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.

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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 13/10/17

By Maud Bonham-Carter, 6.2, Sports Don

It was a good week for girls’ hockey this week although there were some mixed results. The 1st played an extremely tough game against Peter Symonds.  Everyone fought hard even though the game was very much dominated by Symonds. Bella Doyle and Nolly Mardin had a great game in defence and Maud Bonham Carter was awarded Player of the Match.

The U15 X1 hockey team played against King’s School and were 1 -0 up at half time but unfortunately went down 2-1. Millie Bolton scored and Elsa Rymer showed some superb stick skills getting around the opposition. An exhausted team returned home – keep up the great work!

The U14B team had more of a rewarding game when they played Portsmouth High School on Wednesday at home. It was an excellent game with a final score of 6-0. Goals were scored by Amelia Smith, Gala Pearson, Bella De Zordo, Sasha Arney, Sammy Smith and Mathilda Douglas. Sammy Smith also walked away with Player of the Match. This was the first B team fixture and the girls were outstanding. They were enthusiastic and hardworking and with a few more training sessions together they will be a fantastic team. Well played girls!

The boys 2nd XI played an excellent game of Football nearly completing a remarkable comeback against KES Whitley. Sadly they just fell just short losing 5-4. Well played!

On Saturday, the U16 netball team played in the county tournament. Very close games and a great win against St John’s.

Senior boys B team lost 6-0 to Peter Symonds A. It was a very courageous performance from a young team who kept going until the end!

Strong performance at Perins Netball Tournament

Perins Netball Tournament 2017

By Isobel Clark, Head of Netball

There were strong performances in the qualifying rounds of the Perins netball tournament last week, which saw the U15s qualify for the upper section of the tournament and the chance to compete for the Cup.

An initial 8-4 loss to Portsmouth Grammar School and a narrow loss to King Edward’s, Witley did not stop the girls. Strong performances, grit and determination saw the team dig out an 8-7 win over Seaford, leaving the final table standing at PGS leading and Bedales and Seaford on equal points. A half score for KES against PGS in the final game of the day would see all three teams sitting on 9 points at the end of day with the results coming down to goal difference alone.

A strong PGS performance saw KES only pick up a point in the final game securing our place in the medals. It was now down to goal difference as to whether we would finish second or third. After a lot of calculating, Seaford pipped the girls to second place by a mere two goals in goal difference.

An outstanding performance by the whole squad over the course of the day and an excellent result for a squad who were runners up in the plate section last year. The girls conducted themselves professionally throughout the competition and thoroughly deserved their medals. Outside of the competition, the U14A and U15A teams beat The Royal School in both their matches, with the U15As coming out on top 23-7.

Bedales U15 Netball Festival

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By Isobel Clark, Head of Netball

The Girls’ U15A and U15B Netball teams were runners up in their respective tournaments on Wednesday; the U15As missed out on first place by only 2 points; with the B team equalling the points of first place Perins but missing out narrowly by 2 goals in their goal difference tally.

Overall, it was an excellent afternoon of netball – all the girls played exceptionally well and should be proud of themselves. It was also the first run-out for our new team dresses!