16 Nov 2017
Christmas Term 2017: Week 9 Sports Report

Christmas Term 2017: Week 9 Sports Report

Wednesday 8th November: U19 County Netball at Bryanston

The girls were optimistic about their prospects going into this competition. However, with the hardest opponents first up the girls knew they had to deliver. Unfortunately the defence of Clayesmore was too strong for the Canford girls in such a short game format. However as the day progressed the girls started to click together and some smooth netball down the court started to produce an end result. Lydia Harvey from the back provided turnovers and pressure settling into the squad well for her first appearance in the 1st VII netball dress. Great work rate from Bethan Burley and Millie Dickins allowed us to stay in control and play a patient game of netball into our shooting end. The girls now qualify for the Regional finals in January representing Dorset. Well done girls. (LER) Clayesmore 6- 3 Canford (L) Sherborne 4-6 Canford (W) BSG 6-9 Canford (W) Bryanston 5-12 Canford (W) QE 5-10 Canford (W) Thomas Hardye 12-11 Canford (L)

West Hockey U16 Prelims at Canford

On Wednesday the U16s hosted the Preliminary round of the West Finals; playing matches against Truro High School, Wells Cathedral and Blundell's. We started at a fast pace v THS, with some high quality finishing and movement off the ball allowing us to run away with the match, scoring 11 unanswered goals. Sophie Saunders bagged four, whilst there were two apiece for captain Martha Taylor and Beanie Culley. We next faced Wells, and struggled to break down some dogged defence. However, Katie Ashcroft reacted quickest to a short corner rebound and more opportunities should have been converted after the break in an improved performance. Having qualified with these two victories, we played Blundell’s to decipher who would top the qualification. We played at a fantastic tempo, with a classic counter attack goal being started by some excellent tracking back by Holly Hazzard to dispossess the opposition forward, before threading a good pass to Martha Taylor. She in turn fed Molly Fairbairn at pace, who slipped the ball in stride for Sophie Saunders to finish in style. Saunders turned provider for Taylor in the second half following a well worked corner routine, to secure a comfortable 2-0 win,. The U16 team now progress to the West Regional Finals at Clifton on Thursday 23rd November, where we will attempt to emulate the feat that the majority of the squad achieved as winners two years ago at U14 level.

Thursday 9th November: Cross Country, PEDSSA race at Canford

On Thursday, the cross country club hosted the third of four PEDSSA races this term. The good weather saw huge numbers of youngsters racing this week, with over 500 pupils from local schools coming together to race 1 mile (1.4 miles for the older boys) around the school grounds. A few muddy patches here and there made for some ‘proper’ cross country conditions and the shorter length of the race meant that competition for places was fierce from those leading the races, as well as those finishing at the tail end. The sense of enjoyment and excitement from all those running was palpable and it was clear that all runners were giving it their very best. The usual culprits turned in good performances yet again, with Noah Jonas leading the way for the senior boys, and Josh Davey running strongly in the intermediate race. Finn Baker continues to improve from race-to-race and will certainly be an asset to the team competitions next term, as will senior runners Ned Vessey, Harry Dodd and Will HurdWood. (SJG)

Hockey: 4th XI v Bournemouth School for Girls

On Thursday, the 4th team played against BSG at Chapel Gate, and were 3-0 victors. Josie Smailes, Ellie Whitworth and Katie Daubeney were on the scoresheet. The U15Cs travelled to QE, and played some nice hockey to win 4-0. Stella Jarvis netted a short corner, whilst Nory Warner also scored. Anna Preston and Flora Peddie were also on the scoresheet in an encouraging team display.

