07 Feb 2018
Easter Term 2018: Week 4 Sports Report

Easter Term 2018: Week 4 Sports Report

Tuesday 27th Feb : U14 County Hockey (a) Chapel Gate, Bournemouth

Unfortunately the defence of our U14 County title did not go to plan. During the tournament we didn’t manage to consistently perform as well as we are capable of. We seem to be a team who like to ‘play our way’ into games, and in shortened games this was a luxury we were not afforded. There were some positives; defensively we were excellent and our desire and commitment faultless. However, whilst we only conceded twice, we failed to score in any of the matches with three goalless draws and two narrow defeats. Lots of endeavour from the lads but some clear areas for us to go away and work upon. Congratulations to Clayesmore who won the competition for the first time ever. (IW)

Thursday 1st Feb : Basketball v Clayesmore School (h)

After a nervous start (just sneaking clear at 10-8 at the end of the first quarter), we started to make use of our height, strength and skill against a Clayesmore team who were not having one of their better matches. Finding the ‘key’ initially difficult to drive through, Luka Corsovic’s point scoring was somewhat slower than normal, until an excellent 2nd quarter, spurred on by some fine long shots by Giacomo Perrin, saw us pull away steadily. It's not always we get the chance to rest Luka during a match, but excellent performances from all (good to see Leo Bishop under the basket, scoring 6 points) resulted in a good spread of scoring (Luka 20, Giacomo 12, Fin Boardman 6, Danny Beard 4, Ben Krips and Hamed Abdullah each 2) and a convincing victory. It was really pleasing to see some discipline emerging in offence, and excellent defence both off the boards and in the full court press which we played for some of the match. W54-27 (SKW)

Thursday 1st Feb: Squash v Sherborne (h)

Sherborne could only field four for this fixture, but they were all solid squash players with their number one player particularly strong. Mike Galley put in a great effort, continuing to improve his racket skills and movement through the term. Player of the day goes to David Offer, who is still only in his first year at Canford. He started well, going 2-0 up quickly, but his Sherborne opponent kept running and snuck the next three games. David has time on his side and can take a lot from each match he plays, he is definitely one to watch over the coming years. Also a quick mention for Connor Elliot-Murray - still undefeated for the term! It will be interesting to see how the game unfolds in the away fixture at the end of March. L2-4 (JRAR)

Thursday 1st Feb: Netball: SMILE Independent Schools Netball Cup, U15 Plate Quarter Finals v Forest School (a)

The Canford U15A netball team made the long journey to Forest School to compete in the quarter final match of the National Plate. The nerves at the beginning of the first quarter were obvious and it didn’t take long for the opposition to take the lead, but with some great defence from Chessie Hellier and Evie Corn the ball was sent through court where Polly Yule slotted away the shots leaving the first quarter 5-12 to Forest. During the second quarter Canford managed to play a more controlled game with the help of Talia White and Molly Fairbairn around the circle edge creating opportunities for Milenka Soskinto shoot. Abby Childerley at WD forced Forest School to make errors helping Canford to keep possession of the ball and yet again Polly was on fire with her shooting, closing the margin on Forest to 15-21.

After a quick team talk going into the third quarter, Canford looked in control on the court. Everybody was working extremely hard to turn the ball over and with Sasha Mowat coming on at GD it wasn’t long before she made a great interception and the ball was down with the shooters where a great set play by Molly led to Milenka scoring. However Forest were hot on the heels of Canford managing to make a quick break at their centre pass where the GS was also slotting shots away. Canford kept their cool, turning over interceptions and fighting for every ball. Quick feet from Molly again led Polly to put away another goal leaving the third quarter 27-29 to Forest School. The last quarter saw Canford step up their play and put everything in to overturning the lead. Both teams were seeking every opportunity for turn over ball and using this to their advantage where the shooters didn’t let up on their accuracy. However as time was running out, the opposition got lucky and scored another goal to open up a lead which Canford couldn’t quite close and went down by just two goals. This was the girls’ best performance as a team this season. Each player did a superb job at supporting, turning over balls and lifting players up at key times during the game. Player of the match went to Abby Childerley for her impressive interceptions. L37-35 (HXB)

