The Junior Rugby team have gotten off to a great start to the season with three wins from three.
First up was Huntspierpoint College from England. This match was played in University of Limerick as part of our annual pre-season tour.
Against strong opposition, we stamped our authority on the game with an early Cillean Guihen try.
Further scores from amongst others, Dean Redmond, Kenneth Murphy, Cameron Higgs and Conor Guihen.
The English side came back strong towards the end but the Pres defence held strong leaving the final score Pres 44 Huntspierpoint College 0.
On Saturday, we had our first home match of the season, played in Pres in front of a big home support. Playing last year’s Leinster Rugby School of the year CBC Monkstown, we knew we were facing strong opposition. CBC got off to a great start, when in the 5th minute, they ran the ball from inside their own 22 to score a fantastic try.
Pres battled back strongly and playing into a strong wind, we managed to maintain possession for long periods of the game. Cillean Guihen equalised with a well taken try and right on half time his brother Conor gave a wonderful pass for Dean Redmond to score in the corner.
Captain Phillip Haughton kicked the conversion to leave the score 12-5 at the break.
With the wind at our back in the second half, we began to dominate the game with Phillip Haughton kicking the corners brilliantly.
Our pack took full advantage of this and props Kenneth Murphy and Cameron Higgs both got over for converted tries.
Cillean Guihen scored two more and Conor also got over for a well deserved try.
All were converted by Haughton and substitute Diarmuid Masterson to leave the final score Pres 45 CBC 5.
Last Wednesday we travelled to St Andrews for another friendly. We continued our winning ways with a 38-5 win. Cillean Guihen got the team off to a great start with a try in the first minute. This was followed up with scores from Cormac O Donoghue and Robbie Brennan, two of which were converted by Phillip Haughton. At half time the score was 19-0. In the second half, we improved greatly and good work from Jeff Toolan set up Dean Redmond for a great score, just after the break.
Winger Sam Doyle crossed the line for a well deserved try before Jason Curran scored from a quick tap penalty.
St Andrews got in for a late try after some good work from their pack. Pres were deserving winners on the day.
Next up is St Gerard’s today (Wednesday) in St Gerard’s followed by our final friendly with St Michael’s on Saturday before the league begins the following week.
TY student Ian Flood from Bray, Co Wicklow caught a cracking tope off Greystones last week. The 16 year old student was fishing with his father Gerry close to the Moulditch Buoy when the big predator struck.
The duo had only started to fish their whole mackerel baits in the tide rip close to the Buoy when the tope grabbed Ian’s offering. I
an soon got the upper hand, landed and measured the tope which was 60.5 inches with a girth of 27.5 inches and quickly returned the tope to fight another day. Well done Ian.
The staff and students at Coláiste Chraobh Abhann extend a warm welcome to 20 Spanish students and their leader, who will be spending two weeks at our school. The students are aged between 16 and 18 years old and are attending classes in various subject areas, with the aim of gaining an insight into the Irish education system.
ADULT & COMMUNITY EDUCATION
The Autumn term of our Adult and Community Education programme resumed on Monday September 15. A wide range of classes are on offer, including Yoga, Computers, Golf, English as a Foreign Language and Painting with Watercolours. Enrolments still be made by visiting the school in person, or by phone or post. The brochure is available to download from our website at www.colaisteca.ie and our telephone number is 01-2870198.
Our fifth year students will be attending the Higher Options Conference in Dublin today, September 17th. Students will get the opportunity to talk to representatives from various colleges and courses, which in turn will help them decide on which career path they may like to take in the future.
The programme of extra-curricular activities is up and running in the school. All students are encouraged to get involved in at least one activity, either sporting or non-sporting. Activities include Camogie, Soccer, Gaelic football for boys and girls, Debating, Fishing and a whole lot more!!
The Transition Year students are currently completing a First Aid course. This course is provided by the Irish Red Cross and facilitated by Mr. John Keegan.
JUNIOR CERTIFICATE RESULTS
Congratulations to our students who received their Junior Certificate results last Wednesday. Students did very well in all subjects across the board. Well done!
There will be an Information Evening for parents of first year students this Thursday, September 18th at 8p.m. This meeting will be followed by the Parents’ Association AGM at 9p.m.
A reminder to all that classes will finish at 12.35p.m. on Tuesday next, September 23. Transport is not guaranteed at this time.
VISITORS FROM SWEDEN
Coláiste Chraobh Abhann were delighted to welcome a group of Swedish visitors yesterday, Tuesday September 16th. The group were given presentations on various aspects of the school and were also brought on a tour of the school, stopping off at areas of interest to their visit and/or subject areas, including computers, woodwork, metalwork, art and home economics.
Congratulations to Patrick Costello and Seán Ryder who had a very successful summer on the athletics scene. Patrick came second in the 100m at All-Ireland club level. As part of the Irish Celtic team, he went on to come third in the 100m relay in Stirling. Seán won gold in the Javelin at club level. He then won gold in Javelin on the Schools Leinster team. He then participated in Bedford on the Irish Schools Team and came sixth at International level.
LEAVING CERTIFICATE APPLIED
This week the Leaving Certificate Applied 6th year group received their results for Session 2 of their course. Students scored very well with a number of students scoring full marks in their interview assessed tasks. On Thursday last, 5th year LCA students and parents were invited to an information evening at the school outlining the activities for the year ahead. Such activities will include a coffee morning in aid of a charity of the students’ choice and a trip away to an adventure centre next month.