29 Jan 2020
Easter Term 2020 - Sports Report, Week 3

Easter Term 2020 - Week 3 Sports Report

Tuesday 21st, Thursday 23rd and Saturday 25th January

Netball v Parkstone, Sherborne & Regional Tournaments



Tuesday afternoon saw the U16 regional team compete against PGS in the lead up to regionals. Despite not having a full team, the girls played well and tried to incorporate what they needed to work on in this match. Georgie Boon brought lots of energy to the court and really livened up the match in the 2nd quarter. Unfortunately, PGS managed to run away with the game and win 23-21. The U16s came away from the game more determined than ever to work hard this last week before Regionals on Saturday. (DGM)


What a difference a week makes! The team has made an enormous improvement in their passing skills, using hard, short balls and getting in front of their opposition player more often. They were moving with greater energy and purpose around the court and using space more effectively. All three shooters played a good percentage of shots right from the get-go, which put PGS out of kilter. After the first quarter we were 7-1 up and never looked back. Well done, girls!




The 1st team enjoyed playing in Sherborne's Sport Centre on Thursday. With a big crowd present, Canford did not disappoint. After a close first quarter (11-9), the team got into their groove and managed a 48-28 result. India Still was voted the teams Players’ Player. (NXW)


On a cold and damp afternoon the 2nds headed over to Sherborne girls for our second fixture of the season with the hope of keeping our great start to the season intact. On damp and slippery courts the girls adjusted to the conditions and played simple secure netball. Once again the midcourt were impressive, pressing hard in defence and allowing the ball to do the work going forward. With Abby C stepping in at GA our shooters quickly found their range and we were 10 – 0 before Sherborne found the net. The defence continued to impress only allowing 12 goals to be scored for the entire game, whilst we managed an impressive 38. A solid performance all round, it would be safe to say we were always in control without really being pushed. POM honours were shared between stand in GA Abby and Captain for the Day Katie A. (PAE)


A convincing 29-22 win from the 3rds who led the match throughout. Captain Ines Mitchell took charge from the outset, leading the team with her characteristic energy and enthusiasm. Particular mention should be made of Amelia Green, whose shooting throughout was excellent, ably supported for most of the match by Anna Preston. The mid court was dominated by Ella Heffner and Sophie Saunders, whose experience of each other’s game was evident, and Emma Dalton’s vocal support of the team from under the post was invaluable. (JRN)


Canford held a dominant position over Sherborne School from the offset, with the score at half time being 8-0 due to some excellent defending shooting and midcourt play. Canford continued to hold the lead throughout, ending the game with a magnificent 17-2 victory over Sherborne. Notable mentions go to Nia Edwards and Charlie Whitmore for some excellent shooting and midcourt play. (RCL)


After a rather chaotic start (Sherborne very late and portable lights failing!) we alternated quarters with As on one court. Girls were well warmed up and stormed to a very comfortable win of 17-4. Charlie Howell played a brilliant game out of position as GA. (PXC)


It was a close run match between Sherborne and Canford U15Cs which saw Canford take the lead and dominate in the second half. Immy Joll showed her versatility by switching from GD to GA and scoring from a distance and it was brilliant to see the return of Tiva Kent to the netball court. The girls passed fluently and intercepted well, often breaking up the play of Sherborne at crucial points. (NEI)

15Ds: won their match 12-4 against Sherborne


An excellent start by the team on Thursday saw attack and defence working well together to help us take an early 6-1 lead. Sherborne made a strong comeback in the second quarter to within one goal, but the girls got into a superb rhythm working the ball down the court and winning the game 19-14. Players of the match, as chosen by the opposition, were Bella Rose and Elle Mowbray. (CF)


The 14Bs were away at Sherborne for their Thursday fixture this past week. This was my first time watching them play this term, and to say I was impressed was an understatement. It was clear from the first quarter that there were some strong players on the Sherborne side, but not quite enough to threaten the strong performance our squad pulled off. Credit where credit is due to Francie Fulton and Jorgia Holtby’s combined force in the centre third, facilitating a strong and confident flow down the court. The girls’ determination was unparalleled: they played as though they were constantly 1 point down to the Sherborne side, even though this was not the case at any point during the match. Watching their performance, you wouldn’t have known this team had been playing together just under 3 weeks. An excellent win, well done girls! (MRW)


This week the mighty C’s travelled to Sherborne in an always closely contested fixture at younger level. The first quarter we took the lead early on and managed to stay out in front, the girls used the court space well and the shooters we confident. As the quarters went on Sherborne were much improved,

marking more tightly and much better movement down the court. However, our girls continued to dominant and work hard around the court. Our interceptions, movement off the ball and determination enabled us to hang on to win, in a very closely fought final quarter. A 6-3 final score win for the girls and their efforts.

