Match report: U16 Girls’ Hockey v Churcher’s College, 2.10.2019

By Mariela Walton, Teacher of Girls’ PE & Games

This week the U16s ventured down the road to play Churcher’s. The game got off to a strong start and Bedales dominated the play, with Churcher’s getting very little possession in their own half. Sasha Arney took on a new challenge in the role of right half and was excellent, proving that her speed and stick skills are great all over the pitch. It wasn’t long before Mathilda Douglas took a sideline pass which she lifted into the D and was expertly deflected by Nell Freeborough to give Bedales their first goal. Not long after, Mathilda gave Bedales the second goal which sent us into half-time with a 2-0 lead.

Churcher’s came alive in the second half and after only a few minutes had secured themselves a goal. Mabel Watson looked dangerous in the role of right wing, consistently driving the ball down the pitch and across the baseline, and it was this persistence that eventually gave Bedales their third goal from a power shot at the top of the D. Churcher’s retaliated with a second goal of their own, which prompted Bedales to launch an even stronger counter attack.

Esther Stewart was outstanding in the role of full back, driving the ball out of the circle and out, letting to Emily Smith who then confidently and expertly carried the ball down pitch. A shot in the circle from Sammy Smith gave Bedales their fourth and final goal leading to a full time score of 4-2 to Bedales. Shanklin Mackillop Hall was voted player of the match, however all of the team played exceptionally well and it was certainly their best game to date.

Match report: Girls’ U15 Hockey v Lord Wandsworth College, 18.09.2019

By Caz Hulbert, PE Coach

The U15s  travelled to Lords Wandsworth College for their first match of the season.

In the first half, LWC managed to score the first goal, but Bedales then started to apply good pressure in LWC’s 25, only to miss two opportunities at goal. In the second half, Bedales began to retain possession of the ball. with some excellent passing from Lally Arengo-Jones and Anna to the forwards.

Eventually Bedales managed to get their first short corner, in which Kamayaya put the ball in the goal. The second goal came after 5 minutes, with a strong passing shot into the circle from Zoe Lobbenberg, where Lally pushed the ball past their goal keeper.
There was some excellent defensive work from Olivia Cooper, Ava Sender Logan and Ellen Wilson, who worked hard in keeping the opposition out of the circle.

Final score was 2-1 to Bedales – well done!

Match report: Girls’ U16 Hockey v Lord Wandsworth College, 18.09.2019

U16 Girls' Hockey v LWC

By Chloe Nicklin, Head of Netball

For a team that had never played together before, I have never seen such a beautifully played game of hockey! All the coaching advice Kevin Boniface and Mariela Walton gave at training were actually put into action, making it look like this team had been playing together for years.

Two players from the U15 team, Lally Arengo-Jones and Anna, stepped up and fitted in with the team well, providing many opportunities for a goal as well as Anna scoring a terrific goal in the second half. Sage Bidwell and Rebekah Leach stepped up from the U14 team and played magnificently.

Rebekah kept calm and opened up the game from the back of the pitch and Sage was a noticeable force in attack scoring the first and last goal of the game. The regulars in the U16s played like professionals, with Esther Stewart as acting captain rallying the troops from the defence. Sasha Arney, Mabel Watson, Gala Pearson, Etty Bratley, Sammy Smith and Nell Freeborough added to the score scoring a goal each (Nell with 2).

A brilliant afternoon out with committed and talented players. Final score 9-0 with Sasha selected as Most Valuable Player.

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.