Sports Reports – 10th October 2013

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Senior Sport

1st XV

The 1st XV were truly tested on Saturday. Despite defeat, the boys really did perform well, and on a different day we could have capped off a great performance with a win. Mount St Mary’s had the better of the first-half and led 10 – 7 at half-time after a good try from Ratcliffe Vice-captain, James Richardson. Skipper, James Head then crossed late on in the game to put the pressure on the opposition. The opposition led because of a breakaway try, but this acted as a catalyst for Ratcliffe who increased the pressure in the final minutes, but just could not break the opposition’s defence. Man of the Match goes to James Richardson, leading from the front and making yards all game.

2nd XV

The 2nd XV beat Mount St Mary’s 22 – 5 in a dogged encounter. Two early tries by Sam Nightingale settled the team down but Mount came back into the game and dominated the second-half. An excellent late try by Joe Unwin settled the game in our favour. Men of the Match were Sam Tyler and Adam Park for their outstanding defence.


The U15 team remain unbeaten after another impressive display. They overcame difficult conditions to win 40 – 19, with James Robinson and Man of the Match, Aaron Walsh, coming to the fore.


The U14 team produced another dominant display to win 62 – 14. Micah Pinsent-Heskey scored a hat-trick of tries, whilst Jamie Lanyon scored two. Men of the Match were John Sommerville and Philip Gyesi-Appiah.


Injury and unavailability seemed to have hit both schools, forcing Ratcliffe to lend Mount St Mary’s a player to even up the sides. Mount St Mary’s lead at half-time 10 – 7. Inspired by Freddie Bridgwood and other key players, Ratcliffe started to make their presence felt and pulled back the score to lead 17 – 12, meaning an exciting last 10 minutes. The game then ebbed and flowed, and Mount St Mary’s scored in the last minute of the game. Mount had the conversion to win the game, but they failed to convert and this left the final score level at 17 all. It was an all-round team performance of which the boys should be very proud.


The U12s produced one of their best performances to beat Mount St Marys 42 – 7. This was a game built on a solid base created by the forwards and finished off by the backs. A hat-trick of tries from William Westwood and a try and 4 conversions from William Hull meant Ratcliffe lead 28 – 7 at the break. Further scores from Oliver Welch and another from William Hull finished the scoring. Men of the Match go to the front-row of Joseph Collier, George Linnett and Jacob Dawe, who were magnificent at the breakdown.

County Rugby Tournament

On Thursday, the U14 rugby team played two matches in the County cup qualifying tournament, winning both. The first game against Catmose College was a tough encounter. Ratcliffe eventually won 22 – 7after a tight first-half. The second game against John Ferneley was a more one-sided affair with Ratcliffe winning 39 – 0. Man of the Tournament was Micah Pinsent-Heskey for his strong and evasive running.

The U13s also played in the County tournament on Thursday. It commenced with a fixture against Soar Valley, where the boys really matched their bigger counterparts and ran out 13 – 0 winners. The next match was then against Uppingham to see who would win the group. Uppingham looked a totally different prospect to Soar Valley, but the message was clear,
the U13s had to be well organised and determined to win, this they did exactly, winning 32 – 0. They now look forward to the next round.


Ratcliffe’s golf team lost narrowly to Oakham in the Independent Schools’ Golf Association Trophy on Thursday at Parkhill Golf Club. As in previous years, Oakham fielded a very strong team including one player playing off a 2 handicap. Declan McAuley won his match convincingly and Jack Hancock came back from 4 down to level his match after 17 holes, only to then lose to a birdie on the 18th. All then rested on Mir Patel who had played fantastically well to come back from 3 down to level his match after 18 holes. Sadly, Mir lost the first sudden death hole and Ratcliffe lost the match 2-1.

William HoareBoys’ Sports Captain.



The 1st team came out fighting after their disappointing result last Saturday. From the first whistle there was a defiant change in attitude and every player was determined to produce a much improved performance. Loughborough managed to counter-attack on a number of occasions, making it count on two of them. The first goal was a well worked passing goal creating the overload and was slotted in nicely by Loughborough. The second followed shortly after, the ball hitting a Ratcliffe foot on the line, which resulted in Loughborough being awarded a penalty flick, the first attempt being saved by Sorcha Grant, who was then deemed off her line, so had to be retaken. On the second attempt, Sorcha made contact with the ball, but couldn’t get enough power to save the shot. Going into half-time, the score was 2-0. The second-half was dominated by Ratcliffe who played some fantastic hockey, working the ball around the pitch. Loughborough put in a sterling performance in defence and were resilient for much the half.
This was until Molly Brooks was able to tackle and win the ball from the Loughborough defence close to the end of the game, creating a one-on-one opportunity against the keeper. Molly kept her cool and was able to finish calmly, making the final score 2-1 to Loughborough. This was a much improved performance, from which the girls can take a lot. Player of the Match was a tough decision as a lot of players stepped up, but it went jointly to Sorcha and Helen Baird who were vital in defence.


