Sports Reports – 6th October 2014

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Rugby, 1st XV
The 1st XV came up against stern opposition in Mount St Mary’s this weekend. The return of senior players gave hope for an improved performance; however, Mount were well drilled, organised and caused considerable problems for Ratcliffe at the breakdown. In what was ultimately a scrappy affair, Ratcliffe entered half-time three tries to one down after a kick and collect try from Lewis Lancaster. A well-taken catch and drive, again from the forwards, saw the solitary try from the home side in the second-half. It was a difficult day for the boys who struggled with further losses of key players at crucial times. The loss will hit the boys hard but they will certainly prepare effectively ahead the arrival of Oakham on Thursday.

The U15s remain unbeaten after a comprehensive ten try victory over Mount St Mary’s. The forwards were dominant throughout with Man of the Match Ben Dexter to the fore. The tries were shared around in an excellent team effort.

Mid-week the U14s progressed through to the County Cup knockout stages after two convincing victories. The first game against Winstanley was won 31 – 0 and the second against Soar Valley, was 38 – 0. Reece Goodman scored his first try in two seasons while Ellis Pole created a number of tries in both games.

On Saturday the U14s produced a superb defensive display to beat Mount St Mary’s 28 – 0. Rory Stoker and Alex Purcell both scored two tries, while Toby Snell and Henry Wells kicked two conversions apiece. Anthony Elumelu should also be congratulated for his excellent ball carrying in attack. Men of the Match were Matthew Lindley and James Burns for their hard work in defence.

Mid-week the U13s won two games out of two to win the group stages of the County Cup. A patchy performance against Winstanley led to a 24 – 10 win with Will Westwood and Harry Culpin scoring two tries each. The team played much better in the final in achieving a convincing 33 – 0 win against Soar Valley. Will Westwood was superb all tournament, scoring another three tries in the final and deservedly winning Player of the Tournament. The team have now qualified for the cup quarter-final knock out stage which will be played after half-term.

On Saturday the boys played some excellent rugby in the first-half against Mount St Mary’s, scoring three early tries through Will Westwood and Men of the Match Harry Culpin and Matt Elton. Mount came back into the game strongly in the second-half but further tries by Will and Harry sealed a convincing 45 – 17 win to Ratcliffe.

There was another solid victory, 50 – 0 for the U12s, making it six wins out of six. With lots of possession and opportunities to attack, they passed the ball down the line well; although sometimes guilty of unnecessarily taking the ball into contact, they scored some brilliant tries in the process, notably 2 excellent finishes from Ben McGuinn. Our scrummaging again was second to none but our defensive organisation around the breakdown must improve with the much tougher test of Loughborough Grammar just around the corner! Man of the Match was Connor Foster, scoring two excellent solo tries, displaying great athleticism together with finding the spaces in their defensive line, and his distribution from fly half was very good

Rory Thorne,
Boys’ Sports Captain.

Hockey, 1st / 2nd XI
A mixed senior squad travelled to play Lincoln Minster on Saturday in torrential weather conditions. Despite this and the fact that the game finished nil – nil, it was a very entertaining game. Both teams tried to pass the ball around the pitch looking for attacking opportunities and some better finishing from both sides would have seen a different score line. Player of the Match went to Katie Winston for her defensive effort while also trying to create opportunities in attack.

The U14s at last produced the standard of hockey of which we know they are capable, with a fine 5 – 0 victory against a spirited Lincoln Minster team. Mollie Paige scored her first hat-trick for the School and Eve Baxter scored her first goal. Niamh Noble finished off the scoring in what was a fine team performance. It was difficult to choose a Player of the Match with everyone putting in such a good performance but eventually this went to birthday girl, Mollie Page, for her 3 goals and India Beresford who controlled the second-half from centre-half.

The U13s beat Lincoln Minster 3 – 0 in a game where they created many chances. In the first-half, they worked the ball well to create space and many shots at goal but Lincoln Minster’s goalkeeper prevented us from taking the lead time and time again. Layla Bott finally made the breakthrough in the second-half, and later got a second with Mia Atkinson making it three. Sharmel Yapa was Player of the Match as her work rate was excellent. Well done to all the girls.

The U12A team are to be congratulated for playing 7 matches in atrocious weather on Saturday at the Loughborough Festival. An extremely tough Bedford A team beat them convincingly in the first game but the girls bounced back to win 1, lose 1 and draw a further 3 games to come 5th overall. Their play was good in patches but credit must go to the excellent defending pairing of Aimee Cleminson and Emily McBallantine who earned themselves Player of the Match.

U12 B
The U12B team beat a well organised Lincoln Minster A team 2 – 1. After going 1 – 0 down they managed to go in at half-time 1 – 1. Kadie Cowlishaw and Dalila Watson earned Players of the Match for Dalia’s excellent delivery of the ball out to the wings and Kadie for scoring 2 goals.

Hockey’s Future’s Cup
Congratulations to Olivia Back who has been selected for the Future’s Cup hockey squad.

Congratulations to Isobel Hose, Year 9, who has been selected for the Yorkshire and Humberside Regional Netball squad while Nicole Spencer has been selected for the Leicestershire County Academy.

Cross Country
Congratulations to Mia Atkinson and Alice Daniel who competed in the National road relays at the weekend.  Mia helped her team finish second, while Alice helped the women’s U17 team finish first overall.

Angharad Lloyd,
Girls’ Sports Captain.