28 Jan 2019
Easter Term 2019 - Week 3 Sports Report

Easter Term 2019 - Week 3 Sports Report

Thursday 24th January \ ; Squash v Sherborne (h)

A fantastic performance from all the boys in a hard-fought 4-1 win over Sherborne. The team continues to impress tactically with each game, thinking about how best to beat their opponents and improve their match play going forwards. Players of the day go to Anthony Graham and Felix Spowers. Anthony really dug in from 2-1 down, focusing on his serve and opponent’s weaker backhand to get a big 3-2 win. Felix has really developed his game over the last couple of terms and it showed in a very solid 3-0 performance. Well done boys! 4-1W (JRAR)

Cross Country: Update so far

The cross country squad have enjoyed a very productive start to the term, with success in all 3 races so far. At the start of term, the Intermediate Boys’ team won their category at Downside, and Josh Davey was placed 2nd in the senior boys. At the Dorset Championships we again enjoyed some strong performances; in the intermediate boys’ race, Jamie Barrington was 12th, Jackson Kennet 14th, Rupert Peach 17th, Felix Tuck 24th, Aidan Dure-Smith 31st. The team was placed 2nd overall, and Jamie Barrington secured selection for the South West Championships. Elsewhere, Ines Mitchell came 3rd in Senior Girls race, holding off some very strong competition and Charlie Bird was 3rd in the Senior Boys, with Josh Davey coming in 8th. All three senior runners therefore achieved selection for the South West Championships. Our most recent race was the Ken Bailey competition at Bryanston. This is the one race of the term that the whole squad attends, and everyone ran well. Our promising team of intermediate boys again put in a strong performance, but it was our senior boys who shone brightest, winning their team race against some of the local area’s strong cross-country schools. Charlie Bird was 3rd, Josh Davey 4th, Noah Jonas 6th and Finn Baker 12th, meaning their victory was a comprehensive one. (SJG) Football v Sherborne School We like winning, of course, but it is ultimately about the performance, and the 1st XI Oaks can be pleased with theirs against a strong Sherborne side.

Well, they should be delighted with half of it anyway; the first half was flat and underwhelming. We’d set out in our customary 4-4-1-1 and found ourselves outnumbered and outrun in the central areas of the pitch. Consequently, Sherborne went into half time with a deserved 2-0 lead. The boys had to respond and they did so magnificently, adapting superbly to our new 3-5-2 formation and suddenly seeing the opposition on the back foot. Freddie Johnson showed why he wears the armband by rallying the troops and demanding more intensity and fire. If that’s not enough, he then picked up the ball in our box after a customarily crunching tackle and carried it like a latter-day Maradona all the way to the Sherborne box. He slid the ball to Zac who pinged it to Wilf – who scored acrobatically. Despite creating a number of chances, we couldn’t find the equaliser. Still, we left on a high, seeing that the boys are capable of reaching pretty impressive heights. 2-1L (SV)

The plan all week and at pre-match talk was for the 2nd XI Acorns to try to play at a higher tempo than in previous matches and with 3 subs regularly rotating we were able to do this and I was impressed with the energy levels of the team – Freddie Hamilton in particular pressed and covered huge ground up front. After ‘narrowly’ hitting over the bar with a blasted half-volley, Bugs Mitchell opened the scoring with a tidy finish quickly followed by Freddie Hamilton pouncing on a great kick by Om Ramchandani to double the lead. Things looked good but unfortunately two soft and unnecessary free-kicks on the edge of the area led to two goals for Sherborne and one fine last minute save from their keeper meant that the score did not change in the second half. 2-2D (OTP)

Hockey v Sir William Borlase / Bryanston / Ballard School

The 1st XI’s U18 Tier 1 League match scheduled for Thursday away at Sir William Borlase, was unfortunately postponed, due to a snow covered pitch in Marlow. The game has been re-arranged for early March. In addition, sadly, Bryanston cancelled the scheduled U15C and U14C matches due to a lack of numbers on their part.

