22 Jan 2020
Easter Term 2020 - Sports Report, Week 2

Easter Term 2020 - Week 2 Sports Report

Tuesday 14th, Thursday 16th and Saturday 18th January

Netball

U15 Independent Schools Netball Cup v Hurstpierpoint

Our U15As hosted Hurstpierpoint College for the next round of the Independent Schools Netball Cup. This was a tough game where the girls started in lead with some excellent defence by Lauren Corn and Honoré Cutler and fantastic shots by Daisy Brown and Daisy Askew. The girls kept the lead until the final quarter where they ended up even matched goal for goal. Despite their best efforts and some excellent mid court pressure from Georgie Boon, Mia White and Tara King, Hurstpierpoint scored in the last minute, leading to their 49-48 win. The girls played some excellent netball and should be extremely proud of themselves, well done! (RL)

U19 Independent Schools Netball Cup v Brighton College

This match was always going to be exciting. The 1st team were down to the last sixteen in the Independent Schools Netball Cup, to clinch a win, would result in quarter finals. Right from the first whistle, it was evident that the teams were evenly matched. The defensive team Evie Corn, India Still, Holly Hazzard and Emily Cridland remained cool under pressure and heading into the second half of the match Canford found themselves leading 20-19. Brighton College took the lead near the end of the final quarter, but Milenka Soskin had the opportunity to sink a goal just before the final whistle, resulting in 40-40. The team found themselves in extra time and even after extra time (5 mins each way) there was still no splitting the teams, so Golden Goal determined the final result with Brighton College winning 42-43. A fantastic game of netball from both teams! (NXW)

v Talbot Heath

The Under 15As travelled to Talbot Heath, where the girls secured a 13-13 draw despite team missing some key players. Notable mentions go to Nia Edwards and Charlie Whitmore for playing an excellent mid court and shooting game respectively. The U14As tried some new rotations and were successful in their match winning 15-9.

v QE

Score against QE for the U15Cs was 7-24 loss. We were joined by Yutong Li as Izzy Heffner had proved her stripes and earned her place in the B team. Some brilliant long distance and on target shots on goal by Lara Wilkinson and Freya Coughlan showed great versatility moving from defence into a central position on the court. The U14Bs had 1-18 loss to QE. This score did not reflect the match. There was clear evidence that the team have improved and starting to put skills learnt in training into match play. Well done.

v Ballard

A positive win for the 3rd team, 7-22. Anna Preston played GA and scored goals at a fast pace. Emma Dalton proved to be a force in defence, breaking down Ballard’s attacking formation. Ines Mitchell can always be relied upon to work the ball through centre court and ensure that team spirit is always on top form. Gemma Kendall was influential in attack with Sophie Saunders fitness and competitive drive ensuring the goals kept coming. The U14Ds lost 5-14 but there were clear signs of improvement. U15Ds had a tough fixture but they maintained their team spirit throughout.

U19 Seaford’s Super 7’s Tournament

The 1st team headed to the beautiful grounds of Seaford College for Seaford’s first Senior Netball Tournament. The team faced the following opponents in the group stages, resulting in winning the group.

Seaford College lost 4-7

Wellington College won 13-9

Marlborough College won 15-6

Eastbourne College won 9-8

Portsmouth Grammar School won 13-6

Worth won 18-5

In the semi-finals the team faced the runners up of the other group, KES Southampton, where Canford gained the lead winning 9-7. Twice in a week, the 1st team have met Brighton College in the final and once again both teams battled away, with Canford being on the losing end. This tournament was great preparation for the Regionals, which is at Sir David English this Saturday 25th January.

Thursday 16th and Saturday 18th January

Hockey v Lord Wandsworth

Last week there were matches against Lord Wandsworth College for all 12 boys’ hockey teams.

