21 Jan 2022
Easter Term 2022 - Sports Report Week 1

Click on a thumbnail to enlarge

Easter Term 2021 - Week 1 Sports Report

Hockey v Taunton School

Last week saw the start of the boys’ hockey season with a block fixture versus Taunton. On the back of just one proper training session for all teams (aside from the 1st XI) it was a baptism of fire. However, our teams coped well, winning 4 and losing 4 of the matches played.

1st XI

The 1st XI boys were raring to go after a strong pre-season, where they faced Cardiff Met University 1st team, which was a great learning experience, before beating a talented Kingswood School side 2-0 to round off a productive few days away.

A strong start against a skilful Taunton team led to the boys winning a penalty corner, which was well executed, and we were unlucky not to win another. Despite the early counter attacking threat that was posed by our front four, we couldn’t capitalise. Therefore, when Taunton’s flicker dispatched two corners in the space of 10 minutes, the boys lost their rhythm, trying to force the ball midfield too often. Canford went into HT 3-0 down after another goal following a corner.

The second half was full of energy and bite from Canford, led by Alex Daubeney’s defensive prowess and powerful carries forwards from the back. The boys created chances in the second half, with Sam Wilmot unlucky not to score after showing some quick hands down the left, whilst Monty Hooker’s speed always kept us in with a chance on the counter attack. Despite everyone’s best efforts, the final score was 4-0 to Taunton, which does not reflect the positive response in the second half, especially. Lessons will be learned about the need to be clinical, however.

There is a big game on Thursday v Peter Symonds’ College at 15:45 on Adby, the boys would really appreciate any support! (MDC/CJK).

2nd XI

It was a cold away outing at Taunton; however, this didn't stop the boys from being full of energy and excitement.

After a slow but understandable start due to many of the boys not playing hockey for a long while, even less so together, we went 1-0 down early one due to a well worked penalty corner. We quickly responded by stealing the ball in the middle of the park before a quick skilful breakaway from our forwards lead to a baseline run and simple back post tap in for Eddie Jack. Their lone forward had many chances thereafter but was denied by some great goalkeeping. Therefore, we went into half time 1 apiece.

We started the second half on top, but their goalkeeper continued to be well up to the task and made some incredible saves denying us the chance for the lead. However, due to a well worked attacking move, it allowed Will Fountain to breakaway, scoring a 1 on 1 against the keeper, giving us the lead. The tails were up, and our skipper Jude Organ marshalled his troops. Once again, a very good breakaway led to a 2v1, the ball was smartly passed around the keeper to Will Pickard who smashed it on the backhand into an open net giving us a 2-goal buffer.

Canford ended the game with a 3-1 win. There were outstanding performances from our middleman Harrison Hill, our defensive playmaker Rupert Hutton, and all 3 of our goal scorers. A great result from a team which has a lot of promise. (AGF/RHJH).

3rd XI

An impressive and frenetic first match for the 3rd XI saw an end-to-end game between two skilful and aggressive sides. In the first half we dominated the early part of the game and some superb goal keeping was the key to Taunton’s survival. However, they fought back well and challenged our defence on a number of occasions. Our goal, from Arthur Brooke, came mid-way through the second half after a period of Canford pressure. James Harvey combined well with Jack Martin who provided a beautiful ball for Arthur to slot home. There was solid captaincy throughout by Will Timberlake who was ably supported at the back by man of the match Ben Fowle and the ever-dependable Sam Martin. All round an excellent start to the season. (RMBS/JEA).

4th XI

The 4th XI started their season with a bang with a comprehensive 7-0 win over Taunton. Sam Reeve netted four times, whilst Albert Blackburn also grabbed a hat-trick. Well done to all players on an impressive beginning to the term. (CHJ)


What a baptism of fire! Taunton had a team full of players who had clearly been playing a good deal of club hockey since September. We, on the other hand, showed considerable potential but were incredibly rusty. Our first touch, accuracy of passing and clean strike of the ball were missing. It was obvious we had a good idea about what we needed to do with the ball but lacked the ability to execute. That will come though! Tom Barrett was our man of the match, making countless fearless and highly skilful saves, as the opposition peppered the goal with shots. Good team spirit was shown and we fought valiantly for the full 60 minutes. Final score: 6-2 to Taunton. (NRB).


