29 Nov 2018
Christmas Term 2018 - Week 10 Sports Report

Christmas Term 2018 - Week 10 Sports Report

Tuesday 19th November: U14 West Hockey Tournament (a)

The West Finals took on a new format this year with eight teams qualifying for a high calibre final tournament at Clifton College Sports grounds. We found ourselves in a pool with Marlborough, Cheltenham and Redmaids School.

We dominated our first game against Marlborough creating a string of superb chances. On another day we would have been out of sight long before the end, and that came back to haunt us with Marlborough scoring from an overtime PC to take the points. It was very harsh on the girls after a superb performance right across the park. It meant we were now, effectively, straight into knock out hockey, needing to win both the remaining pool games to proceed to the semi-finals.

Against Cheltenham we again dominated all areas of the pitch. Goals from Honore Cutler and Evelyn Young secured the vital win. The final pool game v Redmaids was well contested. They set up to contain knowing a draw would see them through; a single goal victory for Canford would be enough for the Dorset Champions to advance. As in the two earlier games we dominated for long periods, but in this game we struggled to create the chances and the game ended goal-less.

We were the most enterprising and fluent side in the group, and it was very tough not to go through. The tournament was very competitive, and the margins very tight. The disappointment was intense, but the nucleus of this side will be back at the Wests in the next couple of years as the strength of Canford’s hockey continues to develop.

U16 Dorset Schools County Netball (a)

The U16s played some amazing netball last Tuesday, pulling out all the stops and fighting as hard as they could to not only qualify for the regionals but finish as undefeated County Champions! Chessie Hellier had a fantastic game making numerous intercepts and defending the opposition’s goal with everything she had. Talia White excelled as centre, carefully controlling the ball down the court to help create countless Canford goals. Polly Yule and Milenka Soskin worked incredibly well as an attacking unit understanding their roles in the attacking D and scoring goal after goal. The whole team worked fantastically as one and pulled together to work as hard as they could to qualify for regionals. Their attitude and determination was highly commendable throughout the day and creates a great platform for the forthcoming season (DM).

Thursday 15th November: U14 Dorset Schools County Netball (h)

We knew this would be a tournament with tough competition but that meant there would be a lot of great netball on display. The girls started strong with a very comfortable win which settled a few nerves and we then went on to face the hardest match of the group against Talbot Heath. We went down in the first half due to a couple of silly and basic errors and unfortunately time ran away from us preventing the deficit from being clawed back. The final pool games were won comfortably to take us into the semis In a closely contested game Parkstone Grammar were clinical in both attack and defence to take the win by three goals. The girls played some great netball throughout the day and the team was well captained by Mia White and Daisy Brown, who continuously gave their all and lead from the front. (LER)

Real Tennis v Radley College (a)

This was a well matched game away at Radley. Singles rubbers were claimed by Barney Peddie and Jake Patterson and Barney paired up with Max Kibble to secure a win in the Doubles match. D3-3

Saturday 17th November Rugby v Seaford

The 1st XV continue to grow and improve as group. On the final home match for our Upper Sixth boys this year the squad once more put in a brave display against another powerful 1st XV outfit in the form of Seaford College. A number of boys had their best matches of the season so far. It does make one wonder what might have been possible if they had arrived in September in this kind of condition. The boys have played with real determination and shown huge team spirit since half term in particular. Canford kicked off into the sun and were able to apply pressure. It wasn’t long before Tom Sykes was lining up his first shot at goal of the afternoon. He was able to give Canford the lead. This sparked Seaford into action, they applied pressure through the scrum in particular and then used their strong runners coming short, testing Canford’s taste for defensive work. It was credit to the boys that time after time they were able to hold Seaford out, scrambling bravely to make their opponents work for their scores. The defensive wall was breached but with Canford nibbling away at the Seaford lead it meant at half time the boys were still in with a sniff. With efforts redoubled after half time it was Canford’s turn to apply the pressure. Tom Conibear was proving to be a thorn in the Seaford side with ball in hand in the wide spaces with Sykes picking him out when the chances appeared. The pack worked tirelessly as a unit to provide this good ball. The first breakthrough came and although Seaford hit back with a score of their own the tide had shifted to the home side. With the bit between their teeth they pressed on looking for that first elusive win. A 22m dropout provided an opportunity to build phases and pressure and after probing for the weakness the ball found its way into Charlie Ford’s hands. Still with work to do he showed how good he can be with ball in hand, stepping off the light fantastic he left his opponent for dead and skipped away to dot down. With Sykes adding the extra points the deficit was now 1 point. Time was however, beginning to run out. Canford found themselves back in possession needing any type of score to snatch victory. Sadly, it was not to be, although the boys maintained possession they weren’t quite able to exert the pressure to gain field position in the Seaford half and force a break or squeeze the opposition into and error to get a shot at goal. Once again the boys fell just short of winning the match but they have continued their journey that has seen their play transform for the better over the course of the term. Their commitment to each other, their willingness to turn up time and again even when things haven’t been going their way is a rare and beautiful thing in an age that all too often values short termism. The Upper Sixth have been incredibly stoic in their efforts over the five years at Canford and I hope the Lower Sixth take the lessons from this tough season so that they don’t have to go through the same journey next season. There are two opportunities to get that all elusive victory. If they are able to apply themselves like they did for large periods of this game against Downside then surely the win they deserve will come. L23-24 (PTS)

