Sports Reports – 2nd February 2015

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Netball, 1st VII
This was another outstanding performance for the 1st team in their 36 – 19 win over Oundle. Despite several lapses in concentration, coupled with some sloppy passes, the players made it difficult for Oundle to penetrate the circle. Excellent defensive play from Adelaide Muskwe, Samsara Guillemot-Mene and Megan Vincent set up many counter-attacks, with Olivia Gilchrist taking command in centre-court. Holly Blount’s aerial play has to be seen to be believed, with her and Olivia feeding some excellent passes into the shooters. Captain, Fran Orton, led by example with another excellent shooting performance, earning Player of the Match along with Olivia Gilchrist.

The U15s beat a tough Oundle side 24 -19 on Saturday. They worked hard throughout the game, making it very difficult for the opposition to feed the circle, whilst feeding our attacking circle very well. It was very pleasing to see a more varied style of play, which kept the opposition working hard. Isabelle Duckett was Player of the Match for an excellent feisty performance.

In windy cold conditions the U15Bs won their fixture againstOundle 21 – 9. Ratcliffe led from the start with some excellent inter-play between the shooters, Players of the Match Hannah Grinham and Alex Offer. The girls worked very well winning the first three quarters. Despite unforced errors meaning we didn’t win the fourth quarter, we had created a strong enough lead to win convincingly.

The U14A team faced tough opposition this Saturday. Following a competitive end to end first-quarter the score was 4 – 4. The girls pulled together as a team and fought strongly in the second-quarter making some fantastic interceptions, eventually winning 23 – 15. Izzy Hose received Player of the Match for not only her accurate shooting but also her excellent work rate moving the ball down the court efficiently.

Despite losing on Saturday the U14Bs continued to show pleasing improvement in their match play. The timing by the whole team when attacking was better, with the shooters being more mobile. Goal Attack Megha Patel earned Player of the Match along with Eve Baxter (as Goal Defence) who made some great interceptions.

U13A & B
Mid-week the U13A team started a little slow, and were down in the first-quarter. However, they battled back moving well from defence to attack, taking their chances with some lovely shooting. The Ratcliffe girls were eventual 12 – 10 winners. Players’ player was given to Ellie Hollinshead who communicated well, while Coach’s Player went to Holly Vinall who played in different positions, creating turnovers throughout.

Both Ratcliffe U13A and B teams lost 17 – 7 with tough games against Foremarke on Saturday. In the A team match, it was a good contest;,unfortunately, Foremarke came out on top. There were good feeds into the circle from Ratcliffe’s wing attack and centre, while the defence made some good interceptions. However, Foremarke moved well and took the lead after the first-quarter which Ratcliffe couldn’t equal. Player of the Match goes to Layla Bott, who defended well and Players’ Player goes to Mia Atkinson.

The B team worked well to create chances but couldn’t retain possession, and Foremarke capitalised, scoring some nice shots in the circle. Player of the Match goes to Bo Henderson who intercepted well and Players’ Player to Mia Baker for her hard work in the circle.

Mid-week the U12A team played Dixie. In a shortened match they managed to score 15 goals and defended well to stop Dixie scoring any goals. They worked hard to maintain a high intensity with which Dixie could not keep up.

The U12A team continued their winning streak, winning 17-2 against Foremarke. They worked well to feed accurately into the D. The girls were very adaptable in their positions, allowing good rotations. Dalila Watson was both Players’ Player and Player of the Match for her excellent defending around the D.

The U12B team lost to a feisty Foremarke side at the weekend. In the first-quarter the girls took a while to settle, with Isabella Mulvihill working the ball down the court fluently into our dynamic attack of India Clarke and Annabelle Mills; with a lead at the end of the first-quarter of 1 – 0. Mimi Khan and Sophie Brown remained strong in defence throughout; however, Foremarke led 6 – 1 at half-time. During the final-quarter Ratcliffe created more opportunities for attacking play as a result of well-timed movements;,however, they lost the game 8 – 2. Players of the Match are awarded to Emily McBallantine for some fantastic defensive moments and Rebecca Lindley for her versatility and excellent positioning throughout the game. Sophie Brown won Foremarke’a vote for Player of the Match.

Cross Country
On Saturday 31st January, Ratcliffe College hosted the final meeting of the season of the Leicestershire and Rutland Cross-Country Athletics Championships. In extremely cold conditions, and very slippery and muddy underfoot, the course proved challenging but rewarding. We were delighted to see Mia Atkinson, only in Year 8, come 4th and Molly Edwards come 23rd in the U15 Girls’ Category. Alice Daniel, Year 12,came a very impressive 3rd in the Senior Girls’ Race, followed very shortly afterwards in 5th place by Captain, Emily Hollis, whose supportive leadership of the team has been exemplary all season. And last but by all means not least, our Mighty Warriors, the Three Mustketeers, Matthew Booth, Robert Hunton and Henry Mellors, proved to everyone the importance of teamwork, working with each other the entire 5-kilometre course, behind individually gifted runners but collecting Silver Medals for coming second in the Senior Boys’ Race. Congratulations to all competitors; please can Alice, Matthew, Robert and Henry come forward to receive their medals.

On Saturday and again Sunday evenings, our very own Dance World Champion, Isobel Knight, represented Ratcliffe College at the Annual Gala of DuPont School of Dance. Performing exquisitely in countless senior ensembles, as well as a remarkable and poignant performance within a quartet, Isobel was simply outstanding; many congratulations.

Angharad Lloyd,
Girls’ Sports Captain.