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Action Packed Y7 Saturday Football

On a fine, fresh Saturday morning the Y7 boys played Oakwood at Middle Lane. Before the game, the player’s morale was still high and all still eager to play despite the results in the past not going our way. As the game started Clifton’s enthusiasm carried on to the pitch, with the first 10 minutes gone and still neither team able to break the deadlock, Gezja managed to wriggle through a few players from the halfway line with his tricky feet, he found himself with a goal scoring opportunity and took it away with a vicious strike!

The boys were really up for the battle ahead. Unfortunately, the lead was short lived as Oakwood pulled a goal back, taking a 3-1 lead at halftime, despite all of the hard work they had put in. A Fergie-esque halftime team talk was given, reenergising the team to go and hit back as the game was still to be won. 

The second half began and after a short time, we scored to make it 3-2. Oakwood then responded with a goal, making sure they weren’t going to lose their lead. 4-2 the game was poised, some full-blooded tackles were going in, mainly from the Kandrack (Neville) twins. We brought it back to 4-3 from a looping free kick. With 10 minutes to go, Clifton managed to break down their defense, a strike towards the net goes and was blocked, but only by the arm meaning we had a chance to level the score up from the penalty spot, Gezja looked confident and tucked it away! Questionable celebration I may add. With little time on the clock, both teams were pressing for a winning goal, Oakwood found themselves with a bit of luck to take the ball away from what only can be described as a game of pinball in the box. Unfortunately, there was no time to respond and the game ended 5-4. 

Well done to everyone who took part!

Year 8 Football Against Wickersley With Only 8 Lads

On Saturday morning, Y8 was away at Wickersley for what is always one of the toughest fixtures on the calendar. Unfortunately, we were only able to take 8 lads as illness and injury hit our squad.  Wickersley were very kind in letting us have two of their players to allow a very competitive 10-a-side game to take place.

We started really well and deservedly took the lead when George Walker caught the Wickersley keeper napping with a smart toe-poke into the bottom corner.  The new formation was working wonders and despite a defensive lapse allowing Wickersley to equalise we were well on top at the break.
During the second half, Wickersley again let us have two of their players however we had a disorganised ten minutes at the back which allowed Wickersley in twice to lead 3-1.  We rallied and organised again and were again the better side, Addison Taylor learning from a previous effort by slotting home low to the keeper’s right to make it 3-2.
Well done to everyone who took part!
Owen Thompson
Danyal Tabraiz
Sebastian Ilko
Finlay Gilberthorpe
Ahmed Kassim
Mario Ilko
George Walker
Addison Taylor

Year 10 Football Against Wickersley

We approached our away fixture at Wickersley in confident mood having defeated them last time we met.  It was the home side who started the game in positive fashion though and our back line was repeatedly tested. Our best work came on the break and but we were limited to speculative efforts as Wickersley brought the game to us. We conceded from a simple goal with some poor marking in our area leaving a free header from a corner.
We began the second half in much more positive mood and didn’t take long to equalise with a brilliant piece of vision from Chad Carney. From 30 yards out he spotted the home keeper off his line and measured up a shot which dipped over his head.
1-1 and it should have been game on but we fell asleep from kick off and conceded immediately. From this point the home side tried to push home the advantage. Skipper Jamie Hartley was twice called into action to clear off the line while Ephraim Kianga in goal pulled off a string of fine saves.
We were unable to prevent the third goal going in though and from that point it was game over. Credit to the lads though who continued to show excellent spirit and work hard. 3-1 was a fair reflection of the balance of play but we gave it a real go and it was nice to see the effort from the boys!

South Yorkshire Schools Athletics Championships

Recently, we had the absolute pleasure of taking Chad, Fernando, and Ellie-Mae to the South Yorkshire Athletics Championships at The Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster. Read more

Y8 Rounders Results

Last night the Y8 team added another victory to their impressive start to the season. Read more

An Evening of Shuttlecocks & Rackets

Yesterday Mr Slack had the pleasure of accompanying a few very keen students to a Badminton fixture at Wales School. It was an absolute delight to see students who wouldn’t normally participate in extra-curricular activities coming out of their shells, getting involved and doing themselves & the school proud.

After many weeks of pestering from the students, the fixture was arranged and they were faced against some equally enthusiastic players from Wales. Most of them were extremely talented, played for their own badminton club and would have given me and Mr Fisher a run for our money.

Our kids showed true spirit pairing up and playing 2 against 1 to make sure everyone got a fair game. It was especially nice to see Isbah being talked into picking up a racket and getting involved despite her nerves!

