Old Bedalian returns for hockey coaching day

By Kevin Boniface, Head of Hockey

On Monday, we had the pleasure of welcoming back former Dunhurst and Bedales student Pippa Lock. Pippa is a member of the England Hockey U21 side, Great Britain Elite Development Squad and will be playing in the top flight of the English National League for the University of Birmingham.

Pippa started the day with a talk at Dunhurst, and it was lovely to hear her talk about her hockey journey and how it began exactly where the Dunhurst students were now sat.

The day then moved onto a packed timetable of pitch sessions on the Astro. Students from Group 3 all the way up to 6.2 were given an insight of some of the coaching and ideology that Pippa has experienced through the England Hockey Single System and within international squad sessions.

The day culminated in a presentation from Pippa in the Quad, where she talked about perseverance and setting goals. Already, there has been a tremendous amount of feedback about the impact Pippa had. We look forward to welcoming her back to Bedales soon, having achieved her goal of representing Great Britain at the 2024 Olympics.

Match report: U16 Girls’ Hockey in the Ballard School Hockey Tournament

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By Mariela Walton, Teacher of Girls’ PE & Games

On Thursday, the U16 hockey team travelled to the New Forest to participate in the Ballard School Hockey Tournament.

The tournament kicked off with a game against Hampshire Collegiate School, who managed to sneak an early goal, giving them a lead of 1-0. Despite our best efforts, the girls couldn’t quite finish it, and we lost the first game 1-0.

Never a team to give up however, the girls fought back in the second match against Priestlands, and with a beautiful ball into the D from Alisia Leach – which was converted by Mathilda Douglas – we were able to finish the second match 1-0 up.

For our final pool match, we came up against Ballard School. Having watched them comfortably beat both of our previous opponents, we were well aware that this game would be tough.

The Bedales team played with a high intensity and demonstrated some excellent hockey, but despite numerous spectacular saves from Tyler Staring in goal, Ballard were able to take a 1-0 victory.

We then entered the plate competition and our first match was again against a strong Ballard side. The Bedales team went out hard and were rewarded with three superb goals, two from Mabel Watson (with an excellent ball in from Emma Nelson in defence) and one from Nell Freeborough.

This victory saw us face Priestlands in the final of the plate competition, and again we were able to walk away with a win after a third goal from Mabel Watson. A great day with some outstanding hockey on display from the Bedales team. Well done all!

Match report: Girls’ 1st Hockey XI v KES Witley

By Mariela Walton, Teacher of Girls’ PE & Games

The girls’ first XI hockey season kicked off yesterday with a trip to King Edward’s School (KES) Witley.

The game got off to a strong start, with Alisia Leach scoring her first goal for the first team, pinging it in from the top of the D, straight over the keeper. This early lead gave the girls the confidence they needed to attack the goal, and it wasn’t long before last season’s top goal scorer, Mathilda Douglas, also got her name on the score sheet.

The first half finished with a third goal, scored by Amber Pearson, which gave the girls a strong lead as they entered the second half. In the latter half of the game, the girls remained strong and managed to contain almost the entire game to their own attacking half.

The quality of play in the second half was excellent, with the girls sending the ball flying around the pitch and leading KES on a chase. Bedales continued to have numerous shots on goal, with a number of them missing narrowly; as we progress through the season it will be exciting to see more of these chances converted to goals.

The game finished with a nail biting short corner from Bedales which despite out best efforts was cleared away by the KES Whitley defence. An excellent game to start the season with and some great individual and team performances. Most Valuable Player was awarded to Mathilda Douglas.

Match report: Mixed Senior Rounders v The Royal School

By Chloe Nicklin, Head of Netball

The first fixture of the season for the mixed senior rounders team. After spending the whole summer term training for this moment, the team started the game with a few nerves. The pitch they were playing on lacked width, forcing the team to be tactical with their placement.

The first innings went off to a flying start, with a brilliant back stop performance from Meadow Ridley. We won the first innings 8.5 – 2.5, getting the opposition out after 18 balls. The nerves had settled by the second innings, gaining 11 rounders.

The Royal did not give up so easily and came back fighting with a brilliant performance, gaining ten rounders in the second innings. Unfortunately for them, this was not enough to beat the ever competitive Bedales side and they went away with a 19.5 – 12.5 win.

Most Valuable Players for the match were Meadow for her fielding performance and Oscar for his batting. Either of these players could have been picked for either title, with Meadow scoring two out of the 11 rounders in the second innings and Oscar making three or four superb running catches, forcing their best players to retire early.

Other mentions for batting go to Mimi Lomax, scoring three overall, and Lily, scoring two full rounders (which was particular hard on this pitch). We look forward to hosting the mixed senior teams second fixture next week against staff on Wednesday afternoon.