The U15B team worked hard through the game but lacked the structure and game sense to properly take on a well drilled and organised Taunton side. The score at half time was 1-0, moving to 3-0 to Taunton in the second half, before the boys’ hard work was rewarded with Murray Carswell scoring. Taunton continued to press and in the dying seconds of the game had another shot on goal, that beat our keeper, but was saved by the flying foot of Woody Woods. This resulted in a penalty flick, which ended the game 4-1 to Taunton. While not the start to the season that the boys would have wanted, there is plenty to take away from the performance, with some solid work at the back by James Hatherley, Sam Calvert-Lee and Woody Woods looking promising, whilst Jake Stewart and Isaac Hung had some strong runs. Players player and man of the match went to Will Vessey for his excellent work on the right. (BIHC).


The U14As, having never played together before, faced a strong Taunton side that would bring a fantastic challenge to start off the season. Most of the boys had never played a full pitch game before and were just excited to finally be back playing a hockey game after so many obvious disruptions.

After an understandably nervy and frantic start, Taunton quickly grabbed a goal through neat play in the middle of the pitch, and despite Canford showing potential on the counter attack, the away side continued their dominance until half time, grabbing a second goal after 15 minutes. While disheartened at the score line at the break, the boys understood what needed to be done in order to grow into the game, and still remained confident that they could go and win the second half, and potentially even grab a result.

This confidence showed, and the boys only grew from this point on. Gabriel Davey started to dominate defensively in midfield, while Bertie Cutler, Seb Rowland and Fred Blackburn started to progress the ball up the pitch and show an offensive threat, and after continued progress, excellent work from Blackburn, Rowland and Cutler saw Canford rightfully awarded a penalty flick with 10 minutes to go. The flick was dispatched expertly by Cutler, and this set up a thrilling finish in front of an excited Canford crowd.

Despite chances being created after persistent pressure from the Canford forward line and midfield, and the ball being camped in the Taunton half for the rest of the game, a second goal could unfortunately not be found, and Taunton ran out 2-1 winners. While the result was unfortunate, the boys have plenty to not only be proud of, but excited by, and the potential they showed sets the squad up for a great first season at Canford school! While all of the boys did themselves proud, special mention should go to Gabriel Davey for a spirited and skilled display in the middle of the pitch. (JDH).


A hugely impressive performance given the lack of preparation time. We were solid throughout, showing dynamism in attack, distribution in mid field and sensible defending at the back. Stand out performances from Luca B, Toby L and Tom C. Some of the link play was outstanding and we kept the pressure up throughout the game. Final score was 5-1. Scorers were Toby (2), Wakely, Luca and Ralph. (IW/JRH).

Well done to all teams. We face Seaford College in a new block fixture this Saturday.

Netball – Seaford College Tournament and Wellington College

1st team

It was a great opportunity for the Senior Girls to head to the Seaford tournament with a large number of schools attending from all over the South of England including many not on our normal fixture list. Playing Marlborough first, it was always going to be a tough match. Unfortunately due to some issues with the coach before departure we arrived late and had to virtually run straight on court. It took us a while to get warmed up both mentally and physically but throughout the day our play improved. Our focus is looking ahead to the regional finals and this was great preparation for that event. We were able to try different combinations in high stake short matches. We were formidable in defence creating and forcing turnovers. Lauren Corn dominated the defensive end and adapted her play each game. We gained more confident as the day went on. A memorable match was against Brighton College (who went on to win the entire tournament), we were clinical in attack using the options as we drove through court.

Lots to take away and learn from and all brilliant practice for the up and coming regionals. Looking forward to seeing what this exciting squad can produce this year.

2nd team

The team started strong with some excellent attacking, particularly the accurate shooting, and defending in both ends of the court with a lead in the first quarter of 8-3. In the second quarter, Wellington struck back leaving it just about even at half time. After half time, the Wellington attack fought hard to create a lead in the third quarter, which Canford worked hard to close in the fourth quarter. The girls worked extremely hard and there was some excellent tactical defending in the D, however Canford weren’t quite able to chase Wellington, leading to a close loss of 25-17. The girls played extremely well for their first game together and worked well as a team. Player of the match goes to Daisy Bayles for playing an extremely good defensive game out of position, and really supporting the team.

3rd team

A strong start to the season for the 3rd team with a coveted win against Wellington on Saturday. The girls kept the opposition on the back foot from the outset and, despite them seemingly trying everything they could, it proved too much of a challenge for Wellington to keep up. Special mention must go to the shooting pair of Varya Darling and Maddie Nickell, although all the girls played extremely well given how early in the season it is.

4th team

The girls took an early lead, with Freya Brash scoring first. The Wellington team also started strongly and by the end of the first quarter led 6-2. The home side, however, fought back hard in the second quarter with some excellent interplay and team work. Canford really picked up the pace in the third quarter, and thanks to some strong defensive work, confident shooting and accurate passing, there were just two goals between the teams as the game entered its final quarter. Ultimately, Wellington managed to hold on to their lead, with the final score being 18-16. This was an extremely promising start to the Netball season with the girls improving with each quarter; it certainly bodes well for the remainder of the term. Due to her tireless efforts in the centre of the court, Hattie Wade was named player of the match. Well done to the whole team.

