29 Nov 2018
Christmas Term 2018 – Week 11 Sports Report

Christmas Term 2018 – Week 11 Sports Report

Tuesday 20th & Thursday 22nd November Hockey: Rd 1 U18 v Downside & Rd 2 v Bryanston, England Hockey Plate Competition

The U18s played twice at home, in rounds 1 and 2 of the EH Plate competition. Downside visited first on Tuesday, with our attacking options simply too much for their defensive qualities. To Downside’s great credit, they kept playing hard throughout, in wet and cold conditions, but we were clinical in front of goal and led 9-0 at the half time interval. Positional changes to promote a greater understanding of and empathy for each other’s team mates, and various short corner options followed during the second period, with the final score ending 14-0. Sophie Saunders netted 7, and Martha Taylor 4, whilst Lydia Harvey got her first of the season and Beanie Culley and Grace Leggett also found the target. We then hosted Bryanston on Thursday in round 2 of the same competition. Here, we produced a professional and measured display against somewhat belligerent opponents. Two goals in each half saw us win 4-1, with the quality of the passing in the second half in particular very pleasing. The prolific Sophie Saunders made in 10 goals in a week with another hat-trick (taking her personal tally this season to 25) whilst Grace Leggett grabbed her second in as many games; neatly deflecting in from a penalty corner. Lydia Harvey produced a high quality display in midfield and captain Martha Taylor provided all four assists for the goals. We look forward to our next match in Round 3. (MDC)

Hockey: U16 v Blundell’s, Rd 2 England Hockey National Cup

The opening exchanges saw Canford create, but waste, a number of good goal scoring opportunities against an able and athletic side. However, the attacking threat was maintained throughout and once we broke the deadlock the team played with huge belief, skill and ruthlessness that will serve them well in future rounds of the competition. Gemma Kendall scored the first after 20 minutes, deflecting in on the backhand after a great pass from Imo Fairweather. The combination in midfield of Imo Fairweather and captain Molly Fairbairn was electric, with both players causing havoc in the opposition defence with their link up play, vision and direct, skilful running. Lucy Norris, always a valuable outlet on the right, used her pace to steal the ball and dink it past the out coming keeper, before Flora Lingafelter made it 3-0 before the break. The second half saw us continue with our enterprising attacking style. Daena Shah, impressive in her winning of possession and use of the ball, banged in one on the backhand to add to an earlier close range finish, before Kendall added her second. Bella Hunter then scored a quick fire hat-trick as she used her pace and finishing prowess very effectively. Blundell’s scored a couple of their own, but they were blown away by a nine-goal scoring spell in 43 minutes. The final score of 9-2 was a result of an excellent team performance in which all involved played a key part. We await our next opponents, but the development of this young side is very exciting. (MDC)

Wednesday 21st November: Netball: U15 v St. Swithun’s Round 3 SMILE National Cup

Despite the late start away at St. Swithun’s, we had high expectations and a lot of positivity starting the first quarter. However, we struggled to keep up with the fast pace of the home team and St. Swithun’s quickly ran away with the quarter, finishing: 4-16 up. In the second quarter the girls found their feet and started to gain some influence. Daisy Brown, replacing Evie Chippendale at GS allowed an extra height advantage in the shooting circle. The girls’ began to exert more control of the ball down court, executed set plays well and continued to attack in the shooting circle but were down 25-10 at half time.

The third quarter was Canford’s best, with a strong input from Charlotte Brook replacing Flora Lingafelter at C. Canford dominated throughout the court, keeping possession and driving forward. Molly Taylor and Charlotte Brook provided excellent feeds into the circle with Rosie Ireland and Daisy Brown pressurising the St. Swithun’s defence. Lucy Hancock and Alicia Hudson combined effectively in defence, gaining turn overs and rebounds which meant Canford won the quarter 13-12 but still trailed in the match. More rotations were made in the final 15 minutes of the game to try and keep the energy levels high and despite being unable to claw back the deficit the girls kept working hard until the final whistle. Player of the match went to Alicia Hudson for her outstanding work in defence. L50-32

Thursday 22nd November: Squash v Bryanston (a)

This was always going to be a tough fixture away at Bryanston, but all the boys put in a fantastic effort with some great results at the top of the order. There were many debut performances across the middle and lower order, with all gaining lots of experience. For the novices it also provided plenty of areas to work on over the coming term and beyond. Matches/players of the day go to Max Richards, Connor Elliot Murray and Mike Galley. Max has made big improvements since the start of term and gave it his all in his first Canford outing - he will be one to watch! Connor continues to improve tactically, never allowing his opponent to get comfortable and did well to put pressure deep in his backhand corner, he also continues his impressive winning start to the season. Mike really showed grit and determination, being 2-0 down and looking out of it, he kept his head and focused on his opponent’s weaknesses, hitting the ball harder and earlier, completely changing the pace of the game... he ultimately came back to win it 3-2, with a roar of excitement from the balcony! L15-3 (JRAR)

