12 Nov 2020
Christmas Term 2020 - Sports Report, Week 7

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Christmas Term 2020 - Week 7 Sports Report


This week has seen the whole group working hard on and off the water and making a great start to the second half of term. The novice girls have now fitted seamlessly into the senior squad and this can be seen in the time trials on Saturday afternoon, where the two women's quads produced some very competitive times. A special mention goes to Phoebe Kibble for her great racing lines along with Imy Woodcock and Hanna Neill for two storming performances winning by 4 seconds on both runs.

The boys’ squad is also working well as a group and has started to move into doubles as well as the singles. There were some good times from all crews, especially Oli Stuart and Charlie Hall (Fifth Form) racing in their singles.

Finally best wishes to our Director of Rowing, Mr. Dryden, who is currently in hospital with a broken pelvis sustained during a recent cycling accident. Hopefully out very soon we all wish him well in his forthcoming recovery and rehab.


This week the girls were introduced in their newly named groups after specific icons within British tennis - Wade, Shuker and Watson (I’ll let you work out the first names and why we thought that they are appropriate!) Alongside the renaming of the groups we started off this half term’s box league. Every Saturday the girls will compete against each other to find an overall winner by the end of the term. As ever the girls (even the Lower Sixth) were quietly focused on their competitive play. Not only is this a great opportunity for the girls to put into competitive play what they have learnt, but for the coaches to watch and make notes to see what other areas that can be worked on. Well done all, looking forward to watching the matches unfold in the coming weeks.


The footballers returned to the training pitches with vigour and a desire to learn despite the continued absence of fixtures. Kudos to them for the excellent attitude.

The week culminated in a new internal ‘league’ system, in which the various training groups were divided into two set teams who will be competing on Saturdays. Of course, the three points for a win count, but of equal importance is the individual scoreboard, with points amassed for goals and assists. There are, crucially, edible prizes on offer for both the winning teams and the highest scoring individuals. Plenty to play for, in other words.

In the Oaks fixture, Oscar’s WebbDesigners got off to a flying start when Adam wove his way to the only goal scored in the first half, with the captain (and, inadvertently, the ref) providing the assist. The Pavlovas took over confidently, though, building to a 3-1 lead through goals (and assists in brackets) by Arian (Freddie) and a brace by Freddie (George, Josh). The WebbDesigners fought back valiantly,

though, with Sam particularly providing bite and determination in midfield. Max (Alex) pulled one back before Adam (Oscar again) scored the equaliser. It was an excellent competitive afternoon.

As with the Oaks, the Acorns’ fixture was a tight one, with Priaulx People holding Raby’s Boys to a 3-3 draw. Nat, Harrison and Jack scored for the former, while the captain scored one and Rory smashed home two for Raby’s Boys. Alas, I am not currently cognisant of who served up the final passes but I am reliably informed it was a marvellous spectacle.

The Gents were perhaps less gentlemanly in their match where Die Bremer Stadtmusikanten absolutely smashed The Gentlemen 6-2. A hat-trick by Charlie Lewandowski Mason was supplemented with goals by Archie, Oscar and Max. Hugh and Lucas provided the celebrations for The Gentlemen.

It was an excellent afternoon of football and we very much look forward to the next instalment of the league.

Squash / Real Tennis

Although we were disappointed to see the Real tennis and squash courts closed to our members, it has given pupils a fantastic opportunity to use the facility. Each Monday and Wednesday we have been giving small groups of Shells from each house a fun taster session; with Lancaster, Salisbury, Court and Franklin all having a go. It will be Monteacute and Wimborne's turn over the coming weeks.

We are now also able to open the courts to each year group during their evening free periods after prep, with our onsite professionals at hand to provide coaching and guidance. We hope this will give our current enthusiasts a chance to take their game to that next level and others the opportunity to try something completely new!

Although sporting changes this term have resulted smaller numbers than usual for our games sessions, it has allowed many of our keen players the chance to get more regular coaching and access to the real tennis court. External fixtures are yet to be, but we are keeping up the competitive spirit with are internal ladders and 'bubble rivalries'!


Last Saturday the year group bubbles played a Texas Scramble (the team chooses its best shot and then all play their next shot from there). The Fifth Formers are still getting used to their new sport option but had fun. The Lower Sixth and Upper Sixth had a titanic battle. The Lower Sixth (Charlotte Brook, Tom Peacock and Felix Wigley) finished a bit earlier than the Upper Sixth and posted 3 under par. The Upper Sixth (Eve Hewett, Tom Holtby and Adam Reid) on 2 under, birdied their penultimate hole with Eve Hewitt holing an 8 footer, and then parred the last. This led to an extra hole which saw Tom Holtby, who had already got an eagle, with no help from his team, going against Felix. After a bit of banter, Tom hit his worst shot of the day and ended up behind a tree whilst Felix hit the green and then put the match to bed with a 10 foot birdie putt.


