Sports Report – 30th October
The 1st team finished the first half of the season by playing against a very strong Trent College side, where they bravely lost 3 – 0. Both teams were very evenly matched with the two main differences being the quality of the finishing by Trent and their outstanding goalkeeper. Ratcliffe dominated the early exchanges and had some good opportunities to take the lead, but sadly found themselves 1 – 0 down at the break. In the second half there was some outstanding saves by the opposition goalkeeper and Trent added two more well worked goals to win the game. Player of the Match was Kate Tyszka.
The U16 team took part in the U16 County Tournament on Tuesday 9th October, finishing 5th. Ratcliffe faced a tough opener against a strong Oakham side who were eventual winners. The girls worked incredibly hard and narrowly lost 1 – 0. They then followed up this performance with a gritty display against Loughborough, losing 2 – 0 and finished off the tournament with a draw in their final game. A massive well done to all the girls as they were tremendous on the day. Player of the Tournament was Aimee Cleminson.
With blue skies above and under perfect running conditions the Ratcliffe Senior Schools XC Team took part in the second league race at Long Field Academy on Saturday the 28th of October. Our lovely Year 7 Girls Team started off the morning and they did NOT disappoint. Daisy Reddin raced brilliantly with an 8th place finish and Zoe Howling was right on her heels and closing fast to come in 10th. Sophie Sheilds raced with true gusto and was very impressive to finish 13th. Caitlin Cummins had a beautiful sprint finish to take 56th. These finishes put our Ratcliffe Girls Year 7 Team in second place in the league standings! Despite not being able to field a complete team, the Junior Boys racing for the first time this season had a very good day, indeed. Tycho Parkes is still finding his racing form but finished a very-hard earned 30th. In their secondary schools XC debut race, Thomas Leaghton and George Binney impressed with 40th and 57th place finishes respectively. I am very proud of everyone that raced. They were focused and eager to race and it showed. More work is needed but our Team will, no doubt, continue to improve with each race. Well done, Ratcliffe XC Team!
Over the half term holidays, Daisy Watson took part in National Schools Equestrian Association Championship at Addington Manor, Buckinghamshire. Daisy Watson (Year 9) competed in her warm up class which was prelim 17 where she gained a good mark on 68.21% which left her in 8th place. Elsi Jacques competed with 2 ponies in the 1.10 show-jumping class, and did very well in an extremely competitive 1.10 class, with double clears on both her ponies, getting through to the evening finals, and finishing in 5th place, which is a great achievement.
Daisy Watson rode a fantastic dressage test, with a very impressive score of 76.20% which was 5th best individual score in the team class in the preliminary section. The team were unplaced. We all had an amazing time and the girls have learnt a huge amount from watching all the other riders in all disciplines over the weekend.
n the 8th October the Loughborough Foxes U15 girls football team played their 6th match of the current season. This was against fellow league front runners Oadby and Wigston U15 Girls. The match ended in a 1-1 draw with both sides playing some excellent football. Playing in her favourite left back position Ratcliffe College’s Amy Mason was awarded player of the match for her all round performance. The manager particularly complimented Amy on providing solidity in defence and creativity going forward including some tremendous link up play down the left wing
The 1st XV enjoyed a welcome victory against Highfields. This was a promising team performance and included several tries following good build up play. Joint Man of the Match Jackson Silvey’s try, in his last game for the 1st XV before returning to Australia, was particularly well-received by the players and spectators. Jon Sommerville was also in fine form and deservedly shared Man of the Match with Jackson.
The U14s got their season on track with a convincing 39 – 0 win against Dixie Grammar in the County Cup. Despite a poor start the team settled down and played some attractive rugby, winning quick ball at the breakdown and then attacking wide. Dixie had some strong runners and we did well to keep them scoreless. Elliott Lindop controlled the game well at fly half, Xabier Zanotti-Baranano and Dominic Goodman stood out in the backs and Sam Moss played well in the forwards. Man of the Match was Dan McGunnigle for scoring a hat-trick and for having an excellent all round game.
The U12A had a very good, 30 – 10 win over a good Oundle side. Oundle used their strong runners well but Ratcliffe’s tackling was generally excellent led by the courageous Fin Spencer and George Atkinson who stopped them in their tracks. Well done also to Tom Ferrier for his superb try saving tackle. In attack, Ratcliffe looked good, with some fantastic running from Harry Cregeen, Fin Spencer and Charlie Grayson. Man of the Match goes to Riley Kirk for his incredible running skills and four great tries.
The U12B team put in an excellent performance to beat Oundle 14 tries to 1. You wouldn’t have thought that this was many of the boys first game for the school with the confidence they played with. They put pressure on the opposition from the start and were 7 tries up at half-time. This pattern continued in the second-half with another 7 tries. Everyone got an opportunity to make an impact and a number of the team will be pushing for A team places. Try scorers were Liam Hardy-Smith, Vincent McKeefery, Stef El – Fady with one a piece, Lucas Kariolis and Alfie Thompson with 2, David Ipinmoye with a hat – trick and Man of the Match, Sam Davies with 4.
Congratulations to the boys’ Under 13 tennis team who took on and beat Carre’s Grammar school on Tuesday 10th October in the regional semi finals. Although we only dropped one set and the final match score was 10 – 2 to Ratcliffe, this was a much closer match than the score-line suggests. Particular praise must go to Joe Davies who showed great character and determination to win a very tight singles match against a talented opponent. The team of Louie Fletcher, Joe and Sam Davies and George Binnie have now made it through to the regional finals, along with only 16 other schools in the whole of Great Britain. The finals are scheduled to be played on November 17th and we wish the boys well.
Boys Sports Ambassador