Sport update: 09.03.18

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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.



Sport update: 09.02.18

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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.

Sport update 02.02.18

By Spencer Leach, Director of Sport 
The basketball teams enjoyed more success this week with strong performances and good wins for the U15s against St Edmund’s and the U18s against Frensham. The U18s are relishing the chance to play KES Witley this coming Tuesday, as this is likely to be our toughest opponent of the season.

By Helen Retter, Head of Girls Sport

The first U15 netball match of the term against St John’s on Tuesday was very tough and ended in defeat. The team worked hard and tried to catch up after losing a number of goals in the first quarter but found the task too difficult. On Wednesday, the U15 played away against Portsmouth High and gained a victory, winning 11- 9. The captain, Grace, played GS and gained Player of the Match. The U16s also played Portsmouth High but had three key players missing. The seven players worked hard to beat the opposition but unfortunately experienced their first loss of the season. Wizzy was Player of the Match.

By Kevin Boniface, Head of Hockey
On Tuesday the boys’ Junior Hockey side played host to Portsmouth Grammar School U15B team. The home side got off to a flying start with Oscar in fine early form, putting the Bedales side 2-0 up inside 10 minutes. The first half was some of the best hockey that the team has produced this season, attacking at pace and with intent. This was balanced with composure and well timed tackling from captain, Arthur Lingham. The team were 4-0 up at half-time and 4-1 winners overall.

On Wednesday the Bedales 2nd XI side travelled away to play Lord Wandsworth College’s 5th XI. This is the first time in a number of years that the school has been able to field a 2nd XI and it was a successful first outing with the Bedales side coming away 3-1 winners.

Following that game, the Bedales 1st XI were matched up against LWC’s 3rd XI. Despite some early pressure from the home side, the Bedales side attacked on the counter with speed and accuracy and were deservedly 3-0 up at half-time with a hat-trick from Loet Brouwer. Much of the half-time team talk based around retaining possession and getting the halfbacks higher up the pitch. Unfortunately, the team were unable to put either of these into practice and sloppy possession in the second half meant that they relinquished their lead and the game ended in a 3-3 draw.

Sport update: 19.01.18

By Kevin Boniface, Head of hockey

The boys 1st XI hockey side travelled to Kings’ School, Winchester on Wednesday for their annual season opening fixture. Traditionally a hard fought fixture, this game was no exception with both sides looking to play attacking hockey. Kings’ had the lion’s share of possession and attacking opportunities in the first 15 minutes and were deservedly ahead 1-0 through a penalty corner, despite the best of efforts of Joe Murray on the line. However, as the game progressed, Bedales become more of an attacking force – especially down the right-hand channel with direct and powerful runs by Loet Brouwer. With Sam Pemberton and Michael McGuirk controlling the game in the middle of the pitch, Bedales deservedly took the lead through two excellent finishes from Louis Beecham. Bedales pressed home their advantage through a Michael McGuirk goal. At 3-1 up at half time, the Bedales side began to coast a little and Kings’ took full advantage of this by converting a second penalty corner. As the game ebbed and flowed, Anthony White was called upon to make a number of crucial saves in the Bedales goal. It was, however, a deflected finish from Gus Bartlett that proved to be the decisive goal and the game finished 4-2 to Bedales. An excellent start to the season.

By Maud Bonham Carter, 6.2, Sports Don

On Tuesday the U14 A, B & C netball teams played Alton School. The A team had a tough game for the first one of the season. Bedales put up a strong fight and worked hard for the entire duration but the final score was 20-9 to Alton; Alisia Leach was Player of the Match and her shooting was outstanding. The B team had a successful game with a 10-4 victory and it is excellent to see them working so cohesively together; Nell Freeborough was Player of the Match. The C team had a close contest that resulted in a tight victory at 7-6; Fleur Donovan was Player of the Match. It is so exciting to be able to field three strong teams in block 3 and the girls’ commitment thus far has been fantastic.

