06 Mar 2019
Easter Term 2019: Week 8 Sports Report

Easter Term 2019: Week 8 Sports Report

Prior to half term there were a number of sports fixtures which took place. The badminton group faced Corfe Hills and, ultimately, experience and physical maturity proved decisive in producing a final outcome of 15-4 to Canford. Special mentions to Jack Sawyer, Alex Young and Sana Iftikhar who won every match, and also to James Harvey-Hills who was involved in the most number of matches, winning 3 out of 4. Match of the day was perhaps Harry Zheng vs their number 6 seed, which was a feisty contest ending in a 27-25 victory for Corfe Hills. Lots of positives to take away and things to learn from the experience!

The 1st team netball girls travelled away to Royal Russell School to play their ISNC Plate quarter final and it was a tough match from the first whistle. In a well contested and physical match the shooting end stayed strong and continued to put up shot after shot. Our centre court worked tirelessly to provide options through court and our defensive end never gave up and fought for every loose ball and interception. The greater depth within the opposition line-up, including a number of Superleague Academy players, ultimately counted as the home team ran out 54-32 winners but it was one of the best displays of the season by the 1st team girls. Player of the match – Lucy Stalker

On Wednesday 13th February the golf team played the Area Final of the ISGA Matchplay, after a fortnight’s delay due to the snow, against Truro School. Both teams had come through a number of preliminary rounds and handicaps were evenly matched. Although it was a lovely warm day, the rain of the week before had turned the course into a Devon mud bath making hitting greens and fairways a high priority as it was almost impossible to play out of the rough. Morgan Taylor had a titanic battle with the Truro top player and neither player was more than 1 hole ahead. He finally lost 2 and 1 after somehow losing his ball on the 17th fairway; hitting into the setting sun didn’t help. Giacomo Perin, like ‘the postman’ Poulter, just loves playing match play and continued his unbeaten run in school competitions. This phenomenal record owes a lot to his golf but I also think he manages to get inside his opponents head. Giacomo managed to win 4 & 3. Josh Brook also played incredibly well and was helped by the fact that there was very little difference between the red and white tees for his female opponent to get an advantage. To win 6 & 5 still takes some doing and Josh’s record in the competition is almost as good as Giacomo’s.

The team now head to the Final which is played at the end of April at Royal St. George’s which should be a phenomenal experience as it will host the Open in 2020.

The 1st XI girls had their much delayed Tier 2 Plate quarter final against Blundell’s and displayed great composure to take the game 3-1 and secure their place in the Plate Finals (more later). There was also a win for the U16A hockey boys against Clayesmore, a 1-1 draw for the 2nd XI against Portsmouth GS and a 7-0 loss for the U14C’s against QE Wimborne U14As. The football boys were up against Winchester College with the 1st team “Oaks” victorious 3-0 against their U17A development squad whilst the 2nd XI “Acorns” slipped to a 3-1 defeat against their U17B development squad.

Over half term our two Shell swimmers, Conor Cherrington and Robbie Hemmings, competed at the Dorset County ASA Championships and in their respective age groups swept the board, claiming 27 county titles between them. Both boys have put themselves right up near the top of the national rankings and will be pressing hard for national championship qualifying times over the next few weeks.

Post half term the week started with a bang as the senior girls travelled up to the Olympic hockey centre for the Tier 2 National Plate finals. When we exited the Tier 1 competition back in early October, following a surprise defeat on penalty strokes away at Taunton in Round 1, we set out our stall to win the Tier 2 competition. This is easier said than done, however, but the team has remained focused over the past six months and victories over Downside, Bryanston, Well’s Cathedral, Bromsgrove and Blundell’s meant we faced Queenswood in the semi-final on Wednesday 27th. An early start of 09.00 meant we had to be ready, and despite going 0-1 behind, the team responded brilliantly to immediately equalise through Grace Leggett, making it 1-1 at half-time. Cards, corners and chances were traded - Hannah Cox made a string of fantastic saves in goal, as did their keeper, and a big physical effort in the second period gave us a 2-1 lead when Leggett scored her second courtesy of a rebound. Beanie Culley deflected in our third following a great pass on the backhand from Martha Taylor and we finished the game the stronger as they tired to give us a 3-1 victory.

