17 Sep 2021
Christmas Term 2021 - Sports Report Week 2

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Christmas Term 2021 - Week 2 Sports Report

Hockey

Last Saturday saw the return of block fixtures on the hockey turfs for our girls’ teams, with Sherborne Girls our visitors. The sun was shining and it proved to be a great spectacle for all concerned.

Despite delayed starts due to Sherborne’s late arrival, it was worth the wait with the 1st XI kicking off proceedings with a comprehensive 5-0 victory. The ball was moved with purpose and the defensive team structure in unison as numerous goalscoring chances were created. Captain Alicia Hudson dominated the middle of the pitch and scored a fine solo effort, Lulu Thompson was dangerous on the right in the first half, whilst forwards Maya Doubleday and Bella Hunter continued their decent pre-season form with a brace of goals each. All members of the squad contributed effectively in what was a productive and progressive overall team display. (MDC)

The 2nds followed with some free flowing hockey, establishing a 2-0 half time lead. Both goals were well taken by player of the match Flora Lingafelter, whose composure in possession and constant threat drove the team forwards. Chloe Markham was solid defensively and Isla Knatchbull effective at half back, whilst Phoebe Peters was full of running in midfield. Fatigue set in during the second half, with Sherborne halving the deficit, but we held on for a pleasing 2-1 win. (AGF/RHJH)

An excellent afternoon’s training game for the 3rd XI, despite a 2-3 reverse. With a squad of 16 we played 3 x 20 minutes with each player enjoying two thirds. As the game went on we became increasingly dynamic and focused on getting the ball forward at pace. Both our goals were neatly constructed and well taken affairs and we were unlucky to concede two deflections at our end which ended up in the net. An excellent start and great to get back out there. (RMBS)

It was all square for the 4th XI at 2-2. Goals from Freya Brash and Lucy Stephenson. Good performances from Emily De Veulle at right half, Melissa Smith on her debut up front and Amelie Kearns in the midfield. Defence were excellent in patches, including great saves from Ruby Anand in goal. A very enjoyable first match and lovely to have support from Canford parents on the side. (CHJ)

The U15As were excited to play their first hockey match for Canford, starting positively, leading to two quick goals from Bea Woodward and Eliza Miller after good pressure from our forwards. The pressure continued with Freya Barrington winning the ball back high up the pitch on numerous occasions, allowing Bea and Eliza to score once more. A successful afternoon and a 4-0 win is a great start to the season for the girls. (CJK/WW)

The 15Bs had an exciting first game to start off their Canford Hockey career. Sherborne started strong dominating the first quarter but Isla Young and Verity Warner quickly started to form a formidable back defence, keeping them from any shooting opportunities. As momentum gained and the team started to work to each other's strengths, there were some great opportunities made. Fran Hensher was solid in the midfield, with some brilliant defence and lovely vision at the attacking end. Unfortunately, Sherborne sneaked through, scoring a late goal in the first half which we weren't able to reply to. We look forward to building on this throughout the rest of the season. (RAC/CB)

Unfortunately the 15Cs game was cancelled at the eleventh hour by SGS due to their lack of numbers.

The 14As started well, with a fantastic strike from Poppy White from the top of the D settling any nerves, and upon this, a goal from Jessica Taylor put us 2-0 ahead at half time. In the second half, constant pressure from the Canford forward line brought about four more goals. Two brilliant solo goals were scored by Poppy White to secure a hat-trick, a team move was finished off by Emily von Schirnding, and a second of the game was added by Jessica Taylor after great work from Georgia King down the wing. Whilst credit must be given to every single girl in the squad for their efforts and the execution of their roles, special applause should go to Connie Mowat for her intelligence in reading the game, Daisy Timberlake for her persistent presence and excellence in her defending duties, and Penelope Dirou for excellent link up play in midfield. (JDH)

It was wonderful to see the 14Bs wearing their Canford shirts with pride. We couldn't be more proud of the team’s determination, sportsmanship and endeavour. The game was evenly matched, resulting in a fair 0-0 draw. Special mention to Clementine Watts who had a great game in goal and, Jenna Wilson and Poppy Machray who were voted by the opposition as Players of the Match. (NXW)

The 14Cs showed that they were a team from the beginning. They helped each other through the 40 minutes and united when the pressure was in their D. The girls’ positive attitude showed that this team will keep growing and developing and that they won’t give up without a fight. Kurumi was player of the match; her determination was recognized by the other team, but it was clear to see that the girls were supportive of each other, and we look forward to seeing what they will achieve as the term goes on. (BS/ZLF)

This week sees a couple of matches versus Clayesmore, whilst the 1st XI open their U18 Tier 1 league campaign away at Marlborough, before a block fixture with KES Southampton on Saturday.

Rugby

Week one saw us partake in a mixture of return to rugby activities against Sherborne and Wimborne RFC at our U14-U18 age groups. Depending on the age group and participation in pre-season training the contact levels and game progressions were differentiated to suit.

