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!