Player of the match goes to Olivia Joll for her hard work at GK. She marked very well and made lots of interceptions allowing us to turn the ball over and begin to attack.

Well done to all! (EJB)


A close match for the U14Ds. Initially Sherborne seemed to tower above us, quite literally. However, the team worked together, defending well and succeeding in getting the ball to the goal scoring partnership of Georgina and Francesca Baillieu. Everyone played their part and that's the beauty of teamwork. Next time, harder, better, faster, stronger! (NZW)

Regional Finals at Sir David English


This exeat the 1st team spent a nail biting but exciting weekend at the Regional Schools Final at Sir David English. Seven games stood in the way of achieving qualification into the National Schools Final. The character and determination of this squad was evident from the first match.

Group Stages:

Marlborough College won 8-7

Penwith College won 22-5

King Edward's Bath won 11-5

Hartpury College won 9-7

Exeter School won 15-5

Richard Huish College won 15-3

This resulted in Canford being top of their group and entering into the seventh match, which if they won would result in qualification to their goal, National Schools. After the first half all was even, 6-6, but the squad showed their Canford spirit and made turn over after turn over, resulting in a 13-8 win. The joy was evident on all the players faces, especially when they realised the U16s, playing on the court next door, had nailed a win against Marlborough College, resulting in Canford having two age groups through to the National Schools Final (the only school to do so). This is the first time Canford have had a Senior team at Nationals, a fantastic day for Canford Netball! (NXW)


On Saturday the U16s competed in the Regional Netball tournament in Bournemouth, competing against the top teams in the South West region of England. With a tough day ahead of them, competing against 6 teams in the round robin section of the tournament, the girls dug deep and played some of the best netball I’ve seen them play this season. First match of the day was against Redmaids’ High School, seeing the girls victorious with a score of 10-6. Second match was against Taunton, who the girls absolutely demolished, winning 13-2. Third match was where it started becoming tricky, coming up against St Peter’s saw the girls with their first loss of the day. They fought extremely hard, getting the score to 5 all at half time, but unfortunately St Peter’s managed to run away with the match in the last 4 minutes. Fourth match was against Denmark High School, whom the girls beat 18-7, in a comfortable victory. Penryn College proved to be our toughest opponents, snatching the victory by 1 goal to lead 7-6. Despite losing 2 matches the girls still had the chance to make the semi-finals. The last match against Bradon Forest was a true display of the girls’ skills as they swept the court with a win of 14-6. With so many goals scored, the girls forged ahead to the semi-finals! Marlborough being our semi-final opponents proved to be an extremely close game; yet Canford won 11-9 seeing them through to the finals! The Marlborough match showed off some absolutely phenomenal netball, which they took with them into the final match against Millfield. Millfield were a very tough opponent, pushing us to our limits and just running away with the match by 1 single point! I don’t think any of us could be prouder of the effort, attitude, passion and skill that each and every girl displayed throughout the day. Daisy Brown was absolutely on fire with her goals, Rosie Ireland was a communication machine, Mia White was everywhere all at once, Flora Lingafelter had great vision looking into the D, Georgie Boon stretched herself to new heights, Molly Taylor completely took her WA out of each game, Bella Hunter created intercept after intercept, Alicia Hudson was always presenting herself as an option and Lauren Corn denied her GS’s the space they needed. As difficult as it was to choose, Mia White was Player of the Tournament in our eyes; a huge achievement! Overall, a wonderful day, full of potential and promise for Nationals in March! (DGM)

Tuesday 21st January

Hockey v Bryanston and Sherborne

Last week there were senior matches v Bryanston and an U16 Cup game versus Sherborne before the exeat.

