Bedales girls U16 netball team are celebrating after winning the Cup at the National Schools County Challenge Cup at Southampton Sports Centre. Schools across Hampshire participate in this competition and Bedales did well in the afternoon’s fixtures winning every match with scores of 14 or more. The team was led exceptionally well by captain Phoebe Landers who has recently gained a place in the Hampshire netball team. The most improved player was Victoria Burnell.
Bedales U14 netball team, who participated in the same event a week later, performed well considering it was one of their first competitive matches as a team beating 4 out of 5 opponents. As a result they qualified for the top group of the tournament although just missed out on a final placing.
The girls’ hockey teams have enjoyed several victories already this term. The 1st team beat Frensham Heights convincingly 6-1 and the U16s beat Seaford College 2-0 in their first match of the season. The U15s had a great match last Tuesday continuing their unbeaten run against St John’s winning 2-0. The U15s also beat Portsmouth High 2-0 with a few new players debuting. The U14s beat Portsmouth High 14-0 and Priorsfield 3-0.
The U16 boys’ football team took part in the Ibstock Place School annual 6-a-side competition reaching the quarter finals and the 1st team got through to the quarter finals of the IPS 6-a-side competition. The U14s beat Mayville 5-4 and the U15s drew 2-2. The U16 team beat Meoncross 3-2 and the U14s also beat Meoncross 15-0.
In cross country running, the school was delighted for Ellie Catton in Block 5 (Year 11) after winning the Butser Hill Challenge in her age category. Student Nat Steele also finished 3rd in the Year 12 race in difficult conditions.
Commenting on the sport results, Headmaster of Bedales Schools, Keith Budge, said: “Our students are enjoying a purple patch in sports results so far this term and long may it continue. The victories come as a result of strong coaching, good team-work and a consistent standard of play in practice. Ellie’s achievement at Butser is made all the more impressive given the poor weather conditions.”
Following on from this success, Bedales will be welcoming hockey player and Team GB Olympic bronze medallist Alex Danson on Monday 15 October to coach the school’s players. This visit is part of the school’s gifted and talented programme, aimed at inspiring young minds through talks and workshops with distinguished individuals in academia, the arts and sport. Alex will be running workshops with the students throughout the day. It will provide a fantastic opportunity for students to gain an understanding of what it is like to be an Olympic athlete after the success of 2012.