24 Sep 2021
Christmas Term 2021 - Sports Report Week 3

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Christmas Term 2021 - Week 3 Sports Report

Hockey v Marlborough College, King Edward VI, Southampton and Clayesmore

The 1st XI opened their Tier 1 League campaign with a resounding 4-1 win away from home versus a decent Marlborough College side. In searing heat, we proved the fitter unit throughout, scoring early through a well taken corner rebound by Lulu Thompson. Marlborough levelled ten minutes later, but Bell Hunter re-established our lead with a neat backhand finish. The third goal after the break by Honoré Cutler gave us some breathing space before Hunter added her second and the team’s fourth after a flowing team move. Dom Hudson was excellent in defence and the midfield worked tirelessly. We followed this on Saturday with another convincing display at home to KES Southampton. The ball was moved at pace, especially in the second half, whilst goals were again the order of the day with a 7-0 scoreline reflecting our dominance. Bella Hunter netted a brace again, as did Flora Lingafelter in only her second game at this level. Others on the scoresheet were Cutler, who was impressive throughout, Captain Alicia Hudson and Charlie Whitmore. The defensive unit controlled proceedings well, allowing our creativity going forwards to show. (MDC)

A sunny Thursday afternoon at Clayesmore saw the 2nd XI up against a well drilled 1st team. The pressure during the first five minutes of the game seemed to be quite a shock, as it took us the whole half to shake off the 30 minute bus drive! Luckily the legendary half time talk made a positive impact and we were a different team: moving the ball more positively and using the pitch space more intelligently. We had a few chances but could not finish off the goals. Strong defence from Hattie Wade helped glue the defensive line together and Phoebe Peters stepped up nicely in the midfield; the game opening up nicely up in front of her. Jorgia Holtby played a blinder in goal and kept the score to 2-0 down. More to work on and the girls showed a lot of determination. Valuable lessons also learned en route! (RHJH/AGF)

The 14Cs faced Clayesmore 14Bs this week. Despite some nerves the girls stepped onto the pitch excited and well prepared after some skill based training sessions. Our team worked hard in defence intercepting lots of Clayesmore passes. Martha Fehrenbacher showed particular strength in our back four, clearing the ball out to the wing excellently. Ella Gildert and Eva De Niro showed good skill and potential moving the ball up the pitch. Unfortunately, Clayesmore scored a late first half goal which we could not respond to in the second half. We are looking forward to further developing our skills and building strong team bonds throughout the remainder of the season. (ZLF/BS)

On Saturday, following training sessions for those teams not playing matches, and with the weather more appropriate to sunbathing, the challenge was always going to be to maintain the physical battle.

Nevertheless, the 3rd XI beat KES 2nd XI 3-2. Having gone a goal down mid-way through the first half Alex Smith stuck back with a beautiful looking shot to the top right corner. Canford then took the lead only for our opponents to strike back for 2-2. As the game wore on KES looked the fitter of the two teams, but a well taken goal by Sky Pilkington secured a pleasing victory. Player of the match was Jorgia Holtby who had a very active afternoon as goalkeeper. (RMBS)

The 4th XI lost a 0-2 to the KES U16Bs in a competitive match on a lovely sunny day. KES proved to be the more organized side with a ferocious press that put our defence and midfield on the back foot from the off. Goalless at half time showed the resilience of the centre backs (Charlotte Gibbons and Sarah Norris). Other good performances came from Alice Herbert at right back and Annabel Seabrook at left back playing out of their comfortable positions. (CHJ)

After a strong start last weekend, the 15As were excited to go once more in the glorious sunshine. With KES having a strong squad, they started strongly, going three goals up within the first 20 minutes, despite strong some defensive efforts of Suzy Cribb. Canford then pushed forward in the second half, Megan Mowbray breaking down the right-hand side on numerous occasions, however we couldn’t quite get the ball in the back of the net and conceded two quick goals at the end. Final score: 0-5. Thank you for the fantastic support once again. (CJK/WW).

