01 Jul 2022
Summer Term 2022 - Sports Report Week 9

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Summer Term 2022 - Week 9 Sports Report

Rowing – Henley Royal Regatta and Reading Town Regatta

Henley Royal Regatta

Canford’s Senior Boys VIII finished their season in excellent form. After impressive rows at Metropolitan Regatta and beating Bryanston in a private fixture, they headed to the qualification races at Henley Royal Regatta. In tricky conditions their training shone through, earning a place in the Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup. This event is for Junior Eights and attracts the best school crews from around the world with several clubs entering from as far afield as the USA and Australia. The Canford crew were drawn against Kings College Wimbledon in the first round. The quality of rowing from the Canford VIII was impressive with strong headwinds requiring high levels of technique along with power but they rose to the occasion. Sadly, despite a valiant start to the race they were unable to reel in a crew made up of several GB Junior internationals. Congratulations must go to the crew who secured Canford’s place in this international event having missed out the last two years. Over 660 crews entered the regatta and more than 300 did not even qualify for the first round. Upper Sixth Formers Archie Gardiner, Henry Barham, Ben Shaw and Jackson Kennett will be missed. However Imy Woodcock, Dan Coupe, Arun Samra, Ollie Stuart and Benjy Bishop will return next year. With an exciting depth to the squad, competition for next year’s crew will be fierce and will hopefully lead to even greater successes.

Reading Town Regatta

The senior oarsmen inspired by the crew qualifying for Henley travelled to Reading Town Regatta to compete in the open novice coxed fours event along with the Schools Junior VIIIs. The first event saw Canford making up two of the four entries; the others being Dulwich College and Reading Rowing Club. The “Newell, Shepherd, Batt and Fillingham coxed by Walter” IV dispatched Dulwich College easily whilst the other four bolstered by two members of the J15 crew to become the “Mackenzie, Vandvik, Brooke and Hornung coxed by Burnet” IV crushed the adult Reading crew to set up an all Canford final. In the event the “Newell, Shepherd, Batt and Fillingham coxed by Walter” IV with greater experience triumphed winning this event and proudly claiming their “pots”.

The two senior IV crews then came together, this time however using a couple of other J15 oarsman, Pearce and Chen for the VIII in the Schools Junior VIIIs. This event was a different story with the three other crews in the event coming from the automatic qualifying crews for the PE Cup at Henley in the form of the Dulwich, St Peters and Bedford crews who were further along their development paths.

VIII – Leo Burnett ©, Julian Newell, Charlie Shepherd, Ed Fillingham and Rex Batt, James Hornung, Arthur Brooke, Philip Chen and Freddie Pearce

Winning IV – Elliot Walter ©, Julian Newell, Charlie Shepherd, Ed Fillingham and Rex Batt

Runner up IV – Leo Burnett ©, James Hornung, Arthur Brooke, Mac Mackenzie, Gabriel Vandvik

The J15 coxed four (Charlie Hickie, Harry Taylor, William Fearnley, stroked by Archie Jones, & coxed by Ralph Allen) enjoyed a strong row against Radley in the J125 coxed four event. Although trailing at the finish, the Canford crew had a strong & level row against a better drilled rival. The margin was 2 lengths. The Canford crew came off the water happy with their row, especially given this was their 2nd race in the category after having been thrown together for just 5 practice sessions. All are now looking forward to returning to the river in the autumn.

The J15 eight (Charlie Hickie, Max Mackenzie, Philip Chen, Freddie Pearce, Gabriel Vandvik, Harry Taylor, William Fearnley, stroked by Archie Jones and coxed by Ralph Allen) was a slightly different line up compared with the previous week. Unfortunately, their draw was against a strong Radley crew, the silver medallists at the National Schools Regatta: the race was therefore rather one sided. This was the last race of the term for the J15s. They came off the water talking about next academic year as J16’s, which was really encouraging to hear. This is one of the better J15 squads in recent years, and they are already keen to make their mark next term.