West Hockey U14 Regional finals

Also on Thursday, the U14s contested the West Regional Finals, where we were undoubtedly handed an unbelievably tough draw for our Pool games. Since the tournament’s inception in 2004, three schools have dominated the championships; Canford, Clifton and Millfield. Of the 13 tournaments played up until this year, Canford have won seven, Clifton two or three, and Millfield one or two. So to find those three schools bundled together in the same group was indeed a very tough draw. Our first aim therefore, was just to get out of the group. And so we found ourselves playing Millfield first up. We got ourselves off to the very best of starts, Charlotte Brook latching onto a loose ball after a well worked penalty corner routine, and smashing home for a superb 1-0 lead. Well as we played in that first period, Millfield created one overload on our left and worked the ball well to their left attacker who slapped home for 1-1. In the second half we dropped off Millfield and allowed their stronger ball players to run the midfield. It was backs to the wall stuff at times, but we thought we had done enough, only to be outdone by a Millfield winner 25 seconds after time should have elapsed. Utterly gutting, but we had chances to kill the game in those last ninety seconds, and a little bit of tournament nerves and youthful naivety let them get away with the win.

On the other pitch Clifton had beaten Truro 3-0. It’s never easy to go from playing a high intensity game against fellow contenders, to scrabbling round against ‘Cornwall 2’, but the girls got this just right from the off. Bella Hunter settled any nerves inside two minutes following up a PC strike, then gave us daylight three minutes later with a very neat reverse stick finish. The third goal was a classy move – Alicia Hudson worked her way round the back of the Truro defence and set up Flora Lingafelter on the back post for a good goal, 3-0. Within six minutes of the restart we were 5-0 ahead, Bella scoring two more. So our job done. We hadn’t quite seen the result from the other pitch coming, with Clifton beating Millfield 2-0, which changed the dynamics of the group yet again.

Going into the final group game we knew we needed a win, any win, against Clifton to sneak ahead of them and get out of the group. This was our first “final “ of the day, and it brought the very best out of the girls at just the right moment. The atmosphere among the ranked supporters was fantastic – a great turnout from our parents. Roared on from the off, we got the perfect start – a PC switched back to Bella Hunter which she swivelled on superbly to open up the goal before placing her shot unerringly into the corner. This time we responded by tearing into Clifton. Whereas in the Millfield game we had panicked towards the end and given the ball away, here we managed the game with massive maturity, slowing it down when we needed to, taking the sting out of it, and surviving in the end fairly comfortably for a superb 1-0 win. As Millfield put Truro to the sword on the other pitch, Clifton’s coaches suddenly realised that they were behind on goal difference, and urged their girls forward to equalise. Too late – all they hit was the Canford blue wall. Bliss Billson made one key save, but that apart they didn’t get a sniff. It was the most complete performance we have seen from the girls this term, and we were through on goal difference.

So, first goal achieved, we moved on to the knock out phase. Finishing as runners up meant we had a slightly trickier quarter final, thought the fickle nature of tournament hockey was demonstrated as we waited for our game seeing Millfield, group winners, bundled out of the tournament on strokes by Blundell’s after a goalless draw.

Our quarter final saw us up against Marlborough who had cosied their way through a far easier pool, scoring hatfuls of goals along the way. They soon discovered they were in a real scrap in the quarter final! Inside two minutes, Flora did brilliantly to latch onto a deep crossfield transfer by the Marlborough sweeper and nicked it past their keeper for 1-0. We were up and running, and the intensity of the whole side was extraordinary. One single lapse in concentration let Marlborough in for a scarcely deserved equaliser soon after half time. We had time enough to expose their defence on two more occasions, the goalie somehow managing to keep out a fierce strike from Bella, and a second falling agonisingly short of Flora’s stick on the follow up. So, 1-1 and we went to the lottery of strokes which this time fell the wrong way and we were the losers of a game that in open play we had the best chances to win. We knew that, the Marlborough coach somewhat sheepishly knew it as well, but that is tournament hockey. So, no victor’s crown this year, but real heart and fire. Impossible not to feel unbelievably proud of these Canford girls. We look forward to the next chapters – our last four school games and Holland 2018.

Rugby: Dorset & Wilts RFU County Cup

The U16’s faced unfamiliar opponents as Royal Wootton Bassett Academy visited for Round 2 of the county cup. In an attrition first half, Canford struggled to find their best form but still led 12-0 at half time. The second half was a different story, as Canford’s superior fitness levels kicked in. The ball was kept alive and Canford created a host of opportunities, scoring 6 more unanswered tries. A special mention to those squad players who came on in the second half and increased the intensity and the tempo. W54-0 (RGJ)

The U14A team faced Bournemouth School in the quarter final of the county cup and turned in their best performance of the season. Following on from the strong second half display against Marlborough the boys stepped up their defensive efforts to another level as they were confronted by a very physical Bournemouth team. An initial period of attacking support play was unfortunate not to come away with a score and, slightly against the run of play, BSB broke away and crashed over for the first score. Nevertheless, Canford didn’t stop trying to play expansive rugby and skipper Seb Gallego tied up the score with an excellent try. This was consolidated with another piece of fine team play which resulted in Seb scorching over for his and the team’s second try.

