05 Mar 2020
Easter Term 2020 - Sports Report, Week 7

Easter Term 2020 - Week 7 Sports Report

Thursday 27th and Saturday 29th February

Netball v Marlborough, U15 Dorset County Finals and Bradfield Tournament

On Thursday 27th February the U15As took part in the County tournament. Their first game against Woodroffe gave them a secure victory of 14-2. Their next game against Sir John Colfax was also a secure win of 20-0. The girls continued to maintain this high standard with an 18-0 victory over Blandford School. The girls met their match against BSG where a precarious first half gave them a marginal lead of 8-6. However, they managed to storm the second half, ending in a secure 16-10 victory. Their final win over Parkstone Grammar School in 11-3 secure their position in the semi-final where they faced Bournemouth Collegiate School. The girls secured a 19-6 victory leading them into the final against Talbot Heath. This was a contested and difficult final where the girls truly met their match, a goal to goal at half time meant they only had a marginal gain on Talbot Heath at half term. However, the girls upped their game and played outstanding netball, showing dedication and resilience, and secured a victory over Talbot Heath with the score ending in 16-2. The girls rightly earned their title as County Champions and every single one of them contributed in securing the victory, from the first game all the way through to the final. Well done girls!


The 1st team showed real determination at the Bradfield College Annual Indoor Tournament, where the depth and versatility of this team was on display. The team played Downe House (W 15-2), Latymer (W 14-12), Lord Wandsworth College (W 9-6), Marlborough (W 6-4) and St. Mary’s Ascot (W 9-4) in

the group stages. In the semi-final they faced the runners up of the other group, Wellington College (W 11-4), resulting in the final against the hosts Bradfield College (W 11-9). This is the first year that Canford has walked away with the trophy, well done team! (NXW)

Canford vs Marlborough


It is always a privilege as a coach to watch a team respond positively to a challenge, and the performance of the seconds on Saturday against a strong Marlborough side had that in spades. On a blustery and chilly afternoon the game began as Canford have tended to start every game this season, getting out of blocks well. We pushed out to an early 5-1 lead, however Marlborough fought back hard and by quarter time we came in with score lines tied at 7-7. The 2nd quarter was to pan out the way the rest of the match would, with Marlborough starting the quarter well and scoring a couple of early goals, and then for Canford to apply hard working defensive pressure all the way up the court, leading to Marlborough forcing passes and us turning ball over and converting that into scores at the other end. As a result we pushed out to a 4 goal lead at half time, and from then on continued to build until we eventually ran out winners by 10. POM was unanimously Jess Rees who had an incredible shooting day in what were very trying conditions. Hannah Fairchild also provided the most incredible shot of the day with an attempt on goal which was on target but was literally blown away at right angles half way to the hoop. It was once again a whole squad performance – which has been our greatest strength all season, Well done to you all – and roll on PGS. (PAE)


A hard fought match in less than ideal conditions. The howling wind through the cage court made even the simplest passes unpredictable, and shooting was very tricky. The girls started off strongly but Marlborough unfortunately found their stride just as fatigue set in for the Canford girls, and the lead they

had held from the beginning was relinquished in the last few minutes. A valiant effort all round nonetheless. (JN)


The 16As had their toughest match of the season against Marlborough on Saturday, unfortunately walking away with a loss of 34-32. The score is entirely reflective of how close of a match it really was, and how hard they fought against their opposition. A special mention to Flora and Alicia, whose intercepting abilities were out of this world! Also to Rosie who was in the shooting groove, despite the windy weather! They were constantly pulling back and evening the score throughout the match, and given another minute I believe they could’ve seen success. A truly great effort by all the girls! (DGM)


This was certainly the best match of the season so far for the girls and everyone played their hearts out when on court. Marlborough looked slick from the start and were 2 ahead at the end of the first quarter, moving to 3 ahead by half time. The third quarter was Marlborough’s best and they were 7 up. However, the team didn’t give up and we clawed back 5 goals in a row with some excellent shooting once again, in difficult conditions, from Amber Howard and Evie Chippendale. The final score reflected the closeness of the game and I was very proud of the whole team. Players’ player was Hattie Kent for her athleticism and tenacity. Well done everyone! (ECT)


Canford U15A fought valiantly against Marlborough College and demonstrated outstanding netball throughout. It was a close goal for goal game throughout, with the final score being 23-24 to Marlborough. The girls were phenomenal and played extremely well with some girls playing different positions than usual. Well done all! (RCL)


A very even and pacy match saw the teams drawing at half time. Evie and the dynamic centre court team controlled the attacking half and kept accurately feeding Nia and Charlie who rarely missed. The opposition changed their defence tactics in the third quarter, capitalised on their turn overs and pulled away to a lead which we couldn’t claw back. Much credit to all the girls but especially to Charlie whose relentless energy earned her MOM, and to Immy and Yutong playing up from the Cs. (PXC)