The U15Bs had a fantastic game on Saturday winning 2-1. After last week's narrow loss and training hard all week it was great to see two brilliant goals scored by Lucy Vrettos and Millie Martin. The determination and work ethic, particularly in the heat, was great to see amongst everyone and the positivity within the team shone throughout. Special mention to Lottie Heyman for her vision throughout the pitch, passing the ball well and leading to some great opportunities at goal. Lots of positives to take from the game and more to work on but well done girls, I look forward to Saturday's game!

The 14As started nervously in their second game of the season against a strong KES Southampton side, that had won their previous fixture 9-0. In the first away day of the season, an apprehensive first half saw few chances created for either side, but after a great solo goal from Daisy Timberlake, and assured defending from the Canford backline, the girls went into half time 1-0 up. After the break, the girls only grew in confidence, and after great work from Captain Poppy White, Canford went 2-0 up early on. This second goal settled all nerves, and the final 20 minutes were nothing but Canford pressure with chances galore, as Georgia Kenny grabbed a deserved goal to seal the win. Whilst every single girl in the squad deserves credit for their part in the win, special mention should go to Delilah Rees, as her Player of the Match performance in defence shut down any KES attack, instilled confidence in her teammates around her, and allowed the Canford attackers to work their magic going forward. (JDH)

An epic 3-3 draw for the mighty 14Bs away at KES. Seven minutes into the game Tilly Brewer scored a cracking goal. Wonderful to see the team's confidence sore after taking the lead. KES took a while to bring the score even, but before the half time whistle, the team were drawing 1-1. Half time was a welcome break to take on water and hide from the sun in the cool shade of the dug-out. The key action points were reinforced, which were, maintain structure and pace of ball. With a loud and proud roar of CANFORD, the Bs took to the second half ready for business. Five minutes into the half Rose Saunderson slotted the ball past the goalie to take a 2-1 lead. KES were not giving up and quickly pulled it back to a 2-2 draw, then took a 2-3 lead. The Bs demonstrated their grit and determination by working their socks off and twenty minutes into the half Tess Byng scored with a fine finish to draw 3-3. A strong team performance. Special mentions to Anna Landale for her work ethic, Cecily Sarson for her drives down the left wing and Izzy Keeley for demonstrating true team spirit by accompanying the team when injured just so she could support and cheer (I hope she still has a voice). (NXW/IW)

This week sees the 16As open their Tier 1 National Cup account at home v King’s Bruton, as well as a new block fixture against Seaford College on Saturday.

Rugby v Portsmouth GS, Taunton School and Bryanston

A hybrid Canford 1st and 2nd XV took to HP on a glorious afternoon perfect for fast flowing champagne rugby against a potentially weak opposition. When Mark Kosgei strolled over through a porous PGS defensive line after only 3 minutes, it looked like we might get a cricket score to go with the cricket weather.

However, PGS, to their credit did not roll over, and had a period of possession and territory which gave Canford some defensive work to do. The home team held out, but learnt that they needed to be better organised and more aggressive in setting up their defensive patterns, as well as maintaining discipline to keep the penalty count down. The pressure was relieved after 20 minutes, when Fin Raworth picked up his first try of the afternoon, finding some space down the right after a series of narrow carries eventually left PGS short of numbers.

Canford were learning that increasing width and pace on the ball was bringing them joy, and they nearly scored the try of the game. A well-executed line out on their own 10m line, off the top, brilliant service from Monty Hooker, and well-worked move in midfield with good hands from Felix Synott and Jack Robinson, put Max Paget into the corner, but he lost it forward close to the line. However, the try came almost immediately with Fin crashing over from a set play off a resulting scrum. There was time for Mark to get his second of the day before half time, supporting Fin as he came metres away from his hattrick, foiled by an outstanding cover tackle.

