By Graeme Coulter, Head of Tennis and Helen Retter, Head of Girls’ Sport
In football, girls’ Bock 3 and 4 played against Ditcham Park on Wednesday. Leila Tudor Price was named player of the match, the team all performed well winning 2-0.
Bedales enjoyed many tennis matches last week, not least a boys’ U15 victory over Ditcham on Tuesday in a thoroughly professional display, ending 5-1. Unfortunately the U14 girls’ team mirrored the score in defeat. The same day saw our U14 boys lose out 4-2 to a strong Bohunt team with both Arthur Lingham and Sam Wheeler fighting to the end to secure two points with some excellent tennis. It was a different story for the U15 girls’ team who beat Bohunt 4-2 to top their division and qualify for the playoffs – congratulations to all involved. Despite the rain on Wednesday, the U15 boys played against Robert Mays in a very competitive and high standard match, sadly losing 5-1 – Louis Beecham playing exceptionally well to win his singles.
Finally, the senior girls travelled to Benenden, Kent, for their national cup match in what turned out to be an absolute epic. After the singles round, Bedales were 3-1 up with Maud Bonham Carter and Verity Platt winning their singles both in two hour matches. The match of the round was most certainly Illy Verdon-Roe’s who lasted two and a half hours, saving eight match points before finally winning the deciding set tie break 19-17 in a truly fantastic match. Unfortunately the singles took a lot out of us and we lost both doubles to go 3-3 in the match. With the rain pouring down the girls played a tie break to decide the match and after four hours we fell just short losing 4-3 overall. All the girls involved in this match deserve extra credit for a quite phenomenal performance and a thoroughly enjoyable experience.
On Tuesday 2 May, we held the second football festival for Block 3 and 4 girls. The students dressed in their team colours and entered the spirit of the occasion with a great attitude towards the sport. Freya Leonard’s team won the trophy for winning the most games and with the highest goal difference. Portsmouth Football Club provided prizes for the top team and individual performers. Students had an enjoyable afternoon and they hope the event will continue in 2018.
There were strong performances in the qualifying rounds of the Perins netball tournament last week, which saw the U15s qualify for the upper section of the tournament and the chance to compete for the Cup.
An initial 8-4 loss to Portsmouth Grammar School and a narrow loss to King Edward’s, Witley did not stop the girls. Strong performances, grit and determination saw the team dig out an 8-7 win over Seaford, leaving the final table standing at PGS leading and Bedales and Seaford on equal points. A half score for KES against PGS in the final game of the day would see all three teams sitting on 9 points at the end of day with the results coming down to goal difference alone.
A strong PGS performance saw KES only pick up a point in the final game securing our place in the medals. It was now down to goal difference as to whether we would finish second or third. After a lot of calculating, Seaford pipped the girls to second place by a mere two goals in goal difference.
An outstanding performance by the whole squad over the course of the day and an excellent result for a squad who were runners up in the plate section last year. The girls conducted themselves professionally throughout the competition and thoroughly deserved their medals. Outside of the competition, the U14A and U15A teams beat The Royal School in both their matches, with the U15As coming out on top 23-7.
The Girls’ U15A and U15B Netball teams were runners up in their respective tournaments on Wednesday; the U15As missed out on first place by only 2 points; with the B team equalling the points of first place Perins but missing out narrowly by 2 goals in their goal difference tally.
Overall, it was an excellent afternoon of netball – all the girls played exceptionally well and should be proud of themselves. It was also the first run-out for our new team dresses!
By Spencer Leach, Director of Sport, Isobel Clark, Head of Netball and Kevin Boniface, Head of Hockey
Bedales had a fabulous week of netball starting with a 18-16 victory for the 1st team over Hampshire Collegiate School where a phenomenal work rate and court play saw excellent shooting from both Polly and Cheska. The U15A team followed suit, beating HCS 2nd 14-3 with a great team performance where they played up two age groups. Again, the U14A team didn’t disappoint, beating Portsmouth High 15-5. This was an excellent team effort with only seven players; it was good to see Tilly take to the court and Anna move to play Goal Shooter from Wing Defence with a sterling performance. The U14B team was unfortunate to lose out to Portsmouth High 2-5, but there was great team morale and the girls improved quarter-on-quarter. India and Mimi showed good court craft with Ocean and Leila making over 25 interceptions between them. Well done to everyone this week.
In Hockey, the U14 team played St Edmund’s on Tueday, there were good chances for both sides, however it was Bedales who took the lead with a typical ‘poachers’ goal from Alec. St Edmund’s then gained the upper hand in terms of attacking play, but Will, making only his second appearance in goal, was more than up to the task and kept the opposition at bay. Bedales came out the stronger side in the second half with Hugo controlling the game for the home side. Bedales doubled their lead with a fine individual goal from Oscar and despite a late goal from the away side, Bedales held on for the win.
On Wednesday the 1st XI travelled away to play Hampshire Collegiate School, traditionally a tough opposition and this game proved to be no different. The side, captained by Harry, were conscious that they needed to reduce the amount of turnovers from last week and made a promising start with quicker decision making and more options for the ball carrier. Despite chances at both ends, HCS were 1-0 up at half time. The second half continued in the same manner of the first half with both sides playing some fast paced attacking hockey, however, in the end Bedales were punished for missing some clear chances and the home side added a further two to the score. The Bedales side spoke of the need to be more intelligent when attacking and will look to remedy this when they play KES Witley next week.
Over the past 10 weeks, six Bedalians and three Old Bedalians completed their Level 1 Tennis Coaching qualification.
Throughout the course the students showed excellent improvement in their leadership and communication skills, as well as developing their knowledge of coaching. The skills they have been learning have been developed further by planning and running Dunannie group tennis lessons.
We are pleased to congratulate Tom Reynolds, George Robson, Maud Bonham Carter, Jemima Goodfellow, Kirstine Gernaa-Knudsen, Joe Murray, Nicolas Wilkinson and Dylan Allenby Ryan on successfully passing their on-court assessment on Sunday.
Over the Christmas break I went to Merrist Wood College for showjumping. It was a Pony Club competition and Dengie qualifier so the level was really high.
I did the 75/80cm class and the 85/90cm class. We came around 12th place out of around 40 people.
On 8 January we went to Crofton Manor to do showjumping. It was another Pony Club competition and Dengie Qualifier. I did the 70/75cm and 80/85cm classes. We came 7th out of 19 people. During the holiday I also had lessons every week where we trained for showjumping and XC.
I also have a lot more lessons coming up this month and some competitions this month too.