23 Jan 2019
Sports Report: Easter Term 2019. Week 2

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1st VII after their match v Sherborne

Sports Report: Easter Term 2019. Week 2

Thursday 17th January

Basketball v Clayesmore

Canford played their first competitive game of the term against Clayesmore. With only 3 training sessions under their belt, the boys had to get used to the way each other play very quickly. We are very fortunate this year to have two level 3 coaches from Bournemouth University and the South Coast Tigers Basketball, Coach Mike Dronyk and his son, Luca. The main focus of the week had been working hard on defensive shape and offensive patterns.

The first quarter showed promising touches for Canford. The score swaying one way and then the other but ending 11-13 to the visitors. In the second quarter, Canford began to lose control of the tempo of the game and Clayesmore took their breakaway options well. By the end of the first half, Canford trailed 13-24. The second half began in similar fashion with Canford being caught out on the counter with the visitors running the ball well to the basket. Even with Canford’s young guns steadying the ship towards the end of the quarter we were still trailing 17-30. The final quarter showed a spirited performance from the Canford boys. Notably the captain, Finlay Boardman, showing how to make mid range shots look effortless with 15 points for the game. Unfortunately, it was not enough to overturn the result. A deserved victory for a well drilled Clayesmore side. We go into next week with an aim to increase fitness levels and passing accuracy. Final Score 30-38 (MWH)

Hockey U16A v KE Southampton

On Thursday the Canford 16As came out the blocks quickly in their first match of the season against a talented KES Southampton team, who recently reached the semi finals of the U16 National Indoor Finals. We attacked hard and put the KES keeper to the test within the first few minutes. Introduced to a new formation only earlier last week, the team showed excellent capabilities to listen and implement instructions. Freddie Pryce as captain dominated the middle of the pitch with support from Freddie Peters and Tom Prest either side. Upfront the forwards had plenty to play with, Oscar Webb and Toby Philpot creating opportunities throughout the game. I must mention us hitting the post twice! Cory Pepin and Ollie Pickard cemented the defence, coming up against a formidable set of forwards, they did well to keep the game alive. Trailing 2-1 at half time, the game was poised to go either way. However, although we hit the post twice and had other glorious chances, some excellent attacking play from KES picked us apart, resulting in a 6-1 defeat at full time. (JLG)

Dorset Schools’ AA Cross County Champs

The County Schools Cross Country Championships took place at King’s Park, Bournemouth with a number of Canford runners pushing to try and secure selection for the South West Champs which take place in a couple of weeks. The major highlights saw the Inter Boys team of Jamie Barrington, Aidan Dure-Smith, Jackson Kennett, Rupert Peach and Felix Tuck place consistently in the top 30 to take 2nd in the team competition. From an individual perspective, Jamie Barrington claimed 12th place in the Inter Boys and our senior pupils ran superbly with Ines Mitchell securing a 3rd place finish in the Senior Girls race, matched by Charlie Bird in the Senior Boys’ race, along with Josh Davey who finished close behind in 8th. All four pupils have gained selection to represent Dorset at the South West Schools Championships in a couple of weeks’ time.

Squash v Bryanston

This is always a tough home fixture against Bryanston, with the away side just having a bit too much experience through the middle and lower order. However, it was a great effort from all, with a number making their debut outing for the school. The top six seeded matches were a clos affair, with four of them going the distance at 3-2!

Players of the day go to Anthony Graham and Barney Peddie. Both have really developed their game over the last term, thinking more tactically and ensuring they chase every ball down right to the end; the result for them was two big 3-2 wins! Well done chaps. Final Result: 3-13 (JRAR)

Hockey v Lord Wandsworth College

On Friday, the 1st XI embarked on a new venture of playing under the floodlights against Lord Wandsworth College. The ‘Friday Night Lights’ crowd was lessened by the evening chapel service, but nonetheless, the sidelines filled gradually with plenty of parental support evident from the outset. We started brightly, with width and our high tempo attacking style to the fore. We should have scored two or three times in those early exchanges, but as it happened LWC hit us on the counter and some sloppy marking left a free player at the far post to give them the lead. To our credit, the response was immediate; good link up play from Jack Sherborne and Tom Conibear created a chance from a short corner. George Baugniet’s drag flick was too hot for the keeper to handle and we were level within a minute at 1-1. From here we controlled proceedings and took the lead through a fabulous team goal, which delighted the crowd. Matt Daubeney “aerialled” the ball out of defence for Richie Steavenson to neatly receive in space in the middle of the pitch before splaying a pass to Harry Packard who had made an excellent lead out wide. He then fired across the goal for the on rushing Tom Conibear to tap in at the far post for his first goal at 1st team level. The second half saw us create chances which should have made the game safe, but we were a little wasteful when well placed. The final six or seven minutes saw us become frantic in possession at times, though our 1v1 defence was excellent, with no penalty corners conceded. Tom Sykes played a key role at wingback, whilst George Baugniet and Richie Steavenson were tireless in midfield. Will Whitmore also belied his youthful age with a mature showing at the back. We were good value for our 2-1 win and we continue to improve as a side. (MDC)

