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.