02 May 2019
Summer Term 2019 - Week 1 Sports Report

Summer Term 2019 - Week 1 Sports Report

This edition of the weekly sports report is a bit of a milestone as it is actually my 100th edition! To the pupils, I hope you all still enjoy reading about your achievements along with those of your peers and I know many parents and teachers continue to find it interesting. If anyone wishes to get involved in providing any kind of features / interviews for the odd edition then please let me know.

Even though we are just days into the new term there have already been pupils requesting to miss matches and switch from team sports this term because they wish to focus on their studies. I have written about the importance of maintaining a full involvement in sport during exams in previous sports reports (see: Summer Term Week 1, 2016: https://www.socscms.com/socs/documents/SSPResources/6a7c5fda-76b5-4c10a4bb-0c21b4246271.pdf) but interestingly last week similar messages were reiterated in The Daily Telegraph and I would urge you to read the article if you have not already done so (https://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/2019/04/24/children-should-not-stop-playing-sport-run-exams-has-noimpact/?WT.mc_id=tmg_share_em).

Tennis

If you can cast your minds back to the last week of the Easter Term, our Glanville Cup team consisting of Harry Pickard, Will Pickard, Ben Morris and Bennet Von Tschischwitz had their first round match. A brilliant 9-0 win against Bishop Wordsworth’s although this scoreline doesn’t quite reflect the matches as some of the games were very close, indeed Bennet’s singles match went on for 2 hours! Lots of hard work from all of the boys given how little tennis they had been playing up to this point. They play Bournemouth Collegiate School this week.

Unfortunately due to high winds, the match against Taunton was cancelled for both the boys and girls. Storm Hannah saw winds a high of 52 MPH, rain, hail and bursts of 1 minute sunshine. The 1-4th, U14A/B and U15A/B girls and boys enjoyed a part court fitness session and part technical, working on volleys up close. The U14 C/D U15C/D enjoyed a short tennis session inside which enabled the girls to work on technique. It proved really beneficial and something we may look to do again, with lighter balls outside. This week we are looking forward to a big Thursday match day: Girls v Bryanston, Boys v Sherborne and U15C team LTA event against Corfe Hills.

Cricket v King’s College, Taunton

The first match of the season saw the 1st XI travel to King’s Taunton, arriving to find Storm Hannah had moved one set of sightscreens a good hundred yards from where they should have been and she was still blowing!

Canford won the toss and decided to bat and things were going well until Tom Prest was out for 26 in the sixth over. From then on not a lot of resistance materialised from the rest of the team with extras being the next highest scorer with 23, Matt Daubeney 18 and Nick Broad 14. Disappointingly, we went from 49 for 2 in the eleventh over to 117 all out in the twenty ninth. The interval provided an opportunity to establish a target for the bowlers to try and get the batsmen out of a hole and give it a go for the first ten overs.

Conditions unfortunately hadn’t got any better as we took to the field, as it was still blowing a ‘hooley’. Six bowlers were tried to no avail with the Taunton openers knocking off the required runs in the eighteenth over. A pattern of bowling both sides of the wicket and too short was common with the exception of Harry Moores who bowled the only maiden in the match and “pitched the ball up“. All the guys realise a lot of hard work is required before the next big game against Millfield at home. (JS)

The Canford 3rd XI had a seemingly tough start to the season ahead of them with an away trip to the strong cricketing school of King’s College, Taunton, however this did not faze the boys at all. Canford lost the toss and were put in to bat. Opener Tom Holtby was clean bowled early on in his innings by what only can be described as a 1 in a million delivery. Following this, Jacob Browning joined the other opener, Charlie Anstee, at the crease and this is where the innings really began. They ticked the run rate over steadily to begin with and as they played themselves in they began to pick the bad balls and punish them for numerous 4s. The pair built and impressive partnership of 103 runs off just 70 balls before Browning was dismissed for 78. Anstee secured 29 himself with others lower down the order chipping in, including Archie Van Der Flier, Seb Fecher and Barney Peddie. Ultimately, Canford posted a score of 153-7 after the 25 over innings and certainly gave themselves something to bowl at.

