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