By Kevin Boniface, Head of Hockey
On Wednesday the Girls 1st XI played host to Lord Wandsworth 2nd XI. The expectation going in to the game was that this would be a tightly fought encounter between two well matched sides.
This proved to be the case as both teams played with plenty of attacking intent, committing players forward at every opportunity but neither side able to convert chances in the first half.
The Bedales side, for the second week running, showed good professionalism at half-time; taking on development points and were well steered by Captain Nancy Tier.
Improved attacking possession in the second half created better chances for the home side with Elsa Rymer finishing well in a congested circle and Nancy Tier adding to her tally for the season with a well taken penalty corner.
Lord Wandsworth still looked dangerous and attacked with pace and directness and were on more than one occasion unlucky not to convert. They were also thwarted numerous times by debutant Block 4 goalkeeper Becca Staring.
With under a minute to play the away side scored a thoroughly deserved consolation goal but right up until this point the result could have gone either way.
By Spencer Leach, Director of Sport
The 1st XI started very strongly after the long journey to Marlborough and at half-time the score was 0-0 with both teams creating a number of good chances.
Marlborough rotated their large squad to good effect and as Bedales tired a flurry of quick goals midway through the second half gave Marlborough a deserved win.
By Graeme Coulter, Head of Tennis
In the Hampshire schools doubles last week, Lev Borisovets (Block 5) and Oscar Goldbatt (Block 5) came fifth, playing some outstanding tennis throughout the tournament. Meanwhile, Illy Verdon-Roe (Block 5) and Amber Pearson (Block 5) came seventh, remarkably winning one of their matches from three match points down.
Finals day, also last week, was extremely busy and we saw some magnificient finals. Maud Bonham-Carter (6.2) won the senior girls singles 6-2 6-1 against Illy Verdon-Roe; Sasha Arney won the lower girls singles 6-1 against Dora Woolridge (Block 3); Oscar Goldbatt won the senior boys singles 7-6 6-4 against Lev Borisovets; Maud Bonham-Carter and Illy Verdon-Roe beat Mimi Lomax (Block 5) and Thea Levine (Block 5) 6-2 6-1 in the girls doubles; and Lev Borisovets and Maud Bonham-Carter beat Oscar Goldbatt and Illy Verdon-Roe 6-1 7-5 in the mixed doubles.
The pick of the finals was the boys doubles, which was closely contested over 2.5 hours. Oscar Goldbatt and Cameron Dejahang (Block 4) came through a truly outstanding match 7-6 7-6 against Lev Borisovets and Angus Forbes (Block 5).
By Kevin Boniface, Head of Hockey and Teacher of PE
Parents’ Day saw the traditional Stoner XI vs Bedales Invitational cricket match take place. The setting was perfect on the Mem Pitch and the cricket lived up to expectation.
Having ‘won’ the toss, Stoner decided to bat and the new ball was given to Michael Rice, who was balancing Cricket and Music commitments. After a few ‘looseners’ following a year’s absence from the game, Michael bowled a tidy opening spell, finishing with 1-20 from his five overs before dashing off to perform in the concert.
The Bedales side then used a combination of another seven different bowlers, the highlight of which was Noah Golding, who dismissed danger man Justin Jones with a very smart caught and bowled, before also nipping off to perform music duties.
A well fought first innings saw Stoner post a challenging 162 from their 25 overs. The Bedales run chase didn’t get off to the best start as they were soon two down with no runs on the board. However, a steadying of the ship from Block 4 Sam Wheeler calmed the nerves back at the pavilion and this, combined with a fine innings from James Walton, ensured that the crowd were going to be in for a close, entertaining finish.
The star of the show soon became Block 3 Hugo Napier-Munn. Showing plenty of attacking intent, he scored his maiden 50 for the school, 55 not out, finishing with a calmly taken single at the end of the game with nine balls to spare. An impressive innings! Hugo was ably supported towards the end by Olly van Hoeken and returning musician Noah Golding.
By Kevin Boniface, Head of Hockey
The annual staff vs 6.2 hockey match continues a fine tradition of a competitive game played in the right spirit and much credit must go to the 6.2s who throughout their hockey playing time at the school have conducted themselves in the best manner possible. The game itself had numerous chances at both ends and it was perhaps a slight surprise that the staff side took the lead through a fine finish from Rick Cross. However, soon after this, the 6.2 side settled into a rhythm and moved the ball around with much more purpose. Despite the best efforts of debutant goalkeeper, Graeme Coulter, the staff side found themselves trailing 3-1 at half time. The staff side had a productive half-time break and turned to Wimbledon football style hockey, long balls searching out the powerful lead runs from Rick Cross and Chris Bott. Despite the creation of a number of half chances, the staff failed to convert and soon found themselves 5-1 down. Michael Rice was in imperious form for the 6.2 side. However an overly zealous tackle from George Ford awarded the staff side a penalty flick that was calmly converted by captain, Chris Bott. Despite renewed energy the staff couldn’t force their way back in to the game and it was fitting that Maud Bonham Carter finished the game off with a simple tap in through the legs of Coulter. Another year, another deserved win for the 6.2 side….6-2 the final score! View photos.
