Sports report 2nd April
The 1st and 2nd tennis teams played their opening fixture against a strong Worksop team. All seeds played well, picking up valuable games towards our total score. The 1st seeded pair of Rebecca and Sarah Astill won all 5 of their games at a canter, but we struggled with consistency across the other pairs. Bea Waters and Nicole Wong had the game of the day, with an excellent 4 – 3 victory in a closely fought game. Despite some excellent play from all the girls, Worksop were more clinical and won the match 17 – 8. Players of Match were Rebecca and Sarah Astill.
The U15/U14 tennis team had an excellent 6 – 3 win over Worksop. From the outset the three pairs worked hard to move their opponents around the court, using the space and angles to good effect. Captain, Abigail Santaney and partner, Rachel Astill won all three of their matches comfortably using a good range of shots and putting away some good volleys. Annabel Mills and Samantha Seidu gelled well as a pair as did Lucy Antill and Emily McBallantine. All four of them played consistently despite the short practice time they have had this week.
The first game of the season for the U13 girls was against Formarke Hall, and although a little nervous they were excited to play. The girls were in the field first and managed to make some good decisions and catches to restrict Formarke’s total, with Formarke finishing on a total of seven rounders. In reply Ratcliffe scored some well worked rounders, however, Formarke were tight in the field and Ratcliffe finished on a total of six. At half-time the game was neck and neck with all to play for. Formarke hit the ball better in the second half and scored 9 ½ rounders. Ratcliffe knew that they had to take some risk to score the rounders required which they did, scoring some excellent rounders in their second innings. Player of the Match, Maddie Bryant, along with Elise Atkinson were left in with six balls remaining and hit and ran intelligently to bring Ratcliffe level. The game finished a draw 16 ½ – 16 ½ .
The U12A girls played against Foremarke Hall and as always the girls were excited for their first game of the season. Foremarke batted very well in the first innings, and at half-time were ahead 11 rounders to six. In the second innings Ratcliffe batted and fielded with more confidence; Isabella Illsley- Ridge scored a hat-trick of rounders in consecutive innings and several other girls also scored. There was some excellent fielding from Eleni Malhan and post play from Amelia Haggis. Unfortunately, there was only ½ rounder in it at the finish, with Foremarke Hall coming out on top 19 ½ to 19. Player of the Match goes to Eleni Malhan. Well played to all the girls for all their hard work.
Congratulations to Ellie Gallaher who qualified for the U16 National finals with Charnwood Sapphires Netball team, competing with the best clubs in the country. Ellie’s team finished 10th out of 18 which is an incredible achievement and the best the club have achieved.
Olivia Back played in three matches at the weekend, representing England Hockey U18s. The team played against a Welsh team that was made up of players from the Welsh U18′s, U21′s and U23′s national squads. They won all three matches 2 – 0, 7 – 1 and 2 – 1, Olivia had a great weekend and also scored one of the goals.
Jade and Brooke England competed in the Trailblazers show-jumping second round competitions. Both girls secured individual places in the Championships; Jade winning both of her classes in the pony section, and Brooke jumping double clear in both of her classes in the horse section.
Jade competed in the British Riding Club Winter Championships Intermediate Show-Jumping Competition for the Rearsby Lodge Junior Team; they were narrowly beaten and finished in second place after a very exciting third and final round jump off, with Jade’s scores counting towards the team total in every round. Jade has been very fortunate to compete in a fantastic team of four, who have been extremely consistent, winning the Winter Championship and being placed 3rd in the Summer Championship last year. They were commended by the organisers on their riding tactics and team spirit. Well done to both Girls.
Girls’ Sport Captain
The senior teams experienced a tough start to their season. The 1st team played a very strong MCC team on Thursday. They competed brilliantly until the final 10 overs of the game when sadly they lost a flurry of wickets and therefore the game. Jack Nightingale was Man of the Match following his excellent innings of 50 runs. On Saturday they scored 202 against King Henry VIII which looked defendable. Despite bowling and fielding well the opposition coasted to victory with two overs to spare. Jack Nightingale was again Man of the Match for his 82 runs.
The second team started the season with a tough game against Gateway College who simply scored too many runs for Ratcliffe to mount a serious challenge.
The junior sides fared better against King Henry’s. The U15 side began with a win in a closely contested game. King Henry’s batted first and were restricted to 94 with Kapil Soni the pick of the bowlers. The reply was a team contribution with Anuj Savani seeing the team home and claiming Man of the Match alongside Kapil Soni.