Rest, recovery and refuelling followed, as we prepared for the National Final against Norwich School on Thursday 28th. A free scoring side, Norwich had scored 29 goals in their previous three outings and were strong on the counter attack. However, we pressed high early on to negate their attacking threat, and Sophie Saunders opened the scoring with a perfectly executed slip flick from a penalty corner for her 33rd goal of a prolific season. A hectic period before the break then saw Norwich awarded two penalty flicks. The first was undoubtedly the correct decision, but the authoritative Hannah Cox expertly saved the resultant effort. However, with the very next play a goalmouth scramble featuring two brilliant goal-line clearances by the excellent Abbie Rowsell ended with an adjudged infringement, and we were cruelly dealt a second penalty stroke to handle in as many minutes. This time Norwich held their nerve, and the game was level at 1-1. We regrouped at half time, knowing that chances would come if we kept true to our patterns of play and continued to ask questions of their defence. Katie Ashcroft was weaving her magic on the flanks, whilst the defensive unit were quick to contain any attacks through some well time tackles and clever distribution. The clock ticked on however, and despite opportunities, we couldn’t find a goal. The final minute approached and the impressive India Still fed Saunders on the left. Her persistent run and composure led to the award of our eighth penalty corner of the game, and one final chance to settle the final without the lottery of a penalty shootout. The final buzzer went, and the final play beckoned. A good set piece followed, with captain Martha Taylor delivering a quick drag from the top of the D towards the corner. The keeper was beaten for pace and the ball found the bottom corner of the goal to secure a much deserved 2-1 win. Cue pandemonium and the realisation of a National title triumph being accomplished! It was an excellent all-round squad effort where all 15 pupils played their part. They are a very resilient bunch, and have shown great character during the season. It is an excellent reward for much hard work, but also a springboard for next year’s campaign, where we want to be amongst the top 40 schools from the outset and finalists at Tier 1 level. That said, it is a fine achievement, and a fitting end to the Canford careers for our three Upper Sixth players involved - Hannah Cox, Grace Leggett and Lydia Harvey. Thank you to the army of parents for their vociferous encouragement and support on a very memorable occasion. (MDC/JLG/MJC)

On Saturday, there was a block fixture versus Clayesmore. There were some excellent results, but more impressive was the brand of hockey on show from the vast majority of our teams. Keen to play forwards positively, there was a desire to pass the ball quickly and embrace the team ethic instilled during the term across the club.

Our 2nds took centre stage away from home against their 1st XI. A flying start saw Mike Maiden give us a 1-0 lead. Jamie Lees doubled the lead after a quick sideline restart and pass from Archie Hunter. Clayesmore pulled a goal back but a fine dribble into the D from Max Anand found Lees, whose brilliant reverse stock strike was touched in by Maiden for his second and the team’s third to fire us into a 3-1 half time lead. The second period saw an inspired display from the opposition keeper to thwart our further attempts on goal, but we played some nice stuff which bodes well as we face a tough set of fixtures in the coming weeks. (RHJH/IW).

The 16As played Clayesmore’s 2nds and proved electric in front of goal. A 5-2 half time lead was converted into a 12-2 victory, with Tom Prest scoring 6 as well as a couple for Freddie Peters and an outrageous finish from Olly Taylor. The 3rds and 4ths both won 2-0, with some excellent chances created. Charlie Anstee netted booth goals for the 4ths whilst Max Hansen also played well. (JLG/RMBS/GRS).

The 15As controlled the tempo and the flow of their game, racing into a 3-0 lead early on. Though we were pegged back to 3-2 after a spirited Clayesmore comeback, we regained our composure to win 52. Max Chapman ran the show at centre midfield, whilst Raffi Mills scored a brace courtesy of two slick carbon-copy corner routines, whilst Jude Organ scored a penalty stroke and David Offer found the target with a fine backhand strike. The passing and movement off the ball, as well as the connections amongst the side was a joy to watch at times, and we must maintain this mentality as we continue the season. (NRB)

The 15Bs were very good in the second half, after a goalless first period. Four unanswered goals resulted in a pleasing 4-0 win (BIHC)

