Cricket & Rounders
The 1st XI opened the season with a cracking, high scoring game at Lord Wandsworth College ending in a narrow defeat.
New sight screens and covers (purchases supported by the Gentlemen of Bedales) have really enhanced the quality and appearance of the Mem Pitch playing area.
In order to maintain the appeal of the game we are looking to find open minded opponents keen to try our own brand of ‘Bedales Bash’ cricket – a shorter, faster version of the game to supplement some of our more traditional fixtures.
The rounders term has started strong for the junior girls with both the U14 and U15 girls demonstrating strong technical and tactical awareness to win their recent fixtures v St John's and Ditcham Park.
The introduction of the new tennis courts on the Dunhurst pitches has seen a rise in participation at Dunhurst and Dunannie. Dunhurst have also entered the Aegon cup and have enjoyed some successes in both the boys and girls matches. Our first big event on the new courts was a mini tennis festival held in June. Over 60 children aged 6-8 from local schools participated in the event which eventually saw Amesbury beat Dunannie by 1 point to win the tournament. It was an excellent day that has inspired our Dunannie tennis players to pick up their rackets and compete.
The summer term has seen huge success for the Bedales tennis teams. Both block 4 boys and girls are currently into the Aegon County play-off semi-finals and are keen to continue their impressive winning runs in an attempt to qualify for the regional play offs.
A small but keen team competed well at the Lord Wandsworth College meet early in May with some very respectable times, height and distances. This was a prelude to the SE Hampshire Meet where 9 other schools competed. Building on last year’s success there were a number of outstanding performances (14 Bedales student qualified for the County competition) and Bedales finished a fantastic second place overall – just 2 points behind the winners.
Girls' football in the summer term is a recent national initiative (reducing clashes with hockey and netball fixtures) and we have enthusiastically adopted this innovation.
The season started with a colourful, enthusiastic festival with Block 3 and 4 girls on Steephurst football pitches. The 7 a-side tournament highlighted students who could play in future matches.
Freya Leonard captains the football squad and so far has beaten the Bohunt team with her squad.
Sports Award Dinner
Our sporting year was celebrated with a Sports Award Dinner in March. A fantastic meal, live music, heartfelt speeches and nominations and awards for our senior sports performers made for a very memorable and enjoyable evening.
The multi-gym and fitness room is now fully refurbished and is proving incredibly popular with all the students (and staff) and is demonstrating a strong demand for further fitness opportunities.
Sports Day 2017
Sports Day enjoyed an earlier date in the sporting calendar - and by the skin of its teeth it dodged the showers. The Yellow team emerged victorious for the second year running. The day proved to be a great balance between competitive and fun, and the spirit of the day was really encapsulated by our two roving presenters Phin Sajous and James Grout-Smith who kept us all informed and entertained throughout. View photos.