01 Oct 2021
Christmas Term 2021 - Sports Report Week 4

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Christmas Term 2021 - Week 4 Sports Report

Hockey v King’s Bruton, Seaford College

Last Saturday saw a newly established block fixture vs Seaford College. The senior teams travelled away, whilst the U15 age group played at home. All U14 matches were unfortunately cancelled at home due to Covid cases in the U14 Seaford age group.

Prior to that, on Thursday, the 16As started their England Hockey Tier 1 Cup journey against King’s Bruton. With a mixture of U15 and U16s, we were full of energy and set a high press, winning the ball well high up the pitch. However we conceded halfway through the first half to a well executed deflection. We came out firing in the second half, with Chloe Markham scoring from a short corner, Canford then continued to pile on the pressure. Despite the girls’ best efforts to score, we ended up conceding two late goals. We now go into the plate competition where we face Bryanston in the next round. (CJK/WW).

The 1st team continued their impressive development individually and collectively, playing some expansive and fast paced attacking hockey, whilst moving the ball across the pitch and creating a number of excellent goal scoring opportunities. Four goals in each half led to a comprehensive 8-0 victory. Georgie Boon, Alicia Hudson and Honoré Cutler dominated in midfield, with all of them on the scoresheet. Bella Hunter scored another brace to take her season tally to 10, whilst Maya Doubleday and Flora Lingafelter completed the scoring. (MDC)

A beautiful sunny afternoon and smiles on the faces of a happy 2nd XI! A well-deserved 2-0 win as many of the final Covid cobwebs were dusted off and the team played with improved vision and more efficient use of space. We pressured the opposition territory and had plenty of opportunities. Goals came from an improvised short corner manoeuvre finished by Elle Mowbray and the second also by Elle from open play slapped into the bottom corner. The team spirit is building and the confident passing hitting more of their intended targets. Hattie Wade continues to be a pivotal rock in defence and tenacious performances from Tiva Kent, Mia White, Evie Young and Imi Marley all helped lift the game. Actually come to think of it, they all ran their socks off! Well done. (RHJH/AGF)

The 3rd XI had a narrow 0-1 loss in a very well balanced match, which Canford were a little unlucky to lose. Canford looked the stronger on the ball for parts of the game, but were unable to convert their shots on goal, unlike Seaford who were able to convert their first foray into the Canford D. Canford never looked like giving up - winning a second short corner in the final few seconds creating yet another opportunity to equalise. Credit should go to the Seaford GK for keeping a clean sheet. Strong performances came from Izzy Heffner at right back for winning lots of turn overs and controlling their right forward, Canford’s best attacked often came though Louisa Borneman at right half and Bella Rose was the pick of the forwards. (CHJ)

The 15A girls had a good warm up and were ready to avenge last week’s defeat. Canford were on the front foot throughout the game, moving the ball well down the right, allowing Grace Cecil-Wright to use her pace to create countless chances. Once Grace had scored one herself, we continued to pile on the pressure and ended up winning 4-0. Well done to the girls on a much improved performance! (CJK/WW).

The 15Bs had a flying start to their match against Seaford this Saturday. Some brilliant hockey was played by all and it was great to see the effort and intensity from training reflected in the game. It was a great demonstration of teamwork and determination, winning the match 4-2 with Hester Child scoring two goals and Lucy Vrettos and Millie Martin scoring the others. Special mention to Isla Young who changed positions and dominated the midfield. Well done to everyone involved! (RAC/CDB)

A debut match for the 15Cs and the team’s first hockey match representing Canford. The first half showed some good examples of discipline, most notably in the defence led by Hettie Lloyd. Josie Corn and Millie Gardiner were also a superstars in the defence, with very little getting past. The team went into half time 0-0. The valiant effort continued with some lovely play being displayed by Cara Coulson, Harriet Doherty and Lucy Wiggins but unfortunately Seaford managed to break through, scoring four quick goals. There was a close chance for Serena Gow to score, however Seaford’s defence was unbeaten. The match finished 4-0 to Seaford, with them voting Izzy Balasubramaniam and India Benamor (GK) as MVPs.

