14 Nov 2018
Christmas Term 2018 - Week 9 Sports Report

Christmas Term 2018 - Week 9 Sports Report

Tuesday 6th November Golf : HMC Foursomes v Millfield at Yeovil GC

The draw, for the second year in a row, in the HMC foursomes meant we had to play Millfield in the 2nd round. As ever, they had a strong team with all 6 players having a handicap below 6. Our first group of Morgan Taylor and Charlotte Brook battled hard but found putting more difficult than their opponents and although being close at the turn, lost 5 and 4. The second grouping of Giacomo Perin and Josh Brook went off like a rocket (it was Bonfire night the night before!) and were quickly up in their match. They never let the lead slip and although their opponents brought it back, we won the match 2 and 1. Our final pairing was always going to be up against it against much lower handicap golfers and were only 1 down at the turn. However Millfield exerted their dominance and won the match 5 and 3. So overall we lost 2-1 but 5 of our 6 players will be around next year!

U19 County Netball Tournament at Bryanston

The girls started the tournament well with some clinical play in challenging windy conditions. They won their group comfortably beating Thomas Hardyes 9-5, Sherborne 11-7, Bournemouth School for Girls 72 and Blandford 12-2.

The challenge for the girls was to win their semi-final in order to progress to the regional competition. Unfortunately after a poor start to the game we left it too late for our come back and lost by 1 in the dying seconds. 6-7 to Highcliffe School. Despite the disappointment there were still positives to take away from the day, with four girls making their 1st VII debuts and a clear and renewed focus to take forward to the netball term. We will regroup and look to progress in the national plate competition.

Wednesday 7th November : U14 West Prelims Hockey (h)

We won both our games. 3.0 v St Mary’s Calne, and 3.1 v Taunton. The girls faced two opponents in a round robin format and in the first game against St Mary’s Calne a dominant first half led to a 3-0 lead but we failed to add to that in the second half. With Taunton beating St Mary’s 6.1, we needed to win the final game to qualify as group winners. The 3-1 win was one of the best performances of recent weeks, with every member of the squad performing well. Particular mention should be made of Georgie Boon, who had her best game to date in a Canford shirt scoring two of our goals.

Thursday 8th November : Rugby : D&WRFSU U16 Cup v Poole Grammar School (h)

After a disappointing performance at the weekend, this match was all about seeing a response from the team. It was clear from the start that the game was going to be tight as two even teams went head to head. PGS slightly shaded the first half and went in up at half time. Second half, Canford were more incisive in their decision making and got back into the game. The game finished with each team scoring three tries apiece If only Canford had brought a kicking tee it may have been a different outcome..... L15-19 (RGJ)

D&WRFSU U14 County Cup v QE Wimborne

After a committed training session on Tuesday, the U14A squad took to the field against local rivals QE feeling confident. The game against Marlborough had seen some positive passages of play and we looked to build on these and put in a 50 minute performance. We started well but soon found ourselves 7-0 down when our transition between attack and defence was too slow resulting in a good solo score from the QE winger. We were really pleased to see that the boys didn’t panic and began to go through the process of playing with width but with strong runners challenging the defence. Quick ball was created for the backline and within a few minutes of the QE score we created and finished a couple of chances to go into the lead. We never looked back after that and confidence in our game plan grew. We showed high skill level and when opportunities arose we took them and gained a comfortable lead. The QE side began to offer much more physicality in the second half especially up front. We made our tackles and frustrated them further. A hat trick of tries by debutant Merlin Cork was a highlight but it was also good to see a full squad of 18 players mix and fit easily into the team when they came on and off. Oscar Feingold and Jack Janaway built on their strong performances in recent weeks and the link play through the back line was excellent. Well done to Monty Hancock and Chris Litchfield as well as full back Jack Robinson. After only 4 weeks as a forward, Mark Kosgei is really flourishing and enjoying the physical side of the game. A great team performance that had been coming and the score of 50-7 was very pleasing indeed. (DFL & RJC)

RFU Schools National Vase U15 Competition v Thomas Hardyes School (a) T

homas Hardyes kicked off and the next 5 minutes saw some positive play from Canford, where they won the initial battle for intensity and work rate, driving THS back towards their own line. This period ended with a quick tap penalty by Ben Ashton, 10m out from the opposition try line. Ben carried well and went to ground, with Matt Kosgei picking up off the back of the ruck and going over for our first try. CANFORD 5 - 0 up.

