26th November – Sports Reports
What a beautiful performance against King Henry’s, and not just Mr Langley’s singing to the squad after the game. Walter Yell made an outstanding start to the game with 4 tries in 12 minutes, the best of them from a James Head dummy.
The weather conditions were atrocious but Ratcliffe kept on attacking, Sam Bellamy linked well with outside runners on numerous occasions throughout the game. Matt Howard knocked over 6 conversions in tricky conditions and Nick Gillies and Tah Hosea signed off with a try a-piece before returning to the land down under. Tom Headley ruined the opposition line out and Harry Jackson was powerful with the ball in hand….but Man of the Match goes to Walter Yell.
We would all like to say a big thank you to Nick Gillies and Tah Hosea who now return back down under to continue their studies.
Ill-discipline cost the 2nd team the game against King Henry’s. Despite Ratcliffe scoring a good early try, poor work at the breakdown let Henry’s back into the game. Although we were the better all-round team, persistent mistakes left us unable to finish off our attacking opportunities. Men of the Match were Ollie Steer for his driving runs and Tom Roalfe for his excellent attacking play from full-back.
This game was called off owing to a water-logged pitch.
The U15B team had a superb game. The handling was excellent given the atrocious conditions and they ran away with the game in the second-half. Kasey Newby was Man of the Match for the way he controlled the back line, in a 42-26 win.
The U14s lost very narrowly in a closely fought contest. King Henry’s got to grips with the weather conditions in the second-half and were able to sneak in for the only try midway through the second-half. Good defence at the breakdown was epitomised by Man of the Match Aaron Walsh
The U13A team won 41-0. Ratcliffe were well in control of the game, using the big forwards to gain ground. Try scorers were Ganesh Thappa, Jamie Lanyon, John Sommerville, Ben Dexter, David Hippersley-Cox and Harrison Grimmett.
This was a very competitive and enjoyable game for the U13B team despite the weather. Philip Gyesi-Appiah scored both tries winning him Man of the Match. Other notable performances were Harry Palmer with some great tackling and Rian Mistry with a conversion. Final score was 36-14 to King Henry’s.
The U12s lost against a strong-running King Henry’s side. Clever awareness from Toby Snell helped James Berns crash over the line from close range. Men of the Match were James Berns and Matthew Lindley who showed the way in defence.
On Monday swimmers from the Junior squad teamed up with members of the Senior squad to make a combined team for another gala against Stoneygate School.
The standard of swimming continued to be high and in a very close meeting, there were some excellent performances from Ratcliffe swimmers. Special mentions must go to Isobel Hose, Nicole Spencer and Matthew Lindley who all picked up 1st places in their individual races. After a noisy and successful gala the final points were Stoneygate 122 points and Ratcliffe, the winners with 127 points.
Ratcliffe pupils competed in the Independent Schools Association Golf Competition this week. The matches were against Oakham and Rugby School, unfortunately both were lost. Players who competed were George Santaney, Jack Hancock, Mir Patel, Alex Jarvis and Carrick Anderson.
Walter Yell, Boys’ Sports Captain.
The 1st XI battled hard against a strong Oundle team, who had some well executed short corners, scoring 3 in quick concession. The second-half was much more even, but the Ratcliffe girls just struggled to maintain possession and were unlucky to concede another goal. The final score was 5-0, with Player of the Match Anna Thorley who was strong in both attack and defence.
The 2nd XI worked well in cold and rainy weather conditions. They were able to maintain possession in spells but were unfortunate not to score. There were some excellent individual displays; however, the team did not quite gel as usual. Players of the Match go to Captain Amelia Power who was constantly vocal on the pitch, making some excellent runs on and off the ball; and Lucy Skinner, who made some excellent clearances.
The U15s started their match very positively and quickly established a two-goal lead. Goals were scored through a powerfully struck short corner from Amelia Lallo and a well taken open field-goal from Emma Milner. Unfortunately, the side lost their rhythm in the second- half and did well to hold on to a 2-2 draw. This was possible through some fine saves from Imogen Power and resolute defending. Player of the Match was Louis Jones.
The U15Bs played a good match against Oundle, unfortunately losing 5-0. They used the break well to work out why they were struggling and definitely improved in the second-half. Players of the Match were Libby Jackson and Lauren Ball.
Despite losing 2-0, the U14s continue to improve week by week, defending like Trojans and forcing Oundle to transfer the ball around the pitch seeking space. Players of the Match, Katie Winston and Megan Vincent, dominated the centre of pitch as they helped the team keep their structure despite Oundle’s constant attacks. Goalkeeper, Olivia Walklett, did not look out of place in an older year group, dominating the goal and frustrating the Oundle attack.
This week the U13s came up against an aggressive Oundle team. The girls moved fantastically up and down the pitch and spent the vast majority of the game attacking. The girls used the aggressive nature of the game to their advantage, producing some great attacking plays. Callista Tsatsa was Player of the Match for using clever thinking to switch the ball and open up the pitch. Final score: a 4-2 win.
The U14s played mid-week in the County Netball Tournament, reaching the quarter-finals where they lost to Loughborough High School.
Rebecca Taylor, Girls’ Sports Captain.