25 Sep 2019
Christmas Term 2019 - Sports Report, Week 3

Christmas Term 2019 - Sports Report, Week 3

Monday 16th September Hockey, U14C v QE School, Wimborne U14A (h)

In just the second week into term, it is excellent that every Shell girl has donned the Canford colours with pride on the hockey pitch. A quick journey up to QE was plenty of time for this enthusiastic year group to warm up their vocal chords with gusto. For many players this was their first opportunity to hold a hockey stick in a competitive situation and they certainly did Canford proud. Chloe Nwankwo put her body on the line, diving into tackles; Olivia Jackson worked incredibly hard covering the whole pitch; Emily Shi ran her socks off in defence; Sophia Westberg and Lara Crorie were a threat upfront while Molly Peacock tracked back effectively as a midfielder. A great team performance and start to their Canford sporting career. L0-2 (NXW)

Tuesday 17th September Independent Schools Netball Cup, 1st VII v Portsmouth Grammar School (h)

The 1st Netball squad had their first run out of the season against an accomplished Portsmouth Grammar side. The 1st team had the introduction of new players from last year’s U16’s and new pupils to the school. The match was always going to be closely contested this early in the season and the game didn’t disappoint. In the first quarter Canford took the lead 8-6 and maintained the two goal advantage going into half time. In the third quarter the squad pulled away, winning that period 16-4. Portsmouth Grammar pulled back in the last quarter but even though the goals scored were shared 6-6, Canford progressed to Round 2 with a comfortable winning margin of 3620. A positive squad performance and we look forward to the challenge of round 2, which will be played before half term.

Wednesday 18th September Golf v King’s College, Taunton (ISGA Cup)

After reaching the National Finals for the last 2 year in a row, hopes were high that we would make it a ‘threepeat’. The team of Giacomo Perin, Charlotte Brook and Adam Reid played their counterparts from King’s Taunton in the 1st round at Yeovil. The sun-baked course meant accurate tee shots were necessary and fast greens needed to be read carefully. In the end Giacomo lost his unbeaten record in the competition losing 4 and 3. Charlotte also lost as she came up against an opponent who had his best round ever; he was 2 under after 12 (despite being a 12 handicapper). Adam Reid played well and was 1 under after 15, winning his match 4 and 3. Losing the match 2-1 was obviously disappointing but I hope the players can redeem themselves in next week’s HMC Foursomes v Sherborne. (GRS)

Thursday 19th September Cross Country: PEDSSA Series (h)

With temperatures usually associated with track and field athletics rather than cross country, the first PEDSSA cross country race of the season took place on home ground. The 2km circuit was completed by 8 of our Inter and Senior boys competing against 40 plus other runners in a combined age group race from across the local schools. Josh Davey led the Canford team around the course, finishing 7th overall, followed in closely by Jamie Barrington, Finn Baker and Jackson Kennett. With Max Lockyer, Rupert Peach, Jack Salmon and Aidan Dure-Smith all finishing in the top 25 places (TH)

Football v Taunton, ISFA Boodles Cup

After starting the season with a promising win, the Oaks’ rawness has shown in subsequent matches, and that was again the case in the 1st round of the ISFA Cup.

Facing Taunton, a school we traditionally have the better of, the opportunity was certainly there to progress to the 2nd round. The match was evenly poised in the first half, and the few chances created fell to Canford, with sharp counter-attacking play leading to two one-on-one situations. Despite the absence of any threat to our defence, we still found ourselves two one down as the first half whistle sounded. Lax defending from corners saw us concede two soft goals, before Oscar Webb rammed in a corner for us to halve the deficit.

In the second half, the boys started brightly, passing assuredly and crafting some decent chances; indeed, Taunton was barely on the ball for the first 20 minutes. Unfortunately, we lacked composure in front of goal, and, as the clock was ticking and we were still behind, we became ever more frantic in our play, abandoning the passing game that had seen us so dominant. Shape and patience went, and with it, our chances of winning. So, when Taunton hit us on the counter in the 75th minute, it didn’t feel particularly unfair.