Hockey v Clayesmore

On Thursday, there were seven matches versus Clayesmore. The 2nds played their 1sts, and produced a good display to run out 4-1 winners. Gemma Kendall, Alice Milton and Izzy Woodward (2) were amongst the goals. (IW)

The 3rds played their 2nds, and proved too strong, with a confident 6-0 victory. Ines Mitchell put us on the scoreboard early on; having driven down the right base line she then slotted it past the keeper. We pressurised Clayesmore and soon after scored our second, through Connie Doxat. There were a few counterattacks from Clayesmore but the defence managed to keep everything in check with some fantastic, well timed tackles from Cece Rogers, Ellie Coulson, Tessa Marley and Louisa Matthews. In the second half, Ella Mitchell scored from a short corner on the left post, whilst Serena Blake took the ball round the keeper to score our fourth goal. Fifth and sixth goals both came from Izzy Pryce on the left post to complete a successful performance. That makes it seven wins out of seven, with 31 goals for and just 1 against this season. (LLA)

The 4ths played their 3rds and won 1-0 in a rather scrappy affair. Lulu King netted the solitary goal from a reverse stick hit. There were excellent displays from Alice Kalmanson, Tamara Read-Ward, Sophie Alcock and Stella Jarvis. (CHJ)

The first 15 minutes was by far the best hockey the U15B girls have played this season against Clayesmore’s U15As. Our structure was solid and we went 1-0 up to put Clayesmore on the back foot through our left wing attacks involving Lucy Marns, Louisa Borneman, and Jessie Shuttleworth. Although their U15A side lacked depth, a couple key players held them together, and some hesitant defending from us crept through, allowing them to come back to lead 2-1. The start of the second half was mostly defending from us, but a couple of good breaks on the counter injected the team with confidence, allowing us to blast the goal for the final 10 minutes. We equalised to level at 2-2, and a series of short corners in the final seconds was nearly the perfect ending to a classic underdog movie. But alas, it ended 2-2. Great game, and lots of positives to take into the last couple of games. (TS)

The U15C game (against their U15Bs) started off at a fast pace with Canford gaining possession and within a couple of minutes, Clara Doubleday opened the scoring. Both the defence and midfield players on the Canford team worked hard, giving little chance for Clayesmore to settle. It didn’t take long for Canford to score another goal with a great shot by Alice Herbert. The next three goals came in quick succession; Charlotte Mendelson, Clara and India Rose all netting for a 5-0 half time lead. In the second period, Canford remained dominant, applying their skills they had learnt earlier in training into the match. Clayesmore had a few shots on goal, but goal keeper Buzz Borneman was quick to react. There was some beautiful play from the Canford attack and Ellie Stocker took the girls further into the lead. Matilda Perei took on the Clayesmore defence with some thrilling 3D skills and scored the final goal, with the end result being a 7-0 win. (HXB)

Our hybrid U14A/B side enjoyed a tremendous pre exeat run out against the Clayesmore U14As. It is always tricky getting the right balance in these games - the full ‘A’ squad would have been too strong for Clayesmore, so the decision was made to mix the two sides. The main problem with this is that a lot of the patterns that each side play with such familiarity can disappear, but it was very pleasing to see the way that girls from both sides dovetailed together. The first half was a competitive affair- Ruby Anand needed to be alert in repelling a few decent Clayesmore attacks. At the other end we created good chances of our own, but the game reached half time 0-0. In the second half Clayesmore ran out of legs and spaces opened Daisy Brown, Celia Leavesley, Izzy Heffner and Erin Phillips transferred the ball well around the back, clearing their lines effectively. We really started to dominate in midfield, Imogen Woodcock particularly impressive. The combination of Tara King, Emily Vance, Charlie Howell and Charlie Whitmore rotated their roles impressively, especially once they started to vary their distribution. Up front there were powerful runs from Jemima Carrell, Izzy Dickinson, Alex Smith and Mia White. It was encouraging to see the forwards finding such intelligent space - we had chances to score several. In the end it was a short corner converted by Charlie W which won us the game. A delightful performance and a well-earned result. It was a perfect finale to the third quarter of term. (PDAR)

The U14Cs played the Clayesmore Bs and edged another well contested match by a single goal; Canford wrapping up a good block fixture with a 1-0 win.

