Sports Reports – 10th February 2014

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1st XI

Ratcliffe 1st XI entertained Birkdale for the first time in a hockey fixture, and ended up winning the game 4 – 1. Ratcliffe created early pressure and scored inside the first 5 minutes, with Man of the Match, Brad Parker, scoring the first of his 3 goals. By half-time, Ratcliffe had taken a comfortable 2 – 0 lead. The second-half was a bit scrappy with both teams creating good chances. Brad Parker scored his third of the game, before Birkdale managed to pull one back. Dom Warne finally sealed the victory for Ratcliffe in the closing stages.


Although struggling at times to produce their most fluent hockey, the U15s scored some excellent goals, when they moved the ball quickly, and ran out comfortable 8 – 1 victors against a spirited Birkdale side. Goal scorers were James Robinson with a hat-trick, Louis Hurst with 2, Harry Antil, Joe Jarvis and Victor Rosell with one apiece. Player of the Match was Harry Stokes for an excellent, composed performance linking defence to attack.


In a dominant display, the U13s beat Birkdale 6 – 0. Excellent passing and movement through the midfield, with Seb Cook and Toby Snell linking well, created a number of goal scoring opportunities. Alex Purcell’s movement, stick work and finishing up front were exceptional and it enabled him to score all six goals and to deservedly win the Man of the Match award. This performance earns them the ‘team of the week performance’ award.


The U12s played Beeston Hockey Club U12s for the first time and acquitted themselves very well. Up against some very talented individuals, they were 3 – 0 down at half-time, but still in the game. In the second-half, the Ratcliffe boys fared much better and with some more clinical finishing could have got on the score sheet. There was some excellent play at the back from stand in centre-back Will Westwood, and from Man of the Match Jo Evenden, who covered every part of the astro in an all-round display. The final score was a 4 – 0 win for Beeston.

County Rugby

The 1st XV ended the prolonged season narrowly being knocked out of the County Cup against John Cleveland College. Ratcliffe never really made the most of the downhill advantage they had in the first-half, with only a Dom Warne penalty to show for it. The uphill battle proved too much and towards the end of the game the opposition scored a couple of late tries. Men of the Match went to Harry Baum, for his ball carrying and Rory Thorne for his tremendous defence throughout this game and also the season as a whole.

The U15s progressed to the semi-final of the County Plate after a hard fought 26 – 5 win over Dixie Grammar. Ratcliffe created lots of chances but could not always turn these into points. Harry Stokes picked up Man of the Match for some impressive running from centre, whilst Captain Luke Gyesi-Appiah also played well in the forwards.


Congratulations to Harry Bellamy who came third in the Nottinghamshire County Indoor Archery Championships on Sunday. It was Harry’s first County Championship Event and he has been shooting less than a year and so is still officially a novice; however, the event does not use a handicap system.

William Hoare,
Boys’ Sports Captain.


1st VII

On Thursday the 1st VII lost 18 – 40 to a very strong Trent side. From the first whistle, Trent dominated in both attack and defence as Ratcliffe struggled to work the ball into the shooting circle. However, credit must go to Fran Orton and Sorcha Grant as when we had shooting chances, we scored with almost every shot.

On Saturday the 1st VII had several chances to take the lead in their match against King’s Warwick, but too many unforced errors resulted in a disappointing 9 – 12 loss.

2nd VII

The 2nd VII dominated all aspects of play in their well-deserved 28 – 1 win against King’s Warwick. Through-court play from defence to attack was well timed and free flowing. Captain and Player of the Match, Angharad Lloyd, led by example with her tenacity, while Mimi Lallo’s shooting statistics were impressive. This performance earns them the ‘team of the week performance’ award.

3rd VII

On Thursday the 3rd VII had an excellent game. We were defensively sound and very successful in breaking up the Trent attack, with Player of the Match Martha Lewis working well to deny the opposition space. In attack we made sure that we capitalised on this hard work and utilised our possession with some excellent attacking play. Having led at every break, we were all disappointed to lose it 13 – 17 in the final quarter.


The U15A team came up against tough opposition, and in the first two quarters had no answer for a very skilful King’s Warwick attack, and at times lost discipline in our own attack. In the third and fourth quarters, Ratcliffe were much more disciplined defensively and more controlled in attack. Player of the Match Olivia Gilchrist adapted excellently to help break up the King’s Warwick attacks. Although the last two quarters were more closely fought, the damage had been done with the final score 5 – 18.


