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: 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: 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: U15 Girls’ Hockey v Churcher’s College, 2.10.2019

By Kevin Boniface, Head of Hockey

On Wednesday, the U15 girls’ hockey side travelled away to play Churcher’s College U15B team. This game is always a well-matched fixture and the 2019 instalment was no different. Bedales could argue that they had the bulk of attacking play in the first half, but were thwarted on numerous occasions by the outstanding Churcher’s keeper. As the half progressed, Bedales quite rightly pressed forward but were sometimes a little ‘gung-ho’, leaving gaps at the back. Despite tremendous defending from full back Olivia Cooper, Churcher’s posed a threat on the breakaway – and it was from one of these fast breaks that they converted, going in 1-0 up at half-time.

Buoyed by their lead, Churcher’s started the second half strongly, but with a large squad rotating from the bench, Bedales were able to increase their intensity and started gaining more of an attacking foothold. A deserved equaliser came from Minnie Galton-Fenzi, who broke down the right channel, eliminated her marker and calmly finished in the bottom corner.

With time running out it looked like the game was heading for a draw. This was until Kamaya Nelson Clayton picked up the ball on the top of the Churcher’s circle and eliminated three players before neatly shifting the ball on to her reverse stick and slamming the ball home. Final score: 2 -1 Bedales. A really enjoyable and exciting game and credit to both teams for playing their part in it.

Match report: South Regional Team Tennis Play-offs, 25.09.2019

By Graeme Coulter, Head of Tennis

On Wednesday, Harry Hornsby, Paddy Arrowsmith, Tobias Bonham Carter and Milo Whittle travelled to the White Horse tennis centre in Abingdon to represent Hampshire at the South Regional Team Tennis Play-offs.

The boys started well, winning three of their four singles to take a 3-1 lead against Farringdon. A very professional performance in the doubles from Harry and Paddy followed to complete the victory and confirm our place in the final.

The final saw us come up against a very good Bradfield side, who won the first singles to take the lead. However Bedales hit back with a huge win from Milo, not giving up on a single ball and securing his biggest singles win to date. Paddy recomposed himself from a mid set wobble to emphatically dispatched Bradfields number two seed and give Bedales the lead. Tobias put in a monumental effort, however couldn’t quite convert his match point, and Bradfield drew level heading into the doubles. Bradfield took the first doubles. Harry and Paddy fell just short, losing a match point to level the match and eventually lost the definitive doubles to make it 4-2 Bradfield.

The boys were outstanding from start to finish and could not have applied themselves better. They were an exceptional representation of the school and should be very proud of what they achieved in the last year of tennis.

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.