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.
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!
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.
By Mariela Walton, Teacher of Girls’ PE & Games
This week, the first XI stepped out onto Bedales home turf to play Lord Wandsworth College (LWC). Decked out in their new Bedales first XI kit, the team looked the part and were ready to battle against a strong LWC side.
LWC got off to a good start and within ten minutes, Bedales were 2-0 down. Despite this, Bedales continued to fight, and after Freya Leonard was hit by a stray lifted ball, the team raised their game further. As if seeking vengeance for Frey’a injury, Mathilda Douglas put one in the back of the net, sending us into the half-time break 2-1 down.
In the second half, an early goal from Amber Pearson saw the scored tied at 2-2, which was quickly followed by a goal from Eliza Goodfellow, taking us to 3-2. LWC then answered back with a third goal, making the scores tied again at 3-3.
Not long after, our resident goal scorer Mathilda Douglas followed with an excellent goal, crossed in by Most Valuable Player Thea Levine. Bedales managed to hold the lead for almost the entire remaining half, until Lord Wandsworth got a break in the last minute of the game and a quick goal left the final score at 4-4.
An exciting second game of the season – all of the students worked exceptionally hard and demonstrated some wonderful hockey. Next week they face Portsmouth High School at home with a 4.15pm start.