Sports Reports – 17th October 2013

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Senior Sport

1st XV

Last Thursday, the 1st XV competed against Oakham, and in large parts dominated the match. Only an intercepted try from Oakham separated the two teams, before Ratcliffe’s spell of territory resulted in a try for Vice-captain, James Richardson. In quite familiar fashion, once the Vice-captain had crossed the line, Captain, James Head, decided it was his turn. As a result, the half-time score was 12-5 to Ratcliffe. Another try and a strong wind eventually gave Oakham a small foothold in the game, but as James Richardson scored his second try of the afternoon, Oakham preyed on a loopy pass to intercept and take the lead. Man of the Match went to
Rory Thorne, for his excellent tackling, really sending home a message about how much Ratcliffe Rugby has improved in the past 5 years.

2nd XV

The 2nds lost 48-11 to a strong and well drilled Oakham side. The side struggled against the sting wind in the first-half but put together some promising moves that will only improve in time. Up against an older and more physical team, the group rallied well and scored two excellent tries by James Marsh and Jamaal Pinsent-Heskey.


The U12s scored seven tries in a convincing 43 – 0 win against Grace Dieu on Monday. In difficult conditions, the boys played some excellent rugby, with tries from the strong running
William Westwood and Harry Culpin, as well as scores from Oliver Welch and Joseph Evenden. Good play by the forwards at the breakdown ensured a good supply of possession which the backs exploited well out wide. Man of the Match was Joseph Collier for a superb all-round game against his old school.

William Hoare, Boys’ Sports Captain.

U18 County Hockey Tournament

The first game was a 1-0 defeat against Uppingham. The girls were a little nervous but ready to go and had most of the possession; unfortunately, the majority of this in their own half. That said, the girls all defended well, making life very difficult for Uppingham. Half-way through the second-half, Uppingham managed to get the upper hand and scored. Overall, a pleasing performance though.

The second game was a rematch from our previous fixture and the girls were up for it. Ratcliffe scored first with a well-struck goal from Emma Milner. Loughborough quickly equalised, but the Ratcliffe girls had most of the possession and scored a second goal just before half-time, with Ellie Thomas tearing through the defence, and Lilly Thomas running in to support and scoring the rebound, meaning Ratcliffe lead 2-1 at half-time. Loughborough came out in the second-half and were more organised, although Ratcliffe continued to keep possession better. Despite this, Loughborough managed to counter-attack, playing the ball to a high player who scored on both occasions, making the final score 2-3. This was a great game to watch but a disappointing result for Ratcliffe.

The third game was against Leicester Grammar School who were fresh after a match-off. Ratcliffe were beginning to tire now and were also disheartened after the Loughborough defeat. The girls worked the ball well but could not capitalise on the chances they created. Leicester capitalised on these missed chances by scoring 4 goals in quick succession. However, Ratcliffe did start to fight back in the second-half, and Ellie Thomas managed to score with a great finish. Unfortunately, time ran out and the game finished 4-1 to Loughborough.

The final game of the tournament saw the girls face the toughest opposition in Oakham. The Ratcliffe team’s defending was their best yet; hassling Oakham and not letting them get in the D. Unfortunately, close to half-time, Oakham managed to shuffle around the Ratcliffe defence and scored with a reverse stick finish. In the second-half, the girls were definitely feeling the pace after three games, one after another, and suffered with the loss of key players through injury. Oakham were awarded around 15 short corners in a short space of time, successfully converted three of them, meaning a final score of 4-1 to Oakham.

Although the results did not go Ratcliffe’s way, the girls had some terrific performances and should be very pleased with their attitude, determination and overall team performance.
The girls will have learnt a lot and will hopefully take this into the remaining games this term. Players of the Tournament go to Sorcha Grant who made some excellent saves and Molly Brooks.

Half Marathon

Last Sunday, six students from Ratcliffe ran the Leicester Half Marathon in aid of the LOROS hospice charity. It was a miserable day and puddles covered the 13.1 mile course, often ankle deep. However, the students did not let the weather dampen their spirits and finished the race with respectable times, as follows:

Tom Park: 1hr 44mins

Robert Bourne and William Rigby: 1hr 52mins

Elinor Thomas: 2hrs 3mins

Sorcha Grant: 2hrs 20mins

Alice Gilbert: 2hrs 30mins

All the students are very proud of their times as much hard training went into this race.


Congratulations to Mia Atkinson (Year 7) who ran in the U13 National Young Athletes Road Relay this weekend, with her team coming 7th out of 52 (Mia came 11th overall out of 150 runners); and Emily Hollis (Year 12) and Alice Daniel (Year11) who were placed a most impressive 5th place in the U17 Women’s Class at the same competition.

Ice Hockey

Congratulations to Molly Brooks who represented England U16s in Finland during August, and has also been selected for the GB U18 girls’ squad again this year to play in Germany in March. Molly also won the ‘most valuable player award’ at the recent end of season Nottinghamshire presentation, the only girl to achieve this award.  An amazing achievement.  Well done.

Sorcha Grant, Girls’ Sports Captain.

Junior Sport 

All 3 Junior boys’ football teams enjoyed a damp afternoon at Foremarke Hall on Saturday 12th October. The under 11s drew 3-3, but should have snatched it, hitting the bar. The mixed
under 11 and under 10 team unfortunately lost, but played well as a team and the under 10s scored 2 goals, and were unlucky to lose to a strong Foremarke Hall team.

