31 Jan 2018
Easter Term 2018: Week 3 Sports Report

Easter Term 2018: Week 3 Sports Report


Last week saw the U16 boys take centre stage as they began their National Cup competition with the County round at Bryanston. We faced QE School, Wimborne and Bryanston in our group, beating QE 4-0 and the hosts 2-0. Luke Hett and Max Wyatt grabbed a couple of goals apiece as we comfortably progressed to the semi-finals. We were drawn against Sherborne in the knockout phase, with Clayesmore and Bryanston making up the other last four clash. We started calmly, with Archie Hunter reacting quickest to pounce on a rebound to give us the lead. A physical and direct Sherborne side proved a threat going forward, with Archie Van der Flier making a number of first class saves in goal. Sherborne equalised courtesy of a harshly awarded penalty stroke in the second half, and a frantic finale saw both teams create chances to win the contest. The drawn match was then to be decided by way of a penalty shootout. Archie Van der Flier completed a fine man-of-the-match performance – saving three of Sherborne’s four penalty strokes. In turn, Luke Hett, Max Wyatt and Michael Maiden all held their nerve to score with their efforts, and we progressed 3-1 after penalty strokes. The final saw us up against Bryanston again, and we were in control throughout the game. The Bryanston keeper made several good saves, but Will Whitmore finished smartly on the backhand from a penalty corner and we won the final 1-0 to retain our County winners’ title. We progress to the West Prelims which we are hosting on 7th February.

An U14B/C combined team travelled to QE for their fixture. It was an excellent chance for the boys to get more experience of eleven a side hockey. QE had even more novices than we did, but they worked hard, especially in the first half. It was pleasing to see our young men playing with increasing confidence. They had a little more time on the ball, and used it well. Several played in new positions which was also very good experience. We demanded a passing game from them, and in the first half they certainly delivered. If we had had our shooting boots on we would have been out of sight by half time, but some fiercely struck shots flew wide of the mark. In the end the greater experience of the Canford side told. We carried the game to QE and we scored six goals without reply. From among our ranks, Fergus Van der Flier scored twice, and Sam Jefferson got a good individual goal. Nathaniel Davey and Joe Webb played powerfully in the midfield, Ben Ashton showed how far he has come in a very short time, and Joel Bibby hit the ball firmly out of defence.

The 1st XI also progressed to round 3 of the EH U18 Boys’ Schools Cup. Having travelled to CTC Lympstone for our match v Exeter College, the pitch was unplayable due to a waterlogged surface and despite efforts to find an alternative in the nearby surrounds, we returned to School having not stepped off the bus. Despite our efforts to reschedule the game for this week, Exeter College then conceded the game and we will now play either Kingswood or Millfield in R3 at home just before half term.

This week sees a block fixture versus Sherborne, whilst the U14As are in County Cup action.

Real Tennis: Canford School vs Welling ton College, Thursday, 25 Jan (h)
Three wins by Billy Pocock in his singles match and alongside Oliver Hilton and Jake Patterson in doubles notched up the three rubbers for Canford as they went down to Wellington College. The win for Jake was just reward for the excellent progress he has made in the last couple of months. L3-7

Squash v Clayesmore, Thursday, 25 Jan (a)

This was an impressive display from the team in a tough away fixture at Clayesmore. Luckily we got out of the blocks fast with great wins for our mid-lower order, quickly taking us into a commanding 5-0 lead. The energy levels shown by all were fantastic, chasing down every ball and staying positive right to the end. Players of the day have to go to Connor Elliot-Murray and Felix Spowers, both winning 3-0 in impressive style. Each have really come on over the last few terms, improving their technical and tactical play on court, pushing their opponent across all four and making every effort to stay in the rally and force them play one more shot, well done both! W7-3

Lacrosse: Canford v Milton Abbey , Thursday, 25 Jan

Half of the Canford players in this away fixture to Milton Abbey were new to the game this term but were able to benefit from the experience of playing with a good number of the first team players. This resulted in a tight and exciting match. First team hockey player Emily Balls showed how a strong innate sense of game strategy topped with determination can put the ball in the back of any net while Jenny Jackson and Poppy Pinner impressed with their first time in defence having quickly taken up the concepts of doubling on the ball carrier and firmly standing ground. Experienced hands Alice Davies and Bea Fairbairn controlled the midfield and ensured Canford kept ahead. Despite the win, it has to be said that the girls could do with some extra shooting practice before we face Marlborough next weekend as we had about four shots on goal for every one that went in! W5-8 (MXB)

Badminton : Canford v Winchester, Thursday Jan 25 ( a)

Format: 8 singles – ranked, 16 doubles – every pair played each other. Winchester had an extensive range of very good players, consisting of mainly 6th formers and a junior international. The Canford squad primarily consists of beginners with only one sixth former amongst the ranks and despite the brave efforts of Zach Fenwick the team went down in all matches. It would have certainly been more of a worthwhile experience had Winchester modified their line up in advance but they have reassured us they will match up the ability levels more appropriately in the return fixture.

