16 Jan 2018
Easter Term 2018: Week 1 Sports Report

Easter Term 2018: Week 1 Sports Report

Before the term began numerous pupils were involved in pre-season training camps for netball and hockey. Members of the 1st XI hockey squad went out to Barcelona to compete in the Reyes Hockey tournament where they played four games against Spanish, Dutch and English opposition, winning two and losing two. A really productive week ensued and it will undoubtedly have aided the boys in the organisation and interplay for their first few matches.

Eighteen girls from the netball club set off to Cardiff Metropolitan University for a two day training camp. Experiencing a combination of netball coaching and specialist strength & conditioning instruction the girls received a real insight into the physical requirements of being a strong and athletic netballer. Tough matches for both the U14 and U18 teams against a select Glamorgan Valley squad were very beneficial and well done to Nia Burley from the U16 squad who more than held her own playing for the senior team in their match.

How can I be a great teammate? The start of the year also provides an ideal opportunity to consider how one can function as an effective teammate as this will inevitably help maintain improvements as the term progresses. Here are a few qualities and characteristics which are recognised as essential in being a great teammate.

1. A great teammate is unselfish and put the team first – always strive to put the needs of the team and their prospects of success before your own.

2. A great teammate gives relentless effort – it doesn’t require any skill or technical ability to give a 100% effort.

3. A great teammate is honest and can be trusted.

4. A great teammate is humble – don’t be fixated on receiving praise and credit yourself but be willing to give it to your teammates.

5. A great teammate holds themselves and their teammates accountable – insist upon high standards and good behaviours.

6. A great teammate strives to get better – seek opportunities for improvement.

7. A great teammate is optimistic –don’t whine and complain but seek out the positives.

8. A great teammate has respect for others – teammates, coaches, officials, opponents, facilities, support staff, parents and opposition spectators.

9. A great teammate is resilient – don’t make excuses but grasp opportunities to learn and bounce back from disappointments.

10. A great teammate takes responsibility for their actions - on and off the pitch / court / river strive to behave in a way that makes your parents, coaches and teachers proud.

If we can all focus on being better teammates, whether we are pupils, staff or parents, than we are far more likely to enjoy our sport this term, regardless of the result.

Last Friday evening a large number of pupils, parents and staff congregated in the Layard Theatre to listen to a presentation from Professor Tim Rees of Bournemouth University on the common characteristics of elite performers in sport. The lecture entitled Nature, Nurture & Beyond: What Underpins Exceptional Sports Performance can be viewed on the following link:


This term is relatively short and with two exeat weekends there are some breaks to the normal flow of fixtures. Nevertheless, there are plenty of matches and tournaments to look forward to including: Regional Finals for the U16 & U19 netball teams, National finals for the U16 hockey girls, National Cup for the 1st XI hockey, County and hopefully Regional finals for the U14 & U16 hockey boys, National Plate matches for the U15 & U19 netball teams, Schools’ Head of the River race for rowing, County cross country championships and National Schools’ Rugby 7s tournament. In addition, football, lacrosse, squash, basketball and badminton teams will all be in action each week. A vast amount of the pupil body will be in action throughout the term and it would be great if we could offer as much support to these teams wherever possible.


Following the successful pre-season training camp, we were back in action on the first day of term, travelling to Richard Huish College in Taunton for our first round of the England Hockey Boys’ U18 National Cup. We controlled the match from start to finish, scoring in clusters with a George Baugniet hat-trick, two for Jack Sherborne on debut and a goal a-piece for Richie Steavenson and Harry Minall in a comprehensive 7-0 win. We now face Exeter College in R2.

On Saturday the 1st XI faced a decent KES side, with whom we drew 4-4 last year. We set a good early tempo and took a two goal lead inside the first 20 minutes through a clinical Harry Pickard drag flick into the top corner and a sharp Jack Sherborne deflection following good work from George Baugniet. However, some defensive lapses and poor decisions saw us throw away this lead and we went in a half time at 2-2. The second half was a full throttle affair with both teams intent on playing positive attacking hockey. We were grateful to George Robson for making a number of key saves and regained the lead against the run of play courtesy of a swift counter attack. Richie Steavenson was fouled and dusted himself down to dispatch the resulting penalty stroke. Thereafter, we played with more consistency and control, to manage the game and register the 3-2 win, but we need to adapt to changing games situations more effectively in the future.

