10 Jun 2022
Summer Term 2022 - Sports Report Week 6

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Summer Term 2022 - Week 6 Sports Report

Rowing – National Schools Regatta and Metropolitan Regatta

National School Championships (Dorney Lake)

With over 5,000 competitors aged between 14 to 18 years old. NSR is one of the biggest regattas in the rowing calendar taking place on the 2012 Olympic venue, Dorney Lake. Canford boated three crews from the boys and girls performance squads.

Coxed Four.

Benji Bishop, Dan Coupe, Henry Barham, Archie Gardiner and cox Imy Woodcock. (The Hedsor Cup)

14 crews entered and the time trial would decide the 12 crews to proceed to the A-B semifinals. Canford finished as the 2nd fastest qualifier in 06:21.7 and this gave the crew great confidence for the semis.

Canford 4+ now had to prove their mettle and finish in the top three crews. In the semi final they were fastest to the first 500m in 1:39.12 and just behind were St George’s in 1:40.53. The two crews raced well although Canford hadn’t found the right rhythm and ratio and St George’s pulled away although there was never any doubt that they would qualify for the A final.

It was very exciting for our young guns to come from a 4-minute river with four bends to race on a 2000m straight lane course in a National Final. The four did not disappoint and raced the whole way with the rhythm and confidence needed to win a Bronze medal which was well deserved.

Final results: Pangbourne College: 06:39.34. St George’s College: 06:42.21 Canford: 07:00.63.

Mossbourne Academy: 07:04.18. George Heriot’s School: 07:04.62. 1863 Club: 07:13.14.

Coxless Four:

Jackson Kennett, Ben Shaw, Arun Samra, Oliver Stuart. (Royal Engineers’ Cup)

The boys raced harder and faster than ever in what was probably a highly contested event. A 17 boat entry with the first 12 going to the semis saw Canford finishing 13th 06:55.43 and just missing out.

However, a great effort in a borrowed boat. Thank again to The King’s School Canterbury. All our boys can hold their heads high a fantastic effort by everyone!

Girls Coxless Pair:

Martha Warren-Barratt and Buzz Borneman. (Leander Cup)

With a late change of direction from the quad due to various circumstances our girls pair was exemplary. As you’d expect a high level of entries the time trial was crucial to make the semis and go into the “A” final.

Finishing 5th in the time trial and beating 12 crews was a great start. This put them into a semi-final where they finished 3rd. In the final they drew lane 7 which was more prone to the weather conditions but the girls raced to a high standard and finished 6th.

All in all, a fabulous weekend of racing and another one under the belt for Canford rowing.

A mention to parents and staff who came to support and share the occasion. Thank you!

Metropolitan Regatta.

The London Rowing Club annual regatta held at Dorney Lake is one of the best regattas on the circuit. Held over two days Canford crews raced on the Saturday in Eights and Quadruple sculls.

First up were the girls in the quad with 12 entries and a time trial over 1900 metres to decide lanes and opposition for the second round race.

With substitute Emma Quaglieri from Ardingly rowing club, Buzz Borneman, Martha Warren-Barratt and Jess West were 9th in the time trial, and this put the girls into the “D” final. The racing was not only against junior women’s quad but also against other clubs all derived from the other time trials in Open events.

Our girls racing in lane 5 had their work cut out in a strong cross wind but acquitted themselves brilliantly for what was the first race in a scratch crew and finished 3rd.

The Junior Boys Eight raced in the afternoon and the conditions were just as difficult. It was a bit of a step into unknown as the boys hadn’t raced in the eight over the 2000m and were not well practised.

With a 7 boat entry Canford finished 4th in the time trial only 6 seconds behind Hampton School and this was very encouraging. Going into their final race Canford drew lane one. Fast starters they had just under a length at 1000 metres. Liverpool University, Dublin University and Exeter University and indeed everyone were pushing hard and now had a good over-lap on Canford.

With 250 metres to go and everyone raising their stroke rate Canford cox Imy Woodcock called for the last push and Ben Shaw, Jackson Kennett, Olly Stuart, Arun Samra, Benji Bishop, Dan Coupe, Henry Barham and stroke Archie Gardiner crossed the line a half length to spare to win the G final.

A great racing experience for all concerned, parents included.

Looking forward to the Annual House regatta on Saturday 11th June with guest Olympic gold medallist at London and Rio, Heather Stanning MBE as our guest speaker. Timothy Stanning OC will present the medals. Please join us for a full programme of racing from 1pm on the Stour, with a brass band and Pimm's tent on the riverbank. Parents, grandparents and family are all warmly invited to bring picnics.