Most other teams played against Bryanston. The senior teams travelled away and each played ‘up a team’. The 2nd XI, playing against Bryanston’s 1st XI, expressed themselves very well in the first half, taking the lead in the first half through another fine Max Wyatt finish - his seventh goal in just three games. We could and should have added to our lead before the break, especially as during the second period we struggled to find an outlet due to a high Bryanston press. The opposition equalised, but we were indebted to a fine display in goal by Luke Reid, who repelled their best efforts with a number of great saves. The game finished 1-1. (RHJH)

The 3rd XI, playing Bryanston’s 2nd XI lost a frustrating game, 4-1, in which we never really passed the ball effectively enough in the first half. Allowing Bryanston too much space in midfield, we failed to create enough width from our free hits. Fortunately, we played with more desire in the second period, scoring a good breakaway goal from Oli White. (RMBS)

Our inexperienced 4th XI, featuring a number of new faces to the game of hockey, had a tough encounter against Bryanston’s 3rd XI, losing 9-0. To their credit, they kept playing and stayed positive, despite the result. (GRS)

Also away from home, the 16As travelled to Ballard for a game that is always well contested. This year’s encounter followed suit, with a rollercoaster affair ending 3-3. A relatively quiet first half, saw us lead by a single goal through Captain Freddie Pryce. The game sprang into life thereafter, with four goals shared equally in the next quarter. Pryce smashed home his and the team’s second, before dispatching a drag flick into the corner to complete his hat-trick and give us a 3-2 lead. Ballard stayed in contention throughout the final quarter, however. Freddie Peters posed a threat in midfield, and Ollie Pickard was strong at the back. Ballard found an equaliser from a penalty corner in the final moments when 1st team player Richie Steavenson’s younger brother James, scored a good individual effort for Ballard. 3-3D (JLG)

Having put together extended periods of quality passing in our match against LWC previously, but without managing to convert that possession into goals, the 15As put that right in the second half of this game. Having been behind, we equalised at 2-2 on the stroke of half time. Bryanston had a useful team who were fired up for a competitive game. However, they were not prepared for 60 minutes of sustained pressure and patient building of attacking plays. With Max Chapman controlling the midfield, this led to inevitable gaps appearing in their defence and some deftly taken goals by Welly Johnson, David Offer (2) Raffi Mills and Jude Organ, for an excellent 5-2 win. Thank you to Mr Collison and Ms Levy for their tactical feedback to the players. We also hope Archie Liddle recovers quickly from a knee injury sustained during a sniping run down the right wing. (NRB)

The 15Bs played a great game against Bryanston, scoring their first goal in the first five minutes and then maintaining pressure throughout the game. The score at half time was 2-0, with goals from Sam Jefferson and Nat Davey. Throughout the half Canford had the majority of possession, but their game shape failed to meet the standard they set on Saturday against LWC, with a little too much central play and the defence allowing a number of Bryanston counterattacks. However, after half time the team tightened up their play and with possession on their side, scored another three goals (through Tommy Jack, Fergus van der Flier and a second for Sam Jefferson). The game was never in doubt, but the standard of hockey was raised, with the team looking dangerous throughout. Special mentions go to Jack Pocock, Joe Webb and Sam Thomson who all had good games, but man of the match went to Ed Martch who was a rock at the back. The final score was a 5-0 win. (BIHC)

Let’s get the result of the 14A match out there straight away; a 5-3 defeat. It was disappointing to lose a game in which we had long periods of possession and played some quite delightful hockey. Once again it was a contrast of styles; Bryanston, bigger and quicker than us, ran the ball at pace and relied on a talented centre forward, whereas our passing game opened the game up repeatedly. However, on the day we didn’t convert enough of our chances. The longer view is far less disappointing! Once again the boys played with their heads up and passed the ball effectively. The three goals we scored were all quite similar with the ball worked around the Bryanston defence quite beautifully, allowing time and space for the finishes from Will Pickard, Oscar Berridge and Tom Norman. At half time we led 3-2, having come back from being an early goal down, and playing some very composed hockey to get ourselves ahead.

