09 Dec 2021
Christmas Term 2021 - Sports Report Week 13

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Christmas Term 2021 - Week 13 Sports Report

Rugby v Sherborne and Malmesbury School

1st XV v Sherborne (A) National Cup – Last 16 – Lost 3-18

Canford 1st team travelled to Sherborne in what was as well as the usual challenge also the last 16 of the National Cup. Canford started well, with their defence aggressively asserting them into the match and forcing Sherborne to kick. The attack looked sharp, with a break made in their first attack down the right wing after a lovely ball by Roman Gill met the hands of Joel Bibby. If Oscar Feingold’s inside pass had found the target, maybe the game would have played out differently. Unfortunately, Sherborne struck first with an impressive solo try by their number 8 giving them a 5-0 lead. Canford’s defence held strong though with the boys making their tackles, Fin Raworth especially putting in a massive shift. In attack the forwards provided a great platform with James Barker leading from the front and the pace out wide from Seb Gallego and Max Paget providing issues for Sherborne. Canford would strike back shortly after the try with a penalty and head into halftime 5-3 down but very much in the game. The start of the second half saw two penalties to Sherborne extend their lead to 11-3. Canford’s defence still hung strong although retaining possession was proving tough and kicking was not an ideal option due to the windy conditions. A well worked blind side try by Sherborne saw the boys go 18-3 down. However, the boys refused to quit and pushed to get themselves back in the game as Sherborne were camped in their half struggling to get out. Unfortunately, despite a big final push Canford could not finish with a try. However, it was a performance to be proud of, an almighty defence showing the attitude of the team and the pressure they created in attacking highlighting the fight they showed until the end. A great rugby term unfortunately comes to a close and for the Upper Sixth a final game, however it is a final game and performance each member of the team can be immensely proud of.

2nd XV v Sherborne (A)

Score: L 17-29

Conversion: Tom Peacock

POTM: Tom Windsor

Special Mentions: Charlie Hallam, Felix Synott, Jamie Elviss, Jack Robinson

In many ways, this loss to Sherborne encapsulated the 2nd XV’s season – giving points away and then working really hard to pull things back. It’s very hard to win when you gift the opposition points and in our last outing we made it particularly tricky for ourselves by conceding 4 tries in the opening 10-15 minutes – all of them avoidable. Twice Sherborne ran round the outside of the defence with cover tackles being missed, and twice they went through the middle of the pitch capitalising on more porous defence. It looked like it was going to be a cricket score. To their credit, Canford then won the remaining 50 minutes of the game 17-5, but the victory was never really within reach.

Two tries came in the last 10 minutes of the first half. Felix Synott marked a welcome and impressive return to rugby by smashing over from 5m, after Canford kept the ball and their discipline to go through countless phases, gradually pushing Sherborne back. Charlie Hallam then mirrored Felix, but this time on the right-hand side, after a good line out drive and a break from Jamie Elviss. If only the quality of that last 10 minutes had been in place from the kick-off. The second half was evenly matched, with both teams scoring a try apiece. Jack Robinson kicked from hand beautifully, keeping us playing in the right areas, and from one such kick our final try of the season came. The Sherborne full back spilt the ball, and Sam Lukaitis picked it up beautifully off his bootlaces, took it on, and Tom Windsor capped a man of the match performance to pick and go and sprint clear. There were only 7 points in it at this stage, but there was going to be no dramatic equaliser this time (as against Blundell’s), with Sherborne scoring with the last play of the game to seal a deserved victory.

U16A v Sherborne (County Cup Final)

The last match of the season and what a spectacle it was set to be with the final of the county cup, on home turf, against Sherborne. After a successful season, it all boiled down to this fixture. It was clear to see from the opening ten minutes of the game that the ‘hype’ of the occasion had got to both teams with numerous unforced handling errors from both sides resulting in a fairly stop-start first section. However, the first points of the day went Canford’s way when a high tackle from Sherborne led to a penalty well within Timberlake’s kicking range. He slotted the penalty with ease to put Canford up by 3 points to nil. Following this, Canford slowly started to gain the ascendency with a nice break from Schuster Bruce in the midfield and then a probing kick from Timberlake off a penalty to camp Canford in the Sherborne 22m. A peculiar passage of play came from this with Canford applying huge pressure on the Sherborne fly half who managed to chip the ball straight into Schuster Bruce’s hands leaving him with the easiest of finishes to grab the 5-pointer. Timberlake was unfortunately unsuccessful with the extras (8-0). The remainder of the second half saw some more back and forth play with neither side securing any points.

