20 Sep 2017
Christmas Term 2017: Week 2 Sports Report

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Bethan Burley & Hannah Sherborne U14C Hockey U14A Hockey

Christmas Term 2017: Week 2 Sports Report

Golf: Tues 12th v Old Canfordians & Thurs 14th v Winchester v OCs:

In an evenly contested match we came out on top 2½ to 1½ v Winchester: In the first round of the ISGA Singles Match play competition there were wins for Giacomo Perin 5/4 and Morgan Taylor maintained his unbeaten record winning 2up in a 2-1 victory.


Last week saw the first official block fixture of the term for the Hockey Club, versus Blundell’s, as well as a match against St. Mary’s Shaftesbury. Of the nine matches played, there were six wins, one draw and two defeats; with 33 goals scored and 12 conceded.

Last Thursday (14/9/17), the U14C team travelled to St Mary’s Shaftesbury to play their A team. With a big squad of 15, it was clear to see that Canford have yet another strong intake of Shells. The first half saw us go 0-1 down, however in the second half we started to move the ball into the space and opened up numerous opportunities for shots at goal. Credit goes to the St. Mary’s keeper who made some fantastic saves and in an evenly matched game the 14Cs eventually found themselves on the wrong end of a 2-1 scoreline. Well done to Evie Chippendale who was voted player of the match.

Saturday 16th September v Blundell’s

The away teams arrived at Blundell’s in warm sunshine, but left in torrential rain, hail and floods following a fierce downpour at the end of the second round of matches! The 1st XI took some time to get the journey out of their system before applying some concerted pressure on the Blundell’s goal. In an even and hard fought match both sides had chances and whilst we were unable to convert our territorial advantage and short corners into goals, we were grateful for a fine goalkeeping performance from Hannah Cox who made a number of quality saves. The deadlock was broken midway through the second half after Hannah Fairchild stole the ball in midfield and surged forward. Good movement from Grace Leggett drew the defensive players out of position, whilst the supporting Lydia Harvey showed composure and skill to convert the chance with a backhand strike. Captain Emily Balls was supreme in organising the defensive line and we had more chances to extend our lead. However, Blundell’s refused to give up, and with five minutes on the clock scored on the break from a rebound following another smart stop by Cox. The 1-1 result was a fair outcome, and whilst we showed endeavour and quality in stages, our youthful side (with nine debutants in the starting XI) must continue to work on skill execution and decision making. The 2nds trailed 2-1 for most of their match, but showed character to score two late goals to steal a 3-2 victory. Izzy Woodward, Lucy Prest and Emily Witter were all on the scoresheet.

Also away from home, the 15As had a rollercoaster contest – eventually losing 4-3. Blundell’s were threatening going forwards and the game was very open throughout, with a whole host of chances for both teams. We led 2-1, went behind 3-2 and unfortunately could not find an equaliser as the Blundell’s pitch flooded in the dying minutes! Imogen Fairweather was a source of great creativity, and Gemma Kendall scored a brace. Abby Childerley also played very effectively at the back. The 15Bs ran out 8-0 winners and although the score suggests an easier game, the girls had to work very hard and showed incredible determination to keep pushing themselves to want more goals. First half we dominated, leading 4-0, but after half time Blundell’s came out strong exposing a few gaps in our positioning. For the first ten minutes of the second half we didn't see the ball yet we remained calm and eager to get the ball back. Another four goals were converted, using the width of the pitch in conjunction with short, sharp passes. Chessie Hellier netted a hat-trick and Anna Preston scored her debut goal in a Canford shirt. Aggie Cox was also player of the match having worked incredibly hard in centre midfield.

At home, the U14A and B teams had their first forays for Canford, both winning 4-1. Bella Hunter scored a hat-trick for the ‘A’ team and Alicia Hudson was also on the scoresheet. Charlotte Brook was the chief instigator, setting up two of the goals, whilst Molly Taylor, Rosie Ireland and Flora Lingafelter also had strong performances. We will keep working on fitness and quality on the ball, as we faded somewhat towards the end of the match, but very encouraging nonetheless. The Bs also showed much promise. Tabby Fuery lived up to her formidable surname by banging in all four goals, whilst Louisa Borneman patrolled the midfield effectively. Lucy Hancock and Orlagh O’Donnell were also very strong in their defensive duties and the goals were scored as a result of a well organised team press.

The 3rds and 4ths completed the full house at home with convincing wins. The 3rds won 6-0 and the 4ths were 3-1 victors. For the 3rds, Connie Doxat and Tasia Soskin both scored three apiece, whilst Lucy Hobden was player of the match in a great team performance. The 4ths also made a very encouraging start to the season, winning and passing the ball well throughout the match. Milly Rees scored twice, whilst Katie Daubeney played effectively at centre midfield. The defence looked solid throughout the match and the commitment from all the players was also pleasing.

This week sees a block fixture against King’s Taunton, whilst we are also hosting our Dutch counterparts from Ringpass HC in Delft over the course of the weekend.

