02 Dec 2022
Christmas Term 2022 - Sports Report Week 11

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Christmas Term 2022 - Week 11 Sports Report

Hockey – Girls’ U14 West Regional Finals and Boys’ U18 West Regional Indoor Finals

Last week there were Regional Outdoor Finals for our U14 girls, and Regional Indoor Finals for our U18 boys, before a much needed exeat.

Girls’ U14 – West Regionals

A 7am start saw us heading out into a dark, windy and wet Dorset countryside. Three hours later we stepped off the bus at Clifton College sports ground to be greeted by a lovely, mild and sunny early winter’s day, ready to take on the best in the west. Our opposition had all either won their county tournament or come runners up, so the task ahead was not going to be easy, but after our top class performance on Saturday versus Stowe we were quietly confident. Games were 10 minutes each way, with a one-minute turn around. We had 25 minutes between our five games, during which we would refuel, debrief, and prepare for the next game.

Our first match was against Dauntsey’s and we secured a 0-0 draw. The second half was better than the first when we realized that you do actually have time to build pressure and construct attacking opportunities, and consequently the hockey we played was far more commanding. In our second game (Cheltenham College) we used this knowledge well, but a goal line save with a foot (by an outfield player!) resulted in a penalty flick and the ensuing goal led to heads dropping and we never really regained control again. Against Millfield we lost 1-0 in an evenly balanced game that could have gone either way. The same could not be said for the match against Clifton. They controlled from the start and we forgot what we had spent the last three months learning. There was no disgrace with that performance because Clifton went on to win our group and the whole event. In our final game a 1-1 draw with Exeter could so nearly have been a win. We were clearly the better side but after a day of franticly paced hockey, legs were flagging and rather than protecting our early lead, we left ourselves exposed and at the beginning of the second half the opposition took advantage of this to level the game.

Overall, a tiring but enjoyable day where the team will have learnt a great deal about tournament play, not to mention how nice it is to have a day away from lessons with your friends!

Boys’ U18 West Regionals (Indoor)

An early start for the boys was needed for the finals which were taking place at Wellington School in Somerset. Despite having won the Dorset County title it felt like the proverbial ‘Group of Death’ including perennial challengers Millfield, last year’s National U16 Winners Katherine Lady Berkeley’s (KLB) school from Gloucestershire as well as Monkton and Exeter College. However, the boys were keen and excited to take on the challenge.

The first game started well but unfortunately saw us miss a number of early chances to take the lead. We were punished for this in the latter stages by a Millfield side, themselves smarting from a 1st game loss to KLB. A 3-0 loss didn’t seem fair result, but it also meant nothing less than winning the rest of the way would be required. Two solid performances against Exeter School and Monkton, 3-0 and 2-1, respectively gave us a chance to take on the challenge of KLB with an opportunity to go through as one of the top two in the group. Previous results did however mean that we would need to win by 3 clear goals against a side who so far hadn’t conceded a goal!

The boys made an excellent start with Dill Howell controlling things from the back and Leo Vorobyev putting us 1-0 up. As the game approached the halfway stage two more strikes for Leo’s hat trick saw us into the qualification positions on the ‘as it stands’ table. KLB were not to go away though and after losing players to green and yellow cards they made their move with a quickfire double of their one leaving Canford still 3-2 up but short of the goal difference required. As the time ticked by the boys threw caution to the wind in search of more goals. Unfortunately the spaces left at the back meant 2 late goals from KLB meant an eventual 4-3 defeat.

A valiant effort but the team should be really proud of what they achieved in a few short sessions and two tournaments. Most of the team are still available next year and I’m sure they will use the frustrations of not quite making it through to drive them on.

This week sees the girls’ 1st team away at Clifton in the Tier 1 league before a block fixture versus Bryanston this weekend.

Netball v Bradfield College

1st VII Netball vs Bradfield – National Plate

The team exhibited an amazing performance against Bradfield with exceptional goals by Daisy Askew, Daisy Brown and Charlotte Howat. Mia White showed great speed and change of direction to receive the centre pass, as well as getting the ball to the edge of the D. Throughout the match Georgie Boon made exceptional interceptions and allowed the ball to be brought down from defence. As well as Anouska Loveridge travelling all over the pitch with speed and agility. When it came to the defence Dominique Hudson and Esther Browning held their own contesting with their players and making great turnovers. Finally, the players player of the match was Honoré making breath-taking interceptions and portraying great ball control all over the court.

Overall, from the start to the end of the match the girls fought for the ball and portrayed great team spirit. This allowed us to come out with a significant win 63-40 which meant they go through to the next round. The player of the match picked by the opponent was Daisy Brown with her play from GS to GK showing her diverse skills through the game. Well done girls!

