Sports Report – 28th September

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Hockey - 1st XI

The 1st XI travelled to Kings High and were unlucky to lose 2 – 0. Both teams were evenly matched with Ratcliffe having more clear-cut chances than their opposition. Unfortunately, missed chances cost the Ratcliffe team as Kings High scored one goal in each half to win the match. Players of the Match were Kate Tyszka and Flora Colville. 

2nd XI

The 2nd XI lost 5 – 0 to a strong Kings High team. Losing 2 – 0 at half-time, the girls gave the opposition too much time on the ball. After the break the game was more even, unfortunately we couldn’t take the chances that came our way. The defenders were outstanding, making a number of excellent interceptions and blocks. Players of the Match were Katie Honey, Bo Henderson and Captain, Ibzie Duckett.


On Saturday, the U15 team lost a tough game against Kings High Warwick. The attacking play of the team was much improved and there were some excellent passages of play with some good passing between Lauren Brown, Dalila Watson, Aimee Cleminson, Maddie Lindop and Isabella Mulvihill. Emily McBallentine, Bella Whalley and Rebecca Lindley worked hard in defence, breaking up play on a number of occasions and Ihuoma Osuji had another good game in front of goal. Emma Turner and Mimi Khan made some strong runs in attack creating space higher up the pitch. The score line does not reflect how the girls played and the team continued to work hard until the end. Goal scorers were Mimi Khan and Dalila Watson. Players of the Match were Annabel Mills and Aimee Cleminson.


The U15/14B match this week was by far the best of the season even though the game finished 1 – 0 to Kings High Warwick. The girls started strongly controlling the game with the majority of possession. However, just before half-time we conceded a short corner, which Kings High capitalised on giving them a 1 – 0 lead, unfortunately we were unable to recover and equalize. So many players were deserving of Player of the Match, however this week it goes to Sam Diaz who worked tirelessly for the team.


On Thursday 21st September the U14A team hosted Loughborough High School and after a competitive game unfortunately it was Loughborough who won 2 – 0. After a shaky start the girls calmed their nerves and started to settle into the game with Annie-Rose Reddin making some dangerous runs down the right wing. Although Maddi Bryant and Amy Whitelaw defended excellently, Loughborough still managed to catch us on the break and sneaked a goal in the first half. In the second half Ratcliffe were hungry for the ball. After some superb play, Annie Bridgewood narrowly missed the goal twice in quick succession. Unfortunately, Loughborough took their chance soon after this and scored another in the final 5 minutes of the game leaving the final score 2 – 0 to Loughborough. Captain Amy Mason and Vice-Captain Elise Atkinson should be commended for their work rate and determination in the centre of the pitch. Player of the Match was awarded to Annie-Rose Reddin.

On Saturday 23rd September the U14A team travelled to Kings High losing a close game 3 – 1. In the first few minutes of the game Ratcliffe looked sharp with some impressive runs and stick skills from Captain Amy Mason. Unfortunately, moments later Kings High managed to break through the defence with some big hitting and we ended up conceding. This didn’t unsettle the girls and they went looking for an equaliser. Millie Chapman made some wonderful tackles in defence, however, Kings High managed to pinch the ball back outside the circle and score. In the second half Ratcliffe looked revitalised. Elise Atkinson controlled the midfield and made some terrific tackles to win the ball back, leading to Annie Bridgewood taking a shot on goal, to be helped in by Marley Totton on the back post. In the last five minutes of the game Kings High broke again and scored their third and final goal making the final score 3 – 1 to Kings High. Player of the Match was awarded to Elise Atkinson.


The U13A’s fought hard in what resulted in a 2 – 1 loss this weekend. After two tough fixtures in the previous week the girls showed some grit to go out and play their game this weekend. It was 1 – 0 at half-time and despite going another goal down they played some great hockey down the right hand side which brought the game back to 2 – 1. Annie Jarvis was the goal scorer. Player of the Match was Amelia Wells for her great runs down the right hand side in both halves of the game.


The U12As faced a well organised King High Warwick team in which they won in 4 – 3 in an exciting finish. The first half saw Ratcliffe defending their end and barely making it passed the half way line. Eventually Kings High scored making it 1 – 0 at half-time. After a team talk at half-time the girls’ new energy and motivation unsettled Kings High as Zoe Howling scored quickly after the half-time whistle. However, Kings High came back with similar strength, with both teams scoring another two goals. There was some great defending as Player of the Match Avani Gupta shut down the Warwick attacks with some well-timed tackles. Going in to the dying seconds of the game it looked like it was going to finish 3 – 3. However, the U12s worked the ball in to the ‘D’ and joint Player of the Match Sophie Shield pounced, scoring in the last seconds, gaining herself a hat-trick and making the final score 4 – 3 to Ratcliffe, in a very entertaining game.


The U12B’s learnt a tough lesson in their 8 – 2 against Loughborough after putting an excellent second-half performance. They put this into practice in their 6 – 1 win over Kings High Warwick on Saturday, using the width of the pitch well. Rosie Dickerson made an excellent debut scoring a hat-trick, earning herself Player of the Match along with Connie Colville scoring two goals. Holly Chapman also scored and took control of the centre of the pitch whilst Katherine McCrindell was solid in defence.

Leicestershire Hockey Academy Centre

Well done to the following girls who have all been selected for Leicestershire county academy centre: Elise Atkinson, Bella Whalley, Aimee Cleminson,  Amelia Haggis, Daisy Reddin, Maddie Whalley and Sophie Shield.

