Sports Reports – 9th March 2015

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Owen Lloyd, Year 7, playing in Beeston Hockey U12s’ First Team, competed in the Nottinghamshire County Hockey Championships on Sunday 8th March. He played in all 12 matches, winning all 12, scoring 21 goals along the way, to see his team win the tournament. Owen was also nominated Player of the Tournament and now goes through to play in the Midlands Championships in April.

Netball, 1st
The 1st team, despite missing key injured players, rose to the challenge in their match against QE who are through to the National Colleges finals. Player of the Match, Olivia Gilchrist, together with Adelaide Muskwe were formidable in defence and formed a strong defensive partnership with Nima Patel. Shooters Charley Flowers and Holly Blount, who returned to the shooting circle after several months in mid-court, kept the score to within 4 goals by half-time. The Ratcliffe team put even more pressure on themselves by some careless passing which was capitalised on by QE who built up a 9-goal lead going into the last session. Throwing caution to the wind, Mrs Taylor changed some positions around with Olivia Gilchrist reverting to her old position as shooter and the team began to close the score. With renewed effort and determination, coupled with QE making simple errors under pressure, the Ratcliffe score climbed and the team pushed on. Unfortunately, time was against them as the final whistle went with the score 21 – 22 to QE.

A mixed 2nd and 3rd team faced a Monday night home fixture against Our Lady’s Convent. The game started scrappily and fast paced, but owing to strong circle defence from Emma Taylor-Clark and Ellie Cooper Ratcliffe won the first-quarter 6 – 3. One change was made at quarter-time due to injury and saw Angharad Lloyd come on as Goal Defence. Ratcliffe steadied their game and were able to take advantage of the Convent’s errors, extending their lead further to lead 13 – 6 at half-time. Ratcliffe had a slow start to the third-quarter and made errors throughout the court causing them to only score 1 goal, ending the quarter 14 – 8. The final-quarter was an improvement for Ratcliffe with Yasmin Gill making interceptions in mid-court and Chloe Flowers picking up loose balls to give Becky Astill and Annabelle Tomlinson extra shooting opportunities.  Ratcliffe kept their composure throughout the final quarter to win the game 17 – 10. Coach’s Player of the Match was Annabelle Tomlinson owing to her calmness on court and vocal instructions to slow the game down. The Convent awarded their Player of the Match to Yasmin Gill.

The 2nd team had a resounding 36 – 2 win over Mount St Mary’s on Saturday with all players making significant contributions. As the score line suggests, our team was far superior in all aspects, but they are to be congratulated for maintaining a high standard of play. Excellent ball handling from Captain, Angharad Lloyd, along with strong defensive work from Ellie Cooper and Emma Taylor-Clarke gave Mount very few shooting opportunities. At the other end, shooters and Players of the Match, Mimi Lallo, Becky Astill and Charley Flowers were given great feeds from Chloe Flowers and Yasmin Gill and only a handful of shots were missed.

Following an end to end game the 2nd team drew 20 – 20 against QE. All girls gave 100% and should be so proud of their team efforts. Olivia Thompson received Player of the Match for her debut in the second team alongside her consistent shooting and brilliant movement in the attacking end. Following an injury early on in the game, Ellie Cooper stepped in to play Goal Shooter; her height and spot on shooting were a big advantage in the circle. Emma Taylor-Clark, Imogen Power and Angharad Lloyd worked tirelessly in defence pressuring the opposition and forcing errors.

The 3rd Girls Netball Team played a well-structured and strong game on Monday, beating the opposition decisively 28 – 8. Player of the Match was Greta McKean and the team, and their Captain, Annabelle Tomlinson, were commended by the oppositions umpire on their play, control of the game and leadership skills.

The 4th girls worked hard against a feisty QE team, working the ball up the court well to win 22 – 8. The defensive players made some important interceptions, converting defence to attack quickly. The link up of Wing Attack and Centre with the shooters was very smooth, with the shooters moving well and creating lots of space. Joint Players of the Match go to Millie Whowell and Jenny Hall, who both had fantastic games.

The U15A team played very well against Wellingborough in their mid-week fixture, winning convincingly 24 – 7. The girls attacked very well, working hard to put into practice the tactics we had worked on in training. In a game where they could have easily allowed themselves to lower their standard of play, they instead performed excellently. Olivia Back was awarded Player of the Match for her excellent performance in centre-court.

The U15B team put in a spectacular performance with a convincing 19 – 4 win over Wellingborough mid-week. Nicole Wong and Hannah Grinham worked tirelessly in the shooting circle producing some exceptional movement, constantly keeping the opposition on their toes. Georgia Holt, Niamh Delargy and Beth Pickup were a fierce trio denying space and making a number of interceptions in the defensive end of the court. All the girls had a very good game. Nicole Wong received Player of the Match for her outstanding shooting.

On Saturday the U15B team had an excellent game against Mount St Mary’s winning 19 – 9. Alex Offer and Lucie Prusinski dominated the centre-court excellently, dictating play at both ends. Isobel Thomas had an excellent game taking many interceptions. Beatrice Waters made sure we consolidated our possession with a superb performance at goal shooter and goal attack. The whole team performed excellently and they voted Lucie Prusinski and Beatrice Waters Players of the Match.

This was a nail-biting game with end to end action which could have gone either way, unfortunately finishing in a 21 – 17 loss. However, the girls played some outstanding netball with great interceptions and movement off the ball. This was the first game of netball for some of the girls and they should be proud of their performance. Player of the Match goes to Natalie Dawe whose movement and shooting was excellent.

A mixed U14 A and B team put in a solid performance with a convincing 12 – 2 win. Holly Bown and Jenna Pole received Players of the Match for their outstanding defending, resulting in a number of interceptions. Jenna demonstrated her exceptional ball handling skills taking a number of challenging feeds and interceptions. Mollie Page, Molly Edwards and Izzy Coombs demonstrated their diversity once again with some brilliant mid-court play. All girls applied the skills we have been working on over the past few weeks to put pressure on the opposition with varying defensive strategies.

The U12A team came up against an older mixed U13/14 team this Saturday. The girls made a slow start but by the last-quarter they were unstoppable, winning the game 20 – 2. The girls worked hard and listened well to feedback which they then used in the next quarters. They used space well and really worked on putting different aspects learnt during the week into practice. Becky Lindley worked hard on her debut in the A team and was awarded Player of the Match for her great attacking play around the circle, and also her defending when moving positions to Wing Defence. Dani Hendry was awarded Mount St Mary’s Player of the Match.

Representative Netball
Well done to Isobel Hose who was selected in the Yorkshire and Humberside Netball Regional Performance Squad who beat the Scottish U17 Development Squad 46 – 24 on Friday.

Congratulations to Emily Dunne who won 6 different awards at the Park Hill Golf Club presentation night last week.

Angharad Lloyd,
Girls’ Sports Captain.