On Thursday members of the 1st team took part in the U18 County Indoor Championships for the first time. The girls were amazing throughout and after some great results against Leicester Grammar and Welbeck, coupled with narrow losses to Oakham and Uppingham, they eventually finished 3rd overall, just missing out on qualification for the regional round. Goal scorers on the day were Olivia Back 3 and Eleanor Godwin 4. Players of the Tournaments were Eleanor Godwin and Amy Baxter.
The 1st team travelled to Hill House and even though they were missing four key players they put in a gritty display to win 3 – 2. Hill House started the stronger and midway through the first half they took the lead. However, Ratcliffe came into the game towards half-time and scored two quick goals to lead at the break, with two well finished goals from Olivia Carpenter and Eleanor Godwin. After the break Ratcliffe then increased their lead with a goal through Flora Colville. Ratcliffe had to dig deep at the end to protect their lead. Player of the Match Nicole Spencer was immense in midfield as she marked Hill House’s key player out the game. Hill House did pull one goal back towards the end, but Ratcliffe came away deserved winners.
The 2nd XI lost 2 – 0 to Nottingham High on Saturday. Both goals came during the second half after a solid first half by the girls. This was a much improved performance from last week’s disappointing performance and will hopefully give the girls confidence for the rest of the term. Player of the Match went to Mollie Page who played very well, making a number of excellent interceptions and passes.
On Tuesday the U15A team made it two wins in two games with a comprehensive 6 – 0 win over Our Lady’s Convent. From the start Ratcliffe controlled the game and scored early on with goals through Aimee Cleminson and Emma Turner. By half-time they had doubled their lead with further goals from Mimi Khan and Aimee once more. In the second half Ratcliffe once more took control and even though changes were made to the formation they still added to their goal tally with goals from Maddy Lindop and Mimi again. Player of the Match was Emma Turner
The U15A team had another solid performance, as they travelled away and faced a gritty Hill House team, with three key players missing, it was up against us but the girls played some good hockey, and were determined working hard for one another. Ratcliffe opened the scoring with a well-worked goal, finished by Lucy Antill. Ratcliffe had the best play of the first half, unfortunately they couldn’t convert their chances and went into half time protecting a slender lead of 1 – 0. Hill House raised their game in the second half and it was end to end stuff. Unfortunately, Ratcliffe conceded a short corner in the dying seconds of the game, and Hill House scored a rather bizarre goal, with the ball being deflected on to the cross ball to drop down and spin into the goal. Though disappointed to draw 1 – 1 the girls should be pleased with their performance against another strong team and are currently unbeaten in three games. Keep up the hard work. Player of the Match was Lauren Brown.
The U15/14B girls played fantastically well to get their first win of the season, with a great 2 – 1 win. The game was hard fought with two very well matched sides. Having gone 1 – 0 down the girls fought hard to bring it level at half-time. Going into the second half the girls knew that they had to increase their level of intensity, which they did. The game looked to be heading in Nottingham High Schools favour when they had a 3 v 1 at goal only to be denied with a fantastic double save by Eva Hluchan. The result looked to be decided but with 30 seconds to go Player of the Match Kadie Cowlinshaw scored her second goal from the back post, giving Ratcliffe the 2 – 1 win.
On Saturday, the U14A team travelled to Doncaster to play a very strong side from Hill House school but unfortunately lost 4 – 0. The girls started off confidently with some good attacking runs down the right wing from Annie Rose Reddin. However, Hill House were quick on the break and managed to score two goals in quick succession in the first 15 minutes. Maddi Bryant and Millie Chapman made some strong tackles in defence but couldn’t keep out the Hill House forwards who managed to score another two before the half-time whistle. In the second half Mathilda Cregeen made some spectacular saves and the team worked hard to keep the ball out of our defending half. Elise Atkinson and Amy Mason made some great runs, unfortunately they didn’t manage to find the back of the net.
On Monday, the U13A team travelled to Nottingham High school to play their U14 team and came away with a 0 – 0 draw. The girls started strongly in the first half with some promising runs down the wing from Annie Jarvis and some great chances falling to Victoria Wheatley who narrowly missed the goal. In the second half, the girls had all the possession and kept the ball in the Nottingham high school end of the pitch. Amelia Wells distributed the ball well in midfield and created numerous chances, however, none of these resulted in a goal. Player of the Match was Freya Wilkins.
