Sports Reports – 18th January 2016

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The First VII pulled off an impressive 42 – 36 win against a very competitive and feisty Wisbech team.  During the first-half, they pulled away to lead by 7 goals, and despite Wisbech coming back several times, they stood their ground and played their game. The team played extremely well as a cohesive unit with some exceptional teamwork from shooters Charley Flowers and Isobel Hose, who were fed some excellent passes from Kate Tyszka and Holly Blount. However, they maintained their cool, took some brilliant interceptions and set up several, well-deserved counter-attacks.

The Second VII were unlucky to lose their first match of the season by a single goal, 13 – 12. The team took time to ‘gel’ together but Captain and Player of the Match, Ellie Cooper, led by example as did fellow Player of the Match, Chloe Flowers, who held the mid-court together. The game went goal for goal but as the match progressed, Wisbech’s speed of movement proved too much and they started to dominate play.

The U15s started very well, against a well-drilled and physically tall and strong Solihull team.  They played at a very high tempo for the first two quarters and took a well-deserved 10 – 7 lead into the half-time break. Isobel Pullen’s excellent shooting ensured that we turned possession into goals, while Olivia Carpenter disrupted play excellently in our defensive circle, creating opportunities for turn-overs. Both girls were awarded Player of the Match. The high tempo game began to take its toll, and Solihull capitalised, forcing Ratcliffe to make some errors when trying to force our attacking play. Despite falling behind in the third-quarter, leaving the game out of reach, Ratcliffe showed excellent resilience and played their best netball of the match in the final-quarter. Unfortunately, it was not quite enough to turn the game around, with the final score being a 22 – 16 loss.

The U14s set off to a flying first-quarter, dominating the court with quick, sharp passes from Holly Vinall to the shooters. Ellie Hollinshead and Abby Santaney converted the goals putting Ratcliffe ahead at half-time. Solihull came out after the break raring to go which enabled them to pull the game back. Great man-to-man marking enabled Players of the Match, Mia Atkinson and Sofia Henderson, to make some brilliant interceptions, keeping Ratcliffe in the game. Unfortunately, Solihull ran away with the game in the last quarter to win 18 – 11.

Sibella Chew,
Girls’ Sports Captain.