30 Sep 2022
Christmas Term 2022 - Sports Report Week 4

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Christmas Term 2022 - Week 4 Sports Report

Rugby v Dauntsey’s, Trafalgar School, Bryanston and Clayesmore

1st XV

Following the rousing victory against Hurstpierpoint in our previous encounter we were hoping to continue our upturn in performance and results with a game against Dauntsey’s an opponent who have proven to be a banana skin in the past, particularly playing away pre-exeat on what might be the narrowest 1st team pitch we will encounter this season.

Playing with the wind and the slope should have allowed Canford to dominate territory all 1st half but a distinct lack of energy from 1-15 meant that whenever Dauntsey’s had possession they were allowed to eat up oodles of ground due to our pedestrian linespeed. The lack of energy seeped into other areas of the game and caused us problems trying to establish any type of pressure.

There were infrequent sparks during the match, Charlie Hallam in the contact area after his early introduction for Sam Martin, Mark Kosgei had a couple of hot moments most notably when he pirouetted through would be tacklers to somehow put us into the lead early in the 2nd half (this was one of the few movements where we managed to maintain possession in the game). Sadly this was the high point, no sooner had we gone ahead than Dauntsey’s struck back and then continued to make hay whilst our collective concentration seemed to fall through the floor. There were late signs of some resistance, a win against the head in the scrum to go with one in the first half.

Overall an afternoon to forget, we will need to be collectively better in all areas if we hope to overcome BWS in our first round cup match or Blundell’s in our block on Saturday.

2nd XV

Score: L 12-15 Tries: Jansci Motsi, Oli Fox-Pitt Conversion: Samuel Symes POTM: Oli Fox-Pitt

Special Mentions: Tom Hopwood, Johnny Walster, Alex Cochrane, Jansci Motsi

Cliched as it may sound, this was most definitely a game of two halves and also several controversial decisions by the match official. The 2nd XV might feel that ‘we were robbed’, but the reality is that in the first half they gifted Dauntsey’s a 12 point lead that they didn’t have to work hard for. These tries came with virtually the first and last plays of the half, with Canford allowing Dauntsey’s to score through some rather porous and half-hearted defence. However, they knuckled down in between not allowing the home team to make the most of the wind and the slope. Alex Cochrane led the tackle count and there were some bright moments as Oli Fox-Pitt and Jansci Motsi made searing breaks out of our half. Samuel Symes was unlucky not to capitalise as he ran a great support line, only to be tap tackled 5m short.

The 2nd half was nearly all Canford, as they brought the game back to 12-12. First, Jansci pounced on a mistake in the Dauntsey’s midfield to sprint under the posts, and then Oli countered with another powerful run following a Tom Hopwood turnover to score in the left corner. The pivotal moment of the game came midway through the 2nd half when Canford though that they had won it. Tom was quick to react to a loose ball out of the back of the Dauntsey’s scrum and scampered into the corner to score. The referee gave the try, but as Canford were preparing to receive the kick off/take the conversion, after consultation with the home team, he decided that the ball had come out of the tunnel, not the back feet, so he reset the scrum. This took the wind out of the Canford sails, and in a rare foray into the Canford half Dauntsey’s were awarded yet another penalty, this time in front of the posts and that sealed their victory. The boys were understandably gutted, but they need to show some bottle now to bounce back and turn the season around.

3rd XV

The 3rds heading off to Dauntsey’s with only 11 players with a few suffering illness and injury. However, Dauntsey’s who also were yet to play a fixture at this level this season were also keen to get a game going in whatever format that might be. Upon arrival we were both surprised and delighted to learn that rather than a game of 10 or 11 side, Dauntsey’s had some extra players and so we entered into the contest playing 15 a side. And what a match it turned out to be – with Canford organising on the fly and with both teams playing hard but in the right way, we ended up with a game that saw everyone dead on their feet at the end of the contest, but also with a real sense of enjoyment in what was a great contest. As far as the score line was concerned, Dauntsey’s went 7-0 up but the try was quickly replied to but not the conversion. Dauntsey’s then scored shortly after half time to go 12 – 5 up, however one of the Dauntsey’s players playing for us was on the end of a well worked piece of ball to get us back to 12 – 10. To say the next 15 minutes was an epic battle of stoic defending mixed with exciting line breaks would be a minor understatement. Both teams had chances, but it was finally Dauntsey’s who took one of theirs. We eventually went down 21 – 10 in a highly enjoyable encounter.