The start of the second half was more fruitful for Canford, notably an elusive break from Burnell off the back of a lineout, which saw Canford advance well into enemy lines. From here some excellent patience and continuity, coupled with a bulldozing carry from Finn Janaway, eventually led to Walster crossing the whitewash out wide. Timberlake could add the extras this time with a superb kick from near the touchline (15-0). Huge credit to Sherborne, they kept knocking on the door and throwing everything they had at Canford’s defence. However, time after time Canford’s defence was relentless and, after numerous phases, ultimately led to big turnovers at rucks from the likes of Hopwood and the rest of his motley crew. The final score and final stages of the game were characteristic of the 16s’ season. Firstly, Martin grasped the last score of the game with a thundering run off the back of a scrum from around the halfway line. He ran over any defenders that dared to step into his path and charged over the try line to finish off an outstanding solo effort. Finally, the game was seen out with Canford defending for several minutes on their own line staying true to their ‘no way through’ mantra that they have religiously followed all season and they were not about to give that up now. In the end Sherborne spilled the ball forwards and the final whistle followed. (20-0) A convincing win to round off an excellent season. Well-deserved county champions.

Well done on a fantastic season, what a brilliant bunch of young men – great prospects for the future.

U16B v Sherborne

What a fine performance to add a touch of gloss to what has been a most successful term for the U16Bs. Notwithstanding a somewhat lopsided fixture against a very strong BSB side (with several Bath DPP players in their ranks), the U16B squad have vanquished all who have come before them this season. A rich blend of forward power and nimble footed three-quarters ensured that Saturday would be no exception.

From the first whistle, the well-oiled Canford machine roared into action and the Sherborne lads had simply no answer to either bludgeon or rapier. Bustling hooker Henry Stear and livewire fullback Oscar Lineker-Bennett both crossed the whitewash early on to settle any would be home nerves. Mr. Reliable, Sam Symes, added the extras on each occasion. An exquisite break in midfield by fly-half Kit Blomfield, finished off stylishly by centre Sam Reeve, followed soon after and was no more than Canford’s dominance deserved.

A half time score line of 19-0, if anything, flattered the boys in light blue but they stuck doggedly to their largely rear guard task. From one ‘relieving’ kick early in the second period, however, the ball was fielded expertly by the all-action Lineker-Bennett and returned with interest, fully 50 metres to dot down close to the posts. Reeve too soon secured his brace, a trademark, deft Blomfield kick being gobbled up by the rangey centre who cantered home. On the rare occasion that Sherborne did manage to work through a number of attacking phases, the resolute Canford defence ensured their line was not breached. Big second row, Arun Samra, and omnipresent No 8 Theo Snell made notable interventions in this regard along with superb contributions from blind side Michael Campbell - without question the most improved member of the squad this term.

Stear and his forward pack continued to wreak havoc on a tiring Sherborne defence and this industry was rewarded with another breakaway try by the young firebrand hooker, again consummately converted by centre Symes. Fittingly, Blomfield scored the final try of the day. Following an excellent Samra turnover on half way, mercurial scrum half, Isaac Gill, weighted a perfect kick into the wide open spaces behind the Sherborne defensive line and the fleet footed outside-half duly obliged, scooping up and dotting under the sticks.

Final score 45-0

Special mention must go to Guy Marton who very kindly offered to play for the opposition who were a man down - and indeed was comfortably their most effective performer - whither playing at 8 or 10! Indeed were it not for Guy, his Canford mates would have scored a lot more! An exceptionally magnanimous gesture and one hugely appreciated by all those present.

U15A v Malmesbury and Sherborne

On Thursday the U15As played their 3 Round National Plate match against Malmesbury School at home. The visitors started strongly, running in two tries and a conversion in the first 7 minutes, with Canford struggling to find any early precision and giving up 3 unforced errors. Following this the U15As came alive, playing with a ferocity and tempo that has always been possible, yet unfound all season. At half time the score was 10-12, with tries from Ciaran Amy and then Charlie Pallot off a driving maul. The second half was pretty even, but Canford were unable to put the passages of play together that enabled their two tries in the first half and Malmesbury adding more and more pressure as time ran out for Canford to score, eventually kicking a ball through and managing to dive on it in the last minute, scoring their third try. The end score 10-17, but with the U15As playing much better rugby than at the start of the season. Tom Barrett managed the game and tempo well from scrum half, with Freddie Warrack and Xan Brookes working well in the centres, particularly in defence, but man of the match fell to Sam Webb for his work on the wing.

