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’ 1st XI Football v Marlborough, 15.09.2018

By Spencer Leach, Director of Sport

The 1st XI started very strongly after the long journey to Marlborough and at half-time the score was 0-0 with both teams creating a number of good chances.

Marlborough rotated their large squad to good effect and as Bedales tired a flurry of quick goals midway through the second half gave Marlborough a deserved win.

Sport update 23.03.18


By Kevin Boniface, Head of Hockey

The annual staff vs 6.2 hockey match continues a fine tradition of a competitive game played in the right spirit and much credit must go to the 6.2s who throughout their hockey playing time at the school have conducted themselves in the best manner possible. The game itself had numerous chances at both ends and it was perhaps a slight surprise that the staff side took the lead through a fine finish from Rick Cross. However, soon after this, the 6.2 side settled into a rhythm and moved the ball around with much more purpose. Despite the best efforts of debutant goalkeeper, Graeme Coulter, the staff side found themselves trailing 3-1 at half time. The staff side had a productive half-time break and turned to Wimbledon football style hockey, long balls searching out the powerful lead runs from Rick Cross and Chris Bott. Despite the creation of a number of half chances, the staff failed to convert and soon found themselves 5-1 down. Michael Rice was in imperious form for the 6.2 side. However an overly zealous tackle from George Ford awarded the staff side a penalty flick that was calmly converted by captain, Chris Bott. Despite renewed energy the staff couldn’t force their way back in to the game and it was fitting that Maud Bonham Carter finished the game off with a simple tap in through the legs of Coulter. Another year, another deserved win for the 6.2 side….6-2 the final score! View photos.

On Tuesday the junior hockey side played host to KES Witley. The Bedales side is one that has been developing all season and they saved their best game until last. The mental approach and commitment to play attacking hockey was spot on and the six wonderful team goals that Bedales scored were lovely to watch. The team were a credit to the school and their development over the season has been incredible. Final score: 6-3 to Bedales in a wonderfully attacking and creative performance from both teams.

On Wednesday, a much varied 2nd XI side travelled to play KES Witley 2nd XI. Senior fixtures between the two schools are always tightly fought contests and this one was no exception with both sides having chances and committing players to attacking positions. However, the Bedales side was ably captained by the calm presence of Ollie van Hoeken, and scored late on in the fixture to secure victory.

By Helen Retter, Head of Girls’ Sport

Olivia Steel led the U16 netball girls last week against Hampshire Collegiate. The team played a brilliant match with Hermione Whitwam and Grace Vernor-Miles making their debut on the team. All the team members put 100% into their match, passing the ball up the court with accuracy and determination to the shooters, Grace, Maddie and Phoebe who scored 29 goals between them. Final score Bedales 29 Hampshire Collegiate 19


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: 26.01.18

By Spencer Leach, Director of Sport and Helen Retter, Head of Girls Sport

The U16 Football team have done fantastically well to reach the semi-finals of the ISFA U16 Cup with a thrilling quarter final win against Ibstock Place in the third round. It was a pulsating match that Ibstock Place refused to let go of. Bedales extended their 2-0 half-time lead to 3-0 midway through the second half. With only minutes of full-time remaining Ibstock pulled off a remarkable come-back to take the game to extra-time. Again Bedales took the lead only for Ibstock to immediately bounce back yet again. Eventually, a 20 yard curling free kick from four-goal hero, Kyle Mackillop-Hall, sealed the win for Bedales.

Girls’ U16 netball played Churcher’s last week: a fantastic match leading to a 26-21 victory. Hannah Mazas led the team well, with Maddy Jeffreys scoring goals from the edge of the circle. Great team effort.

By Kevin Boniface, Head of Hockey

For the first time during the boys’ hockey season we decided to create a junior side that is a mix of Block 3 and 4. The first fixture for this side was on Tuesday at home to Winchester College. Despite a 2-1 loss, the Bedales side showed attacking intent throughout and gelled as a team. The team was led by Arthur Lingham and Hugo Burnett-Armstrong and the goal scorer was Sam Wheeler who finished calmly at the back post after a lovely flowing team move.

The junior side followed up their initial game together with a fixture away against Lord Wandsworth College U14B on Wednesday. This proved to be a closely fought and well-matched contest with the Bedales team eventually winning 2 -1.

Also on Wednesday, the 1st XI travelled to Hampshire Collegiate School; having been on the receiving end of a couple of heavy defeats in previous seasons the side knew that they would have to be on top form to get anything from the fixture. A few absentees meant some enforced positional changes and a call up for Barney van Hoeken. One of the changes saw Joe Murray fill in at full back and he was exemplary in defence. The team as a whole were resolute in defence and this ensured that despite some heavy pressure they went in to the break only 1-0 down and still very much in the game. The second half continued in much the same fashion, however, a fast break and a clinical finish from Loet Brouwer saw the Bedales side level the scores and were unfortunate to succumb to a last minute short corner and end up losing 2-1.

In a week of ‘double-headers’ the 1st XI had their second fixture and were at home to Winchester College on Thursday. Having turned the ball over cheaply in their fixture on Wednesday there was a clear target area for the home side and they responded well, retaining the ball better coming out of defence. However, loose passing higher up the pitch meant the home side were under constant pressure and once again found themselves 1-0 down at half time. The Bedales side showed a huge amount of grit and determination to try to force their way back into the game in the second half but with little success. Then, with less than 8 minutes to go there was a flurry of activity, a short corner strike from Loet Bouwer drawing the sides level and in the final 2 minutes another searching drive forward from Loet forced an own goal from Winchester and the home side had come out as 2-1 winners.