Saturday 3rd Feb : Hockey v Sherborne

In matches against Sherborne, the overall record was six wins and five defeats, with 26 goals scored and 25 conceded. Our senior teams fared very well and there were a number of composed and professional performances against physical and direct Sherborne tactics. The 1st XI played well, with a high tempo style matched by some fine decision making on the ball. The game began positively, with a mazy dribble from George Baugniet opening the scoring in the third minute. George Robson made a sharp save in goal as Sherborne tried to get on level terms, but we always maintained control of the game and kept our discipline. We doubled our advantage on the stroke of half time with an expertly executed penalty corner routine deflected in by Captain Jack Taylor for his long awaited first goal of the season. This was just reward for a Man-of-the-Match performance in the middle of the park where he pulled all the strings. Sam Stockton added skilful ball carrying and posed a constant threat from right back in the second half, drawing numerous fouls from the ill-disciplined Sherborne side. We created a hatful of chances after the break and should have added to our total despite a number of fine saves by the Sherborne keeper. James Elwood picked the pocket of the last defender and accelerated into open space in the inside left channel to dispatch a fine third on the backhand. The squad played with maturity and made good decisions throughout the afternoon, in a very pleasing display W3-0. (MDC)

The 2nds won 3-1. A slow start saw us tied at 1-1 at half time, but the boys returned after the break with renewed vigour and played some much more expansive hockey with Tom Conibear smashing in a brace and Zac Organ adding the third. The 3rd XI were also in fine fettle, winning 5-1. Max Liddle got a couple, and there were also telling contributions in front of goal from Luke Bannister, Wilf Raby and Olly White, whilst Charles Pilato was Man-of-the-Match for a consummate display at the heart of the defence. The 16A’s continued their impressive form, with a 4-1 victory to follow their win over the same opposition in the County Cup semi-final. Another physical encounter saw a flurry of cards for indiscipline but the last 15 minutes in particular saw us take control of the game and play some attractive and expansive attacking hockey. Will Whitmore, Freddie Pryce, Max Wyatt and Harry Moores found the net. The U16B’s were sharper from the start this week, and settled quickly, keeping possession for long periods of the first half. Sherborne were always quick and dangerous on the break though, and some great saves from Robert Thomas denied them an early lead. At 15 mins a great run and stick-work down the left from Max Anand, pulled back to the top of the D, for a clean strike from Charlie Berridge (1-0). The second goal came just 5 mins later; again some great skills from Josh Brook created some room in a crowded D for a lovely reverse stick strike from Max Anand. A goal-less second half made great watching, with chances for both sides and further superb saves from Robert Thomas keeping the clean sheet W2-0.

The U15A’s produced passages of play that were very mature and used all of the skills that we have worked on over the last three weeks. However, they were unable to sustain this long enough to control the game. They dominated the play initially but then conceded against the run of play. This score resulted in heads going down and then we never really got back on top of the game. Man of the match Archie Smith made some fantastically brave saves in goal, Freddie Pryce played a fine captain’s game and Tom Prest made some searing runs down the right-hand side of the pitch. Both Freddie and Tom scored fine goals as well. There was a truly fantastic team performance from the U15B’s, putting 6 past Sherborne. Play was fluid, with players working the ball around the pitch well. Adam Kwan was excellent up the right, with some great driving runs, resulting in at least two of the goals. Scorers were Charlie Anstee 3, Adam Kwan 2 and George Vessey 1. Stand out performances from Josh Bingham and Will Priaulx in the centre of the park with Will taking the man of the match award. Praise should also go to Alfie Perkins, who kept a clean sheet having stepped in to keep ten minutes before the game following illness to another player. The U15C’s arrived at Sherborne to find that the opposition only had 6 players, and some of those were of ‘A’ Team standard. We played a 7-a-side game but they proved too strong in an unfortunate situation that was entirely not our fault.

