Sports Report – 11th September
We are extremely proud of the achievements of our Sports Ambassador, Olivia Back. Olivia enjoyed a wonderful summer of hockey, playing against the best teams in Europe at the Six Nations Tournament in Barcelona. She was also named Captain of the England Reds at the School Games at Loughborough University. This was a four-day tournament against the home nations. Olivia’s England team won the Silver medal, narrowly missing out on gold on goal difference. Olivia capped a fine week as she was named top goal scorer for the competition. This is an outstanding achievement and we wish Olivia well this season as she takes a well-deserved break from international duty to focus on her A Levels while playing hockey for the School and Leicester Ladies.
The 1st XI got off to a fantastic start to the season with a 12 – 0 win against Bromsgrove. Ratcliffe started off the game at an incredible pace and rushed into a 5 – 0 lead, inside the first 10 minutes! By half-time, the score was 7 – 0. Ratcliffe maintained the same pressure in the second half, scoring a further five goals. Goal scorers were Isobel Thomas with a hat-trick and Molly Edwards, Olivia Carpenter and Mia Atkinson, all of whom scored one a piece. Olivia Back scored six goals and shared Player of the Match with Molly Edwards. This was a very impressive start to the season, which we hope will give the team momentum as they prepare to play Princethorpe next Saturday.
The 2nd XI won their opening game of the season 2 – 1 against Bromsgrove. After taking the lead through Annie Bridgwater, Bromsgrove equalised with a breakaway goal. In the second half, Ratcliffe had numerous short corners, but were unable to score. They did manage a winner in the middle of the second half, with Lucie Prusinski getting the final touch. Player of the Match was Captain, Lara Addison, who led by example.
The 3rd XI started off the season with a 2 – 1 loss to Bromsgrove. A great early goal set up beautifully by Nicole Wong and finished by Betsy Poll got the girls off to a great start. They continued to work as a cohesive unit which has great promise for the rest of the season. Isabelle Pullen worked tirelessly in the midfield controlling the game, with Ellie Hollinshead playing brilliantly in defence. Natasha Walsh made save after excellent save and controlled her defence well. The girls should be very pleased with their first game and excited for what the rest of the season will bring. Joint Player of the Match went to Isabelle Pullen and Ellie Hollinshead for their sheer determination and great attitude.
The U15A and U15B teams travelled to Bromsgrove in bright sunshine, however, the weather soon changed with thunder, lightning and hail forcing both matches to be abandoned at half-time. Player of the Match went to Ihu Osuji and Kadie Cowlishaw.
The girls soaked up a lot of pressure in the first half as well as water, and were a credit to themselves against tough opposition. The defence were fantastic breaking up play with a never say die attitude. Bromsgrove scored a well worked goal late into the half and the score was
1 – 0 going at half time before the game was called off. The girls were disappointed as they were determined to score an equalising goal. Player of the Match went to Ihuoma Osuji.
The U15B team game against Bromsgrove was unfortunately abandoned due to horrendous weather conditions. The 25 minutes that the girls managed to play was, however, a delight to witness. They started off strongly controlling the majority of the possession throughout the first 10 minutes of the game. They took the lead early on when Sophie Brown positioned herself at the back post to score after the ball was crossed in by Player of the Match, Kadie Cowlishaw. Despite the game being abandoned, the girls have laid solid foundations for the future matches.
The U13A team got off to an encouraging start to their season with a 3 – 3 draw. They started very quickly against Kimbolton, putting some flowing moves together going forward. They were 3 – 1 up going in to the second half and looked to be heading to victory, but two late goals from the opposition meant that the game ended in a 3 – 3 draw. Tallulah Wood scored the first two goals, with Frances Daly grabbing the third. Despite the whole team putting in strong performances, Player of the Match went to Holly Clark-Pratt for making numerous crucial tackles throughout the game.
The U13Bs had a cracking start to the season with a 3 – 1 win away at Kimbolton. After a shaky start, Captain Amelia Tebbutt, took control of the game and opened up the scoring. There was a fantastic work rate from the midfield and defence through Amelia Wells and Amelia Haggis, and the girls finished the first half 2 – 0 up.
