U14 Girls’ Hockey v Bohunt, 31.10.2018

By Chloe Nicklin, PE Teacher

The U14s played a strong and energetic Bohunt side who were not afraid to get involved in the action, making lots of successful tackles. Bohunt didn’t have a goalie and had to loan two of our players, but this still didn’t inhibit their performance and made for an extremely competitive match.

Within the first 2 minutes we went a goal down. By underestimating our opposition due to their numbers, Bedales defensive play slipped. This gave Bedales a good wake-up call and after two goals from Lally, we finished the first half 2-1 up.

Bedales continued to play with strength and Bohunt continued to play with high intensity forcing our defence to step up. Our captain was playing with so much determination that she got tangled up in an opponent’s stick and took a nasty fall. She jumped back up and continued to play and even managed a celebration dance back in the Bedales changing room!

The players who stepped in for Bohunt played with great sportsmanship, giving their all to their performance, which helped set up Bohunt for their second and final goal.

However, this was too late as Bedales were still leading and managed to score another two goals in the second half, one goal from Kamaya and one from Millie K.

The final score was 4-2 to Bedales – our first win of the season!

U15 Girls’ Hockey Trip to Holland

By Emma Nelson (Captain) and Mabel Watson (Vice-Captain), Block 4

Over half term the U15 girls’ hockey team went on a tour to Holland, “the hockey capital of the world”. We travelled by coach to Dover and then ferry across to Calais where we started the drive to Rotterdam.

On arrival we went straight to the first of our training sessions, led by Mariela on the main water based astro at HC Rotterdam, the biggest hockey club in Holland. We warmed up and did some drills, focusing on shooting and attacking play. After training we travelled to our accommodation in the centre of Rotterdam where we were then able to relax and have a very well deserved dinner.

Day two was upon us before we knew it and we were back to HC Rotterdam for our first Dutch coaching session, led by three of their best members. In this training session we learnt to eliminate a player and we really gelled as a team.

We learnt new attacking drills from and will be able to use these in training back in Bedales. The coaches gave us important things to work on such as position and angle before the pass, transferring and crossing the ball. They based our training on these aspects and showed us how we could improve in these areas.

After training we spent a couple of hours at the Tiki water park. We all thoroughly enjoyed the park and braved the wild water slides! This really got our adrenaline pumping and set us up for our first match that same evening.

This was against HC Schiedam who where a very strong local side. Unfortunately, we lost the game but the final score didn’t reflect our overall play and effort. Our play was strong and many aspects of our game were greatly improved as we tried to put in to practice the new skills we’d been working on.

In the first few minutes of the second half Fleur Donovan scored an excellent goal, raising the teams spirits. Playing against a side of greater technical ability proved to be a great learning opportunity. At the end of the match Emma Nelson (our captain), was awarded player of the match for her strong defensive play. After the game we had dinner with our hosts and then had a very fun disco.

On the morning of the penultimate day, we had another training session led by two Dutch coaches where we worked on some challenging technical skills which we successfully used in our second game later that day. We achieved a lot from these sessions and really enjoyed them.

Later that day we journeyed to Amsterdam where we experienced a wonderful view of the city as we rode down the canals on a boat cruise. We then visited a traditional Dutch Pancake House and enjoyed some delicious waffles and pancakes.

We then headed to VMHC Cartouche for our final match. It proved to be less of a challenging game and once again the experience gained was much more important than the result. Our defensive play was very intense, while our attacks were supporting very well beyond the 25 and using many technical skills.

Individually all players gained a lot of experience and all improved their play. This really showed through in the final game where Emma Nelson and Emily Smith  gained players of the match. Our team worked on tactics and taking aggressive, defensive short corners and worked very well attacking in the D and drawing out defenders.  At the end of the tour Alisia Leach was also awarded player of the tour by us all. She worked very well as a team member and used her great skill and technique in the two matches.

Overall it was an incredible trip and we had a great time both on and off the pitch. Many thanks to Mariela and Caz for organising an amazing tour!

Boys’ U14 Football v Alderwood School & Boys’ U14 & U15 Football v LWC, 17.10.2018

By Spencer Leach, Director of Sport

The U14 & U15 footballers have been in action this week. On Tuesday the U14s played an ESFA cup game against Alderwood School. A nervy first half saw each side score a scrappy goal each but the second half was a classier affair. Both teams created some excellent chances but with five minutes to go it was Alderwood who clinically finished from just outside the penalty area to go through to the next round. On Wednesday, Lord Wandsworth College brought U14 & U15 teams for two cracking games. There were goals a plenty as the Bedales U15s won 7-5, while the U14’s showed great determination against very spirited opposition to hold on and win 4-3.

U14 Girls’ Hockey v Priorsfield, 17.10.2018

By Chloe Nicklin, PE Teacher

Bedales have been working hard all week aiming to improve their positioning and passing.

This was most definitely achieved in their game against Priorsfield going 1-0 up in the first 20 minutes. Unfortunately, this lead was short lived and Priorsfield levelled going into half time.

