18 Mar 2021
Easter Term 2021 - Sports Report Week 9

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Easter Term 2021 - Week 9 Sports Report

Cross Country

The XC runners were back up and running and training in the mud this week, with a longer run out on the heath (undeterred by the hail). A reintroduction to intervals after such a long time was a wake up for the legs before each pupil had a go beating their previous 5km best times with a runout on site on Thursday. The team will now be focussing on picking up some speed ahead of the athletics season next term.

Hockey

It was great to see the return of hockey in the sunshine on Tuesday afternoon last week, before the rain and hail returned in abundance on Thursday and again at the weekend! Nevertheless, seeing the pupils wearing big smiles on their faces and interacting on the pitch, expressing themselves freely was a welcome tonic, following months of lockdown.

The general flavour of the sessions (allowing for the obvious impact of Fifth Form and Upper Sixth mini-tests and the lateral flow testing schedule) was that of game play and conditioned smaller sided games – the combination of ‘big game, small game’ environments enabling the pupils to dust off the rust and involve their lungs appropriately, alongside their stick skills!

Hamish Ryan and Ethan Bikhazi-Green starred in goal in midweek, and the Seniors were pleased to get back to some full pitch action again. The Performance Group Saturday game was a close fought and increasingly skilful end to end affair, settled by the odd goal in three. Also on Saturday, the Fifth Form had a half pitch round robin bonanza with some nicely taken goals and the Fourth Form and Shells played out some entertaining matches too.

This week sees the Upper Sixth boys play against the Upper Sixth girls as well as a mixed Upper Sixth team match up in another 7-a-side ‘El Classico’. Elsewhere, hockey will be the winner with more game play promised for all.

Rugby

It was lovely to get boys back out on the rugby field last week, whilst there was some evidence of a little rust, there was plenty of skill and ambition on show.

Roman Gill was MVP for the Saturday games, closely followed by another industrious session from Ben Ashton. Henry Martin also showed some nice touches on the ball.

Netball

Having been robbed of most of the netball term, we were keen to make sure the girls got ample opportunity to get back into the swing of things and experience some competition! After a ‘warm up week’, which involved lots of small sided games and fun practices, each year group was randomly sorted into teams to compete in Canford’s very own Hi-5 Superleague (obviously within year group bubbles).

On Monday we saw the beginning of the Shell Superleague which got off to a fantastic start, with 3 teams (Celtic Dragons, Loughborough Lightning and Surrey Storm) holding joint top position. The final match scores in the first round were very close indeed, so we are expecting some tough competition and a close final result in this league.

Fourth Form began their competition on Tuesday, and in a similar position to our Shell Superleague we now have 3 teams (Team Bath, Loughborough Lightning and Manchester Thunder) vying for the top spot, and unfortunately leaving Seven Stars and Surrey Storm with one point to their names. Manchester Thunder managed to keep Celtic Dragons off the league table altogether by winning 19-4!

Fifth Form have been limited numbers-wise by exams taking place, but still managed to pull together two hybrid teams that competed in spectacular fashion, and really showcased the adaptability and talent of our U16s.

Last but by no means least, our Sixth Form teams also had their first round, with some incredible final scores worth mentioning: Surrey Storm beat Team Bath 46-22, meaning they managed to keep Team Bath at the very bottom of the of the Sixth Form Superleague table by 1 goal! Manchester Thunder beat Loughborough Lightning 54-36, a huge win and a fantastic number of goals.

There was some fantastic netball played throughout, and some extremely admirable sportsmanship from all. Well done girls, keep it up!

Rowing

As one would normally expect, our Canford pupils couldn’t wait to get near the river and start with their respective peers and go rowing.

A massive 90 pupils started back and with the help of our coaching team we managed to boat everyone efficiently, partly helped by the pupils themselves who were amazing and very well organised in handling boats and oars.

Despite the odd shower of rain and a gust of wind our rowers were not put off and embraced the freedom and flow of the river and the first week back went very smoothly.

Well done everyone.

Lacrosse

Lacrosse numbers have grown again with a record 47 girls now playing on the Mountjoy pitches. All the Upper Sixth and some of the more experienced Lower Sixth are playing a good level of competitive lacrosse on one pitch, arguably one of the strongest groups of 1st and 2nd team players Canford has seen yet.

Very encouragingly the Fifth Form who began playing last term are showing great promise and we now have another band of beginners who are mastering the basic skills so quickly they look as if they will be soon be joining in with match play.

Tennis

The start back has been a successful yet windy one for the tennis group! When you haven’t played tennis in a while having a gust of wind of up to 34 mph and occasional hail made us understand very quickly the need to be on our toes and ready for anything. The last few sessions have focused on contact points and getting back in to the rhythm of hitting. Once habits are remembered that whole package of a tennis player starts to change - naturally the footwork starts to increase more to ensure you are in the better position, to hit a competitive shot. This was seen, with the first session back by playing points within the first 30 minutes. All the girls have done really well and enjoyed being back out on court.

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.

Photos ready to view and download from Canford Media

Return to sport – various shots

From last term:

House Cross Country

Real Tennis - 1st set

Real Tennis - 2nd set

Boys’ 2nd team football group

Girls’ hockey – general shots

General rugby shots

House golf

Cricket nets

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