MOM – Oscar Lineker-Bennett


Canford 24 – 31 Dauntsey’s

The 16s were ready and raring to go for their first ‘full’ fixture of the term at home against Dauntsey’s – what an occasion it was set to be. It was clear from the opening plays of the game that both sides were well matched and that it was going to go down to the final whistle. Canford were first to break the deadlock with a superb try from Brookes that was expertly converted by Serjeant. After a long and hard defensive set, Dauntsey’s finally managed to break Canford down and get their first points of the day via a converted try around the 10 minute mark. To Canford’s credit, this made them even more hungry to get their hands on the ball and repay the favour. One of the stand out players of the day, Bowley, made his presence known towards the end of the first half with two spectacular tries of his own – superb side-stepping and evasive skills got him over the whitewash both times. Serjeant yet again added the extras (21-7). However, it was Dauntsey’s who would have the final say of the first half with another try of their own to bring it back within a score (21-14). The start of the second half saw some mature play from both sides who each opted to go for the posts from penalties that were within range. Both kickers continued their 100% success rate to bring the scores to 24-17 going in to the final section of the game. Unfortunately for Canford, this is where the tables turned in the game. Dauntsey’s took the upper hand in the latter stages to score 2 tries late on and finish up winning the game 31-24. The whole of the 16s squad should be immensely proud of their efforts, both in attack and defence. It really does bode well for the remainder of the season and sets up for exciting fixtures against Winton Academy and Blundell’s this week.


The U15s put in a performance full of character in a hard fought win over Dauntsey’s. In a disjointed first half we struggled to put together effective patterns of play and conceded a soft try to go into the break 0-5 down. With an honest half time talk the team flew out of the block and were more physical in attack and at the brake-down. We controlled the second half. Massimo Brown scored an excellent individual try, two penalties from Ralph Boldt followed by a try saving tackle from Seb Rowland led the team to an 11-5 win.



The U15Bs came out this week with a real air of confidence about their game. The forwards worked on presenting controlled aggression. The backs looked organised with James Law leading from 10. After a tense first 15 minutes, which saw some issues in setting the scrum, Kaan Ozkazanc picked up the ball from the back of the ruck and ran in to score the first try of the season; not bad going for our rookie front row prop. This was swiftly followed by inside centre Alfie Cochrane, using his pace to outrun his opponent. Feeling buoyant the boys really got into their stride organizing trailers and trying out the set plays we had trained. One of these resulted in a try from Santi Sastre, who had bravely stepped up to play out of position in second row.

At half-time it was clear that we had the upper hand. Dauntsey’s came out fighting and those all-important tackles were once again tested. The back row of Oscar Ingarfield, Hector Boyle and Wilf Lupton really led the way, tackling and rucking like machines. The second half saw impressive tries for Oscar Ingarfield, Fred Blackburn and Jacob Royle. James Law got into his stride with his boot, converting the last few tries to leave the final score at 39-0. A convincing win. Now the challenge is to see if they can replicate this performance next week against Winton and Blundell’s.


The Canford Shells took on Trafalgar at home on Saturday and managed to come away with a 19-12 victory. The shells were excellent in flashes showing some real potential with hard running lines and moving the ball to space. Phoenix Wilson’s ball carrying gave the team a great attacking platform at times while Amir Seewooruthun’s counter rucking kept destabilising the Trafalgar attack. It was a decent performance by the team as they look to capitalise on this result when they host Blundell’s on Saturday.


After just 13 days at Canford the Shells had their 3rd match of the term, a short trip down the road to Blandford for a tri fixture against Bryanston and Clayesmore. The hastily convened B/C team took a while to get into their stride against Bryanston, but it was encouraging to see the boys settling into unfamiliar positions and rising to the challenge of contact rugby.