Despite being bossed around at the breakdown, the 2nd XV scored 5 first half tries to establish a lead they would never relinquish, and so secured an entertaining victory in a physical and sometimes fractious encounter. It was Seaford who got on the scoreboard first, kicking a penalty 10 minutes in after a bright opening by Canford. However, the home team struck back immediately making the most of a lucky break when a speculative kick through from Sam Downey was knocked on by Seaford in attempting to clear their lines. Nat Todd pounced on the loose ball, drove up to the line and Archie Hunter was on hand to pick up and dive over. Gus Jarrold added another try almost immediately; Harry Moores collected a clearance, his chip through was charged down, only for Bugs Mitchell to pick up the rebound and feed Gus whose power took him through 2 tackles and pace took him away from the cover to score. Will Jones was next to score, tapping a quick penalty and catching the Seaford players napping after they were offside on a charged down kick. Canford were certainly getting the rub of the green, and Harry Moores’ try was no exception, following up a box kick from Sam Downey which bounced kindly to Harry as he chased up, finishing well by beating the full back. Canford’s concentration slipped to allow Seaford to score, but they bounced back with the try of the half. Seaford knocked on the kick off and from the resulting scrum, Bugs Mitchell carved up through the middle, drifted and fed George Billson running a good line to score under the posts. A clinical finish to give us a 29-8 half time lead. Sadly, the second half didn’t quite live up to the first and descended into a scrappy affair, at times quite literally, as Seaford let the red mist descend a couple of times, drawing the Canford boys into handbags. Canford had plenty of pressure and came very close to scoring on several occasions, but arguably were denied because they abandoned the tactics of the first half and got caught in a forward battle. However, it was Seaford who scored first when a couple of weak tackles allowed their big strong left winger down the line to score. At 29-15 they were looking to get back in the game, but Canford responded with an opportunist try from Sam Downey. On a day when Canford dominated the scrum, we disrupted their ball on their own 5m line, and Sam pounced on the loose ball to roll over from close range. Harry Moores added the extras and later, another 3 points to take us to our final tally. The victory was satisfying, and built on solid defence, led by the likes of Nat Todd and Zach Fenwick, and helped by good decision making and finishing shown by skipper Josh Davies and his back line. Man of the match: Nat Todd; W39-20 (PAJ & WMD)

Forget Ireland toppling the mighty All Blacks, or England’s second half comeback against Japan, there was only one game that people were talking about this weekend…. Canford U16’s turned up at Seaford looking to build on their excellent victory the previous weekend. On the 1st XV pitch and with a sizeable crowd behind them, Seaford certainly looked up for the game. Indeed they started on the front foot, after the referee failed to spot a clear knock on, Seaford retained possession and a delicate chip was collected by the Seaford winger who scored out wide. After such an early setback, it would have been easy for the game to get away from Canford, but the boys dug in and started to take control of the game. Seaford were struggling to match the Canford tempo and gave away a number of penalties. Eventually Canford responded with an excellent try from skipper Tom Matthews to draw the game level. After that, I have no real idea how the scoring went or indeed who scored, as I along with everyone, became engrossed in the game. I do know the game was 19-17 with 10 minutes remaining and Seaford camped in the Canford corner. However, the defence stood firm and the boys came away with their best result of the season. It must have been Matthew Butterfield’s pregame birthday cake which did the trick. Well done boys! (RGJ)

The U15A’s match at home against Seaford was a tale of two halves. While the team worked hard through the first half, they struggled to put phases together, missed a number of critical tackles and after the first two Seaford tries, heads dropped and the body language started to lack bite. The half time score was Canford 0-24 Seaford. In the second half the team really came to life, with big carries from Matt Kosgei, James Barker and Ben Ashton; steals from a number, including Joe Bland and Milind Khashu; good support play along with a try saving tackle from Ben Ashton and tries from Seb Gallego and Roman Gill.

