06 Feb 2020
Easter Term 2020 - Sports Report, Week 4

Easter Term 2020 - Week 4 Sports Report

Thursday 30th January and Saturday 1st February

Netball v Queen Elizabeth, Wimborne and Clayesmore

v Queen Elizabeth, Wimborne

The U15Cs started off hesitantly but had a spectacular second quarter with Yutong Li intercepting brilliantly and Nuala Binnion upping the pace of the game. It wasn’t quite enough to close the goal gap though but the scrapes on the girls’ knees are testament to the effort that they put into each pass! Score was 29-13 loss against QE. (NEI)

The U15Ds demonstrated a better understanding of creating space and were considerably more consistent with keeping possession of the ball. Honourable mention goes to Freya Brash for transferring her hard work during training to the court in this match. Final score was 9-22 to QE. (BS)

Clayesmore matches


The 1st team had an enjoyable match against Clayesmore. After the first quarter, the team moved positions and it was a joy to see Milenka Soskin playing at ‘C’, Nia Burley as ‘GS’ and Martha Taylor ‘GA’. The team remained focused throughout the match and looked like they enjoyed the more relaxed approach after having a series of very intense and highly competitive matches. Next week will be a challenge with three players out in their triangular fixture against Dauntsey’s and KES Southampton. (NXW)

The seconds had a comfortable win over Clayesmore’s seconds 44 – 17. After a slow defensive start in the first quarter which saw us in an 11 – 9 lead, the girls ramped up their defensive intensity which saw with a half time score of 24 – 10. The game was never in doubt from then on as we ran away comfortable winners. (PAE)

The 3rd team girls outclassed the opposition thanks to their athleticism, mobility and physicality.

Despite changing to unfamiliar positions in the third quarter, the goal difference kept increasing.

Relentless interceptions as early as from their centre passes combined with flowing shooting made victory inevitable. The girls kept their shape and wits at all times. Vocal play, team spirit present all along.

What a wonderful bunch of girls. (MM)

The 4ths’ first game saw them quickly settle into an effective rhythm of play. Nuala Dyball played out of position as GS and showed some real talent shooting. The opposition were rather impatient of the whistle but Canford kept their cool. The final quarter was easily our best performance, leading us to a final score of 20-9. (CDB)


Saturday saw the U16As compete against Clayesmore, finishing with a great victory of 34-20. Although it may not have been the girls’ toughest match, it allowed them to practise the skills we had worked on in training. It also allowed them the opportunity to compete in the match in their secondary positions, gaining a better understanding of what each and every one of them does on the court in every game. Goal of the match definitely was Becky Morris’ ‘swish’ from out wide in the D! The goal circle also saw the likes of Bella Hunter giving it a go, along with Lucy Hancock venturing out of the defensive third to play GD and Evie Chippendale giving WA a go. The girls played in great spirits and took on the different style of challenge of the match in their stride. Overall a very pleasing result! (DGM)


Canford’s U15As played Clayesmore in a friendly match which saw the girls play together for the first time in a while after some time apart. After a tight first quarter ending in 12-8, Canford dominated the remaining three quarters of the match leading to do a stunning 54-34 victory over Clayesmore School. (RCL)

A comfortable win for the U15Bs today against a weakened Clayesmore. At half time the dynamic shooting trio of Nia Edwards, Mia Ashby-Rudd and Charlie Howell had secured a 30-4 lead and so the girls opted to play out of position for the rest of the match. Everyone defended superbly, showed their versatility and learnt a bit about the challenges of other positions! Sophia Russell captained the side with maturity. (PXC)


An impressive display on Saturday saw the U14As secure a strong win over Clayesmore. There was a late comeback from the opposition, however putting into practice techniques from this week’s training allowed the girls to end the match 27-15. Joint players of the match went to new addition Jorgia Holtby and the versatile Dominique Hudson. (CF)

The U14Bs match gave Lucy Stephenson a chance to shine as captain, and she delivered. Chloe Markham took to GA role and was brilliant. Lots of good passing around the circle to create shooting opportunities. Clayesmore voted Lara Witter MOTM. Final score 24-8, well done girls! (EJW)

The U14Cs produced some really good netball, moving in to space quickly with some fantastic shooting from Summer Hookey and Zara Holt. After the first quarter we found ourselves ahead by a big margin and I began to swap some players around to see how they played in other positions. We went through the quarters, staying ahead and playing well. The best part about the game was the performance the girls gave, regardless of the positions that they were put in. Very well played to all of you. Overall we won 29-5. (EJB)