In a physical game size matters and Bryanston's powerful winger proved to be the difference between two (otherwise fairly matched) teams. The second match was a more closely fought contest, with Canford's slightly lighter pack working hard to match Clayesmore in the rucks and the backs beginning to attack in a more direct fashion. It was encouraging to see the boys' confidence grow throughout the afternoon and a number of players really rose to the challenge, notably Will Mackenzie, George Chetwood and Felix Inglis who all made significant contributions to a very positive display.

Girls’ Hockey v King’s College, Taunton, Clayesmore and Sherborne Girls

Last week there were matches against Clayesmore before the exeat, as well as cup and league outings for the U16s and 1st XI

The 1st team travelled to King’s Taunton for their second Tier 1 League match. In a game that we had chances in, whilst also having more penalty corner opportunities, we struggled to find a consistent rhythm and ultimately were not at our best. A scrappy goal in a tight game saw KCT take the lead in the second half, and despite some late pressure on their goal, we were unable to find an equaliser. Lessons to be learned, quick, and certainly an opportunity missed to acquire three points, which will make our league campaign that much harder moving forwards. (MDC)

3rd XI v Clayesmore 2nd XI

Won 1-0

This was a very even game which could have gone either way. Canford’s performance was a real mix of the sublime and the less remarkable. When we passed the ball wide and attacked down the wings we looked impressive, but too often we gave the ball away with speculative passes. Clayesmore worked hard and utilised some strong hitting to attack with pace and skill, though Lucy Stephenson in goal was up to the defensive task making a number of good saves. We were more accurate in the second half and began to link passes together more effectively with Bella Collier scoring the winner with minutes to play. Over all it was a determined and occasionally impressive performance. (RMBS)

4th XI v Clayesmore 3rd XI

Won 2-0

Goals from Freya Brash and Freya Barrington.

The first Canford 4th XI match was a little rusty, but the passion and determination was excellent and saw Canford dominate for most of the match. The early goal helped settle the girls too. Lucy R, back from covid, was causing all sorts of problems for the Clayesmore defence with her accurate passing and darting runs. Daisy Lewis had a brilliant match at right back defusing many of the Clayesmore advances on the left. Credit should go to both goalies for their excellent skills and preventing further goals at either end of the pitch, but the right team won on the day. Both sides should be commended for their sportsmanship too. (CHJ)

5th XI v Clayesmore 4th XI

Lost 1-2

This was the first competitive run out for the 5ths, and they were a mixture of excitement and nerves. Clayesmore started off the stronger of the two, showing real speed on the ball and put together some nice passes. As we settled in to how they were played, we begin to stretch the pitch, a great pass from Bella Hurd Wood out the defence to Lucy Wiggins on the right wing meant we had an overload. As she drove into the D there were a few one, two passes with Hannah Jeffery and eventually the thundering of the back board meant we have taken lead heading into half time. Clayesmore began to string more passes together and were very quick on the break. Olivia Sellers in goal found herself saving two shots in a row in the first part of the second half with eventually the ball heading over the line. Towards the back end of the half Canford began to tire a little and Clayesmore took advantage, with some miscommunication as the back they scored again and took the win 2-1. The girls had 9 shots on goal, did some wonderful transfers, lots of positives and have some areas work on. Bring on next week. (EJB)

The Canford U16 girls took on Sherborne in a tier 1 cup game on Wednesday. Our first outing with the team as well as the first time some of the players would have played together. Once names were learnt and they became acquainted, the hockey could begin. Having no practice time, due to the amalgamation of two year groups, an early arrival allowed myself and Mr Douglas to do a long team talk, positional play, and outcomes for the game. We started the first half like a house on fire, maintained possession of the ball throughout and didn't give Sherborne a sniff. Great pressing by our speedster Megan Mowbray allowed for a steal and break away, she then calmly slipped it right to an open goal for an easy tap in by Georgia Kenny. Sherborne then turned it up and put us under pressure, unfortunately getting the best of us and allowed them to equalize. The second half began; a more relaxed approach, less running, more passing. Emily von Schirnding and Penny Dirou took the game by the horns and tore it up. Absolutely class in the second half which meant they could both score unbelievable goals Emily's, a goal of the year nominee with a top corner hit and Penny with a very casual back hand finish from top D. Leaving us with a 3-1 win in round 1 and a great start by the girls. Great performances from Grace Cecil Wright, Megan Mowbray, Penny Dirou and Charlotte Parkin. Player of the match: Emily Von Schirnding. (AGF/BDD)

