24 Jan 2018
Easter Term 2018: Week 2 Sports Report

Easter Term 2018: Week 2 Sports Report
A personal request Last Saturday saw the 1st VII netball team take on Portsmouth Grammar School indoors. Despite the request for pupils to come and support the girls only a handful of people came into watch the 1st team and this primarily consisted of staff, some parents and siblings. Interestingly all the remaining Portsmouth GS senior teams came into the sports hall to cheer on their peers in the final quarter and unsurprisingly this helped their team rally to reduce an 11 goal deficit and make the last few minutes a very tense one for the Canford girls but thankfully they were able to hold on for the win.

In recent years it has been rather demoralising to see a growing apathy and declining team spirit amongst Canford pupils when it comes to supporting their peers. The prime location of the 1st XV rugby pitch allows pupils the chance to stop and watch a few minutes of home rugby matches as they make their way to match tea or back to house. However, making the effort to walk up to the Adby hockey pitch or, in last weekend’s case, walk down to the sports centre, seems to be far too much for many and I personally find this rather depressing. The idea of sacrificing a little bit of personal time to support the efforts of others shouldn’t be seen as too much bother, rather it should be seen as general responsibility to support your school against the opposition. There is no doubt vocal and passionate support can help generate energy and motivation amongst your friends and even enable them to raise their game to higher levels.

Regardless of the lack of school spirit on show from the general student body last Saturday, not coming to watch the netball 1st team play was a missed opportunity to see some outstanding play. Athleticism, speed, agility, vision, skill, team spirit and sportsmanship were all evident in spades and the senior girls were outstanding role models, not just for the female pupils, but for the rest of the school. Over the remainder of term please don’t see the end of your match / training session as the end of your school day but seek out the opportunity to support your peers, whatever the level, as it will undoubtedly be hugely appreciated.

Thursday 18th January

Football v Sherborne: 1st XI v Sherborne 2nd XI, 2nd XI v Sherborne 4th XI

Having been closely matched with Sherborne’s 1st XI for a number of years, we were hopeful of a performance and a positive result when facing their 2nds this term. Indeed, it looked highly promising in a first half performance where the boys played excellent penetrative football, running down the channels and creating space through overlaps and combination play. However, the second half was a limply lacklustre affair and we were outfought in every department; the boys came second in every 50-50 situation, failed to track back and allowed the shape to be lost, conceding five goals without reply. The fact that we rallied in the final ten minutes and produced a string of gilt-edged chances added to the frustrations of the day: this team can play some very good football but we haven’t woken up to the realities of needing to put in the hard work and battle for a result. L0-5 (SV)

This was a much improved performance by the U18 2nd XI against Sherborne 4th XI as the boys played with patience and their heads up. The 4-4-1-1 formation was effective and the team managed to control the middle of the park well. Sam Ryan scored an excellent goal to put us in the lead and Bugs ‘Harry Kane’ Mitchell was elusive up top, managing to score a fine hat-trick (one diving header too). 4-1 W. (SJL)

Netball: 1st VII v Eastbourne College SMILE National Independent Schools’ Netball Cup

After a long journey the girls knew the task in hand; a win would take them into the quarter finals of the National Plate competition. We went out hard and managed to give ourselves a 7 goal lead within the first five minutes. However, after a couple of careless passes and lack of concentration Eastbourne were straight back in it. We always had control of the game but with Sophie Nichol and Bethan Burley not feeling well we were down to the bare seven with players playing out of position. The girls dug deep and it was a true sense of team spirit and determination that allowed them to steadily increase their lead with each quarter. Olivia Ellis performed brilliantly when she was thrown into the deep end playing C, while keeping a calm head to deliver the correct pass into the shooting circle. Lucy Stalker was a standout player and received POM from myself and her team mates. Her performance contributed greatly to the score line with effortless movement and shooting and she stepped up on the court to take a significant leadership role. W36-24 (LER)

Cross Country: Dorset Schools’ Cross Country Champs, King’s Park, Bournemouth

A number of pupils represented Canford at the Dorset Schools’ Cross Country Championships on a muddy and gruelling course. There were some outstanding runs and congratulations to Josh Davey (Inter Boys) and Noah Jonas (Senior Boys) who have gained selection for the Dorset team to run at the South West Schools’ championships in two weeks’ time. The Inter girls’ team of Ines Mitchell, Lulu King, Katy Jack and Serena Blake also ran well to take 3rd place in the team event.

Saturday 20th January

Netball Block Fixture against Portsmouth Grammar School (all U14 Matches were called off due to rain) .

