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!

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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’ 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.

Boys’ hockey beat Hampshire Collegiate School

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.

Clean sweep for girls’ netball

Despite their away fixtures, it was another successful week for girls’ netball as they won all four of their matches. Playing away at Frensham Heights, the 1st team won 18-6 and the 2nd team narrowly secured a victory at 14-13. The U14As and U15As took on The Royal, beating them 10-6 and 11-10 respectively. The boys’ hockey weren’t as successful with their away fixtures, as the 1st XI lost to Portsmouth Grammar School and the 2nd XI lost to King’s School, Winchester. The U14s were unlucky with their home game, as they were narrowly beaten 2-1 by King Edward’s School Witley.


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.

Bedales netballers’ beat Bohunt

It was a positive start to the year for Bedales girls’ netball as the U14A team beat Bohunt in a very close match, sealing the victory by just one goal at 14-13. The U15A team followed suit, and beat Bohunt by a more convincing 19-10. The 1st team weren’t as successful, and lost 20-8 to Churcher’s College. The boys’ hockey teams had a busy week, but weren’t as successful as they’d hoped; the U15’s lost 3-0 to KES Witley in a competitive game and the 2nd XI lost to Frensham Heights in a 7 a side training match. The 1st XI played well against King’s School Winchester, but lost 3-1 and on Thursday they were beaten by an experienced Hurst team in the National Cup.


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.