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Sports Report: Week 11

A round-up of sports results from Week 11 of the Lent Term, by Mr Lawes, Director of Sport.

Cross Country

Well done to George C who managed 2 miles in 12 minutes, Lucas K who ran 4 miles confidently and to Tom S who has now achieved 2 miles in 20 minutes.


The Lacrosse team had their final match against Taunton School last Saturday.  Whilst we were down 4 starters, the team still played extremely well.  This was a fast-paced game and it took the girls a few minutes to adjust to the pace as Taunton were stronger than most other teams we have played this term.  The girls adjusted well, however, and finally gained a settled attack where Daisy rolled the crease for a brilliant goal, making the score 1-0 at half time.  Taunton started off the second half with a little more momentum and scored a goal which was quickly responded to by Sophie.  Laura then scored to bring us 3-1 ahead.  Taunton gained most of the possession for the rest of the match and were able to score twice more.  They then had a penalty shot to play out the last seconds of the game but Paige made a great save to keep the score 3-3.  Paige made dozens of incredible saves and was named 'player of the match' for her excellent performance.

Rugby 7s

Twelve boys headed to the Under 18 National 7s Festival in London at Rosslyn Park last Wednesday.  We were 1 of 182 competing teams in our branch of the tournament alone.  The boys acted as superb ambassadors for the school throughout the day and played some really good 7s rugby.  The day started with a narrow defeat against the eventual group winners, AKS Arnold, 12-19.  George W scored a great try in this match with his quick feet finding a gap in the middle of the park.  Other results included a painful 26-27 defeat to a strong Welsh side.  However the boys got their reward in the final game of the day in which they beat Wellington School 17-12.  Merlin scored the winning try in that game following some great build-up play which included a George C side-step (a rare event).  Special mention must go to Piers B who was our 'player of the day' scoring a handful of impressive tries.


Our 1st VII had a stunning defence in the final two matches and a fantastic attitude.  The matches were impressive to watch and paved the way for next season.  'Player of the match' was Hattie.

The U15 VII showed periods of play which were really impressive and this is a squad to watch out for next season.  Lily H was named as 'player of the match'.


The U14s finished their season with a comfortable 3-1 win over QE Wimborne, the game sealed with a great short corner from Alex K.  This was a great end to the season and the team can be proud of the run of wins they have put together.

The 1st XI had a great game against HCS.  Vlad's fine season continued - the Fourth Former scored twice to put MA 2-1 up.  HCS came back to level the match but 'player of the season', Kirill, slotted home for the win.  A great way to finish a fine season.  'Players of the match' went to Merlin and Vlad.


The 1st XI Football team won a competitive match against Poole Grammar last Tuesday by 2 goals to 1.  It was a solid team performance that MA dominated for long periods of the game without being able to capitalise by scoring more goals.  Benji put MA ahead early in the first half when he took advantage of casual defending, dispossessing his opponent and slotting the ball past the keeper in clinical fashion. MA appeared to be in full control of the game as halftime approached with our players thwarting all efforts to attack by the home team.  Poole were able to score an equaliser, however, and the teams were level at the break.  Abdul had a huge game in midfield playing his first match of the season.  He grew in stature as the game progressed and in the second half was involved in several promising attacks.  Tom and George W also pressurised the opponents time and time again with Tom hitting the crossbar with one attempt on goal.  Eventually with 10 minutes to go, George fired the ball home with a blistering long range shot that hit the top righthand side of the net to put MA back into the lead.  Poole tried desperately to hit back but our defence held firm and secured the victory.

On Thursday the 1st XI took on a more experienced and very competent Downside A team.  In the first half Milton Abbey had more possession and created more opportunities with Benji once again getting on the score sheet while Ed's solo run resulted in MA's second goal.  Downside responded well to being 2 goals down and came back at MA scoring two of their own.  The score remained 2-2 for much of the second half as the play moved from end to end.  George and Abdul worked particularly hard in midfield and Tom came close to scoring a winner on a couple of occasions.  At the MA end Freddie made some great saves as Milo, Peter and Harry desperately defended the goal.  In the end MA were very unlucky to concede a 3rd goal just before the final whistle when a Downside player appeared to be offside.  The final score was 3-2 to Downside - a thrilling match.

The 2nd XI played two tough games against Poole Grammar and Sherborne last week.  Both games resulted in losses but in both cases the team played with good heart and determination.  There were some good patches of play and the work of the defence was notable in both games.  Nick F received 'player of the match' in both games for his tireless work rate and frequent displays of skill, especially under pressure.  Honourable mentions also go to George and Din who also played with real determination.  The team has come on well over the term and Mr Bradbury has been impressed by the spirit in which they have played the game.