The Year 7 Netballers were in a tough draw for their tournament last night and although the results did not all go our way, they did have a good win against Thybergh and a couple of well fought draws against Wales and Maltby.
Y7 enjoyed a well fought and by what we saw a well-deserved victory. Unfortunately, the Y8 team couldn’t emulate the same success, crashing out with a 0 – 6 home defeat.
The boys for the first 20 minutes held their own, with both teams jostling for possession, Roman Bogdan was superb tonight in the middle of the park, tough tackles and trying his best to move the ball for the forwards to run into the channels. Unfortunately, two quick goals from the opposition saw our heads go a little, Bernards adding a third before half-time.
The most impressive thing was that we had 16 lads turn up tonight, so we decided to change things so they all got a game, some playing in new positions as we gambled and rode our luck to try and get back in contention. But the second half saw weary heads and legs, conceding another three, all through balls which the keeper did his best to smoother.
All in all, I was proud of the boys, quarterfinals are nothing to sniff at in the South Yorkshire Cup, we all wish the very best to St Bernards in the semi-final.
Well done to the Y7’s below who took part:
Roman Bogdan (MOTM)
The Y10 boys were in action this week in an away fixture at St Bernards. The team started the game against the wind and had trouble getting out of our own half before Amaan Ghani drew a smart save from the opponents goalkeeper.
St Bernards missed 2 open goals as the action began to swing from end to end. The team went in at the break a goal behind after a good finish. Rio Barker in goal then made a good save. Clifton fancied their chances in the second half and pushed for the equaliser. Brendan Walker went close and Louis Waterhouse fired over. Unfortunately as Clifton threw more and more players forward we were caught on the break and a long clearance resulted in a one on one well dispatched to double the St Bernards advantage.
The Y10 lads tried their best to get back into it and Amaan Ghani and Connor Coady both had good chances narrowly missed.
A very pleasant evening with a well contested game and a good spirit from both sets of players.
Well done to the Y8 Netball girls who played against Wickersley last night. You all played fantastic, beating Dinnington and showing great sportsmanship.
Fantastic performance from the lads winning 4-3 on penalties.
The game started with Clifton on top attacking up hill, after missing a few chances a definite penalty was awarded to Clifton to where Jensen was denied by an unbelievable save from the St Bernard’s keeper. Moments later we took the lead with a header from Finley and soon after doubled our lead with a great touch and lob from Josh. 2-0 at HT.
The second half was tough with St Bernard’s pressing and us looking tired, they pulled it back to 2-2 but lads dug deep to keep it at 2-2 until FT.
Penalties were next… Some brilliant penalties scored and saved from Luke Steane. After 10 penalties each, it was back to Finley to step up and score, it was all down to Luke who pulled off a fantastic save to send Clifton to the final. Sending everyone into mass celebration with tears flying around everywherem with almost a tear shed from myself and Mark.
What a fantastic evening with so much support from both pupils and staff. There must have been over 80 – 100 children and at least15 staff coming to watch which made winning all that better and really showed what a fantastic spirit is around Clifton.
We can not wait for the final!!!
Please congratulate the lads on this fantastic achievement.
COME ON CLIFTON!
The cup draw has been made for the Semi Final…
Clifton Vs St Bernards
Wednesday 8th March 2017 4.00PM
Kick off on the astroturf here at Clifton
Come down and show your support!
Last night we took the Year 7’s to Rawmarsh for some Sportshall Athletics. This was a brand new experience for all of the students and they worked really hard and conducted themselves brilliantly!
Keep up the good work, guys as there are places on the ‘Year 7 Sports Residential’ up for grabs… Watch this space more info to follow!
Last night was the Y7’s quarter final cup match against Rawmarsh. Thankfully we saved our best performance of the season for tonight coming out a 4-2 victory in a dominant performance what flattered Rawmarsh.
The game started with us on top creating a few early chances with balls from Jensen and David finding Finley upfront was unlucky not to get on the score sheet early hitting both the post and making the Rawmarsh keeper pull off a number great saves. It was only a matter of time before our dominance paid off, 5 minutes in a ball through by Omar was raced onto be Finley and dispatched into the bottom corner. Our early dominance continued when a long ball from Luke again found Finley and again he found the bottom corner. Rawmarsh were finding it hard to cope with our intensity and a third followed. A free kick 25 yards out into the top corner from Finley again. 3-0. Towards the end of the first half, Rawmarsh had a corner which was headed due to poor defending. 3-1 at HT.
The second half started as it did in the first with Clifton on top. Creating plenty of chances but failing to find that fourth goal. Eventually, it came from a long range effort from Jensen and we got a feeling the job was done. Towards the end of the second half, Rawmarsh got a consolation to make it 4-2 but it was our day.
All of the lads were exceptional today and their hard work and commitment were something that is becoming a feature with this team. It was also great to see so much support from both staff and students coming down to watch.
The night was summed up when a few of the Rawmarsh lads complained that Clifton Team are ‘too good!’
Please congratulate the lads on their performance and on reaching the semi-final.
As many of you will know, we nominated Said Jamal in Y11 for a Youth Sport Trust award which recognises young people who have shown resilience, leadership and determination through sport.
Said was picked as a finalist for this award from an extremely high number of entries.
Last night we attended the presentation dinner at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry. Sadly Said did not receive the overall award as this went to another remarkable young man who had also overcome a great many difficulties in his life and is now inspiring others in the world of tennis. However, we were far from being disappointed as to even get to this stage was incredible.
During the course of the evening, Said was lucky enough to meet Kate Richardson Walsh, captain of the gold medal-winning Olympic hockey team and the team of amazing women who rowed across the Atlantic.
It was an amazing evening and as always Said was a fabulous ambassador for Clifton, sport and young people in general.
Today the y7 boys hosted Maltby. The game kicked off in Usual y7 style with both teams attacking frantically. The first 20 minutes was a case of who took their chances better and unfortunately for Clifton it was Maltby who were the more clinical. Clifton found themselves 3-0 down with Maltby only having 3 shots on target! After some management changes and players being deployed in different areas Clifton struck back after the Maltby centre half handled in the area (definite penalty and great refereeing by MRO) Finley chadburn dispatched the pen with ease. Clifton were really pushing on now and some delightful skill from Josh Humpries the Maltby full back tried to kick Josh over the fence . Another penalty awarded (again great refereeing from MRO) this time Josh dispatched the pen away with ease. Halt time 3-2 in Maltbys favour but Clifton were back in the game! The second half started and Clifton were displaying some football that the older year groups would be proud of. Some slick moves, amazing work rate, and a real desire to win . Clifton pegged Maltby back 3-3 Josh Humpries turning his man inside out not once but several times and he fired into the bottom corner for a great solo goal . Maltbys heads were dropping and Cliftons pressure was relentless. A goal mouth scramble in the Maltby area fell kindly to Marian Ziga who lashed and I mean lashed the ball home into an empty net from 1 yard! 4-3 and the lads were wanting more. Their keeper made save after save and we hit the woodwork again and again then the ball dropped to Finley Chadburn who struck a dipping half volley from 25 yard which flew into the top corner. 5-3 and we could smell a well deserved victory. With the game coming to a close Josh whipped in a corner and Billaal Farooq leaped at the back post to head an unstoppable header past the goalkeeper. 6-3 and we were in dream land . The final whistle blew and cheers rang around the astro turf . A well deserved victory and an outstanding and by far the best performance so far by our y7 boys !!!!! Myself and Adam could not have asked for more and this has really made both ours and the boys have a great start to the weekend .
Come on you Y7’s!
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