4th March – Sports Reports

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Finbarr Lloyd wins Silver (right)


1st XI

Ratcliffe 2 – 1 Worksop

This game was always going to prove to be Ratcliffe’s toughest game of the season so far and the opposition did not disappoint. In a lively first-half both teams had opportunities to score, but the score remained goalless. As the second-half developed, the game became a little bit stretched, but Ratcliffe’s work rate without the ball remained high, denying the opposition a shot on goal. However, it was Worksop who took the lead but Ratcliffe responded with a beautifully disguised reverse stick shot from Charlie Dolan, which fooled everyone. An exciting physical game ended with Ratcliffe earning the victory with 4 minutes to go from a well-rehearsed penalty corner routine calmly finished by Fred Notman. Players of the Match were Will Hoare and Walter Yell.


A strong Worksop side beat Ratcliffe 3-0. The result was a fair reflection of the game despite a very even first-half. Worksop controlled the second-half and only very committed defending kept Ratcliffe in the game. Player of the Match, Will Honey, made several excellent saves. Ratcliffe did create several half-chances but could not convert them.


The U15B team played some great attacking hockey and were unlucky to draw 1-1 with Worksop College. A fantastic dribble and finish from the top of the area from Max Wheeler put Ratcliffe in the lead but some drops in concentration allowed Worksop to score just before half-time. Ratcliffe pressed in the second-half but could not find the clinical finish. Men of the Match were Max Wheeler for his skill down the left-hand side and Joe Unwin for his tireless work rate.


The U14s dictated play against Worksop but could not find the winning goal. Louis Ayre was Man of the Match  in a 0-0 draw for his intelligent, off-the-ball running.


The U13s had a convincing 2-0 win against Worksop U14B. The midfield dominated the game with Matthew Ward distributing the ball very well. David Hippisley-Cox was Man of the Match for his excellent attacking play down the right wing.


The U12s recorded their first win of the season with a well-deserved 4-2 victory. Playing against a team a year older proved to have a positive effect when Ratcliffe took an early lead through Bradley Smith. Lincoln Minster equalised early in the second-third and then took the lead, although Ratcliffe got a second through James Berns, for the third to finish 2-2. In the last-third, another goal by James Berns and an excellent team goal finished off with an exquisite strike from the edge of the D by Man of the Match Toby Snell secured the win.


On Saturday 2nd March, Finbarr Lloyd (Year 9) represented Ratcliffe College at the HMC National Judo Championships in High Wycombe. In six fiercely fought rounds in which Finbarr achieved two “ipons” (outright winning throws), he progressed to the final, narrowly losing to the winner, but coming away proudly with a richly deserved silver medal.

Walter Yell, Boys’ Sports Captain.


Four senior teams played against QE on Thursday.


The 1st team’s game was a superbly contested game with Ratcliffe drawing the second and fourth quarters. Injuries in the last quarter did not deter the team but QE’s 6-foot tall shooter proved a very difficult player against whom to defend. Final score was 21-29 with Becky Taylor Player of the Match.


The girls fought hard against a strong QE side. Despite the low score some excellent attacking netball was played and as the game went on the shooters found their form with Ratcliffe taking advantage for an 11-7 victory. Player of the Match was Amy Burle for excellent defensive display.


The 3rd team won 14- 9. The girls were excited for their first game of the season, if not a little nervous.  They started slightly slowly and were down in the first quarter; however, in the remaining quarters the girls were moving well and making some nice passes to get the ball into the circle. Emily Rose Faulks was Player of the Match.


The 4th team did really well to keep their focus and stick to the game plan against a weaker QE team. The team were motivated to score as many goals as possible and defended excellently when necessary to get the ball on the attack again. Player of the Match goes to Olivia Thompson for ensuring that a very high percentage of her shots were spot on goal! Final score 45-3.

Kimbolton were the opponents on Saturday for the Netball teams


The 1st team game was a tight affair with the score even after three-quarters. Too many unforced errors owing to intense pressure enabled Kimbolton to pull away to win 34-25. It was pleasing to see Laura Keay return to the 1st team after a full year of injury, albeit in a different position and she worked tirelessly with fellow defender, Anna Thorley. Becky Taylor held it together in the centre court, while Rose Borrajo was Player of the Match.


