11th March – Sports Reports

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Senior School Sports News

Hockey

U15

A combined U15 A and B team took on an inexperienced Lincoln Minster side winning 8-0. The goal scorers were Joe Unwin, Rory Payne, Carrick Anderson, Will Harkness with two and Ben Pole with a well taken hat-trick.  The game proved a great opportunity for all the boys to play a part and for some to try out new positions.

U14

The U14s produced a mature display on Saturday when they played some intelligent and selfless hockey. A number of the team scored in a dominant win, capped by a great display from Man of the Match, Harry Stokes.

U13 County Hockey Tournament

The U13 hockey team came 2nd in their county tournament and have qualified for the regional stages of the tournament. In their first game they drew against Loughborough Grammar in a game we should have won, with Jack Nightingale earning Man of the Match for his excellent distribution. They lost their second game to a very strong Oakham team with Ganesh Thapa having an outstanding game in goal.

1st XI Football

The 1st XI had their first game of the season, producing an effective display against an organised QE team. Ratcliffe were always in control during the first-half with two goals from Man of the Match, James Monk. After the break and with a number of changes made, QE came into the game more, giving Morgan Newby a busier time. Morgan pulled off some excellent saves and commanded his box with authority, even managing to make them miss a penalty. The game was wrapped up late in the second-half, when a free-kick from Cameron Gilchrist somehow managed to find its way into the bottom corner. The game ended 3-0 to Ratcliffe.

Squash

On Thursday 7th March, Ratcliffe College’s First V Squash Team travelled to Uppingham School, hoping for a repeat of their success last term.  Our boys did not disappoint, for while Adam Donegani and Danny Hsu narrowly lost their matches, our top trio of Edison Wong, Jason Lau and George Morgan won their matches convincingly in straight-set victories.  Congratulations to the whole team for the sportsmanship with which they conducted themselves, both on and off court.

Running

On Sunday March 3rd, a team of 10 students took part in the Rushcliffe 10k race held at Ruddington Country Park. In perfect running conditions over a gently undulating 2-lap course, Captain Rob Bourne led the team home in a time of 45 minutes and 11 seconds. Following behind were Tom Park (46.07), William Rigby (48.23), Hadrian Rigley (56.03), Robert Hunton (56.05), Abbi Hau (running under the assumed name of Mr Gilchrist) 58.37, Daniel Pick (59.48), Will Hunt (59.49), David McKenna (59.52) & Jessica Walker (71.20). Rob finished 2nd in the Under 18 Boys’ category and Abbi 3rd in the Under 18 Girls. This was the first race over such a distance for many of the runners, who all rose to the challenge extremely well.

Premiership Football Scholarship

Congratulations to Cameron Gilchrist who has just been awarded a football scholarship at Premier League Club Swansea City, for the next two years. We shall follow his progress with great interest and pride in the future.

Staff Hockey Match

The most eagerly awaited fixture of the sporting calendar was upon us. A mixed Ratcliffe Staff hockey team welcomed a Syston mixed hockey team on chilly Wednesday night at Stade-de- Ratcliffe.  Captain, Miss Stafford lost the toss and Syston elected to take the push back. Ratcliffe started brightly, with strong attacking play down the wings and Mrs Wheldon linking up well with Miss Stafford. If Miss Papadopoulou hadn’t wasted a number of clear cut chances in the first 15 minutes, the result could have been decided before half-time – something to think about for the experienced manager, Mr Taylor. Sustained pressure and the introduction of Mr Kaye saw Ratcliffe take a well-deserved lead mid-way through the first-half. His movement and intelligent link-up play saw Miss Stafford convert to give Ratcliffe a 2-0 lead soon after.

Following half-time, Syston were a much rejuvenated team after making a couple of changes to their formation. Ratcliffe’s main man, Mr Wilcock, was simply unable to cope with the Syston old boys in the middle of the park, attempting to dribble the ball instead of, in his own words, “keep it simple”. However, solid work in defence by Miss Lancaster, Mrs Reeves and the ever impressive Mr Langley, made life difficult for the Syston forwards. More importantly, they made sure that the Ratcliffe’s keeper, Mr Walsh, kept a clean sheet. Mr Woodcock played with his usual enthusiasm and energy, supporting play down the wings and working tirelessly in defence. Mr Gilchrist and his bulldog-like approach caused controversy with some strong challenges which are certain to be brought up at the next disciplinary hearing. Mr Kaye was influential up front, working very hard in his 10 metre radius – if only he had been supplied with the aerials he wanted, the score could have reached double figures. Mrs Wheldon made it 3-0 after a well-worked move and Miss Papadopoulou finally converted a chance to seal the tie late in the second-half.  Final score was Ratcliffe 4, Syston 0.