This week sees various fixtures taking place, before the chance to recharge batteries over the exeat weekend.

Rugby v Bryanston


A much more balanced and competitive game of rugby than the final score line suggested. Canford had to work hard in the first half to see a points reward. The first fifteen minutes of the game saw Canford putting pressure on Bryanston, keeping the ball near to the try line but not managing to find a space to carry it over. Bryanston were resistant at the rucks but once again Canford’s tackling was strong and so Bryanston struggled to make any gains. Despite the territorial control, Bryanston were the first to score with a full length pitch run from their nippy number 15. Once again keen to show pride, the ‘mighty Bs’ came back with heads held high. Harry Taylor made a quick break, making it 5-5 by half-time.

The second half saw Canford being tested for adaptability. With a brave Will Vessey and Tom Camilleri having to sit out after a knock, Woody Woods stood in as scrum-half with Harry Taylor moving into the centres. The team played together with an excellent work rate from some key individuals: James Hatherley, George Guirdham, James Dornan and Jack Bartholomew. Archie Jones showed great captaincy with relentlessly rucking, tackling and communicating. A succession of late tries came for the Bs as Woody and Max Mackenzie shifted the ball through the hands to find the much needed space and score. The moment of the match has to go to the ‘dog rover ball’ in which the forwards scored from the line out. Excellent team work from a trained set piece.

Next week we look to work on our kicking game and how to commit the right number to a ruck. Training details aside, it is wonderful to see a team with such pride and support of each other on the pitch.

Overall in the rugby programme we look forward this week to fixtures v Poole GS in the U14, U15 and U16 age groups.

Netball v Churcher’s College and Marlborough College

1st VII

With this being the first competitive netball match since March 2020 there was a big buzz around the netball court.

The Canford girls started brilliantly, Mia White’s change of direction and drives to circle edge to feed the circle were fundamental to our fast start. With the shooting circle being dominant from the first whistle we put down a solid early lead of 17-1. Daisy Brown was phenomenal at the front and gained herself POM for her fantastic shooting and providing numerous goal opportunities. Throughout the court we were making turnovers and the pressure from Lauren Corn, Esther Browning, Alicia Hudson and Honoré Cutler hassled Churcher’s to force errors and created opportunities for Canford. The team went out and stayed out as an entire team and the ethos that this team created is something they should be proud of. A fantastic first match for the 1st VII who have set their bar high as a squad. We are looking forward to the next round.


The U15A's first game of the season was against Marlborough College in round 1 of the National Cup. This was the girls first fixture representing Canford since joining, despite it being their second year. We started well, attack working well together despite tough defence. Sophia Smith forcing Marlborough passes over the backline. The first quarter was low scoring, finishing 7-5 Canford. Layla Stannah played a great first half bringing the ball down the court well and making impressive interceptions. The first half finished 16-11 Canford. Suzy Cribb and Katie Clarke started the second half, Katie scoring some great long-distance shots at GA. The defence worked hard in the third quarter only conceding 1 goal, with Molly Rodber making some great interceptions. The team had settled with strong connections helping the flow of play, allowing them to pull ahead. Their competitive spirit drove them through the final quarter, Eliza Miller showed great versatility at GK. The final score finished 36-16 Canford. Bea Woodward was awarded POM at GS with high shooting percentages and a good hold in the D. Well done to both teams!

Lacrosse v Marlborough College

Canford 1st Team v Marlborough College 3rds Win 8-6

A bit like the weather on Tuesday, the match had some blustery spells with some gusty drives from our attack but also a few damp patches in defence. Ana Queiros was again key to our tally on the scoreboard, accompanied by Evie Johnstone whose weaving through the Marlborough defence was quick and decisive. Amber Herrington was a strong presence in the midfield while Freya Coughlan and Nia Edwards made the Marlborough team work hard for their goals.


Canford Boat Club Time Trial

With around 45 pupils engaged in sculling this term we thought it would be nice to “mix and match” teaming up boy with girl and sharing a single scull (that’s a one-person boat using two oars)

The idea being while one person is racing downstream the other runs to support and helps steer and hopefully encourages. At the end 1200 metres the pair swap over and start again. Each person races twice and are timed both collectively and individually. As one would expect everyone had a great time worked well together.

