Sports Reports – 18th November
Senior School Sport
The 1st XV set up to take on a strong Wellingborough team upfront, and although we did not manage to score any points (for the first time in two years), many positives could be taken away from this performance. James Richardson won Man of The Match in a commanding line-out performance and Harrison Jones returned from injury to put in some big hits and excellent carries.
The 2nd XV made a slow start conceding quickly; however, they slowly started to pick themselves up with Adam Park and Chris Curnick making some hard tackles defensively. In the second-half Ratcliffe improved and started to play the rugby of which they are capable. Great work from the forwards meant Ratcliffe could put together some strong phases of play with Ben McMillan scoring after some good set piece work. However, Ratcliffe’s efforts and change in attitude came too late and the match was lost 34-5.
The U15s finally lost on a Saturday against an impressive Wellingborough outfit. Wellingborough flew into the match, scoring after only a couple of minutes. Ratcliffe slowly came back into the game but could not close the deficit, losing 27-12. Captain Luke Gyesi-Appiah picked up Man of the Match for a committed display.
The U15B team were at home to a strong Wellingborough XV. Ratcliffe started well with some early attacking ball which tested Wellingborough in the middle channels; however, their defence was too strong and prevented any early try scoring opportunities for Ratcliffe. Wellingborough then showed some fantastic handling skills and shipped the ball wide to score a flurry of tries. Jacob Holford and Josh Macqueen made some fantastic runs in the second-half with Jacob scoring a brilliant individual try. Final score was 53-12 with Man of the Match being Josh Macqueen.
The U14 team bounced back from their first defeat to comfortably beat Wellingborough 43-0. Some superb play by the forwards saw Ratcliffe dominate possession, which gradually wore the opposition down. Ratcliffe try scorers included Ganesh Thapa, John Sommerville and Jamie Lanyon. Man of the Match was Tiree Cover for his excellent tackling and evasive footwork, although the whole pack should also be congratulated.
The U13s started with a bang, effort and lots of enthusiasm. As Ratcliffe settled and gained confidence they played a good style of rugby, showing a high level of skill, resulting in a well worked try from Callum Allsopp. George Morgan-Jones added the 2 extra points and that’s how it stayed until the middle if the second-half. After holding out for long periods Ratcliffe’s resolve was finally broken and the game was level. It was now all Ratcliffe pressing for a win, however a misread clearance resulting in a dramatic break out from a Wellingbrough player, was stopped 5 meters from the line by a heroic tackle from Man of the match Alex Purcell. This helped Ratcliffe avoid defeat and secure a well-deserved 7 all draw.
William Hoare, Boys’ Sports Captain.
It was a much depleted 1st XI side this week, which played some lovely attacking hockey, passing the ball well. The defence absorbed a lot of attacking pressure and unfortunately conceded a short corner late in to the second-half which Oundle converted. The Ratcliffe girls were slow to start in this period and conceded 2 goals in quick succession; one again being from a short corner. After that it was all Ratcliffe’s possession, forcing Oundle’s goal keeper to make numerous saves which the girls just could not convert. Although the game finished 3-0, there were moments off fantastic hockey in this game with the girls passing the ball around and carving through the defence. Players of the Match go to Milli Ellis and Lilly Thomas.
Mid-week the 2nd XI had an excellent game mid-week against Loughborough. They showed real flair in creating and finishing off many attacking opportunities. The girls passed the ball excellently, creating many overload situations. Loughborough had one or two excellent forwards who at times troubled our defence. As both teams were attacking well, it resulted in an extremely entertaining and exciting game. Players of the Match Alice Gilbert and Sophie Riley scored 2 and 1 goals respectively, with Emily Clark adding a fourth. The visitors managed to answer every one of our goals, with the final result being a frustrating 4-4 draw.
On Saturday the 2nd XI were disappointed not to get a more favourable result after taking the lead early on, with a great centre forwards finish from Alice Gilbert. However, once again the girls showed their ability to create play in attack and read the game well defensively. They also showed great desire to keeping pushing forward to try and get goals back, although the final result was a 3-1 win for Oundle.
Mid-week the 3rds showed a great team spirit, winning against a very much equal opposition in Leicester Grammar. Two goals from Louisa Cooper and Chloe Flowers and a hard-working attitude from the whole team throughout the whole match saw the team win 2-0. Player of the Match was Charlie Flowers.
On Saturday, although it was a close match, once again 3rds showed excellent team spirit and ambition winning the match 2-0. Goals from Captain Louisa Cooper and Poppy Williams secured another great win against a demanding opposition. Worth mentioning is a great performance from Player of the Match Emilia Waterhouse, who made it extra difficult for the opposition to keep the ball.
In a closely fought U15 encounter, it was Ratcliffe that unfortunately lost out with a goal in each half. Both teams played some good strong determined hockey, creating early chances with both goal keepers having to make a string of fine saves. Ratcliffe had Katie Winston in goal for the first time and her fine saves earned her the Player of the Match award. Ratcliffe can be proud of their performance and will look to bounce back next week.
Mid-week the U14s faced Leicester Grammar, a team they had recently beaten at the County Tournament. However, Leicester started strong and drove into the Ratcliffe D after dominant play in the middle of the field, creating Leicester’s first goal although it was finished into the bottom corner by a Ratcliffe defender! Leicester went on to score again with a strike from the top of the D later on. Final score was 2-0 to Leicester Grammar.
After a disappointing result mid-week Ratcliffe managed to rally together in order to put in a strong performance against Oundle on Saturday. After a competitive spell, Ratcliffe managed to score as Georgia Holt pounced on a poor clearance by Oundle’s goal keeper. The game saw Ratcliffe concede as period of Oundle possession and solid attacking lead to an equaliser. Towards the end of the second-half, Olivia Back pounced on a loose ball and scored with a great finish in the bottom corner to make the game 2-1. A special mention to the U13s who stepped up to play and all played brilliantly with great confidence. Well done girls.
Congratulations to Victoria Studd who won a gold medal in her category of the Regional Gymnastics Grade 2 Women’s Group friendly competition last weekend. Victoria’s trio were competing against British Gymnastics Association clubs from Derby, Ilkeston, Nottingham, Mansfield and a club called Pyramid, and competitors from her own club, LAGC.
Sorcha Grant, Girls’ Sports Captain.
On Monday 18th November swimmers from the junior squad teamed up with members of the senior squad to make a combined team for a gala against Stoneygate School.
The standard of swimming was high, and it was particularly nice to see some of the younger swimmers in their first gala. In a very close meet there were some excellent performances from Ratcliffe swimmers. After a noisy and successful gala the final points were Stoneygate 115 points and Ratcliffe winners with 135 points.
Mr D Turner