CROSS COUNTRY RUNNING
Cross Country Running has been very successful within the school year, with many competitors of various year groups. The Ulster cross country championships took place in Belfast on 24/02 with Clodagh O’Reilly (5th yr) taking gold in the senior race and Megan McGivney (1st yr) coming 7th in the minor race. Congratulations to both girls who now go forward to represent the school in the All Ireland cross country championships on the 7th March.
Clodagh had a very successful run at the All Ireland Cross Country Championships at Clongowes College, where she finished 3rd in the Senior Girls 2500m. This was a great finish to her cross country season, and now she is looking forward to the track.
The 1st and 2nd year basketball teams enjoyed mixed fortunes this season. Both teams performed extremely well in the group stages of the league with the 1st year team securing a play-off spot courtesy of wins over Beech Hill Monaghan and O’Carolan College Nobber. In the play-off series they recorded impressive victories over St Oliver’s Drogheda and Scoil Mhuire Longford to secure a semi-final berth against St Oliver’s Oldcastle. Unfortunately they were narrowly beaten on the day by a strong Oldcastle team. The 2nd years enjoyed a good run of form in the group stages with 3 wins from 4 games beating Beech Hill Monaghan, O’Carolan College Nobber and St Louis Carrickmacross along the way. This run of results saw them qualify directly for the semi-finals where they faced a strong team from St Oliver’s Drogheda. Despite the best efforts of the players on duty they came out the wrong side of the result. Well done to both teams on their performances this year and no doubt they will bounce back stronger in next year’s competition.
Senior Gaelic Football Team
The Senior Gaelic Football team have finished up this year as Ulster runners up. This year the Senior team have been playing their football in division ‘A’ competing against the top schools in Ulster. This did not hold them back by any means as they easily progressed through the league to an Ulster Semi Final which took place in Templeport GAA against Loreto Omagh. Their win at this game meant they were through to an Ulster Final for the first time in an ‘A’ division. The Ulster Final took place in Oram, Mongahan against St Ciaran’s High Schools Ballygawley under very poor weather conditions. This game was a tough battle until the end with the win going to St Ciaran’s by two points at the final whistle.
U16 Gaelic Football Team
The U16 Gaelic football team have also been competing in division ‘A’ in Ulster this year. The girls have won their matches well and progressed to an Ulster semi-final in the Tyrone centre of excellence. After a brilliant team performance they defeated Our Lady’s and St. Patrick and progressed on to the Ulster ‘A’ Final. The Final took place on Thursday the 5th March 2015 in Irvinestown Co. Fermanagh where they took on Loreto Omagh. It turned out to be an extremely tight game from start to finish with Loreto Omagh coming out on the winning side by 4 points in the end.
The equestrian team has continued to go from strength to strength with 3 teams entered in the recent competition on February 14th 2015 in Cavan Equestrian Centre. All three teams performed really well with Team Maroon winning the open competition and the novice team placing second in their competition. There were also some really good individual performances on the day from Tara Caffrey (1st yr) Lucille Carolan (1st yr) Nicole Kilkenny (6th yr) and Orla Henry (2nd yr).
On February 1th 2015 the team competed in Mullingar Equestrian Centre. The open team- Alice Clarke, Orla Henry, Caoimhe Bogue and Sarah Donnelly came 1st place. In the individual 90m- Orla Henry came 4th place on Keoghan’s Boy and Fiona Galligan came 8th place on Cavan Beauty.
On Saturday 29th November 2014 the Loreto School Equestrian team competed in Cavan Equestrian Centre. The open team- Alice Clarke, Orla Henry, Caoimhe Bogue and Sarah Donnelly came third place. In the individual open- Sarah Reilly came 8th place on Ballymaloe Checkpoint Fred. In the individual accumulator- Orla Henry came 3rd place on Loughville Ranger.
The team have their final event of the season coming up on the 11th & 12th of April in Coilog Equestrian Centre, Kildare. We wish them all the best.
This camogie team are Ulster 2014 champions. They progressed on to the Junior D All Ireland semi-final v St. Darraghs’s, Dublin where they were unfortunately beaten. They trained very hard all year and they displayed excellent team spirit throughout the year, which was shown in their ulster title success.
The senior tag rugby team entered the Danske Bank Ulster schools cup for the first time this year and with a number of impressive victories in their regional qualifier in Virgina RFC they qualified for the finals playoff series in Armagh RFC on the 12th of March. On the day they won 2 out of their 3 pool games beating Aquinas Grammar School and Fivemiletown College before losing narrowly by a single try to reigning champions Enniskillen Collegiate a team who have been unbeaten in the competition for the last 5 years. This was a tremendous achievement by the girls and hopefully those on the panel from TY and 5th year will be able to build on this success in next year’s competition.
The u14 Gaelic Football have been competing in division ‘B’ in Ulster this year. The girls have won all their matches to date qualifying them for an Ulster Semi-Final after the Easter break. The girls continue to train hard and have a number of challenges coming up over the next few weeks to prepare for their upcoming Semi-Final.