Sports Report Monday 27th March

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Senior School 

Report as presented at Assembly on Monday 27th March 


2nd VII 

Ratcliffe’s 2nd team played their final netball match of the season against a very strong Loughborough High School team. The team started well, with positive play and few errors and ended the 1st quarter 4 – 10 down. A few changes were made at the break, which gave Ratcliffe more options in attack, with Katie Winston playing some lovely balls into shooters, Nicole Wong and Becky Astill. Ratcliffe immediately scored four on the bounce and brought the score to within two, with Isobel Thomas and Natasha Walsh putting excellent pressure on the opposing shooters, forcing errors from Loughborough. Ratcliffe came in at half-time, 12 – 20. Unfortunately, Loughborough High were too good in the 3rd and 4th quarters and they ran away with the game. The final score line of 15 – 51 really doesn’t reflect the speed, the determination and fight that the girls showed throughout the game. Well done, girls, for keeping your composure.


In their games against Quinton House and Loughborough High School, the U15 girls suffered heavy defeats. However, they did themselves proud, fighting hard to the end of both games. Ellie Hollinshead was excellent against Quinton House, finding great space and shooting very well. Liyah Pinsent-Heskey was again awarded Player of the Match, as she controlled the movement and play of Quinton’s attack. Ellie and Mia Baker provided great strength at either end of the court, and both hit their peak performance. Despite some excellent performances, Quinton House out classed us in the 3rd quarter to take the game away from us, as it eventually finished 8-19. We always knew the game against Loughborough would be tough, and illness and injury made it ever more challenging. But, once again, the girls stepped up and gave every play their full effort.

Bo Henderson led the defence and played excellently against a very accomplished Goal Attack. Bo was awarded Player of the Match along with Sharmel Yapa for their excellent work rate and play.


The U14A team had an extremely tough match against national finalists, Loughborough, losing 42 – 12. Loughborough took a strong lead in the first few minutes and so the pressure was on the Ratcliffe girls. Given certain strategies, they worked hard to close Loughborough down but the fast pace and accurate shooting took its toll. The girls have to be congratulated for never giving up and should be really proud of the close 4th quarter. Annabel Mills was Player of the Match for her tenacity in the circle.


This was a tough fixture to end the season against a sharp Loughborough team, the final result being 32 – 3 to Loughborough High. Credit must go to Ratcliffe who had a very much changed team and girls playing out of position; they never gave up. Joint Player of the Match, Sophie Brown, had a strong game in both defence and as shooter. Lucy Antill had a great game in the centre court and joint Player of Match, Isabella Mulvihill, playing out of position, made it hard work for GA, keeping her out of the circle.


On Monday, the U13A team successfully beat Leicester Grammar 17 – 15. Both teams fought extremely hard for victory which led to the game becoming more physical than usual. However, the girls stood their ground, slowing play down accordingly. Amy Mason and Elise Atkinson played extremely well, putting in some exceptional balls into the shooting circle. Player of the Match goes to Ella McNeeney, who supported the attack very well, ensuring that she was an appropriate option for every pass – her efforts could not go unnoticed. Well done to all the girls on another well-earned victory.

They should all be proud of their performance and the quality of their play on their narrow 18 – 13 loss to Loughborough High School, making it their first loss of the season. The girls fought extremely hard, but the high levels of fitness that the Loughborough girls possessed, showed in the end. The girls had to adopt a defensive game play approach which they all displayed well. Elise Atkinson used blocking very tactically, adding pressure onto the shooters. Similarly Jessica Elton showed excellent phases of marking through the centre court. In attack,

Annie Rose Reddin consistently supported her team, exerting excellent drives and reoffers for the ball. Player of the Match goes to Amelia Chapman, who got her hands to some crucial turnovers by effectively dictating her opponent’s space. Well played to all the girls.


The U13B team lost a tight game against Leicester Grammar mid-week with Daata Apiafa being awarded Player of the Match. On Saturday, they gave a solid performance against a well drilled Loughborough side. Despite not having the full regular team, with Year 7s playing up, the girls played some lovely, attacking netball, with good flowing play. Emily Curnick played very well at Goal Shooter, scoring nearly all of her shots. Daata Apiafi was again awarded Player of the Match as she was excellent in defence, taking many interceptions and frustrating the opposition. Despite the best efforts of the team, Loughborough were just too strong and we lost 20 – 3.


The U12A team faced a tough match against Loughborough High School. The girls worked very hard throughout the match, with some excellent defending from Shreya Mistry and Eleni Malhan. Ella Clark and Amelia Wells struggled to convert opportunities to goals, and the final score was 35 – 5 to Loughborough. Player of the Match goes to Eleni Malhan, for her hard work rate throughout the game.