The 1st XI travelled away on Thursday, and in torrential rain and strong winds, we started slowly. LWC took the lead when we backed off defensively, but we equalised in the next play through a Will Whitmore penalty corner, to take his season tally to 8 goals in 8 games. We took the lead after an excellent team move involving Whitmore, Prest, Peters and Peplow, before Otto Thompson finished sharply from the top of the D for his 5th goal in 6 games. Our 2-1 advantage remained for the rest of the match, when we had chances aplenty to extend our lead, but were wasteful in front of goal. However, we secured the win we deserved. (MDC)

After the scenic route into Lord Wandsworth the 2nd XI boys truly shone! High tempo was maintained throughout and some great goals were scored. A real team performance in all areas of the pitch, with many of the team showing glimmers of magic. Two apiece from Max Wyatt and Toby Philpot and one from Michael Maiden produced a 5-0 win. (RHJH/RJCG)

The 3rd XI won 7-1. Having adjusted to the unusual conditions (sunshine!) we began the season with genuine vigour and determination, running hard at their opponents and playing with controlled aggression. A succession of early goals put the game beyond doubt by half time, but there was no let up in the pace. It was not a pretty game and we will have to pass more effectively against better sides, but a deserved victory over all. Ben Morris came away with a well taken hat-trick and Charlie Anstee, Max Richards, Will Priaulx and Matt Keen all joined in the scoring while Will Toosey and Tom Edsall proved especially effective in defence. (RMBS/CHJ)

The Gentlemen’s (4th) XI started the season with a win. Two goals from Max Hansen and a cracker from Oscar Milner saw us past LWC by three goals to one. Captain Tom Amy won the much coveted Player of the Week award. (SLCI)

The 16As drew 1-1 in an end-to-end game with LWC 3rd XI. Both sides had chances to win, after David Offer had equalised just before half-time. Max Paget made a wonder save at the death, after we should have added to our score, as we had to settle for a draw. (IW)

The 16Bs won 1-0 in a game shortened in length due to a combination of LWC arriving late and the floodlights succumbing to a power outage. (TJS)

The 15As won 3-1. Better composure and shape this week, leading to more sustained periods of possession. (NRB)

Threatening start from both teams, but once the 15Bs got their first goal through Jack Robinson and Ethan Bikhazi-Green had made a superb stick save at the other end, Canford took control of the match. There followed further goals came from Merlin Cork, Jack Martin, Jocelyn Child, Louis Potts and Henry Martin. Highlights were the boys working the ball in triangles and the final goal coming by driving in along the baseline and flicking the ball back to the penalty spot. Final score 6-0. Man of the match Jack Martin. (BIHC)

An excellent end to end game with high intensity for the 15Cs. Both teams attacked well with lots of shots on goal. LWC scored in the middle of the first half despite Canford having the majority of the ball. Canford soaked up the pressure and Tristan Fulton whacked one home towards the end of the match. Score 1-1. Man-of-the-Match Oli Fox-Pitt. (DJC)

A fast start for the U14As saw Olly Peters score a goal on his debut after beating three defenders in the D. Canford were confident and set a high press, which lead to Eddie Jack intercepting the ball high up the pitch before calmly slotting the ball into the corner of the goal. The boys were exceptional on the counter attack all afternoon which led to Ed Schuster Bruce flicking the ball into the far corner after a superb team move. Final score, 3-0. (CJK/PDAR)

The 14Bs drew 0-0 on Saturday, it was an end to end game but we weren’t able to put the ball in the back of the net despite Sam Reeve’s best efforts. (JDL/JRM)

The 14Cs also drew, 1-1 in an entertaining game, with all players showing great levels of improvement and encouragement for the matches ahead. (HB/HDSH)

U16A girls v Fareham

The 16A girls also had two very useful training game halves against Fareham HC Ladies’ 1st XI and Fareham HC Ladies’ 1st XI, as they continue to prepare for the Sedbergh National Tier 1 QF next week.

This week, before the exeat, sees the four senior sides play Bryanston, whilst the 16As are in EH U16 Tier 1 Cup action versus Sherborne.

