08 Feb 2019
Easter Term 2019 - Week 4 Sports Report

Easter Term 2019 - Week 4 Sports Report

Tuesday 29th January U14 Boys’ County Hockey Tournament

On Tuesday, before the cold conditions took hold, the 14As contested the U14 County Tournament at Chapel Gate. One of the quirks of tournament hockey is that the best team seldom wins the competition. But such are the joys of Under 14 sport that having had the day in our hands we imploded spectacularly in our second match, but thankfully showed a great deal of character to do just enough to claim the runners up slot. We were intriguingly pitted against Bryanston for our first game since the 3-5 reverse before the exeat. We prepared well, working on individual and team defending, and had Henry Wittram briefed to seek and negate their danger man. The plan worked very well: whereas previously we had retreated in panic when the ball was run at us, we now stood our ground, shadowed our players and made well timed tackles and interceptions. The start was electric; for five minutes we pinged the ball around superbly and as we had done last week, threatened to unlock the Bryanston defence. Oscar Berridge got on the end of a sweeping move and slammed the ball home for the opener. Other chances came and went before half time, and we reached the changeover well in control of the game. Hockey can change in the blink of an eye, and a break saw Bryanston create an overload on the left hand post for a well-worked equaliser. Not to be denied Canford swept forwards again and gained a well-deserved winner with an awkward bobbling goal, but a sweet moment nonetheless, for a 2-1 win.

The tournament format was thrown into chaos by Sherborne’s late arrival, and so we found ourselves unexpectedly being asked to play again, this time against Clayesmore. Whether it was the change to the schedule, or a lack of concentration after the Bryanston game I don’t know, but a very different Canford side played out a feeble opening half against Clayesmore, managing somehow to concede a goal in the process. Cue mass panic among the ranks! Feeling the pressure we abandoned the style of hockey we have played so well, started running with the ball, and made some poor decisions in attack. Even in a short game we had the chances to score four or five times, but anxiety got the better of us, and having been in control of the tournament at the end of Game 1, we suddenly found ourselves at the mercy of others, following a surprise 0-1 loss.

Our final game against Sherborne was a good game. We managed to put the Clayesmore experience behind us and played the game pretty well. Yes there were some nerves, but we started brightly again taking the lead when Will Pickard turned in a cross from the right. Sherborne hit back with a goal we were unlucky to concede, before we played our way back into the lead. Back came Sherborne and scored a good equaliser almost immediately. The remainder of the game was played out largely in the Sherborne half, as we pushed for the winner that would guarantee us a place in the West Tournament. But a 2-2 draw it was, and we had to sit out the last game and hope for one of several results that would see us through. In the final game (Clayesmore v Bryanston) any result other than a very high scoring draw, would see us go through as runners up. In the end Bryanston won 4-2 to claim top spot, and we, deservedly, took the runners up slot.

There were some terrific individual performances; Elliot Hilton was a rock at the back, and his emerging partnership with Henry Wittram looks to be an excellent one – Henry was terrific all day. Elliot Eyre ran tirelessly at centre midfield for the first two games and won us some terrific ball. Tom Norman’s passing to release the front runners was delightful to watch, and Monty Hooker had a field day running in on goal up front. But tournaments are about the squad strength, and we now progress to the West Regional Finals, on 14th March at Millfield. (PDAR)

Netball: U18 v 1VII Redmaids School, SMILE ISNC Plate 4th Round

A fantastic team performance by the senior U18 girls. We started strongly and took the lead from the first minute and never looked in danger. The girls were determined and played brilliantly with a mixture of both current 1VII and U16A players. This was a great game to try out new combinations and oncourt tactics, much of which we have been developing in the weeks building up to the match. The team was disciplined in defence and the attack played with flair to finish with a commanding score line. We look forward to playing our quarter final in the next week or so. W-15 (LER)

Saturday 2nd Feb 2019 Football v Bryanston

Canford 1st XI Oaks v Bryanston 1st XI

Despite the opposition resembling Brazil with their kit colour combination it was the home team that brought a South American style masterclass to the game with a resounding 5-0 victory. Good movement off the ball created plenty of attacking opportunities with the pick of the bunch being Zac Organ’s pile-driver from outside the box which nestled in the top corner. Sterner tests will come but the boys are continuing to play good football in a positive manner. W5-0

Canford 2nd XI Acorns vs. Bryanston 2nd XI

The undefeated Acorns continued their perfect start to the 2019 season toppling local rivals, Bryanston. From kick-off they established solid control of the game, with centre back pairing Nick Newton and Josh Davies forming the rock of the defence, ensuring keeper Ben Large enjoyed a quiet afternoon. Yet, when called upon he was sharp, maintaining a clean sheet. From this core, the full backs, Angus Colquhoun and James Fountain were free to branch out, joining the attack with overlapping runs before bombarding the opposition box with dangerous crosses. The midfield pairing of Max Liddle and Archie Van Der Flier formed the cornerstone of the side in the centre. Young sapling Flinn Tiefenthal grew into the game and on the stroke of half time, the Austrian released a thunderous shot, planted in the bottom corner for the first goal of the game. In the second half, the Acorns blossomed, in particular the upfront duo, with Freddie Hamilton scoring a brace and Bugs Mitchell bagging a hat-trick to top off a fruitful afternoon for the seedlings. In a nutshell, an emphatic derby victory for a side showing great potential and with coaches Pearce and Parkin eager to cultivate success. W6-0 (Charlie Ford)

Hockey v Portsmouth GS & Winchester College

On Saturday all the scheduled home matches took place, after some valiant and frantic clearing of snow and ice by Matt Collison, Valu Levy, Roger Centron and Head Groundsman, Kerry Mapp. The 1st XI and 15As played against PGS, and both won comfortably. The 1st XI started at an electric pace, passing the ball with speed and accuracy over both short and long distances, and a slightly weakened PGS side simply could not cope. First, Richie Steavenson finished off a sweeping team move, before Harry Mitchell doubled our lead with a clean strike from the top of the D. Luke Hett then reacted fastest to pop in a rebound and Harry Pickard slammed in a drag flick. With the score 4-0 inside the first 20 minutes, the confidence was understandably oozing throughout the team. George Baugniet then added a fifth from the penalty spot after an opposition foot on the line from another goal-bound attempt, and we found ourselves 5-0 up at half time.