Walter Yell, Boys’ Sports Captain.

Netball

1sts
The 1st team, despite winning 26-15 against Mount St Mary’s, had a tough match against feisty opposition which required them to play a very controlled game. They moved the ball
through the court with ease and shooters, Rose Borrajo and Player of
the Match, Sorcha Grant, ran rings round the Mount team, and between
them missed very few shots.

2nds

The 2nd team ran away winners, 53-5, and dominated play from the start to finish
with good interceptions from Ellie Thomas and good interplay from
shooters, Laura Keay and Olivia Gilchrist.

U15

U15 beat Mount St. Mary’s 21-4. The girls played some excellent netball to take an early lead. Their work off the ball was the key to some excellent fluid attacking play which allowed Ratcliffe to dominate. In the 3rd and last-quarters, Ratcliffe made some tactical changes to which the girls adapted very well.  Amelia Lallo was Player of the Match for her excellent work at both GA and GK.

U14

The U14s won 42-0 in quite a one-sided game, but the quality play was
maintained despite several changes of position.

U13

Mid-week the U13s played Loughborough High. The girls were faced with a rematch with their county semi-final opponents. They started the first-quarter looking very much the better team. Injuries and forced substitutions putting players out of position allowed Loughborough to regain a foothold in the game, and ultimately went on to win 20-15. The players should be congratulated on an excellent performance with Annie Bridgewater earning Player of the Match as she showed excellent versatility.

On Saturday the U13s played very well winning 43-2 against Mount St Mary’s. Both teams were very feisty and it made for an exciting game. Our Man of the Match was Lucie Prusinski, who positioned herself well in the centre-third.

U12A

The U12s team won their mid-week game against Loughborough High 21-12,
during which they showed excellent skills in both attack and defence.
Superb shooting from Isobel Hose and India Beresford was complimented
by excellent interceptions and defending from Holly Bown and Nicole
Spencer. Isobel Hose was Player of the Match.

On Saturday the U12s beat Mount St Mary’s 19-2. Ratcliffe played some lovely netball making important interceptions and attacking strongly.  The girls dominated play even with a lot of changes to positions, carrying on playing to a high standard. Player of the Match was Mollie Page for her movement and support around the circle.

U12B

The U12B team lost to a strong Loughborough side, who seemed to score at every opportunity. The girls worked the ball well on the counter-attack and were unlucky not to score more.  Player of the Match goes to Megha Patel.

U13 County Hockey Tournament

The girls faced strong opposition in Oakham, Loughborough High, Leicester High and De Lisle. The first four games proved to be tough games and so Ratcliffe went into the last game against De Lisle looking for our first win. The girls battled hard and played some excellent hockey to win 4-0 and finish the tournament in 4th place. Player of the Tournament was Olivia Back for her excellent attacking play and Lara Addison for her leadership and control in defence.

Rebecca Taylor, Girls’ Sports Captain.

Junior School Sports News

Hockey

On Friday 1st March, Ratcliffe U11s’ boys hockey team played Brooke Prior. Ratcliffe broke away quickly and scored two early goals. The boys continued to play strongly and the goals continued to be scored. The final score was 4-0 to Ratcliffe and goal scorers were: William Hull, Jonah Carroll and 2 goals to William Westwood. Man of the match was awarded to Tom Neuberg for his determined defensive work.

On a cloudy Wednesday afternoon, the Ratcliffe U11 boys’ hockey team had another fixture against Foremarke Hall. Despite the boys not getting off the mark quickly, a few goals being let in, Ratcliffe continued to battle and attack which resulted in a super goal being scored by Jonah Carroll. Special mentions go to Oliver Welch for his attacking play and Jonah Carroll for his goal.

On March 6th, the U10 boys’ hockey team also played against Foremarke Hall. The team put on an outstanding performance and although the game resulted in a win to Foremarke Hall, Owen Lloyd scored a sublime goal.

Well  done boys and good luck to all of the boys and girls in Year 6, as they prepare for the County hockey tournament next week. Watch this space…………..

Netball

At the Ratcliffe College netball festival that took part on February 23rd, the Rubies finished in  3rd place overall and finished in the bronze medal position. This is a phenomenal achievement with 20 teams taking part and congratulations go to all of the girls from this team!

Mrs Nicola Gilchrist