Sports Reports – 11th November 2013
The old cliché – game of two halves – was echoed again on Saturday
afternoon. The 1st XV attempted to overturn a 10-point deficit in the second-half, and fell just short. A well-worked set piece saw James Horner cross the line in the corner, while Jacob Coleman and Ed Grundy impressed in a new-look flanker combination. The wind was slightly taken out of their sails as James Horner suffered a substantial injury to his left leg. When play resumed on a different pitch, Josh Breen and Charlie Powell crossed to make for a tense finish. Josh Breen won Man of the Match for a try-saving tap tackle deep in his own half; however, a moment that demonstrated the great team spirit and togetherness this season was when the whole squad applauded James Horner onto the stretcher and into the waiting
ambulance. We all wish him a speedy recovery.
The 2nd XV produced their best performance so far this season with an outstanding 34-0 win over Wisbech. They weathered early pressure with some super tackling from Tom Bramble and Adam Park. The pack were strong and provided quality ball for the backs to make inroads into the opposition territory. Numerous breaks ultimately saw Sam Tyler open the scoring in what would be a fruitful afternoon for the no 8 who went on to score an impressive hall of 4 tries that afternoon. The forwards were also strong with a well-rehearsed move catching and driving over from the 22 in which Jamaal Pinsent-Heskey emerged from the pile of bodies clutching the ball and claiming the score. All in all it was a super afternoon for the side and with a clean sheet it makes it just that little bit sweeter!
The U15s maintained their unbeaten Saturday record after overcoming a physical challenge from Wisbech. Losing 7-nil at half-time, a much improved performance after the break saw Ratcliffe score two tries to win 12-7. Man of the Match was Harry Reddin for an all-action display in attack and defence.
The U15B team played their first fixture of the season against Wisbech in some good conditions for rugby. Ratcliffe started extremely well with some solid forwards’ work around the rucks to create quick ball for the backs, resulting in some fantastic early tries. Jacob Holford, playing in the second-row, ran extremely well, breaking numerous tackles, finishing with three tries. Hoever, the try of the match came from Julian Dorado on his début, who picked up the ball inside his own half, beat four players with quick feet and scored under the posts. The game ended 66-0 to Ratcliffe with Man of the Match going to Matthew Lewis for his work both in attack and defence.
The U14s suffered their first defeat at home to Wisbech, losing 15-26. Ratcliffe showed spirit and determination to bounce back every time Wisbech scored, although missed tackles cost Ratcliffe dearly. Try scorers were John Sommerville, Ganesh Thapa and Harry Brooks. Man of the Match was Ganesh Thapa for his strong running.
The U12s played well to beat Wisbech 47-0. Excellent tackling and strong running enabled the team to maintain possession for long periods and they scored some exciting tries. George Linnet and Alex Bown had good games in the forwards and Oliver Welch and William Hull in the backs. Man of the Match was Jonah Carroll for his strong running which enabled him to score a hat-trick of tries.
County Cup Rugby
A wet Ratcliffe College played host to the Leicestershire County Cup Qualifiers for three local teams, including our own Ratcliffe College 1st XV mid-week. Ratcliffe won both encounters in scrappy conditions to go through to the knock-out stages for the second consecutive season. In the first match against Wyggeston QE, Ratcliffe spent 80% of the game defending, but on the odd occasion that they did have the ball, they used it much more wisely than the opposition, with Dominic Warne kicking a second-half penalty and Captain James Head pinning the opposition well back into their own half. Lewis Lancaster made some good ground defensively, stopping the opposition’s attacks behind the gain line and all of the forwards defended the fringes of the ruck well throughout the tournament. The final match of the qualifying round pitched Ratcliffe against Welbeck’s second team. Ratcliffe dominated the first-half, playing phase after phase. Eventually the defence broke and James Richardson scored (yet again this season!!!!), this try was converted by Dominic Warne. Welbeck did grab a late try although they were unable to convert and Ratcliffe ran out winners 7-5. Joe Dickinson starved the opposition of ball at the scrum, winning multiple opposition scrums all afternoon which earned him Man of the Tournament.
William Hoare, Boys’ Sports Captain.
After a good break over half-term, the girls started with an excellent warm-up, setting the tone for the rest of the game. Some excellent hockey resulted in Ellie Thomas having a break away, remaining calm and composed, and slotting the ball away nicely. The girls’ communication was the best it has been which in turn meant that they were cool in defence and worked the ball nicely in attack. This led to our second goal scored by a diving reverse effort from Ellie Thomas. Late into the first-half, the girls conceded a short corner which Denstone converted, leaving Ratcliffe leading 2-1 at half-time. In the second-half Denstone stepped up a gear and put the girls under a lot of pressure, scoring early to make it 2-2. After this the game was very even with both teams creating their fair share of chances. A very solid performance from the team and lots of positives to work from, with special mentions to Players of the Match Ellie Thomas and Martha Lewis.
