Match reports

Report from:

Matt Smith
Friday 14 October 2016

It has been another great week for the Year 10 football team who have gone 4 games undefeated this half term. The first game of the week saw the Year 10s travel to East London in the National cup where they came up against a very physical London side. The boys took this in their stride and played some lovely flowing football In order to outwit their opponents and find goal scoring opportunities. The final result was 6-1 to the Gateway Academy, which was the highest win the school has achieved within the National Cup to date.

A special mention goes to Tyler who scored his first hatrick of the season as well as a brace from Kacper. The boys recycled the ball well and were able to dominate the centre of the pitch with strong tackles coming in from Aaron, Luke and Tyler which allowed our wingers and fullbacks to get further forward.

Our second game saw the team in the league against Gable Hall. The final result was 2-2 which was no surprise after our previous games only being won by narrow victories. The boys could feel hard done by as Gable Hall’s persistence within the closing stages of the game saw them carve up a golden opportunity which allowed them to equalise. It was disappointing to see so many of our players staying forward instead of digging in deep and getting back to support the defence and break down the opponents attack. This is a learning curve for our students who need to understand the importance of seeing out a game and getting behind the ball to support our defence.

We are due to play Gable Hall for a second time later on in the year in the first round of the District Cup, which looks to be another close game. Special mentions to both full backs, Alfie and Sam, who were strong in their challenges and were able to continuously win the ball back for the team and start up play again with some pin point passing. Dean, a stand in Keeper, again was vocal throughout and was a constant support to the defence by giving instructions from the goal.

Report from:

Matt Clark
Tuesday 10 May 2016

Year 10/11 U16 District Cup

After beating William Edwards’ B Team in the semi-final, the Year 10/11 boys came up against their A Team in the final at East Thurrock FC.

The team started to feel the pressure before they had even kicked off after watching the Year 8/9 team lift the trophy in the previous match (see match report below). A close game against a very physical and big team saw some early one-on-one saves from Taylor  between the sticks and the woodwork coming to the rescue of Gateway’s defence.

Chances at the Academy's own attacking end were starting to add up and the William Edwards keeper was keeping their goalless score-line intact. After half time Mr Bartlett and Mr Clark decided to change the formation from an attacking 3-5-2 to a more defence-minded 4-4-2, introducing Tom to the fray to match up against their 6ft 4 striker. Tom was more than up for the match despite the size difference and made crucial tackles supported at the back by Charlie, Lewis and Jordan.

With the teams inseparable after the full time whistle, the boys were due to play 10 more minutes of extra time before the dreaded penalties. Chances were still being created as players were tiring and cramping up in their legs. Gateway managed to create a chance with 2 minutes to go. A corner came in and was cleared to the edge of the box. Josh played a delightful pass to Memo at the back post who took one touch before lashing a left foot strike into the roof of the net.

Players, substitutes, the newly crowned Year 8/9 team and an over-excited Mr Clark ran on to the pitch to celebrate with the players. William Edwards tried to mount final attacks, including a marauding goalkeeper, but they simply could not break through the wall that was the Gateway defence and the team were crowned ‘Under 16 District Cup Champions 2016’. Mr Matt Clark said, "It was a truly thrilling match for all of those who stayed to watch its conclusion!"

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Report from:

Matt Smith
Friday 6 May 2016

Year 8/9 Football District Cup Final 

The Year 8/9 football team reached the District Football Cup Final for the first time in the Academy’s history and the match was held at the East Thurrock Stadium.

As soon as we arrived at the stadium, the boys were in awe of the changing room facilities and listened well to the team sheet and tactics that we were going to play. From kick off the team controlled the game and were on the attack straight away. Any nerves the players may have had before the game, quickly disappeared as they kept the ball and exploited gaps in between the opposition’s defence.

A great individual effort from Luke, saw him drive the ball around the goal keeper before calmly placing it into the net. This gave the boys the belief to go on even stronger and Sultan started to drive towards the box and was unfortunate not to hit the target.

On the rare occasion St Clere’s were able to attack our goal, our defence (including Jude, Harrison, Travis and Destiny) remained strong and quickly relieved any pressure. ‘Man of the Match’ Aaron was an engine in the middle of the pitch and was able to win most headers and tackles throughout the game which protected our back line.

