Interest in girl’s football has hit an all-time high at Roscommon Community College. With a new team of management, the girls are more enthusiastic than ever before. Ladies GAA has only been at the development stages in the past number of years, however, with the growing numbers at RCC a U/14 and Junior team have been established and are competing competitively in their Inter County competitions.
Ladies Junior Gaelic Football Team 2016-2017
Ladies U/14 Gaelic Football Team 2016-2017
GAA affiliated sports have been the bedrock of our school’s sports programme from the beginning. Gaelic football is enjoyed by a huge percentage of boys attending our school. For quite a number of years we have been able to field at least two teams. However, this year saw us enter a record four teams into the Connacht competition, a first year team, a juvenile, a junior and a senior team.
Roscommon Post Primary Schools Senior Football Championship
RCC 0-2 Roscommon CBS 2-14
For the first time since 2005 we entered the Roscommon schools senior boys’ football championship. Our first match back couldn’t have been a tougher assignment, playing the former Connacht Champions. Despite the enormous task ahead, our boys tore into the CBS from the throw in and we were first on the score sheet when Mikey Egan pointed after four minutes. We were on top in every sector in that first 15 minutes but we didn’t take our chances, Craig Tarmey coming very close to a goal when after a great run through the CBS defence, he rattled the crossbar. That was as good as it got and soon after, the CBS settled into their stride and thereafter the result of the game was never in doubt. Giving credit where credit is due, our boys never threw in the towel and battled right to the final whistle. Best for us on the day were Adam Finnerty, Ryan Cox. Daire Keenan and Diarmaid Treacy. Best of luck to the CBS going forward.
Connacht GAA Post Primary Senior ‘D’ Football Championship
RCC 2-05 Boyle CC 3-11
Our seniors took on a very strong Boyle side in our second last group game of this year’s championship. With the sun at our backs we stormed into a healthy half time lead. However, we faded with 10 to go and conceded 2 late goals which finished the tie as a contest. Best on the day was Adam Finnerty, Daire Keenen, Ryan Cox and Simon Leonard.
Connacht GAA Post Primary Junior ‘D’ Football Championship
Our junior footballers had a very impressive win over Elphin Community College. Trailing Lough Allen CC on score difference for the quarter final place, we needed to beat Elphin by a considerable margin. It didn’t look like that was going to happen early on as Elphin matched us score for score until half time approached when a brace from Darragh Warde saw us lead by 9 points at half time. Our lads showed great hunger and desire in the second half to wear down the Elphin resistance and by the final whistle we had done just enough to claim that second place spot. Congrats to our junior team and their management on making the knock out stages which are likely to be played in February.
RCC 4-11 Carrigallen 2-6
Our Junior footballers had a very impressive victory in a thrilling encounter in perfect conditions on Wednesday morning. A display of fabulous football with use of the kick pass proving to be a massive asset to our side. First half goals from Gareth Delaney and Aaron Hannon proved to be cruicial in RCC’s victory. A great overall team performance throughout with Diramuid Treacy rock solid at the back particularly impressing. Ryan Cox at midfield and Simon Leonard up front put in huge displays. That is now two wins from three games for our boys and they will play Drumshambo next week in a crucial tie. Well done lads.
Connacht GAA Post Primary Boys Juvenile ‘C’ Football League
RCC 3-09 Ballyhaunis CC 4-05
Our juvenile footballers recorded their first win of the league over a dogged Ballyhaunis side. This game was real end to end stuff and rarely was either separated by more than a point throughout. Both sides went in level at half time. Darragh O’Sullivan was excellent between the posts in that first half particularly with his arrow like kick outs which regularly found his midfielders. Mark Dwyer was our main scorer in that half with 2-02. The second half started as ferociously and competitively as the first with neither side willing to yield. The defence was excellent in this period particularly full back Tiernan O’Sullivan, Keelan Murray, Eoghan Farrell and Aaron O’Toole. As injury time approached and RCC ahead by a point, Ballyhaunis scored a point of their own and this game looked to be heading for a draw. However, in the very last play of the match Daire Finneran won a kickout and kicked to his midfield partner Kyle Kelly who soloed right through the heart of the defence to score the winning point. Well done to all concerned.
Connacht GAA Post Primary 1st Year ‘C’ Football Championship
RCC 3-04 Boyle CC 7-03
Our third game of the championship saw us take on Boyle. This was our most competitive game so far and was for the large part our best performance. This game ebbed and flowed until the 55th minute with both teams tied on 3-03 apiece. However, defensive lapses cost us dear and Boyle ran out easy winners in the end. Best for us on the day was Cormac Mee who scored the majority of our scores with two excellent goals and was very dependable from frees. Ethan Hoban, Ryan McNamara and Tyler Kelly were also excellent throughout.
Ballinamore CC 6-06 RCC 3-09
Our final game of the league saw us take on Ballinamore in Leitrim. It has been a hard road for this bunch of players in what is a very competitive division despite being the third layer of school’s football in Connacht. However, we have improved immeasurably as a team since our first game, a heavy defeat to Strokestown. Courageous is the only word to describe this performance. We lead for large periods of this match, thanks to some excellent scores from Ethan Hoban and were down by just the bare minimum at half time. Soon after we were back in the lead and an upset looked a possibility but Ballinamore had as many players on the side-line as they had on the pitch and in the end their substitutes made a huge difference. We had some excellent performances on the day particularly from Ethan Hoban, Ryan McNamara, Gerald O’Hara, Paddy Fallon, Ryan Conlon and Feidhlim O’Sullivan. Despite being only an 18 strong panel and results not going our way, rarely has anyone missed training or not done their best in training or in matches. Thank you lads for your hard work and commitment. Our next adventure begins in February with the championship
With the number of teams representing the school, we needed a new set of jerseys. Liam McNeill of McNeill’s Shop, Roscommon kindly agreed to sponsor us. Pictured above is Liam McNeill making a presentation to Mr Chambers, teachers Mr Conor Devaney and Mr Tom Flynn, students Daire Keenan, Simon Leonard, Conor Corcoran, Jack Naughton and Mikey Egan.
Code of Conduct and Best Practice for Players
The following contract contains guidelines outlining the expected conduct at training and at matches for all students of our school. Please read through them. If you believe that you can adhere to our code, please sign your name at the end of the contract and date it. It must also be signed by one of your parents/guardians. If you fail to adhere to any part of the code at any time throughout the year you will be requested to appear before our school’s Principal to explain your actions. A decision will in turn be made as to whether you will be permitted to continue participating in any sport provided by our school.
- I will notify a member of the management team if I am unable to attend training.
- I will be on time for training.
- I will do my best to attend a training session for my chosen sport at least once a week
- I will ensure I will have correct sports gear for training and matches.
- I will at all times show respect to my team mates, coaches and management team.
- I understand that I am responsible for finding out the homework I have missed while away at matches and completing it for my next lesson.
- I will not at any time use foul language either at training or during matches.
- I will at all times adhere to Roscommon Community College’s policy on expected student behaviour while on school grounds and journeys to and from matches.
- I will at all times endeavour to do my very best while representing my school.
- I understand that I may have to cease playing all sports in the school if I am undisciplined at training or matches, if I am constantly misbehaving, if I am verbally or physically abusive towards a teammate, coach or opponent.
Having read the rules, I ___________________________________ agree to abide by our school’s code of conduct for the academic school year.
Having read the rules, I ___________________________________ agree that my son/daughter will abide by the school’s code of conduct for the academic school year.