08 Oct 2021
Christmas Term 2021 - Sports Report Week 5

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Christmas Term 2021 - Week 5 Sports Report

Golf – HMC Singles

Tuesday saw the HMC Singles competition at the Berkshire Golf Club which featured three Canford pupils against some of the best golf schools across the UK.

Suzy Cribb and Charlotte Brook took part in the girls’ event with Charlotte finishing 2nd overall and the pair finishing 3rd in the team event behind Millfield and Wellington College.

Fourth former Leo Vorobyev took part in the boys’ event and finished a very good 4th place individually.

Charlotte and Leo‘s combined scores were then pulled together for the Mixed Team event which saw the team win the competition and push Millfield into 2nd place.

A great day for the Golf Team and huge congratulations to all involved

Hockey v Clifton College, Clayesmore and Ballard

In atrocious weather conditions more akin with the monsoon season, our Canford teams battled bravely last week in matches against Clifton College, Clayesmore and Ballard.

The 1st XI hosted Clifton on Tuesday in the second of our Tier 1 U18 England Hockey league fixtures. Having lost 1-5 during preseason, the team was keen to give a better account of themselves and show their improvement over the past month. The first twenty minutes were superb, as we moved the ball accurately and quickly through the lines and created a number of good scoring chances. Flora Lingafelter reacted quickest in the D to give us a deserved lead halfway through the first period. Clifton drew level with a straight strike from a penalty corner, but we regrouped and scored twice in as many minutes towards the end of the half as Maya Doubleday bagged both with tidy finishes after excellent approach work from Georgie Boon and Honoré Cutler. Moments before the break, a freakish goal reduced the deficit to one as we led an entertaining game 3-2 at the midpoint. More filthy weather rained down in the second half but we kept playing positively and created more opportunities to score. However, Clifton equalised through a penalty stroke, before stealing possession and counter-attacking to take a 4-3 lead. We had several more great chances to gain a much deserved point in our league campaign, but the Clifton GK was in inspired form, repelling our best efforts as they held on for a narrow win. Despite the defeat the girls showed excellent resilience, determination and quality under pressure and we can take those moments forwards for the rest of the season. (MDC)

An extraordinary game for the 2nd XI vs Ballard 16As saw the girls play some of their best hockey to date but ending up coming second in a 1-0 defeat! Our passing and game awareness took play to a new level and possession and territory was consistently in our favour – we just could not finish! This was nail bitingly tense and frustrating, yet strangely entertaining to watch. I lost count of how many goal scoring opportunities there were and the fluid patterns of play that got us there. So, not through lack of effort we learn something; sometimes you’re going to get a curve ball game! The girls were impressive in their patience and determination; powerful performances from Elle Mowbray and Hattie Wade helping to maintain a high standard across the pitch. (RHJH/AGF)

The 3rd XI drew 2-2 with Clayesmore 2nds, as the game began with probably the best goal I have ever seen at 3rd XI level. Fourteen high quality passes without Clayesmore touching the ball finished off with a beautifully taken goal by Louisa Borneman. The Feisty Clayesmore team who played with determined physicality were soon fighting back and Jorgia Holtby made some sterling saves in goal before they levelled things after 15 minutes. Canford went ahead again with a strong run by Lucy Rodgerson to close the first half ahead. However, Clayesmore deserved their equaliser after concerted pressure in the second half. A good result by 11 heroic girls. Well done. (RMBS)

A thriller of a game saw Canford’s 5th XI take on Clayesmore’s 3rd XI, with the final result a resounding 6-2 win to Canford. Freya Brash and Erin Bruce both scored a brace. Clara Doubleday and Louisa A’Barrow also scored goals. Despite the poor weather the quality of hockey made up for it. This involved some lovely passing, and using the space down the right hand channel of the pitch, but also transferring the ball across the pitch when needed. Holly Janaway fully deserved the best player selection by the opposition at right half – covering all of the pitch and winning plenty of turnover balls and then looking to distribute into the right areas. Georgie Baillieu was a real handful up front as were the other forwards. Lara Witter and Olivia Joll did a great job breaking down any counter attacks playing just in front of the back three. Well done to Fran Baillieu making some excellent saves in goal which kept Canford comfortably in the lead throughout the match. Well done all. (CHJ)