The team were then able to add a further two goals from the help of striker Vinnie, whose finishing has improved vastly throughout the year. Tyler provided some excellent set piece situations throughout the game which provided us with some excellent chances. The score line could have been further but unfortunately we had two disallowed goals, one for a hand ball and one for a head injury on the pitch.

At the full time whistle, the boys were extremely enthusiastic and were able to collect the first district football cup trophy for the school. Manager, Mr Matt Smith, said “I am extremely proud to have managed this team over the least three years and can’t wait to see what next year will bring.”

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Report from:

Matt Smith
Friday 15 April 2016

Year 9 Football Quarter Finals

The Year 9 boys were involved in a very entertaining game earlier this week against Ockendon Academy. The Gateway Academy came away victorious after Tyler was able to pressure the goal keeper and poke the ball home in the final stages of extra time.

The boys had to work tirelessly without the ball, with a particular mention to Aaron who was able to win the ball back on numerous occasions in front of the back four. In addition to this our stand in goal keeper, Dean, pulled off a few terrific saves which prevented our team from going behind.

By the end of the game, the pressure of our front players were too much for Ockendon to handle which resulted in us getting the vital goal which moves us into the semi-final where we await to find out if we are to play Harris Academy or William Edwards. The winning team will then be able to play in the final on the 5th May.

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Reports from:

Matt Smith
Tuesday 8 March 2016

Year 8 vs Ockendon

The Year 8s had a new look team for their first game since the winter break. Although they suffered a 2-0 defeat, the attitude and desire to play some good football shone throughout. The Gateway boys were unlucky not to score in the second half with a number of opportunities being saved and a goal line scramble which we was unable to score from.

The team played well defensively and limited Ockendon to mainly long range efforts in which Bradley was able to handle with ease. We look forward to working hard in training and aiming to get a positive result in our next game. A special mention to Chibz who is the only Year 8 student to be called up to the Year 9 squad for the Year 8/9 Thurrock cup on Friday 11 March.

Year 9 vs Harris

In recent years, Harris Academy has dominated football in this year group, with many of their players at academies and playing for the district team. However, our boys were able to conjure up a 1-1 draw with one of the league favourites and in all honestly we should have won after a fantastic second half display.

The game started extremely well with our team forcing their keeper into a number of saves and hitting the cross bar twice. Due to our commitment to take the lead, we were ultimately left exposed at the back and a long ball over the top left us unstuck and Harris were able to take the lead. This was there only opportunity in the first half however we were unable to make our possession count.

A constructive team talk and a slight change at the break allowed us to show a new lease of life and the boys were really fired up to pull the game level. Sultan had an excellent opportunity to equalise but his touch allowed their keeper to recover the ball. The Harris boys were pinned back in their own half on a number of occasions in the last 10 minutes of the game and we eventually scored the equaliser through a perfectly weighted cross from Tyler into our clinical striker Vinnie who slotted past the keeper. A special mention to the following students who have been called up to the district team for their upcoming game:  Tyler, Harrison, Luke and Vinnie.

Report from:
Matt Smith
Wednesday 20 January 2016

Year 9 Football B Team

The Year 9 football team has had a huge turn out this year with over 20 students regularly turning up for training, regardless of the weather. This has allowed the Gateway Academy to produce its first football B team. Most of the students involved in the game had played their first football game for the school this year which allowed them to see what it feels like to play in a competitive match and try to force their way into the A team.

The first half was a closely contested match with both teams having a number of shots on goal to take the lead. Robbie H was outstanding and on a number of occasions he was able to take on his opposite number and play a range of crosses into the box. The team was led by Ronnie T who was able to sit back in midfield and attempt a range of long passes to bring our forward players into the game.

At half time we discussed how we needed to get low crosses into the box and to take some more long range efforts to work their goal keeper. This immediately paid off with a number of goals scored against Ockendon B team, in which we ended up winning 7-1.

The two best goals of the night came from Alex and Niaz. Alex scored a cracking goal from the edge of the 18 year box into the top corner. Niaz had to use great skill and pace to score his goal as he was able to use his speed to keep away from three defenders before curling the ball around the goal keeper with the outside of his foot. The team spirit really shone through during the game, with a special mention to a number of first team players supporting the B Team players from the side line: Harrison, Travis and Destiny. Congratulations to everyone involved and I will look forward to sharing in future successes!

