15 Mar 2024
Easter Term 2024 - Sports Report Week 9

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Easter Term 2023/24 - Week 9 Sports Report

Netball

U16A v KES Southampton U15A

24-22 Win

The U16As had a thrilling game against KES U15A last week, in a game that really did go down to the wire! After being down for the majority of the game, the girls dug deep and managed to take the victory in the dying minutes of the game. It was a true testament of the determination and togetherness of this team who have been so impressive this season! The girls look ahead to their last fixture of the year against St Swithun’s in what is set to be another action-packed game.

U15A County Tournament

Our U15A's had their county tournament hosted on home turf on the 7th March.

We faced a rocky start against Talbot Heath, resulting in a loss for our first game. However, the girls did not let their heads fall and fiercely went into the next group matches against Corfe Hills, Bryanston, Woodroffe and Glenmoor and pulled way with 4 cracking wins.

We then entered the semi-finals against PGS, where we had an intense goal-for-goal first half. With the girls all filling each other with confidence and determination at the half time talk, we managed to bank in the goals to pull way with a 6-4 win!

The girls were on such a high going into the final of the tournament, where we came up against BSG. This game had everyone on the edge of their seats as both teams made turnover after turnover. After an intense 14-minute game, it ended in a tie, resulting in 2 minutes extra time each way. The girls were full of high energy and perseverance, however, unfortunately, BSG managed to pull away by 1 goal in the last minute of the game.

The U15A's had an absolutely tremendous day of netball, and we couldn't be prouder of them! Well done to star shooter Chloe, and to Elsa for turning over more balls than we could count!

U15C v KES Southampton

W 12 - 8

After very little time to warm up the mighty Cs went into the match with a game plan of possession and if the pass isn't on, reset and go again. The first quarter flew by and KES put their marker down as a very physical side. We were ahead by 4 goals, going into the 2nd quarter and the girls voted with their feet and we decided to keep the team the same. We managed to keep momentum with some good interceptions in the defence and great marking of the GS by Brooke. L. Not many goals happened in this quarter, the mid court were just working so hard! Credit to Millie B and Annie C who just kept on going! In the 3rd quarter they had moved their best player who was now at centre and now getting more of the ball, which enabled them to feed the circle much more consistently. KES managed to pull it back to finish the quarter to just one goal in it. Final quarter Alice M shot so well that we managed to creep a lead of 3 very quickly. We continued to hold on and keep possession to take the win. Impressive attitude from all the girls as, it was a comfortable afternoon of netball.

POM - Annie C

Hockey

Canford U16 v Sherborne U16 Won 4 - 1

Having been elevated to Rossiter Astro the team were in excited mood following the joys of period 8 & 9 on a Wednesday afternoon, (especially for those studying history). With our new brand of passing, fast paced, hockey we immediately stamped our mark on the game against a tidy Sherborne outfit whose play revolved around a very well drilled and skilful central spine. Canford had the better of attacks early in the game and some athletic goalkeeping kept us at bay until Fred B broke the deadlock with an outstanding reverse strike from a narrow angle. Before half time we doubled our advantage with some individual brilliant skill by Bertie C along the back line allowing him to feed the forwards and bring the bring the score to a deserved 2-0. Sherborne still posed a threat and in the early stages of the second half we lost our shape a little and only some impressive goalkeeping by Charlie A prevented them from scoring on a number of occasions. However, placing a man high into their half we determined to attack on the counter and Yakov V was the next to neatly slot home our third with panache, which was rapidly followed by a beautiful passing move finished off by Toby L. At 4-0 up the game was won, but Sherborne did summon the energy to fire one final salvo. The final 4-1 scoreline was well deserved and the boys will now go to Abingdon in the final 8 of the national plate competition.

Rugby

Girls’ Rugby at Wellington

On Sunday, the 1st VII Girls rugby team headed to the West of England tournament and became the first girls’ team to represent Canford in rugby. The group were led by Poppy S and performed sensationally, finishing fourth overall after losing out to a strong Blundell’s team in the final.

The day started with the girls coming up against a strong Millfield team. The team came up short but made Millfield work for every point. However, come the second game even more history was to be made. The girls then came up against Bishops and started quickly, Maya D making a bulldozing run through the middle, supported by Bella R who got down low to clear out any threats. The girls moved the ball well, Charlotte P moving it to Meg M down the wing but the Bishops’ defence held strong. The attack eventually broke down and Bishops broke clear down the wing scoring in the corner, 5-0.