The 14As also won 4-0, on the back of a good 4-2 win away against a physical PGS team in midweek. The start was instant. Within forty seconds we had released Monty Hooker to run in from 23 metres unchallenged and fire powerfully past the keeper for the opener. The way he took the goal was symptomatic of our growing confidence in the D. Within five minutes we were two goals up, Monty again, this time through on goal he drew the keeper, rounded him and rolled it into the empty goal. It was exhilarating, high octane stuff. The boys kept the same intensity going for the remainder of the first half. This is an incredibly hard thing to do, but they scarcely put a foot wrong. The movement off the ball, and the combination of first time and two touch hockey was just a delight to watch. Finn Craigen broke into the D down the left channel and fired in the third, before Monty completed a first half hattrick sweeping in an inviting ball played across the face of goal. It was always going to be a challenge to maintain this kind of intensity for another half, and so it proved after half time. With the game won we never quite regained the crisp rhythm of the first 25 minutes. It was still a perfectly good half of hockey and it gave us the chance to see one or two playing in different positions. We also recorded our first clean sheet of the season, which was another confidence booster to take from the day. Elliot Eyre was masterful at centre midfield and Rupert Hutton imposing at centre back. (PDAR/VPL).

The 14Bs ran out 4-2 winners, and coped well with losing two very important players for the term due to injuries. We hope a speedy recovery to Jack Martin and Ben Fowle. Moving to a back 3 allowed us to transfer the ball around the back with an incredible fluidity, thanks in part to Jamie Elviss' ability to distribute the ball without making any mistakes. There were two goals from Robbie Hemmings, one from the captain Merlin Cork and another from a very well executed short corner from Tyndale Kwan. The 14Cs grabbed their first win of the season with a 2-0 victory. Freddie Homer and Elliot Phillips were on the scoresheet, whilst Mark Kosgei, Doug Rolland and Jocelyn Child also had great influence. (HB)

This week sees a couple of games against QE for the 4ths and 15Cs, whilst the 16As travel to Sherborne for their U16 National Tier 1 Cup R3 tie on Tuesday. The 1st XI also embark on a very important week - with three league games in 7 days. Millfield provide the opposition in the Saturday block.

Team of the week: The 1st XI Girls

GK: Hannah Cox

RB: Holly Hazzard CB: Abbie Rowsell LB: Lizzy Balls RWB: Beanie Culley LWB: Katie Ashcroft

RM: Lydia Harvey CM: Martha Taylor LM: India Still

RF: Grace Leggett LF: Sophie Saunders

Def: Jess Rees; Mid: Hannah Fairchild; Mid: Bella Brown; Fwd: Izzy Woodward

Lacrosse : National Schools’ Championships

On day one of the National Schools tournament Canford drew two and then lost six of their matches in their open section. A total of about 60 teams were playing across eight sections. A stronger goal difference than St George's Ascot in their section however saw the girls go into the Division 2 play-offs on the Sunday rather than the bottom division. Unfortunately day 2 was a battle against the weather as much as other lacrosse players as 50mph winds and heavy rain swept across the pitches at the Aldershot Garrison Sports Centre. Thankfully a brilliant support squad of Canford parents were able to keep our gazebo under control and keep the players fuelled with hot chocolate and sandwiches. Despite the nasty weather, Canford did not give up and we had some tough matches on the Sunday losing against North London Collegiate and Haberdasher’s Monmouth but drawing against the Royal School.

Goal difference was not enough this time however and we were then pitched against the winners of Pool B Div 2, the Queen’s School (Chester) in the knockout match. Although we lost, one last goal by captain Deya Shergill, who led the scoring throughout the weekend, was triumph enough for Canford as they faced schools for whom lacrosse is their core sport all weekend. Goalkeeper Frances Fleming was also a star having stepped in at the last minute to play in goal and then proving she was a natural with some fantastic saves that were instrumental in keeping Canford's respectability intact! Despite the scorelines it was a great learning experience and showed the girls some superb lacrosse from some of the best U19 players in the country. Something to aspire to. (MXB)

Rowing

Two of our more novice senior crews travelled to Avon on Saturday for the chance to race on the familiar stretch of river. Will Yeatman, Joe Cox, Zac Arnold, Jamie Lucas-Rowe and cox Oli Baldwin took on the course in a coxed four over 3250m, defeating their single opposition Lymington Amateur by over 2 minutes. Emilia Milner, Bea Webb, Ellen Campbell, Emma Dalton and cox Phoebe Kibble took on the short course of 1500m twice in division 3 and 5, where they came away the winners beating their single opposition Clifton College by over a minute. All came away feeling positive and pleased with the day’s events. (ERD)

