27 Nov 2019
Christmas Term 2019 - Sports Report, Week 9

Christmas Term 2019 - Sports Report, Week 9

Tuesday 5th November U19 Dorset Schools County Netball Tournament at Bryanston
The U19 Netball team claimed the County title this week. Passing through the group stages in a relaxed manner, the semi-final saw them play The Gryphon School, runners up in the other group. Knowing that if they won this match they would qualify for the SW Regional Schools Competition, which will be held at Sir David English on Saturday 25th January, they had to minimise errors and ensure centre passes went to goal. By half time, they were leading 4-2 and finished the game winning 10-5. The final is always a strange match, as both teams feel they have had their final and achieved their goal of making Regional Finals, and Canford were slow to start going 0-3 down against Bournemouth Schools for Girls. The team composed themselves and pulled through to win 13-7. This team plays again on Tuesday 26th November at 1.45pm for Round 4 of the Independent Schools Netball Cup on Canford’s inside ‘Show Court’. It would be great to have as much support as possible for this match (NXW)

Thursday 7th November Basketball v Clayesmore (h)

The basketball team was looking forward to its rematch against Clayesmore having gone down narrowly earlier this term. The opening quarter saw a fantastic start as Canford opened up a 16-4 lead with ball movement fast and strong dominance of the boards’ key features of their play. Unfortunately, the shooting accuracy began to go awry thereafter allowing Clayesmore to utilise their fast break tactic to narrow the gap. The score going into the final quarter was 24-22 to Canford but with less than a minute to go Clayesmore took the lead and managed to hold on for a 29-30 win. A disappointing end after an excellent start. Michael Ma led the team well scoring 15 points, supported with some great defence by Tommy Quian dominating the boards with 13 rebounds and 7 steals. (MSB)

PEDSSA cross country series, race 3 at Baiter Park, Poole

In boggy conditions, the 3rd PEDSSA race of the series was held at Baiter Park. 17 runners from Canford turned out to tackle the short course. Charlie Bird took his second win in two races for Senior Boys with a superb run and Jamie Barrington lead the way amongst the Inter Boys. Strong runs from Rupert Peach and James Tazzyman consolidated a great team performance in the Inter boys’ age group. (TH)

Football v Millfield 3rd XI
What a difference a crowd makes. That is certainly true for the Canford Oaks, who, after the heroics of the St Peter’s cup match, again drew a sizeable crowd of partisan supporters for their mid-table clash against Millfield.

Though very much the dominant team in the first 50 minutes, the boys found themselves a goal behind when the crowd started to swell. With ear-splitting support, effort levels went from 7 to 11 and chances – which hitherto had been squandered on an industrial scale – suddenly became goals. A captain’s equaliser was created when Doug Rowland’s twinkly dance into the box invited clumsy attention from the defenders, and Mattie Effick resolutely smashed the ensuing penalty in. Then Freddie Peters glanced in a dangerous Effick free kick – and the crowd went wild. Surprisingly, an equaliser followed within minutes – which prompted a reciprocal mad celebration among the Millfield teams. Buoyed by the vociferous support, the Oaks kept chasing, though, and our free transfer steal, Tom Prest, showed why so many teams were desperate for his signature when he confidently hammered home the winner. Going forward, the trick now is to play as if a crowd is present at all times. If the boys can manage that, they will finish the season a formidable outfit. W3-2 (SV)

Hockey 3rd XI v Milton Abbey (a)

The 3rd XI travelled to Milton Abbey on Thursday to play their 2nd XI. The game was unfortunately very one sided, as we ran out 11-0 winners. We were 4-0 up after just 5 minutes sadly, and from then on it was about game management. The game was played in a good spirit on both sides throughout, even though there was clearly frustration from the MA girls, they did stick at it as best they could. We swapped the Canford defence and forwards at half time which made it a little more bearable. (CHJ/RMBS)

Saturday 9th November Rowing:

Totnes Head of the River With so many recent head races being cancelled due to poor weather conditions and flooding it came as a welcome change to actually get a chance to race. Dart Totnes Rowing club hosted the annual race held on the river Dart over 3000 metres. In the first Division Canford boated girls’ eight, two boys’ coxed fours, one of which was the J16’s, and Nathan Bulstrode sculled.