For the 14Ds, winning our first match was, of course, great but better was watching the team talk to each other, calling for the ball and putting all of the practice into play. Our shooting team were calm and composed under pressure with Francesca Baillieu’s fast hands complementing Georgina Baillieu’s amazing work rate and stamina. As centre, Chloe Nwankwo was given player of the match by the

opposition whilst I'd single out Sophia Westberg for her relentless positivity and willingness to play in whichever position she was asked. Score was 13-5. (ARB)

Tuesday 28th and Thursday 30th January and Saturday 1st February

Hockey v Sedbergh, Milton Abbey, Bryanston, Clayesmore, Sherborne, Portsmouth GS and Winchester

EH Tier 1 Boys’ U14 National Cup – County Round

The U14As were raring to go and were unphased after arriving at Bryanston School despite the change of venues. The first game was a 2-1 victory v Bryanston where the boys grew into the game slowly and could’ve won by a wider margin. Then came a tough test against Clayesmore, however Canford played some superb hockey, tackling well and breaking at speed with clever two touch play. The final score was 2-0 to Canford. The final game was against Sherborne. We conceded an early goal which put us under pressure. Credit to the boys who continued to stick to the game plan before getting an equaliser after some good play down the right. This left the final score at 1-1 despite Canford pressing for the win late on. This means we are County champions again and are through to the West Prelims at Canford on Wednesday. (CJK/PDAR)

EH Tier 1 Girls’ U16 National Cup – Quarter final

The U16A Girls’ team travelled the 325 miles north to Sedbergh for the much anticipated quarter final away at Sedbergh. Preparations went to plan, despite the very long journey, and having travelled up the night before we awoke to a cold and wet day in the Lake District. With the opportunity to gain a place at the National Finals amongst the final four teams in the country, the girls were focused, if a little nervous. It was very much a game of phases; we started well in the first quarter and took the lead through a smart finish from Bella Hunter. However, Sedbergh put us under increasing pressure and equalised after some earlier fine saves from Bliss Billson in goal. The second half saw us start well again, Charlotte Brook driving us forwards and creating opportunities to take a much needed advantage. Alas, we couldn’t find the goal, and in the last ten minutes, Sedbergh finished the stronger side, scoring twice to deservedly win and thereby end our dream of reaching the Olympic Park, with a 3-1 defeat. It was a great advert for hockey being played the right way. Another day, another result perhaps. The girls, though gutted to lose, can hold their heads high and be proud of their achievements this year. Many thanks to the travelling parental support as well; much appreciated. (MDC)

The boys’1st XI were on the road away at The Portsmouth Grammar School. With captain Charlie Peplow sidelined for several weeks with a hamstring tear, the boys were keen to step up in his absence. We nearly scored in the first minute, but deservedly took the lead through a crisp Luke Hett backhand finish – a rare goal from him(!) – after good approach play from George Billson and Tom Prest. PGS equalised before the break, as we were a little sloppy in possession. Though we did have the chance to regain the lead, an uncharacteristic blip from Will Whitmore saw his fluffed penalty flick attempt saved. After the break, Ollie Pickard reacted first to score from a corner rebound, before Whitmore made amends – executing a slick and textbook corner routine to perfection for a 3-1 advantage. Joba made some saves

in goal and PGS pulled one back through a corner of their own, but we saw the game out in a 3-2 win, with Freddie Peters playing nicely in midfield. (MDC)

The U16As ended up winning 1-0 in a pretty rough game at home versus The Portsmouth Grammar School, but a well taken goal from Welly Johnson was enough after good build up play from Archie Liddle, Jude Organ and Raffi Mills.

The U15As travelled to Bryanston a game of high intensity resulted in a thrilling 4-4 draw. Every time we went ahead, Bryanston would punch back to equalise. It was a great game by all the forwards that created chances by working together. Three goals by Monty Hooker and one by Will Pickard. (RJCG/RHJH)

The U15Bs also travelled to Bryanston and were a league apart from their opposition. With the score 4-0 at half time and 10-0 at the close. Bryanston managed a couple of shots on target in the first half, but struggled to get into our D in the second, as their heads dropped. Goals went to Tyndale Kwan (2), Henry Martin (2), Nat Merrell (1), Louis Potts (1) and Merlin Cork (4). Man of the match was Jocelin Child. (BIHC)

