26 Nov 2021
Christmas Term 2021 - Sports Report Week 11

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Christmas Term 2021 - Week 11 Sports Report

Rugby v Seaford College

1st XV vs Seaford College (A)

Score 6-19

Penalty: Gill x2

POTM Fergus van der Flier

The 1st XV made a good fist of correcting the blip in performance from the previous outing at Blundell’s. The side faced a large and physical Seaford team who played very direct and made good use of the driving maul. Whilst the boys found edges to attack out wide when we moved the ball, we struggled to maintain continuity as Seaford contested our possession at the ruck on wide breakdowns and we conceded several penalties in our own half which allowed them to dominate field position and build pressure. We looked threatening when we were able to spend time in the opposition half but Seaford did a good job of limiting our opportunities to do this. As the game went on the pressure via the volume of large contacts we were asked to make began to take its toll and Seaford built momentum through their hard running centre and the rolling maul from lineouts. The pressure applied caused us to jump out in defence on a couple of occasions but in one key moment that gave Seaford the opportunity to score the decisive try and seal the victory. Fergus van der Flier wins player of the match for his bustling display in open play, his work rate scrambling in defence was immense, Jack Janaway had another muscularly strong game and James Barker must be commended for filling in on the wing in the absence of Seb Gallego and Max Paget. The big 2nd row had a quieter game on the wing than when he moved to centre for part of the Bryanston game but his selflessness to play out of position should be applauded.

2nd XV vs Seaford (A)

Score: L 3-12

Penalty: Tom Peacock

POTM: Jack Robinson

Special Mentions: Tom Amy, Tom Windsor, Sam Lukaitis, Ollie Glen

The 2nd XV can hold their heads up high, despite the result, showing great resilience to keep the scoreline respectable, when on other occasions the floodgates might have opened. Seaford were well organised, and defended with impressive line speed, giving Canford very few chances to get in behind or round the outside, so scoring opportunities were few and far between. However, Canford’s defence on the day was also impressive (particularly in the 2nd half which was drawn 0-0). Given that, the two tries Seaford scored were fairly soft. The first came from a kick through that wasn’t dealt with, resulting in a scrum 5, which led to a penalty five out, which was tapped quickly, and the try was scored before the defenders could set themselves up quickly enough. The second came when Canford were a man down, and were caught napping around the fringes, with their pacy scrum half breaking clear and finding numbers down the left hand side.

However, Canford upped their intensity, particularly in the last stages of the first half and throughout the second. Tom Amy captained the side well, both in word and deed, Sam Lukaitis had his best game of the season, in the line out and in the loose, and Tom Windsor tackled everything that moved. In the backs, Jack Robinson was impressive, both in his kicking game and defensive duties, whilst Ollie Glen fielded kicks well, often beating the first man in his counter attacks. There were very few clear opportunities for Canford to score, with field position being lost just when it looked like we might get an opening, so it was a fair result on the day. However, huge credit to the boys for never giving up and for playing with pride and for each other all the way to the final whistle.

Canford U16A vs Seaford

It was set to be another stern challenge this weekend with Seaford visiting and bringing with them a fine reputation. It was apparent from the opening exchanges that both sides were well matched and that it would be a nail-biter for the duration of the match. However, Canford gained the driving seat initially after some sustained defensive pressure led to an intercept that eventually resulted in Canford being held up in Seaford’s try area. Timberlake used one of his probing kicks to put Canford back deep in enemy lines, which kept the pressure building. Finally, the Seaford defence succumbed to the relentless attack and the Canford skipper, Johnson, crossed the whitewash. Timberlake added the extras. As expected, Seaford responded with a sustained period of attacking pressure themselves, which resulted in Canford conceding numerous penalties and ultimately leaking a pick and go score. Seaford could not add the extras (7-5). The remainder of the first half was made up of various back and forth exchanges with each team dominating sections of the play, although Seaford had the last say in the first half with a try coming from a charged-down kick. The extras were added this time (7-12).