The 2nd XI had the usual first game frustrations due to lack of practice and rustiness but moments of real potential came through at times. Our levels of fitness need improvement as well as keeping our composure in the D. However, the prospects are exciting and a 1-1 draw was secured following a smart finish from Joe Kinnear and a nice assist from Tom Conibear. In the middle of mocks, new formation and one training session later, the U16A’s made a formidable start against a well drilled and experienced KES U15A's team. A 2-1 defeat understates how well these boys have come together over the last few days, showing guts and determination. In a very competitive match, both sides tried to play positively for the duration. KES took the lead through a fine finish high into the net, before a surging Tom Sykes carry found Max Wyatt who equalised expertly with a rasping reverse stick effort. Archie Van der Flier made a number of excellent saves, but KES nicked a winner in the last five minutes to condemn us to a narrow 2-1 defeat. Luke Hett was first class in the middle of the pitch. In the U15A game played over three 15 minute thirds we improved considerably as the afternoon wore on. Much work this week will need to be done to remind individuals of the tactical awareness that was developed last year and re-build basic stick skills. Joba Agbedejobi made some fine saves keeping the score considerably lower than it could have been. Will Whitmore influenced the game well from central midfield and Tom Prest made several incisive runs down the right hand side of the pitch, but a talented KES side ran comfortable winners (L1-6). The U15B’s also lost, 51. Toby Philpott netted a good finish and was unlucky with further attempts. Archie Smith made a strong impact in goal, with a number of fine saves. Other encouraging performances were provided by Josh Bingham, Matt Keen and Will Hobden.

Given that this was the first time that the U14A's lads have played together (and for many of them the first time they’ve played 11-a-side hockey) – it was a pleasing performance and a pleasing result. Occasionally, we were a little flat at the back and tended to hold onto the ball a little too long and get caught in possession. On the plus side, there is clearly much potential and energy in the squad and a ruthless commitment to work hard for each other and play right up until the end of the match. KES are a good hockey school and they benefit from Year 7 entry – more time learning and gelling as a team. Ultimately, it was a just result with two teams who played hard but fair. We had the better of the first half and could/should have converted a few chances. KES had the better of the second half. We did get stuck down our right channel a little too much but showed great determination and desire to play at a fast tempo. Both teams had excellent goal keepers and there wasn’t much to separate the sides. After a determined deadlock, with 5 minutes to go, we conceded – it was an impressive piece of individual skill from the KES forward. This spurred us on and we were more direct and braver in the D. After putting KES under a lot of pressure in the final minutes, and with the last hit of the game, David Offer scored a wonderful strike from the most acute angle to secure the 1-1 draw. There is much to come from these lads and we are certain that they have the potential (and crucially the right attitude) to improve and progress.

On the back of a Christmas lay off and one hour’s hockey, the U14B boys produced some attractive hockey, and started to play with some considerable flair as the second half wore on. In a 2-0 defeat, we were hit on the counter by KES who converted two decent chances well, and hit the post with a third, but that apart it was encouraging to see us control the game for 90% of the match. There was a pleasing hunger to get to the ball first, and we used the ball increasingly intelligently as the game developed. Of course there was some early season rust, and some of the decision making was a little hesitant, but once we have had the chance to work on the channels we put the ball into, and to work out where the goal is, I think we will see the team grow rapidly into a very decent little hockey side. The U14C's lost 3-0. A big learning curve as we had only one training session and they had been playing together for a while. However the boys did really well and learnt fast. We lost the first half 0-3 but drew the second half 0-0 having managed to get our defence organised and had a number of shots on goal. Man of the match was Hamish Ryan in goal – a great performance from a new goalkeeper. Other key mentions: four players had never picked up a hockey stick before Thursday and Giovanni Perin from Italy didn’t even know what hockey was but all got stuck in and contributed. Also Henry Moore at right back and Joel Bibby in central defence kept the hordes at bay. Henry Barham at central midfield gave us some attacking flair. Well done all round.