Early in the second half BSB used their strong runners to good effect and powered over from a tap penalty to tie up the score. The defensive effort from Canford stepped up a notch with several key turnovers secured and with penalties being taken quickly we were able to outflank the opposition which resulted in skipper Gallego bagging his hat-trick. There was a need to consolidate the lead but a knockon from the kick off opened the door for BSB to build up some pressure and with five minutes to go they scored again to make the game 15-15. Once again, the Canford boys showed resilience and ambition to keep moving the ball wide and this allowed Max Paget to show his speed by racing around the outside to take the lead once again. A nervous final couple of minutes ensued as BSB threw everything at us but the boys held on to take a deserved victory. W20-15 (MSB)

Saturday 11th November Rugby v Sherborne, Warminster, Wimborne RFC

A blistering start by the 1st XV saw a text book set piece play executed to perfection which allowed centre Will Butt to power over for a try under the posts. The try was converted by James Ellwood and the 7-0 lead was followed up soon after by a series of Canford attacks. Despite being dwarfed in the pack the forwards fought ferociously at the breakdown to secure turnover ball and the speed of movement began to open up gaps in the Sherborne defence. A couple of try scoring chances were missed due to poor decision making and “white line fever” but the pressure eventually told with Cosmo-Hamilton Davies diving over in the left hand corner with hot shot Ellwood slotting over the extras despite the angle. As the half progressed Canford retained complete control and despite a lack of patience we managed a third converted try before half time when Eddie Wilkinson drove over.

As expected Sherborne came back at the start of the second half firing on all cylinders and Canford defended manfully to repel a series of forward surges. Eventually the pressure told and Sherborne grabbed a try. This score kick-started Canford back into life and from the kick off some good continuity forced Sherborne into conceding a penalty in front of their own posts. Fly half Ellwood had no problem in adding three points to the tally and the next period of the game saw Canford control the tempo of the match. A couple of promising attacks were not capitalised on due to set piece mistakes but eventually after a series of phases the ball went wide and Luke Mehson used his pace and piston-like fend to get on the core sheet. This try went unconverted but the lead was now very comfortable and despite a late Sherborne try from a charge down in-goal Canford were able to see the game out. This was another excellent performance and set the team up well for their 4th round National School’s cup match on Tuesday against Colston’s. W29-10 (MSB)

Canford 2nd XV fell just short in an almighty battle against an evenly matched Sherborne side. The first 10 minutes indicated the kind of game it would be, with one team (Sherborne initially) strong in possession, with the other team defending ferociously, giving no quarter and making it tough for the attackers. That opening spell apart, it was Canford who dominated the first half, both in terms of possession and territory, and so it was completely against the run of play when Sherborne scored. A kick deep into the light blues 22, was poorly chased by Canford, and for the second time this season the opponents ran from deep to score. This time their winger scythed through the non-existent ‘blue wall’, and although well tackled by James Martch (who was impressive in defence at full back), offloaded to the supporting flanker who just about kept Charlie Dixon at bay to score. Canford responded well and quickly, led by the immense James Priaulx, who time and again took the ball miles past the gain line leaving defenders either hanging off him or trailing in his wake. After one of his runs took the home team deep into the 22, Rowan Greenwood popped up at first receiver to burst through a rare weak tackle to accelerate to the line and score. Charlie Ford added the extras and we were ahead. We should have been further ahead by half time, but squandered several gilt-edged chances to score. First, pummeling the line on the right hand side, then moments later finding themselves in a similar position on the left, but Ed Kendall went for glory and was held up with 3 men unmarked to his left. White line fever had kicked in and chances went begging that would prove very costly. The second half was a brutal and nerve wracking affair with all sorts of skullduggery going on at the breakdown, defenses dominating and opportunities to score at a premium. Sherborne took their chance well 10 minutes into the half, capitalizing on Canford mistakes, particularly a sloppy box clearance kick that resulted in a penalty. The scrum half (a distant relative of the ref coincidently), popped through a hole at the guard position (although there were claims by Nick Newton that he was held back) and scored an unconverted try. Canford were behind the game now, but were still playing as if they could and would win, however Sherborne’s line speed was impressive and gradually Canford’s attacking edge was blunted and we became predictable and struggled to gain ground. However, the kick chase game was improving and putting us in good positions to score. First, Charlie Ford missed a penalty as he slipped slightly on the contact. Then, with only seconds left on the clock, Canford won a penalty 5 yards out from the Sherborne line out wide. As against Hampton, we went for the scrum, and the attack amounted to nothing, with the away team celebrating as they drove Chuck Norris into touch. Final score L7-10. A humdinger of a game that could have gone either way, but the Canford boys will see it as another one that got away. (PAJ)

