Sports Reports – 12th October 2015
Rugby - 1st XV
Ratcliffe 1st XV played Hill House on Thursday 8th October, losing a close game 20 – 19. With three well taken tries by Luke Gyesi-Appiah, Charlie Pickering and John Sommerville, the team showed that they are more than capable of playing a brand of rugby that should compete well with the stronger sides on our circuit. In large parts of the match, Ratcliffe dominated proceedings only for the smallest of errors and mistakes to nullify the hard work done. Ultimately, Hill House kept in touch by taking their chances and capitalising on Ratcliffe’s missed tackles and errors. There were good performances by a number of Year 11 boys who stepped up to the mark. Man of the Match goes to Tom Brambell for his tireless work ethic throughout the match.
Mid-week the U14s lost 38 – 0 to an organised and physical Loughborough Grammar team. The match was a tighter affair than the score line suggests and Ratcliffe were unfortunate not to score in both halves. Will Westwood made some strong runs, as did Harry Culpin and Matt Elton, although the Loughborough defence held firm. Man of the Match was Harry Culpin for his excellent all-round performance.
Mid-week the U13s showed fantastic character to beat a good Loughborough Grammar team 31 – 21. A very good start saw Finley Back score two tries and Connor Foster also finished his try superbly for Ratcliffe to go 21 – 0 ahead. Loughborough upped their game while Ratcliffe took their foot off the pedal and the score was 26 – 21 to Ratcliffe going into the last 10 minutes of the match. A fantastic finish saw Finley once again go over the line for the final score. Well done to all the players for their superb attitude and effort in their pre-match preparation and then throughout the match, with a special mention to Man of the Match, Finley Back, for an outstanding individual performance with his four tries and three conversions.
The U12s had a tough challenge mid-week as they faced a strong Loughborough side. Loughborough went ahead, but Xabier Zanotti equalised just before half-time. Ratcliffe battled hard in the second-half to score two excellent tries by William Marsden and Daniel McGunnigle. For the last few minutes, Ratcliffe were under immense pressure, but would not let Loughborough cross their line. Man of the Match went to Henry Bower, whose fantastic tackling on much bigger boys ensured a 21 – 7 win.
Congratulations to Alfie Thompson who won the senior boys category in the latest round of County Cross Country races on Saturday.
Boys’ Sports Captain.
The U14s had an excellent start to their County Tournament playing some excellent hockey to register a win and draw in their first two games, before eventually finishing 6th. They went into their third game against Oakham, feeling confident and playing great hockey. Once again they dominated the play for the first-half of the game and were unlucky not to score. Oakham then scored a breakaway goal, with a display of good skill from one of their forwards. Our heads then dropped, allowing them to go on and increase their lead, resulting in the game being lost 2 – 0. This then became the story of the tournament, competing well and looking likely to score, but being unable to recover from falling behind. Special mention must go to Flora Colville who dictated the pace and intensity on several occasions with a feisty performance playing in an attacking midfield position. Player of the Tournament was Elle Hall, who was outstanding in goal, frustrating many talented players. Many other coaches and umpires commented that she was by far the stand-out player of the whole tournament.
The U13 girls suffered a flattering 5 – 1 defeat on Monday to a very competent Oundle team. The score-line was not a fair reflection of the performance, with Ratcliffe having many good spells. Like so many of their games so far, Ratcliffe started the brighter and had the first corner of the game in the opening few minutes but were unable to convert. From there, Oundle began to assert their presence in the match, scoring 5 goals without reply. The result on paper does not paint a true picture of the game, and the girls should take pride in their ability to maintain a positive attitude throughout, which bodes well for future performances. Player of the Match was India Clark who scored the only goal in the later stages with a strong finish from the top of the circle.
The U12 netball team easily won the first round of the Area netball tournament against local Charnwood schools, scoring 56 goals and only conceding 2! The whole squad gelled well considering they have only been together since September. Although the defence pairing of Maddi Bryant and Amelia Chapman had little to do, they intercepted several passes into the circle and put Ratcliffe into many strong attacking positions. The centre-court was held together with some quick passing and moving from Elise Atkinson and Amy Mason, while shooters, Annie Bridgwood and Annie Rose Reddin moved well in the circle to get themselves into good shooting positions. Annie Rose shot exceptionally well, missing rarely, which earned her Player of the Tournament. The team now goes through to the Charnwood finals in November.
Girls’ Sports Captain.