U16 Netball v Prior’s Field School, 27.02.2019

By Mariela Presnell, Teacher of Girls’ PE & Games

This week, on an unseasonably warm February afternoon, the U16 netball team travelled to Prior’s Field for their fixture. From the outset it was clear that Prior’s Field were going to be competitive, but despite their persistence, we managed to finish the first half 15-12.

Some excellent defending from Maddy Upton put pressure on their shooters and made the circle extremely competitive and congested. Alisia Leach worked extremely well in the Goal Attack position, providing support all through centre court and displaying excellent movement skills to allow her to lose her defender and feed the ball into Goal Shooter Grace Vernor-Miles. In centre court, Daisy Flint applied excellent pressure down the court and took a number of tips and interceptions to slow the game down and allow us to regain possession.

Bedales managed to maintain the lead in the third quarter but Prior’s Field came back in the final quarter and the game finished 24-24. Well done to Grace Vernor-Miles who was awarded MVP – her shooting was excellent and her movement in the circle was dynamic.

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U15 Netball v Prior’s Field School, 27.02.2019

By Chloe Nicklin, Head of Netball

Another highly competitive afternoon of netball. Due to some players not being able to play in the year above, some U15 players were moved up. This meant we gained Kamaya Nelson-Clayton, Millie Kennedy, Millie Harris and Lally Arengo-Jones from the U14 side to fill the gaps.

The first quarter saw a lot of congested play, with players driving into the same spaces. However, this settled and the play improved in the second and third quarters. The team started to trust each other more, which resulted in much stronger and accurate passes into the D. A fantastic defensive performance in the third quarter from Lally opened Bedales’ lead by five goals, ending the quarter 17-12.

However, the changes made in the final quarter made for a nail biting watch as Prior’s Field fought back, denying Bedales the chance to score any goals.

Some great performances throughout the game, especially Mathilda in Goal Attack driving onto the ball with great speed, some brilliant feeds into the circle from Mabel and some tips from Emma that broke the opposition’s flow. The final score was 17-15 to Bedales, with Kamaya selected as MVP.

U16 Boys’ Hockey v Churcher’s College U15, 27.02.2019

By Kevin Boniface, Head of Hockey

What an excellent match this was. The mixed age Bedales U16 side came across a talented Churcher’s U15 side and it made for an absolute thriller.

Churcher’s had most of the initial attacking play, but the plan was always to use the Bedales physical strength and speed to play direct and on the counter attack. This worked perfectly for the first goal as the ever present Arthur Lingham won the ball outside the Bedales circle, played a quick ball to Ed Marshall-Smith – who would go on to have one of his best performances in a Bedales shirt – followed by a release pass to Alec Grew, and as both teams thought the ball was going out on the bassline, Alec managed to swoop in and convert it with a superb one handed finish.

Deservedly, Churcher’s equalised soon after, but as half-time was approaching, Marshall-Smith once again influenced the game and neatly converted to make it 2-1.

Having worked incredibly hard with the bare 11, Bedales knew they were going to be up against it in the second half as Churcher’s rotated their squad of 16, keeping fresh legs on the pitch. Despite some solid goalkeeping from Laurence Johari and resolute defending from Charlie Abbott, Churcher’s deservedly drew level and were now having the bulk of the attacking play. The situation worsened for Bedales as they lost Marshall-Smith due to a calf injury with 10 minutes to go.

However, against all the odds, a powerful drive forward from Oscar Amis, followed by a penetrating reverse stick pass caused panic in the Churcher’s circle. Alec Grew positioned himself well and finished calmly to put Bedales 3-2 up and take the victory. A really enjoyable, competitive game that could have gone either way.

Boys’ 1st XI Hockey v Churcher’s College 2nd XI, 27.02.2019

By Kevin Boniface, Head of Hockey

On Wednesday the 1st XI travelled away to play Churcher’s 2nd XI and, having previously struggled in this fixture, were prepared for a tough game.

However, this was a week where everything just clicked for the Bedales team. They pressed high up the pitch and won a lot of the ‘second ball’, creating a number of attacking opportunities and winning a plethora of short corners, only to fail to convert any during the game.

Thankfully they were not made to rue these missed opportunities and set about creating and converting a number of open play goals. Goals came from Trumble Outhwaite (3), Loet Brouwer (2), Louis Beecham (1) and debutant Block 5 student Hugo Burnett-Armstrong.

While the plaudits often go to the goal scorers, it is also important to recognise the defensive contributions of Olly van Hoeken, Carter Clothier, Toby Fairs, Michael McQuirk and Finn Wilkins, who were quick to snuff out any Churcher’s attacking possession and allow the more advanced players to play with freedom.

