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WITH THE cur­rent Women’s Na­tional League cham­pi­ons hail­ing from Wex­ford, it is no sur­prise to see that the suc­cess is in­spir­ing fu­ture gen­er­a­tions to as­pire to suc­cess as St. Fin­tan’s Na­tional School from May­glass claimed the hon­ours in the girls’ ‘A’ Cup di­vi­sion at the SPAR FAI Pri­mary Schools 5s Le­in­ster provin­cial fi­nals on Thurs­day.

The day be­gan for them with a rous­ing 7-0 vic­tory over Good Shep­herd N.S.

They main­tained their form with a 2-0 win over Scoil Chiaráin Naofa and went into a win­ner-takes-all show­down with Louth school Bel­lur­gan N.S. in the fi­nal round, win­ning out 3-1.

The six provin­cial fi­nal­ists will now travel to Dublin for the na­tional fi­nals which will be held in the Aviva Sta­dium on Wed­nes­day, May 30 (11.30 a.m.).

All par­tic­i­pat­ing schools are urged to take the day off and travel to the Dublin fi­nale to sup­port their school in what should prove to be a phe­nom­e­nal day for all in­volved, play­ers and spec­ta­tors alike.

It prom­ises to be a fan­tas­tic fun­filled fam­ily day with a ‘player of the tour­na­ment’ ac­co­lade for each sec­tion, goodie bags and medals for all 192 par­tic­i­pants as they’re all win­ners on the day!

Spec­ta­tors will be en­ter­tained with a su­per day of ac­tion as well as face paint­ing, samba drum­mers, a well-known D.J. to play some great tunes to gear us up for the games, and a chance for one spe­cial sup­porter to win an epic prize in the young sports jour­nal­ist com­pe­ti­tion.

You’ll have to stay tuned on the day to see who will be crowned 2018 cham­pi­ons.

Cheer on the schools from your class­room or of­fice chair if you can’t make the trip to Dublin and fol­low the progress on the FAI Schools Face­book and Twit­ter pages (@faischools).

Bun­clody A.F.C. had played host to the South Le­in­ster fi­nals of the pro­gramme re­cently.

A to­tal of 144 stu­dents from 18 schools par­tic­i­pated, with just six schools pro­gress­ing to the provin­cial fi­nals.

The boys’ ‘B’ Cup, for medium-sized schools, proved to be a com­pelling di­vi­sion with three teams in­volved.

The fi­nal was even­tu­ally de­cided on by nar­row mar­gin.

Gael Scoil Inbhir Mhóir (Wick­low) proved a lit­tle too strong for a tal­ented Mur­rin­town N.S side.

In the girls’ ‘A’ Cup, for small schools, St. Fin­tan’s N.S. (May­glass) de­feated Old Leigh­lin N.S. (Car­low) in a re­ally ex­cit­ing and hard-fought match on a 3-2 score­line.

In the girls’ ‘B’ Cup fi­nal, for medium-sized schools, Rathoe N.S. (Car­low) sealed qual­i­fi­ca­tion to the next stage af­ter they over­came a tough chal­lenge from Cushin­stown N.S..

Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal N.S. (Car­low) put in a fine dis­play against Bun­scoil Loreto N.S. (Wex­ford) to progress from the girls’ ‘C’ Cup di­vi­sion for large schools on a 4-2 score­line.

Fer­rycar­rig Park played host to the county fi­nals ear­lier.

The ‘A’ Cup had four pas­sion­ate schools, with the tal­ented St. THE CLOS­ING date for en­tries for the Com­mu­nity Games out­door team events is Mon­day, May 14.

The county is seek­ing en­tries in camo­gie, out­door soc­cer, Gaelic foot­ball, pitch and putt, skit­tles, rounders, spike­ball, judo and fut­sal.

The clos­ing date for O.R.S. en­tries for the ath­letic events is June 1. Joseph’s N.S. (Donard) team tri­umphant in a thrilling group.

The ‘B’ Cup again proved to be a com­pelling di­vi­sion with four teams in­volved.

Mur­rin­town N.S. fought back from 3-0 down in their first game to draw the game 3-3 with Caim N.S. which proved to be the de­cid­ing fac­tor of the highly-com­pet­i­tive group.

The ‘C’ Cup was an­other hard­fought con­test be­tween four very tal­ented teams.

Scoil Mhuire from Cool­cotts even­tu­ally came out on top of the large schools di­vi­sion thanks to a great per­for­mance, win­ning all three of their games.

The girls’ ‘A’, ‘B’ and ‘C’ Cup county fi­nals were also held in Fer­rycar­rig Park, with a fan­tas­tic at­mos­phere through­out.

In the ‘A’ Cup, St. Fin­tan’s of May­glass de­feated St. Joseph’s (Donard) in a re­ally ex­cit­ing and hard-fought match which ended 3-1 to de­cide the group with the last game of the day.

In the ‘B’ Cup fi­nal, Cushin­stown N.S. sealed qual­i­fi­ca­tion to the next stage af­ter they over­came a tough chal­lenge from Gaelscoil Inis Corthaidh.

Bun­scoil Loreto put in a fine dis­play against Bun­scoil Rís to progress from the ‘C’ Cup, fin­ish­ing on a high note with an im­pres­sive 3-0 win.

The county fi­nals will be held in The Hub in En­nis­cor­thy on Sun­day, June 24.

First and sec­ond round games of the Le­in­ster team events will take place on Satur­day, June 30 (no venue as yet).

The semi fi­nals and fi­nals will take place on Satur­day, July 14, and again the venue has not been de­cided.

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