Match report: U14 Rounders Tournament, 2 July 2019

By Chloe Nicklin, Head of Netball

The Block 3s were ready and raring to go for their last fixture of the year. Due to the Wimbledon trip and an injury, Bedales were only able to compete with eight rather than the standard nine rounders players. However, this did not phase them at all. Kamaya Nelson-Clayton stepped in as the U14s’ coach and number one fan due to her injuries, helping Bedales with tactical decision from the side of the pitch.

Out of the five games they played, they won three, drew one and just lost to the hosts Ditcham Park by 1.5 rounders. The girls adapted well to only having eight players, seeing some fantastic fielding performances from all players. Bowling from Millie Harris was extremely consistent, pairing well with backstop Millie Kennedy, who kept calm under the pressure of also doubling up as fourth base. Nicole Simpson and Coco Witheridge worked well sharing the responsibility of second base and just off second fielder, getting many players out with their reliable catches. The deep fielders Lula Goldring, Katie Mansbridge and Mary Whitley performed extremely well with the sloped pitch, making some brilliant catches.

The U14 tournament was closely contested with three teams ending up on the same amount of points by the end of the tournament. In the final results, due to rounders difference, Bedales came a brilliant second place. It was a fantastic afternoon of rounders with Bedales performing to a high standard.

My Coach’s Player of the Tournament was Maya Cressman. Her batting performance was exceptional. Not only can she hit the ball with great power, she was able to find the gaps in the field, enabling her to secure a rounder almost every time she came to bat.

Tennis update: 24-29 June 2019

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By Graeme Coulter, Head of Tennis

A very busy week for tennis last week. U15 girls drew 3-3 with Portsmouth Grammar School (PGS), while the U15 boys won 8-1, also against PGS. U15 girls lost 4-2 in an excellent match against St Swithuns in the Hampshire semi-final. The match went down to the wire and unfortunately we fell just short in the tie break. Huge congratulations to Romilly White, Eliza Mcfarlane, Alisia Leach and Sasha Arney, who played some brilliant tennis throughout the year to get to the semi-finals.

Our annual school tennis finals (pictured) took place on Parents’ Day in the scorching heat. A massive congratulations to all those involved for persevering through the heat and producing some wonderful tennis.

Senior Boys Singles: Oscar Golblatt beat Lev Borisovets

Senior Girls Singles: Illy Verdon-Roe beat Romilly White

Junior Boys Singles: Paddy Arrowsmith beat Hari Walton

Junior Girls Singles: Romilly White beat Sasha Arney

Team Tennis Event: Oscar Goldblatt, Eliza Goodfellow, Tobias Bonham Carter, Lally Argengo Jones beat Lev Borisovets, Hannah Mazas, Harry Hornsby, Eliza Mcfarlane

Girls Doubles: Meadow Ridley and Lola Pilkington beat Romilly White and Eliza Mcfarlane

Boys Doubles: Final not played. Lev Borisovets and Hari Walton win by default

Mixed Doubles: Lev Borisovets and Romilly White beat Oscar Goldblatt and Thea Levine

Mentor-Mentee Doubles: Lev Borisovets and Paddy Arrowsmith beat Oscar Goldblatt and Harry Hornsby

Match report: Boys’ U14 Cricket v Mountbatten School (23 May 2019)

By Kevin Boniface, Head of Hockey

On Wednesday the U14 cricket side hosted Mountbatten School in the ESCA National One Day Competition.

Having lost the toss, Bedales were put in to bat and got off to a blistering start with Jac Wheeler scoring 18 from eight balls, but this was to be short-lived as he top edged one to the keeper. This brought captain Zach Stewart to the crease to join Huw Wheeler, who was looking in imperious form. A solid partnership ensued, with Bedales reaching 82.

However, the demise of Zach, pulling a short delivery straight into the hands of the square leg, signaled the start of a batting collapse.

Huw Wheeler was soon to follow, having scored an impressive looking 69. Unfortunately there was not much resistance from the Bedales middle and lower order, other than a wonderfully creative and entertaining innings from Elio Mazas (28), and Bedales were bowled out for 154 from 26 overs. The home side knew they were going to have to perform well with the ball and Jac Wheeler stepped up to the mark, clean bowling two of the Mountbatten top order.

The game then turned on its head with the Mountbatten side batting sensibly and punishing any loose deliveries. With momentum shifting, Zach Stewart picked up the crucial wicket of the Mountbatten opener, tempting a drive into the safe hands of Jac Wheeler in the covers. At the end of his eight over allotment, Zach had finished with incredibly impressive figures of 1-21.

Twenty-two overs in, the match was finely balanced with Mountbatten 106 for four, but the game ended in an abrupt manner as the Mountbatten side had to leave suddenly. With Bedales ahead on the run rate, they progress through to round two.