Once the 1st XI broke the stubborn Bryanston resistance and were more clinical against a talented opposition keeper, progress was straight forward. A 1-0 half time lead courtesy of a well-executed penalty corner by Will Whitmore was well deserved. A ten minute purple patch in the third quarter of the match saw us score four times; through Otto Thompson, Captain Charlie Peplow and two more composed corner finishes from Whitmore, who completed his hat-trick. Thompson added his second with a cheeky finish through his own and the keeper’s legs, to secure a comprehensive 6-0 win. Tom Prest caused havoc on the right again and the team showed increasing maturity as we passed the ball much better in the second period. (MDC)

Great start of the match for the 2nd XI, who scored three goals to give themselves a big lead – following the pre-match talk to perfection. Towards the end of the match, Canford started to lose composure and let Bryanston back into the game with a goal on the backhand from a corner. However, a 3-1 win was achieved against a better opposition than the previous matches. There was a first goal of the season for Jack Salmon and Tom Matthews added two to his tally. (RJCG/RHJH)

The 3rd XI won 6-1 with the sun shining on a cool crisp day. It proved to be the perfect conditions for the second match of the season against Bryanston. Under the captaincy of Tom Edsall, there was characteristic enthusiasm throughout the team and for the duration of the match. Canford started well, controlling most of the play and frequently creating goal scoring chances. The first goal came from an excellent shot from the top of the D by Olly White, who went on to score a hat-trick. At half time, the score was 1-0 and so Bryanston were always in with a chance of getting back on level terms. However, in the second half the pressure continued and result in a flurry of spectacular goals, the best being Matt Keen’s strike. Max Hansen played his first match for the 3rd XI, and picked up a goal, as did Charlie Anstee who was playing centre half for the first time. Overall, it was a better performance that the previous game, but there are still lessons to learn for the team to progress. (RMBS/CHJ)

The Gentlemen’s 4th XI secured a 4-2 victory which ended up being much closer on paper than it should have been. Jake Jeffries (Player of the Week), Matt Shuttleworth, Oscar Milner & Sam Ford scored, while Beau Gater and Philipp von Gemmingen played well for both teams (Bryanston were short)! (SLCI)

In the U16 Tier 1 Cup round 2 match versus Sherborne we managed to get the game completed before the pitch suffered from the cold evening air. Jude Organ and Welly Johnson both netted to give us a deserved 2-0 advantage, before Sherborne halved the deficit before the break. There were chances in the second period, but we were unable to put the game beyond doubt. We maintained our 2-1 lead, however, to progress to round 3. Elliot Eyre and Raffi Mills were both exceptional in midfield. (MDC/JLG)

Thursday 23rd January

Cross Country - Ken Bailey Trophy at Bryanston

Last week saw the Ken Bailey Trophy and some strong performances by Canford pupils. In the Inter boys Jamie Barrington made top 10 and James Tazzyman ran creditably. For the Senior Girls Serena Blake finished 7th and Acacia Manley finished just outside the top 20.

The Senior boys all produced good performances with Charlie Bird (3rd), Finn Baker (14th), Olly Scudds (20th) and Dan Offer (32nd). (TH)

Thursday 23rd January

Squash v Clayesmore

Overall Result: Clayesmore 3 - Canford 6

What a fantastic match away at Clayesmore, with four of the matches going the distance 3-2! The majority of the team have made real strides forward in their games, especially in servings, return of serve, movement and general tactical awareness in finding space across the court. Their attitude and focus across the afternoon was also very impressive.

It is hard to highlight any one individual as there were so many exciting matches. Lucas had his first outing of the year and dug in all the way to sneak it 3-2. Freddie has made big strides forward in his game and is starting to really look like a squash player, he looked strong throughout and took his match 3-1. And finally Rich Hare has really come on with impressive serving and length into the back corners, beating their number three seed convincingly 3-1. Well done gents! (JRAR)

Monday 20th and Thursday 23rd January

Badminton v Flukey Feathers and David Lloyd Ringwood

Two wins, 10-3 v Flukey Feathers and 12-1 – against a previously undefeated David Lloyd Ringwood team – Zac Prentice, Zach Fenwick and JC Zhang played some good attacking badminton – best, most competitive games so far this season. Canford top of the league … for the moment having played the most matches to date. Zac Prentice is third in the player rankings for the league. (CLF)

Thursday 23rd January

Basketball v Bryanston

The Canford Towers found themselves 16-10 behind at half time against Sherborne, but an outstanding third quarter - scoring eighteen points to six – led to an exciting 39-24 win. Tommy Qian (16) and player/coach Michael Ma (12) top scored, while Cameron Powell, James Barker and Finn Boardman were defensively strong. (SLCI)

Tuesday 21st and Thursday 23rd January

Football v Twynham and Winchester

1stXI v Twynham

A victory is not the same as a win. That, I suppose, is the main thing Canford’s footballers learnt in their epic match against Twynham on Tuesday.