Cross Country – Thursday 16th January

Last week saw the Dorset County Championships and some strong performances by Canford pupils. In the Senior Boys Charlie B was the bronze medallist and Finn B and Olly S finished 14th and 19th respectively. Serena B finished 6th in the Senior girls event and in the intermediate Boys event Jamie B (12th) and Felix T (22nd) also performed well. Further strong runs were seen from James Tazzyman and Max Lockyer. (TH)

Saturday 18th January

Lacrosse v Sherborne

The 1st Lacrosse team played the return fixture against Sherborne on Saturday. Having only narrowly won their last encounter the team knew they would have to play well in order to seal a victory. The match was played on Mountjoy, the perfect setting on a bright and crisp January afternoon, with plenty of spectators to cheer on both teams. The game was extremely tight right from the outset, finishing 2-2 at the end of the first quarter. Some great team talking from the captain and vice, Emma Crinks and Noorie Kaur, seemed to work in the second quarter where the moves in attack were more fluid and the defence solid. The whole team needed to work hard throughout the match and couldn’t afford to be complacent. Nory Warner was an important vocal influence at the back but also demonstrated great determination, marking back in mid-field. There was also some excellent defending in the mid field from Sydney Brown and Izzy Woodward. In attack there were a string of excellent performances with great individual goals from Emma Crinks and Thea Ellis and some fantastic moves resulting in brilliant goals from Izzy Woodward and Georgie Litchfield. The final result of 13-6 was a well-deserved victory reflecting the progress the girls have made as a team and an all round hard fought match by all. (LXH)

Thursday 16th January

Squash v Bryanston

Overall Result: Canford 2 - Bryanston 13

Always a tough fixture at home against Bryanston, especially with many in the midst of exams, but the team put in a valiant effort with over half the matches going to at least four games. Lots to take away and continue to develop over the coming term.

Players of the day go to Guy Marton and Will Fountain. Both are Shells and had a couple of marathon first outings for the school. Guy was 2-0 up and looking strong, but his opponent clawed his way back to eventually take it 3-2. Will's match went back and forth and he was 2-1 down at one stage, but he dug in right to the end and snuck it 13-11 in the fifth! Their performance and attitude on court was fantastic and they will be ones to watch over the coming years. (JRAR)

Thursday 16th January

Badminton v Wareham

Thursday night saw an excellent win v Wareham (12-1) and a complete reversal of the away fixture. JC Zhang and Ben parkin played their best badminton of the season with a notable reduction in unforced errors and some consistent serving. (CLF)

Sunday 20th January

Real Tennis v The Hyde

It was a good afternoon in Bridport on Sunday against The Hyde Real Tennis Club.

First to play for Canford was Will Bloxam and it took him a bit of time to get used to the court. He recovered very well to gain the advantage early on and with good all round play saw him grab the first set 6-2. However, Will's form dropped off in the second; not managing to find the corners, instead hitting the ball straight at his opponent who had an excellent volley. This led to the loss of the second set 4-6. Will calmed himself down, found the corners again and took the third set and the match: 6-4.

1 nil Canford.

Next out was Sam Jefferson who started his match extremely well. In a somewhat out of character manner, he caressed the ball to all parts of the court and took the first set easily 6-1. However, Sam's opponent bounced back extremely well, putting Sam on the back foot and he found himself 5-1 down. But the Canfordian showed his mettle and fought back impressively to take the set 6-5! Two nil Canford …

Our Captain, Billy Pocock was next and started his match very well despite having to get used to the court. He stormed the first set 6-2 but brilliant serving and all round play from his opponent, coupled with some rather odd judgement errors saw him lose the second and third sets 6-4, 6-4. 2-1 Canford

The much anticipated match was yet another duel between mother and daughter. For the first time Alice Milton beat her mother convincingly 6-2, 6-1. It was obvious that Alice has improved and she played confidently; outhitting and retrieving better than her previous nemesis. A fantastic and entertaining game. 3-1 Canford

The last match was Jack Pocock against Joy. A fantastic early evening game which highlighted Jacks superb ability to get the ball over the net from very angle-restricting areas. Jack one the first set 6-4 after a tight battle, despite Joy's volleying being a stand out feature. The second set was not quite as close, however equally entertaining with Jack victorious 6/3.

4-1 Canford (SJR)

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