U16 Boys’ Hockey v Churcher’s College U15, 27.02.2019

By Kevin Boniface, Head of Hockey

What an excellent match this was. The mixed age Bedales U16 side came across a talented Churcher’s U15 side and it made for an absolute thriller.

Churcher’s had most of the initial attacking play, but the plan was always to use the Bedales physical strength and speed to play direct and on the counter attack. This worked perfectly for the first goal as the ever present Arthur Lingham won the ball outside the Bedales circle, played a quick ball to Ed Marshall-Smith – who would go on to have one of his best performances in a Bedales shirt – followed by a release pass to Alec Grew, and as both teams thought the ball was going out on the bassline, Alec managed to swoop in and convert it with a superb one handed finish.

Deservedly, Churcher’s equalised soon after, but as half-time was approaching, Marshall-Smith once again influenced the game and neatly converted to make it 2-1.

Having worked incredibly hard with the bare 11, Bedales knew they were going to be up against it in the second half as Churcher’s rotated their squad of 16, keeping fresh legs on the pitch. Despite some solid goalkeeping from Laurence Johari and resolute defending from Charlie Abbott, Churcher’s deservedly drew level and were now having the bulk of the attacking play. The situation worsened for Bedales as they lost Marshall-Smith due to a calf injury with 10 minutes to go.

However, against all the odds, a powerful drive forward from Oscar Amis, followed by a penetrating reverse stick pass caused panic in the Churcher’s circle. Alec Grew positioned himself well and finished calmly to put Bedales 3-2 up and take the victory. A really enjoyable, competitive game that could have gone either way.

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Boys’ 1st XI Hockey v Churcher’s College 2nd XI, 27.02.2019

By Kevin Boniface, Head of Hockey

On Wednesday the 1st XI travelled away to play Churcher’s 2nd XI and, having previously struggled in this fixture, were prepared for a tough game.

However, this was a week where everything just clicked for the Bedales team. They pressed high up the pitch and won a lot of the ‘second ball’, creating a number of attacking opportunities and winning a plethora of short corners, only to fail to convert any during the game.

Thankfully they were not made to rue these missed opportunities and set about creating and converting a number of open play goals. Goals came from Trumble Outhwaite (3), Loet Brouwer (2), Louis Beecham (1) and debutant Block 5 student Hugo Burnett-Armstrong.

While the plaudits often go to the goal scorers, it is also important to recognise the defensive contributions of Olly van Hoeken, Carter Clothier, Toby Fairs, Michael McQuirk and Finn Wilkins, who were quick to snuff out any Churcher’s attacking possession and allow the more advanced players to play with freedom.

An excellent team performance!

Boys’ 1st XI Hockey in the Hampshire Hockey U18 Trophy Competition, 30.01.2019

By Kevin Boniface, Head of Hockey

On Wednesday the Boys’ 1st XI travelled to Southampton Sports Centre to take part in the Hampshire Hockey U18 Trophy Competition. In their first game the Bedales side got off to a good start, threatening with the pace and power of Loet Brouwer down the right hand side and deservedly went 1-0 up. Unfortunately, they then took their foot off the gas a little which allowed their opponents, HCS, to come back in to the game and earn a draw.

In the second match, Bedales once again took the lead but a freak deflected goal gave Peter Symonds College renewed hope, and as the game was nearing the final whistle, Peter Symonds scored a well worked short corner to take the game 2-1. This game appeared to knock the Bedales side, and in their third game against Ryde, they produced a rather lacklustre performance, deservedly losing 2-0.

The Bedales side used the break between games to revisit how they were trying to play hockey, and focused on more ‘stick to stick’ passing and better decision-making in the final third. This paid dividends, as in their fourth game they produced a hugely improved team performance that included some standout defending from Ollie van Hoeken and Finn Wilkins, which gave the team a platform to attack from. Two excellent individual goals from Jack Cecil and Loet Brouwer saw the Bedales side take the game 2-0.

The final game of the tournament came against a high scoring Barton Peveril side who had already won the competition. It was perhaps a bit of a surprise to the tournament winners that Bedales nearly took the lead, with the industrious Jack Cecil carving out another opportunity for himself. He was unlucky not to score as he calmly lifted the ball over the advancing keeper at the top of the circle only to see his effort roll agonisingly past the post.

As Barton Peveril moved through the gears, they were met with strong resistance from right half Carter Clothier and goalkeeper Anthony White. After a long period of resolute defending from the team, Loet Brouwer was ‘released’ at the other end of the pitch and left the Peveril defenders for dead, but having done the bulk of the hard work – beating three defenders and the keeper – he couldn’t quite add the finish. In the end, though, the Barton Peveril side were too strong and two superb finishes saw them win their final game 2-0.

On the whole, it was an excellent tournament for the Bedales side; the boys who took part were an absolute credit to the school and should be proud of their efforts – however, they may end up ruing some missed chances in the earlier games.

Girls’ U15 Hockey v Bohunt, 28.11.2018

By Mariela Presnell, PE Teacher

This week, on a very cold and very wet Wednesday afternoon, the U15 hockey team travelled to Bohunt for their final game of the season.

After a nice long warm-up, the game got started and within the first five minutes an excellent cross from Alisia Leach was fired into the circle, straight to Mathilda Douglas on the left post, who sent the ball straight into the back of the net – putting the first score on the board.

Bohunt had a couple of strong players who made some great attacking breaks, but unfortunately for them, they struggled to break through our defensive cell of Emma Nelson and Shanklin Mackillop-Hall.