On the back of the Thursday cup game the team were keen to keep up their improvement they have shown through the season against Sherborne. We were again slow to start and missed a number of first tackles which allowed Sherborne to take an early 12 nil lead. After a chat under the posts we fired into life and started to put together some fazes with the ball carrier working hard on the floor and support players getting over the ball we found we were attacking with quick ball.

We worked our way up the pitch with good carries from Xan and Sam jones and were applying pressure to the Sherborne line. Good Sherborne defence stopped us from scoring and on the back of our mistakes Sherborne were able to go 80 meters and score again.

From the kick off we applied pressure through our strong defence and were able to regain possession gaining a penalty which we put into touch just inside the Sherborne 22. Great work in the line out helped us put on a strong driving maul which was set to drive over the line but was collapsed 5 meters from the line unfortunately the decision went against us and from the Sherborne scrum we made another mistake which enabled them to score again.

Again from kick off we applied pressure and had a long time in possession playing some very good rugby moving the defence and attacking into space which resulted in Tom Barrett scoring. This was a good example of how our structure and game understanding had improved all season.

In the second half we worked hard to try and stay in the game but Sherborne were strong and we tired.

Huge credit to the boys who worked hard until the end of the game and showed immense character. Man of the match was Xan who tackled everything that moved.

Jasper and Finn made some good runs also and as usual Tom lead from the front.

It has been a pleasure working with these boys this season and they have improved a great deal having lots of fun along the way.

U14A v Sherborne (County Cup Semi-Final)

Canford took on Sherborne at home on Saturday in the County Cup Semi-Final. Canford would end up exiting the competition on away tries with the game tied at 25-25, however the boys can be extremely proud of their performance.

The game got off to a fast start as Canford’s defence held strong early doors to keep Sherborne at bay and then fast hands to the wing saw Aspinall break. He grubbered through and Isaac Freeman latched onto the free ball to dot down and give Canford a 5-0 lead. Canford’s attack-from-anywhere mentality proved to be their own undoing as an interception in their own 22 levelled the scores. The game continued in this manner, with both teams counteracting one another. Canford would score and Sherborne would answer right back. Isaac Freeman would score an excellent solo try with ten minutes left. Freeman caught the ball off a Sherborne kick on the right touch line and a powerful run would make him impossible to stop as he placed down. Sherborne once again fired back straight away, a break down the right touchline put drew them level once again. Sherborne would finally get their noses in front, another break down the right wing and a last ditch Canford defence could not hold them up. Canford’s resilience was on full display though, with three minutes left, they would break down the left wing and some outstanding hands would see Bertie Aspinall level the scores. Canford pushed for a late try to snatch it but could not pull it off with the bounce of the ball just not falling in their favour. Unfortunately, it is to be no county cup final for the boys. However, it has been a great season with the boys making huge improvements and they will have a few exciting seasons to get ready for!

U14B v Sherborne

Canford U14Bs welcomed Sherborne for their final game of the year and spirits were high and game heads were on. From last week’s performance the boys started on the front foot putting pressure on the Sherborne defence and running forward in attack. Unfortunately Sherborne had some strong runners which the Canford U14 boys were unable to bring down early, resulting in Sherborne going 3 tries up. Before half time Canford scored with strong running from Joe Stephenson going into the second half 3-1 down. As the second half kicked off the boys were determined to stay in the game and get a win. However, Sherborne came at us with great intensity and Canford U14s took their foot of the gas allowing Sherborne to walk through under the post, early in the second half. In the last quarter Canford started running forward shifting the ball resulting with Gabriel Davey scoring a try. Although we did not come away with the result wanted Canford U14Bs put in a great performance, making myself and the parents watching proud.

U14C v Sherborne

On a bright, albeit incredibly chilly, Saturday afternoon the U14Cs stepped out for the last match of the season against Sherborne. Whilst looks can be deceiving, they looked like a big and athletic team, and we would have to have all our wits about us and rise to our very best to come out as victors. Alas, their looks were not deceiving, on this occasion, and they demonstrated some excellent hands to release their big, quick wingers into space to score a few tries in quick succession. Understandably, our confidence was shaken whilst theirs grew, and the game ended up being a rather one-sided contest. It was a shame that we were missing a few key play makers that could have made the match a little closer, but on this occasion, I think it was fair to say that they were just too strong. I was pleased that our tackling improved somewhat and we run hard when we had possession. Lots to work on for next season but I dare say that the impending growth spurts in the coming year will make a big difference.