The second half continued to be hard-fought throughout and there was little room for error from either team. Canford, desperately throwing everything they had at the Seaford defence, managed to dot down once more to tie the score – Sam Janaway gets the plaudits after countless phases and a superb ‘team try’. Unfortunately, it wasn’t to be again for the Canford 16s. Seaford fought back and scored a try late on out wide to take the victory (12-17).

Yet again a valiant effort from the Canford 16s who still have their sights set on winning the County cup.

Canford U14A vs Seaford

The U14As travelled away to Seaford on Saturday in what was an outstanding contest between two attacking sides. Canford started well, with an immediate linebreak when Ralph Boldt played Bertie Aspinall down the wing into space, however Seaford scrambled back well to deny a try. Seaford then came back however Canford’s impressive line speed knocked the Petworth school back until a fantastic jinxing run by the 13 and Seaford were in for the first score of the game. However, Canford would reply shortly after, Seb Rowland’s kicking game putting Canford in the right areas of the pitch combined with the defence led to a scrum to Canford on the five-meter line. Seb sniped right off the back of the scrum to dot down and level the score. Seaford showed their own character though and came fighting right back and after some defiant defence from Canford, Seaford mauled over the line. With halftime approaching Canford pressed for an equaliser. With a scrum on halfway, Canford went to play one of their strike moves but a just off target pass and wrong bounce of the ball saw Seaford latch on and go half the pitch to lead 15-5 at the break.

Canford responded excellently in the second half with Ben Jack carrying aggressively and proving himself to be near impossible to bring down. However, Seaford would find another try against the run of play to lead 20-5 with 15 minutes left to play. The character of these Canford U14 players cannot be underestimated though. With ten minutes left, the boys would get themselves back in the game, Bertie Aspinall making a break down the wing and showing electric pace to touch down. The boys sprinted back to halfway believing a comeback was imminent. Shortly after, Raffi Organ made an incredible interception and touched down under posts. 20-15 with five minutes to play. Canford pushed for a late equaliser but could not break down the Seaford defence. An outstanding game of rugby where Canford can feel unlucky not to come away victorious or even a draw. However, the performance was one to be proud of and the team can build on with a match with Sherborne and the County Cup Final still to play.

Canford U14Bs vs Seaford

Date: 20/11/21

Score: 25-15

The Canford U14Bs travelled over two hours to play a very well organised Seaford college. The boys started well however did not have much possession of the ball putting Canford on the back foot, going 15-0 down just before half time. Keeping us in the game Oscar Ingarfield made an outstanding run scoring his first try of the match, starting the second half 15-5. With a little momentum the boys know knew they would have to put in a shift and work harder if they wanted to win, despite having to play uphill. The boys had a better performance in the second half managing to retain more of the ball and keeping Seaford in their half, but still unable to bring some of the strong runners from Seaford down resulting in them scoring two more tires. Although the result at the end of the game was not on Canford’s side the boys ended the match playing well and delivering a proud performance. Man of the match given to Oscar Ingarfield for his outstanding performance scoring 3 tries and making an amazing try saving tackle, making the result 25-15 to Seaford.

Seaford U14C 40 – Canford U14C 10

A much-depleted squad of shells boarded the bus for the long journey to Seaford. With so many boys absent due to illness (and apparently immovable commitments) we relied upon the generosity of our hosts to field a full side. Blessed with over 60 boys keen to play competitive contact rugby, Seaford kindly loaned us some quality players who were a real asset to Canford. However, that was where their generosity ended. Aggressive, direct running and good handling skills enabled the home side to score a number of tries and, despite some sensitive refereeing, a tendency to panic under pressure meant Canford often surrendered possession rather easily.

The match was not without its positives though, not least the much-improved tackling by Canford's back line (especially Wakely Ives) and continued attacking stemming from Jack Godden. His efforts eventually secured a try and, having also demonstrated lion-hearted bravery in defence, earned him a well-deserved man of the match award.

