Sports Reports – 3rd October 2013

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Senior Sport


1st XV

The 1st XV put together a well-structured and professional performance against Birkdale last Saturday with a 24-3 win. With no 2nd XV fixtures, a number of players were given the opportunity to show what they could do. Ratcliffe made early pressure pay, when Dominic Warne struck home a 10th minute penalty to make the score 3-0. Then some excellent possession and a wide break by Josh Breen and Will Hoare set up Vice-captain, James Richardson, for the first of his two tries. After half-time, Josh Breen himself crossed in the corner after some quick ball was released by James Head and then Dominic Warne. Joe Unwin was the pick of the debutants as he made metres and was unlucky not to score. The final try, finishing off the opposition, was converted close to the posts. Ratcliffe withheld a late drive by Birkdale, with Rory Thorne nullifying their attack with a massive tackle. Man of the Match could have gone to many, but Ben Latham is fast earning himself a reputation for his hard work that is honestly less than glamorous but extremely effective.


The U15s continued their unbeaten season with a hard-fought win over Birkdale. After Ratcliffe raced into a half-time lead, Birkdale came back strongly in the second-half. Ratcliffe matched their efforts, however, and won 41-19, with James Robinson putting in a devastating Man of the Match performance.


The U14s maintained their unbeaten start to the season with a comfortable 41-7 win over Birkdale. Jamie Lanyon had another strong game for Ratcliffe scoring three tries. Men of the Match were Micah Pinsent-Heskey, for his all-round gameplay, and Harry Brooks, for his work at the breakdown.


The U13s entertained a strong Samworth side mid-week last week, which could arguably be classed as the game of the season. The game started evenly, with Birkdale keen to move the ball into the wider channels and Ratcliffe preferring to attack down the middle of the pitch. Two first-half tries from Samworth, the latter being converted, left Ratcliffe 12-0 down at half-time in what was a very even first-half of rugby. A fantastic start to the second-half meant the score was 13-12 to Ratcliffe, following some strong running from James Berns and some brilliant goal kicking from George Morgan-Jones. Samworth fought back with a try in what all spectators thought was the final attack of the game; however, a stunning try immediately followed, meaning Ratcliffe were 18-17 up at the final whistle. Man of the Match went to James Berns for his crucial tries and overall impact on the game.

After a large defeat last year, Ratcliffe were out to restore some honour against Birkdale, eventually losing 17-10. A panicky kick out and a cruel bounce led to the first try to Birkdale and Ratcliffe found themselves 7-0 down at half-time. All Ratcliffe had to do was believe they could win and carry on from the first-half performance with commitment and effort. Unfortunately, after being camped in Birkdale’s 22 for a sustained period of time, Ratcliffe couldn’t score and only had a disallowed try from Luke Chilton to show for their efforts. Birkdale then scored two quick tries to put Ratcliffe on the back foot. George Morgan-Jones kicked a penalty and from then on it was all Ratcliffe with Man of the Match Luke Chilton diving over from short range. George Morgan-Jones converted and Birkdale were relieved when the final whistle was blown. Final score 17-10.


The U12s produced an excellent performance against Samworth Academy mid-week last week. With a number of boys not playing, it gave others an opportunity to show what they can do,
and that’s exactly what they did. Ratcliffe took control of the game from the first whistle, pushing the opposition back to their try line. Harry Best got the first try with a quick break from the breakdown. A further try was scored by Tom Binnie, just before the try of the match from Joseph Evenden, who finished off a move that went from one side of the pitch to the other, with a number of well worked off-loads on the way. In the second-half, there was a score for Oliver Jackson before a great solo effort from Matthew Elton finished the scoring. The final score was a 31-0 win for Ratcliffe. Man of the Match was George Linnett for his tireless work at the breakdown, allowing quick ball for the backs.

The U12s started slowly last Saturday against a powerful Birkdale team and went two tries down early in the game. It was always tough playing up a steep hill, but a good move at the end of the first-half by William Hull put Will Westwood in the corner for a try to get them back into the game. In the second-half, despite spending long periods of time in the opposition’s half, Ratcliffe were unable to score and eventually ran out of steam as Birkdale scored again. Final score was a 27–5 loss, with Jo Collier Man of the Match for his excellent tackling and high work rate throughout the game


Congratulations to Tom Chandler who, in his first season, achieved 4th (overall) in the Mallory Park road racing league. Tom also broke a record set in 2006 in time trialling, which was held in Melton. Tom also qualified for the U16 national time trials in which he came 8th for the 15 year-olds and 19th in the country, out of 150 competitors.

William Hoare, Boys’ Sports Captain.



The 1st team struggled to get into first gear on a hot day and on a tough bouncy slow pitch, losing 1-0. Ratcliffe dominated possession but struggled to create chances in the D. Mount St Mary’s scored a well created breakaway goal to lead 1-0 at half-time. The girls picked up the intensity and began to battle back towards the end of the second-half, but left it too late
to score. Amelia Lallo was Player of the Match for some great attacking runs.