With a feisty start to the game, the 1st VII knew the match was going to be well contested and physical. Throughout the game it was really pleasing to see the players’ work rate off the ball to get free and create attacking opportunities. Each time this team steps out on court they give a little bit more, functioning as a real cohesive unit. Our defensive game was really strong throughout the whole court, turning over balls and forcing errors which allowed us to convert and pull away. A competitive fixture which highlighted some main focus points for this week in preparation for the Regional finals this weekend. W34-29 (LER)

Sometimes in netball the final whistle blows just a few seconds too early. On Saturday's game against PGS, the 2nd VII were so close to drawing this exciting game when full time whistle was blown. Whilst we were disappointed not to have a few more seconds on the clock to draw or even win the game - Canford were definitely on the ascendancy - we could not have asked for more from the girls in terms of effort and team spirit. At the end of the first and second quarters Canford were trailing by 2 goals; by the third quarter, PGS had extended their lead to 3 goals. And in the final quarter, Canford played a blinder and so nearly caught up. It was a real pleasure to see the girls beginning to gel as a team and playing some lovely netball. Sadly Alex Eyre’s injury at GD last week turned out to be a fractured finger. She is now out for a few weeks (get well soon Alex - we miss you!) and so we had to try out a new defensive combination - Hannah Cox, Melody Dean and Izzy Dixon played really well for the first time together. It was good to welcome Louisa Fleming to the team as another string to our shooting bow. It's exciting to have three strong shooters to work with and we are looking forward to seeing what Ellie, Lucy and Louisa can do in the weeks ahead. Grace Leggett transitioned smoothly from WD to WA and started the beginning of a promising centre court partnership with Jess Crossman at C. So much to be encouraged by after last week's shakier start - cheerful attitudes 'warming up' in the pouring rain, the start of a 2nd team rapport forming, some super sequences of fluent play down the court and some stunning defensive interceptions. Great stuff! L21-22 (KJ)

Difficult weather conditions in the first 20 minutes of play made the ball hard to handle in the 3rd VII match but both teams worked well and produced a fantastically close match, the lead changing hands throughout. Canford went up by 2 goals quickly, but PGS fought back to bring the first quarter back to 5 all. The next two quarters also ended in a draw but Canford managed to just pull away for the win at the end. In general our passing and positioning were far better than last week, although we gave away some careless passes. Both Izzy Pryce and Lauren Taylor shot well. Cece Rogers, Iqra Iftikhar and Liv Barker were superb in defence and hustled and intercepted to turn the ball over. The team were thrilled with their win and are eager to move forward again. W22-19 (ECT)

With what can only be described as ‘damp’ playing conditions the U16A girls looked to this game as continued preparation for the forthcoming regionals. Being able to play the 7 minute time periods that we will face at regionals gave us great preparation for what lies ahead of next weekend. The other challenge the girls faced is how to maintain their concentration and game focus when not on the court. It is vital that any player, when off, remains focused because the call to replace someone can come at a moment’s notice and in tournament play there is no time to settle into the game. To be honest, our start was not as it should be, with numerous chances to take early control of the game missed. With the entire midcourt – WA, C & WD - being changed at the end of the second period, it was time to see if those who had not played initially could rise to the challenge of stepping seamlessly into the flow of the game. This they did superbly, and we continued to press home our advantage. With further line-up changes made throughout the remaining 3 periods we were able to continually stretch our lead to finally run out winners 30 – 18. A very pleasing performance that takes us a step closer to next weekend with a positive frame of mind. W30-18 (PAE)

A convincing win from the U16B team, with some superb play. The PGS team were frantic at times and we occasionally lost focus and didn’t play our best netball. For the final two quarters though, we slowed down and played at a pace we were comfortable with, putting into practice skills we had been working on in training. Our defence did a great job of turning the ball over and working it up the court, while the attacking play around the circle was very difficult for the PGS team to break down. A fantastic team effort and a 35-9 win. Well done girls. (LLA)

The first quarter saw the U15A’s taking the lead, but it wasn’t long before PGS were fighting back. Chessie Hellier was working hard as GD to force PGS to make errors and with this Canford turned the ball over and with great play from Talia White and Molly Fairbairn the girls finished the first quarter 9-5 up. Polly Yule came alive in the second quarter sinking every shot. With a new defender in the team Sasha Witter’s interceptions and quick thinking led Milenka Soskin to score yet more goals for the girls. Quick reactions from Abby Childerley at WD gave Canford the advantage and left PGS trailing 20-10 at half time. Sydney Brown and Sasha Mowat came on in the third quarter and despite the rain causing problems, the U15’s kept their cool and worked as a team to safely deliver the ball into the shooters. Again there was no stopping Polly putting the ball through the ring. With the rain making it hard for the girls, the defence of Chessie Hellier and Sasha Mowat was proving a big hit. Again, Canford were working as team to bring the ball through court and use their netball skills as an advantage over PGS. W29-14 (HXB)

