Sports Reports – 8th October
The 1st XV game was called off after 10 minutes owing to a serious injury suffered by Omar Khan. We all wish him a speedy recovery and hope he will be back on the field very soon.
Mount St Mary’s won the 2nd team game 31 – 0. The score-line was slightly flattering to the away team who finished with two late tries. A strong defensive effort throughout kept us in the game, but too many turn-overs prevented us from developing any continuity in attack. James Harrold and Charlie Dolan had good games and Men of the Match were Harry Jones and Charlie Powell for their superb tackling.
The U15s finally lost their unbeaten record in a physical encounter with Mount St Mary’s. In an exceedingly close game Ratcliffe came up just short, despite tries from Adam Park and Sam Tyler. Man of the Match was Ben McMillan
The U14s lost 29-5 to a physical Mount St Mary’s team. At half-time Ratcliffe were 17-0 down; however, they spent much of the second-half in the opposition’s half. Harry Stokes scored for Ratcliffe after a neat chip through by Richard Ward. Man of the Match was Billy Kaul for some outstanding tackles.
The U13s remain unbeaten this year after a 53-15 win. Ratcliffe started the game slowly, conceding an early try, although this did wake them up after the long journey. Ratcliffe, now firmly in control, pushed Mount St Mary’s back and scored tries through Micah Pinsent-Heskey, Olutomi Mosaku, Ganesh Thapa, Jamie Lanyon, Harrison Grimmett and Sam Bird. They can now look forward to this week’s county tournament with high hopes.
The U12s were very unlucky to lose 22-12 against Mount St Mary’s. At half-time Ratcliffe were 17-0 down which brought about the best performance of the season in winning the second-half. Fantastic forward play from Bishnu Thapa and strong tackling as always from Alex Purcell and Toby Snell allowed George Morgan-Jones to crash over for 2 tries. Men of the Match were Bishnu Thapa and George Morgan-Jones.
Students from Ratcliffe competed in the cross country race at Rutland Water this weekend. Runners included Alice McKenna, Emily Hollis, Tom Chandler, Cameron Hart and Will Rigby, all of whom distinguished themselves with excellent runs over a challenging, hilly course..
Walter Yell, Boys’ Sports Captain.
The 1st XI were outplayed by a pacey Kimbolton side losing 0-6. The side, already missing key players, were further disrupted when Helen Baird, Sorcha Grant and Roisin Sheehy were unable to continue playing though injury. Although the players were all disappointed with their performances, they should take credit for the way they battled valiantly to the end. Becky Taylor was Player of the Match.
Shona Traynor arrived at School expecting to play as a forward for the 2nd XI and found herself in goal for the second-half of the 1st team match and the whole of the second team game…..ending up Player of the Match! Although the 2nds went down 1-4 this was a much closer game than the score line suggests, with the players matching Kimbolton for the best part of the game.
The 3rd XI scored the only goal of a closely fought match but lost 0-1. The Ratcliffe player who scored the crucial own goal will remain nameless, especially as she played so well for the rest of the match!! This was an excellent game enjoyed by all and everyone agreed that a draw would have been a fair result.
The U15s found themselves 3 goals down before they knew what was going on in a very disappointing first-half. To the team’s credit, they pulled themselves together at half-time and the second-half was a much more even affair.
This was a very exciting game of hockey with action in both halves. There were excellent defending and attacking plays from all players and the team were unlucky not to win, with the final score being 4-2. Player of the Match goes to Lois Jones who scored one and also set up the second goal which Nicole Ruparelia finished well.
The U14s cannot be faulted for their excellent effort and tenacity on Saturday. Losing 2-0 was testament to some excellent tackling by the defence as well as some superb saves from Goal Keeper and Player of the Match, Imogen Power. Special mention must also go to Emily Marsh and Olivia Gilchrist.
The U13A team faced a very strong Kimbolton side and although they lost 7-0, they should be pleased with their performance. The Ratcliffe girls showed great team spirit and determination as they continued to work hard throughout the whole game. They defended excellently and Olivia Walklett, who made some excellent saves, was awarded Player of the Match. The girls also showed great belief as they continued to create chances and were unlucky not to convert some opportunities into goals. Well done once again to the whole squad.
The U13B team lost their match. Player of the Match was Natalie Dawe for her strong passing.
The U12A team were evenly matched in this game of hockey, and were unlucky to concede 2 well worked goals from penalty corners, resulting in the final score being 2-1 to Kimbolton. Player of the Match Emily Grimmett scored the only goal of the match with some terrific individual play.
The U12B team came up against a strong Kimbolton team. The defence was excellent with Charlotte Meadows in goal making some fantastic saves. Player of the Match goes to Isobel Barnard for her excellent clearances away from the D.
Rebecca Taylor, Girls’ Sports Captain.
I feel that I need to say a big thank you to all my staff, the players and parents for an amazing weekend of sport where we fielded 16 teams. This enabled us to get more children participating in sport than ever before. Thank you to all parents who supported our teams on the day, as without your help and support we wouldn’t be able to do such well.
Mr Gilchrist, Director of Sport