11 Dec 2020
Christmas Term 2020 - Sports Report Week 11

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Christmas Term 2020 - Week 11 Sports Report

Cross Country

In XC last week the team worked on endurance pace, through some challenging extended interval drills on Tuesday. On Thursday, at the request of the seniors, the team took to an extended run, with some hill intervals, onto the heath.

In the seniors, stand out runners have been Matthew Butterfield, who is enthusiastic 100% of the time, even during difficult sessions.

In the juniors, Max Lockyear, has been outstanding and keeping pace with the seniors.

Thursday afternoon saw the annual House X Country take place around the school grounds on a crisp, chilly afternoon. A shorter course than usual due to the time constraints forced by the need to keep all year groups separate meant some fast, frenetic racing.

There were some great individual performances including notably Freddie Warrack and Charlie Bird in the Boys races and Serena Blake and Esther Browning in the Girls events.

Overall results saw the house competition go to De Lacy.

The link below has some great photos of the day:



The final week of the Hockey season saw the U15s play a well contested internal game; with the boys winning the first half before a mixed second saw a share of the spoils in a 2-2 draw. Elsewhere the girls dodged the torrential rain as best they could to partake in the final Saturday sessions, before Christmas themed training this week produced plenty of festive sparkle and cheer. The Boys’ Performance squad have also trained very well throughout the term, maintaining a high level of intensity and effort and smashing core skill execution to the end. Will Whitmore and Molly Fairbairn have both been involved in England U18 training camps this week too, as part of their continued involvement in the NAGS programme.


There has been a tremendous amount improvement across the board in rugby over the course of this term. Even without fixtures to measure ourselves externally the coaches across all groups have reported that we have used this time well to improve skills, game understanding and fitness. In the Sixth Form the intent to play and the skill to back it up has been exceptional, new boys joining us this year have been well integrated into the group so that it is now difficult to tell who the new joiners are. This group is now a real collective and I look forward to the time very soon when we will see these boys in action when we return to fixtures.

The Fifth Form continue to make steps forward, some real improvements can be made by this group off the field, under Mr Cronin’s tutelage in the gym I have no reason to think these boys won’t flourish on the field. Felix Synott is maturing extremely well and Oli Fox-Pitt has been a machine working consistently hard for the benefit of his team mates. Satch Thurston has impressed with his sheer effort Thomas Windsor and Jamie Elviss have been catching the eye with their contributions in game practice. It’s been great to see Angus Brown taking on board the advice for extra S&C sessions, his game will no doubt be the stronger for it come Autumn term 2021. Alongside year group stalwarts Feingold, Janaway, Kosgei, Hooker and Robinson the Fifth Form look in good shape.

The Fourth Form too are in a good place, given the lack of fixtures and length of the term they have done pretty well to stay engaged through to this final week. This group is packed with ability and a variety of complementary skill sets. They are especially good at being nice and direct, freeing up space on the edges for some extremely threatening runners. This already strong group was bolstered considerably with the arrival of Finn and Sam Janaway and they add depth in a way we’ve not had for a while here at Canford. I really am excited to see what this group can do in external fixtures, which will have to wait a while, but with a large DPP contingent and a possibility to be included in the U16 Rosslyn Park 7’s group some of them may get a chance before the year is out to represent Canford on the rugby field. Two boys who have made consistent improvement across the term are Ed Timberlake and Frederick Bowater and they must be commended for their efforts.

The Shells have had half a term on the rugby field and as such there is still some work to do but it was nice to see the boys laying some sound foundations from which they can springboard next year. This group too is set to have some contributors to the Bath DPP Noah Kefford, Freddie Warrack, Xander Brookes, Max Mackenzie and Freddie Pearce will all take their first steps on the representative pathway.

In summary the year has not been without its issues but, in true Canford spirit the boys have managed any adversity well and played with skill and intent. We await the return of fixtures with real anticipation.


Last week was a busy week for netball!

On Wednesday we saw the completion of the Upper Sixth Mixed Netball Superleague (results table below) with our final match between Evie’s Eagles and Cridder’s Crocs. A well contested match throughout. Max Richards was named umpire’s player of the match for a number of reasons, including his ability to read the game well and great shooting, but what tipped the scales for us was when he performed a fantastic split jump in the circle to score a scorcher of a goal. It was a closely contested game throughout, until the final quarter where the Eagles ran away with it taking the score to 20-15 in their favour, thus securing themselves the bronze medal.