The final score was Canford 12-36 Seaford. This is the 4th game in 5 that Canford has either won, drawn, or narrowly lost the second half, but comprehensively lost in the first half. If we can find a way of getting the team firing from the start of the game, this talented group could become a real force. (BIHC)

Once again, we had to all endure the first five minutes of the U15B match thinking the game was ‘two hand touch’ and working on developing a warm-up routine that readies us for the match is our priority moving forward. This said, Canford bounced back very strongly from allowing the opposition to score to put together a physical and structured performance that out-stretched the visitors for a well-deserved win. It was lovely to see belief beginning to show itself in our ball-carries and tackles, such a huge building block for us moving into the last quarter of the season. A special mention to Tommy Jack and Sam Jefferson for playing one half each for the opposition and also for Giovanni Perin who thought he could double the points awarded for a try if he went beyond the dead-ball line! Well done men! W2514 (OTP)

After a big win against a Sherborne XV the U14As were looking to continue this run of form and keep building the momentum going into the final few games of the season. It was always going to be a tough challenge away at Seaford, which was initially made even more challenging by playing up a considerable slope in the first half. This did not discourage the boys at all and they capitalised on some excellent continuity through a pick and go from Mark Kosgei, which saw Canford 5-0 up within the first 10 minutes. From here we got over the white-wash another couple of times through a well-worked number 8 pick-up from Jack Janaway off the base of the scrum and indeed a very cunning interception from Oscar Feingold. This left the score at 17-0 going into half time. An excellent first half display with the intentions of keeping Seaford off the scoreboard for the remainder of the game. However, this was not quite the case as they dotted the ball down out wide after finally breaching the solid Canford defensive line. The game was all but won and was finally secured through a try from Ollie Glen, leaving the final score at 22-5. Another strong performance, which only enhances the confidence of the side going into their next fixture against Downside and County Cup Semi-final against Sherborne. (RJC)

The U14B team made a fantastic start against Seaford scoring in the first few minutes and grew in confidence as the half progressed, scoring some brilliant team tries. However one lapse let Seaford back into the game and a lack of fitness in the “Bs” told as the game became close towards the end of the match. Canford held on to an impressive 27-17 win. An excellent team performance overall. (WLA)

Rowing: Avon County Autumn Head.

86 crews raced at the Avon county head over 3.5 Km last Saturday Canfordians had their fair share of success coming away with medals in hand. The categories raced were the Eight, Coxed fours and Girls’ quadruple sculls. The girls racing in the quad sculls took the first honours with a win for Rachael Ko, Grace Hewett, Kiki Sullivan and guest Talia Gould (Llandaff) in the J18 quadruple scull achieving a time of 12:57.6. Our other girls in quad sculls were Liv Imms, Charlotte Wittram Eve Hewett, Helena Jackson and Emma Dolton and in the coxed four Ellen Campbell, Bea Webb, Ines de la Cruze and Tati Read (cox)

The boys competed in three coxed fours and the J18 of Hamish Johnson, Robert Way, Leo Bishop, Simon Jowett and their cox George Farthing took the honours with a winning time of 12:13.6. Will Yeatman, Zac Arnold, Joe Cox and a substitute from Bournemouth rowing club Nathan Prowes raced along with cox Tatie Read and another BRC substitute Rees Gellend coxed alongside Ollie Leat, Sam Smith, George Vaughan and Max Beaney, with both crews placed in the top half. After an early collision in the Eight between Monmouth and Bristol City rowing club, Canford found some open water and rowed clear of the following pack. Ollie Leat, Robert Way, Leo Bishop, Sam Smith, George Vaughan, Simon Jowett, William Galbraith, Max Beany, coxed by George Farthing finished 5th in11:30.0. From a coaching perspective it was interesting to see the interaction and cooperation between young people from other clubs. There’s always something beneficial which can be taken from such an experience, whether it’s helping, encouraging and engaging with one another to either go fast or simply to load the trailer quickly.