Hockey – U18 County Indoor Finals and House Hockey

On Tuesday 16th November the U18 boys’ indoor team contested the Dorset County Finals. Close games were the order of the day, with Canford salvaging a 2-2 draw with Bryanston in the tournament opener, before a narrow 2-1 victory over Clayesmore. The final match resulted in a 1-1 draw v Sherborne, meaning Sherborne finished as winners and Canford as runners up. Both teams progress to the Regional Finals on Sunday 5th December. Monty Hooker was the player of the day, scoring in every game, whilst Rohan Samra was outstanding in defence. (MDC)

The Senior inter-House Hockey was a great event on Saturday 20th November, played in excellent and competitive spirits. Fantastic house themed paint and outfits on display summed up the fun had by all. Competitive group fixtures led to the semi-finals which were played between de Lacy and Beaufort and Wimborne and a Salisbury/Lancaster combo lead to the grand finale.

The final was a belter, with Beaufort racing into a 2-0 lead before HT. However a stellar comeback was mounted by Wimborne, which saw some flair and determination, leading to them smashing in 4 quick goals, now leading lead 4-2. Beaufort managed to pull a goal back to set up a tense final minute or so, but Wimborne held out to finish 4-3 victors.

The Shells also contested an internal Super Sevens with mixed teams in a round robin event being appreciated by all.

Well done to all the girls for making it an excellent afternoon. (MDC)

Rowing – Avon County Autumn Head

On Saturday we were blessed with flat water and mild weather (idyllic for rowing). It was great to have all the rowing squads from the club together, racing and building team spirit.

In the first division Canford raced in Open coxed fours, Julian Newell, Hector Courtney, Charlie Shepherd, Ed Porter coxed by Leo Burnet on the short course. (1500 metres). The 1st and 2nd girls’ eights and our boys’ 1st eight raced the long course. (3250 metres)

The boys’ development coxed four had visibly made huge strides since they raced at Totnes earlier in the season.

The girls’ 2nd eight had an impressive debut and a fantastic first racing experience and well done to, Sophia Whelan, Indiana Lukaitis, Valerie Roberts, Mia Ulyett, Sienna Valdez, Lili Robertson, Hanna Neill, Abbie Gollings, Cox Agatha Zhao.

The boys’ 1st eight had a slightly unsettled start but then hit their stride and started to gain on the other crews ahead of them, with 400 metres from the finish line the steering cable snapped but the boys remained focused and cox Flynn McMillan got them safely across the line.

The girls’ 1st eight had steering issues on the course with Christchurch rowing club through the bridge and a tight bend and ended up running into the bank and stopped racing unable to get a time.

All the rowers and coxes were well and safe and had learnt from their experiences and this proved pivotal as they faced a similar scenario in the second division.

Imy Woodcock kept her crew focused and negotiated the racecourse seamlessly, leading them to victory in Junior Eights. Brilliant! Jess West, Elianna Covell, Hester Mugford, Agnes Brooke, India Herrington, Martha Warren-Barratt, Joanna Way, Buzz Borneman, coxed by Imy (Woody) Woodcock.

The boys’ development coxed 4+ raced again but this time on the long course along with the two girl’s development coxed fours on the short course another great effort from Annabel Kersey, Indiana Lukaitis, Valerie Roberts Jasmine De La Haye, cox Mia Ulyett and Abbie Gollings, Hanna Neill, Lili Robertson, Sienna Valdez and coxed by Agatha Zhao.

All the Canford crews put in good performance most importantly they were all having a fabulous time doing so.

Between divisions, parents had hot soup and hotdogs and lots of goodies!

Dan was a superstar and quickly repaired both the girls’ eight and the steering on the boys’ eight, with

thanks to Mike Smith for helping with spares from Monkton school.

All together it was a wonderful day had by rowers, coxswains, proud coaches, and lovely supportive parents.