An excellent team performance!

Boys’ 1st XI Hockey in the Hampshire Hockey U18 Trophy Competition, 30.01.2019

By Kevin Boniface, Head of Hockey

On Wednesday the Boys’ 1st XI travelled to Southampton Sports Centre to take part in the Hampshire Hockey U18 Trophy Competition. In their first game the Bedales side got off to a good start, threatening with the pace and power of Loet Brouwer down the right hand side and deservedly went 1-0 up. Unfortunately, they then took their foot off the gas a little which allowed their opponents, HCS, to come back in to the game and earn a draw.

In the second match, Bedales once again took the lead but a freak deflected goal gave Peter Symonds College renewed hope, and as the game was nearing the final whistle, Peter Symonds scored a well worked short corner to take the game 2-1. This game appeared to knock the Bedales side, and in their third game against Ryde, they produced a rather lacklustre performance, deservedly losing 2-0.

The Bedales side used the break between games to revisit how they were trying to play hockey, and focused on more ‘stick to stick’ passing and better decision-making in the final third. This paid dividends, as in their fourth game they produced a hugely improved team performance that included some standout defending from Ollie van Hoeken and Finn Wilkins, which gave the team a platform to attack from. Two excellent individual goals from Jack Cecil and Loet Brouwer saw the Bedales side take the game 2-0.

The final game of the tournament came against a high scoring Barton Peveril side who had already won the competition. It was perhaps a bit of a surprise to the tournament winners that Bedales nearly took the lead, with the industrious Jack Cecil carving out another opportunity for himself. He was unlucky not to score as he calmly lifted the ball over the advancing keeper at the top of the circle only to see his effort roll agonisingly past the post.

As Barton Peveril moved through the gears, they were met with strong resistance from right half Carter Clothier and goalkeeper Anthony White. After a long period of resolute defending from the team, Loet Brouwer was ‘released’ at the other end of the pitch and left the Peveril defenders for dead, but having done the bulk of the hard work – beating three defenders and the keeper – he couldn’t quite add the finish. In the end, though, the Barton Peveril side were too strong and two superb finishes saw them win their final game 2-0.

On the whole, it was an excellent tournament for the Bedales side; the boys who took part were an absolute credit to the school and should be proud of their efforts – however, they may end up ruing some missed chances in the earlier games.

Boys’ First XI & U18B v Box Hill, 28.11.2018

By Spencer Leach, Director of Sport

The goals have come thick and fast in the last few weeks. The U16s staged another remarkable Bedales comeback in our block fixture against Box Hill. 5-2 down just before half-time, they never gave in and got their rewards with a highly improbable 6-5 victory. The U14s shared the honours in a ten goal frenzy and the seniors lost in two close and well contested matches.

Thank you to Molly Dineen for contributing photos.

Girls’ U15 Hockey v Bohunt, 28.11.2018

By Mariela Presnell, PE Teacher

This week, on a very cold and very wet Wednesday afternoon, the U15 hockey team travelled to Bohunt for their final game of the season.

After a nice long warm-up, the game got started and within the first five minutes an excellent cross from Alisia Leach was fired into the circle, straight to Mathilda Douglas on the left post, who sent the ball straight into the back of the net – putting the first score on the board.

Bohunt had a couple of strong players who made some great attacking breaks, but unfortunately for them, they struggled to break through our defensive cell of Emma Nelson and Shanklin Mackillop-Hall.

As the game progressed, Alisia Leach got the second goal when she dribbled the ball into the top of the D and injected it straight past their keeper into the goal. Fleur Donovan continued to attack with force down the right and sent some excellent balls into the circle. Towards the end of the first half, Sasha Arney found herself in a one v one situation with the keeper. Fortunately for us, Sasha won and we ended up finishing the first half 3-0.

We continued to dominate play in the second half, but unfortunately struggled to get the finish on the goals. Fleur Donovan hit the post and Esther Stewart sent a rocket ball in which narrowly missed the goal.

The game ended with a 3-0 win to us and Emma Nelson was awarded player of the match, which marks the end of the hockey season for the U15 girls. They have worked incredibly hard and made huge progress, both as a team and as individual players.

It has been an absolute pleasure to work with the team and they have been captained exceptionally well by Emma Nelson and supported by Vice-Captain Mabel Watson.

The one remaining hockey event for the U15 girls will be the girls vs boys match in the first week back at school after Christmas. After narrowly losing 1-0 to the boys last year, the girls certainly have a point to prove, so it will be a game that is not to be missed!