Sports Reports – 3rd March 2014

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1st XI

The 1st XI travelled to Worksop and lost 7 – 0 to a very strong side. The first-half was a very close affair and Ratcliffe played very well, creating numerous chances which they were unlucky not to convert. At the other end, Player of the Match, Matt Nutter made a string of fine saves. The turning point in the game was a 20-minute period at the start of the second-half where Ratcliffe switched off after conceding a poor second goal. The knock-on effect allowed a well organised Worksop side to punish them and put the game out of sight.

2nd XI

The 2nd XI played out an entertaining game against Worksop. The game was even for the vast majority of time but a purple patch in the middle of the game saw Worksop comfortably pull away, eventually winning 8-3. Declan McAuley was Man of the Match.


Traditionalists on the side-line were shocked to see a player sporting a pony tail in the U15 team playing against Worksop on Saturday, but Emma Milner thoroughly enjoyed her late call up and made a sound contribution. This was by far and away the best performance of the season as, despite an early Worksop goal following poor Ratcliffe play at the back, Ratcliffe dominated all aspects of the game. The work rate of the players was a pleasure to watch with several substitutions required for players to simply get their breath back. A penalty stroke from Fin Butler and 2 Joe Jarvis second-half finishes, resulted in an emphatic 3 – 1 victory. The whole team shared the Player of the Match award. This performance has earned them the team of the week award for the second time.


The U14s earned a 1 – 0 win in a scrappy game that should have been much easier. Ratcliffe had the majority of the possession at times but could not turn this into scoring opportunities. A better final pass or decision would have made the score more convincing and allowed for a more comfortable second-half. Man of the Match went to Harrison Grimmett for his work rate and tenacious tackling at the back.


The U13s played some excellent hockey to beat Worksop 3 – 1. Ratcliffe dominated possession, and their slick passing and moving created a number of goal scoring opportunities. Two well-taken goals in the first-half from Alex Purcell and Sebastian Cook gave the team a well-deserved half-time lead. Conceding a poor early goal in the second-half put the boys under pressure but anther Purcell goal towards the end guaranteed the team a well-deserved victory. Men of the Match were Callum Allsopp for his composure in the middle and Alex Purcell for his excellent all-round play.

County Hockey

Last Thursday, the U13 hockey team performed very well in the County tournament to finish runners-up in a very close final, losing the game on penalty flicks after a 1 – 1 final score. Earlier in the day the team had qualified well from the group stages to play old adversaries, Loughborough Grammar, in the semi-final. They played superb hockey to beat Loughborough 6 – 1 to reach the final, where the narrow loss on flicks was to Oakham after a hard fought battle. As runners-up they now qualify for the regional Midlands tournament where all the best schools from the Midlands will fight it out for a place in the National Cup. Alex Purcell had an excellent tournament as did Bishnu Thapa and James Berns who worked tirelessly up and down the flanks. Man of the Tournament was Sebastian Cook who, as well as scoring four goals, had many assists and he linked play very well from a forward position. All the team should be commended on their excellent efforts throughout.  We received a nice certificate from the Hockey Association.

HMC National Judo Championships

Fighting for the first time in the Under 16s’ category, Finbarr Lloyd, Year 10, acquitted himself very well in a field of 18.  He progressed through to the Bronze medal play off, unfortunately losing but being placed fourth overall.

William Hoare,
Boys’ Sports Captain.


1st VII

This was one of the better games played by the 1st team this term against a strong Kimbolton side. The score of 18 – 33 did not do the team justice as they frustrated the opposition’s shooters with their tight defence, especially from Player of the Match, Olivia Gilchrist, who was making her 1st team debut. The centre-court players had to work extremely hard to feed the ball into the shooters who hardly missed a shot despite being marked by two 6-foot defenders with very long arms.

2nd VII

The 2nd team had an excellent first-half going in 2 goals down, but further injuries in the second-half caused disruption to the flow of the game, with a final score of 26 – 14 to Kimbolton. Player of the Match was awarded to Angharad Lloyd.


The U15A team came up against very tough opposition. Kimbolton were dominant across the court and won 27 – 4, although Kimbolton’s coach commented that the score did not reflect the quality of Ratcliffe’s performance. Throughout the game, the girls battled hard to keep playing good netball and worked hard in both circles to try to outwit the opponents by varying their style of play. The three centre-court players of Yasmin Gill, Olivia Latham and Harriet Bridgwater were all awarded Player of the Match, as they all worked hard to turn defence into attack and all took some excellent interceptions. All girls should be congratulated on their performance.