As the second half passed, chasing the game, we got a little frantic and need to learn from that. On another day if we had taken our chances we might have won 10-5... we hit the post, were unlucky with a well worked short corner that was just raised too high, and rather got in each other’s way as we desperately sought a way back into the game. We created a whole host of chances - the ball just refused to fall to a Canford stick in the crucial moments. Important even in the frustration of losing that we don’t lose sight of the style of hockey that we play so well. The fixture calendar has us pitched against Bryanston again next Tuesday in the County Cup, so hopefully we will learn from today’s experience and put the record straight then. (PDAR/VPL)

The 14Bs were playing against an inexperienced but very hard working Bryanston team, especially when it came to defending their D. Canford learnt throughout the game that the best way to enter the attacking area was through the channels rather than persistently punching through the middle. The side was short a few players because of injuries and some players were called up from the Cs. Felix Synnott played very well and did not look out of place, as well as GK Alex Geng (who unfortunately for him didn’t have to make a save), which goes to show how well the team played. The game ended 7-0 to Canford with another hat-trick from George Serjeant (6 goals in his last 2 games) and two goals from Oscar Rees who has improved massively in the last couple of weeks. (RJCG)

This week sees the 1st XI in home league action versus Marlborough on Thursday, whilst the 2nds and 16As play PGS, also in midweek. The remainder of the combined block against PGS and Winchester College is completed on Saturday. (MDC)

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

GK: Luke Reid (2nd XI)

RB: Alex Daubeney (U15A) CB: Ed Martch (U15B) LB: Sam Thomson (U15B)

RM: Freddie Peters (U16A) CM: Freddie Pryce (U16A) LM: Raffi Mills (U15A)

RF: Elliot Eyre (U14A) CF: Jude Organ (U15A) CF:George Serjeant (U14B) LF: Oscar Rees (U14B)

Netball U16A v QE 1st VII (a)

In preparation for Saturday’s Regional tournament, QE’s 1st team provided the U16A girls with a great practice match. The U16s managed to beat QE overall with a score of 35-30 in multiple 7 minute matches. The girls worked hard and used this opportunity to try a number of combinations to get ready for regionals. (DGM)

Netball v Sherborne Girls

The U15C girls played really well against Sherborne despite the late start and no time to prepare. However, spirits were high throughout the match with plenty of turn overs from Ellie Stocker, Mimi Edsall and Jessy Fairweather in the circle. Shooting was very good from both GS and GA - Emma Jeffries and Millie Keen with the second quarter being the best score wise. The whole team managed to keep the lead throughout the game but still things to work on in training. Definitely a good start for the team! Well done girls! W21-13 (EBL)

The U15D side got off to a very strong start – winning the first quarter 9-1. This was important as Sherborne had many subs (we were only 7) and the energy of the game was high all the way through. Imo Thomas defended well at GK, coming out with the ball in any 50:50 contest. Emily de Veulle was strong at centre and Imo Dunn shot well. A great win. Emily was Coaches player, Honor Williams players player. W16-13 (CDB)

The U14B girls headed to Sherborne. After a very quick warm up Canford were raring to go out onto court and play. The first quarter saw Canford take the lead with defence and attack working as a unit to take the ball to goal where both Nia Edwards and Mia Ashby-Rudd’s shooting was on fire. The girls won the first quarter 7-1. The second quarter, Canford were ahead of the game. Charlie Howell stepped in at GK and with the help of Imogen Joll the girls were quick to turn over the ball taking the lead to 14-3. During the third quarter, the girls mixed up their positions and Erin Phillips and Evelyn Young took to the shooting circle proving quite the hit with the other girls on the Canford team. Sophia Russel stepped into C and kept the movement of play through court. Again the girls took the lead 197. Charlie Whitmore produced some great interceptions at WD. Mia and Nia were the duo of the game playing in the defensive circle together allowing the Canford girls to storm the last quarter and allowing only 2 goals to get past the net for Sherborne. The end result being 26-9 to Canford. All of the girls did a super job at playing in different positions during the game and player of the match went to Nia Edwards. (HXB)