Report from:
Matt Clark
Wednesday 20 January 2016

The Senior Basketball team had their final 2 matches of the league system this week and came up against a very big, physical Harris Academy and we could not stop their onslaught of baskets. We then had a very even game against Gable Hall but unfortunately came out losers by just one basket. The team’s previous results should see them in to the semi final, but we await to see other results to determine our fate.

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Back Row L-R – Mantas G, Daniel T, Charlie C, Brandon O, Collins R, Memo H
Front Row L-R – Jay-Jay R, Canaan N, Banky A (captain), Josh A, Jordan S, Chidera U

Report from:
Matt Clark
Thursday 19 November 2015

The Gateway Academy PE department recently took 56 students over to Blackshots to compete in the District Cross Country Event. The students competed in three age groups: Year 7, Years 8 & 9 (Juniors) and Years 10 & 11 (Inters).

Overall, the Junior Boys team finished 2nd with both the Boys and Girls finishing in 3rd place overall, only behind Gable Hall and St Clere’s!

A fantastic result, with special mention to:

Year 7 Girls: Highly M (2nd) and Sophie B (3rd)
Year 7 Boys: Rhys PM (9th) with a special mention for Callum M who stepped at the last minute!
Junior Girls: Ella-Rose H (11th)
Junior Boys: Ben P (3rd), Vinnie F (5th) and Tyler C (10th)
Inter Girls: Heidi C (4th) and Tumi A (7th)
Inter Boys: Ryan B (17th) - running with an injured shoulder which he took out of a sling to run and Dennis S (18th).

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Report from:
Matt Smith
Thursday 12 November 2015

Year 9 National Cup V Erith School

The Year 9 Football team have reached the fourth round in the National Cup after an excellent 3-1 victory against Erith School. This means that the team are in the last 128 schools left in the competition throughout the country, which is a massive achievement for the boys. Erith school had previously not conceded a goal in this year’s competition and had some extremely talented boys in their defence. However, the Gateway team was unfazed by this and demonstrated some fantastic overlapping runs and attacking movement. We kept to our game plan and decided to take shots at every opportunity and we was delighted that a superb solo effort from Luke W broke the deadlock. We look comfortable and in control for long periods of the first half with Sam L and Aaron C providing high pressure on their midfield and providing options for Tyler C to pass to. Erith had a few opportunities to attack our goal but some excellent defending from the back four kept them out, with a particular stand out performance from Destiny who did not stop running for the entire game.

Unfortunately, the boys did concede a goal in the last 10 seconds of time in the first half which was a result of poor marking from a throwing. However, we re-grouped at half time and discussed what we needed to do in order to achieve the win. The boys started much livelier in the second half and were making some excellent passing moves in order to break down their resilient defence. Tyler, Luke and Vinnie made a number of good runs which led to a number of shots on goal and corners being created. From a resulting corner Sultan was able to poke home to give us the lead. The game then opened up substantially for the team and we was able to add a third through a speculative Tyler C effort.

The team are now looking forward to seeing who we will be competing with in the next stage of the competition.

The Year 9 Team: Robbie H, Harrison B, Daniel S, Travis P, Destiny O, Luke W, Sam L, Aaron C, Tyler C, Vinnie F, Alfie W, Leon Pegrum, Ronnie T & Braidy H.

Report from:
Matt Smith
Tuesday 6 October 2015

Year 9 Football National Cup

The Year 9 football team followed up their 2nd Round National Cup win with a convincing 12-2 victory over Ormiston Park Academy. After an end to end opening 10 minutes the score line was even at 2-2 with chances at both ends. Tyler C and Vinnie F then took control by playing some excellent passes, which allowed the wingers to run at their defence and provide goal scoring opportunities. At half time the Gateway Academy were ahead at 6-2. This allowed the boys to regroup and after a reshuffle, the team came out much stronger in the second half. 

There was some lovely patient passing which allowed us to take control of the game and score another 6 goals in the second half. Three of which came from debutant striker Leon P. The boys played some fantastic football and I hope there form continues into their next game.