The U13 started their season with a 57 run win. Guy Heywood and Hugo Ziff opened strongly with Hugo going on to record a century and claim Man of the Match. Good bowling from the whole team including three wickets for Jacob Storey and two for Harran Mokha on debut saw the boys to victory.
The U12 side also won. They restricted the opposition to 77 thanks to Cameron Mulvihill, Tyler Black, Tristan Turner and Joe Atkinson bowling well. Cameron and Joe then did most of the work in response with Joe Atkinson picking up Man of the Match for his efforts.
The U14 Hockey Team travelled to Lee valley National Stadium to represent the school in the National Hockey Finals on Tuesday. The boys were among the best eight schools in the country at U14 level and this was highlighted by the standard of hockey on the day. The boys represented the school fantastically well finishing 3rd in their group after playing three very competitive matches meaning they just missed out on progressing onto the final games to compete for the title. In their first game they lost to an impressive Whitgift side 3 – 0. They then drew 2 – 2 against Felsted in their second game. Goal scorers were Finley Back and Owen Lloyd. Their final game saw them take on a very physical QEGS team and unfortunately lost
3 – 1. Owen Lloyd was once again on the scoresheet with the goal.
Well done to all the Boys who have once again been brilliant all season and it has been another memorable one.
After winning the Leicestershire Schools County Hockey tournament earlier in the year the U12s represented Leicestershire at the Midlands Schools finals on Friday 28th April 2017. Ratcliffe played Warwick in the first game and were comprehensively beaten 5 – 0 by a very strong Warwick team. Ratcliffe were up against Newcastle Under Lyme in the next game and they played some excellent hockey to win 3 – 0. The goal scorers were Harry Gamble and Cameron Mulvihill with two. Ratcliffe played their best hockey in the next game versus Church Stretton. The opposition goal keeper was outstanding and was able to halt the relentless Ratcliffe attacks. Despite the dominant display Ratcliffe were unable to get the ball past him and the final score was 0 – 0. As a result of the group games Ratcliffe finished runners up in their group and went on to play Solihull school in the semi-final. In a closely fought match the score line was 0 – 0 at half time but Solihull upped their game to score three second half goals to win the game and go onto the final. Ratcliffe therefore finished a very creditable equal third in the tournament. Men of the Tournament were George Binnie for his excellent defensive work and Sam Gray for his skilful all round play. Congratulations to the boys on an excellent season where they were undefeated in the regular season winning thirteen out of thirteen games and also performing admirably in the Midlands finals against some of the best hockey schools in the country.
Congratulations to Fin Noble, Niamh Noble and Jonathan Bellamy who all competed in the Public schools fencing and British youth championship qualifier competitions at the end of last term. In the Public school’s competition, Finn Noble came 9th out of 98 in the Mount-Haes epee, Jonathan Bellamy 12th out of 56 in the Boys Mount-Haes sabre and Niamh Noble 12th out of 50 in the Junior epee. In the British Youth qualifier, Finn Noble and Jonathan Bellamy both claimed silver and Niamh Noble Gold in their respective categories; all three will go through to the final in May.
Congratulations to Fred Jackson who has been selected for the England U14s Mounted games association Squad for the European Championships. He will have one final squad training session before the team of five is selected. This is an excellent achievement; to be in the top 12 in the country and particularly as he is the only rider to be selected in their first year of U14 level this year. The Mounted Games competitions require a great level of skills and physicality, competing in the Sport involves riders racing against each other demonstrating Speed, Accuracy and Horsemanship. Races are a mix of turns, intricate hand overs, equipment collections and placements, vaulting on and off the horses – and of course – all at a gallop
Ratcliffe mixed U14’s basketball team made their debut against Rawlins Academy, who prior to half-term had been crowned county champions. The test laid ahead of Ratcliffe was extremely difficult one, however, being Ratcliffe students they rose to the challenge. The matched opened with Rawlins on the front foot, scoring early baskets with their superior skills levels. Ratcliffe, however, were refusing to let the score take over, with baskets of their own and a few three pointers thrown in before the end of the first quarter. Going into the second and third quarter, Ratcliffe began to come into their own, with fine work rate by Hadia Hussain, Emeka Osuji and Juan Artero Munoz. Towards the end of the match, Thomas Leite and Terry Li put on the offensive pressure, with Owen Lloyd helping out. A very impressive first outing ended 71 – 36 to Rawlins, which given the circumstances the team should be very proud of.
Boys’ Sports Captain