On Saturday, the Ratcliffe equestrian team competed at the NSEA county qualifiers at Arena UK in Grantham. We had a very good turnout, with teams in every class, and some riders also riding as individuals where teams were full. The competition was open to schools from different counties, with the 1st placed team and individual in Leicestershire going forward to the championships in April as the Leicestershire County Champion.

Jade England pictured here 

In the dressage section, we were the only school to manage to enter a full team, so won this. The team of Annie Bridgwood, Olivia Crawley, Jade England and Brooke England did well, qualifying as a team for the County Championships in April, with Annie placed 4th individually, and Brooke 6th. Our 70cm show jumping team of Connie Mensley, Georgie Daynes, Olivia Crawley and Tilly Miles were placed 3rd in the team section. Connie rode one pony in a team and another pony as an individual, and was double clear on both and placed 2nd and 6th individually. Georgie Daynes was double clear and placed 8th individually out of 39 competitors.





Connie Mensley  

The 80cm show jumping team of Connie Mensley, Georgie Daynes, Annie Bridgwood and Maddie Lindop were placed 6th. Brooke England and Olivia Crawley rode as individuals.

 Elsi Jacques

Annie, Brooke and Connie rode double clears and Connie won the class, and is the Leicestershire 80cm champion, qualifying for an individual place at the Championship; Brooke placed 3rd individually out of 44 competitors. Our 90cm show jumping team of Annie Bridgwood, Olivia Crawley, Brooke England and Jade England were placed 5th as a team.

We were the only school to put forward a 1m team, and with only 3 riders, all 3 scores counted. The team of Jade England, Tabitha Kyle and Elsi Jacques deserve their championship qualification, finishing on a total of four faults. Elsi and Tabitha also rode two more ponies as individuals, with everyone getting a double clear across the class and Elsi riding three double clears. Jade was placed 3rd individually, and Elsi 5th individually out of 19 riders. Jade was the highest placed rider from Leicestershire, and qualifies for the championship as an individual as the Leicestershire 1m champion. Elsi and Tabitha rode in the final 1.10 class as individuals, riding three ponies each. Elsi and Tabitha both rode two double clears. Elsi was placed 1st, 2nd and 6th, and Tabitha 3rd and 4th. Elsi qualifies for the championship as an individual as the Leicestershire 1.10m champion.

Thank you to all the riders who competed; some great performances from some very young competitors, and a great effort from some riders moving up to bigger classes. Well done everyone.


On Sunday, Matilda Miles (Year 7) represented Leicestershire in the second round of the U13 County Hockey tournament which was held at Ratcliffe. Playing a series of matches throughout the morning against Warwickshire and Worcestershire. The girls won three, drew three and lost three.

Olivia Gilchrist, Girls’ Sport Captain 




Boys’ Hockey 

1st XI 

The 1st team boys travelled to bath on Friday to finish off their season by taking part in the Bath Hockey Festival. Over the weekend, they played three games, winning two and losing one.

In their first game against Haberdasher’s School, the boys dominated the match but were only able to win 1 – 0, thanks to a well taken goal by Player of the Match, Rion Yapa. The second game was a much tighter game against Windsor School but again the boys came out with 1 – 0 victory. This time it was Player of the Match, Sam Bird, coming up with the decisive goal. In their final game, the boys came up against very strong opposition in the form of Reigate School. The boys quickly found themselves 2 – 0 down and although they pulled one goal back through Richard Ward, they then conceded just before half-time. Ratcliffe pushed hard in the second half to get something out of the game but could not find the back of the net. Eventually they were picked off twice more on the break towards the end of the match. Final score 5 – 1. Player of the Match goes to Harry Stokes.

A great way to end the season and well done to all the boys. I would just like to finish off by saying a massive thank you and good luck to all those Year 13s who have represented the School for many years.

2nd XI 

The 2nd XI lost an enjoyable, ‘end to end’ game of hockey, 3 – 2 against King Henry’s. I do like a cliché and this was definitely a game of two halves, with Ratcliffe dominating the second half, having turned around being two down at half–time. Olutomi Mosaku was Player of the Match, probably benefitting from his extra sleep time with the clock changing. Thanks to Owen Lloyd and Josh Wong; late recruits from the boarding house to make up the numbers.

3rd XI 

On Saturday, the boys 3rd team played their last match of the season against King Henry’s, Coventry. The first half was well contested with both teams engaged in a largely midfield battle, with neither team creating clear goal scoring chances, leaving the score tied at 0 – 0. Shortly into the second half, King Henry’s won a short corner, eventually scoring from the rebound. Ratcliffe reacted well, becoming more aggressive, enjoying more possession in the opposition half and winning a few short corners whilst creating several clear open-play chances. However, lack of effective decision-making and short corner practice showed, and frustration began to build; this meant that Ratcliffe committed more players forward to the attack and eventually stopped working back. This allowed King Henry’s to take advantage by scoring a fluid counter-attacking goal. Ratcliffe continued to press for a goal but squandered chances, and with a few seconds left, King Henry’s won a short corner which they effectively dispatched with a drag flick into the top right corner, leaving the final score at 3 – 0.