Our fastest girl Eliana Covell completed the course in 5’:03’’ and 5’:10’’

Oli Stuart was our fastest boy and was also Eliana’s partner clocking 4’:39’’ and 4’:42’’.

Jackson Kennett missing a partner did more than his fair share by racing an extra lap. Nice one!

Our new girls, of which there are six and new into the school, have also been getting stuck in and making great gains in sculling and are looking better and better week on week.

We look forward to another TT on the 9th October where parents are invited to view and join us for afternoon tea.

Football v Clayesmore

Football can be a cruel mistress. Despite all the passion, the effort and the skill, luck can sometimes be the deciding factor.

Facing Clayesmore away, the Oaks were keen to show their mettle after a disappointing Sherborne performance. After a tentative start, our footballers took control and pressed forward in wave after wave. Alas, the final ball either bounced too near the goalie or whizzed past the posts. Then, in their first attack on our goal, a counter, Clayesmore scored. The chaps dusted themselves off admirably and equalised through a fine Sam Jefferson finish, and we went into half time with the scores level.

In the second half, the Oaks were even more dominant, playing virtually the entirety of it in the oppositions final third. Crosses and corners were delivered into the box, inches from our attacking heads, legs and occasionally knees. Clayesmore defended heroically, though, and somehow – how? – managed to sucker punch their Canfordian counterparts with two balls over the top to their rapid striker. Still, the Oaks fought back and brought the score to 3-3 after the majestic Arian Akrami Ronaldoed the equaliser. And again we pressed forward, chasing that winning goal. And again a punt from defence caught us out, leading to a penalty – and the decisive goal.

The result stings, still, but the performance doesn’t: the boys played excellent football and never let their heads drop. In fact, the ref – with decades of league experience – commended the Oaks on their superb attitude and how they played with exemplary spirit. So, we’ll drop the defensive line a yard or two next time and continue to work to improve; the results will follow.

Though the whole team played well, special mention goes to Arian, Sam and Chris Lichfield, who all looked like they belong in exalted footballing company.

Cross Country

Last week’s cross country saw the runners head to the trails near Badbury Rings on Thursday, where they completed an undulating 5km run. Jamie Barrington and Thomas Sparkhall had great runs and Abi Crossley lead in the girls. On Saturday, the team ran out to cannon hill plantation and took on some steep hills, practicing both running up and down hill at speed.

Golf v Sherborne

After being knocked out of the HMC Foursomes by Sherborne in the last 2 years, the golf team were looking to get some revenge. The previous matches were away but this year we had home course advantage. However their golf programme has exploded in recent years with over 60 boys opting for golf this term, compared with our fewer than 10.

With Charlotte Brook playing in the Welsh Ladies Open (where she finished very credibly in the top 20), we had a third pair who were always going to struggle against two much lower handicap golfers. Ed Martch and Finlay Craigen battled hard but lost 6&5.

Our second pairing of Felix Wigley and Suzy Cribb (both 7 handicappers) had a ding-dong battle against their opponents. Neither pair got more than a few holes up and with 2 holes to play Canford were 1 hole up. Felix and Suzy then closed the game out by halving both 17 and 18 so won their match.

With the match score at 1-1, it was down to the top pairing of Leo Vorobyev and Joss Ransom-Esposti (both new to the school). Again this match was nip and tuck and the match was all square after 18; so they had to play extra holes. Sadly Joss hit his approach to the 1st just over the back of the green, and then couldn’t find the ball in the 3mins allowed to search for it, so lost by 1 hole.

Our next match is the ISGA Matchplay which is a singles event and a team of 3. If we beat Ryde School we then have a chance to get our revenge on Sherborne in that competition.

Photos ready to view and download from Canford Media

Girls’ U15B Hockey v Clayesmore

Netball U15A v Marlborough

Shell Carousel Week 1 – CCF/Rowing

1st Golf v Sherborne

U16 Rugby v Winton/Glenmoor Academy

U16 Rugby v Winton – 2nd set

Girls’ U16A Hockey v King’s Bruton

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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