12th April 2018
Congratulations to our Girl’s Junior Volleyball team that topped their group last week in the first round of the competition. Both our Yellow and Blue team headed to Strokestown where they faced two Strokestown teams in the hopes of progressing to the next round that is being held after the Easter break.
Our yellow team was first up where they battle against Strokestown’s Pink team. Our girls started off excellently, having taken on board mistakes from last week’s games against Drumbshanbo, they were the comprehensive winners of the game on a score line of 25-10, 25-15.
Next up they faced Strokestown’s Blue team which was both the toughest and closest battle of the day. Both games could have gone either way as both teams displayed their great serving skills and spectacular teamwork. In the end it was the RCC ladies that prevailed and nipped the win: 25-23, 25-23.
Finally both our Yellow and Blue team battled it out in the final game for the Yellows. Despite the rivalry, it was a great opportunity to see how both teams had come so far since starting to train last month. Both teams were eager to gain the bragging rights and both ensured they did all they could in order to secure victory. Unfortunately for the Blue team, the Yellow’s took the win in two very tight games: 25-20, 25-17.
This result meant that RCC Yellow has topped the group and would now progress to the next stage of the competition. It was then up to RCC Blue to beat the two Strokestown teams in order to make it to the next round. They first encountered Strokestown Blue where it took our girls a while to get settled. After losing the first game 25-6, our girls pulled together and displayed their ample volleyball and communication skills. In spite of their efforts, Strokestown took the win in a very narrow 25-23 score line.
Our girls now knew they had a battle on their hands. Our Blue team played their final must-win game against Strokestown Pink in order to be in with a chance of being placed second. Just as the Yellow team had an epic match earlier on that was won on the tightest of margins, our girls Blue team showed their grit and determination during their finally battle. The game went down to the wire as both Strokestown Pink and RCC Blue knew what was at stake. In the end, however, it was Strokestown who proved triumphant in two very close, nailing biting games. 25-22, 25-23.
We want to say congratulations to both teams who did RCC proud and the very best of luck to the Yellow team in the next stage of the competition.
Finally, the best of luck to the Junior Boys team that will play their first round on the 10th of April where they will face Raphael’s of Loughrea and our close neighbours Elphin.
12th April 2018
The First and Second year girls participated in a Gaelic football blitz involving ten different teams in Carrick-on-Shannon on Wednesday March 14th. While the weather conditions were not ideal the smoothly run tournament ran by Carrick-on Shannon’s Peter Nyland made for an enjoyable yet competitive day of football. The girls were grouped with St. Nathy’s College of Ballaghaderreen and Carrick-on-Shannon Community School. First up they played Nathy’s, RCC got off to a cracker of a start when Katie Cronin found the net Nathy’s responded with a fine point but the RCC girls were only beginning their goal spree. RCC extended their lead, Nathy’s could only exchange points for RCC’s powerful goals. Carragh Kennedy ending with four goals, Siobhan Treacy with two and Sinead Hickey with one. This match finished on a score line of RCC eight goals to Nathy’s one goal and four points! Next up the RCC girls took on hosts Carrick-on-Shannon. This was a lower scoring affair but again the Roscommon girls displayed a strong performance pulled off another vital victory, a special mention to the backs who provided a solid line of defence.
With two great wins under their belt RCC were straight through to the semi-final. Their opponent was St. Nathys again, however this was a much closer match than their previous encounter. Nathy’s played much better than the first time RCC played them and points and goals were exchanged evenly throughout the game. The RCC girls though were triumphant in this cracker of a game with a single point win and this was achieved through excellent team work and sheer determination. There were some great scores from both Ashling Treacy and Aoife Campbell both with a tally of 1-1 each. This game ended 2-2 to 2-1 in favour of Roscommon Community College. In the final the RCC girls faced an unbeaten Carrigallen Vocational School. This proved a tough game from the start with a true battle in midfield providing spectators with a truly entertaining match. A goal scored by Kirsten Cronin and a point by Aoife Campbell unfortunately was not enough to secure the shield with a late Carrigallen goal in the dying minutes giving them the win! The RCC girls proved worthy runners up in the tournament and showed great potential for future years. Well done girls!
RCC Team: Katelyn Lynch, Caoimhe Clarke, Hannah Burke, Amy Gallagher, Siafra Finneran, Julia Garvey, Katie Cronin, Kirstin Cronin, Siobhan Treacy, Ashling Treacy, Sinead Hickey, Ellen Hynes, Carragh Kennedy, Caitlin Connolly, Rachael Ward, Rose Michaela Cunniffe, Aoife Campbell.
12th April 2018
On Tuesday last our Junior Boys team took part in the quarter final group stage of the All-Ireland B competition in Balinagar. There were three teams in the group and the top two teams would progress to the All-Ireland semi-final. RCC played against Elphin Community College in their first game. RCC started off very well and won the first set. However Elphin Community College hit back and their greater experience showed in the next set to leave the score at one set a piece. This forced a tie breaker with Elphin Community College winning on a score line of 25-18.
This meant RCC had to win their second game against St. Raphael’s, Loughrea. Elphin Community College had already beaten St. Raphael’s so this was a ‘winner takes all’ game. RCC played very well in the first set and won comfortably. You could see that their play and touch had improved drastically between the first and the second game due to the game time. The second set was closer but RCC won on a score line of 25-22. RCC have now reached the All-Ireland B semi-final which will take place in the next few weeks. Well done to all the players.
12th April 2018
Krzysztof Cieslinski, 3rd Year, recently had the honour of being selected to create a short promotional film to launch the recent work of acclaimed author Dave Rudden in Poland. Krzysztof met Dave, author of the celebrated "Knights of the Borrowed Dark" on a recent author visit to Roscommon Community College during Literacy Week 2018, where they discussed the art of storytelling, the craft of writing and all things fantasy/science fiction. The promotional film will be used by Dave's publishing house in Poland as the writer's work is launched and distributed to the Young Adult market in the coming weeks. Well done Krzysztof- what an achievement!
22nd March 2018
TY students Sean Trundle, Keelan Gallagher and John Cunniffe attended the national finals of the Irish Angus competition in Croke Park on Wednesday the 14th of March. The event began at 9 o’clock with judging beginning at 10 am. Twenty-eight groups in total from schools nationwide attended the event. The three boys were judged by representatives from RTE, Kepak, ABP and the Irish Angus Producer Group. They found the judging went very well. The three found their first interview the toughest but quickly got the hang of it as they became confident as the interview stage progressed. Sean, Keelan and John found the interviewing very beneficial to their communication and presenting skills which will come in great use in the future. The three were also interviewed by Anna May McHugh, head of the National Ploughing Championships with whom they discussed several aspects of their project. The school farm was a huge bonus to the boys because if they do win the five calves they will be able to rear them themselves on the school farm. Also a huge thanks to Mary Concar, Joanne Shea and all the school staff for their time, effort and hard work throughout leading up to the competition.
The five groups who will receive the calves will be announced in the coming weeks. Those that progress to the next stage will receive the cattle at the National Ploughing Championships in September and will return to their schools to complete an 18 month project on the growth and development of the livestock.
Click on the link to listen to their song: RCC Irish Angus Song
John, Sean and Keelan meeting Anna May McHugh at the Finals of the Certified Irish Angus Beef Schools Competition, held in Croke Park in March.
John, Keelan and Sean with their Teachers Ms. Concar and Ms. Shea at the Finals of the Certified Irish Angus Beef Schools Competition in Croke Park
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