The U13A’s returned to 7-a-side on Saturday against Hill House. After having made some great improvements over the last few weeks in the 11-a-side format they struggled early on in the game to adjust back to this format. Despite this they went 2 – 0 up against Hill House in the first half thanks to goals from Tallulah Wood and Victoria Wheatley. The opposition did however, pull one back just before half-time and took this momentum into the second half. Despite some good attempts on the opposition goal Ratcliffe couldn’t prevent some well worked goals from the opposition and the final score was 4 – 2 to the visitors. Player of the Match was Annie Jarvis for some great attacking play.
On Monday, the U13Bs had a fantastic 5 – 1 win against Nottingham High School. Excellent attacking play saw the girls take a 2 – 0 lead thanks to two goals from Amelia Tebbutt. Ella Clark and Eleni Malhan added three more goals in the second half. Well
done to all girls for playing their best hockey so far this season and congratulations to Isabella Illsley-Ridge for receiving Player of The Match
On Saturday, the U13Bs had a fantastic fixture against Hill House School. A very fast paced and exciting game ended in a 4 – 2 loss for the girls. However, there were some great passages of play and the girls pushed right until the last second of the match. Congratulations to Amelia Tebbutt for receiving Player of The Match.
The U12A team had to fight hard to secure a 3 – 2 win in a thrilling end to end hockey match against Hill House. Both teams showed a high level of skill and tactical play but the Ratcliffe team dug deep to come from 2 – 1 down to win 3 – 2. Goalkeeper, Jessica Bardsley, made some fantastic saves, kicking the ball strongly away to set up many counter attacks. A fantastic performance, well done to all the players.
It was a cold but bright morning for Ratcliffe U12 B team as they took on Hill House and narrowly lost 3 – 2. Ratcliffe started strongly with good possession leading to some excellent attempts on goal. Ratcliffe’s first goal was scored by Ella Rose Seymour who managed to keep composure after receiving a pass in the D from a penalty corner. Unfortunately, this lead was short lived with Hill House pulling the score back to 1 – 1 a couple of minutes later, then scoring a second goal from a short corner to lead 2 – 1 at half-time. After discussions about using greater pitch width, Ratcliffe took this advice on board, looking for wide passes and playing some fantastic hockey. Jayde Patterson showed her strength, playing as a forward for the first time, and scoring a superb goal after a quick break. Ratcliffe were back in the game at 2 – 2. With 10 minutes to go Hill House managed to once again take the lead after scoring from a set piece. At the final whistle it was 3 – 2 to Hill House with Ratcliffe narrowly missing out. However, it was a brilliant effort from all players who showed enthusiasm and an impressive fighting spirit. Player of the Match was Connie Colville, who led the team confidently as captain. Well done, girls!
It was another excellent 22 – 2 win for the U12A team in the quarter final of the Team Leicestershire tournament against South Wigston. The whole team played a high standard of netball with Maddie Whalley and Hollie Chapman earning Players of the Match.
On Thursday, the U14A netball team narrowly lost by one goal in the last minute of the semi-final of the county tournament against Loughborough High School. After a slow start in their group games, the team fought hard in the quarter final to earn their semi-final match. Strong play from all the squad, especially from defenders Eleni Malhan, Maddy Bryant and Player of the Tournament, Millie Chapman, resulted in a thrilling match, despite the final score.
The 1st XV, at last, came out the right side of a close game. Tries from Luke Chilton, Henry Wells and Harry Brookes plus a conversion by George Morgan-Jones saw Ratcliffe in the lead by 17 points to 15 with 20 minutes to go. Both sides threw everything into trying to gain the victory, but a magnificent defensive performance saw Ratcliffe home. Indeed, Ratcliffe were camped in the visitors 22 on the final whistle pushing to extend their lead. There were several outstanding individual performances but, on this occasion, the entire side share the Player of the Match award.
The 2nd XV had a great game against King Henry as the boys showed what they are capable of doing when they keep the ball in hand for a number of phases. There was an excellent performance from Harry Culpin who ran some great lines and also from Ollie Welsh who had a great game. The boys also showed real character to keep the opposition from scoring. It was very hard to pick a Man of the Match as Joe Collier also had a strong game with his ball carrying but that prize, for his tremendous work in both attack and defence, must go to George Linnett. Final score was 65 – 0 to Ratcliffe.
The U15 team returned to winning ways in emphatic fashion with a 55 – 0 victory against King Henry. A poor first half performance was compensated for by a hat trick by Man of the Match Connor Foster. The second half saw a much better team display with some great team tries being scored as they won, comfortably, with the backs in particular, excelling.