This week sees a return to training before a block fixture versus Cranleigh, which is always a good challenge. The boys are also in action, in the first league match outing of the New England Hockey Tier 1 U18 National Schools’ League, against Peter Symonds College; at home on Tuesday afternoon. The 1st VI boys’ indoor team then have the U18 West Regional Indoor Finals on Sunday, as they bid to reach the National Finals. (MDC)

Composite Team of the week (3-4-3)

GK: Sophie Alcock (4th XI)

RB: Ellie Coulson (3rd XI) CB: Tessa Marley (3rd XI) LB: Daena Shah (U16A)

RM: M Fairbairn (U16A) CDM: H Fairchild (U18s) CAM: C Whitmore (U14A/B) LM: Imogen Fairweather (U16A)

RF: Tilda Perei (U15C) CF: Sophie Saunders (U18s) LF: Izzy Pryce (3rd XI)

Rugby: U15 v Downside, RFU Schools National Vase (h)

On Thursday the U15As played at home against Downside, as part of the National Vase competition. It was critical that the side got off to a good start, having performed below par in the first half of four, of the last five matches. The team recognised this shortfall and were keen to ensure that they started with intensity and ruthlessness. They got off to a flying start, not giving Downside a chance to get into their stride, with Seb Gallego going over for the first try inside the first 5mins. This was followed up with a great passage of play, where the pack dominated and Ben Ashton went over the line from a quick pick and go, close to the opposition’s line. Another try from Seb and one from Max Paget suddenly had the score line at 22-0 after about 20 minutes. This was a great start from the team and a great way to react, following our pre-match discussions. However, Downside had sniffed an opportunity to break our line in the mid-field and made the most of this, pushing deep into Canford territory, gaining a foot hold in our 22 for the first time in the match. Canford managed to clear the 22, with a box kick from James Ashurst, but this was quickly countered. Canford failed to slow Downside’s ball, or defend wide enough and as a result Downside got their first try, working an overlap and scoring on the left. What followed was a tough 20 minutes for the home side, with the end of the first half and the first 15mins of the second dominated by Downside. Much of this pressure was self-induced, through silly penalties, as the U15s struggled to alter their game to suit the referee. Importantly, their heads never dropped, with some hard tackling (James Ashurst) and some great steals (Milind Khashu) stopping Downside from converting this period of pressure past their two tries.

Roughly 15 minutes into the second half, Tommy Davies managed an interception which started a series of phases, resulting in Seb Gallego going over for his third. He followed this up in attack, with a lovely floated pass to Max Paget, putting our swift winger into space, from which he scored. The score now 34-10 to Canford. All credit to Downside, they did not drop their tempo or tenacity and continued to push Canford. The U15s had to work hard in defence, with a stunning tackle from Max Chapman, getting man and ball and some excellent orchestration from Tommy Davies. In the final minutes of the game, Downside were firmly in our 22 and made an excellent push for our line through their forwards, coming up just short. Matt Kosgei was alive to the danger and got in low at GUARD, stopping a pick and go from the base of the ruck, with such a crunching tackle that Canford won a scrum. The ball from this went through a phase or two, in our 22, before being spun to the wing and Max Paget ran the length of the field for his third. Roman Gill kicked the conversion and the final whistle sounded. Canford winning with a resounding 41pts to 10. MOTM went to James Ashurst at scrum half. (BIHC)

U14A v Sherborne, D&WFRSU County Cup Semi Final (a)

The Canford U14A XV found themselves in a state of d éjà vu last Thursday as they faced up against Sherborne for the second time in a number of weeks. However, it seems that after the defeat in the first encounter, Sherborne had rallied and were certainly out for revenge. They started with a flurry of tries, one of which came straight from the kick off, leaving the Canford boys under their own posts for the 3rd time in the first half alone (19-0). The Canford contingent, as always, were not willing to give up and fought back with a try of their own. With some great continuity and team play the boys found themselves with a scrum 5 metres out from the Sherborne line. James Harvey picked from the back of the scrum to wrestle over the white wash and dot the ball down (19-7). This was not quite enough to spur on a comeback unfortunately, and Sherborne went on to score another couple leaving the final score at 31-7.

A valiant effort from the Canford boys but a performance that just never seemed to get going. Best of luck to Sherborne for the rest of the County Cup competition. (RJC and DFL)

U14B v Poole Grammar U14A (h)

Poole Grammar started the match very well and Canford’s defence was tested to its limits. Slowly, Canford gained momentum and rhythm, Rohan Samra ran a fantastic line two minutes into the second half to cross over the line. Canford players such as, Finlay Craigen and skipper Felix Synott tested Poole’s hard line defence, but it was not enough on the day. 34-7 L (SJL)

Cross Country: PEDSSA Series, race 3 at Sandbanks Having been postponed earlier in the term, the third PEDSSA cross country race of the series was held at Sandbanks last week. Sandwiched between days of heavy rain, we were lucky to have excellent conditions for the event, albeit slightly colder than when the race is normally held in mid-September! Charlie Bird ran superbly well, yet again, making it three wins from three races, with one more to go at Ferndown in 2 weeks’ time. Jamie Barrington, Jackson Kennett, Aidan Dure-Smith and Rupert Peach continue to impress for the intermediate boys and Amber Herrington is becoming a confident racer in her category, too. (SJG)

Final congratulations this week go to fifth former Abby Childerley who has been selected to join the GB Sailing Youth Laser Radial Squad, a fantastic achievement,

For all this term’s sports reports please head to www.canfordsports.com

Sporting quote of the week:

“Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there – mental, moral and physical”

Mark Burley

Director of Sport

Twitter: @CanfordSport

28th November 2018