02 Dec 2021
Christmas Term 2021 - Sports Report Week 12

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Christmas Term 2021 - Week 12 Sports Report

Rugby v St Oscar Romero, Worthing

As the season is coming to an end the Canford U14 boys are starting to gel as a team. With a game against St Oscar Romero the overall effort was pleasing but does require some areas of attention as we head into the final block fixture this coming weekend. St Romero had some strong runners that the Canford boys were unable to bring down early resulting in them breaking the gain line multiple times giving them the head start. Canford U14 shifted the ball well into space but unfortunately did not manage to retain much possession, only able to link phases in the last 20 minutes of the match. Continuity has been an Achilles heel for us this season and Thursday continued this theme, turning the ball over within 2-3 phases hampered our efforts to build pressure. In the second half the boys defence started to look more organised, and their attack started to flow creating phases however we need to learn to start matches like this. The resulting head start allowed St Romero a relatively comfortable win 49 - 28. The boys’ 2nd half effort is good but to create a great performance the right mind set is needed from the outset! The match highlight was a beautiful debut try from Jack Godden, other scorers included Oscar Ingarfield, Gabriel Davey and Joe Stephenson also scoring under the posts.

Hockey v Blundell’s and Queen Elizabeth’s, Wimborne

Last week saw a couple of matches take place, a triumph in itself in amongst the illness and absence! The exeat was very much needed by staff and pupils alike.

On Tuesday, a cold evening in Devon saw the U16s ready to give it their all against a powerful Blundell’s team, in Round 3 of the U16 National Tier 2 competition. Canford started well, transferring the ball around the back with some crisp and accurate passing. However, the Blundell’s press soon found some joy, intercepting a few passes high up the pitch, allowing them to get a few shots on goal, leading to them scoring with two scrappy efforts before HT. Jorgia Holtby (GK) and Hattie Farthing were determined to let no more goals in, providing Canford with an excellent platform to push higher up the pitch in the second half. Good work from Bea Woodward down the left, created space for the girls to run in behind, although we couldn’t quite find the right passes in and around the D. With the girls giving it their all and pushing for a goal, a late goal was conceded, leaving the final score at 3-0. All of the girls played with their hearts on their sleeves throughout the game, putting in a big shift in what was always going to be a difficult game when missing a number of key players. Well done girls. (CJK/JDH).

On Thursday, the 5th XI made the short trip to QE to play their U16A side on what was probably the coldest afternoon of the year so far. The team gelled very effectively and were sharp in front of goal, with Erin Bruce, Charlotte Gibbons and Alice Herbert on the scoresheet to complete a pleasing 3-1 victory. (CHJ/RAC)

This week sees both 1st XIs in Tier 1 League action, as well as further matches for the 5th XI and 15Cs.

Netball v St. Oscar Romero, Worthing

U14 friendly against touring team St. Oscar Romero Catholic School. We were able to put out two teams, which meant the girls could try different positions and gained the experience of playing with a variety of girls in their year. They produced fantastic interceptions in defence, they combined this with some slick play in attack, which lead to closely contested games. Next term looks very exciting for this age group, who I know cannot wait to get back on the netball court. Great work girls!

Real Tennis v Wellington College & National School Singles Championships

Toby beat Albert Blackburn: 6-1
Joe lost to Will Fountain: 2-6
Seb lost to Arthur Toosey: 0-6
Toby/Joe lost to Albert/Will: 2-6
Toby/Seb lost to Albert/Arthur: 3-6
Seb/Joe lost to Will/Arthur: 4-6

Final Result: Wellington 1 - Canford 5

Always a great fixture away at the newest Real tennis court in the world at Wellington College, built in 2017. All the boys played admirably, adapting to a new court that took a lot of spin.

Player of the day has to go to Arthur. Three big wins and some remarkable tennis/cricket hybrid shots proved to be very effective. Well done to all though, fantastic performance.

Real Tennis Schools Singles Championships

David Offer and Albert Blackburn represented Canford at the School Singles Championships over the weekend. David went off to Radley in the A Grade and Albert went to Wellington for the B Grade competition.

David performed extremely well getting through to the semi-final. He has a tough draw and beat a couple of much lower handicap players to get through the group stages. Albert managed to save four match points in the semi-final and almost did the same in the final before eventually losing it 8-5. Amazing efforts from both these players, they have improved remarkably over the term and I'm excited to see how they do in the inter school doubles in February!

Coming up this week...

  • We had a second group from Franklin for their introductory real tennis and squash session on Monday
  • Squash away match at Bryanston on Thursday
  • The Shells have a home Real tennis match against Wellington next Thursday

Real tennis and squash club sessions continue - Wednesdays 4.45pm and Fridays 4.30pm

Cross Country

This week the team tested themselves with a one mile time trial, aiming to beat their previous times posted at the beginning of the year. Some great runs and big improvements across the year groups, with James Tazzyman and Thomas Sparkhall having particularly strong runs in Fifth and Sixth Form respectively and Harry Todd from Fourth Form. On Thursday they set off around a 5km route adjacent to Badbury Rings.


The Basketball programme has been developing very well throughout this term.

At the outset most of the group were fairly new to the sport but came with a great attitude to learn. They have developed over the weeks and there has been some real progress in their performance levels.

Ball handling skills and the confidence with the basketball have taken big strides forward and the shot consistency of all has also improved. With matches now on the horizon the group have started looking at the development of their defensive positioning and also their offensive movement. The players have started to adapt to this coaching very well.

This week sees the first test in a match situation for the group against Gillingham School and all are looking forward to testing their newly learnt skills in a match situation


Another good week’s work from the rowers and below is an opportunity to hear from Girls Boat Club Captain Buzz Bornemann about her experiences as part of the British Rowing Development Squad:

“Having been selected for the British Rowing Development squad back in September, I went to my first training day with the programme in Southampton last Sunday.

The main focus of this day was the hip drive, getting power down through the heels and legs, into the footplate, which is the key in getting the power into the stroke. We also covered the Rowers assessment, which I now have to complete every few months, to see where I’m improving. It was also great to see that there have already been some improvements in my 7 stroke max @34 and my 250 metre @40-44, since I applied for the squad in September.

All in all it was a really good day, some lovely people and great coaching input and lessons learned. I am really looking forward to bringing what I’ve learnt into my training at school, and my other training days coming up in January and April next year!”

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Shell C XV v St Romero

Canford Sports Department – Team of the Week

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