Sports Reports – 25th November

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Senior Sports


1st XV

Ratcliffe dogged out a scrappy display to beat King Henry’s 18-9. Our defence held strong, only yielding three penalty kicks. A try from Harry Baum opened the scoring and Dominic Warne helped keep the score board ticking over. As we held on defensively, James Richardson crossed late for yet another try this season. Man of the Match went to Harry Baum for stealing lineout ball and obviously scoring a crucial try.

2nd XV

The 2nd XV overcame a determined and pragmatic King Henry’s side 24 -12. Heading into the interval, the side was actually losing 7-5 after some poor defending, but Tom Brambell beat several defenders to score from a well-taken and rehearsed penalty move. The second-half was much improved with several line breaks and improved set-piece play with Ratcliffe running in three further tries by Toby Smith, Jamaal Pinsent-Heskey and Ben McMillan.


The U15s were well below par on Saturday and suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of a well drilled King Henry’s team. Ratcliffe need to respond well next week to bounce back against Wrekin. Nick Heywood was Man of the Match.


The U15B team played a well organised King Henry’s side in some perfect conditions for rugby. This was a fantastic performance from both sides throughout, in particular the backs who showed brilliant handling skills to move the ball wide which created some well worked tries for both teams. Up until the last 10 minutes, the game was evenly poised; however, tiredness showed in the Ratcliffe side and King Henry’s ran in three quick tries to make the score 32-17 at the final whistle. Man of the Match goes to Max Thomas for his brilliant work at the breakdowns.


The U14 team played two games this week. On Tuesday, Ratcliffe played Lutterworth High School in the County Cup quarter-finals. A superb first-half saw Ratcliffe run in four tries. In the second-half, Ratcliffe defended bravely to hold on and win 27-19. Man of the Match was Ganesh Thapa. On Saturday, Ratcliffe played King Henry’s. Another fine performance by the forwards created space for the backs to take advantage of the situation, with Jack Vinall and Sam Bird scoring two tries apiece. Ratcliffe won the game 46-10. Men of the Match were Harrison Grimmett and Robin Irara-Bagnall. 


The U13s lost 51-10 to a very well drilled King Henry’s team. The boys faced a very physical challenge, sometimes struggling to bring down their larger opponents. However, Ratcliffe as a team did not stop trying and were rewarded with a penalty kick from George Morgan-Jones. This was then followed up with some excellent play which saw the team go the length of the pitch to score a try through James Berns. Alex Purcell was Man of the Match as he set the standards for tackling round the legs.


In an excellent game, the U12s lost a very close match 24 – 19 against King Henry’s. Poor tackling led to two early tries for Henry’s, but a great comeback from Ratcliffe saw them dominate the second-half, leading 19 – 17 with 5 minutes to go. Henry’s scored to take the lead again and a fantastic last 5 minutes had Ratcliffe on their try line pushing for the winning score, but despite manful efforts they could just not get over the line. Great effort and character by the whole team were the order of the day, with particular mentions to Billy Hull, Ollie Welch and Man of the Match, Alex Bown.

William Hoare, Boys’ Sports Captain.

Swimming Gala Report

On Monday 18th November, swimmers from the junior and senior squads joined up to make a combined team for a gala against Stoneygate School. The standard of swimming was high, and it was particularly nice to see some of the younger swimmers in their first gala. In a very close meet, there were some excellent performances from Ratcliffe swimmers but special mentions must go to Isobel Hose, Will Westwood, Matt Lindley, Jade England and Nicole Spencer who all picked up 1st places in their individual races. After a noisy and successful gala, the final points were Stoneygate 115 points and Ratcliffe winners with 135 points.

Cross Country

Congratulations to Mia Atkinson who finished 1st in the country cross country event last weekend. This means that Mia remains in first place in her age group. Notable senior performances came from Emily Hollis and India Mitchell-Jarvis, in 3rd and 5th places respectively, and Cameron Hart in 7th place in a very large field.  Well done.

Sorcha Grant, Girls’ Sports Captain.

Junior Sport

On Saturday 23rd November, in perfect playing conditions, Ratcliffe College U11s’ Rugby Team faced Grace Dieu at home.

Grace Dieu had a very strong team, with several skilful players who used their physical size to good effect.  In the first half, Grace Dieu looked in command, but the Ratcliffe defence prevented any tries.  After a half-time talk with Mr Gilchrist, Ratcliffe came out a different team in the second half of the game.  We communicated well as a team, with slick moves from the scrum to the backs.  Eventually, we got past the Grace Dieu defence, and Finley Back scored a well-deserved try, which he then converted neatly through the posts.  The final score was 7-0 to Ratcliffe College, and Man of the Match went to Harry Cusack who got to every breakdown and made some fantastic runs.

By Owen Lloyd, Year 6

Ratcliffe played a great game of rugby against Brooke Priory; we did some great tackling and rucking. Try scorers were Guy Heywood, Xabier Zannotti, Rajen Gupta, Ben Ashford,
Samuel Seidu and Wilson Lee. Man of the Match went to Louie Fletcher.

Mr Langley, Junior Games Co-ordinator

Year 4 played their first fixture against Brooke Priory on Thursday. Ratcliffe started well with good strong runs up the field and solid defence. The game was evenly matched until the very last minutes when Brooke Priory broke to score two tries. The match finished 6-4 to Brooke Priory however, for many of those involved for Ratcliffe, it was their first game of contact rugby and they showed outstanding skill and dedication, well done Year 4!

The under 11 and under 10s played against a strong Leicester Grammar Junior School team, coached by former England and Lions player, Harry Ellis.  Our second-half performance was much better, Dominic Goodman made some good runs and Anuj Savani was Man of the Match for his aggressive tackling.

The U10 hockey girls’ hockey team faced tough opponents at a tournament hosted by Leicester Grammar Junior School. In all the games, the girls showed excellent defensive skills and awareness, most notably, Coaches’ Player of the Tournament, Amy Mason, who, as all the other schools’ staff commented, was excellent in goal.

When we took the opportunity to attack, we did create good chances with Annie-Rose Reddin and Annie Bridgewood showing great skill and composure on the ball and they were both voted Players’ player of the Tournament.

However we didn’t take as many scoring opportunities as we should and so finished in 6th place.

Congratulations to all the girls for a good performance.

Wednesday 27th November saw a very excited U9 girls’ hockey team play in their first ever competitive fixture. Once the butterflies in their tummies had flown away, the girls soon settled down and put their newly learnt skills to the test. Brooke Priory were a very strong opposition, who had played a lot more fixtures than our girls, found the net first and went on to win the game. Ratcliffe U9s’ were very proud to represent the School and all enjoyed taking part despite losing. Mrs Gilchrist was thrilled with the girls’ sportsman like behaviour and their enthusiasm. Well done to all of the girls and special mentions go to Chelsea Makadeni and Eleni Malhan.

On Wednesday 27th November, the U11 Girls’ Ratcliffe Hockey team, the Diamonds, played an impressive and competitive match against Brooke Priory. The first-half impressed spectators with some excellent ball passing; you could see the determination as the Diamonds worked relentlessly to defend their goal and yet pass up field to the opponents’ goal. With this, Rebecca Lindley scored the first Goal of the match, but closing with an equal score of 1-1 at half-time.

In the second-half, the efforts didn’t slow down and the excitement grew as Brooke Priory scored a second goal.

Despite much effort Ratcliffe lost 2 1.

Player of the match was given to Mimi Kahn for great tackling, and special mention goes to Cleo Loizzo for excellent work in defending the goal. Well done to all the girls for excellent team play.

Emily McBallantine 6NG