us an encouraging team talk.  We then went back on and Maria and Pippa made some amazing tackles and we scored another 4 goals. Then St Hugh’s scored two goals leaving the final score 7-2 to Moreton Hall.  Girl of the game goes to  Maria for her amazing tackles.  Thank you Mrs Moxon for coaching, St Hugh’s for match tea and Dave, our driver, for the transportation.  Thank you also to Mr Moxon for arranging such an amazing trip.

Francesca, Cpatin of Hockey

We’d all like to thank Mr and Mrs Moxon for organising such a fantastic trip that we will all remember and had buckets of fun on!  Also big thanks to Step for putting up with us and to St Hugh’s and the hotel for puting us up.  We had the best time and will never forget it!