24 May 2019
Summer Term 2019 - Week 4 Sports Report

Summer Term 2019 - Week 4 Sports Report

Thursday 16th May: Tennis v Winchester

It was great to have a number of boys make their 1st and 2nd team debuts on Thursday. Traditionally, the Winchester College fixture has been a tough one and this year was no different. The 1sts came out 5-4 winners but their 1st pair remained unbeaten through the afternoon despite a tough challenge especially from our first pair of Ben Morris and Will Pickard. The boys that stepped in to take the places of the exam absentees really stepped up especially our Fifth Form pupils Ben Priaulx and Max Richards. Well done to Michael Galley on his 1st VI debut, well deserved. The 2nd VI had a comfortable win and I was delighted with the boys who made their debuts. Ollie Leat, Ben Holland and Tom Edsall played high quality doubles with pressure on the opponents especially at the net which paid dividends. It is great to see such a long list of the Lower Sixth playing to add to our high level of junior involvement. Both senior teams remain unbeaten as we head towards our Bryanston fixture (DFL)

The walk from the car park to the court was a long one, which should have served as a very good warm-up for the U15s! The Winchester ‘A’ squad proved to be a very stern opposition, and what tipped the balance was their aggression at the net. Although our boys could match them in the baseline rallies, they were far better at going for the interceptions at the net than we were. Our serving in general was far before than before, especially from Tom Amy and Billy Noel, who served a very good rate of first serves in. What they did not do was take control of the rallies on the back of those good serves. Tommy Davies and Alex Daubeney struggled to get going all afternoon in what was a new partnership being trialled, but they were trying to be far more aggressive at the net towards the end which was great to see. Welly Johnson and Alfonso Benavides-Fortuny got off to a good start, but then were a little unlucky to lose the next two sets.

The B’s were far more equally matched. Sam Thomson and Finn Rogers showed grit and determination to win their first set 7-6, whilst Freddie Young and Rory Smith showed solid net play to take their first set 6-4. After 8 sets, the score was tied at 4-4, and it came down to Nat Davey and Raffi Mills who were playing their final match. In their first match together, they showed good understanding with one another and produced some great tennis to win against their pair 1. However, their pair 2 proved to be just a little too strong for us, as we lost out 2-6, losing the match 4-5 in sets. I was very pleased with what I had seen, especially they were taking on board the advice being given as well as showing visible improvement on their serves and net plays. (OSL)

ESAA Track & Field Cup: King's Park, Bournemouth

The team format of all competitors participating in two events, one track and one field, really generates a great spirit amongst the athletes and this was evident at King’s Park last Thursday. The Inter Girls team made up of Shells and Fourth Form pupils finished second behind Sherborne Girls with Georgie Boon the pick of the group scoring 39 points in her two events. The second place finish is also enough for the girls to progress onto the Regional round in Basingstoke after half term. The boys unfortunately missed out on second place by 25 pts so sadly do not go through to the next stage. Seb Gallego was the star of the show scoring 42 points from his two events.

Cricket: v Milton Abbey

Canford 4thXI hosted Milton Abbey 2nds for a T20. Canford won the toss and decided to bat. William Jones got Canford off to a solid start with a run-a-ball 35, partnered by Captain Archie VD Flier who made 36 quickly. Jones was run out trying to steal a quick single. Matt Wilkinson came in at 4 and started slowly but built his innings and finished not out on 30. Noah le Boutillier got his innings off to a flyer with a six, maintaining that vein of form throughout with a quick fire 36 off 17. Canford racked up an impressive 194 from their 20 overs for 4 wickets.

