28 Mar 2019
Easter Term 2019 - Week 11 Sports Report

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Easter Term 2019 - Week 11 Sports Report

The final sports report of the term is a bit of a bumper edition, thanks in no small part to the guest sports report from one of our opponents in the football fixture against Corinthian Casuals FC. The comments in that particular report allude to the great friendships which have existed for many years as a result of the shared sporting experiences many of these gentleman have enjoyed. Indeed, the draw of such joy, humour and continued competitiveness is such that many of them continue to play well into their sixth decade, and deal with the various aches and strains which they suffered from on Sunday morning!

Such sentiments struck me on Saturday evening when I felt proud and honoured to be the Director of Sport during the sports dinner. The respective club captains from lacrosse, netball and hockey took to the floor in front of teammates, parents and coaches and spoke with great eloquence and affection about their peers and staff and the experiences they have all shared this past season. Comments such as the ultra-competitiveness of some players, the tenacious and feisty performances of others and the really funny comments made by the team jokers on bus journeys and in training sessions were highlighted and are likely to stay in the memories for years to come. It’s those kind of memories that are fostered through sport and as we approach the Summer Term and the subsequent exam pressures it brings, it is worth remembering how important such experiences are. I have written in previous sports reports about the importance, both emotionally and physically, of maintaining a normal routine of sport and physical activity during the exam season. However, it is the shared moments we encounter through sport which repeatedly refresh and regenerate us and create memories which will help shape us through life. For those about to embark upon public exams use the Easter holidays wisely and be willing to sacrifice social time in order to stay on top of revision. This will hopefully allow one to continue enjoying those special moments which sport can create.

Thursday 21st March Basketball v Bournemouth Collegiate School

The final basketball match of the season saw Bournemouth Collegiate School arrive at Canford an hour late for the start but the delay did allow for a bigger crowd than usual to come and watch their peers before heading off to supper! BCS play regularly in the Dorset adult league and so have a fair amount of experience in comparison to the Canford boys and this was evident in the first two quarters. Canford were under more pressure than they have experienced this season and this led to too much ball getting turned over and BCS exploited this to open up a considerable lead. Half time allowed Coach Mike and Coach Luca to offer some tactical advice and the boys responded well. A shooting spree toward the end of the third quarter saw James Barker and Michael Ma drain a couple of three pointers like they were Steph Curry playing for the Golden State Warriors and all of a sudden the difference was just five points. This stung BCS into action and they reinforced their lead with some clean, fast breaks. Nevertheless, Canford battled until the end and the final deficit was only 8 points, an extremely respectable score and a real mark of improvement from the start of the term. (MSB) Canford 34 Bournemouth Collegiate School 42

James Barker: 8 pts, 7 rebounds, 4 steals; Tommy Qian: 10 pts, 4 rebs; Michael Ma: 7 pts, 3 rebs; Cameron Feist: 8 rebs

The Canford relays saw the various cross country teams strut their stuff on home soil and the senior boys’ team didn’t disappoint, retaining the trophy for the third year in succession. Noah Jonas, Josh Davey and Finn Baker created the platform for Charlie Bird to race home in the fastest leg of the day.

Squash v Sherborne (a)

As Sherborne were missing a few of their regular players, this was a chance for Canford to try out players from lower down the ladder in a competitive environment. As it turned out the match was a triumph with all the rubbers going to 4 or 5 games. Canford came out on top 3 rubbers to 2. Close 3-2 wins for Max Glowacki and Alfie Perkins were backed up by Charlie Cameron who won 3-1. (SJR)

Netball: Canford U14C vs QE U14A

Anticipation was in the air as the girls got on the bus to travel away to play a team that featured at the county finals. The girls were really keen to warm up properly and gets lot of time on the ball – especially the shooters. The first quarter started and we were shell shocked at the pace! Very quickly QE went three up and their shooters looked like they weren’t ever going to miss. Canford worked hard on possession though with the shooters taking their chances when they came, finishing first quarter 7-4. Second quarter we were more disciplined at moving off the ball and even though our opposition were zipping up and down the court the game remained within our reach. QE put a very good defender on and the shooters but our mid court players worked the ball very well around the circle taking chances when we could. The final quarter was shortened – which was a disappointment to our girls who were really getting in to the swing of things. With 20 seconds on the clock and our centre pass, the girls managed to sneak one more goal – ending the score 16-15 to QE. The reaction from the girls reflected an excitement of how well they had played against an ‘A’ team. Well done girls on a fantastic term of netball and thank you for all the support from the parents. (EJB)