Athletics – Canford Meet

Canford had the delight of hosting a home Athletics meet against Clayesmore, Parkstone Grammar and Poole Grammar School on the Thursday before half term. In the overall scores, Canford were placed second in the Junior and Inter boys’ competitions and were overall winners in the Senior boys, Senior and Inter Girls.

With the Junior Boys, Massimo Brown tried out a new event, discus, where he threw a respectable distance of 25.06m and clinched the win. In the Inters competition Jansci Motsi secured the gold in the 100m and triple jump, with Gabe O’Donnell taking home the bronze medal. Nat Harlowe impressed in the 200m, running it in a time of 23.9 seconds, which is very close to gaining the school record of 23.4 seconds. Jemima Chappell worked hard in the 1500m gaining a win, along with Megan Mowbray in the triple jump and Eliza Miller in the javelin. Well done to Bella Collier for transferring over from cricket to throw the shot and discus and gaining second place in both. In the Senior competition, Jamie Barrington ran a fast 1500m in a time 4.54 minutes and Sam Lukaitis and Henry Bailey gaining first and second place respectively in the high jump. The senior girls dominated, clocking up wins from Esther Browning in the 800m, Eleanor Crawshaw in the 1500m, Georgie Boon in the long jump and Evelyn Young had two wins in the discus and javelin. Well done to all those that took part and made the event a success.

Good luck to the 16 pupils who are taking part in the Dorset County Athletics Competition this upcoming weekend.

Cricket v Bryanston

Boys U15As v Bryanston

Just before half term Canford U15s took on our local rivals in a County Cup U15 Quarter Final. Canford’s bowlers have begun to buy in to the mantra of bowling six balls in the same place as opposed to trying six different things. As a result, extras were hugely reduced and we were tough to score against, and we could set a tactical field. Will Vessey’s 2-10 off 4 overs was the best return but Adam Driver and Will Allen can be chuffed with how they ‘dotted up’ at the front of the innings.

That was all we needed after a super team batting performance saw us post eight an over against a useful Bryanston attack on a lively pitch. Though Tom Barrett can be pleased with his team knock of 34, it was George Guirdham who was front stage! A sublime 76 from 61 balls was a lesson in batting and his straight drive and pull for six will long live in the memory. Well played TEAM!

Canford 156 for 3 (20 overs) Bryanston 104 for 6 (20 overs)

Tennis v Clayesmore

Girls 1sts v Clayesmore

With exams and study leave kicking in, we had a new look first team this week. After a nervous start we found ourselves 2-1 down against a Clayesmore side, who had a strong first pair and were very consistent throughout the other pairs. Lara Ela and Hattie had a tough afternoon and weren’t quite able to string together a series of good points together to be able to hold on to the tighter games. By the end of the afternoon, they had improved on their serving and confidence at the net. Will be interesting to see how this pair grows throughout the season. Nia and Mia, had a positive afternoon – finding themselves 5-2 down in the final set, to come back and win 7 games in a row and win it 7-5. This showed real determination and rather pleasingly they achieved this by just trying to do the simple things very well. Lucy and Ruby paired up as the final pair of the first team, despite coming second in all 3 sets, it was a fantastic experience for them and gave them more determination to sharpen up on some of their skills for future matches.

Lost 6-3

Pair of the Week – Nia Edwards and Mia Ashby – Rudd

Girls 2nds v Clayesmore

A similar story to the above, with a few players missing I was pleased with these 6 girls who all stepped up and were ready for the challenge. Varya and Daisy Askew, paired up as the new second team 1st pair in stunning fashion! They came out with 3 wins, worked really hard on serving and reduced their unforced errors as we went through the afternoon. Clayesmore’s second pair was the strongest and we managed to sweep them aside 6-1, whilst the other team fell short. Charlotte and Nuala paired up again this week and were brilliant. Compared to last week, these girls were confident at the net, more consistent and happier with the way that they played. As we go through the season, it has been great to see the improvement, winning two matches and losing 1, with some interesting line calls! Daisy Bayles and Sienna made up the final pair, regardless of the score lines they again had a fantastic afternoon, lost two of the matches, but had a fantastic win against the first pair.

Won 6-3

Pair of the Week – Varya and Daisy Askew.

Other Results v Clayesmore:

Girls U15 A won 8-1

Girls U15 B won 9-0

Girls U14 A lost 2-7

Girls U14 B lost 2-7

During the half term break Fourth Former Suzy Cribb took part in the Dorset U18 Girls County Championship Nett Trophy at Ashley Wood Golf Course.

The competition was over 36 holes and Suzy shot 81 on both rounds (nett 72). The combined scores over the two rounds of 72+72 left Suzy 5 shots clear of the field and the overall winner.

Great work Suzy!!

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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