Our Transition Year students organized & hosted the first round of the boys & girls Junior Volleyball Championships. As part of their P.E programme they completed a Volleyball Coaching Course. They used their knowledge to coach our junior teams, officiate & referee the games. We welcomed Roscommon CC for the girls competition and Colaiste na Eachreidh Athenry & Mary Immaculate Lisdoonvarna for the boys competition. Our teams will progress to the Cup stage of the competition. This is a new sport to our school and it gives our Transition Year students the opportunity to develop their leadership & organizational skills.
Last Thursday saw us commandeer a spot in the juvenile boys’ football Connacht quarter-finals, but it wasn’t without grit, determination and fight. We played Foxford in a knockout round and they made us work for it. A strong start saw Dunmore dominate play and our skillful attacks intimidated Foxford’s backline and indeed goal, similarly a well structured backline belittled Foxford’s attacks forcing 5 wides in the first half. On several occasions Foxford choose to play defensively in an attempt to halt our scoring and only two of their forwards remained in place. It looked promising. At half time we seemed comfortable holding a 12 point lead at 3-9 to 1-3. However, this was soon to change. Foxford’s approach confused our backline, as many were left without players to mark. Instead, they chose to leave a player inside and run the ball at us. Our defense did well and continued to force many of their attempts wide. Despite this Foxford began narrowing the gap and with so many of their players following the ball we found kickouts a problem and the opposition capitalised. Unfortunately, we also saw ourselves fall short of several scoring opportunities as a powerful shot at goal went narrowly wide for Matthew Connolly and another two into the box were mishit by the runner. A questionable converted penalty for Foxford and an injury to our goalie taking him off the pitch for a time saw three goals in a matter of minutes diminishing our lead significantly and frustrating our forwards as they saw little ball to counteract. Panic was setting in. With 5 minutes to go, we seemed to still be favourites at 4 points up. This was slowly dashed as Foxford, spurred on by a brilliant comeback continued to assault our defense until we drew level. Our team rallied excellently to ensure we were not to be knocked out and credit to defense with some fantastic blocks and a superb save from goalie Marcus Halliday and some excellent tracking back by our midfields to assist. The whistle blew signalling a draw at Dunmore 4-13 to Foxford’s 5-10 and the contemplation of extra time. We were aghast that we let them back into the game but determined to not let all our hard work be for nothing. Many of our team had a score to settle after losing to Foxford by a point in their first year Connacht final last year, they did not want a repeat performance. We started extra time with a solid attack resulting in our first score from Colm Costello. They responded with three. Half time saw us down 2 points and still a hill to climb. Some well-worked balls finally came good as Matthew found the back of the net sending us into the lead by a solitary point. He soon added a point to this and our efforts went into defense to avoid the dreaded ball hitting the net the other side to undo our efforts. Alas, we had done enough, and with tired legs and a hoarse sideline, we could walk off the pitch victorious after an epic saga of a game. Final score after extra-time 5-16 to 5-4. Scores came from Robert Heneghan 2-0, Niall Heneghan 1-1, Matthew Connolly 1-1, Colm Costello 1-11, Jack Jordan 0-2 and Padraig Martyn 0-1. We now take on Mohill in Frenchpark at 12.30pm on Monday the 3rd February in the Connacht quarter-final and judging from last years’ first years this sounds like it again will be one tough match as Dunmore defeated them by the narrowest of margins in the first year competition last year.
Best of luck to our u16 Boys Basketball team & their coach Ms Grehan who compete in the All Ireland play-offs on Sun in Dunmore Community School. This talented group of lads were unlucky in the Regional finals losing out by 1 point. As Regional Champions for the last two years, they hope to put that disappointment behind them & perform well on Sunday. They compete against Belmullet & Kishoge CC. Winners go forward to the next stage of the competition in the Basketball Arena Tallaght.
Tomorrow we host the U16 All-Ireland Playoffs and our fantastic team open the day against Mercy Sligo at 11 am. Then, Mercy Sligo plays the other visiting school Marist Dundalk with the final match of Dunmore Vs Marist Dundalk at 2:30 pm. The winner of tomorrows games goes onto the All Ireland finals so we would be like to wish our girls and Ms.Canny the very best of luck in such an exciting stage of the competition! Such an achievement to get here, enjoy the day!
Huge congrats to our U19 Girl’s Basketball team who reached the semi-final stage in the Regional league. We came up against a very experienced Colaiste na Coiribe side who have many club city players. Our girls worked so hard but it wasn’t our day. Well done to all girls involved and be proud of getting so far in the competition and all your efforts.
Huge congrats to our U16 Girls Basketball team who had a convincing win over Glenamaddy in the Regional Semi-Finals hosted by our school last Thursday. A fabulous display of structured defence secured the girls’ rightful place in the Regional Final later on that same day. Our girls battled till the bitter end against a very strong St. Nathys side but it wasn’t meant to be as the opposition coming out on top. The top 2 teams in the region get to All-Ireland playoffs and we are so proud our girls qualify after all their hard work and the very best of luck to you all!
Best of luck to our senior team who play CBS Ennistymon in the West Region Final tomorrow in Ballinfolie Castlegar Neighbourhood Centre at 11am. This is a repeat of last years Final & we hope to bring home the cup two years in a row. This is a talented group of lads & they had a great win over Spiddeal in the semi final.