After their races, the J15 boys had plenty of time to watch some close racing by fast crews from the USA, Canada & Australia who had entered Reading Town Regatta as a curtain raiser for Henley Royal Regatta next week.

Athletics – Canford Meet and South West Multi Events

Canford Meet v Winchester & Dauntsey’s

It was lovely to finish the season with a home meet against Winchester and Dauntsey’s. Grace Cecil-Wright won the 100m in a time of 13.4s, with Dan Sanchez also taking the same title for the 100m and equalling the school record 11.1s. Dan has another year to try and gain this title and get his name placed on the wall in the Sports Centre. Henry Wittram worked exceptionally hard in the 800m and just got pipped on the line, resulting in a second place. There was a big uptake in the long jump during this meet, excellent that athletes are taking the opportunities on offer and using the ‘have a go’ attitude and pushing themselves out of their comfort zone. Jansci Motsi came away with gold in this event. Oli Fox-Pitt has been working hard in training and it was great to see his result in the javelin throwing 37m49. Evelyn Young continues her reign in the discus throwing a distance of 25m73. Well done to the Junior Boys relay team who clinched an important win in the relay. A wonderful team effort throughout the day!

South West Multi Events

Megan Mowbray was selected to represent Dorset in the South West Heptathlon at Yeovil over the weekend. In the 7 events she clocked up some pleasing times and distances, 80 hurdles 13.15, shot 8m94, 200m 28.24s, long jump 4m91, javelin 11m07, 800m 2m56.33 and high jump 1m56 beating the Intermediate Canford School record set in 2017. Overall Megan scored 3479 points, which placed her 1st in Dorset and 7th in the South West Championships, a great achievement for her first ever heptathlon.

Cricket v Winchester, Sherborne, Taunton, KES Southampton, Poole GS and Clifton College

Boys 1XI

A first for Canford School playing at The Ageas Bowl ,home of Hampshire CCC against Winchester College.

Winchester won the toss and decided to bat first. Eddie opened the bowling with Monty and struck with his third ball caught behind by Robbie. Monty had a good opening spell on, as you expect a very good and lively pitch. Kit took over from Eddie at the Pavilion End even though the short boundary was on the leg side for the right handers. Once again Kit bowled beautifully and with George at the other end the pressure built up and a very high catch came along caught by Ozzie at deep mid wicket. This was soon followed by a sharp slip catch by Eddie leaving Winchester 37 – 3. Then came a very good partnership of 150 by the Winchester middle order. Milind returning for his first game in six weeks and TJ bowled well in the middle overs with Winchester getting to 231 -7 in 50 overs

It was a strange start to our innings with Robbie being given out caught behind in the first over with only the second slip going up for the catch and belatedly the bowler. As seems to be our want we were soon 6 -2. Jamie and Ozzie battled, with some super shots from Ozzie. Jamie was stumped for 8 and partnerships were hard to come by with batters struggling to go on, Ozzie 39, Sam 24, Monty 3. This left us at 102-6 but things were starting to change. Eddie at last was showing his batting prowess and it was good for him trusting his partners throughout the rest of the innings in TJ 18, Kit 19, Milind 4. His batting just dominated the rest of the innings, even though he was dropped twice. He showed a lot of patience and the pairs just kept going, and the total required was coming down over by over. Milind was bowled by a good Yorker but not before smashing a four through wide mid on. George then strode to the wicket, one to win, four balls left! Very nonchalantly he struck a half volley through the offside for four.

Canford win on a very good day and a very enjoyable game of cricket which was well supported by the boys parents on an international cricket ground

Obvious player of the day, Eddie 2-43 off 10 and 91 not out along with a sharp catch.

Boys Dorset Independent Schools 100 ball Cup v Sherborne

After a lot of tooing and froing between both schools cricket departments a date was finally agreed on for the final.

