26 Feb 2020
Easter Term 2020 - Sports Report, Week 6

Easter Term 2020 - Week 6 Sports Report

Thursday 13th February

Netball v Bryanston and St. Mary’s, Shaftesbury

vs Bryanston

1sts and 16As

The two National teams, 1st and U16, had the delight of a home fixture against Bryanston after too many away matches. To add to the home fixture, we also saw the return of Miss Read our old Head of Netball and it was great to see her in Canford kit umpiring. Both teams flew out at the first whistle and were comfortably ahead by half time U16’s 23-10 and 1st team 18-10. This gave both teams the opportunity to play versatility and play positions that they don’t normally get the chance to play in match situations. The final score resulted in U16s winning 44-14 and the 1st team 38-20. It was a lovely afternoon of netball and a nice way to finish a busy half of term. (NXW)


The local derby against Bryanston never fails to bring out the best in teams, and this game was no exception. With Chessie Hellier away on a school trip, we once again had to call on the services of the team’s utility player Abby Childerley to step in at GD. After her POM performance in our last fixture we looked at the line up with a degree of confidence. The first quarter saw us once again quickly into our rhythm and applied our usual defensive pressure that we then quickly turned into scores at the other end. Bryanston struggled to live with the tempo we played the game at, and with our rotating midcourt of Captain Katie Ashcroft, Beanie Culley, Bella Brown and Molly Fairbairn we were able to control and play the game at a tempo that the opposition struggled to live with. The defensive pairing of Abby Childerley and Connie Doxat were rock solid as always, but the feature of the day was the consistent shooting and POM performances from both Jess Rees and Hannah Fairchild. This allowed us to turn opportunity into goals. It was one of those games where the final result was never in doubt after the first quarter. Final result was a win for Canford 36 – 22. (PAE)


The 3rds had a fantastic home match against Bryanston. They girls worked hard and really developed their training into some fantastic match play. The game finished with a 47-11 win to Canford. Well done girls! (MRW)


It was clear from the start that Canford had the better positioning and passing skills on court and we were 10-2 up in the first quarter. Excellent shooting from Amber Howard and Evie Chippendale also gave us the edge and we continued to move further ahead throughout the match. Hattie Kent was magnificent at GD, intercepting and forcing a number of turnovers. The girls are gelling together as a team and moving the ball around the court with purpose. Well done. (ECT)


The match started well with the girls securing a 24-12 lead by half term. The girls maintained this excellent standard throughout, ending the match with a fantastic 41-20 win. Well done to Alex Smith for player’s player! (RCL)


A comfortable win for the girls despite Alex Smith and Nia Edwards being pulled up to play for the A’s. Charlie Howell slotted very nicely into GA, and indeed was selected as MOM, and Sophia Russell, as captain, demonstrated her versatility by stepping in to defend in the D. Passing down the court was fluid and well timed and the girls showed their stamina by playing all four quarters without tiring. Final score ended on 49-20, well done! (PXC)


The U15Cs dominated from the beginning scoring ten goals just in the first quarter. Bryanston defenders came back more aggressively in the second quarter but Canford were well into their stride. The flow of passes was encouraging to watch and it seemed a different team to those who started out in January. The last two quarters were most impressive, seeing Canford hardly concede a goal and the final score of 35-9 was reflective of the skill shown on the court. Star player went to Lara Wilkinson for remaining calm and shooting accurately even in the windiest of conditions. (NEI)


The match against Bryanston saw the girls come up against something new: physicality. The girls stood their ground, however, and an impressive last half of the game, in which they held Bryanston to only 4 goals, meant we pulled away to end the match 30-14. Well done to all. (CF)


First quarter showed great turnovers and sign that this would be a close match. Finishing 6-4 down in the first quarter, we had everything to play for. Bryanston were a physical team and we held our own, fighting against the windy conditions. We showed great passing, great movement but finished losing 23-11. The score does not reflect how well we played. Millie Jeffries (GS) and Francie Fulton (C) were awarded Players of the Match. A valiant performance all round. (EJW)


This week we travelled away to Bryanston for a very physical game of netball. At least I think it was netball we were playing. In the first quarter the girls took a marginal lead, with simple and effective netball, moving down the court and working very hard. As we the mighty Cs moved through the quarters the girls continued to play good netball. We got caught up in their game a little bit, not creating enough space and dare I say being too polite. Bryanston’s confidence and performance increased and started to play very quick netball that we just couldn’t keep up with. However, as all the girls agreed we could take stock of what was learnt today out on the court and use it for our future matches.

vs St. Mary’s Shaftesbury


A chilly start to the game away at St. Mary’s but the girls soon warmed up and played some lovely netball. The wind made it a hard job for our shooters but they persevered and scored 9 great shots. The team work was outstanding and the girls found a great rhythm. The players of the match were Millie Todd and Louisa A’barrow. For an even matched game St. Mary’s unfortunately got a couple of quick goals at the end resulting in them winning the game 12-9, however a good game of netball played before half term. (BS)


On Thursday the 13th, the 14D’s travelled away to St. Mary’s, Shaftesbury. Storm Ciara was still with us unfortunately and it significantly influenced the playing conditions! Despite this, the girls really dug deep and played fantastically well, passing was short and sharp and the girls really showed they were listening to what was said in the team talks, which resulted in a convincing 9-4 win. Both Olivia Jackson (captain) and Georgina Baillieu were chosen for player of the match. Well done girls! (MRW)

