COMMUNITY GAMES NEWS
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.