Sherborne won the toss and decided to bat . An opening partnership of 69 by the Sherborne openers within the first half of the innings aided by some poor fielding and bowling saw us take drinks at 50 balls. A great catch by Dill on the deep square leg boundary, swirling and looking into a low sun seemed to buck up the team. Most things improved for the rest of the innings with Sherborne ending on 140 - 5, not helped by 24 extras. The Jack brothers were the pick of our bowlers with Eddie 1 - 9 off his 20 balls and TJ 2 - 16 off 10 balls.

Canford struggled against some good Sherborne bowling with a number of our batsmen making starts but not moving on or getting any partnerships going despite one or two lusty blows. At no time, however, did we look as if we were going to get near their total finishing on 109 - 8.

Sherborne were deserved winners in the second year of this most enjoyable competition.


The 1st XI season has come to a fun conclusion with the return of Cricket week after a couple of years without due to Covid seeing fixtures against Recent Leavers, MCC, Rifles and Canford Cygnets. A logistical challenge but it has been great to see so many happy faces on Mountjoy both old and new. The 1st XI even managed to fit in the SW Region T20 Final away at Taunton on the Wednesday as well as take on The Rifles!! The game was lost to the weather in Somerset which meant a bowl off – 10 balls at the stumps for each side. Our accuracy at the stumps was unfortunately not quite that of our hosts!


Boys 2XI

Canford 2nd XI vs Winchester (30) – lost by 7 runs

Winchester: 155 all out (27.4) Oscar Bailey 3-9, George Bolland 3-42, Ed Timberlake 2-22

Canford: 148 all out (30) Elliot Hilton 54, Aman Iftikhar 37

Player of the Match: Oscar Bailey

So near and yet so far! The 2nd XI’s hope of a 100% season came crashing down at the final hurdle in a see-saw game that saw us very nearly snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. This was largely thanks to a 69-run partnership between Aman Iftikhar and Elliot Hilton which saw Canford rally from 54-6 to 123-7. Elliot kept going to reach a 50 full of sweetly timed big booming drives, and with two overs to go and 2 wickets in hand we needed 12 to win. Unfortunately, he was deceived by a slower ball and the game was up.

Earlier Canford had a mixed day in the field. A superb opening spell by Oscar Bailey, supported by Elliot kept Winchester quiet, giving the spinners a chance to capitalise. George Bolland was ragging it, and picked up 3 wickets, alongside Ed Timberlake who bagged a couple of his own. At 82-6 Winchester were in trouble, but a 40+ partnership in quick time put Canford on the back foot. However, Oscar was reintroduced the attack for his last over and struck twice to reduce them to 129-8. Max Firth took his first 2nd team wicket, but unfortunately, we couldn’t dislodge their free swinging number 9 who raced to 44 with some kamikaze running between the wickets which we couldn’t punish. Who knows, if we had taken one of those chances we could have 20 fewer to chase and … but that’s cricket – full of ifs, buts and maybes.

It wasn’t the end we hoped for, but that shouldn’t take away from a brilliant season – won 7 lost 1.

Boys Under 15A’s v Winchester

Only 3 wides and some astute captaincy saw Winchester post 180 for 3 from their 30 overs – Will Allen once more was pick of the bowlers though Charlie Pallot took 2 for 4 from the last over with excellent death bowling. Though always just behind the run-rate, Harry Serjeant’s controlled 68 and George Guirdham’s fine 49 saw Canford to requiring 7’s for the last 4 overs. Both can be proud of the way they played though probably frustrated at each of their run outs! Whilst Adam Driver ticked over nicely from one end, a flurry of wickets saw Canford 10 short with 10 balls remaining and 9 wickets down – all seemed to be heading in the wrong direction. In came Jake Stewart, bashed a four and then a six and wondered what all the fuss had been about – BRILLIANT!

