Last week saw the end of our annual school leagues. Our school holds leagues each year to help promote Gaelic football and give an opportunity to the football managers to keep an eye out for potential players for the senior and junior football teams.
Every year there are eight teams, all named after different counties and managed by teachers and sixth class boys. After a very tough group stage, Cavan and Clare topped their groups respectively. In the semi-finals Donegal and Cavan won and both went through to the finals. The final was 15 minutes a half and the whole school came out to watch it. There was a great atmosphere and it was a thrilling game. Although both teams gave it their all, Donegal came out as winners and claimed the Mr. Toher perpetual cup with a final score of 2-0 to 1-1.
Boys from 3rd to 5th class took part with boys from 6th doing jobs like coaches, photographers, umpires, kit men, linesmen ect.
At the end of the leagues awards are given out like MVP, Rising Star, Most Improved and Man of the Match in the final. Around 60 blue stars are also awarded to boys who performed well throughout the leagues. Over the year these are whittled down to form our senior and junior football teams for 2020.
Huge thanks must go to Mr. Briody for organising and refereeing the leagues and all the teachers for taking time out of their day to manage each team. Everyone had a great time this year and hope that the school leagues will continue well into the future.
By Seán Kinsella