11 Mar 2020
Easter Term 2020 - Sports Report, Week 8

Easter Term 2020 - Week 8 Sports Report

Saturday 7th March

Netball v Seaford College


So the first thing about this game was the commitment on show from senior netballers. They went from cancelled matches/not having enough to raise a squad to all hands on deck without a murmur of complaint. Brilliant. A squad of 9 committed, and all approached the game with a competitive attitude. What started off as very closely contested, saw Canford shake their journey legs and surge ahead in the 2nd and 3rd quarter (from 6-4 lead to 23-11 lead). Ella Heffner dominated the centre court (it is true to say that she couldn’t be marked) and great shooting from Amelia Green, Anna Preston and Amy Van Wingerden, despite Seaford’s strongest players being in the circle. Jessye Phillips and Gemma Kendall were the interceptors of the game. Some major swaps and players out of position in the final quarter– to make it more even, saw Canford win 26-21. (CDB)


The U15As played Seaford U15As away on Saturday and were able to secure a fantastic win! The girls stormed ahead with a 17-7 lead. This was slightly lost in the second and third quarters where Seaford caught up with the third quarter ending in 26-21. However, the girls refocussed themselves and their energy into the final quarter, leading them to steam ahead leading to a 35-23 win. Well done Daisy Askew for being nominated players’ player! (RCL)


The 15Ds played Seaford on Saturday, in a very closely matched game of Netball. Being down a player and borrowing both Emily Shi and Chloe Nwankwo from the 14D’s only motivated the girls more to bring their A-game. Jemima Carrell stepped in heroically as our GS, and played a great game. The final score was 25 all, a very worthy score of two fantastic teams. Well done girls!


The mighty 14Ds played Seaford away this past Saturday, and they did not disappoint! After realising we were down to 7 players on the coach journey there, the pressure was on to play carefully and tactically in order to make sure we didn’t lose anyone to injury. The girls fought hard, and by half time were drawing 9 all. But the third quarter was where they really showed what they were made of. Chloe Nwankwo was cool as a cucumber playing out of position at WD, and was a constant source of support for backline passes. We saw off the third quarter winning 18-9, the girls denied Seaford a single goal for the whole 12 minutes, whilst scoring 9 themselves! Canford finished the match 26-11, and considering they set themselves a target of 25 goals by the end of the game – they were all rightly chuffed. I am immensely proud of the girls. Players of the match went to Olivia Jackson (captain) and Sophia Westberg. Well done! (MRW)

Thursday 5th and Saturday 7th March

Hockey v Queen Elizabeth School, Wimborne and Millfield

Thursday – 14C v QE 14A

The 14Cs put in an excellent performance against QE on a wet Thursday afternoon. Throughout the first half we created our fair share of chances, but their keeper was able to keep them in the game, a play worked through from defence enabled Thomas Sparkhall to converted for us, just before the half time whistle to make it 1-0. We opened up the second half strongly, transferring well around the back, and linking up some good play. QE continued to put us under pressure, but our defensive skills admirable. Eventually we were able to slot it home and make the final score 2-0. (JDL/HB)

Saturday v Millfield

The 1st XI produced a classy and clinical performance away at Millfield on Saturday. A George Billson brace inside the first 10 minutes saw us start strongly, before the opposition pulled a goal back before half time from a corner. Tom Prest (a menace all afternoon with his pace and vision) restored our two goal advantage with a smart deflection from a pinpoint Will Whitmore delivery. More chances were created by both sides, with Joba making a few sharp saves, before we settled the game with the move of the match. Tom Doyle stepped in front of his opposite number to win possession again, before feeding Man-of-the-Match, Luke Hett, who showed sheer quality in the heart of the midfield throughout the match. He fed Billson, whose clever lead wide created space, before his first time lateral pass found Freddie Peters, who hit an outrageous backhand shot without breaking stride. Two more late goals followed, through Otto Thompson and Captain Charlie Peplow, for a memorable and comprehensive 6-1 victory. A very complete performance on a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon. (MDC)