Canford 181 for 9 (24overs) Winchester 180 for 4 (25 overs)

Canford win by 1 wicket

Boys Under 15A’s v KES

Regional Final

In breezy conditions, Canford batted first and George Guirdham’s fine 58 with supporting roles from Harry Serjeant (33) and Sam Wilson (20) saw a solid 150 off 25 posted.

Then straight bowling alongside amazing fielding saw Canford home. Harry Serjeant took ‘catch of the wee’ only to be surpassed by Freddie Warrack’s ‘catch of the month’ but then up stepped George Guirdham with ‘catch of the decade’ – an amazing effort at mid-wicket! Will Vessey again took 3 wickets. Canford win by 50 runs.

Canford 150 for 8 (25 overs) KES 71 all out (22overs)

Boys U15B

Winchester 176 all out (25 overs) Canford 156 for 7 (25 overs)

Canford lost by 20 runs

So after the usual shenanigans of ‘will we, won’t we’ when it comes to team selection, we hopped onto the bus with a full 11 including four of my Under 15 regulars.

So to the game and Finn Hunter-Smart lost the toss and Winchester decided to enjoy first use of a well-prepared and what turned out to be a benign batting surface and with very short boundaries. However, for half an hour, it appeared that the Winchester decision to have a bat was not the right one

Finn decided to take the new ball himself, and invited young Cochrane to ride along as his shotgun. After five overs, Winchester were 11 for 6. Yes, 11 for 6. Finn had a couple of catches to his name (thanks were due to Jasper Bowley who took a sharp chance behind the sticks and JJ Guyton at extra cover). Meanwhile, Young Cochrane had a clean bowled to his name and another Bowley special in the book. He was, momentarily on a hattrick but the moment passed. With a couple of run outs it looked like we may be heading for an early finish.

However on of their lower order settled in for the duration, and after Hester Child delivered a straight one to clean bowl another batter in short order, he was joined by a similarly hard to dismiss player. After 11 overs it was 54 for 7, but then these two batters showed just how easy it is to bat when the wicket is true and the outfield like lightening. We did not help ourselves with a couple of dropped catches. The next wicket did not fall until the 24th over: Miss Child again to dismiss their ‘smash and grab’ batter, who fell to a straight one by kneeling down right in front of the stumps and letting it hit his knee roll. The plumbest LBW decision of the day. He was unfortunate to fall just short of a century with 95 against his name in the book.

Apart from those mentioned, Sam Fitzgerald bowled a tidy spell without much luck, Lincoln Jenkinson was very unfortunate not to get his name in the book on a couple of occasions, and Olly Stear trundled a few down. So, from 54 for 7 in the eleventh over to 176 all out, with two more run outs in the very last over. Quite a turn around.

Still, as mentioned, a small pitch with a quick outfield and the challenge was not insurmountable. Bowley and Joey Zhou opened the batting and moved the tally along at a reasonable pace. In fact, up to the 18th over, the Winchester and Canford scores mirrored each other remarkably. However, whereas they lost (almost) all their wickets in the first few overs, ours were spread more evenly through the innings. Joey was ticking along nicely, with his 'one shot', working the ball to leg off his pads. There was even one delightful clip to the square leg boundary. However, once the bowlers had twigged his strength, they simply bowled a foot outside the off stump and his runs dried up. He was then run out for 13. Guyton and Gulliford came and went swiftly, this bringing Jack Bartholomew to the crease. Jack did not disappoint with his batting and he ended up 26 n.o. Although they did not come as quickly as hoped, it was good to see him gaining confidence through the innings, ending up with three boundaries before close of play. Captain Finn arrived to much banter and jocularity; remember that he joined us this year in the Fourth Form from ... yes, you've guessed it, Winchester. His former classmates were keen to give him a warm welcome. HIs bowling can be impressive, but his batting is still a work in progress. However, he did smash one ball for a glorious 6 albeit was bowled next ball! Jenkins and Fitzgerald fell quickly and Stear arrived to see the innings to a close with Jack. However, by then impetus was lost and we fell some twenty runs short.

