Sports Reports – 22nd September 2014

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Rugby, 1st XV
The 1st XV had a great first-half performance heading to the interval 13 – 0 up with some great passages of play and organisation. However, loosing key players through injury disrupted our flow and, with tackles missed, Welbeck crept back into the game and defended well to win 24 – 21.

2nd XV
The 2nd XV won 29 – 21 showing a tremendous squad spirit after being 21 – 0 down at half-time. The team were not technically pretty but one had to admire their endeavour to keep trying which paid off with 5 tries by Joe Jarvis, Will Laufs, Paul Newton, Leo Fan and Finbarr Lloyd. They just need to try and play like the second-half during the whole game in the future.  Men of the Match were Leo Fan and Joe Jarvis.

The U14 team secured their second win of the season with a 15 – 47 victory against Derby Grammar. Some strong running saw Ratcliffe run in 7 tries including three from Rory Stoker and two from James Burns. Alex Purcell and Callum Allsopp were the other try scorers. Toby Snell once again kicked from the tee superbly, while the whole team should also be congratulated, many of whom played out of position. Men of the Match were Elliot Fawdington and Matthew Lindley for their work at the breakdown.

The U12s made it 3 wins in a row against Derby Grammar School with a comprehensive 57 – 5 Victory. With Ratcliffe playing some exciting, fluid, attacking rugby, Derby Grammar were unable to cope with the unrelenting pressure and were helpless to stop Ratcliffe’s quick, agile backs running in some excellent team tries. Man of the Match was Joseph Stamp for his excellent rucking at the breakdown and his good performance in the unfamiliar position of scrum half in the second-half.

Congratulations to Tom Chandler who competed in the Sainsbury’s school games recently, just missing out on a bronze medal by 0.88 of a second. Tom has also just been awarded the Youth Rider of the Year award for his efforts, a tremendous achievement.

Rory Thorne,
Boys’ Sports Captain.

Hockey, 1st XI
The 1st XI played some of their best hockey this season against Wisbech. Unfortunately, Wisbech caught the girls on the counter-attack and scored the only goal. Ratcliffe maintained most of the possession but just could not work the ball in to the D as much as they would have liked. Players’ Player was Olivia Back and Coach’s Player was Georgia Chilton.

2nd XI
The 2nd XI remain unbeaten this year after drawing 0 – 0 with Wisbech. After a shaky first 10 minutes, the girls dominated the game but could not finish off some excellent build-up play, with some more finishing work needed this week. Player of the Match goes to Milli Ellis for her organisation of the defence and team shape.

The U15s travelled the long distance to Wisbech and played some of their best hockey so far this season, although ironically the 4 – 0 score line does not reflect this. After a bright start Ratcliffe went behind to a goal on the break and unfortunately conceded another goal just before half-time. In the second-half, again it was Ratcliffe who started the better of the two sides, with Ibzie Duckett and Lucie Prusinski both having very effective games. Player of the Match, Lara Addison, had a great game and covered a lot of the pitch as she stopped numerous attacks from the opposition. Wisbech added another couple of goals late on as Ratcliffe pushed on to try and get something out of the game. This was a good game with the quality of finishing being the difference between the two sides.

For the second week running the U14s snatched a draw from the jaws of victory. After a disappointing first-half, Ratcliffe found themselves 1 – 0 down. Two quick goals from Olivia Carpenter and Emily Grimmett put Ratcliffe in control and the girls dominated all aspects of the second-half until Wisbech were allowed their one goal scoring attack of the half as the final whistle was about to be blown. Player of the Match was Molly Edwards.

Mid-week the U13s beat Oundle 3 – 0 in their first 11-aside game. The girls kept their shape well and showed some excellent attacking play. Mia Atkinson was Player of the Match with two goals from well worked penalty corners.

On Saturday the girls lost 5 – 0 to a very strong Wisbech side. The girls struggled to stay disciplined in defence as Wisbech spread the play wide and switched wings with ease. In the second-half, the girls were much more disciplined and were able to create some promising attacks; however, we were unable to convert the attacks. Liyah Pinsent-Heskey and Elle Hall were Players of the Match.

Congratulations to Alice Daniel and Mia Atkinson who raced for Charnwood on Saturday in the Midlands road relay. Mia came away with 2 medals and the fastest time in her age group, while Alice recorded the 2nd fastest time helping her team to come first.

Angharad Lloyd,
Girls’ Sports Captain.