11 Oct 2017
Christmas Term 2017: Week 5 Sports Report

Christmas Term 2017: Week 5 Sports Report

Tuesday 3rd October 2017 Dorset County Schools U16 Hockey

In 19 minute each way games, we defeated Gillingham 9-0 and Leweston 10-0 in the group phase before progressing to the knockout stages where games were only 13 minutes each way. Bryanston were the opponents in the semi-finals and were beaten 4-0 after a fantastic second half performance. We continued the trend in the final versus Sherborne, starting at a blistering speed and scoring twice in the first three minutes. More composed attacking play followed, along with increasingly effective movement and decision making; enabling us to run out 6-0 victors.

29 goals in four games is a pretty comprehensive return, with 9 different scorers finding the net throughout the course of the day. Defending well as a team (though our GK didn't actually touch the ball) was a reflection of how well the team gelled as a side (Ten Fifth Form and six Fourth Form) rather than the standard of the opposition! The squad shows great promise as we now progress to the Regional preliminary round at home on the 8 November and Regional Finals (all being well) later in November.

Thursday 5th Oct: Hockey v Bryanston

On Thursday, in brilliant sunshine, the Fifths and 15Cs hosted Bryanston, whilst the 14C and D teams travelled away. In their first matches of the season, the Fifths lost 4-0 but improved greatly in the second half, whilst the 15Cs ran out 3-0 winners in a strong showing.

A strong performance from the U14Cs against Bryanston. The theme in the Canford Hockey Club this week is GOAL scoring and this message certainly hit home with this fine group of girls. India Rose scored the first goal with a lovely run down the right wing, slotting the ball into goal in the 4th minute. The second goal came from a short corner routine with India Rose injecting, Clara Doubleday trapping and Hattie Kent executing a smashing hit from the top of the ‘D’. Emily De Veulle slotted in the 3rd nearing the end of the first half, with Alice Herbert hitting a cracking ball from the left hand side 1 minute before the end of the 1st half. After a well-earned break at halftime the team were hungry for more goals. The first came 5 minutes into the second half from Alice Herbert and the final goal of the match from Clara Doubleday. A fine team performance with the team trying to maintain their structure. Well done to Zara Macfarlane who was voted Player of the Match and thank you to Captain of the Week Hattie Kent and Vice-Captain Clara Doubleday. W1-6

It was also a great first game for the U14Ds who dominated for the majority of the match. Two out of the three goals came from Player of the Match and Captain Ellie Stocker, with the third goal being scored by Charlotte Mendelson. Great width was provided by Emma Jefferies and India Herrington's relentless stamina up and down the pitch created lots of opportunities to attack. Lucy Thorne played her first ever hockey match and performed brilliantly in defence. An enthused and enjoyable performance by all involved.

Squash v Clayesmore: U18A Mixed team (a)

Fielding a number of new players, this was always going to be a tight fixture away at Clayesmore. Although the result did not go in our favour, it was a fantastic match with five of the nine games going to 3-2! I was also impressed with the effort and camaraderie shown by all throughout the afternoon. Length into the back corners and tactical play is continuing to improve and I'm excited to see the team progress further over the coming term. Player of the Day has to go to Matt Wilkinson. It was his first outing for Canford and after narrowly losing the first two games he looked down and out, but shaking off the nerves he came out fighting. He started working his opponents backhand and attacking more with the volley, storming through the next three games. Well done Matt! L5-4 (JRAR)

Swimming: Senior & U16 Boys v Milton Abbey, Winchester College and Sherborne at Sherborne

There isn’t a huge amount of depth amongst the senior swimming squad but there was a great effort from those involved and the fourth place finish shouldn’t detract from the close races many of the boys raced in.
There were outstanding performance by the Junior Boys as they finished joint first in their competition. Race victories from Freddie Porter in the 100 Individual Medley and Matt Longley in both the 50m Freestyle and 50m Breaststroke were real highlights. In the relays the team formed by Hugh Coughlan, Matt Longley, Freddie Porter and Alex Young won both the Medley and Freestyle relays.


7th October 2017 Rowing: Bryanston October Bash.

Canford’s Sculling group headed over to Bryanston and enjoyed a Saturday afternoon of time trialling on the upper reaches of the Stour River with the boys in singles and the girls in double sculls racing over 1250 metres. Rotating around the circuit every one completed three 1250 metre courses gaining more confidence throughout the session which was extremely beneficial for both boat clubs. Our grateful appreciation goes to Bryanston Boat Club for hosting us on such a beautiful afternoon on the river and we look forward to hosting Bryanston on the 18th November.

Rugby v Hampton School

As a unit, the 1st XV line-out was challenged to guarantee more possession than we had enjoyed against Millfield and PGS and to that extent they delivered. We had also placed much more emphasis on the breakdown during practice sessions leading up to this game and again we looked much more effective and at times menacing when securing for our own ball or competing for Hampton’s. The poor start to the Portsmouth GS match has put us ‘under pressure’ and we definitely learned our lesson by applying pressure to Hampton in the first half, with The Big-Rigg (Ben Longrigg) and Johnny Ireland standing out like two polished diamonds in the rough and Robbie Tolcher having arguably his best game in a Canford shirt in some time. Will Butt and Luke Mehson also fell into that category with strong games.