Fourth former George Peacock, took Canford’s first wicket bowling the opposition’s opener. However, Milton Abbey put up a solid battle for the 2nd wicket with a 50 run partnership. The ball was handed to Charlie Peplow, a keeper by trade, who broke the deadlock. Supported by Noah at the other end with a superb spell conjuring a 3 wicket maiden over. The tail did not wag and Jones came in to finish the job with a 3 wicket haul. The opposition were bowled out for 117. (MWH)

After a heavy defeat to a strong Millfield side on Saturday, the U14Bs were looking to bounce back with a big performance against Milton Abbey in a mid-week fixture. The side had a number of changes from the weekend, with a large percentage of the U15 girls’ cricket team joining ranks with the boys to form a formidable 11. Canford won the toss and chose to bat first. Eliot Eyre and Jack Robinson opened up, with Robinson being the clear pick of the batters on the day. He played a very mature innings to score 51 from just 39 balls including 8 4’s to all parts of the boundary, finally being retired (not out) for his fine efforts. This put Canford in the driving seat along with contributions from Freddie Homer, Alex Klosterfelde, Lucas Francis, Alice Hazell and Jocelyn Child with a flurry of runs towards the back end of the innings. After 20 overs Canford posted a significant total of 160-6 from their 20 overs, which gave their bowling attack something to bowl at.

Seven different bowlers made up the Canford bowling attack, which displayed the depth and diversity of bowling throughout the team. Eyre and India Herrington took the limelight with Eyre bowling 2.2 overs, picking up 3 wickets and only conceding 5 runs. Equally as accurate, albeit a little more expensive, India picked up 3 wickets for 18 runs from her 2 overs. Hazell and Klosterfelde got in on the action and took 2 wickets and 1 wicket respectively. Ultimately, the accurate bowling coupled with aggression and precision in the field was too much for Milton Abbey and they were all bowled out for 79. The highlight performance of the season so far for the U14B’s seeing them win by a monumental 81 runs. (RJC)

Saturday 18th : Swimming U16 Girls’ Gala v Sherborne Girls, Leweston and King’s Bruton

The girls took 3rd place overall with some consistent performances with pick of the bunch India Rose taking 1st place in the 50m backstroke

Tennis v Sherborne:

On Saturday the 1st & 2nd VI girls played a well-fought match against Sherborne Girls. Despite being rained off in the final round of matches, the 1st team ended their day with a 4-3 lead. The 2nd team had a brilliant day with a 7-2 win, keeping the Sherborne girls on their toes in every point. The girls were determined to play hard and fight for every point, never giving up even when playing the top opposition pair. Both teams adapted to the style of play that Sherborne produced and were successful in their attempts. It was great to see the girls implementing the volley strategies and scenarios that were practised throughout the week. The attitudes and spirits the girls displayed were an excellent show of sportsmanship, and their desire to play better and improve in each match was a lovely sight. (DM)

The U15As played a fantastic match which came right down to the wire! The two teams were both evenly matched and whilst in the first round we went down 2-1, in the second, as the girls got used to playing on grass, we came back 2-1. So at 3 sets all going into the final round the atmosphere on court was pretty tense. Rosie Ireland and Flora Lingafelter won their set in fine style (they haven’t lost a set yet this season!) whilst Molly Taylor and Alicia Hudson went down to the second pair after a match with more deuces than one would think possible! Meanwhile on court 3, Becky Morris and Jessie Shuttleworth were locked in battle with the Sherborne Pair 3. This was a demonstration of power and precision with both sides hitting really well. Serving was great and both sides were strong at the net. It went to tiebreak and initially our pair went down. However they held their nerve, with Becky holding her serve under pressure and then went on to win the tiebreak 7-5. You could have a heard a pin drop through the final few points and it was really impressive to see how well Becky and Jessie rose to the occasion - putting nerves aside and ending the match at the net! For their sheer nerve and persistence they are this week’s pair of the week for the As. W5-4

This was a tough fixture for our Bs as the Sherborne Bs have had an impressive series of results this term. However, though the eventual score line did not show it the Canford Bs put up a very strong fight, demonstrating strong ground strokes and confident net play. Top pair, Eloise Cooper and Millie Keen got to play their sets on grass and adapted very well to the new service. Though they lost their first two sets each one was hard fought and extremely close with most games going to deuce. Their last set went to a tiebreak which they won with a combination of Millie’s steady ground strokes and Eloise’s aplomb at the net! It was a great finish. Meanwhile, on the hard courts the other two pairs battles it out with matches taking longer than the As even as games went to deuce. Hattie Kent and Lucy Hopwood are this week’s pair of the week as they played really well for all 3 sets, winning their second match in fine style and showing a combination of movement around the court combined with solid strokes and strong net play. They remained cheerful and positive throughout some extremely pressurised games. Both teams played really well and it was so great to see them taking this week’s training points on volleying into their matches! Well done to all! L2-7 (CEI)

