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.