Sports update: 24.11.17

By Maud Bonham-Carter, 6.2, Sports Don

The girls’ U16 hockey side travelled to Southampton last Thursday to compete in the Hampshire Trophy tournament. They found themselves in a tough pool and suffered an early loss. However, credit to the team and coach Helen Retter, they rallied well and put in a number of good performances that saw them qualify for the semi-finals. After a tightly fought contest, the teams could not be separated and the game had to be decided by penalty flicks. The Bedales side held their nerve with Block 4 Elsa Rymer converting the decisive penalty. However, despite their best efforts in the finals, the girls couldn’t overcome a strong Farnborough Hill side, but it was a wonderful team effort to reach the final and they were led well by Player of the Tournament, Olivia Steel.

On Wednesday this week, the senior girls’ tennis team played matches against St Swithun’s and Peter Symonds. We had a very close match against St Swithun’s with everyone playing some great tennis. Disappointingly, we lost 7-10 in the tiebreak.  Peter Symonds was a stronger team to play but every player put up a good fight. We lost 1-5. It was great afternoon of singles and doubles play, well played to everyone!

The hard-training basketball squad had their first outing in a pre-season match against Leighton Park on Wednesday. A convincing performance suggests they are capable of being a real force in the post-Christmas Super 6s competition. There were two good results in the Football fixtures against Lords Wandsworth College for the U15 & U18 teams.

The Bedales Riding Team had their first event last Saturday. It was an incredibly early start with some leaving home with their horses at 6.30 am. The event was extremely well attended and competition was strong, there were 80 competitors and teams from nine other schools. In this fiercely competitive field, the team brought home the rosettes for Third Place. This was an amazing feat considering this was their first outing! Well done to Emilia, Nel , Molly and Emma and a big thanks to the team coach Charlotte Uden.

Sport update: 19/10/17

By Maud Bonham-Carter, 6.2, Sports Don

There were only two hockey games this week as the girls’ 1st game sadly got cancelled due to Petersfield Grammar School having to pull out.

On Tuesday, the U14B team played Boundary Oak in an 8-a-side fixture at home. The Bedales girls worked extremely hard and were able to successfully link a number of plays together to finish in some great goals. This was the first time the girls had played together as a team but they were able to come away with a six-all draw – an awesome effort. Mathilda Douglas scored a couple of great goals and was awarded Player of the Match. It is very exciting to be able to put out a B team, and I look forward to working with the girls in more B team fixtures next term.

On Wednesday, the U14A team played away to Bohunt. The work-rate and teamwork was exceptional and all of the girls had an outstanding game. The quality of the passing was exceptional and they were excellent at transferring the ball across the pitch through the defensive team of Emma Nelson and Esther Stewart. Sammy Smith played at centre-half and had excellent control over the game – feeding the play through the centre to Emily Smith on the left and Mathilda Douglas on the right. Fleur Donovan had an outstanding game on the right-wing injecting some excellent balls into the D and running the baseline. The final score was 3-1 to Bedales; Esther Stewart scored two and was awarded Player of the Match and Mabel Watson scored the third.

The senior boys beat Queen Mary’s college 5-1 in their first round Aegon match. All the boys played very composed tennis and played the important points well. A very good start to the latest tournament.

Football had some mixed results this week; a convincing win for the U14s who played an excellent match and the U15s played a good game but sadly lost against Meoncross.

Sport this half term has been very successful and we looked forward to another great half term.

Sport update 13/10/17

By Maud Bonham-Carter, 6.2, Sports Don

It was a good week for girls’ hockey this week although there were some mixed results. The 1st played an extremely tough game against Peter Symonds.  Everyone fought hard even though the game was very much dominated by Symonds. Bella Doyle and Nolly Mardin had a great game in defence and Maud Bonham Carter was awarded Player of the Match.

The U15 X1 hockey team played against King’s School and were 1 -0 up at half time but unfortunately went down 2-1. Millie Bolton scored and Elsa Rymer showed some superb stick skills getting around the opposition. An exhausted team returned home – keep up the great work!