The next 25 minutes saw the game flow up and down the pitch, with Canford having the greater territory and possession, but only just. There was some good work all round, with a great tackle from Fergus Van der Flier in mid field, some nice carries from Tom Amy, a lovely run from Max Paget on the left, with a great steal from Seb Gallego. However, some handling errors and a few moments of lax concentration stopped the team being able to capitalise on this pressure. In the 30th minute Canford managed to put together a string of phases, making their way towards the THS try line. This move was finished off on the right corner of the pitch with Milind Khashu crossing the line for the team’s second try. CANFORD 10 – up. THS tried to reply, putting Canford on the back foot and their 12produced a fine line break, which was only stopped by an excellent tackle from Seb Gallego at Full Back.

During half time the team spoke about the need to do the basics in attack, cutting out the loose passes and running through the phases. In defence they spoke about two man tackles and fighting for the ball at the breakdown. It was great to then see this put into their play, with steals from a number of players (Milind Khashu and Joe Bland to name a couple), great line speed and some great tackling from Tommy Davies. Through the first 10 minutes of the second half Canford were predominantly defending, but they soaked up the pressure and made ground down the pitch, with an ordered and disciplined period, which frustrated THS. This led to a great passage of play where Canford did the basics well, ending in a score on the left for Max Paget. Roman Gill stepped forward with the boot to make the score 17-0. Max Paget then caught the kick off on our 22 and scythed through their defence, setting up a one on one with their Full Back, displayed some quick footwork and then pushed on the accelerator to glide round his outside for his second try. CANFORD 22 – 0 up.

From here the game never looked in doubt, with Canford strong in defence and ruthless in attack. Joel Bibby and Roman Gill linked beautifully to set up Max Paget’s third try. CANFORD 27 – 0 up. This was followed closely by a wonderful line break from Tommy Davies, before he was brought down, but not before popping the ball up, this eventually putting Seb Gallego over the line. CANFORD 32 – 0. A great win for the team, putting into practice a number of elements that we have been working on through the term. Well done. (BIHC)

Cross Country: Poole & East Dorset Schools Sports Association Series (h)

The second of this year’s PEDSSA races was held at Canford, and our pupils certainly made the most of the home advantage; Charlie Bird ran superbly, yet again, leading the whole field of both intermediate and senior runners for the second race in a row. He was very ably supported by Josh Davey who came 3rd, Noah Jonas in 6th, Jamie Barrington (who is in the Fourth Form) in 7th and Finn Baker in 8th. With such a high level of consistency, we are really looking forward to some of the team events next term. There were other notable performances from Jackson Kennett, Rupert Peach and Trystan Thomas, who is probably our most improved runner of the term thus far. In the girls’ races, Amber Herrington put in a strong performance to place 4th, and it would be great to see more girls involved in cross country next term so that we have enough for both intermediate and senior teams.

Football 1st XI v Millfield 3rd XI

One of the many great things about sport is the unpredictability of it all; there aren’t necessarily simple formulas of how to succeed. Take the 1st XI Oaks’ match versus Millfield on Saturday, for example. The boys couldn’t have worked harder, they played for each other and they had arguably their best attacking game of the season. It would be unfair to say that our first XI outplayed their counterparts – the Millfield boys were a solid collective capable of incisive attacking play – but they were most certainly the more threatening side, creating chance after chance and playing veritable Champagne football in the attacking transitions. However, the ball only touched the back of the Millfield net once – while they scored twice.