Report from:
Matt Smith
Tuesday 29 September 2015

Year 9 Football National Cup

The Year 9 football team has entered into the National Cup for the first time this year. The draw saw the boys come up against an ‘all boys school’ from London. The students had trained and prepared well for this match which saw another dominant display. The boys were ahead for the majority of the game with Vinnie’s fantastic pace being too much for the opponents to handle. The whole team communicated well throughout, with a stand out performance from right wing back Harrison B who made some great runs to support the attacking play. Within the last minute of the game Gateway failed to clear the ball which resulted in Mayfield school scoring an equaliser.

The game was then taken to penalties with a the first four all going in for both teams (Gateway penalties scored by Harrison, Destiny, Tyler and Sultan). On the last penalty Mayfield had struck the post which meant that a goal from Braidy would confirm victory. Braidy calmly stepped up and scored with ease. The boys have now entered the third round of the National Cup, which is the highest position of any Gateway Academy team in the competition.

Report from:
Matt Smith
Tuesday 29 September 2015

Year 9 Gateway Academy v Ockendon

The Year 9 football team tasted a narrow defeat in their opening game of the season by losing 3-2 to Ockendon. For long periods of the game, Gateway dominated possession and had a number of clear cut opportunities saved by an outstanding Ockendon keeper. Gateway took an early lead through a calm finish by Vinnie F, with Luke W almost doubling the lead with a speculative long range shot which hit the underside of the cross bar. Two defensive mistakes allowed Ockendon to take the lead. Tyler C scored a late free kick for the team but we were unable to find a break through with many of our shots sailing just the wrong side of the post. It was a very impressive start for the team and they were unfortunate not to come home with all three points.

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The Year 9 Team: Michael O, Harrison B, Daniel S, Alfie W, Destiny O, Tyler C, Jeevan P, Sam L, Vinnie F, Braidy H & Sultan S

Report from:
Matt Clarke
Tuesday 29 September 2015

Year 10 Gateway v Ockendon

The Year 10 boys had their first fixture of the season on 28 September at home Vs Ockendon. With revenge in mind after losing to the same team last year with only 9 players the boys started slowly falling a goal behind. Riley P soon struck back after a good through ball from Tyler G. Shortly before the break Ockendon took the lead again with route one football catching our two centre halves sleeping.

The boys were playing good football and the only change at the break saw an injured Riley replaced by Dennis S. Chidera U coolly collected the ball in the penalty area, beating two men before lashing home with his “weaker” left foot into the roof of the net. Gateway still playing the better football, substitute Dennis beat the offside trap to calmly finish under the keeper for Gateway to take the lead for the first time.

With the game heading for victory Chidera again picked the ball up beating a man and using that “weaker” foot again scored from a tight angle into the top corner. A sensational finish. Ockendon then committed men forward to the attack and managed to get what was only a consolation goal as the game finished 4-3. On to Gable Hall in the next fixture…

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The Year 10 Team: Tom O, Charlie C, Jordan S, Chidera U, Leslie G, Ashley C, Riley P, Sam W, Oyi A, Ryan B, Tyler G, Memo H & Dennis S

Report from:
Matt Smith
Friday 22 May 2015

The Year 9 football team were able to have a fantastic opportunity to watch the PlayStation National Football Cup which was held at the Madjeski Stadium in Reading.

The students were able to watch the Year 7 and Year 9 finalists play, with our students supporting all teams throughout the day. They collectively started chants for each of the teams and were encouraging the players on the pitch. The students were also lucky to have other exciting opportunities such as meeting Arsenal and Wales football captain Aaron Ramsey, playing in a FIFA 2015 competition and winning free T-shirts.

One student, Memo H, also entered a half time cross bar challenge and had the opportunity to go on the pitch and attempt to win a PS4. It was a fantastic day for all students with many of them eager to start up football again in the next academic year and attempt to get to the National Finals themselves.

The Year 9 team had a fantastic day out and for some of them this was the first time they had ever been to a professional football ground.

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Report from:
Sam Bartlett
Tuesday 5 May 2015

The Gateway Academy held its first ‘Gateway Athletics’ at Blackshots recently and produced some strong results in preparation for the District Sports in June. The PE department have created their very own ‘Gateway Athletic Records’ and will be presenting the all-round best male and female athletes with the Victor Ludorum & the Victrix Ludorum (Latin for ‘Winner of the Games’). The English Schools Athletics Association works on a points system, which is the format that will be followed in-house.