Badminton v Sherborne Girls

Canford’s third badminton match of the produced another victory but this was far from easy. After sailing to a 4-1 lead, Sherborne slowly regained their composure as Canford’s players became a little too excited, trying to hit every shot hard and flat which made it easy for the opponents. After 20 games, we were tied at 10:10. Our top pair, Tamara Read-Ward and Izzy Place, ensured they finished their perfect day with a close 30:26 victory vs Sherborne’s top pair. Finn Pearson and Alex Daniel had won 2 games and lost 2 games before the final round, but they won their last match convincingly to put us on the front foot. Sana Iftikhar and Alice Milton lost a closely contested game 19:26, whilst the Price sisters battled hard but only to come out as runners-up. This meant the whole match came down to the very last game of the day, in which Tia Yang and Amelia Merrick were playing. Rather than playing to 21, the format we used was to play as many points as possible for 10 minutes. When the referee had blown for time, the match tied at 22:22! However, the girls decided they did not like a draw, so they played effectively what was a “next point wins”. After an intense rally, Tia and Amelia were victorious and we came out as winners 13:12 overall. Fantastic day, brilliant season, well done all! (CLF & OSL)

Saturday 23rd March Rowing: Exeter Spring Head and Bryanston Stampede.
Canford pupils had a productive and enjoyable weekend of rowing at two separate events with over 80 pupils competing in various divisions of Sculling and Rowing.

Down in Exeter, 50 pupils raced in two divisions “Short and Long” courses to suit different abilities. The most notable individual performances came from Fourth Formers Tim Downing and Tensing Whitley who rowed in the 2nd VIII and coxed four, while Emma Dalton rowed in the boys’ four as a substitute for Joe Cox. There were a mixture of results but more importantly it was another great experience and for some, a real taste of club racing. A big thank you to Exeter Rowing Club for hosting the event.

Over at Bryanston our Shells and Fourth Formers boated in coxed quads in a unique format allowing the rowers as many races over the 800 metre course as they could muster. A time trial, aimed towards the younger end of the rowing crews, also drew entries from Christchurch and Lymington. Very well done to all involved and a big thank you to Bryanston for hosting the event. (ID)

Netball v KES Bath

The 1st VII had a great game to finish a really strong season. All the units clicked into place: India Still made countless turnovers and went hunting for the ball. There was immense pressure from Nia Burley and Holly Hazzard which allowed the team to make 45 turnovers in the match. Millie Dickens and Hannah Fairchild were patient with the ball making good options repeatedly. Beanie Culley came on and
injected pace and intensity whilst keeping calm. Lucy Stalker and Charlotte Butt were on fire with their shooting and any rebound were contested and most of the time we came out on top. A fantastic end to the season. W28-20.

During the Netball Club dinner Lucy Stalker was awarded the Coach’s player of the year award and Holly Hazzard was selected by her teammates as Players’ player of the year. (LER)

The 2nd team had a strong, positive and enthusiastic attitude going into the game after a long bus journey. The first quarter was a tough one as we came up against a strong, tactical KES Bath side. Ella Heffner came up against a very speedy C but held her own gaining turnovers in all thirds of the court. After a couple of injuries and illnesses, Grace Leggett stepped up to help. She played outstandingly during the third and fourth quarter and made a huge impact throughout. The girls played amazingly and sadly, it was the last match for two Upper Sixth players - captain Cece Rogers and shooter Izzy Pryce. I wish them all the best in the future. What an amazing season with the super senior 2s! (EBL) L14-22

The final score belied how close fought the 3rd team match was, but with two of their key shooters away the team struggled to convert possession to goals. Well done particularly to Maddy Wells and Jessye Phillips, both of whom played really well, and have shown great improvement throughout the season. L6-30 (JN)

