Girls’ First XI Hockey v Christ’s Hospital, 20.11.2019

 

By Mariela Walton, Teacher for Girls’ PE & Games

This week, the girls’ first XI travelled to Christ’s Hospital for the final game of the season. Arriving with only ten players, we knew we were already on the back foot. After a quick warm-up, the game got underway. It was clear from the outset that Christ’s Hospital were a strong side, and their attack down the right was extremely threatening.

Despite some excellent defending from Hannah Mazas and Bella Doyle, Christ’s Hospital managed to get the first goal, with an outstanding shot from the top of the D. Bedales worked exceptionally hard for the first half; Alisia Leach was excellent, and she controlled the play in the centre of the pitch, and her relentless defence distributed the ball brilliantly. However, time was against us, and we finished the first half 1-0 down.

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U16 Girls’ Hockey v Christ’s Hospital, 20.11.2019

By Kevin Boniface, Head of Hockey

On 20 November, the girls’ U16 hockey team travelled away to play Christ’s Hospital. The first half was a very one-sided affair, with Christ’s Hospital dominating the attacking possession and only the occasional individual run from Nell Freeborough providing any respite for the Bedales defence.

However, at half time, Bedales were very much still in the game, finding themselves only 1-0 down thanks to some fantastic saves from goalkeeper Tilda Gellatly and some last ditch tackles and interceptions from Emma Nelson and Shanklin Mackillop-Hall.

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U16 Girls’ Hockey in the U16 Hampshire Trophy Tournament, 15.11.2019

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By Kevin Boniface, Head of Hockey

On 15 November, the girls’ U16 hockey side travelled to Southampton to take part in the U16 Hampshire Trophy Tournament. The girls got off to a slow start, losing their first game to the eventual finalists, which instantly put them on the back foot in terms of progressing to the next stage.

However, they rallied well, drawing with a strong Farnborough Hill side and beating the Churcher’s and Kings’ B teams 1-0 and 2-0 respectively. The semi-final tie was a well-matched affair against Embley Park. At the final whistle, the scores were level and the game went to penalty strokes.

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U14 Girls’ Hockey in the Hampshire Trophy Tournament, 8.11.2019

By Kevin Boniface, Head of Hockey

On 8 November, the girls’ U14 hockey side took part in the Hampshire Trophy Tournament. A bumper crop of schools entering this year meant that the level of competition had increased and the Bedales girls responded well, winning five games and drawing two, only conceding four goals. Unfortunately, this performance wasn’t quite enough to progress to the semi-finals, missing out by a goal difference of two.

The Bedales side performed exceptionally well across the afternoon. It was so pleasing to see the side perform using equal pitch time and steeping up to the challenge of playing in different positions. It would be unfair to highlight any ‘players of the tournament’, as every single player contributed and was incredibly valuable. However, it is worth mentioning Phoebe Kane-Moss, who has only been playing hockey since joining Bedales in September, and has now experienced her first county tournament and coped with it admirably.

Match report: Girls’ First XI Hockey in the U18 Hampshire Trophy Tournament, 13.11.2019

By Kevin Boniface, Head of Hockey

Having won the U18 Hampshire Trophy Tournament a couple of weeks ago, the girls’ first XI travelled to Woking Hockey Club on Wednesday to play in the regional rounds.

Bedales were placed in a group with Stowe, Alleyns and Reading Blue Coat. All games were incredibly tight, with three 1-0 scorelines. Two results went against Bedales and they had one win, which included a well-worked short corner routine, finished off calmly by Amber Pearson. This result ensured that Bedales squeezed into the play-off rounds, but a combination of three very tough games and the cold weather proved too much for Bedales, as they lost 4-0 to St Mary’s, Ascot.

The team are the first to represent Bedales at this regional level, so they should be incredibly proud of their achievement, and the manner in which they represented Bedales Hockey was exemplary.

Match report: U14 Girls’ Hockey in the UKSA 7-A-Side Hockey Tournament, 7.11.2019

By Mariela Walton, Teacher of Girls’ PE & Games

On Thursday the U14 girls’ hockey team made the long trip to Burgess Hill to participate in the UKSA 7-A-Side Hockey Tournament.

Looking at our opposing teams, we knew it would be a tough day, and our first game saw us facing Benenden School. Bedales dominated the game from the outset and an early goal from Ottilie Douglas gave us the lead we needed. A brief lapse in concentration gave Benenden all the opportunity they needed to sneak a quick goal, which saw the scores tied. Our second goal came from an excellent short corner strike from Sage Bidwell, which she hammered into the bottom left corner, giving us our first win of the day.