On Saturday, all other teams played against LWC to complete the block. The 2nds found themselves 1-0 down against the run of play after several chances to take the lead were spurned. However, this merely kicked the hornet’s nest, and the response was clinical. First Max Wyatt equalised before giving us the lead with another backhand finish. He completed his hat-trick soon after with a clever deflected finish. Great individual skill from Jamie Lees added a fourth goal, before Max Kibble volleyed in to make it 5-1. Michael Maiden then deflected in a smartly executed short corner to make it 6-1 at half time. Some positional changes followed in the second half, but the goals continued. A quality carry and feed from Kibble allowed Wyatt to hammer his fourth of the game into the top corner, before Josh Brook powered in a short corner. Maiden added a carbon copy of his first high into the net for his second, and the team’s final goal, in a thumping 9-1 victory. (RHJH/IW)

The 3rds won a great game, 2-1, though were indebted to the performance of Man-of-the-Match Rob Thomas in goal who was inspired in denying the LWC attacking unit. A special mention to Valentin Luzak who was playing his first ever hockey match, and coped very well. (RMBS)

A perhaps predictably scrappy first outing for the 4th XI. After two quick goals in the first 10 minutes it looked like it was going to be very one-sided match, however, once Canford settled, things gradually began to improve. What we lacked in skill, we made up for in pace in all quarters of the pitch. LWC should be commended for having more shots on goal, but thanks to some excellent keeping they were not able to build on their initial lead. Canford’s best chance at scoring came towards the end of both halves where the ball was cleared off the goal line on both occasions. So a 2-0 defeat and room for improvement in terms of playing as a team and looking to link passes together, but the boys should be commended for never giving up. Players of the match, in addition to Rob Thomas who was in goal for his second match of the day, were Bela Jankovich and Digby Shepherd. Bela very effectively neutralised several of their attacks in the second half and Digby made some excellent runs down right wing. (CHJ)

The 16As had the late slot away from home, but bounced back from their first match defeat to KES to record a well deserved 2-1 win. Freddie Peters and Ollie Packard were again impressive, whilst Captain Freddie Pryce and Tom Prest were the goal scorers; Prest with his second in as many games. (JLG)

The 16Bs started with 11 players, but a heavy challenge in the fifth minute left Max Richards with a cut eyelid, needing treatment. Without subs available due to player illness, much of the first half was played with 10, and Canford obviously struggled to contain LWC who scored three goals by half-time. Max was able to return for the 2nd half, which made for a better balanced contest. However one further goal was conceded on a breakaway. The Canford work ethic was impressive and Captain Charlie Anstee led a strong team effort for the full game, despite the 4-0 reverse. (TJS)

The 15As had a ding-dong battle against LWC in an open, full throttle, end-to-end game. Playing with greater energy and purpose than last week, chances for both sides were evident, as well as two sets of fully committed players giving their all. The LWC was in fine form, repelling our numerous efforts on target with some great saves. Max Paget was also good in our goals, whilst Max Chapman and Raffi Mills poured forward from midfield and Jude Organ led the forward line. Against the run of play at the time, LWC agonisingly took the lead with less than five minutes remaining. However, the Canford boys threw caution to the wind, and to their immense credit, manufactured a good chance of their own as some composed work in the D enabled Welly Johnson to sharply convert Chapman’s lifted pass on the volley for a well deserved 1-1 draw at the death. (NRB)

The 15Bs contested a great game of hockey, with opportunities for both teams, but Canford holding the majority of the possession. We worked hard in the first half to spread play wide, but were generally undone by angling in on the goal too early. Despite this, our dogged determination resulted in a goal just before half time from Jack Pocock. Canford started the second half with focus and managed to get their second through some lovely play, with Tommy Jack providing the finish. Canford then had a period of ten minutes where they constantly tried the long ball and as a result gave away a fair bit of possession. This led to a LWC goal with 8 minutes still to play. This sharpened our efforts, as we worked the ball wide and attacked with menace. Sadly the third goal couldn’t quite be found, but a great effort from the boys, working well as a team and coming away with a 2-1 win. Man of the match was Jack Pocock, with noteworthy efforts from Will Timberlake, Tommy Jack and Sam Thomson. (BIHC)