In this final match U16B against KES Bath 3rds, all the girls played three-quarters but had to work with the added challenge of changing positions, sometimes to one they had not previously tried! This was a hard fought match, the opposition moving quickly and showing good placement. However, the Canford girls were equal to the challenge and moved ahead towards the end of the first quarter, playing the best netball they had played all season. They then never lost the lead, although there were nail biting moments as they came to within a single goal as the last quarter began. Player of the match was Syd Brown, instrumental in keeping us ahead, but I have to say that EVERYONE played their part and they have all made significant progress over the term. Well done, girls, a great term. W27-25 (ECT)

The final match of the season was the first U15A home match and it was great to play in some lovely spring conditions. The girls showed the accumulation of the skills they have been building on this season and produced some excellent netball. There were some great tips and turnovers in the defensive end, some really good driving netball up the court, great rotation around the circle and confident shooting. A well-deserved win and a wonderful end to a strong season. Captain Rosie Ireland was voted player of the match. Well done to all players and I wish them all the best of luck in the many netball seasons they will hopefully be playing over the coming years! A very enjoyable season with a lovely group of young ladies. W38-10 (LLA)

The U15B girls were on fire for this game! KES lost confidence early on and we were able to capitalise. Shooters had their eye in, and we produced some lovely flow through the centre court. Eloise Cooper played particularly well and deserved her POM. Good end to an enjoyable season! W40-8 (PXC)

The last match of the season and the U14A team were excited to get on court, but sad that we were not at full capacity with Honoré Cutler being poorly, and her presence was missed. The aftermath and exploits of the nationals were still looming in the air. Nevertheless, it was a joy to watch the girls even out of positon in the third quarter as they all had big smiles on their faces. It was another strong performance from a cohesive team. Well done to Esther Browning and Tara King who were voted POM by the opposition and Players’ player Georgie Boon. W46-13

The final game of the season for the U14Bs and each of the girls were raring to go. The girls played some great netball with each of them playing in different positions and showing off some fantastic skills on the court. From start to finish everyone had a smile on their faces, super proud of all the effort and improvements made by the girls this season. W38-13 (HXB)

U16A vs Wellington College – Versatility

The final week of netball saw the U16As in a versatility match against Wellington College. The game still had a competitive element, but we rotated all the players around the court, including Molly Fairbairn as GS and GA who still managed to score 5 goals. Not far behind her was our star GK player, Chessie Hellier, as a GA scoring a total of 4 goals in one short quarter. In the lead of goals scored was Sasha Mowat, a usual WD and GD, with 6 goals to her name by the end of the game. Playing our shooters in the defensive end and mid court was an odd sight, especially with Milenka Soskin bringing her height to C. A fantastic end to a rewarding season with big smiles. (DM)

Football: 1st & 2nd XI v Corinthian Casuals FC (report from Dave Pennell, CCFC Manager)

The step-over when performed to its full effect is a thing of great skill and beauty. Think only of Ronaldo, Van Basten, Glenn Roeder (of QPR plastic pitch fame……ask your dads) and you will conjureup images of these proponents ‘ghosting’ past hapless defenders and drawing gasps of acclaim from adoring fans. At around 3.50pm, as Saturday’s match ebbed into its final chapter, something died in this finest of trickeries. It was painful, it was futile, but it was mirthful; however it should not be recalled (for that would be churlish) in the context of the many finer moments in another highly enjoyable encounter between these two sides.

The scoreline may suggest one-way traffic, but it was never so as Canford’s 2nd XI energetic squad often found time and space to lay siege on the Casual’s goal. But for a succession of fantastic saves, blocks and interventions by Randall between the sticks, the home side would have deservedly scored at least three or four themselves. But, that is sport and football. The 18-strong Casuals squad (great credit for getting there, even greater credit for getting through 80-mins without injury) were able to score at key moments throughout the match and this, combined with their fine defensive display, was enough on the day.