The boys’ senior four of Michael Maiden, Rory Johnson, Hamish Johnson and Sam Smith, coxed by George Farthing were clear winners over Dart Totnes and Plymouth rowing clubs in a time of 10:54.0. The boys’ J16’s of Tenzing Whitley, Ben Shaw, Archie Gardiner and Tim Downing, coxed by Leo Burnet, finished 14th in a time of 11:53. Sadly, the girls’ eight who looked great as they boated and rowed towards the start, managed to run over a submerged log which took the fin off the bottom of the boat. This detrimentally affected the boat as it helps keep the hull running straight. Nathan sculled in the J18 category and based on the limited time he’s been able to get in the boat he gave a creditable performance finishing in 13:35.0

In Division 2, the Canford girls split into two Fours with Lucy King, Charlotte Wittram, Tessa Marley, Bea Webb, coxed by Inés De la Cruz winning their category in a time of 13:09. India Herrington, Emma Dalton, Rachel Ko, and Eve Hewett coxed by Joanna Way finished 22nd overall in 13:37.

The boys’ fours raced again in the Men’s Senior C category (MSC4 taking the honours in a time of 11:24 whilst the boys J16’s finished 13th in 12:45. This was a productive and positive outcome to a good day’s racing in the Dart Valley. A big thank you to all of our supporting parents who made the journey and DTARC for the homeward pasties. (ID)

Badminton v Winchester College (h) We knew it was always going to be a tough fixture versus a school that offers badminton throughout the whole year for all age groups!

It was the first time a number of our students had played in a competitive fixture against another school, and the nerves did show. Our boys were a little stiff and slow to get going, and ended up losing the first round 1-3. Zac Prentice and JC Zhang managed to win their match, showing their experience of playing in competitive fixtures. We played much better in the second round of games, as Alex Young and Finn Pearson pushed their opponents all the way before just losing out 15-21. Ned and Louis Potts also played very well in their third game, ending up unlucky to lose 15-21. The boys were certainly learning and adapting after each game to cope against some of the very good players representing Winchester.

The game of the day saw Jonathan Fung and Forest Li tied at 21-21 before a couple of errors let us down to lose 21-23. The match of the day was that between the school’s top seeds, as JC and Zac battled hard against Winchester’s No.1 pair which including a national league player (like Zac), and it went all the way as we came out winners 21-18 13-21 21-18 in a best of 3.

Many things to learn as we are still going wrong with the basics such as footwork and serving, but certainly the team will learn from this experience. L 5-16 (OSL)

Hockey v King Edward’s School, Southampton

A break from the league matches allowed the extended 1st team training squad to be rotated to excellent effect, in our away trip to KES Southampton. Wet, difficult conditions meant the focus for the team was on a short, sharp, passing game, moving the ball on quickly and creating space high up the pitch. The team employed this strategy from the outset, against a well-organised and direct KES outfit. We remained patient, and created chances throughout a game that we controlled well, but could not quite find a way past a talented opposition keeper in the first period. Abbie Rowsell was excellent at the heart of the defence, stepping through and winning clean ball regularly, whilst our midfield and wide players caused many problems. A well-worked corner saw us break the deadlock, when Molly Fairbairn fed Daena Shah at the far post for a neat deflection. We continued to pour forwards, and the quality of the overall team performance was epitomised by Sophie Saunders tracking back and dispossessing a KES defender, before turning and playing a pass to Martha Taylor for our second. Taylor and Fairbairn’s movement was first class; they exchanged several one touch passes before Taylor rolled the ball into the goal from a tight angle. A 2-0 victory was just reward for a very composed display, in which the entire squad played their part. (MDC/JLG)

A very cold and wet afternoon in Southampton saw our 2nd XI dominate the whole match, creating a lot of chances to see "only" 7 of them being converted into a goal due to King Edward's GK making unbelievable saves throughout the whole match. Two great goals from Alice Milton, the first one thanks to her skills that eliminated two defenders and passed it to the corner of the goal and the second was an unstoppable shot from the top of the D. Talia White scored three; just reward for her attacking work from the midfield. Jess Rees scored a straight strike from a PC, and the last goal came from a really good team play, finished by Gemma Kendall. Player of the Match goes to Ella Heffner at CM, who contributed massively; roaming across the pitch, distributing brilliantly and also cutting every potential counter before it even started. 7-0 win. (RJCG/RHJH)

