12th November – Sports Reports

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12th November 2012


1st XV

The 1st XV had a productive week in training, benefitting from some world class coaching thanks to Neil Back and Old Ratcliffian Louis Deacon, with the effect clear for all to see in a 20-7 win. The boys pieced together the most organised and structured performance so far this season against a brutal Wisbech XV. Jack McPhillips, Matt Howard and Tom Furlong coped well with the opposition’s somewhat repetitive kicking game. Tom Allen, Tah Hosea and Tom Headley all contributed with strong performances in the forwards, and Harry Jackson was pleased to score his belated first try of the season. Walter Yell and James Head really controlled the game well, but Man of the Match was awarded to Nick Gillies who must have infuriated the opposition from start to finish, his crucial try also breaking the deadlock at 0-0 early in the first-half.

2nd XV

It was a fairly even first-half with Ratcliffe dominating possession but neither making any gain in ground nor capitalising on percentage of ball. Silly mistakes at the breakdown, which was consistently slowed down by the opposition, showed that work is needed on clearing out at the ruck. The side was playing well as individuals, however, but trying to do too much too soon and virtually trying to score off first-phase ball! The scrums were solid and the line out effective, with Dick Wong making a nuisance of himself and getting through a lot of work at the set piece. Harry Baum was outstanding in attack and made some hard yards, often breaking out of the tackle but omitting that last link pass or offload to allow the side to capitalise on his gains. However, this did come through and Harry was to hop, skip and run to the line from the 10 metre point just before half-time. Joe Gerighty was to convert leaving it 7-0 at half- time.

The instructions at half-time were for a quick, clean ball to be obtained from the ruck and simple hard lines to be run from the backs. Tom Rolfe was excellent and ran in two tries after good work from Bradley Parker on the wing and Harry Jones creating havoc in midfield. Killian Kirkpatrick, who joined the match in the second-half, ran in a try from the half-way line and will look for a start in coming weeks!

All in all, it was a pleasing end to the afternoon. Discipline and organisation will be required, along with far more effective work from all at ruck time. Standout performances from George Cooper, Harry Baum and James Marsh were eclipsed by the sheer work rate from Dick Wong.


The U15s recorded their third win of the week away at Wisbech. After an even start, the power of Radcliffe’s attack became too much for Wisbech. Billy Savory scored a hat-trick of tries and Niall Mcwhir picked up the Man of the Match in a 46-12 victory.


The U14s produced an excellent defensive display to defeat Wisbech 31-19. Ratcliffe were trailing at half-time 12-10 and then conceded an early try in the second-half to fall further behind. However, Billy Kaul finished two well worked tries late on. Luke Gyesi-Appiah (scoring 2) and Sam Kaul were the other Ratcliffe try scorers. Richard Ward also converted three tries.


The U13s continued their impressive season with a convincing 36-19 win against Wisbech. The forwards dominated the game, running hard and rucking and off-loading well. Harrison Grimmet had a strong game and John Sommerville was Man of the Match for an excellent all- round performance.


The U12s lost against a very tough and physical Wisbech side. The muddy conditions helped Wisbech to break through the line but Ratcliffe battled on to the end and were rewarded with two tries from Alex Purcell and Man of the Match, James Berns.

County Cup Rugby

The U15 returned two impressive victories in the county cup. Firstly, Loughborough were dispatched 35-0, followed by a comprehensive 48-0 victory over De lisle. The victories were again built upon a solid set-piece at line-out and scrum.

Walter Yell, Boys’ Sports Captain.


1st XI

Ratcliffe took a very inexperienced side to Denstone and with very little preparation time found the going tough. They unfortunately came up against once again a very strong Denstone side with a lot of international experience. Although they battled hard they were always up against it, but credit to the girls for never letting their heads drop. Players of the Match were Angharad Lloyd and Katherine Threadgold.


A poor first 20 minutes proved very costly to the Under 15s who found themselves 3-0 down. Although the team fought back with a well taken goal by Molly Brooks, a sloppy goal conceded just before half-time saw Denstone back in control. Ratcliffe produced their best hockey of the season in the second-half, more than matching the strong Denstone team but a goal from Chloe Flowers was the only reward. The final score was Denstone 5 Ratcliffe 2.


The U15B team were slow to get going in the game and quickly conceded two goals. Ratcliffe created more chances and were unlucky not to beak the Denstone defence before half-time.  The hard work from the girls was rewarded when Lolode Mosaku finished well to bring the score to 2-1. The rest of the game was evenly matched and proved to be an exciting battle; however, it was Denstone that took their chances to win the game 4-1.


The U14s played their best hockey of the season in their 4-0 loss to Denstone.  Denstone twice capitalised on Radcliffe’s loss of focus and structure to score twice in each half. This was disappointing considering the end-to-end play for the majority of the game. The team should take confidence from this improvement in performance. Players of the Match were Captain, Katie Winston and Yasmin Gill.


The U13 team’s lack of pitch time really showed during the first-half of the game. Denstone scored two early goals and the girls then struggled to find their feet in the game, conceding three more before half-time. During the second-half, the girls showed better commitment and desire and managed to break through the Denstone defence and began to create more scoring opportunities. Denstone, however, continued to dominate and won the game comfortably in the end.  Player of the Match was Jess Neuberg.


The U12s Lost 3-0 in a game that they played well but were unable to convert their chances into goals. Denstone came out on top in the second-half, scoring three well worked goals. Player of the Match was Izzy Hose.

County Cross Country

On Saturday, 6 students took part in the Leicestershire Cross Country League fixture at Lutterworth College. On a tough and particularly muddy course, all students performed admirably.

Cameron Hart (6th Intermediate Boys) and Emily Hollis (7th Intermediate Girls) both achieved top ten performances in extremely competitive fields.

Ratcliffe Results:

Junior Boys: Intermediate Boys:
Peter Cotter – 58th Tom Chandler – 20th
Cameron Hart – 6th
Intermediate Girls: Senior Boys:
Emily Hollis – 7th Will Rigby – 20th
Alice Daniel – 16th

County Netball Tournament

The senior netball squad performed admirably in their county netball tournament winning one and losing three matches. With only two of last year’s team playing and others playing in different positions, there has been much to work on this term and the tournament gave them much needed match-play in preparation for next term. The girls played really well, giving all of their opposition much to think about. All of the squad deserve praise but special mentions must go to Rose Borrajo and Anna Thorley.

Rebecca Taylor, Girls’ Sports Captain.