19 Jan 2019
Easter Term 2019 – Week 1 Sports Report

Easter Term 2019 – Week 1 Sports Report

Congratulations to Tom Prest who spent part of the Christmas holidays in India with Hampshire Academy to further develop his cricket bowling and batting. Also to Shell pupil Robbie Hemmings who competed in the ASA Junior National swimming championships in Sheffield before Christmas and came away with four new PB’s and a 6th place finish in the 200m backstroke.

With a midweek start to term it is always a big challenge to get the sports teams ready for the first weekend of matches with the majority of teams only having one training session together. Inevitably there will be an element of rotation and refinement to squads over the ensuing couple of weeks and I would urge pupils to make sure they are putting in a little bit extra physical work over this time too so they are ready to take their opportunity when it arrives.

Hockey v King Edward’s Southampton

After an excellent preseason trip to Barcelona, during which we achieved a fine third placed finish out of eight teams competing at the prestigious Hockey Reyes festival at the Real Club de Polo, the 1st XI were keen to use the experience to win 3 points away from home, in their EH U18 Tier 1 Schools’ League clash. We started fast, pressing high and trying to influence matters in their defensive third. In what was always likely to be a closely contested affair between two good sides, we broke the deadlock on the stroke of half time courtesy of a composed backhand finish by George Baugniet. The second period saw more high quality play from both sides, before KES turned the game on its head with two goals in as many minutes to lead 2-1 with a third of the game remaining, against the run of play. Captain Matt Daubeney ignited his team with an excellent defensive display, whilst Harry Mitchell posed a constant threat on the left hand side. Indeed, it was Mitchell who equalised with a deft touch from a George Baugniet assist off a penalty corner to make it 2-2. Soon after, Baugniet made it 3-2 with a very good drag flick from a corner won by Harry Pickard. He completed his hat-trick with another coolly converted corner won by Charlie Peplow, to cap a first class individual showing, but more significantly, a mature team performance and a very satisfying and important 4-2 victory.

The 2nds also played effectively as a team in their 3-0 away win, especially in the 2nd half. Olly Hutton was very strong at the heart of the defence, whilst the goals were dispatched well by Max Wyatt (2) and Archie Hunter. Also away from home, the 16Bs suffered a 7-0 defeat against a very strong U16 KES year group, whilst the 15As lost 4-1. Although we lost this game there are plenty of positives that can be taken into next week. Good communication, a high work rate off the ball and great team spirit are the three that spring to mind. With many players not having picked up a hockey stick since last March there is much to be done in the coming weeks to get back our first touch and accuracy of passing. Raffi Mills was our goal scorer, and Max Chapman was the man of the match for his positive captaincy. Notable other performances came from Tommy Davies and Alex Daubeney.

At home, the 15Bs drew 0-0 in a game of few chances, and the 15Cs lost 3-0 in a match featuring six pupils who were playing their first ever game of hockey. The 14As settled to the task well against a side with some big physical players in the spine: we shaded the first half and missed a couple of glorious chances to open the scoring. In the second half we survived ten minutes of intense KES pressure in which time the defence played superbly and repelled everything thrown at them. Annoyingly, just when we had finally got hold of the ball and worked ourselves back into the game we conceded the opener. A second followed quickly with a clever deflection off a long crash ball; 2-0 down with less than 10 minutes remaining, the boys played themselves back into the game with great spirit. Finlay Craigen buried a good reverse stick strike, and then right at the death Elliot Eyre found himself one on one with the keeper, but having rounded him just couldn’t get the purchase on his finish to score the equaliser. For a first outing, several things stood out: we have a nucleus of boys who are very comfortable on the ball, a squad who play with enormous heart right to the death, and in the phases when we got the ball moving around the pitch it looked very good indeed. Plenty to encourage us moving forward. The 14Bs also gave a very good account of themselves. A 1-1 draw was a pleasing result, but of more significance was the confidence with which we passed the ball, kept possession and worked as a unit. Ben Fowle was a forceful presence in the defence and produced a man-of-the-match performance. The 14Cs lost their match 3-0, with Alex Geng playing a blinder in goal.

This week sees the 16As play their first match of the season in midweek, a tough opener versus KES Southampton, who recently contested the U16 National Indoor Finals. At the weekend, we face Lord Wandsworth College in a full block, including the 1st XI playing on Friday evening at home. The ‘Friday Night Lights’ concept is one that is an exciting opportunity for all concerned.