After a quick team talk, the girls began the second half controlling all aspects of play and keeping the ball high in Kimbolton’s half. Fisayo Abiodun did a great job disrupting the Kimbolton’s attack. Eleni Malhan finished an excellent team goal off making the score 3 – 0. However, in the dying seconds of the game, Kimbolton managed to sneak a goal before the final whistle, making the final score 3 – 1. A fantastic start to the year, and one we hope to continue. Congratulations to Amelia Haggis for a well-deserved Player of the Match.
The U12A team went into their game full of confidence against Kimbolton. The team chased down every ball putting a lot of pressure on the opposition. This quickly led to an opening goal from Daisy Reddin followed closely by Avani Gupta with a second goal for Ratcliffe. With great encouragement from goal keeper, Sophia Walker, the team were well organised. After the second goal, Kimbolton heads went down, which led to Sophie Shield scoring and Avani Gupta getting a second goal. Player of the Match went to Jessie Bardsley who commanded the midfield area preventing the opposition from entering our D. An excellent first match for the U12As and a well-deserved 4 – 0 win.
A very excited U12B team enjoyed a great start to the season with a well-deserved 2 – 0 win against Kimbolton. Connie Colville played a pivotal role in midfield and distributed the ball well. The team really gelled together, showing some great passages of play, creating several chances and forcing Kimbolton’s goal keeper into making some excellent saves. Jessica Westwood put in a fantastic cross for Sophie Packwood to nudge in the first goal, whilst Player of the Match, Hollie Chapman, scored the second goal.
On Sunday, we welcomed England and Great Britain International Sam Ward to school to open our new blue all-weather pitch. Following a blessing by Fr Philip, the ribbon was cut and a Ratcliffe mixed XI and the Old Ratcliffians played an entertaining match for the Taylor Cup.
The Old Ratcliffians won 4 – 3. Goal Scorers were Olivia Carpenter with two and Isobel Thomas. Player of the Match was Molly Edwards.
On Tuesday 15th September, the U13s started their season promisingly with a convincing win against De Lisle. Ratcliffe moved the ball well and ran strongly to score five unanswered tries by half time. The team lost some focus and accuracy in the second half but the boys picked up the intensity again towards the end to keep the score ticking over. The final score was 45 – 5 to Ratcliffe. Joe Atkinson and Phelton Tandoh both scored hat tricks, and Man of the Match was awarded to Hugo Illingworth for his excellent first half play and Tom Leighton for a very good all round game.
After their strong mid-week, the U13s came down to earth with a bump on Saturday, losing heavily to Spratton Hall. Spratton had one exceptional player who was the difference between the sides as he scored all nine tries for the opposition! The boys showed character in the second half which was a much more even contest, and Ratcliffe came close to scoring on a number of occasions. Man of the Match was awarded to Joe Atkinson for his all-round efforts and Phelton Tandoh for his strong second half display.
On Tuesday, the U12 boys started off their rugby season with a tremendous 50 – 0 win against De Lisle. Ratcliffe started the game well, running powerfully and directly at the opposition.
The hard running lines combined with quick handling skills were just too much for De Lisle’s defence to handle. In the second half, De Lisle managed to get their hands on the ball more and they had some promising attacking phases. The Ratcliffe defensive line stayed strong with excellent tackling from Seb Welch and Kai Kirk. There was some strong running from
Riley Kirk, Henry King and Harry Cregeen but Man of the Match was Charlie Grayson for stepping up as captain and leading the team by example.
On Saturday, the U12s had a fantastic game against Spratton Hall, drawing 5-5. This was a much tougher game than the previous week, however the boys managed to pull through with some good defence and hard running in attack. Spratton managed to gain the lead in the second half with a great team try. Ratcliffe stayed positive and kept working hard towards the try line which resulted in a fantastic try by Captain, Charlie Grayson, to even the score. Man of the Match was Fin Spencer for his incredible tackling throughout the whole game and his amazing work rate, a great example to others.
Forthcoming Sports Fixtures
|16/09/17||Princethorpe||9.30||1st XI Hockey||A||08:00|
|10.30||2nd XI Hockey||A||08:00|
|Princethorpe||10:30||1st XI Rugby||A||08:20|
|10:30||2nd XI Rugby||A||08:20|
|10:30||U15B U14B Rugby||A||08:20|
|10:30||U13B / U12B Rugby||H||09:30|