Sports Reports – Monday 8th June 2015

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Area Athletics
On Thursday 4th June, 47 Students attended the Area Athletics Championships at Meres Athletics Stadium. All the students should be commended for their excellent attitude and conduct throughout the day. There were so many impressive performances, as a result of which a large number of students have qualified for the County Athletics Championships on Saturday 13th June. This was our best set of results and qualifications, even surpassing last year’s excellent results.

In the U13 age category, Dalila Watson won the 100m, Ellie Gallacher won the discus and Mimi Khan won the shot put. The boys also put in some excellent performances at this age group with, Sam Seidhu winning the 100m, Connor Foster winning the 200m, Owen Lloyd winning the 1500m and Connor, Owen, Sam and Tom Page winning the 4 x 100m relay.

In the U15 age category, Niamh Noble came 3rd in the 100m, Emily Grimmett won the 200m with Isobel Coombs coming 3rd. Molly Edwards won the 800m, Isobel Pullen also won the high jump, while Mia Atkinson won the 1500m, beating all the other competitors by nearly a lap.  Emily, Isobel, Molly and Olivia Carpenter also won the 4 x 100m relay. In the U15 boys, Henry Wells came 2nd in the 100m, Will Westwood finished 3rd in the 200m, James Berns won the discus, Harry Culpin won the high jump and Bishnu Thapa won the shot put.

In the U17 age category, Georgia Holt won the 200m and came 2nd in the 100m, while Paul Beauchataud finished 2nd in the 200m. Ganesh Thapa finished 1st in the discus and Daniyal Omarove came 1st in the shot put.

All these students have qualified to represent North East Leicestershire at the County Championships.

There were also a number of other girls and boys who did extremely well but just failed to qualify for the County Athletics. Overall an outstanding achievement by all those who attended and we look forward to seeing how they get on next Saturday.

Congratulations to Oliver Welch who has been selected to play for Leicestershire U13 against Lancashire this week.

13-year old Elliot Fawdington (Year 9) became one of the youngest juniors to qualify for the England Youth Fly Fishing Team by finishing in the top 10 anglers at the 2015 National English Youth Fly Fishing competition held at Grafham Water on Sunday 24th  May. Elliot will now begin an intensive year of coaching and training with the England team before getting his first England Cap against Scotland, Wales and Ireland in Ireland during the summer of 2016.

Well done to Molly Edwards who has been selected to attend the U15 JRPC hockey sessions.

Girls’ Tennis
The tennis teams faced some very tough club players in their match against King’s Warwick , but credit must go to the U15A team who battled hard and tactically for their 3 – 1 win. Kate Tyszka and Eleanor Shaw won both their matches and there were some long rallies and excellent vollies. The U15B lost narrowly by 1 service break but the U13 lost to very strong pairings.

Rounders, U14
The U14 team lost 18 rounders to 10 1/2 this weekend. Sarah Curnick and Alicia Boothroyd received Players of the Match for their consistent batting and gutsy runs. They also both played exceptionally well while fielding; picking up some tough balls and stopping a number of rounders. This was an advantage to the team as the opposition consisted of a number of very strong batters. Niamh Noble, Megha Patel and Ceri Graham also batted very well and also picked up a number of balls efficiently.

Ratcliffe U13s won the toss and decided to field first; however, they were slow to start and missed a few balls, while also getting out for a low score. In the second fielding innings for Ratcliffe, the girls fielded much better, but going in to bat they were chasing a tough total. The girls batted well scoring 10 ½ rounders, unfortunately not enough to beat King’s High Warwick, losing 21 – 11 1/2. Kate Woodhouse, Liyah Pinsent-Heskey and Sharmel Yapa received Player of the Match for their excellent batting and fielding in the second innings.

U12/13 B
The U12/13B teams were fairly evenly matched against King’s High Warwick. Ratcliffe demonstrated excellent tactical knowledge in the field and when batting which gave them the winning edge. Fielding first, some excellent quick decision-making and some excellent catches meant we kept the home team to just 5 and 1/2 rounders. Joellen Gitau played excellently, supporting her field ensuring we did not give away cheap scores. When we went in to bat, excellent running from all the girls meant we built the score steadily with well-earned 1/2 rounders, giving us a 3 rounders advantage going into the second innings. In the second innings, we tightened up our fielding even further, with excellent work from Dalila Watson and Player of the Match Hannah Ball who prevented the opposition from scoring freely. King High scored 4 rounders in the second innings, meaning we needed just 1 and 1/2 to win. This allowed us to bat much more freely in the second innings, and Player of the Match Lucy Cadogen showed her batting skills, scoring excellent rounders to help us win the game 15 – 9 1/2. A great all-round performance, well done girls!

The U12A team played King’s High Warwick this week. After a week off the girls looked to continue their winning streak. Fielding first, the girls struggled with communication, costing them a few dropped balls. However, they managed to get 6 girls out and only let them score 7 rounders. They then faced a strong fielding side with them stopping Ratcliffe scoring many rounders. The score after the first innings was 7 – 3 to King’s High. The second innings started very well with determined attitudes from all the girls. They managed to get all the King’s girls out on ball 29. The girls then batted superbly, with Ellie Galacher and Aimee Cleminson taking no balls at the beginning of the innings and scoring rounders, giving the girls a fighting chance to stay in contention. The girls’ attitude was fantastic and they were unlucky to lose 14 1/2 to 11 rounders. Player of the Match was Aimee Cleminson.