The opposition for the girls’ netball teams were Hinckley Academy, Rawlins, Hull Collegiate and Hill House.
On Saturday, the 1st team beat Hull Collegiate 23 – 7 and lost 8 – 10 to Hill House in their triangular match. Hull struggled to break through the tight defensive pairing of Isobel Thomas and Nicole Spencer with Isobel timing her jumps perfectly to deflect many shots at goal. Nicole was dominant in her through court transitions along with Liyah Pinsent Heskey enabling Sharmel Yapa and Sophia Henderson (making her 1st team debut), to accurately feed the shooters, Isobel Hose and Ellie Hollinshead. Hill House were stronger opposition and despite taking many interceptions and deflections there were too many unforced errors which reduced Ratcliffe’s shooting opportunities and the team were always chasing Hill House’s lead. Players of the Day went to Nicole Spencer and Isobel Thomas. Congratulations also to Year 10 player, Aimee Cleminson who also made her debut for the 1st team.
The U15A team played at high intensity and speed against Hull with some great movement in the circle from Lauren Brown and Eleanor Shaw. Maddie Lindop steadied play and made lots of fantastic tips in the centre third. This hard work paid off and the girls won 15 – 8. However, against Hill House they had their work cut out and despite some brilliant defending from Annabell Mills and Becky Lindley, the girls lost 15 – 7. Player of the Day was Maddie Lindop.
On Thursday the U15B team, in appalling weather conditions lost 6 – 4 to Rawlins. The girls started strong and managed to hold a lead in the first half against Rawlins with some great shooting from Sophie Brown. In the second half, Mimi Khan made some fantastic interceptions but despite this, the girls started to trail behind. The final score was 6 – 4 to Rawlins. Player of the Match was Mimi Khan.
The U14A team had a competitive first half against Hull, going goal for goal. They settled into a more controlled second half with Maddi Bryant and Millie Chapman making some fantastic interceptions whilst shooter, Rachel Astill, rarely missed, resulting in a well-deserved 14 – 8 win. Against Hill House, the girls started off slowly. Elise Atkinson made numerous tips in the centre third and Annie-Rose Reddin’s movement in the circle was brilliant. Although the girls fought hard they couldn’t quite overcome the opposition, with the final score being 14 – 8 to Hill House. Player of the day was Elise Atkinson.
On Thursday, despite adverse weather conditions, the U14A team got off to a solid start against Rawlins, taking an early lead. Rachel Astill and Annie-Rose Reddin worked hard to sink their shots and support each other with rebounds. However, Rawlins fought back during the second quarter, with Ratcliffe making some unforced errors, allowing Rawlins back into the game. Nevertheless, Ratcliffe regrouped at half time, focusing on possession and portrayed some solid defence, especially from Amelia Chapman and Olivia Crawley. With Annie Bridgwood and Elise Atkinson presenting some strong movement and offers through court, the girls maintained their lead and won 14 – 13. The Player of the Match was Olivia Crawley.
On Saturday, the U13A team had two tight fixtures against Hill House and Hull Collegiate, unfortunately losing both games. The first game against Hull Collegiate, resulted in a 7 – 9 lost, though on top for most of the game the girls could not quite finish the game off and let Hull take the lead. The match against Hill House was similar, with Ratcliffe having all the possession and again not quite converting their chances and losing 4 – 3. The weather conditions and losing key players did not help us this weekend, as the girls were far superior to their opposition, however, there were too many unforced errors and we were not clinical enough in attack. Well done to all the girls for their work rate, Players of the Day goes to Holly Clark-Pratt and Chelsea Makandeni.
The U12A team had a brilliant weekend of netball against Hill House and Hull Collegiate. The first match against Hull was a great 13 – 2 win. Player of the Match, Sophie Walker, worked superbly with Katherine McCrindell in the circle, moving well together and reading off each other with ease as they managed to rack up the goals. Their hard work was made easier by fluid centre court play. Avani Gupta controlled the centre court with Coach’s Player of the Match, Jesse Beardsley, intercepting virtually everything in the defending third. Hill House were a stronger attacking team but defenders Jessie, Maddie Whalley and Player’s Player, Jayde Patterson, worked as a brilliant unit with Jayde staying strong as GK. The girls came out with an 8 – 1 victory. Sophie Shield gained Coach’s Player for keeping her cool under pressure. A great day of netball for all of the girls; they should all be congratulated on two great games.
The U12B team played against Hinckley Academy winning 6 – 5 in a contested game. Players of the Match, Jayde Patterson and Romi White’s strong defensive interceptions started off the Ratcliffe counter attack for shooters, Ella Rose Seymour and Sophie Packwood, to finish off.
The U12C team had a highly competitive fixture against Hinckley Academy, unfortunately losing 5 – 1. There were some areas of scrappy play as the ball went back and forth between the two teams. Hannah Murray put in a solid performance in centre court distributing the ball well to shooters, Emily Ball and Jessica Westwood. Rosie Dickerson made a fantastic impact when she entered the game at WD. Congratulations to Alex Mawby who received Player of the Match for an impressive performance at GK.
The U12A team lost 4 – 2 against Leicester Grammar, they certainly shouldn’t be disappointed by the result; considering it is the first time the girls have played together this term. Leicester Grammar took the lead scoring two goals in the first half, Daisy Reddin, scored in the early stages of the second half, however, a lapse of concentration meant Leicester scored two break away goals. Ratcliffe had the main share of possession, but could not convert their chances against a very good Leicester Grammar goal keeper. Zoe Howling scored in the last moments of the game to finish 4 –2. Player of the Match was Georgie Dynes for her excellent work rate and skill.