Man of the Match was Luke Charnock for his continued work-rate in attack and defence, along with good decision making during counter-attacks.


The U15 team finished their season with a well-deserved 4 – 2 win. Things have finally started to click in the last two weeks and this performance was no exception. They moved the ball crisply, creating overlaps at will. The forwards found space with ease, with Tom Binnie producing the best finish. Oliver Welch was Man of the Match.


The U15/14B team played brilliantly in what was their final match of the hockey season. Despite having the majority of the play and a large percentage of high possession, they were caught out on the break and went a goal down in the first half. The final score was 1 – 1, and the boys always looked as though they were going to add another and win the game. There were stand out performances from the likes of Ellis Pole and Alejo Bergaz-Chaparro, but the Man of the Match went to Juan Artero Munoz whose attacking and direct play caused problems for the opposition throughout the game and he was also the scorer of our goal.


The under 14s comprehensively beat King Henry’s 6 – 0 to close out an impressive unbeaten season. Fin back and Owen Lloyd were Players of the Match, scoring three and two goals, respectively and James Turner also chipped in with a goal. The team can now look towards the National Finals at the Olympic Park next term with confidence.


The U13A team beat King Henry’s Coventry 3 – 2 at home. The score line doesn’t reflect how dominant Ratcliffe were, as the game particularly in the second half was very one sided. King Henry’s were clinical. With the two first half chances, they created as they scored both, either side of a well worked Ratcliffe goal scored by Rajen Gupta at the back post after a good passage of flowing hockey down the right. With the score 2 – 1 in favour of the opposition, there was plenty to put right in the second half. Ratcliffe responded well to the half-time team talk and came out much the stronger team. We attacked with more purpose and were much sharper all over the pitch. Even when we lost the ball, we were regaining possession inside their half which led to the constant onslaught of attacks during the second half. The equaliser came from another goal by Rajen Gupta midway through the half, leaving enough time to find a winner. The ball was agonisingly put just wide of the post on a couple of occasions where more composure was needed. However, it was just a matter of time before that elusive winning goal would come. It came with less than five minutes on the clock when Louie Fletcher found himself free in the circle and calmly scored in the bottom right corner to give Ratcliffe a well-deserved victory. Player of the Match goes to Rajen Gupta for scoring two goals.


Ratcliffe College U13/12B team rounded off their outstanding season with another win against King Henry’s School, 3 – 1. The opposition provided Ratcliffe with the toughest match of the season, continuously stopping Ratcliffe at the last hurdle as they were about to score.

After numerous chances, eventually the lead was taken through an Ollie McKaig goal. The score remained 1 – 0 until half-time. The second half was much of the same affair, with Ratcliffe creating a plethora of chances. After the score line was increased to 2 – 0, King Henry’s began to find gaps within the Ratcliffe defence. With the score now at 2 – 1 to Ratcliffe, Cameron Cover among others, continued to apply pressure, which eventually paid off, meaning 10 minutes before the final whistle, the score was 3 – 1. Henry Coombs was awarded Player of the Match for his fantastic work rate and distribution all game. This result meant the team finished off with an unbeaten season, winning 6 out of 6 games – a fantastic achievement from all the players involved.


The U12s finished the regular hockey season with a comprehensive 6 – 0 win against King Henry’s. The boys played some very good hockey in the first half and Harry Gamble scored an excellent hat-trick for the team, to be 3 – 0 up at half-time. The second half was a much tighter affair, with the opposition coming back into the game. An excellent strike by Cameron Mulvihill stretched the lead further before Harry Gamble scored two more for a five goal haul. Joe Atkinson and Thomas Leighton had good games in defence with Wilfred Milner and Harry Gamble providing a serious attacking threat up front. Sam Gray had a superb all round game and was deservedly named Man of the Match. Congratulations to the team on an unbeaten season winning eight out of eight 11-a-side games and five out of five 7-a-side County Cup games. An outstanding effort by the whole team.


After a series of trials, the following Year 8 boys: Daniel McGunnigle, Sam Linnett, Louie Fletcher and Xabier Zanotti Baranano have been selected for the Leicester Tigers Rugby Development Player Programme which will commence at the end of March.

Fly Fishing 

Louis Massarella and Elliot Fawdington at Draycott Water with the England Senior Fly Fishing Team after a one-to-one practice.




Finley Back has been invited to participate in the Saltmine Cup in Poland between 5th-7th May with Nottingham Forest.

Harry Stokes, Boys’ Sport Captain