Sports Reports – 31st March 2014

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The U15s ended their season with a workman-like 1 – 0 victory against a spirited U16 Lincoln Minster team. Although always in control, it was a rather lethargic performance and despite creating several scoring opportunities, the boys had to be content with one solo effort from James Robinson. Player of the Match was Harry Redding.


The U13s finished their hockey season with a 10-0 demolition of Lincoln Minster. Despite the opposition not being the strongest, the Ratcliffe boys did not allow them to play by dominating possession and passing the ball superbly. Being 5 – 0 up at half-time gave the chance for some of the team to play in different positions and it was pleasing to see Reece Goodman and Callum Allsopp score goals and offer an attacking threat. Captain Bishnu Thapa was Man of the Match for his excellent all-round play.


Tom Chandler’s cycling season kicked off with a 10-mile time trial last week. Tom was the fastest junior and placed ninth overall in a 70-strong field after completing the course in a time of 23min 36secs. Tom then completed a two-up team time trial with another junior member from his club, where they finished joint fifth. Tom is now looking forward to riding for Team WD-40 in the Tour of Scotland which starts on Sunday 6th April, consisting of four stages in three days. Good luck, Tom.

William Hoare,
Boys’ Sports Captain.


1st VII

The 1st VII finished off a very pleasing season with an excellent performance against Loughborough. A slow start gave the opposition a 4-goal lead but this was the kick the 1st  team needed to get them into top gear. They won the second-quarter and both teams battled hard through the whole court. Olivia Gilchrist and Megan Vincent denied Loughborough many shooting opportunities, whilst Sorcha Grant and Fran Orton kept Ratcliffe in close contention. The final score was a 22 – 16 win for Loughborough; a sad but happy ending to the season as it was the last game for the Year 13 players.

2nd VII

The 2nd team had a big wake up as they were 11 – 4 down after the first-half, but after some major changes to playing positions they won both the third and fourth quarters through exemplary teamwork from all the girls.  Unfortunately, the goal difference was too large and the final score was a very creditable 17 – 14 loss. Chrissie Taylor was Player of the Match.

U15 A&B

Both the U15 teams had somewhat lack-lustre performances with both suffering heavy defeats to strong Loughborough High School teams. The A team lost 37 – 8, never really getting a foothold in the game, nor really showing the fight or determination previously shown to achieve a better result. The Bs had a slightly better performance with good play from Player of the Match, Holly Blount. After a disappointing third-quarter the Bs eventually lost 20 – 12.


In their final game of the season the U14A girls came up against their rivals, Loughborough High School. In the first-quarter Ratcliffe were keen to show Loughborough that it would not be an easy game for them. Ratcliffe pressurised Loughborough’s attacking play from the start. Callista Tsatsa and Annie Bridgwater fed the attacking circle brilliantly, where Kate Tyszka and Hannah Grinham were always on hand to fight for every shot at goal. At the end of the first-quarter Ratcliffe trailed 10 – 3. Our circle defence, Natasha Walsh, Beatrice Waters and Bethany Pickup, did their upmost to pressurise two faultless Loughborough shooters. This, combined with great cross-court movement from Isabelle Duckett and Annie Bridgwater, meant that the second-quarter was our most effective, with just seven goals between Ratcliffe and the opposition at 15 – 8. Although Loughborough led 29 – 12 at the end of the third-quarter, Ratcliffe did not give up and fought hard for possession; the final-quarter ended 39 – 16. Player of the Match is awarded to our Captain, Kate Tyszka, whose determination and desire to win were unfailing throughout; she moved the ball beautifully down court and put immense pressure on their key player at goal defence. All the girls should be extremely proud of their netball season and the progress they have made.


The U14B team had one of their best games of the season against Loughborough High School, winning 26 – 7. In the first-quarter Ratcliffe went out steadily, securing a 5 – 3 lead at quarter-time. The second-quarter saw Ratcliffe storm ahead to lead 13 – 4, after some fabulous shooting from Lucia Cano and Nicole Wong. Although Loughborough were keen to close this lead down in the third-quarter, solid defence from Beatrice Waters, Georgia Holt and Isobel Thomas kept the lead, 18 – 7. As always, Lucie Prusinski and Alex Offer fed the circle well and in the final-quarter our shooters managed to put away eight goals contributing to the fantastic win. Player of the Match is firstly awarded to Isobel Thomas for some brilliant interceptions and effective movement down court to our attack. Secondly, to Alex Offer for her ability to create some great attacking play and feeding the circle successfully. The girls should be incredibly proud of their progress both on an individual basis and as a team this season.