Team of the week: 4-1-2-1-2
GK: Alex Geng (U14C)

RB: Ben Fowle (U14B) CB: Matt Daubeney (1st XI) CB: Olly Hutton (2nd XI) LB: Harry Mitchell (1st XI)

CDM: Max Chapman (U15A)

RM: Charlie Peplow (1st XI) LM: Finlay Craigen (U14A)

CAM: George Baugniet (1st XI)

RF: Max Anand (2nd XI) LF: Max Wyatt (2nd XI)

Netball v Wellington College

1st VII 38-29L

A tough game to get the netball term started with a bang. The first quarter saw some nerves from the Canford side and it took us a while to settle and to adapt to the defensive structure that Wellington were implementing. Although the score line didn’t go in our favour there were a lot of positives to take away from this match and plenty to bring into our next few training sessions. Our defence was on fire with turnovers created by a whole team defence. Nia Burley and India Still made countless turnovers and applied a lot of pressure to the shooters. Holy Hazzard chased through for intercepts and put her body on the line (literally). Lucy Stalker stepped up and captained the team brilliantly as the voice on the court. I’m looking forward to what these girls can produce throughout the season. (LER)

2nd VII 38-25 L

Lots of new combinations for the 2nd team but that didn’t show as the girls played really well and gelled from the offset. A lot of lovely, fluid play throughout the court was on display but there is a need to maintain communication throughout the game and give encouragement to each other. Despite the loss there were plenty of positives going into the next match and the squad should be excited for the term ahead. POM Bella Brown and Jessica Rees. (EBL)

3rd VII 64-4 L

A tricky opening match for the season, but a challenge faced by the girls with impressive determination and positivity. Despite the odds ever building against them, they never let their efforts slide, and can be proud that they all kept going through to the end! Player of the match: Daisy Turner (JRN)

U16A 31-12 W

After an even start to the match, the 16As managed a well-earned victory of 31-12 over Wellington. The defensive pressure from the girls increased throughout the game allowing only 1 goal to be scored by Wellington in the 2nd and 4th quarters. A special mention to Chessie Hellier and Evie Corn who worked phenomenally well as a team in the defensive third, making intercept after intercept. A great start by all the girls to the season, showing intensity and excellent team work. (DGM)

U16B 27-36 L

The final result belies actually how well matched these two teams were; if more of our shots at goal had gone in, we'd have drawn! The first 7 mins or so saw Wellington go up 0-5. However, the Canford team did not give up and slowly managed to get into their rhythm, finishing the first quarter 5-7 down. Wellington started quickly in the second quarter pulling away rapidly and finishing 10 points up. The Canford girls dug deep though and clawed back some of the deficiency over the remaining half. This was a large squad as we wanted to give all the girls a chance at some match play. Special mention must go to Syd Brown (GA), who not only scored many of our goals but moved around the court beautifully. Nadia Lees (C/WA), Anna Preston (C) and Maddie Harvey (WA) worked the circle well, with Emily Walster (GD/GK) and Charlotte Glen (GK) launching themselves with great determination around the Wellington goal. Amelia Green and Lucy Norris (GS) scored some impressive goals and Immy Parker (WD), Lulu King (GD) and Poppy Lloyd (GK) worked hard at frustrating the opposition when they were on court. Well done, everyone! (ECT)

U15A 16-31L

The score doesn’t reflect the game, unfortunately. Some excellent play and great interceptions from Alicia Hudson, Lucy Hancock and Bella Hunter. Some very good movement and shooting from Flora Lingafelter and also Rosie Ireland who was player of the match. A good team effort as the girls stepped up in the second half against a strong Wellington side. With more consistency, calmness and confidence they will be an awesome team! (LLA)

U15B 14–34 L

A tough opening game against a very tall opposition! To the girls’ credit they battled hard and did not let their heads go down, picking up the pace with each quarter. Too many converted turn overs however by Wellington saw them pull away early on. Plenty to work on and I’m sure the squad will rise to the challenge. India Rose captained the side and was awarded player of the match. Well done! (PXC)

U15C 12-35 L

Our first match as a team and the girls worked well together. They started to really talk to each other on the court and off and helped each other in such a constructive manner. We played a really good first quarter where we were taking the lead, but unfortunately Wellington warmed up and started to pick up the speed. Bliss Bilson was running well across the pitch as well as talking to the rest of the team, and Emma Jefferies made some beautiful shots at goal. The girls should all be very impressed and look forward to what they can achieve this term. A great start! (BS)

U15D 36-12L

Today's game saw the 15Ds approach the court with determination. This continued right to the end, despite the score. Imo Dunn was shooting well but it was tricky to get the ball through to her as Wellington were tall and intercepted well. Canford players all responded well to playing out of position and much was learned. Imo Dunn got player of the match from the opposition, Sophie Knospe got players player and coach's player. (CDB)

U14A 34-31W

The U14As had a nail biting match. Honoré Cutler put her body on the line in a quest to get the ball, resulting in a twisted ankle five minutes into the first quarter. Thankfully she is back in school but with the use of crutches. Remaining composed the team pulled together, Varya Darling stepped into the GD role effortlessly and the team found themselves ahead by one goal at half time. The shooting partnership of the Daisies, Brown and Askew, developed as the match progressed. Esther Browning transferred to GK with Captain Izzy Dickinson moving out to GD. The all-important 3rd quarter saw the team pull away by four goals. It is certainly pleasing to see resilience, control under pressure and determination from this junior team. POM, Esther Browning, Daisy Brown & Izzy Dickinson (NXW)