What a victory for the U15Bs against the Clayesmore U15As. The first half was fairly equal where all players showed their maximum ability with good team spirit. We had a few amazing attacks on goal from our three forwards Emily, Kurumi and Cara but as the first half whistle blew there was still no goals on the board from either team. The second half started well after an inspirational team talk from Mrs Byng at half time giving us more confidence and our midfielders consisting of Izzy, Hanna, Rose and poppy kept the ball alive after the defence got it up into our attacking half. After Ella played amazing up the wing getting the ball down to our attacking half an amazing set up from Hanna, Kurumi slotted the ball right through the goal keeper's legs and brought up the score to 1:0 to Canford. After this goal, this is where our defence really brought their A game where Martha, Gigi, Freya and Sienna stepped forward and defended the goal, not letting Clayesmore break through them. A special mention to our goalkeeper Clem who took some amazing saves and kept up the Canford spirit being home the victory. (Emily Kiff)

The U15Cs’ first match was away at Clayesmore and the first opportunity for the team to implement their training. Played with lots of positivity, excellent hustling and defensive work, the Canford girls managed to keep a clean sheet. Felicity in goal was masterful in her coordination of the team from the goal, with some near chances for Zion and Lola up front. The overall score was 0-0, with Zion and Evie being given best defence and attack by Clayesmore. The girls left positive and full of energy to bring into training next week! (EJW)

Great to have Amelia Almeida and Zara Watts join the U14Bs this week. This match was always going to be tough against Clayesmore’s A team, but the Canford spirit was high. Aoife Tarpey took the role as Captain this week and won the important ‘rock, paper and scissors’ to gain the first push back and also gained the defence player of the match voted by Clayesmore. Julide Kose made some strong runs down the right wing and gained the vote from the opposition as the attacker of the match. In defence Leena Kachemad gained the title of Player of Match after her tireless tackling and work rate in defence. Ella Dance also deserves a special mention for keeping control at the back and making pleasing clearances. Alice Myres move to left midfield proved exciting in the second half, where she made some encouraging attacks with Millicent Bowley. Next week we have our first away fixture against Taunton. (NXW)

The U14Cs began their hockey season with an unfortunate loss however, despite the score their efforts and enthusiasm were noted, especially considering that a lot of the girls had not played a game of hockey before joining the school. Defence worked tirelessly to block on target shots from the opposition and making some successful clearances. The girls had some good passages of play throughout the pitch. Communication and talking to one another was a key coaching point at half time and the girls really took this into account in the second half. Ellen Carnegie and Brooke Howells made sure that their voices were heard which helped the girls when moving the ball and finding space. Willa Benady made some great tackles, stealing the ball from the opposition. Tess Gowar really controlled and organised her defence in the second half. This game has really set the girls off and made them more competitive and eager to improve. (REH/VOG)

This week sees matches versus Taunton and Ballard.

Football v Winchester

1st XI

Canford 0-2 Winchester

The boys headed to Winchester with just a starting 11 and no subs. A series of injuries meant that the boys across all 3 teams were really down to bare bones. The boys switched to a back 3 in possession and a 5 out of it, and their shape was exceptional. Winchester dominated most of the ball in the early stages but were unable to create any clear cut chances. Landale in the Canford goal had his best game yet, making an array of saves.

As the first half continued, Canford had their first chance. Norman pressed high and was able to force the mistake from the Winchester keeper, and when the ball fell to Kwan’s feet 20 yards out he put his effort just wide of the post. The scores remained 0-0 at half time, with the Canford back line, marshalled by Bolland, standing firm.

The second half continued in the same way as the first, with Canford staying compact, forcing the opposition inside into the packed midfield. Unfortunately, as Canford began to tire, Winchester continued to push on. A Winchester shot cannoned off the post and fell right to another player who hit the back of the net. In response, Canford moved to a 4-3-3 and went for the game. Unfortunately, this left Canford exposed and Winchester scored another on the counter attack.