A good win today for the U15B’s that saw us out compete the opposition from the outset. Lots of capitalising on turnovers, some super flowing play particularly in the second quarter and ownership of space in our circle by Tamara Reed-Ward and Hermione Gates. Nadia Lees and Anna Preston joined the squad and contributed height and determination, intercepting balls to keep play well out of PGS’ D. Particular well done to Maddie Harvey, Gemma Kendall and Daena Shah (player of the match) who controlled the game from the centre court. W28-11 (PXC)

An amazing game played by the U15C’s today! Despite the cold we started strong with a great quarter leading 7 -2, displaying great motivation and excellent team work! We played a hard game all the way through and kept the standard of the game high. All the girls played really well, Ella Mitchell made some great attacking moves in centre and Sana Iftikhar and Nory Warner worked as a duo in the D, which resulted in a good score. A well-deserved result from all the girls and they should be proud of themselves! W21-10 (BS)
Our intention was to play to win and the U15D's performed well together this week at PGS. They managed the ball confidently and showed good skills with passing and attacking. As the game progressed encouraging team communication created a positive energy and drove play. Amelia Green and Liv Morton were a strong attacking partnership and Alice Fernley worked hard in defence. L30-24 (NW).
Team of the Week:
GS Charlotte Butt U16 A GA Lucy Stalker 1VII
WA Grace Leggett 2nd team C Ella Mitchell U15 C WD Holly Hazard U16A
GD Cece Rogers 3rd team GK Chessie Hellier U15 A

Lacrosse: Canford 1sts v South Coast Seagulls

Canford 1st team opened the lacrosse season with a positive and determined game full of drive against a mixture of Southampton Club and Bournemouth University players. Although Canford started off a little nervously, Alice Davies, Sophie Patrick and Catherine Elliot were soon showing how pace and conviction can scatter a defence. Deya Shergill contributed some excellent assists and classy finishing shots past the Seagull’s goalkeeper. In defence, captain Alice Marns and Lara Pilkington were making things difficult for the opposition who didn’t appreciate quite how good at anticipating the play and intercepting the ball the Canford girls were. Canford just seemed hungrier for the ball. The final goal came from Imo Young who played the last quarter on the pitch after having valiantly stepped into goal for most of the match to replace an injured Belle Woodman. W9-6 (MXB)

Hockey v Lord Wandsworth College

Last week saw a new 12 game block fixture versus Lord Wandsworth College. Honours finished even; six wins and six defeats for the Canford Hockey Club, 26 goals scored and 26 goals conceded.

The senior teams fared well with some good finishing and team interplay producing the lion share of the success. The 1st XI made it five wins on the trot, with a controlled and disciplined performance contributing to a pleasing 5-2 victory. George Baugniet put us two goals to the good with a sharp finish on the backhand and a well-placed forehand strike, before LWC reacted quickest to convert a rebound in the D after an initial save from George Robson. Our response was immediate, with Jack Sherborne scoring straight away after an excellent assist by Richie Steavenson. Some slack marking enabled LWC to pull one back through a loopy deflection on the stroke of half-time. However, the second period saw us up the tempo and show greater composure all over the pitch. We created a number of good chances, with Baugniet completing his hat-trick and Harry Pickard firing a drag flick past the keeper. Ben Longrigg was full of running upfront and Man-of-the-Match Matt Daubeney was outstanding at the heart of the defence, making lots of quality challenges and distributing the ball very effectively. We finished as 5-2 winners. The 2nd XI raced into a 4-0 half time lead and consolidated this advantage after the break, creating a hatful of further chances to end the game as 5-0 winners. The goals were shared amongst five different scorers, with Freddie Axford, Tom Conibear, Eddie Kendall, Barney Scudds and Jordan Le Boutillier on the scoresheet. The 3rd XI won 6-0 in a game in which we dominated. Generally the boys were very impressive in terms of approach and played some lovely quick passing hockey. James Fountain was Man-of-the-Match. The 4th XI lost 1-3. It was a decent game of hockey in which the opposition were in the ascendency but didn’t convert their chances due to some fine keeping from Luke Reid. He was particularly impressive in terms of attitude and approach in a Man-of-the-Match display.