Friday 16th & Saturday 17th November : Hockey v Wellington College

This week has seen the Canford Hockey Club in action across all age groups in block fixtures. There have been a number of good performances and several evenly matched games of excellent quality. Even though the balance of results has seen us lose more than we have won, the standard produced by our teams is a very encouraging sign of the progress made thus far.

Over the weekend, all ten teams played Wellington College, always a very competitive block fixture, and this year was no exception. The 1st XI travelled away on Friday evening as part of a new initiative introduced by some independent schools. The ‘Friday Night Lights’ concept allows the headline team to play in a different and special environment, with an evening start providing a valuable learning experience with greater spectator numbers, as well as negating the number of later Saturday afternoon matches across the block. We began brilliantly, on the front door from the outset and pressing high up the pitch. A series of penalty corners almost broke the deadlock before great work along the baseline from player-of-the match Katie Ashcroft, found Imogen Fairweather. Her pass on the spin found Ashcroft continuing her run, to neatly deflect the ball into the goal. Another corner almost doubled our lead, and with hindsight we needed to score again in this 20 minute period of dominance. However, Wellington College finished last season as U16 National Cup winners in both indoor and outdoor formats for a reason, and hit back with two goals in three minutes to turn the tide of the match in their favour. The second half produced more opportunities for us to draw level or better, but in the end we had to settle for an undeserved defeat in a game of high quality between two sides playing very positively. Hannah Fairchild, India Still and Molly Fairbairn also featured heavily, and there were many positives for us moving forwards as we enjoyed Wellington’s excellent hospitality. (MDC)

The 2nd XI started stronger and had more territory and possession but just couldn’t convert them into clear cut chances or goals. Uncharacteristically, we were a bit sloppy in the first half and a bit careless with possession. Wellington looked threatening by playing a high forward but we really did dominate the play and should have been well clear by the break. However, 0-0 it remained until the last 5 minutes when, finally, we built up a prolonged attacking move down our right-hand side. Lucy Norris skilfully getting to the baseline and then finding Emily Witter with a cheeky offload. Emily does what she does best and calmly slotted the ball home. Some disciplined and tight defending at the end secured the victory we deserved. (IW) The 3rd XI showed their top level skills against Wellington. In the first half we put huge amounts of pressure on, eventually scoring from a shot from Maddie Lyles which was deflected into the corner. Wellington came out fighting in the second half, but our two touch hockey got the better of them as Izzy Woodward crossed the ball in from the right for Ines Mitchell to slot in past the keeper on the left post. It was a physical game and Wellington kept us working hard throughout, but the defence worked well together and Sasha Mowat put in some fantastic tackles to prevent the Wellington counterattack. In the final few minutes Izzy Woodward slapped the ball into the left corner to seal a 3-0 victory. An excellent effort by all. Katy Jack, who had a top work rate and was composed throughout, was voted player of the match. (LLA) A hard fought game for the 4th XI saw Canford start quicker and score first through Serena Blake. There followed some valiant defending, with Sophie Alcock making excellent saves in goal. Wellington pressed hard and scored their first goal from a turnover. 1-1 at half time with all to play for in the second half. In the end, Wellington were able to create and convert more chances in the second half. Canford won the only short corner of the match which Chessie Hellier smashed just wide of the post. Both coaches were very proud of the 4ths performance, despite the 4-1 loss. (CHJ)

The U15As were nervous, knowing Wellington always provide a stern test. The week hadn’t been our best in terms of training and we did not have full squad due to injury. However, the team played lovely hockey, dominating the first half despite Wellington pressing for long periods. The first goal came from a penalty corner, with Flora Lingafelter reacting quickly to a rebound. Transferring around the back to swap the channel of play and passing the ball crisply, the second goal came following great play from Bella Hunter, before Evie Chippendale slotted in from the top of the D. The third goal was a lovely 1 v 1 elimination just before half time by Tabby Fuery against the goalkeeper. Ten minutes into the second half, Wellington pulled a goal back to make it 3-1. However, we kept our resolve, with Fuery netting her second to secure a 4-1 victory. Bliss Billson made some good saves in goal and Alicia Hudson was excellent in the middle of the pitch. (VPL).