Hockey v Clifton College, Bryanston and U18 Boys’ Regional Finals

Last week there was a lot of match action on the hockey pitch, with the Boys’ 1st XI facing Clifton College in their first EH U18 Tier 1 league game, the girls playing a block fixture against Bryanston. To finish off the week, the U18 boys travelled away to Wellington School for U18 Regional Indoor Hockey Finals.

Mid-week fixtures

The Boys’ 1sts were keen to start their Tier 1 league campaign, with over half the squad of 15 making their debut at 1st team level. We were fast out of the traps, transitioning the ball quickly and with purpose and creating opportunities in front of goal. Welly Johnson scored a well taken brace in the space of two minutes, before Monty Hooker added a third courtesy of a smart deflection. A 3-0 half time lead was the least we deserved and further chances to extend the deficit were spurned in a second half that saw us tire, understandably. Clifton caused us some problems in truth, as we turned the ball over too cheaply, but in the end we were comfortable 3-0 winners to grab an important 3 points and open our league account. Dill Howell and Ed Schuster Bruce were outstanding in defence and midfield respectively, and the squad has plenty of potential moving forwards. (MDC)

The conditions were far from ideal on a cold and slippery pitch at Milton Abbey, however, the 5th XI girls really stepped up against the Milton Abbey U18A team last Thursday. Whilst they had some skilful players, Canford played as a team stringing together some lovely passes all over the pitch. Annabel Seabrook played the pivotal role really well in the middle of the field and was brilliantly backed up by Imi Jolly. Together were able to control the central channel, enabling the wings to make the most of the extra space. Mimi Stanley had her best performance of the term at right back, where she used her accurate and direct slap hit to clear the back line on numerous occasions. The forwards were fantastic causing the Milton Abbey defence all sorts of problems in their D. The winning goal eventually came from a 3rd or 4th rebound and was finally put away by Annabel finding herself with the ball at the top of the D. Ruby had another great day in goal and enabled Canford to stay ahead having secured the lead. Overall the right team won – well done ladies!

Saturday 4th December v Bryanston

Away from home, the senior teams travelled to Bryanston in the hunt for goals. The 1st team obliged, with 4 in the first half and 3 in the second to complete a comfortable 7-0 win. Alicia Hudson and Georgie Boon returned from injury without any issues, Hudson executing two penalty corners in expert fashion, whilst Boon cruised through midfield to create chances. Charlotte Brook was busy and scored a deflection, whilst Lulu Thompson also finished a flowing team move well. Bella Hunter scored with her first touch, rounding the keeper, and the impressive Charlie Whitmore also scored twice, including a rasping shot which gave the Bryanston keeper no chance. It was good to play again as a group having had a three week interrupted schedule due to injuries, Covid and rearrangements. (MDC)

After a thorough warm up with a stunning rainbow backdrop, the mighty 2s shook off a refreshing shower and pushed back against a cheerful Bryanston 11. It quickly became apparent that the sides appeared to be evenly matched and possession and territory was 50:50. And then something snapped- perhaps the change back to a more comfort configuration? Territory and possession shifted dramatically and the girls' tempo and strategy put them into the D time after time. It was nail biting and exciting to watch – the oppo keeper kept out some challenging shots on goal (14 on target!). Finally Phoebe Peters managed to get the winning goal after relentless pressure and some exciting passages of play. A 1-0 win - well done team! Let’s hope we can do the same for the final fixture. (RHJH/AGF)

One of our best performances of the season with excellent lateral passing and strong ball pace saw the 3rd XI secure a 1-1 draw. We went ahead in the first half from a superb goal by Lucy Rogerson and we dominated the midfield with Sky Pilkington especially effective. However, we were unable to take our chances in the second half and Bryanston managed to break through to equalise late in the day. Well done on a fine performance. (RMBS)

