Sports Reports – 18th November
On Saturday, despite a slow first-half that was not helped by the referee, the 1st XV ran out comprehensive 42-0 winners against Lincoln Minster, scoring eight tries and conceding none. Mr Langley had challenged the squad to keep up their excellent defensive record and as a result of the nil score to the opposition, they did just that. Mr Langley must now sing a song to the whole squad in Games on Thursday! There were strong performances by Matt Howard, Nick Gillies and James Head but the outstanding player on the pitch earning a well-deserved Man of the Match was Tah Hosea.
The U15s took their tally for the season to 8 wins and 1 loss with a hard fought victory over Lincoln Minster. Adam Park picked up Man of the Match for taking a lot of pressure off the fly-half with his intelligent running and two tries. The final score was 31-15 to Ratcliffe.
The U14 rugby team beat Lincoln Minster 62-5. At half-time, Ratcliffe lead 33-0. Strong running and support play enabled Ratcliffe to score at regular intervals in the second-half. Lincoln came back into the game crossing the try line once. Ratcliffe had 8 different try scorers, with Louis Ayre and Sam Kaul scoring two apiece. Man of the Match was Charlie McLean for his efforts playing for both teams!
Try Scorers were Sam Kaul (2), Louis Ayre (2), Louis Hurst, Joe Jarvis, Luke Gyesi-Appiah, Matt Lewis, Nick Ikunnah and Harry Redding. Richard Ward successfully converted 4 tries will Harry Redding converted 2.
The U13s won 45-0, with Man of the Match Jamie Lanyon scoring two first-half tries and then unselfishly playing the second-half for Lincoln Minster. Harry Brooks was also particularly strong and committed, giving up an England vs. Australia ticket at Twickenham to play for the School. Captain Matthew Ward led the team very well, organising the front- row and distributing the ball quickly to the backs.
Try scorers were David Hippisley-Cox (2), Jamie Lanyon (2), Matthew Ward, John Sommerville and Sam Bird with a try and 5 conversations.
Walter Yell, Boys’ Sports Captain.
The 1st XI girls were up against a very strong Worksop side that passed the ball quickly around the pitch. Although losing the game, all the girls worked hard and put pressure on Worksop throughout; unfortunately, they could not sustain that pace on a quick pitch against a skilful side. Player of the Match was India Walker, who worked hard and created chances down the right.
The 2nd XI had not played hockey for over 5 weeks, but they played some nice flowing hockey at times. Both teams were evenly matched but the Ratcliffe girls were unable to convert their chances, while Worksop did. There were a lot of positives to take away from this game, and work on, in the next couple of weeks. Player of the Match went to Georgia Chilton who was strong throughout in her defensive and attacking roles on the right.
The 3rd XI had a fast paced game against Worksop, with the ball travelling around the pitch especially quickly. The girls made some great attacking passes out wide, coupled with some fantastic defensive play, especially from Player of the Match, Annabelle Tomlinson. Ratcliffe were unlucky to concede a goal in the last 90 seconds of the game, something they did not deserve. Special mentions also go to Captain, Martha Lewis and Phoebe Merriman, for switching the play on a number of occasions. An impressive performance from all girls, and they can all be proud of their performance.
The U15A team produced their best performance of the season and were very disappointed to be held to a 1-1 draw. Ratcliffe, led by the midfield of Emma Furlong, Emma Milner, Lois Jones and Player of the Match, Molly Brooks, dominated the game apart from a brief 5-minute period in the second-half. Amelia Lallo scored from a well struck penalty corner.
The U15B team lost an exciting game 3-1. A draw would have been a fair result as this was an old fashioned end-to-end encounter. The real difference was that Worksop took their chances better than Ratcliff.
The U14s battled hard to produce their best performance so far and were unlucky to lose 1-0. They transferred the ball across the pitch, taking the attack to the Worksop team, creating several chances. Goal-keeper Imogen Power dominated the D aided by fellow Player of the Match, Charlotte Hull.
The U13s took on Worksop’s U14B team. Ratcliffe dominated the early play, but a lucky break meant that Worksop took a 1-0 lead in to half-time. The girls, however, recognised they were the stronger team and, showing great confidence, continued to dominate. Olivia Back and Callista Tsatsa controlled the midfield and crafted some lovely attacking hockey. The girls were finally rewarded with an onslaught of goals, one for Callista Tsatsa, two for Kate Tysazka and a well-deserved hat-trick from Player of the Match Olivia Back. The defence should also be commended on an excellent well-disciplined performance, stifling any opportunity for a Worksop comeback. The whole team should be congratulated on an excellent performance.
Rebecca Taylor, Girls’ Sports Captain.