The 15Bs lost 2-0 and the 15Cs lost 3-2, whilst the U14 age group had some closely contested games, also. The 15C girls started off strong with the defence stopping Wellington’s efforts on goal, and it didn’t take long for Canford to take the lead. However Wellington started to play the ball around effectively and managed to equalise. The second half saw Wellington adapt their play to make the defence of Canford work harder enabling them to score twice more. Canford were quick to react off a short corner, scoring another goal. The final score was 3-2 to Wellington. Goal scorers were Alice Herbert and Tilda Perei. (HXB)

The sense of disappointment that accompanied the 14As back from Bristol was, unfortunately, rather amplified by a tired performance against Wellington College. It has been a very tiring week for these girls, six of them were involved in the County Netball Tournament on Thursday, to add to their exertions on Tuesday. The fatigue is a nervous one as much as anything physical, and in the first half we looked out on our feet and allowed Wellington far too much easy possession. We also gifted them the only goal of the game, giving the ball back to them tamely four times in the build up to the goal. Half time couldn’t come quickly enough, and with it the chance to regroup. To the girls’ great credit they produced a far better performance in the second half, were the dominant side for almost the entire period, and created very good chances to get back in the game. We were sharper all over the pitch, piled forward with more urgency – we were just a little toothless in the last third of the pitch. When we did start to play we saw lively cameos from the likes of Erin Phillips who is starting to drive past her marker with more conviction, Tara King who won so much ball and turned defence into attack very effectively, linking with Charlie Howell. Sophia Russell and Esther Browning covered and tackled tirelessly. (PDAR)

The U14Bs were slow to get going and rather gifted the opposition a 3-0 half time lead, but battled hard in the second period to eventually lose 4-1. The team was well captained by Izzy Heffner, whilst Freya Brash scored the goal after a lovely team move and final pass from Jemima Carrell on the right hand side. The U14Cs had a great game. We were 2-0 down, however, after a motivational talk from Mrs Byng they turned it around. They pulled their socks up and worked as a real team and managed to score twice, before agonisingly losing 3-2. Eliana Covell was great in goal and really showed her skills off. The players of the match were Yutong Li and Nina Allan. (BS)

This week sees the U18s in Tier 2 Plate action versus Downside and Bryanston, with the U16s in R2 of the Tier 1 Cup v Blundell’s. Most other teams are playing Clayesmore in a block on Thursday, before the exeat weekend.

Team of the week:

GK: Eliana Covell (U14C)

RB: Katie Ashcroft (1st XI) CB: Yutong Li (U14C) CB: Lucie Marns (U15B) LB: Katy Jack (3rd XI)

RM Imogen Joll (U14B) CM Alicia Hudson (U15A) LM Lucy Norris (2nd XI)

RF Molly Fairbairn (1st XI) CF Flora Lingafelter (U15A) LF Izzy Woodward (3rd XI)

Football : 1st XI v Clayesmore (a) Chasing the top spot in the league, the Oaks needed the three points against Clayesmore, a side that we drew with at home. Whether it was nerves (we had a big crowd…and the need to perform) or simply sloppiness, I don’t know, but we started sluggishly and were on the back foot in the opening passages. However, the chaps then calmed things down and started to play a more measured style of football and suddenly found themselves carving out chance after chance. Zac Organ became evermore dominant and orchestrated our play with style, and with Joe Hollywood on top form as our 10, finding room, dribbling at will and spotting killer passes, we turned on the style and produced an utterly dominant display. Wilf Raby was immense, thoroughly deserving his hat trick – and while his composure as a finisher impressed, his ability to turn on the afterburners and leave defenders for dust was remarkable. He was, as the cliché goes, unplayable.

Irksomely, we did concede a goal, an annoyance compounded by the fact that it happened midsubstitution, allowing us only ten players for a good three minutes. However, we were delighted with the fact that the Oaks produced their best team performance of the season – and the boys will approach Tuesday’s challenging County Cup fixture with confidence. W4-1 (SV)

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

Sporting quote of the week:

“We don’t have to be superstars or win championships … All we have to do is learn to rise to every occasion, give our best effort, and make those around us better as we do it. ”

Mark Burley

Director of Sport

Twitter: @CanfordSport

21st November 2018