Iománaíocht Chéad / Dara Bliain
Bhí an chéad chluiche ag an gColáiste i mbliana i gcoinne Choláiste Mhuire i gCathair na Gaillimhe ar an Máirt 9ú Feabhra. Thosaigh an cluiche ar pháirc a bhí fliuch agus bogach ag leathuair tar éis a haon déag le gaoth fhuar ag séideadh isteach ó Chuan na Gaillimhe. Bhí tús maith ag an scoil nuair a scóráil Traolach Godwin dhá chúl. Chuir Niall Mac Cába, captaen na foirne, dhá shaor phoc thar an trasnán agus bhí cúilín deas gleoite ag Ailín Ó Muiris. Shábháil Eoin Mac Suibhne cúl cinnte le blocáil chróga nuair a chaith sé a chorp ar an urchar. Ba é an scór ag leath ama ná 2 – 05 ag buachaillí Thuama agus 0 – 02 ag buachaillí na cathrach.
Ní raibh aon scór sa dara leath go dtí an t-ochtú nóiméad nuair a fuair Conchúr Ó hUiginn cúilín iontach. D’imir ár gcuid iománaithe le croí maith mór agus thug Conchúr Ó Seachnasaigh sárthaispeántas ó thús go deireadh an chluiche. Scóráil Maciej Gotszlik dhá chúl agus Darach Ó Cuinneagáin an cúl eile. Ba é an scór ag lán ama ná 5 – 07 in aghaidh 0 – 02.
Coláiste Iarlaithe i gcoinne Choláiste Chilliain, Cnoc Breac
Bhris an bus taobh amuigh de Mhaigh Locha, d’fhan muid leathuair ar thaobh an bhóthair ansin tháinig ceann eile. Chuaigh muid beagáinín ar strae ag Baile Mhac a’ Bhaird ach sa deireadh shroich muid Cnoc Breac. Bhí an pháirc fliuch go maith agus an féar fada go leor. Thosaigh an cluiche ag 12.45.
D’imir gach duine as Coláiste Iarfhlatha go maith. Bhí cúpla iománaí sciliúil ag an scoil eile, ach sheas Ceiteach Ó Baoill isteach mar scuabadóir ag cabhrú le Cillian Ó Domhnalláin agus rinne an bheirt acu sár-jab ar scoth iománaí Chnoc Breac, uimhir 13. Ba é an scór ag leath ama ná 3 -5 ag buachaillí Thuama agus 1 – 3 ag daltaí Choláiste Chilliain.
Bhí an cluiche glan agus spórtúil agus iománaíocht iontach le feiceáil ó thús go deireadh an chluiche. Nuair a shéid an réiteoir an fheadóg deiridh ba é an scór ná Coláiste Iarfhlatha 4 -11 agus Cnoc Breac 4 – 6. Bhuaigh muid an cluiche mar gur imir muid le chéile mar fhoireann láidir amháin.
FINAL GLORY FOR ST.JARLATH’S!
- JARLATH’S COLLEGE 2-9 ST.COLMAN’S 1-8
A hugely satisfying Connacht Juvenile football A League title was achieved by an exceptionally committed and determined Jarlath’s side in Bekan, Ballyhaunis on Friday 22nd January.
Adding to the delight at landing this prize was the recognition that SJC had overcome a very strong and talented Colman’s side. Indeed, if the two school teams were to navigate their way to a meeting in the Championship later in the year; there is no doubt it would be all to play for once more. Colman’s having won an earlier meeting by two points last month. A number of other school teams in the Championship will be attempting to alter that projected path however!
The key to Jarlath’s four point victory on this occasion was unquestionably a first half performance of huge endeavour and commitment. Strength in tackling and sheer work-rate built the platform for SJC in creating chances that were capitalised on in some style- by Tony Gill of Corofin in particular. Tony plundered two goals; the first a spectacular run from the halfway line before applying the finish to the roof of the net. 3 points from Keelan Creavan raiding from midfield also were pivotal in giving SJC a 2-4 to 0-5 lead at half-time.
Huge credit must go to Colman’s for rallying after the break and refusing to concede defeat prematurely. A powerful effort from the Mayo school’s half-back line and midfield allowed the side to add crucial points to the board following raids upfield. The Jarlath’s defence shone in the last 20 minutes in getting to grips with this resurgence- once again working slavishly to regain the initiative. Chances were spurned by both teams! Colman’s seeing a penalty chance go wide- while Jarlath’s forwards were frustrated by two superb point blank stops by the Colman’s keeper. Ultimately the bulk of the drama was witnessed in the final stages; Colman’s closed the gap to a mere two points- a well-worked goal leaving the game finely poised with three minutes remaining on the clock. The Jarlath’s response was magnificent. Two points from distance by Ian Collins and Cathal King pushed the lead to four and safety!
SJC’s Juvenile team were magnificent from one to fifteen- to the point that singling out individual performances would be both futile and unfair. Nevertheless Milltown’s Cathal Kelly had the pleasure of lifting the league trophy. Both players and management will eagerly look forward now to the Championship campaign, beginning with a preliminary round tie against Oranmore’s Calasanctius on February the 5th.
On 14th January the F14 class, along with their teacher Ms Kenny, organised a soccer tournament in the gym, as a fundraiser for their CSPE action project. The students made the decision to pay €2 to play and spectators also paid €2.
It was a successful and a fun activity. The F14 class are fundraising for Cuisle Irish Wheelchair Association.
The Green School Committee worked very hard before Christmas to apply for a Green Flag for the school. After returning from the break, 7January 2016, we were happy to receive a confirmation letter from An Taisce, that our Green School’s Application had been accepted. After two years of work on the program, we were delighted for the school to be officially recognized, but as well as praising our efforts in making the school more environmentally friendly, some suggestions were made on how we can improve not only the application, but also the school in general.
The entire student body needs to take greater care with the recycling bins distributed throughout the school. This simply means that you should not bin anything that is not recyclable, in the white recycling bins. There is a list on the front of every bin detailing what can and cannot be put into them, and we would ask that each student read these signs carefully before binning any rubbish. It’s an easy effort to make, but it will mean a greater percentage of our waste being recycled, and this will go a long way in ensuring that the school is awarded a green flag in May.
We also invite any student who would like to join the committee to do so. Over the coming weeks, surveys will be distributed, as well as questionnaires on how you feel the school could move in the right direction, and we will also be preparing for the school’s Action Day, which is set to take place after the February midterm break.