The ball speed and retention allied to the good “go forward” allowed the backs to express themselves more freely when we had possession and Dan Beard was a ‘strong deliverer’ at half-back, allowing the midfield ample time to feed the speed in the outside channels, where most of our points came from. Congratulations to Tom Sykes, who earned his first start for the 1st XV and executed his plan of action by simply playing the number on his back with poise.

And so back to Dorset, where we will be playing local rivals over the next two weeks and if we can create, sustain and manage the same levels of pressure as we created this weekend, one would hope that this team will go into the half term break with an undefeated record – now that’s an objective worth managing and achieving. W22-36 (AJK)

The 2nd XV got off to the worst possible start against Hampton, going 7-0 down with barely a minute on the clock, failing to effectively chase a clearance kick. Things did not improve much in the rest of the first half, as Canford made simple mistakes when given attacking opportunities, whilst Hampton made the most of their forays into our territory, scoring when they had the chance and going into half time 17-0 up. However, the match turned into a classic game of two halves, as Canford found another gear or two. With the forwards stepping up to plate, carrying strongly and competing fiercely at the breakdown, we dominated possession and increasingly gave ourselves chances to score. Ed Kendall, Man of the Match for the second consecutive game, Will Hannah and James Norris particularly stood out. The dominance was kick-started by a try from Lachie Fulton, who took the ball up through the middle and then just kept on going, ignoring support runners, shaking off tacklers and making it to the line through sheer determination. Then Charlie Dixon scored a trademark try, skinning his opposite number and then putting on the afterburners to cut inside the fullback and finish a 60m try. Bugs Mitchell completed the come back and brought the scores level, picking up a Barnes-Wallace ball wide on the left, and doing really well to beat the cover defence. The closing stages of the game were tense, and with under 5 minutes to go Hampton won a penalty on the 10m line just to the left of the posts, and there was no doubt about the 3 points as soon as the ball left the boot. However, Canford had one more throw of the dice, putting pressure on the kick off, turning it over and then winning a penalty, inside the 22, to left. Stick or twist? 3 points for the draw or 5 points for glory? Bravely, the boys went for glory, took the scrum, but sadly the backs move went wrong, Hampton got to clear and it was game over. So close, yet so far. L20-17 (PAJ) On paper it might seem there was only one team in this game but those watching this fixture will confirm this was anything but the case.

The 3rd XV competed well in all aspects of the game. During the 1st half they may have been a bit too eager to play when relieving pressure in their 22 with the wind behind them might have been a more prudent option. Hampton were able to capitalise on their extended period of good field position allowing their winger who had a particularly strong game the chance to create and extend their lead. The 2nd half continued in much the same vein: high work rate from Canford went unrewarded as the fine detail was just lacking which allowed Hampton to absorb and release the Canford pressure and with it take the win. If the mighty 3rds can maintain these effort levels going into Blundell’s on Saturday but also look to carry wider from the 9 (or even the 10), improve their close support to increase speed of ball from the breakdowns, carry the ball in two hands to keep defenders guessing and move the ball to space a fraction earlier then the team will give themselves every chance of coming out on top. Such action will certainly allow the strong centre partnership of Johnson and Greenwood to bear fruit. It was also exciting that Johnson, Greenwood, Powell, Suddards and Ralls were all eager to take their place on the 2nd team bench for some involvement in their exciting match. L22-0 (PTS)

Following last year’s result, the U16A boys knew this game would prove a real measure of the progress they have made over the past 12 months. Despite missing some key players, Canford made a superb start and should have scored in the first few minutes. However, as the game progressed, Hampton started to impose themselves on the game and looked dangerous every time the ball went wide. Despite the Hampton pressure, Canford trailed just 3-7 going in to the final play of the first half when a kick through resulted in a second Hampton try on the stroke of half time. The second half was disrupted due to a nasty injury to Doug Rowland, and as the half went on, Hampton’s superior fitness allowed them to score 3 unanswered tries. There were a number of positives from the game, and it is now time to regroup and focus on a tough away trip on Saturday.