The Canford bowling attack was varied and aggressive with 7 bowlers having spells on the day. The pick of the seamers had to be Fecher with impressive figures of 5 overs, 2 wickets for 15 runs. Additionally, Freddie Hamilton and Gabe Wilkinson, the other seamers in the team picked up 2 wickets each. Equally, the 2 spinners, Noah Le Boutillier and Browning were very economical and cleaned up the rest of the King’s batting line-up. In the end, a strong bowling attack coupled with a tight fielding display lead well by Van Der Flier saw King’s bowled out for 129 and therefore Canford won the match by 24 runs. A fantastic start to a very promising season. (RJC)

Canford's U14As started their cricket season with a home game against a strong King’s Taunton, in blustery and changeable conditions. Having won the toss and put King’s into bat, Canford got off to a good start, with Elliot Hilton and Tristan Fulton opening the bowling and holding them to 26 for 3, off 8 overs. The key wicket of King’s opener was taken by Oscar Berridge and George Bollard took two further wickets; Robbie Hemmings managed a stumping and catches were taken by Jack Robinson and Oscar Berridge. King’s Taunton saw out their 30 overs, scoring 117 runs and losing 9 wickets.

Having seen how difficult King’s had found scoring runs, the U14As knew that 118 runs was going to be tough, but was still an achievable target. The team got off to a slow, but relatively solid start, scoring 22 runs in the first 8 overs, for the loss of 1 wicket. Oscar Berridge and Monty Hooker managed to develop a partnership, with Robbie Hemmings taking over from Oscar and between the three of them, adding 51 runs to the team's total. Apart from a period early in the game, Canford failed to match King’s Taunton's run rate, losing their final wicket in the 29th over, scoring a total of 85 runs. A good win for Kings, but Canford's U14As showed promise which will hopefully come to fruition over the next match or two. Tristan Fulton was voted man of the match. (MXK)

The U14B team lost the toss and were asked to bat. The second over of the innings proved decisive - Canford lost 3 wickets and were never able to recover. Freddie Homer (10) played some nice shots and Thomas Luo scored his first runs in the sport but Canford collapsed to 41/9. Tom Ling and top scorer Jocelin Child (13) batted well to get the team to 64 all out. Ethan Bikhazi-Green kept very well and captained the side excellently. Canford fielded well, Elliot Eyre bowled tightly and Charlie Smith took two wickets but King's Taunton scored the necessary runs to win by 8 wickets. (WLA)

Athletics:

Girls away at Marlborough College (Marlborough College, Godolphin, Bradfield, Dauntsey’s, Downe House, Highgate, St Benedict’s, St Edward’s, Tudor Hall, Wycombe Abbey)

It was great for the girls to get an opportunity to blow the cobwebs away in the first weekend of term. Some of the highlights saw Polly Yule (IG) run well and confidently in the 80m hurdles, winning her race. Evelyn Young (JG) threw some impressive distances in both the shot and discus, in her first meet for Canford. Ines Mitchell ran her first 400m, moving up from the 300m distance now she is a senior and has put in a time on the board for her to keep building on. There were lots of good solid performances for the first meet out and hopefully the girls are ready to get on the training field and put in some technical work over the next couple of weeks. Congratulations go to Millie Dickins who has been selected as the girls’ Athletics Club Captain and Ines Mitchell as Vice Captain. (LER)

Senior boys in the Lutra Shield at Yeovil (v Sherborne, Millfield, Dauntsey’s, Blundell’s, Taunton, Kingswood). A late invitation to compete at Yeovil AC against a number of other schools was a fantastic opportunity for the senior boys to start their season off with a bang. The competition format saw A, B & C string competitors in every event and this meant lots of the boys were stepping into unfamiliar events in order to score points for their team. The team spirit and camaraderie on show was something to be proud of with Upper Sixth boys Jack Sherborne, Tom Ralls, Charlie Ford and George Baugniet setting fine examples to their peers. Tom’s sprint performance was a masterclass of effort in the ‘C’ string 100m.

