Sports Reports – 14th December

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1st XV
The 1st XV played well in their final game of the term, competing well against an experienced Highfield’s 1st XV. In wet and muddy conditions, the boys rallied and put together some pleasing passages of play to score 7 tries, with a notable finish from Ollie Thornton who hopped, skipped and danced to score under the posts, beating a number of defenders in the process. It was a fine end to a difficult term which has seen many players unavailable, but those who represented the School on Thursday did themselves proud and played with gusto. Man of the Match goes to Captain, Charlie Pickering, for a sterling performance all-round including a shuddering tackle against his opposite number!

After training all term, the senior boys had the opportunity to put everything that they have been working on to the test against Soar Valley mid-week.  Although a little rusty, the boys played with a lot of tempo and determination, with the team creating a number of chances early on. Mid-way through the first-half, the breakthrough came after a good move down the right. It was well-fed into the circle for Carrick Anderson to finish off neatly. Another cool finish from Carrick in the second-half saw Ratcliffe win the game 2 – 0. This was a good confidence-builder for the team to take with them into next term’s fixtures.

Over the weekend, the Ratcliffe equestrian team showed off their talent with 3 out of our 4 teams qualifying for the National Championships, a superb achievement. The 70cm team was comprised of  Madeline Dunstan (Year 5), Georgie Daynes  (Year 5), Erin Somerville (Year 7) and Kate Woodhouse (Year 9), who all got double clears and as a team came 2nd in the whole class, therefore winning the Leicestershire section and qualifying for the National Championships. Madeline and Georgie were also the youngest riders across the whole event. The 80cm team, with Madeline and Georgie again, joined by Brooke (Year 7) and Jade England (Year 9) came 4th in the class, also wining their Leicestershire section and again qualifying for the National Championships. The 90cm team consisting of India Beresford (Year 9), Jade, Maddy Lindop (Year 8) and Olly Jackson (Year 9) just missed out on being placed but managed to redeem themselves in the 1 metre class as India, Maddy, Jade and Olly all jumped clear (the only school across the Counties to do so) to gain 1st place and a ticket to the Championships! All the students and horses were complete stars, representing the School brilliantly in both their behaviour and riding. We qualified based on their ability to jump steadily and carefully, bringing home the double clears needed for the teams to go through. This was a phenomenal result as it was a prestigious event; on behalf of all the team, we would like to thank Professor Sarah Freeman for organising it all for us.

Sam Nightingale and Sibella Chew,
Boys’ and Girls’ Sports Captains.