The Oaks pride themselves in their defensive solidity, and it took a move of exquisite quality to finally see us concede from open play; a sequence of sharp first touch passes and quick movement saw Millfield open the scoring after 20 minutes. Our boys had been a little tentative until then but the goal against roused them and we took control of the play thereafter, with Zac Organ and Doug Rowland once again owning the central areas and Zac dictating play with some visionary diagonal passes. On the flanks, Mattie Effick and Joe Hollywood were causing real problems, while Harry Mitchell and the effervescent Wilf Raby stretched and challenged the defenders with their superb movement and nonstop running. Chance after chance ensued…but the ball just didn’t quite bounce our way.

In the second half Canford continued to attack with verve and brio. There was combination play on show of the highest quality but it eventually took a Broady special to get us back in the game: a 30 yard free kick was fired with precision, nearly taking off the crossbar before Wilf scrambled in the equaliser. Unfortunately, we then fell victim to even better free kick execution ten minutes later and were once again trailing. Cue a gung ho approach, with a 3-4-3 formation and more direct football. What ensued was heady stuff: chances galore, heroic last ditch defending – especially by our captain Freddie – a red card, which is pretty much unprecedented in schoolboy football, for the kind of grappling that tends to see McGregor tap out, a superbly supportive crowd going bananas (in the best possible way) on the side-lines. It was incredibly entertaining stuff but our boys were downcast as the final whistle was blown. They had given their all – but the 3 points went to Millfield. L1-2 (SV)

2nd XI v Millfield U18D

The 2nds added another draw to their record in a close affair against Millfield. We played some excellent football in the first half, taking the lead early on through a good finish around the goalkeeper by Freddie Hamilton, assisted by a lovely through ball from Fergus Taylor. We continued to dominate the game after the opener, with Barnaby Scudds heading just wide from a good free kick taken by Max Liddle, but we were unfortunate to concede from a well worked free-kick by Millfield near the end of the half. The game in the second half became very scrappy, with both sides losing their shape at times as they were going for the win. There were chances at both ends, with goalkeeper Om Ramchandani making some good saves and Flinn Tiefenthal firing a shot just wide. It could have easily swung our way with a bit more luck with some refereeing decisions, in particular a penalty shout as Freddie was brought down in the box, but in the end a draw was probably a fair result. D1-1 (Barney Scudds)

Squash : U18A v Sherborne U18A (h)

There was another fine display from the squash team taking a 7-1 victory against Sherborne. Well done to David Offer, Felix Spowers and Barney Peddie who didn’t drop a game in their rubbers. Connor Elliot-Murray, Ollie Hilton and Max Glowacki came through tough games to claim 3-2 victories and Charlie Anstee was dominant in his 3-1 win. Unlucky to Mike Galley going down narrowly 2-3 in his match.

Saturday 10th November Football : 2nd XI v Downside 1st XI

Yet another unfortunate result for the 2nds against Downside, and one which could easily have gone the other way. We began the game in our usual free-flowing manner, with Joe Hollywood pulling the strings in midfield, and we created some good chances which were well saved by the Downside goalkeeper, who had the game of his life. Around 20 minutes in we thought we had taken the lead through a well directed header from Barnaby Scudds travelling towards the top corner, only for the goalkeeper to produce the save of the game and keep the score level. Not to be overshadowed, Om Ramchandani made an excellent save a few minutes after, as their pacey striker latched onto a through-ball and fired in a shot. The score remained level right through into the second half, until the Downside central midfielder played a delicious chip through to their striker, who finished well and gave Om no chance. Canford fought back though, creating good opportunities for Jack Sherborne, who beat the goalkeeper twice but was denied by the post on both occasions. Going into the last few minutes, we threw everything at the opposition, pinging shots on goal from numerous corners, but we were unfortunately unable to get past the wall of Downside defenders. Despite this loss, we are still confident of achieving our first win going into the latter stages of the season. L0-1 (Barney Scudds)

Hockey v King Edward’s, Southampton

Following the House Matches last weekend, it was back to competitive inter-school action for the Hockey Club with a block fixture versus KES Southampton.

