Sports Reports – 17th September 2012

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1st XV

The 1st XV season commenced a week later than expected with a 10-5 win against a strong Princethorpe team. Ratcliffe applied early pressure in defence that left Princethorpe stranded on the back foot. This pressure paid off and after securing line-out ball, Ratcliffe number 9 James Head smashed his way over from 10 metres out. Jack McPhillips made an outstanding line-break late on in the second-half and was unlucky not to score. After the break, Ratcliffe’s defence held firm and, playing into the wind, scoring opportunities were few and far between. Captain Harry Jackson led from the front in defence and Will Watts probably covered every blade of grass out on the first team field. Overall, a strong start to the season; team spirit triumphed and James Head won Man of the Match.

2nd XV

The 2nd XV played some excellent rugby in the first-half, against a strong Princethorpe team to lead 5 – 0 at half-time with a good try by Harry Baum. The second-half was more of a struggle and Princethorpe came back to win a tight game 12-5. Joe Gerighty led the side very well and Men of the Match were Dick Wong and Patrick Joy.


The U15s totally dominated Princethorpe on Saturday. The forwards were all destructive, picking and driving through the defensive line on numerous occasions. Tries were shared around the team with Adam Park picking up Man of the Match for his energetic display, in a 50-7 victory.


The U14s produced another convincing 56-0 win against Princethorpe. Strong running by Finbarr Lloyd and Harry Redding gave Ratcliffe some excellent attacking positions. Richard Ward scored two impressive tries, as did Billy Kaul and Luke Gyesi-Appiah. Men of the Match were Nick Ikkunah and Finbarr Lloyd.


The U13s won their second game of the week with a 56-19 win over Princethorpe. There were some excellent performances from many individuals, with tries from Jamie Lanyon, Man of the Match John Sommerville, Olutomi Mosaku, Harrison Grimmett and four from Ganesh Thappa.

Last Monday the U13s travelled to Carres Grammar School winning 53-5.  Ratcliffe started brightly, with good organisation and a clear game plan. Captain, George Thornton, was particularly strong in the tackle. At half-time, Ratcliffe were 20-0 up thanks to tries from Micah Pinsent-Heskey, Olutomi Mosaku, Jamie Lanyon and Ganesh Thappa. Ratcliffe conceded a try early in the 2nd half but from this point onwards Ratcliffe were dominant in all areas. 33 points were scored in the second-half; with tries from David Hippersley-Cox, Harry Brooks, John Sommerville and a 2nd try each from Micah Pinsent-Heskey and Ganesh Thappa. Micah’s try was particularly pleasing, after great work from the forwards and Ganesh at No. 8, the ball was spread wide and Micah ran 30 metres before touching the ball down under the posts. Man of the Match could have been gone to a number of players but it was awarded to Aarin Popat for his selfless play and hard work throughout the game.


The 12s started the season off with a very good performance and were unlucky to lose 21-7. Some exceptional tackling from Toby Snell, Henry Bullock and Man of the Match Alex Purcell coupled with strong running from try scorer James Berns kept Princethorpe at bay for the majority of the match. It has provided a very good platform to build upon throughout the season.

County Cross-Country

Ratcliffe students attended the first County Cross-Country meet of the year at the weekend with some very promising results, as follows:

  • Year 7 girls – Eleanor Brambell,
  • Junior Girls – Lyddia Satchell
  • Junior Boys – Peter Satchell
  • Inter Girls – Alice Daniel (16) & Emily Hollis (8)
  • Inter Boys – Cameron Hart (2)
  • Senior Boys – Will Rigby.

Thanks also to Mrs Spencer for taking them on what was a lovely morning.

Walter Yell, Boys’ Sports Captain.


1st XI

Ratcliffe put together a very spirited performance against a very strong organised Princethorpe team for their first game of the season. It was clear from the start that they would have to work very hard as Princethorpe had three very talented individuals who took control of the game. They went into the break 2 down after conceding very late in the half. After the break Ratcliffe attacked hard and created chances of their own, but could not find their finishing touch. Unfortunately, owing to the need to chase the game, this meant that they were vulnerable on the break and conceded further goals. Eventually they did get on the score sheet with a well-crafted goal that started at the back with Becky Taylor and finished off nicely by Elinor Thomas following some fine play from Angharad Lloyd and India Walker. Final score was Ratcliffe 1 – 7 Princethorpe. Player of the Match was Sorcha Grant.

2nd XI

The 2nd XI took the first 5 minutes to settle in to the match, but then dominated possession for the rest of the game. Princethrope managed to score a breakaway goal in the first-half but Ratcliffe continued to work hard and created lots of opportunities to score, especially in the second-half, but the Princethrope goalkeeper made some excellent saves and the girls were unlucky not to score.. The Girls should be pleased with their performance, and there are many positives to take through to the next game. Player of the Match went to Chloe Theobald, for her attacking dominance.


The U15s will be disappointed with their performance against a strong Princethorpe team. Princethorpe took an early lead and despite some promising individual performances, Ratcliffe could never impose any consistent pressure losing 4-0. Players of the Match were Emma Furlong and Caitlin McMillan for determined defending.


The U13s were excited and nervous to play their first game of the season. These nerves showed through in the earlier stages of the game and Ratcliffe allowed Princethorpe to put the pressure on early. However, Olivia Walklett in goal kept the home team frustrated with a series of excellent saves.

The girls soon settled into the game and started creating our own chances which resulted in a well taken “centre-forwards” by Kate Tyszka goal to put Ratcliffe 1-0 ahead.

The second-half saw Ratcliffe really dominate the play with some excellent play from Isobel Thomas in the middle of the field helping to control the game and create play for the forward line. The Ratcliffe girls kept pressure on and managed to consolidate their excellent play with a well worked goal as Annie Bridgwater was calm under pressure to set up Olivia Back to take the score to 2-0.

Princethorpe worked hard to get back into the game and managed to pull a goal back to take the score to 2-1. The Ratcliffe girls, led by captain Beatrice Waters, showed great resilience and teamwork to keep the score at 2-1 for a well-deserved victory. Players of the Match were Olivia Back and Lucie Prasinski.


In an exciting game Ratcliffe U13B team eventually lost 6-4. This game was literally end to end and 4 goals from Player of the Match Callista Tsatsa always kept us in the running. Joint Player of the Match Nicole McBallantine worked hard throughout.


The U12A team fought hard to gain a well-earned draw in a tight match 2-2, with both goals from Olivia Carpenter. The standard of play was pleasing with particularly impressive play from Player of the Match Izzy Hose.


The U12B teams match started with close battles in the middle of the pitch before Eve Baxter was able to give Ratcliffe a 1-0 lead with a speedy breakaway. The team began to buzz and with some good passing between players, Emily Grimmett was able to score the second goal. In the second-half, the team used the whole pitch to move the ball and keep Princethorpe on the move. Ru Tsatsa pushed the ball wide to Eve and Amy Baxter, who in turn were able to take the ball into the circle setting up further attempts at goal. Princethorpe defended well and no further goals were scored, leaving the final score 2-0 to Ratcliffe.

Rebecca Taylor, Girls’ Sports Captain.