In tough weather conditions the U15B team battled well against a good opposition. The game was close throughout, with all players working well and showing great confidence. Player of the Match, Lauren Ball, was excellent throughout, taking good interceptions and feeding the circle well. King’s Warwick were strong opposition and matched us throughout the court resulting in a fair 11-all draw.


The U14A team had a very close match, coming out victorious with a 16 – 14 score line over the King’s Warwick side. The girls went out strong; circle defence Natasha Walsh and Beatrice Waters applied great pressure to the King’s Warwick shooters and they were unable to respond, with a 7 – 2 lead at quarter-time. However, the second-quarter saw the opposition comeback strongly as they closed the score down, but Ratcliffe were still leading 9 – 6 at the end of the quarter. Although the weather was not ideal for shooting, Hannah Grinham and Kate Tyszka fought hard and worked well with our mid-court players, Olivia Back and Callista Tsatsa to end the third-quarter. Annie Bridgewater and Isabelle Duckett significantly contributed to the smooth, successful play down-court and fought hard for every interception. Player of the Match is awarded to our Wing Attack, Callista Tsatsa, for some excellent interceptions and overall great contribution to the game.


The U14B team came up against a tough King’s Warwick side; although they fought hard in every quarter, they lost 12 – 6 overall. The girls went out determined to win possession of every ball in the first-quarter and they worked extremely hard, reflecting in the narrow 3 – 2 deficit at quarter-time. Despite some great interceptions and fluent play down the court from Niamh Delargy and Esme Kelly, King’s Warwick led 6 – 3 at the end of the second-quarter. Our circle defence, Bethany Pickup and Beatrice Waters, upped the pressure on the King’s Warwick shooters in the third-quarter. This, combined with some excellent feeds from Lucie Prusinski and Isabelle Duckett into our shooters, Nicole Wong and Lucia Cano Garcia, saw Ratcliffe win the quarter and close down the score to 7 – 6 at quarter-time. Player of the Match is awarded to Lucia Cano Garcia and Nicole Wong for an excellent debut for the netball team, making some brilliant attacking movements and working well with the rest of the team.


With the wind picking up, it was time for the U12A team to set up and play King’s Warwick. King’s Warwick had a storming start with a 6 – 1 lead in the first-quarter, but the Ratcliffe girls didn’t give up and had some excellent moments of play through the court, but in the wind, the shooting conditions became rather testing. King’s Warwick continued to power on with some excellent shooting in the conditions from their shooters, even though they were highly pressurised by Radcliffe’s defence. The overall score was an 18 – 2 loss to King’s Warwick, with the Player of the Match being awarded to Holly Vinall, for some great interceptions to turn over the play.


The U12B team had an early match against a strong King’s Warwick team. Play got under way and both teams were equally matched in their possession and movement around the court, but Ratcliffe managed to convert more of their chances, with some excellent shooting by Ella Sophia. After the first-quarter, the girls were 2 – 1 up. The pressure continued from both sides, with one team scoring and then the other team equalising. With around one minute to go, Ratcliffe took the lead 7 – 6 and managed to hold this until the end. The Player of the Match is awarded to Ella Sophia Northover-Calabrese.


Congratulations to Alice Daniel (Y11) and Emily Hollis (Y12) who have been selected to compete at the English Schools’ Teams Cross-Country Championships in the Inter Girls’ and Senior Girls’ Races respectively.


Congratulations to Emily Dunne who was presented with 5 trophies at the annual presentation evening at Park Hill Golf Club last week. These included best putter of the year, most improved player, and three others for competitions which she won during 2013.

Sorcha Grant,
Girls’ Sports Captain.

Junior Sport

The U11 netball team played in their first match of the season against an experienced Grace Dieu team. Our defence worked tirelessly, during the first half in order to prevent the shooters, who were as tall as Father Christopher, from scoring even more goals than they already had.  However, at half time, and after a few positional changes, Ratcliffe went on to score 5 great goals in the remaining time and Grace Dieu scored none. Although the final result was a win to Grace Dieu, Ratcliffe should be proud of their second half performance and take forward into their next match, all of the skills and tactics that they are learning. Player of the match was Mimi Khan and  a special mention must go to Annabel Mills- a dynamic defensive duo.