As the game progressed, Alisia Leach got the second goal when she dribbled the ball into the top of the D and injected it straight past their keeper into the goal. Fleur Donovan continued to attack with force down the right and sent some excellent balls into the circle. Towards the end of the first half, Sasha Arney found herself in a one v one situation with the keeper. Fortunately for us, Sasha won and we ended up finishing the first half 3-0.

We continued to dominate play in the second half, but unfortunately struggled to get the finish on the goals. Fleur Donovan hit the post and Esther Stewart sent a rocket ball in which narrowly missed the goal.

The game ended with a 3-0 win to us and Emma Nelson was awarded player of the match, which marks the end of the hockey season for the U15 girls. They have worked incredibly hard and made huge progress, both as a team and as individual players.

It has been an absolute pleasure to work with the team and they have been captained exceptionally well by Emma Nelson and supported by Vice-Captain Mabel Watson.

The one remaining hockey event for the U15 girls will be the girls vs boys match in the first week back at school after Christmas. After narrowly losing 1-0 to the boys last year, the girls certainly have a point to prove, so it will be a game that is not to be missed!

Girls’ 1st XI Hockey v St John’s College, 28.11.2018

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By Kevin Boniface, Head of Hockey

As the Girls’ 1st XI Hockey team’s last game of the season, this was also the final game in Bedales’ colours for the 6.2 pairing of Alice Perry and captain Nancy Tier. Despite tough weather conditions, the team were determined to send off the departing 6.2s with a good performance.

Things could not have got off to a better start, with Nancy opening the scoring inside ten minutes with a fiercely struck short corner. After a melee inside the St John’s circle, Amber Pearson finished neatly on the half-volley to put the Bedales side 2-0 up at half-time. Soon after the re-start, Elsa Rymer had made it 3-0 to the hosts with a shot from the top of the circle that was deflected in.

From here, huge credit must go to St John’s, who despite some outstanding saves from goalkeeper Becca Staring, fought their way back into the game, scoring two goals in quick succession.

It was, however, perhaps fitting that with less than ten minutes to go, Nancy eliminated three players, drove in to the circle and with a little bit of luck her shot was deflected in and an open game ended with a 4-2 win to Bedales.

Girls’ U15 Hockey in the U16 Hampshire Trophy Tournament, 15.11.2018

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By Mariela Presnell, PE Teacher

On Thursday of last week the U15 girls journeyed down to Southampton Sports Centre to participate in the U16 Hampshire Trophy tournament.

After a good warm up we faced Island Free School in our first game. They proved to be a strong opposition and despite some excellent attacking play from Alisia Leach feeding the ball into Nell Freeborough and Fleur Donovan we couldn’t get the goal and the final score ended as a 1-0 loss for us.

Our next game was against Churcher’s and we anticipated a tough match. Churcher’s were strong, but their attack was no match for the strong defensive team of Emma Nelson and Shanklin MacKillop Hall, and we managed to hold them to a 0-0 draw.

Our third match was against Robert Mays and a well-executed attacking play saw Mathilda Douglas get her first goal of the tournament. Not long after Robert Mays got a lucky break and scored an equaliser which saw the end result as 1-1.

Our greatest victory of the day has to be our next match against Kings’ School, Winchester. Having lost to them considerably in our last match of the season last year the girls had a point to prove. Sasha Arney proved invaluable in her skills as both an attacker and a defender and Mabel Watson carried the ball down the pitch to penetrate the Kings defence. Sammy Smith controlled the centred of the pitch using her skills to continually eliminate players and transfer the ball wide to Esther Stewart and Emily Smith. Another excellent ball into the D saw Mathilda Douglas get her second goal of the tournament and take us to a 1-0 victory.

Our final game was against Hampshire Collegiate School; we needed a win to qualify for the semi-finals, they needed a draw so it was all to play for. Despite our dominance and playing most of the game in our attacking quarter we could not get that ball into the back of the net and unfortunately the game ended in a 0-0 draw.

Some excellent results there for the girls and some great hockey on display, I look forward to going again next year!

U14 Girls’ Hockey v Kings’ School, Winchester, 21.11.2018

By Kevin Boniface, Head of Hockey

On Wednesday the U14 Girls’ Hockey team travelled away to face Kings’ School, Winchester. Having produced a number of really good performances in recent weeks the Bedales side were growing in confidence but this was going to be a stern test for them.

The game was even for the first ten minutes or so, but soon after that the home side began to exert a lot of pressure and deservedly went 1-0 up. Huge credit to Bedales goalkeeper, Daisy Taylor and the defensive unit of Leela Walton, Maya Cressman and Olivia Cooper who defended with bravery and tenacity, limiting the Kings side to a number of half chances, despite having the bulk of the attacking play.

A score of 1-0 at half-time meant the Bedales side still had a chance; a tweak of formation moved the influential Lally Arengo-Jones in to centre half which increased the range of distribution and allowed the Bedales side to be more of a threat on the counter-attack. This plan came to fruition when Lally found Kamaya Nelson-Clayton unmarked on the halfway line, a driving run from Kamaya left her 1 v 1 against the Kings keeper and she calmly slotted the ball in the corner.

Further sustained Kings attacking pressure was not converted and the Bedales side were becoming more of a threat, especially through the pace of Zoe Lobbenberg on the right wing. It was from one of these attacks that the Bedales side found themselves 2-1 up, Zoe eliminated her marker on the halfway line and a direct run in to the circle was finished with a superb lifted shot in to the far netting.

2-1 was the final score and perhaps a flattering result for the Bedales side but one that showed if you play with grit, determination and a good team spirit things can go your way.