The U14A’s came off second best to a strong and pacey Sherborne side. We played some good hockey and had some good phases of possession, but we lack that killer instinct in front of goal and handed Sherborne three soft goals in a chastening 0-5 reverse. Once the U14B side get their scoring boots on we will be a formidable opponent, but for now we have to retire to lick our wounds and think of what might have been. In the first half we got behind the Sherborne defence half a dozen times, and more experienced heads would have put us out of sight by half time. Instead we had the misfortune to concede an own goal from a rare Sherborne sortie into our D, which only served to make us even more over eager in attack. The second half was fairly evenly contested, though Canford always looked the more dangerous, and our pressure eventually told – James Barker found James Ashton with a perceptive slip past the keeper for a tap in equaliser. As in the last game against Lord Wandsworth, I was confident we would go on and win the game, but chances came and went before the deciding goal crept in from an impossible angle. Even with just six minutes to play we created several terrific chances to get something out of the game, but again it wasn’t to be, missing out 1-2. The 14C’s had a tight game which was settled by a single strike. In truth we deserved something from it.

This week sees the U16s in west prelims action on Wednesday, whilst the 1st XI host Millfield on Thursday in R3 of the National U18 Cup. Please come and support what promises to be a high quality match.

Composite team of the week: 4-3-3

GK: Rob Thomas (16B)

RB: Sam Stockton (1st XI) CB: Charles Pilato (3rd XI) CB: Adam Phillips (16A) LB: Tom Conibear (2nd XI)

RM: Tom Prest (U15A) CM: Jack Taylor (1st XI) LM: Freddie Pryce (15A)

RF: Adam Kwan (15B) CF: Max Liddle (3rd XI) LF: Charles Anstee (15B)

Netball v Marlborough College

It was a slow start for the 1st VII girls in a game that was fast paced, competitive and physical, where we found ourselves down with a big margin to get back. However, we responded brilliantly in the 2nd and 3rd quarter. We were driving onto passes, being fierce in defence and coming out with a lot of turnover balls. It was really pleasing to see what we have been practicing in training transferred onto the court, with the highest amount of turnovers we have seen so far in a match. However, there has to be urgency in the opening and closing quarters of the match if we are to give ourselves a chance of claiming victory. In the next couple of training sessions to look to how we can now take those turnovers to a goal. 23-40 L (LER).

After a long warm up, the 2nd VII were raring to go! In the first quarter we played calm and precise netball, keeping the passes short and sharp, with lots of drives around the court. For the rest of the match, it was almost as if we were so shocked to be ahead in the first quarter, we didn’t allow our confidence to continue. They had 3 subs, which led to them making changes in defence and shooting every quarter. For two thirds of the game, we stayed with them – keeping the score close. In the last third, we started to give away turnover balls and lose high passes in an effort to change it up. The level of netball from the opposition was higher but we definitely improved our game again this week despite the loss. Passes at the end of the run were much more effective, there was good movement around the D and much better communication. Well done this week girls, onwards and upwards. There was a stunning performance from Melody Dean at GD who really battled hard in a rather physical match at times. Our Woman of the Match goes to Jess Crossman (the other umpire agreed), playing impressively throughout the game. L22-30 (EJB)

A cold, grey, damp afternoon made conditions difficult for both 3rd teams but the first quarter was well contested, with Marlborough only just moving ahead in the last few minutes. However, after that the Canford team lost ground rapidly, finding it hard to get their rhythm and move the ball at pace down the court. Too many interceptions at centre-pass made the team jittery and we then lost confidence, giving the ball away too easily. Shooters Georgie Tovey and Izzy Pryce did a good job when they got the ball in the circle and Cece Rogers defended well as GK, but the Marlborough GA was not only incredibly athletic but also on top form, scoring from all parts of the D. A match probably for us to forget, but we must learn to stay confident and use our basic skills under pressure. (EJT) 16-36 L

Coming off the back of winning regionals last weekend, where the atmosphere had been intense, this week seemed slightly lower key for the U16A’s and as such the girls started the game slightly slowly. The first quarter saw us applying good pressure but slightly less clinical than usual with us turning over ball through poor footwork. However, whilst not playing at our best the girls got gritty and managed to claw back the slow start and go into the second quarter on level ground. From there, we started to see glimpses of the magic from last week. India Still and Nia Burley put into play the defensive practices we had done on Thursday and Friday, with great interceptions in the D and making it hard work for their shooters. We slowly took hold of the game, building pressure continually allowing us to pull away from Marlborough in the end with a comfortable 10 goal win. W40-30 (CF)

