A suc­cess­ful year at Trin­ity

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sports -

Trin­ity High School has had a great year of sport.

As the cur­rent school year comes to an end to­day (Wed­nes­day), head teacher Peter Bollen has con­trat­u­lated all of the pupils who rep­re­sented the school in var­i­ous sport­ing events.

There were plenty of suc­cesses dur­ing the ath­let­ics sea­son at the South La­nark­shire and the Scot­tish Schools Ath­let­ics com­pe­ti­tions.

This year Trin­ity had medals in eight dis­ci­plines: Lewis Tracey S3, who also achieved a new PB of 2:04 for the 800m (gold); Christie Dal­gliesh S1, 1200m (gold) ; Barry Don­aghue S2, 100m (sil­ver); Ai­dan Wright S1, 1200m (sil­ver); Kiera Wat­son S3, 1500m (sil­ver); Shilo Olatunji S3, 200m (bronze), shot putt (bronze); Lau­ren Mcewan S1, 6000m (sil­ver) with a de­ter­mined fin­ish, well de­served place. Lewis Tracey, Zak Moynes, Dy­lan Hendry, Shilo Olatunji 4x100 (sil­ver), S3 boys.

Lewis Tracey, Christie Dal­gliesh, Lau­ren McEwan, Zak Moynes and Deaglan Moynes all rep­re­sented Trin­ity at the Scot­tish Schools Ath­let­ics at Grange­mouth Sta­dium ear­lier this month. All pupils com­peted well in what was a very high stan­dard event this year and should be proud to be com­pet­ing at this level.

Mr Bollen said: “Well done to the 40 pupils who par­tic­i­pated in the Ath­let­ics events this year and made up Trin­ity’s ath­let­ics squad.”

Trin­ity bas­ket­ball has gone from strength to strength this year. The club regularly sees num­bers of 25 or more and next sea­son Trin­ity will en­ter their first girl’s team into the Glas­gow Schools League and the se­nior team reached the Glas­gow Cup quar­ter-fi­nals and fin­ished a re­spectable third in their rugby.

The fledg­ling club has seen another year of com­mit­ment from a num­ber of keen rugby play­ers. This year the school has re­ceived £1800 fund­ing from the Big Lottery Fund in or­der to buy kit and equip­ment for the team. The team have played friendly matches and are look­ing for­ward to hav­ing a closer link with lo­cal rugby club Cam­bus­lang RFC, who two of Trin­ity’s play­ers al­ready rep­re­sent.

In football, Trin­ity’s un­der-14s football squad had a lot to live up to af­ter last year’s dou­ble tro­phy haul and the team started the sea­son ex­actly as the pre­vi­ous had fin­ished, with some classy football played and com­fort­able vic­to­ries.

They un­for­tu­nately were caught out in a cup derby with lo­cal ri­vals Cathkin, who they dis­patched easily the pre­vi­ous sea­son, but could not repli­cate the re­sult this year and so their de­fence of the La­nark­shire Cup ended with­out a fight.

The league com­pe­ti­tion and Scot­tish Shield tro­phy saw dif­fer­ent for­tunes, as no op­po­nent could live with the team and their re­lent­less na­ture of play in each game in the early rounds. A quar­ter-fi­nal draw away to Mill­burn in In­ver­ness was as bad a draw as could be given, and with ma­jor play­ers miss­ing, they bowed out at the re­spectable lat­ter stages of the com­pe­ti­tion, but with an air of re­gret at what might have been if a full strength Trin­ity had made the jour­ney north.

The La­nark­shire League cup fi­nal was a foot­balling spec­ta­cle which was com­mended by all who watched the game, but sadly again, Trin­ity failed to de­fend their ti­tle for a sec­ond year. De­spite be­ing by far the stronger team, they could not fin­ish off their op­po­nents Chrys­ton, who re­cov­ered twice from be­ing be­hind in the game to win 5-4. Again, Trin­ity were left with re­gret rather than sat­is­fac­tion as a tro­phy­less sea­son was con­firmed.

The Trin­ity un­der-14s are a match for any school in Scot­land, and are con­sid­ered to be the best team in La­nark­shire de­spite this year’s dis­ap­point­ments.

The Trin­ity un­der-15s also had a suc­cess­ful sea­son, nav­i­gat­ing their way to the La­nark­shire Cup fi­nal against Dun­can­rig.

An en­thralling match saw the teams re­main level un­til late in the sec­ond half when Dun­can­rig scored the win­ner. An un­for­tu­nate out­come for another Trin­ity team but no doubt they will al­ready be fo­cussed on next sea­son.

This year there have been a num­ber of play­ers re­ceiv­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tive hon­ours, most no­tably Bro­gan Hay, De­clan McDon­ald and John Kelly who have played on the in­ter­na­tional stage: Bro­gan for Scot­land un­der-17 ladies in the Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship Qual­i­fiers, De­clan for Scot­land un­der-14 in the Nether­lands and John will rep­re­sent South La­nark­shire in the In­ter­na­tional Chil­dren’s Games.

The S1-S3 pupils at­tend­ing dance club have worked hard over the course of the year. They chore­ographed a rou­tine which they per­formed at the South La­nark­shire schools dance com­pe­ti­tion. The girls also per­formed at the pri­mary dance fes­ti­val in Ruther­glen Town Hall, per­form­ing rou­tines for pri­mary school pupils and par­ents.

The gym­nas­tics club have worked ex­tremely hard this year and have de­vel­oped their skill level for both floor work and ap­pa­ra­tus. The girls have met on a weekly ba­sis where they have worked on in­di­vid­ual and group rou­tines. The club as a whole have also taken part in a work­shop lead by Sky Sports where they worked on con­fi­dence build­ing and de­vel­op­ing life skills.

One of the gym­nasts, So­phie Wat­son, also com­peted in the Spec­trum In­vi­ta­tional where she de­liv­ered an out­stand­ing per­for­mance with her part­ner and was awarded with sec­ond place in the grade four pairs.

Fi­nally, the tram­polin­ing club have met on a weekly ba­sis since Au­gust. The club has been very pop­u­lar amongst pupils with over 50 young peo­ple at­tend­ing ev­ery week over the course of the year. Pupils have worked hard to im­prove their skill level and con­fi­dence on the trampoline.

Air we go The gym­nas­tics club has been a suc­cess at Trin­ity High this year

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