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!


Girls’ U15 Hockey v Hampshire Collegiate School, 14.11.2018

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.

Girls’ U15 Hockey in the Lord Wandsworth Super 7s Tournament, 17.10.2018

By Mariela Presnell, PE Teacher

Another tournament this week for the U15s, this time the Lord Wandsworth Super 7s tournament.

Traffic saw us arrive late to the tournament and enter the first game against LWC Sharks without a warm up; always a challenge!

We dominated the game but struggled to get the goals, until a fantastic interception from Shanklin Mackillop Hall saw her in a one on one with the goalie, which she won and took the final score to 1-0 to us!

In our second game we faced an extremely strong Pangbourne side. Despite our many shots on goal we just could not get it past their expert keeper.

As the final whistle blew we were awarded a short corner which was expertly sent straight into the corner of the goal by a strong strike from Alisia Leach and this saw us finish our second match with a 6-1 loss.

Our next game was against another strong side, this time from PGS. With a number of country players on the opposing side we knew we were in for a tough match, however some excellent goal keeping from Matilda Gellatly and a second goal from Shanklin Mackillop-Hall saw us finish the game with a 1-1 draw; a result the girls should be proud of.

We then played the other side from LWC and despite some excellent determination and hard work from the Bedales girls, LWC were too strong and dominated the game.

Our final game was against Alton School and again the girls were ready to work hard and fight for the win. Sasha Arney proved to be an excellent attacking force, setting up two goals which were finished by Mathilda Douglas and Mabel Watson. Mabel then went on to score a third goal and the final score finished up with a 3-1 victory to us.

Another excellent day of matches for the girls that will help to prepare them as we head off to Holland this weekend to take on some Dutch opponents!

Girls’ U15 Hockey in the Ballard School U16 Tournament, 11.10.2018

By Mariela Presnell, PE Teacher

On Thursday 11 October the U15 hockey team ventured to Ballard School in the New Forest to participate in an U16 7a-side tournament.

Competing with the year group above was always going to be a challenge and despite a couple of tough first games (losing comfortably to the two schools who went on to place 1st and 2nd), the team remained positive and motivated.

The third match saw the U15s hold a strong QE side off to a 0-0 draw and their success continued when they defeated the host team 2-0 with goals from Sasha Arney and Mabel Watson.

In their fourth game the team defended exceptionally well putting Milton Abbey under immense pressure but unfortunately couldn’t get the goals and again came away with a 0-0 draw.

In the final match an unfortunate and extremely slow goal saw the other Ballard team come away with a 1-0, the most disappointing result of the day as the game was dominated by us.

After all the games had been played we received our final placing – 5th out of 7, an excellent achievement for an U15 team competing in an U16 tournament with some strong hockey schools.

Special mention must go to Becca Staring for some excellent goal keeping and Shanklin Mackillop-Hall for making several exceptional saves on the line and demonstrating an excellent all round attitude and work rate.

I look forward to taking the team back again next year!