The U16As had their first full game against Wellington College at the weekend. After training last term in a tournament format, it was great to see the squad playing in a full game, albeit a shock to the system. We had a strong start, moving the ball nicely through court amongst Charlotte Parkin, Layla Stannah and Dom Hudson. Defensively we put a lot of pressure on the strong Wellington side with Imi Marley marking her opponent out of the game leaving Dom to pick up some great fly interceptions. At the first quarter time, Canford were trailing by 4 goals. In the second quarter, with Wellington managing to break down some of our set plays, it was made very difficult to get the ball moving in the way this Canford side do best. Isla Knatchbull and Bella Rose, as our shooting combination, did a fantastic job at composing themselves and scoring some great shots under huge pressure from the Wellington’s circle defence. At half time, the Canford side had dropped a little further behind but showed no sign of giving up. With some changes made at half time and fresh legs coming on, the team fought back, pushing the Wellington side for every ball. Elle Mowbray did a great job of marking her GS who was their strongest player, forcing her to shoot from some awkward positions.

The resilience shown throughout the squad in this game was remarkable and I hope they all take confidence in some of the great passages of play shown in this game. Well done team! (RAC)


Put simply, it was great to be out on a court, playing a fixture. However, after nearly two years and on the back of only one training session (a trial game), we travelled up the M3 to face Wellington. No small ask to start the season. On a cold crisp afternoon we were fortunate indeed to be allocated one of the courts in their indoor space. In what could be best described as a very classical first game of the season, Canford’s gameplay was a mixture. It was very much a case of trying to remember things taught almost two years ago and trying to look and learn on the job. To Canford’s credit all members of the squad worked hard, both on and off the ball and progress in all areas during the game was significant. This was exemplified by the fact that whilst we were 6 goals down at half time, the second half saw Wellington only outscore us by 1. Very simply, lots of positives to take forward, and lots to work on. Well done to everyone.


With one practice session under our belts, and Noa's first ever try at netball, we knew that the match would be a tough one. In the first quarter both teams were a bit rusty, but we kept Wellington to a small lead of 5-2. In the following quarters they were just quicker, better at passing and had two phenomenal shooters who rarely missed, so the scores kept widening. Canford had chances for more goals but we couldn't convert. In the next few weeks we need to concentrate on accuracy of passing and moving into space.

The U15A girls settled into the game against Wellington College well, keeping even scores to begin with. Hettie Lloyd and Molly Rodber established their strong connection in defence early, making it hard for Wellington’s attack to work the ball into the circle. We showed good use of space and awareness on the court throughout the game. At half time it was 25-11 Wellington, but the girls were not disheartened and continued to work hard to catch them. Eliza Miller and Paige Davis-McCluskie made some great turnovers throughout the second half but we couldn’t convert these. Unfortunately, despite the hard work the game finished 51-20 Wellington. Melisa Kose was awarded player of the match after some great attacking work and impressive goals from distance. Thank you to parents who helped score and time. (ZLF)


What a way to start the netball term! The girls started the match with such enthusiasm and gumption, which resulted in a starting lead. There was some great teamwork, with Portia and Katie working dynamically down the center of the court. Wellington fought back in the second quarter, but the girls refused to give in and took back the pace. Sophia defected many shots and grabbed the rebounds with real determination. The standards were high through the whole match, and the girls were determined to keep shooting goals. Bella shot some great goals and managed to get around her swift opponent. This also resulted in her being named player of the match. Every single one of the girls played with a real determination and most importantly they played as a team. They have set their goals high, and I know are already look forward to the next match.


After a long journey to Wellington, the 15Cs, led by Captain Amy F were excited to get onto court for their first ever netball match representing Canford. A well-evened match meant that all skills were tested through every quarter. Bella King and Lottie H made a dynamic shooting duo, quickly getting their eye-in on their shooting, resulting in Canford leading the first quarter 5-3. As each quarter progressed, Canford never lost the lead, with some excellent defence from Hester C and Megan M and Bella K. Mid-court, Charlie G, Amy F, Jess C-D and Millie M created excellent space, pivotal interceptions and created excellent feeds into the shooters. At the end of play the score was 19-14 to Canford and Charlie G being voted players player by Wellington - a very promising and exciting start!