The 4th XI played with 11 outfield at KES, leaving us slightly vulnerable to attack and a few minutes prior to the half time whistle saw us concede. However, there saw the beginnings of the Canford comeback as Tabby Fuery drove through the centre to score goal after goal supported by Jessie Shuttleworth who also scored a belter. Strong defensive performances from Joanna Salmon, Chessie Hellier and Alice Herbert kept the score line favouring Canford, with an eventual 4-1 win. (CHJ/NEI)

The 15As played KES’ U16As. Getting off the bus in wet and windy conditions is now the norm form the girls and almost enjoy it! Good news for us is that with all the rain the pitch was playing really nicely. The girls were fantastic this week, all contributing to a high level performance and I don’t want to single anyone out. The link up play all around the pitch - from small short sharp passes to big transfers, unselfish running and passing, movement off the ball and sheer desire to want the ball more, were all factors in our success. This group of girls really enjoy playing as a team and as we go into some harder games at the end of the season, we need to ensure that attitude remains. All of our goals came due to this team effort. We saw goals from Mia White, Georgie Boon, Honore Cutler, Varya Darling and Tiva Kent to win 7-1. (EJB/IW)

The U15Bs impressive season continued on Saturday against a strong KES side. Jemima Carrell opened the scoring within the first two minutes, with one of her trademark runs down the right wing. As the half progressed KES found themselves coming more into the game and managed an equaliser before half time. The second half saw a much more dominant Canford performance, keeping our shape much better and managing to stretch the play. The result was three second half goals; Daisy Askew, Annabel Seabrook and Freya Brash all adding to their season tallies in a 4-1 win. Massive well done to the girls, keep it up. (JRM/CEI)

KES U14As came into the game with results very similar to ours, so we were expecting a good game. Their core players were strong, but as on Wednesday in the West prelims, the effect of the strength of our eleven was to prove critical. We started at a pace, and had the ball in the net within seventy-five seconds of the start; Elle Mowbray burning off the left side of the defence and setting up Francie Fulton on the left post for a simple tap in. The first half saw us put together some superb moves: quick passing, clever movement off the ball, and a lovely rhythm to our play. This was particularly true down the right hand side where we carved KES open time and again. From another such break, Bella Rose doubled our lead, making no mistake with her finish. Before the half was done, we scored a third with a perfectly executed PC routine, Dom Hudson sweeping home from around the penalty spot having been set up with a neat interchange of passes with Imi Marley. Half Time, 3-0 was comfortable, though never conclusive. I didn’t think the girls could maintain the level of play of the first half – this has been a long week with a lot of hockey in sapping conditions, and we weren’t surprised that we let our guard down a little in the second half. That said, the defence enjoyed the challenge, and their tackling and clearing came under closer scrutiny. KES eventually got a goal back after a series of PC’s which buoyed them briefly, and certainly the balance of the game swung away from our first half dominance. It was very good therefore to see the decision-making among the defenders getting better – some cool reactions under pressure. Jorgia Holtby had another great game in goal; her use of the angles as she cleared sending the ball wide time and time again. Maya Doubleday broke free of the KES defence after a beautifully timed feed from Hudson, and put matters beyond any doubt with a tidy finish past the keeper. So, the week ended on a real high. It has been a week of terrific progress – two great 2.1 wins on Wednesday in the West Prelims against Blundell’s and Taunton that showed fine resilience, and now a 4.1 win against a decent KES side to round things off. (PDAR/JDL)

After last week’s excellent performance the U14Bs were eager to go, getting to the pitch early to watch the A team’s win. Canford started strongly, getting the ball to Summer Hookey who powerfully played the ball down the line to create chances for the forwards who at first missed the target after good work to get into space to shoot. The early dominance persisted and counter attacks from the opposition, were stopped in their tracks by Jessica Burke and Liv Jackson. We continued to move the ball well in attack, creating numerous one on one chances, however the opposition GK was on unstoppable form, smothering, diving and kicking, anything that came her way. Despite the constant attacks, Canford couldn’t make the break through, with the score finishing: 0-0. A superb all round performance from all involved, large improvements are being made every week. Thank you to Mr Rossiter for umpiring and to all the parents for supporting. (CK/NXW)

