19 Nov 2020
Christmas Term 2020 - Sports Report, Week 8

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Christmas Term 2020 - Week 8 Sports Report

Hockey

Last Thursday saw the main hockey event of the term so far, as the U6th Girls pitched their wits against the U6th Boys in a 7 v 7 clash of the titans! The standard was high and level of rivalry excellent – creating a lovely atmosphere. The first three quarters were played out in their respective teams with some fantastic connections on show as the goals rained in. The boys snatched a comfortable victory in the end, despite Sasha Witter producing an inspired performance in goal. The final quarter mixed the teams, as the standard increased even more. A golden goal overtime finish from Freddie Peters completed a 3-2 result, in a very worthwhile experience for all concerned. There will be a re-run after the exeat, which the pupils are very much looking forward to.

Last Saturday the girls’ hockey club continued with their internal age group matches. Efforts were excellent, considering the nature of the horrendous weather conditions where wind and rain were rife!

Squad games of mixed and streamed abilities were again the flavour of the day with short and sharp sessions approached with energy and enthusiasm by all. The skill level and game awareness were high, with a healthy competitive edge evident.

Tennis

This week the tennis groups have studied service technique, split step and changing play from defence to attack. On Tuesday the girls looked at these and how / when to use them. There were lots of basket drills and open play drills to ensure they had good understanding. Technique in tennis is a long process and repetition is needed, for muscle memory, so that it becomes second nature, with serving in particular as there is temptation to just go back to what you know to make sure that the ball goes over. Thursday again saw us go back over the service, making sure we used the new technique and revisited why it is of benefit. This should stand our players in good stead for the future.

Saturday should have again been the girls competing in the box leagues but unfortunately rain stopped play. The Upper Sixth enjoyed a cardio session and introduction in to how to use the weights in the front gym and the Lower Sixth enjoyed some badminton.

Football

With the league to work towards, the boys have been training well – and they enjoy the competitive element.

The abject weather had made both Wembley and the Lane unplayable, so a bit of pitch improv was needed before the games could begin. Unfortunately, the Acorns’ match had to be abandoned when

their temporary home was appropriated by some rugby chaps (who, to be fair, were the rightful owners of said space). They had managed to get some football in but we decided not to include the outcome in

their league: abandoned match. The Gents, meanwhile, did manage to play, but had to settle for tiny goals, so, with a change in format, not one for the league.

The Oaks were luckier and played 70 minutes of high octane stuff. Well, at least the Pavlovas did. The WebbDesigners had a bit of a collective off-day and were consequently trounced by their opposition, with George and Arian dominating midfield, Raffi quarterbacking in defence and Freddie scoring freely. We shan’t post the full list of goal scorers and assist makers this time, as there are simply too many of them – all from the same team. It does go to show what a huge impact that extra 5% effort makes, though; these are, on paper, pretty evenly matched teams but the high intensity investment by Pav’s boys made a remarkable difference.

Cross Country

This week in cross country the team took part in a virtual race with Leweston School. All pupils ran a 2.4k loop measured on Strava to compare results with other schools over the same distance. Once all the schools have completed, a full list of results will be sent out. From the Canford performances, Charlie Bird got back to his best with a storming run in 7mins36secs. Fifth Form were led in by Max Lockyer in 8.54 and Fourths by Sam Reeve in 9.05.

Hockey

Last Thursday saw the main hockey event of the term so far, as the U6th Girls pitched their wits against the U6th Boys in a 7 v 7 clash of the titans! The standard was high and level of rivalry excellent – creating a lovely atmosphere. The first three quarters were played out in their respective teams with some fantastic connections on show as the goals rained in. The boys snatched a comfortable victory in the end, despite Sasha Witter producing an inspired performance in goal. The final quarter mixed the teams, as the standard increased even more. A golden goal overtime finish from Freddie Peters completed a 3-2 result, in a very worthwhile experience for all concerned. There will be a re-run after the exeat, which the pupils are very much looking forward to.

Last Saturday the girls’ hockey club continued with their internal age group matches. Efforts were excellent, considering the nature of the horrendous weather conditions where wind and rain were rife!

Squad games of mixed and streamed abilities were again the flavour of the day with short and sharp sessions approached with energy and enthusiasm by all. The skill level and game awareness were high, with a healthy competitive edge evident.

Lacrosse

After half a term's lacrosse for some and three weeks since half term for the others, the girls who just started playing lacrosse for the first time this year are doing really well. Sixth formers Ines de la Cruz, Jess Fry and Jessie Shuttleworth are holding their own among a formidable band of players who have been playing for much longer.

Among the fifth formers, Millie Todd, Freya Coughlan, Lara Wilkinson, Topsy Holder, Mimi Taylor and Lucy Fitzgerald are forming a solid core for future Canford teams.

Rugby

Another week into the rugby programme, this week saw the Seniors and U16’s continue their speed development and unit work. Just a week on from the initial attempt at these elements has seen a big jump in competence across the board.

Last week also saw exploration and excelling of the contact area with focus on tackle technique and defensive decision making. Before leading into the game element of the week.

In the senior group the Canfurly Shield was once again up for grabs with last week’s winners the Bulls this time going down narrowly in another hotly contested match against the Bald Eagles. Fin Raworth was MVP for the Eagles, demonstrating excellent sleight of hand to offload but also stay in the game to support line breaks. He combined excellently all afternoon with Miles Quick who gave another composed performance. For the Bulls the standout performer was Roman Gill who switched seamlessly between attacking rugby by playing ‘at the line’ and pinning the Eagles back in their own half with excellent use of the boot and the strong wind at his back. In the darker areas of the match Ben Ashton and Harvey Stocks were industrious and muscular with their efforts providing and denying ‘go forward’ for their respective teams.

On SM’s pitches Jamie Elviss and Thomas Windsor did their best impressions of the junkyard dog at breakdowns. Elliot Hilton continues to improve and impress, this week showing technical and tactical ability carrying from full-back. Ed Crutchley gave his side strong impetus around the ruck, carrying hard for his team and Monty Hooker once more demonstrated his eye for the gap with not one or two but three tries, sniping from half back.

Things continue to heat up over with the U15’s. Ed Timberlake deserves a nomination as someone who has been working hard at organising those around him from 1st receiver and at putting into practice the break out skills (offloading in contact). Others of note are Finn Janaway and George Burnell and Kit Blomfield had his best session to date. This group continues to remind us how capable they are as a collective and it’ll be exciting to see them in full swing against external opponents when they get the chance. The new Shell intake also continue to adapt well to rugby after their first half term of cricket. Anton Cox had a good week as did the Freddie’s Warrack and Pearce!

Canford Round the World Challenge

A reminder that the Round the World Challenge is up and running! As a community we are aiming to collectively travel 40,075KM (24,901 miles). Your mode of travel can be running, walking, cycling, rowing or any other physical activity that travels a distance. Record your efforts on the Canford Round the World Strava Club, email community@canford.com after your activity or complete the form on the dedicated website page https://www.canford.com/school-community/canford-round-the-world

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?

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