Prep School Sports Report – September 2017

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Ratcliffe Prep School Sport – Autumn Term 1

Wednesday 20th and Thursday 21st September saw the start of the Prep School Rugby season. All of the boys in Years 4, 5 and 6 represented the school over the two days in hard fought matches against Crackley Hall and Bilton Grange.

Our U11 Boys found the start of the season tougher than most coming up against strong opposition but they nevertheless gave a good account of themselves despite losing all of their matches. Our U10 Boys had a strong start to their season finishing the afternoon unbeaten and showing great potential as a Rugby unit for the years to come. Our U9 Boys took their first steps into competitive Rugby with a mixed bag of results but by the end of a wet afternoon they finished with a victory which will give them great confidence for their next set of fixtures. Well done to all of the boys who played.

Ratcliffe College Football Festival

Saturday 23rd September saw the annual Football Festival played on the manicured pitches of Ratcliffe College.  Nine teams competed throughout the morning demonstrating a high level of technical skill and tactical understanding of the beautiful game.  After the round robin league stage the teams were split into three finals groups.  The Trophy group was won by Blessed Robert Widmerpool, the Shield Group was won by St Peter and St Pauls Academy and the Cup Group was won by Bishop Ellis Primary. Our three Ratcliffe teams acquitted themselves superbly as always with Ratcliffe Villa finishing third in the Shield Group and our first ever all girls team the Ratcliffe Roses finishing second in the same group.  Real Ratcliffe finished second in the Cup Group by the narrowest of margins as after the final group games they were level on points with Bishop Ellis, they were level on goal difference and the game between them in the final group was a draw!!  Therefore they were finally separated by the result between them in the original round robin stage of the competition and that game was won by Bishop Ellis. All in all another fantastic footballing feast enjoyed by all who had the privilege to witness it. Special thanks must go to our wonderful PA who supplied the supporters with sustenance throughout the morning.

Wayne Faulconbridge

Head of Prep Sport.