24 Sep 2020
Christmas Term 2020 - Sports Report, Week 2

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Christmas Term 2020 - Week 2 Sports Report

Sculling

For Otter and Kingfisher spotters Canford’s rowing continues at pace and the scullers have been welcomed with warm weather and flat calm conditions.

With a group size of around 30 pupils our new Lower Sixth Martha Warren-Barratt, Agnes Brooke, Catherine Wray, Scarlett Culshaw and Eleanor Crawshaw have taken to single sculling incredible quickly getting to grips with a brand new sport. (Well done them)

Tuesday and Thursday afternoon are put to good use on the river in preparation for Saturdays where everyone competes in the club’s time trial. Our already establish scullers in the Fifth and Sixth Form are organised and keen and showing signs of speed.

Everyone returning this term has embraced the challenge small or large and come together albeit at distance to enjoy our fantastic facility.

Rugby

Rugby has continued this week with age groups benefitting from dry weather and firm grounds.

The focus has remained on reacquainting the boys with the demands of the game, encompassing non-contact practice and work capacity elements. There has been plenty of enterprising play on show with Miles Quick reminding us what we missed last season whilst he was injured. The new members of the Sixth Form have bedded in well and are already displaying some nice touches in training as well as ability to organise those around them.

The Fourth and Fifth Form are following a similar plan and it’s exciting to see boys committed to making improvements in their all round game and fitness that will stand us in good stead, should there be a return to competitive fixtures before Christmas.

Hockey

Last Saturday saw the first of the Hockey Internal Festivals, with the Fourth Form girls playing a mixed ability six-a-side festival on Adby and Brook, four teams per pitch. The sun shone throughout and the girls worked hard to apply their core skills effectively, whilst showing a healthy competitive spirit during the festival from all involved. On Adby, the winners were the Bibless Broncos, and on Brook, the White Wolves were victorious. This week sees the Shells equivalent festival.

Football

The beautiful game? Absolutely. On a warm, sunny day, more than 45 Lower Sixth footballers competed on the gorgeous greens of ‘The Lane’ and ‘Wembley’ in a six a side contest that delivered plenty of magical moments.

Most magical was perhaps the joyous sense of competition: the houses arrived early and eager, many with booming soundtracks, besuited managers and resounding pep talks. There was a clear sense of embracing this as something fun – but that was not to get in the way of meaty athleticism and competitive spirit. The energy levels were intense, the challenges challenging and the running hard.

In the Day category, Salisbury were clearly the dominant force, with captain Max Paget leading a group of muscular performers in a footballing equivalent of blitz krieg. Though valiant, neither Archie Liddle’s Lancaster nor Joe Webb’s Wimborne could resist the onslaught. Meanwhile, in the Boarding category, both the early promise of the Sam Thomson led Court and the all-out energy of Jack Pocock’s Franklin were shaded by the power of the two central houses. Monteacute, captained by Alex Daubeney, were the early front runners, with Nat Davey as a direct-from-corner-scoring star, but Freddie Young’s physical, never-say-die School troops proved stronger still.

The final was a mouth-watering prospect: the men in black versus the purple princes, two very strong sides without evident weaknesses. Consequently, it was the tightest of contests, with a penalty needed to decide the outcome. While you can take the boy out of rugby, you cannot take the rugby out of the boy, so when a (let’s leave him nameless) rather mighty Salisbury player executed a near-perfect two-handed felling of his School House counterpart, the referee had no choice but to point to the spot… and the game’s only goal was duly scored.

School House left the field to a ringing rendition of ‘We are the Champions’. Which they were.

There were other champions, though. The house captains evidently so, with their ability to organise, cajole and inspire. Moreover, those who represented their house without having had much (if any) footballing experience deserve special mention: we salute your House spirit! Finally, for the most sublime piece of skill on the day, Wimborne’s Grace Betts caressed a lob over the onrushing goalie to score the goal of the tournament. It was a magical moment.

Well done all!

Lacrosse

The mini tournament running for the Senior Girls’ lacrosse squad is getting more competitive by the week. The final of the first three-week rotation will be this Saturday and any of the three teams could win - judged on a cumulative points scored basis. Last weekend's play saw some great goals scored by Sana Ifkhitar, Charlotte Glen and Georgie Litchfield while defensive king-pins were Sophie Hussey, Laura Driver and goal keeper Lily Clark. In week one she conceded just 7 goals in an hour and half's play. Sydney Brown, Georgie Litchfield and Nadia Lees were inspirational in their leadership of the three teams who played with such intensity that the 10 minute break for each team was largely horizontal!

The level of strategy employed is rising with each week and so it will be interesting to see what ploys the teams come up with in next Saturday's final.

Cricket

With no external fixtures this has allowed some pupils to play cricket at the weekends for local clubs and county. At the top end Tom Prest has been representing Hampshire and also recently played a 3 day trial match at Loughborough for England U19’s.

Internally we have taken advantage of the excellent weather and within “bubbles” played some competitive matches ranging from Kwik cricket, hardball 20/20 and the senior 3 team/6 innings match held over 2 days has been a particular success.

Congratulations also to new graduate assistant Martha Bilsland who has been representing Wales in their recent Cricket fixtures. A great role model for some of the cricketing girls to aspire to!

Fingers crossed that the good weather continues a little longer!

Badminton

There has been an enthusiastic start to the term. The pupils new to the sport have picked up the scoring system well and been helped greatly by the more experienced players. If you want to see a spectacularly fast and long rally then watch any game Alex Daniel is involved in – the shuttle is pinging around.

Golf

Congratulations to Charlotte Brook on her recent selection to the England golf regional squad (South West) training programme.

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