The mighty U14Cs played at home and continue to improve as our inclusivity of that group was maintained with a rotation of 19 players on match day. KES proved too strong in the end and we lost 04, but the energy and endeavour amongst the squad bodes well for the remaining games, when the girls will have to work hard against some good sides. (CDB/BS)

This week sees a full block fixture against Wellington College.

Rugby v Bryanston

The 1st XV train kept rolling last weekend, this time at Bryanston. This match up was much anticipated as usual and Bryanston with its roster of strong individuals posed a real threat playing on their home ground in front of a large crowd. Results pre-match seemed to favour Canford but with away derby games, formbooks can be thrown out of the window.

The game started with a huge impact As Archie VdF was hit hard by the Bryanston defenders following a successful catch of the kick off. Archie did well to maintain possession and allow Tom Sykes to make an excellent clearance kick. Tom’s use of the boot provided much needed relief throughout the afternoon as well as kicking on the front foot to control territory. Canford dominated most of the first half, continuing where they had left off vs Marlborough. Despite a cut to the eyebrow for Will Jones who was able to re-join the contest and an ankle injury to Pat Taylor at hooker, the forward unit still managed to apply pressure on opposition ball at set piece and secure enough of our own to allow the backs to launch attacks. Thomas Matthews, as so often has been the case this season, was the beneficiary and finished well to score the match’s only try and add to his tally. Skipper Sykes added the two to go with an earlier penalty. Bryanston had their moments late in the first half and early in the second, particularly the first 10 minutes of the second half when Bryanston were able to pressure consistently. The defence held firm, Stef Perry and Zach Fenwick doing an excellent job to contest possession on the ground and win penalties for the side.

This defensive effort has become the hallmark of this 1st XV and the boys should take great confidence from their combined efforts, not just in this game. To play in two away derby games and not concede a try is something that they should feel extremely proud of and gives them an excellent platform to go on and win games. Away performances, and being miserly in defence, are two markers of strong levels of teamwork and social cohesion. It is truly excellent to see the togetherness which was so evident off the field in Dublin manifested large on the field on Saturday. The challenges keep coming, another away fixture this weekend that doubles up as a national cup game away at Seaford. W16-6 (PTS)

The defeat to a strong Bryanston 2nd XV was Canford’s season so far concisely – a courageous performance where we fought hard, held off waves of attacks, gave a soft try away, fought back, felt aggrieved by refereeing decisions and ultimately lost narrowly.

The whole match was a close fought affair, the first half in particular. No team dominated and both had a fair share of possession and territory without creating many clear-cut chances. A series of make-able, but missed tackles gifted Bryanston’s impressive 13 a try from deep in his own half, but an Olly Taylor penalty immediately brought us back to 5-3. At half time, we had to move pitches after a worrying injury to a Bryanston player, but the game continued in the same vein, except Bryanston began to dominate territory and possession a little more. Canford failed to clear our lines after a kick and a scrum, setting up a couple of penalties taken quickly and the pressure told as one of their big units crashed over.

Canford showed great resolve and spirit to keep fighting and, when a couple of penalties went our way, we established field position with some good touch kicks and our effective driving maul. From one of these, a series of drives were set up and after great ball retention, Cam Powell dived over for a converted try to bring the scores level. A draw from there would have been an excellent result for us, and we got to within five minutes of achieving it, but Bryanston scored (a probably deserved) winner, perhaps in controversial circumstances. Canford were adamant that an obvious knock on had been missed, and in the ensuing mess, the ball was hacked through and the bounce favoured the chasing attacker who touched down to send the home crowd into ecstasy and the Canford faithful were left disconsolate. Who knows if we would have held on had the scrum been awarded, but that’s sport for you. Despite the result, it was another performance for the boys to be proud of. Their defensive intensity in the last 20 minutes was outstanding and they can take great pride in their determination to fight to the very end. MOTM: Cam Powell, L17-10 (PAJ)