The 15As were excited for their first midweek fixture away v Ballard 16Bs, despite the consistent downpours. From the off it was clear to see that we were stronger than our opponents with Eliza Miller lashing the ball into the goal from the top of the D. The goals continued to flow with Bella King (x3), Bea Woodward (x2) and Eliza (x5), all getting on the scoresheet. Canford stuck to their game plan throughout the game, passing the ball well around the back and using the width time and again, which was key in our new formation. Final score: 10-0. Well done to all on a good first few weeks of the term, 3 wins out of 4 is a good return for your first term of hockey so far!! (CJK/WW).

The U15Bs had a tough match against Clayesmore 15As on Thursday, losing 0-2. We started off strong with a few leading breaks and some smart hockey played with Molly Rodber and Verity Warner offering some great support from the back. Isla Young, starting her first game in the midfield, had a vital role leading to many turnovers and producing some great passes to the forwards. One of these breaks included Lottie Heyman having a great shot on goal which was saved very well by the opposing keeper. It was very tough conditions with all players competing with the heavy rain and wind but everyone fought on. Clayesmore scored two goals from a couple of nice breaks which unfortunately we weren't able to pull back. The team kept fighting until the last few minutes with some great attacking plays from Lucy Vrettos and Jess Coughlan Davies which was great to see. The competitiveness and all-round work ethic from this squad is fantastic, great attitudes displayed by all. Keep working hard everyone! Still things to build on and an exciting fixture list ahead of us. Well done all involved! (RAC/CDB)

Neither the horizontal rain nor Clayesmore's U15Bs proved a match for the Canford U15Cs. From the first whistle to the final whistle Canford dominated and Captain Hettie Lloyd led her team to a resounding 7-1 victory. Special mention must go to Harriet Doherty for her hat-trick, all achieved in the first half, in addition to Maddy Brown and Sophia Smith's double goals. Paige, Melisa and Cara did a sterling job driving the ball up the line and Serena proved an excellent channel honing in on the D. Nothing was getting past the Canford defence and the trio of Millie, Hettie and Amelia proved absolutely formidable, stopping every Clayesmore ball in its tracks and sweeping it clear to Izzy, Noemi and Georgia who made run after run up the field, skilfully weaving through her opponents. Goalie Sophie White was ready at every turn, anticipating shots on goal and accurately sending them flying. This was a truly great team performance with each and every member contributing above and beyond and it was Sophia Smith who walked away with the star player award. (NEI/IW)

Lovely for the 14Bs to play our first match under the floodlights, although the weather made it challenging . Thirty seconds into the match Anna Landale drove down the right wing, did a fantastic cross into Tess Byng, who slotted it into the goal. This was textbook play and shocked the Clayesmore 14A team, who found themselves 1-0 down. Clayesmore came straight back, levelling the score at 1-1. Wonderful to hear the Canford team encouraging and cheering each other, a special mention must go to Izzy Keeley, who, fingers crossed will be back on sport next week. After half time our defence found it difficult to clear the ball on our 16's, which put them under a lot of pressure. This will be an area of focus in next week's training sessions. The score line resulted in a 1-4 loss, but it is good to point out that we were playing against Clayesmore's A squad.

This week sees the 14A team play their Tier 1 County final v Bryanston, as a well as a block fixture v Millfield on Saturday. Also, there is a special testimonial/exhibition match on Sunday 10th October, which sees the current 1st XI girls play against ‘Rossi’s All Stars’ – a combination of former captains and 1st XI players from 2016 to last year’s leavers. This game is to mark and honour the significant contribution made to Canford Hockey by Patrick Rossiter – an inspiration and mentor to so many girls over the last 33 years. All support is welcome – the game starts at 1pm.