Monday 10th and Tuesday 11th February

Hockey v King’s College, Taunton and Dean Close

Monday 10th February

The 16As hosted King’s Taunton in round 3 of the Tier 1 National Cup. In wet and windy conditions, players from both sides coped admirably. We led inside the first quarter through Monty Hooker, but were grateful to Max Paget as he pulled off a string of fine saves, including a penalty stroke. However, King’s equalised before the break. The score remained that way, until King’s capitalised on some slack defending to lead, followed by a well worked corner to extend their advantage to 3-1. We tried to find a way back into the match, but were unable to break their organised defensive line. Lost 1-3 (IW)

Tuesday 11th Feb

The 1st XI hosted a fast and talented Dean Close team in the final league game of the Tier 1 campaign. They got off to a flyer and we were 3-0 down after 15 minutes. We then became much more competitive before a penalty stroke on the stroke of half time saw us fall further behind. The second period went in much the same direction – some loose man-to-man marking enabling their forwards too easy an entry into the D as we shipped further goals. Max Wyatt did pull one back with a sharp backhand strike, but we were very much second best as we suffered a chastening afternoon. We stuck at it, and created some chances late on, but the boys will have learnt a great deal, both individually and collectively from the experience. They will be better players for going through the process of suffering a heavy defeat. We will bounce back and continue to push each other in training after half term. Lost 1-9 (MDC)

Thursday 13th February

Squash v Clayesmore

Overall Result: Canford 8 - Clayesmore 2

Charlie Cameron won 3-0
Ben Morris lost 0-3
Rich Hare won 2-1
Oscar Feingold won 3-0
Freddie Rees won 3-0
James Balasubramiam won 3-0
Marco Wyatt won 3-0
Elliot Phillips won 3-0
Marco Wyatt won 3-1
Elliot Phillips lost 1-2

Fielding a younger squad for this home match against Clayesmore, with all four of our Fourth Form involved. Their top three players were strong, but there were a number of developing players in the mid to lower order, which meant a great opportunity for some of our up and coming to get their first outings for the school. All impressed with their serving, effort levels and improved tactical awareness, which meant a fantastic 8-2 victory!

Players of the day go to our Captain, Charlie Cameron, and Oscar Feingold. Charlie had a marathon with their number one, with lots of hard hitting and long rallies, but Charlie had that little more puff and eventually got over the line 11-4 in the last. Oscar only started squash this year and has improved rapidly over the weeks. This was his first outing for Canford and he was up against their number three seed and after a tight first game, Oscar grew in confidence and took the match convincingly 3-0. Well done to all the team, great performance! (JRAR)

Thursday 13th February

Badminton v Dorchester

The match saw an 11-4 win for Canford. Jonathan Fung and JC Zhang played their last match for the school, which included Jonathan winning all his matches for the first time (including some very close ones). JC played at seed 2 and won 5/6 games. Zac Prentice did his usual at seed 1 – some wonder points, including diving into the wall ... and some less wonderful!

Ben Parkin served and played very well … even with the extra weight of muddy legs from football practice! A good day all round. (CLF)

Thursday 13th February

Football v Sherborne

1st XI

The Oaks were given a harsh lesson in the importance of staying fully alert and on it for the duration of the match in their 5-1 defeat to Sherborne. Though playing some very good football for three quarters

of the game, defending resolutely and creating a host of good chances in the process, a ten minute dip in each half led to the punishing score line.

The boys were slightly surprised to see Sherborne’s 1st XI turn up as the fixture was scheduled to be against their seconds, but in the opening phases of the first half, Canford played the superior football and dominated possession and chances created. Then, when we conceded a sucker punch of a soft goal, the clever passing game that had given supremacy was abandoned for an 80s Wimbledon approach for about ten minutes. Considering our lack of aerial presence, that proved a bad choice, and 0-2 swiftly became a reality. The boys regrouped, though, and went close to reducing the deficit before the half time whistle.

Oddly, considering the promise of the end to the first half, the first ten minutes of the second half might have been our weakest ten minutes this year. The shape and cohesion was gone, as was the willing to battle for second balls. Two goals followed in quick succession. Fortunately, there is backbone in this team and no one’s head was hanging; instead, led by the standout performer in the game – an imperious, never-say-die Doug – the Oaks started playing again and finally managed to get a goal. For the remainder of the game, it was Canford that produced the better chances, but an unfortunate own goal from a free kick proved the final nail. A 1-5 loss is never pleasant but the boys will have learnt a lot from it. (SV)

2nd XI

Canford reacted really positively to a certain penalty call being turned down after only 7 seconds of the game had elapsed. As a result the first half was a very even affair with a few chances falling to both sides. Ollie Leat had two cracking strikes but both went just the wrong side of the crossbar. Though parity should have been the case at half-time, a dream left-foot strike from outside the box saw Sherborne go in a goal up. The second half proved difficult for Canford as the mid-field vanished too often leaving Sherborne to hoover up most of the loose balls. Two further excellent goals were scored by the visitors and they probably deserved their 4 – 0 win in the end. Man of the match was Robbie Lingerfelter who looked more than just tidy in goal. (OTP)

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