26 Nov 2020
Christmas Term 2020 - Sports Report Week 9

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Christmas Term 2020 - Week 9 Sports Report

A slightly quieter report this week with everyone enjoying the exeat weekend, but there still has been some really good sport and physical activity going on at the school over the last 7 days, despite the lockdown outside.


Congratulations first must go to Lauren Corn, who has been selected to train with Team Bath at their Dorset based Academy Development Centre 2020-2021. A fantastic achievement, she has done us all proud. Well done Lauren and hopefully more girls to follow.

This week sees the start of the Canford Mixed Netball Superleague, where we will bear witness to an incredible 8 matches before the week is out. The Upper Sixth have split themselves into 5 teams, captained each by their namesake: Milenka’s Mustangs, Cridder’s Crocs, Evie’s Eagles, Talia’s Tigers and Polly’s Panthers. The league culminates on the 30th November, where we will be able to award a trophy and medals to the winners. All 5 teams have partaken in training sessions in the run-up, and we are all looking forward to seeing where the leaderboard stands come the end of this week!

On Wednesday evening we saw the first matches played. Evie’s Eagles took on Talia’s Tigers in an impressive opener – two fantastic teams with a couple of weeks’ worth of training under their belts in preparation for what was to be an intense battle. The Eagles gained an early lead, winning the first quarter 6-0, but the Tigers (who had no subs) held their own, slowly putting some points on the board thanks to the captain herself who completely dominated the court. Despite their best efforts Evie’s Eagles soared ahead, thanks to some strong mid court work coupled with unbelievable shooting ability from Tom Prest, taking the match 17-9.

This match was shortly followed by the second of our double whammy opener, where Cridder’s Crocs faced off against Milenka’s Mustangs. Again, two strong teams from the outset, lead admirably by the two captains and benefitting from their intense training sessions leading up to their debut. The Mustangs took an early lead, benefitting greatly from their height in both their shooting end and defensive end thanks to Captain Milenka Soskin and Miles Quick. They maintained a strong lead adding 4 points to scoreboard every quarter with the exception of the last, where the Crocs fought hard to score the most goals they had scored in any quarter that game. The final score was 17-9 to Milenka’s Mustangs. Well played to all four teams – a fantastic opener to what is certain to be a fiercely contested Superleague!

Cross Country

The team were put through one of the most gruelling interval sessions in the term on Tuesday, with all runners applying the necessary effort and team spirit to get each other through it. Then on Thursday the teams ran out to the Canford Sang. This week, they will be tackling a 5km time trial for the first time in weeks, where they will be able to compare their previous times over the distance.

Date for your diary – House X Country for all year groups on the afternoon of Thursday 10th December


Last week saw the girls’ hockey players apply themselves admirably in training and maintain the positive attitude evident throughout the term thus far. With the exeat preventing any internal Saturday matches, the U14s and U15s played some 11-a-side early in the week during games, whilst the Senior Performance squad contested another competitive affair on Thursday. Various conditions were implemented to present different challenges for the players to solve, regarding tactics and decision making, and the results were pleasing. In the colourful shadow of a beautiful rainbow, the highlight was a smartly taken hat-trick by Captain of Hockey, Molly Fairbairn. In addition, there were other strong performances from Abby Childerley, Ella Mitchell and Maddy Harvey. In the other senior group, Phoebe Foxley and Varya Darling have also been in good form.

The boys’ Performance group is also in fine fettle, playing at a high level in their Monday Night Lights match sessions, as their preparations continue towards hopefully a more normal start to 2021 and return to some regular matches.

This week sees the return of the 7-a-side Upper Sixth Girls v Upper Sixth Boys match on Tuesday afternoon – Lockdown 2 Round 2 – as the girls look to level up the series at 1-1!


Last week saw things take a notch down in intensity on the rugby field as we explored a number of ‘pass before contact’ games. The aim of these was to highlight and improve work off the ball to support space as well as supporting the ball carrier, while reducing the contact element of the game. It allowed us to exaggerate the need to run straight, catch and pass well and fix defenders to create space for others. These games are always slightly confusing and challenging as it takes away the comfort and safety of contact. We are revisiting the games this week and gradually increasing the contact intensity, in the allowed blocks, as we go. Already the Shells have made some giant leaps forward in the quality of catch-pass and timing of the pass to support players. Freddie Warrack, Charlie Pallot, Xander Brookes, Jasper Bowley and Freddie Pearce all impressing.


With the regular members not allowed to use the golf course during lockdown 2.0, we took full advantage by playing X-Country golf. An “unusual” 6 hole course was set up including big dog legs, long holes which required shots from one fairway to another and some nasty par 3s which had big trees between the tees and pins. The two 5th form teams played it as a scramble (ie they could pick the best of their shots and then all play from that position) whereas the sixth form had to face the challenge on their own. The winner was Charlotte Brook who took 24 shots and carefully plotted her way around the course and in a close second was Alex Geng, Tom Williams and Suzy Cribb (a Shell but honorary 5th former who stayed 2m from her teammates) who went round in 25 shots. The other low handicapped boys tried to muscle their way around the course and often found trouble off the tees. Hopefully, when we do it again, they might keep their driver in their bag and play a bit more with their brain!

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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