Rugby v Poole GS

To paraphrase Sir Winston Churchill, ‘continuous effort is the key to unlocking our potential’. Whilst wet and blustery overhead conditions somewhat mitigated against free-flowing rugby in our local derby against Poole Grammar, the undiminished effort levels from both sets of players ensured a most entertaining afternoon on the Southmeads pitch for the Colts (U16s).

The visitors were first to strike, their impressive Bath PDG centre, a threat throughout, scything through from half-way to score beneath the posts. This proved a wake-up call for the Canford lads as the defensive line - both in terms of speed and connectivity – showed signs of much needed improvement. Indeed, the home side’s first try came directly from such defensive pressure when Frederick Bowater opportunistically intercepted and galloped in from the PGS 10 metre line.

Poole Grammar’s three quarters then took a stranglehold on proceedings with 3 quick tries as they ruthlessly exposed some lapses in the home side’s fringe defence around the breakdown. Still early in the Season and work to be done!

Wholesale changes for the second period saw a completely different Canford 15 take the field and with it a notable shift in the match momentum. Firstly, Tom Kiff rounded off some fine handling down the blindside, before the consistently impressive young centre turned provider returning the restart to within 5 metres of the try line before overloading to his ever present, hardworking centre partner Jimmy Johnson, who dotted down.

The teams then traded tries with Sam Reeve finishing off a well worked team effort in response to a powerful score from the Poole Grammar number 8.

Further deterioration in the weather only seemed to galvanise the home side as both running lines and handling, if anything, improved as the conditions worsened! Some first-class interplay from backs and forwards resulted in the exceptionally dynamic Finn Janaway racing away to score followed by a brace from the industrious second-row, Tom Hopwood.

By this stage in proceedings, Mr Warde’s (Ed: by the way, excellent officiating throughout!) now saturated referee’s jersey weighed about 3 times that when the match kicked off but his unstinting resolve remained undiminished - the same of which could not really be applied to a now beleaguered Poole Gramma defence. Appropriately, the ever-willing Kiff delivered the final blow with another length of the field team try which illustrated many of the strengths of this impressive young Canford outfit. Focus now turns to next week’s cup match against Bishop Wordsworth as the season really begins to take shape.

While billed as an U15Bs match, Canford’s U15As took on Poole Grammar School this afternoon on a wind and rain swept Upper Tadmores. The match was played to support two teams still working their way into the season, having not had many matches. With this in mind, the match was played in quarters, allowing input from coaches on both sides and for Canford to trial a number of different combinations. Canford started brightly, with the first score of the match going to Freddie Warrack. But Poole Grammar bounced back quickly, levelling the match. Both teams played some good rugby and the score continued to run very closely, with Sam Webb going over for a try, but with Poole coming back again, the score at half time 12-19 to the visitors. Through the game there was some excellent work across the park, with notable carries from Isaac Hung, Anton Cox and Jasper Bowley. Xan Brookes and James Hatherley made some cracking tackles and were a menace in the break down and Tom Barrett helped keep tempo and the game moving forward. The second half saw tries from Isaac Ameyaw, finishing off a good bit of backs work and some hard running from Woody Woods and Charlie Pallot, who managed a diving try, picking up off the back of a ruck and taking his chance. The last 5 minutes saw Canford camped in Poole Grammar’s 22, but sadly not managing to turn this into points, the final score 24-28 to Poole Grammar. Man of the match, Woody Woods. While the boys will feel that this was an opportunity missed, the standard of rugby came on leaps and bounds through the game and sets the team up well for its National Cup match against Bishops Wordsworth on the 07 Oct.

