Sports Reports – 24th March 2014

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Hockey

U15B

The U15B side enjoyed an excellent game against a skilful Uppingham team. Play was fast and furious, although at times both sides would have benefitted from a few calm heads! Player of the Match Alex Keay enjoyed his release from ‘A’ team goalkeeping duties to form a dynamic defensive partnership with Charlie Maclean, with others working hard around them trying to create chances. Both sides had their opportunities to score but, ironically, neither goalkeeper had many saves to make. Regular A team players Harry Stokes and Matt Lewis were welcome additions to the B team regulars and their influence was a significant factor in a final result of 0-0. The B’s now have a similar playing record to the A team and a win in the final game of the season against Lincoln Minster would secure the Year group crown for the A’s.

U13

Mid-week, the U13 Hockey team beat Loughborough Grammar 2 – 1 in a well contested game. Ratcliffe dominated the first-half and earned a deserved 1 – 0 half-time lead after a well struck goal by Toby Snell from a short corner. A Ratcliffe penalty flick by Sebastian Cook extended the lead in the second-half but Loughborough came back with a goal of their own to make it a tense finish. Alex Purcell and Sebastian Cooke were Men of the Match for their dominant display in the midfield.

U12

Mid-week the U12s had the opportunity to gain some revenge by playing Loughborough in an 11 a-side game at Ratcliffe. They dominated the first-half, and an unusual lack of composure and poor finishing meant the score was 0 – 0 at half-time. This proved costly as at the start of the second-half Loughborough scored, with what proved to be there only real threat on goal during the half. Ratcliffe pressed and pushed hard creating opportunities, but they could not find the back of the net and force an equaliser. Player of the Match Joe Collier had a great game at right back, but in a match they controlled from start to finish, Ratcliffe can consider themselves unlucky not to get anything out of the game.

Regionals U12 Hockey Finals

After comprehensively qualifying by winning the county competition, Ratcliffe U12s travelled to Cannock to take part in Regional finals. In their first game they never really got going, and although they dominated from start to finish the result was a 0-0 draw. In their remaining group games they won 2 and drew with eventual finalists Solihull, to qualify for the semi-finals. In the semi-finals they met local rivals Loughborough Grammar, who they had beaten narrowly in the county competition. A slow start allowed Loughborough to take an early lead, and it proved to be the only goal in an extremely close game, even though Ratcliffe had the better of the chances in the last few minutes with player of the tournament Oliver Welch being highly influential in every Ratcliffe chance. Ratcliffe were naturally disappointed, but they can take some consolation though from the fact that Loughborough went onto win the entire competition. Well done boys.

William Hoare,
Boys’ Sports Captain.

Netball

1st & 2nd VII

Both the 1st and 2nd teams had convincing wins this weekend against their respective opposition. Against Lincoln Minster, the 1st team stormed ahead in the first-quarter, playing some free flowing netball right through the court. The team approached the game determined and feisty and every 50/50 ball was won by a Ratcliffe player. Fran Orton and I hardly missed a shot all match after some fantastic attacking play. Defenders, Helen Baird, Nima Patel, Olivia Gilchrist and Megan Vincent, prevented Lincoln from penetrating their attacking third and they took some fabulous interceptions. Roisin Sheehy and Emma Furlong linked well in mid-court, feeding good balls into the circle. It was a superb whole team effort and the score does not do the opposition justice, but the 1st team got into their stride early and never looked back, finally winning 34 – 7. Rosin earns Player of the Match for her consistent high level play throughout the game.

The 2nd team score of 38 – 7 against Ockbrook is testament to their never say die attitude. In light of rotating the whole of the mid-court each quarter, the tempo remained the same. It helps to have tall players at both the attacking and defending circles and Ellie Cooper and Chrissie Taylor curtailed the attacking moves of Ockbrook’s shooters. Angharad Lloyd was always on hand in the centre of the court and the whole team used the width of the court to good effect.

U14A

The U14A team came up against Lincoln Minster this weekend and although they did not play a consistent game, they won 29 – 19. The first-quarter surprised the girls as the opposition came out stronger than expected. It was level footing to begin with until Ratcliffe stepped up their game, leading 7 – 3. Lincoln were keen to close down our lead in the second-quarter, however some strong defence from Isabelle Duckett, Natasha Walsh and Beatrice Waters held this off and the girls lead 14 – 9 at half-time. Kate Tyszka’s shooting was on form as always and some great rotational work from Hannah Grinham saw the girls storm into a 18 – 11 lead.  Olivia Back and Callista Tsatsa were on hand as always, moving the ball beautifully down court from defence to attack. Player of the Match is awarded to Isabelle Duckett for some great interceptions which turned over play and an overall positive attitude throughout.

U14B

The U14B team had a really strong game against Ockbrook this weekend, drawing 17-17. Despite some great movement and feeding into the circle from Lucie Prusinski and Annie Bridgwater in the first-quarter, the girls trailed 5 – 3. The girls’ determination did not falter and our defence remained strong with some great interceptions from Isobel Thomas, Georgia Holt and Alex Offer who were able to hold off the opposition’s attack throughout. In the last-quarter the girls were down 15 – 11; however, with some great shooting and attacking play from Nicole Wong and Lucia Cano, the girls were able to close down Ockrook’s lead and draw level.   Players of the Match are awarded to Georgia Holt for some fantastic interceptions and Niamh Delargy for her best performance of the season.

U13A

The U13 girls played their best netball of the year in their 29 – 7 win against Lincoln Minster. Their passing was slick and very few errors were made. The girls’ movement and build-up play from defence were superb, using the channels and moving the ball around brilliantly. The result was down to a whole team effort of working hard. Player of the match goes jointly to Izzy Hose and Mollie Page who both played some lovely netball.

U13B

The U13B team played well, but struggled to play flowing netball in their 10 – 5 defeat. The attackers worked well against a tough defence and were unlucky not to score more.  The defence worked tirelessly getting lots of interceptions, which were then converted into attack. Player of the Match goes to Holly Bown who defended effectively and played superbly.

U12A

The U12s had a joint A/B match against Ockbrook this weekend. From the start it was a very equally matched game between both teams, which meant Ratcliffe had to stay focused throughout the game, as any unforced errors could give the opposition the advantage they needed to steal the win. After the first-half the score was a slim 7 – 6 lead for Ratcliffe, after some strong defensive work. The second-half of the match saw the lead exchanging between both teams and when the whistle went, it was an 11 – 10 win for Ratcliffe. Player of the Match was awarded to Ellie Hollinshead.

Sorcha Grant,
Girls’ Sports Captain.