The scoring continued early in the 2nd half, with Fin again tearing through the midfield, stepping left and right, before offloading for Max to dot down just left of the posts. However, the floodgates still did not fully open, and it wasn’t until 25 minutes had gone that Charlie Hallam scored a try that his strong carrying all day deserved. A mazy Millind Khashu run from right to left took play deep into the 22, before Charlie was on hand to receive the pass from Oscar Feingold, who then followed up with a conversion from the corner.

Much to the supporters’ delight, Luke Zamoyski-Freitag made a cameo appearance on the wing, and Oscar sent them into raptures by denying himself the chance to score by popping into Zamo’s grateful hands. From this point, Canford became a little sloppy, and PGS got reward for not giving up by scoring under the posts from an intercept as we sought to run out of our 22. Rory Smith picked up Canford’s last try, crashing over from close quarters, but PGS had the last word, scoring in the right-hand corner to close the game and take the gloss off Canford’s victory. In fairness, this reflects both the PGS effort and spirit, but also work to be done by the lads in keeping up the pace and intensity they want to play at for the full 80 minutes.

The 15 boys who were selected to take the 2 hour trip down to Taunton as a 3rd XV were delighted to actually get the opportunity to actually play a fixture. With a squad of 12 forwards and 3 backs, we always going to be up against it. That said, all were willing to step in and play where they had been asked to.

Unfortunately, the game not as it was originally advertised and Taunton were a strong well organised unit. That said the Canford boys bravely stepped up to the mark, and if nothing else grew stronger defensively as the game progressed. I am proud to say that our makeshift lines were difficult to break down, and it wasn’t until we got to 5th and 6th phase broken play that Taunton begun to make inroads and get themselves. The hard grounds also took their toll, with 2 players unfortunately getting concussed, so the game was played as 13 a side in the second half (many thanks to Taunton for doing that). The day’s highlights for me were Canford’s resilience to keep going and to simply learn and continue to get stuck in. So much so, that our best patch of play in the day was in the closing minutes of the game allowing our Captain courageous James Ashurst power over, after multiple phases of play to score the final try of the game.

After a very productive ‘competitive training’ session against Sherborne last week the U16s were primed and ready for their first ‘proper’ game of the season against PGS. The enthusiasm and energy was paramount from the first whistle, however it was clear to see that both sides were still a little out of practice after the Covid-enforced hiatus. A plethora of penalties and infringements from both teams dominated the opening portion of the game. Eventually, PGS broke the deadlock with the first try of the game. The Canford contingent responded in admirable fashion with a spectacular try from Scrum-half Will Fountain. This was converted by Ed Timberlake, who was sublime off the tee for the remainder of the afternoon. With the ship significantly steadied, Canford started to take the upper hand towards the end of the first half with two more tries from Eddie Jack and Fountain.

Canford were met in the second half by some PGS resistance, seeing them concede another couple of tries. However, this didn’t prove to be enough. The U16s were now stringing phases together and keeping possession of the ball for long swathes of the game, which ultimately led to more tries. The forwards now got in on the action with Hopwood and Sam Janaway trundling over the line carrying numerous PGS players with them. Raw power. Finally, in the last moments of the game, Eddie Jack got over for a brace with a cunning interception. Followed by the elusive Finn Janaway, who came on to the pitch for a short cameo at the end, and managed to secure himself a try after a characteristic bulldozing run.

The game ended up 43-21 in Canford’s favour and highlighted the talent and potential that is possessed across the whole U16s squad. A strong start of season display, albeit an unpolished performance.

A palpable sense of anticipation and excitement pervaded across Canford rugby pitches on Saturday as the season began in earnest with Portsmouth Grammar providing welcome opposition for the U16Bs.

