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


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

U15 Hampshire Trophy Nov 18

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.

Girls’ U15 Hockey v Hampshire Collegiate School, 14.11.2018

By Mariela Presnell, PE Teacher

From the outset the Bedales girls demonstrated a high work rate and proved to be tough competition for the HCS side.

Within the first ten minutes of the game Nell Freeborough got her name on the score sheet when she sent the ball up into the top left corner of the goal from the right post. The HCS side did get a few attacking breaks but struggled to break through the strong defensive unit of Emma Nelson and Shanklin MacKillop-Hall.

Towards the end of the first half Mathilda Douglas narrowly missed the goal with a rocket shot from the edge of the D and this saw us finish the first half with a 1-0 lead.

The girls went hard into the second half, however HCS appeared to have also stepped up their play. Sasha Arney was put to the test in both her attacking and defensive play but the HCS girls proved to be no match for her pace, fitness and skill and this allowed Sasha to win possession back on numerous occasions and send the ball down to Fleur Donovan and launch an attack. The second goal came from Alisia Leach who won the ball on the half way line, dribbled down the pitch and injected the ball from the top of the D straight into the left hand corner.

All of the girls played exceptionally well today and  demonstrated an excellent competitive spirit, a great sense of determination and a high level of intensity which allowed them to achieve their 2-0 win over a solid HCS side. Massive well done to all of the Bedales girls who represented the school this week.

Girls’ 1st XI Hockey v Priorsfield School, 15.11.2018

By Kevin Boniface, Head of Hockey

Traditionally a strong opposition across the age groups the Bedales side knew they would in for a tough game. However, the home side started really well, attacking with pace and getting players high up the pitch.

Within 5 minutes Captain Nancy Tier had put Bedales 1-0 up with rasping shot in to the bottom corner. Soon after this however the momentum of the game completely changed with Priorsfield dominating the attacking possession and causing plenty of trouble for the Bedales side.

Three well worked short corners and a good individual later the game had taken on a different perspective and at half time Priorsfield went in deservedly 4-1 to the good.

The half time team talked focused on the need to recognise the importance of retaining possession higher up the pitch and allowing ourselves to create goalscoring opportunities. Despite Priorsfield still holding plenty of attacking threat they were thwarted on a number of occasions by goalkeeper Becca Staring and full back Hannah Mazas.

At the other end of the pitch Bedales were now creating a more and more chances, much through the endeavour and clever running from Elsa Rymer. A break down the right hand channel from Charlotte Land and an accurate pass created an opportunity for Nancy to bag her second goal of the game.

A comeback at this stage seemed on the cards but a number of chances went begging and in the end Priorsfield deservedly ended up as winners. An exciting end to end game with plenty of goals.

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!