The 15Cs and 14Cs played back-to-back on LWC’s ‘half pitch’ away. Both teams suffered narrow defeats. The 15Cs lost 2-1 despite a brilliant late strike from James Tazzyman (top right hand corner) ensuring a nervy finish for the hosts, but they hung on to win. The 14Cs were 3-0 down at half time. However, a change in formation and a determined second half showing saw us fight back to 3-2, as well as hitting the woodwork three times! We couldn’t quite manage n deserved equaliser. Man-of-the-Match was Jocelyn Child and surprise of the week was Robbie Hemmings, who played as goalkeeper in the first half before playing up front in the second period and leading the recovery! (SLI & HB)

The 14A and 14B teams both produced impressive 4-1 victories. In training, both sides have worked hard this week on passing the ball rather than risk carrying it into contact, and for two glorious phases of this game that really started to show. For the A’s, the start was superb – we played at pace, moved the ball on very quickly with short accurate passes, and made the most of some intelligent running off the ball. We carved the LWC defence open repeatedly, and with a bit more composure the opening goal should have come earlier. When we did score it was at the end of another very good move, with the ball moved quickly, played to the baseline and then swept home by Oscar Berridge. The second goal came straight after half time and was, as it turned out, an important one psychologically; Monty Hooker getting a key deflection to a well-worked corner routine. LWC continued to play long ball hockey, choosing to by-pass the midfield, and from one such pass their centre forward found himself in space on the near post and diverted the ball past Lucas Francis in goal. At 2-1, we let our guard slip slightly and resorted to playing crash ball out of defence ourselves, which was turned over and came straight back at us. Francis had to be on his toes to repel a couple of firm strikes. Eventually we got our hockey heads on again and started playing our game against a tiring opposition. In the last eight minutes the decision making was first class, the work rate excellent, and we scored two lovely goals. Both were worked well around the defence with Will Pickard getting the vital touch for our third, and Berridge rounding things off in the final minute with his second and a well deserved fourth. (PDAR/VPL)

The 14Bs were dynamic with their passing and it worked to the perfection. As a result, no player really stood out as the team worked together as a whole. We won comfortably 4-1 after conceding a goal in the last minute. Special mentions for George Serjeant with a hat-trick, fruition from being in the right place in the right time with three tap-ins. Oscar Rees scored the first goal after a rebound from the keeper that he flicked into the net. (RJCG)

This week sees Thursday action before the exeat; a block fixture against Bryanston, as well as our 16Bs vs Ballard School. The 1st XI also travel away to Sir William Borlase in their next EH Tier 1 U18 league match, meaning that the other senior teams are playing one level up against Bryanston. That should provide a good test for our 2nds against their 1sts, our 3rds v their 2nds and our 4ths v their 3rds. Well done to all players and staff for their efforts so far. (MDC)

Team of the week: (4-3-3)

GK Rob Thomas (3rd & 4th XIs)

RB: Tom Sykes (1st XI) CB: Ollie Pickard (U16A) CB: Jocelyn Child (U14C) LB:Will Whitmore (1st XI)

RM: Richie Steavenson (1st XI) CM: Oscar Berridge (U14A) LM: Jack Pocock (U15B)

RF: Freddie Peters (U16A) CF: Max Wyatt (2nd XI) LF: George Serjeant (U14B)

Netball v Sherborne Girls

1VII 44 44-30 (W)

A fantastic team performance and great bounce back after a tough game last weekend. Our through the court defence was fantastic and credit to the team for implementing a new tactic into the game, which produced countless interceptions. The game was high paced with lots of body on body contest. Lucy Stalker and Charlotte Butt held their nerve in the shooting end with very high shooting percentages. Hannah Fairchild recognising the strong hold by Charlotte Butt. Beanie Culley and Millie Dickins worked tirelessly to get the ball to circle edge. India Still drove for a number of interceptions at crucial times and linked up nicely with Nia Burley whose boxing out for rebounds was extremely effective. Holly Hazard came out of nowhere for flying interceptions with a work rate which didn’t drop throughout the entire game.