On Wednesday, the U14 A and B teams also played Portsmouth High school. The A team had an excellent 24-12 victory and again Alisia Leach was Player of the Match. The B team had a very exciting game, ending the first quarter 4-1 down. They worked hard and eventually resulted in a 10-10 draw. Dora Wooldridge was Player of the Match.

The U16 netball team played Alton school on Wednesday and the game was dominated by Bedales having a who showed a positive attitude and good shooting skills. Player of the Match was Phoebe Peppiatt and Bedales won 24- 4!

Football this week was very successful with the U16 quarterfinal against Ibstock Place with a 5-4 extra time win! Kyle Mackillop-Hall scoring 4 goals! Well played to everyone.

First basketball game of the season proved a comfortable win for the U18s against The Oratory School. The U15 rugby 7’s side played The Royal School and won 5-1 and similarly the U14s won against The Royal School, 3-3. Well played!

Sport update: 24.11.17

Bedales Riding Team - third place

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.

Sporting triumphs this week at Bedales

By Spencer Leach, Director of Sport, Isobel Clark, Head of Netball and Kevin Boniface, Head of Hockey

Bedales had a fabulous week of netball starting with a 18-16 victory for the 1st team over Hampshire Collegiate School where a phenomenal work rate and court play saw excellent shooting from both Polly and Cheska. The U15A team followed suit, beating HCS 2nd 14-3 with a great team performance where they played up two age groups. Again, the U14A team didn’t disappoint, beating Portsmouth High 15-5. This was an excellent team effort with only seven players; it was good to see Tilly take to the court and Anna move to play Goal Shooter from Wing Defence with a sterling performance. The U14B team was unfortunate to lose out to Portsmouth High 2-5, but there was great team morale and the girls improved quarter-on-quarter. India and Mimi showed good court craft with Ocean and Leila making over 25 interceptions between them. Well done to everyone this week.

In Hockey, the U14 team played St Edmund’s on Tueday, there were good chances for both sides, however it was Bedales who took the lead with a typical ‘poachers’ goal from Alec. St Edmund’s then gained the upper hand in terms of attacking play, but Will, making only his second appearance in goal, was more than up to the task and kept the opposition at bay. Bedales came out the stronger side in the second half with Hugo controlling the game for the home side. Bedales doubled their lead with a fine individual goal from Oscar and despite a late goal from the away side, Bedales held on for the win.

On Wednesday the 1st XI travelled away to play Hampshire Collegiate School, traditionally a tough opposition and this game proved to be no different. The side, captained by Harry, were conscious that they needed to reduce the amount of turnovers from last week and made a promising start with quicker decision making and more options for the ball carrier. Despite chances at both ends, HCS were 1-0 up at half time.  The second half continued in the same manner of the first half with both sides playing some fast paced attacking hockey, however, in the end Bedales were punished for missing some clear chances and the home side added a further two to the score. The Bedales side spoke of the need to be more intelligent when attacking and will look to remedy this when they play KES Witley next week.

Clean sweep for girls’ hockey

It was a superb set of results for the girls’ hockey on Wednesday as all four teams won their matches, with a total of 23 goals for Bedales. A great home match saw the 1st XI beat KES Witley 6-0 thanks to a hat-trick from Alice May. Despite the away fixture, the 2nds kept up the winning streak with a 4-1 victory over St John’s, many of the goals scored by Maud Bonham-Carter. However, the U15s earned the highest goal difference of the day, beating Bohunt 8-1, and the U14s beat Christ’s Hospital 5-3, with Skye Houston scoring after just 25 seconds. The 1st XI girls’ netball weren’t as successful and lost to Bradfield in the first round of the Independent National Schools Cup. It was a similarly busy week for the boys’ sport, but despite a 5-2 win for the U14’s football against Sherfield, the results did not mirror those of the girls, with losses for both the football and basketball teams in some closely contested matches.

Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.