This was a massive step in the right direction for the boys, they played with heart and spirit, and ran for each other for every minute of the game. Any one of them could win player of the match. Lockyer and Ransom-Esposti were brilliant at the back, with Reeve and Oaten providing energy down the wings all game. The midfield 3 of Branston, Samra and Wittram worked tirelessly and when given the opportunity tried to get the ball down and play. Kwan and Norman chased every loose ball and put the opposition defence under pressure constantly. However, player of the match for this game was joint between Landale, who showed real confidence, and Bolland, who marshalled the back line and also put his body on the line several times.

2nd XI

The Mighty Acorns suffered an unfortunate 3-0 defeat, despite the spirited performance that the team put in. They were unfortunate to concede early in the first half as Winchester broke in behind the defence and took advantage of a loose interpretation of offside to take the lead. Winchester then kept the pressure on, and despite the Acorns’ best efforts a second goal followed before half time. The acorns produced a much better second half display, with James Bala and Ben Fowle solid at the back, and Ozzie, Craigen and Keri showing good feet on numerous occasions. Despite this, Winchester found a third goal late on to round out the scoring.

Running (X-Country)

This week saw Canford runners undertake a mixture of a short run, a speed session and a long run on Studland Beach. Highlights included Adrian C dash past both Mr Ings and Mr Wilson in a sudden turn of pace during the speed session and watching Alex F and Henry S become strong runners in our faster group. This Thursday (29th) is our first ‘fixture’ where many local schools (state and independent) partake in the PEDSSA cross-country series. Canford provide the equipment, marshals and host one of the legs. It is a popular event on the running circuit and Canford is hosting the first leg. Pupils are often spotted lining the course to see younger siblings/friends run their races. Races will start from around 1400.

Squash v Bryanston

Here is the match report vs. Bryanston yesterday, as well as other news:

Dan Bodman beat Ethan Bikhazi-Green: 3-1
Dylan Proctor beat Tom Clark: 3-0
Rayaan Bushall beat Louis Potts: 3-0
Maxim Grestia beat Elliot Hilton: 3-1
Casper B-Smith beat Justin White: 3-0
Hugo Anderson beat Joe South: 3-1
Ben Boulton beat Harry Todd: 3-0
Toby Wright beat Charlie Bolland: 3-0
Charles Riddle beat Harry Todd: 3-0
Rocco Corrington beat William Lowbridge: 3-0
Arthur Ponte lost to Elliot Hilton: 0-3
Edie Abbot beat Charlie Bolland: 3-0
Iona Jankowshi beat William Lowbridge: 3-0
Alice Welch beat Toby Durham: 3-0
Sasha Woodward beat Charlotte Roberts: 3-0

Final Result: Bryanston 15 - Canford 1

A tough opening fixture away at Bryanston, but a fantastic effort from all! This was the first outing for many, with some only playing since the start of term. It was great to see everyone giving it there all and chasing down every ball, all improved and looked more comfortable with match play by the end. Lots to work on over the coming weeks and we'll see how we do in the return fixture after half term!

The higher order had our more experienced players and there were some amazing rallies. Our new captain, Ethan, tried to get a big win at number one seed and galvanise the team; a shot here or there could have tipped the balance but his opponent just had the edge taking it 3-1. Player of the day goes to Elliot Hilton, who has improved rapidly since the start of term and took our one victory of the day! Well done to all though!

Captain Ethan Bikhazi-Green commented:

"Whilst it was not the result we were hoping for with only one player winning their game, the team spirit was very positive and marks the start of, hopefully, a positive season. Despite most players being matched with a much more experienced opponent I feel as though nobody gave up. Even when 2-0 down in games everyone fought to win every point and took the time to analyse their play in-between games. For me this really shows a willingness to improve and a determination that creates a strong basis for a good season. I look forward to seeing how we progress together throughout the season."

Other news …

  • Ethan Bikhazi-Green is given honour of squash captaincy this year
  • Great to see lots of new Shells and Fourths have started their activity sessions this week on Wednesdays and Fridays
  • Real tennis match vs. Radley and squash match vs. Sherborne on Thursday

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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