A high standard of game was seen in this match. Once the U14C settled, got balanced before passing and thought about their channels to run- they were unstoppable. Freya Brash shot extremely well and gave the side a real edge- we scored every time we got the ball to the circle. Emily Vance was composed in the centre and our defence made it very tricky for their shooters. The last quarter saw Canford soar ahead. W23-7 (CDB)

In the first quarter of their game the U14D girls struggled to find their feet due to the weather and a strong Sherborne team. The team quickly turned it around in the second quarter with the girls playing different positions. Natasha Petifer took on the Centre role quickly giving great balls into the circle to shooters Millie Heyman and Lara Wilkinson. Defence worked brilliantly as a team with Freya Coughlan, Hanna Neill and Lara Ela Ülkeroglu getting many interceptions in the circle. Mimi Stanley, Lucy Fitzgerald and Topsy Holder in the middle third attacking and defending brilliantly. Still things to work on in training but a brilliant start by the Under 14s! W16-4 (EBL)

Saturday 26th January South West Schools’ Netball Championships , Sir David English Sports Centre, Bournemouth

Both the U14s and U16s were competing against the best in the South West to battle it out to qualify for the National Finals. Six group games, a semi-final and final stood in their way,

The U16s played phenomenally well to not only make it through to Nationals but to finish the day as the Regional Champions! With only 7 minute halves for every game, the girls worked incredibly hard to fight from start to finish. Evie Corn and Chessie Hellier were the dynamic duo, defending as hard as they could, creating turnover after turnover. With the help from Sasha Mowat and Alicia Hudson as WD’s, numerous intercepts were made in our defensive end allowing the centre court to work the ball down to the goal. With Talia White and Abby Childerley interchanging as Centre, they strategically worked the ball down through the centre third to our attackers. With the aid of Rosie Ireland in WA, the ball was manoeuvred around the circle and successfully worked into our shooters who scored goal after goal. Polly Yule and Milenka Soskin were absolutely on fire in the attacking D. They worked as a team to score, with Milenka even scoring the winning goal in Round 4 right as the final whistle was blown. Rosie came in as shooter in our last game proving not only is she an amazing WA, but is also a fantastic shooter scoring countless goals. Coming up against Millfield in the semi-finals, the U16s pulled out all the stops to beat them and make their way to the finals. Faced by Taunton in the final, who were looking to reverse the group stage defeat,, the girls fought tooth and nail to secure the victory as Regional Champs and National contenders! We couldn’t be more proud of how hard they worked and their attitude throughout the day. (DGM)

The U14s qualified for the 2019 National Schools Finals! After having a rather strange route to the Regional Finals, the girls had everything to gain from this competition and a lot to prove. After enjoying a delightful Wagamama’s the night before and being complimented on having such polite and well-mannered girls, the coaches were already feeling like proud parents. Co-captains Daisy Brown and Mia White certainly raised to the challenge of captaining their side in what is always a hectic tournament. Seven matches needed to be played to get that spot to the Nationals and despite a first game loss to Redmaids the girls won the next five on the spin to take the runner’s up spot in the pool and face Parkstone Grammar in the semi final. Reversing the defeat from the County semi finals was very satisfying and despite losing to Millfield in the final qualification for the National finals had been secured. A proud day for Canford Netball! Thank you for Joss Brown for acting as the U14 scorer throughout the day. (NXW)

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

Sporting quote of the week:

“ Understanding that the good of the group comes first is fundamental to being a highly productive member of a team ”.


Mark Burley

Director of Sport

Twitter: @CanfordSport

29th January 2019