With the team depleted from Ten Tors and the wind speeds set to increase, Marlborough was always going to be a challenge, however the newly formed team stepped up and delivered. They kept passes short, sharp, and most importantly low and fought to keep pace with their marking halves. Unfortunately whilst play in the centre was even, Canford couldn’t quite get around Marlborough into the D frequently enough leaving the score at 26-6 to Marlborough. Nuala Binnion received the well-deserved star player as our Centre and Freya Coughlan had an absolutely outstanding game as goal defence, successfully intercepting any pass that came her way. (NEI)


A windy afternoon at Marlborough saw a frustrated Canford team lose 14-13. After a spectacular second quarter, which saw an incredible team defensive effort, the sudden loss of our captain threw everyone and we struggled to continue the dominance we had shown previously. However, the girls put up an excellent fight right to the very end with Dom Hudson and Hatty Farthing receiving joint players of the match. (CF)


This week the mighty 14Cs travelled away to Marlborough. Despite the horrible windy conditions – the girls dug deep and fought hard to play even some basic netball successfully! They played fantastically well, and Sophie De Veulle’s debut was unmissable. She brought such calm and control to the game, which really helped the rest of the girls set the pace for the game. Maddy Spraigue’s was on fire, totalling a cool 18 tips/interceptions throughout the game. Overall the team played brilliantly well, and didn’t deserve the loss they finished on. Well done girls! (MRW)

The 14Bs and 14Ds both had tough losses at Marlborough 11-36 and 2-17 respectively.

Thursday 27th February and Saturday 29th February

Hockey v Clayesmore, Ballard, Bryanston and U15 Dorset County Open Cup

Last week there as a midweek block fixture against Clayesmore, as well the 16As contesting a triangular at Ballard and the 15As playing in the Dorset U15 Open Cup.

The 1st XI scored in the first minute after a skilful run and shot by Freddie Pryce rebounded to Tom Sykes. He kept his composure to control a high ball, weave his way through several players in the D and nonchalantly stroke an upright reverse stick shot under the Clayesmore keeper. This set the tone for the game, as our superior quality and finishing overwhelmed the opposition. Separate prolific spells in each half saw us twice score four goals in four minutes. Clayesmore pulled one back at the start of the second half to make it 5-1, before we rotated positionally and set some challenges for our passing targets. The goals continued to flow, with the final score an 11-1 win for Canford. Captain Charlie Peplow netted a hat-trick on his return from a hamstring injury, whilst George Billson and Otto Thompson both traded scoring duties with well-taken hat-tricks of their own. Will Whitmore also registered a trademark corner finish to complete the rout. (MDC)

A very well managed game by the 2nd XI, who kept their heads cool throughout the match. We never let Clayesmore into the game, by keeping possession for most of the match. Two short corner routines converted by Archie Hunter, and finishes by forwards Max Wyatt and Olly White saw us win 4-0. (RJCG)

The 3rd XI won 9-0 v Clayesmore in a one-sided match. We played some good passing hockey on occasions, but also lapsed into individualism too often. Four goals in the first half and five in the first few minutes of the second half saw a shortened game. Two each for Matthews, Anstee and Priaulx, with one for Boucher, Keen and Richards. (RMBS)

The Gentlemen’s 4th XI suffered their second successive defeat, which we’d like to put down to a disrupted week of mocks and trips negating training on Tues, together with stronger, more savvy opposition. We enjoyed a ten minute purple patch, otherwise our back five were under severe pressure as the 1-6 scoreline suggests. Gentleman of the week – Sam Ford (excellent in midfield). (SLCI)

The 16As played in a Triangular tournament versus Bryanston and Ballard. We beat Bryanston 4-1 in a good performance from the team. We played some of the most attacking hockey we’ve done this season; in particular Welly Johnson was very impressive and he scored two. Alex Daubeney also scored nice goal from the short corner and David Offer a reverse hit from a short corner too. In particular Jack Pocock played very well. In the match vs Ballard we drew 1-1. Max Paget was excellent in goal - as normal (we are lucky to have such a quality GK). We deservedly scored a goal first, through Welly on the reverse stick. Ballard came back into it and scored a nice shot of their own on the reverse, and put us under a lot of pressure. We could’ve scored another one and it was a pretty even game. A draw was probably a fair result. (IW)

In the inaugural U15 Dorset Cup, all three sides (Canford, Sherborne and Clayesmore) played periods of excellent hockey. Canford 15As ended up winning the tournament. Clayesmore beat Sherborne 3-2; then Canford beat Clayesmore 5-3; and finally Sherborne beat Canford 3-2. All three sides won games but we won by more and lost by less than the others! Our best hockey was played in our win over Clayesmore where clinical passing, excellent movement off the ball and unselfish goals meant we were unstoppable. The match against Sherborne, played 10 minutes after the Clayesmore game, saw us come out of the blocks rather slowly and give away two quick goals. We then never quite got back into it and really only settled into a good rhythm in the second half. Lessons about tournament play have definitely been learnt. Bring on Millfield and Wellington College! (NRB)

