Rugby For All Festival at Herringthorpe

Last night Mr Duroe had the pleasure of taking 14 Y7s to the Rugby For All Festival at Herringthorpe. Having only a handful of sessions of Rugby in their PE lessons and being up against more experienced teams outlet lads were going to be up against it.

We started the first game against St Bernard’s well-controlling possession well which eventually resulted in a try for Lewis Richardson who made a superb breakdown wing and finished well in the corner. Unfortunately, St Bernard’s were able to control territory and possession better for the rest of the game as they switched to more direct approach with several of their players able to execute a Samoan sidestep to good effect. However, they did have to work hard for their 3 tries as the entire Clifton team defended as if their lives depended on it. Definite bodies on the line stuff and none of them gave up and deserved better than the 15-5 scoreline.

The second fixture against Aston started as the last game ended with Clifton unfortunately not getting their hands on the ball enough to get anything going. Aston capitalised on a few tired bodies and their superior rugby knowledge at the breakdown. The game ended 10-0 to Aston.

For those with limited Rugby knowledge it’s 5 points for a try, so in footballing terms we lost 3-1 and 2-0.

I can’t fault any member of the team in terms of their effort and determination. This team has a lot of potential and already has an attribute that can’t be coached, grit! All of the team were willing to get stuck and make the tackles, against players that were in most cases were twice their size.

If you see any of the lads please congratulate them on their efforts, as myself and Mr Fisher have high hopes for this group. For a first game with little/no experience in the team they were excellent and it was a definite team effort. No passing to the big lad who can run through 3 people at a time. Our lads were trying to and succeeding at playing some proper Rugby!


Netball Fixture V Oakwood

The girls had a fixture last night against Oakwood at Cranworth Road.The year 7’s had a good turn out with 11 players. Chisom stepped up and played for the y9’s which was a very nice gesture. We had some debut players in Billie-Jo, Skye and Lola.

Although it was a close game the girls, unfortunately, came short by 2 goals, they had an excellent game showing a better performance working together as a team. With Billie-Jo playing a key role as centre holding the team together making great interceptions and movements for the ball. Alexandra and Darcie made a great defensive team making it difficult for Oakwood to score. Skie also played brilliantly for her first ever netball game.

Oakwood awarded Neve player of the match with another strong performance from our captain.

All girls played brilliantly, they are forming a strong team to go forward into future fixtures. Please congratulate all girls on their performance.

Neve Gaughan
Skie Clowes
Alexandra Kovlova
Keisha Kerr
Billie-jo Bagley
Lola Medlock
Chisom Christopher
Ellie Kent
Darcie Johnson
Bridie Lee-Ellis
Louize Ivansone

The Y8’s continued their excellent run of form tonight with a convincing 18-9 win over Oakwood. The girls worked really hard against a much taller opposition. The game was close for the first two quaters but Taylor Kelsall was on fire with her shooting to ensure we pulled away in the second half, this was helped by Zaneerah and Qirath’s excellent work feeding the ball to her.

The whole team are improving week by week which is a real pleasure to see.


Clifton Take Part In The South Yorkshire School Cup

We ended our interest in the South Yorkshire school cup on the 24th October at the hands of our old nemesis Penistone Grammar.

Having lost to the hosts at the quarter-final stage last season we hoped we may be able to gain revenge this time around. Unfortunately, this was not to be. We were disappointed on arrival to find that the game was to be cut short due to the pitch being booked later in the evening.

Penistone started strongly and scored early. They looked the more likely to get the next goal but we cleared our heads and put together a lovely passing move which ended with Josh Woodcock laying the ball into Louis Waterhouse. Louis took his time and drilled the equaliser into the bottom corner. This was from our first real attack of note.

We settled into the game with Jose Santana looking strong in midfield and his cousin Henrik defending strongly at the back. We hoped to get to half-time level but an excellent goal from the home side made sure that we came in behind.

We threw caution to the wind and sacrificed a defender at halftime to try to beef up our attacking threat. Unfortunately, this did leave us exposed at the back and two more Penistone goals finished our hopes.

The boys continued to play good football and work hard for one another and although the better side won, we can take pride from giving Penistone a much tougher game than we did the last time we met. Jose was our man of the match.

Y9 Netball Tournament Away At Wales

Wales held the Y9 netball tournament last night. After hours of after school and lunchtime practices, the girls arrived with a confident head on their shoulders.