In difficult playing conditions, which switched between monsoonal rain and breezy brighter spells, the 1st XI set the tone in a fine team display of fast passing and attack-minded hockey. We created a number of fine goal scoring opportunities, but were a little off colour in a first half that ended with KES taking the lead from a penalty corner, against the run of play. Their Head of Hockey suggested that ‘kicked the hornet’s nest’ and we were back on level terms when Sophie Saunders finished from open play. Captain Martha Taylor gave us the lead with a smartly dispatched shot on the backhand from a slick set piece, before Beanie Culley got on the end of a sweeping team move to add a third. Imo Fairweather, excelling in midfield throughout the game in an excellent individual showing then tracked back and stole the ball well in our own half. Martha sent a bullet like backhand pass to Molly Fairbairn who received it on the left touchline. She outpaced the opposition defence and calmly slotted past the KES keeper for a 4-1 lead. The defensive unit pressed high and used the ball well, whilst it was also encouraging to see India Still back to her best in an accomplished midfield display. We had further chances, but should be pleased with a performance in which every member of the squad made a positive and telling contribution to the game. (MDC)

The 2nds ran out comfortable 2-0 winners but ultimately played, by their high standards, nowhere near the level of which they are capable. Jess Rees was the stand out performer with both goals from sweetly struck penalty corners.

The 3rd XI won 9-0 in a one-sided affair. That said, the team played extremely well despite weaker opponents. Some impressive two touch hockey by the Canford team and some superb goals against an extremely good opposing keeper were shared amongst six different scorers. This was supported by some impressive play from the back and through the midfield with Ella Sutton and Cece Rogers especially commanding. (RMBS)

The U15Bs had a tough game, but the final score of 0-3 was an accurate reflection of the game against the KES U15A team. Our defence was extremely busy, and with few substitute defenders, they did extremely well to maintain their composure for the majority of the game. Imogen Dunn had an outstanding game in goal to hold the score to just the 3-0 deficit. In attack, we looked good and threatening and had some pockets of great play down the wings, especially from Bella Stanley. We lacked in the midfield, especially from “16’s” and didn’t offer enough options for our defence, making their job even tougher. Too much turnover ball to a few key KES players was what decided the game, but the girls started really well, and had spells of good play throughout. (TS)

The U15C hockey team travelled to KES Southampton to take on their U15B side in very rainy conditions. In the first half, Canford looked strong with our defence making some good tackles and pressuring the opposition. Canford had play in the opponents’ D, however a slight mistake let KES to counter attack and score. A quick team talk and Canford were straight back out seeking to get a goal in the second half; there was some great play from midfield to the attackers who had many an opportunity to score, but KES were hot on their heels throughout this half. The final score was 1-0 to KES Southampton, but the team played very well and deserved more. Man of the match went to Clara Doubleday. (HXB)

Despite Southampton being gridlocked by roadworks and football traffic, and the rain showers more constant than the Met Office had suggested, this was a very good U14B encounter. Canford’s side was short of a few players who were playing netball, so it was good to see Phoebe Boardman, back after a long illness, Emily Vance and Mia Ashby Rudd included for the day. It took us a while to get into our stride: KES had two or three good athletes who covered a lot of ground, but we made life easier for them than it should have been by giving the ball away cheaply far too often. Once we got the ball forward we looked strong, and from one such attack the ball was moved right across the D and Jemima Carrell got the final touch to a bouncing ball to force it across the line. KES countered strongly, and Mia had to be alert to adjust to a deflected shot and scramble it clear. At half time we tried to address the problem of giving the ball away without looking for the pass, and the tendency to run and pass the ball left 90% of the time. The change was great, with Immy Woodcock and Annabel Seabrook finding open channels and moving the ball right. The moves got sweeter and sweeter and deserved a second goal: we came agonisingly close to scoring again, but in the end had to be content with a 1-0 scoreline. In between times the back line repelled some strong KES attacks, with our goal largely untroubled thanks to some determined tackling, and sharp clearances. (PDAR)

Unfortunately two further games, for our extended U15C squad (the Ds for the day) and our U14C squad were cancelled by KES at short notice due to a combination of a lack of players and a rescheduled County netball tournament.