Pre-match nerves were settled by allowing players to select their own positions and, in a number of cases, that being as substitute. An early sortie saw a speculative cross unfortunately scuffed by the home keeper allowing the wannabe striker Beardsley to finish off with the easiest of tap-ins. 1-0 up and scarcely time to work out how disorganized we might be.

The remainder of the half saw Canford press and establish ascendency in the physical battles, but chances also went begging at the other end; Miller the most wasteful with his one-on-one ‘shovel-shot’, having had it been ‘put on a sixpence’ by his player manager. His moment, however, was yet to come. But mainly thanks to Randall and the occasional bit of profligate shooting from the youthful Canfordians, 1-0 ‘twas at the turnaround.

Substitutions came and went from both sides as some form of flowing football was sought, often with mixed success, but it was the Casuals who struck again at the crucial early stage of the 2nd half when a ‘slide-rule’ [ask your dads] pass from the evergreen Morley snr gave Miller the chance of redemption.

Unlike the runaway bullock he resembled in the first half, he steadied himself on approach, remembered a long-ago bit of advice from his junior school coach (‘Miller, one more foul up like that and I’m taking you off’) and sweetly lobbed the keeper from 20 yards or more. Cue celebration, incredulity and, shortly afterwards, the inevitable substitution as he clearly slipped into ‘empty’ on the gauge.

Then the ‘piece de resistance’ of the whole 80 minutes when the outstanding Jones addressed a free kick some way out and, in a brief reincarnation of a distant long ago semi-pro career, he dispatched a left-footed ‘worldy’ in off the post that would have given little chance to any keeper at any level. Cue admiration, acclamation and down-right envy that one left foot could produce such an execution. Top moment, top player, but he’s still a Welshman and he w ill be put back in his place. The inevitable tiredness then set in at 3-0 up and Canford rallied impressively. Time and time again they came with the impressively named (and certainly well-built) Archie van de Flier at the fore. His physical presence made itself known on few Casuals’ opponents throughout the match and his technical dribbling skills belied his reputation as a stereotypical prop forward. Good man. Fine opponent.

Save after save, corner after corner, and break after break, surely a goal would come. But with experience comes a sense of slowing the game down, trying to keep possession and maybe show glimpses of a technical superiority…………...like a party-piece step-over for example. The break was on for Pennell, the left flank [in front of the traveling fans and substitutes] open and only the youthful & unknowing full-back in his path. Muscle memory is a marvelous thing, 10,000 repetitions makes it nigh impossible to make an error………until gravity, age, girth, imbalance and sheer folly bring about what can only be described as a calamitous ‘clown tumble’. Fortunately the man’s embarrassment was spared a tad by his fellow Casuals coming to the rescue. With time running out and keeper chancing his arm at successive latter-stage corners, there was time for one final breakaway in which a headed clearance begat a fine ball from the omnipotent Woolner there was the goal-opportunist Beardsley to finish into the empty net. Cue over-celebration (by himself), a degree of resignation (from his team-mates) and game-over at 4-0.

On the main pitch in the ‘big game’ between the 1st XI and The Casuals main team a 1-1 draw had been fought out, the best result in the four years the fixture has been played to date. A fairly even first half saw the score goalless at half time, thanks in no small part to GK Fruin McKillop-Hall who was to later be awarded the MOTM mantle from the Casual’s skipper. Early into the second half a fine team goal was finished off by Charlie Ford to give the Blue & Whites the lead but from a set piece Canford conceded mid-way through the second half. Despite a number of late chances the young Oaks could not quite grab the elusive victory. The 1-1 draw is the closest Canford have got to the Casuals and is a sure sign that Canford football is well established on an upward trajectory and that the enthusiasm and structure is beginning to bear fruit. With former players now beginning to emerge at clubs such as Poole Town FC, and hopefully any London-bound Canfordians getting in touch to turn out for the Casuals in the years to come, these are heartening portents.

And the afternoon itself? Once again, on the 2nds pitch, we relished the chance to renew old friendships, make new acquaintances, experience the spirit of a competitive match once more and also share a collective enjoyment of the game with players who have their best sporting years ahead of them. Canford is now one of the best fixtures on the Corinthian’s calendar, especially in terms of the warmth of welcome, the pleasure of helping to add something to an emerging football school’s fixture list and with outstanding post-match hospitality.