The evening was an absolute success with the coach from Wales eager to return the favour and bring his students to Clifton for a rematch after Easter!

Well done to the following students:

Zanerrah
Saman
Qirath
Isbah
Sameeah
Khalida
Musa
Kashif
Fayzaan
Ashley
Siyam

Year 7 Girls Netball

Miss Boyle and Miss Hughes took the Y7 girls to Wath to play in their first tournament last night.
Although they did not qualify for the semi-finals they did play brilliantly throughout the 5 games, their confidenceteamwork work skills are improving every week. All girls are a pleasure to coach and I couldn’t be happier with their effort and sportsmanship tonight- they carried on with high spirits and no moaning with some tough games in the cold.
If you see the girls around please give them some praise and congratulations.
Ellie Kent
Billie-jo Baggley
Neve
Keisha Kerr
Bridie Lee-Ellis
Chisom
Elisa Balagova
Shnyar Mohammed
Lacey Richards
Darcie johnson

Year 8’s Defeat Rawmarsh to Continue Rotherham Cup Run

The year 8’s took to the field last night in the Rotherham Cup against Rawmarsh who we beat on route to last year’s cup final. Read more

Y7 Boys Travel to Dinnington to Compete in the Y7 Futsal Tournament

Last night the Y7 boys travelled to Dinnington to compete in the Y7 Futsal tournament. We were disappointed on arrival to see that some of the other schools had failed to attend but we still got 3 games and the lads had a good experience. Read more

Rugby For All Celebration Day

Mr. Slack and Mr. Duroe had the absolute pleasure of taking Bradley Bean from Y8 to the Rugby For All Celebration event on Saturday 10th February and this wasn’t just because we got to see the 6 Nations fixture between England and Wales! It was a result of Bradley exhibiting excellent attitudes and character that meant he was selected for the trip.

Bradley himself will admit that he was nervous when we first arrived. This wasn’t helped by the first thing that an RFU representative said to him: “Are you ready to walk out in front 90,000 people?” Bradley soon relaxed though, when this was corrected to 82,000 people. It was also evident that Bradley’s confidence grew as soon as he put on the kit that had been provided by Canterbury. Unfortunately, due to the Chinese New Year, the rugby shirts that had been designed by schools, which Bradley and the rest of 80 participants at the celebration event were due to wear, are still England bound on a shipping container. However, Bradley certainly did look the part in the substitute hoody and was starting to feel the part.

The day had a jam packed itinerary which included: a Q&A with RFU ambassadors, rehearsal of flag bearing, a talk from an England U18 coach and the Head of Creative Development from Google, and finally flag bearing on the pitch at Twickenham as England and Wales took to the field.

As part of the Q&A with current England rugby players Heather Millar-Mills (50 caps) and Eliis Genge (5 Caps) Bradley met both ambassadors and had a photo taken with them (an opportunity I didn’t pass up either!) After meeting the players, Bradley and the rest of the participants were taken through what they were required to do once they arrived at Twickenham and went onto the pitch. Now fully briefed, Bradley couldn’t wait to take his place on the pitch, which he was happy to tell the journalists that were covering the event during his interview. This comprised part of Bradley’s media duties.

After lunch Bradley heard from England U18 coach, Russel Eanrshaw and Google’s Head of Creative Development, Kirk Ellis. The message from this talk was clear that Clifton are in good company in our way of thinking – ‘take risks’ and ‘learning from mistakes’ is how they approach tasks to ensure resilience and creativity. What is good enough for Google and England Rugby is good enough for Clifton students as they follow the Clifton Way.

The last part of the day was for Bradley to take the pitch and welcome the players at they took to the field at Twickenham. Tom and I were lucky enough to be in the stand just behind where Bradley was taking up his duties on the North try line. When Bradley completed his flag bearing duties he was able to join us in the stand to watch the action. Knowing that he had been nervous, we asked if it was alright. His response ‘That was brilliant! I can’t believe I’ve just been stood there. It was awesome’. The look on his face was priceless and no words will get across the appreciation and excitement Bradley clearly had for what he had just done.

Bradley then took in the game, watching Jonny May cross the whitewash twice, right in front of us, in very difficult conditions. Not only did Bradley watch the game but he was keen to learn and tested mine and Tom’s rugby knowledge to its limits.

No article can fully do justice to what a fantastic day Bradley had and how difficult it would have been to find a better student to represent Clifton. Bradley ticked off pretty much all of the criteria from the Clifton Way during the day, which is not a surprise given how he conducts himself around school.