Sports Reports – 28th September 2015

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Cross-Country
Year 12 student Alfie Thompson won the 4.7 kilometre British & Irish Junior Mountain Running Championships representing the victorious England team, as part of the World Mountain Running Championships in North Wales on Saturday. His winning time of 18 minutes and 30 seconds placed him 14 seconds clear of second place; an incredible achievement.  Massive congratulations, Alfie!

Sam Nightingale,
Boys’ Sports Captain.

Hockey

1st XI

The 1st XI girls travelled mid-week to play against Oakham and put in an incredible performance, which saw them narrowly lose 3 – 1 in the latter stages of the game after being only eight minutes away from an impressive win. Throughout the game Ratcliffe were by far the better team, passing the ball around and creating space as well as showcasing some excellent individual skills. The first-half remained goalless; however, both teams had shots at goal and Ratcliffe were unlucky not to score, with the forwards, Megan Grey, Izzy Thomas, Holly Blount and Captain, Emma Milner, all coming close. As the second-half began, the girls were starting to believe they could go on and win the game and their confidence was growing. Ratcliffe opened the scoring with a well worked goal from Holly Blount, her first of the season.  The score remained at 1 – 0 right up until eight minutes to go. With Ratcliffe not taking their chances to score and increase their lead, Oakham were awarded a short corner and managed to score to level things up. Ratcliffe kept attacking with determination and wanting to win; unfortunately, they then got caught on the break and Oakham managed to score to take the lead. They then added another all in the space of four minutes, resulting in a 3 – 1 loss.  This said, the score-line did not reflect Ratcliffe’s performance or the game. The girls should be proud of their performance and hold their heads up high and take a lot from this game.

After the disappointing loss mid-week, the 1st XI girls responded well with a convincing 4 – 1 win against Mount St Mary’s. The girls were up for this game from the start and ready to put some goals in the back of the net. They started off positively with much of the possession and Georgia Holt scored early on. However, Mount St Mary’s soon equalised, but goals from Kate Tyzska and Emma Milner  meant Ratcliffe went in 3 – 1 at half-time. During the second-half the girls had the majority of possession but struggled to convert their chances. Towards the end of the match, Georgia Holt scored her second goal of the game to make the final score 4 – 1. Player of the Match goes to Emma Furlong, who worked up and down the pitch, breaking up the play and distributing the ball with great effect.

2nd XI

The 2nd XI earned their first win of the season mid-week, with a 2 – 0 win away to Hill House. The girls really dominated this game from start to finish, creating many more opportunities than the two they scored. Both Emily Sellick and Player of the Match, Rosie Jones, got their first goals of the season in a good all-round team performance.

On Saturday the 2nd team travelled to Mount St Mary’s where they continued their good form, with a 5 – 0 win. This was a very pleasing performance, not just because of the score-line but also the performance. The pace of their play was quick and direct straight from the start, with sisters, Charlie and Chloe Flowers, both on the score sheet early on. This pace did not let up in the second-half and the girls scored three more goals through Lucie Prusinski, Caitlin Plummer and Olivia Carpenter.  However, the most pleasing part was the clean sheet at the other end, which is a good sign moving forward. All the girls tried to do the right things during the game, moving the ball around the field with confidence and a purpose, therefore earning the team the Player of the Match award. A special mention must go to Millie Smith, Olivia Carpenter, Jenna Pole and Emily Grimmett who played for the U15s and then stepped up to help the 2nd team.

3rd XI

The 3rd XI entertained Oakham mid-week in what proved to be a very enjoyable game for both sides, resulting in Oakham eventually running out 4 – 1 winners. This was the 3rd  team’s first game of the season and they played with great enthusiasm and energy, under the superb guidance of Captain, Tilly Wheeler. This determination earned them the right to go into half-time all level at 1 – 1, with Amelia Lallo getting the goal.  All the girls that played kept going right to the end of the game, but unfortunately Oakham proved too strong in the second-half and the game eventually ended 4 – 1. Player of the Match went to the outstanding Nima Patel in goal, who made a string of fine saves.

U15

During mid-week the U15s had their toughest game of the season so far with the visit of Oakham and were rewarded for their efforts with a fine 1 – 0 win. The game itself was a very close contest and Ratcliffe needed to play well to keep Oakham at bay. It was no surprise to see the two sides go into half-term level at 0 – 0, with both teams defending very strongly, and reducing each other to very limited opportunities to score. Player of the Match, Niamh Noble, was outstanding throughout the game and in the second-half she made a few very timely interceptions to prevent Oakham from having too many clear sights of the Ratcliffe goal. It eventually took a well-worked penalty corner that has already served the girls well this season which proved the difference between the two sides, with Emily Grimmett converting with 2 minutes to go.

The girls then travelled to Mount St Mary’s on Saturday for an early start and dominated the game from start to finish, and were thoroughly deserving of their 3 – 0 win. Straight away they applied pressure to the opposition and Captain, Olivia Carpenter, opened the scoring mid-way through the first-half with a calm finish. Although Ratcliffe created numerous chances, somehow the score remained 1 – 0 going into the break. The second-half took on the same pattern as the first-half and Ratcliffe added 2 more goals in the second-half through Emily Grimmett and Rue Tsatsa. This was a fine performance from Ratcliffe as a team, which was fantastically led by Player of the Match, Olivia Carpenter. The only shame about the result was the 3 – 0 score-line did not really reflect the dominance shown by Ratcliffe.