This week sees a new block fixture versus Lord Wandsworth College, where after a full week of training we will be fully operational. (MDC)

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

GK: Archie Van der Flier (U16A)/Hamish Ryan (U14C)

RB: Joel Bibby (U14C) CB: Matt Daubeney (1st XI) LB: Tom Sykes (U16A)

RM: Tom Prest (U15A) CDM: Jordan Le Boutillier (2nd XI) CAM: Luke Hett (U16A) LM: Richie Steavenson (1st XI)

RF: Toby Philpott (U15B) CF: David Offer (U14A) LF: George Baugniet (1st XI)

Cross Country

We have had 2 cross country races in the space of three days this week; a tough ask, especially given that the first race came before we had even had our first training session of the term! Thursday’s races at Bryanston (the annual Ken Baily event) were a good chance to blow away the cobwebs and run off the Christmas excesses and, given it is the first event of the year, the whole club run these races to stake a claim for a team place at subsequent events. All runners gave their best, with good performances across the board; club captain, Ned Vessey, and Noah Jonas secured top 10 finishes in the senior boys race, helping the senior boys team come third overall. In the intermediate races, Lulu King, Serena Blake, Katy Jack and newcomer Bella Stanley helped our girls team place 6th (out of 15 teams) and in the boys race, Finn Baker and Martin Bull continued their impressive form from last term.

On Saturday, we moved on to Clayesmore for their informal “Clayesmore Classic”, traditionally a warm-up event before next week’s county trials. All members of the team ran well across a challenging course; Lulu King secured 3rd place in the intermediate girls race, newcomer Rupert Peach joined the intermediate boys team and, along with Finn Baker and Martin Bull, they secured 6th, 7th and 8th place in their race. In the seniors, Noah Jonas placed 4th whilst Josh Davey, running in the age group above, came in 2nd. A special thanks to the taxi of Mum and Dad for getting him to the race on time!

Good luck to all the pupils competing in the county championships this week which will take place at King’s Park, Bournemouth. (SJG)


On Friday 12th January, Canford U15A team took to the show court in their second round of the National Plate against Truro School. The first quarter saw Canford taking the lead, with some great skill off the centre line from Molly Fairbairn. Both Polly Yule and Milenka Soskin had their eye on every shot and with some help around the centre circle it didn’t take long for more goals to be scored. Throughout the game there was great defence shown by Evie Corn and Chessie Hellier were continuous interception allowed great set play down the court for our shooters to gain another goal advantage. At half time changes were made with Sydney Brown making her first appearance for the U15A team fit fitting in effortlessly and fought hard against a strong Truro defence to help put away goals. In the last quarter Truro were scoring goals quick and fast, but the girls stayed calm and managed to intercept some crucial balls to take to goal to secure the win. W36-31 vs Truro

Wellington College block fixture

1st VII L31-21 A game of two halves for the Canford netball girls. The first half showed a true battle between both sides, with the possession changing from team to team. Great athleticism allowed Bethan Burley to make great drives to the circle edge and turnover ball throughout the game. She linked up effortlessly with Lucy Stalker who put away goals despite the highly skilful Wellington defence. Unfortunately, the second half didn’t fall in our favour and Wellington gradually built up their lead and continued the pressure. We are looking forward now to our next national plate match against Eastbourne College and righting the wrongs from this match. We also wish a speedy recovery to our umpire Ally who had a nasty fall on the court. (LER)