Losses provide lessons, of course, so we hope that Saturday’s match against Wells gives the opportunity to show that we have learnt the virtue of keeping calm heads and trusting our game plan. L1-3 (SV)

Basketball v Bournemouth Collegiate School (h)

This term’s basketball squad is full of fresh faces, both new to the school and new to the sport. Having had a couple of training sessions the opportunity to test oneself in a competitive environment arrived with the visit of Bournemouth Collegiate School. The opposition compete in the local adult league and so have a technical and tactical understanding far in advance of our enthusiastic squad. This bore out in the final score-line of 10-65 but the players will have learned a huge amount and can aim to put these lessons into practice next week against Clayesmore. (MSB)

Squash v Clayesmore (h)

A fantastic effort from all the boys as they bounced back from last week to comfortably beat Clayesmore 11-0. Player of the day goes to Richard Hare, who had a marathon of a match which could have gone either way, but he kept his composure and our 100% record, sneaking it 3-2. Well done all, great result! (JRAR)

Charlie Anstee beat George Moldoy: 3-1

David Offer beat Charles Jones: 3-0

Tom Boucher beat Dominic Holden: 3-1

Bennet Von Tsch beat Alfred Carpenter: 3-0

Jude Organ beat Tom McKenzie: 3-0

Charlie Cameron beat Raff Martin: 3-0

Ed Raby beat Arthur Marsden: 3-0

Freddie Hurd-Wood beat Joseph Breheny: 3-0

Richard Hare beat Harry Yang: 3-2

Jake McMillan beat Marcus Puranto: 3-0

Archie Liddle beat Will Holmen: 3-0

Saturday 21st September Hockey v King’s College, Taunton
Over the weekend, the 1st XI began their England Hockey U18 Schools’ Tier 1 League campaign, with a confident and clinical 6-1 away win at King’s Taunton. With several players missing through illness and injury, and in hot conditions, we started slowly, but remained patient – going into half time with a one goal lead through Sophie Saunders. In the second period, our creativity came to the fore, with Imogen Fairweather extending our lead after a good solo run. King’s pulled one back, but a flurry of four goals in the last quarter of the match saw us run away with a deserved victory and three valuable points in the league. Sophie Saunders completed her hat-trick, whilst Martha Taylor added a brace. There were also decent defensive performances and quality in midfield in terms of regaining possession. (MDC)

Also away, the 2nd XI started the match with a lovely combination of passes. A rollercoaster affair saw us respond only when we conceded, with an entertaining first half ending 3-2 to Canford. As the second half went on and both teams were getting tired, Canford started to use their brains more than their legs and put one goal after the other with a final scoreline of 6-2. Special mentions to Bella Hunter who scored 3 and assisted 2 and Charlotte Brook who was chosen as Player Of The Match by the opposition for the second week in a row, however many players could've taken the award. Alice Milton, Talia White and Maddy Harvey were the other goal scorers. (RJCG/RHJH)

The 3rd XI produced a performance of real grit and determination on an afternoon when nine of the usual squad were missing and we were forced into battle with a bare 11. However, after shipping an early goal we fought back superbly with a well-deserved equaliser late in the first half. The girls kept battling impressively in the heat and were only kept out by some excellent goalkeeping. Unfortunately it was not to be our day and they continued to find the net on their few forays into our D. A final score of 2-3 did not do our girls justice, as we played much the better hockey. Well played all. (RMBS)

In the 4th XI game, King’s scored first – but in the next minute Catalina Taylor scored on the post after an excellent driving run from Bella Stanley. Lucy Hancock scored from a corner just before half time. In the second period we spent a good proportion in their half and could have scored a 3rd goal – there was a frantic final 5 minutes when Lucy Hancock saved and goal line shot. A good 2-1 win in a close match, when we also played with 11 outfielders due to no goalkeeper availability! (CHJ)

Not for the first time this year, the 15As dominated possession and territory but struggled to convert that into a hatful of goals. To be fair the King’s GK was very good and without her it might have been more comfortable. Canford played well - building up through different phases and we were very composed on the ball. Honore Cutler, Georgie Boon and Charlie Howell showed vision and creativity on the ball. Charlie Whitmore was very smooth and in control. Mia Ashby-Rudd was positive and dominant in goal. A 1-0 half time lead (super reverse strike from Boon) was never going to be enough. King’s scored against the run of play on a rare attack in the second half and that spurred us on. A great team move created a corner, and Evelyn Young finished on the back post with aplomb. Then Charlie Howell performed a fantastic mazy run down the left and her forceful shot deflected off a defender’s stick and nestled in the corner of the goal for a 2-1 victory. Added to the very impressive 4-0 win against the Dutch on Friday night, a good weekend's work all round. (IW/EJB)