The U11s played Foremarke Hall on a very wet Saturday afternoon. The game started well, with a goal from James Turner looping in over the goal keeper. Foremarke responded with a well-worked goal of their own, before Finley Back scored to give Ratcliffe a 2-1 lead into half-time. The second half was a little more one-sided, but Ratcliffe couldn’t finish the game off. They did score a third goal, from Benedict McGuinn, only for Foremarke to score a couple of goals of their own. Ratcliffe went on to hit the post twice and squandered some other chances, which could have won them the game.  They boys should be proud of the way they adapted to playing 10-a-side for the first time. Man of the Match went to Owen Lloyd, who played well in both defence and mid-field.

Also on Saturday, the under 10A team played away at Foremarke Hall in some extremely tough weather conditions. The team started well with some fast attacking play from Xabier Zanotti who linked up well with Roman Carpenter, but unfortunately some exceptional goalkeeping from Formarke’s keeper denied us of an early breakthrough. Foremarke then started to play some outstanding football, resulting in a flurry of quick goals, despite the best efforts of Thomas Leite and Guy Heywood, who were both outstanding in goal. Unfortunately the game finished 7-0 to Foremarke, however there were some very promising performances from Xabier Zanotti, Guy Heywood and Roman Carpenter. Man of the Match was Xabier Zanotti for his skill and movement in attack.

Ratcliffe rugby teams played at The Elms School on Wednesday 16th October.  Many players, playing their first ever game of rugby.  A mixed under 10 and 11 team battled well against a strong opposition; Charlie Foulds made some good tackles and Kristian Brocksopp played well from start to finish.  Alex Dring won Man of the Match.

The under 10 team were unfortunate not to score a try. Strong rucking from both teams meant a competitive game was enjoyed by all. Ben Ashford and Louie Fletcher shared Man of the Match.

Despite the cold, wet weather, the under 11 boys played very well.  In the first-half, the boys did some great attacking which lead Finley Back to score their first try followed by Connor Foster with a second one.  In the second-half, Owen Lloyd managed to score their third try when the ball came to him from the breakdown.  Special mentions should go to Tom Page for some great running and tackling and Finley Back for some great kicking and conversions.  Man of the Match went to Stanley Chell.  All the boys played some excellent all round rugby which lead them to a score of 21-14 to Ratcliffe.

By Stanley Chell



Do you fancy brushing up on your squash skills? Or simply want to improve one or two specific areas of your game? Why not book an individual squash lesson with Linda Taylor – Ratcliffe College Squash Coach? Or you could have a small group lesson with your friends (no more than 4 people)!

Lessons available at school over the half-term period at £15 for an individual lesson or £20 for a group lesson. Lessons last one hour.

What’s Happening in the Region?


Leicester Squash Club are holding a half-term Squash Camp. The club is putting on a junior squash camp all half-term week, Monday 21st to Friday 25th October, 10am to 3pm. You can book your children in with the club coach James Wright (mobile 07806548782) but please do so ASAP as places are limited. Children will require a packed lunch and squash goggles. The camp costs £15 per day.

This gives you an ideal opportunity to view the new courts and development at historic Leicester Squash Club on London Road, Leicester.


If you fancy watching some top level squash then why not go along to the:

First PSL Match – 22nd October

It’s the first game of the season and Air-IT Nottingham will have their work cut out to defeat league newcomers Coolhurst in what promises to be a great night’s squash at NSRC!

When: Tuesday 22nd October

Where: Nottingham Squash Club

Postcode: NG7 1BX

Time: 19:00 (start at 19:15)

The Teams

Air-IT Nottingham are almost full strength for the fixture with Alan Clyne (Scottish No.1 WR 32), Eddie Charlton (WR 63), Chris Fuller (WR 130), Dave Wardle (Nott Uni No.1) and Emma Beddoes (WR 30).

Coolhurt are looking strong with their squad looking likely to be made up of 5 of the following 7 players.

Simon Rosner – World Ranked 12

Ong Beng Hee – World Ranked 23

Ben Coleman – World Ranked 81

Yann Perrin – World Ranked 154

Adam Auckland – World Ranked 123

Madaline Perry – World Ranked 9

Nicolette Fernandes – World Ranked 19

Air-IT Nottingham’s local heroes are on form, however, with Eddie Charlton returning from a very successful tour of North and South America culminating with him qualifying for the US Open. Emma Beddoes has also had recent success the other side of the world defeating Rachel Grinham to win her 9th WSA Title in Malaysia.


£7.00 for a seat (but they are running out fast)

£5.00 for a standing ticket

Season tickets are available upon request – contact Vicky Clark 07714336352

How to buy

Online –  (head to Fantasy Squash Events)

Phone – Vicky Clark 07714 336352

In store: Come and see us in the shop at Nottingham Squash Club!

For more information on this and coaching in Nottingham call Mark Fuller on 07846067505

These are a couple of things going on in the region which I hope you may be interested in.

I look forward to hearing from you regarding lessons – my mobile is 07748 338471.

Linda Taylor

Level 2 Squash Coach and current ESR Participation Coach of the Year