29 Apr 2021
Summer Term 2021 - Sports Report Week 2

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Summer Term 2021 - Week 2 Sports Report

Tennis v Taunton School – Saturday 24th April

Girls

1st W 5-4

The girls were buzzing with excitement to play their first fixture of the year. Parings were Mima Green / Lara Ela Ulkeroglu, Rosie Ireland / Flora Lingafelter and Molly Taylor / Ella Mitchell. All of the girls performed really well, working hard on footwork and staying in the point for as long as possible. Which sounds like an odd comment, but at times we have a tendency that when it gets close to lose focus and give away unforced errors, but we didn’t and we were present in every point. Across the court it was great to see no fear at the net, not losing court position and allowing the court to feel very small. In the week ahead we still need to work on serving with more purpose and shot selecting of when to come into the net.

Pair of the week – Rosie and Flora. Beat the 1st pair and stayed calm and stuck to their tennis.

2nd W 7-2

Pairs were Becky Morris / Nia Edwards, Millie Keen / Anna Preston and Stella Jarvis / Sasha Witter. Whilst some were a little nervous at the start, I was so impressed with the first round! All the girls got straight into match mode and worked really hard. After the first round we were 3-0 up, meaning that the girls relaxed in the knowledge that we only had to win 2 more matches. Across all the courts, the girls kept it really simple, enjoyed the cross-court battle and looked to intercept the volley when they could. Really pleased that in some tight matches, tiebreaks and also a 7-5, showing that in the vital points we came out on top.

Pair of the week – Stella and Sasha winning as pair 3 against the third pair in the final round. They showed unbelievable resistance and did not give up.

3rds W 9-0

The 3rd team travelled to play at Taunton School for their first match in two years. The conditions were near perfect, we knew that we had a strong team given our strength in depth this year, so the stage was set for an excellent day of tennis. Anna Toms and Phoebe Peters paired to form the first seed, Mia Ashby-Rudd and Bella Hunter formed the second pair and Hattie Kent and Eloise Cooper paired to complete the team. The girls played phenomenally well and demonstrated their considerable skill set from the beginning. Our pairs won every round, dropping only one game in the first, five in the second and one in the last. Special mention to Anna and Phoebe who only lost one game in their three matches. An emphatic 9-0 win to open the 2021 season was very pleasing and we look forward to testing our mettle against future opposition in the forthcoming weeks.

Pair of the week: Phoebe and Anna

15As - L 0-9

After a comfortable journey, (thanks JFS coaches) we arrived at Taunton in glorious sunshine for the U15s’ first tennis fixture at Canford. It didn’t take long to see that Taunton had a strong side, but the overall result hides the fact that there were some positive performances by all the Canford pairs. Isla and Maya got their act together and played a blinder against the Taunton first pair, only losing 4-6. They stayed mentally positive and were good coming forward and were able to transfer the pressure onto their opponents on some of the early key points. Chloe and Lara did very well and won the most games throughout the afternoon and Daisy and Sophie were most pleased with their performance against the Taunton second pair.

Pair of the week: Maya and Isla

15Bs - W 7-2

It was a shame that the As and Bs were at different venues and so I was not able to see as much of the Bs as I would have liked, however, the score line speaks for itself and I was impressed by what I did see. Rallies are always longer on hard courts and I thought all the pairs were excellent at being patient, keeping the ball going back over the net and waiting for the opposition to make the first mistake - it’s very effective. On paper the standout pair were Bella and Georgie who were the only ones to beat the Taunton first pair 6-4 – well done!

Pair of the week: Bella and Georgie

U14As - W 6-3

The U14As made a really good start to their season. It was such a pleasure to see them working out how to play with each other in their brand new pairings and getting better and better as the games went on. We had worked on cross court consistency in the week, and they had clearly taken this on board. Serving was good for so early in the season (and especially given the windy conditions) and communication got more fluent through the matches as they started moving around the court more. All three pairs beat the Taunton second and third pairs, whilst only narrowly losing to the first pair.

Pair of the week: Katie Clark and Madeleine Brown who were so consistent and competitive; chasing down every ball no matter what the angle!

U14Bs - W 7-2

The U14Bs were really impressive and were very professional in their attitude. Given that many of them have never played a tennis match before today, they approached their games with admirable aplomb. Like the 14As, their communication got better and better throughout the matches and ground strokes and serves were solid. They were less willing to come into the net, so we’ll work on that over the next few weeks, but I was really impressed with their play.

Pair of the week: Portia Carrell and Josie Corn: They were feisty and determined and wouldn’t let anything past them. Deservedly, they won all 3 of their matches.

