Sports Reports – 13th January 2014

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1st XI

Ratcliffe entered their opening game of the year against Derby Grammar School with a completely new first team, compared with the one last year, and showed some very encouraging signs for the season ahead. In a hard fought battle on a very slippery pitch, they worked hard and at times carved out some great opportunities with some slick passing moves. Ratcliffe lead 2-0 at half-time with goals from Dom Warne and Jack Watson. Player of Match Tom Roalfe was at the heart of most of Ratcliffe’s opportunities, and was rewarded for his efforts when he got on the score sheet in the second-half, along with myself and another from Dom Warne. Derby did get a late consolation goal to make the final score 5-1. An encouraging start.

2nd XI

Ratcliffe started their season away to Derby Grammar School with a brilliant game. Ratcliffe enjoyed most of the possession and created many chances going forward before Seb Dewhurst opened the scoring. From there Ratcliffe were superb, with Ben Pole and James Richardson both scoring from well executed passing plays. Man of the Match was awarded to Carrick Anderson, who was pivotal in creating goal scoring opportunities from the outset while also scoring a well struck short corner to finish the game 4-0 winners.


The U15s opened their season with a comfortable 4-1 victory against Derby Grammar School. All 4 goals were the culmination of very good build up play, but overall this was quite a disjointed performance. Individually there were strong performances from Finn Butler, Harry Antill, James Robinson and Richard Ward but we never really had full control of the game. The team are very aware that there will be much harder tests ahead. Joe Jarvis was awarded Man of the Match for his hat-trick of goals and James Robinson scored the 4th.


The last game of the day was for the U15Bs against Oakham School, and a great demonstration of hockey was on display.  Ratcliffe soaked up a lot of pressure early from the Oakham midfield but then broke to score a fine goal finished by Finbarr Lloyd.  Aarin Popat made some good progress up the right hand channel late in the first-half but 1-0 seemed a fair score line.  After the break Ratcliffe cut loose.  Harry Reddin was freed from goal and his firepower in midfield helped to create a goal for himself and another goal for Tom Unwin.  Man of the Match was split between Charlie McLean, strong at the back and Finbarr Lloyd, who scored two great team goals!


The U14s got their season off to a flying start with a solid 6-1 victory over a dogged Derby Grammar School side. Captain Jack Nightingale controlled the midfield well, partnered by the impressive Matt Ward. An early goal by Sam Bird set the tone nicely, followed shortly afterwards with a quality finish by David Hippisley-Cox. Almost the entire first-half was spent in the Derby half with a high-level of intensity by the entire Ratcliffe squad. Further goals followed by Jack Nightingale and Sam Bird leaving the half-time score 5-0 to Ratcliffe. Derby started the second-half with far greater gusto that ultimately resulted in them scoring a well taken goal. Ratcliffe returned shortly afterwards with a short corner strike from the top of the ‘D’ by Man of the Match Jack Nightingale who completed his hat-trick. It was a good first performance from the team with lots of positives and aspects to work on in the coming weeks. This performance also earns them the boys’ performance of the week award.

U13 & U12

Both the U13 and U12 squads held an early morning training session on Saturday ahead of their first games next weekend. It was attended by over forty students and they all showed positive signs for the coming season.

William Hoare,
Boys’ Sports Captain.


1st VII

The 1st VII team battled hard in an exciting and competitive game against Leicester Grammar. However, going in after the first-quarter down by 4 goals meant it was an uphill challenge for the rest of the game. The other three-quarters were very even; with both teams playing a very tactical game and the final result was a four goal win to Leicester, 23-19. Players of the Match were Nima Patel and myself.

2nd VII

The 2nd VII, despite being a newly formed team had an excellent 21-14 win over Leicester. They took control of the game from the first whistle, winning the first-quarter 6-1 and they never looked back. Silly mistakes in the final-quarter allowed Leicester to pull some goals back. Players of the Match were Emma Furlong and Emma Milner.

