Girls’ 1st XI Hockey v Lord Wandsworth College, 19.09.2018

By Kevin Boniface, Head of Hockey

On Wednesday the Girls 1st XI played host to Lord Wandsworth 2nd XI. The expectation going in to the game was that this would be a tightly fought encounter between two well matched sides.

This proved to be the case as both teams played with plenty of attacking intent, committing players forward at every opportunity but neither side able to convert chances in the first half.

The Bedales side, for the second week running, showed good professionalism at half-time; taking on development points and were well steered by Captain Nancy Tier.

Improved attacking possession in the second half created better chances for the home side with Elsa Rymer finishing well in a congested circle and Nancy Tier adding to her tally for the season with a well taken penalty corner.

Lord Wandsworth still looked dangerous and attacked with pace and directness and were on more than one occasion unlucky not to convert. They were also thwarted numerous times by debutant Block 4 goalkeeper Becca Staring.

With under a minute to play the away side scored a thoroughly deserved consolation goal but right up until this point the result could have gone either way.

Sport update 23.03.18

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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: 09.03.18

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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 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.

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.