Sports Reports – 2nd March 2015

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Hockey, U15A
The U15s lost 3 – 1 to a strong Lincoln Minster U16 team. Jack Nightingale opened the scoring with a strike from the top of the D but Lincoln’s midfield increasingly took control of the game and prevented Ratcliffe from playing their normal game. Lincoln scored 3 times, on each occasion, catching Ratcliffe on the break, and despite a much improved second-half Ratcliffe, could not pull things back. Player of the Match was Jack Vinall.

The U13s put the disappointment of not progressing in the County Cup behind them with a resounding 7 – 0 victory against Lincoln Minster. Right from the first whistle, the boys played with such commitment and intensity that the Lincoln Minster players struggled to cope, and crumbled under the constant pressure! Our passing and receiving were excellent and allowed us to keep possession of the ball for long periods of time, meaning the Lincoln players were having to work extremely hard. Goal scorers were Jonah Carroll with a hat-trick, Matthew Elton, Harry Best and Matthew Elton, along with one own goal which Jonah was very quick to try and claim!! Man of the Match was Dominic McKaig for some excellent defending.

The U12s continued their unbeaten season with an 11 – 1 win over Lincoln Minster. A poor start by Ratcliffe saw Lincoln score a well taken early goal, the first that the U12s have conceded all season. After that, it was one-way traffic with some outstanding Ratcliffe play leading to four goals before half-time, and seven in the second-half. The whole team played very well but Owen Lloyd and Fin Back played outstandingly and both scored three goals each. Archie Heaney was Man of the Match for his superb positional play and excellent all-round game.

Rory Thorne,
Boys’ Sports Captain.

Netball, 1st
The depleted 1st team played a strong Kimbolton team and in spite of some positional reorganisation, led at half-time by 4 goals. Captain, Fran Orton only missed a couple of shots and the whole team gelled well together, while the Kimbolton shooters struggled to get past the Ratcliffe defence of Megan Vincent and Nima Patel. The third-quarter was the turning point with Kimbolton only scoring from Ratcliffe errors. An impressive fourth-quarter gave the team a well-earned 35 – 19 win. Player of the Match was Holly Blount for her impressive aerial play.

The 2nds faced their 1st home fixture of the season against Kimbolton. Both teams started strongly converting from their centre passes to end both the first the second-quarters level. However, the third-quarter saw Ratcliffe’s defence turn over Kimbolten’s centres and successfully convert them to goals, with strong shooting from both Mimi Lallo and Becky Astill, to end the third-quarter 20 – 15 ahead. Ratcliffe were able to build on this lead in the final-quarter with mid-court turnovers from Chloe Flowers and Emma Furlong and strong decisive through court drives from Yasmin Gill. Kimbolton’s shooting started to tire, which allowed Imogen Power and Emma Taylor-Clark to gather the rebounds and further extend Ratcliffe’s lead. The girls finished the final-quarter strongly, which resulted in a final score of 26 – 16. Players of the Match go to Mimi Lallo and Becky Astill for their fantastic shooting and solid strong performance against a very physical defensive opposition.

The 3rd team played Ockbrook and struggled to find their form on a very small indoor court. The match was very scrappy with both sides making many errors, but the Ockbrook shooting accuracy won them the game 27 – 11. Annabelle Tomlinson was the Player of the Match.

The U15A team had a slow start to their game, but managed to create a lead of one going into the second-quarter. All the girls significantly increased their work rate and standard of play to go into the second-half with a 16 – 9 lead. The girls responded well to what was a fairly scrappy second-half performance by the opposition, keeping their composure and playing some attractive attacking netball, with Kate Tyszka shooting very well to convert our possession. Throughout the whole game, the circle defence partnership of Natasha Walsh and Isobel Thomas was outstanding, denying the opposing goal attack and goal shooter any space, allowing the centre-court players opportunities to take interceptions. Isobel Thomas was awarded Player of the Match for her performance. Such a solid performance at both ends of the court meant that the girls secured a well-deserved 31 – 14 victory.

The U15B team performed very well, winning 37 – 34 against a weaker Kimbolton team. They worked hard to maintain their discipline and played controlled, creative and effective netball. The three centre-court players, Annie Bridgwater, Esme Kelly and Lucie Prusinski, controlled the game excellently. They showed superb link play between the two-goal thirds, making sure we capitalised on all turn-overs of possession. Natalie Dawe had an excellent game as a holding shooter, working the space very effectively. Emily Newberry should be congratulated on an excellent performance in her first game for Ratcliffe College, as should Georgia Holt who was awarded Player of the Match.

Midweek, the U14 girls beat Wellingbrough 18 – 14. It took two-quarters for the girls to settle into the game; however, they turned over a number of centre passes in the third-quarter. This had a positive impact on the game, lifting all players’ confidence, consequently resulting in an increased work rate. Izzy Hose received Player of the Match for her consistent shooting, movement and feeding around the circle.

On Saturday the U14A team won 15 – 10 against Kimbolton. Player of the Match was Olivia Carpenter for not only playing out of position but for her exceptional movement throughout the game. Olivia made a number of fantastic feeds in and out of the circle, scoring a number of goals. Molly Edwards was also awarded Player of the Match for her brilliant work rate and effort. The girls played really well as a team, supporting and complementing each other’s performance.

The U14B girls had a tough game against Ockbrook at the weekend, losing 28 – 7. It took the first-quarter for Ratcliffe to settle into the game. Izzy Coombs continuously worked the ball down court into attack; unfortunately, the opposition’s strong defence held off our attacks. Ru Tsatsa and Eve Baxter remained strong in defence, minimising Oakbrook’s opportunities to score, leading 12 – 3 at half-time. In the final-quarter Ratcliffe went out strongly, and were able to turn over three consecutive centre passes which created several scoring opportunities. Players of the Match are awarded to Ru Tsatsa for making some excellent interceptions, as well as Eleanor Brambell and Izzy Coombs for creating excellent attacking opportunities throughout.

The U13A team were up against a very vocal Kimbolton side this week. The girls worked hard to maintain possession of the ball and use space to create attacking chances. Special mention to Kate Woodhouse for adapting rapidly to the A team set up and performing admirably. The final score of 9 – 3 reflects the work ethic the girls displayed. Joint Players of the Match were Sofia Henderson and Ellie Hollinshead.

The U12A team continued to maintain their unbeaten season against Kimbolton this week. The girls started off strongly, feeding the ball well into the circle in order to create good scoring opportunities. Whole team rotations allowed the girls to work hard in every quarter. The girls played a very attacking game which showed with a 26 – 7 win. Player of the Match went to Isabel Burke for her consistent shooting.

U13B & U12B
U13B and U12B teams lost on Saturday, against very strong Ockbrook teams. The U13B team really came into the game in the third and fourth quarters, but unfortunately it was too late. Player of the Match went to Hermione Lanyon on her début. The U12B team worked well and were unlucky not to score. Coach’s Player of the Match goes to Rebecca Lindley and Players’ Player goes to Lucy Antill.

Cross Country
Congratulations to Mia Atkinson and Alice Daniel who came 25th and 22nd respectively in the National Cross-Country Championships in London last weekend.

Angharad Lloyd,
Girls’ Sports Captain.