Sports Reports – 3rd December
The 1st XV came off second best away at Wrekin on Saturday. After a
strong defensive first-half, Wrekin scored with a fortunate intercepted try that meant the boys were left playing catch up. Harrison Jones put in some big hits and
this was supported with good ground work from Jacob Coleman and James
Richardson who scored yet again late on. Man of the Match went to William Hoare who made some very crucial tackles and also made the most of the limited opportunities with ball in hand.
The 2nd XV came up against a well organised and combative Wrekin side on Saturday losing 27-5. Some well taken tries by the home side saw them rush to a 17-0 lead at half-time. The second-half was a much more evenly contested game with much of the play in the midfield with neither side giving way. Two further well taken tries by Wrekin frustrated the Ratcliffe boys who had improved considerably. Some well worked line outs from Ratcliffe saw many hard yards gained and ultimately a catch and drive from the five metres gave the boys some consolation with a try from James Marsh.
The U15 team bounced back from recent disappointments to defeat Wrekin 48-0. The forwards, in particular, took control of the game, with Finbarr Lloyd picking up Man of the Match for an excellent display in attack, whilst James Robinson also picked up a handful of tries.
On Saturday the 15B team beat Wrekin 53-0 in their final fixture of the year. The boys looked extremely motivated and this showed in their tremendous start. With tries throughout the first-half from both forwards and backs, at the break the score was 41-0. Try and Man of the match go to Bruno Killick who was making his debut and scored a well worked try, which was created by fly-half Josh Macqueen.
Against Wrekin, the U14s won a tightly contested game 27-12. Early possession saw Ratcliffe race into a 10-0 lead, however, Wrekin fought back to lead 12-10 with 10 minutes to play. Excellent pressure by the backs and some strong running by the forwards saw Ratcliffe run in three late tries and turn the game on its head. Ratcliffe try scorers were John Sommerville, Ganesh Thapa, Ben Dexter, Jack Vinall and Harry Brooks. Men of the Match were Ganesh Thapa and Harry Heaney.
The U13s lost 32-5 against St Paul’s with their boundless energy and enthusiasm for the game standing out. Unfortunately, at the moment their tackling ability is letting them down and not allowing a solid base to build from. Matthew Lindley scored a well worked try and Owen Somerville was named Man of the Match with an outstanding performance as hooker, winning the scrum battle and taking the game to the opposition at every opportunity.
The U12s had a convincing 57-7 win against St Paul’s. There were three tries each for Will Westwood and Billy Hull and two for Harry Culpin in a dominant display by the entire team. George Linnett was Man of the Match for his excellent all-round game.
William Hoare, Boys’ Sports Captain.
The 1st XI were again building on the hockey they played mid-week against Leicester Grammar with a 1-0 win against Northampton. Both halves were much the same with Ratcliffe having the majority of possession. Sorcha Grant as goalkeeper didn’t touch the ball all game, which shows how strong our defence were at clearing the ball and building play from defence into attack. Amelia Lallo had a great lifted ball saved by a fine goalkeeping performance with Molly Brooks playing some lovely balls into the D. All the girls looked to distribute the ball wide and to sticks, showing that their game is finally coming together. Players’ player goes to Roisin Sheehy, who never stopped communicating and working hard throughout. Coach’s player goes to Angharad Lloyd who defended and distributed the ball well.
Mid-week the 1st XI were much the stronger side in the first-half against Leicester Grammar, with Ellie Thomas nearly scoring but unluckily hitting the post. Leicester Grammar had much of the possession in the second-half, but the defence was solid with Sorcha Grant making some incredible saves to keep Ratcliffe in the game. Unfortunately, Leicester Grammar managed to score making the score 1-0 with 10 minutes to go. Ratcliffe had their fair share of chances but couldn’t find the back of the net with a very fine disciplined display, showing how good they could be. Players’ player goes to Sorcha for her display of fine goalkeeping and Coach’s player is awarded to the whole team!!!! Well done!!!
