03 Oct 2019
Christmas Term 2019 - Sports Report, Week 4

Christmas Term 2019 - Sports Report, Week 4
Thursday 26th September Badminton v Bournemouth University 3 (h)

The first match of the season in the local Men’s league was great fun for both teams, all matches were competitive and played in a good spirit. The BU team had some experienced players and won 11 – 4. After going 4-0 down in the first two matches the Canford team rallied (!) and played with a little more thought and composure to fight back to get some games in the remaining rubbers. Ben Parkin and JC Zhang managed to win one of their matches, but all the boys scored at least one point for the team. They now know what to expect when playing experience senior badminton players.

I was particularly proud of the way our team welcomed the opposition and were gracious in defeat, applauding good play and focussing well if they played a bad shot. I think it is safe to say that the coach was a little frustrated by the number of unforced errors during the rallies, but pleased with the level of serving – at least we started the points well! (CLF)

Basketball v Clayesmore (a)

The team travelled to Clayesmore keen to show what they’d learnt from last week’s baptism of fire against BCS. We matched the hosts for possession and team skills, but came up just short (16-20) because some of our individual skills weren’t as strong – on four or five occasions our missed basket resulted in a quick break and straightforward lay-up for the opposition. Tommy Qian was our man-of the-match with 7 pts, 8 rebounds and 3 blocks and captain Fin Boardman was as busy up and down court as ever. Also pleasing was that all twelve players played in rotation and all contributed in their own way. (SLI)

Rugby v Bishop Wordsworth’s School, Nat West Schools’ Cup, 1st Round

The 1st XV continued their impressive start to the term with a victory in the National Cup round 1 over local rivals Bishop Wordsworth’s. The boys looked in total charge of this game from start to finish and the win was built on the foundations of dominant forward play. Once again, the set-piece dictated and even after a slight wobble initially in the line-out, the boys varied mauling play and direct running and had their opponents camped in their own half for all the first half. A twenty point lead with such a strong wind behind them might not have seemed like quite enough to secure the victory as the teams changed ends but Bishop’s poor use of the wind combined with excellent defence from the Canford boys on their own goal line and some assured fielding of kicks from Harry Moores allowed the boys in blue and white the chance to go up the field and score into the wind and take any chance of victory out of Bishops’ control.

Facing the same opponents next week complacency will need to be put to the back of the 1’s minds and a similarly ruthless and thorough victory will be expected this coming Saturday, once again at Higher Park. Archie VDF was outstanding leading the pack, Adam Phillips conversion to tight head has been a revelation and given a solidity to the set piece that allows the back row and Fred Charles plenty of opportunity to attack from. If we defend from the off like we did from the start of the 2nd half then the result this Saturday will take care of itself. W32-5 (PTS)

Rugby v Bournemouth School

The U16 Colts team continued their fine start to the season with an excellent display against Bournemouth School in the 2nd round of the D&WRFSU Cup. Facing a much bigger team the Canford defensive line stood firm against a wave of one-out runners, maintaining their shape, organisation and patience to force turnovers. After quelling the initial attacks from BSB Canfor showed their attacking intent when Fergus van de Flier led a break out from deep inside the Canford half. He fed speedster Max Paget just over beyond the half way and the winger outflanked the defence to score the first try of the match. Further attacks from deep by the Canford backs were undone by a handling error or by holding on to the ball for too long. After ten minutes or so a scrum on Canford’s 10m line set up the chance for a set piece move and this resulted in a try for full back Seb Gallego. BSB came back into the game but strong defence from Matt Kosgei, Luke Zamoyski-Freitag and Tommy Davies often knocked the opposition runners back. Just before half time another series of attacks close to the Bournemouth line saw an overlap created and Roman Gill finished off in the right hand corner.

Shortly after half time Canford were on the scoreboard again. A jinking run from winger Harrison Hill saw him beat three defenders and from the ensuing ruck penalty advantage was being played when Tommy Davies put in an exquisite cross field kick pass to winger Max Paget who dotted down for an easy score. Gill converted. BSB were not lying down and their big runners started to make a few dents in the Canford midfield. From a clear line break, good support play saw them maintain possession and go over for a deserved try. Rattled, Canford bounced back immediately, and a superb attack from deep saw Paget and Gallego exchange passes before skipper Gallego dotted down for his brace, again converted by Paget. The remainder of the game saw possession and territory shared between both sides but no further scores occurred.

