Sports Reports – 26th January 2015

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Hockey, 1st XI
After having their last match cancelled owing to the weather, Ratcliffe were keen to continue their unbeaten start to the season. The game itself was very physical with both sides fully committed to winning the game. Ratcliffe had the better of the early exchanges and Wisbech struggled to contain Ratcliffe’s attacking players, in particular Man of the Match Harry Antill who tormented his opposite number for the entire game. Wisbech, however, took the lead mid-way through the first-half, capitalising on a Ratcliffe mistake. Ratcliffe struck back when Sam Nightingale finished well from a penalty corner, but Ratcliffe then found themselves going into the break trailing 2 – 1 after conceding just before half-time through an unfortunate deflection. Ratcliffe came out in the second-half and drew level within the first few minutes, when Carrick Anderson finished well from inside a crowded circle. Ratcliffe then dominated the rest of the game but the Wisbech rear-guard held strong and the game finished 2 – 2.

2nd XI
The 2nd XI lost 3 – 0 in a game that apart from the first 5 minutes they dominated. During the first-half, we had a series of 5 short corners in a row but unfortunately could not find the finishing touch. The second-half was similar with some excellent build up play but no goals. Man of the Match was Matt Lewis for his all energetic display.

The U15s opened their season in confident fashion against Wisbech. The side controlled the first-half with some excellent team hockey and a fine finish from Sam Bird was no more than they deserved. Excellent goalkeeping by the visiting Captain kept the score down, although Wisbech came out strongly during the second-half. Ratcliffe responded well to a scrappy equaliser with Jack Nightingale converting a fine short corner move. It was disappointing that Wisbech again equalised in the final minutes of the game, but overall this was a promising performance. Man of the Match was Ben Dexter.

The U15B team enjoyed an exciting first game of the season. It was a very open affair with both goalkeepers making excellent saves. Towards the end of the second-half, Reece Goodman scored an excellent goal. Wisbech finished the game strongly and probably deserved their equaliser late in the game. Men of the Match were Arran Grant and Philip Gyesi-Appiah.

The U14 team were unfortunate to come away from Wisbech with only a 1 – 1 draw but they did maintain their unbeaten season. An even first-half saw Wisbech take the lead but, despite almost total domination of the second period, Ratcliffe were only able to score one goal through Alex Purcell. Callum Allsopp picked up Man of the Match for a calm and authoritative display at the back.

The U13s ran out 6 – 0 winners against Wisbech with two goals apiece from Harry Best and Jonah Carroll plus Oliver Welch and William Westwood. The energy and tempo which the boys played with were outstanding, allowing us to win back possession in key areas of the pitch and punish Wisbech with some brilliant counter-attacking, passing and moving team goals! Men of the Match were birthday boy Josh Chapman for some brilliant link-up play and support, along with Harry Best for an excellent D to D performance, providing some real moments of quality for his two goals.

After a long drive away to Wisbech the game started in great fashion. In the first few minutes the game was very even, with the ball being exchanged frequently from side to side. Sadly, Wisbech took an early lead. The efforts of all players in defence and attack kept us in the game. Owing to a lack of composure in our own half, the game started to slip away, consequently letting in a further 2 more goals before half-time. During the second-half, the game continued in a similar fashion with Wisbech winning 5 – 0. Strong stick skills and efforts in attack meant Sam Seidhu was awarded Man of the Match.

The U12s maintained their unbeaten record with an excellent 3 – 0 win against Wisbech. The score line should have been even greater but for some good saves by the opposition keeper and some missed Ratcliffe opportunities. It was a very good team performance with the defence having to be called into action on a number of occasions. The boys played some superb hockey going forwards with Alex Tyszka, Fin Back and Owen Lloyd to the fore and they were well supported by James Turner, Ben McGuinn and Tom Page out wide. Archie Heaney and Conner Foster kept up a relentless attacking threat up front but the goals were scored by Fin Back with two and one from Man of the Match, Owen Lloyd.

Rory Thorne,
Boys’ Sports Captain.

Netball, 1st VII
The 1st team continued their winning streak winning 30 – 16 against a very physical Denstone side. The team took many turnovers, denying Denstone many chances to get the ball into the circle. Player of the Match, Sam Guillemot-Mene along with fellow defender, Megan Vincent started off many counter-attacks, linking well with Olivia Gilchrist and Holly Blount.