The U15s beat Northampton 6-0 putting together their best performance of the season, to run out emphatic winners. The game was won in the first-half, where Ratcliffe played some fantastic passing hockey, coupled with fantastic work rate off the ball. The girls switched the play beautifully down both sides, and Player of the Match Holly Blount was instrumental in a lot of the Ratcliffe goals. Individually Ratcliffe were very good, but as a unit they were even stronger. Goal scorers were Ella Schultze with a hat-trick, Olivia Gilchrist, Megan Vincent and Megan Gray with one apiece. Well done, girls.
Ratcliffe U14s played a crisp early morning fixture against Northampton High School on Saturday. After a hard fought first 10 minutes Ratcliffe established the lead after superb passing play led to an opportunity which was converted by Olivia Back. Northampton soon equalised but Ratcliffe rallied and dug deep to find a second goal before the half way point through Annie Bridgewater. Only late on in the second-half did Ratcliffe seal the win when Lucie Prusinski converted a loose save from the Northampton goal keeper. The girls showed some of the best hockey they have played all season, and with many of the side not feeling their best, to perform the way they did merits huge congratulations.
Following a very sluggish start the U13s quickly found themselves 1-0 down to a lively Northampton team. Fortunately goalkeeper Millie Smith was alert to the danger and made several excellent saves. Ratcliffe slowly ‘woke up’ and a well taken goal from Emily Grimmett, plus Sarah Astle’s first of the season, saw us turn around at half-time 2-1 up. Olivia Carpenter quickly extended the lead early in the second-half but then Ratcliffe went back to sleep allowing Northampton to set up a tense finish with a deserved second goal, the final score being a Ratcliffe 3-2 victory. Players of the Match were Millie Smith and Emily Grimmett.
The U12s thoroughly deserved their 2-0 win over a very competitive Northampton side. The girls created a lot of first-half chances but couldn’t finish them off, although they didn’t let this deter them. The girls were complimented on their use of the space on the pitch and both goals came from some superb attacking play. Liyah Pinsent-Heskey set up the first goal with a fabulous cross for Layla Bott to finish, whilst a cross from Sharmel Yapa, played on by Mia Atkinson, was again finished off well with a goal from Layla. Players of the Match were Layla, Mia and Sharmel for their dogged determination in attack.
Congratulation to Molly Edwards, Year 8, who competed in the Leicestershire County Trampolining Competition last Sunday, winning a Silver medal in the U13 class. Molly has also been selected in the Leicestershire County Girls U13 Hockey Academy. Well done.
Sorcha Grant, Girls’ Sports Captain.
All Year 5 girls had the opportunity to play in a match against Fairfield on Wednesday. For some of the girls this was the first time they had played for Ratcliffe College and so they were excited and nervous in equal measures. However, the girls settled quickly into a very disciplined performance. All girls held their positions very well, creating space to attack and restricting Fairfield’s space. Fairfield are a very strong side and Ratcliffe defended well to keep the score 0-0 until the last five minutes when Fairfield scored three quick goals to make the final score 3-0. Player of the Match was Erin Sommerville who defended excellently. Well done to all the girls for an excellent team performance.
On Wednesday 4th December, Ratcliffe Diamonds (U11) played a hockey match at home
to Fairfield. The team continued to improve in both their tackling and attacking play,
and everyone gave 100% effort on a very cold afternoon. The first-half was very even
and no goals were scored by either side. After the break, Fairfield came out very strongly
and scored 3 goals in an excellent period of play. Ratcliffe kept going forward right until the final whistle but were unable to get a goal. It was a tremendous effort by all the girls, and Player of the Match was awarded to Cleo Loizzo who was outstanding in goal and made several superb saves to prevent the excellent forwards of Fairfield scoring more goals. Well done to every member of the team.
By Aimee Cleminson (Sports Captain)