Rugby v Embley

2nd/3rd XV - Won 34-0

Tries: Zach Ashby-Rudd, Vic Lee, Jamie Elviss, Alex Cochrane, Angus Brown, Ivor Ritson

Conversions: Samuel Symes (2)

POTM: Henry Stear

Special Mentions: Vic Lee, Isaac Gill, Angus Brown, Oscar Lineker-Bennett

Canford ground down and eventually pulled away from the Embley U18As with a powerful performance led by strong defence and dynamic ball carrying from their forward pack. POTM Henry Stear was unstoppable, with an endless appetite to take the ball to the line and making huge gains. Vic Lee was in similar form, and crashed over for a try from close range, after Zach Ashby-Rudd had scored from a well-executed line out drive.

If the forwards did the hard yards, it was a joy to see the back line come to the party, moving the ball wide for some fantastic scores. Isaac Gill put Jamie Elviss in down the left for the first of his hat-trick of assists. Angus Brown then delighted the crowd with his first try of the season to finish off the first half, when a midfield turnover was quickly moved left, with a good run from Ross Jemmett resulting in Fenton in space, but with plenty of work to do just inside the opposition half. He showed good pace to outstrip the cover defence and, with Samuel Symes converting, Canford were in a strong position at 24-0 at half term.

The second half was not as high scoring, with credit to Embley for not giving up the fight, however Canford were still able to score two more tries. Not long after the break Alex Cochrane pounced on a loose ball as the away team tried to clear their lines, and then, on the stroke of full time, Ivor Ritson scored the try of the match. Oscar Lineker-Bennett made a familiar searing break from full back taking the ball deep into the danger zone, and with an excellent clear out and quick hands to the right, Ivor found himself able to get round the edge to score. A great way to cap a super game of rugby.

U15B – Lost 12-20

The 15Bs put in a remarkable performance, possibly their best of the season, against a well-drilled Embley U15A side. Whilst they lost narrowly, the resilience, determination and teamwork was a joy to see. Canford looked particularly strong in the first half going 7-0 up in the first quarter. Embley came back strong, working hard to pressure Canford at the breakdowns. Despite holding Embley off from the line with committed tackling and rucking, they did eventually run in two tries. Massimo Brown, playing out of position at 10 to replace our injured fly half, had a magnificent run in the second half bringing the game back within Canford’s sights. Once again Oscar Ingarfield was stand-out in his commitment to repeatedly carrying the ball over the gain line. A nervous Embley, decided to kick a penalty for points, a sure sign they were finding it hard against the mighty Bs. A late converted try from Embley took the final score line to 12-20. An excellent game to watch. Next week we will look to improve our line speed in defence. Marvellous to see our rugby take such a big step forward this week.

Running / Cross Country

This week was a week of disappointment for Canford runners as our fixture, the re-arranged Sandbanks Stampede was cancelled due to the high winds and poor weather. Therefore, runners headed out for shelter closer to home and traversed the Castleman Trailway from the Willett Arms to Broadstone and back or stuck to higher ground near Canford SANG. The recent wet weather has meant the groups have had to avoid the flooding near the river Stour and keep to the local woods and forests.

Fortunately, we have another fixture on Thursday at Ferndown, fingers crossed this does go ahead!


Good luck to Lower Sixth pupil Eddie Jack who this week heads out to Abu Dhabi for a training camp with the England U19s. The camp is the last selection opportunity before the squad is finalised for an U19 tour to Australia early in 2023.

Football v Milton Abbey

Acorns v Milton Abbey 3-4

Real Tennis v Wellington College

U16s v Wellington College

Gabriel Davey lost to Archer: 2/6
Toby Lemans beat Michael: 6/4
Tom Chissell beat Ivan: 6/2
Davey/Lemans beat Archer/Michael: 6/2
Davey/Chissell lost to Archer/Ivan: 6/4
Lemans/Chissell beat Michael/Ivan: 6/4

Final Result: Canford 5 - Wellington 1

Great to see our U16s putting in some great effort in their second fixture of the term, even managing to bring fans and some raucous cheering. Gabriel put in a very solid performance with some very tight deuces, but just fell short losing 3/6. Toby got off to a flying start in his match, taking the first few games comfortably, but Wellington came back strong. It wasn't quite enough with Toby standing strong taking the set 6/4. Tom played outstandingly, serving very well and overall too strong for Ivan, winning 6/2.

The doubles matches were hard fought but again Canford came out on top. Great to see some good communication in the boys' doubles play, covering the galleries when needed and working together well

Player of the day: Tom Chissell - some incredible serving throughout the day and showed great ambition to get around the court and cover everything! Well played.

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