Boys

1st - W 5-4

The 1st VI match could not have been closer, and it went down to first pair vs first pair in a tie break to decide the winners. Canford finally came out winners 5-4 in one of the best matches I have seen at this stage of the season. Well done to the 1st VI debutants and special mention to Will Pickard and Max Richards who remained unbeaten and pipped Taunton's strong 1st pair. Will's level in the final stages of the set was inspiring and they both kept their nerve to see the set out in front of a large crowd of pupils.

A great start to the season and like all other sports on Saturday, a pleasure to see competition and enjoyment once again.

Pair of the week: Will Pickard/Max Richards

2nd - W 9-0

The 2nd VI tennis team had a very comfortable win over Taunton School, 9-0. The boys have trained really well since our return and our level of consistency for this stage of the season was very telling. We did not relax at all during the sets, which can often be the case and made sure standards were high throughout. Tougher tests will come but a great start.

A great start to the season and like all other sports on Saturday, a pleasure to see competition and enjoyment once again.

Pair of the week: Ed Loveridge/ Will Hobden

16As - W 8-1

Rohan Samra & James Harvey: 6/2(W), 2/6(L), 6/0(W)
Tristan Fulton & Henry Wittram: 6/1(W), 6/2(W), 6/1(W)
Felix Synnott & Alex Cochrane: 6/2(W), 6/4(W), 6/2(W)

After a long year, it was fantastic to be finally out playing a fixture on a beautiful sunny day and what a performance from all the boys! They have had minimal-to-zero tennis over the last year and a half, but they really impressed with their attitude and confidence over the afternoon, taking a solid 8-1 victory.

We have plenty to work on over the coming weeks, especially net play, seconds serves and playing under pressure, but it was just great to be back on court!

Although all the boys performed admirably, the pair of the week has to go to Tristan and Henry. Their communication, effort and improvement across the matches was really impressive to see; especially the marathon final rally to clinch the match against their top pair!

Athletics

The athletes are working hard, experimenting with different events, and looking forward to starting fixtures when England Athletics allows, after May 17th. Our first fixture is away at Dauntsey's on Saturday 22nd May. Highlights this week have seen the long jumpers completing mini competitions, with Emily Vance jumping a pleasing distance 4m80m, Evelyn Young is looking dangerous with the discus, Isaac Ameyaw flew over the high jump bar during the Shell session, and it is excellent seeing the focus and determination of U6th Charlie Bird, as he follows a gruelling training schedule. All are looking forward to a few days rest over exeat.

Yeovil Spring Fields Festival – Saturday 24th April

Lower Sixth athlete Rhys Allen took part in the throws events at Yeovil over the weekend enabling him to get some early measures under his belt ahead of possible representative selection later in the term. His bests of 48.02m in the Discus and 14.56m in the Shot Put moved him to 2nd and 4th in those events in the current national U20 rankings. Both measurements are also new Canford School records! Well done Rhys and we look forward to seeing even more over the course of the season.

Cricket v King’s Taunton – Saturday 24th April

1st XI - Canford 301-5, King’s 296-9

The first Canford fixture for thirteen months and the first cricket fixture in almost two years turned out to be well worth waiting for. We won the toss and batted, amassing an impressive 301-5 (45 overs) based on a brilliant 108 from captain Tom Prest and a resilient 100 from vice-captain James Barker. King’s attacked the total impressively and were always up with the run rate until a spectacular catch from Harrison Hill (with the setting sun in his eyes) broke a key partnership. Their in-form batter then injured his knee on 92, and his runner was immediately run out, but still King’s attacked our bowling, finally finishing on 296-9, with Milind Khashu bowling a superb final over at the death to see us over the line (and finish with 3 for 34 off 6). I doubt we’ll play in a better match this season.

2nd XI

Canford: 214-6 (25 overs) Miles Quick 61*, Charlie Anstee 41, Jack Pocock 34

King’s: 163-9 (25 overs) Aman Iftikhar 3-24, Ozzy Berridge 2-8

We’ve waited over 13 months for a school fixture, and the Canford 2nd XI celebrated the return to competition in style, with a thumping 61 run win over King’s Taunton. It was a triumph in positive cricket with the bat, and canny cricket with the ball.

Put into bat, Charlie Anstee and Monty Hooker got us off to a strong start with a 58 run partnership in the first 8 overs. Charlie was in particularly good form, and was clearly frustrated to have been given out lbw on 41 when he thought he hit it. The batters kept the positive attitude going, despite several falling to ‘Micky’ who made some fine grabs fielding in the deep when the Canford lads tried to go big. At 98-5 there was danger of a collapse, but Miles Quick and Jack Pocock steadied the ship before turning up the heat, adding 104 in 10 overs. Miles hit 4 big sixes on his way to 61 not out off only 38 balls.

