TY AND LALOR CENTRE FUN
Transition Year students of Scoil Chonglais have begun spending time with the service users at the Lalor Centre in Baltinglass this week. Throughout the week students have participated in activities such as golfing, swimmings, social skills and art and literature. This seems to have been a successfully enjoyable experience for both the students and members of the Lalor Centre and will continue for the duration of the school year.
Scoil Chonglais U19 Girls Basketball team played against Presentation Secondary School Ballingarry of Thurles in the U19 C Plate Playoffs on Thursday 4th of December. The game took place in the P.E. hall with Transition Year students in attendance to support the girls. Despite an excellent start from Ballingarry, the scores were equal at the end of the first quarter through baskets from Courtney Gahan and Niamh Oliver. Two unsuccessful free throw opportunities in the second quarter meant Scoil Chonglais trailed by 3 baskets at half time.
The third quarter saw further scores for Courtney Gahan and Niamh Oliver as well as a basket from Keadi Adams. However, the scoreboard still favored Ballingarry 22 points to 16. Ballingarry stormed ahead in the last quarter, while Scoil Chonglais didn’t manage to score in this time period. The final score was 16 points to 32 in favor of Ballingarry. Commiserations to Ms Murphy and all the girls involved who put in a massive effort. We wish Presentation Secondary School Ballingarry the best of luck as the progress through the competition.
Scoil Chonglais Junior Rugby Team are defying all odds by progressing even further in the Leinster School Rugby Competitions. Scoil Chonglais started off the year in the Junior Development Cup, in which they are now in the final of after an undefeated run. The top two teams in the Junior Development Cup then progressed onto the Duff Cup a higher division competition. The boys travelled to Longford to face St. Mel’s College last Monday, in the hope of making a Duff Cup Semi-Final and furthermore progressing to the Leinster Division 1A, a goal they never managed to complete before in the school’s rugby history. The boys left school early on a cold Monday morning preparing for the long journey to Longford.
The team ran out onto the pitch welcomed by a crowd of parents who travelled to Lonford to watch this well anticipated game. An excellent try by Adam Wynne which was converted by Jake Elliott and a further penalty by Jake Elliott ensured the travelling side were 10 points clear at half time.
However, the St.Mel’s College Team were not giving up without a fight by scoring an unconverted try at the start of the second half. A bursting run by Jordan Deans finished off by Tadgh O’Toole sealed the victory for Scoil Chonglais. The final score was 15-5.
This secures Scoil Chonglais in the semi-final of the Duff Cup against Maynooth next Monday. It also results in Scoil Chonglais progressing into the Leinster Division 1A and rewriting the school’s history books. Well done to Mr. Bailey and all the students involved, and good luck in all your upcoming matches!
Scoil Chonglais Junior Girls played out an incredibly impressive win over Carnew. The girls team won 14-8 to 2-2 with an exceptional team performance. Congratulations to the team and their manager Ms. Hogan.