On Sunday, the Boys’ U18 and U16 Indoor teams were also in action at the Dorset Indoor County Finals. Hosted at Canford, the U18s ran away with the title, beating Bryanston 8-0, Clayesmore 12-0 and Sherborne 8-0. All seven outfield players scored during the course of the tournament, with George Baugniet scoring 6 goals and Matt Daubeney and Lochie Fulton grabbing 5 each. The U16s finished Runners Up, after they beat Clayesmore 6-3 but lost to Sherborne 0-3. Both teams progress to the West Regional Finals in early December.

This week sees the girls U14s contesting the West Finals at Clifton College, as they attempt to reach the National Finals, as well as a block fixture with Wellington College - always a good set of matches, including the 1st XI travelling away to Wellington to play on Friday evening. The ‘Friday Night Lights’ concept is something that is being introduced by several Independent Schools, to offer a sense of occasion for the headline team and also enable a better overall scheduling on Saturday afternoons for other teams. It promises to be an exciting evening. (MDC)

Team of the week: 3-4-3

GK: Imogen Dunn (15B)

RB: Ella Sutton (3rd XI) CB: Cece Rogers (3rd XI) LB: Tara King (14A)

RM: Imogen Fairweather (1st XI) CDM: Jess Rees (2nd XI) CAM: Georgie Boon (14A) LM: India Still (1st XI)

RF: Jemima Carrell (14B) CF: George Baugniet (1st VI Boys) LF: Clara Doubleday (15C)

Rugby v Sherborne

The 1st XV visited Sherborne on Saturday and having tasted success against their local rivals for the past two years the boys were keen to keep that particular run going. Sadly that goal was going to prove a stretch for this year’s cohort. Sherborne’s first attack was pacey and brought both of their large carrying props into the game. Stopping them was going to be no easy feat, the boys rolled up their sleeves and applied themselves to the task. Even though they managed to bring these rather large schoolboys to earth the Sherborne forwards had done their job and created space for their powerful and fast wingers on the outside. Sherborne took the lead and it looked like it might be one-way traffic of the sky blue variety this afternoon.

This was not the case though. Canford’s next defensive set put the squeeze on their hosts and they won the ball back in good field position. The boys then put an excellent attack together, holding the ball for an extended period of time probing through the middle as well as testing them on the edges. Archie Van Der Flier started to make his presence known carrying well through the heart of the sky blue defence.

All of this possession put Sherborne under pressure and they duly made a defensive mistake jumping out of line allowing Tom Sykes the chance to dance through to dot down and tie the scores up. It seemed we might be able to push our hosts all the way to the final whistle. This seemed to sting Sherborne into action anew and off the kick off Sherborne once again pressed their well-practised formula of Number 8 and props gaining go forward and allowing their dazzling wingers interchange and score a peach of a try and jump straight back into the lead. From here the hosts never looked back and were able to gradually stretch away over the course of the game. The 31-8 scoreline tells one story but the narrative of the match was far more competitive. Sherborne squeaking ahead in the scrums, Canford dominating the lineout which continues to improve with every game. The forwards also kept Sherborne’s driving maul quiet all afternoon which, given the imposing size of their pack was no mean feat.

Perhaps the most telling aspect of the match was the fact that Canford were unable to increase the speed of ball as the phase count mounted. This is probably the biggest aspect we need to focus on as we welcome Seaford to Higher Park if we are hoping to put good sides under pressure. (PTS)

After the heights of last week’s victory, the 2nds came down to earth with a bump against a strong Sherborne side. The frustrating thing about the match was that, if we had played to our potential, it would have been a lot closer and we might even have won it. However, Sherborne were what we were last week, intense and relentless in defence and dynamic and direct in attack.

We conceded early in the game when their 12 picked up a bouncing ball, cut back against the flow of the defence, jinked his way past 2-3 players to find space and feed supporting runners who outflanked the cover tacklers to score. It was a soft try, but Canford responded immediately with 3 points in their first foray into the opposition danger zone, with the industrious Harry Moores slotting over after Nat Todd won the penalty jackling over a classic Rob Thomas chop tackle. Sherborne quickly hit back when they exploited a disorganised Canford defence to move the ball wide on the right and outflank the otherwise excellent Giacomo Perin.

