September 30th, 10 schools from all over Munster travelled to Castletroy College in order to take part in the 1st and 2nd year football blitz organised by Ms. McGrath, Mr. Hussey, Ms. O’Shea, Ms. Madigan and Transition year students. Over 350 students were involved in the blitz, which included the schools: Cashel Community College, Pallaskenry, Kilkee Community College, St. Anne’s Tipperary Town, Laurel Hill, Doon, Croom, Spanish Point, Hospital and of course, Castletroy College. There were 21 teams involved, participating in 43 matches overall.
From the get go at 9am, it was clear that the day ahead would be filled with fun. After assembly, TY classes Bríd 4 and Deirdre 4 headed up to the back of the school and started to set up for the day ahead. The day was excellently planned out and everyone had a role. All TY’s involved were prepped at registration with a bib and a name tag in order to ensure that the attending schools would know who to go to if they needed any help throughout the day. After registration was set up, the speaker was turned on and the music was flowing to create a fun and energetic atmosphere. The schools then began to file in and the excitement was bubbling. Once the teams had been registered, they all togged out and headed up to the 4 fields which were excellently prepared and organised for the event. The schedules for the day were handed out and soon, the games began.
We were extremely lucky that All-Ireland Kerry footballer Colm Cooper also attended Castletroy College on the day and spoke to numerous groups of students before making his way to the playing field. He graciously took many photos with the schools involved in the blitz and the individual players.
We had fabulous weather all day and were incredibly lucky, up until the semi-final between Castletroy and St. Anne’s when the rain started. Nevertheless, both teams’ supporters diligently stayed on through the pouring rain and watched the tense match play out. In extra time, St. Anne’s won the game with just two points between themselves and Castletroy, then heading on to play the final against Spanish Point. The final game of the day ended with a win from Spanish Point, resulting in them becoming the winners of their division, making it their second year in a row winning the cup.
After the match was over, Mr. Flanagan presented St. Anne’s with their runner-up medals and then presented the overall winners, Spanish Point, with their medals and cup. A draw was then held where the names of all the competing schools for the day were put into a hat and 5 schools were awarded with a €50 One For All voucher, sponsored by AIB. They included Doon, Kilkee Community College, St. Anne’s, Croom and Spanish Point.
Overall, the day was a fantastic success and all parties involved were extremely happy with the day’s events.
Andrea Crockett and Ciara O’Brien, Deirdre 4.