On Thursday 30th November the 1st XI team played Leicester Grammar School in bleak weather conditions. In the first half the Ratcliffe girls dominated and in the first 15 minutes managed to secure a goal thanks to Molly Edwards and a Leicester Grammar deflected stick.
After some fantastic build up play from Eleanor Godwin and Molly Edwards, Olivia Back managed to score a superb reverse goal into the top corner making the score at half time 2 – 0. In the second half the snow really started to fall, however, this didn’t faze the girls and Olivia Back once again ran past the Leicester Grammar defence and found the back of the net. Izzy Thomas; who had a really strong game added to the score board soon after making it 4 – 0. In the last five minutes the girls seemed to take their foot off the gas and unfortunately Leicester Grammar took advantage of this making the final score 4 – 1. Player of the match was Olivia Back.
The 1st XI played a strong side from Wellingborough. In the opening few minutes Wellingborough managed to slip a quick goal past the Ratcliffe goalkeeper. Soon after, Olivia Back equalised with a superb strike from the top of the ‘D’. Unfortunately, Ratcliffe were caught on the break twice in quick succession and Wellingborough scored two more goals making the half-time score 3 – 1. In the second half, fantastic play by Molly Edwards and Olivia Back, enabled Izzy Thomas to score making it 3 – 2. Wellingborough scored another on the break to extend their lead to 4 – 2. Olivia Back once again ran past the Wellingborough defence in answer to this to score. In the dying moments of the game Ratcliffe were caught once more on the break making the final score 5 – 3. Player of the Match was Alex Offer.
The 2nd team lost their games this week against Leicester Grammar and Wellingborough. Thursday’s games were played in very difficult conditions. Saturday’s game was played in slightly warmer conditions, with the girls enjoying the challenge. Moving the ball around the pitch quickly, they created a number of chances but couldn’t score. At the other end, Elle Hall, who was nicknamed the “flying cat’ was amazing, earning her the Player of the Match award.
The Third XI played a brilliant game in the snow against Leicester Grammar. The final score of a 2 – 1 loss showed how close the game was. Despite the freezing temperatures all of the girls played well, with drive and enthusiasm. The girls worked the ball well up the pitch with some great runs from both Sofia Henderson and Izzy Pullen. Bea Waters played amazingly on the left making great attacking movements with the ball and great crosses into the D for the attackers to finish off. Bea should be congratulated on her terrific first goal of the season. The central unit of Ellie Hollinshead, Betsy Poll and Izzy Pullen kept the ball moving throughout the game and all three girls should be very pleased with how they played. In defence, every one of the girls played out of their skin as a solid unit and worked as a team; communicating and tacking fiercely. Players of the Match go to Bea Waters for a brilliant all-around performance and to Sophie Pole for stepping in at the last minute and making some brilliant saves.
On Saturday, the third team played a well-fought match again Wellingborough culminating in a 0 – 0 draw. The two teams were matched very evenly and this led to a highly competitive game. Ratcliffe’s defence played very well and Elle Hall made some excellent saves. Lara Gee and Liyah Pinsent-Heskey should be commended on their outstanding defensive play. In the midfield Izzy
Pullen played out of her skin and kept the game flowing. Unfortunately, we couldn’t quite score a goal but there was great work from Betsy Poll who was always in space and ready for the ball. Players of the Match go to Lara Gee and Izzy Pullen who between them kept the game flowing and kept the intensity high. Well done girls, a great last game for all of the girls to finish the season.
On Tuesday, the girls played in a thrilling 3 – 3 draw as they travelled away to Leicester Grammar. The girls were a little slow to start in the first half and were unfortunate to concede two goals and to not convert any of their chances, going in at half- time 2 – 0 down. Early in the second half the girls started brightly scoring a goal courtesy of Maddie Lindop. Leicester Grammar then scored another, however, the girls continued to work hard and a second goal was scored, with a fantastic finish from Bella Whalley. The third goal was scored by a strong hit from Aimee Cleminson at the top of the D, which made it a nervy end to the game, with both teams going for the win. It was fantastic game of hockey and all girls were a credit to themselves. Player of the Match was awarded to the whole team.
On Saturday, the U15s lost 4 – 1 away to Wellingborough. The score-line doesn’t reflect the game as again this was another good team performance, with lots of good attacking play and defending. Lauren Brown scored the only goal for Ratcliffe; her first of the season. Players of the Match were Aimee Cleminson and Danielle Hendry.
The U15/14B met Wellingborough away; having watched the A teams battle the girls knew they were in for a tough game. The game was fought hard throughout but the girls struggled to capitalise on their possession. The team conceded a goal in each half to lose 2 – 0 at full time. Player of the Match goes to the whole team for the best team performance of the year!
On Saturday, the U14A team faced Wellingborough School at home. The girls started strongly in the first half with some great chances created by Amy Mason and Annie Bridgwood. Soon after Annie Rose Reddin ran the ball beautifully down the right wing and slipped the ball into the back post for Rachel Astill to make it 1 – 0. Unfortunately, we sat back after this and Wellingborough took advantage and sneaked a goal just before half-time making it 1 – 1. In the second half there was nothing between the two teams and after a closely contested fight the game finished 1 – 1. Player of the Match was Annie Rose Reddin.