Better defensive organisation and physical commitment coupled with the continued ambition and willingness to attack from deep characterised Canford’s display in this match and more of the same will be needed against Bishops Wordsworth’s School this coming weekend. W29-5 (MSB)

The U15As faced off against Bournemouth School for Boys, following a hard fought victory against PGS the previous week. As a result, they were looking to take this winning form forward, continuing to front up and play fast paced, well-structured rugby. Canford quickly put the opposition under pressure from the kick off, winning the ball back and moving through a number of well worked phases, making use of their ball carriers before releasing the backs. Through this play Jack Robinson got exceptionally close to the line before being stopped, only to recycle the ball which saw Jack Janaway over the try line, sniping around the blind side. The game then went through a period of back and forth in midfield, before Canford again got control of things, working the phases, gaining territory, before Monty Hooker scythed through the Bournemouth defence to score. Oscar Berridge then added another 2points through a well taken conversion. During the next period of play, Jack Janaway showed excellent game awareness, coming up off the bottom of a ruck to see that the game had moved off to the right and Bournemouth’s defence was narrow. As a result he stayed wide on the left wing and waited for Canford to work the phases, before coming back to him. The space in the back left corner was seen by Oscar Feingold at fly half who put a lovely weighted kick into the dead ball area, which Jack dropped on, picking up his second try. With the score now 17-0, Canford had taken control of the game and the first half was rounded off by scores from Jack Janaway (his 3rd) and Oscar Feingold. The half time score was 24-0.

Notwithstanding the score line, Bournemouth worked hard throughout the game to disrupt play and when they had the ball, did well to work through the phases. Despite these efforts, Canford worked hard in defence, not allowing anything to come through the middle of the park and managing to stifle, frustrate and then turn over ball. The first score of the half came from Ollie Glen and followed a lovely worked move off the back of a scrum in the 15m channel, close to the opposition 22m line. James Harvey picked up off the back of the scrum, drew in the initial defenders and then popped the ball from contact, to Felix Synnott on the crash ball, coming back inside. The move worked brilliantly, driving play to within 5m, before some good recycling of ball, hands and Ollie scoring in the corner. After this, Oscar Feingold picked up another try, having ripped the ball off the opposition. The final try again went to Ollie Glen and followed a kick to clear our half, a well-orchestrated chase, followed by another rip, hands and a score in the corner. The score line suggests that this was a straightforward game, but it came about through the U15s working hard to break down Bournemouth’s defence. There was also some lovely interplay in the forwards, with Charlie Hallam, Ollie Fox-Pitt and Henry Martin having some excellent carries. Man of the match votes went to Jack Janaway, Ollie Glen and Oscar Feingold, with Ollie coming out on top, gaining the majority of votes. Next stop is our first National Cup match on Thursday against Priestlands at home, followed by Bishops away on Saturday. W39-0 (BIHC)

The U14A team started where they left off against PGS last week. A physically powerful Bournemouth Grammar School visited us and we knew that the team would need to keep their structure and patterns of play if we were to get on top. The early signs were really positive. The side played with greater width in attack and defence and this meant that the BGS side weren’t able to find holes with their big runners. When we finally got our hands on the ball, the team were able to work their way through phases, resulting in spaces appearing. The tries scored in the first half by Canford were some of the best of the season to date and were real team efforts. Each player is beginning to do their job whether ball carrying, rucking, creating space. Communication is improving allowing the inside backs to get ball with the defence still organising. The final score of 31-10 was really encouraging and completed a productive first 4 weeks of term. Mention goes to Tom Hopwood and George Burnell who did a lot of good work around the pitch and a strong return to the ‘A’ team from Max Firth both in attack and defence. W3110 (DFL)

Swimming: Dorset Schools Swimming Association Relays

Three teams competed at the Dorset Schools’ Swimming Gala. In the Intermediate Boys Robbie Hemmings, Conor Cherrington, Isaac Gill and Henry Lane came 6th in the 4x50m Freestyle relay and 7th in the 4x50 Medley relay. The Senior Boys team, composed of Tom Dodd, Matt Longley, Aidan Dure-Smith and Sam Thomson, came 4th in the 4x50m Freestyle and 6th in the 4x50 Medley relay. In the girls’ events, our Senior Girls team of Jess West, India Rose, Alice Herbert and Rachel Ko came 7th in both the 4x50 Freestyle relay and the 4x50 Medley relay. We were really pleased with the team effort in a very competitive event and we will certainly be back next year again. (FC)

Golf: HMC Foursomes v Sherborne (a)

After last week’s disappointment in the ISGA Singles competitions, the team of 6 were hoping to get a win in the 1st round of the HMC Foursomes against Sherborne. This format is matchplay with each player taking alternate shots. The most important thing is to keep the ball in play and make your opponents win holes rather than giving them away. Our first pair of Charlotte Brook and Giacomo Perin got off to a good start and were ahead after 9 holes. They increased their lead to 3 up with 5 to play but then got pegged back and ended up having to play extra holes. Adam Reid and Tom Holtby were 3 down after 3 which is obviously far from ideal and had to chase the game for the rest of the afternoon. They finally lost 4 and 2. The final pair of Josh Brook and Robbie Lingafelter had a very close game with not much more than a hole in it until the end when their opponents went 2 up with 2 to play. The boys had a chance on the 17th but followed their opponents into the green side bunker and lost 3 and 1. The first match was still going (and now on the 20th hole) but with Sherborne already 2-0 up, that match was considered a tie so Sherborne won 2 ½ to ½. Overall I felt that both teams were pretty equally matched and either could have won but, in the end, home advantage probably made that little bit of difference. (GRS)

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

Sporting quote of the week:

“Goals achieved with little effort are seldom worthwhile or lasting”


Mark Burley

Director of Sport

Twitter: @CanfordSport

2nd October 2019