2nd VII
The 2nds faced a tall Denstone side away in cold conditions. The team started strongly, going goal for goal, but Denstone took 2 interceptions late in the first-quarter to lead at the break 4 – 7. Charlotte Hull came on at wing defence for the second-quarter and offered a strong back-up option throughout the court, which saw Ratcliffe draw the second-quarter 5 – 5 with the score at half-time 9 – 12 to Denstone. Ratcliffe did not make any changes going into the third-quarter, but Denstone came out strongly and extended their lead by another goal, finishing the quarter 12 – 17 ahead. The final-quarter was Ratcliffe’s strongest, with good centre-court interceptions from Angharad Lloyd and Jasmine Gill, but unfortunately we were not always able to convert our turnovers. Denstone’s shooters continued to shoot successfully from the edge of the circle, winning the game 26 – 17. Player of the Match goes to Angharad Lloyd and Emma Furlong for their centre-court attack and constant pressure.

3rd VII
The 3rd team played a strong game against Denstone at the weekend, narrowly losing 19 – 17. In the opening quarter the girls played well, with strong feeds into the circle from Chloe Flowers. Lauren White and Imogen Power formed a solid defence in the second-quarter, minimising scoring opportunities from Denstone. Ratcliffe won the third-quarter through a combination of solid defence and consistent shooting from Annabelle Tomlinson and Olivia Thompson. Unfortunately, the last-quarter saw Denstone take the lead despite Ratcliffe’s best efforts to keep possession. Player of the Match is awarded to Imogen Power who was a solid asset to the team.

The U15A team were disappointed to lose 29 – 31 in a game where they showed better skill and creativity. Callista Tsatsa played very well at centre for the first time. Beatrice Waters and Kate Tyszka both shot very well, with Kate and Isabelle Duckett both being voted Player of the Match. Well done to all the girls.

The U15B team had an excellent game, working hard throughout to win 15 – 6. We were particularly successful when counter-attacking as our composure meant we could capitalise on turning over possession. Annie Bridgwater was Player of the Match as she linked defence and attack excellently. Well done.

The U14A team put in a stunning performance this weekend with a convincing 37 – 17 win. Niamh Noble received Player of the Match for her fantastic work effort and superb feeds into the shooting circle. The girls worked collectively as a team, making a number of interceptions and turnovers which resulted in many conversions following tactical mid-court play.

The U14B team had a scrappy match, losing 9 – 12 in a game which they dominated for half of the match with some very good circle play. Denstone settled down in the second-half, taking control and gaining a 3-goal lead, despite some strong defending from Eve Baxter and Player of the Match, Holly Bown.

This was a though physical game for the U13s where they had to battle hard,  losing the first-quarter 6 – 1 but bringing it back to draw 11 – 11 by the final whistle. The girls played some good netball, moving into space well. Player of the Match went to Sharmel Yapa for her hard work in both attack and defence.

The girls had a superb 23 – 9 win, putting everything they had learnt in training into the game; holding their space and timing their movements well. They marked tightly and won the ball well on numerous occasions, converting from defence to attack. Player of the Match goes to Mia Baker, who moved and shot extremely well.

The U12A team started their season with a great 20 – 4 win against Denstone. The girls worked hard in the first-quarter relying heavily on their defence. After the first-quarter the girls stepped up with more accurate passes and better attacking play. This led to Ellie Gallacher and Player of the Match Eleanor Shaw converting a high amount of their chances.

The U12B netball team put on a magnificent performance against Denstone and won convincingly 15 – 3. India Clarke and Isabel Burke were phenomenal in the shooting circle, finding their flair and shooting with sheer determination. This was coupled with outstanding attacking play from Isabella Mulvihill, Bella Whalley, Annabel Mills and Rebecca Lindley. The Mighty Mimi Khan defended like her life depended on every ball that was within her radius and nothing got passed her, ball or player. Sophie Brown, Kadie Cowislaw and Samantha Seidu also played well defensively and the whole team should be proud of their performance. Joint Players of the Match went to Mimi Khan, India Clarke and Isabel Burke.

Ice Dancing
Congratulations to Emily Cheetham and her Ice Dancing team ‘Icicles’ who were crowned British Champions last weekend. They have now qualified to represent Great Britain at the World Championships later this year, in a repeat of their outstanding performance last year.

Cross Country
Congratulations to Mia Atkinson who came 4th in the Midlands Cross-Country yesterday, helping the Charnwood U13 team win a silver medal.

Regional Netball
Well done to Izzy Hose who played her first game in the East Midlands Regional Netball League, especially as she is only in Year 9.

Angharad Lloyd,
Girls’ Sports Captain.