The U12B hockey team had a timid start against a strong Leicester Grammar team. The first half was made up of some wayward passing and both teams took their time getting back into the flow of hockey. However after a few changes the team seemed to find their feet. Lola Hobbs-Brake was solid in defence stopping all of the attacking plays from Leicester. Sophie Walker made three consecutive brilliant saves keeping the game level at 0 – 0. Hollie Chapman controlled the midfield with her great game awareness and Captain Marisa Smith worked hard for all of her passes. The girls did very well to keep the score at 0 – 0 and should be pleased with how they played. Lola Hobbs-Brake is awarded Player of the Match for her great defending and commitment to the ball.
Congratulations to all runners who took part in the Midlands cross country championships in rather adverse weather conditions. Well done to Mia Atkinson who came third in the U17 age group and winning a bronze medal and her team winning the gold medal.
Congratulations to Rosie Dickerson who competed in the Nottinghamshire ASA County Championships who medalled in every event she swam in, receiving three gold medals, and is ranked 2nd fastest in the country in her age group.
The first team had a very well fought 2 – 1 win against Nottingham High School. After being put under pressure by subsequent short corners in the first half, the boys skilfully and confidently played the ball up the field to score the first goal of the game. Early in the second half Nottingham High drew level. The boys then pulled together and showed great attitude and desire to win the game. Midway through the second half, Man of the Match Alex Purcell scored
the deciding goal of the game. All in all, a fantastic 2 – 1 win for the boys to move forward from for the remainder of the season.
The 2nd team produced their best performance of the term so far, winning 8 – 0 against Nottingham High School. The boys were outstanding from the first whistle, pressing high up the field and not giving the opposition time to settle. Man of the Match, Harry Best, set the tone with his work rate and scored four goals in the process, along with two from Matthew Egglenton and one apiece from Alex Bown and James Berns. The most pleasing thing about this performance was how the team moved the ball around the pitch, as they did this with speed and purpose and kept the opposition chasing. The defence were solid and compact; only allowing Ganesh Thapa to touch the ball once during the match. This now sets the bar for future performances. Well done boys.
The 3rd XI fought well throughout the game to finish with a 1 – 1 draw. Despite having the majority of the possession and chances they couldn’t equalise until the final two minutes of the game. Krishan Gupta earned the Man of the Match title for a strong game and also scoring the equalising goal.
The U15A got off to a great start scoring in the first minute of the game with Stanley Chell finishing off very well. We then lost a bit of focus during the middle part of the first-half which resulted in us eventually conceding a goal at the beginning of the second half. The boys regathered themselves by playing the ball out wide which then gave them room to play the ball in the middle of the field, allowing us to score a further two more goals through Krishnan Jivanji and Captain James Turner who had a great match with also two goal assists. Some other great performances came from Thomas Leite who stood up from the B team as well as Connor Foster who played very well when he was moved to right wing. Man of the Match for his work rate not only in attack but also in defence was Archie Heaney a great performance from the boys who were missing four of their starting players, final score 3 – 1 too Ratcliffe College
The U15/14B came up against an athletic Nottingham High School team, never the less they matched them all over the field and were unlucky to concede an early goal in the first half. After dominating the second half and really implementing what we had worked on in the week, they were unlucky not to be a few goals up, thanks to some great saves by the opposition goal keeper. Unfortunately with a few minutes to go Nottingham scored a breakaway goal, the boys did not drop their heads but Nottingham were able to counter again and the final score ended 4 – 0. There were many outstanding performances but Man of the Match goes to Ben Chilton.
On Tuesday the U14A side played their County Tournament. A tough draw meant, despite creditable performances, they were unable to progress to the semi-final stage.
On Saturday, the U14s recorded a good win in their early morning fixture. A cagey first half ended 0 – 0, with Ratcliffe underperforming. In the second half, they produced some superb hockey, notably down the right flank through Roman Carpenter and Man of the Match Ollie Howard. Wilson Lee, newly converted from full-back to forward, scored the goals in a 2 – 0 win.
The Under 13s played out a very exciting game against Nottingham High School. In a fairly even first half the visitors made the most of their chances and Ratcliffe went in to the half, two goals down. Despite relentless Ratcliffe pressure in the second half, Ratcliffe could only find the back of the net once with a powerful strike from Cameron Mulvihill. Ratcliffe can count themselves a little unlucky to lose 2 – 1. Players of the Match were Sam Gray and Daniel Bailey
The U13b’s had a very tough challenge this weekend when facing Nottingham High and very bad conditions yet again. When in possession, Ratcliffe were able to create some good plays with the ball and get some good scoring opportunities. Unfortunately, Nottingham’s attack was just too strong for Ratcliffe to cope with and Nottingham were able to maintain the majority of the possession. Man of the Match was Callum Storey, who put in a fantastic game using amazing stick control. The final score was 11 – 0 to Nottingham High.
The U12s had a well-earned, 1 – 0 win against Nottingham High. Ratcliffe dominated possession and territory but struggled to finish in the D due to some excellent Nottingham High defending. Fin Spencer had another strong game in midfield but Men of the Match were Will Pearce for his composure at the back and goal scorer Riley Kirk who did not stop running for the whole game.
Archie Heaney, Sports Ambassador
Congratulations to Alex Bown who has been selected for the Leicestershire County U16 Rugby team