Monthly Archives: March 2015

Girls’ GAA Blitz

On the 26th of March,2015, The St Kevin’s girls Gaelic team went to a blitz in Bray emmets. They played three difficult matches but managed to come out with three wins which qualified the for the final. These teams the girls were up against were Newtown n.s, scoil Chualann and Gaeilscoil Ibhir  Mhòir . Unfortunately they lost by three points to  Gaeilscoil Ibhir Mhòir.But managed to secure a second place position by accomplish two major defeats to the other oppositions by a great number of points. They will complete soon in the upcoming final on the week of the 20th of April and hopefully bring home the girls division one first place trophy.

By Eimear Fawcett, Sophie Fitzgerald and Iseult Brosnan

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Division One Champions of Wicklow

 

What a year for the St Kevin’s 5th/6th Class Gaelic Football Team. A football year that started all the way back in October 2014 culminated yesterday with a Division One County Title! To put this into perspective this team has won a Coughlan Cup Division 1 Championship, a North Wicklow Division 1 Championship & a Division 1 Wicklow County Championship, a fifteen game unbeaten season! A fantastic achievement!

The journey to the Wicklow Division One County Championship started on the 4th of March, the first day of the 11 a side North Wicklow League. The team’s first two games were against Scoil Chualann of Bray & St Pat’s of Wicklow Town.  The boys managed to overcome the challenge of the Scoil Chualann team on a score line of 3-4 to 1-1. The first half of this game was a very tight affair but in the second half they gained more control around the centre of the field and pushed on for the win. In the second game of the day, the boys beat St Pat’s on a score line of 5-1 to 0-2. The result was never in doubt from the throw in of the ball.

On the second day of the North Wicklow Division One League the team received two walk-overs which resulted in us playing one game, against St. Cronan’s of Bray. In a very very tight affair where St Kevin’s did not play their best football at all and St Cronan’s rattled the woodwork three times, they managed to scrape a one point win. The final score being 1-5 to 2-1 in St Kevin’s favour. A last gasp Luke Dorgan point managed to get St Kevin’s over the line, just!

This all brought us to Ballinakill yesterday, where we were pitted against the finest teams Wicklow had to offer this year; Carnew N.S. Balltinglass N.S. Hacketstown N.S. and our rivals from North Wicklow St Pat’s of Wicklow Town who like St Kevin’s qualified for the Division One County Finals, St Kevin’s qualifying as champions of North Wicklow.

St Kevin’s first game on the day was against Carnew N.S. St. Kevin’s played some excellent football in this match & ran out deserved winners, winning 4-4 to 1-1. Fionn Brauner got us up and running with some well taken goals. However, there were bigger challenges to come & the next game proved this.

St Kevin’s second game was against Baltinglass N.S. a tough game was expected & so it proved to be. In a tight first half the score was 2 points to 1 in Baltinglass’ favour, St Kevin’s missing two glorious goal chances! Baltinglass came steaming out of the blocks in the second half & were soon 2-2 to 1 point ahead, St Kevin’s dreams looked shattered. However, a well taken point from Darragh Rush got the team back on track & Jack O’Sullivan began to dominate around the middle of the pitch. They soon began to reel in their East Wicklow counterparts. With a few minutes remaining, St Kevin’s were four points down. Joe Prendergast began to drive at the heart of the Baltinglass defence & netted a fantastic goal. Some excellent defending from Neil Browne & Freddie Happonen set us on the way to the Baltinglass goal; the ball was worked to Luke Dorgan who calmly finished into the top corner! St Kevin’s then had to defend resolutely to keep Baltinglass at bay, Daniel Healy particularly prominent in these exchanges. The final whistle blew – final score 3-2 to 2-3 & St. Kevin’s were still on track for the title!

Hacketstown next! Defence is what won this game & some fantastic saves form our goalie Charlie Leahy. St Kevin’s never hit the highs that they managed against Baltinglass but some teak tough defending from Joshua Rush & Conor O’Donovan up front ensured that we beat Hacketstown. Freddie Happonen & Neil Browne had their hands full in defence but they stuck to their task. Daniel Healy was always driving forward at every opportunity picking up breaking balls when he could. The forwards didn’t fully click but Fionn Brauner showed great strength to hold off would be tacklers & finish a great goal to the back of the net. A 3-2 to 0-4 win was well deserved.

Finally in the last game of the day we met St Pat’s of Wicklow Town a team the boys had beaten twice already this year. They started slowly & really struggled in the opening exchanges & found themselves 1-1 down inside the first five minutes. A goal & a point followed for St Kevin’s which meant the teams went in level at half time, so far St Kevin’s putting in their poorest performance of the day. St Kevin’s came out in the second half determined to win the game and so it happened. The St Kevin’s defence, marshalled superbly by Neil Browne restricted St Pat’s to one point in the second half while the mid fielders & forwards rattled off 1-2 to bring the Division 1 County Title back to the school. What a performance!

Luke Dorgan & Neil Browne, joint captains this year, accepted the trophy on behalf of the St. Kevin’s team. All year this team has played fantastic football. Charlie Leahy has been outstanding in goal & made some magnificent saves throughout the year. Neil Browne, Freddie Happonen, Joshua Rush, Daniel Healy & Colm Shortt have exemplified tackling & defending of the highest order throughout the year. Jack O’Sullivan & Conor O’Donovan were full of running all year in midfield & brought great composure to the centre field exchanges. Up front Joe Prendergast, Darragh Rushe Fionn Brauner & Luke Dorgan displayed deadly accurate finishing & intelligent lines of running all year. Finally, Eoghan Gurrin, Ronan Gaines & Cillian Gunning contributed greatly to the teams efforts throughout the year.

Yogi Berra an American Baseball icon once said “It ain’t over till it’s over” St Kevin’s definitely played to this mantra throughout this Gaelic Football season. Mary Lou Retton a retired American Gymnast also said “A trophy carries dust. Memories last forever.” I hope these memories stay with this group of players well into the future.

Click here to view the home coming the boys received by the senior classes.