A dramatic nail biter saw a 2-1 win for the 4th XI. The match started with Canford fielding 11 out-field players whilst we waited for the goalie to arrive who was doubling up matches. Despite this, the first 10 minutes were one way traffic for Canford who parked themselves on the edge of the Bryanston circle. However, it was Bryanston who struck first after confusion over whether the ball hit an attacker’s foot, or not, in the D en route to the goal. I blame myself for being too far away at the time to see the said offence. To win, Canford were going to have to come from a goal down. Initial attempts of dribbling though 4 or 5 defence only resulted in the D becoming far too crowed – a passing game with more width and ball speed was required. The equaliser came 1 minute from half time with a lovely break away 2v1 against the goalie and a perfectly timed pass from Bella Stanley to Daisy Cullinan on the left post. 1-1 half time. The second half was more of the same and credit to Bryanston for achieving several break away attempts that required a careful eye from the goal to clear the threat, but the match was decided by the continual pressure in the opposition D. Finally, again with 1 minute on the clock, Annabel Seabrook scored her second goal of the season with a lovely swipe on the near post, just in the nick of time. Fantastic result – well done Ladies! Next up Blundell’s in the final fixture of the season (CHJ)

The U15As managed to get out the blocks quickly despite the cold weather. They put the pressure on Bryanston in the first half and managed to get their noses in front through a well-executed short corner finished by Eliza Miller. Bea Woodward was unlucky not to get her name on the scoresheet with some shots that whistled past the post. The first half ended 1-0. The second half was tightly fought but the girls managed to battle it out to hold onto the win due to some great defending by our back line and some great saves by goalkeeper Layla Stannah. (WW)

The U15Bs had a big game against Bryanston at the weekend. The girls were fired up after a good week of training and were ready for what they knew would be a competitive game. The team played some great phases of hockey, particularly in the second half, moving the ball patiently and quickly across the pitch. Fran Hensher in the midfield offered consistency and strength defending the ball and putting a lot of pressure on the opposition. Georgia Webb had a great game creating some fantastic opportunities for the forwards with fast ball pace and accuracy. At half time, the score was still 0-0 with everything still to play for. The Canford side had most of the possession across the game, but Bryanston were resilient in their defence making it difficult for us to get a goal. With minutes to go Lottie Heyman picked up a deflection from the goalie and managed to pin it in the back of the goal. Final score was 1-0 to Canford. Well done to all involved, it was great to see you all back after a few weeks off from matches! One week of training to go before our final fixture of the season against Blundell’s, keep up the good work! (RAC/CDB)

The U14As lined up against Bryanston for the second time this season, having played the school previously at the start of the term. This provided the opportunity for the girls to show how much they had improved, after a long break following the previous game against Wellington College, 3 weeks prior. The game started slow, with both the weather, and the long break since the girls' last game contributing to Canford failing to make connections in midfield, taking risks in defence, and not being brave enough in attack, and the first half saw keeper Kate Landale make a collection of strong saves to ensure the scores were level at half time. After some self-reflection at half time, and a recognition on what needed to be improved, the Canford girls were fired up, and after strong work from Penny Dirou and Poppy White in midfield, pressure started to build upon the Bryanston defence. Five minutes into the second half, Captain Georgia Kenny converted this pressure into a 1-0 lead for Canford, after great work down the left hand side, and 10 minutes later, Georgia Kenny got her second of the game to give Canford a 2 goal cushion. Bryanston converted a short corner against the run of play to put pressure on the girls, but 3 minutes from time, Penny Dirou put the game to bed with a deserved goal to round off an excellent individual second half display and a 3-1 victory. Special mention should go to Kate Landale for some excellent saves in the first half, while Georgia Kenny produced an excellent display as captain with 2 goals, and brave, determined attacking work throughout the second half. Poppy White equally posed a constant threat going forward, throughout the second half. (JDH)

The U14Bs were thin on the ground with a few missing from injury and a few more were isolating. However, we were 11 strong and ready to play a welcomed home fixture. The first half was close with scoring chances being had from both teams, but Bryanston nipped a goal in just before the half time whistle. The team welcomed the half time break, with much water being guzzled and fighting talk discussed. A loud 'go Canford' was roared and the team ran back out to give it their all. A big thank you to Freya Coupe and Tilly Brewer for stepping in to play back-to-back matches, but lady luck was not shining on us, and the goals went Bryanston's way. Blundell's is our last fixture of the season, lets finish this season in style. (NXW/IW)

Despite a handful of players missing this week, the U14Cs started off well. Bryanston sat back, standing strong in defence but the team kept trying to break through. Ella Gildert and Lola Wood showed great skill weaving through players but we could not quite convert a number of opportunities to a goal. Until the last minute of the first half the girls turned over the ball and scored on the counter attack.