The U14B team had more of a rewarding game when they played Portsmouth High School on Wednesday at home. It was an excellent game with a final score of 6-0. Goals were scored by Amelia Smith, Gala Pearson, Bella De Zordo, Sasha Arney, Sammy Smith and Mathilda Douglas. Sammy Smith also walked away with Player of the Match. This was the first B team fixture and the girls were outstanding. They were enthusiastic and hardworking and with a few more training sessions together they will be a fantastic team. Well played girls!

The boys 2nd XI played an excellent game of Football nearly completing a remarkable comeback against KES Whitley. Sadly they just fell just short losing 5-4. Well played!

On Saturday, the U16 netball team played in the county tournament. Very close games and a great win against St John’s.

Senior boys B team lost 6-0 to Peter Symonds A. It was a very courageous performance from a young team who kept going until the end!

Bedales at the Aegon National Tennis Championships

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By Graeme Coulter, Head of Tennis

Having recently won the Hampshire tennis county playoffs, Bedales Block 5 boys travelled to Oxford to represent Hampshire in the Aegon National Tennis Championships On Friday 6 October.

First up for Bedales was Bradfield College, situated in Berkshire. Playing in the most meaningful match in their lives to date, the boys showed some early nerves and fell behind quickly to a strong Bradfield team. Both Lev Borisovets and Angus Forbes fought back from 4-0 down producing quite a sensational display of mental strength and determination to level at 5-5. Unfortunately, both players fell just short to put Bedales 2-0 down.

Oscar Goldblatt and Barney Van Hoeken took to the court next and similarly showed early nerves with both players going down quickly. Barney fought hard throughout, but came up second best, leaving us 3-0 behind. Oscar then produced one of the best displays I have seen from a Bedales Tennis player, reeling off six straight games with winner after winner in a quite outstanding performance.

Bedales was 3-1 down going into the doubles and we needed to win both sets to force a match tie-break. We started brightly, going a break of serve up in both matches. However, Bradfield hit back and won two closely contested doubles 7-5 and 6-4.

This result put us into the regional 3rd and 4th place playoff against Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School from Buckinghamshire. The boys reacted positively to the disappointment of missing out on the final and both Angus and Lev put in mature and composed performances to put Bedales 2-0 up.

Oscar produced some more fantastic tennis against a very strong 1st seed, but fell just short. Barney fought for over an hour to finally fall 7-5 in an excellent contest.

We were 2-2 going into the doubles with all to play for. The boys stepped it up a gear and played yet more outrageous tennis. Two closely contested doubles were both taken by Bedales to secure a third place finish in the south central region.

The whole day capped off a truly excellent season of tennis that commenced in April of this year. The boys’ work rate, determination, etiquette and manner throughout has been outstanding. They were great ambassadors for the school at the regionals and I could not have been more proud to be there with them.

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Sport update: 5/10/17

By Maud Bonham-Carter, 6.2, Sports Don

All-round wins for girls’ hockey this week with every team playing outstanding hockey! The 1st played their best match of the season so far with everyone dominating their section of the pitch. The transferring of the ball and very strong defending allowed us to accomplish a 3-1 win. Nancy Tier was awarded Player of the Match with great ball carrying skills and worked very well with Maud Bonham Carter in the centre of the pitch. Maud Bonham Carter scored two goals and Eliza Goodfellow scored an exemplary sweep, which landed in the bottom left corner. Well played!

On Tuesday, the U15s played Churcher’s and came home with a great 2-1 win. The players were efficient in transferring the ball across the pitch in a positive manner. A good result – well done!

On Wednesday, the U15s played Alton School and achieved another excellent win with a final score of 5-0. Millie Bolton scored three goals, Captain Charlotte Land scored one and Vice-Captain Elsa Ryner scored one. Well done to every player – all gave 100% on the pitch.

The boys had a mixed week in football with a narrow defeat for the U15’s against Sherfield. The 1st XI won 4-2 against Salesians and there was a spirited display for the U16’s against a very strong Salesians team.

In Tennis senior boys won a friendly match against Queen Mary’s College. Due to a couple of absences, Harry Hornsby and Paddy Arrowsmith from Block 3 stepped in. Both boys won their matches playing against opposition that were four years older. Oscar Goldblatt and Angus Forbes played some solid tennis to ensure Bedales ran out 5-1 winners.