Canford U15A faced a very strong Hampton side with a particularly good offloading game who scored some impressive tries. Canford kept trying throughout and created some promising opportunities which they unfortunately couldn't finish. Fitness was a major difference between the sides and is an area the Canford boys need to work on in their own time if they are to give themselves a chance of closing the gap on their opponents. L0-54 (WLA)

The U15Bs brave display against a very strong Hampton side saw our grit, tenacity and tackling go up a notch as a unit. Second best physically at the breakdown, Canford had hardly any ball and the relentless defence was admirable. Stand out player was Adam Kwan but two or three really decent carries from Lucas Smith were hugely encouraging – one of which saw him cross the line for Canford’s sole (but deserved) try. The team decided a stronger approach to training sessions both physically and mentally will see them rise to this challenging level quite quickly. L5-37

Having experienced some fairly comfortable rugby matches so far this season the U14A encountered their first real challenge away at Hampton. Playing against a team who have been together for two years is always tough as their structure and team understanding is that much further ahead and this was evident within the game. An over-commitment at the breakdown from the Canford forwards would often leave glaring overlaps and full credit to the Hampton boys for exploiting those opportunities to score some excellent tries. The one highlight of the first half for Canford was an outstanding counter attack started and finished by full back Seb Gallego. The middle period of the match was probably the most disappointing point for Canford when numerous tackles were missed and a general lack of physicality allowed Hampton to race into a comfortable lead. However, it was pleasing to see the boys rally in the final quarter and begin to take the match to their opponents. Some good link play between forwards and backs saw opportunities created and winger Max Paget maintained his fine try scoring form to grab his second hat hat-trick in a week. All members of the squad will hopefully reflect on their performance and recognise what areas they need to work on across the next couple of weeks with more big games ahead. L40-24 (MSB)

A valiant effort from the U14Bs against a larger and more organised side who clearly benefited from being together for the last two years. We have much to do to improve our organisation and positional discipline, but plenty of fine individual performances give hope for the rest of the season. L58-0. (NRB)

Team of the Week:

15. L Mehson (1st XV)

14. M Paget (14A)

13. L Johnson (3rd XV)

12. W Butt (1st XV)

11. A Kwan (15B)

10. J Ashurst (14B)

9. D Beard (1st XV)

8. J Nalbantoglu (16A)

7. R Tolcher (1st XV)

6. E Kendall (2nd XV)

5. B Longrigg (1st XV)

4. J Norris (2nd XV)

3. B Gater (14B)

2. J Ireland (1st XV)

1. W Hannah (2nd XV)

Hockey v Bryanston

On Saturday, our teams recorded eight wins out of eight. There was a common theme with several of our teams slow to get going, before taking control of proceedings and finding their form. The 1st XI fell behind, before Anouska Tucker equalised. A fine solo effort from Player of the Match, Martha Taylor, gave us the lead, and in the second half further goals from Sophie Saunders and Lydia Harvey led to a comfortable 4-1 victory. Bea Fairbairn and Hannah Fairchild also put in strong performances. The 2nds dominated their match, hitting the frame of the goal four times. Goals from the impressive Melody Dean, and a good finish from Lucy Stalker led to a 2-0 win, whilst Bella Brown carried a constant threat towards goal during the match. The 3rds also won 2-0, whilst the 4ths recorded a 3-1 victory. There was a good 4-0 win for the U15A team, who created numerous chances and could have scored more. Credit to Bryanston keeper, who made a number of saves. The Canford girls maintained their standards in second half and played with height and width. Gemma Kendall, Molly Fairbairn, Imo Fairweather and Daena Shah were on the scoresheet. The U15Bs really put in to practice all of the hard work in training on two touch hockey, hunting in packs, using the pivot when nothing is on and finding the net. It was the best game of hockey we have produced so far, really trusting each other and the set plays we have worked on. We led 3-0 at half time, and everyone was afforded lots of valuable pitch time against a packed Bryanston defence. Goals came from Chessie Hellier, Tati Reed and player of the match Milenka Soskin, who scored a belter following a mazy run from the half way line.

The U14As had a slow start, but there was nothing sleepy about Flora Lingafelter’s reaction to a loose ball in the Bryanston goalmouth. She showed more desire than anyone around her to get to the ball and flick it past the keeper for 1-0. That settled the nerves, and then Bella Hunter doubled the lead. Bella scored her second, and before half time Flora competed her hat-trick – alert again to snaffle our fourth, and then a very tidy reverse stick finish which went in off the defender’s foot for a half time lead of 5-0. Charlotte Brook and Tabby Fuery showed great composure in front of goal and we won 7-0. The 14Bs continued their good start too, with a 3-1 win completing the card.

This week sees the U14s in County Championship action, whilst the U18 side have the West Regional Prelim round. On Saturday we have a full block versus Millfield, which will serve as a good test of our progress thus far.

Team of the W eek: 3 - 4 - 3
GK – Imogen Dunn (U14B)

RB: Tessa Marley (3rd XI) CB: Zara Macfarlane (U14C) LB: Beanie Culley (1st XI)

CM: Martha Taylor (1st XI) CM: Ellie Stocker (U14D) RM: Hannah Fairchild (1st XI) LM: Milenka Soskin (U15B)

RF: Bella Brown (2nd XI) CF: Molly Fairbairn (U15A) LF: Melody Dean (2nd XI)

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

Sporting quote of the week:

“ It is normal to enjoy praise and dislike criticism. True character is when you prevent either from affecting you in a negative matter ”

Mark Burley

Director of Sport

Twitter: @CanfordSport

1th October 2017