After a brief rest, we then faced Caterham, who were also strong. An extremely even end-to-end game was played with both teams trying – but failing – to convert numerous goal scoring opportunities. In the final minutes of the game, Izzy Land gave us our winning goal, with a textbook strike from the right post.

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Match report: U16 Girls’ Hockey v St John’s College, 6.11.2019

By Kevin Boniface, Head of Hockey

Bedales got off to a strong start, dominating possession and transitioning well from defence to midfield. There were numerous passages of six or seven plus pass combinations, with the Bedales players receiving with confidence and passing with high ball pace and early release.

Despite a domination in possession, Bedales offered limited attacking threat and were restricted to an outstanding individual break from the halfway line from Mabel Watson. Later in the half, Mabel was unlucky with an early shot from the top of the circle, which struck the post. St John’s, on the other hand, were more physical and direct, putting the Bedales defence under pressure. However, Block 3 defenders, Issy Robinson and Greta Stillwell were more than up to the task, not only intercepting and tackling well but combining this with good distribution.

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Match report: First XI Girls’ Hockey in the Hampshire Trophy Tournament, 16.10.2019

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By Mariela Walton, Teacher of Girls’ PE & Games

This week the first XI travelled to Southampton to participate in the Hampshire Trophy Tournament, a competition which brings together a number of Hampshire schools to compete and win their place at the regional event.

Our first game was against King Edward’s School Witley, and after a slow start, the team warmed up and Marthila Douglas secured us our first goal. Not long after that, Nell Freeborough gave us our second and third goals, and our final goal came again from Mathilda.

A quick drink break and then we were back on against Ryde. Eliza Goodfellow was extremely threatening on the right, continuously driving the ball up the pitch with pace and providing us with countless attacking opportunities. Despite dominating most of the possession, we just couldn’t quite get the goal. However, the team managed to hold Ryde to a 0-0 draw until the final nail biting seconds, when Ryde was awarded a short corner. An unbelievable reverse stick lifted ball save from Shanklin Mackillop-Hall cleared the ball from the circle and let us walk away with the draw.

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Match report: First XI Girls’ Hockey v King Edward VI School, 09.10.2019

By Mariela Walton, Teacher of Girls’ PE & Games

This week the first XI travelled to Southampton to face King Edward VI School. The first goal came from King Edward’s when they were awarded an early short corner, but this was quickly followed by a goal from Eliza Goodfellow.

King Edward’s then followed this up with a second goal of their own, which was quickly followed by a goal from Mathilda Douglas. Shanklin Mackillop-Hall dominated the centre of the pitch, picking out any pass made by King Edward’s and feeding it to the forwards, which eventually led to a third goal from Nell Freeborough, who slammed the ball into the goal from the centre of the D. The fourth Bedales goal came just a few minutes later from Amber Pearson, sending us into half time with a 4-2 lead.

The second half of the match proved to be much tougher, as King Edward’s came back strong, and it wasn’t long before they had taken the score to 4-3. Tyler Staring made some excellent saves in goal, but it wasn’t enough to keep out a fourth goal from King Edward’s. Frustratingly for the Bedales team, having had a 4-2 lead at half time, the final score ended up 5-4 to King Edward’s.

It was great to see three Block 5 students making their first team debut and I doubt it will be their last game in the first XI this season. Sammy Smith was awarded Most Valuable Player for her composure and strength on the right. Next week the first XI travel to Southampton again to participate in the Hampshire Trophy Tournament.

Match report: U14 Girls’ Hockey v Lord Wandsworth College, 2.10.2019

By Chloe Nicklin, Head of Netball

The U14 side played with great determination against a strong Lord Wandworth College (LWC) team. The first 15 minutes of the first half were extremely close, with the score remaining at 0-0, which was mainly down to a strong defensive performance from newly appointed captain Rebekah and her teammates Greta, Matilda and Antonia.

Ottilie made her debut as Bedales’ goalie, making a fantastic save with a completely outstretched leg. Unfortunately, the relentless LWC attack were able to secure two goals before the half time whistle.

Bedales came back strong, with Sage turning the ball and making a break, scoring a fantastic goal. Bedales as a whole stepped up and applied pressure to the strong LWC side. However, with no subs, fatigue began to rear its head and LWC were able to secure another goal before the end of the game.

Although Bedales lost 3-1, they played with grit all the way to the end. Most valuable players selected by LWC were Ottilie and Rebekah.