The U16B team had a slightly slow start against Marlborough and went down 4-6 in the first quarter with some slightly frantic play from both sides. We knew we could improve on this and with more confidence from the shooters in the second quarter we went out fighting and brought the score line to a more comfortable position where we were up 15-10. The girls built on this in the third quarter and worked on improving communication and passages of play down the court, offering more options and playing safe passes in a range of channels. This put us into a strong position where we were converting our centres and breaking down several of Marlborough's. At the end of the third quarter we were winning 24 - 14. In the final quarter we made a few changes and although it wasn't our strongest of quarters, we still came away with a win. Excellent play by all and great leadership by Captain Ella Heffner. W31-22 (LL-A)

Another away day for the U15A netball team led them to Marlborough. The first quarter saw the girls take the lead, with Polly Yule on fire yet again with her shooting. Both the opposition and Canford were contesting every ball and trying hard not to the let any shooter get their hands on the ball. In the second quarter, Evie Corn and Chessie Hellier put pressure on the Marlborough shooters creating great opportunities for the ball to be brought down court by Abby Childerley and Talia White. Great passes from Molly Fairbairn into the circle again helped the shooters Polly and Milenka Soskin to take the lead further to 18-10. The third quarter saw Canford set the pace on the court, some great control through court yet again by the defence, including Sasha Mowat who came on at WD, allowed the girls to work cohesively as a team to set Polly up for lovely shooting and this kept going throughout the third quarter leaving the score 26-19. The girls decided to set a total target of 35 goals to score in the fourth quarter. With everyone on the team working equally hard to turn over every ball that the opposition made it was clear to see who the winners were going to be and as the whistle blew it was another win for Canford. W35-24. (HXB)

Great win for the U15B girls today who kept their cool, moved efficiently for the ball and owned the space. Syd, Hermione and Tamara all had very high percentage shots on goal and worked very well in whichever combination. The whole team played a particularly strong defensive game, going for every ball and turning over possession time and time again. I continue to be impressed by their versatility and generosity towards each other. Well done girls! W43-24 (PXC)

The U15C’s travelled away to Marlborough, facing dynamic opponents. We had a solid start with our first quarter and played some of the best netball this term however Marlborough brought the game back in the 3rd quarter and pulled ahead. There was some great team work across the board, and Maddie Lyles and Ella Mitchell worked like a dynamic duo getting that ball into the D which was great to watch. Overall they played with determination and I look forward to the next match! L33-29 (BS)

It was a nail biting finish for the U15D’s at Marlborough this week as the final whistle blew with Canford one goal behind. The team worked together brilliantly and for much of the game was controlling play. Good spacing on court allowed the ball to be passed effectively and fed to our attacking partnership of Liv Morton and Amelia Green. Lizzie Graham worked hard in defence against some very strong opposition. Sophie Hussey played with huge energy and accuracy and it often seemed that she was everywhere at once. Well played ladies! L26-27 (NW)

Our fixture against Marlborough is always competitive and this year’s match did not disappoint. After the first quarter the U14A’s were narrowly leading by a goal (7-6), however this lead did not last and at half time the squad found themselves trailing by two goals (13-15). With accurate shooting and a desire for the ball Rosie Ireland, Molly Taylor and Flora Lingafelter dominated centre court, enabling our shooters the opportunity to score goals. This resulted in a 20-19 lead going into the final quarter. This team play their best netball when they are cool and composed. Bella Hunter and Alicia Hudson had a cracking final quarter, turning over ball after ball and with the team maintaining possession they were able to pull away to take the match 27-23. Well done to Captain Alicia Hudson who was voted Player of the Match. W27-23 (NXW)

