Sports Reports – 21st September 2015

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Rugby 1st XV

The 1st XV had a difficult afternoon against a physical and well organised King Edward’s, Stratford. The Ratcliffe boys played well in patches, often dominating in the forwards but it was a frustrating afternoon as the side struggled to get into their stride in order to build a sequence of phases that would have stretched the opposition. In a period of control, Will Harkness scored from a strong line of running after picking up from just under the posts. The high point was the closing quarter where there was considerable dominance, but unfortunately there was insufficient quality in the passing and continuity in order to cross the whitewash. It was a frustrating afternoon that ended with a disappointing score-line of 36 – 7. Man of the Match was awarded to Harry Heaney for a brave all-round performance.

2nd XV

The 2nd XV had an excellent game against a very strong King Edward’s side. The score was 7 – 7 with 5 minutes left to play, but King Edward’s finished the stronger, running out 19 – 7 winners. Ratcliffe can really have no complaints with the result although they defended magnificently and certainly had their chances. Daniyal Omarov scored Ratcliffe’s try, converted by Micah Pincent-Heskey, and Harry Brooks was Player of the Match.



The U15s had a very competitive game against King Edwards but came out, deservedly so, on the losing side. A sluggish start and 5 minutes of poor play in the first-half meant they were always up against it. A fine battling display in defence saw Luke Chilton and Rory Stoker share the Man of the Match honours.



King Edward’s beat Ratcliffe 42 – 0. Ratcliffe showed some promise particularly with some muscular play at the breakdown but ultimately the opposition were better organised, particularly when moving the ball. Man of the Match was Alex Schoeller.



The U14s lost 22 – 17 against an organised and physical King Edward’s team. At half-time, the score was 7 – 7, thanks to a Will Westwood kick through and some excellent defensive play by Harry Best. Ill-discipline in the second-half saw a flurry of penalties and King Edward’s began to take control of the game.  Jude Kinch and Will Westwood added two further tries but despite their best efforts, Ratcliffe just fell short. Men of the Match were Harry for an outstanding first-half display at full-back and Jude for his excellent all-round performance.



A hugely depleted U13 team with many of the regular team either away or injured lost heavily to a superb King Edward’s team. Another poor start by Ratcliffe saw the opposition run through many missed Ratcliffe tackles early on to lead 40 – 0 at half-time. A much improved Ratcliffe second-half performance with some good attacking play saw Sam Seidu score two well taken tries. The final score was 59 – 10 to King Edward’s. Men of the Match were Connor Foster for his strong running and Archie Heaney for his excellent all-round game.



Fixture Cancelled



The U12 team bounced back from last week’s defeat with a resounding 24 – 0 victory over King Edward’s.  Ratcliffe’s teamwork was excellent.  The forwards were aggressive at the breakdown and the backs strong in defence. The team were also strong going forward, with four well-worked tries scored. Man of the Match was Jacob Storey for his attacking play from scrum-half.


Sam Nightingale,

Boys’ Sports Captain.




1st XI

The 1st XI put in a fantastic performance in their 4 – 1 win against Wisbech. It was a whole team effort, leading to a convincing win.  Player of the Match, Olivia Back, scored two and set up another for Megan Grey who finished extremely well. Captain, Emma Milner, also got on the score sheet finishing off a performance of which the girls should be proud.  Well done.


2nd XI

The 2nd XI faced a mixed 1st/2nd Wisbech team, losing the game 3 – 0. The girls could not be faulted for their effort and had a number of chances to get on the score sheet, unfortunately missing the finishing touch. Players of the Match were Goal keeper, Hannah Grinham, who made some excellent saves and Emma Furlong, who covered almost every part of the pitch.



The U15s enjoyed their first win of the season with a controlled performance against a very determined Wisbech side. Ratcliffe dominated the possession and territory in the first-half, eventually taking the lead through Niamh Noble just before half-time. The second-half took on the same pattern as the first, with Ratcliffe posing all the attacking threat and Wisbech defending strongly. Players of the Match, Emily Grimmett and Jenna Pole, were completely dominant in the midfield throughout the whole game, and as the second-half went on, the constant pressure from Ratcliffe meant that Wisbech slowly began to tire. Ratcliffe eventually put the game to bed with a well-rehearsed corner routine that was finished superbly by Emily Grimmett. The game finished 2 – 0 with Ratcliffe on the attack, but not before Goal keeper Amy Baxter had made a fine save in the last 2 minutes to ensure Ratcliffe kept a clean sheet. Well done, girls.



The U14s had a tough away game at Wisbech, when they came up against a skilful and physical side. During the first-half, despite coming under relentless pressure from the opposition, the girls played with great shape and discipline, and displayed some good counter-attacking play. We were unlucky not to capitalise on our ability to find space in the last 23. Having disrupted Wisbech’s penalty corner routines effectively, we were unlucky to concede the first from a miss-hit corner. Despite Wisbech going on to score 2 more in the first-half, we still looked like we could get something from the game. The second-half proved more difficult as the warm weather and lack of substitutes meant the girls had to give everything and more. Despite conceding 3 more early on in the second-half, the girls showed valour, great team work and an undying competitive spirit to keep fighting. Abigail Santaney was outstanding in defence, everyone agreeing that she should be awarded Player of the Match. Despite losing eventually 6 – 0, all the girls showed excellent character in a very difficult game. Well done!




The U13 girls started very brightly and soon had a short corner after some great play from Dalila Watson down the right wing. Aimee Cleminson then converted the corner to score the team’s first goal of the season! The lead lasted until the last play of the first-half with Wisbech scoring a fortunate goal. Wisbech then put the girls under great pressure in the second-half. Even the heroic defensive efforts from Maddy Lindop and Emily McBallantine were not enough and Wisbech capitalised on their pressure with 2 more goals. The final score was 3 – 1 to Wisbech, with Players’ Player going to Aimee Cleminson and Coach’s Player to Mimi Khan.



The U12A team made the long journey to Oundle on Monday afternoon full of confidence and energy. Against a very strong Oundle side, Ratcliffe knew they would have to work very hard to have a chance of getting a good result, and they did not disappoint! Throughout the game Ratcliffe created numerous chances and Oundle were probably the happier team at half-time with the score being 0 – 0. In the second-half, however, Ratcliffe increased the intensity in their attacking play, using the width of the pitch to great effect. As the game went on it was only a matter of time before the attacking threat from Elise Atkinson, Annie-Rose Reddin, Erin Sommerville and Player of the Match, Annie Bridgwood, would be the deciding factors between the two sides. In the final period of the game the Oundle rear guard finally gave way and Ratcliffe scored 2 well worked goals through Annie Bridgwood to earn a well-deserved 2 – 0 win. Well done, girls!



The U12B team were very excited to play hockey against Oundle School on Monday. The girls started off well with some strong accurate passes between them and making sure they were looking up to find each other on the pitch. Even with a goal being disallowed in the first couple of minutes of the game, the girls maintained their composure. They continued to work together as a unit and maintained constant pressure on the opposition, which led to many close chances. Eventually in the last couple of minutes of the game they were rewarded for their hard work when Olivia Crawley and Maddi Bryan managed to work together and get in behind the strong Oundle defence which led to decisive goal to ensure the 1 – 0 win. Player of the Match goes to Olivia Crawley for her excellent attacking play throughout the game. Well played, girls!!


Cross Country

Congratulations to Mia Atkinson who helped her team finish 1st in the U15 Midlands road relay race on Saturday.

Sibella Chew,

Girls’ Sports Captain