09 Nov 2018
Christmas Term 2018 – Week 8 Sports Report

Christmas Term 2018 – Week 8 Sports Report

The first sporting action of the second half term saw the golf team travel a few miles up the road to play Milton Abbey in the ISGA Area Semi-final of the 3 person Singles Matchplay Competition last Thursday. The match was held on the 9 hole course at Milton Abbey, which gave them a distinct home advantage as the course is short with a high demand placed on very accurate shorts to tiny greens. Morgan Taylor was taken all the way to the final hole before he won the match with a beautiful 40 yard chip-in for a birdie 2. Josh Brook had another very close match and battled back from one down with 4 holes to play to win by 1 hole. Adam Reid played some lovely short game golf and won 6 and 5. Overall, the team won 3-0 although the score line does not do justice to the opposition who played much better than their handicaps would have suggested. The team now progress to the next round of the Area qualifier.(GRS)

The 2nd XI footballers were also in action last Thursday against Milton Abbey, playing their 1st XI on the pristine playing surface of MT. The match was a well contested affair but the Canford boys went down 0-2.

Having had the original playing date cancelled on Wednesday, the U16 Netball girls competed in the PEDSSA qualifying tournament on Friday afternoon, eventually finishing in second place but qualifying for the county tournament later this month. There were comfortable victories of 13 – 0 against QE Wimborne and 17 – 2 against St. Edward’s Poole but a close battle between Canford and Parkstone GS saw the girls just fall short 7 – 9.

The challenge of playing in reduced time tournaments is very different to the traditional long format and the girls must recognise the importance of staying composed and reducing unforced errors in this format. The forthcoming county tournament will be much more competitive and if the girls are to reach the Regional Tournament then there must be a real collective approach to the forthcoming training sessions.

There were no inter-school block fixtures for the hockey club so instead many of the girls launched into their most fierce mode for the annual inter-house tournament. In 7-a-side formats plenty of exciting hockey was on show with the respective titles going to Wimborne House in the juniors and Beaufort in the seniors.

Saturday 3rd November 2018 Rugby v Marlborough College
The 1sts went down cruelly 13-12, conceding a penalty near the death after a courageous performance in defence. Although Marlborough scored early Canford worked hard to claw back the deficit with Thomas Sykes scoring 3 excellent penalty goals into a stiff 1st half wind. Canford continue to improve at set piece and this serves to provide a relatively stable platform for the three quarters.

Marlborough defended very narrow offering opportunities to move the ball into the wider spaces, something the boys managed to do on those occasions when 2nd phase ball was either won quickly or when the forwards were able to move the point of the attack on their. Unfortunately as the game wore on the sheer size of the Marlborough ball carriers began to take its toll on the now weary Canford defenders. Combined with an occasional lack of precision around the ruck by our boys and despite the strong wind at our backs in the second half, we never quite managed to play the game in the Marlborough half for long enough periods of the match. Tom Sykes added to his tally with a well taken drop goal but the Marlborough forwards had the last say in the game winning a penalty in kickable range after a number of forays were thwarted by the great team defensive effort. Their goal kicker added the final touch and with it the win.

There were plenty of good moments to reflect on in the game but the ability to consistently apply pressure and relieve pressure when needed remains at the heart of these results. Steps were taken in the right direction, so plenty to look forward to going into this weekend’s game at Sherborne (PTS)

The 2nd XV produced their best performance of the season to secure a convincing, but hard-fought victory against a good Marlborough side. It was built on the foundation of a rock solid defence, where every man stood up to be counted, but notable were the centres of George Bilson and Bugs Mitchell, along with flanker Rob Thomas, prop Zach Fenwick and wing/full back Harry Moores (not least with his brilliant try saving tackle in the dying seconds of the game).

Canford got on the scoreboard early with a fine try from Giacomo Perin. Gus Jarrold started the move with the first of many scintillating counter-attacks, and Bugs Mitchell and George Bilson took the play deep into the opposition half. Canford retained the ball, and their composure, allowing Josh Davies to slip through a gap in the centres and feed Giacomo for a run to the left hand corner. The rest of the first half was very tight, with both teams having spells of pressure on the line, and both teams blowing the chances they created. Eventually, after giving away a few too many penalties, Canford conceded after Marlborough pounded their line for what seemed like an age. However, Canford had the last laugh in the half, as Bugs Mitchell scored an opportunist try. Putting in a big hit on his opposite number, the ball was spilled and Bugs reacted first, and with nimble hands, scooped up the ball, accelerating quickly and then put on the afterburners to outstrip the cover and score under the posts. A brilliant individual try. Harry Moores got the extras and we went in 12-5 up.