The U14A match against Sherborne saw some exceptionally close matches. Lara Ela Ulkeroglu and Georgie Boon had a clean sweep winning all three of their matches, Charlie Whitmore and Nia Edwards had a tough fight against their opposite number with long rallies and every game going to deuce. U14B's won their fixture against Sherborne 7-2. Again the matches were well contested with all pairings fighting for points. Tara King and Tiva Kent had two narrow defeats but pushing their opposition to a 5-6 result.

Athletics match v Bryanston, Dauntsey’s, Clayesmore, Milton Abbey (h)

In the first home athletics match of the season there were wins for the Junior Girls, Inter Boys & Senior Boys, 2nd place for both Senior Girls & Junior Boys and a 3rd place finish for the Inter Girls. Highlight of the day was the new junior girls’ school record in the discus for Evelyn Young throwing 27.21m.

Rowing: Exeter

Canford’s 1st VIII and girls’ coxless ‘four’ travelled to Exeter for a training fixture before the National Schools’ Regatta this coming weekend. Given that both Canford crews have been at home training without a regatta it was an important opportunity before the National Schools to “stretch their legs” over a meaningful distance, something which we are hampered by on our stretch of river. Our girls were pitched against the university’s second year ‘four’ who are also hoping to qualify for Henley Women’s Regatta, and found themselves in a good position. Some competitive power paddling followed by pieces in the second session proved to be a day well spent, with the girls achieving some great speed and confidence for this coming weekend.

Canford boys’ 1st VIII also built more confidence into their rowing and took on Exeter’s 2nd boat. This was a relatively even match between the two eights with Canford coming off the stronger. The crews competed two 1000 metre and two 500 metre pieces. With Canford crews winning all their races it was an important statement and testament to their commitment towards the National Schools’ Regatta, an event they have been working towards all year.

Thames Ditton

Saturday was a busy day with trailers and multiple buses also heading to Thames Ditton. Six crews raced side by side over the 1000m course. First off in the morning division were our two J15 boys’ quads. It was a short visit to the regatta for these boys as both crews lost their first races to Windsor Boys School. The 2nd VIII took on Bryanston twice as the third crew entered into the division withdrew. Still a great opportunity to get some racing under their belt especially with National Schools the following weekend. On both occasions, the Canford 2nd VIII came off behind Bryanston leaving the boys somewhat disheartened but in the same breath had taken a lot from the racing to put into next weekend. The girls’ novice ‘four’ enjoyed their race, despite some minor equipment failure scuppering their speed a little leaving them too much to pull back to take the win. The J15 girls’ coxed quads were the final crews to race but they unfortunately also joined the tally of losses in their first and only races of the day. As a whole, the day’s racing was a tough encounter, but all came away with smiles on their faces and much to take from the experience.

Sunday 19th May Maidenhead

Maidenhead is a busy but fun regatta for our Shells to experience. The structure which allows for two definite races for each crew is a key reason for attending and along with the great hospitality and friendly environment, it really is a great experience for our rowers. Five crews were at the regatta for the day – 3 boys’ coxed quads and 2 girls’ coxed quads. The aim of the day was to have fun, learn from each race and simply experience a regatta. All 25 pupils handled themselves well, responding to the coaches, asking great questions and managing themselves and their crews extremely well. Unlike last year, we didn’t come away with any medals, but that didn’t detract from the enjoyment for all involved.

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Athletics Practice

Athletics Match – Saturday 18th May

Cricket 4th XI v Milton Abbey U18B

Cricket U14B v Milton Abbey U14A

Cricket U14A v Gillingham

Girls’ Tennis v Sherborne

Sporting quote of the week

“ When your best player is working harder than everybody and holding everyone accountable, that’s a winning culture, ”

Mark Burley

Director of Sport

Twitter: @CanfordSport

23rd May 2019