Match report: Girls’ U14B Rounders v Churcher’s College

By Chloe Nicklin, Head of Netball

A fantastic match that only got better as the game went on. The Junior B team was made up entirely of U14 players, meaning they were against a team a year older, who were extremely strong.

The fielding performance in the first innings was superb, seeing great barriers from Coco Witheridge fielding between 2nd and 3rd base, as well as great backstop to second base team work from Millie Kennedy and Millie Harris. In these first moments, the back-ups to second base Kamaya and Maya proved vital, ensuring the batter did not have the opportunity to score at second base.

Unfortunately, the brilliance demonstrated in the field did not translate to batting in the first innings, seeing only three batters left with ten balls to go! We ended the first inning down 7.5 – 4. The second innings showed a greater batting performance and phenomenal catches from Millie Kennedy at backstop and a heart-in-throat catch from Kamaya, where it dropped from her hands twice before she secured the catch.

The confidence in the batting also improved, with Bedales starting to think about placement. Coco and Millie K really took advantage of this and were able to score rounders for the team by dinking it to their right away from all the Churches fielders. This was an extremely close innings with Bedales winning the innings 10 – 9.5.

This improvement in performance and tactical play is extremely promising for future matches and I look forward to developing this with the U14 side. Unfortunately, even with such a brilliant come back, it was not enough to secure a victory and the final score ended 16.5 – 14. Kamaya Nelson-Clayton was selected as the batting Most Valuable Player (MVP) and Millie Kennedy was selected as the fielding MVP.

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Encouraging lifelong interest in sport

Gemma Klein PhotographyBy Spencer Leach, Director of Sport

In 2017 a survey by Women in Sport found that only 56% of girls in secondary school enjoyed participating in sport compared with 71% of boys, and only 45% of girls saw the relevance of PE to their lives against 60% of boys. The gender split is worrying, but in truth none of these figures are good enough – at Bedales, we want all students to leave the school having enjoyed sport in some way, and minded to continue some kind of participation in their adult lives. Something I think we’ve done particularly well at Bedales is to help students who have arrived feeling that sport isn’t for them to find something they enjoy. No matter the student, they will always get a warm reception from us, and we will try to find something for them that is suited to their abilities and preferences – for various reasons.

For example, sport brings distinctive opportunities for students to learn about themselves and others, and to develop confidence – although this needs careful management. In a classroom you can make three errors in, say, maths, and it is not immediately obvious. However, if you commit three howlers in the context of a team sport, everybody sees them and it may prompt disappointment and frustration. This requires staff to be alert to the dangers when mistakes happen, and to help students deal with them in an appropriate way. This requires some emotional maturity. It is interesting that some of our best athletes can find this difficult. In such cases, the coaches will be aware of it, and we are prepared for when students’ thought patterns are less than constructive. We encourage them to see that they are still in the game, that they haven’t blown it, and even if they don’t prevail on that occasion the world won’t end.

Of course, in all of this there is sometimes a tension to be managed between competing and ensuring everybody is involved, which is particularly evident in team fixtures against other schools. There may be the temptation to pursue a win at all costs, but I’m pleased to say over the last 10 to 15 years a more sensible approach has come to prevail, not least because national governing bodies have played a big part in making the experience of young people more central. So, in setting up a fixture I will have a conversation with my opposite number about our relative strengths and what we can do to make the encounter meaningful. Will the students enjoy it? Will they be inspired to practise and get better? The results will take care of themselves – in a well-planned season we’ll win some and lose some, and have some thrillers along the way. We enjoy success, and try to learn from things that didn’t go quite so well. And if we win 10-0 there will be some reflection on how we can make the next encounter between the teams a more challenging affair for the sake of both teams.

Although we are keen to find something enjoyable for all of our students, I like to think that we can also give our excellent athletes what they need from us. We work hard to find ways of challenging them that are meaningful and which they will appreciate. If we think they can cope, we find them opportunities with older year groups, and if we feel students might benefit from moving up to another representative level, we can make that happen. Our links with local clubs and regional representative structures are very strong.

We are not a big school and it is unlikely that we will have sustained national sporting success, but if we’ve got lots of children who have a positive attitude to being physically active, and will keep that attitude in their adult lives, then we do the subject justice – just so long as we make sure that we also stretch those students who really do have the appetite and aptitude for great things.

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.

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.

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!