Netball – Dorset County U14 Championships

The U14 Netballers took part in the County Championships at Canford this week. In the group stages Canford had to face Bournemouth School for Girls (L 10-16), St Edward's School (W 22-2), Sherborne Girls School (W 20-6), Woodroffe School (W 14-2), and Thomas Hardye School (W 19-4). The team qualified through to the semi-finals, where they faced the winners of group 1, Glenmoor Academy. This was a tough match, with the whole team fighting to gain possession and at half time, all was even, 5-5. The match was very exciting with both teams slotting in shots, but the luck didn't go our way and we narrowly lost in the dying seconds L 12-13. The team were obviously disappointed about not qualifying through to the Regional Finals, but should feel proud at the way they conducted themselves and demonstrated true grit, especially picking themselves up for 3rd/4th play-off and beating Bryanston W 14-10, well done!

Cross Country – PEDSSA Races at Baiter Park

This week the team took part in the 3rd race in the PEDSSA XC series at Baiter Park. Abi Crossley finished an impressive 2nd in the senior girls with Jamie Barrington leading the senior boys in and taking 2nd place. Both Abi and Jamie now stand well placed to medal for the overall series. The last race is in Ferndown on the 9th December.

Football v Millfield and Clayesmore

1sts v Millfield (Away)


Goals: Hill (2), Mills (2), Wittram, TJ, Jeffers

The boys knew that they would be in for a tough game against Millfield. The excitement increased as soon as they stepped off the bus and saw the pitch we were playing on. Canford lined up in their usual formation, but didn’t start at their best. Some good play from Millfield in the middle of the park meant they controlled the early parts of the game, until Mills and Young got their foot in and calmed Canford down. The first half was relatively uneventful apart from one moment of brilliance from Wittram who played a lovely reverse pass into Hill, who finished confidently. Merrell almost scored a wonderful solo effort after skipping past two men on the edge of the box.

Canford started the second half much better than the first and continued to build on the 1-0 lead. Thomson was denied early by the post. A foul just inside the Millfield half led to the second goal. Organ floated in an inch perfect cross that was flicked past the keeper by TJ. The third came from a cross on the right hand side, where Wittram ghosted in unmarked at the back post and fired into an empty goal. The fourth was all about the work from Thomson, who turned the opposition full back twice before laying a cross to the back post where Mills was there for another tap in. A huge chance fell to Millfield from a corner from about 4 yards out, somehow Barham got his right hand on the ball, not only saving it but pushing it out the danger zone.

The next goal was the pick of the bunch, a cross into the box was partially cleared and fell to Mills who on the half volley hit a wonder strike across the keeper into the right hand corner. The goals kept coming for Canford, some excellent play from Akrami, skipping past two, then playing a lovely ball to Jeffers on the right. Jeffers laid in a lovely cross for Hill who couldn’t get a clear strike on the ball. The ball fell back to Jeffers who buried the ball in the far corner. The final goal, again came from Akrami, who played a perfectly weighted through ball to Hill. Hill finished again, making it 4 goals in 3 games.

This performance was by far the best the boys have played as a collective. Their intensity and togetherness was incredible throughout, which was rewarded by the final score. Any one of the boys could have got player of the match for their efforts. However, Hill’s pressing, hold up play and finishing meant that he was this games player of the match.

v Clayesmore (Home)


Goals: Thomson, Hill, Jefferson, Litchfield

Similar to the Sherborne fixture, the boys wanted to avenge the 4-3 defeat earlier in the season. The first chance of the game fell to the visitors as a short back pass was collected by their striker who took the ball around Barham. It looked like a certain goal but a combination of TJ and Daubs managed to scramble the ball away. The rest of the half was scrappy, Canford were rushing their passing, creating very few chances. Mills saw one of his trademark runs and shots roll just past the post. Goal scoring machine, Jude Organ, saw his strike disallowed for a foul on the keeper late on in the first half. The score was 0-0 at half time.