Olivia Back
Sports Ambassador 



1st XV

Despite a much improved performance the 1st XV fell just short, losing 12 – 14 to Bablake. Ratcliffe spent most of the first half under pressure but excellent defence limited the opposition to one try and Ratcliffe responded with a fine try from Man of the Match Harry Heaney. The second half was a much more even affair. Ratcliffe deservedly took the lead with only 10 minutes to go only to let Bablake back into the game following a series of mistakes. Despite finishing the stronger of the two teams, Ratcliffe just failed to turn their pressure into the much needed winning score.

2nd XV 

A poor start saw the 2nd XV go 17 points down after 15 minutes of play. A good come back led by Alex Bown and George Linnett saw Alex and Jude Kinch both score tries from close range. The game was evenly contested for the rest of the match with Ratcliffe dominating at the close and scoring again through George Linnett. Unfortunately, the team fell just short of victory losing 22 – 15. Alex Bown was Man of the Match.


The U15s continued their winning ways with a 52 – 0 win. The team played some great running rugby and the scoring was well-shared between forwards and backs, as well as trying out some new combinations in the backs. Logan Desmond-Ainge picked up Man of the Match for his second successive try-scoring performance.


Midweek, the U15B XV defeated Quinton House 35 – 33 in a very exciting and enjoyable game. Both teams had strong runners and it came down to the accuracy of the goal kickers with Stanley Chell converting all of Ratcliffe’s tries. Ratcliffe were the better organised team, although Quinton House were always dangerous in possession. Ratcliffe played some open attacking rugby, well-orchestrated by Stanley at Fly half and James Turner and captain Alex Tyszka in Midfield. The pick of the Ratcliffe players was Emeka Osuji who ran hard and tackled well.


The U14s scored two well worked tries but lost 34 – 14 to a pacey Bablake team. Ratcliffe dominated the first 10 minutes and scored a well worked try through Xavier Zanotti-Baranano. However, Bablake scored regularly during both halves to pull away. Pleasingly, Ratcliffe battled on and scored the final try out wide through Dominic Goodman. Men of the Match were Ben Jackson and Cameron Cover for their work in defence.


The U13s were way off the pace against a strong and well drilled Bablake side. Missed tackles and a lack of rucking allowed Bablake to score at regular intervals. Joe Butler scored a good break away try and Joe Atkinson was Man of the Match for his never say die attitude.


The U13B/U12B lost their first match of the season 5 – 40 to Bablake. In a game of two halves, Ratcliffe started under immense pressure and despite their best efforts, went into the second half trailing by 30 points. However, Ratcliffe began the second half strongly with excellent running from Jacob Butler leading to Matt Heywood charging over the line for a well worked try. Ratcliffe’s defence and rucking improved immeasurably, with every player improving their performance to only concede two more tries.  Man of the Match was Daniel Bailey for his powerful running and excellent leadership skills.


A tough game in poor conditions saw the U12As go down 10 – 15 to Bablake for their first loss of the season. Ratcliffe had a solid first half with strong carries from William Pearce again and some excellent passing out of the scrum from George Atkinson. As the second half went on there were a lot more dropped balls from both sides which Ratcliffe struggled to deal. Bablake were able to get the ball to their big players and score some simple tries because of these errors. Ratcliffe managed to stay in the game with some great tackling from the two centres, Finley Spencer and Charlie Grayson, however, Bablake were too strong when they had the ball and were very quick at diving on the loose ball. Bablake kept pushing forward, managing to score the winning try in the last two minutes of the match. Man of the Match this week was Henry King for his great organisational skills and keeping team moral high throughout the entire match.


Congratulations to Jake Kirkby who won the Boys U17 competition and came third in the boys U19 Nottinghamshire County Squash Competition last week.

Leicestershire Hockey Academy Centre

Well done to the following boys who have all been selected for Leicestershire county academy centre: Tom Binnie,  Fred Jackson, Henry Erwin,  Harry Gamble and Harrington Leake.

Harry Heany
Sports Ambassador

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Forthcoming Sports Fixtures

Date Opposition Time Team Home/Away
30/09/17 Wisbech 11:00 1st XI & U15/U14B Hockey H
12:15 2nd XI & U13A Hockey H
11:00 U15A Hockey A
12:15 U14A Hockey A
13:30 U12A & U12B Hockey A
30/09/17 Uppingham 13:30 U13B Hockey H
30/09/17 Derby Grammar 13:30 U15/U14B Rugby A
13:30 U13/U12B Rugby A
30/09/17 Mount St Mary’s 11:00 1st XV, 2nd XV & U15 Rugby A
11:00 U14, U13 & U12 Rugby H
02/10/17 Oundle 14:30 U13A, U13B & U13C Rugby H
03/10/17 Trent 14:00 U15A Hockey A
De Lisle 14:45 U15 Rugby A
04/10/17 Leicester Grammar 14:30 U10A & U10B Rugby H
14:30 U11A & U11B Rugby A
14:30 U10A & U10B Hockey H
14:30 U11A & U11B Hockey A
05/10/17 Hill House 14:30 2nd XV Rugby H
Dixie Grammar 15:15 U14 Rugby A
Leicester Grammar 15:45 U9A & U9B Rugby A
Leicester Grammar 15:45 U9A & U9B Hockey A