The girls tried to hit back with Isabel A showing her power, breaking through tackles, however momentum was brought to a halt after a knock on. Then came a superb defensive set, Maya D showcasing brute force to knock the opposition to the floor, Bella R chopping low with superb technique, while Charlotte P and Meg M got low and around the waist. Bishops moved the ball well but Melisa K got up hard on the edge forcing an error to win the ball back. Canford threatened on the attack however the support was just a little slow and Bishops scored on transition to take the game to 10-0 at half time.

The girls came out for the second half raring to go and got themselves right back into the game. Maya D kicked deep from the restart and Grace C-W charged hard to put pressure on. The defence from Alice B forced a kick right into the hands of Charlotte P, who threw a fantastic pass wide to Meg M. Meg M darted her way between players and burst through scoring under the posts, game on 10-5. Maya D kicked off and once again put it deep, however Bishops used great footwork to break down the wing. Maya, back sweeping behind the line, timed her run perfectly to get across and put in a powerful try saving tackle into touch. With the game drawing to a close, Canford used their relentless defence to force a turnover. Tackle after tackle came flying in, forcing Bishops to kick, however as they went to kick, Maya D came flying in, charging the kick down. She picked the ball in brilliantly, and was through, she could have touched down in the corner, but she veered towards the posts, thinking about the importance of the extra two. Two Bishops defenders came across but Maya D powered through and dotted down over the line. Charlotte P slotted the kick and the girls were in front, 12-10. Bishops had one last chance, but tackle after tackle came flying in, led by Izzy J, Alice B and Poppy S. Not giving the opposition any chance to break through. Eventually Bishops knocked the ball on and Canford had claimed a famous victory.

However, there was not much time to celebrate, as up next was Taunton. Maya D drove the kick off deep into the Taunton 22 and the girls defended superbly, putting pressure on the Taunton attack, Verity W getting up hard and making tackles supported by Grace C-W on her outside. The chances kept coming, however the girls couldn’t capitalise and Taunton managed to break into the Canford half. Taunton threatened the line but last ditch defending from Alice B and Izzy J kept them at bay. With bodies tiring, Charlotte P made a line break from the Canford try line up to halfway. She threw the ball to Meg M, who in turn found Maya D. Maya broke down the wing and scored under the posts to give Canford a 5-0 lead at half time. The girls started the second half on fire, Poppy S broke through the Taunton defence and offloaded out the tackle to a supporting Tianwen P. Tianwen sprinted down the wing and before dotting under the posts, extending Canford’s lead to 10. Taunton almost immediately hit back, breaking down the wing, however Meg M charged back, tackling just inside the 22. This gave enough time for Isabel A to get back and force a knock on from Taunton just before the line. A brilliant effort by the girls embodying exactly what it means to represent Canford rugby. Taunton would eventually get themselves back in the game as they crashed over from short range to take the score to 10-5. However, Canford would extend their lead moments later, a loose ball fell to Meg M on halfway who showed brilliant football skills, using her feet to boot the ball forward before showing brilliant control and composure to pick it up and place it over the line, 15-5 at full time.

The girls had qualified for the plate final, winning 2/3 group games. Unfortunately, Blundell’s proved too strong in the final. The girls kept pushing throughout and were unlucky not to score at the end as Grace C-W made a fantastic break down the wing and Meg M was tackled just before the line.

Overall, it was a fantastic day, the girls put on a fantastic display and should be extremely proud of themselves. They created Canford Rugby history and will go down as legends for being the first girls to represent the school in the sport at a competitive tournament!

Football

Oaks 3-3 Dauntsey’s

Goals: Max W, Will F, Sam C-L

The Oaks travelled to Dauntsey’s on Thursday. A tough pitch to play on awaited but the group stuck to their principles and tried to play good football. Dauntsey’s however, went route one every time they got the ball. This worked well for them in the first half when they had the wind behind them. The first goal came from this, a long ball over the top of our back line, with the ball squared and knocked in to the back of the net. The second came from a long ball, Dauntsey’s won the second ball and a trip in the box gave them a penalty. They dispatched and went 2-0 up. The Oaks played some good football but every time they built, Dauntsey’s broke up the attacks with fouls.