Unfortunately, not long into the second half Bryanston equalised as the girls lost focus. Today’s captain Rebekka Neill regrouped the defence and they worked hard to keep Bryanston out. On the final whistle the game finished 2-1 Bryanston. The team worked so hard and look forward to our last match of the season next week. (ZLF/BS)

U18 Regional Indoor Hockey Finals

An early Sunday morning start for the Canford U18 Boys’ Indoor Hockey team travelling down to Wellington School in Taunton for the Indoor Regional competition. A great achievement in itself. After a long journey, we faced Exeter School in our first match. It was evident that the boys were still on the bus and we lacked that final touch on the ball which saw us lose 3-1. In game two we faced the eventual competition winners, BGS. The boys were in a much better hockey mood and there were passages of good hockey. Against a very well drilled and well organised team, our boys did very well but were outclassed in a 3-0 defeat, having had a couple chances to get on the scoreboard. In our third match up, we faced Millfield. They took the lead just 30 seconds in and continued that momentum throughout, leading to our worst performance and defeat of the day. In our final game, we asked the boys to have one final push and to bounce back from the Millfield game and they did exactly that. We ended the day on our best performance of the day, having played the hockey we knew we could. Plenty of missed chances but by far the better team in a 0-0 draw despite hitting the post. A valuable learning experience and useful in their core skills for the outdoor season approaching. (MDC/AGF)

This week sees the Girls’ 1st XI play their rearranged EH Tier 1 league match at home v Dean Close as well as the 14Cs playing their last match of the season at QE. On Saturday, we the final block of the term v Blundell’s.

Football v Taunton School

1st XI v Taunton (Away)

W 6-1

Goals: Hill (2), Kwan, Litchfield, Mills, Jeffers

The boys were keen to show their skills again after two weeks since their last fixture. The pitch was small and the ground heavy. Canford started the game slightly shaky, worrying more about the pitch than their football. Hill did what he does best and poked a cross from the right-hand side into the back of the net. The equaliser wasn’t far off as a long throw from Taunton was slid past Barham as he came out to collect. Canford regained the lead relatively quickly, with Jeffers drilling a low cross into the box where Hill finished once again. The third came from Kwan, after picking the ball up out wide he came inside and struck the ball from outside the box. The keeper could only get a hand on to it as it flew into the top corner. The score was 3-1 at half time, a relatively flattering scoreline to Canford as we struggled to get going.

The second half was a much better performance, Liddle at right back was superb and delivered a lofted through ball on several occasions for Jeffers, Litchfield and Hill to run on to. The fourth goal came from this exact delivery, with Litchfield racing through on goal and finishing past the keeper. The fifth was the pick of the bunch, Mills picked the ball up on the edge of the opposition box, rouletted round one defender, nicked the ball past another, before finishing calmly past the keeper. The sixth was also a belter, another ball over the right-hand side was latched on to by Jeffers, he turned his man 3 times before bringing out the skills with a rabona into the danger zone, which took a slight deflection and ended up in the back of the net.

In a difficult scenario the boys did exactly what was required. Organ put in an incredible performance in Daubs absence, with him and TJ winning every header at the back. Lids put in his best performance of the year at right back in the second half. Wittram, as always, was unpassable and a constant threat on the left. Merrell was brilliant in 3 different positions, bringing tenacity and work rate as always. Young’s ability to read the game was hugely important again. Akrami and Mills both had brilliant games, Mills kept us calm and got us playing football, Akrami was somehow consistently finding space and giving us that creative spark. Thomson, Litchfield, Kwan, Jeffers and Hill all showed their pressing game and as the game went on started to show great quality as confidence grew. Top performances from TJ, Organ, Akrami and Lids, however Player of the Match went to Mills.

2nd XI v Taunton School (Away)

Selection decisions are always tough but a brave decision from Madame Saurel leaving Alex Geng and Jacob Abberley out turned out to be a managerial masterclass - with Welly Johnson picking up the man of the match whilst playing at centre back!

Jack Martin slotted in the first goal, which had been coming for a while, before they quickly equalised.

The boys therefore went into half time 1-1 with main man Joe Webb on the bench. An inspirational team talk from the debut skipper Nate Davey inspired the boys to a great win.