3rd XV: This was a closely contested encounter which each team could have stolen but neither side deserved to win. Canford were on the front foot for most of game but they struggled to break down Sherborne’s determined defence. Canford’s second half display in particular, was impressive as they exhibited good support play and were able to control the ball for long periods. (DN)

The U16B team experience a cracking game which was fast and loose (a bit too loose on the offside line …but hey! this is B team rugby). There was full commitment from both teams, with not a single bit of niggle, and we repeatedly out-rucked them at the tackle. The opposition lent us five players in the first half, then rotated a different 5 in the 2nd half and it was a credit to these boys that they played with real commitment and intensity which ensured the match remained a genuine competition. MoM was Robert (Rupert) Thomas putting in a phenomenal tackle count and always bouncing back up to contest the ball on the floor. L36-22 (JT)

With a greater desire to pass the ball in front of the man, Canford U15B’s put players into space at pace and soon led this game by 4 tries. Decision making also improved so that forwards only committed to the breakdown when there was a chance of a turnover. Stronger tackling, especially from Will Priaux and Matt Keen, meant Sherborne found gaining ground tricky. Hugh Coughlan once again proved tough to put down and he scored or created several tries. Another step forward all. Man of the match was Oli Taylor for his huge discipline in staying controlled despite getting man and ball at 10 all the time! W5-47

Following two heavy defeats to Sherborne last year, Canford U16A’s knew that they were coming up against one of the best sides on the circuit. It was therefore incredibly frustrating that the team gifted Sherborne a 14-0 lead inside ten minutes through poor tackling and a lack of work effort. At that point, it would have been easy to think back to last season and roll over, but to their credit, they responded with some of the best rugby they have played together as a group. The quality of the handling, in what was difficult conditions, was superb as was their ability to recycle the ball and play through the phases. A try just before half time reduced the deficit to 9 points and gave the side hope. Despite plenty of possession and territory in the second half, and some monumental work from the forwards, Canford didn’t quite have the cutting edge that Sherborne offered. A third Sherborne try mid-way through the second half put them in control but Canford continued to knock at the door right to the final whistle. The first ten minutes aside, the boys should be very proud of their performance. Bryanston away in the cup on Thursday, the perfect opportunity to bounce back. L5-21 (RGJ)

The U14A’s started very strongly on Saturday and our pressure in defence and at the breakdown forced Sherborne into errors. A try from our own line superbly finished by Max Paget followed by another interception try from Max left us 14-0 up within 10 minutes. It was clear at this stage that Sherborne had started slowly and they begun to get more possession and out muscle us in the contact areas. Our rush defence was working, just and part of that was due to the wet conditions. Seb Gallego was excellent and led our backs in defence and attack so when he came off injured at the start of the 2nd half that put us under increasing pressure. With some players out of position and increasing pressure from a good Sherborne side we found it very difficult to get any territory. We were eventually overcome with Sherborne scoring four tries to our two. There were high level performances from Ben Ashton, Tommy Davies, Roman Gill and I was pleased with the physical effort of Luke Z-F. Our increasing aggression and focus on defence is now turning that area into a strength which is now making us a much more difficult side to beat. (DFL)