Going into the second half, the Oaks played some great football. The Oaks applied pressure quickly, and finally made their breakthrough. Max W finished low past the keeper. Another came soon after, with some lovely play down the left, with 5 players involved in tight areas, before Will B opened the play out and laid the ball to the back post for Will F to finish. The equaliser brought together a lot of what the group had been working on in recent weeks. The Oaks thought they had gone in front when a lovely move down the right this time was headed home by Max W but the flag somehow went up to disallow the goal. Dauntsey’s then managed to score a route one goal again, with chances to clear we should’ve managed better. The Oaks equalised again, a Will B free kick was flicked home by Sam C-L. The second half was all Oaks, and some more beautiful play ended with Will F being played through, but again the flag went up wrongly.

The Oaks can be incredibly proud of their performance and deserved to get the win.

Player of the match – Will B

Acorns 0-3 Dauntsey’s

The mighty Acorns started off the first ten minutes retaining the majority of the balls a healthy amount of the time. However, a poorly executed ball from the Canford midfield found Dauntsey’s in a good position to exploit our defence with a decent. ball into the box. The ball came down to their striker who swayed the game in their favour. Canford was not demotivated by this setback, as James L and Felix S found themselves drifting in and out of their defence; yet they couldn’t apply the vital finishing touch. Throughout the rest of the half the game bounced back and forth between both sides but both teams struggled to attack their opposition’s boxes effectively.

The second half commenced; but unfortunately for Canford we suffered from a strike after a corner played off the heads of our defence. We persevered. Some good runs from Finn HS who found some opportunity for balls to be tipped onto Sam W’s head; but to no avail. Then towards the final quarter of the game, Canford produced some splendid plays between Sylvio M, Felix S and James L’s darting runs on the left side. This led to a few opportunities, but as per usual, the mighty corns were not rewarded and Dauntsey’s found themselves scoring a late finisher to end off the game. Although effort was not rewarded in this game (as Dauntsey’s prevailed this time around), Canford will look to succeed in their upcoming game next week with plenty of individual performances hoping to spark confidence amongst the mighty corns.

Lacrosse

Lacrosse 1st X – National Championships

Below are the reports for our games at Nationals where everyone had an amazing time and played extremely well against some stiff opposition. Huge thanks to some of the girls who wrote up these reports and gave us their insights.

1st match v Moreton Hall

For the first match of the whole event, we played against Moreton Hall at 10:17. Moreton Hall were this year's national champions and came runners-up last year. Going into the match, we therefore knew that we were against strong opposition, and so changed the line up, putting an extra straight-attack into defence. This worked really well, and despite losing 8-0, we played really well together as a team and tried our hardest throughout the entire game, with the score not reflecting on our moods. We also had multiple shots on goal, and had some brilliant saves from Grace, making it a much closer match.

2nd match v St Bartholomew’s

Our second match came up against St Bartholomew’s who have done an amazing job being the only state school at this year’s national championships. The game was tightly contested with both teams going back and forth. However St Bart’s capitalised on their chances to create a flattering scoreline which did not suggest the tightness of the contest.

3rd match v St Mary’s Calne

For the first match of the whole event, we played against Moreton Hall at 10:17. Moreton Hall were this year's national champions and came runners-up last year. Going into the match, we therefore knew that we were up against strong opposition, and so changed the line up, putting an extra straight-attack into defence. This worked really well, and despite losing 8-0 we played really well together as a team and tried our hardest throughout the entire game, with the score not reflecting on our moods. We also had multiple shots on goal and had some brilliant saves from Grace, making it a much closer match.

4th match v Benenden

They were a tough side but we fought hard and never let our heads drop. The game play became quite scrappy, but despite this we stayed calm and linked our plays well between attack and defence.

5th match v Bedford

The last game of the Saturday of nationals was against Bedford. Bedford were a strong side however the team pushed through. The defence were amazing never dropping heads and always staying loud and determined. Grace M made some amazing saves which truly lifted the girls’ spirits. Up in attack Canford were a force to be reckoned with. Katie C did some fabulous runs up and down the pitch while Hester C worked hard to get back and help in defence. Overall, not the score Canford were hoping for with a 7-1 loss, however Canford’s morale was not to be questioned.