Moores added 3 more points early in the second half, and then the game was settled midway through the half when Archie Hunter charged down, gathered and stretched to reach the line for the decisive score. This came after a barnstorming run in midfield from Jack Carpenter picking up a loose ball at the back of a line out. Giacomo put in some good support and fed Moores who nearly scored, but was turned over on the line. Hunter was alert in the guard position and took us to 20 points – a lead that would not be lost, despite Marlborough scoring under the posts with 10 minute remaining. All in all, a mighty impressive display and a fine win. W20-12, Man of the match: Bugs Mitchell (13) (PAJ)

The Gentlemen’s XV (aka the 3rds) returned to their favoured SM’s paddock on Saturday to take on the might of Marlborough’s thirds. As has been the story all season, on the Thursday post training we had a squad of 13. Marlborough very kindly offered to bring extra and fill our gaps. However as has been the case this season with home fixtures, volunteer from other sports answered the call to enjoy a rugby match with their mates. To that end, Jack Sherborne and Will Bloxham made return appearances and Harry Mitchell and Noah (Uncontested scrums – I’ll play as hooker) Jonas made their 3rd team debuts. Huge thanks to all of them.

The game itself was a lot closer than the score suggested, and for most of the first half we were tied at 5-5, Marlborough scoring a second just before half time. The second half remained a tight encounter, with Marlborough that little bit more organised and able to finish periods of pressure with a score, whereas we seemed to fall just short. Highlights of the game included our successful Lineout move that saw Finch consistently miss our own and Marlborough’s second jumping pod’s to land the ball into the safe hands of Will Bloxham. It worked so well you would have thought it was planned. The commitment of all the players was excellent, from Filip……. all or nothing cover tackle to Tom Suddards organisation and fantastic kicking game, and Seb Jones who finally and successfully made his debut in the backs. L5-29 (PAE)

The U16A team was handed a real lesson by their Marlborough opponents. Trying to deal with the attacking pace and power of the Marlborough backs in particular proved too much to handle and despite the best efforts of a handful of Canford players, attempts to launch any meaningful attacks proved fruitless. Importantly, the players themselves identified their collective effort and commitment was not sufficient and committed to each other to lay their bodies on the line for the remaining games. With a county cup quarter final coming up this Thursday the boys have the opportunity to put these words into action. L0-61 (MSB)

The U15As played Marlborough away in a game of attrition losing 10-38. The score line doesn’t do the game justice with a stoic and intense performance, which the team can be proud of. Marlborough scored first with a well worked try, but Canford responded immediately, regaining possession through applied pressure, which resulted in a scrum on the opposition 22. A stable scrum and some lovely running lines from the backs scythed through Marlborough’s defenders and gave Max Paget the space to score in the corner and the game was back on. The passage of play following this saw a lovely steal at the breakdown by Tom Amy, a scrum won against the head and a try saving tackle from James Barker, but throughout, Marlborough were running hard lines at pace, with big ball carriers and this, coupled with a line break, saw the opposition over our try line. The rest of the half saw Canford under pressure in defence, with the team fronting up and putting in some big hits, in a well organised defence, but this was not matched in attack, where we struggled to look after the ball and get past our first phase. Score at half time 5-24 to Marlborough.

The team managed to apply some strong pressure at kick off, but Marlborough soaked this up, working the phases one way, hitting up with a big runner and then spinning wide to score in the corner. Canford responded well, working hard in defence, with James Barker, Ben Ashton and Seb Gallego putting in a number of strong tackles, supported by all the team. In attack, the team managed to pull the phases together and Marlborough started to struggle with the pressure. A penalty mid-field, with a quick pick and go from James Ashurst saw Max Paget free in space and significant ground made. The team had the ruthlessness to turn this pressure and field position into points, with Ben Ashton getting on the end of an excellent period of team play to score. This focus and tenacity continued throughout the second half, right to the last play of the game, when a Marlborough scrum on their 10m line was pushed back by a great pack effort. The backs spread out, smelling blood, but Marlborough’s hooker managed to retain the ball, despite the pressure and their 8 picked up to break through and score. Final score 10-38 to Marlborough.

There is plenty to work on, but we saw some wonderful team play and a stoic performance in the face of a bigger pack. The boys were asked at half time to work on playing the phases and looking after the ball and this was achieved. Man of the match goes to Ben Ashton who had a “stormer”.