This was a great result for the 2nd XI, by way of some tidy hockey. It was a true team performance, with lots of rotation and new player combinations. The final result was a 6-1 win, with 3 goals from Archie Hunter, 2 from Billy Pocock and 1 for Michael Maiden. Happy coaches! (RHJH/RJCG)

This was probably the best result of the season for the 3rd XI. A strong and determined opposition came at us with real purpose in the first half; going a goal up early on. We drew level with a neat goal by Will Priaulx before going down to a second. We pulled one back by Tom Matthews before half time. In the later stages of the game we began to dominate but superb keeping kept us at bay. It was finally a well worked move which led to victory through Charlie Anstee. This tops a winning season. Well done. (RMBS/CHJ)

Despite losing this match 4-0, the 15As played some top quality hockey that saw us hit the post twice and send at least ten scoring chances wide. We kept possession well, built attacking opportunities but could not find the back of the goal. We were vulnerable to the fast break and three of the goals against us came from well worked swift counter attacks. Hopefully we learnt something from that. (NRB)

The 15Bs headed to Millfield on Saturday with an unbeaten record, full of confidence. The team were focused from the off, playing an excellent first half of hockey, putting into practice the elements we had worked on during the week and ending the half 7-0 in the lead. The second half was more defensive in nature, the team wanting to preserve its season clean sheet, but still managing another 3 goals, the final score 10-0, with the game stopped 5mins early. Goals scored by George Sergeant (2), Henry Martin (3) and Merlin Cork (5). Man of the match went to Henry Martin. (BIHC)

The 14As started well after a high intensity warm up which lead to Ed Schuster Bruce opening the scoring. Canford continued to move the ball quickly and create chances, however we couldn't add to our lead despite being presented with an open goal. The boys finally doubled the lead through Dill Howell with a neat finish by the right post, before Ed Schuster Bruce added a third after a mazy run. Final score, 3-0 and onto the West Finals on Tuesday. (CJK/PDAR)

The 14Bs had a challenging fixture against a strong Millfield side. Millfield started strongly and created a lot of good chances in the first half. By half time they were 3-0 up. After a productive team talk Canford started really well, creating chances and spending the majority of the time in their half. Unfortunately, we were unable to capitalise and the game ended 3-0 to Millfield. (JDL/JRM)

This week sees the final block fixture of the term against Wellington College, as well as matches against QE and Ballard.

Saturday 7th March

Lacrosse v St Swithun’s School

Appropriately for their last match, the Canford 1sts played some of the best linked play of the season. It was a much more confident team that faced St Swithun’s on Saturday than that which lost to the same team in December. Nory Warner set the tone with an opening fast break from the draw scoring after

an impressive weave through a rather astonished opposition defence. This was followed by individual driving goals from Emma Crinks, Thea Ellis and Rosie Johnstone.

Canford were leading comfortably 6-3 at half time but the St Swithun's team kept coming back, despite goal keeper Lily Clark blocking a number of charges that escaped Canford's defence. The last two quarters were much closer in score but despite just scoring one goal in the last quarter to St Swithun's 3, they managed to hang in there for a 12-9 win. Lily was deservedly awarded MVP. (MXB)

Saturday 7th March

Football v Dauntsey’s

1st XI (5-2 Win)

We started off very quickly off the blocks. We were passing the ball nicely and looked calm and collected. We opened the scoring after 5 minutes when Adam Kwan was put through with a lovely through ball by Joe Hollywood which split their defensive line, and Adam made no mistakes with his finish. We doubled our lead after 10 minutes when Mattie was alert in the box and capitalised on their keeper's error.

After going 2-0 up so quickly, we got a little complacent. We started to lose our shape as everyone wanted to go forward and score a goal, and it was not a surprise when they hit us on a counter-attack to score to halve the deficit. How a goal can change a game...! We were very much on top and it could have been 4 or 5, but after their goal, we lost our composure and let them control the latter part of the first half.