In the second half, Jack Pocock kept his cool on the penalty before Joe Webb skied 3 sitters to close the game. Giovanni Perin had a couple of potential screamers ruled out by a couple of tough decisions from the linesman. However, great defending from everyone meant the boys went home with the 3 points in the penultimate game of the season.

Quotes of the day:

“I’m changing to golf,” Joe Webb.

“I didn’t even touch the ball,” Giovanni

“I slipped,” Giovanni after missing a one on one

“He might have found his position,” Madame Saurel talking about Welly.

A huge shoutout and good luck to Mr. Pearce who has seen more potential in the Harrow Thailand seconds - we will miss you.

And a massive thank you to Mr Emery, Madame Saurel and Mr Pearce for a great term of football.

Lacrosse v Godolphin

Canford 1sts v Godolphin 3rds - 11-5 win

The Canford 1st team had a good match against Godolphin 3rds where they were able to put some of the lessons learned from their defeat at the hands of the Salisbury School’s 2nd team a few weeks ago into play. The defence was on the whole much more solid and determined and the strategy of two players meeting each driving attack worked well. Scarlett Raymond and Emma Bearblock did not let much past them in defence while Serena Chen - one of two Canford players in the 1st team who only started playing this term - made an impressive debut with some good interceptions and determination to be first to any ground ball. Our attack was dominated by Tabby Fuery and Ana Quieros whose speed and focus on the goal was too much for Godolphin's defence; once they realised they had to put more effort into placing their shots - they were also too much for the goal keeper.

The second team are also making huge progress and are looking forward to their match against Bournemouth University 2nds this weekend.

Cross Country

This week the XC team compete in the final race in the PEDSSA series with Jamie Barrington and Abi Crossley both well placed to finish within the top 3 in their respective categories and after finishing in strong positions in the last two races at Sandbanks and Baiter.

Basketball v Gillingham

The basketball boys put in an excellent performance for their first match of the year. It was a nervous start for the boys who seemed reluctant to shoot from the tip off. On the other side of the ball we went into a zone defence which for the most part was very effective. It did let the opposition shoot from range but as the game went on the communication was improving and developing.

Offensively we started with good ball movement and ended with Tommy Qian finding his shooting range and helping to make the gap much smaller.

This meant the game ending with a 7pt loss (37-30). The boys showed a lot of heart and strength through to the end of the game when a 18pt deficit at the end of the third quarter was gradually reduced down before time ran out.

Lots of positive signs and all are looking forward to the next game to help improve our offensive confidence and defensive movement. A great job all round.

Rowing - British Virtual Indoor Rowing Championships.

On Saturday we took part in the virtual British Indoor Rowing Championships (BIRC). A formal racing start allowed for the excitement and anticipation of an in-person event. The race was streamed live and projected onto a screen allowing competitors to see where they are placed as the race unfolded.

The Fifth Form boys kicked off racing with a 6-minute individual race and put in a strong performance.

Followed by the 6th form girls who competed over 2000 metres, and all finished in the top ten. India Herrington (5th) and Agnes Brooke (6th) both produced personal bests and are edging ever closer to breaking the infamous 8 minutes. Buzz Borneman finished first out of the Canford girls and 4th overall in the competition with a season's best performance. We had some technical difficulties with the boys’ race but they rose to the challenge and raced hard and despite not having the live stream 3 of the boys still finished within the top 10 of a competitive category. Charlie Shepherd (7th), Benjy Bishop (8th) and Ollie Stuart (10th). Then we had the team relays competing in mixed teams of boys and girls. The relays took a slightly different format this year due to Covid-19 with teams of four lined up alongside each other and sprinted flat out for 2 minutes aiming to collectively get as many meters as possible. The relays were great fun and we had some nail bitingly close racing. Our girls team (Buzz Borneman, Agnes Brooke, Eliana Covell, and India Herrington) placed an impressive second place

overall. Our two mixed teams had very tight races in a fields of eight other teams. “Canford School- Hench" (Martha Warren-Barratt, Archie Gardiner, Charlie Shepherd and Jess West) came in third place.

Development squad round-up

While the performance group were competing in BIRC our development squads were on the water.

The intermediate and development girls took to the water in rather chilly conditions, not to mention strong winds. The conditions put the girls in singles to work on their power to battle the wind and the stream, this left the girls eight to focus on both their power and balance. The eight completed two and a half trips, including a 500 metre pieces, with grit and determination and by the end looked much more homogenous as a crew.

Impressive workout from all our Canford rowers.

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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