The boys came out firing in the second half, the boys were much more composed on the ball and communication improved massively, giving us the edge. A Thomson free kick opened the scoring, the ball bounced in the box and as the boys followed it in, the ball creeped into the far corner. It was obvious that this gave the boys confidence as the standard increased again, Young, Merrell and Mills commanded the middle of the park, winning every first and second ball. The second goal came from the right-hand side, Litchfield skipped past his man and drove a lovely low cross into the six-yard box where Hill was waiting to score his second in 2 games.

The third goal was the pick of the bunch, Mills picked out the run of Jeffers with a pinpoint lobbed through ball. Jeffers took a touch and finished into the top right-hand corner, giving the keeper no chance. The final goal came from a penalty as Litchfield was clattered in the box from behind. Litchfield stepped up himself and buried it, sending the keeper the wrong way. The boys controlled the rest of the game, as it finished 4-0.

Another clean sheet for the boys was well deserved, Barham commanded his area very well, Organ, TJ, Daubs and Wittram continued their excellent defensive form. Liddle put in a very solid performance at left back on his return from injury. Young and Merrell were full of energy all game, with Merrell’s man marking performance keeping Clayesmore’s forward very quiet. Akrami and Thomson were full of their usual creativity and pressing. Jeffers hard work and endeavour was finally rewarded with a goal. Kwan turned his man on every occasion. Hill and Litchfield’s pressing from the front was huge in securing the victory, and either of them could have got player of the match. However, Mills second half performance in the middle of the park meant that he was this games player of the match.

Squash & Real Tennis v Sherborne and Radley

Squash match vs. Sherborne (Away) – 18th November

Bray lost to Ethan Bikhazi-Green: 0-3
Farmbrough lost to Jake McMillan: 2-3
Farmbrough lost to Albert Blackburn: 1-2
Gatti lost to Louis Potts: 2-3
Choo lost to Merlin Cork: 0-3
Choo lost to Elliot Hilton: 1-3

Final Result: Sherborne 0 - Canford 6

It was a hard-fought and much closer match than the 6-0 victory suggests. Two of the matches went all the way to a fifth and final game. There has been real improvement from all the players over the term, their shot making and tactical awareness has been really impressive to see.

Players of the day have to go to Louis and Jake. They had two marathon matches, with Louis actually being 2-0 down, before some wise words from Ethan. However, I was impressed with both their attitudes, they focused, really dug in and chased down every ball - well done boys!

Real Tennis match vs. Radley (Home) – 18th November

Gabriel Davey lost to Geo Cadbury-Gosling: 5/6
Toby Lemans beat Hugo Stone: 6/2
Tom Chissell beat J Windsor: 6/4
Davey/Lemans beat Cadbury/Stone : 6/3
Davey/Chissell beat Cadbury/Windor: 6/3
Lemans/Chissell lost to Stone/Windsor: 4/6

(Rolling handicap)

Final Result: Canford 4 - Radley 2

Fantastic effort from all the boys in what was their first real tennis match for the school. They have all been progressing incredibly well over the weeks and will all definitely be ones to watch over the next number of years.

Also special mention to Gabriel and Tom who both travelled to Wellington for the U15s British Open Doubles. Although showing some understandable nerves, they soon found their stride and ultimately finished third and very close to getting through to the final. It sounded like a great and a superb experience for them both!

Here is what is coming up over at Real tennis and squash this week…

  • Monteacute Shells have their first introduction onto the Real tennis and squash courts on Monday, with Franklin on next week.
  • We have an U16s Real tennis match away at Wellington on Thursday, with 3 players involved.
  • David Offer and Albert Blackburn will be representing Canford at the National School Singles Championships on Sunday 28th Nov.
  • Real tennis and Squash Club sessions continue to run every Wednesday from 4.45pm and Friday from 4.30pm.

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1st XV v Seaford College

Football Gentlemen’s XI v Winchester

Football 1st XI v Clayesmore

U14A Netball v Bryanston

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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