The 15B team game started off scrappily as the players, some of whom had not represented the School before, took time to settle. It was a very even game but Kimbolton were ahead by 2 goals going into the last-quarter, but the determination of the Ratcliffe team was impressive as they drew the final-quarter, with the final score 14 – 12 to Kimbolton. A special mention must go to Ana Romaguera Castaner and Maria Marcote Feijoo who stepped in at the last minute having not played netball before they arrived last September.


The U14A team lost their first game of the season, 35 – 7, to an extremely tough Kimbolton side. It took a while for the girls to settle into the game and they lost the first-quarter 11 – 0.
The second-quarter saw some great interceptions and lovely feeds into the circle from Callista Tsatsa. Despite Beatrice Waters and Hannah Grinham putting up some excellent shots, Kimbolton’s defence was limiting Ratcliffe’s opportunities and the girls trailed 20 – 4 at half-time. Ratcliffe did not let the score deter them and, in the third-quarter, Georgia Holt and Natasha Walsh upped the pressure on Kimbolton’s attack, making some excellent interceptions and limiting their scoring chances. Unfortunately, Ratcliffe lost the third-quarter 26 – 5. The girls should be very proud of themselves; they cannot be faulted for their unfailing effort and determination to keep possession and turnover play. Players of the Match are awarded to Annie Bridgwater and Isabelle Duckett for a positive attitude throughout which reflected in their game play, while Kimbolton awarded their Player of the Match to Callista Tsatsa.


The U14B team played a close game against a strong Kimbolton team. A poor start meant Ratcliffe were losing after the first-quarter, but an increase in speed and appetite meant that they closed the gap as the match went on. Unfortunately, despite some excellent defending from Alex Offer and Isobel Thomas, it was not enough to stop Kimbolton winning 25 – 17. Player of the Match was Nicole Wong for some excellent shooting.


The U13B team played a hard-fought match, coming out eventual 9 – 6 winners on a beautiful sunny morning. The girls maintained a tight defence with excellent play in particular from Player of the Match Ru Tsatsa. The whole team should be pleased with their attitude and can take lots of positives forward to future matches.


The U12A team faced a strong Kimbolton team. Kimbolton managed to snatch a 2 – 0 lead in the first-quarter, and this was extended to 5 – 2 at half-time with some excellent shooting. Ratcliffe had great enthusiasm and were determined to fight back in the last two-quarters and, with a nervous last few minutes, they managed to secure a 7 all draw. Player of the Match goes to
Holly Vinall.


This was an excellent 16 – 1 win for the Ratcliffe girls. The girls played extremely well for the entire game, using the whole court and displaying skills that belied their B team status. Bo Henderson and Ella-Sophia Northover-Calabrese were chosen by Kimbolton as Players of the Match, with special mentions to Elle Hall and Sharmel Yapa who won nearly every ball that came their way. This performance earns the team the performance of the week award.

County Netball Tournament

The U13s came 3rd in their County Tournament group on Saturday. The girls started strong and won their first 2 matches. However, they came up against eventual winners, Loughborough High, and a well-structured Sir John North side, narrowly losing to both. There was some excellent netball played, with some brilliant interceptions and turnover play. Player of the Tournament goes to Emily Grimmett who played with great composure.


The National Cross Country Championships were held in Nottingham last weekend, where Mia Atkinson (Year 7), Emily Hollis (Year 12) and Alice Daniel (Year 11) represented Charnwood.  Mia finished in 44th place to help the U13 team finish 5th, while Alice and Emily finished in 19 and 108 place respectively, helping the U17 team to 3rd place and a bronze medal. Congratulations must go to them all for their superb efforts.

Sorcha Grant,
Girls’ Sports Captain.

Junior Sport

Boys’ Hockey

The Ratcliffe U11 boys’ hockey team played against Fairfield on Wednesday 5th March. Two goals were scored for Ratcliffe in the first-half, both goals by Finley Back.

In the second-half, Alex Tyszka scored the third goal and finally Fairfield managed to score a goal back.  An excellent 3-1 win for Ratcliffe.

Girls’ Hockey

On Wednesday 5th March, Ratcliffe U11 diamond girls played in a hockey tournament against Fairfield, Leicester Grammar and Dixie Grammar.  The girls tackled triumphantly and continue to improve their skills.

There was some great defending by Annabel Mills, Emily McBallantine and Cleo Loizzo, and some great passing by Aimee Cleminson, Becky Lindley, Emma Turner and India Clark.

Finally we had a great win against Dixie Grammar, and came 3rd overall.

Goal scorers were Aimee and Becky, and Teachers’ Player was awarded to everyone. Players’ Player was Emily Wetton for amazing goalkeeping.