Despite a resilient and courageous first half performance into a stiff wind Canford U15Bs conceded just over 20 points but hopes were high once the elements were behind us. There was good shape to our attacks and it was just the occasional ghost tackler that meant Marlborough had a lead at all. Unfortunately the second half was not our finest hour as more and more ghost tacklers appeared so that Marlborough ran away to a 62 – 0 victory. Alex Daubeney was probably our best defender with Jude Organ making some strong runs with ball in hand. (OTP)

The U15C was a game played in good spirit and with plenty of energy. The score is not a reflection of the game and although Marlborough definitely deserved to win, something along the lines of 15-25 might have been a fairer outcome. L46-15 (JPST)

In the U14A match, Marlborough opened up the scoring early on in the game with two tries from scrappy breaks in play. This saw the Canford boys 12-0 down in the first 10 minutes. Another try followed, this time a very well worked team try to put Marlborough ahead 19-0. However, the Canford boys were not beaten yet. They responded with some excellent play and fantastic continuity, which saw Oscar Feingold get over the whitewash twice. A couple of tries were conceded in the meantime, although Canford had the last word with Feingold making another break and then offloading to Ollie Fox-Pitt who dotted the ball down. Overall, another gutsy performance but undermined by a slow start. L29-17 (RJC)

The U14B team had a fantastic match against Marlborough. Conceding a try early, we showed a lot of character to keep in the game and kept the ball well to score a try to bring it back to 7-5 at half time. We played against the wind in the second half and defended incredibly well but they scored another try to make it 12-5. Canford had chances to draw the game late on but failed to capitalise on a couple of opportunities. L12-5 (SJL)

Well rested after half term, fortified by a Canford packed lunch and bolstered by some players from the 14Bs, the mighty 14C team headed north to battle Marlborough’s D team on a windswept Saturday. Captain Tom Williams chose to play into the strong headwind and, with Marlborough unwilling to make use of the boot to clear their lines, Canford spent most of the first half camped in the opposition’s 22. Marlborough defended well, but Freddie Homer managed to cross the line twice and we could have scored more had the final passes been more accurate. Marlborough rallied strongly at half time and came close to scoring on a number of occasions, but Canford’s defence held firm. As the opposition tired, our stronger rucking and more direct running generated tries for the two Toms (Ling and Williams) whilst Alex Geng made some impressive counter attacks down the wing.

It was great to see the team starting to implement the skills we’ve been working on in training. However, this was overshadowed by the sad news that the father of one of our team, Thomas Luo, had passed away on Friday and our thoughts are with Thomas and his family at this extremely distressing time. W0-24 (NHJ)

The U14D All-stars travelled to Marlborough College for the third match of our season. Much charging, shouting, running, kicking and skilful handling later an amicable draw between the two mixed school teams was arrived at! Notable performances came from Connor Cherrington, Jack Niu and Elliot Phillips. Some excellent leadership skills shown by our captain for the day, Elliot Askew.


Canford hosted Bryanston Boat Club on the 3rd November in a welcome change to the Saturday training regime that is normally in place. The format saw combinations of running and single sculling over 3K which resulted in the fastest 8 single sculls going into a rowing eight and then the next fastest etc.

The culmination of the sculling saw a mixture of athletes (boys and girls) from Canford and Bryanston racing together in three eights downstream on the Stour River. The following crew recorded the fastest time of the day: Simon Jowett (Can), Max Beaney (Can), Ben Shakespeare (Bry) Angus Pollock (Bry), Ollie Leat (Can), Robert Way (Can), Rafe Hoile (Bry), Alex Andreae (Bry) and Cox George Farthing. It was a great afternoon and illustrated how even rival schools can “pull together” to help the respective pupils work on fulfilling their future rowing aspirations. (ID)

Congratulations to Shell pupil Robbie Hemmings who put in an excellent performance with Poole Swim Club at the South West Champs last weekend achieving 5 PBs and 3 National qualifying standards which will allow him to compete at the National Championships in Sheffield in December.

Further congratulations also go Shell pupil Finlay Craigen and Fourth Former Tom Peacock who have gained selection into the RYA Youth training squads for the Optimist and Topper categories respectively.

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

Sporting quote of the week:
“ There are only two options regarding commitment. You’re either IN or you’re OUT. There is no such thing as life in - between.”

Mark Burley

Director of Sport

Twitter: @CanfordSport

8th November 2018