Canford responded with their best rugby of the game, exerting real pressure on the Sherborne line, camping in their 22 for 10 minutes or so. However, the precision of previous weeks was missing and the chances went begging, including another chance for 3 points. However, 10-3 at half time felt like a recoverable situation, but the message was the intensity needed to be raised and chances taken. Canford started the second half brightly with territory and possession and another shot for 3 points. However, we couldn’t add to our score and the half deteriorated into a scrappy affair with Sherborne gradually establishing their dominance. We increasingly failed to make inroads in possession, and they began to find more space and force missed tackles. This pressure eventually told and Sherborne added two more unconverted tries in the last 5-10 mins for a deserved victory.

The lesson of the day? We need intensity from the word go and a desire to win that digs deep into reserves of energy and strength. L20-3 (Rev J and Mr Doherty)

After bowing out of the county cup at the quarter-final stage, the U16As needed to put together a much more cohesive performance to get things back on track. Playing against a predominantly Sherborne U16B team the boys started the game with real tempo and physical commitment. Straight from the kick off a multi–phase attack, which contained excellent continuity, saw Canford reach the Sherborne posts before prop forward Rory Thomas powered over for the opening try. It was slightly against the run of play when Sherborne equalised but with the Canford scrum and lineout on top the backs had a solid platform to launch some excellent attacks and this resulted in a wave of phases culminating with Rory Thomas grabbing his brace. The try was converted by Adam Kwan and Canford took a 12-5 lead into half time.
With spirits high and rotations providing the whole squad with game time Canford continued to balance elusive attacks with resolute defence. Tom Matthews had been prominent in attack and he grabbed a well-deserved try to extend the lead but the 12-point deficit looked like it might not be enough as Sherborne began to pressurise the Canford line. They powered over for a try to reduce the gap to just 7 points and a nervy end to the game looked likely. However, Canford’s defensive organisation and tackling technique held firm and they were able to clear their lines and set themselves up in Sherborne territory. In the last eight minutes, the boys were camped in the opposition ’22 and powerful flanker Cory Pepin was able to bag a double, both converted by Kwan. The final score of 31-10 was a fine reward for the U16A’s best performance of the season. (MSB)

The U15As played Sherborne on Saturday at home and were hoping to improve on a tight loss last year, particularly given the win against Thomas Hardye on Thursday. The game was fairly even for the first 10 minutes, with both sides having time on the ball and neither dominating. During this time there was a great steal from Joe Bland, an interception from Tom Amy and a good double tackle on the far right from Roman Gill and Max Chapman, driving their player into touch. Sherborne were the first to cross the line, following a period of sustained pressure through the middle with a series of pick and goes. Throughout the match, Canford dominated at scrum time, with a scrum won against the head in the first 15mins. But this did not blunt Sherborne’s attack and momentum held with the visitors, with Seb Gallego needing to make three try saving tackles at full back in quick succession, Canford’s initial defence giving room for manoeuvre. Having been stretched, Sherborne had an overlap on the blind side, spotted it and romped over for their second and shortly after they moved play back into our 22, before seeing space behind, with a well times and placed chip kick by their fly half, which was scooped up for Sherborne’s third try. The score at half time 0 – 17 to Sherborne.