Canford U14s hosted Poole Grammar for a set of conditioned games. Canford fielded two mixed teams for it with teams alternating each quarter. The first quarter saw the teams play touch, two quarters of grab (light contact) and then an extended quarter of contact which both teams played in. The Canford players made some good use of space and looked to attack from pretty much everywhere on the pitch and got themselves into good positions to score points but couldn’t quite find that final pass. Poole Grammar School also played some fantastic rugby and came away with six tries to Canford’s two. The Canford players showed tremendous effort and, on another day, could have scored a few more. The U14s continue to show a lot of promise with Lawrence and Freddie Jackson the standout players. However, as always, there is still room for improvement but that only makes this team’s ceiling that more exciting.

Cross Country

The team were put through their paces around MJ last week with some timed intervals followed by a run to the Sang on Thursday, practicing slightly longer tempo runs in preparation for their first fixture in a couple of weeks time.

Squash v Sherborne and Real Tennis v Radley

Squash vs. Sherborne

Will Timberlake beat Marcus Bray: 3-0

Ethan Bikhazi-Green beat Sam Farmborough: 3-0
Jake McMillan beat Tom Ke: 3-1
Will Pickard beat Charlie Gatti: 3-0
Louis Potts beat Jack Cleland: 3-1
Jake Holtby lost to Charlie Gatti: 1-3

Final Result: Canford 5 - Sherborne 1

A solid 5-1 victory against an always tough Sherborne side. The boys racket skills and tactical awareness are improving with each training session and match they play - I'm excited to see their progress by the end of term. Will T, Ethan and Will P all performed very strongly and comfortably won their games, but I was impressed to see the fightback of Jake and Louis, who narrowly lost their first games but came back strongly to win 3-1. Also well done to Jake after being called in last minute for an admirable performance!

Real tennis match vs. Radley

1. Albert Blackburn beat A.Garson (Owe 15 - Love): 6/2

2. Will Fountain lost to Hugo Acheson-G (Owe 15 - Love): 0/6

3. Arthur Toosey beat Rory Acheson-G: 6/1

Blackburn/Fountain lost to Garson/H.Acheson: 5/6

Blackburn/Toosey beat Garson/R.Acheson: 6/3

Fountain/Toosey lost to R & H Acheson: 2/6

Final Result: Canford 3 - Radley 3

It was fantastic to see a Real tennis fixture against Radley after such a long break. We have a new league format for school matches this year with three singles and three doubles matches played across four schools (The Oratory, Radley and Wellington). The Canford team got out of the blocks fast, with Albert and Arthur winning the opening singles matches. Will was dashing across from a rugby fixture and never quite got settled but appreciate him stepping up for the game. The doubles was close with it all hinging on the Arthur and Will game which went right to the wire at 5/5, 40-40; unfortunately it wasn't to be and the final result was a commendable 3-3 draw. Well done boys!

In other news it has been great to see three Wimborne girls having their introductory real tennis / squash session on Monday; all seemed to really enjoy it, especially the squash!

Will Fountain is one of our up and coming real tennis players and is having the unique experience of seeing the life of a real tennis Professional this term. He will make balls, learn to string a racket and get lots of court time - he had his first go at tying the inside of a ball with mixed results!

We are now running our new Wednesday and Friday Club sessions with 4th Form on a Wednesday at 4.45pm and all other years on a Friday at 4.30pm.

Coming up we have an away squash match away at Clayesmore this Thursday - always a close one!


This past week our boys had their first 2K test of the season, showing promise with a full house of personal best times.

Intermediate and development girls also tested over 1Ks Sienna Valdez, Valarie Roberts, Molly Hindell, and 2Ks Toby Durham, Charlie Shepherd getting their first erg test under their belts and displaying potential for the seasons ahead.

Notable progress has been seen in the gym in both athleticism and approach to training.

As a club we are looking forward to getting back out on the race course at Totnes Autumn Head next weekend for our first head race of the season.

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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