The first match of the season is always tough but with only one training session under our belt, this fixture for the 2nd VII against Wellington College was a particularly sharp shock to the post-Christmas system. The first quarter saw Canford trailing by 2-13 but the second and third quarters saw an improvement in the flow of the game and the strong feeds into the circle by Melody Dean gave our shooters more opportunities to shorten Wellington’s lead. Sadly, there was not much left in the Canford tank and Wellington ran away to win 40-10. Jess Crossman provided the team with consistent strength and stability in the centre court. Alex Eyre, as captain, showed great character. Playing left-handed for most of the game after badly injuring her fingers. It was good to welcome Ellie Howd in to the shooting circle and to see the beginning of a promising partnership with Lucy Chappell both of whom shot with encouraging accuracy. Player of the match went to Hannah Cox at GK who visibly grew in confidence in the position and who by the third quarter was giving her GS such a run for her money that Wellington’s previous metronomic shooting accuracy diminished significantly. Lost 40–10 (KJ)

The score line belies the hard work the 3rd team put in and we certainly improved as the match progressed. Wellington were exceptionally quick, with hard, accurate passes and excellent use of space - certainly things we can improve upon in the next few weeks. Special mention to Lauren Taylor, who scored the majority of our goals but more importantly, moved more than I think she has before! Lulu Moakes was positive as captain for her first time and kept encouraging the team to persevere. I think we agreed that we have potential but there's a lot of hard work to come. L44-12 (ECT)

Short on training and with the regionals only two weekends away it was important the U16A's used a game like this against tough opposition to give a chance for all 9 players in the squad to get some all-important court time. That said we started slowly, struggling to maintain possession, converting turn over ball into scores. We found ourselves 4 - 0 down and so it was going to take grit and self-belief to get ourselves back on track. Slowly we began to manage the game with increasing authority, and with all members working hard defensively we got ourselves back to only 1 down at half time. Credit must go to the whole squad who continued to apply pressure allowing us to run out winners (W31-27). A good win in a hard fought game. (PAE)

The U16B's got off to a strong start, catching Wellington off guard and going up 11-1 in the first quarter, displaying some fantastic netball. Wellington came out fighting in the next three quarters. Nikki Stonham, Emily Witter, Sophie Saunders and Ines Mitchell were excellent in defence, turning over several crucial balls and disrupting the attacking play. Ella Heffner kept a cool head and controlled the Centre court beautifully, while she, Connie Doxat and Georgie Kearns fed some accurate and well timed balls into the shooters. Jess Rees and Milly Rees worked well together and kept calm as the Wellington defence were continuing to keep the pressure on. Their shooting was excellent and we came away with a 25-20 win. Some very promising play, I am looking forward to the rest of the season. (LLA)

The U15A girls were in high spirits for their first away game of the season. Canford managed to make the first break with attack working hard to get the ball into the shooters where Milenka Soskin scored the first goal. It didn’t take long for Wellington to get into their stride and continue a fight back to level up the score. The team continued to work well as a unit and showed some quick passing and great attack to extend the lead and with some quick passes and movement it wasn’t long before Canford were ahead; both defence and attack were forcing errors leading to another few goals. Each member of the team was working hard to turn the ball over and bring it through court to the shooters. Some great interceptions throughout the match from Evie Corn and Talia White allowed Canford to reclaim the ball and ensure that each pass was delivered safely into the shooters. W28-16 (HXB)

The U15B's started the season with a draw which was a fair result against Wellington from a squad that hadn’t played together before. All the girls battled hard, a bit of blood was shed, and at times the ball flowed well. Imo Fairweather, Emily Walster and Gemma Kendall did particularly well in defence to keep Wellington’s score down. Daena Shah captained the team well and Hermione Gates was awarded player of the match. Well done! D13-13 (PXC)

Every girl played their part in the U15C match showing the beginnings of a team with great spirit. We were drawing in the first quarter however the visitors managed to get ahead in the second quarter but not without a great fight from our side. We had some excellent play, both in attack and defence, with Nadia Lees running all over the court and making some excellent interceptions and Poppy Lloyd defending the goal with all her might! All the girls worked really well and Nory Khour and Sophie Hussey kept the team going with their confident calls and motivational cheers throughout the play. An excellent match girls and I really look forward to working with these girls this term. L16-24 (BS)

