5th February – Sports Reports
Ratcliffe 1st XI approached this game in a good frame of mind and a positive attitude, which showed in how disciplined they were in their formation. In a fairly even first-half, Ratcliffe were unlucky to go in 1 down. This was soon rectified in the second-half with a thunderbolt flick from Fred Notman. Ratcliffe should have gone on to win the game but had to settle for a one-all draw. Player of the Match was Charlie Dolan.
The game on the whole was a very good contest, with both teams evenly match. In the end it was four mistakes that cost Ratcliffe the game, losing 4-2. Their work rate and desire to win were faultless, and they scored two good goals themselves through Josh Breen and Tom Roalfe. Player of the Match was James Richardson.
A talented, streetwise 3rd team came up against a similarly talented Kimbolton team and were unlucky not to get a better result. Tom Furlong had a short corner saved early in the second-half and Morgan Newby probably beat every player in the Kimbolton team twice, frustratingly not getting a goal himself. Captain Rishi Soni played well in a free role, but Man of the Match went to James Harrold who made some perfectly timed tackles throughout a tough game
The U15s beat a strong Kimbolton side 3-2 in an exciting game. Ratcliffe scored early on with a well worked short corner deflection by Seb Dewhirst. Kimbolton came back strongly and deservedly equalised before going ahead just before half-time. Ratcliffe enjoyed the balance of possession throughout the game, controlling the final-quarter following a well worked equaliser with Seb completing his hat-trick in the final minutes. Seb was given Player of the Match for his fine finishing, but this was an excellent all-round team performance with every player playing their part.
The U15B team were unable to covert possession into goals and were unlucky to lose 1-0 against Kimbolton. Ratcliffe dominated the majority of the game but could not find the much needed killer instinct. Men of the Match were Toby Smith for some outstanding saves and Joe Unwin for his tireless work rate.
In their County Hockey Tournament the U14s produced a lethargic performance, leaving them unable to qualify for the regional finals. By contrast, on Saturday against Kimbolton they were vastly improved and were unlucky to run out narrow losers. Man of the Match was Matthew Lewis.
The U13s kept going against a strong Kimbolton team, but in the end they were outplayed in a 5-2 loss. Goals by Charlie Hancock and David Hippisley-Cox kept us in the game and Mathew Ward and Jack Nightingale were Men of the Match for their excellent play in the midfield.
The U12A team found the going tough in their first game of the season against Kimbolton. With the opposition having most of the ball in the first third, it was down to Maciej Buczkowski to keep us in the game with some fine saves. In the second third, Ratcliffe had some chances of their own, unfortunately without the final touch. In the final third, some excellent build-up play from Toby Snell, James Bern and Brad Smith ended with a shot past the post. Man of the Match goes to Maciej Buczkowski who was outstanding in goal in his first ever hockey match. Other mentions must go to Brad and Toby for their work rate and commitment.
The U12Bs played their first competitive game of hockey at Kimbolton. Despite the loss, there were a number of standout individual performances, with Captain, Krishan Gupta, and Seb Cook both impressing. Man of the Match was awarded to Henry Bullock for his relentless diligence and tackling in defence.
Walter Yell, Boys’ Sports Captain.
The 1st team game was definitely a game of two halves. It took half the
match for the team to develop a game plan to counteract the very strong
and tall Nottingham High defensive players. Despite the game already being
lost, changes to our tactics and better quality passing saw the team
draw the third-quarter and narrowly lose the final-quarter to lose
heavily but with our heads held high. Becky Taylor was Player of the Match for her consistently high quality play and vociferous encouragement throughout the game
The U15A team came up against a very strong opposition who were incredibly fast and accurate in attack, and with height advantages in both circles. At half-time the girls were down 14-1. The girls worked incredibly hard in defence to break up Nottingham’s attacking play and their goal attack began to feel the pressure as her previously flawless shooting was disrupted. Some excellent movement from Player of the Match Rosie Jones in our attacking third meant that in the second-half we looked more threatening. Despite much stronger third and fourth quarters, Nottingham won 24-4.
The U14A team, despite missing their shooters to the county squad, played
exceptionally well for two-quarters with Player of the Match, Megan
Vincent and Katie Winston holding the team together. The final score was a
narrow 10-9 loss.
The U14B team played well against a strong Nottingham High outfit. The girls lost 9-3 but played consistently across the quarters. Player of the Match was Emily Marsh for her strong defending.
The U13A team won 13-9 against a strong Nottingham High outfit. It was their first game of the season and as expected took the girls time to settle, but they were focused and took an early lead. The lack of practice showed as Nottingham crept back in to the lead, but the girls showed excellent team work and the determination, as they have showed all year, to come back for a well-deserved victory. Player of the Match was Olivia Back.
The U13B team improved every quarter, defending well and managing to get the ball into the D for a few attempts at goal. Despite their cold fingers, the girls did well to keep moving to keep up with the speedy Nottingham High girls. Player of the Match goes to Isobel Thomas.
The U12s won 6-5 against an already warm Nottingham team. This showed in the first-quarter, when the girls were 3-0 down. The girls pulled themselves together and managed to get in front from the second-quarter onwards. Ratcliffe played some good netball, working the ball from defence to attack, with shooters Izzy Hose and Megha Patel making some excellent shots. Player of the Match goes to Nicole Spencer who showed an excellent defensive maturity.
County Cross-Country Championships
Ratcliffe staged the final of the County Cross-Country Championships on Saturday, with a large number of runners from Ratcliffe competing. Hopes were high of some success and this proved to be well founded. Ratcliffe came 2nd in the Inter Girls’ and 3rd in the Senior Girls’ races respectively, with Emily Hollis finishing 4th individually. Cameron Hart ran extremely well on the day against incredibly strong opposition and finished 2nd in the Inter Boys’ standings over the season, a great achievement. Congratulations to all those who took part including Jessica Walker, Alice Daniel, Hadrian Rigley, Matt Booth, Georgie Rea, Elene Fing, Rob Bourne, Joe Dickinson and Will Rigby. Special thanks must go to the Grounds Staff and Catering Department for presenting the College in such a positive light to nearly 500 guest visitors.
Rebecca Taylor, Girls’ Sports Captain.