On Tuesday the junior hockey side played host to KES Witley. The Bedales side is one that has been developing all season and they saved their best game until last. The mental approach and commitment to play attacking hockey was spot on and the six wonderful team goals that Bedales scored were lovely to watch. The team were a credit to the school and their development over the season has been incredible. Final score: 6-3 to Bedales in a wonderfully attacking and creative performance from both teams.
On Wednesday, a much varied 2nd XI side travelled to play KES Witley 2nd XI. Senior fixtures between the two schools are always tightly fought contests and this one was no exception with both sides having chances and committing players to attacking positions. However, the Bedales side was ably captained by the calm presence of Ollie van Hoeken, and scored late on in the fixture to secure victory.
By Helen Retter, Head of Girls’ Sport
Olivia Steel led the U16 netball girls last week against Hampshire Collegiate. The team played a brilliant match with Hermione Whitwam and Grace Vernor-Miles making their debut on the team. All the team members put 100% into their match, passing the ball up the court with accuracy and determination to the shooters, Grace, Maddie and Phoebe who scored 29 goals between them. Final score Bedales 29 Hampshire Collegiate 19
By Spencer Leach, Director of Sport
On Thursday, the U16 football team competed in a semi-final against Chigwell School for a place in the U16 ISFA national cup final, to take place at the home of English Football: St George’s Park. In a tense first half, neither side created clear-cut chances, and honours were even at 0-0. Bedales came within a whisker of taking the lead when Kyle McKillop-Hall hit the post with a trademark free kick, but Chigwell went on to take a two-goal lead. Bedales set up a nerve-racking finish when Raffy Clark Hall served up a freakish free kick from his own half that flummoxed the opposition: a truly fantastic effort from the team to have got so close.
In Basketball, the senior team continued their winning ways and have earned a place in the final of the Super Sixes after beating Pangbourne College.
The U18 girls’ football team had a good result against Charterhouse on Thursday, drawing 2-2. Maud Bonham Carter opened the scoring with a superb individual goal. Charterhouse rallied and hit two quick-fire goals to take the lead. With the game coming to an end Bedales pressed for an equaliser and after good work from Scarlett Croft, Maud grabbed her second of the game, drawing Bedales deservedly level. Great effort from all.
By Kevin Boniface, Head of Hockey
The junior hockey side travelled away to Kings’ School, Winchester on Wednesday. Having made great strides forward in the first half of their previous match, only to lose concentration and drop standards in the second half, the boys were keen to make amends. Bedales survived an early onslaught from the home team and slowly began to work their way back into the game through the calm distribution of Arthur Lingham in defence and the industrious and skilful combination of Hugo Burnett-Armstrong and Ed Marshall-Smith in the inside forward positions. Bedales really took a grip on the game when Oscar Amis twice powered his way forward and scored for the away side. The second half saw a talented Kings’ side exert even more pressure and an increased control of possession. Despite the best efforts of goalkeeper Laurence Johari and the rest of the Bedales side, Kings’ won the tie 4-2. An excellent game of hockey from both sides.
By Spencer Leach, Director of Sport and Helen Retter, Head of Girls’ Sport
On Saturday 3 February, the Bedales Riding Team attended Wellington Riding for two challenging 80cm and 90cm competitions. In the 80cm Bedales placed 3rd and 4th (Molly Montagu on Sky and Emma Nelson on Sienna) and in the 90cm Bedales placed 1st and 3rd (Nell Freeborough on Freddie and Emilia Barnsdale Ward on Minnie). The courses where really challenging and the team persevered within a difficult field.
A very high quality U18 basketball match against KES Witley led to a narrow defeat on Tuesday, but plenty of satisfaction as the team recognised how much they have progressed over the last two years to make this a genuinely competitive fixture. Bedales had a tough week of netball fixtures against King Edward’s VI School, Southampton. The U15 A&B teams and the U16 and 1st teams were close to victory on many occasions and the Bedales sides learnt a lot from the games.