The 15Bs were explosive in their match, winning 8-0! Daisy Askew netted five time, whilst Daisy Brown, Freya Brash and Yutong Li were also on the scoresheet. (JRM)

The 14As spoke beforehand about the need to make a fast start, and to the girls’ credit they bossed the whole of the first half. King’s found it very hard to break out of the high press we put on their 16’s and the game was played almost entirely in the King’s third of the pitch. We moved the ball around with more pace and a bit more understanding of the patterns we are trying to play.

After HT the pattern of the game continued. King’s created a little more of their own, but Chloe Markham and Hatty Farthing were very solid at the back, and restricted them to a handful of chances. Just when it looked as though we might have to endure a Saharan 0-0, we scored a rather fortuitous, though I have to say, wholly deserved winner. Our PC injection on a dry sticky pitch rolled only a few yards, but full marks to Daisy Cullinan who reacted first to go and fetch the ball out, passed it out of the D, as required by the rules, and allowed Dom Hudson time to slap firmly home past a rather bemused defence! The celebrations were good, the last eight minutes quite long on tiring legs, but the win well deserved and a great boost at the end of a good week’s work.

Ring Pass HC, our Dutch visitors brought over a side who are mostly a good year older than our girls, and hugely experienced as a team when set alongside our two and a half weeks of team development! The girls really took the game to Ring Pass: we were delighted with the way they responded to the challenge. For the first time we looked confident on the ball, played as a unit, and chased everything down with a terrier like tenacity. It was no reflection of the first period whatsoever that we found ourselves 0-2 down at the interval, and I liked the resilience the girls showed in the coaching break – absolutely determined to be better in the second period. And we were – we pushed Ring Pass back again and scored through Bella Rose. Not surprisingly our legs did finally start to give up at the end of a really demanding afternoon, and Ring Pass were able to make the game safe with a third goal for a 3-1 result. Every single one of the girls came off the pitch knowing that this had been a quantum leap: fast, competitive, intelligent hockey – good to watch, and huge fun to play. We are moving in the right direction. (PDAR/JDL)

The 14Bs started 20 minutes late due to the late arrival of our opposition. The girls started strongly, with Lucy Stephenson using her good control and stick skills to create chances early on. This continued throughout the game, we applied constant pressure on the opposition defence, winning numerous short corners in succession. However, despite our best efforts, the King’s defence stood strong with the help of their excellent goalkeeper. As the game went on, the girls continued to create chances. Against the run of play, we conceded a late goal with the ball bobbling around in the D, before falling to an opposition player to slot the ball into the corner. Final score 0-1.

There followed our match v Ring Pass HC, with the girls’ legs somewhat weary, after their earlier exploits. We were up against an athletic team, who are a year older, which led to a heavy defeat, despite Francesca Baillieu making some good saves. It was a tough test physically, but a good learning experience none the less. (CK/NXW)

Saturday 21st September Rugby v Portsmouth GS

With 10 tries and 7 conversions spread across 11 scorers it was a highly enjoyable and entertaining affair over at Hilsea for the 1st XV. Canford set their stall out early with Sammy Smith crossing the whitewash closely followed by Tom Matthews who bagged a brace. Once the boys tightened up their restart receptions PGS never really looked like getting close enough to the Canford line, epitomised by Adam Phillips’ good decision to attack the short kick off. On catching he found himself free and clear against a full-back who never looked convinced he was going to tackle the big forward and he raced away to the try line for a well-deserved score. PGS could never generate enough go forward to test the Canford defence and with the wind at our backs in the game was played almost entirely in the PGS half.

Archie VDF made hay with a brace of tries and capped a strong running game finishing at No.8. The ability for Canford to absorb all the changes made over the course of the game and still maintain attacking threat was very pleasing. Fifth form boys Seb Gallego, Ben Ashton, Roman Gill and Tommy Davies should be congratulated for making 1st team debuts, with Seb getting on the end of some good attacking play and mark his first 1st XV outing with a try. Tommy getting to share the field with older brother Josh was also a red letter moment.