We were put into a category with Wickersley, Aston, Wath and Maltby and all delivered very strong teams. Despite this the girls gave their all from the first game to the last, making it very difficult for the opposing teams.
Despite the results, it’s the best I have seen the girls play, incorporating all of the skill and tactics they’ve focused on in extra practice.
It would be unfair of me to pinpoint a ‘player of the tournament’ as every single girl on that court gave their all, they played as a unit and demonstrated some great netball. I am so unbelievably proud of them all and how far they have come, they were a credit to the school and themselves.
If you see them, please congratulate them for their efforts.
Malak  (C)

Year 8 Football Vs Wickersley

A much better display by the Y8’s this week. With a much changed team to previous weeks the lads showed the effort and commitment which had been lacking slightly, leaving us on the end of an unfortunate 2-0 defeat to a really strong Wickersley team!

The first half started with a real high tempo with some hard but fair tackles. Very few opportunities were created as both defences were on top, with one of the only chances were if the first half Wickersley took the lead after a defensive mix up lead to their striker placing it neatly into the bottom corner. This woke us up and we were on top for the remaining 10 minutes of the first half with their keep pulling of a couple of good saves including one of the best saves I’ve seen from a keeper of this age as the ball was flying into the top corner from Finley’s left boot was tipped onto the corner of the crossbar. 1-0 at HT.

The second half started very similar to the first with both defences on top again. We were on top again creating a few chance through Finley and Josh but we didn’t have that cutting edge to make one count. With 7 minutes left Wickersley doubled their lead from a free kick played into the box which produced a fine save from out new goal keeper Dylan Whatley (who was our man of the match) but the rebound landed to a Wickersley man who slotted home! Another chance came and went for Clifton who knew by this time it wasn’t our day.

All the lads worked hard and showed the desire that is needed to perform well. The lads effort and attitude was again a credit to Clifton.

Dylan Whatley (man of the match)
Owen Bailey
Kurtis Rich
Luke Steane
Nader Ali
Josh Humphries
Jensen Murr
David Santana
Marian Ziga
Finley Chadburn
Marek Sivak

Year 11 Football Against Wickersley

We put in our best footballing performance of the season today in a fine 2-1 win against a well organised Wickersley team.
We started much the better of the two sides and our quick passing game was causing danger every time we went forward. Strangely it was through route one that we carved out the first chance of the game. A high looping ball into the penalty area saw Connor Coady bravely challenge the home Goalkeeper but his header bounced agonisingly wide.

Connor went close again forcing a smart save from the Wickersley number one before Henrik Santana drilled a low effort narrowly off target. At the back Brendan Walker and captain Declan Avill were marshalling the defence as we made sure we avoided the sucker punch.

Our dominance finally paid off when we gained a free kick outside the penalty area. Brendan strode up from the back and duly dispatched a “knuckleball” strike in off the crossbar. It was his first goal of the season and a really good strike.

We continued to control the game although there was a moment of panic when the Wickersley forward got behind our back line and rounded Shafique Rafique (deputising in goal). Thankfully the angle was just too tight and we survived to lead 1-0 at the break.

The second half kicked off with us taking the game to the home team and once more looking the more dangerous. Connor who had looked sharp all morning finally got the goal his running deserved when he latched onto a great header by Amaan Ghani and lifted the ball over the keeper to double our advantage.

Faisail Khary was unlucky not to make it 3 when he struck the post from outside the area but we realised we still had work to do when Wickersley capitalised on a loose ball in our area and gave themselves a foothold in the game.

We did an excellent job of protecting the lead and seeing the game out with our midfield trio of Louis Waterhouse, Henrik Santana and Jose Santana superb throughout. Jose was our man of the match with an excellent display of powerful, skillful running from the middle of the park.
A very enjoyable morning for all involved.


Year 8 Football v St Bernard’s

The Y8 Football team were well beaten this evening in their tussle against St Bernard’s. The boys are still adapting to playing on grass having spent most of last season on a flat Astro turf surface.

Cross Country Result

Last night was the turn of Wickersley to host the cross-country fixture, which saw another strong turnout for Clifton with 30 pupils in attendance. Read more

Year 11 Football Away At Dinnington

Our Year 11 Boys traveled to Dinnington for their second game of the season where we came away with the victory that our play deserved. Read more

Netball Match Against Maltby

Our Year 7’s played really well in their first ever game and although the final score did not go our way, they learned loads and showed real progress over the duration of the game.  Read more