10th December – Sports Reports
Before sharing with you, the parents, the final sports report of the season, I would just like to say, on behalf of all the Games staff, a heartfelt thank you to all the parents, grandparents, siblings and friends of the College, for your fantastic support of Ratcliffe sport this season. It has been hugely appreciated by staff and students alike, lifting our spirits when needed, celebrating with us the many victories, and always come rain or shine! THANK YOU.
Mr Phil Gilchrist, Director of Sport.
John Cleveland College 15 – 12 Ratcliffe College
Tries – James Richardson x2
Conversions – Matt Howard
The 1st XVs’ final game of this term finished with an unfortunate loss away to John Cleveland College, with the opposition making a good job of starving Ratcliffe of possession. James Richardson scored up the hill at the end of the first-half to reward us for some hard defensive work. Ratcliffe won the second-half 5-7; however, it was not quite enough. Man of the Match went to Tom Allen who was setting an example at the breakdown with some big tackles.
The U15s sadly signed off the rugby season with a loss away to John Cleveland College. Playing in a quagmire suited the bigger, more physical JCC side and, despite working hard, Ratcliffe suffered a heavy loss. Men of the Match were Jamaal Pinsent-Heskey and Luke Gyesi-Appiah.
County Cup Rugby
Ratcliffe College 1st XV 17-5 Melton Vale 6FC
Tries – Matt Howard, Harry Jones, Dominic Warne.
Conversions – Matt Howard.
Ratcliffe College 1st XV 15 – 12 Welbeck D.S.F.C. 2nd XV
Tries – Harry Jackson 2.
Conversions – Matt Howard.
Penalties – Matt Howard.
The 1st XV continued a promising season with a nail-biting finish to their two County Cup fixtures at Welbeck College, on Wednesday afternoon. The first game proved to be something of a warm-up against a spirited but weak Melton Vale team. Three tries from outside backs Matt Howard, Dominic Warne and Harry Jones, entertained on-lookers who briefly took their hands out of their warm pockets to applaud. In the forwards, Rory Thorne was outstanding in defence and Tom Allen showed some good ball-carrying skills.
A win against Melton meant that the 1st XV were competing for a place in the County Cup knock-out stages against Welbeck 2nd XV. After a slow start, Captain Harry Jackson made two scintillating breaks to score in the same corner in consecutive minutes. Will Watts, growing into the 7 role, made tackle after tackle late on in the game but could not prevent Welbeck drawing level 12-12 with 2 minutes to play. Ratcliffe did not roll over, however, and an excellent restart saw Ratcliffe win back possession and force a penalty within what would normally be easy kicking distance. Matt Howard lined up his kick with the wind in his face. He calmly popped the kick over and simultaneously the full-time whistle was blown. Man of the Day went to Harry Jackson whose two scores were the difference in difficult conditions.
The 1st XV are now through to the quarter finals of the Cup and are desperately hoping for the opportunity to play against local rivals Loughborough Grammar School in the next round, should the draw be kind enough!!
Boys’ Sports Captain.
The 1st XI started their last game of the season slowly against Welbeck. A few near misses gave them the belief that they could control and win the game. The defence was strong and with a Player of the Match winning performance from Katherine Threadgold it gave licence to the two full-backs to push up and help dominate in the opponents’ half. With some excellent attacking play, with ever-improving movement off the ball, Ratcliffe began to open up the Welbeck defence. Although we did not take all our chances, Rosie Borrajo and Elinor Thomas each finished well to take the score to 2-0. With such an excellent and disciplined team effort, there was no way back for the opposition, and the victory was ensured!
The 2nd XI put in a fantastic performance against Welbeck. For everyone involved, it was their last game of the season and for some their last ever hockey game for Ratcliffe. Emotions were high but everyone was determined to win. The girls played some well organised hockey: passing the ball well, keeping possession and creating many chances. The goals were soon flying in; Sibella Chew struck twice from 2 well worked short corners. Ella Delargy scored her first of the season, Captain Amelia Power got the final touch on a well worked goal and Sarah Daniels scored to make the final score 5-0 with lots of happy and smiling faces. Player of the Game was Sarah Daniels.
The U15s completed what has been a frustrating season with a disappointing 3-1 defeat against a strong King Henry’s team. A very slow start saw Ratcliffe 2-0 down at half-time and despite rallying to play some good hockey in the second-half, we could not get back on equal terms. The team did manage to score the best goal of the game with a flowing move down the right wing and finished in style by Poppy Williams.
The U14 team finished their season on a high. Despite the 0-0 draw, they played their best match of the season, keeping their structure and setting up some fine goal-scoring chances. This was exceptionally pleasing to see and the improvement which the squad has made over the term has been fantastic. Players of the Match were Holly Blount, Charlotte Hull and Captain Katie Winston.
In the run up to this, the girls’ last 11 a-side game of the season, a series of excellent results filled the girls with confidence and expectations. Loughborough proved to be a tough opposition and the Ratcliffe girls had to soak up a lot of pressure. By half-time Loughborough had converted this pressure to take a 1-0 lead. The girls remained positive, having come spectacularly from behind in their previous fixture. The girls worked hard at the beginning of the second-half to implement tactical changes. This, however, was not sustained, the girls grew tired and the discipline and shape in the midfield and attack slipped, allowing Loughborough to double their lead. The defensive line of Bethany Pickup, Lara Addison, Beatrice Waters and Player of the Match Alex Offer maintained their discipline and worked extremely hard to prevent the score from overly flattering the visitors, with the final score being Loughborough 2 Ratcliffe 0.
This was the first opportunity the Year 7s have had to put their training into a game situation. It was evident that the training had paid off with some lovely hockey; however, the girls just could not score after the Loughborough keeper made some excellent saves. The final scores were 2-0 loss for the A team, Player of the Match Mollie Page, and a 4-0 loss for the B team with Isobel Barnard awarded Player of the Match.
Rebecca Taylor, Girls’ Sports Captain.