After a good first five minutes, the 2nd team struggled to find their form and real momentum. Player of the Match and Captain, Lucy Skinner, led by example, working hard to support both attack and defence, but as the game became compact, creative attacking play became more difficult. Having gone 1 – 0 down, the girls battled well to bring it back to 1 – 1; however, Lincoln Minster continued to break our defence and took a 2 – 1 victory.


Ratcliffe started the game at full steam and quickly dominated the centre of the field as well as possession. Superb hockey saw the ball distributed all over the field which soon asked questions of the Lincoln defence. It wasn’t long before Ratcliffe capitalised with a goal, which was quickly followed by a second. A bout of confident and well executed attacking play say Ratcliffe win multiple penalty corners, two of which were converted. The second- half saw much of the same, with two goals coming from open play. Unfortunately Ratcliffe had a goal disallowed from a short corner, which, had it been allowed, would have comfortably won goal of the season.


Although the Under 13 A team dominated the game against Lincoln, it took a last-minute goal from Olivia Carpenter to rescue a 3 – 3 draw and maintain their unbeaten record. Issie Hose gave Ratcliffe an early lead and Nicole Spencer scored to establish a comfortable 2-1 lead at half time, but Ratcliffe were always susceptible on the break and Lincoln capitalised on poor marking
to lead 3 – 2 late in the game. Player of the Match went to Mollie Edwards despite a strong claim from Millie Smith who made several excellent saves.

The U13 B team took to the astro on Saturday for their first match of the season, against Lincoln Minster. The team started off on the back foot and, after some good play from Lincoln, they found themselves 3 – 0 down at half-time. Despite this, the team remained positive and after some wise defensive work by both Ru Tsatsa and Eleanor Brambell, the girls started to push the ball wide in midfield, creating a lot of goal scoring opportunities which saw Izzy Pullen, Izzy Coombes and Elle May scoring their first goals of the season. The final score remained 3 – 3 with Ratcliffe pushing for a winner. Player of the Match went to India Beresford for her non- stop effort, both in attack and defence.


The U12 A team acquitted themselves very well at the Loughborough High School hockey festival, finishing in a well-deserved 3rd place. Winning 2 and drawing 1 of their 5 games was testament to their determination and willingness to learn. Their best match was against a strong team from The Perse School, Cambridge and they were unlucky to lose 1-0. All the teams played very well, but Mia Atkinson and Sophia Henderson deserve special mention

The U12 B team came sixth in the hockey festival, performing consistently well under pressure throughout the day. The girls started out strong against a tough Loughborough side, creating several opportunities to score, but just couldn’t get the ball over the line. The girls remained strong in defence and organised in midfield, however losing 1 – 0. Our second game against Ratcliffe A went much the same way with some great defensive play but little opportunity to score, losing 7 – 0. In our third game against Princethorpe, the girls went out confident and positive which reflected in their game play. Despite some consistently good passing and numerous breaks from Robyn Warwick and Ellie Hollinshead, the girls lost 2 – 0. In the fourth match against The Perse School, the girls played their best game of hockey, and held off a very strong attack, with excellent defensive play from Hannah Ball and Bo Henderson in particular. The last match was against a very strong Loughborough A side, who were the eventual winners of the tournament. The girls had to play a tough defensive game and although a few nice breaks came from Holly Vinall and Caitlin Lawrence, the girls were unable to score and lost 6 – 0. Player of the Tournament goes to Sophie Pole, for some outstanding saves under intense pressure and a fantastic contribution to the team. The girls should be very proud of the way that they played and the commitment they showed.

England Hockey

Olivia Back has been selected from the regional competition to attend national training, which is the England level for her age group. She is 1 of 16 girls selected and will attend a 3-day residential at Bisham Abbey. Many congratulations, Olivia!

Sorcha Grant, Girls’ Sports Captain.

Junior Sport

On Wednesday 9th October, the Year 5 and 6 girls played a hockey fixture against Grosvenor. Special mentions go to Lucy Antill for some great running and passing skills, Annie Rose Reddin for some impressive tackling and, as the game went on, all the girls got better and better.  The team was really keen to win its first game of the season, and with the players’ keen enthusiasm and spirit, the girls did really well.

At the last moment, Annabel Mills scored an amazing goal!  Amy Mason also did well in goal, not letting one single goal slip through the net.  In the end, the girls won 1-0!

Players of the Match were Annabel Mills and Amy Mason.

By India Clark, 6JK


Date Opposition Start Time Team Venue Meet time
Mon 14th Oct Grace Dieu 4:45pm U12Boys Rugby H 4:20pm
Tuesday 15th Oct U16 County Tournament 1:00pm U16Girls Hockey A (Leicester Grammar) 12:30pm
Thurs 17th Oct RawlinsSamworth




2nd, 3rd XVU15A, U15B, U14

Boys Rugby

HH 1:30pm4:20pm
Fri 18th Oct U14 County Tournament 1:00pm Girls Hockey A (Leicester Grammar) 12:30pm