The 2nd XI started the game very positively keeping good possession in the opposition’s half. All players worked hard, defended solidly and were creative in turning defence into attack, none more so than Player of the Match, Lois Jones. This hard work and determination in the first-half allowed us to create some excellent chances, and we were unlucky not to go ahead having had many near misses, including a goal-line clearance. In the second-half we continued the good play, passing the ball around well, frustrating the opposition and creating good attacking plays. We were rewarded for our continuous pressure by two well-taken goals, one each for Alice Gilbert and Sophie Riley. Well done to all the girls on a thoroughly deserved victory.
The U15s made a long journey to Denstone and came away with a good win. They worked incredibly hard at closing down and pressed well, which continually forced the opposition to concede possession. When in the attacking D, they were ruthless, with the goals coming from a combination of penalty corners and open play. It was also really encouraging to see how well they began to transfer the ball from side to side as the game went on, with Player of the Match Megan Vincent controlling the game in midfield. Goal scorers were Olivia Gilchrist (2), Megan Vincent, Holly Blount, Megan Gray, Ella Schultz and Katie Winston.
The U14s faced a strong Denstone side this week. The first-half of the match ended with Ratcliffe being 3-1 down after a competitive, even game. Goals came after good play and clinical finishing from both sides with Ratcliffe’s Isobel Thomas scoring. Denstone started strong in the second-half and started to run away with the game, scoring four goals in quick succession following some stunning individual play from Denstone. However, Ratcliffe dug in well and began to regain confidence towards the end of the game with a brilliant team goal that ended in a goal-mouth scramble, converted by Olivia Back whilst in mid-air after a strong collision with the Denstone goalkeeper.
The U13A team maintained their unbeaten record with an excellent 6-1 victory. The side played some fantastic, structured hockey and a good Denstone side found it difficult to cope. Olivia Carpenter scored 2 goals, but was outscored by Nicole Spencer with 3. Izzie Hose also scored with a powerful shot from the top of the D. Player of the match was Jenna Pole.
The U13B team stepped up for another hard test against Denstone. The girls got off to a great start with some brilliant defensive play to deny Denstone the lead; however, Denstone broke through and managed to score two goals before half-time. Ratcliffe were unlucky as mid-way through the second-half we realised Denstone had been playing with an extra player, so credit to our girls to come back, with a final score of 4-2 to Denstone. There was excellent play all round, especially from Ru Tsatsa and Eleanor Brambell, who both received the Player of the Match awards.
The U12A team dominated their game and played some fabulous attacking play. The goal, scored by Mia Atkinson at the beginning of the second-half, came from a short corner routine which gave them even more confidence. Denstone scored off a quick break but the team should be congratulated for a more determined style of play. Players of the Match were Mia and Layla Bott
The U12B girls got off to a flying start against Denstone with Flora Colville scoring our first goal of the season within the opening minutes of the game. At half-time the girls were ahead 1-0 and went out strong and confident into the second-half. They maintained possession with midfielders, Betsy Poll and Jade England creating numerous opportunities for attacks in the D. Ellie Hollinshead capitalised on these plays and scored two fantastic goals. Caitlin Lawrence and Bo Henderson showed plenty of aggression and great defensive effort holding off Denstones attack throughout the game. The girls played an excellent game of hockey and this reflected in the final 3-1 scoreline. Player of the Match is awarded to Captain, Ellie Hollinshead, for excellent attacking play and a strong performance throughout.
Congratulations to Olivia Gilchrist who has been selected for the East Midlands Regional Academy U17 netball squad.
U18 county tournament
Congratulations to Mia Atkinson whose team came 6th in the U13 National Cross Country event last Saturday in Mansfield.
Sorcha Grant, Girls’ Sports Captain.
The U11s’ travelled to Foremarke Hall on Saturday 9th November for their annual football tournament. The team played three group games, which included a local derby against Grace Dieu, where Ratcliffe came out worthy winners. This result, alongside another win and a draw, meant that the boys topped the group and went through to the main cup competition. Ratcliffe then played against Altrincham Grammar School. This game proved to be a tough encounter that was decided through the golden goal, which was scored by Ratcliffe’s Tom Page, putting Ratcliffe through to play Foremarke Hall in the final. Early on in the final, a tremendous strike from Player of the Tournament, Owen Lloyd, gave Ratcliffe the lead, something that they couldn’t add to for the rest of the game, but also something that Foremarke couldn’t match. It took some tremendous defending in the last couple of minutes to see the team over the line, but this they managed in order to secure a very impressive tournament win. Joint top goal scorers were Tom Page and Finley Back with two goals apiece.
The second match for the Under 11s’ was against a strong team from Witham Hall, near Bourne. They were a well drilled team who passed the ball nicely along the line and proved hard to break down. The first half was very tight with the only try going to Witham from a rehearsed line-out move which took Ratcliffe by surprise.
Ratcliffe pressed hard for a try in the second half but unfortunately they could not get through the strong Witham defence. Against the run of play, Witham scored a second try and the final result was a win for Witham Hall.
Man of the match went to Harry Cusack for his bravery and his excellent commitment to the team. The Ratcliffe scrum battled hard all game, but special mention must go to Thomas Leite, Alex Tyzska and Aled King for their excellent rucking and mauling.
Tom Page 6NG
A great afternoon of Junior sport at Ratcliffe. Well done to all of our children who represented our school.