Top athletes on the day were:


1st – Maxwell O 51 points
2nd – Byron C 50 points
3rd – Collins R 48 points
4th – Jordan S 47 points
5th- Chibzz U 47 points


1st – Shannon C 56 points
2nd – Connie M 53 points
3rd – Timininu A 44 points
4th – Tia H 37 points
5th – Lucy M 35 points

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Report from:
Sam Bartlett
Monday 27 April 2015

Leicester Rugby Trip

18 lucky students in Year 7 & 8 from the Academy recently visited Leicester to watch the Tigers play rugby versus bottom of the league side, London Welsh. The game had lots of tries, a red card and to the boys delight - a streaker!

The boys were model students and represented The Gateway Academy exceptionally well. The group were lucky enough to meet former England international, Louis Deacon and current Argentinian international, Gonzalo Camacho. They spoke to the players and had their photos taken, an amazing opportunity for them. I think it is safe to say that Leicester Tigers have a new set of fans!

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Report from:
Sam Bartlett
Thursday 26 March 2015

Twickenham Rugby Trip

Myself and Matt Clark took 15 of our Year 7 aspiring rugby players to Twickenham to support one of our local colleges SEEVIC in the Schools National Cup Final. Unfortunately SEEVIC were beaten by the better side Churcher's College, however, the trip as a whole was a complete success. The trip was to re-enforce the respect, manners and the culture that are involved in rugby. As the day progressed the boys begun to share sweets, speak to each other with perfect manners, support each other and make decisions as a team. Regan E and Tony S were told how polite they were on two occasions by members of the public. Both I and Mr Clark were extremely proud of the way the boys represented The Gateway Academy. Some of them even managed to take selfies with Ben Youngs (England scrum half - Man of the Match last Saturday).

On the first Tuesday back after half-term our Year 7s will be playing Harris Academy at home. If you could spare some of your time after school on the Tuesday we all would greatly appreciate it!

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Report from:
Rachel Chapman
Friday 13 March 2015

Indoor Athletics

The Gateway Academy Year 7 indoor athletics team enjoyed a successful afternoon, with the boys team finishing in first place and the girls team finishing in second. This is the first time the school have entered the competition with students attending both afterschool and before school training sessions in order to prepare themselves for the competition.

Both teams achieved 11 first placed positions which is a fantastic achievement for themselves and for the team. We are currently awaiting confirmation on how many of our students that will be representing The Gateway Academy at district level. Particular highlights of the day included Poppy A excellent 6 lap race in which she beat her nearest opponent by half a lap, as well as the boys relay team who came first in a close race. Other achievements came in the form of Duro S and Chloe L for shot put, Chevy B for the speed bounce and Chibz U for Triple Jump.

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Report from:
Matt Clark
Monday 9 March 2015

Football: Year 11 Gateway vs Hassenbrook

Due to injuries/absences/let downs we had 7 Year 11s available. 2 Year 10s stepped up at late notice to represent Gateway vs Hassenbrook. Their teacher offered to play the first half competitively and whatever the score was then he would class as the league result and then we would play the second half for pride. Little did he know how hard the 9 boys would battle and go in at Half Time 1-0 up thanks to a scuffed shot from Alby P. The boys held their nerve and battled well to hold on to the 1-0 victory!

Team members: Taylor S, Jarrod P, Scott M, Robbie W, Josh L, Alby P, Daniel R, Vinnie G, Mason A

Report from:
Rachel Chapman
Friday 27 February 2015

Netball: Year 8

Last night the Year 8 netball team braved the bad weather conditions to play in the district netball rally. The girls were a great credit to the school and lots of people commented on how polite and good they were. The girls were in a pool which consisted of teams such as Grays Convent and William Edwards, the girls played extremely well and came second in their pool which meant we made the Semi-Finals which is a great achievement. The Semi-Final match was a very close match but unfortunately we lost 3-1 to St Clere’s who are a very strong team.

Team members were: Bethany W, Lucy M, Chloe L, Becky H, Katie G, Tia H, Ellie C, Tara R & Zara S.

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Report from:
Abbey Shannon
Tuesday 24 February 2015

Netball: U16

The girls took part in the annual Thurrock District Netball Tournament at Hassenbrook back in October and competed against all schools in Thurrock. They managed to qualify to the next round of the tournament after beating the majority of schools in Thurrock and losing out in the final to Gable Hall by two goals.