The U15C team travelled to Milton Abbey, to play their U15As. We won 3-1 after we started well and did not let their disruptive play affect our game. Freddie Homer dodged a couple of tackles to hammer home our first goal. During the second half Milton Abbey really put the pressure on after George Serjeant had scored our second goal. However, we absorbed the onslaught and despite the opposition scoring a goal, George sealed the game with an excellent third. (DJC)

The 14As played on a bouncy pitch away at The Portsmouth Grammar School, which was tough to get used to meaning our usual quick passing play was hard to maintain. The boys grew into the game with Ed Schuster Bruce breaking the deadlock before half time before adding another one in the second half after a well executed penalty corner. Final score, a 2-0 win. (CJK/PDAR)

The 14Cs played out a 2-2 humdinger, away at Milton Abbey against their 14As. We had minimal warm-up time and hadn't played that team before so unsurprisingly got caught early on. Also in the first quarter our defence kept giving it back to the opposition! However, the attack remained strong and defence sorted themselves out and finally we got the goal we kept threatening. By now we were the better side and led 2-1 at the break. But Milton Abbey always looked dangerous on the break – through their strong central midfielder – and equalised. We kept threatening and almost got the winner, but 2-2 was probably a fair final result.

On Saturday the 2nd XI had a well fought battle against the Winchester College 1st XI. We moved the ball better than last week and despite several well engineered penetrations into the D, we just couldn't convert into points on the board. Having had two goals rightly disallowed this only added to the pressure. The final score was 0-0, but we felt that we should have had that one given the opportunities created! (RHJH/RJCG)

For the 3rd XI against Winchester College’s 2nd XI, it was one of those days when you can’t quite believe what you are seeing. In the first half we had a number of sublime passages of play; with two touch passing and control, great running off the ball, and deadly accuracy in front of goal. Within 15 minutes we were three goals up, against their 1st team keeper who had kept a clean sheet against our 2nd XI, courtesy of sharp shooting from Ollie White and a couple of brilliant finishes from Max Richards. While the opposition was probably the best we have met this term, the constant pressure we imposed on them across the midfield was excellent, while the confidence of our back three gave us the edge in defence. Although we lost some of our shape by the end of the first half we were four goals up by then and it remained that way to the end with a hard fought second period. (RMBS/CHJ)

Despite playing all of the hockey the U15As were surprisingly outgunned by a more physically developed group of Winchester College athletes who were quick to the ball. Our goal came from a well executed short corner, in an underwhelming 2-1 defeat. (NRB)

The U14Bs dominated possession in a fast paced game against Winchester College U14As. The first half was a rather frustrating affair where we failed to find much space or create many clear cut chances. The second half saw the game open up and eventually Will Fountain managed to break the deadlock and give us the lead. We continued to apply pressure but Winchester defended admirably, in a 1-0 win for Canford. (JRM/JDL)

This week sees the 1st XI in league action v Marlborough College on Tuesday, as well as the U14As in West Finals qualifying at home in their Prelims tournament on Wednesday. There is also a block fixture versus Sherborne at the weekend.

Thursday 30th January

Cross Country at Milton Abbey

Thursday afternoon at Milton Abbey. Some great individual performances included a 2nd place for Jamie Barrington and 5th place for Finn Baker. (TH)

Saturday 1st February

Lacrosse v Bournemouth University

The 2nd team had an excellent win on Saturday against Bournemouth University 2nds, winning 6-2. The Canford girls started positively and gradually built in confidence throughout the game. Vice captain Emily Walster marshalled the defence effectively and also set the standard in firm resistance. New players this term Aggie cox, Louisa Matthews, Catalina Taylor and Louisa Borneman were impressive in their calm handling of the ball and ability to get stuck in after only three weeks’ of play. Tabby Fuery and Amber Herrington and captain Serena Chamberlain worked hard in midfield. MVP as voted in by Bournemouth University however was goalkeeper Lily Clarke who combined great positioning with some brilliant instinctive shielding on the girl circle. The university girls, who have beaten Plymouth Marjons and UWE 2s this season were very impressed by the Canford team. (MXB)

Saturday 1st February

Rowing – Hampton Head

After a prolonged period of flooding in the Thames valley the Hampton Head race got the green light with many clubs and school competing over the 3000m course from Sunbury Loch to Hampton Church. With the river conditions fair and the weather fine albeit a brisk tail wind, Canford took three crews to race in divisions one and two.

J16 Boys, Archie Gardiner, Jackson Kennett, Ben Shaw, Tim Downing. Time; 8:43.9 the boys gave an impressive account of themselves hold the rate high and steering.