What a great way to start the season with a competitive and well matched fixture against Wellington. The first quarter certainly started with a bang and took our team by surprise, resulting in them trailing after the first 15 minutes. Regrouping, the defence did a brilliant job at breaking down play and making the opposition think. It was pleasing to see Delilah Rees putting tactics into practice after only one training session, and the defensive unit, Daisy Timberlake, Annabel Reid and Kate Landale worked hard throughout the whole hour. Well done to Daisy Timberlake, who was voted by Wellington, as the defensive player of the match. After half time it was clear that this team have real grit, determination and a wonderful fighting spirit. The attacking unit Jess Taylor (who was voted as the attacking player of the match by Wellington), Poppy White and Georgia Kenny were placed under a lot of pressure in and around the shooting circle, but they maintained their composure, and the team managed to win the second half. In the centre, the captain of the day, Connie Mowat, looked like she loved every minute on court, working to break down centre passes and feeding the shooters. I can't wait to see this team’s progression next week in preparation for another home fixture against Churcher's College. Final score from the match was 39-45 to Wellington. POM Connie Mowat

The mighty U14Bs stepped bravely onto court having had one session of Netball and not having played together before. Our squad of 8 was quickly down to 7 when Tilly Brewer took a nasty finger injury in the first quarter. Despite turning a pale shade of green she played on and didn’t alert anyone of the issue till the end of play. Despite feeling faint, and in considerable pain Tilly needed to be told to stop. Anna Langdale swapped in to shoot and quickly found her form, sinking the first goal beautifully from the edge of the circle – a relief for us all. Rose Sanderson had to work a much larger area of the court than we had hoped for at GA but her sharp movement and precision feeds were much needed. Tess Byng, Jenna Wilson and Emily Von Schirnding were pushed hard for the entire hour (thanks to Mrs Wilson for agreeing to four quarters of 15…). All kept up the pace for as long as they could and then continued to push further. Emily Kiff and Alice De Laszlo battled throughout as our defence in and both made the job as difficult as possible for Wellington to even get the ball in to the circle. Yes, we have much to work on but importantly we showed competitive spirit, supportive attitudes and huge smiles to the end. We also had a great turnout from our parents. See you next week!


We were commended by opposing coach, myself and parents for their resilience and combative spirit. They knew that Wellington would be athletic and hard to beat. Gigi Gow was outstanding, decisive all throughout the game and managed to retrieve balls and block many attacks. In the 3rd quarter, this is when the team gelled and understood they had to feed our attack. They worked with gusto. Penelope was very effective as C ran miles as centre, clearly indicating where she wanted the ball, getting free, she was awarded POM. Ella and Penelope combined the two provided a solid link, attack spree in the middle third which allowed to feed the ball into our attacking third. They upped the tempo, and hardly lost any ball. Zion Mutopo WD, she started GD but did not have the height to engage in an even fight she was tenacious and snatched many balls away in the last quarter. Overall, a good match despite the loss. Clear team spirit by the end.

For the U14Ds the start of the season was always going to be a challenge and for a squad who have never played together they made rapid improvements throughout their match with Wellington. Sienna Fitzpatrick was awarded woman of the match by the opposition and this reflected her ability to be seemingly everywhere at once. Alongside Cara Siggers and Hannah Exley, they made an effective and intuitive partnership. As someone totally new to Netball Helena Saurel proved to be a promising Goal Keeper. The final score resulted in a disappointing loss but a meaningful experience in teamwork. Well played team!

Football v Taunton School

1st XI

Canford 3-2 Taunton

After the Christmas break the boys played their first game back on Saturday, having only had one training session back this game was always going to be tough. Debuts were handed out to Homer, van der Flier and Synnott. The game started off slow, a couple of great run outs from Homer kept the score 0-0.

Canford took the lead after about 20 minutes. A great delivery from Wittram was met by TJ, who seemed to hang in the air for an age before powering a header home. Taunton fired back pretty quickly, with a great finish in the right-hand corner. Canford upped their performance for the next 20 minutes, Litchfield led the line superbly, pressing from the front combined with brilliant finishing, led to him scoring 2 quickfire goals. The game was 3-1 going into half time.

The second half was scrappy, with very little football shown from either team. Taunton managed to pull one back from an unstoppable penalty. Despite not being at our best, the boys managed to grind out the win. Iftikhar came back on half way through the second half and put in an incredibly assured performance, calming those around him. Noteworthy performances from Merrell, Young and Wittram. However, player of the match had to be Litchfield, his pressing, hold up play and finishing were superb. His performance was summed up in the last minute of the game sprinting 20 yards to put pressure on the opposition full back

2nd XI

The Acorns started the season with a bang. After a long journey to Taunton, the boys were tired - but a brilliant team talk from our venerable captain Jack P got the boys ready for 70 minutes of Premier League football.

