01 Oct 2020
Christmas Term 2020 - Sports Report, Week 3

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Christmas Term 2020 - Week 3 Sports Report

Lacrosse

The final of the triple match play on the lacrosse pitch saw Georgie Litchfield's team catching up with Sydney Brown's team on points to end in a draw in the last minute. The 6v6 half-game format meant the girls had to put as much effort into attacking as defending and the girls are now certainly looking fitter than on their return from the summer. Emily Walster is proving a great defence with her communication and co-ordination of the team while Charlotte Glen's determination and slick stickwork is making her a hard force to contain in attack.

X Country

Things started to get a little more competitive on Saturday with the 1 mile time trial and the introduction of the handicap races, where the faster runners would aim to chase down their team mates in an attempt to be first across the line.

Dominic Bates, came out on top in 4th form.

Henry Wittram took first place in the 5th form after some navigational issues across the team.

Rupert Peach was 1st across the line in 6th form managing to get past Matthew Butterworth and holding off a fast finishing Jamie Barrington.

Netball

Girls v Boys

Off the back of an unbelievable performance at their Nationals competition at the end of last season, the 1st Netball team had wondered whether they would ever get to experience the same excitement, inevitable challenge and eventual glory again… until now.

Wednesday the 30th November brought them the opposition that would test everything they thought they knew about Netball: The U6th boys team. Adorned in the girl’s skorts, the boys stepped up to the court and they delivered. What followed was an intensely physical match of Netball, none like I’d ever seen. From the very beginning, it became clear that clarification of the rules had definitely been required for the boys, but after some outrageous offsides and footwork’s (not to mention some stern umpiring from Mr. Effick), they soon got into the swing of it. Despite their best efforts, the girls’ finished the first quarter 12-2 up. Heading into the second and third quarters, the girls held their own in a feat of incredible physical strength. Emily Cridland and Polly Yule were pushed to the limit from the start, both hitting the deck as a result of some inarguable contact from Tom Prest and Miles Quick respectively, although I’m pleased to report they gave as good as they got. The boy’s team upped their intensity as the match continued, and really gave the girls a run around. The pace at which they moved the ball down the court was enviable - and at times hard for the girls to match pace with - but fantastic defensive work from the girls in the circle stopped more goals. Heading into the final quarter, the girls were up 29-10 and the boys had a lot of catching up to do. Within the first 5 minutes, Otto Thompson was sent off, prompting a rejig of positions on the boy’s side. Despite a well fought match from both sides, the girls finished victorious with a score of 35-13 to them.

Honourable mention goes to Will Whitmore and Molly Fairbairn, who both played exceptionally well on their first runouts for each team. Well done all!

Rugby

We can continue to make hay while the sun shines here at Canford and the boys continue to progress well through our re-introduction to rugby. Building on the predominantly ‘pass-before-contact games’ and moving towards the stage D on the RFU’s return to rugby. Saturday saw the inclusion of contesting possession at breakdown and allowing defenders to manage the attacking ‘go forward’. We will continue to build on this area of the game leading to Exeat supplemented with the work capacity sections which have seen the boys committed across all year groups.

Trainers of the week

Tom Matthews, Toby Philpot, Rory Jones, Jack Robinson, Freddie Miller, Ed Schuster-Bruce, Sam Janaway, Henry Stear and Ollie Glen

Hockey

It was Shells Super Saturday last weekend, as the whole year competed in an Internal 6-a-side Hockey Festival. The sun shone, the standard was high, and the effort exemplary. On Adby, the Blue Birds were flying high; victorious after some flowing attacking hockey, whilst on Brook, the Yellow Submarines sunk all before them in claiming top spot. Well done to all players for their energy and application so far this term.

Football

With the grass gorgeously green and the sun sparkling above, the scene was once again set for a footballing contest between Canford’s great houses. Rather than playing in the day and boarding group setup of the Lower Sixth, the Upper Sixth captains decided on a mixed format – something which produced some astonishing contests and a huge amount of competitive fun.

There was both individual and collective brilliance on display. Individually, the Day House captains – Salisbury’s Pavlos Karampoulas, Wimborne’s Oscar Webb and Lancaster’s George Vessey – stood out and really led by example. All three scored sumptuous goals – as well as ensuring their housemates enjoyed the beautiful game in the right spirit. I’m was also delighted to see that they had enlisted some splendid young females in their sides; seeing a house properly represented is a splendid thing. On an individual level, the goal machine that is Freddie Charles merits a mention, as does the juggernaut that is Miles Quick (opposition players literally bounced off him…).

Collectively, the standout teams were Freddie Peters’ Court chaps and Will Prialulx’s School boys. Yes, Matt von Schirnding’s Monteacute and Josh Bingham’s Franklin were also solid units, but they were perhaps not quite reaching the levels of the former two. Unsurprisingly therefore, the final was a Court vs School affair, and it was again tightly contested and played in just the right spirit. Court shaded it, however, despite wasting some golden opportunities, and emerged bathed in glory.

We look forward to further potential inter house marvels in the weeks to come.

Tennis

The girls have enjoyed a weekends competition. With good use of new techniques learnt, watching the ball throughout its entire flight and taking the extra step to be in a better position. The matches were competitive and silent across the courts, whilst the girls focused and battled in a singles competition, followed by doubles. Great work this week and keep up the good work. You are all making big improvements!

Cricket

For the seniors we continued the 3 team format match with a few more layers on this week as the temperature begins to drop.

We had some excellent performances with bat and ball, notably retirements for Organ, Berridge, Hemmings and Anstee and also near miss hat trick opportunities for Tommy Jack and Aman Iftikhar. Our stand out display this week has to go to Jocelyn Child for his lower order power hitting and superb catch in the outfield. The game has been played in superb spirit and credit must go to them for the excellent attitude they have shown to September cricket.

The 4th form tasted cricket in varying conditions this week – glorious in the nets on Tuesday, fielding in the rain on Thursday and a 3 way match on a fresh sunny day on Saturday. Everyone threw themselves into the sessions with enthusiasm, adapting to the circumstances admirably. The ‘match’ on Saturday reached a dramatic climax with a run out on the last ball securing the win for Eddie’s Eagles, pipping Kit’s Crusaders to the post, with Sam’s Stormers back in third place. A big highlight for the whole group was seeing Yiyang Shao in his first ever Hardball Cricket match, scoring his first ever run and brilliantly taking on the challenge of looking to win the game for his team.

The Under 14’s have enjoyed two ‘round robin’ triangular fixtures and a full on T16. Highlights would have to be the swashbuckling innings from Anton Cox who retired moments after arriving at the crease such was his clean striking. Retirements too for Jake Stewart, Sam Webb, Charlie Pallot, Will Vessey and Xan Brooks. George Guirdham and Tom Barrett each have retired with the bat but also have bowled some very encouraging spin. Fielding has been very similar to the vibe that the squad have created,

positive with the champagne moment being Freddie Warrack’s amazing left-hand pick up, spin and throw run out. Well done all.

Canford Sports Department – Team of the Week

A new feature this week, as suggested by the pupil sports leaders is our team of the week. Across all the sports and year groups the below were nominated by their Heads of Sport for standing out in terms of their attitude, commitment and performance. Can you make next week’s team?

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