As the Girls’ 1st XI Hockey team’s last game of the season, this was also the final game in Bedales’ colours for the 6.2 pairing of Alice Perry and captain Nancy Tier. Despite tough weather conditions, the team were determined to send off the departing 6.2s with a good performance.
Things could not have got off to a better start, with Nancy opening the scoring inside ten minutes with a fiercely struck short corner. After a melee inside the St John’s circle, Amber Pearson finished neatly on the half-volley to put the Bedales side 2-0 up at half-time. Soon after the re-start, Elsa Rymer had made it 3-0 to the hosts with a shot from the top of the circle that was deflected in.
From here, huge credit must go to St John’s, who despite some outstanding saves from goalkeeper Becca Staring, fought their way back into the game, scoring two goals in quick succession.
It was, however, perhaps fitting that with less than ten minutes to go, Nancy eliminated three players, drove in to the circle and with a little bit of luck her shot was deflected in and an open game ended with a 4-2 win to Bedales.
Sports Day 2015 will be the first time in my six years at the school, that all Bedales senior students Block 3, 4, 5 and 6.1 will take part in sports day together. Having reset the record books in recent years with the performances of Block 3 and 4 students, it will be great to see if new records can be set by the Block 5 and 6.1s also this year. With a huge array of talent on show, a well oiled machine that is the staff officials and judges, and Keith Budge as the official sports day announcer, this year’s sports day is not to be missed. With all students competing in at least one event, parents are warmly invited to come and add their support throughout the afternoon. Sports day will officially start from 1.45pm and finish by 5.30pm, refreshments will be available.
By Alan Wright,Head of Boys’ Sport
Last Saturday, Nicky Kleinlercher (High Jump), Nancy Tier (Shot) and Pippa Lock (1500m) all competed for the South East athletics team at the Mountbatten Centre in Portsmouth. Pippa competed extremely well completing her race in a time of 5.15 finishing sixth in the final. Nancy finished first in her event with a personal best of 11.83m and she has qualified for the National finals at Gateshead on the 10and 11 July.
Nancy Tier (Block 3) has been competing successfully over the last few years in both shot put and discus for her previous prep school (Cumnor House) and her local club Brighton & Hove. She has attended the National Athletics Finals and she has continued to work hard outside school after being selected for an elite throwing academy. She trains at the weekends as well as competing in competitions.
Over the half term break she attended the Youth Development League competition and was crowned U15 Shot Put champion for Sussex. Despite picking up an injury in the warm-up she won both the discus and shot put competitions, throwing a personal best in the shot put, which also meant that she beat the U17 girls too as they use the same weight shot. She will be competing for the school in a few weeks after qualifying for the East Hampshire Athletics Team for shot put.