Sports Reports – 27th January 2014

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1st XI

Mid-week, Ratcliffe 1st XI drew 4 – 4 with Oakham in what turned out to be a very attacking game, with both teams scoring some excellent goals. Both teams’ passing was very strong and this was evident with the opportunities that were created. Player of the Match, Will Hoare, was at the heart of most of Ratcliffe’s creative play and ended up scoring one of the opportunities himself. In the end a draw was a fair result. Goal scorers were Will Hoare, Dom Warne (2) and Ben Shaw

On Saturday Ratcliffe 1st XI made the long journey to Wisbech with a bare eleven to select owing to injuries and unavailability. Ratcliffe dominated the game, but were frustrated by the organised defensive tactics of Wisbech. Player of the Match, Joey Higham, work tirelessly for the whole game and broke up play nicely in the middle of the pitch to halt the majority of Wisbech counter-attacks. Unfortunately, Wisbech did manage to covert a couple of their opportunities, whereas at the other end Ratcliffe could not put the ball in the net. A frustrating game, but some good lessons learnt.

2nd XI

The 2nd XI travelled to Wisbech severely depleted by injury but put in a strong performance. They dominated possession and territory and easily won the penalty corner count. Despite this, they were not able to convert the pressure into goals and the game finished 0 – 0. Man of the Match was Captain, Carrick Anderson.


The U15s played superbly to beat Wisbech 4 – 0. Ratcliffe dominated the game from start to finish transferring the ball well through the midfield and into the wide channels. Man of the Match, James Robinson, scored a fantastic goal, smashing the ball into the top corner from a difficult angle and he terrorised the Wisbech defence all afternoon with his pace and skill. Other goals came from Louis Ayre and Joe Jarvis.


Won 6-2 Liam Taylor report needed


Mid-week, the U14s competed in the County Tournament at Uppingham School, unfortunately losing two and winning one match. They took on board the information after the first two losses against Oakham and Manor School to beat Loughborough Grammar 6 – 0 in their final game.

On Saturday, the U14s were given the task of using and creating space, working off the ball and to use the full width of the pitch. This is exactly what the team did, patiently passing the ball around, probing into opposition territory and generally keeping hold of possession. The midfield generals, Matthew Ward and Jack Nightingale, managed the midfield well and linked strongly with Ben Dexter at the back. Charlie Hancock and David Hippisley-Cox attacked nicely from the wings and linked well with the midfield, along with the now strongly established forward partnership of Sam Bird and newcomer and Man of the Match, Victor Rosell. Sam opened the scoring with a well taken sweep, assisted by Victor, who then added a further two well taken goals in the second-half. The result of a 3-2 win over a strong Wisbech side was a pleasing, well-fought battle and, most importantly, the boys left the field knowing that they had played well and enjoyed their match.


Ratcliffe U13s dug deep and played a hard fought match against Wisbech. Wisbech played good hockey which resulted in some well finished goals. Ratcliffe managed to score four well taken goals of their own, with James Berns finishing three difficult chances to score a hat-trick and Matt Lindley scoring after a good save from the Wisbech goalkeeper. Man of the Match was awarded to Toby Snell, who fought hard in midfield against tough opposition and also played a fundamental part in a number of Ratcliffe goals.


The U13B team travelled to Wisbech this weekend in some tough conditions, with thunder and lightning forecast for the afternoon. The game started evenly with chances created at both ends; however, Wisbech caught the Ratcliffe defence off guard, scoring goals in quick succession. With this being the team’s first fixture together, it was pleasing to see the fight back which Ratcliffe gave in the second-half, linking well together and creating numerous chances. The game finished 4 – 1; however, the score line did not clearly reflect how well the team played. Players of the Match were Josh Bellamy in defence and Freddie Bridgwood in attack.


The U12s match had to be abandoned after only 17 minutes when thunder and lightning caused the game to be stopped. Ratcliffe were winning 1 – 0 at the time, with Jonah Carroll getting the goal.

William Hoare,
Boys’ Sports Captain.


1st VII

The 1st team had to play their best netball to hold onto their first-quarter lead, digging deep against a strong, competitive opposition. Emma Furlong and Emma Milner thoroughly deserved their debut matches and did themselves proud as did the whole team. Sorcha Grant and Fran Orton hardly missed a shot, while Helen Baird and Nima Patel gave the opposition a
run for their money in the other shooting circle. Some excellent interceptions and attacking play in a match that was fiercely intense, resulted in a fantastic 30-24 win. Players of the Match go to Fran Orton and Emma Furlong.