Netball: 1st VII Bradfield invitational tournament

This was a fantastic opportunity to play several schools we wouldn’t normally see in our regular block fixtures. We started the day extremely well, beating Marlborough 9-7, with the girls on top form and our turnover to goal ratio was brilliant. The defensive end put into practice what we have been looking at the past couple of weeks. Holly Hazzard India Still and Nia Burley made countless turnovers by going for “flys”. Our attacking end were thoughtful and patient and were comfortable playing the ball around until the right option emerged. Big thank you and congratulations to Bella Brown for stepping up and taking to the court in her first 1VII appearance of the season. The girls made it into the final, but Wellington College proved too strong and time ran away from us in the shortened format, denying us the chance to overturn the deficit. (LER) 9-7 Marlborough (W) 8-5 King’s College Wimbledon (W) 19-1 Stowe (W) 9-8 Epsom (W) Semi final (W) against St. Mary’s Ascot Final (L) Wellington College

Block fixture against Marlborough

The 2nds took on Marlborough today - away. After a long journey, the girls took the court and slowly started to find their feet. Quarter 1 saw Marlborough ahead 12-5. The second and third quarter saw Canford creeping up the score line to be within 8 after turning over the ball through interceptions and pressure. Defence in the circle throughout these two quarters was second to none by Cece Rogers and Sophie Bearblock. Attack throughout the court after turning over the ball was brilliant by Ella Heffner and Connie Doxat. Balls into the circle were accurate despite their tall defence. Final score: Canford 25-38 Marlborough.

Windy conditions for the 3rds made shooting tricky, particularly against a strong Marlborough team. Poppy Lloyd stepped up from the U16s to fill in for an injured player, and Maddy Wells showed some excellent mid-court play, but the agility of the Marlborough girls was a little too much to contend with. The girls have continued to train hard and have always given their best. It is great to see and I hope it is something that we see continues.

The U16A girls played an excellent match against Marlborough, falling just short at a 39-34 loss after being goal for goal most of the match. The defensive pressure by the girls was outstanding, never giving up and going full sprint trying to get the ball back into possession. A special thanks to Nadia Lees for playing up after an injured Sasha Mowat left the court in the 4th quarter.

A great match especially as, from the start we lost Poppy Lloyd to the 3rds, and then Nadia Lees to the 16A team for the final quarter. The U16B girls worked hard from the first centre pass and the match was even after the first quarter. We moved a little ahead at half-time and were up 6 by the end of the 3rd quarter. The last period was probably the least good, with Marlborough quickly picking up 3 goals whilst we missed 2. The wind has some effect and so long passes didn't work - even though we had talked about using only short, hard passes from the start. Luckily we just hung on for the win. Overall a very competitive and enjoyable match. W28 – 27 (ECT)

On Thursday afternoon the U15A girls played 7 matches to secure the title they were aiming towards this year and are now the Dorset County Champions. The girls played consistently (excluding an early match) and went on to beat Bournemouth School for Girls 10-5 in the final. A fantastic afternoon of netball and well done to Alicia Hudson and Rosie Ireland who I have selected as players of the tournament.

On Saturday we travelled to Marlborough for our match. The girls were pretty exhausted but really rose to the challenge. The courts were exposed and windy so we tried to cut out any long balls and play a safe first quarter. We went down 2-0 fairly quickly, but then settled into our rhythm and Rosie gave a great display of how to shoot in incredibly windy conditions. We ended the quarter 7-4. We didn’t make many changes for the second quarter and remained calm and collected to retain our lead (13-10). In the third quarter we mixed it up a little to keep Marlborough on their toes and we certainly did that and started to pull away. Lucy Hancock and Bella Hunter read lots of interceptions and picked up some rebounds too. The score at the end of the 3rd quarter was 26-12 and the girls maintained and built on this in the final quarter with a final score of 34-15. All the girls had incredibly high work rates, they supported one another right the way down the court and some really great play driving up the court. A very impressive few days of netball and a fantastic way to finish the week. All players were superb and the teamwork and encouragement displayed showed what a cohesive unit they are. Players of the match were Rosie Ireland for her fantastic shooting, Bella Hunter for those interceptions and the placement of passes and Molly Taylor for her high work rate, enthusiasm and work around the circle. Well done all. (LLA)

With only 7 players today against a very strong and tall opposition the U15B girls had their work cut out. A couple of rotations to help Amber Howard out in the D demonstrated a willingness to adapt but it became clear we needed Hattie Kent in defence and indeed her hard work and determination were recognised when the oppo awarded her man of the match. Amber Howard worked particularly well with Eloise Copper and India Rose to get our goals into double figures! Well done! L10 - 43