The girls went through to the Regional Netball Tournament at Hassenbrook School in January representing not only the Gateway Academy but also Thurrock. They came up against some tough competition at the tournament and even though they have been competing in the Essex Cup they were still really surprised at how tough the competition actually was.

It was an extremely tough day, they had to battle with the weather elements throughout the day as well as being very cold. They played some of the best netball I have seen them play and although the competition was really tough throughout the day the girls gave every game 100% effort.

It  was a brilliant experience for them and an experience that the Year 11s will never get again. They have played so well this year, they have one game left against William Edwards and if they win their last game they go unbeaten in the District.

The girls that represented the Academy at the tournament were as follow: Issy M, Amber H, Liv J, Kalli Jae W, Kacey R, Lily Mae E, Mariam M, Elizabeth O & Amy F.

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Report from:
Matt Clark
Monday 23 February 2015

Basketball: Year 9

The Year 9 basketball team played a repeat of last year’s final Vs William Edwards, but went one step further this year and were crowned District Champions after a narrow victory of 21 points to 16. After trailing in the first quarter 10-4 and again at half time 11-8 the team fought back, again limiting William Edwards to just 1 point in the 3rd quarter to go in to the final quarter in front 16-12. The boys held their nerve and proved that William Edwards were beatable as prior to this match this particular age group had not lost a game in the competition through years 7 and 8 and thus far in the competition in Year 9.

The team played fantastically well and deserved the trophy with a never say die attitude after coming from behind in their semi-final to win in the last second with a 3 pointer, also.

In the other age groups Harris Academy beat Gable Hall in the Year 7 final, Ockendon beat Harris Academy in the Year 8 final and the Senior final is due to be played next week between Gable Hall and Harris Academy who managed to reach 3 out of 4 finals this year.

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Report from:
Matt Clark
Thursday 12 February 2015

Gateway hosted the Year 9 District Final vs William Edwards. After trailing by 7 points after the first quarter we limited their scoring to only 1 point in each of the next 2 quarters to take the lead by 4 points with 1 quarter to go. We held out, scoring more baskets again in the final quarter to win by 5 points and to take the title from William Edwards who were previously unbeaten in the past 2 years and all of this years’ competition thus far.

Students are: Memo H, Chidera U, Simeon O Tyler G, Daniel T, Jordan St, Charlie, Mantas G and James B.

After running the District Competition this year it has been a fantastic effort from all schools and students with Harris Academy taking the Year 7 title and Ockendon winning the Year 8 title. The Senior Final between Gable Hall and Harris Academy is taking place the first day back after half term and I’m sure it will be another fantastic final.

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Report from:
Matt Clark
Tuesday 3 February 2015

I have the pleasure in informing you that the Year 9 Basketball team just beat Harris Academy 27-25 in a nail biting semi final. After being behind considerably after three quarters the boys battled back and ended the game in dramatic fashion.

With three seconds left on the clock, Memo H (who had already scored a number of long range efforts this evening) shot from a distance outside the three point line. With the score at 25-24 to Harris this was the last chance and as the whistle blew, the ball sailed straight in to the basket to send the sports hall into pandemonium. This is a huge victory taking the boys into their second final in two years. Now let’s see if the 7s and 8s can follow up with their fixtures on Thursday and Monday respectively!

Team: Charlie C, Tyler G, Mantas G, Memo H, Simeon O, Jordan S, Daniel T, & Chidera U.

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Report from:
Sam Bartlett
Tuesday 3 February 2015

35 of our Year 8 students took part in the Gateway’s first ‘Master Class’ session from 3pm – 4pm. Both boys and girls arrived in full PE kit ready to participate in the Big Fat PE Quiz of the Year. The session involved a general knowledge sports quiz as well as a brief insight into life as a potential GCSE student. All students were a credit to the PE Department as they conducted themselves in a mature and organised manner. We will be hosting two more ‘Master Classes’ which will be taking place on Tuesday 10 February and Tuesday 24 February. For regular PE updates please follow us on Twitter - @PEGateway.

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Report from:
Matt Clark
Monday 2 February 2015

Basketball: Year 7, 8 & 9

This school year has seen a first for the Gateway Academy. We have managed to get 3 out of a possible 4 teams to the District Semi-Final Basketball Competition.