U14B 22-15 L

In the first quarter, the girls worked well as a team taking every ball to the shooters with the first quarter score being 4-3 to Canford. The second half was still close, with both Canford and Wellington fighting for the ball giving little opportunity for both teams to score. However Canford worked tactically, varying the passes into the shooters and again Canford took the lead 9-6. After a couple of changes, the third quarter saw Wellington crawl back with every centre pass they had. The defence of Canford were working hard to turn over the ball but Wellington managed to hold on with a 16-12 lead. Canford didn’t give up, centre court kept their nerve and worked the ball around, using the reset option and managed to score a few more goals. Despite this result the girls did extremely well as their first game of the season!! (HXB)


After only have one training session I was so impressed with the girls’ attitude and approach to our first fixture. In the first quarter we were down 12-2 – due to us taking a fair bit of time to get into the rhythm of the game. As the game went on, our movement of the ball was better as we stopped marking the players’ movement and concentrated on targeting the incoming ball, allowing our defence to make some key interceptions. This resulted in the final quarter going our way 6-3, reflecting a determination to battle right to the end. Everyone got to play a variety of different positions and came off court smiling. Emily Vance won their player of the match, playing in the C/WA position. (EJB)

U14 D 30-10 L

The first game of the season away was enlightening. The team tried hard to bond and work well together but unfortunately were out-played by the opposition. Canford, captained by Nuala Binnion worked hard to build communication between each other and learn. Nuala won player of the match partly due to her energy and ability to be everywhere at once! Hanna Neill showed lots of skill in defence and Lara Wilkinson may have found a new position in attack although she performed well as GK, so is clearly multitalented. (NZW)

Team of the week
GS- Imogen Dunn (U15 D) GA- Sydney Brown (U16B)

WA- Bella Brown (2nd VI) C- Emily Vance (U14C) WD- Daisy Turner (3rds)

GD- India Still (1st VII) GK - Chessie Hellier (U16 A)

Football v Taunton School

Playing Taunton for the 3rd time this season wasn’t necessarily another match against familiar foes as Taunton had been bolstered by some new recruits from their rugby teams. However, the Oaks (1st XI) remain a settled outfit and this was reflected in an outstanding first half performance. Having dominated possession with some excellent link up play Zac Organ opened the scoring with a powerful left foot drive. This was closely followed by a blatant handball from the Taunton right back. Organ stepped up to the spot but blasted his penalty against the bar but managed to secure the failed clearance and fire off a shot into the back of the net. Shell-shocked, Taunton were rattled and began criticising each other. Things got worse when centre back Nick Broad blasted a customary long rage free kick into the top corner past a flailing keeper and Canford went into the break 3-0 up.

The second half started sloppily and Taunton pulled a goal back just 90 seconds in. This started a bit of a resurgence from the West Country visitors which was aided by some uncharacteristic poor passing and unforced errors from the Oaks. Even though Taunton had more possession they didn’t really threaten that much but neither did Canford exert any real attacks in the second half and so the game petered out with a 3-1 win to the Blues. Future challenges will require a more tactically disciplined approach with more energy and off the ball running so that’s the target going forward. W3-1 (MSB)

The 2nd team started off the season like they finished the last, with a draw. A lot of activity in the transfer window saw the likes of Charlie Ford and Angus Colquhoun arrive on a Bosman. Charlie proved to be a fine addition to our attacking option scoring an outstanding goal from 30 yards that rattled the bar on its way in. Angus proved a great addition at left back from where his offensive runs also added real zeal to the attacking options. Canford were outstanding in the first twenty minutes and dominated the game but as time went on and those second helpings at the Christmas table kicked in Taunton worked their way back into the game. Taunton were a very well organised and disciplined team and following a darting run from one of the their midfielders and a sloppy tackle from Canford they scored from the resulting freekick. A second half of end to end attacking didn’t see the deadlock broken and the game finished 1-1. The early signs for a promising season were there. (LIP)

Finally this week congratulations to the following pupils who have been appointed Captains this term:

Netball – Lucy Stalker

Hockey – Matt Daubeney

Boat Club – Grace Hewitt & George Vaughan

Football – Freddie Johnson

Lacrosse – Deya Shergill

XC – Noah Jonas

Squash – Mike Galley

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

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Sporting quote of the week:

“ When you fall short of your goals and dreams ask yourself is it your mind - set, perspective, expectations, effort, approach, acceptance, company or a blend of these that needs to change ?”

Mark Burley

Director of Sport

Twitter: @CanfordSport

18th January 2019