Canford started the second half with more spark and got onto the front foot. Following some lovely backs play, with Joel Bibby and Max Paget linking up well together, the U15s had a line out on the Sherborne 5m line. The forwards managed a catch and drive, ending with Ferg Van der Flier scoring in the corner. This was followed up 5 minutes later with a well worked move from a scrum in the middle of the park. Tommy Davies moved sides of the pitch and made a dummy run, dragging the Sherborne defence right, as the ball was spun left, with the backs linking together well and putting Max Paget over for Canford’s second try. Roman Gill managed to get the conversion and suddenly we were back in the game, with the score 12-17 and momentum with the home side. But Sherborne answered this mounting pressure with their own try and conversion and with Canford becoming frenetic and struggling to settle. A line break from their hooker saw another try to the opposition and while Canford continued to work hard in defence, the game was really over. Final score Canford 12 – 34 Sherborne. Canford’s Man of the Match - Tommy Davies. (BIHC)

This was the U15Bs’ best performance of the season so far by a significant margin and saw all 15 players much more committed to the physical side of the game. As a result many more first tackles were made and a very decent and aggressive Sherborne side were made to work very hard for their tries. Sam Thompson, Sam Jefferson, Harrison Hill and Welly Johnson all put in super hits but I could name just about anyone here for defensive work. Giovanni Perin showed his pace to score a try in the second half with Man of the Match Jude Organ scoring one in the first. Though not a numeric victory it was a win on many other levels – very well done! L12-36

With the (now-usual) arrival of a tranche of ‘Special Guests’ in the team, the U15Cs put on a strong performance against Sherborne U15Ds, in spite of a couple of setbacks early on with long range tries being scored by our opponents against the run of play. At half time, it seemed that the game was long gone, but up the hill and into blinding sunlight, the team rallied to come back to within a whisker of victory. Particularly impressive was our rucking and set scrummaging, where we were penalised TWICE for driving the Sherborne forwards back too far too quickly. MASSIVE credit to the front five but particularly to the front row of Billy Noel, Ed Bloxham and Peter Croxford who led this particular charge. They all responded well to some quick-fire coaching on the mindset required for success in the ‘dark tunnel’. L24-28 (JPST)

The U14A team had a morale boosting win over Sherborne. It’s not an easy place to win and we were very proud of their endeavour and discipline. We started slowly, again, and struggled to get the ball in dangerous positions. Sherborne played with width and although our tackling in midfield was good, we were too narrow. We managed to keep Sherborne to a 10-7 lead at half time.
We got better territory in the second half and although Sherborne went another score ahead, we still looked dangerous. A score with 10 minutes or so left gave us momentum and we bundled over for another score just before the final whistle. Henry Martin scored both the late tries and was excellent in the second half. We look forward to a rematch in the county cup in a few weeks’ time. (DFL)

Canford U14Bs started well dominating territory for the first ten minutes of the game although Sherborne U14Cs fought hard and defended their line. Soon after, Felix Synnott found a gap and pushed over for our first try of the match. Sherborne defended well in the first half considering our excellent offloading game. Our set piece was too strong for Sherborne, providing a fine platform, which we used effectively and Felix capitalized, scoring his second try just at the brink of half time.

We did not get off to a good start in the second half as Sherborne managed to score in the first minute bringing the score to 12-7. However, we found our rhythm, Felix ran one of the best lines I have seen at this age group, crossing over for his third try, great hands from Tom Norman and Rupert Hutton leading up to that moment. Sherborne managed to score another but Piers Middleton spotted a gap in the corner to secure our victory. W14-22 (SJL)

Buoyed by a win against the mighty Marlborough, Canford’s U14C team hit the road again to face Sherborne’s D team. However, with our numbers depleted to a bare 15 players due to injuries, promotion to the B team and someone neglecting to pack a gumshield it was going to be a tough challenge. Canford’s aggressive pack made good use of a sloping pitch to keep Sherborne pinned down in their 22 for most of the first half: pressure which resulted in 2 tries and a 12- 0 lead at the break. Were it not for some determined tackling by Sherborne and some sloppy passing from Canford the score would have been higher. An issue that came back to haunt us as Sherborne, bolstered by half time substitutions, quickly ran in 3 tries to take a 5 point lead. Canford looked on the ropes but their frustration at a high tackle on full back Tom Williams seemed to reenergise the team. A final try under the posts brought the score level and Ben Fowle slotted home the high pressure conversion to seal the match 19-17. All that remained of the day’s challenge was for the boys to negotiate the labyrinthine route from the changing rooms to Sherborne’s dining hall, before gorging on pie and chips and boarding the correct bus back to school. (NHJ)

The U14D All-Stars braved the inclement conditions to take on Sherborne and Bryanston in a triangular matches of ‘Slide tag’ and ‘Meat ball’. Both were new games to everyone (including the ref!) and all three teams seemed to enjoy the experience. Particularly well done to Hayden Kennet for his brave performance in goal, James Balasubramaniam and the Captain for the day, Tom Clark.