J18 Girls, © Innes De la Cruz, Emilia Milner, Buzz Borneman, Rachal Ko, India Herrington, Tessa Marley, Bea Webb, Charlotte Wittram, Eve Hewett. 8:37.1. This new line up certainly comes with a punch and only finished 40 seconds behind the winners Marlow rowing club.

J18 Boys, © George Farthing, Matt Butterfield, Tenzing Whitley, Aidan Dure-Smith, Joe Louden, Nat Cranton, Sam Smith, Hamish Johnson, Sean Herrington. 8:03.5 Given the relative inexperience of some of the boys this looks to be a promising start to 2020.

A good start to the 2020 season for our Canford crews. The boys and girls will be racing at Avon County on the 29th February. (ID)

Saturday 1st February

Football v Bryanston

The Oaks put in a commanding performance in their new 4-3-3 formation against a decent Bryanston side – and they delighted in finally being freed up to attack.

It was perhaps evident that we aren’t overly used to spending that much time in front of the opposition goal: the attacking trident squandered chance after chance in an utterly dominant first half, taking a lender 1-0 lead into half time. The second half was not quite as profligate an experience, with two goals added to our tally – but this is a game that should have been dead and buried after 20 minutes.

The most pleasing aspect was seeing the boys try to – and succeed in – playing proper football, with our midfield trio combining niftily and spreading play from side to side. The attackers ran intelligently, and with Matty Effick on fire in his combination play and crossing, the Oaks carved the Bryanston defence open with surgical precision.

As always, the defence was imperious – with MoM Oscar Webb channelling his inner Bobby Moore - and it took an erroneous penalty decision (the striker ran into Jonesy, felt the granite of his chest and fell to the ground…) saw the Oaks concede a real chance. Alas, even though Charlie the Panther Burridge saved the pen, an oppo got to the rebound first and put it away. A highly promising 3-1 win.

The 2nd XI also played Bryanston and were held to a goalless draw. (SV)

Saturday 1st February

Basketball v Winchester

The Canford Towers secured another terrific come-from-behind win over Winchester, this time scoring twenty six points to fifteen in the second half to secure an exciting 42-35 win. Michael Ma (16) top scored; Cameron Powell & Finn Boardman were rebound kings; but Tommy Qian was MVP (13 pts, 2 assists, 7 boards, 4 blocks). Great team spirit throughout the squad – well done! (SLCI)

Sunday 2nd February

Rugby 7s at Portsmouth Grammar School

It was a good weekend for Canford Rugby with Ben Ashton and Tommy Davies playing for the County U16s squad. Toby Philpot the County U17s and Archie Van Der Flier gaining selection for London and South East U18s.

Away from the representative games the 1st VII were competing in their first tournament of the season at Portsmouth Grammar. The first match saw the boys pitched against an always tough prospect in Epsom College. Epsom were fresh from victory at the Seaford 7’s beating one of our other group contenders Gordons in the final. We started well and held the ball from the kick off, using the space well to move the ball. Following this excellent start the boys came away with a deserved try and looked comfortable on the ball. From there the wheels came off slightly, Epsom were able to highlight some naivety in defence and some expected rustiness in the contact area. We battled well but Epsom ended up taking the game 3 scores to 1.

Undeterred the boys played some excellent stuff against Gordon’s School cruising to victory. Back on the muddy narrower pitch against Royal High School, despite going two scores up early we got bogged down into a rather confrontational affair but luckily squeaked through at the death to stay in the top tier competition. Following lunch, we faced a strong Wimbledon College in the Cup quarter final. Despite a strong effort from the Canford VII defensive decision making let us down a little as they ran out 3 tries to 1 winner. This put us in the 2nd tier comp facing Bishop Wordsworth’s in the Semi. Another comprehensive victory put the boys into the final to play a strong Sherborne side. Canford started the final playing some exceptional stuff, before Sherborne knew where they were, they were 3 scores down. They rallied in the 2nd half but another score by Canford in the 2nd half put the game out of Sherborne’s reach. There was an outstanding work ethic all day and the boys supported each other well, on and off the pitch. It was an exceptional squad effort but notable performances from Fred Charles set the tone, the rest of the boys rose to the standard he set, rising tides raise all ships! (PTS)


Finally, huge congratulations to Robbie Hemmings for his fantastic performances in the recent Dorset County Swimming Championships. He will be representing the South West Region in Lisbon next weekend. (TD)

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