Basketball : Canford v Ferndown Upper School, Thursday, 25 Jan (h)

This year’s basketball squad is arguably the strongest we have ever had at the school with a blend of skill, experience and enthusiasm and the first match of the term against Ferndown Upper School was very much anticipated with excitement rather than trepidation. With Captain Luca Corsovic driving the team forward and bagging 35 points it would be easy to think of this performance as a one man show but there were significant contributions from across the court. Prominent at the boards was Leo Bishop using his height and reach to good effort to grab some valuable rebounds and the whole team can take confidence into next week’s match against Clayesmore. W58-43

Netball: U14 Triangular fixture v Talbot Heath and Parkstone Grammar, Thursday 25 Jan (h)

The opposition were preparing for Saturday’s South West Regional Finals, so we structured the games in tournament format, seven minute quarters. The U14 ‘All Stars’ first match was against Talbot Heath. After the first quarter the team, led by Captain Lucy Hancock, were leading 10-3. A cracking start to the afternoon with all players distributing the ball calmly and with confidence. A target for the team is to maintain this composure throughout a whole game. Well done to Alicia Hudson who was voted Player of the Match. The final score against Talbot Heath was a 27-14 win. The match against Parkstone Grammar School saw Rebecca Morris and Amber Howard joining the squad. The team was mixed up to give maximum time for all players on court and to experiment with different partnerships. Well done to Lucy Hancock who was voted Players’ Player. The final score was a15-9 win. (NXW)

South West Schools Regional Netball Championships (U16 & U19), Sat 27th Jan, Bournemouth
The competition group for the U19s looked a tough one, and this was the case right from the first whistle. This style of tournament play is extremely hard to find a comfortable rhythm within the first couple of minutes of the two 7 minute halves. The girls unfortunately didn’t get off to the greatest of starts against KES Bath and found themselves with a big deficit to try and get back into the match. In the second half the girls started to find their feet and started bringing back the goals but time went by rapidly with too much to make up. Within this difficult group we had to take our opportunities when they came to us; a strong win against Truro School was followed up by the highlight game against Marlborough College, which was competitive and produced some stunning netball. Unfortunately, the girls narrowly missed the win by just one goal. We will be looking to correct that in our upcoming game against them.

The day just wasn’t meant to be for the 1st1VII with the girls facing fierce battles against such strong opposition. It was a positive day though with plenty of rotations and different combinations steeping out onto the court each time. Not only that, the club camaraderie to their U16 team-mates was to be admired with them watching each game and cheering them on from the side-lines.

The U16 squad went to the regionals with the desire to go one step further than their effort at U14 level. The preparation had gone well – and after the tournament practice against Talbot Heath, the other Dorset qualifier, things seemed to be falling into place.

The poor weather was going to test handling skills and resolve alike and each game was a potential pressure cooker due to the short duration meaning matches are won and lost on the smallest of margins. A strong first victory against St Mary’s was followed by one of our tighter games against Royal High, Bath. We started a little slowly and found ourselves 0-3 down with two centres broken. Yet the resolve and composure under pressure, which was to be one of the unsung features of our girls’ play, was to show its full force. Three broken centres on the trot along with scoring clinically at the other end saw a potentially match losing deficit turned into a 5-3 half time advantage. The second half was tense, with no side giving an inch and every pass having to be worked for. It went goal for goal, centre pass for centre pass. Neither side blinked but the final score was 8-6 in Canford’s favour. Impressive indeed when you consider that Nia Burley and Evie Corn were giving away more than a few inches to the RHS shooters!

There was no let-up though for next came Millfield, and with a pre match pep talk of putting the demons of the past to rest the girls responded well. Nia was able to put Millfield’s impressively tall shooter under constant pressure, Evie began to make key interceptions and with the midcourt of Holly Hazzard, Martha Taylor and India Still making the Millfield girls work hard for every pass opportunities arose. Hannah Fairchild, delivered assured and secure passes into shooter Charlotte Butt, who was once again on top form, and we took an 8-4 half time lead into a 13-8 win.

In any tournament there is always one game where it doesn’t go according to plan, and this was against Peryn College, Cornwell. We struggled to find our rhythm and found ourselves 5-7 down at half time. All to play for, and play for it they did drawing level at 11-11 in the last minute of the game – in fact we narrowly missed going ahead and winning the game as we turned their final centre over and narrowly missed getting a shot off before the hooter. All to play for then in the final game and it was to be against Maynards. They had to win it to qualify for the finals and a win or draw would see us go through as winners. The first half went goal for goal and as we had had first centre we went in at half time 4-3 up. A tense second half carried on in the same vein but we held out to win 9-8. The girls had qualified for the Semi-Finals and were one win away from their goal, reaching the nationals.

The Canford girls’ performance in the final two games can only be described as sublime. They simply stepped it up a gear and didn’t put a pass or shot out of place. The defensive effort was too much to handle for both Talbot Heath in the semi-final and Marlborough in the final. In both games the close half time scores of 6-2 were turned into comfortable wins of 16-6 in the semi and 14-6 in the final. The success on Saturday was firmly based on an outstanding squad contribution in the build up to the tournament and this competition for places will undoubtedly be needed to get ready for the Nationals in March.

19-3 v St Mary’s

8-6 v RHS Bath

13-8 v Millfield

10-3 v Pate’s

11-11 v Penryn

9-8 v Maynard

Semi final 16-6 v Talbot Heath

Final 14-6 v Marlborough College

TEAM OF THE WEEK – U16 regional squad!! Holly Hazzard ( C ) Katie Ashcroft, Nia Burley, Bella Brown, Charlotte Butt, Beanie Cully, Hannah Fairchild, Martha Taylor, India Still, Evie Corn, Polly Yule

Sporting quote of the week:

“ On every team, there is a core group that sets the tone for everyone else. If the tone is positive, you have half the battle won. If it is negative, you are beaten before you ever walk on the field .”

Mark Burley

Director of Sport

Twitter: @CanfordSport

31st January 2018

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