The only time we were genuinely 'in touch' with the opposition run rate was when Opener Bowley was at the crease. He scored a commendable 60 runs, of which ten were 4s and one 6. He was alone in taking on what was, in fact, a reasonable bowling attack, helping himself to boundaries square on both sides of the wicket and trusting in the old adage; if you are going to swing at a ball, swing hard. Once he fell in the nineteenth over, the momentum was lost. He should be pleased with his contribution, both with the bat and behind the stumps, for which he deserves the MoM accolade.

Boys 14A’s V Poole Grammar

County Cup Final

Another toss win this time by rotational captain Seb R saw Canford elect to bat for their first ever match on Mountjoy Oval. Unfortunately things did not go to plan and we found ourselves 10 for 3 after 5 overs. This brought Ben J and Raffi O together in what turned out to be a match winning partnership of 115. Batting watchfully to start they batted maturely, found gaps and put away the bad ball. Raffi could class some of his dismissals unlucky this year but his innings of 72 no off 62 balls was chanceless. Equally important was the 67 (57 balls) of the ever reliable Ben J.

A score of 159 for 6 off our 25 was a great recovery!

Bowling in partnerships has been this team’s strength all season and this was no different. This time it was the opening pair of Ben J (4.4 overs 3 for 13) and Bertie A. (5 overs 4 for 11) followed by the consistency of Gabe, Bertie C and Freddie that meant PGS would never be in the hunt. Felix deservedly picked up 2 wickets with his leg spin and PGS succumbed to 100 ao in the penultimate over.

A thoroughly deserved win that now means they move on to the Nationals at U15 next year.

Boys 14A’s V Winchester

The U14A team were excited after their county cup win, playing their final game of the season with it all to play for in their quest to be unbeaten. As usual we won the toss and batted first, another new norm for us, is being 2 down early in the innings. Some skillful bowling, coupled with poor timing, lead to us needing Seb Rowland to once more, bat long and deep into the innings. Ben Jack joined him at the crease, with both players passing 50 in good time, before Gabe Davey got his first runs of the season (finally!!) to finish off the innings with a respectable total of 146/9 off of 30 overs.

Then came the turn of the bowlers, Bertie Aspinall (4 for 11 off 6 overs) continued his fine form, trapping their opener plumb infront of the stumps in the second over. This was a sign of things to come, with Bertie and Ben sending the Winchester batsman back into the hut for fun. Then came the turn of our deadly spin duo, Felix Lock and Ben Priaulx who created havoc at the back end of the innings, Felix grabbing 1 wicket and Ben grabbing 2. Ben’s tidy off spin, followed by an express pace ball to finish was the highlight of the innings. Canford won by 15 runs.

A fine undefeated season , with everyone contributing in the field, with the bat and with the ball. Thanks to all the parents for their support over the course of the season.

Girls U15 – National T20 Cup Quarter Final

The girls set off for Clifton College expecting a tough challenge against a school well known for their cricketing prowess, albeit quietly confident after knocking out Millfield in the previous round. On arrival the covers were removed quickly and the pitch unveiled, as the light drizzle in the air disappeared.

The Canford coaches were slightly concerned about the pitch measurements but the game started as scheduled on the strip that had been prepared. Poopy White opened the bowling down the slope with Clifton’s star batter on strike. A beautiful first delivery saw the girls celebrating with the opposition captain back in the pavilion. The over concluded as a maiden and at this point there was a lull in play as both umpires discussed the pitch. A measure was found and it was determined that the pitch was 3 yards short…….!

After a lengthy discussion, the marking of a next door strip and a rain delay the game restarted as a 17 over fixture on the new wicket. The Canford team again bowled well against some solid Clifton batters, including a 2nd chance for their star player and after 11 overs Clifton were 61-2.