Seldom than not, September weather is more associated with cricket than rugby and this weekend did not disappoint, with the bright conditions overhead matching a brisk, entertaining start to proceedings on the pitch. Whilst Portsmouth Grammar enjoyed large swathes of possession in the early exchanges, resolute Canford defence, with Messrs Stear, Samra and Symes to the fore, ensured that forays into the home side’s 22 were rare. It took 12 minutes for the Canford boys to mount an attack of any real menace, but they did so with devastating effect; Sam Reeve was a constant threat all afternoon and he scored the first of his two tries with a trademark burst which saw him outstrip the PGS cover to score close to the posts. For good measure, he converted his own try.

Momentum is so often critical in sport, and this early try seemed to ‘remove the shackles’ from the home team; Canford scored three further first half tries through Arthur Toosey, Reeves with his second and Kit Blomfield, with significant ‘assists’ from Theo Snell and Johnny Walster for two of these.

The second period began where the first left off, with replacement scrum half Will Fountain, scoring twice in as many minutes, the second from a well-timed interception deep in the PGS half.

The home side were now dominant in all phases of play and Blomfield completed his hat trick before Porstmouth GS grabbed 2 well deserved consolation scores before the end, the home side now playing with 13 men.

The ‘coup de grace’ was provided by Henry Stear, who converted the home team’s final try with a neatly judged drop kick right on the final whistle!

Overall, this was a very competent display by a Canford side that worked exceptionally hard in defence and ultimately reaped the rewards with several excellent team tries; it certainly augurs well for a successful and enjoyable term.

The U15As headed off to Portsmouth Grammar School for their first rugby match playing for Canford, despite it being their second year! The match started quickly and was the first taste of full contact rugby the team had experienced since U13 rugby. No doubt a shock to the system and by half time the team were trailing 0-15. But after half time the team rallied, started playing with a bit of structure and managed to string a few more phases together, resulting in two tries, the first to Xan Brookes and the second to Jasper Bowley. The final score 10-15 to PGS. The team learnt an awful lot from this experience, coming on leaps and bounds. Special mentions go to Tom Barratt, who had to work hard to clean up ball at scrum half but succeeded in providing good service. Tom Fox-Pitt really took the game to PGS, with some big carries and some crunching tackles and Xan Brookes, whose move to flanker, provided him more opportunities with the ball, helping the team get back on the front foot.

The U14As got off to a fantastic start in their Canford rugby careers, picking up a 25-10 away win at Portsmouth Grammar School. An aggressive defence met by a deadly attack saw this young Canford side set down a marker for the season to come. Seb Rowland showed off his attacking flair, flinging the ball across the pitch, while also demonstrating a tenacious defence. Felix Lock controlled the game outstandingly at fly half in attack while Ralph Boldt and Raffi Organ looked like they had been playing in the centres together for years. Ralph’s elite playmaking matched by Raffi’s awesome finishing suggests a lot of potential for this duo. Finally, Archie Lapin captained the side, leading beyond his years exemplified by him sweeping the changing rooms after the match to make sure all the kit was intact. The standout try’s saw Raffi Organ dance his way over the line for a glorious virtuoso try and a beautiful team worked try that saw the players move the ball side to side before Herbert Cutler latched on to Organ’s grubber to touch down. A lot of optimism surrounds this young side although there is still much room to improve for them to reach their full potential.

The U14Bs travelled to PGS for their first competitive match in two years. The conditions were perfect, clear skies, warm sea breeze and dry lush grass under boot. Whilst we were playing uncontested scrums, due to a lack of preparation time, the rest of the match was as it should be and it was a delight to see two teams front up after a such a long, Covid induced, hiatus. The opening physical encounters were cagey, as to be expected, but soon both teams found their feet. PGS took the early lead with some strong direct running that managed to punch through our defensive line. This gave the PGS team some confidence, and soon enough all their big players were pressing for weaknesses in our line. Whilst we did let in a few more tries, we did remarkably well to limit them to three before we managed to get some points on the board, courtesy of Isaac Kendall who showed the PGS boys that we too had some strong runners. Lawrence Al Hariri also came to the fore once given some space to run, managing to break three or four tackles to run in a try. Alas we lost the first half fairly heavily, so we set ourselves the target of winning the second. We managed to achieve this for 80% of the second half, but lost our shape, as the lack of fitness took its toll and the second half was drawn. PGS were the stronger side on the day and deserved to win. However, we demonstrated that we have considerable potential, many play makers and impact runners. When we learn to deploy our players effectively, we will cause future opposition a fair few problems. Special mention to Harry Pilkington who led from the front and caused quite a few problems for the opposition out wide, and Sam Armstrong and Rhodri Whitehead who put in some thumping tackles.