This was a tough match for the U14B’s up against some excellent players who would not have looked out of place in the Marlborough ‘A’ team. There was some battling resistance on show, in particular from skipper Hattie Kent, who fought for every ball. The girls did show some excellent defensive spirit turning over lots of ball but unfortunately too many of those stolen balls were then immediately given back to the opposition. Evasive footwork and more driving clear of markers is very much needed in the attacking third if the team is to convert more goals. L35-10 (MSB)

The U14C girls showed real team spirit and a sense of purpose in very difficult conditions against a very gifted opposition. Despite some last minute changes due to illness the girls rallied round and did themselves proud. Some lovely centre work by India Rose set up some great goals for Canford. A tough weekend but a lot was learnt. L33-3 (LIP)

With changes due to illness, the U14D girls showed great team spirit and enjoyment for the sport on a cold and windy day. For a team that haven’t played together as a whole before, they tried their best to stop a very strong and athletic opposition. L35-1 (CDB)
Team of the week:

GS: Izzy Pryce 3rd GA: Olivia Morton U15D

WA: Maddie Lyles U15C C: Jess Crossman 2nd WD: Abby Childerley U15A

GD: Alicia Hudson U14 A GK: Cece Rogers 3rd

Lacrosse: Canford 1st v Marlborough 1sts/2nds (h)

This was a well-matched game with the score remaining tied for much of the four quarters. Once again Canford found themselves with the majority of possession but could not get the ball past a very competent Marlborough keeper who was voted MVP by the Canford side at the end of the game. Marlborough voted midfielder Alice Davies as Canford’s MVP and she certainly was the most threatening, scoring two of the goals and unluckily finding the posts with two of her other shots. Lara Pilkington also had an excellent game with her interceptions and fast breaks through the midfield effectively transitioning the ball to the attack. Our organised defence kept Marlborough working hard to cut through to the goal for much of the game but a couple of lapses and slippery mud enabled a Marlborough attack to dodge through the double teams and just get the edge on Canford. L3-5

Canford 2nds v Marlborough 2nds/3rds (h)

Canford faced tough opposition from Marlborough in what was the first ever full lacrosse match for many Canford players. Our defensive strategy worked well for the most part, with our brand new goalies Georgia Charlwood and Jennifer Jackson doing a superb job. Our centre, Tasia Soskin was instrumental in keeping the defence well organised, as was Jennifer Hancock, and our bucket drills from practice were certainly put to good use. Marlborough were certainly suppressed by the strength of the Canford side and gradually the majority of the possession switched to us. Our midfield players of Yasmin Chadwick, Millie Edwards, Lucy Tompkins, Emily Balls, Tabby Trend and Izzy Woodward were almost tireless throughout as Canford fought back from 5-2 down at one point. The final quarter was particularly competitive and congratulations to all those Canford players who scored a goal in a competitive match for the first time. L5-6

Rowing: Hampton Head

Canford travelled to Hampton Schools’ head race held in East Molesey and raced in two divisions. Over a thousand competitors from all over the country competed over a distance of 3 kilometres in flat calm conditions with a slight drizzle of rain which persisted for most of the day.

Canford’s coxless four of William Galbraith, Max Beaney, George Vaughan and Simon Jowett raced well to finish 5th out of nine crews in a race time of 9:0.9.5 (Molesey winning in 8:29.0). Canford’s two senior coxed fours acquitted themselves well and finished a competitive 9th and 12th respectively. Robert Way, Josh Bale, Mark Juchniewicz, George Hosking, coxed by George Farthing 9th. racing 9:16.8 whilst Will Evans, Charlie Bird, Toby Brooks, Tom Jack, coxed by Kitty Arnold finished 12th in a time of 9:38.6 Canford J16 Coxed fours also delivered a good race which for some was their first this season. Yerlan Jakupov, Sean Sinclair, Rory Johnson and Tom Dodd, coxed by Tati Reed finished 12th in a race time of 9:54.4 In the other four, Hamish Johnson, Sean Herrington,Oliver Scudds and Nathan Bulstode, coxed by Fergus Longbottom, finished 14th in a race time of 9:58.2 – very little between the two crews.