There’s no doubt we’ll need to be more clinical at both restart and in the breakdown when we welcome Bishop Wordsworth on Thursday as well as recognising opportunities to make ground/score from midfield scrums. With lineout and scrum currently providing good ball to attack from we should have opportunities to put Bishop’s under significant pressure. W0-64 (PTS)

Another week, another disappointing defeat for the 2nd XV in a game that could have been a victory. Despite a stirring last 10-15 minutes and pulling the scoreboard back to a one point difference, the 2nd XV are learning that defensive errors are costly, with two more soft tries conceded on Saturday leaving them with too much to do.

The game started brightly with Canford dominating possession and territory, but with their first foray into our territory PGS scored. A series of missed tackles in midfield on their ‘big guy’ let them deep into our 22, and from the resulting quick ball there were numbers to the left to score. However, Canford bounced back with a try immediately from the kick off. Winning a penalty from the restart, Canford opted for the scrum. A well worked backs move, with Joba Agbedejobi running a decoy and some good hands from George Bilson and Ollie Taylor, resulted in Giacomo Perin finding space wide on the left. He beat the last man and scored in the corner – Ollie added the extras to put us 7-5 up. With 25 minutes gone, PGS were back in the lead. The otherwise excellent Finch Massam instinctively tackled their 9 as he took a quick tap in our 22. He probably saved a try, but rightly received a yellow card and PGS took the 3 points to edge ahead. Canford went into half time with the lead though, once again scoring from a scrum deep in PGS territory. This time there was an extra phase as the ball initially was taken into midfield, but an angled run from Ben Holland sucked in the defence and he release George Bilson to skirt round the right hand side to score near the posts. Unfortunately the kick was missed, with the half time score at 12-8.

The start to the 2nd half was calamitous. We talked at half time about keeping up the defensive intensity and the importance of one to one tackles. Failing to exit from receiving the kick off, Canford were turned over, and in a moment of prep school rugby, their big no 6 handed off two defenders who went high and he strolled under the posts for a 7 pointer. This lifted the PGS lads who then dominated for a spell, and extended their lead to 20-12 with a well worked drive from the line out on the right hand side. However, with 10-15 minutes to go, Canford roused themselves from their slumber and began to fight back, getting themselves into good positions, but losing composure or discipline at crucial moments. With 5 minutes to go, after more pressure, Bilson was first to react to a penalty award, taking the quick tap and powering over from 10m out, setting up a grandstand finish with Canford going hell for leather after the win. Sadly, it was not to be. The first 15 minutes of the 2nd half proved very costly indeed. Next time fellas. L20-19, POTM: George Bilson (PAJ)

Following on from the successful performance away at Blundell’s the challenge to the Colts was to continue developing their attacking play and maintain good set piece possession. Both challenges were met with plenty to spare. The scoreboard started moving when Ben Ashton finished a series of pick & goes from close range and the lead was doubled shortly after by Max Paget, finishing off a sweeping move after the forwards had carried well. Continued pressure from Canford saw the forwards making dents into the PGS ’22, Fergus van de Flier, Luke Zamoyski and Matt Kosgei prominent, and the backs once again finished the play off, this time skipper Seb Gallego racing over after a well-timed pass from Joel Bibby. Immediately from the kick off Roman Gill fielded the restart setting off on a fantastic, weaving run and then timed his pass well to allow Gallego to gallop in for his brace, Gill converting. Skipper Gallego was then sent across to make his debut for the 1st XV which he celebrated with a try. More territorial and possession domination followed for Canford with Gill making more inroads to this time set up centre partner Joel Bibby for a try close to the posts which Gill duly converted to give Canford a 31-0 lead at half time. Ben Ashton also departed to gain some valuable 1st XV experience at this point.