The start was electrifying. Within the first 5 minutes Joe Webb scored a wonderful goal, slotting the ball bottom left. What a goal! However, after that he proceeded to carry on shooting and carry on missing, perhaps not making the most of the Acorns’ excellent build-up play. The Acorns than made it to half time with some great defensive work. The combination of the strengths of Jocelin Child, Jamie Elviss, Charlie Hallam and Max Lockyer made it an unbreakable wall.

At half time Mr Jess and Madame Saurel showed that they are tactical geniuses, tweaking team shape expertly. The second half was even better than the first half with the boys extending the lead to 3-0 with Tom Norman volleying it top corner and Jocelin Child – yes, Jocelin Child! - scoring in the last 5 minutes of the game with a powerful knee slide sending the message to Taunton that the game was up.

Jocelin Child was the man of the match for his brilliant defensive work.

Cross Country – Dorset County Championships

The Cross Country team were straight into action last week with the county championships at King’s Park. Some fantastic performances from all that took part, particularly in the shells where this race was done off the back of minimal training. We had top10 performances from Massimo Brown, Santi Sastre, Jamie Barrington and Felix Tuck. As Jamie finished 6th, he will go onto represent his county in both the regional and national cross country champs.

Squash / Real Tennis v The Oratory


David Offer lost to Joseph: 2/6
Tom Clark beat Ollie: 6/4
Merlin Cork lost to Freddie: 5/6
David/Tom lost to Joseph/Ollie: 0/6
David/Merlin lost to Joseph/Freddie: 1/6
Tom/Merlin lost to Ollie/Freddie: 4/6

Final result: Canford 1 - Oratory 5

The Oratory team made the long journey across on Sunday to Canford with their U18s and U16s, so lots of tennis played. There was a tough handicap in the singles for David, giving away three points before he started... but I won't remind him about the double fault at match point! The Oratory players were getting used to the court and improving across the afternoon and proved too strong in the doubles; althougb Tom and Merlin put in a valiant performance, just losing 4-6. Tom played solidly across the afternoon and managed to get our one victory - he is looking increasingly confident on court week on week and has made big strides forward in his game.

Player of the day has to go to Merlin, narrowly losing a fantastic singles match and performing well in the final doubles - he has also improved considerably over the last number of months, regularly staying on for extra sessions or looking for any opportunity to run his dad around!

I am also excited to say that David has been invited to the World Junior Championships in August.


Albert Blackburn lost to Joseph: 3/6
Arthur Toosey lost to Nathan: 3/6
Ed Timberlake beat Alejandro: 6/0
Albert/Ed lost to Joseph/Alejandro: 3/6
Arthur/Ed beat Nathan/Alejandro: 6/3
Albert/Arthur beat Joseph/Nathan: 6/4

Final Result: Canford 3 - Oratory 3

A fantastic day of Sunday tennis for the U16s against the Oratory. It was honours even in the first two singles with Albert taking a while to get going and losing 3/6. Ed proved too strong for his inexperienced opponent and dominated the serve, he comfortably took it 6/0. Arthur continues to try and use a hybrid technique of real tennis and cricket, but although there were some amazing shots, this wasn't' enough to overcome his opponent, eventually losing 3/6. Oratory's weakest player got stronger across the day with some incredible forehand groundstrokes; he surprised Albert and Ed in the doubles, taking the match 6/3. Concentration improved after this and Canford won two hard-fought final doubles matches.

Players of the day goes to Ed, having not picked up a racket for quite a while now, he got rid of of the rust quickly and put in a really impressive performance across the afternoon. Well done boy, great effort!

What's coming up:

  • Boys house squash starts with the juniors next Tuesday at 4.30pm
  • Shells continue with their introductory sessions on a Monday
  • Wednesday Club sessions continue through the term - Wednesday at 4.45pm and Friday at 4.30pm
  • Squash match vs. Bryanston on Thursday
  • Real tennis match over at the Hyde, Bridport on Sunday


Term started for the rugby squad with some always fun athletic testing. The first few sessions have been spent working on our basic gameplay whilst gently nudging our fitness levels in the right direction post-Christmas. This Thursday sees us take a group up to Marlborough College for a mixture of games from XV’s to VII’s and it’ll be interesting to see how we fare coming back to things after the break. The good news is that we have an experienced and capable squad for whom the 7’s version of the game may suit very well indeed.

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.

This sports report is published weekly and is available via the Twitter feed, on the Parent Portal and also on the News/Sports News section of the dedicated sports portal www.canfordsports.com.

Twitter @CanfordSport Instagram @canford_sport_and_wellbeing