Sports Reports – 23rd November 2015

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1st XV
In cold and windy conditions the 1st XV were a changed side again owing to injuries and unavailability. Frustratingly this continues to hamper the progress and continuity of the side. Several well-taken tries by the visitors saw them build a decent lead for Ratcliffe to chase in the second-half. Pleasingly, it was a far better performance after the interval with many of the younger boys from Year 11 putting in decent performances and making life difficult for the well organised visiting side. A collective Man of the Match is awarded to the entire forward pack that played extremely well in the second-half, with many completing the game with knocks and bruises as there were no substitutes available. Final score was 36 – 0 to King Henry’s.

2nd XV
The 2nd XV enjoyed a fantastic 32 – 25 win against a very strong King Henry’s team. Try scorers were Jack Vinall with 2 excellent solo efforts, Daniyal Omarov, Jamie Lanyon and Charles Grattan, with a magnificent finish on his 2nd team debut. Sam Bird kicked 2 conversions and a penalty. It is impossible to name a Man of the Match as there were so many outstanding individual efforts. The whole team share the award.

The U15 team played out a fantastic game of attacking rugby in freezing and windy conditions. They played with their best structure so far, with forwards punching holes before feeding the backs to cut through at will. King Henry’s responded well, however, and it was only in the final minutes when Ratcliffe pulled away to secure a 45 – 31 victory. Captain, Calum Allsopp, had a great game but Rory Stoker and Henry Wells in the centres shared the Man of the Match spoils.

The U15/U14B bounced back from last week’s defeat to comprehensively defeat King Henry’s 45 – 28. Anthony Elumelu scored a hat-trick of tries in the first-half with his powerful running.

The U14 team produced an impressive performance to win 43 – 19 against King Henry’s. Ratcliffe started much the brighter, racing to a 28 – 0 lead within 15 minutes. However, King Henry’s rallied, and for much of the second-half Ratcliffe were on the back foot. Some well-worked tries saw five different people cross the try line. Ratcliffe try scorers were Fin Back (2), Matt Elton (2), Will Westwood, Oliver Welch, and on his debut, Jaime Valdes. Man of the Match was Oliver Welch for a strong defensive and attacking performance.

In a thrilling game the U13s lost 24 – 15 to King Henry’s. An outstanding early try by Connor Foster was cancelled out by four tries from the opposition through their big ball carriers to take a convincing half-time lead. A spirited Ratcliffe comeback in the second-half led by Fin Back, who came on from the U14 fixture, got the boys close but they couldn’t quite get over the line to complete the comeback. A big thank you to the U13 parents who helped out with the various injuries that took place during the game.

The U13/12B team suffered a 43 – 26 loss at the hands of a strong King Henry’s team. The first-half produced a fairly even contest accompanied by some very attacking rugby being played from both sides. However, the cracks in the Ratcliffe defence began to show early in the second-half as the opposition scored 3 quick tries in succession to take their lead almost beyond reach. Despite a late flourish of tries from Ollie Howard and Will Wright, the match ended in defeat. An all-round positive performance from the lads; however, Man of the Match goes to Ollie Howard for his two tries and excellent kicking.

In a closely fought contest the U12s lost narrowly to King Henry’s 12 – 10. Try scorers were Daniel McGunnigle and Will Marsden. Xavier Henderson and Sam Linnett were Men of the Match.

Sam Nightingale,
Boys’ Sports Captain


The 2nd XI produced one of their best performances so far this year, beating Nottingham High School 3 – 1. In very cold conditions, causing a slow start for the girls, a well worked individual goal from Player of the Match, Mimi Lallo, and a neat finish from Holly Blount certainly warmed them up, including the brave parents watching. A penalty flick from Mimi finished off the scoring for the first-half, and although we created a large number of chances in the second-half, we couldn’t add to the score.

The U14 netball team suffered heavy defeats to Oakham and Uppingham in their group matches of the County tournament. Credit must go to the girls as they lifted their morale to win a physical game against Catmose 6 – 4, but this was not enough to progress further.

Cross Country
Congratulations to Mia Atkinson (Junior Girls) who finished 3rd and Alfie Thompson (Senior Boys) who finished 4th in the County Cross Country at the weekend.

Sibella Chew,
Girls’ Sports Captain.