Getting the opportunity and honour of playing on Higher Park is not often bestowed upon the junior age teams but on Saturday, the Colts produced a display that the 1st XV boys would have been very impressed with. Right from the kick off the forwards carried the ball with ferocity – Ben Ashton, James Barker and Luke Zamoyski-Freitag to the fore. After a shaky first kick reception Rory Smith and Tom Amy ensured the ball was driven back into the Bryanston half to get Canford on the front foot and this allowed Fergus Vdf and Joe Bland to keep the momentum going by linking with the backs effectively. Quick phase play and strong driving play saw Matt Kosgei and Ben Ashton go over and then Max Paget and Joel Bibby finished off great attacking play superbly. Roman Gill converted all four tries with aplomb and added a try of his own for good measure so that the half time score was 33-0.

The second half saw several personnel and positional changes and this allowed Gio Perrin, Beau Gater, Sam Thomson, Welly Johnson and Hamish Ryan to make significant contributions to the performance. With brilliant home support cheering the boys on there were additional tries from Seb Gallego, Max Paget and Joe Bland whilst Bryanston bagged a consolation leaving a final score line of 48-5. This was an outstanding performance from the Colts, building on the fine victory against Marlborough last week but with more tough games ahead the boys cannot afford to rest on their laurels. (MSB)

Canford vs Bryanston is a key derby game, but the U15As match had the additional focus of being a national cup knock out game. With this backdrop, Bryanston kicked off to Canford and after the initial encounter, Canford managed to move the game up to Bryanston's 22, where they won a penalty and opted to kick for goal, rewarded with 3 points. The rest of the first half saw Canford dominating play and territory, with the majority of the game played in Bryanston's half, with Canford on the attack. The half ended with a disallowed try, with Monty Hooker managing to break through the Bryanston defences, only to knock on as he was tackled from behind.

The second half saw Bryanston start brightly, with more drive and a more direct style, running hard lines with big ball carriers close to the breakdown. This had good effect and meant that Canford were pinned in their 22 for about twenty minutes, at times defending on their own line, but managing to weather the storm. Their efforts were let down at times by poor handling, knocking on in the tackle a number of times, when trying to exit. Critically though, Canford stayed disciplined, not giving away any kickable penalties and eventually managing to exit, with some well worked set pieces and sticking to their structure. The last five minutes saw Canford back in the ascendency, in Bryanston's half and under control of the game. Final score 3-0 to Canford, with 9 players voted for as Man of the Match, but with the accolade falling to Monty Hooker at scrum half. (BIHC)

Whilst the format of the game was a little frustrating, as Bryanston only had 13 players to start, the U15B team spirit was in fine fettle. The boys took the uncontested scrums and need for players to rotate in their stride without grudge or grumbling. Impressive sportsmanship!

From the start of the match, Canford were dominant on the pitch playing some good rugby. The rucking had become a lot more competitive, allowing Canford to win and keep the ball. The forwards secured early possession and Rupert Hutton got the ball out to the wing through quick hands. Merlin Cork had several lovely runs, where he gained several yards. Tom Ling put in assertive tackles and Rupert Hutton kicked well when needed. Charlie Smith led by example in the pack and scored the first two tries of the game. Taking Canford to 10-0 before half time.

The second half saw further frustration as Bryanston went down to eleven players through injury and a substitution for the U16s. Despite this, Canford continued to play as a tight team supporting each other on and off the pitch. Tom Ling scored a well-deserved try in the second half with Oscar Berridge converting. Rowan Ford, Rupert Hutton and Charlie Smith scored a further five tries, two of which were converted. This took the final score to 46-0. MOTM: Charlie Smith. (RR)

As with last week, a monster score one-way or the other rarely tells the full story of a match. This time, Canford U15Cs appear to have been very dominant against Sherborne U15Ds with eleven tries scored and only two conceded. However, this is not the whole story. Sure, there were times when Canford players combined to very good effect. The back line, prompted into action by Jack Martin and marshalled smoothly from 10 by Jocelin Child, demonstrated training ground competence, running the ball down the line, yet also making inroads into enemy territory. However, it was not all one-way traffic and on numerous occasions the defensive work was also very pleasing, with good line speed demonstrating the benefits of closing the opposition down before they managed to make significant ground. MOTM: Elliott ‘Dancing Feet’ Eyre, W63-10

Four champagne moments.

