U16 Netball v Prior’s Field School, 27.02.2019

By Mariela Presnell, Teacher of Girls’ PE & Games

This week, on an unseasonably warm February afternoon, the U16 netball team travelled to Prior’s Field for their fixture. From the outset it was clear that Prior’s Field were going to be competitive, but despite their persistence, we managed to finish the first half 15-12.

Some excellent defending from Maddy Upton put pressure on their shooters and made the circle extremely competitive and congested. Alisia Leach worked extremely well in the Goal Attack position, providing support all through centre court and displaying excellent movement skills to allow her to lose her defender and feed the ball into Goal Shooter Grace Vernor-Miles. In centre court, Daisy Flint applied excellent pressure down the court and took a number of tips and interceptions to slow the game down and allow us to regain possession.

Bedales managed to maintain the lead in the third quarter but Prior’s Field came back in the final quarter and the game finished 24-24. Well done to Grace Vernor-Miles who was awarded MVP – her shooting was excellent and her movement in the circle was dynamic.

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Girls’ U15 Hockey v Bohunt, 28.11.2018

By Mariela Presnell, PE Teacher

This week, on a very cold and very wet Wednesday afternoon, the U15 hockey team travelled to Bohunt for their final game of the season.

After a nice long warm-up, the game got started and within the first five minutes an excellent cross from Alisia Leach was fired into the circle, straight to Mathilda Douglas on the left post, who sent the ball straight into the back of the net – putting the first score on the board.

Bohunt had a couple of strong players who made some great attacking breaks, but unfortunately for them, they struggled to break through our defensive cell of Emma Nelson and Shanklin Mackillop-Hall.

As the game progressed, Alisia Leach got the second goal when she dribbled the ball into the top of the D and injected it straight past their keeper into the goal. Fleur Donovan continued to attack with force down the right and sent some excellent balls into the circle. Towards the end of the first half, Sasha Arney found herself in a one v one situation with the keeper. Fortunately for us, Sasha won and we ended up finishing the first half 3-0.

We continued to dominate play in the second half, but unfortunately struggled to get the finish on the goals. Fleur Donovan hit the post and Esther Stewart sent a rocket ball in which narrowly missed the goal.

The game ended with a 3-0 win to us and Emma Nelson was awarded player of the match, which marks the end of the hockey season for the U15 girls. They have worked incredibly hard and made huge progress, both as a team and as individual players.

It has been an absolute pleasure to work with the team and they have been captained exceptionally well by Emma Nelson and supported by Vice-Captain Mabel Watson.

The one remaining hockey event for the U15 girls will be the girls vs boys match in the first week back at school after Christmas. After narrowly losing 1-0 to the boys last year, the girls certainly have a point to prove, so it will be a game that is not to be missed!