3rd VII

The U16A team held onto their first-quarter lead to win 22-18 over
Uppingham. The whole team should be proud of their quality performance but in the other three-quarters they couldn’t maintain their fluency and consistency and allowed Uppingham to close the gap. However, their dogged determination paid off with Olivia Gilchrist and Megan Vincent earning Players of the Match.

4th VII

The 4th VII played Uppingham’s U16B team which proved a bit tough. They took a bit of time to gel together as a unit and they kept Uppingham at bay for the first-half of the game. Olivia Thompson earned Player of the Match for her tactical attacking play in the circle


It was clear in the first-quarter that it was their first game of the season, as Leicester Grammar took a 9-0 lead, leaving ourselves a difficult task. However, the girls should be pleased as they showed excellent character and rose to the challenge. The girls improved throughout the following three-quarters. The defensive trio of Megan Vincent, Imogen Powell, and Olivia Latham, worked hard getting many tips and interceptions.  In the last  two-quarters we began to convert this possession. We were much more patient building our attacking play and creative in feeding the circle to Olivia Gilchrist who created excellent space for herself. The girls really found their form in the final-quarter, with excellent timing and movement, out playing Leicester Grammar in all areas of the court, with the players Players of the Match, Megan Vincent, Yasmin Gill and Becky Astill dictating the game in all three thirds.


The U15B team put up a valiant effort against stiff opposition in their 21-10 loss. Leicester Grammar took a 7-2 lead in the first-quarter and extended it to 12-5 in the second-quarter. Ratcliffe worked hard to get back in to the match particularly utilising their centre passes very well. However, a late burst in the third-quarter was not enough to make up the deficit from the first-half. Players of the Match were Holly Brown and Lauren Ball.


The U14A team made an outstanding start to their season with a 27-3 win over Leicester Grammar School. Shooters Hannah Grinham and Kate Tyszka capitalized on some excellent feeds from mid-court players, Olivia Back and Callista Tsatsa, leading 7-0 in the first-quarter. Our defence remained strong and cohesive throughout the game. Leicester Grammar felt the pressure with some excellent interceptions and blocking from Bethany Pickup and Natasha Walsh and were unable to reply with Ratcliffe ending the second-quarter with a strong 12-1 lead. Isabelle Duckett and Olivia Back made some lightning quick turnovers in mid-court, this combined with brilliant rotational work by our shooters saw the girls storm ahead with a 21-2 lead in the third-quarter. Player of the Match is awarded to our Captain, Kate Tyszka, who made some excellent interceptions and whose shooting was faultless throughout. All the girls should be extremely proud of their efforts and determination which reflected positively into a remarkable win. This performance also earns them the girls’ performance of the week award.


The U14B team started off their season with an away match against Leicester Grammar. The girls worked really hard and played the ball around the court well, however this was well matched by Leicester Grammar and after the first-quarter the score was 2 -1 to Leicester. After another equally matched quarter the score and half-time was 4-2 deficit for Ratcliffe. During the last two quarters both teams upped their games, which saw more goals from Ratcliffe and Leicester Grammar. With a final score of 10-5 to Leicester Grammar, the Ratcliffe girls were unlucky in this loss as both teams were equally matched in their ability and work rate. This week’s Player of the Match goes to Annie Bridgwater.


The U13A team had a convincing win playing some lovely flowing netball, defending and distributing the ball well throughout. Player of the Match goes to India Beresford.


The U13B team played some good netball, working the ball around the court well. They ended up convincing winners in the final-quarter. Player of the Match goes to Megha Patel.

Cross Country

Congratulations to Mia Atkinson who became County Champion in the Girls’ U13 category with a 13-second margin over 2nd place. This also means that Mia is selected to run in the UK Inter-Counties’ Cross Country race at Birmingham in March. Well done to Emily Hollis who finished 7th in the Ladies’ U17 category and Cameron Hart who finished 9th in the Men’s U17 category.

Sorcha Grant,
Girls’ Sports Captain.