2nd & 3rd

The 2nd XI started the first-half the stronger team and dominated the first 15 minutes of play, creating many chances and taking a strong 3-0 lead into the half-time break. The 3rd XI began to create some good opportunities and really threatened the 2nd’s goal in the run up to half-time. The 3rds continued to work hard with their Player of the Match, Molly Brooks, dominating the midfield and creating two goals to bring it back to 3-2. The 3rds continued to look threatening but a well-disciplined performance from 2nds’ Players of the Match, Sibella Chew and Georgia Chilton, meant the 2nds held on to win 3-2.


Ratcliffe dominated from start to finish and thoroughly deserved their 1-0 win. Structurally, they held great formation and used the space beautifully to create opportunities. Ratcliffe took the lead just before half-time with Ella Schultze finishing off nicely on the rebound, from her own shot. The score should have been more with Olivia Gilchrist, Clover Jelly and Ella Schultze all having shots saved by the outstanding Mount goal keeper. Player of the Match was Ella Schultze.


Ratcliffe girls’ U14 side achieved their first victory of the season in impressive style with a 15-0 victory over Mount St Mary’s. The girls started strongly with their best hockey to date and soon took the lead. Dominating possession saw Ratcliffe being able to pass the ball much more than in previous games and goals often followed. A big well done to the girls, not just for the score line, but how they approached and played the game.


The U13s’ hockey team enjoyed a comprehensive 10-0 victory against a spirited Mount St Mary’s team. Player of the Match, Olivia Carpenter, scored 7 goals, defender turned centre forward, Jenna Poll, with 2 and Issie Hose. Hopefully the team appreciate that there are harder games ahead!


The U12s learnt from their 1-5 loss to Loughborough mid-week last week, as they moved the ball around the pitch much better in their 7-1 win over Mount St Mary’s. They spread the ball wide, giving them even more opportunities to score and several shots went just past the post. Players of the Match were Mia Atkinson and Liyah Pinsent-Heskey who took control in the midfield, setting up several of the goals. Goal scorers were Layla Bott with 4, Mia with 2 and Sharmel Yapa.

The U12B girls had their first game of the mid-week last week against a very strong Loughborough Grammar side. Despite a confident start with the girls working hard to maintain possession, Ratcliffe were down 3-0 at half-time. Although the girls demonstrated more coherent and organized attacking play in the second-half, with some excellent individual running from Jade England, Loughborough won 6-0. Player of the Match is awarded to Abigail Santaney for excellent defensive play throughout the match, disrupting the opposition’s attacks.


The U16 netball team thoroughly deserved their superb 24-19 win over Loughborough a week last Wednesday. Players from Years 10 and 11 combined into a strong unit. Defenders, Megan Vincent, Nima Patel and Chrissie Taylor used their newly learnt defence tactics to good effect, setting up some excellent counter attacks. The ball moved quickly through the mid-court to shooters Olivia Gilchrist and Charley Flowers who rarely missed. Players of the Match were Olivia, Megan and Nima. 


Congratulations to Milli Ellis who was part of the U16 Girls’ Team who were runners up in this summer’s Aegon junior leagues.


Congratulations to Alice Daniel (Year 11) who was part of the U17 women’s team from Charnwood Athletics Club which won the Midlands Road Relays on 21st September. Overall, Alice placed the 4th fastest time.

Well done to Alice Daniels and Mia Atkinson who both finished 1st in their county cross-country races last weekend.   Alice came 1st in the Intermediate Girls’ event.

Sorcha Grant, Girls’ Sports Captain.

Junior Sport

On 21st September, Ratcliffe College hosted their annual Football Festival.  Attending were 10 separate primary schools and an additional 4 teams from Ratcliffe Junior School.  The Cup competition was won by a Ratcliffe team, but all the children played an exciting brand of football.

The following festival reports were written by the team managers of our teams:

Ratcliffe Villa showed all the attributes of a brilliant 6-a-side football team early on. Their first two games were drawn 2-2 and 1-1 with some great passing play and stunning solo efforts to net the ball home. Villa kept a clean sheet in their third game of the day and managed to score twice, tasting their first victory of the Ratcliffe Cup Tournament. Narrowly missing out by a goal in their fourth game of the day, Villa met a strong side for their 5/6th place play-off game. Villa had their best performance of the day and were successful in coming fifth place after a 3-0 victory. A very successful and enjoyable day of football for players, parents and staff.

Ratcliffe Dynamo enjoyed a fun morning in their first football tournament of the year. Some great football was played throughout, in particular as a defensive team with standout player being Guy Heywood in goal who made some fantastic saves in all games. Over each game, the team worked together brilliantly and played some stunning football; unfortunately they didn’t manage to finish off the chances they created. The boys played their best football in their final group match against St Patricks, a highlight being a brilliant free kick from Anuj Savani which dipped over the wall but unfortunately just hit the post. Also Amy Mason put in a sterling performance throughout the tournament, and was not afraid of any competition she came against, making some brilliant tackles against predominantly boy opposition. On the whole, a brilliant performance from all of the team with a huge improvement made as the tournament progressed. Well Done!