Changes were made to the line-up and constraints were also imposed so that Canford only played with 14 men and had to widen their forward attacks. Perhaps unsurprisingly the team were slow to get going in the second half and PGS scored from an interception. Back came the forwards – Rory Smith working hard along with Tom Amy, Hamish Ryan, Welly Johnson and Peter Croxford - and Luke Zamoyski capped off a fine performance with a try under the posts which was converted by Tommy Davies with a classic “in-off” ricochet from the cross bar. Canford went down to 13 players and this gave PGS a bit more space to attack. This was aided by some weak and passive defence from Canford and PGS then managed two quick tries. Determined to finish the match strongly Canford raised the tempo again and this resulted in Max Paget and Joel Bibby both going over for their second tries of the match. The final score was an impressive 55-19 victory. (MSB)

Canford U15As knew that they were going to have to be on their “A game” in order to secure a win against PGS after a heavy defeat to them last year and this was evident right from the kick off. Canford started the game with complete control and this theme was sustained throughout the match. The first 10 minutes saw Canford with the majority of the possession, with Tyndall Kwan and Henry Martin both making excellent offensive yards. This sustained pressure eventually lead to Jamie Elviss rumbling over from the back of a ruck with Oscar Berridge adding the extras (7-0). The following 10 minutes of the match were very much in the balance with both teams having to defend for a number of phases. However, Canford’s defence was far too disciplined and relentless for PGS to handle and eventually the opposition were forced time and time again to kick the ball back to Canford or give over possession through a knock-on or forward pass – credit to the pressure enforced from the Canford boys. During these long defensive sets, Merlin Cork put in a couple of monumental tackles against the opposition’s biggest player, although he sustained a head injury in the process, and this saw Ollie Glen take to the field. Just before the half-time whistle, excellent carries from a number of the forwards and some precision kicking from Oscar Feingold saw Canford get another two tries through Matt Kosgei and Charlie Hallam (17-0).

Alex Cochrane replaced Ollie Fox-Pitt at half time to inject some energy and fresh legs into the ‘engine room’ on what was a stifling day. As expected, PGS came out of the blocks hard for the first 15 minutes of the second half and as a result picked up their first try of the game. The strong Canford defense forced the try to be scored out wide, preventing a successful conversion (17-5). Canford bounced back into the fantastic form they had shown in the first half and replied almost instantly via a try from Jack Janaway, which was once again converted by Berridge (24-5). The Canford boys were under some sustained pressure for the last 5 minutes of the game and displayed some real-heart and determination in their tackling efforts. Notably, Henry Martin with a last ditch tackle on the try line to win a penalty for double-movement – epitomising the efforts of the whole team on the day. However, PGS did manage score in the dying minutes, once again out wide, but it did not change the outcome of a Canford win 24-10. An outstanding performance from all 17 players on the day. Onto the next one. (RJC)

The second win of the season for the Junior Colts B team. This time the boys played as a really cohesive team. The forwards were aggressive up front dominating in the rucks. Charlie Smith led by example and made an excellent off-load on the blind side creating one of the early tries. The forwards showed a developing confidence with scrums and line-out. The backs were again well led by Rupert Peach. Rowan Ford made some excellent runs resulting in two tries. He also put in a good kicking performance scoring three conversions. Freddie Miller scored three tries in the second half. Tries were also scored by Freddie Homer (x2), Elliot Hilton, Elliot Eyre and Ben Fowle. Canford only conceded two tries demonstrating an improvement in tackling from last week. W60-12 (RR)

After a good week of training the U14A squad were looking forward to a test against Portsmouth GS. This week’s attention on the set piece and backs starter plays made the boys feel a little more organised than last week and with greater options in their play.

The warm afternoon and hard ground were good conditions to play running rugby but with it still being early season, it meant injuries on the floor were more likely. This proved the case during the afternoon especially for PGS who lost a number of players through injury. Canford started well and maintained strong momentum throughout the game. The areas we had worked on began to come to the fore with several strong runs into the midfield from the base of the scrum through James Johnson and in the driving maul which led to a try. At times, the team struggled to attack and defend with width which led to too much drifting and neutralised the pace and fitness in the side. This is something we need to work on before the tough matches in the coming weeks. There were a number of really encouraging passages of play especially in the 2nd half with a fine score following a scrum in our own half that went through 4 passages of play. Luca Freeman scored a fine individual effort and Eddie Jack was always a threat in the centre. Dill Howell led the line well at 10 and he also kicked well to keep the defence turning. Two boys came into the ‘A’ team after strong performances in training, Will Fountain and Guy Marton, and we now have a squad of 20 competing for the starting line-up.

