Rowing at Castletroy College

 

For the second time in the schools history, the schools very own rowing team comprising of 23 students from 1st year all the way to 6th a mix of boys and girls faced the largest school event in the rowing calendar. The national rowing schools championships. Following a great performance from last year they hoped to only improve. The entries had more than doubled from last year and the competition was stiff. The first races off in the morning were the men’s junior 18 sculls. Our 3 entries in 3 separate heats all won easily. A double of Hannah O’Sullivan and Aoife Leahy came second in their final after a tough semi-final. The men’s crews continued their winning streak with a win for Eoghan Whittle in the Junior 14 scull and after a strong finish by David Quinlan and Julian Corbett they won the Junior 18 double scull.

After a great performance from the men’s sculls with Adrian Sheehan holding onto his title of Junior sculls champion for the second year running, there was a lot of hype and excitement at the Castletroy trailer. The pressure was on to uphold the winning reputation we had built up that morning. A mixed double of Laura Walsh and Nicola Long put up a good fight for 3rd place though they both come from different clubs they came together on the day for a great race.

This was the first year we have had a large amount of female entries and were eagerly awaiting to see how they would perform. A women’s quad of Megan Donegan, Alison McDevit, Alish Griffen and Claire Silk came first in there heat after a tough 6 boat race and progressed to the final to finish a respectable 3rd place.

 The biggest race of the day was the Junior 8s race. The crew had been set for over a month but last minute changes with boats and injuries had just about destroyed all hopes of a gold medal, but the crew remained strong. The line up of Cathal Moloney, Julian Corbett, Aaron Cusak, Kenneth O’Carroll, Cathal Killeen, Cian Costello, Eoghan Whittle and Stephen O’Connor set out to give it their best. Their main competition was Blackrock College who had beaten the crew once before. It was a fast paced race right off the starting blocks with Castletroy and Blackrock neck and neck. The newly formed line up had some trouble getting it together but the power was still there. By the half way Blackrock had 30 ft on Castletroy. At this stage our crew only opened up and showed their true potential. Clawing back for the last 1km they crossed the line in 3rd place piping Blackrock at the finish by a mere 3ft. 

 As word spread of Castletroy s impressive finish and how the crew was not part of the top 8 in the school. The idea was formed that a race should be held with the best 8 we can send out. On the 22nd May Castletroy was to race Presentation College Cork Boat Club, through Cork city centre, which came second at the schools championships. The top 8 of Dylan Quigley, Aaron Cusack, Adrian Sheehan, Cathal Moloney, David Quinlan, Cian Costello. Julian Corbett and Stephen O’Connor were primed for the race.

 The conditions were not in Castletroy s favor as they had the outside lane facing against the strongest current. It was a difficult race from the beginning with Presentation taking the lead. The waves swamped both crews as they rowed down the course. Castletroy tried in vain to make a push several times through out the race but the weather proved to strong. With Castletroy taking on water at an alarming rate finishing the race was more of a priority. Both crews crossed the line after a grueling 2km race but sadly presentation took first place.

 The lads in our school 8 were not fazed by the events and another race was set for the exact same time next year. With the intentions of continuing to improve the standard of rowing in our school the crew came home proud of their performance and eagerly awaiting next year.

By Cathal Moloney 5th yr

 

Gaisce Awards

The Gaisce Awards
An Gaisce – (the term Gaisce means achievement) the Irish President’s National Challenge Award – the countries most prestigious and respected individual award programme – aims to support the development of young people and the growth of active citizenship. The President’s Award, represents an invitation from the president of Ireland to young people aged 15 – 25 to go that extra mile for themselves, for each other and their communities. The purpose of the award is to reward young people who have set and achieved a demanding challenge for themselves in each of four areas of activity – community involvement, personal skill, physical recreation and an activity journey.
This year 27 students completed the Bronze Medal award culminating in a 25km walk over two days in Killarney on May 8th and 9th. The students got involved in activities such as underage coaching, mentoring programmes, fundraising campaigns , First Aid courses, music lessons and athletics to name but a few!
Congratulations to the following students who have completed their Bronze Medal Award and will be presented with their medals and certificates in September:

  1. Laura Barrett
  2. Conor Bartley
  3. Nicole Bennett
  4. Fiona Bourke
  5. Killian Brennan
  6. Raymond Burke
  7. Connor Byrnes
  8. Shona Cahill
  9. Melanie Carmody
  10. Liadan Carty
  11. Wayne Clancy
  12. Aaron Davis
  13. Aisling English
  14. Holly English
  15. Aidan Fahey
  16. Aine Fitzpatrick
  17. Sophia Giannopoulos
  18. Elaine Greaney
  19. Clare Hanly
  20. Rachel Keegan
  21. Laura Kelly
  22. Sinead O Brien
  23. Maria O Dwyer
  24. Sinead O Regan
  25. Tara O Sullivan
  26. Michelle Sweeney and Neal Sheahan

Students interested in the Awards Programme may contact Miss O Connor in September.

Castletroy College claim the North Munster U15A League Title

CastletroyCollege defeated Rockwell College in the final of the North Munster U15 A League  26-12 in Annacotty on Friday.

Castletroy College completed the perfect season adding this trophy to their McCarthy Cup win before Christmas.
Castletroy started brightly playing some very good rugby. An early penalty effort was missed. However soon after Cian O’Brien scored under the posts. Conor Linehan kicked the conversion to leave us with a 7 point lead. Rockwell improved as the half went on and put us under a lot of pressure. Some excellent covering tackles by Sean McBrearty and Barry Nash ensured that our line was never threatened. Our superior kicking game brought us back up the field and we were back on the attack just before half time. Running the ball through the forwards Eoghan Fitzgerald and Joe Doyle made great headway before the ball was fed to Ronan Murphy who crossed the line in what was a fine team try. Connor added the extras to leave it 14-0 at half time.
The team pushed on after the break searching for a score to stretch the lead, Conor Linehan attempted some long range penalties which put Rockwell under a lot of pressure. The pressure finally told when a skip pass from Cian O’Brien put Stuart Hore into space. Stuart beat the covering defenders to score under the posts. Connor Linehan kicked the conversion to put us 21 up. Castletroy continued to put on the pressure through the forwards. Barry Hurley went over for a try to leave us 26 points up.

A series of penalties gave Rockwell some good territory. They crossed the line twice to leave the score at 26-12. However Castletroy had a comfortable lead and never looked like letting them back into the game. Congratulations to the entire squad on their great year.

Pictured, the boys after
their win.

Front Row L to R

Jamie Porter, Stuart Hore, Barry Hurley, Niall O’Shea (C), Connor Fleming, Sean McBrearty, David Garry, Brian Murphy, Daniel Brazil, Brain Donnovan, Lorcan Lyons.

Back Row L to R

David Kennedy, Eoghan Fitzgerald, Ronan Murphy, Conor Linehan, Cian O’Brien, Barry Nash, Diarmuid Hickey, David Rowsone, Mike Finukane, Joe Doyle.

 

Camogie News

 

Our camogie team are through to the under 16½ North Munster semi final this term.

 

In term one, we enjoyed two days out at competitions, the first was held at Scoil Pól, Kilfinane. At the second compe-tition in Mallow G.A.A. club, we brought back our first piece of silverware. Hopefully, this is a sign of better things to come.

 

Training takes place every Wednesday and participation is always excellent. We welcome all new members.

 

Many thanks to Ger Curtain who coached the team for ten weeks. His coaching was invaluable and the team benefit-ted enormously from his expertise.