The U18s’ first run out on Higher Park for over 18 months provided very competitive game time for all. It was exciting to see boys playing together and there was plenty of good rugby on display. Canford had good success moving the ball into the 13 channels and when ball speed was kept high it certainly kept Sherborne under pressure. There were some good scramble defence moments but the experience highlighted some defensive organization frailties as well, that once we put right will make us difficult to score against. I was impressed with our Lower Sixth effort across the board, particularly with those playing in unfamiliar positions. Tom Peacock did a good job as playmaker for his team combining with James Ashurst and Charlie Hallam carried well for his team as did Rory Smith and Jo Bland.

Whilst the template for Saturday afternoon was very much one of a ‘training game’, it nevertheless provided an opportunity for the U16 squad to put into practice some of the basic structure worked on in this first week back at school and indeed, for many of those involved, the week before at a very successful pre-season camp.

As expected, Sherborne provided stiff opposition as well as an excellent early benchmark for this exciting and talented U16s squad; the early portents are exceptionally positive and the potential is significant. Understandable rustiness in all areas contributed to a largely fragmented, if frenetic, first period with both teams finding it difficult to break down well organised defences. A ‘relaxation’ of the tackle/contact rule, and hence a game which more resembled actual rugby, was warmly welcomed - particularly by the home team! Messrs Janaway (x2!), Burnell, Johnson and Ashby-Rudd carried strongly, contributing significantly in the loose and following one dynamic incursion into the line on the Sherborne 22, Finn Janaway scorched away to score Canford U16s first try of the season. This was met with understandable jubilation - both on the pitch and touchline!

Confidence duly soared in the Canford ranks and it wasn’t long before George Burnell added a second try with a characteristically athletic burst down the right touchline, comfortably outstripping a tiring Sherborne defence.

The backs were not to be outdone, with half backs Will Fountain and Ed Schuster-Bruce orchestrating things at half back while Tom Kiff posed a constant threat in the wider channels. Arguably the try of the game soon followed and was scored following sustained pressure in the Sherborne half. Neat interplay in midfield between Eddie Jack and Luca Freeman resulted in the latter racing clear to score in the corner and put the seal on an impressive Canford performance. A consolation Sherborne try late on did little to dampen the home side’s spirits.

This was a most encouraging start to the term and, above all, a shared feeling of sheer relief and excitement at merely getting out onto a rugby pitch again! The U16 squad this year combines robust, physical ball carriers with some exceptional footballers outside; welcome traits which will undoubtedly serve us well as the season progresses.

Athletics

Fourth former Meg Mowbray represented Dorset in the South-East Athletics Association Inter Counties Competition in Oxford last weekend. An excellent performance saw her win the U15 Triple Jump with a mark of 10.28m, just below her personal best.

Football

Firstly – and most importantly – it was great to see both Oaks and Acorns return to competitive fixtures! It’s been a while since they’ve been able to nutmeg people from other schools (or be nutmegged, for that matter).

Though having a fixture on the very first session of the year might seem foolhardy (which it was, logistically speaking, trying to pick a team after a blitz trial session, etc), it was also just the tonic after the long hiatus. And boy did the chaps embrace it. They all played with verve and vigour, and there were also some moments of expressive football out there.

The Acorns played heroically – for 70 minutes. There was skill, hunger and joy on display, but then the fatigue set in. With 1-1 seeming to be the deserved result, tired legs and some uncharacteristic errors saw the game end 1-6. Game management – oh, and maybe fitness – is what we’ll have to work on there.

The Oaks played a strong Winchester 2nd team and in the opening passages it looked as if the opposition would play us off the field. However, the Oaks adjusted impressively and took over, dominating from the 15th minute till the end. A win would perhaps have been the deserved outcome, but a soft penalty awarded by the ref (yours truly) meant that Winchester equalised and a 2-2 draw was the end result.

We cannot wait to get a few practice sessions in and see what this amazing crop of players can do in the weeks to come.

Cross Country

The cross country team started off with a 1 mile time trial this week to test out the legs after the summer. The athletes looked fresh and posted some good times after the gap in speed and endurance work. On Saturday the team ran over to the Castleman trailway where we did an off road out and back run to get some miles in the legs.

OC’s

It has been a busy period for some of our Old Canfordians (OC’s) as they continue to explore the world of sport beyond Canford.

Hannah Sherborne recently completed the Ironman in France (2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike and 26.2 mile run) and was the first placed female in the 18-24 year old category. She also finished 4th female overall and 54th out of a field of 2500, an amazing achievement.

Tom Prest continues to excel in his cricketing exploits. He heads this weekend to Edgbaston as part of the Hampshire squad for the T20 Blast Finals day in front of 25,000 spectators. This come off the back of his recent debut for England U19 in their One Day series against the West Indies U19, which included captaining the side.

Felix Organ, whilst not in the T20 Blast squad, has been a regular in the Hampshire Cricket County Championship side that currently sit top of the table with 1 match to go next week. His performances have been excellent included match winning efforts with bat and ball last week against previous leaders Nottinghamshire.

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.

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