Thank you once again to Sindre Vandvik and Mark Burley for taking the time to make this the main focus of their respective school & sporting weekends. Thanks too to Lealand Pearce, who can be proud of the spirit, sportsmanship and competitive drive exhibited by his team over the full 80-minutes. If reports from the following 48-hours are anything to go by, there are some telling tales of tired limbs and aching bodies from Casuals alike!

And so as the ‘pink and chocolate’ Corinthian kit of time fades into the Ikea bag of fresh-laundered destiny for another year, we can only start to wonder whether it might be possible enough to do it all again in 2020, with some minor adjustments of course. Improved fitness, a tactical plan, better players ………are all factors which certainly won’t be happening, but the step-over, well that’s a nailed-on guarantee. 2nd XI Canford School 0 Dorset [Corinthian] Casuals 4 1st XI Canford School 1 Corinthian Casuals XI 1

Lacrosse: Marlborough Invitational Tournament

The 1st team lacrosse squad made their final appearance of the season at the Marlborough Invitational Tournament on Saturday. They were placed in the second division with 2nd teams from schools where lacrosse is the core sport and this provided the team with good, competitive matches. The team played their best lacrosse in the opening match against Godolphin 2nds with long connecting passes being accurately thrown and safely caught every time with some good driving finishes from Izzy Woodward and Catherine Elliot. The team also won easily against St Mary’s Calne 3rds and Sherborne 2nds - who they had lost to earlier in the term. It was a different story with St Mary's Calne 2nds however whose quick passing and aggressive chasing caught Canford on the hop. Our final game against Stowe was tight and unfortunately they had an excellent goal keeper who blocked at least five of our attempts on goal. Although we had most of the possession, they snuck an extra one past us and won 2-1. Nonetheless, a very good display of lacrosse from the team during the tournament and a high point on which to end the season. (MXB)

Hockey v Marlborough College

Last week saw the final block fixtures for the Hockey Club in a full house versus Marlborough College, involving all 12 teams. As always, the matches were well contested, producing 4 wins, 2 draws and 6 defeats. Many games were decided by the odd goal or two, making for a competitive end to what has been a great term.

The 1st XI continued their impressive form with a deserved 2-0 win. They had to be patient, with a dogged opposition and talented goalkeeper repelling our efforts to break the deadlock. However, the belief in the team is strong and we kept playing positively. Richie Steavenson was excellent with his pacy and direct running from midfield, whilst Luke Hett also played well throughout. Late in the game, with only five minutes remaining, one such run from Hett opened up the Marlborough defence before slipping the ball to Harry Mitchell on the overlap, who finished well, first time through the keeper’s legs. We were also awarded a penalty corner at the death, after some clever individual coaxing of the opposition tackling by George Baugniet. Hett deflected the ball in after a decent delivery from Lochie Fulton. At the Sports Dinner that evening, the players’ endeavours and qualities were recognised in a very enjoyable evening of food and speeches. Ten U6th boys were awarded their Colours, whilst the Players’ Player went to George Baugniet. Captain Matt Daubeney picked up the Player of the Year award. (MDC)

The 2nd XI were uncharacteristically off colour, as they lost 3-1 at home to Marlborough and the 4th XI were much improved in the second half despite a 3-0 loss. The 3rd XI had an excellent match in which they played some of their best hockey of the season. Chances came at both ends during the first half with Canford perhaps enjoying more opportunities but unable to convert, and Marlborough taking advantage by going one up before the whistle. Canford came out with energy and desire in the second half, going very close on a couple of occasions before Zack Fenwick first-timed a cross from the right to bring the scores level. Canford played with real passion and appetite, and in view of our improved passing as the game went on we probably deserved to win it. However, everyone can be well pleased with this excellent team performance to close out an impressive season. (RMBS)

The 16As had a closely fought affair, with neither team able to get full control of the match. As such, we were pleased to grab a 3-2 victory, with Oscar Webb and two from the prolific Tom Prest settling the match. (JLG)