Ratcliffe Athletic produced some stunning attacking football to win the Ratcliffe Cup for the first time. Lead superbly by Captain Finley Back, they finished with a record of 8 wins, 0 losses and
0 draws. They managed to score 29 goals while only conceding 1. The whole team gelled from the first game, passing the ball confidently, bringing others into play at the right time. The boys played some of their best football in the semi-final and final, against St Claire’s and Churchill School. They won these games 5-0 and 3-0 in the final.   It was nice to see new boys,
Ben McGuinn and James Turner getting in on the action early, scoring 7 goals between them. Leading goal scorer and Player of the Tournament for the Ratcliffe Athletic teams goes to
Finley Back, who scored 12 goals. A winning team is not successful without the unsung heroes, and all the other boys including Stanley Chell, Connor Foster, Owen Lloyd, Tom Page and Alex Tyszka all played their part. Well done. 

Despite losing their matches, Ratcliffe United fought bravely throughout, and the children enjoyed the experience of playing in the Festival. They certainly earned their medals for their collective efforts and for never losing heart. Indeed, their enthusiasm to play each game was only matched by their delight at eating lunch on the teacher’s table in the Ref! Ben Ashford,
Annie Rose Reddin and Xabier Zanotti made some excellent saves when they took their turn as goalkeeper. Ben Chilton, Xavier Henderson and Rajen Gupta worked tirelessly for the team in defence and midfield, while Wilson Lee and Dominic Goodman were unlucky not to score on several occasions.

The U10s played in the Foremarke Hall football tournament on Saturday 27th September, finishing up with winning the Plate competition. In the three groups’ game, the boys played very well with a record of one win, one draw and one loss. This took them into the Plate competition where they played and beat Grace Dieu on penalties. They then went on to play Foremarke Hall in the final, where they came from a goal down to win 2-1. There were some excellent performances on the day from Roman Carpenter, goal keeper, Guy Heywood, and top goal scorer, Louis Fletcher. Everybody played their part in the success and should be very proud.

In rugby, the under 11s played Fairfield School on Wednesday.  The match was well fought but unfortunately we returned with a loss of 5-1 to Fairfield.  Ratcliffe were strong in defence and Finley Back scored our only try.  Men of the Match were Alex Tyszka, Thomas Leite and Owen Lloyd for playing well in the scrum but overall the whole team played well.

By Thomas Leite.

The under 10s played Fairfield away on Wednesday.  In the first half, Ratcliffe battled strongly and got a head start 0-2.  Try scorers were Guy Heywood and Xabier Zannotti-Baranano.  In the second half, Fairfield stunned us by suddenly scoring three tries but we fought and fought until Guy Heywood found another gap in Fairfield’s defence; he sprinted and   equalized.  Following the try, Ratcliffe maintained a strong defence, then Xabier got an interception from Fairfield and scored.  The final score was 3-4 to Ratcliffe.  Man of the Match was shared between Guy Heywood and Xabier Zanotti-Baranano.  It was a great team performance and all the players have learned in just one month to work together as a team.

By Xabier Zanotti-Baranano

Ratcliffe U10 girls’ hockey team started very strongly against Highfields, with Annie Rose Reddin showing good creativity and vision in midfield and Annie Bridgwood scoring two goals to put us 2-1 up before half time. A good patch from Highfields saw them score 5 goals in 10 minutes, with Ratcliffe only managing to get a further 2 and so narrowly losing 4-5. Players of the match were Annie Rose Reddin and Annie Bridgwood.

Last week, The Ratcliffe Rubies team played in the triangular tournament against Leicester Grammar Junior School and Copthill. In the first match, Ratcliffe played well but in the second match, we played even better and were much stronger. All of the girls played with determination and player of the tournament was Isabella Mulvihill (6NG).

On Wednesday 2nd October, Ratcliffe’s under 11 diamonds team played Highfields Junior school.  The girls played really well and kept on trying the whole way through; they got better and better as the quarters went on and narrowly missed a couple of chances to score a goal.  However, some great tackling was seen by Mimi Khan and some great defending from Annabel Mills and Cleo Loizzo.  The final score was 5-0 to Highfields and player of the match went to Lucy Antill.

Well done to all the girls.

By Lucy Antill


Date Opposition Start Time Team VEnue Meet Time
Sat 5th Oct Mount St Marys 2:30pm 1st, 2nd XV, U15A, U15B 

U14, U13A, U13B, U12

Boys Rugby







Sat 5th Oct Lincoln Minster 




Loughborough Tournament












Girls Hockey








Tuesday 8th Oct County Tournament 1:30pm U18 County TournamentLeicester Grammar School

Girls Hockey

A 1:30pm
Thurs 10th Oct Oakham 2:45pm 1st, 2nd, 3rd XVBoys Rugby A 1:25pm
Fri 11th October County Tournament 12:30pm U14 XI 

Girls Hockey

A 12:30pm
Sat 12th October OPEN MORNING