The U14B’s were involved in a triangular match with Sherborne U14B’s and Wimborne U13’s Whilst there were some gutsy individual efforts, what the Canfordians hopefully take away from the experience is that we can’t give opponents time and space to dictate proceedings. We must apply pressure as an organised group and by working together there should be few physical encounters we can’t overcome. This week we must focus on holding onto possession so we can build some pressure of our own. (PTS)

Canford's U14C, Sherborne U14C and Warminster's U13 teams competed in a triangular format of matches. With well over 100 boys in the shell year to choose from, Sherborne's impressive team swept all before them with some powerful forward play and a back line blessed with skill and pace in equal measure. That is not to say that Canford, captained by Archie Liddle, did not put up a determined fight and demonstrated an improving awareness of how to put pressure on the opposition. Nat Davey's fearless tackling continues to inspire all those around him and it is good to see the team showing commitment in defence higher up the pitch.

The match against Warminster was a more even contest. The visitors showed skill and ambition in attack, but Canford's greater experience and size carried them through in the end. It was certainly good to have win under our belts and we should head to Seaford on Saturday with growing confidence. (NHJ)

Having worked predominately on defensive structure and organisation throughout the week, Canford 15C’s had a great opportunity to put into practice all they had worked on as they travelled away to Sherborne. With Sherborne only able to field 11 players, Canford graciously gave them 3 of their players to match the game at 14 a-side. What followed was an outstanding display of rugby with the 15 C’s showing how far they have come over this term. Particular mentions for Lucas Au, Will Toosey & Sam Smith in leading a great defensive display and Tom Johnson who magnificently rose to the challenge of playing against his teammates. L21-17

Photographs from rugby matches last Thursday and Saturday can be found on the link below.


Hockey v King Edward ’s Southampton

On Saturday, we faced KES Southampton. The 1st team were up against a side that had secured some impressive results this season, we needed to play well. However, we started poorly and conceded from a penalty corner. We eventually found our feet and grew into the half, making much better use of the ball and posing a real threat going forwards. Beanie Culley and India Still combined well on the left hand flank, and our endeavour was rewarded with the award of a penalty stroke which Martha Taylor dispatched into the bottom corner to equalise at 1-1. The start of the second period saw us drop our level again, and we were at fault for allowing KES to take the lead again. We recovered to draw level at 2-2 with a bullet of a strike from Sophie Saunders, and had further well created chances to take the lead, but were somewhat wasteful in front of goal. We also didn’t adapt our short corner defence, with KES running the same move over and over, and conceded in this vein with eight minutes left to trail 3-2. An open, good quality game with plenty of chances, we should have certainly got something from it, but it afforded us plenty of opportunities to evaluate our performance moving forwards. Also away from home, the 2nds raced into a 6-0 lead inside quarter of an hour in an extraordinary match. Izzy Woodward grabbed a brace. We changed some personnel and KES scored a couple after the break but nonetheless a satisfying 6-2 win.

The 3rds had a hard game, with both teams playing really well. During the first half we had many opportunities to score but the goalkeeper made some good saves, fortunately a slice of luck gave us the lead. Isobel Toovey hit the ball at goal and a deflection from the opposition sent it in. This goal helped the girls to gain confidence to score another goal, which came from an excellent team play with Millie Dickins finishing the shot. The second half was quiet but we added a third from Millie Dickins again. Players of the match were Sophia Francis and Lucy Hobden, having good performances in midfield. Thanks also to Neil Francis, who umpired the match expertly.

The U15As started very well and scored two goals early on in the half. We built from there to secure a 3-0 half time lead. The second half focused on structure & discipline. Maintaining a high level of performance was vital, and some strong distribution from Abi Childerley at the back enabled us to play on the outside, with our wing Backs carrying well; Daena Shah netting a hat-trick. Molly Fairbairn was persistent up front, and was rewarded with two goals.