The 2nd team were blighted by injuries and some unsportsmanlike behaviour from the opposition. This did not deter the team from fighting back and kept in contention until the final-quarter, eventually losing 24-38. Olivia Dexter and Lauren White were Players of the Match.


The thirds played against a well organised Kimbolton team. Ratcliffe showed glimpses of good play throughout the match, with Katy Westwood and Evie Ayre linking well. By the final whistle, though, Ratcliffe were unfortunately beaten 27-9. Player of the Match went to Martha Lewis for some excellent defending and support play.


Mid-week the U15s came up against a very strong Loughborough team that were clinical down the court. We worked hard to break Loughborough’s flowing attack but our own play also broke down in the final-third. Unable to convert our centre passes consistently, Loughborough took a convincing victory.

On Saturday the U15A team suffered a heavy defeat against a well-drilled Kimbolton in opposition, despite determined attempts by the Ratcliffe girls right till the end. Playing some of the match down to 6 players, there was good movement about the court and in both circles. Player of the Match was Emma Furlong.


Mid-week the U15B team lost 20-2 against a very well drilled and skilful Loughborough team. They were unlucky not to score more points but carried on working hard until the final whistle. Player of the Match goes to Ololade Mosaku who made some important interceptions.

On Saturday the U15s fought well against a strong Kimbolton team. They defended well, managing to prevent goals and then attack the D to get some shots on goal. The Kimbolton umpire was very complimentary about the feisty spirit of the girls and their eagerness to keep going, so all girls should be very proud although Ratcliffe lost. Niamh Philpott was Player of the Match.


Mid-week the U14A team lost 21-12 to a well drilled Loughborough team, with Megan Vincent having a fantastic game earning her the Player of the Match.

On Saturday the U14A team lost to Kimbolton. After three-quarters the game was very even but Kimbolton pulled away in the end to win the game.


The U14Bs played well, managing to stop the strong opposition scoring many goals, finally losing 12-5.  Player of the Match was Emily Marsh, who defended extremely well.


The U13B team adopted an U12 for today’s match in Eleanor Brambell. They worked well as always as a team and made some strong attacking moves with Player of the Match, Olivia Walklett, running all over the place as the centre, providing opportunities for shooters, Alex Offer and Nathalie Dawe. The team improved their play throughout the match but lost to a speedy Kimbolton team. 


It was a closely fought game, with Kimbolton finishing just on top, with Ratcliffe losing 8-6. Strong performances were given by all, in particular Nicole Spencer and India Beresford who defended the circle well. Player of the Match goes to Isobel Hose.


The U12B team played well and never gave but could not match the speed and agility of the Kimbolton players.  Ru Tsastsa played valiantly in defence and Sarah Astill did her very best as Goal Shooter against a very tall and agile Goal Keeper.  Play was stopped for several minutes after a very low flying swan decided to take a closer look at the match and the girls kept their spirits up despite the score line. Player of the Match was Holly Bown for her effort in defence.

U13 County Netball Tournament

The girls came up against Kibworth, a strong opposition, in their first game. It was a closely fought battle with Ratcliffe unlucky to lose by 3 goals. As the girls found their form, they settled down and enjoyed playing, going on to win their following 3 games comfortably. This meant qualifying for the semi-finals, where they faced Loughborough High School. Loughborough posed a strong challenge, and for the majority of the game the Ratcliffe girls held their own; however, two patches of excellent play by Loughborough saw them convert chances which won them the game. The Ratcliffe girls were disappointed not to make the final but went into the play-offs confident and determined. They beat Oakham convincingly to finish in third-place. Well done to all the girls.

Rebecca Taylor, Girls’ Sports Captain.

Junior School Sports

Ratcliffe were the hosts to Fairfield on 27th February. All of the girls from Years  5 and 6 played in 3 teams.

On the day, there was some superb passing and space was created to make the ball fly around the court with ease.

All of the girls played well and the Diamonds ( U11 A) went on to win by 4-1 in their match. Special mention goes to Hannah Ball for her spectacular shooting.

The Rubies ( U 11 B )had a cracking game and there was some strong team play and intercepting. Special mention goes to Charlotte Bailey for her all round play.

The Sapphires ( U 10s) keep going from strength to strength and put on a fine performance against a solid Fairfield side. After a few tactical changes, the girls pulled back to finish the game 3-6. Player of the match went to Mimi Khan.

Well done girls and good luck to all of the U11s in their tournament next Wednesday.