Castletroy College 8 – 9
John the Baptist Community School Hospital 5 – 3
The 1st Year Schools’ County Football final, played in Claughan, on 10th February gave Castletroy the opportunity to earn the rewards for a long year’s preparation.
After a few nervous opening minutes Castletroy settled down to the task in hand and put together some good moves to create good scoring opportunities and were domi
nant throughout the field. All of the forwards played well getting on the scoreboard with a combined score of 5 – 5.
Ronan Murphy led the attack and was well supported by both wing forwards and Andy Cosgrave at full forward. Centre field pairing of Barry Nash and Ed Doyle worked tirelessly scoring 1 – 4 and were part of all the attacks. The backs were impressive as a unit and worked hard in defence of their lines.
It was two in the morning when we started our trip. The journey was long but it was worth the wait. The first night was savage in room 111…to discos and thermals we partied every night!!! Broken doors and broken beds…to all the things Mr. Griffin said!
The skiing was brilliant and the falls hilarious but nothing compares to the gondola DMCs!!! From Ms. Duggan seeing a full moon…to hospital visits…snapping poles and breaking bones! It was bound to be a ski trip we would all remember! A big thank you to all our parents and teachers for making this fantastic ski trip possible.
Hurling Final Score: Castletroy College 7 – 12
Ard Scoil Rís 3 – 5
In the County Colleges 1st year Hurling Final at Monaleen, Castletroy College claimed the title at the expense of Ard Scoil Rís. This was a very tough and entertaining encounter but Castletroy was the superior side throughout.
Edward Doyle and John Nicholas led the attack and a great point from Nicholas in the opening minute set the Castletroy boys on their way. Ard Scoil Rís stayed in touch throughout the opening half and were still in the game at the break trailing 2 – 6 to 1 – 5.
A great save by Jack Banks in the early stages sent a clear message that the defence was not going to concede scores easily. Castletroy went on to score 5 – 6 in the second half to Ard Scoil Rís’s 2 goals from placed balls. With a very balanced side, Castletroy dominated the second half and with such talented hurlers like Andy Cosgrave, Ronan Murphy, Lorcan Lyons, Barry Nash, Tom and Paddy Morrissey, John Nicholas, Ed Doyle and Conor Fleming the future for this hurling team looks very promising.