WESTCLIFF High School for Boys’ Year 7 team had many winning performances at the Essex Sportshall Athletics Championships.

The school’s Year 7 and Year 8 teams both represented the Southend borough at the event at Garon’s Park, Southend.

The Year 8s finished a respectable fourth but it was the Year 7 team who shone, finishing on top of the leaderboard.

Tamalore Mustafa won the two-lap race, Arunan Sivabalan won the four-lap race, David Olusina the standing long jump and Seth Mokoulu the standing triple jump. Teniola Awolesi, Lewis Kelsey and Success Ariyibi also contributed to the team’s success and Westcliff were eventually placed in joint first place with Maltings Academy.

The team comprised David-Rich Olusina, Tamalore Mustafa, Seth Mokoulu, Teni Awolesi, Success Ariyibi, Lewis Kelsey and Arunan Sivalabalan.


Westcliff High School for Boys' football team


IT was penalty shoot-out joy for Westcliff High School for Boys in their Essex play-off final.
Liam Igoe scored the winning penalty against Campion after goalkeeper Keiran Dillane had made a crucial save.

The game – between two sides who had won their respective division two titles – was a nervy affair with both teams struggling to string any moves of real quality together.

But Westcliff began to create several chances on the counter attack.

However, it was Campion who struck first, with a well taken goal just before half time.

The second half followed in a similar pattern with Westcliff playing on the counter-attack and they struck the equaliser midway through the half when Daniel Gammaldi expertly curled a 25-yard free kick into the top corner.

From then on Westcliff pushed hard for the win, with Damola Akinyemi and Callum Foakes coming close to taking the game, however the match finished 1-1, sending the game into extra time.

Westcliff continued to dominate with man-of-the-match William Simpson denied by a good save from the Campion keeper while at the other end, the Westcliff defence remained firm as the game went to penalties, and Rob Young.
Both teams scored their first penalty and then both missed the target with wild second shots.

With the scores tied at 2-2 after three, Westcliff scored their fourth and then goalkeeper Keiran Dillane crucially saved Campion’s spot kick.

It was left to Liam Igoe to step up and secure a 4-2 win on penalties for Westcliff and be crowned the Essex play-off Champions.


Westcliff High School for Boys rugby team


WESTCLIFF High School for Boys rugby team reached the final of the Essex cup after a rollercoaster season.

Despite suffering from a number of key injuries at the start of the season, the team stuck together to have a great year that culminated in them reaching the Essex final.

They beat near-neighbours Southend High School for Boys in the semi-final by a whopping margin of 41-0, progressing to the final where they played Robert Clack School.

The final was a close encounter with the scoreline pointless at half time, but Robert Clack’s power came to the fore in the second half and they eventually won 22-10.

For many of these pupils, this was their final game before leaving for university.

Squad: James Rourke, Billy Morrant (captain), Lewis Barnett, Tom Aldridge, Luke Morenas-Jones, Alex Morris, Blaine Webber, Will Douglas, Teddy Sheldrake, Sam Tickell, George Barnes, Ed Johnson, Dan Harrington, Kwame Kwaasi, Ade Ogunlaja, Callum Bartlett, Chris Aroyehun, Jacob Woods, James Wood, Henry Boyce, Connor McCaffrey, Michael Boyd, Cameron Waller.