Players’ player India Still. (LER)

U15A 38-11 (W)

A slick performance from the U15A team who remained calm and collected throughout their match against Sherborne. Lucy Hancock and Bella Hunter did a fantastic job picking up interceptions and forcing mistakes from the Sherborne attack. They linked well with the centre court players Molly Taylor, Flora Lingafelter, Charlotte Brook and Becky Morris who were supporting well and feeding the ball beautifully into the circle. Rosie Ireland, Evie Chippendale and Flora Lingafelter moved confidently and held some great space to ensure they had lots of shooting opportunities which they did not waste. In the final quarter we did not concede any goals due to the hard work everyone was putting into defending every ball. An excellent performance showing some strong progress. Player of the match was voted as Becky Morris who was really reliable in centre court. Coaches’ player was Bella Hunter who stepped in as GD and had a top work rate and a fantastic performance. Well done all! (LLA)

U14A 33-9 (W)

The first quarter is not looking like this team’s lucky quarter after losing Honoré Cutler to an ankle injury last week and Daisy Brown (GS) this week. However, Daisy's superb shooting in the first quarter gave the team a fine 11-2 lead. Varya Darling demonstrated her versatility by stepping at Goal Attack and Daisy Askew slotted effortlessly into the shooting role. This team are developing in confidence each week, and are learning to trust each other and hopefully have fun along the way. This week the Sherborne team voted Daisy Brown and Esther Browning as players of the match. Congratulations also to Esther Browning who was also voted Players’ Player by her own team and well done Tara King in her role as Captain. (NXW)

U15 Internal tournament

Saturday saw the U15’s compete in an internal mini tournament. All girls from the B, C and D teams were mixed up. Despite the weather, the girls made a fun day of it - playing a variety of positions, being in a team with different players and lots of encouragement. Team 1 came out on top coached by Mrs O’Connor with Bliss Bilson as Captain, Emma Bearblock, Clara Doubleday, Emma Jeffries, Lucie Marns, Sky Pilkington and Eleanor Stocker! Well done to everyone who was involved!. (EBL)

U14 internal tournament

Saturday saw the U14’s play a mini tournament against each other with the B, C and D teams being mixed up. There was some great netball on show from each of the teams and it was great to see the girls maintain high spirits despite the weather. The winners of the tournament were team 1:

Mia Ashby-Rudd ,Lucy Fitzgerald, Millie Heyman, Hanna Neill, Alex Smith ,Emily Vance ,Lara Wilkinson , Evelyn Young, Imogen Joll and Mimi Stanley. (HXB)

All the staff and players within the netball club wish the very best of luck to our U16A and U14A teams who are representing Dorset this weekend at the Regional finals in Bournemouth.

U16 A: Chessie Hellier, Evie Corn, Alicia Hudson, Sasha Mowat, Abby Childerley, Talia White, Rosie Ireland, Polly Yule and Milenka Soskin

U14 A: Daisy Brown, Daisy Askew, Varya Darling, Mia White, Ruby Anand, Georgie Boon, Tara King, Honoré Cutler, Isabelle Dickinson and Ester Browning

Lacrosse 1st v St Swithun’s

A strong and experienced Canford side beat St Swithun’s 3rd team convincingly on Saturday. The opposition admittedly were one player down but as the off-side rule means there is a maximum of seven defence and seven attack playing in the goal third at any one time, the main advantage Canford had was in fresh legs. Canford's attack was strong and fast with four goals from Deya Shergill and Alice Davies and three from Catherine Elliot. The defence put up a solid and united wall 11m from their goal each time the St Swithun’s attack gained possession and they were repeatedly frustrated as they tried to force their way through. Millie Edwards, Imi Nichols and Yasmin Chadwick were quick to turn over ground balls and transfer them back to the attack while Lara Pilkington's remarkable interception skills picked off numerous aerial passes. A very promising start for this team. W15-1 (MXB)

Lacrosse 2nd v Milton Abbey & Bryanston

Canford travelled to Milton Abbey to play a triangular against Milton Abbey and Bryanston. For many of the girls on the team this was their first experience of competitive match play. Despite being very grey and wet the girls were in excellent spirits. The team was led by Serena Chamberlain who did a wonderful job keeping the team motivated throughout the day. The game against Milton Abbey was tough as they had a very strong defence but Ellie Whitworth, Sophie Hussey and Serena worked together to set up a lovely goal with the second goal coming from a fast break by Maddie Lyles. However, it wasn't quite enough against Milton Abbey's more experienced players, with the final result: 5-2.

The second game of the day was against Bryanston and Canford clearly had a stronger drive to win this game, displaying superior stick skills but Bryanston did make us work for it. Frances Fleming made some excellent saves in her first time in goal, which warranted a special mention from the Milton Abbey coach. A team talk at half time from Serena gave the girls new to the game the confidence to keep fighting and come through with a 2-1 victory ending the day on a high.

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

Sporting quote of the week:

“Never believe talent is the only ABILITY you need. You need SUSTAINABILITY, DURABILITY, RELIABILITY and COACHABILITY to have true success.

Mark Burley

Director of Sport

Twitter: @CanfordSport

22nd January 2019