Match Reports – 23rd September
After last week’s disappointing first-half, Ratcliffe started well against a well drilled Welbeck side. James Head made the most of a strong breeze, pinning the opposition into their own 22. Ratcliffe dominated much of the possession and territory, only conceding meters through needless penalties. Tries from Harrison Jones, Josh Breen, James Horner and Captain James Head resulted in a healthy 22-5 win. Notable mentions to Ed Grundy and George Clayton and Man of the Match Dominic Warne who carved through the opposition defence on a number of occasions, and really proved a handful at inside-centre.
The 2nd XV put in an improved performance against a strong and well drilled Welbeck College side. The first-half was a very evenly matched affair with neither side taking or giving any quarter. Unfortunately, a well organised attack by Welbeck saw them score a try with the last play of the first-half. This rallied the home troops and there was a far more organised and cohesive approach to the attack from the side in the second-half. A further try was conceded, but quality interlinking play by forwards and backs alike saw Ratcliffe conclude the match with a well taken score by Toby Smith. Man of the Match was Tom Brambell for his endless tackling and commitment to the side.
A combined U15/14 team took on Derby Grammar on Saturday and played some excellent rugby. Strong individual running and good decision-making made for an open and free-flowing game, with a wide range of forwards and backs crossing for scores. Harrison Grimmett was Man of the Match in a 48-7 win.
The combined U13/12 team showed real character to win their fixture against Derby Grammar 31 – 7. The whole team rucked very well to ensure a good supply of possession and there was some excellent running in the backs from James Berns and William Westwood who both scored two tries with Charlie Harris getting the other score. It was an excellent all-round performance from the whole team.
William Hoare, Boys’ Sports Captain.
The U14 girls had their second game of the season on Tuesday evening away at Loughborough High School. After a strong start in rainy conditions, Ratcliffe took the lead after a loose ball in front of goal was converted by Isobel Thomas. Before the half-time, Loughborough managed to maintain the majority of possession and score 3 successive goals. After half-time Ratcliffe dominated from the outset, with Olivia Back scoring a low hard shot past the keeper, swiftly followed by another. In the nail biting last five minutes Olivia Back converted a solo effort to make the game 4-3, but Ratcliffe were unable to equalise.
Holly Blount, Olivia Gilchrist, Megan Vincent and Olivia Back have been selected for the County netball Academy. The academy only selects 20 girls from U14 upwards and for Ratcliffe to have 4 selected is a fantastic achievement. Kate Tyszka will also attend later trials to be assessed, after being injured at the present time.
Congratulations to Emily Dunne, Year 8, who has been selected to play for Leicestershire County Golf Team.
Congratulations must also go to Mia Atkinson, Year 7, whose team came second in the U13 midland counties road relay on Saturday.
Sorcha Grant, Girls’ Sports Captain.