In-form Pa­tri­cian Academy hosts its first ever En­vi­ron­men­tal Day

The Corkman - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

THE Pa­tri­cian Academy Se­nior foot­ballers con­tin­ued their im­pres­sive win­ning streak in Pairc Ui Chaoimh last Wed­nes­day.

They faced Pre­sen­ta­tion Col­lege in the quar­ter fi­nal of the Mun­ster Sheain Ui Mhurchu com­pe­ti­tion. Hav­ing de­cided to play against the strong wind in the first half, the Academy boys started very well, re­tain­ing pos­ses­sion and work­ing their way for­ward with pur­pose.

Within 10 min­utes they had set the stan­dard of the game and led by four points to no score.

Given the el­e­ments, Pre­sen­ta­tion grew into the game and pulled two points back. The Academy stuck to their game plan how­ever and kicked on again tak­ing the ball through the lines, draw­ing fowls deep into their op­po­nents half.

Thanks to some ex­cel­lent placed ball kick­ing from the im­pres­sive mid­field com­bi­na­tion of both Kieran Twomey and Eanna O’Han­lon they led by 0-8 to 0-2. Aided by the wind, Pre­sen­ta­tion hit a pur­ple patch hit­ting twp goals in quick suc­ces­sion to level it up.

Good play from Brian O’Sul­li­van, Jack Dil­lon, Colm O’Shea and Shane Mer­ritt led to Eoin Kelle­her rat­tling the net to wrap up the half, 1-8 to 2-2.

On the re­sump­tion, with the wind to their back, the Academy be­gan where they left off, this time leav­ing it long to the tal­ented play­ers like Ciaran O’Sul­li­van and Conor Corbett. A quick suc­ces­sion of points had them on the front foot again, lead­ing by 1-12 to 2-2.

Then a su­per shot by Conor McMa­hon raised an­other green flag to put real dis­tance be­tween the sides.

De­spite a glim­mer of hope for Pre­sen­ta­tion through a goal, the Academy fin­ished strong, most no­tably with a clever goal from Barry O’Shea, run­ning out com­fort­ably win­ners on a fi­nal score line of 3-17 to 3-6 to book their place in the semi fi­nal.

Last Wed­nes­day the Pa­tri­cian Academy’s Green-School Com­mit­tee hosted their first ever En­vi­ron­men­tal Day. As pre­dicted it was an enor­mous success.

The com­mit­tee’s pri­mary ob­jec­tive was to re­duce waste in the school. A va­ri­ety of strate­gies were im­ple­mented in or­der to achieve this such as the in­tro­duc­tion of the Pa­tri­cian Academy Water Bot­tle in or­der to re­duce plas­tic waste; mon­i­tor­ing and iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of lit­ter blackspots in the school.

Af­ter much dis­cus­sion it was de­cided that mak­ing the stu­dent body aware of how their ac­tions af­fect the en­vi­ron­ment was piv­otal. One of the ma­jor events was the En­vi­ron­men­tal Day. The main goal was to em­pha­sise the neg­a­tive im­pacts an in­di­vid­ual’s ac­tions have on the en­vi­ron­ment.

The plan for the day was to show a doc­u­men­tary, “A Plas­tic Tide”, to en­hance each stu­dent’s knowl­edge on the en­vi­ron­ment. In con­junc­tion with that a po­etry, slo­gan and art com­pe­ti­tion was or­gan­ised to act as an in­cen­tive for the first and sec­ond years to make them­selves more broad minded in terms of the en­vi­ron­ment.

In ad­di­tion to that an en­vi­ron­men­tal quiz was de­vised as a fun way of learn­ing about the en­vi­ron­ment for the stu­dents.

Mean­while, the Pa­tri­cian Academy ran out 12 point win­ners over Co­laiste Chriost Ri in the first round of the Cork Col­leges Se­nior B Hurl­ing Cham­pi­onship.

Play­ing into a strong wind in the first half the Academy got to grips with a bright early start by C C Ri to lead by two points at half time, 0-8 to 0-6. Play­ing with the wind in the sec­ond half the Academy took con­trol, even­tu­ally run­ning out de­served win­ners with a score­line of 0-24 to 0-12.

In a fine team per­for­mance there were no­table per­for­mances from Niall O’Riordan at full back, Kieran Twomey in mid­field and Eanna O’Han­lon at cen­tre for­ward.

Academy scor­ers were K Twomey 0-7 (6f ) E O’Han­lon 0-5, Eoin Kel­li­her and C Car­roll 0-3, D Walsh and C McMa­hon 0-2, B O’Con­nor and B O’Shea 0-1.

Kenny Dunne and Kevin Fitz­patrick pic­tured at the En­vi­ron­men­tal Day at the Pa­tri­cian Academy, Mallow.

Pic­tured at the En­vi­ro­men­tal Day at the Pa­tri­cian Academy were Luke Bar­row, Henry Egbo and Conor Lav­ery.

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