King’s needed a quick start to have any chance of a successful chase, and thanks to tidy bowling from the Canford seamers, they started behind the required rate and fell further and further off the pace as the innings progressed. This was in large part due to Ben Parkin’s opening spell (going at 3 an over) and also to his astute captaincy, protecting the boundaries so that King’s never got any momentum. Pick of the bowlers was Aman Iftikhar who has a knack of forcing batsmen into big shots they regret – they miss and he hits. Well done lads.

3rd XI

An arduous journey to Taunton awaited the gents of the 3rd XI, in what was the majority of the team’s first competitive cricket fixture in well over 18 months. Despite this hiatus, and losing the toss and being sent to bowl, the boys applied themselves well in the field. Despite early wickets from Van der Flier and Hilton, King’s started their innings at quite a lick. Some economical bowling from Bingham and Vessey steadied the ship somewhat, with King’s finishing on 186/9 off their 30 overs.

In response; an early wicket sent Joel Bibby to the crease, he planted his first ball into the trees for 6, and the fireworks continued from there on in. Some brilliant, bullish batting saw him reach 50 off just 13 balls. However, all good things must end eventually, and this show was brought to an end by a great catch on the boundary.

Surely, thought the onlooking spectator, Bibby’s brilliance would inspire the rest of the team to get over the line, and make the bus journey worth it. Instead, a lower order capitulation ensued, even a resilient 34 from Hilton wasn’t enough to get the gents over line - losing by just 18 runs.

Onwards and upwards to Milton Abbey.

U15As

Canford 197 for 6 (25 overs) King’s Taunton 199 for 5 (25 overs)

This was the team’s very first cricket fixture for Canford and what a cracker it turned out to be! Clever punishment of the poor ball from Will Fountain (45), impressive hitting from Sam Martin (81) and switched on batting with regard running between the wickets and manipulating the bowling from Dill Howell (39 not out from 24 balls) saw Canford post a hugely impressive 197 for 6 from their 25 overs; a great batting performance.

Unfortunately Canford were a little rusty with the ball and this combined with some difficult bounces in the field and good Taunton batting saw the visitors bounce along at close to this large required rate. A skilful set of 5 overs for 28 from off-spinner Kit Blomfield and great catches from Jimmy Johnson, Sam Reeve and particularly San Martin gave Canford the edge going into the last 7 or so overs. With 38 required off 4, the hosts seemed like favourites but to their credit the Taunton batters held their nerve and hit the winning runs off the very last ball. One that got away maybe but so many positives and excitement to take away from the match. A good team vibe was head up well by captain Eddie Jack who bowled with some real pace too.

U15Bs

A beautiful sunny day with clear skies and a bit of a breeze; and the pitch looked inviting (although it didn’t always play that way!!! Or did the batsmen just not read the vagaries of the surface quite right?). And the sheer joy of being back out on the greensward. What bliss …

With both sides having a spare, we decided to involve everyone in a twelve-a-side game. With King’s late arrival, we were reduced to 25 overs per team, but this proved to be enough.

King’s won the toss and elected to have a bowl, so our brave lads began to strap on the Kevlar and other external accoutrements.

Nine lads made it to the wicket for an opportunity to ‘swing the willow’, and no one embarrassed themselves with the solitary, circular number. Some even looked quite effective. Janaway S (Slugger, to his friends) – with 20 runs to his name - hits the ball very hard, but I am not sure that his shots are from any coaching manual I have ever seen. Kiff T (with 26 in the book) looked a rather more cultured player and coped well, opening against what we must assume were their premier bowlers. However, pride of place goes to Sub-Lieutenant Janaway F (a batter with some finesse) who kept his left elbow commendably high to accumulate 36 before being gratuitously run out by … (no names, no pack drill). So overall we scored 125 off the bat; throw in the outstanding performance of 62 Not Out by Mr E X Tras (35 of which were wides), and our 25 overs brought us a solid 187 for 8. A reasonable, but not always match-winning score on the (diminutive) MT ground.

Then it was our turn to show our skills with the ball in hand.