2nd VII

The teamwork and superb movement by the 2nd VII had a huge impact on
their 16 – 12 win, led confidently by Captain, Angharad Lloyd. Chrissie Taylor brought the ball out of defence with ease and set up many attacking moves from Levina Ma, who gave some excellent feeds to Player of the Match, shooter Charley Flowers.

3rd VII

The 3rd VII won 3 out of 4 quarters and consequently beat their Denstone counterparts 12-10. The girls started slowly, trailing in the first-quarter 1 – 3, but then leant on Mr Langley’s experience and played some fast paced, skilful netball. Much of the game was end to end and when Ratcliffe got the ball into wide spaces they dominated much of the middle and attacking-third. Great link up play by Sophie Riley, Milli Ellis and Poppy Williams proved too much for the opposition and this was well complimented by some fine finishing from Player of the Match, Annabelle Tomlinson.


The U15s had a difficult game in that the opposition tried to disrupt the play in any way possible. Throughout most of the game, the girls managed to keep playing at a high standard with quick accurate passing that cut through Denstone’s defence. Ratcliffe’s defence worked hard holding up and frustrating the Denstone attack. Holly Blount was Player of the Match as she was instrumental in both defence and attack in an unfamiliar centre position. An excellent team performance resulted in a well-deserved 23 – 12 victory.


U15Bs played a very close match against Denstone, where up until the last-quarter it was all level. During the last 10 minutes the girls pulled away to secure an overall 12 – 11 win. The defence played exceptionally well, with Rasee Lawrence playing Wing Defence, making countless interceptions to win back the ball. Shooters Holly Brown and Charlotte Hull worked fantastically as a pair in the circle to score some impressive long distance shots.


The U14A girls continued their winning streak, with a 44-13 win over Denstone. The girls stormed ahead and capitalized on some unforced errors from the Denstone side, leading 13 – 4 at quarter-time. Once again, Olivia Back and Callista Tsatsa made some beautiful feeds into the attacking circle. Hannah Grinham and Kate Tyszka were able to foresee these and made some excellent attacking movements and shots which contributed to the 24 – 8 score at the end of the second-quarter. The defence, Beatrice Waters, Annie Bridgewater and Natasha Walsh, remained strong throughout, limiting the movement of Denstone’s attacking players and their shooting opportunities. At the end of the third-quarter Ratcliffe girls were storming ahead 34 – 9. Player of the Match is awarded to Olivia Back who made some excellent interceptions and brilliant feeds into the circle which massively contributed to the overall score.

U14B – Abandoned owing to inclement weather

U13A – Abandoned owing to inclement weather

U13B – Abandoned owing to inclement weather


The U12s had to contend with a break in play owing to inclement weather, but after the restart the girls did well to keep their composure. The game got off to a quick start with Densone taking an early 2 – 0 lead, but Ratcliffe’s girls managed to get themselves back into the game with some great movement by Player of the Match, Sharmel Yapa. The rain poured down and both teams were struggling to keep hold of the ball; however, the Ratcliffe girls kept fighting, eventually losing 5 – 2.


The U12B team were put under a lot of pressure by Denstone but kept their heads in the game. The Ratcliffe girls had some good moments when bringing the ball down the court with some great movement and accurate passing, but through some good defending the goal was denied. The final score was a 7 – 0 loss to Denstone. Player of the Match goes to Bo Henderson.


Congratulations to Mia Atkinson who helped the U13 Charnwood cross-country team to win gold at this weekend’s competition. Congratulations also to Alice Daniel who finished 2nd in the U17 girls category.


Old Ratcliffian Sam Stabler (2010) clocked the fastest 3,000-metre time in the country on Friday at the Texas A & M 12-Team Invitational at the Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium in America at the weekend. Sam finished the race in eight minutes, 1.29 seconds, which beat the previous top time by nearly 14 seconds.


On the evening of Saturday 25th January, world champion dancers Natasha Jelley (Year 13) and Isobel Knight (Year 10) performed at De Montfort Hall with their fellow dancers of Dupont Dance Stage School, to a packed audience. Both girls truly distinguished themselves, not least because they were amongst the very few who performed solo items; their athleticism, technical skills and artistry were extraordinarily impressive. Many congratulations, Natasha and Isobel.

Sorcha Grant,
Girls’ Sports Captain.