Sports Reports – 12th January 2015

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Hockey, 1st XI
Ratcliffe 1st XI got their season off to a great start with a solid 4 – 1 away performance at Derby Grammar. From the first whistle, Ratcliffe showed their intent by dominating possession and using the full width of the pitch to create opportunities. Ratcliffe took the lead midway through the first-half with a well-executed penalty corner finished superbly by Ben Pole. However, they were not ahead for long as Derby soon equalised on the break. The rest of the half was very nervous from both sides as they both tried to gain the advantage. Derby caused a lot of problems on the break, with Player of the Match, Finn Butler, having to make a number of timely interceptions to keep the score level at the interval. The second-half turned out to be a lot less tense as Ratcliffe controlled the game. Carrick Anderson then scored a brace of goals to ensure that Ratcliffe got off to a winning start to the season.

2nd XI
The 2nd XI started the season off with a scrappy 1 – 1 draw against Derby Grammar. Having started the game well, Ratcliffe fell behind and it stayed that way until the second-half. An excellent run from Man of the Match, Harry Stokes, set up the equaliser for Seb Dewhirst to finish through a crowd of players. Harry Redding deserves a mention for some excellent saves while Derby Grammar’s goal keeper kept Ratcliffe out for the rest of the game. Overall, a good performance for their first game.

The U14s got off to a sluggish start with a 2 – 2 draw against Derby Grammar. Some good play was interspersed with some loose passing, meaning that they never really maintained pressure as they should have. James Berns picked up Man of the Match for his composure in front of goal.

The U13s made a solid start to their season, beating Derby Grammar 4 – 1. Finding ourselves 1 – 0 down after making a sluggish start, the boys picked up their work-rate and tempo towards the end of the first-half and two excellent finishes from Jonah Carroll saw the team lead 2 – 1 at the break. In the second-half, our passing and receiving were excellent, allowing us to keep good possession of the ball and completely control the game with William Westwood adding a further two goals. Man of the Match was Matthew Egglinton who put in a solid display at centre back; his positioning and covering of other defenders were first class and his composure to play the ball and find a pass, linking defence and attack, was superb.

In their first match of the season, the U12s played superbly to beat Derby Grammar 6 – 0. Using excellent stick skills and accurate passing and moving, Ratcliffe dominated the match and the score line could have been even higher. Goals were shared out amongst Owen Lloyd, Finn Back, Archie Heaney and Connor Foster, while Tom Page and Alex Tyszka also had very good games. Man of the Match goes to the whole team for their positive attitude and hard work.

JAC hockey
Congratulations to Owen Lloyd, Year 7, and Sharmel Yapa, Year 8, who have both been selected for their respected U13 JAC squads and Mia Atkinson, Year 8, who is in the U14 squad.

Rory Thorne,
Boys’ Sports Captain.

Netball, 1st VII
It is hard to put into words how well the 1st team played in their 31 – 9 win over Leicester Grammar School. It was like watching ‘poetry in motion’. All players excelled themselves against a good Leicester side, all the way from our Kiwi import, Samsara Guillemot-Mene as GK through to Charley Flowers as GS. Everyone played well, not only in their position, but worked as a totally cohesive unit which Leicester could not break. The whole team got Players of the Match for their fantastic performance.

2nd VII
The 2nds faced a strong Leicester Grammar U16 side. We had a strong start going forward for goal in the first-quarter, missing only 1 goal to lead 5 – 4. The second-quarter saw Leicester Grammar find their feet, making interceptions on our rushed passes and leading at half-time 8 – 5. The wind and rain picked up in the second-half, making passing and shooting increasingly difficult, and saw Leicester Grammar increase their lead to 14 – 7 by the end of the third-quarter, despite a strong performance by Angharad Lloyd and Ellie Cooper in defence. The final-quarter saw a strong performance by Yasmin Gill and Mimi Lallo who made several interceptions through the centre court and Becky Astill converting her shots, but the final score remained 17 – 9 to Leicester Grammar. Player of the Match goes to Yasmin Gill for her continued effort and mid-court play.

3rd VII
The 3rd team beat Leicester’s 3rd team 20 – 7. After a slow start, they got into their stride as it was a completely new team. Ratcliffe took an early lead and never looked back. Many interceptions through the court denied Leicester the ball and the final-quarter was exemplary. The whole team got Players of the Match for an excellent performance.

The U15s made a very good start to their netball season with an excellent 18 – 10 win. We showed very good discipline in defence, forcing many turnovers through interceptions and forcing the opposition to make poor passes. Both Olivia Back and Callista Tsatsa took some excellent interceptions, while in attack we grew with confidence throughout the game. By the third and fourth quarters, we were attacking creatively and quickly. Beatrice Waters shot very well to consolidate our excellent play. Kate Tyszka was awarded Player of the Match as she led the girls very well and worked hard throughout, both in attack and defence. Well done to all the girls, I am looking forward to what could be a very successful season!

The U15B team had a strong start to their season against Leicester Grammar School, winning 7 – 2. Despite extreme winds throughout, the girls did well to keep possession and were able to lead 1 – 0 at the end of the first-quarter. Lucy Prusinski and Alex Offer were a solid pair throughout the second and third quarters, making some excellent feeds into the attacking circle. Georgia Holt, Niamh Delargy and Beth Pickup made up a solid defence, taking some excellent interceptions and making attacking play difficult for Leicester. The final-quarter saw Ratcliffe pull away from the opposition, with Hannah Grinham putting away some excellent goals, contributing to the final score. Player of the Match is awarded to Beth Pickup who remained strong in defence throughout the game and limited scoring opportunities for Leicester Grammar School.

The U14A team started the season off exceptionally well considering the adverse weather conditions. Olivia Carpenter and Nicole Spencer showed great commitment in the defensive circle, communicating and working well together. Player of the Match was Mollie Page for her continuous movement in attack. At the end of the third-quarter, Ratcliffe were winning 5 – 4. The final score was 8 – 5 to Leicester; however, the score does not reflect how well the girls played tactically.

The final score of 9 – 2 to Leicester Grammar School does not give a true reflection of the game. The Ratcliffe girls had an equal amount of play but our shooters struggled to get the ball close enough to the post to score easily in the very strong wind! All players worked hard with some very pleasing play through the centre-court and Player of the Match was Ellie Mae Bullock, who was a cool and collected influence in attack and defence.

U13 and U12
The U13 and U12s held a trial match this weekend which was a good opportunity for the girls to demonstrate their skills and get some much needed match time.

National Hockey
Congratulations to Olivia back who has now been selected to the National NAGS U16 hockey squad after her inclusion in the Futures Cup squad last term. Olivia recently attended a two day training camp over the Christmas period.

Congratulations to Mia Atkinson who won the U13 County Championship over the holidays.

Go for Gold Awards
Well done to Olivia Gilchrist, Olivia Back and Niamh Noblewho have all been awarded Go Gold Awards for 2015 from Leicestershire and Rutland.

Angharad Lloyd,
Girls’ Sports Captain.