Sports Report – 30th September

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1st XI

On Monday Ratcliffe hosted Wakefield Girls HS in the Independent Schools Hockey National Cup. This was the first time the girls had entered this competition and they performed well, narrowly losing 3 – 2. The girls started brightly and took the lead through Olivia Back but by half-time the scores were level. After the break Ratcliffe gave Wakefield two soft goals, which then meant they had to press forward to save the game. They put Wakefield under constant pressure, but could only score once, again the scorer was Olivia Back. Player of the Match was Amy Baxter for a fine performance in goal.

The 1st team hosted Wisbech on Saturday and came away with a very impressive 6 – 2 win. From the start Ratcliffe were up for this game having played well in their last couple of games but not getting the results they deserved. By half-time Ratcliffe had a comfortable 4 – 0 lead with 2 goals from Liv Back and a goal each for Eleanor Godwin and Molly Edwards. Wisbech pulled a couple back in the second-half, before another goal from Olivia Back and one from Olivia Carpenter sealed the victory. Player of the Match was Jenna Pole who was very impressive at the back. 

2nd XI

On Monday, the 2nd XI lost 1 – 0 to Loughborough High in a game they dominated, but couldn’t score. The girls tried everything they could to find the final touch to get the goals, with ball speed being the missing factor. Player of the Match was Bo Henderson.

The 2nd XI drew 1 – 1 against what turned out to be a mixed Wisbech 1st/2nd team. The girls rose to the challenge and should have won the game with lots of the possession in the second-half. Unfortunately, they couldn’t find the final pass in the ‘D’ to create the goal. Ratcliffe’s goal was scored by Jade England, while Abigale Santaney was Player of the Match for her excellent performance.

3rd XI

The 3rd team match this week turned out to be a game of two halves against Uppingham. In the first-half the defence stayed solid against a strong Uppingham attack and rebuffed their attempts at goal again and again, with Hannah Grinham making some brilliant saves. Struggling to get the ball out of their own half they moved the ball well but couldn’t seem to get the breakaway pass needed for a run to goal. With the score 0 – 0 at half-time the 3rd XI needed to go out strong for the second-half, and that is what they did.They moved the ball brilliantly up the pitch into attack with the dream team of Sofia Henderson and Betsy Poll always in space ready to receive the ball. After a nail biting final five minutes of the game the final score was a 0 – 0 draw.  All of the girls should be congratulated on their performances. Player of the Match was awarded to Sofia Henderson for always being in the correct place, for working tirelessly and for her great attitude.


On Thursday, the U15 team played Loughborough High school and lost 3 – 1, however, the score line does not reflect the match, in which Ratcliffe had many chances but just couldn’t score. The girls played some excellent hockey and their movement off the ball was fantastic. The defence was also much improved from last week, with the defensive unit working together to keep Loughborough High at bay. The whole team were awarded Player of the Match as everyone stepped up their performance for this game.

On Saturday, The U15s were away at Wisbech, the game ended as a 3 – 1 loss. The teams were very evenly matched and the game could have gone either way, after conceding the first goal the girls stepped up their game and pulled the game back to 1 – 1 with some fantastic running from Dalila who slipped a pass from the baseline to Maddie who calmly slotted the ball past the keeper on the front post. Towards the latter part of the game we found ourselves under a lot of pressure in our own half and conceded, but Player of the Match Annabel Mills led a very solid defensive unit who kept out many chances.


The U15/14B team put in a superb performance which saw them earn a 1 – 1 draw against a very competitive Uppingham team. Uppingham started the stronger side and scored early on, this seemed to ignite Ratcliffe who upped their work rate and by half-time they were definitely in the game. After the break, Ratcliffe took control and scored a great equaliser through Mimi Khan. Ratcliffe continued to search for a winner and if it had not been for some great saves from the Uppingham keeper, they would have got one. Player of the Match was Sam Seidu.


On Saturday 30th September the U14A team faced Wisbech Grammar School in what turned out to be a very close 0 – 0 draw. The girls got off to a flying start with Rachel Astill narrowly missing the goal in the first few minutes. As the game progressed, Captain Amy Mason made some terrific runs in the midfield breaking through the Wisbech defence creating numerous chances, unfortunately not leading to a goal. In the dying moments of the game Marley Totton got tantalisingly close to scoring but the ball brushed past the post. Ratcliffe defence should be commended for their solid performance – especially Player of the Match, Maddi Bryant.


The U13A’s took on Wisbech this weekend and dominated large parts of the game and were unlucky not to get the win as the game finished in a 1 – 1 draw. From the start Ratcliffe applied relentless pressure on the Wisbech goal, which finally resulted in a breakthrough thanks to a drive into the corner from Tallulah Wood. Ratcliffe headed into half-time leading 1 – 0 and started the second-half with the same attacking intent. Wisbech however looked dangerous on the counter attack which brought a series of short corners, from which they brought the score level. The game finished 1 – 1. Player of the Match went to Annie Jarvis for some great play down the left hand side from start to finish.