The message during the break was to continue to make good use of the ball and maintain our intensity in preparation for our important league match away at Dean Close this Thursday, whilst we also made some positional changes to ask different questions of the squad and give them a change of outlook on the pitch. PGS improved, to their credit, and their keeper made some good saves. Continuing to create chances, Richie Steavenson scored his second of an impressive individual display with a fine solo effort, culminating in a rocket shot on the backhand. The game ended 6-0, and every player got some quality pitch time, proving a useful exercise given that we hadn’t played a competitive match for over two weeks due to the weather. (MDC)

The 15As won 4-0 against Portsmouth GS playing some very good hockey in the first half and the 15Bs, up against Winchester’s 15As, finished a closely fought affair with a 2-0 defeat. (NRB & BIHC)

Three other teams faced Winchester College, ‘playing up’ at least one level providing a stern stretch and challenge in the standard faced. Our 3rd XI played Winchester College’s 1st XI, and started at a very good pace, whilst creating chances. A bit more experience and quality showed in the end, as the opposition ran out 7-0 winners, despite a number of excellent saves from Rob Thomas in goal. (RMBS)

The 16Bs played WC’s 2nd XI but lost 3-1. The score 2-0 at half-time, before WC added a third shortly after the break. Canford stepped up and played their best team hockey yet, thereafter, really containing Winchester in the second half and creating some good opportunities. Max Richards netted the goal in the last 7 minutes. (TJS)

It was at tough match this weekend for the 14Bs against Winchester College’s 14As who were a faster, stronger and better team. They certainly had more experience playing hockey but that didn’t stop the boys from fighting hard right until the last whistle. The game ended in a 1-5 loss but could’ve been many more if it wasn’t for Ethan Bikhazi-Green in goal. The lone goal was scored by Merlin Cork after a rebound from the opposition keeper. (RJCG)

This week sees an important couple of matches for our 1st XIs. On Tuesday, the girls’ play away at Bromsgrove in the last 16 of the U18 Tier 2 competition, whilst the boys’ travel to Dean Close for their latest league match on Thursday. On Saturday there is an 8 match block fixture against Sherborne Team of the week: 4-4-2 GK: Lucas Francis (U14A) RB: Lochie Fulton (1st XI) CB: Elliot Hilton (U14A) CB: Henry Wittram (U14A) LB: Harry Mitchell (1st XI) RM: Conor Charlwood (U15A) CM: Tyndale Kwan (U14B) CM: Elliot Eyre (U14A) LM: Luke Hett (1st XI) RF: Richie Steavenson (1st XI) LF: Max Richards (U16B)

Netball v Clayesmore
The weather unfortunately impacted upon the block fixture but thankfully a few games managed to take place. The 1st VII was dominant against Clayesmore and so an ever-increasing score line gave us the opportunity to play girls out of position and challenge their skills and decision making. Such a scenario within a competitive environment doesn’t occur very often but it is a great chance to explore what other positions deal with in games and gain a better understanding for what your team mates are dealing with throughout a game. The girls were extremely respectful and continued to play to the best of their ability, and were focused enough to not let their standard dip. They all had great fun and played the game with smiles on their faces. Standout performance from Beanie Culley, who came out with some beautiful interceptions at GK (normally a WA). A great squad performance! W51-12. (LER)

The U14As, captained by Georgie Boon, had an enjoyable home fixture against Clayesmore at the weekend. This fixture is always filled with smiles and hugs as reunions are made with friends from Prep schools. We were lucky to have a fixture after the groundsmen worked hard to clear the courts of snow and ice. The team worked hard at implementing tactics in the centre court in both defence and attack. Well done to Daisy Brown and Honoré Cutler who were voted by the opposition as players of the match. Players’ player was Daisy Askew. (NXW)

Saturday saw the U14B netball girls take on Clayesmore in what was to be another great win for the girls! The first quarter saw Canford’s seven players working as a team to create some lovely movement through the court. In the second quarter, Canford looked strong with both attack and defence using set plays that were practiced in training earlier in the week. A few changes in the Canford team during the third quarter saw the girls continue to play some lovely netball all the while increasing the lead on Clayesmore. In the last quarter, Canford mixed things up again with everyone playing in a different position compared to their usual roles and this will be beneficial for their long term development. (HXB)

The U14C girls enjoyed a chance to explore playing a variety of different positions in this one sided match. The girls produced some really good link up play and stuck to a few set patterns off the centre pass that were very successful. Our footwork and watching the run of play to judge an interception was the best I’ve seen so far. It turns out our defenders are pretty good at shooting and our shooters are good at defending! Look forward to this week’s battle against an A team, so we can really try to show how well our skills are coming together against a stronger side. Well played all! Tiva Kent won their player of the match for GA. My player of the match was Yutong Li for moving from GK to GS very successfully. (EJB) For all this term’s sports reports please head to www.canfordsports.com Sporting quote of the week: “ Great efforts spring naturally from great attitudes”

Mark Burley

Director of Sport

Twitter: @CanfordSport

8th February 2019