25th February – Sports Reports
The 1st XI were straight on the front foot from the word go in a game they dominated all the way through, finally winning 9-0. The game was put out of Welbeck’s reach in the first 10 minutes after Ratcliffe pressed brilliantly to take a quick-fire 3-0 lead. Further goals were added at regular intervals to complete a very accomplished and effective performance. Goal scorers were Brad Parker 3, Walter Yell 2, Charlie Dolan 2, Fred Notman 1 and Dominic Warne 1. Men of the Match were Joe Gerighty and Brad Parker.
The 2nd XI beat Welbeck 4-1 without playing anywhere near their best hockey. Despite constant Ratcliffe possession and pressure, the teams turned round at half-time level. 3 goals early in the second-half secured the win but Ratcliffe still wasted several chances late in the game. Goal scorers were James Horner, Alex Hazell, Tom Roalfe and Ben Smith. A good win, but the Ratcliffe boys know that they will need to play much better to beat Worksop next week. Player of the Match was Tom Pawley who distributed the ball well.
County Cup Rugby
An overwhelming number of spectators attended Ratcliffe to watch the first XV in what was disappointingly the last game of the season. Loughborough Grammar probably were not expecting the first-half aggressive defence that hit them early on with Tom Allen, Tom Headley and Harry Jackson all tackling ferociously. Matt Howard’s superb touch-line conversion took Ratcliffe into half-time 3-0 up, but it should have been more. Walter Yell made an electric break but could not quite release Jack McPhillips into the corner. Not long after half-time, Harry Jackson made a similar break but again the try-line eluded him. We would like to thank everyone for their support.
Walter Yell, Boys’ Sports Captain.
National Cross Country Championships
Emily Hollis and Cameron Hart represented Ratcliffe at the National Cross Country Championships at the weekend, with Emily finishing a very respectable 59th out of approximately 150, and Cameron finishing a commendable 143rd out of 250, in the U17 sections.
Rebecca Taylor, Girls’ Sports Captain.
The most competitive house competition for boys’ hockey ever was a three way tie, and decided only by careful mathematic calculations by Mr Langley and Mr Gilchrist. In the end, Arundel, De Lisle and Leetham were tied on 6 points each. However, De Lisle scored 5 goals, Arundel scored 6 goals, and this year’s house champions, Leetham, scored a wonderful 7 goals. Man of the tournament was given to Edward Smellie for doing some really good defensive work for Emery, keeping his stick glued to the ground.
Well done to all the boys in Year 5 and 6.
Mrs Nicola Gilchrist