A draw between Milenka’s Mustangs and Polly’s Panthers the day before saw the first place decider being taken to Goal Average. This meant that Polly’s Panthers won by 0.06! Congratulations to them and also to Milenka’s Mustangs who delivered consistently fantastic performances throughout the week, a very deserving contender for first place! We also saw a battle for the 4th place position between two very evenly matched teams, which was also then taken to goal average. Well done to all 5 teams, very admirable performances throughout the week and I have really enjoyed seeing everyone get so stuck in.

On Friday the Shells had Christmas Netball! This was in the form of a Hi-5 round robin tournament, after they had been randomly sorted into 4 teams: Grinch Gang, Tinsel Toes, Jingle Ballers and Christmas Crackers. What followed was roughly an hour of some fantastic and fun netball played by all, loud Christmas music and some very questionable Christmas themed fancy dress … Best fancy dress costume went to Verity Warner who came wrapped in fairy lights, and played in them as well! Close contenders were Sophia Smith who came with a foam Santa beard (which didn’t last long) and Bea Woodward and Layla Stannah who sellotaped advent calendars to themselves. A very creative group indeed!

In the end, the winners (on goal difference) were Tinsel Toes, consisting of Eliza Miller, Lottie Heyman, Amy Frampton, Noemi Du Ry, Katie Clark and Cara Coulson. Well played to everyone who took part, it was a great afternoon had by all. Bring on the netball season!


Tinsel, santa onesies, festive hats and twinkly lights brightened up the last practice of term on a suitably LaXmas theme. Stickwork drills were completed with choral forfeits for dropped balls while the warm-up teams were impressively fast in their construction of lacrosse stick Christmas trees, snowflakes and stars. Emily Walster has been determined to be noticed this week, first with her dynamic performance on the pitch on Saturday ("She's on fire today!") followed by her jaunty Xmas jumper and accessories at the last game on Tuesday.

A term's worth of fitness is no doubt now set to be dented around the Christmas table although there are a few already making New Year’s Resolutions and hopefully there may be some stick-sized parcels under the tree.

Well done to all the lacrosse players this term for being determined to enjoy their sport no matter what!

Christmas Sports Quiz

No-one has yet claimed the prizes in our sporting knowledge Christmas Sports Quiz below!! There are 20 Christmas themed sports questions (some might need a bit of googling) with a prize for the first person in each year group (Shells, 4th, 5th, L6, U6 and a Staff Prize) to send the correct answers to Miss Collett (rac@canford.com).

Canford Christmas Sports Quiz 2020

  1. Which Fly-Half, born on Christmas Day, made his one and only capped appearance for England Rugby Union on tour away versus Argentina in 1997?
  2. Which England Football manager was famous for his use of the “Christmas Tree” formation?
  3. Which “Hollie” scored the winning penalty for the GB Women’s to win gold in Rio in 2016?
  4. Traditionally taking place on Boxing Day on which racecourse is the King George VI Chase run?
  5. For which premiership side did Andy “Carroll” make his professional debut in 2016?
  6. Which female Darts player became the first to win a game at the PDC World championships over Christmas 2019?
  7. Born on Christmas Day 1984 who became England Men’s most capped Test cricket player in 2016?
  8. Which manager was sacked by Chelsea just after enjoying Christmas dinner with the team?
  9. Which ground traditionally hosts the Australian Boxing Day Test Match?
  10. Which “Christmas named” female 400m runner won bronze behind Cathy Freeman in Sydney 2000?
  11. Winner of the silver medal in both the Men’s 100m and 200m at the London Olympics, which Jamaican sprinter was born on Boxing Day 1989?
  12. Former USA Solheim Cup Golfer Kelly “Robbins” won how many major titles?
  13. Which yacht race, widely considered to be one of the most difficult in the World commences in Australia every Boxing Day?
  14. Born on December 26th 1935, which West Indian cricketer succeeded Gary Sobers as captain of their test side?
  15. Which sporting event takes place in Hyde Park each Christmas Day over a course of 100 yards?
  16. Who suffered a severe knee injury on 26th December 1962 ending his playing career but allowing him to pursue a managerial role in football that led to winning the European Cup in both 1979 and 1980?
  17. Name these three “Kings” of Women’s sport 1) US Female Golfer who won 6 major titles? 2) Team GB Equestrian star who won 3 medals at the Olympic games? 3) A Tennis great who won 39 Grand Slam Titles?
  18. What was special about the Chelsea team that took the field against Southampton on 26th December 1999?
  19. Which county cricket team did South African Jaques “Rudolf” play for during the 2016 season?
  20. Which Welsh international footballer, born on Boxing Day 1990, joined Arsenal from Cardiff City in 2008?

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.

Happy Christmas from all in the Canford Sports Department. Thanks for all your hard work and effort this term it has been much appreciated. Stay safe and we look forward to seeing you all back in January.

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