Sports Reports – 1st October
Our opponents this weekend were Birkdale, a very strong rugby school.
The 1st XVs’ unbeaten start to the season unfortunately came to an end on Saturday. Ratcliffe played into the wind in the first-half and perhaps took too long to adapt to difficult playing conditions. Will Watts was ever-present at every breakdown and Matt Howard counter-attacked well as the home team adopted a kicking style of play. In the second-half Sam Bellamy fought his way over from short range after some good forward play. Man of the Match was awarded to Captain Harry Jackson who worked hard in attack and defence from start to finish.
The 2nd XV played some excellent rugby to run out 41-0 winners. After having to defend for much of the first-half the team played some expansive rugby in the second-half and cut Birkdale apart out wide. Man of the Match Bradley Parker scored three excellent tries and Dick Wong was once again outstanding. There also needs to be a special mention of Charlie Dolan for a great game.
The U15s remain unbeaten after a closer game this weekend. The first-half saw Ratcliffe storm into the lead with assistance from the wind and slope. The second-half was a much tighter affair with neither side scoring a single point. Sam Tyler was Man of the Match in a 26-5 win.
The U14s narrowly lost to Birkdale 37-40. A frantic first-half saw Ratcliffe trail 22-33 at half-time. An improved tackling performance in the second-half helped Ratcliffe take the lead, although a last minute try saw the U14s fall to their first defeat. Luke Gyesi-Appiah was Man of the Match after scoring 4 tries to keep Ratcliffe in the game.
The U13s entertained Birkdale on Saturday at Ratcliffe. The game started quietly, with Birkdale keen to kick and Ratcliffe preferring to run with the ball. First-half tries for John Sommerville and Jack Nightingale, aided by a conversion from Sam Bird, meant Ratcliffe lead 12-0 at half-time. This lead gave Ratcliffe momentum which carried into the second-half, with tries from Jamie Lanyon, Ganesh Thapa and another from John Sommerville. Tiree Cover added another conversion. Man of the Match was awarded to Ganesh Thapa for the impact he made on the game. Final score 29-0.
The U12s lost 56-7 against a very well organised Birkdale side. Strong forward running from Alex Purcell and some fantastic rucking from the forwards allowed Man of the Match James Berns to crash over from close range.
On Thursday 27th September, the First V (and indeed our only V!) travelled to Uppingham School for Ratcliffe College’s first ever competitive match against another school. It was, therefore, rather unnerving to be met by Uppingham’s First V (the first of 8 senior teams), who have been unbeaten for two seasons, together with their full-time coach and four assistant coaches – the entourage in itself was rather overwhelming, and that was before we had even started to play!
Players 5 and 4, Adam Donegani and Danny Hsu, played valiantly against very experienced players, and were sadly beaten, but showed some excellent play. Players 3 and 2, Edison Wong and George Morgan, played ‘out of their skins’ to beat two county players, each game won 3-0 in favour of Ratcliffe College. This therefore led to a nail-biting climax between our Number 1 player and Captain, Jason Lau, and his Uppingham opponent. Jason took the first game with relative ease, but lost the second two games in rallies that equalled those played by professional players. The standard was breath-taking. At 2-7 down in the fourth game, Jason drew on every last fibre to focus and play his best squash ever, finally winning the fourth game 9-7 with an extraordinary drop-shot from the back of the court. Such was the excitement of the match, with one final game to play; Mr Lloyd had to take himself off to play the Uppingham captain on the adjacent court, as he was unable to watch such a dramatic finish. Perhaps it was Mr Lloyd’s absence from court-side that enabled Jason to win the fifth and deciding game resoundingly 9-1, thus leading Ratcliffe College to a momentous victory! Man of the Match, for leading from the front and for the most glorious and difficult of drop-shots, was Jason Lau.
Congratulations to Tom Chandler who finished second in the Lincoln triathlon at the weekend, following on from his second in Nottingham race the week before.
Walter Yell, Boys’ Sports Captain.
Our opponents this weekend were Mount St Mary’s School.
Ratcliffe 1st XI put in a really strong performance and continued to build on the development they have made this season. The girls held a fantastic structure and dominated from start to finish and could have won by more if they had finished a few more of their chances. A goal in either half by Elinor Thomas sealed the game. Both goals, although very different, were finished off superbly. As a team it was the best performance so far and gives the girls a great base to build from in the future weeks. Players of the Match were Elinor Thomas and Anna Thorley.
The Ratcliffe girls played some strong attacking hockey which opened up the oppositions defence on several occasions, they could probably have scored more goals with everyone wanted a piece of the action, final score 5-0. Goal scorers were Sibella Chew, Sarah Daniels, Chloe Theobald, Amellia Power and Libby Godfrey. Player of the Match goes to Sarah Daniels for her excellent attacking distribution play.
The U15s again played some excellent hockey but could not convert their chances into goals. Sloppy defending gifted Mount St Mary’s 2 goals, but a late goal from Amelia Lallo, following an early strike from Vicky Moreton-Straw, saved our blushes, earning a 2-2 draw. Emma Furlong and Emma Milner were again the pick of our players but Ellie Cooper earned the Player of the Match award, turning out as a very late replacement and playing solidly in defence.
It was the under 13s’ first 11 a-side game and they adapted well. The girls worked to implement tactics worked on in training sessions, and their hard work paid off, dominating the first-half and taking a 1-0 at half-time. Ratcliffe created many opportunities, showing great flair in attack with great skills and vision shown by Olivia Back. The forwards were well supported by a solid and well organised defence with excellent performances from Natasha Walsh and Beatrice Waters. With continued dominance in the second-half Ratcliffe were unlucky when Mount St Mary’s equalised with a well worked penalty corner taking the final score to 1-1.
U12A team played some good attacking hockey against an equally matched strong Mount St Mary’s team. Mollie Page opened the scoring with a well struck goal. Mount St Mary’s soon equalised and the half-time score was 1-1. The Ratcliffe girls continued to attack using the width of the pitch well and were able to score another well executed goal from Izzy Hose. The final score 2-1. Player of the Match goes to Rue Tsatsa for her excellent defending and passing.
U12 B team dominated their game but Mount scored against the run of play. Player of the Match was Molly Edwards
Rebecca Taylor, Girls’ Sports Captain.