Lacrosse v Bournemouth Town Lacrosse Club

The lacrosse squad has welcomed a new raft of complete beginners from the fifth form upwards and they are making great progress as they learn the basic skills and are already looking at game play. Charlotte Kersey and Serena Chen's early efforts and achievements have been particularly impressive.

Our more experienced cohort are relishing being back on the pitch and had their first taste of external competition since March 2020 last Saturday when we hosted Bournemouth Town Lacrosse Club. The visiting team were considerably more experienced and it was good to see two top OCs, Georgina Litchfield and Laura Driver, playing although unfortunately old loyalties did not seem to affect them too much! Canford therefore had their work cut out and lost 12-4 but they used the match as a good learning experience.

As we have not yet been able to identify a permanent goal keeper, credit goes to volunteers Ana Quieros, Amber Herrington, Nia Edwards and Adaya Brandon for keeping goal for a quarter. Ana and Nia were also key players up the field on Saturday - with Nia putting in some great interceptions in her first match ever. Freya Coughlan's intuitive defensive skills also helped dig Canford out of trouble a few times while attacking drives from Tabby Fuery and Jessie Shuttleworth enabled us to make our mark on the scoreboard. There is a lot to work on - this was the first external match for over half the squad - but having had a taste of hard competition I think the focus on improving and learning is all the keener.

Football v Sherborne

The mighty Oaks kicked off the season with a tricky away fixture. The first half was pretty even with good midfield passing and our pace up front causing the hosts problems. We went behind to a penalty in the tenth minute, but drew level when Sam Jefferies smashed home from 5yds after a long throw was flicked on.

Unfortunately after the break, the fact that Sherborne’s squad have been together for a couple of seasons shone through, and with four goals directly from set pieces (not helped by poor Canford tracking), it gave the scoreline a somewhat flattering slant.

You either win or learn, and this team will improve rapidly with settled coaching sessions.

NB - the boys were complimented on their usual positive and polite attitude by Sherborne staff, so well done fellas…

Cross Country

This week the cross country team took advantage of the warmer weather and took to the beach to practice running on the sand, which will be needed for our XC fixture at Sandbanks in November. On Saturday we tackled some hills off road surfaces at the heath.


The golf team are looking forward to their first fixture of the season. On Thursday, we play our first round HMC Foursomes against Sherborne, who have knocked us out in recent years. Sadly Charlotte Brook is unavailable, but for a pretty good reason as she is playing in the Welsh Ladies Open Stroke Play Championship, so the team of 6 will be spear headed by new Fourth former Leo Vorobyev.

Congratulations also to 4th Former Suzy Cribb who has been selected for the England Golf Regional Squad (U18 South West).

I hope that after watching the Ryder Cup this weekend, more of you will be incentivised to come and see me to get a tag for your bag and use the superb facility we have.


Congratulations to Dan Coupe who has been selected for the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) kitefoiling youth 'pathway to the podium'. Kitefoiling is a discipline which is being introduced to the Sailing programme at the 2024 Paris Olympics and the RYA are providing a training programme which will run for the rest of the year. Dan is one of six to be selected for the programme from the South of England

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

Shell Rugby

Shell Activities – Yoga/Girls’ Cricket

1st XV Rugby v PGS

U18 Lacrosse v Bournemouth Town

1st XI Hockey v KES

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