Sports Reports – 25th September
The 1st XV secured their second win of the season away at Welbeck College. Early pressure resulted in a try from James Head, his second of the season from close range. Some nice kicking from Harry Jackson kept Welbeck pinned into their corner and 2 penalties were converted by Tom Allen to keep the score-board ticking over. The forwards decided to keep the ball in hand on a beautiful day and Sam Bellamy scored under the posts. Welbeck came back strongly in the second-half but some good defence kept them at bay. Harry Jackson made some good yards with the ball in hand and was backed up by Tom Furlong who showed aspects of individual skill (although the referee disagreed). Tom Allen capped a strong performance with a final try late on; however, the Man of the Match award went to Rory Thorne who terrorised Welbeck’s half-backs with outstanding defence. Final score: Welbeck 10-25 Ratcliffe College.
The 2nd XV put in another high intensity performance against a big and strong Welbeck team. As was the case last week we went into half-time with a 7-0 lead after an excellent try by Bradley Parker. The second-half was more of a struggle with the opposition keeping the ball tight and dominating possession. Welbeck scored three second-half tries to win 21-7. Our backs looked dangerous every time they got the ball wide and we were unlucky not to score on a number of occasions in the second-half. Men of the Match were Guy Britton, Dick Wong and Omar Khan for their excellent defensive work.
The U15s continued their impressive start to the season with a 55-0 win over Derby Grammar. The tries were shared around, with the backs seeing a little more of the play than the previous week. Toby Smith’s return from injury was rewarded with a Man of the Match display.
The U14s won a tightly contested game 25-20. In the first-half, Ratcliffe started brightly and soon took the lead through Harry Redding. However, in the second-half Derby took control and spent much of the time in the Ratcliffe Half. Billy Kaul, Harry Stokes and Louis Hurst all defended superbly, whilst the other Ratcliffe try scorers were Nick Akunnah (2), Sam Kaul and Harry Stokes. Men of the Match were Harry Redding and Harry Stokes.
The U13s had another convincing win on Saturday against Derby Grammar. A bright start saw Ratcliffe take the lead only for Derby to equalise with a try of their own minutes later. From this point onwards Ratcliffe dominated, with tries from Sam Bird, Tiree Cover, Harrison Grimmett, Jamie Lanyon, Ganesh Thappa (2) and a hat-trick from Man of the Match David Hippersley-Cox.
An extremely spirited performance led the U12s to the first victory of the season, beating Derby Grammar 21-14. Strong running and tries from Men of the Match, James Berns and Toby Snell, were too strong for Derby’s defence. Some fantastic tackling from Henry Bullock and some excellent running lines from Freddie Bridgwood helped Ratcliffe score the winner in the dying moments of the game.
Walter Yell, Boys’ Sports Captain.
Ratcliffe 1st XI got off to a flying start in their second game of the season, completely dominating the first 20 minutes and deservedly leading 1-nil after a well worked passing move, coolly finished by Elinor Thomas into the far right-hand corner. On another day it could have easily been 3 or 4 had the excellent chances been taken. The rest of the game saw Ratcliffe play counter-attack Hockey, which they did very well. Statistically this was shown by the fact that even though the opposition had the majority of the possession, the best chances still fell to Ratcliffe on the break. Player of the Match was Katherine Threadgold.
The 2nd XI started strong and played some positive attacking hockey, opening the scoring by a goal from Sarah Daniel. The team worked well together and created lots of chances, but could not score owing to the excellent defending from the King Henry’s defence; unfortunately Ratcliffe then conceded two break-away goals. Towards the end of the second-half it was an all-out attack from Ratcliffe but some excellent defending from King Henry’s again stopped the girls from finding the back of the net. King Henry’s were able to add another 2 goals, making the final score 4-1 win to King Henry’s. The score did not reflect the way the girls played and they should be happy with their performance. Player of the Match goes to Sibella Chew who worked hard tracking up and down the pitch and distributing the ball well.
This was the team’s opening game of the season and the first time some of the girls had played together competitively. All the girls worked hard in every area of the field to frustrate Oakham, and create attacking chances. Despite this Oakham took the lead mid-way through the first-half, and before half-time extended their lead to 2-0. Unfortunately this dented the team’s confidence and we didn’t take the chances that came our way soon after. At 2-0 the score would have been a fair reflection on the play; however, a 10-minute spell flattered the visitors allowing Oakham to gain a deceptive 5-0 victory. Special mention should go to Natasha Jelley for her first game in goal, and congratulations to Player of the Match, Georgia Chilton.
A 3-0 defeat to Loughborough High School on Thursday meant the Under 15s had lost twice in a week. However, a fine team display on Saturday against Lincoln Minster saw the girls run out comfortable 5-0 winners; this was just the response that was required. Goal scorers were Poppy Williams (2) Amelia Lallo, Emma Milner and Vicky Moreton-Straw. The two Emma’s – Furlong and Milner – controlled the game throughout and thoroughly deserved to be nominated Players of the Match.
In their first match of the term on Thursday the U14s team faced a tough Loughborough side and despite some excellent passages of play, Loughborough dominated the game, winning 4-0.
The U13A team have shown much progress in training, however pre-match nerves affected their ability, resulting in being 2-0 down at half-time. The second-half saw a much more confident team that were creating many more chances, pulling the score back to 2-1. Player of the Match Lucie Prusinski worked hard up and down the right wing, making sure that we were in control in attack and helping the team look like they could turn the game around in the second-half. A brief lack in concentration in defence allowed the opposition in again to take the score to 3-1, but this did not affect our belief. Unfortunately, the game had to finish early owing to an injury to one of the opposition’s players.
The U13B team worked hard against Lincoln Minster and despite going in at half-time 3-0 down, a renewed second-half fighting spirit saw them draw this half, resulting in a 4-1 loss. Players of the Match were Natasha Walsh and Niamh Delargy.
Rebecca Taylor, Girls’ Sports Captain.