Facing the current County Cup holders, the Oaks knew they were the underdogs – but that knowledge fired them up to produce an absolutely awesome collective performance, one that left their coaches and the amassed spectators agog with pride – and their opposition stunned. As individual footballers, the Twynham chaps were doubtlessly superior to their respective Canfordian counterparts – but that was countered by the Oaks’ superior work rate, their exceptional tactical discipline and their display of pure heart. The Canfordians were a band of brothers, lifting each other, providing cover for one another and giving their all for the cause.

The match started as expected, with the Oaks lying deep and Twynham having most of the possession. What they didn’t have were chances: the blue wall was an immovable object. As the game progressed, Twynham resorted more and more to a route one style of play and it was unfortunately a 80s style boot from the back, followed by a slip on the soggy surface, that led to the first goal.

One down, the Oaks showed their considerable mettle and never-say-die attitude, forcing Twynham on the back foot. With top end quarterback play from Doug Rowland and Joe Hollywood, chances fell to Adam Kwan, Freddie Peters and James Longrigg, but good goalkeeping and the smallest of margins kept us out. Then, on one of many attacking dead balls, the ball eventually fell to the heroic Will ‘Jonesy’ Jones who bundled the ball in. 1 all!

The deadlock held to extra time and, on a heavy, soggy pitch, legs were weary but spirits and energy high as another 30 minutes of battle awaited. Though chances ensued, none were taken and the dreaded penalty decider loomed. Up stepped our brave five: Freddie, Mattie, Oscar, Adam and George. Unfortunately, it wasn’t to be and we emerged beaten, on penalties, after 110 minutes of extraordinary sporting endeavour.

The Oaks might have lost the game but they proved themselves to be indominable sportsmen. This will live in Canford lore for years to come.

1stXI v Winchester

Billed as ‘the return of the Mack’, the Oaks’ Thursday fixture saw us host Mr Burley’s Winchester (ok, strictly speaking, it wasn’t his team – but he was there as the Winchester Director of Sports, wearing all the wrong kit). Winchester take their football seriously and with Tuesday’s heroics leaving our boys a little leggy, we knew we were in for a tough match.

The Oaks sat deep in the opening exchanges, easily soaking up Winchester’s early pressure and showing once more that they are a defensive collective of rank. What we’ve found trickier this term, though, is breaking forward with speed and in numbers, and our attacks were again a little lacking in precision and cohesion. So, when we went behind after a shoulder/neck finish on a set piece, the boys knew they had to up their game and start pushing forward.

3-5-2 was abandoned in favour of a 3-4-1-1 and subsequently a 4-3-3 in trying to tip the scales a little, and the combination of raw pace (Adam, Freddie) and muscularity (James, Oscar) saw us carve out bigger and bigger chances. The attacking emphasis did leave us slightly more vulnerable at the back though, but with (Man of the Match) Will Jones marshalling our excellent defence and Charlie Berridge again showing his immeasurable worth between the sticks, no further breaches ensued.

Instead, Canford equalised through James ‘the Power’ Longrigg, who tapped in the rebound from a spilled Adam Kwan shot, and as the match neared its terminus we were pushing and pushing for a winner, something that seemed to evade us until ‘loanee’ Freddie Peters did what he does best and curled in the winner. Cue relief and measured jubilations.

Hopefully, this week will allow us some time on the training field – so that we can treat Bryanston to some thrusting attacking play. (SV)

2nd XI v Winchester

The pitch at Winchester was in fine condition and it saw some good football being played in a first-half where both sides were happy to just ‘test the water’ Chances were few and far between but Winchester took the lead with a fine strike from the edge of the box from a cleared corner. Perhaps Canford’s strikers were a little isolated and trying to be more offence orientated was the mind-set going into the second half. Unfortunately a lucky cross/shot ended up in our net soon after the break and the need to chase goals saw Canford shift seamlessly from a 3,5,2 into a 3,4,3. A positive run from Ollie Leat saw him fouled in the box and he hammered home this penalty himself, top right! Another goal was then leaked from a set-piece before the Seb Fecher show began. Two wonderful goals from his right foot, one from a tight angle left the score at 3 -3 with 5 mins to play. Pushing forward for a winner, we were unfortunately caught on the break by a well-worked goal and hence finished the wrong side of a 7 goal thriller – well tried all. MOM, Ollie Leat. (OTP)

Photos ready to view on Canford Media

Football 1stXI v Twynham

Boys’ Hockey 1stXI v Bryanston

Boys’ Hockey 3rdXI v Lord Wandsworth’s

Boys’ U14B Hockey v Lord Wandsworth’s

Boys’ Hockey 4thXI v Bryanston

Boys’ Basketball U18A v Sherborne

1stGirls’ Lacrosse v Sherborne

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