Notable performances included Jack taking 1st place in the ‘A’ string 110mH and 2nd in ‘A’ string High Jump, Adam Phillips claiming 1st place in ‘A’ string discus and 2nd place in ‘A’ string shot put, George Baugniet achieving 1st place in ‘C’ string High Jump and Stew Boyd launching the discus to a fantastic 1st place in the ‘C’ string event. Fifth formers Adam Kwan, Joba Agbedejobi and Eddie Sterling performed admirably up against boys two years older than them with Adam and Eddie taking fine 3rd place positions in the 100mH and 400m ‘B’ string races respectively. (MSB)

Rowing:

Boys: Canford - Bedford Modern and The King’s Canterbury fixture, Henley - on - Thames.

With a window of opportunity after our training camp and before the regatta season starts the three schools met up for an informal fixture at the most convenient meeting point for everyone, Leander Club, Henley-on-Thames. By kind permissions Leander hosted the three schools and allowed them use of the club as a base for a day. A tour of the club took place where our young athletes were treated to a historic journey viewing honours boards and pictures of Olympic champions past and present.

The boys raced in different timed pieces against the other schools and gave a good account of themselves in what proved to be a worthwhile day of training at one of Britain’s oldest rowing clubs. Our grateful thanks’ go to Ali Brown, high performance men’s coach (Leander Club) for his time. (ID)

Our senior girls’ quad headed to Dorney to compete at the Scullery regatta. It was a great chance to see how lots of our competitors are doing at this stage of the year and the National Schools regatta just 4 weeks away. Imi Gallego, Lucy King, Grace Hewett and Tessa Marley were out to race at 8:10am in tricky conditions, although the wind was favourably a tail rather than head or cross. It was a time trial format against 15 other crews with the fastest 12 to go through to race again in an A and B final. The girls entered and finished the second half of the 1500m time trial stronger and better than the first, and the race was over faster than expected. Unfortunately, the girls came 13th, just 4 seconds off the 12th place crew and did not get a chance to race again. It was not the result we were aiming for but a great opportunity nonetheless to learn some lessons and implement in future training sessions. (ERD)

Golf: ISGA National Matchplay Finals, Royal St George’s GC

After getting through 4 Regional rounds, the golf team of Morgan Taylor, Giacomo Perin and Josh Brook went to the Golf Nationals at Sandwich, on the Kent coast. The competition was a team event, with the 2 best scores of the day from the team of three counting.

The first day of play was at a windy and cold Prince’s golf club. The boys struggled to keep the ball in play especially when hitting into the strong wind (the remnants of Storm Hannah). Morgan and Giacomo both shot 9 over par on the tough links course and Josh had a day that he would rather forget. This meant that the pressure was off as the boys were too far behind to compete for individual or team honours. The second day was played at Royal St. George’s (the venue for the 2020 Open Championship) in remarkably calm and sunny conditions. Morgan got off to a very slow start but then played some incredible approach shots and set himself up for half a dozen good birdie chances. However his flatstick let him down as he missed many putts within 8 feet and ended up 4 over par. Giacomo played equally as well and his “Italian hands” made short work of some tough approaches. However his putting let him down and he had a monsoon of pars (8 in a row) with few birdies and finished 6 over. Josh did incredibly well to put the previous day’s play behind him and find his game and finish just a few shots behind the other two. Overall the team finished 14th out of 20 schools. All three players will look back and think “what if …” but golf is never a game of perfection and sometimes needs good course management and not just hitting it sweetly. The boys will be able to watch the Open in 15 months’ time and reminisce on how the played the same course and by then will only be able to remember their best shots, of which there were many by all three. (GRS)

Special Request to Pupils:

The Canford grounds staff invest a huge amount of time and effort in preparing our grass pitches for use. Not only do the pitches continue to look magnificent they are also outstanding surfaces to play sport on. The professional pride the staff take in producing such top quality surfaces should not be underestimated and that is why it is particularly galling to see pupils, often due to a lack of thought rather than any malicious intent, walk or even cycle straight across key playing areas. I urge you to respect the efforts of the grounds staff, as well as recognising the detrimental impact increased wear and tear on the playing surfaces brings for yourself and your peers, by not walking right across the centre of pitches and certainly not cycling on the grass.

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

Sporting quote of the week:

“It’s normal to enjoy praise and dislike criticism. True character is when you prevent either from affecting you in a negative manner.”

Mark Burley

Director of Sport

Twitter: @CanfordSport

1st May 2019