Sport update: 28/09/17

By Maud Bonham-Carter, 6.2, Sports Don

On Wednesday the 1st XI Hockey team played a tough game against Christ’s Hospital. The team started strong with good possession of the ball. Eliza Goodfellow passed a great ball across the ‘D’, which was then finished by Maud Bonham Carter. However, quickly afterwards, Christ’s Hospital scored their first goal, which lead to them dominating the game. Bedales stayed strong, kept up a high work-rate, and learned a lot from the match. Player of The Match goes to Thea Levine.

The U15s played Portsmouth High and put in a really strong performance, pressing high up the pitch and looking to create scoring opportunities whenever possible. Elsa Rymer and Charlottle Land were influential in the middle of the pitch. Goal scorers were Ruby Hall x2, Charlotte Land x1, Milly Bolton x2 and Elsa Rymer x2. Well-played girls!

On Tuesday the U14 girls played Alton Convent at home. The work-rate from all of the girls was outstanding and an early goal from Mabel Watson provided them with a welcome early lead. Sammy Smith dominated the right wing and was excellent at driving the ball down the pitch and feeding it forward to the strikers. Maggie Robinson delivered an outstanding cross into the ‘D’ which was chipped into the goal by Emily Smith, rounding up the first half with a 2-0 lead to Bedales. A strong second half followed and some excellent defence by Esther Stewart and Emma Nelson ensured that Bedales kept a clean sheet. The final score was 2-0 to Bedales and Shanklin MacKillop-Hall was awarded Player of The Match. The girls have made a very promising start to the season and it is very exciting to see how much sporting talent there is in Block 3; well-done girls!

This week, Bedales had their first swimming gala of the season against Seaford College. The girls’ races went really well – a solid team captained by Alisia Leach. The races were competitive with individual team members coming in first. The boys’ team worked well with a smaller team delivering enthusiastic spirit.

The U16 footballers played two games this week. On Tuesday they had a close encounter against Meoncross with some really impressive football and well organised defending but ultimately Bedales lost out by the single goal. Well-played boys! However this proved good preparation for U16 ISFA Cup competition away at Dover College. This proved to be a true ‘goalfest’ with Bedales progressing to the next round with an 8-3 victory.

Well played to everyone who was involved with fixtures this week!

Autumn term: sports update

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By Spencer Leach, Director of Sport

It took the drama of a penalty shoot out to determine who would have the honour of claiming the trophy in the 1st XI v Old Bedalians’ annual season opener. The 1st XI took a slightly unexpected 2-0 lead but a spirited fight back from the OBs saw a change of fortunes and they took a 3-2 advantage into the last 15 minutes of the match. History would suggest that at this stage, OB strength and experience would see them close out the game. The 1st XI’s Max Simmons had different plans as he directed a bullet header into the back of the net to draw the game at normal time and set up a great finale. In one of the closest games in years, it was the 1st XI who held their nerve to win the penalty shootout 4-3. Despite the crushing defeat, OB’s skipper Jack Dean has vowed to remain in post for “one more year” to redress the balance of power. View photos

By Kevin Boniface, Head of Hockey

Last Wednesday, the girls’ 1st XI hockey played their first match of the season at home to Portsmouth High. Having lost a number of senior players last season this was very much a new-look side with a number of Block 5s making the step-up to senior level. Maud Bonham-Carter has taken on the mantle of captain and led from the front with tremendous enthusiasm and energy and it was perhaps fitting that she opened the scoring to put the home side ahead. From here, the game ebbed and flowed with the Bedales side twice finding themselves behind. However, the Bedales girls dug deep and a productive half-time discussion saw a much improved second half with an increase in quality possession and attacking intent. Amber Pearson was impressive on her debut in a new position as centre forward, scoring twice. The home side ended up winning 6-3 in an entertaining match. Goal scorers were Maud Bonham Carter (1) Amber Pearson (2) Eliza Goodfellow (2) and Thea Levine (1).

By Graeme Coulter, Head of Tennis

Block 5 boys beat Westgate 6-0 to win the county play offs and qualify for the Aegon Regionals. It was a spectacular and professional performance from Oscar Goldblatt, Lev Borisovets, Angus Forbes and Barney Van-Hoeken.