Marlborough were a tall and physical side and we let that intimidate us initially (going 6 -1 down in the 1st quarter). Nevertheless, the U15D girls worked consistently hard. Imo Thomas really worked hard at getting rebounds in the circle and made the GS have to work v hard. Matilda Perei made every ball fed to her in the circle count and Imo Dunn, playing against their best player moved well to give her that space. Each quarter saw us getting better and better, with Marlborough rather losing their focus. Matilda Perei and Emily De Veulle POM. Lost 17 – 7 (CDB)

The U14As were excited about having their first fixture inside and at home. After a great training match with Wimborne Netball Club the night before, this team were determined to work hard and have the confidence to apply new tactics. Daisy Askew (Capt.) ensured the team were fully prepared with a thorough warm up enabling the team to start at full pace from the first whistle. This put early pressure on Marlborough with Canford maintaining intensity. The opposition voted Daisy Brown and Esther Browning as Players of the Match. It is not surprising that this week’s Players Player, voted secretly by the team, had six people voted with three gaining joint votes. Well done to Tara King, Esther Browning and Daisy Brown who are this week’s Players’ Player! A real team effort. W40-30

The first quarter saw Canford U14Bs take the lead with some great attacking play with Charlie Whitmore and Evelyn Young working the ball around to feed into the shooting duo of Nia Edwards and Mia Ashby-Rudd. However, it didn’t take long for Marlborough to fight back and to take the lead 24. Again, the second quarter saw Marlborough take the lead but Charlie Howell, Alex Smith and Immy Joll worked hard to turn over balls leading to Canford being able to play the ball around into the shooters. The end of this quarter being 4-13 to Marlborough. The third quarter saw Erin Phillips come on at WD and after a quick team talk, Canford started to get into the flow of playing simple netball and controlling the pace of the game. Again Marlborough kept possession and with a few errors from Canford managed to take the third quarter 7-23. Canford didn’t give up during the last quarter and with every mistake that the opposition were making, the girls were working as a team to bring the ball through court but Marlborough’s defence was all too good for Canford with the end score being 11-30 to Marlborough.

The 14Cs went down in a pretty close contest 8-19 and the U14D match saw a lack of substitute players producing maximum effort for the whole game. Having switched positions a few times, by the second half Canford had settled in to some good team-working, communication and passing. Lara Wilkinson, Hanna Neill and Mimi Stanley defended well, moving the ball accurately and quickly across the court, although Marlborough were too good at intercepting. Every little counts and the second half saw attacking improvement from Canford with 3 goals scored. Unfortunately it was a frustrating finish. 36-3 L

Football v Bryanston

Both football teams made the short journey up to Blandford for the return fixtures against Bryanston. The Oaks reinforced their dominance over their rivals with another comprehensive victory, notching up a 4-1 win and the 2nd XI Acorns made it a double with a 3-2 victory.

Basketball v Sherborne

Last week saw the senior basketball boys get their much awaited fixture with Sherborne, the original match having fallen foul of the poor weather in early February. The basketball group have been working really hard with their external coaches from the South Coast Tigers and were keen to put what they have learned in practice into a match. It took the boys a while to get started as the Sherborne playmakers dominated the ball but slowly Canford gained parity to keep the core 10-10. However, from the start of the second quarter Canford took control with Fin Boardman to the fore scoring and James Barker dominating the boards grabbing rebound after rebound and the half time lead was 26-14. Both sides became a little sloppy early in the second half although Canford retained a comfortable lead of 3320 going into the 4th quarter. A call to return to basics paid dividends and Canford saw the game out to a deserved 44-30 victory with Michael Ma and Giacomo Perin grabbing some key baskets. The two Camerons, Feist and Powell, contributed strongly and Alex Rogers brought huge energy to the court and it was also great to see fourth former Tommy Qian mixing it with the big boys. W 44-30 (MSB)

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

Photographs ready to view and download from Canford Media

- Football: 1st XI v Winchester - Football: 2nd XI v Winchester - Girls’ Hockey: 1st XI v Blundell’s - Lacrosse training

Sporting quote of the week:

“ If you want to win, do the ordinary things better than anyone else does them, day in and day out. ”

Mark Burley

Director of Sport

Twitter: @CanfordSport

5th March 2019