King’s should be mighty grateful to their opener, who lasted the full 25 overs, finishing on 42 not out. He was the only one of their batsmen who really coped, or even applied themselves to the job in hand. This was partly due to some early-season rustiness but also, if truth be told, down to some very tidy bowling on our part. Freeman L looked very impressive, finding his line and length very early, and his three overs cost a parsimonious 4 runs. Ashby-Rudd Z was also tidy. However, the wickets (apart form the inevitable calamitous run outs) were largely down to Keen A and Firth M, who bagged three apiece. The former had one caught behind (a snick that was heard in Broadstone), one bowled and one LBW; so he must have been bowling straight – devastating at 15B level. The latter had a catch in the covers and two bowled; although his modus operandi was, again, less than coaching-manual-ista. I wonder if he might satisfy the purists a bit more if he pitched the ball nearer to the batsmen’s feet than his own at least twice an over? Still, the scorebook never lies.

So with the full 25 overs used, our opponents managed 84 runs; 60 off the bat and 18 of those from ‘the other’ eleven batsmen combined. EX tras once again contributing well with 24. A win for the home team by just over the ton of runs.

A final mention in despatches for Sub-Lt Janaway. He carried the cares of authority and responsibility with aplomb, moving the game along nicely and making sure everyone went home with something to brag about. So, selfless management skills in evidence there. He passes the baton on to the next skipper, but with the bar set very high.

As far as this sea-dog is concerned, the squadron has set sail; we have conducted ourselves effectively and victoriously in our first skirmish and we await our next trial-by-combat against whomsoever the dastardly French pit against us.

14As

King’s 194-7 Canford 157-7

The long awaited first match was against a strong King’s side.

Harry Serjeant won the toss and elected to field. We started with the spin of Tom B and medium pacer Anton C. It quickly became apparent that it would be 1 or 4 on a quick outfield but we stuck at it and although very nervous we settled down and began to show some consistency with the ball. Tom finished with figures of 2-24 off his 5 and kept the pressure on. Overall we used 10 bowlers and a score of 194 for 7 off 25 overs was not extreme on a ground of its size.

Starting the chase against 2 excellent fast bowlers we lost George G in the 2nd over to a fast short ball at head height that caused a stirring of fear through our lower order. However we showed grit, determination and a real effort to see the 3 county seamers off and then things became slightly easier. Will V and Charlie P showed they have the ability to stick around and supported a dogged Harry S who played watchfully and worked the ball in to gaps to finish 39no. Xander B played a positive innings of 35 off 25 balls in a partnership of 59 with Harry but in the end we fell short by 37 runs.

HOMEWORK:

The ability to bowl 6 consistent deliveries per over will allow us to control the game more and create the pressure to force poor shot selection. Bowlers knowing how to set their own fields will make our captains life much easier and allow us to “go in with a plan”.

3 run outs in the match showed lack of awareness and the ability to back up when looking to run. We also need to get in line more, especially on the back foot.

Our fielding was excellent in places but we also tend to drift from position and occasionally switch off.

Saying all this we showed exceptional spirit against a side that would be the toughest game off the season. We laughed lots and came away with a few bruises!

I thoroughly look forward to the season and giving every member of the squad the opportunity to reach full potential.

Rugby

The girls progressed to a couple of variations of passing backward games this week, the aim was to transfer the catch-pass skills and working off the ball into a more traditional rugby context. They took to it well and we look forward to progressing on these themes for the next few weeks.

Lacrosse v Bournemouth Town – Sunday 25th April

Canford (5) v Bournemouth Town Lacrosse Club (7)

Thanks to the grounds staff who put down an out of season lacrosse pitch in the middle of the athletics track and post-lockdown Sports Policy, the Canford lacrosse players have at last had the opportunity to play an "external" match this year.

Those available were all Upper Sixth who all seemed rather weary on first turning up on Sunday, having just finished their first mini tests the day before. However, balls need chasing and players need marking and so within seconds of the first whistle going - the Canfordians had become the super-charged competitors they always are and took an early lead with a well placed goal from captain, Georgie Litchfield. The defence core of Sophie Hussey, Emily Walster and Laura Driver were tested in this quarter by a Bournemouth team who had most of the possession but good communication and co-ordination on opponent switching meant it was 1-1 after the first 15 minutes.

The next two quarters remained tight although Canford found it hard to keep the Bournemouth key player away from the crease and she kept the visitors ahead. Frances Fleming was back in goal and her game awareness and some timely deflections helped ensure that BTLC were just one goal ahead going into the final quarter.

Despite some great midfield runs by Sydney Brown and Nory Warner, and shots from Nadia Lees and Imi Parker, Canford couldn't quite close the gap however and BTLC ended up 2 goals ahead at the final whistle.

Post-match analysis: "When can we play a rematch?"

(all being well, Wednesday June 9th 5.30pm)

Canford Sports Department – Team of the Week

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