Sports Reports – 3rd February 2014
Ratcliffe 1st XI bounced back from their disappointing defeat last week, with a hard fought 3 – 2 victory against a strong Kimbolton side. Both teams were evenly matched and played some great hockey in the first-half, but it was Ratcliffe who took the lead mid-way through with a well worked corner routine, that joint Player of the Match Joey Higham finished off calmly. Kimbolton then equalised right on the stroke of half-time, to keep things level at the break. Ratcliffe started the second-half strongly and played their best hockey of the game, and were rewarded with two goals to take a deserved 3 – 1 lead. Captain Dom Warne scored both, one from a penalty flick and the other from another well worked corner routine. Joint Player of the Match Jack Watson caused the Kimbolton side lots of problems down the right-hand side and created further chances, but the home side were unable to convert. As the game got scrappy, it was Kimbolton that finished the stronger, but Ratcliffe manage to hold on for a well-deserved victory. This performance earns them the ‘team of the week performance’ award.
The 2nd XI started slowly against Kimbolton and found themselves 2 – 0 down after only five minutes. After sorting out some basic tactical problems they showed a much greater level of performance after half-time and dominated large chunks of the match. Unfortunately, they again could not turn pressure into goals and lost the game 3 – 1.
The 3rd XI got their season off to a disappointing start with a loss to strong and well organised Kimbolton side. Only the guile and tenacity of goalkeeper, Toby Smith, kept the score-line down. There were some good passages of play and the defence showed great bravery in their resistance to the Kimbolton attack.
The U15s’ game saw Kimbolton open the scoring early on. However, Ratcliffe contested hard before half-time winning short corners but failing to convert. The second-half was much the same; however, Kimbolton converted two goals after a spell of fantastic hockey. Goalkeeper, Harry Redding, made some crucial saves winning him the Man of the Match, award where the final score was 3 – 0 to Kimbolton.
During the first-half, the U15Bs’ defence came under great pressure and had to defend a large number of penalty corners. Ratcliffe managed to keep the half-time score to just 2-0, with Joint Players of the Match Ganesh Thapa making a series of excellent saves and Finbarr Lloyd defending penalty corners strongly and effectively. Ratcliffe started the second-half excellently. Edward Cooper controlled the defence well, breaking down the Kimbolton attacks and allowing Ratcliffe to build their own. The hard work paid off as Finbarr set up Thomas Lowe for a first goal and then Thomas set up Finbarr for a second to bring the score back to 2 – 2. The unfaltering effort from the Ratcliffe team to balance the game began to take its toll. Kimbolton were able to exploit gaps that began to appear, scoring a further 2 to make the final score 4 – 2.
The U14s travelled to Kimbolton and started slowly. Unfortunately, this slow start resulted in two quick goals to the opposition. Ben Dexter and Jamie Lanyon intercepted a number of dangerous passes as Ratcliffe hung on until half-time. After the turn around, Charlie Hancock and Sam Bird found space out wide and upfront; unfortunately, they could not turn territory into goals. Man of the Match was Charlie Hancock who worked hard in space and caused the opposition problems in the second-half.
The U13s battled hard against a very strong Kimbolton team. They did well to hold the opposition to 1 – 0 down in the first-half with a very good defensive display and they were unlucky not to score with some good counter-attacking breaks. Tiredness in the second-half allowed Kimbolton to score three more well taken goals but the boys never gave up and worked hard right up to the final whistle. Men of the Match were Maciej Buczkowski for his excellent work in goal and Sebastian Cook for his good link play in attack.
The U13B team played away in a tough fixture against Kimbolton. The game was end to end from start to finish; however, Kimbolton had the luck and scored the first goal. Ratcliffe reacted well and created numerous chances in attack but unfortunately could not finish. The game ended 4 – 0 to Kimbolton with Players of the Match being Oliver Foulds and Arran Grant for their leadership and communication in defence
The U12s started this game brightly with a well-taken goal by Jonah Carroll. Kimbolton came back strong and scored two goals before half-time. A further two goals from Kimbolton meant a first defeat for the U12s, 4 – 1. Player of the Match went to Finn Matthews for some excellent saves.
Boys’ Sports Captain.
On Saturday Ratcliffe hosted the annual County Cross Country Championships in some very wet and muddy conditions, something that I’m told cross country runners love. Congratulations must go to all our students who competed, with Mia Atkinson (Year 7) and Alice Daniel (Year 11) both coming 2nd in their respective races, and both girls winning the overall titles as County Champions for the respective age groups. Other mentions must go to Emily Hollis (Year 12) who finished 4th , India Walker (Year 12) who finished 12th, Cameron Hart (Year 12) who finished 8th, Rob Bourne (Year 13) who finished 25th and Ed Grundy (Year 13) who finished 31st in their respective races.
Old Ratcliffian Sam Stabler (2010) became just the second athlete in history for the University of Lamar, Houston, Texas, to break the four-minute barrier in the mile run en route to claiming his first career university record in a phenomenal time of 3:59.33.
Girls’ Sports Captain.