14th January – Sports Reports
Ratcliffe 1st XI got their season off to a flying start with a comprehensive 8-1 win over at Derby Grammar. It was clear from the start that if Ratcliffe kept it simple and made the ball do the work, creating 2v1s all over the pitch, they would be too strong for their opposition. Derby did, however, look sharp on the counter-attack and had some gifted players. Derby’s threat was soon nullified and Matt Howard had a superb game marking their main danger man out of the game. The pleasing thing for all concerned in the Ratcliffe side was the quality of some of the goals, including several well worked passing goals and a stunning corner which was finished well by Fred Notman. Goal Scorers were Brad Parker (2), Fred Notman (2), Walter Yell, Dan Lewis, Dominic Warne and Tom Pawley. Player of the Match was Fred Notman with Will Hoare and Matt Howard a close joint second.
The U15s made a confident start to the season with a 7-0 victory over Derby Grammar. Goal scorers were Ben Pole and Seb Dewhirst with 2 goals each, Jack Watson and Tom Stephens with one each and Joey Higham and Rory Payne with half a goal each – they are still arguing over who got the last touch! Whilst the side played some attractive, flowing hockey there is a lot of work still to do with much tougher games ahead.
The U14s opened their season with a dominant display against Derby Grammar. With the lion’s share of possession Ratcliffe were able to dictate play and earn a 3-0 victory. Richard Ward, Harry Antil and Finley Butler combined well in the spine of the team, but Matthew Lewis picked up the Man of the Match for his constant threatening runs down the right wing.
Walter Yell, Boys’ Sports Captain.
The 1st netball team thoroughly deserved their 15-all draw against Leicester Grammar. Coming from behind in the second-half they battled hard with all the players attacking and defending well. Leicester had to work hard to earn the draw. Mrs Taylor says that I was vociferous throughout the match as well as being the main playmaker.
In the 2nd team match, neither team dominated the very competitive game until the last-quarter; the Ratcliffe team then stepped up their play and took control winning the last-quarter 6-1, to win overall 18-11. Player of the Match, Angharad Lloyd, played consistently throughout.
The U15A team started their first game of the season strongly, taking a 6-5 lead into the first break. The girls were flat in the second-quarter and cold weather seemed to be taking its toll as the link-up play in attack often broke down with dropped passes, while some excellent defensive work kept us within four goals. A much stronger whole team performance in the 3rd and 4th quarters, with some excellent shooting by Player of the Match Amelia Lallo, saw the girls bring it back to within a point. However, a late surge by Leicester Grammar saw them take the game 22-18.
The U15B team played some good defensive and attacking netball, but struggled to get the ball in the net, finally losing 9-3. They created lots of space and opportunities in the attacking third quarter through their build-up play from defence to attack. Players of the Match go to Poppy Williams and Eve Marshall.
The U14A team started the term with an excellent result against County Champions, Leicester Grammar. Ratcliffe started strongly and play was level after the first-quarter, but some scrappy play and thoughtless passing allowed Leicester to pull ahead at half-time. Credit must go to the whole team in the second-half; the girls defended with great determination, they settled into a calmer attacking rhythm and the shooters upped their game to finish the match with a winning score of 14 goals to 9. Players of the Match were Megan Vincent and Yasmin Gill for their excellent defending.
The U14B team played a promising first match of the term. They lost 14-7 after a shaky start but improved each quarter. Tight defending prevented goals from Leicester and our strong shooters allowed us to score most times the ball entered the D. There were some fantastic runs of play transferring the ball from one end to the other. The Player of the Match goes to Olivia Latham for the difference she made to the game play.
Congratulations to Olivia Gilchrist who played for the U16 Leicestershire County netball team in a County tournament at Loughborough University on Saturday, against all of the other teams from the East Midlands (8 teams in total). The Leicestershire team played brilliantly and have qualified for the next stage of the tournament (March), to hopefully go on to represent the region.
Rebecca Taylor, Girls’ Sports Captain.