Coco took a nasty hit to the knee in the first half and had to retired for the rest of the game. She played a vital role in defence, playing with high levels of composure and skill.

Bedales came out with a positive mindset in the second half taking the ball quickly and continuing to pass with precision and power. Lally, Katie and Zoe were integral to taking the ball up the pitch and passing into space for Kamaya, Anna and Eliza to run on to.

Unfortunately, even with superb defensive play from Maya, Bedales were unable to stop 3 goals from 3 fantastic short corners, taking the score to 4-1. However, Bedales fought back with Eliza gaining her first goal of the season. This brought the score to 4-2 with 2 minutes to spare.

Bedales were a pleasure to watch today. Their game play has significantly improved, demonstrating intelligence in their play as well as a clear improvement in playing as a team.

The final score was 4-2 to Priorsfield. MVP for the third week in a row was Kamaya – well done to Kamaya and well done to the rest of the team for a thrilling game.

Girls’ U15 Hockey in the Lord Wandsworth Super 7s Tournament, 17.10.2018

By Mariela Presnell, PE Teacher

Another tournament this week for the U15s, this time the Lord Wandsworth Super 7s tournament.

Traffic saw us arrive late to the tournament and enter the first game against LWC Sharks without a warm up; always a challenge!

We dominated the game but struggled to get the goals, until a fantastic interception from Shanklin Mackillop Hall saw her in a one on one with the goalie, which she won and took the final score to 1-0 to us!

In our second game we faced an extremely strong Pangbourne side. Despite our many shots on goal we just could not get it past their expert keeper.

As the final whistle blew we were awarded a short corner which was expertly sent straight into the corner of the goal by a strong strike from Alisia Leach and this saw us finish our second match with a 6-1 loss.

Our next game was against another strong side, this time from PGS. With a number of country players on the opposing side we knew we were in for a tough match, however some excellent goal keeping from Matilda Gellatly and a second goal from Shanklin Mackillop-Hall saw us finish the game with a 1-1 draw; a result the girls should be proud of.

We then played the other side from LWC and despite some excellent determination and hard work from the Bedales girls, LWC were too strong and dominated the game.

Our final game was against Alton School and again the girls were ready to work hard and fight for the win. Sasha Arney proved to be an excellent attacking force, setting up two goals which were finished by Mathilda Douglas and Mabel Watson. Mabel then went on to score a third goal and the final score finished up with a 3-1 victory to us.

Another excellent day of matches for the girls that will help to prepare them as we head off to Holland this weekend to take on some Dutch opponents!

Girls’ U15 Hockey in the Ballard School U16 Tournament, 11.10.2018

By Mariela Presnell, PE Teacher

On Thursday 11 October the U15 hockey team ventured to Ballard School in the New Forest to participate in an U16 7a-side tournament.

Competing with the year group above was always going to be a challenge and despite a couple of tough first games (losing comfortably to the two schools who went on to place 1st and 2nd), the team remained positive and motivated.

The third match saw the U15s hold a strong QE side off to a 0-0 draw and their success continued when they defeated the host team 2-0 with goals from Sasha Arney and Mabel Watson.

In their fourth game the team defended exceptionally well putting Milton Abbey under immense pressure but unfortunately couldn’t get the goals and again came away with a 0-0 draw.

In the final match an unfortunate and extremely slow goal saw the other Ballard team come away with a 1-0, the most disappointing result of the day as the game was dominated by us.

After all the games had been played we received our final placing – 5th out of 7, an excellent achievement for an U15 team competing in an U16 tournament with some strong hockey schools.

Special mention must go to Becca Staring for some excellent goal keeping and Shanklin Mackillop-Hall for making several exceptional saves on the line and demonstrating an excellent all round attitude and work rate.

I look forward to taking the team back again next year!

Girls’ 1st XI Hockey v Kings’ School, Winchester, 10.10.2018

By Kevin Boniface, Head of Hockey

On Wednesday the girls 1st XI travelled to Winchester to play Kings’ School; a school that has a strong hockey tradition and fielded a side containing a number of representative players.

The game got off to an even start with both teams showing some excellent individual skill and a real desire to win the ball. However, it was the home side who struck first and scored 2 goals in quick succession.

Unfortunately Bedales then lost one of their defensive stalwarts, Maddy Upton, as she suffered a nasty finger injury when making a tackle outside the circle. A re-jig of the formation was well managed by the girls and the tireless pressing and work-rate from centre forward Amber Pearson resulted in a turnover and well taken finish from Amber.

As the first half progressed the Bedales forward line of Amber, Eliza Goodfellow and Block 4 Alisia Leach looked threatening and were slightly unfortunate not to score again.

As the second half began, Kings came out stronger but were well matched by Thea Levine and Elsa Rymer who were putting in their best performances of the season so far. But in the hot conditions against a strong opposition and now only 11 players the Bedales side began to tire and the home side finished the game comfortable winners.

Having said this it was an incredible performance by the Bedales side against strong opposition and once again they showed a step up in performance.