Half-time came just at the right time for us, as we were able to just regain our composure. The boys really responded to the half-time team talk, as they started the second half just like they did in the first, and regained our 2 goal lead when Mattie made a clever run at the far post to volley in from a corner. This time, we did not lose our focus and kept our shape. There were chances at both ends, but we were more clinical as Joe Hollywood scored from the edge of the area to make it 4-1. Dauntsey's pulled one back with a fantastic strike to which Charlie got a fingertip on, but not quite enough to keep it out. In the dying minutes, Joe Hollywood scored a screamer from 30 yards out into the top corner from a free-kick, a goal that was applauded by all of the spectators on the sideline, home and away.

Fantastic match on the whole, and whilst Harry Moores was very close with his excellent display, especially up front in the second half, the man of the match has to go to Joe Hollywood who ran the game today, creating chances and finishing emphatically. (SV)

2nd XI

Playing with the wind first half, Canford dominated territory and though perhaps at times our composure on the ball could have been better, our pressing and desire were definitely one rung above Dauntsey’s. It was in fact a ‘chase of a lost cause’ that saw the keeper, under pressure, mis-kick and the

ball spun fiendishly to Nikita Semenov who buried the chance into the top right corner. The visitors lifted their game after the break but some cunning changes of shape saw Canford easily and deservedly protect their lead. Final score, Canford 1 Dauntsey’s 0. (OTP)

Sunday 8th March

Rugby 7s at U18 West of England 7s and U16 Canford 7s

We took a large and deep squad over to a West of England U18 tournament on Sunday. Having done some excellent prep in less formal contests it was always going to be exciting to see how we performed in a more normal tournament setting. It is with great pleasure to say the boys didn’t disappoint, they dispatched Queen’s College and Exeter School with some ease, showed great spirit and nerve to comeback to beat Taunton on a heavy field and whilst we made hard work of the Glantaf game against 5 men the determination and resolve to see the game out after taking control early on was excellent against a team who kept the ball alive well. The final against Cheltenham was also a tense affair but once we got back on level terms with Cheltenham the boys never looked like losing. It was great to get the core squad out for this comp. supplemented by some excellent efforts from boys who have been involved with hockey and football throughout the term. If we are looking to go deep into the National 7’s draw then we will need to pay some attention to our breakdown and support work where we made life a little hard for ourselves at times. Overall though a thoroughly pleasing day out for the 1st VII. (PTS)

The U16s played host to six other teams at our own Canford 7s in changeable weather on Sunday afternoon.

It would be fair to say we started with a laconic Sunday morning performance in a loss against Clifton College. This was followed by a very competitive effort against Beechen Cliff where our two missed conversions were the difference in a game which finished three tries apiece. Our final group game saw a comprehensive victory against Cathedral School, Llandaff.

The early losses meant entry into the plate tournament and fixtures against KES Bath and Cathedral once more. The KES Bath game was a disappointing performance which also saw injury to Jack Janaway after a bright start which saw Max Paget score an excellent opener. That loss and a KES win against Cathedral left our last fixture as a dead rubber. The boys however put in an excellent last performance and had learnt some of the lessons from the earlier fixtures with another big win. Rosslyn Park National Schools 7s next. (TD)

Saturday 7th March

Basketball v Winchester College

Another fantastic come-from-behind victory – and by the narrowest of margins. Trailing from the very first basket, we didn’t take the lead until the final two minutes, when MVP Michael Ma put us up 47-46 and Cameron Powell’s only bucket of the match kept us out of reach for a 49-48 victory.

Michael finished with 30 pts, 3 assists and 5 steals. James Barker also excelled (9 pts & 8 rebounds). Well done everyone.

Saturday 7th March

Badminton v JP Morgan

Canford 8 JP Morgan 4

The last game of the season involved Fenwick senior and junior and Parkin senior and junior. Another reversal of the result from earlier in the season. The boys did well and the older versions didn’t do too badly either. We will wait and see if Canford manage to hold on to their top of the league position until the end of the season. Several other teams have played fewer matches..

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