On Saturday, the first team had a triangular fixture with Hill House and Hull Collegiate. They began with a comfortable victory over Hill House winning 26 – 15. Some fantastic through court play and great shooting from Izzy Hose and Hattie Lawrie gave Ratcliffe an early lead. The defence continued to make numerous interceptions and the attack were able to capitalise on this leading to further goals. Player of the Match goes to Sharmel Yapa for great defensive pressure throughout.
The team then played Hull Collegiate and won 28 – 4. The girls pulled away in the first quarter with great attacking play and Hull Collegiate struggled to get the ball into the circle with great defensive pressure from Sophie Bradley and Nicole Spencer. The early lead in the first half gave Ratcliffe the opportunity to try new combinations in the shooting circle. Player of the Match goes to Izzy Hose for consistent shooting accuracy throughout.
On Saturday, the second team competed in a triangular fixture against Hill House and Hull Collegiate. They first played Hill House and won 24 – 12. It took the girls a few minutes to get into the game, however, they soon found their feet and passed the ball with great accuracy. The girls demonstrated some fantastic attacking play, with some great passes into the holding shooter resulting in 100% shooting statistics in the first quarter. Player of the Match was awarded to Ihuoma Osuji for hard work playing Centre. Coaches Player was awarded to Abigail Santaney for her consistent shooting.
They then played Hull Collegiate and won 17 – 0. Our defensive unit created many opportunities which was then converted into goals. Player of the Match was awarded to Mimi Khan for her constant man-to-man marking, resulting in numerous interceptions. Coaches Player was awarded to Ihuoma Osuji for her fantastic passes into the circle.
The U15A team had two excellent wins, beating Hill House 32 – 6 and Hull Collegiate 24 – 6. It was a fantastic performance by the whole squad in both games, with the defenders closing down the opposition, denying them shooting opportunities. The defence created many turnovers which the attacking players, using the width of the court well, provided accurate passes into the shooters. Annie Rose Reddin, Amy Mason and Maddi Bryant were Players’ of the Match for their consistent high skill level throughout both games.
The U15B team suffered a tough loss to a very strong Rawlings Academy team midweek. The girls came up against some experienced, older girls which showed. They fought hard with some good periods of play and teamwork but unfortunately not enough to secure a win. Player of the Match went to Olivia Crawley
The U14A team put in an excellent performance in a tight game to win 16 – 15 against Ockbrook School. The game was pretty much neck and neck throughout and played at a high intensity. The girls displayed some excellent netball, winning many turn-over balls and passing the ball in to the circle well. Holly Clark Pratt was awarded Players’ Player and the whole team was awarded Coaches’ Player.
On Saturday, the U14A team beat Hill House 8 — 6 and lost to Hull collegiate 13 — 4. With the courts proving to be quite slippy, it took the girls a while to get use to the conditions and to play are normal free flowing netball, though the standard of netball was high in both games. A great week from all the girls. Players’ of the Match were Annie Jarvis and Chelsea Makandeni.
The U14B team won 12 – 11 against Ockbrook School in what was a very evenly contested affair. The girls played well as a team, and transitioned the ball nicely from defence to attack, though sometimes a little too quickly. The shooters Olivia Chapman and Coral Keates moved and worked well together in the circle, and received some excellent passes. Player of the Match was Coral Keates and Players’ Player of the Match was Tilly Miles.
The U14B team hosted Rawlins Academy on Thursday evening and won 21 – 14. After being three down after the first quarter, and drawing 11 – 11 at half-time, the Ratcliffe girls pulled together, particularly defensively, to secure a lead and then maintain it. This was a really strong team effort and individual Player of the Match accolades could have gone to any one of the girls on the team. Coaches Player of the Match went to Amelia Tebbutt, who ended up getting numerous interceptions and Player’s Player went to Coral Keates who had a brilliant shooting performance.
The U13A team travelled to Hill House to play a triangular fixture along with Hull Collegiate. In the first game, they beat Hull Collegiate 17 – 7. The girls started strongly and this continued throughout the game as they asserted their authority, especially in the attacking third.
Ratcliffe then played Hill House and won 17 – 1. The girls were in their stride and continued with a high standard of play. Player of the Match for both games was Sophie Walker.
The U12A team travelled to Hill House for a triangular fixture. Ratcliffe played Hull Collegiate in their first match and won 19 – 0. The girls started strongly with efficient play through court and fantastic shooting from Sophie Bardsley and Rebecca Bloor. Milly Lake, Izzy Westwood and Fran Best turned the ball over early to secure possession. The girls pushed on for the second half and managed to keep a clean defensive sheet with no goals conceded. Player of the Match was Milly Lake. Coaches’ Player of the Match was Molly Hunt.
Ratcliffe faced Hill House in their second match of the day and won 10 – 1. Ratcliffe started slowly finishing the first quarter 1 – 1. The attacking play improved and the shooters accuracy meant that Ratcliffe took the lead. Milly Lake and Izzy Westwood worked tirelessly to keep the ball out of the circle and despite their height disadvantage turned over numerous balls. Player of the Match was Sophie Bardsley and joint Coaches’ Player of the Match was Holly McNeeny and Molly Hunt.