It was a very attacking match for the U15Bs, with a high press and the midfielders acting more like strikers! After the first half the girls were rather frustrated at the statistics of shots on goal, ball possession and nothing to show for it. We discussed the gaps in their play, the off the ball runs needed to take players out of the D and the forwards sitting on the goal keeper for the rebounds. Our first goal came from player of the match Georgie Litchfield and the second was a rebound goal from Milenka Soskin.

In the U14A match at home, KES felt the frustrations of our Thursday experiences and we came out of the traps flying. In a superb performance all round, everyone played their part and we dominated the game from start to finish. It was 5-0 at half time and 8-0 at the end of the game. There were too many good performances to highlight all the individual class, but Alicia Hudson (1), Bella Hunter (4) and Charlotte Brook (2) were excellent, whilst Sophie Knospe completed the scoring. After last week’s first loss of the season, to a strong Wellington side, the U14Bs knew they wanted to get back to winning ways. We had a strong looking team for this KES match, with Tabby Fuery and Jessie Shuttleworth coming back into the team after spells in the A team. The game started very well with Canford pressing KES hard all over the pitch. Tabby Fuery and Jenna Clews both led from the front of the pitch and caused havoc with the opposition defence. Tabby getting an early brace and following it up in the 2nd half with her hat-trick goal. The midfielders and defence cut off any chances KES had early on, and had the composure to feed fantastic balls up to the forwards to counter. Lucy Hopwood held the defensive midfield position excellently and is really becoming a fine hockey player in that position. This allowed our other midfielders to push further forward and resulted in well-deserved goals from Millie Keen and Sky Pilkington. Jenna Clews got her goal to again to keep her tally ticking over. Captain Amber Howard was calm and collected at the back, and a 6-0 win showed the positive attitude these group of girls have. The U14Cs had a great match too. Joanna Salmon was strong and reliable in defence. Lottie Spears was a great addition to the team and set up two goals for India Rose to slot into the net. Player of the Match this week was Ellie Stocker. Thank you to India Rose and Alice Herbert for leading the team so successfully to a 3-0 win.

This week sees the U18 in West Regional Finals action, as well as a block fixture versus Kingswood on Saturday. Team of the week: 3-4-3

GK: Bella Green (2nd XI)

RB: Daena Shah (U15A) CB: Holly Hazzard (1st XI) LB: Beanie Culley (1st XI)

RM: Bella Hunter (U14A) CM: Alicia Hudson (U14A) CM: Lucy Hopwood (U14B) LM: India Still (1st XI) RF: Charlotte Brook (U14A)

CF: Georgie Litchfield (U15B) LF: Izzy Woodward (2nd XI)

Sunday 12th November Fours’ Head of the River Report:

Three crews of 13 pupils headed off to the tideway to race the Boat Race course in reverse, along with over 1600 fellow rower and coxes. Lucy King and Oliver Scudds of the Fifth Form were called up last minute for the boys’ coxed four and girls’ coxless quad, due to injury and illness. Both were great additions to their respective crews and performed outstandingly. All crews got on the water with plenty of time to make it to their marshalling point at 10:40am, where a 2 minutes silence was held for Remembrance Sunday before racing started at 10:45am. The boys J18 4x- of George Vaughan, Toby Brooks, William Galbraith and Tom Jack set off first and had a solid row before coming into difficulty in the last stretch after the Black Buoy where they caught 2 crabs with one resulting in a broken blade. The boys finished 49th in their category. The girls J18 4x- of Lucy King, Olivia Imms, Kiki Sullivan and Natasha Treagust set off next and came away with a good mid pack finish of 25th place. Last to go was the boys J18 4+ of George Farthing, Robert Way, George Hosking, Simon Jowett and Oliver Scudds. Another solid row from this new-found crew meant they came away with a 25th placed finish. Though performances were not quite up there with the top crews in each category, this event gave great experience to those looking to earn a seat to race at the Schools Head on the same course in March.

Photographs ready to view and download Shell A XV v Bournemouth School 1st XV v Sherborne Colts A XV v Royal Wootton Bassett Girls’ House Hockey

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

Sporting quote of the week:

“ Basic skills are not practiced once and then assumed to be in place. They must be constantly revisited or the wheels of performance fall off”

Mark Burley

Director of Sport

Twitter: @CanfordSport

15th November 2017