Boys’ First XI & U18B v Box Hill, 28.11.2018

By Spencer Leach, Director of Sport

The goals have come thick and fast in the last few weeks. The U16s staged another remarkable Bedales comeback in our block fixture against Box Hill. 5-2 down just before half-time, they never gave in and got their rewards with a highly improbable 6-5 victory. The U14s shared the honours in a ten goal frenzy and the seniors lost in two close and well contested matches.

Thank you to Molly Dineen for contributing photos.

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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.

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!

U14 Girls’ Hockey v Priorsfield, 17.10.2018

By Chloe Nicklin, PE Teacher

Bedales have been working hard all week aiming to improve their positioning and passing.

This was most definitely achieved in their game against Priorsfield going 1-0 up in the first 20 minutes. Unfortunately, this lead was short lived and Priorsfield levelled going into half time.

Coco took a nasty hit to the knee in the first half and had to retired for the rest of the game. She played a vital role in defence, playing with high levels of composure and skill.

Bedales came out with a positive mindset in the second half taking the ball quickly and continuing to pass with precision and power. Lally, Katie and Zoe were integral to taking the ball up the pitch and passing into space for Kamaya, Anna and Eliza to run on to.

Unfortunately, even with superb defensive play from Maya, Bedales were unable to stop 3 goals from 3 fantastic short corners, taking the score to 4-1. However, Bedales fought back with Eliza gaining her first goal of the season. This brought the score to 4-2 with 2 minutes to spare.

Bedales were a pleasure to watch today. Their game play has significantly improved, demonstrating intelligence in their play as well as a clear improvement in playing as a team.

The final score was 4-2 to Priorsfield. MVP for the third week in a row was Kamaya – well done to Kamaya and well done to the rest of the team for a thrilling game.

Girls’ 1st XI Hockey v Kings’ School, Winchester, 10.10.2018

By Kevin Boniface, Head of Hockey

On Wednesday the girls 1st XI travelled to Winchester to play Kings’ School; a school that has a strong hockey tradition and fielded a side containing a number of representative players.

The game got off to an even start with both teams showing some excellent individual skill and a real desire to win the ball. However, it was the home side who struck first and scored 2 goals in quick succession.

Unfortunately Bedales then lost one of their defensive stalwarts, Maddy Upton, as she suffered a nasty finger injury when making a tackle outside the circle. A re-jig of the formation was well managed by the girls and the tireless pressing and work-rate from centre forward Amber Pearson resulted in a turnover and well taken finish from Amber.

As the first half progressed the Bedales forward line of Amber, Eliza Goodfellow and Block 4 Alisia Leach looked threatening and were slightly unfortunate not to score again.

As the second half began, Kings came out stronger but were well matched by Thea Levine and Elsa Rymer who were putting in their best performances of the season so far. But in the hot conditions against a strong opposition and now only 11 players the Bedales side began to tire and the home side finished the game comfortable winners.

Having said this it was an incredible performance by the Bedales side against strong opposition and once again they showed a step up in performance.