The U13Bs got back to their winning ways with a 7 – 0 win over Uppingham. The girls’ got off to a great start thanks to a hat-trick scored by Captain Eleni Malhan. A solid defensive effort from Fisayo Abiodun and Leanna Al-Fady saw Uppingham’s time on the ball short-lived. The girls went into the second half 4 – 0 up. Some excellent passages of attacking play saw another three goals added to the score sheet. Uppingham came very close to scoring in the second half; however, Olivia Chapman’s excellent saves enabled the U13Bs to have a clean scorecard. Well done to Leanna Al-Fady for Player of the Match for excellent work rate both in attack and defence.


The U12A team lost 3 – 1 with Wisbech scoring 3 goals in quick succession in the first half and playing a very structured and tactical style of play. In the second half, the Ratcliffe team fought back with Daisy Reddin finishing off a well worked move and the girls were unlucky not to score as two other shots rolled just past the post. Players of the Match, Avani Gupta and Zoe Howling showed excellent defensive work in the second half.


The U12B team lost 2 – 1 with all the goals scored in the second-half. A fantastic second half performance with Jessie Beardsley stepping into play in goal at the last minute and giving an excellent performance, as did Ruby Lord on her debut.

Olivia Back
Sports Ambassador 


1st XV

The 1st XV were well beaten on Saturday against a well drilled side who ran in four tries in each half. Ratcliffe again had very little ball to play with but still threatened to score tries of their own. There were several standout defensive performances but Man of the Match, Harry Brooks was singled out by the referee and opposition coach for his play and the example he set for the rest of the team

2nd XV

The 2nd XV had an excellent 32 -10 win against Mount. Oliver Welch had a good game at fly half and Harry Culpin made some powerful runs in the midfield. The whole team played well, showing great character and effort but Man of the Match was Dagogo Apiafi for his excellent all round game. 


The Under 15s lost despite putting in a tremendous display full of courage. Sadly, Mount were relentless in both attack and defence. This intensity eventually took its toll but Connor Foster took Man of the Match for his ‘never say die’ attitude.

Ratcliffe started brightly, threatening Derby’s try line, however, a mistake led to Derby scoring the first of their seven tries – this was pretty much the story of the game. Ratcliffe played well sporadically through the game but never let their heads drop, ending the game strongly. The team, ably led by Guy Mills, did not give up, maintaining their discipline throughout. Emeka Osuji was Player of the Match but the whole team deserves a special mention for their never say die attitude and constantly working for each other.


The under 14 rugby team played well in a competitive match, but eventually lost 26 – 10 to Mount St Mary’s.  Ratcliffe committed well and made some excellent tackles. However, too regularly the opposition scored long range tries from broken play, running through the Ratcliffe defence. Daniel McGunnigle had an excellent game, working tirelessly around the pitch, whilst Tycho Parkes performed well. Xavier Zannotti –Berrano and Rajen Gupa scored the Ratcliffe tries, both after some good work by the backline.  Man of the Match: Daniel McGunnigle for his all-round efforts.


The U13 team beat Mount St Marys 25 – 0. It was a good team performance and passion was shown by all who played. Man of the Match was Felton Tandoh who scored four tries


Ratcliffe College U13/12b team lost to Derby Grammar. This score line does not reflect Ratcliffe’s play as they had many chances to score, but failed to convert possession into tries. Their rucking was much improved from the previous week and they scrummaged well. Man of the Match was Sam Davies for his excellent attacking from full back and strong tackling on boys much bigger than himself.


The U12A’s had a fantastic game against Mount St Mary’s, unfortunately losing 20 – 15. Ratcliffe played with 100% intensity throughout the entire match and were making some incredible tackles, especially George Atkinson and Oscar Webster. Ratcliffe scored some fantastic tries coming from some great footwork and speed from Harry Cregeen and Charlie Grayson. Mount St Mary’s were fortunate enough to have a lot of subs on the bench which made a big impact in the second half. Having lots of fresh players on allowed Mount St Mary’s to spread the ball wide very quickly and out run our defence to score some simple tries. Overall it was a great team effort with incredible intensity throughout the entire match. Man of the Match goes to Harry Cregeen.


Congratulation to Finley Back who in Year 10 has made his debut for Nottingham Forest U18′s this weekend against Hull City. A great achievement.




Congratulations to Anuj Savani (year 10) who won the boys Under 15 Leicestershire County Closed tournament last weekend and was runner up in the boys Under 17 tournament


Harry Heaney
Sports Ambassador