Sports report 27th Feb
Netball 1st VII
The 1st team dominated in an excellent 54 – 17 win against Northampton High School. It took several minutes for the team to settle, but once they had got into their stride they played with great confidence and skill. Their play was accurate and of a high intensity with a series of interceptions from Olivia Gilchrist and joint Player of the Match Emily Sellicks, which invariably culminated in scoring passes into the circle to our shooters, Kate Tyszka and the other joint Player of the Match, Issy Hose.
The 2nd team had to battle against windy weather won 36 – 6. The 1st quarter ended 9 – 1 with fantastic mid-court interceptions from Emily Grimmett and Jess Walsh, which gave Birthday girl, Rebecca Astill, and her shooting partner Nicole Wong, every opportunity to score. With options on the bench, Ratcliffe were able to make mid-court changes, which allowed them to further extend their lead at half-time to 19 – 3. Ratcliffe started the 3rd quarter slowly and as the wind picked up they had to steady their game. The defence continued to work hard to minimise Northampton’s score line with Natasha Walsh and Isobel Thomas only allowing two goals past them, ending the quarter 26 – 5. The final quarter was Ratcliffe’s best with Katie Winston and Emma Taylor-Clark working tirelessly in mid-court and with more excellent shooting Ratcliffe finished confident winners 36 – 6. Players of the Match were both shooters Nicole Wong and Rebecca Astill who played very skilfully to counter the windy conditions.
The under 15A team faced a strong Northampton team. They were challenged across the court, and lost a very tough game 6 – 19. Throughout the game Ratcliffe were on the back foot but defended excellently, with Holly Vinall, Sophia Henderson and Liyah Pinsent-Heskey having outstanding games. Liyah was awarded Player of the Match as she frustrated her goal attack, marking her tightly. In our goal third the team struggled to find a way to feed the shooters and too often forced play instead of being patient. When they were patient, or got their timing right the shooters took their chances but unfortunately this was not often enough to build any real momentum. The girls should be congratulated on an excellent effort.
The U15B team narrowly lost 11 – 15 in very windy conditions. They started off well going ahead 9 – 6 at half-time after some great attacking play and superb shooting from Layla Bott, Flora Colville and Charlotte Bailey. Unfortunately, during the third quarter Northampton produced some good linking play through the court and scored regularly. However, Ratcliffe went into the final quarter with fighting spirit and finished with smiles after scoring another two goals. Player of Match goes to Charlotte Bailey who showed high levels of effort throughout and scored some great goals under pressure, especially in the final quarter.
The U14A team had a thrilling game and remain unbeaten this season drawing 29-29, in what was their toughest game to date. The attacking strength of the team really shone with Maddie Lindop and Aimee Cleminson playing some wonderful passing into the circle for Ellie Gallacher and Eleanor Shaw to capitalise on. In what was an exciting game, which could off gone either way, a draw was probably a fair result and kept the parents and Miss Stafford on the edge of their seats! Player of the Match goes to Ellie Gallacher and Players Player to Maddie Lindop.
The U14B team had a tough fixture losing narrowly 10 –13. The girls all fought hard and sustained a positive attitude throughout the whole game. Rebecca Davis played very well as Centre moving and controlling play throughout the court. Likewise, Mimi Khan showed some great defensive skills, pressurising her opposite number and making some great interceptions. Player of the Match goes to Lauren Brown who displayed some excellent movement.
The U12A team lost to a well-organised Northampton side. Starting slowly with too many key errors, gave Northampton a significant 1st half lead. The girls came out in the 2nd half with more of a fighting spirit with some great interceptions from Chelsea Makandeni and Eleni Malhan. Player of the Match goes to Chelsea Makandeni.
The U12B team continued their winning ways in a very close game. Having gained a four goal advantage by three quarter time they allowed Northampton back into the game as continued pressure put them off their stride, and too many errors crept into their play. Credit to the girls as they fought back to win by one goal 8 – 7. Player of the Match was Lucy Tuttey.
Girls’ Sport Captain
On Saturday the Boys 3rd team travelled to play a Loughborough Grammar School team. The opposition were a strong side with several skilful players and unfortunately Ratcliffe lost 3 – 1. In the first half Ratcliffe struggled to keep possession, allowing Loughborough to maintain pressure and which led to two first half goals. Having changed the formation for the second half, Ratcliffe made better decisions in possession of the ball and they started to dominate territory, with Man of the Match Bishnu Thapa creating several opportunities through his direct dribbling and penetrative passing. Eventually, the pressure told with Luke Chilton slapping the ball past the goalkeeper to make it 2 – 1. Despite continued pressure from Ratcliffe, a counter attack allowed Loughborough to score again. Overall, this was another very promising performance with the team improving week-by-week.
