08 Oct 2020
Christmas Term 2020 - Sports Report, Week 4

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Christmas Term 2020 - Week 4 Sports Report

Cross Country

A good week of training was completed before the rain set in. The team completed speed work on Tuesday followed by the Canford river run on Thursday afternoon.

The team have been keeping up their tempo runs and treating sessions like races in an attempt to develop race fitness in preparation for competitive races to restart when possible.

Golf

It was great to see Canford represented in the HMC Singles Golf Tournament which took place at The Berkshire Golf Club earlier this week.

Both Charlotte Brook and Adam Reid performed well with Charlotte finishing just outside of the leaders in the girls competition with a 6th place finish.

Rugby

Rugby continues to progress here at Canford following the NGB guidelines, paying attention to skills before contact as well as breaking down organised defences. This coming week we will be continuing to develop these themes in our touch-based games.

Trainers of the week: Charlie Cameron, Toby Philpot, Ben Ashton, Sam Janaway, Felix Church and George Burnell

Hockey

The girls have continued to work hard on their basic skills over the last week into the exeat break. All of the Hockey Club are looking forward to the opportunity to play some 11-a-side internal matches, either within year groups or consistent groups, to keep competition relevant and meaningful until external fixtures resume.

Football

Fitness is a marvellous thing - when you have it. When you don’t, mention of the word, especially when paired with ‘session’ (and ‘regular), can be a daunting thing. Still, Canford footballers are smart young men and they realise that the six month absence from organised sport might have had a slightly detrimental impact on their aerobic capacity (but interestingly also positively on the definition of their pecs and biceps!). Moreover, as the absence of fixtures means the all-out energy sessions are few and far between. Consequently, they embraced the notion of working in some lung-busting elements to their training, and I am most impressed with their desire to get to match sharpness physically. Trainers of the week: Pavlos ‘The Guvnor’ Karampoulas, Freddie ‘Duracell’ Peters and Joe ‘Baby-Webb’ Webb.

Tennis

Before the exeat the girls had their first match week! On the Tuesday they played singles and on Thursday doubles. After 3 weeks of training, with a mixed houses event in the middle for some, it is a great chance to see the girls in action. The games were a good way for us to consolidate the learning and to see how they cope in the demands of a competitive environment. As usual the girls worked hard, saw their cohort as the competition and worked well at trying to put what they have learnt into the match. It was a fantastic week and really helped to see what further areas of their games we need to work on.

Well done to everyone! This week’s player of the week goes to Lauren Corn in Fifth Form.

Cricket

It has been a more challenging week for the cricket programme as late summer has definitely changed to autumn in terms of the weather we have seen. The groups, however, have managed to get out and continue to learn and develop their skills whilst dodging the showers. It has been a good opportunity to work on some catching skills, running between the wickets and throwing.

Canford Sports Department – Team of the Week

See the photos / attachments for the new team of the week. Across all the sports and year groups the team members 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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