Sports Reports – 20th April 2015

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Hockey
On Tuesday 24th March, the U12s played the County Hockey tournament at St Margaret’s Pastures in Leicester. The first two games led to convincing Ratcliffe victories, 9 – 0 against Brookvale and 8 – 0 against Soar Valley. Goals were shared out amongst all the team, with standout performances from Joe Stamp, Owen Lloyd, Alex Tyszka, James Turner and Connor Foster. The final was a very different affair in the guise of old foes, Loughborough Grammar. In an excellent, closely fought game, Ratcliffe won 1 – 0 to seal an unbeaten hockey season and to win the county title for the second year in a row.  Archie Heaney scored the winning goal but it was goalkeeper Will Oswell who was Man of the Match. Will had nothing to do in the first two games but in the final he pulled off a string of fantastic saves to deny Loughborough.  Well done to all the team on the win and also to all those who have played for the A team in their unbeaten season.

National Hockey
Congratulations to Finlay Butler who travelled to Old Loughtonions Hockey Club for the U16 national finals, winning the final which was staged at the Olympic Park. This is the second year running that his Beeston side has won the competition.

Volley Ball
On Monday 16th March, the School volleyball team played a thrilling match against the staff. A large squad of students competed well against an experienced staff team marshalled expertly by Captain, Mr Jones. All games were competitive but eventually age overcame the exuberance of youth with the staff winning a closely fought contest. Players of the Match were Jamma Omarov, Ron Cheung and Captain Phoebe Merriman for the students; and with her world-class performance, Miss Papadopoulou for the staff.

Netball
Congratulations to Adelaide Muskwe who has been selected for the U19 England National Academy an amazing achievement.

Equestrian
Congratulations to Jade England who competed at the Barlow pony club tetrathlon on 29th and 30th March in a mixed junior class (14 years and under, girls and boys).  She was placed 3rd overall, and won the best shoot and best swim in this class, while also getting the maximum riding score.

Squash and Karate
Jake passed his Second Kyu Belt in Shotokan Karate and came 20th in the British U13 National Squash Championships.