28 Jun 2019
Summer Term 2019 - Week 7 Sports Report

Summer Term 2019 - Week 7 Sports Report
Saturday 15th June Cricket v Sherborne

Unfortunately the rain on Saturday hit the eastern part of the county the hardest and this put paid to all the planned home cricket fixtures. Thankfully, the weather was brighter and warmer out west and so the two scheduled games at Sherborne were able to go ahead.

With heavy rain falling as the 1st XI travelled across to Sherborne it was pleasing to arrive at the ground with conditions brightening and the missing members of our team all present after their cultural visit to Goodwood race course the night before. It was agreed to play a 40 over match and Sherborne won the toss and decided to bat. Our bowling was once again inconsistent, bowling both sides of the wicket and in the end 37 extras were conceded, 27 of which were wides. Nevertheless, we did manage to bowl Sherborne out in the last over for 201; Tom Sykes 2-40 off 5, Harry Moores 1-11 off 2, Tom Prest 2-24 off 8, Miles Quick 1-32 off 7, Nick Broad 2-40 off 7, Matt Longley and Seb Fecher wicket-less but at least 7 of the team had some bowling practice.

Our innings started well with Tom Prest (15) and Tom Sykes (31) taking us to 43 before we lost our way. Will Whitmore (22) put up some resistance and Harry Moores with 10, stood at the non-strikers end and watched 5 wickets fall. None of the other batsmen got into double figures and disappointingly we were bowled out in the 23rd over.

The weather gods certainly smiled on us as most of the game was played in glorious sunshine and blue skies but unfortunately the cricketing gods did not. The reflections after the game agreed we made an average Sherborne team look good, a view actually backed up by one of their staff members. Cricket is a game where you have to keep working and addressing one’s weaknesses and unfortunately for the boys, poor attendances at practices due to study leave, school trips, exam absence and some poor weather since half term have meant the only practice they are getting is on a match day which does not help. If the weather permits there is still plenty of cricket left to play and an opportunity to finish the season off positively. Lost by 85 runs. (JS)

Though the U15As put in a solid batting performance against a consistent attack, perhaps the 140 target we set was 30 or 40 light of a match winning score. Still the biggest area to work on is how to keep the scoreboard ticking over against good bowling as singles were still far too few and far between and running between the wickets was not as urgent as it could have been. Only our best effort with the ball would have been enough to defend the below par score and we got close to it! However, Sherborne crawled over the line with 3 deliveries left. A super vibe in the field is something that Canford should look to build on. Canford 139 for 9 (30 overs) Sherborne 140 for 6 (29.3 overs) South West Schools Athletics Championships, Exeter Arena Canford athletics continues to progress and another strong showing of competitors were representing Dorset at the South West champs in Exeter. There was a new pb for Eddie Stirling in the Inter Boys triple jump where he finished 6th with a distance of 12m40, just 1cm short of the School record. Mattie Effick also threw a new pb in the Senior boys’ javelin, finishing 4th overall and improved the school record to 47m37. Zach Fenwick finished 6th in the same competition. The only South West schools’ champion from Canford this year was Adam Phillips in the senior boys’ discus, throwing almost 45m to take the title and booking his place for the forthcoming English Schools’ championships in Birmingham in July, (MSB)

Rowing Reading Amateur Regatta.

Canford1st VIII (Rory Johnson, Hamish Johnson, Oliver Scudds, William Galbraith, Simon Jowett, George Vaughan, Max Beaney, Robert Way, cox George Farthing) were drawn against The King’s School Canterbury, in what was expected to be an evenly matched race in the side by side format over a 1200m course. In the 1st round against ‘Kings’ Canford had a good start and at half way the crews were virtually level but with only 300 metres to go King’s put in a burst and managed to cross the line by ¾ length in front of Canford. King’s School went on to race against Bryanston School in the final and were beaten by ½ length. (ID)

Marlow Town Regatta

The Canford J16 coxed four of Sam Smith, Nat Cranton, Joe Cox, Matthew Butterfield and cox Ines de la Cruz celebrated the end of their GCSE exams with a trip to Marlow Town regatta. By fitting their sessions around their GCSEs they managed to put in some decent training as a crew this week. They are a crew made up of “strength” rather than “finesse” athletes but were looking very cohesive by Saturday. They faced two halves of Hampton’s eight in a straight final. Unfortunately, despite a good start, they were narrowly beaten by both Hampton boats: and were a little unnerved by the rough water coupled with the aggressive steering from the other crews. Despite not coming home with a medal the crew learned a lot and to be bested by Hampton (with 1400 boys on their roster) is no disgrace at all. (EHJ).

Two J14 Boys quads raced at Marlow Town Regatta, part of the Festival weekend and a nice traditional river regatta. The races were three lanes, and both of the Canford boats were drawn on the middle station. The first of the two crews - Hall, Bishop, Deng, Fox-Pitt & Fillingham (c) - won their heat against crews from Claire’s Court and RGS High Wycombe, making it through to the Final. The second crew - Kosgei, Wyatt, Cherrington, Hallam & Burnet (c) - lost in their heat to Falcon RC and St Edward’s. In the final our crew pushed hard, and showed how important it is to race right up to the finish line – coming past the landing stages they were in 3rd place, but they clawed up to 2nd by the finish line, losing to Falcon RC who beat our other crew, but beating another Claire’s Court crew who limped across the line with only 7 oars intact! (AT).

Tennis v Lord Wandsworth’s College & Bryanston

It was a very successful day for both the boys’ and girls’ tennis teams against Lord Wandsworth’s College and Bryanston School respectively. The U15A boys ran out 4-2 winners and the U14A boys whitewashed their hosts 6-0. Against Bryanston there were wins for every age group in the girls’ club except the U15D and that match was a narrow 4-5 loss.

Boys v LWC: U15A W 4-2 U14A W 6-0

Girls v Bryanston: U15A W 9-0 U15B W 7-2 U15C W 7-2 U15D L 4-5 U14A W 6-3 U14B W 8-1 U14C W 5-4 U14D W4-2

Concluding thoughts

As we reach the end of the academic year it is always an opportune moment to take time to reflect upon one’s performances across this year. The best performers across all aspects of life regularly review and reflect in order to make appropriate adjustments and improvements. Failure to do so will inevitably result in actions and behaviours which are no different to previous years and so the rate of development and progression will at best be slow, and at worst, halt and likely decline. If it is so obvious we should actively reflect on all aspects of our performance than why do so few pupils engage in this process? For a start, it’s difficult to do properly. It requires a level of self-awareness which is often lacking and also requires people to be honest with themselves and a willingness to be self-critical. Our egos tend to prefer us to be rather more complimentary to ourselves and as such we often find it difficult to be genuinely objective and truthful.

It is for that reason sports psychologists and performance coaches often recommend the use of review templates where individuals judge themselves against set criteria in order to achieve an overall score. The allocation of a tangible score to personal characteristics and values, which some people might find rather abstract, helps us to determine areas of strength and weakness and therefore identify key targets and goals for improvement. I have devised such a template for you to use as a self-reflection tool and for those who would like to try it please let me know. Why not give it a go and see if you can identify specific values / characteristics which might require addressing over the summer and into next term. I am happy to discuss and help establish new targets and goals with any of you should you wish to commit to areas of self-improvement after completing this reflection exercise.

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

Sporting quote of the week:

“ When your best player puts it on the line every day, the other guys can’t cut corners”

Mark Burley

Director of Sport

Twitter: @CanfordSport

19th June 2019