The team suffered a 2 – 0 defeat against Oakham on Saturday. During the first half the game was very even, with both defences on top. In the second-half Oakham managed to score two quick goals and although the girls attacked well at times, they were unable to get the goals they needed. Players of the Match was Abigale Santaney and Annie Bridgwater for their effort.
The girls had a disappointing result to Oakam, losing 6 – 0. The first half was a solid uphill battle, with the opposition pressing us very high. During the second half we relieved the pressure my spreading the ball wider and maintain the width of the pitch during our attacking play. Player of the Match went to Sam Seidu, special mention going to Ihuoma Osuji and Isabella mulvihill also.
The U12a team were in fine form as they beat Nottingham High School 10 —1. From the off the girls played some fantastic hockey playing the ball wide and creating plenty of opportunities; if it wasn’t for the great keeping of the Nottingham High goalie the score could of been much more. Credit must go to all the girls as the goals were distributed throughout the team. Avani Gumpta with one, Georgie Daynes with two, Zoe Howling with one and amazingly both Daisy Reddin and Player of the Match, Sophie Shield scoring a hat-trick each. Well done to all the girls on their excellent play.
The U12B team pulled off a pleasing 3 – 0 win over Nottingham High School on Monday. All players put in a good performance with Player of the Match, goalkeeper, Sophie Walker, making some excellent saves. Connie Colville and Rosie Dickerson worked tirelessly throughout the game with Rosie, Ava Kinch and Ella Rose Seymour scoring the goals. Well done girls
Congratulations to Freya Wilkins (year 8) who danced in 19 dancers over the weekend from solos, duet and groups and came away with a medal in everyone from gold to bronze. Freya was also awarded The Best Entertaining Duet trophy and a trophy for the highest mark for her quartet in the festival. Well done Freya!
The U16s got off to a bad start with Ratcliffe conceding three tries in the first fifteen minutes of the game. The boys managed to regroup towards the latter part of the first half with Matt Egglenton, who was playing at Number 8, to the fore, with some good ball carries over the gain line. Ratcliffe had a great start to the second half with two quick tries through Harry Culpin, but with some key injures they could not maintain the momentum. There were some great performances from the U15 boys who came on off the bench and included an outstanding Man of the Match performance from Connor Foster. Despite a 37 – 12 loss there was a lot of character shown and the boys need to learn from their mistakes and be on their A game for a tough match against local rivals Leicester Grammar next Saturday.
The U14s beat Carres Grammar school 25 – 15. A tight first half saw Ratcliffe lead into the break 15 – 5. Sam Moss scored from an early number 8 pickup and Ratcliffe extended their lead late in the half through Dan McGunnigle and a second from Sam Moss. In the second half Sam Moss completed his hat-trick and an excellent solo effort from Dom Goodman secured the win. All players should be congratulated for their efforts but Man of the Match goes to Sam Moss for his strong running throughout the match.
The U13s had a very tense match against Carres Grammar. In a very even game, some weak Ratcliffe tackling allowed Carres to score but Ratcliffe bounced back well with tries of their own from David Seidu and an excellent effort by Phelon Tandoh who powered through virtually the whole Carres team. Ratcliffe played their best rugby in the early part of the second half dominating possession and territory and scoring further tries through David again, Matt Heywood and Cameron Mulvahill. Disappointingly, Ratcliffe allowed Carres back into the game towards the end and were only just able to hang on for a 30 – 25 win. Men of the Match go to Matt Heywood for his excellence in the forwards and Harry Gamble for some superb tackles from full back.
Ratcliffe U12s had a tough game against Carres Grammar but came out with a very good win. Carres took the early lead with a very good try but Ratcliffe managed to come back with some fantastic team tries and a 35 – 5 win. Harry Cregeen had some excellent runs but Man of the Match went to George Atkinson for putting in a number of huge tackles against some very big opposition players.
A great game saw Ratcliffe dominating three out of the four quarters of the match. The boys only conceded eight points in the whole first half while scoring 24 points. Ratcliffe added a further 12 points in the third quarter to Roundhills four. Roundhill came out strong in the fourth quarter with some harder defensive work, reducing the lead a little but by then we were too far in front. The game finished 40 points to 20 in Ratcliffe’s favour. Overall a great team performance with a lot of positive plays from all the team, in particular, a great well done to Player of the Match Terry Li with 18pts and the games top scorer.
Congratulations to Finn Noble who has been selected for the U15 England Epee Squad to compete in Poland next March, which is a fantastic achievement. This was secured following a 6th place finish on Saturday 18th November in Manchester. This result will also mean he will compete in the Grand Final of the U15 Elite Epee series on 9th December; only the top eight are invited in each age category. We wish Finn all the best.