The U16A’s had a physical encounter against the LWC 2nd team. We produced some promising attacking play to secure a hard fought 2-1 victory, which provided a good test before the County Cup. Goals were scored through Harry Moores and Joe Hollywood, whilst Luke Hett ran the show in midfield. After a sleepy first five minutes, the U16B team began to pull it together and created some decent moves in midfield and into the LWC 25. A breakaway at 20 mins, and a superb reverse stick flick over the last defender from Max Anand, put Mattie Effick one-on-one with the goalie, which he put away calmly. Early in the second half Ben Morris added a second, with a third from Alex Rogers from a messy short corner, with five minutes remaining. A 3-1 win was the result of a superb team effort, with some great defending when required (Patrick Taylor), some intelligent midfield switches of play (Charlie Berridge) some sharp attacking moves (Mattie Effick, Max Anand, Ben Morris) and a fine debut in goal from Rob Thomas.

The U15A’s lost 0-3. There were periods of play in the game where the team passed the ball sublimely from player to player and carved open the opposition creating some excellent opportunities in front of the goal. However, all too often the team reverted to trying to dribble the ball too much and, although one or two players were beaten, the inevitable eventually happened and we were tackled. First touch and accuracy of passing were definitely an improvement on last week. With continued practice we hope next week to convert possession into goals. Thank you to Max Paget who came up from the U14’s to cover for an injured Joba in goal, whilst we hope for a speedy recovery from Tom Prest and Freddie Peters who were also missing through illness and injury. The U15B’s lost 2-0. After two well-worked goals from LWC in the first half, our performance after the break saw us more organised and structured in our play. Toby Bishop and Freddie Hurd-Wood worked well in central defence. Will Priaulx looked good in the middle of the pitch and Charlie Anstee was dangerous up front. The 15Cs had their first outing of the term against a well-organised side. The boys showed plenty of endeavour but the opposition were more skilful as we suffered a heavy defeat.

The U14A’s won 2-1, with goals from Welly Johnson and Lloyd Armstrong. In only their second game together we were stretched as a squad due to illness and had to cope with the bare 11. LWC proved solid opposition to break down. We had to play to space and not force the ball through contact. The first half was a scrappy affair - lots of turnover. We were kept in it with some excellent defending from Tommy Davies and keeping from Max Paget. Alex Daubeney was also very reliable at right half-back. In the second half we worked on maintaining possession and using the full pitch. Some flowing hockey saw us moving the ball on early and the pressure started to tell. A strong attack down the left (David Offer/Archie Liddle) saw the ball played across and touched in by Armstrong at the far post. Our second goal was absolutely superb! Clever interplay from the midfield with Daubeney, Chapman, Barker, Johnson and Offer playing quick ‘one touch’ hockey, before the ball came across from Liddle and was neatly slotted home by Johnson. A real team goal. Still lots of work to do moving forward before the County tournament after exeat. There were plenty of positives to take from a greatly improved U14B display, although frustratingly a late goal against the run of play consigned us to a second consecutive defeat. The boys are started to get their heads up and play the ball around. After a shaky opening five minutes, we started to look pretty assured when we had the ball. More the pity that LWC scored their opening goal in this phase of the game. Our equaliser when it came was worth the admission fee – a very tidy exchange of passes in the middle of the field released Sam Hennessey who slipped the ball calmly past the advancing keeper. From there it looked like we would go on to win the game, and if we had had our scoring sights tuned we surely would have done: we created several great chances to score in the third quarter of the game, but the confidence building second goal just wouldn’t come. As we tired late on we started to run into contact with the ball, and lost our hold on the game. Worse was to come with a messy second for LWC. The boys were justifiably disappointed at the end, but the bigger picture sees us taking huge steps forward as we learn our trade. The U14C’s lost 1-3. We started strongly and went 1-0 up after five minutes through Jamie Tazzyman. However, thereafter we defended too high and kept getting caught on the break. Man –of-the-Match was Henry Barham.

Before the exeat, this week sees the 1st XI travel to Exeter College for Round 2 of the National U18 Schools’ Cup, whilst the U16’s have the County Cup at Bryanston. There is also an U14 match away at QE.

Composite team of the week: 4-3-3

GK: Rob Thomas (U16B)

RB: Alex Daubeney (U14A) CB: Matt Daubeney (1st XI) CB: Harry Minall (1st XI) LB: Toby Bishop (U15B)

RM: Eddie Kendall (2nd XI) CM: Freddie Pryce (U15A) LM: Luke Hett (U16A)

RF: James Fountain (3rd XI) CF: Max Anand (U16B) LF: Welly Johnson (U14A)

Sporting quote of the week:

“ Seek opportunities to show you care. The smallest gestures often make the biggest difference.”

Mark Burley

Director of Sport

Twitter: @CanfordSport

23rd January 2018

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