03 Oct 2017
Christmas Term 2017: Week 4 Sports Report

Christmas Term 2017: Week 4 Sports Report
The week leading up to the exeat was a quieter sporting week than usual with only a small number of matches taking place.

The 1st XV were due to play their opening match of the National Schools’ Cup against Clayesmore on Tuesday 26th September but that game was conceded so we progress automatically to Round 3 in November. On Thursday 28th the U15A rugby team played their opening National Schools’ Cup match against Sherborne and unfortunately were outclassed by their physically bigger and stronger opponents, going down 48-0. Despite creating several try scoring chances a lack of patience led to a number of errors which unfortunately led to turnovers. There are a number of areas for improvement and hopefully the boys will aim to put in a much better account of themselves when they play Sherborne again next month.


Last week saw the first month of the hockey season conclude with the U18 County round of the National Schools competition. Defending our title from 2016, the 1st XI hosted four other teams in a round robin format, with the top two ranked sides progressing to the West Preliminary round. In shortened tournament 30 minute matches, we started against Bryanston. With five players making their 1st XI debut on the day due to a large number of the regular 1st XI squad competing in the U16 side that plays this week, we took some time to gel initially. We created lots of chances but could not open the scoring and drew 0-0 in a game we should have won. Clayesmore were next, with a comfortable 2-0 win courtesy of goals from Lydia Harvey and Captain Emily Balls putting us in a decent position. The crunch game versus Sherborne followed, with both sides having chances to win the game and seize the initiative in the overall standings. Alice Marns showed some impressive defensive qualities whilst Nina Rowley caused problems for the opposition on the right hand side. With the game ending 0-0, goal difference was possibly going to prove influential. However, Sherborne beat Bryanston in the next game, meaning that we needed to beat Gillingham by as many as possible and rely on Clayesmore to hold Sherborne to a draw. We were clinical going forwards, scoring four times in each half to register an 8-0 victory. Anouska Tucker was prolific - scoring five goals, and Melody Dean netted her first for the 1st team having made a positive contribution throughout. On the other pitch, Sherborne defeated Clayesmore, which meant that they were crowned Dorset U18 Champions. Canford finished runners up, and we can take plenty of positives from the nature of our display.
We now play in the West prelims on Wednesday 11th October, as we attempt to get to the West Regional Finals in November. This week sees the U16 side play in the County Championships as well as a block fixture against Bryanston.

Football : Dorset Schools’ FA County Cup: 1st XI v Purbeck School (h)

A close and thrilling County Cup match saw Canford take on the Purbeck School, and despite holding the lead with ten minutes to play, drew in full time and eventually lost in extra time 2-3.

It was a pleasure to see the Oaks finally performing with aggression, cohesion and a good degree of flair, and with exceptional performances from the back four and the shielding midfielder, man of the match Max Wyatt, the boys have shown that they can defend manfully too.
Going forward, the boys created a host of chances, both from good crosses and clever through balls, and on a slightly sharper day, our attackers would have put us out of reach by the end of the first half. Purbeck gradually fought their way back into the game, though, and the eventual score line was a fair representation of an excellent football match.

Squash v Sherborne (a)

Joe Hollywood lost 0/3 and with Joe’s opponent a very good player, Joe will have to improve a bit to beat him next time. Ben Krips lost 2/3 – a fantastic performance by both players (a definite rematch to look forward to!). Alby Stevens lost 0/3 in a game much closer than it looks. Mike Galley won 3/0 playing too many quality shots for his opponent. Oscar McClean lost 2/3 with the game going to 5 match points in the fourth! David Offer won a close match 3/2, Connor Elliot-Murray was a bit too strong for his opponent taking the match 3/0 and Barney Peddie lost 0/3, again the match was much closer than the score suggests. Charlie Martin and Jordan Le Boutillier came along for experience and put in a couple of good performances against the Sherborne middle order, who were ultimately too strong. Although we lost 3 rubbers to 5, this was one of the best school fixtures we have played in a while and the match could have easily gone our way. We anticipate the return fixture with relish! (SJR)

Monday 2nd October: U14 D&WRFSU County Cup v Glenmoor & Winton Academy (h)

Playing at home in the first round of the County Cup gave another opportunity for the ‘A’ team squad to develop their patterns of play and team understanding. A strong first half performance saw Canford take an early lead with good driving play from forwards David Offer and Luke Zamoyski-Freitag setting up a platform for the backs to exploit the open spaces. Winger Max Paget was the beneficiary of some excellent team play and scored a hat-trick. There were also first half tries from Rupert Peach and Seb Gallego. G&W Academy had some threats of their own with their pacey winger scoring two tries but strong running from No.8 James Barker solidified the lead with a further two tries. Three successful conversions from centre Roman Gill helped make the final score line 41-14. This weekend will see a much tougher opponent in the form of Hampton School so the boys need to be on top of their game for the trip to South West London.


You may well have come across this hashtag on social media platforms in the last couple of days, often tagged alongside video clips highlighting humble and modest behaviour from leading sports teams and individuals. The notion of letting your behaviour and actions fully represent you is something we should all aspire to and there have been some great examples to illustrate this. The New Zealand All Blacks players and coaching staff were seen emptying and carrying all the kit from their equipment van when they arrived at their hotel in South Africa for their upcoming Rugby Championship match. British Lion and Irish international CJ Stander was filmed sweeping up the changing rooms on his own after a recent Muster match. There has been much talk of how hard Spurs and England striker Harry Kane works on improving his all-round ability, spending time after training with extra shooting practice. It is examples of such selfless and committed behaviour that often separates the best from the rest and even if your sporting ambitions are not about being the best in the world there are plenty of simple things you can do to make you a better and more valued person with Canford.

Ensuring all kit and equipment is collected in after training without having to be asked by your coach, is one such example. Similarly, taking all kit and equipment off the coach on match days and making sure it is all collected in before departing opposition schools is another. Respecting the hard work and dedication invested in our sports pitches by the grounds staff by not walking straight across the middle of the pitch is another gesture that should not need instruction, nor throwing corner flags all over the ground. Undertaking extra skills practice pre and post training is a sure fire way to make technical improvements in your performance which will benefit you and your teammates. Such gestures and actions need not be exhaustive and are unlikely to side track you from other commitments but if more than one person begins to take such initiatives the improvements will undoubtedly be noticed.

The way in which you can gain the respect and admiration from your coaching staff is by striving to be a better person at every opportunity. Scoring goals and tries is fine and may well grab the headlines but respect, humility, generosity and cooperation are the values which are more likely to generate a positive and lasting impression on your coaches.
For this week’s fixtures please head to www.canfordsports.com

Sporting quote of the week:

“What to do with a mistake: recognize it, admit it, learn from it, and forget it.”

Mark Burley

Director of Sport

Twitter: @CanfordSport

3rd October 2017