Rugby Club: Team of the week

15. Seb Galloway

14. Giacomo Perin 11. Piers Middleton 13. Jude Organ 12. Felix Synnott

10. Tommy Davies 9. Freddie Charles

6. Cory Pepin 8. Jack Janaway 7. Leo Bishop

5. James Harvey 4. Tom Amy

1. Nat Todd 2. Fergus Van der Flier 3. Rory Thomas

Kingston Small Boat s Head 10th November.

Canford took four crews away to the Kingston small boats head and raced the 5.2km course from Hampton Court Palace to Kingston Rowing Club. Conditions on the day were fair for everyone with bright clear skies and a slight following wind.

The girls’ quad of Kiki Sullivan, Grace Hewett, Imi Gallego, and Rachel Ko, finished 3rd in 20:55.2 The boys’ raced in a coxless pair of Max Beaney and William Galbraith finishing 3rd in 20:57.2 plus two coxed fours; Robert Way, Olli Leat, Sam Smith, Fin Manley coxed by George Farthing finished 4th 20:27.6 and Simon Jowett, George Vaughan, Nathan Bulstrode, Hamish Johnson, coxed by Oliver Baldwin finished 2nd in19:42.5.

Considering the extent of training completed so far this term the Canford athletes acquitted themselves very well which augurs well for the future. The next time Canford race will be at Avon next weekend (17th November).

"I ’m not a quitter but…."

The last few years have seen a slightly disappointing trend emerge in the second half of term when some pupils ask me if they can quit the sport they have been pursuing so far this term. It is also at this time we circulate the games choices for next term and I have seen an increasing number of pupils seeking the opportunity to drop out of the sports they have played throughout their school career. Please allow me to share my thoughts on this sadly, increasingly common event.

Perhaps it is unrealistic to expect everyone to stay firmly in love with the same sporting activity all their life but I do sense there is a growing tendency for pupils seek the easy way out too often. Some key skills we can develop through our participation in sport are resilience and selflessness. Resilience is a personal attribute that will have far longer lasting impact than the short term emotion of winning matches and by overcoming disappointments, losses and physically testing encounters we can learn to reset our goals and aspirations. In some instances, these new targets may be more modest but they still hold significance and help us progress and develop as sportspeople and human beings. Let’s be honest, life at Canford is very comfortable for many, so having to overcome a few tough weeks within the sporting environment is not much to ask and certainly provides you with tangible evidence of having to battle through a little bit of adversity.

The concept of selflessness relates to the importance of being part of a team, through thick and thin. Thinking about others rather than ourselves should bring with it a recognition that dropping out of a team will negatively affect the experience of our peers and that is something for which we should pay more attention. Moreover, being a good teammate is something which is emphasised by many pupils when it comes to Partnership applications, UCAS personal statements and even job applications, yet increasingly, numerous pupils are not fully appreciating or recognising what a real teammate is. Encouraging and supporting peers when the going is tough is what a real team player does, not jumping ship part way through a season. Similarly, sticking with a sport, even when two-year groups come together and the talent pool increases, is also a vital part of being a valuable teammate. Protecting egos by not staying and battling for a place in a first or ‘A’ team is disappointing and also believing oneself too good to play second / ‘B’ team is rather arrogant and indicative of someone who actually isn’t a team player.

With just a few weeks remaining of the Christmas Term I will be expecting all pupils to stick with their sporting activity and / or current teams and display a selflessness and resilience which they can use later in life.

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Sporting quote of the week:

“There are going to be people out there who can do something better than you can do. But never let anyone do more than you do.”

Mark Burley Director of Sport Twitter: @CanfordSport 14th November 2018