1. Satch Thurston (a newcomer to the game) has clearly been studying the coaching manual section on ‘Tackling’. Having watched three of his team-mates bouncing off a Sherborne ‘monster’, he steadied his approach run and then hit the ‘human tree’ thigh high with acceleration, venom and commitment. Timber. Others could learn from his classic technique.

2. Again, the lineout was very productive. Finn Hatcher rose, salmon-like, to catch the ball cleanly but instead of delivering off the top (our normal procedure), he brought it down to try out this new-fangled driving maul. Sherborne were a tad slow to respond and twenty-five, yes TWENTY-FIVE metres were taken out of the opposition at a steady canter before someone tripped over their own feet and we were forced into a ruck, but still delivering a clean ball to the backs.

3. Benjy Bishop found himself in possession between our own ten metre line and half way. On the basis that the quickest route between two points is a straight line, he set off straight down the pitch and, rather like a stag bursting out of the undergrowth; he burst through Sherborne’s flailing arms without any loss of momentum and found himself in the clear to the try line. Unfortunately, it was a good fifty metres away. And, although two or three Sherborne players set off in pursuit, none of our lot thought to offer support. So he pumped his legs … and sucked in his oxygen ….. and even though his lungs were burning …….. he took the long solo road to glory ……….. and found out how very distant a try line can be ……………. when you have to do it all on your own.

4. Daniel Deng likewise found himself in possession well outside the opposition 22, but like a battle cruiser surging through the waves, he steamed over three members of the opposition and then crossed the try line. All the while, he was ‘escorted’ by Michael Huang, presumably giving advice as the best place to put the ball down. Unfortunately, Daniel was now required to attempt the conversion. He knew it had to be a drop kick, so he did what was required. He dropped the ball and watched it bounce (as rugby balls often do) at right angles and settle on the damp grass. What about the kicking phase of the activity? Luckily, the referee had been otherwise engaged (hair? moustache?) and had not seen the first attempt; so a re-take was ordered. This time Daniel threw the ball down with gusto onto the long side and it bounced up obligingly some two feet. He lashed at it with an elegant swing of the boot and the ball sailed between the posts, still rising as it disappeared towards the Astro. Daniel had, as they say, ‘opened his account’. (JPST)

After being narrowly defeated last weekend, the U14As wanted to redeem themselves and get back on track against rivals Bryanston. The weather has been quite awful in recent days, with a lot of rain and wind, but the sun started shining by the moment we arrived at Bryanston.

The game proved to be largely one-sided towards the Canfordians, managing to score from the very beginning. By opening the pitch every time they got the ball, and using their quick wingers Thomas Kiff and Max Firth, Canford repeatedly threatened the opposing defenders. After scoring three tries Bryanston got some quick ball and found a gaping hole in the defence and ended up scoring and converting their only try of the day.

The second half was slightly different, with Canford using their stronger scrums and mauls from the forwards and then quick “hot ball” to bust the midfield defensive line. The game became a bit messy at the end as positions were rotated but this didn’t stop Canford from scoring and finishing the game 45–7. Well done to the whole squad, showing their team effort and commitment to improve and learn from every aspect of the game. (ML)

Sunday 10th : Dorset Schools Boys’ U18 Indoor Hockey (h)
On Sunday, the boys’ 1st VI took part in the Dorset round of the England Hockey National Indoor competition. Two comprehensive 7-1 wins over Bryanston and Sherborne saw us progress to the West Finals as County champions. Captain Charlie Peplow and Will Whitmore netted the majority of the goals, but the contribution from the squad aa a whole was the most pleasing aspect. Our outdoor Tier 1 U18 league campaign begins this week, away at Millfield on Thursday. (MDC)

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

Sporting quote of the week
“ People who are unable to motivate themselves must be content with mediocrity, no matter how impressive their other talents ”

Mark Burley

Director of Sport

Twitter: @CanfordSport

13th November 2019