The Canford Girls raced in two quadruple sculls in catergory J18 and J16. For many schools this is a popular and highly compeitve event which saw Kiki Sullivan, Natsha Treagust, Olivia Imms and Grace Hewett finish 16th in a strong field of 25 crews, achieving a race time 10:00.0. The J16 girls, Imogen Gallego, Lucy King, Tessa Marley and Racheal Ko, aquitted themselves well and finished 11th out of 15 crews in a race time of 10:40.9.

Within the second division the boys came together and raced in two eights. Canford’s senior VIII of Robert Way, Josh Bale, Mark Juchniewicz, Max Beaney, William Galbraith, George Hosking, George Vaughan and Tom Jack, coxed by Kitty Arnold, had their first outing of the year and finished 15th in a race of 22 boats with a time of 8:38.9 - Eton taking the pennant in 7:59.0. The Canford J16 eight of Yerlan Jakupov, Rory Johnson, Charlie Bird, Sean Sinclair, Sean Herrington, Tom Dodd, Oliver Scudds, Nathan Bultrode and cox George Farthing also performed well and finished 11th in a race time 9:01.2. Canford’s first race at Hampton is a good bench mark and with three weeks to Hammersmith Head on the 25th February essential improvements can be made before the Schools’ Head on the 12th March.

Thank you once again to FCR for their support at Hampton it was very much appreciated by staff and pupils alike. Please see a fantastic report and photos from the event from Alex Bale on this link https://spark.adobe.com/page/jKDJuGAxmW6hd/

Football: 1st XI v Bryanston 1st XI (a)

The Oaks put in an excellent showing in their 2-2 draw at Bryanston, displaying great discipline and mental strength in the process. Having taken a deserved lead through Max Mourgue's headed goal - a real collector's item - we were denied a clear-cut penalty before the Bryanstonians not only equalised but took the lead to much jubilation among the 60-strong home crowd, many of whom crowned the moment of seeming triumph by invading the pitch to congratulate their on-field representatives. Our boys did not let this cloud their focus, though, and continued to play with conviction and ambition, with Ben Thomson conducting our attacking play with brio and vision. Eventually, our urgent attacking play was rewarded with an equaliser, something which hushed the crowing crowd.

As a reaction to our limp display against Sherborne, this was heartening. The boys played with energy and were committed to keeping their shape and working for one another. Moreover, it was great to see such a mature and accomplished performance from Max, who held up play like a latter day Tore Andre Flo and proved too much of a handful for the opposition centre backs. Man of the match Ben Thomson and his main creative partner Tom Suddards were also revelations, and the reliability of Liam Saw in goal is proving important to our defensive displays. D2-2 (SV)

Sunday 4th Feb : South of England indoor rowing championship, Abingdon

Canford took 19 junior pupils to the South England Indoor Rowing Championships held in Abingdon. This was the first rowing event for the Shells who all raced really well, especially Shell pupils Luke Zamoski- Frytag who walked away with a Bronze medal and Ed Bloxham who finished closely behind. The Fourth Form pupils also raced with maturity achieving a few PB’s along the way. Well done to Rory Thomas who went out hard and secured a silver medal. During the day the coaches were given the chance to show the Shells and Fourths how it is done with the coaches’ 250m race; John Keen-Thomlinson gained a Bronze and Rosie Morgan got Gold and broke the record by 2.6secs in their respective categories.

Sunday 4th Feb: Rugby 1st VII, South Coast U18 7’s at Portsmouth GS

The first tournament of the season kicked off under uncharacteristically blue skies. The tournament takes place on the same weekend as club academy fixtures, so whilst this meant we were shorn of our Bath players, all other schools were in a similar boat. This levelled the playing field significantly and allowed some younger members of the squad to get a taste of competition.

The first match saw us pitted against XV’s powerhouses and Champions Trophy winners Dulwich. The Canford boys started extremely well. With the instruction to keep the pitch as big as possible and only take the on the defensive line on our terms, we fell into the classic trap of playing narrow in attack and looking for a bit too much contact. As a result we made too many unforced errors which Dulwich were able to capitalise on and we went down to a heavy opening defeat. This match also highlights the need to get a full ‘blow on’ in the first warm-up so that they have their second wind at the start of the first game. The boys came off the pitch breathing hard, a little extra patience would make a big difference.

