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
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.
Having won a close game 2-1 the last time we locked horns with Wickersley, we knew that we were going to face a tough battle on a sticky surface. We started slightly the better of the two teams and were passing the ball confidently but chances were few and far between for either side. We took the lead through Faisal Khairy with a shot from outside the area that caught the home keeper by surprise. We held our lead until the break.
We were aware that Wickersley would carry the fight to us in the second half. They did this in the opening minutes when two brilliant blocks from full back Jack Johnson preserved our lead. At the other end we were struggling to create many chances and a similar goal to our opener drew the home side level.
We came out and played more on the front foot with Wickersley playing on the break. They were still creating the clearer chances though and a breakaway led to a one on one with the forward rounding keeper Rio Barker. Jack somehow managed to get back and scramble the ball off the line.
It looked as though both sides would have to settle for a draw but with 30 seconds to go more heroic blocks in our defence gained no reward as Wickersley managed to steal the win. Disappointment for our boys but lots of heart and effort and great conduct. Louis Waterhouse gained the man of the match award. He was pushed all the way by skipper Brendan Walker.
Mrs. Reed had the absolute pleasure of taking Malak, Alex and Ellie to the South Yorkshire Cross-Country Champs on Saturday 3rd February and despite the freezing, wet, muddy conditions, the three of them were a real credit to Clifton.
On the 14th December 2017 it was Y7, 8 & 9 Netball ‘bowling & burger’ Christmas party! We all had a brilliant time and the girls were fab!
As well as celebrating their commitment and effort, every team member also nominated players within their teams for various awards.
The award winners are below:
Outstanding Player – Neve
Most Improved Player – Billy-Jo
Team Player – Ellie
Outstanding Player – Zanerrah
Most Improved Player – Zayna
Team Player – Hallina
Outstanding Player – Ameerah
Most Improved Player – Sandrine
Team Player – Ellie
Netball Role Model – Malak
Well done girls!
Our Y11 boys locked horns with Oakwood for the second time this season. We were keen to gain revenge for our cup exit at the hands of the hosts in the opening game of the season. We did this in some style with a 6-0 victory.
We started the game strongly and created a couple of decent openings before we took the lead. Louis Waterhouse’s deep corner was met smartly on the volley by Brendan Walker for his second goal of the season.
We took control of the game from this point with front pairing Amaan Ghnani and Connor Coady linking up well to create chances for one another. Not for the first time this season we met an in form goalkeeper who kept us at bay. The pressure was mounting though and we doubled our advantage through Connor after a well placed cross from Amaan. The boys at the back were keeping Oakwood at bay with Jack Johnson making 3 smart blocks to repel their main threat.
2-0 at half time and we were able to up a gear after Faisal Khairy scored our third just after the break with the help of a massive deflection.
Connor then latched onto a long ball and kept a calm head to make the score 4-0 as Oakwood began to tire.
Henrik Santana gave a strong performance in defensive midfield and he scored our fifth following a rare foray up field.
Connor rounded the scoring off with a well taken lob to complete his hatrick.
6-0 at full time and an excellent performance that showed that the boys are turning into a very good footballing team.
Connor was our Man of the Match but there was not a weak link in the side.
Mr. Gurran had the pleasure of taking 11 Y7 lads to Oakwood for a football fixture. Having been beaten 8-1 in the corresponding home fixture we were certainly looking for improvement.
Once again, Mr Duroe had the pleasure of taking a team to the All Schools Rugby Festival under the floodlights at Rotherham Pheonix’s ground on Herringthorpe playing fields. This time it was Y8 who got a run out, the following lads put in a great shift against more experienced sides:
The team played two games one against St Bernards the other Oakwood and the story of games were pretty similar. All of the Clifton team were happy to get their hands on the ball and run good solid lines trying to find the gaps in the opposition defence. All the lads were playing heads rugby and looking for the offload to keep the ball alive, which did see us make progress up the field. However The oppositions experience and expertise at the breakdown ment we came off second best and conceded too many turnovers to get complete any drive going forward. As seen in the photos the games were played at a high pace and tempo, which the lads coped well with.
I can’t fault any of the lads in terms of their conduct, which was excellent, or their determination to put in a good performance. Unfortunately Clifton’s hard work throughout both games wasn’t reward with the tries it deserved and we ended up on the wrong side of 10-0 and 20-0 scorelines. These score lines did flatter both opposition teams as both games were really tight affairs and showed the raw rugby talent that Clifton has. The determination to make tackles and make the hard yards were clear to see along with the natural ability of players like KC McShane to read the game.
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!
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.
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.
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