The U13A team played at home against a touring Spratton Hall team and won a fantastic game 3 – 2. Similar to previous fixtures, Ratcliffe started the match slowly, and conceded an early goal within five minutes of the start. This early pressure showed no signs of relenting as we found it difficult to get the ball out of our own half of the pitch. The opposition doubled their lead midway through the first half with a well taken goal. Although Spratton Hall had much of the possession, Ratcliffe began to be effective on the break. After an initial shot from the top of the circle the ball found its way to Rajen Gupta on the left hand side who calmly chipped the ball into the goal to make it 2 –1. It was another break which led to the equalising goal with Roman Carpenter sweeping the ball past the on rushing goalkeeper. The second half saw Ratcliffe start the stronger team and it was frustrating not to score in the opening 10 minutes after a flurry of short corners and balls into the circle. The winner came with seven minutes to play when Xabier Zanotti found the back of the net with a fine finish. Overall, it was very really fine team performance, exemplifying the fantastic spirit which pervades this group of players. Player of the Match goes to Roman Carpenter for his decisive play down the right hand side which led to many goal scoring opportunities.
The U12s unbeaten season was fully tested this week, but they came through to beat Loughborough Grammar 3 – 1. Loughborough Grammar started strongly dominating possession and territory. Ratcliffe steadily came back into the game and started to link passes together and create opportunities, one of which was excellently finished by Harry Gamble, to go ahead 1 – 0. Loughborough equalized just before half-time leaving the game in the balance. Ratcliffe were tenacious throughout the second half fighting hard for possession and playing with lots of energy. Cameron Mulvihill scored an excellent second goal with a reverse sweep, a skill the boys have been practicing in training. The game was still evenly matched until Harry scored his second from a well worked move and also finished with a good reverse sweep. The whole team played with fantastic effort and determination throughout. Tom Leighton had a superb game in midfield winning tackle after tackle and distributing the ball accurately. Men of the Match go to Tom Leighton and Harry Gamble.
Ratcliffe enjoyed one of their best performances to date against Loughborough in a well fought game to win 6 – 0. In the first half Ratcliffe managed to grab an early lead through Kian Patel. This goal was then added to by Cameron Cover and Oliver McKaig. Just before the half ended Temi Adiodum added a fourth goal. The second half started in much the same vein, with Ratcliffe scoring again through Jacob Butler, shortly followed by Joseph Butler. With the Ratcliffe’s focus very much on defence in the last 15 minutes, it was time for Ethan Starley to step up to keep a clean sheet on his debut. Loughborough played some good attacking hockey in the latter stages of the game, requiring Ethan to make some good saves. Ethan Starley was Man of the Match.
Boys’ Sports Captain
Congratulations to Mia Atkinson, Archie Banks and Alfie Thompson who have all been selected to represent Leicestershire and Rutland in the English Schools Cross Country Championship at the Norfolk Showground. This is again an outstanding achievement and they will also be competing against the best in the country. We wish them all well.
Congratulations to Daisy Reddin and Zoe Howling, who have been selected to represent the Leicestershire County cross-country team in the National Finals, to be held at Prestwold Hall. The girls will be competing against some of the best athletes in the country; it is a tremendous achievement to have been selected. Both girls followed up their selection with excellent performances at the Ratcliffe Cross-Country Festival on Saturday morning. In windy conditions, Daisy overcame a nasty stitch to record a thrilling victory, while Zoe ran superbly to finish in third place. The girls were joined by six of their friends who also ran very well to help the Year 6 girls to win the team event.
On Saturday 25th February the annual Ratcliffe Prep School Cross Country Races were held in traditionally overcast but thankfully dry conditions. This year saw 337 young athletes from around the county enthusiastically take on the challenging course as well as another 100 or so Year 1 and 2 children who raced around the course in the Fun Run. There were some outstanding performances form all of the children whether they were demonstrating their great potential for the future at the front of the races or their determination and never give up spirit towards the back of the races. Every child who started, finished and all who experienced the event went home smiling and proud of their achievements. This was again another one of those Ratcliffe Prep School days that will live long in the memories of all who were there. Does this want to go in here?