Unfortunately, at this point the rain returned and despite everyone’s best efforts it was impossible to get back out on the pitch in between the showers coming in from the Bristol channel.

A frustrating day for the girls and we now await the decision of the organisers regarding any possible re-arrangement (unlikely with term now having finished) or which team progresses to National Finals Day which will be held at Merchant Taylor’s School (Northwood) on Monday 5th September. Whatever the outcome of those deliberations the girls should be hugely proud of their efforts this year and look forward to some more great cricket memories next year.

Tennis v Godolphin and Sherborne

Canford U15 Girls v Godolphin

A:4-5 B:7-2 C:4-0

The final fixture of the season was against Godolphin in Salisbury and it turned out to be a very exciting fixture. Conditions always vary when visiting different schools and the C team and one pair of the Bs found themselves playing on grass courts for the first time this year and it took a while to get used to the uneven bounce. In contrast, the As were fortunate to be playing on a recently laid astro which was excellent.

Even though the B’s won their match convincingly, the Godolphin first pair proved to be tough opponents. Fran and Portia should be commended for being the only pair to win against them 6-5, whilst other Canford pairs lost narrowly 5-6 and 3-6.

In the As fixture, the first round started positively for Canford winning 2 out of 3 rubbers. Bea and Layla stepped up their performance to win 6-4 from 1-4 down against the Godolphin first pair. Georgia and Izzy had a tough day as they initially struggled to find their form. They battled on really well but frustratingly lost their final 2 matches having achieved a good early position in both sets: 4-1 up against the 1st pair and 4-3 up against the second pair – it was just one of those days and we have all been there. Credit should go to the Godolphin second pair who excellent all day – their forehands were very consistent, had lots of top spin and were usually deep in the court and made them very tough to handle – too much for our first pair who lost 5-7 in a long set. Well done to Bea and Layla for just doing enough in the tie break to win 7-6. At 4 all the match was beautifully poised and was to be decided by the last match to finish between both first pairs – a very fitting way for this excellent fixture to be decided. This match went into a 3rd tie break of the day and could not have been closer finishing 6-7 (5-7) to Godolphin. It’s never nice to lose, but this was a brilliant day of tennis with all sort of lessons to learn for us all.

Overall results: As:W5 L2, Bs: W3 D1 L2, Cs: W1 L2

Canford U15 A’s 0-9 Sherborne

A tough result for the U15 Boys to take on Thursday, as we travelled up to Sherborne. Toddy and Leon played some lovely rallies with their opposing pairs. Leon particularly stood out with some lovely shots from the baseline. Ciaran and Sam Askew had the closest games with their opponents. A tough first set, due to the minibus journey (according to the boys), was followed by a 6-3 defeat and a 6-5 defeat. The boys really should’ve won their third set but got unlucky right at the end. Remi and Sam Calvert Lee made their first appearances for the A side and played really well as a pair, but a few lapses of concentration meant Sherborne could take advantage. Despite the result the boys had a good day, and once we start being more aggressive at the net, we will certainly win more games next year.

Player of the week: Leon Keating


The under 15 B’s travelled to Sherborne on Thursday to face off against their counterparts. The boys struggled against a super strong Sherborne side, succumbing to an 8-1 defeat. However, despite the result the boys continued in their efforts. Justin White and Rory Gibson made Sherborne work for each point, Justin’s front court pressure was outstanding while Rory’s baseline work made Sherborne work hard for each point. Sam and Murray improved on each game, their final game, they were extremely unfortunate to come up short against a strong Sherborne 2nd pair but can be very proud of their efforts. Woody and Isaac were brilliant in their second game, winning 6-1 and some the rallies in the third game were awesome, with Woody going toe for toe in a front court volleying rally that was terrific to watch. Ultimately, it was not a result that was desired but the boys can be proud of their efforts.

Player of the week: Woody Woods

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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