Football v Millfield (a)

The 1st XI faced a tough challenge against a very strong Millfield 2nd team – but fought valiantly and showed that there is plenty of promise in our young squad. The fact that Thomas Mallinson King, our keeper, was man of the match (by some distance) hints that we were under the cosh for large spells of the game. We defended well as a collective, though, and broke with speed and purpose, creating chances that, particularly early on, could have given the result a different hue. We never got closer than the crossbar on a Ben Thomson shot, though, and Millfield scored their first halfway through the second half. With the score 1-0 with ten minutes remaining, we went gung-ho in search of an equaliser, something Millfield capitalised on with two late goals. Ultimately, we held our own, something which bodes well for the matches against Sherborne and Wellington this week. L3-0

The 2nd XI found themselves overrun by Millfield’s quick and mobile 3rd team, and, though 3-2 down around the halfway mark, ended up at the wrong end of a 7-2 score line. The captain, Hamed Abdulla, lead valiantly, and the “Acorns” had some good passages of play, but were ultimately a size too small for their well-drilled opponents. L7-2

Rugby: House Competitions

House Rugby was contested this week with the standout senior teams being Lancaster and School House. The strong teamwork and attacking play of Lancaster was narrowly thwarted by a concerted defensive effort by School House for them to take this year's crown

The junior competition was won by Franklin after a good showing by all houses in a keenly contested tournament. Franklin and Wimborne were tied after full time and golden point time, but with Franklin winning their earlier group encounter they sneak the title on this occasion owing to their superior countback. It was also exciting to see teams being fielded by the boarding houses to play in a ‘B’ team competition and Monteacute were worthy winners, although pushed all the way by School House. A big congratulations to all those who took part and entered well into the spirit of the games.

Athletics: English Schools AA Combined Events Championships, Boston, Lincs, 16 - 17th September

This past weekend saw the final athletics event of the season for three Canford pupils who were competing at the English Schools Athletics Association (ESAA) Combined Events. Athletics Club Captain Bethan Burley and recent OC Hannah Sherborne joined forces to make up two thirds of the Dorset Senior Girls’ Heptathlon team and Fourth Former Polly Yule was part of the Junior Girls’ Pentathlon team although all three girls were also competing as individuals.

The competition started on Saturday morning for the two senior girls with the 100m hurdles. The pattern of performances began promisingly and for Hannah it started the run of five season’s bests and two new personal bests in the shot put and 800m to achieve an incredibly respectable 19th place finish overall. Considering she was up against all club athletes it certainly reinforced what a superb sportswoman Hannah is. The 100m hurdles also saw a new pb for Bethan and she followed this up with new pbs in the shot put and 200m so it left her in 2nd place at the end of day one and Dorset in first place by just 5 points in the team competition.

Day two delivered the final three events of the Heptathlon and all the events of the Junior Girl’s Pentathlon. In the pentathlon, Polly Yule started with very solid performances in the 75m hurdles and shot put leaving in her 11th/40 after two events but an aggravated Achilles injury detrimentally impacted Polly’s performance in both jumps as well as the 800m, eventually finishing 27th. Back in the Heptathlon, Bethan secured another pb in the long jump so positions remained unchanged in the individual competition but Dorset had fallen behind Oxfordshire in the team event by a couple of hundred points. In the javelin Bethan broke her own best by a further three metres so with just the 800m remaining she had opened up a comfortable lead over the third place athlete but the gap was too big to the leading competitor. Nevertheless, showing great determination Bethan ran the fastest 800m of the competition which gave her three individual event victories over her rival. The Dorset senior girls had comfortably secured the team title with a championship best performance – the first time the county had ever secured such a victory. In the individual competition, Bethan claimed a superb 2nd place finish with a score of over 5000 points. To put this score in perspective, former Olympic bronze medal heptathlete Kelly Sotherton scored 4823 when she won the event, the competition has run for 29 years and Bethan’s score would have been enough to win the event in 21 of those previous competitions and 5015 points is higher than any of the last three previous winners. Not a bad effort at all!

This week the Rugby Club begins the season fully with the vast majority of the teams involved in normal age grade rules against Portsmouth Grammar, St John, Southsea, Warminster School and Wimborne Rugby Club. There is a full block fixture for the Hockey Club against Bryanston and a Boodles ISFA cup match for our Football 1st XI against Wellington College and in all the matches we want to see successful performances. However, it is important to emphasise at the start of the season that wins and losses are not the only way we gauge success and failure. Far more important to the staff is to see pupils develop as young people and display important traits and characteristics which will make a difference to their lives in the future. Below is the Canford acronym which spells out the essential characteristics we want to see pupils develop through sport. My challenge to pupils this week is to see how many of these qualities you can achieve.

Confident pupils self-confident enough to communicate effectively with teammates and prepared to challenge themselves.

​Ambitious willing to set goals and targets, for themselves and their teams, which will require hard work and effort to achieve them.

Noble maintaining a respectful and disciplined approach to competition and dealing with officials, coaches and parents with sportsmanship and humility.

​Fearless willing to seek out improvements and development opportunities at all times and not worrying about making mistakes if progress can be made.

​Organised arrive promptly to all sessions and matches, wearing correct kit, with the necessary equipment and thoroughly prepared.

​Resilient understand that learning opportunities can be gained from disappointment so will not sulk and mope but instead bounce back and approach things positively.

​Decision makers willing to take the initiative in matches and competitive situations, rather than wait to be told what to do.

For this week’s fixtures please head to www.canfordsports.com

Sporting quote of the week:

Show me a player who’s afraid to look bad, and I’ll show you a player you can beat every time.”

Mark Burley

Director of Sport

Twitter: @CanfordSport

20th September 2017