On Thursday the juvenile boys lined out against Balla in Glenamaddy in a decider that dictated what team placed second in the group and ultimately whose season was going forward to the preliminary rounds. All indicators showed that these teams were similar in previous results and promised a tight match. Playing conditions were also to hamper the teams as rain persisted in the days leading up to and including the game.
The first half lived up to these expectations as the teams remained within reach of each other. Dunmore seemed to retain the majority of the possession and showed some skilful play but the scores were heavily worked for whereas while Balla who had less possession, their scores seemed to come handier and quicker. When it looked like we were nicely in front Balla came back and finished the first half at a point ahead with the score reading 2-7 to 2-6.
Second half was a completely different story. Dunmore having had a chance to reflect started to read the match better and judge their passes with more accuracy while taking their scores with confidence and efficiency that was lacking in the first half. This urgency from Dunmore forced Balla to play a defensive game with only two forwards remaining in our half and they remained scoreless for a good portion of the second half scoring only 3 points when they did get the chance. Dunmore on the other half hand had found the back of the Balla net and scored a staggering 6 goals in the second half alone.
The final score read 8-12 to 2-11 to a deserving Dunmore team. An excellent display of skill and teamwork made this a beautiful game to watch for the Dunmore side and ensures the Juvenile boys a continued campaign. Training will continue next Tuesday rather than Monday due to the in-service day. Will run from 4-5 and will be in astropitch so all players are asked to bring trainers.
Daniel Seery from Athlone Institute of Technology gave a presentation to our 6th years about the undergraduate courses available in AIT.
Aoibhe Burke and Andrea Delaney participated in the Soroptimists Public
Speaking Competition in Ballinasloe today. Both girls acquited themselves
brilliantly. They were competing against students from Tuam,
Mountbellew and Ballinasloe. The girls did not go through to the next
round, an honour that went to two very experienced competitors.
Each participant was presented with a Newbridge silver bracelet. Well
Andrea and Aoibhe with Ms Griffiths, Deputy Principal
Andrea and Aoibhe with the convenor of the Ballinasloe Soroptimists
Public Speaking, Kathleen Crotty.
Just a reminder that the school will be closed for students on Monday the 19th November due to Dept Wellbeing Training for all Staff on the New Junior Cycle.
DCS Calendar 2018-2019
Transition Years, Ms. Scarry and Ms. Clesham attended Zeminar 2018 in the RDS on Tuesday 18th November. They attended talks by Cora Staunton and Rory O’Neill (Panti Bliss) and visited the exhibition and interactive stands.
Paul Gillen, Health Promotion Officer with the HSE visited today to further the school’s attempts to gain The Health Promotion School Flag. During the past number of terms, Paul has worked with Ms McGagh and Ms. McManus. Today he met with the Student Council and teachers Ms McGagh, Ms. Weadick and Ms. Doyle, Student Council Co-ordinator. He complimented the Council on their efforts this term to ensure that students of DCS can have a tasty, nutritious and very reasonably priced lunch each day in the canteen. Paul complimented the staff and management for the introduction of new programmes like Big Brother/Big Sister and the MindOut Programme for senior students, both of which we have introduced this year. These programmes, along with our other new initiatives, like our Tutor system, ensure that the well-being of our students is being kept as a top priority.
In horrific conditions, Dunmore played Ballygar in their Senior girls’ football campaign. Bitterly cold with strong gusts and stinging heavy rain and sleet meant that this was going to be no easy task.
Playing into an unwavering breeze in the first half challenged our girls with many of our shots falling short into the goalie’s hands as well as forcing our girls to work harder at carrying the ball with passes being unreliable and unpredictable. At halftime, we saw ourselves down by 5 points with the score reading 1-10 to 1-5 to Ballygar.
The determination and positivity of the Dunmore ladies were not to be quashed however and the second half saw a revitalised Dunmore team with some beautiful passages of play. Having the advantage of the wind at our backs definitely helped spur the team on. Early in the second half Dunmore took their scores with confidence and drew the game level. However, clenching those winning scores was just out of grasp and the game remained nail-bitingly tense as the teams remained level yet both made strong attacks. Special commendation must be made to the girls on their defence all over the pitch as many advances were foiled and the ball recovered. In fact, so good was the defending and reading of the game that Dunmore held Ballygar scoreless in the second half.
Unfortunately, we just missed out on the win as some pressurised shooting lead to near misses as well as there being a questionable disqualification of a second-half Dunmore goal. The game ended drawn with 1-10 a piece to both teams. Fair play to all the ladies that travelled and togged in this weather, especially our subs as it was fiercely cold with no shelter. Your efforts are appreciated! Keep up the good work
Thanks to Lorraine Cunningham, Schools Liaison Officer from GMIT, who gave a presentation to our 6th Yr students today.
In addition to trialling healthy dinners, we are also going to trial a breakfast club at the 11 am break each day. Students will have the option of either:
- toast and juice/tea
- cereal and juice/tea
We intend to provide this for free at the moment on trial basis, again to gauge interest. Thanks again to #FoodforSchool for their support in this.
We are delighted to announce our proposed 2-week menu. Dinners will start on Monday, the 12th November at a temporary subsidised cost of €2 for students.
||Pan-fried chicken wrapped in bacon with gravy, vegetables and potatoes
Turkey and ham with stuffing, vegetables and potatoes
|Loin of Bacon, Parsley Sauce with vegetables and potatoes
||Chicken stir-fry with sweet chilli sauce and rice
|Cheesy baked lasagne with vegetables and potatoes
Shepherd’s pie with veg and potatoes
||Chicken curry with rice/chips
Chicken curry with rice/chips