U14

The U14 team faced another tough opposition mid-week, when they travelled away to Loughborough High School.  During the first-half the two teams had an even share of the possession; however, the majority of the shots on target came from Loughborough.  Abigail Santaney, as always, governed the defence excellently, and Ellie Hollinshead earned herself one of the Players of the Match for an excellent performance in her new position as left back. The mid-field have to be credited for their excellent work rate during an end-to-end game, with special mention needing to go to Mia Atkinson and Flora Colville, as they seemed to be there every time to close down the Loughborough girls on the ball. On the stroke of half-time Loughborough were awarded a penalty corner, which found its way in, meaning we finished the first-half 1 – 0 down. We continued to defend well as the second-half started, and the girls showed more confidence in attack, creating more chances. An excellent quick ball from Betsy Poll saw Sofia Henderson through, one-on-one with the keeper. With 35 yards to carry the ball, Sofia demonstrated excellent skills and speed on the ball, coupled with great composure to bury the ball in the bottom corner to bring the scores level. After withstanding 5 minutes of continuous pressure towards the end of the game, we once again broke quickly and confidently with Sofia scoring an almost carbon copy of her first goal to win the game 2 – 1 and earn herself Player of the Match. The girls and the faithful parent supporters could not contain their excitement at beating our long-term rivals 2 – 1 in a hard fought game. Well done to all the girls for an excellent performance.

U13A

Mid-week the U13 girls played a strong Loughborough High side and were very unlucky to lose 3 – 2. Ratcliffe struggled in the opening half to utilise the space in the wide areas of the pitch, opting to try and play through the middle too often. Loughborough’s well-organised press took full advantage of this and had quite a few chances in the opening exchanges. Despite some expert defensive efforts from Coach’s Player of the Match, Isabella Mulvihill, and many fantastic saves from goalkeeper Mimi Khan, Loughborough managed to score the opening goal. The second-half, however, felt like a different match altogether, with Ratcliffe largely dominating territory and creating plenty of chances. The pressure soon showed with Ellie Gallacher scoring two excellent goals, earning herself Players’ Player of the Match in the process! Loughborough, however, were able to hit Ratcliffe on the counter-attack a number of times, scoring two more goals. In the end it was Loughborough who were leading and trying to retain a 3 – 2 lead. Ratcliffe continued to apply pressure and had chances right up until the final whistle. The result could so easily have gone the other way in what was a brilliant game of hockey.

The girls earned themselves their first victory of the season this weekend, with a 3 – 0 home victory against a resilient Mount St Mary’s team. The Ratcliffe girls put the opposition under pressure right from the first whistle and found themselves 1 – 0 up by half-time. The opening goal was a fantastic team goal nicely finished off by Players’ Player of the Match, Maddy Lindop at the back post. In the second-half the girls’ attacking play went from strength to strength with some superb dribbling and passing from Coach’s Player of the Match, Ellie Gallacher. The pressure soon told as the girls were awarded several short corners in the second-half. Aimee Cleminson brilliantly converted two of the corners with two equally superb strikes. Ratcliffe’s defensive shape and discipline were too much for Mount St Mary’s, resulting in the girls’ first clean sheet of the season, which is credit to great effort from all the girls throughout the match.

U12A

The U12 A team beat Loughborough 1 – 0 mid-week and drew 1 – 1 against Mount St Mary’s on Saturday. Against Loughborough, Player of the Match, Elise Atkinson, stopped their key player from being influential while fellow Player of the Match, Amy Mason was excellent in defence. Against Mount St Mary’s, Amy Mason again had another superb game in defence, earning Player of the Match again, whilst Elise Atkinson, Annie Bridgwood and Annie-Rose Reddin created several excellent chances only to be foiled by Mount St Mary’s very good Goal Keeper. The goals in both games were claimed by the same three players!

U12B

The U12B team played against Loughborough High mid-week and although they played well, unfortunately they ended up losing the game 3 – 1 for their first defeat of the season. The girls started off well but came up against a very strong Loughborough side, their hardest match yet. The girls played well with some great work down the wings from Rachel Astill which created many opportunities. Unfortunately, Loughborough were very strong and fast in attack and we were not quick enough to get back and defend. This resulted in us being 3 – 0 down in very quick time. The girls continued to play with great desire and were eventually rewarded with their only goal of the match scored by Player of the Match, Olivia Crawley.

 

Equestrian

Brooke and Jade England (Years 7 and 9) are mentioned in this month’s Equestrian Life magazine, for their achievements in the UK Riders’ National Show Jumping Championships this summer. Both girls had qualified for two classes each by jumping double clears in first round competitions and regional qualifiers. At the Finals, Brooke was placed 5th and 2nd in her two classes, and Jade won both her classes, becoming the UK Riders’ Junior Champion for both 90cm and 1m.

Sibella Chew,
Girls’ Sports Captain.