The U13 girls had a tough last fixture against a strong Loughborough team.  There was some great defensive play with Emily Grimmett working hard at centre. The Loughborough girls were very strong in attack and managed to get ahead in the first-quarter and stay there.  Ratcliffe worked well throughout but could not claw back the deficit, losing 16 – 8. Player of the Match goes to Emily Grimmett.

Mid-week the U13 girls started slightly off the pace against Leicester Grammar and by the end of the first-quarter they were 5 – 3 down. However, the competitive and fighting spirit of the girls soon took over and they started to play some lovely netball. By the end of the third-quarter they had managed to take the lead and were winning 11 – 10. It still wasn’t over and was all to play for in the fourth-quarter. Ratcliffe were in fine form now and were playing some superb netball both in defence and attack, meaning Leicester Grammar could not get a hold back in the game. The final score was a fantastic 15 – 13 win to Ratcliffe.  This was a whole team effort and an excellent display, so all players are awarded Player of the Match. Well done.


On Saturday the U13B team lost 9 – 1 in a tough fixture against Loughborough. The girls again worked hard, but struggled to turn defence in to attack. Player of the Match goes to Ru Tsatsa, who read the game well and played excellently in the defence.

Mid-week the U13B team faced Leicester Grammar where Molly Edwards, Holly Bown and Ellie Bullock had their best games of the season. The whole team’s tenacity was excellent and they thoroughly deserved their 7 – 4 win.


The U12 A team faced a tough match against Loughborough at the weekend. Ratcliffe held their own in the first-quarter and Loughborough only led by 2 goals! The girls continued to work hard, but unfortunately Loughborough began to get on top. There was some excellent play by Sofia Henderson, Layla Bott and Mia Atkinson. After a good season, with the girls improving their skills and knowledge of the game, the girls were unlucky to lose in their last match at Loughborough. The Player of the Match goes to the whole team, for an excellent season.

Mid-week the U12A team had a match against Leicester Grammar. The girls looked highly focused in the warm-up and were ready for the game to get underway. After a previous encounter, we knew that it was going to be a tough game, and after the first-quarter Ratcliffe found themselves behind, after a hard working start. In the next few quarters the girls continued to battle on and never gave up hope; there was some excellent play by the defence, who were unlucky in the fact the Leicester Grammar shooter never missed a chance. The Player of the Match goes to Liyah Pinsent-Heskey.

Sorcha Grant,
Girls’ Sports Captain.

Swimming Gala

On Monday 31st March Ratcliffe’s junior swim squad took part in a gala against Leicester Grammar Junior School. Ratcliffe fielded several younger swimmers who were representing the college for the first time.

The competition was tough but Ratcliffe managed to keep battling with some extremely close finishes. Special mentions go to Avani Gupta, Thomas Leite, Wilson Lee and Rajen Gupta who all achieved individual first places. Despite an excellent standard of swimming, Leicester proved a little too strong and they went on to narrowly win the gala. Well done to all swimmers who took part.

Junior Reports

On Saturday it was the Ratcliffe College Netball Festival with teams taking part from many schools in the area. On a lovely sunny day we saw some amazing netball with all the teams putting in 110% effort. There were some very close matches and some fantastic team work. Ratcliffe entered a number of teams made up of year 5 and 6 players and they all did extremely well. The standard of netball from every player was exceptionally high and there were some very competitive matches between the Ratcliffe teams. The festival cup winners were the Ratcliffe Diamonds who just beat the Ratcliffe Sapphires in the final; both teams had been unbeaten throughout the festival before the final. The Ratcliffe Rubies won the shield competition in which the Ratcliffe Gems competed and finished as one of the runners up having played really well all day.

All the players had a fantastic day of netball and thank you to the coaches who kept them all motivated throughout the festival.

It was an excellent way to end the netball season and would all the players who took part please stand for a well-deserved round of applause.