On Saturday 7th November, the Shell girls took part in a 5-aside Netball tournament. Sorted randomly into Superleague themed teams (Surrey Storm, Seven Stars, Manchester Thunder, Loughborough Lightning and Team Bath), the girls were excited and enthusiastic. They all played really well and it was impressive to see them working together so effortlessly. New friendships were formed and some high quality netball was played. In the end, ‘Loughborough Lightning’ were victorious, so well done on their win to Hester Child, Paige Davis-McCluskie, Serena Gow, Bella Hurd-Wood, Millie Martin and Layla Stannah for a well fought tournament.

There was also a Sportswoman award and Star Player award up for grabs for two standout performers. The Sportswoman award went to Charlotte Parkin for her unrivalled enthusiasm and fantastic teamwork skills, both on and off the court. The Star Player award went to Layla Stannah for her fantastic defensive skills and versatility throughout.

It was a real delight for Mrs Wilson, Miss Collett and myself to watch some fantastic netball from Canford’s youngest. Well done girls! MRW

Cross Country

The team was welcomed back to school with some tough speed sessions to sharpen up after the half term period. On Thursday they worked in pairs to push each other around the usual Canford Relays routes and then Saturday took on a 1 mile time trial after being running a 2.25 mile loop. Some runners improved their 1500m course time despite being fatigued from the previous loop with particular standout performances from Matt Butterfield, Henry Wittram and Thomas Sparkhall.


Last weekend saw the first internal matches of the second half of term for the hockey programme. With Lockdown 2 now upon us, the opportunity to play some competitive conditioned games was welcomed by all – as it will continue to be in the coming weeks.

The Shells and Fourths were on first on, with an upbeat soundtrack playing from the side lines, creating a positive atmosphere for all involved.

The senior years followed, with some decent connections being made within some neat passing interchanges with players participating in streamed teams as well as mixed. The standard was excellent, with Bella Hunter scoring the pick of the goals on Adby with a fiercely struck rising shot.

More of the same next weekend.


The zest and zip with which everyone was playing lacrosse this week certainly indicated a relief to be playing sport again after a rainy half-term.

Unfortunately goalie, Lily Clark, was unavailable for this weekend's match but we had two volunteers, Cata Taylor and Nadia Lees, who thought it would be an interesting opportunity to view the game from behind the crease for once. They were great for first-timers but after facing Nory Warner on top shooting form, I'm not sure Nadia will be volunteering again!

Two of our Lower Sixth came into their own this weekend - Amber Herrington played with confidence and flair initiating a number of midfield turnovers and driving into the attack while Alice Hazell found the shooting spot time and time again and scored the goal of the match. Georgie Litchfield's team won this week after a late flurry of goals in the last quarter - Sydney Brown's team needs to review their strategy before the return match next week.


With an influx of numbers post half term and with the RFU keeping schools on stage D on the return to play pathway the boys were excited to reintroduce some contact work back into the games sessions

In the U18s the ‘Blue Bulls’ took an early series lead over the ‘Bald Eagles’ in a fiercely contested and gripping contest. James Barker winning the session MVP, reward for his busy afternoon providing menace wherever he popped up with the ball. Ben Ashton was at his usual combative best and Harvey Stocks demonstrated how valuable he will be contesting possession on the ground. Roman Gill showed some nice touches when putting ball to boot and picked out Olli Taylor from a penalty that he opted to go cross field with.

In the U16s the boys followed a similar session plan with Monty Hooker showing well for his decision making, sniping and passing. Jamie Elviss demonstrated his usual tenacity at breakdown. Ozzy Berridge showed his organisation and game management skills from fly half. Oli Fox-Pitt also provided some excellent ‘go forward’ with powerful carrying around the breakdown and decision making and execution using his support players in this fiercely contested area of the game.

Theo Snell and Frederick Bowater put in an excellent shift for the U15’s and are both improving with every session that goes by. For the shells Freddie Pearce ran some intelligent support lines and Charlie Pallot put his hat in the ring to organise his team mates well from the 1st receiver position.

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 those who made the team 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?

Photos ready to view and download from Canford Media

Boys’ 2nd football squad group photos

Girls’ hockey general shots

Junior rugby general shots

House golf

Cricket practice

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