The U15D's performed well for their first outing in the 2018 season. They fought really well but the gap was stretched too wide because of a poor first quarter. In the second half their play became more fluent and they were moving into space more effectively through the remainder of the match. Aggie Cox was exceptionally strong, continuing to make interceptions and was all over the court. L17-25 (CEI)

The U14A's were slow to start and were five goals down after the first quarter (3-8). The team were able to self-analyse at quarter time, highlighting areas for improvement. Captain, Rosie Ireland indicated the need to drive then re-drive and the importance of teammates not running into each other’s space. The shooters Evie Chippendale and Rosie Ireland were then given greater shooting opportunities, enabling the team to win the second quarter (8-5). The work rate of Lucy Hopwood at Centre also boosted the team’s desire for the ball, coupled with endless turnovers from our defensive team of Alicia Hudson, Bella Hunter and Lucy Hancock saw. The second half clearly demonstrated the team’s mental toughness and competitive desire. Molly Taylor had an elbow to the nose and carried on playing through tears, Alicia Hudson saw her player leaving the court and Bella Hunter received a blow to the chest. However, throughout they maintained focus and the third quarter saw both teams scoring four goals apiece. The final quarter the team were still trailing by two goals (15-17) but with composed play and capitalising on Wellington’s mistakes saw the 14's take a two goal lead with a minute left of play. The Wellington team voted Rosie Ireland to receive this week's MVP. W22-21 (NXW)

The star players in the U14B match were Hattie Kent, Jenna Clews and Amber Howard. Hattie showed great decision making and feistiness throughout the court and Jenna was great at keeping the heads up and providing enthusiasm for the whole team. The girls gave a good fight and gave all they could but in the end started to get tired and very static, thus not driving into space. L8-32 (MM)

A new generation of Canford netballers joined the U14C's for their match- which proved to be a difficult and ruthless match against Wellington. Although they have had less than an hour together there were things that we could highlight to work on. We all look forward to tackling the challenges that lie before us and push ourselves and our team mates to what we can achieve. L2-23 (LIP)

The depth in Wellington College’s Shell year group was on show with the U14D's stronger and well drilled, reflecting the fact they had undergone a couple more sessions together. However, our girls maintained their enthusiasm and were still smiling at the end. Lots to work on, looking forward to some training sessions to gain stronger bonds and practice some fundamental skills. L2-28 (AXB)

Netball Club Team of the Week

GS: Amber Howard (U14B) GA: Rosie Ireland (U14A)

WA: Molly Fairbairn (U15A) C: Bethan burley (1st VII) WD: Ines Mitchell (U16B)

GD: Alex Eyre (2nd) GK: Hannah Cox (2nd)

The first match of the term proved a tough one for the young 1st XI Oaks. The boys competed well with a strong Taunton team in the first half, going into the break with a one goal deficit - but having missed a huge chance to take the lead early in the half we felt we were a little unlucky to be behind. We hoped for a positive response in the second half, but a ten minute lapse in focus and organisation saw us concede three quick goals and therefore a mountain to climb. Changing from our trusted 4-2-3-1 to a 3-5-2, we managed to score two goals through Max Mourgue and the promising newcomer Tom Suddards, but it proved scant consolation in the face of a 6-2 loss. Now we return to the training ground with work to do before the huge challenge of Sherborne on Saturday. (SV)

The 2nd XI had a tough afternoon against Taunton. Canford were certainly in the game by half time, unfortunately, we made a few mistakes due to a slip in concentration which really made the difference. However, there were some impressive performances from the Canford team. Two goals for Charlie Ford and a clinical finish by Sam Ryan. (SJL) L3-7

Photographs ready to view and download from Canford Media

House Cross Country Part 1 – December 2017

House Cross Country Part 2 – December 2017

House Cross Country Part 3 – December 2017

Sporting quote of the week:

“ Understanding that the good of the group comes first is fundamental to being a highly productive member of a team. ”

Mark Burley

Director of Sport

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For this week’s fixtures please head to www.canfordsports.com
16th January 2018