  • The Year 7s finished unbeaten and top of their table and will face Gable Hall on Thursday 5 February.
  • Year 8 finished 4th and will face a tough Ockendon side on Monday 9 February.
  • Finally the Year 9 side finished 3rd and will face Harris Academy on Tuesday 3 February.

All three sides are looking to reach the finals which will hopefully be played this side of half term and go one step further than last year’s Year 8 side who went on to lose their final to a strong William Edwards side.

Mr Smith has worked exceptionally hard with the two younger age groups while Mr Clark has worked with the Year 9 team who are looking to go one step further this year and win the title. Mr Clark and Mr Bartlett’s Senior team made up solely of Year 10s narrowly missed out on a semi-final place also. Watch this space to see how the teams get on over the next week!

Match report from:
Matt Clark
Thursday 22 January 2015

Rugby: Year 8 & 9 Gateway vs Gable Hall, Harris Academy & St Clere’s

The students who came to the Tournament represented the Academy fantastically well. While I refereed 2 matches back to back the students behaved well and with 5 minutes to go before we were due to play again Jordan Steward, Charlie C and Riley P were up and leading the squad in a warm up while I was still refereeing which showed extreme maturity on their behalf.

We played Gable Hall first who are a good rugby side who have previously been on tours abroad with rugby teams and we narrowly lost 10-5. In this match it included Connor Baker almost knocking an opponent out with sheer force of an attacking drive!!

Up second were Harris Academy and unfortunately some decisions went against us from the referee and some interesting play was allowed to develop which hindered our chances and we lost 21-7. Charlie C at this point our only scorer in both games.

Finally we played St Clere’s – the hosts. After 1 minute 30 we were 14-0 up and the game continued in this trend and we finally came out 38-0 winners. Scorers included Taylor S – 10, Jordan S – 10, Riley P – 5, Connor B– 5, Charlie C – 13.

Year 8 & 9 Team members were: Connor B, Harrison B, Devon B, James B, Charlie C, Riley P, Kane R, Luke S, Taylor S,Brad S, Jordan S, Will T & Ollie W.

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Match report from:
Mr Smith
Tuesday 20 January 2015

Basketball: Year 8 Gateway v Harris Academy

The Year 8 basketball team came away with a narrow victory against a good Harris Academy side with the score finishing 14-12. Captain Harrison B and Michael O both had an excellent game as their pace and movement on the ball was too much for some of the Harris players to handle. Every player who was brought on had played their part and created very few clear cut opportunities for their opponents by displaying some good man to man defending. This is the team’s first win of this season and hopefully this can continue in the semi finals.

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Match report from:
Mr Clark
Monday 19 January2015

Basketball: Year 9 Gateway v Harris Academy

Year 9 Basketball team played Harris Academy Chafford on 19 January. Playing away made the match more difficult as the students struggled using the court which had a lot of extra bounce than they are used to and Harris used the facilities better coming out on top 24-12. It was a good game which the boys in different circumstances may well have won. Onto the last game of the league season next Friday vs Gable Hall to see if the team makes the Semi-Finals.

Match report from:
Mr Smith
Friday 16 January 2015

Basketball:  Year 7 Gateway v Harris Academy

The Year 7 basketball team has now gone two games unbeaten after gaining a convincing victory over Harris Academy. The game had started off slowly with the Gateway falling behind to one basket after the first quarter. However, the boys responded excellently and came together to show good teamwork to finish the game with 26 points compared to Harris Academy’s 8 points. The speed of Maxwell, with the movement of the other students was too much for Harris to deal with and their tactics became unstuck. I hope the boys continue to perform like this and maintain their unbeaten start to the season.

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Match report from:
Mr Clark
Thursday 15 January 2015

Rugby: Year 8 & 9 v Harris Academy

Last night we played our first mixed Year 8 and 9 joint rugby match vs Harris Academy. In the Baltic winds and boggy field the boys got stuck into the opponents early on and Harris did not allow us to play the free flowing rugby we wanted to play as they were committing a lot of boys to tackles and winning the ball back. We went 10-0 down early on but the boys did not let this dishearten them and they carried on getting stuck in and trying to break down their big defensive line. Unfortunately, we couldn’t do it and the game finished 10-0, but after losing those points so early on we did well to maintain the score.

We have a 10 a-side tournament coming up next Thursday and last night every player made a great account for themselves to be selected for that tournament.

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