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.

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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: 19/10/17

By Maud Bonham-Carter, 6.2, Sports Don

There were only two hockey games this week as the girls’ 1st game sadly got cancelled due to Petersfield Grammar School having to pull out.

On Tuesday, the U14B team played Boundary Oak in an 8-a-side fixture at home. The Bedales girls worked extremely hard and were able to successfully link a number of plays together to finish in some great goals. This was the first time the girls had played together as a team but they were able to come away with a six-all draw – an awesome effort. Mathilda Douglas scored a couple of great goals and was awarded Player of the Match. It is very exciting to be able to put out a B team, and I look forward to working with the girls in more B team fixtures next term.

On Wednesday, the U14A team played away to Bohunt. The work-rate and teamwork was exceptional and all of the girls had an outstanding game. The quality of the passing was exceptional and they were excellent at transferring the ball across the pitch through the defensive team of Emma Nelson and Esther Stewart. Sammy Smith played at centre-half and had excellent control over the game – feeding the play through the centre to Emily Smith on the left and Mathilda Douglas on the right. Fleur Donovan had an outstanding game on the right-wing injecting some excellent balls into the D and running the baseline. The final score was 3-1 to Bedales; Esther Stewart scored two and was awarded Player of the Match and Mabel Watson scored the third.

The senior boys beat Queen Mary’s college 5-1 in their first round Aegon match. All the boys played very composed tennis and played the important points well. A very good start to the latest tournament.

Football had some mixed results this week; a convincing win for the U14s who played an excellent match and the U15s played a good game but sadly lost against Meoncross.

Sport this half term has been very successful and we looked forward to another great half term.

Bedales at the Aegon National Tennis Championships

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By Graeme Coulter, Head of Tennis

Having recently won the Hampshire tennis county playoffs, Bedales Block 5 boys travelled to Oxford to represent Hampshire in the Aegon National Tennis Championships On Friday 6 October.

First up for Bedales was Bradfield College, situated in Berkshire. Playing in the most meaningful match in their lives to date, the boys showed some early nerves and fell behind quickly to a strong Bradfield team. Both Lev Borisovets and Angus Forbes fought back from 4-0 down producing quite a sensational display of mental strength and determination to level at 5-5. Unfortunately, both players fell just short to put Bedales 2-0 down.

Oscar Goldblatt and Barney Van Hoeken took to the court next and similarly showed early nerves with both players going down quickly. Barney fought hard throughout, but came up second best, leaving us 3-0 behind. Oscar then produced one of the best displays I have seen from a Bedales Tennis player, reeling off six straight games with winner after winner in a quite outstanding performance.

Bedales was 3-1 down going into the doubles and we needed to win both sets to force a match tie-break. We started brightly, going a break of serve up in both matches. However, Bradfield hit back and won two closely contested doubles 7-5 and 6-4.

This result put us into the regional 3rd and 4th place playoff against Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School from Buckinghamshire. The boys reacted positively to the disappointment of missing out on the final and both Angus and Lev put in mature and composed performances to put Bedales 2-0 up.

Oscar produced some more fantastic tennis against a very strong 1st seed, but fell just short. Barney fought for over an hour to finally fall 7-5 in an excellent contest.

We were 2-2 going into the doubles with all to play for. The boys stepped it up a gear and played yet more outrageous tennis. Two closely contested doubles were both taken by Bedales to secure a third place finish in the south central region.

The whole day capped off a truly excellent season of tennis that commenced in April of this year. The boys’ work rate, determination, etiquette and manner throughout has been outstanding. They were great ambassadors for the school at the regionals and I could not have been more proud to be there with them.

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Sport update: 5/10/17

By Maud Bonham-Carter, 6.2, Sports Don

All-round wins for girls’ hockey this week with every team playing outstanding hockey! The 1st played their best match of the season so far with everyone dominating their section of the pitch. The transferring of the ball and very strong defending allowed us to accomplish a 3-1 win. Nancy Tier was awarded Player of the Match with great ball carrying skills and worked very well with Maud Bonham Carter in the centre of the pitch. Maud Bonham Carter scored two goals and Eliza Goodfellow scored an exemplary sweep, which landed in the bottom left corner. Well played!

On Tuesday, the U15s played Churcher’s and came home with a great 2-1 win. The players were efficient in transferring the ball across the pitch in a positive manner. A good result – well done!

On Wednesday, the U15s played Alton School and achieved another excellent win with a final score of 5-0. Millie Bolton scored three goals, Captain Charlotte Land scored one and Vice-Captain Elsa Ryner scored one. Well done to every player – all gave 100% on the pitch.

The boys had a mixed week in football with a narrow defeat for the U15’s against Sherfield. The 1st XI won 4-2 against Salesians and there was a spirited display for the U16’s against a very strong Salesians team.

In Tennis senior boys won a friendly match against Queen Mary’s College. Due to a couple of absences, Harry Hornsby and Paddy Arrowsmith from Block 3 stepped in. Both boys won their matches playing against opposition that were four years older. Oscar Goldblatt and Angus Forbes played some solid tennis to ensure Bedales ran out 5-1 winners.

Autumn term: sports update

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By Spencer Leach, Director of Sport

It took the drama of a penalty shoot out to determine who would have the honour of claiming the trophy in the 1st XI v Old Bedalians’ annual season opener. The 1st XI took a slightly unexpected 2-0 lead but a spirited fight back from the OBs saw a change of fortunes and they took a 3-2 advantage into the last 15 minutes of the match. History would suggest that at this stage, OB strength and experience would see them close out the game. The 1st XI’s Max Simmons had different plans as he directed a bullet header into the back of the net to draw the game at normal time and set up a great finale. In one of the closest games in years, it was the 1st XI who held their nerve to win the penalty shootout 4-3. Despite the crushing defeat, OB’s skipper Jack Dean has vowed to remain in post for “one more year” to redress the balance of power. View photos

By Kevin Boniface, Head of Hockey

Last Wednesday, the girls’ 1st XI hockey played their first match of the season at home to Portsmouth High. Having lost a number of senior players last season this was very much a new-look side with a number of Block 5s making the step-up to senior level. Maud Bonham-Carter has taken on the mantle of captain and led from the front with tremendous enthusiasm and energy and it was perhaps fitting that she opened the scoring to put the home side ahead. From here, the game ebbed and flowed with the Bedales side twice finding themselves behind. However, the Bedales girls dug deep and a productive half-time discussion saw a much improved second half with an increase in quality possession and attacking intent. Amber Pearson was impressive on her debut in a new position as centre forward, scoring twice. The home side ended up winning 6-3 in an entertaining match. Goal scorers were Maud Bonham Carter (1) Amber Pearson (2) Eliza Goodfellow (2) and Thea Levine (1).

By Graeme Coulter, Head of Tennis

Block 5 boys beat Westgate 6-0 to win the county play offs and qualify for the Aegon Regionals. It was a spectacular and professional performance from Oscar Goldblatt, Lev Borisovets, Angus Forbes and Barney Van-Hoeken.