A stunning team performance from the U16B side produced a fantastic 4-3 win against a strong Marlborough team who possessed two outstanding players. Canford conceded early on, but worked hard and stayed calm to keep the score at 0-1 at the break. Lucas Smith equalised with a great lifted strike from the top of the D, 5mins after the break. Canford were really lifted by some amazing younger family support from the sideline, and some superb work in the midfield from Max Richards and Will Hobden really spread the play and started to frustrate Marlborough. A second Marlborough goal did not phase Canford at all, and Lucas Smith soon nailed his second to draw it level at 2-2. George Vessey put Canford in front for the first time, only for Marlborough to reply quickly (3-3). Some outstanding defending from Ed Loveridge and Will Toosey and some incredible saves from Archie Smith, including a diving stick save, kept the score level, and allowed Adam Kwan (capt.) to steal the winner in the closing minutes. Everyone played their part today in a memorable end of season team victory, including subs Seb Collingridge and Jake Paterson. (TJS)

The 15As were outplayed by a more athletic and faster group of boys, as they lost 4-1, whilst the 15Bs travelled to Marlborough off the back of two emphatic wins against Millfield and Wellington College. The match started at a fast pace, with the majority of possession just held by Marlborough and with both teams playing some nice hockey and able to put together some good passages of play. It took 24 minutes for the first goal to be scored, putting Marlborough ahead 1-0. After half time the team came out the stronger of the two sides, pushing play and looking for the opportunities to break. This resulted in a terrific goal from Fergus Van Der Flier, who managed to break past the last defender and with still a lot to do and their keeper rushing out towards him, he managed to put it around and into the goal. Marlborough took another five minutes or so to rally from Canford’s up tempo second half, but managed to hold the score at 1-1 through this period. After this they started to get the run of play, though our forwards still threatened with potential breakaways. After 15 mins of the second half, Marlborough scored their second and then managed to hold Canford at bay for the final 10 minutes. This was a good game of hockey to finish the season, with both sides having the potential to win and fighting hard throughout, but the score line went Marlborough’s way at the end. Man of the match was a tie between Jo Bland (defence) and Fergus Van Der Flier (forward) showing the hard work that went on at both ends of the pitch. This leaves the U15Bs having had a successful season with 6 wins, 1 draw and 2 losses. There is a lot of potential in this squad and they should look forward to progressing next season. (BIHC)

The 15Cs final game of the season ended with a narrow 0-1 defeat in an end to end game that could have gone either way – we could have lost by more if it were not for more heroics in goal from Hamish Ryan, and we could have drawn or even won the game if we had our shooting boots on and converted our pressure into shots on target. Canford started the game brightly, with Marlborough looking as if they had just come off the bus, and the boys pressed well high up the pitch to dominate territory, possession and put in some good crosses from the right from the tireless James Tazzyman and Alfonso Benavides Fortuny. As the half progressed, Marlborough got into the game and began to have a spell of dominance, resulting in a series of short corners, one of which they scored from, after we had unsuccessfully attempted to clear our lines. The second half was end to end stuff, as the game became stretched. Credit must go to the Canford midfield, especially Peter Croxford and Sam Ford, who covered an awful lot of ground all afternoon turning defence into attack, and then tracking back when Marlborough had their turn to put pressure on our back 3. Sadly, despite finishing strongly, we were unable to create a clear cut chance that could have resulted in a deserved equaliser. A great effort boys – so near, yet… (PAJ)