The U13A team played very well to beat Quinton House 9 – 1. The girls played very well what moving the ball wide and attacking the circle with confidence. It was lovely to see the girls enjoying their hockey. Goal scorers were Victoria Wheatley, Tallulah Wood and Matilda Miles with two each and Annie Jarvis, Amelia Haggis and Amelia Tebbutt al scoring one. Player of the Match was the whole team. Well played, girls!
Congratulations to Zoe Howling, who has been selected for the u13 county hockey squad.
The U12 team lost 3 – 21 to a very strong Loughborough team in the semi-final of the Team Leicester tournament. Some excellent defensive work from Player of the Match, Jessie Bardsley, along with the feisty, determined play from Daisy Reddin, spurred the team on and they played their hearts out, never giving up despite the score
Congratulations to Mia Atkinson and Archie Banks who both won their respective cross-country league races at Brooksby College on Saturday morning. These victories mean that Mia is the County League Champion for Intermediate Girls and Archie is the County League Champion for Senior Boys.
Congratulations to the Year 7 Girls’ team of Caitlin Cummins, Sophie Shield, Zoe Howling and Daisy Reddin who finished fourth in the overall County League standings for the County Team competition at the end of four league races.
Despite enjoying an equal share of possession Ratcliffe found themselves 31 points down at half-time with a well organised Leicester Grammar School XV capitalising on a catalogue of errors. With two of their most influential players (Harry Heaney and Matt Ward) off the field with injuries and Harry Brooks only able to make a limited contribution due to County commitments the task seemed daunting. However, a spirited performance saw Ratcliffe first gain some respectability and then, with 10 minutes to go found themselves with an outside chance of pulling off an amazing comeback. Unfortunately, time ran out. Henry Wells scored two tries, running in from the half way line on both occasions after some excellent build up play. Jon Somerville rounded off an excellent man of the match performance (shared with Adam Stamp) with the final try. Ratcliffe 26 Leicester 31.
The 2nd team got off to the worst possible start as they conceded early tries and were 19 – 0 at half-time. The boys showed superb character in the second half led by Alex Bown who carried the ball well along with Ollie Welch and George Linnett who also had strong performances. Man of the Match goes to Matt Egglenton for his outstanding work rate in both attack and defence. It was a tremendous second half effort by the whole team to keep the opposition scoreless and score nineteen unanswered points. Final score was 19 – 19.
Despite fighting hard for the whole game the U15 team came unstuck against a large Leicester team who played an impressive offloading game. The forwards spoiled well and the set piece was good but Ratcliffe struggled to contain their powerful runners. Captain Joe Stamp was Man of the Match. Final score was 47 – 5 to Leicester Grammar.
Ratcliffe were presented with a serious challenge in the final Saturday game of the season and started well, but a series of mistakes led to two quick tries by Leicester Grammar. Ratcliffe made a lot of territory but whenever they dropped the ball, or made a mistake Leicester capitalised and scored. The team showed good spirit, never giving up throughout. Guy Mills played well, leading from the front and galvanising the defence. Ben Chilton had a good game stealing possession and breaking up attacks. Man of the Match goes to Guy Heywood who was strong in defence, making several last ditch tackles, stopping tries and organising the back line.
The U14 rugby team recorded a good win, beating Leicester Grammar 15 – 0. A tight game saw both teams work tirelessly in defence. The first try was not scored until 10 minutes into the second half and came after a sustained period of Ratcliffe pressure. Ratcliffe try scorers were Sam Linnett, Dan McGunnigle and Dom Goodman, who scored with the last play of the match after an excellent pass by Ollie Howard. Cameron Cover had another excellent game and made some impressive tackles. Man of the Match goes to Xavier Henderson for his excellent work rate in the first half.
The U13s played some excellent rugby to beat Leicester Grammar 50 – 0. David Seidu and Phelton Tandoh were excellent, scoring five tries between them. Other try scorers were Joe Atkinson, Harvey Henderson and Joe Butler. Sam Gray and Tom Leighton had their best games of the season but Man of the Match goes to Ethan Starley for his barnstorming running and in scoring two excellent tries.
Ratcliffe were unlucky to lose 25 – 20 to Leicester Grammar. Ratcliffe held their own against a physical Leicester team and came back from three tries down to almost draw the match, but were denied by the final whistle. Two tries were scored by Tristan Turner, with the others provided by Lawrence Brazil and Rocco Lanza. Men of the Match were Rocco Lanza for his hard carrying in the midfield and James Clark-Pratt for his tough tackling.
The U12s lost to Leicester grammar by just one try in a very tough game. The match was very even throughout with both teams having some exceptional attacking phases. Man of the Match was Riley Kirk for his fantastic tackling and brilliant attitude throughout the entire game.
On Wednesday, the Year 9 team were runners-up in the Team Leicestershire basketball tournament at Cedars Academy. Ratcliffe were beaten by an extremely strong side from Martin High in the opening game, playing against basketball players that play at National League level. Ratcliffe then played Roundhill Academy in the second game where we came out winners in a close game; 8 – 4, with a strong performance from Calvin Poon and a great defensive effort from Harvey Henderson. The team continued their winning ways in the final game against Cedars Academy with a defiant performance to win 4 – 3.
Overall a good result from a team that was put together very recently and had very little training.