The 15Bs played Clayesmore at home on Thurs. Clayesmore put us under pressure throughout the game, with a couple of shots on target, one requiring an excellent diving stick save from Ethan Bikhazi-Green. The standard of Clayesmore hockey made the team work hard throughout, but particularly in defence. It also made for probably the best first half of hockey the team has played all season. The final score was 5-0, with goals from Oscar Rees, Jack Robinson, Henry Martin, and two from Nat Merrell, who also won man of the match. (BIHC)

The 14As were looking to start the second half of term strongly, however we conceded two reasonably quick goals before nicking a goal back before the break. Canford then took the lead after a much better start to the second half. However two sloppy mistakes led to Clayesmore scoring two simple goals. The boys then piled on the pressure in the final minutes, winning a short corner which was volleyed into the net by Eddie Jack with the last play of the game to leave the final score at 4-4, after earlier goals from Ollie Peters and a brace from Will Fountain. A good test before the West Finals, where we will need to reassert our defensive discipline. (CJK/PDAR)

The 14Bs put in another excellent performance on a sunny afternoon down at Clayesmore. The first half was a scrappy affair but we did create our fair share of chances, with Arun Samra converting nearly from a short corner; score at half time 1-0. In the second half the game opened up, Thomas Sparkhall managed to bag a brace which saw us comfortably home. Final score 3-0. (JRM/JDL)

There were some well contested House matches on Saturday. Salisbury were victorious in the final courtesy of a penalty shootout win over Lancaster in the Juniors, whilst Court and School played out a good standard and entertaining final in the Senior competition, which Court won 2-0.

This week sees a couple of midweek matches v QE, as well as a block v Millfield.

Thursday 27th February

Squash v Bryanston

Final Result: Bryanston 11 - Canford 4

All the boys put in a fantastic effort away at Bryanston, with a number of close and hard-fought games. Their attitude and drive throughout the afternoon were impressive. I am pleased to see such a range of ages playing this year, with fourth form all the way through to upper sixth involved; it will be interesting to see how these players develop over the coming years.

Some games to note were Finn Pearson and Freddie Rees, both new to team squash and getting two big wins. Bennet, Freddie Hurd-Wood, Jake and Ollie all had great games, keeping the ball straight and deep and leaving nothing on the court, all were unlucky not come off victorious. Player of the day goes to captain, Freddie Hurd-Wood, who is looking more like a squash player week by week. He led from the front and adjusted his tactics well when 2-1 down, moving his opponent to the back of the court and comfortably taking the final two games. Well done to all the players!

Thursday 27th February

Cross Country – Bryanston Relays

Thursday saw the annual Bryanston Relays taking place and Canford were well represented across the events. Individually Serena Blake was our first runner home in the Senior girls and Greg Rowland similarly in the Inter Boys event. The Senior Boys quartet of Jamie Barrington, Jackson Kennett, Finn Baker and Charlie Bird performed exceptionally well in their event finishing in 2nd place.

Thursday 27th February

Football v Bryanston

2nd XI

Playing on a temporary pitch that often made it look as though the pupils were attempting Ten Tors at the same time as playing football, Canford settled the faster. With some imposing physicality, good ball skills and endeavour to chase all ‘lost causes’, the Acorns found themselves 3 – 0 at half-time. Two goals from Adam Kwan and a decent solo effort from Archie van der Flier were the difference between the sides but the it was definitely a 2 goal slope so all was still to be played for. As expected Bryanston were better in the second period and a volleyed goal saw them claw back. Almost straight after Bryanston had a one on one to get to 3-2 but Robbie Lingafelter stood tall and denied their striker. Another great solo strike from Archie saw clear ground between the teams and with heads slightly down it was left to Oscar Webb to ‘belt’ one home from 7 yards to earn a 5-1 victory. Well done to all who played as I felt this was a solid performance played in exactly the right spirit. MoM Archie van der Flier. (OTP)

Sunday 1st March

Real Tennis – National Schools’ Real Tennis Doubles

The Nationals Schools’ Real Tennis doubles championship was held at Wellington College on Sunday 1st March. Canford produced two pairs: Will Fountain/Albert Blackburn and Felix Church/Ed Timberlake.

There were eight pairs in total and the competition started with two groups of 4 with the top two pairs going into the semi-finals. Felix and Ed came third in their group and after losing a playoff 3/6, ended up in 6th place. Felix and Ed are the least experienced of the Canford team; it was fantastic to see them improve and grow in confidence as the tournament went on. So much so that they will be disappointed not to have won their playoff.

Having lost the head to head 2/6, Will and Albert came second to Winchester in their league. Surprisingly, Winchester adopted the sophisticated doubles technique that the professionals use and Canford did not really know how to counter it. In the semi-finals they met the winner of the other group, Wellington, and despatched them 6/3 to reach the final to play Winchester again. After a little advice, Will and Albert incorporated some counter measures and a one point were 3/1 40-30 up. Sadly, the net cord got in the way, the ball fell back on the wrong side; Winchester won that game. They did not capitulate and sadly ended up losing 4/6.

A great day, let us hope we can go one better next time …

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