Canford came out 36-5 winners and after the first win of the season we now turn our attention to the game on Thursday vs BSB and the 2nd round in the county cup against Poole High next Monday. (DFL)

The U14B team had a fantastic game against a strong PGS side. Canford started strongly, scoring an interception, before PGS hit back with two well worked tries to lead 14-10 at half time. Canford started the second half excellently and deserved to lead 27-14 with ten minutes to go. However PGS scored a long range try and spent the final five minutes camped on the Canford line. Some excellent defence, including holding the opposition up over the line, allowed Canford to hold on to a very tight 27-21 victory. All members of the squad played well and it was an excellent team display. (WLA)

Football v Wells Cathedral School / Milton Abbey

The 1st XI Oaks battled bravely to grab a 3-3 draw in their home match against Wells. Showing a huge amount of character and resolve the guys thoroughly deserved to grab a point in this game.

The 2nd XI Acorns travelled to Milton Abbey, looking for a first win of the season and they started the game really well, keeping a high press and putting pressure on the opponents who were seeing most of the ball for the early stages of the game. With this high press came a reward early on as Canford took the lead after good work down the left hand wing by Billy Pocock who set up Will Priaulx for the

Acorns’ first goal. However straight after the restart slack defensive work from Canford allowed Milton Abbey straight back into the game. After a quiet passage of play Milton Abbey took the lead after an absolute ‘worldy’ by their central midfield player. The half time score was 2-1.

Tactical innovations by Coaches Pierce and Ives changed the formation to 4-4-2 and led to Canford equalising early on in the second half as Billy Pocock slotted a Max Anand cross into the bottom corner. At this point the Acorns were the better team and were pushing for the win. However this all changed once Milton Abbey scored from a corner to make it 3-2 and without much luck from then on in the Acorns fell to a heavy 6-2 defeat. There were promising signs in the game that showed that the Acorns’ first win of the season was not too far away. (Billy Pocock)

And finally…

So far this term the majority of our sports teams have begun their seasons on top form. Headline statistics are easy to focus on and a win ratio of 66% certainly gives everyone a lift and boosts the confidence levels of all involved. Nevertheless, as much as winning is important to us, the sports programme at Canford would be failing miserably if that was all we were concerned with. This time last year our win ratio was down at less than 33% so does that mean we are twice as good this year compared to last? How could this be true when the 1st XV, for example, contains 13 of the players who played last year? Statistics clearly do not portray the full picture. In the case of the 1st XV squad those boys have worked incredibly hard to develop their physical and technical prowess and consequently have been able to spend more time focusing on organisation and tactical structure and this has been reflected in their performances. What is also notable about this group of young men has been their commitment to each other as teammates and this is something which I consider a far greater measure of success than win-loss ratios. Being a great teammate is something which lasts far beyond the memory of a result and also develops skills and qualities which will impact upon one’s university and professional career in the years ahead.

The concept of working together towards a common goal is a fundamental element of human society. Collaboration, connectedness and cohesion are all essential if any group is to achieve progress and success and as such, sport is a microcosm of society in this regard. In an age where some global leaders seem to believe individualism and egoism are primary drivers it is essential we promote and celebrate the concepts of selflessness, respect and service to others if a community is to thrive and grow. This is why we continue to encourage you as pupils to invest time and energy into team sports as the values and lessons learned are so powerful. (MSB)

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

Photos ready to view and download from https://media.canford.com

Netball 1st V Portsmouth Grammar (Nationals) https://media.canford.com/PL/Default.aspx?cid=61664~5k~cFWsC6GXUp

Shells Rugby V St Peter’s Catholic School https://media.canford.com/PL/Default.aspx?cid=61789~5s~mdnKgorrzP

1st XV Rugby V Blundell’s https://media.canford.com/PL/Default.aspx?cid=61715~5h~zGbDwW8PBz
Girls Hockey U15A V Blundell’s https://media.canford.com/PL/Default.aspx?cid=61648~5m~f4AuXgcsPj

Sporting quote of the week:

“If you do the bare minimum, expect bare minimum results. If you want to be great, work to be great. Nothing just happens.”

Mark Burley

Director of Sport

Twitter: @CanfordSport

25th September 2019