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.
By Chloe Nicklin, PE Teacher
The U14s had their first game of the season against a hardworking Hampshire Collegiate side.
Bedales were energetic throughout the game making a number of positive and effective plays throughout the pitch.
The team worked extremely hard in defence against a strong opposition, with Olivia Cooper and Imogen Shannon making fantastic tackles.
Katies Mansbridge was named MVP by the opposition for her tireless energy, hassling the opposition and pushing the ball up the pitch. She played an integral role pushing the ball up the pitch and creating opportunities for shots on goal.
This was a highly competitive first game for the Block 3s and although they had most of the possession they were unable to score, going away with a 0-0 draw.
It was an extremely positive start for the U14s, showing determination, team work and grit – very promising and exciting when looking forward to the rest of the season.
By Kevin Boniface, Head of Hockey
On Wednesday the Girls’ 1st XI played host to Hampshire Collegiate School. Early on the home side were caught napping and found themselves 1-0 down inside 5 minutes.
However, in the testing heat, Bedales slowly clawed themselves back in to the game through the relentless work rate of Thea Levine and Freya Leonard. A late first half goal for Bedales saw the teams go in 1-1 at half time which was a good reflection of the game so far.
The second half saw a flurry of activity in both D’s with both teams creating a number of chances, unfortunately HCS were the more clinical of the two sides and ended up winning 5-2. A scoreline that could have easily been 6-6!
The boys’ U14 hockey team had mixed results this week as they beat Hampshire Collegiate School (HCS) 3-2 on Tuesday, but unfortunately couldn’t find a second win on Wednesday as they lost to Lord Wandsworth College. After the U14s victory against HCS, the 2nd XI were hopeful and battled well throughout the match, but at the final whistle the game ended 5-2 to HCS. On Wednesday the U15s were also beaten by King’s School, Winchester. In girls’ netball, following the success of the 1st and 2nd teams against Frensham Heights last week, the U14A and U15A followed suit beating Frensham 24-5 and 25-11 respectively. On Wednesday the 1st team played an away fixture at The Royal, having conceded several goals during the first half of play they battled well during the second half and were the better team, but the match ended 18-6 to The Royal. Determined to redeem themselves after Wednesday’s loss, the 1st team played their second match of the week on Thursday, and beat KES Witley 33-3 in a fantastic team performance.
Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.