The build up to the 14A game felt something like the Alamo, with cables coming in from the far outposts - “Private Craigen called away on naval exercises”, “Trooper Eyre laid low with battle fatigue,” and late on “Sapper Hilton confined to quarters with trench foot”. The call went out to the B team legions, but they too had been whittled down to the bare bones. So the mere eleven left standing headed up to Marlborough to do battle for the last time this term. The pre match message was simple. After all the hard work of the term, time to go out and enjoy playing together for one last time, and put on a show. We could see the boys were tired, and this was going to be quite a challenge with no subs to call on. We also had some key gaps to fill, particularly in midfield, so several were playing out of position. The start was good. We moved the ball around with our customary assuredness from back to front. Within seven minutes we were 2-0 up, Will Pickard making a nuisance of himself in front of goal and forcing an error from their left back - the ball trickling past the keeper for a rather fortuitous opener. Our second was somewhat better! Monty Hooker turned sharply with the ball on his backhand in front of goal and whipped in a clever reverse stick finish from close range. That really should have opened the floodgates, but the rest of the half took on something of a chess match. Marlborough fell back into a half court press whenever we had the ball in defence, and we showed great patience to play the ball around the open spaces in our defensive half. Core skills were good - high ball speed, great first touch, good pass selection. When we did play the ball up to the front runners we needed to hold it up - we tried to play rather too many cute first time passes on a sticky surface, which too often failed to find their target. We also played the ball diagonally which played into Marlborough’s hands. In the second half we had four or five golden opportunities to make the game safe - we set up some superb two on ones with the keeper but just couldn’t apply the finishing touch. Their goalie made a couple of decent saves, but they were chances we would expect to bury. The last quarter was always going to be a struggle on a warm afternoon with no subs to give legs a rest, and so it proved. Marlborough came at us strongly, and our mental fatigue started to show with some tired decision making. Balls we would have cleared effectively when clear headed and fresh legged we played back into dangerous areas, and on more than one occasion we tried to dribble the ball forward out of the D. We were also too low on energy to make the long lead runs that stretch the pitch, which meant that the game got very congested in the middle channels which suited Marlborough more than it suited us.

With eight minutes to go Marlborough found the way to goal - an untidy affair which seemed to surprise them as much as it did us! Thankfully we had enough in the tank to ride out the storm, and before the end yet another two on one put Hooker free on the left hand post and he made no mistake to secure the 3-1 win. It was a pity not to round off the season with the full squad present, but great to get the win that the boys’ efforts deserved. There were enough moments today to remind us just how far the boys’ hockey has come on this term - we could easily have won the game by very much more on fresher legs. They will certainly be a side to watch as they go up through the school, with several in the B team improving fast and pushing them hard too. Going forward, they need to be more physically resilient against larger sides and certainly more mentally resilient when things don’t go their way. The former will happen naturally as the Shredded Wheat does its stuff over the next year or so, the mental toughness and discipline they will need to work on. (PDAR/VPL)

The 14Bs raced into a 2-0 lead and having gained complete control of the game were then guilty of taking their foot off the gas and enabling Marlborough to stage a recovery. After the break, we found ourselves 3-2 behind, before remembering how we started the game to salvage a 3-3 draw. (RJCG)

The 14Cs lost 2-3, annoyingly, in a slightly strange game. Four players had already played for the B team (2 who had played up and 2 who played down) due to the aforementioned illness and absence, and subsequently were very tired. We lost the first half 0-2 with their attack running rings around our defence and our midfield not supporting our defence, although we looked dangerous when we got it up front. We re-jigged things at half time – put four across the back and moved Henry Martin (usually right wing) to midfield to specifically take 16’s and any free hits in our half as he can hit the ball for several miles. Subsequently, we won the second half 2-1. Although they were running on empty, I would like to commend the four who played two games without subs: Tom Ling, Jack Robinson, George Serjeant and Nat Merrell. (HB)

Thank you to all of the players and coaching staff on what has been a busy and demanding season, on all fronts. The style of hockey that has been played, and the spirit and camaraderie that has regularly been in evidence is testament to efforts of all concerned, in creating a very positive atmosphere. MDC

Composite team of the week (3-4-3):
GK: Hamish Ryan (U15C)

RB: Jo Bland (U15B) CB: Ed Loveridge (U16B) LB: Will Toosey (U16B)

RM: Henry Martin (U14C) CM: Freddie Peters (U16A) CM: Richie Steavenson (1st XI) LM: Luke Hett (1st XI)

RF: Monty Hooker (U14A) CF: Tom Prest (U16A) LF: Fergus Van der Flier (U15B)

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

Sporting quote of the week:

“ Every time you skip a rep behind your coach’s back you are not tricking him or her, you are cheating your teammates and yourself ”

Mark Burley

Director of Sport

Twitter: @CanfordSport

27th March 2019