Second opponents up came in the form of a muscular RGS Guildford. The game ebbed and flowed but gradually you could see the Canford boys apply the principles they had identified. Underpinning this was the Canford work rate in defence. Sweeper cover from Danny Beard was excellent and he was a thorn in the side of opponents all day. He was more than ably supported by the extremely gutsy Nick Milton,

Rob Tolcher had his best day in a VII’s tournament for Canford. His well-timed tackles were a source of possession for the boys in blue and constant frustration for the opponents. John Ireland underlined his effectiveness with his never say die attitude and tireless efforts. None of these boys were the largest or quickest players at the tournament but their willingness to stick to the task for each other was highly pleasing.
The match against Christ’s Hospital was a chance to reinforce all of this and go through to the cup competition. Despite an early wobble when Christ’s scored the Canford boys were totally dominant, their exuberance and comfort on the ball clearly evident. Chris McIntosh was back to his best testing and taking on opponents whenever he could and this was another positive to come out of the day.

Successful negotiation of the group stages rewarded the boys with a cup quarter final against the always fancied Wellington College. Even denied their academy stars, they could still boast a starting line-up that wouldn’t look out of place as a line up for henchmen of an evil mastermind in a James Bond film. Once again Danny Beard came to rescue as Wellington won their own restart and set off on attack, Dan’s work rate to chase down the attack was matched by the whole team’s work to scramble and Wellington were denied for the time being. Wellington did score shortly after when their largest and blondest player bust a hole in and sauntered over for the opening try. Canford could have easily capitulated (Wellington beat Lord Wandsworth 76-0 in the group stages) but they pressed their opponents at every opportunity. This resulted in Canford scoring two tries of their own and with it the lead 12-7. This score was maintained until the very last play of the game, Wellington having looked completely devoid of ideas and totally frustrated by the quality of Canford’s play were somehow able to stop the boys in blue clearing the ball, despite more brave defence, several phases later they managed to squeeze in near the posts and take the game 14-12, their relief was palpable at the final whistle. The following game in the shield semi saw a professional display to knock out hosts PGS, and the final against KCS Wimbledon could have gone either way but saw Canford once more lose out by a conversion.

This was undoubtedly the most successful PGS tournament from a Canford senior VII I’ve had the chance to be involved in, despite a shaky start they got better and better throughout the day. The match against Wellington, despite the loss was MAGNIFICENT quite easily the gutsiest performance by a Canford VII I have seen. The boys were upbeat all day. All this bodes well for a good season if they can continue to build on this set of games. Whilst I’ve highlighted performances from some individuals this was a true squad effort Cosmo H-D, was his usual busy self. Lower Sixth boys James ‘Chuck’ Norris and Luke Reid put in massive amounts of work for the squad. Charlie Ford always looked threatening with the ball in hand and Tom Ralls, his first involvement in a first squad took the opportunity with both hands. James Martch built on his quiet progress from the XV’s season looking ever more accomplished as the days and weeks go by. His new found confidence carried over from fullback was underlined with the work he did on Sunday. Understated in attack and defence, invariably making the right decision at the right time, his contribution undoubtedly added to the success of the team. Another boy who had his best performance as a Canfordian on the rugby field and is progressing very nicely indeed. From this showing there is much to look forward to in the remaining VII’s tournaments as well as next seasons XV’s. (PTS)

Your support is needed!!
This Thursday (Feb 8th) our senior boys and girls are in national cup action and it would be great to offer them as much support as possible. At 2pm the 1st team netball girls will be on the show court in the sports centre in their National Plate quarter final match against St Edmund’s College. With the full court being used there is plenty of space available for spectators. Following on from this match the 1st XI hockey boys have their 3rd round National cup match against Millfield, starting at 3.45pm on Adby astro. It will be a great opportunity for pupils, parents and staff to get behind their teams and inspire them to victory.

Sporting quote of the week:
“ Successful and unsuccessful people do not vary greatly in their abilities. They vary in their desires to reach their potential.”
Mark Burley

Director of Sport

Twitter: @CanfordSport

6th February 2018

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