The Myles Trust - Water Polo

On the same weekend as the memorial football match took place at Charterhouse two Water Polo matches dedicated to Myles were being played up in Newcastle at City Pool. The Newcastle University Old Boys and Girls took on the current University sides in what is the annual Old Boys and Girls weekend. As an Old Boy, Myles would have taken his place for the first time in the Old Boys line up, sharing goalkeeper duties with Martin Prest.

The Old Girls kicked off proceedings by dismantling the University side before the Old Boys match, which was preceded by a minute’s applause for Myles. The Old Boys captain, Nick Caulfield (Myles’ coach whilst at Uni), organised for special caps to be made up for the Old Boys side. Usually one team wears blue caps and the other white caps whilst the goalkeeper of both teams dons a red cap. Therefore, in an everlasting tribute to Myles, the new Old Boys caps are all red with the goalkeeper’s cap black. The front of each hat was stitched with the words “Sillyface 1986-2009”. These caps will be worn by the Old Boys in all future matches and on tour each year to various parts of Europe.

As always with the Old Boys weekend the event was more about the weekend as a whole with the quality of the polo perhaps suffering in the midst. In the end the Old Boys prevailed over their younger counterparts after a keenly contested match. Many a drink was raised to Myles in the pre match and post match celebrations and he was sorely missed from a weekend in which he usually so revelled.

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