The U12B/C team played against Hinckley Academy at home on Monday evening and won 13 – 1. The girls played very well with some great passing and defending which gave them the early lead in the first half 6 – 1. Ratcliffe kept up the hard work and tight marking in the second half to stop Hinckley from scoring. Player of the Match was Maisie Collier and Coaches Player of the Match goes to Kerry Wells for some fantastic shooting.
The 1st team put in a controlled display to comfortably win 4 – 0 against a spirited Nottingham High team. Although starting slowly they managed to go into half-time 2 – 0 up with both goals being scored by Alex Purcell. In the second half Ratcliffe continued to dominate. Tom Binnie converted a penalty stroke and James Turner completed the scoring. Player of the Match was Tom Page who had a great game at half back.
The 2nd team have had a busy week. They played their Tier 4 County Tournament on Wednesday. Unfortunately, with a game to go the tournament was stopped due to a frozen pitch. On Saturday against Nottingham High the performance level was much higher ending up with an excellent 5 – 0 win. There were some terrific performances from the boys, especially Krishan Jivanji, who scored a hat-trick. Other goal scorers were James Berns and Alex Bown. The boys need to try and keep the intensity of this performance up for the rest of the term.
Ratcliffe 3rd XI lost a closely fought game 1 – 0. Ratcliffe dominated much of the possession and had the lion’s share of chances at goal, but couldn’t capitalise. Player of the Match was Tom Hammond.
The Under 15 team played a very good game against Nottingham High. The High School dominated the first-half, with their star man running the game, but they could not get the breakthrough. Ratcliffe dominated the second half and their work rate was outstanding. They created a number of half chances through some good team play before Man of the Match Dan McGunnigle scored what looked like the winning goal. Sadly, Nottingham hit back almost immediately and the match ended in a draw.
The Ratcliffe U14/15B played against Nottingham High and came away with a fine 6 – 2 win. The boys got off to a great start scoring a goal in the first 5 minutes of the game through Henry Coombs. The boys kept up the relentless pressure by playing the ball out wide which led to a further two goals by Temi Abiodun and Henry Coombs getting his second of the match. The Half – time score was 3 – 0 to Ratcliffe College. The second half didn’t start as well as the first with Nottingham High getting two early goals, the boys managed to control their frustration though by going back to basics which led to Louis Westwood getting a great goal off a short corner. A further two goals from Temi Abiodun and Joe Davis sealed the match. Man of the Match for his great skill and work down the left wing went to Henry Coombs and a mention must also go to Jacob Storey for his great passes down the right hand side.
The Ratcliffe U14A team lost 3 – 2 this weekend to Nottingham High School. The game was a very physical encounter, which was largely dominated by Ratcliffe. A slow start by the boys allowed the opposition a 3 – 1 lead going into half-time, with Samuel Gray scoring the goal for Ratcliffe. In the second half, Ratcliffe took control of the game, creating chances and causing real problems to the opposition. However, a lack of composure around the opposition circle allowed Nottingham High to hold firm until the final 5 minutes, when Harry Gamble finished off a great team move. Unfortunately, Ratcliffe were unable to grab the equalizer and lost the game, though they deserved better. Player of the Match goes to Cameron Mulvihill for his dominance in the centre of midfield.
The U13As had a tough fixture against a very well-drilled Nottingham High School team and unfortunately lost the game 8 – 0. Despite some great saves early on by Henry King, Nottingham were able to convert a few of their chances and Ratcliffe’s head’s dropped. Although, Ratcliffe did come out after half-time with energy and had a much better half than the first, showing Nottingham that they could match them in many areas of the pitch. However, the boys were unfortunate not to capitalise on their chances. Man of the Match goes to Sam Pick for some great work in defence.
It was a challenging day at the office for the U13/12B team who came up against a strong Nottingham side losing 4 – 0. Nottingham pressed aggressively from the start and reaped the benefits, as Ratcliffe gave away 2 easy goals. After that it was an uphill battle for Ratcliffe who failed to respond, in spite of Man of the Match Quin Capsticks best efforts.
The U12s played some very good hockey to beat Nottingham High School 4 – 0. If it had not been for the excellence of the opposition goal keeper, who made a number of outstanding saves, then the score line could have been considerably more. Goal scorers for Ratcliffe were Jacques Wilkins, Sam Leake, Kim O’Sullivan and Lucas Barker. Men of the Match were Sam Leake for his excellent skills and Olly Clark for controlling the game superbly in the midfield.
Congratulations to Fin Back (Year 11) who has agreed a long-term contract with Nottingham Forest. He will begin the scholarship programme on 1st July after his summer examinations followed by a three-year professional contract to commence on his 17th birthday. This is an incredible achievement and the whole School community is very proud of Fin and wish him every success in the future.
The Thai footballers had a very busy week with two games. Mid-week the boys beat Nott’s County 3 – 0 in a good competitive game, while on Saturday they scored an amazing 15 goals, beating Brook House College, including Jo scoring a double hat-trick.
Matthew Lindley and Jenna Pole