The U15B team enjoyed a very exciting game against Pitsford School on Tuesday. The game was literally end-to-end with the lead changing hands frequently. Unfortunately, Pitsford scored the final try emerging 24-19 winners. All played well but Emeka Osuji was the outstanding player, tacking and running very strongly.
Ratcliffe won an entertaining game of rugby v King Henrys. Individual efforts in the first half yielded two quick scores, but King Henrys fought back scoring their only try. Ratcliffe scored one further try in the first half, which in terms of a team effort was very untidy. Ratcliffe started to work well as a team in the second half and scored another quick try – this time through good interplay between the backs and forwards. It was good to see all team members running supporting lines and making use of the drills they have been taught – cries of “shotgun”, “hit” and “green ball” could be heard on the side-lines. The scoring was capped by a fantastic team effort which was started in our half. The ball was moved quickly out to Calvin Poon on the wing, good support play from Ben Ashford kept the move alive and more quick hands led to the final score from Toby Blackmore and it was a fitting end to a much improved performance in the second half. No individual Player of the Match was awarded as all worked hard for each other throughout. Guy Mills led the team well, Toby Blackmore marshalled the backs. Ollie Hunt had a fantastic debut at flanker, and Calvin Poon, despite not having played much rugby, had a good game on the wing.
The U14 rugby team narrowly lost 12 – 5 against King Henry’s. Against the run of play King Henry’s took the lead and led 5 – 0 at half time. Ben Jackson worked tirelessly around the pitch and some excellent cover tackles by Xabier Zanotti-Baranano kept Ratcliffe in the game. King Henry’s stretched their lead to 12 points although Ratcliffe eventually scored through Tycho Parkes. Ollie Howard played well after coming on at half time but Man of the Match goes to Xabier Zanotti-Baranano for his excellent tackling.
Against King Henry’s on Saturday, another slow Ratcliffe start saw us go a try down early before the boys switched on and started to play some excellent rugby, scoring good tries through Cameron Mulvahill and David Seidu. King Henry’s hit back just before half time to level the scores. The second half was an evenly contested affair played generally in the middle of the pitch as the two teams battled it out. An excellent last ditch tackle by Sam Gray kept Henry’s out but pressure told and the opposition scored with five minutes to go and held on for a 15 – 10 win. Phelton Tandoh wins the big hit award and Tyler Black the Man of the Match award for his good tackling and disruptive work at the breakdown.
In wet conditions Ratcliffe beat King Henry’s 25 – 10. The first half was hard fought, with both teams struggling to dominate and the score was 10 – 10 at half-time. However, after half-time Ratcliffe dominated the break down and were clinical in attack scoring three unanswered tries. Tries were scored by Stefan El-Fady, Ezra Starley and a hat-trick by Man of the Match Matthew Heywood.
The U13B team put up a brave display against an athletic Dixie Grammar A team. Excellent rucking and phase play enabled the team to retain possession for long passages of play. Unfortunately, Dixie had a number of pacey and powerful runners who were able to break through the Ratcliffe defence and score tries at regular intervals. Ratcliffe stuck to the task well and fought back with tries from Daniel Bailey and Man of the Match Ibrahim Hussain. The final score was 50 – 10 to Dixie.
The U12s suffered a harsh defeat against King Henry’s. Ratcliffe played very well and made some excellent tackles but King Henry’s side were dominant at the ruck and were able to create many turnovers. Man of the Match went to Sebastian Welch for having such a huge impact on the game when he came off the bench with great aggression levels and amazing tackling. Final score was 40 – 5 to King Henry.
Having qualified for the regional finals, Ratcliffe under 13 Tennis team made the long journey to Tipton on Friday along with three other regional winners. Ratcliffe were drawn against Trent in the semi-final and were soon in the lead after a Louie Fletcher masterclass. Sam Davies and George Binnie battled well to win their doubles and Joe Davies, once again, had to dig deep to beat a very good opponent 7 – 5. George wrapped up the win with a 6 – 0 in his singles, Sam also won his and Louie and Joe their doubles. So, after not dropping a set against Trent, hopes were high going into the final against Warwick, who beat Ellesmere in their semi-final. Early indications were that this was going to be a much tougher test than Trent and so it proved at the half way stage with Ratcliffe 2-1 down. Unfortunately, despite Louie and Joe winning their doubles, Sam and George just couldn’t get into their singles and we ended up losing the match 8 – 4. Congratulations must go to the whole squad for their never say die attitude and for making it to the last eight schools in the whole of Great Britain, finishing in second place is a fantastic achievement.