Day 2 match 1 v St George’s Ascot

Match 1 of day 2!! We played St George’s Ascot at the early hour of 9am. We were energised and ready to go after a Premier Inn breakfast. Although Katie took a little bit of a tumble after the first draw the team challenged George’s and did not let them score their one goal easily. We lost 1-0 but a very tight game.

Day 2 match 2 v Malvern St James

This was another game where things could have gone either way. The girls dictated play from the get go, taking advantage of free positions to bag a couple of goals, however Malvern capitalised on tired legs in the second half and taking their limited chances to win 3-2.

Day 2 match 3 v Uppingham

On the second day we played Uppingham. This was our 3rd game on Sunday and our morale was still high!! We went into the game again with positive attitudes ready to play like it was our last match. We started the game off with a goal in the first few minutes which put us in a good place. Our defence was honestly amazing throughout the whole game. Lottie’s determination and support drove the defence to being very tight and strong with Isla and Amy being very aware of the plays the other team were carrying out. Uppingham started pressing very high on us so we played a more defensive game with the score ending at 4-2 to Uppingham. We had multiple shots on goal against a very good goalie with Emily scoring a smashing goal in the top right corner in the second half. Although we lost this game we came off the pitch proud of our performance and remained positive.

Day 2 match 4 v Heathfield – Round of 16

Our last match was a knockout against Heathfield. We started a goal up from Katie straight off the whistle, which gave us confidence. But Heathfield came back fighting. Despite our strong defence combined with our attack putting in a few more goals, Heathfield managed to pull off a win. Despite the loss it was a great performance, and the team ended the season in high spirits.

A huge thanks to the girls for taking their time to write the match reports. Their effort and attitude all season has been spot on and although results don’t show it, their improvement on and off the field has been exceptional. Nationals was a positive experience with the girls meeting old friends and also bringing in stellar performances when fatigue was setting in. That level of mindset does not come about easy.

The energy they have brought to the sport has made me a proud coach and I firmly believe this season has been extremely successful for the sport at Canford. I hope the girls continue to pursue this sport next year and beyond.

Hardest working team at Nationals, tick.

Basketball

Basketball v Winchester (H) 7/3

Last Thursday saw the basketball team come up against a familiar foe in Winchester College. The game proved to be extremely tight and was a back-and-forth game, which was great for the neutrals. The referee stamped his authority early with a flurry of fouls given to both teams, however this did not stop either side in scoring some well worked points.

First Quarter Canford 14-15 Winchester

With the second quarter starting about as even as the first, Canford looked to turn on the gas and boost their tally and they did exactly that. Several players contributed to the scoresheet to add another 19 points by the half.

Half time Canford 33-22 Winchester

With a stern team talk from the Winchester coach, the away side started the second half with a point to prove and in turn this created a tight, back and forth game with both sides scoring but also giving away the ball just as often.

Third quarter Canford 43-33 Winchester

The final quarter came around and Winchester played some high-pressure defence to limit the free scoring Canford attack. In turn one of the Winchester players came out to close the score and had a part in all 12 points. However, the Canford side showed great resilience under pressure to keep the score ticking over and came out as justified winners with the final score being 50-45.

Squash

Squash v Bryanston – Thursday 7th March

Rufus beat Justin W: 3/0
Thomas beat Josh S: 3/2
Barnie beat George M: 3/1
Alex beat Shay G: 3/0
Archie beat Felix De M: 3/1
Lily beat Harry B: 3/0
Jenny beat Dila A: 3/0

Final Result: Bryanston 7 – Canford 0

A superb effort in a tough away fixture at Bryanston. All the matches were competitive Josh, George and Felix all picking up games. Special mentions for Harry and Dila who have now made multiple appearances for the school, they give it their all, have great attitudes on court and have made big improvements in their games.

Player of the day goes to Felix, who has always stepped up for every game (home or away) and given it everything. He has had some great games over the term, including his game against Bryanston and is now staying on his feet most of the time!

Girls Junior House Squash Champions… Beaufort!

Congratulations to Beaufort for becoming Girls Junior House Squash Champions! A well-deserved victory, only dropping three points! De Lacy were second and Salisbury third. Senior girls house is next week!