Congratulations to Henry Baek on winning the Easter Rising Centenary art competition. All second year art student produced wonderful creations. Well done to all involved.

 

On Friday last, eleven girls from First Year travelled to the University of Limerick to represent Roscommon Community College in the First Year Volleyball National Finals. The team consisted of seven of the same girls who reached the SPIKEBALL All-Ireland Semi Final before Christmas. The girls were hoping to make it one step further this time and be crowned the First Year All-Ireland Volleyball Champions.

The day started off well with the team betting Ardscoil Mhuire Ballinalsoe 30-13. They then faced St. Mary’s of Naas and won in a very tight and exciting 20-18 game. As the day went on the girls’ confidence grew as did their skills which was made evident by their comprehensive wins over Portlaoise (23-12), Mercy Coolock (25-10) and St. Brigid’s Killarney (27-14). All these victories only meant one thing, the girls progressed to the All-Ireland Quarter Final as they not only finished in the top four in their group, but topped it!

The team were then to face Colaiste Bhride in two timed (eight minute) games. The RCC team showed great determination, team work and ability to end Colaiste Bhride’s hopes of making the All-Ireland Semi Final in a 23-9, 20-13 defeat. The girls then encountered their toughest battle yet against Colaiste Mhuire, Ennis. While the girls won the first game 20-19, the girls seemed to become unsettled in the second game as they were 6-0 down within the first minute. While they had plenty of time to recover, it appeared the girls let the pressure get to them as they served under the net, hit the ball out and failed to execute the excellent shots they had been taking previously that day. In the end the girls suffered an 11-23 defeat, however, great admiration must be given as the girls never gave up, kept trying and supported each other until the bitter end.

While the girls may not have returned with medals, they can still hold their heads up high. Reaching two All-Ireland Semi Finals in the one school year is a Roscommon Community College first and it is hoped that the team sticks together, works hard and comes back next year with the determination, confidence and belief that they deserve to be crowned All-Ireland Volleyball Champions. Well done girls, you did us proud!

A special mention must be given to Siobhan Derwin and Abbie Smyth who put their Volleyball Referee Certificates to the test as they helped out on the day taking scores and ensuring the correct teams were on court at the right time. Thanks girls!

Team: Shana Clogher, Caoimhe Leonard, Christine Baek, Riesse Donlon Emma Kenny, Zara Grehan, Jade McCormack, Tara Naughton, Ina Van Opstal Michaela Burke and Ellie Lohan.

 

 

Roscommon Community College had an absorbing victory on Friday March 11 against St Attracta’s College, Tubbercurry in Ballyhaunis. In perfect conditions RCC played with a slight breeze in the first half and had an early penalty converted by out half Daire Keenan for a 3-0 lead. A much bigger and more physical Attracta’s pack began to impose themselves and some weak RCC defending allowed Attracta’s in for an easy try which was unconverted and left the score at 5-3. RCC then had their best spell and strong running by No. 8 Aaron Hannon yielded another penalty in which Keenan regained the lead 6-5. RCC were playing with confidence now and another barnstorming run by Hannon brought play to the Attracta’s line and when the ball was recycled, right wing Sean Trundle touched down for an excellent try which was converted by Keenan for a 13-5 lead. With half time approaching, RCC needed to withstand huge pressure with Simon Leonard and centre Jack Donnelly leading the way in defence. The score remained 13-5 and RCC had to face the elements for the second half.

Attracta’s dominated the second half with almost complete control of both scrums and lineouts which gave their scrumhalf excellent quality ball to play with. It took resolute defending from RCC and astute kicking from Daire Keenan to keep Attracta’s at bay. Despite the odd RCC breakout by Sean Trundle in particular, Attracta’s continued to dominate and were rewarded five minutes from time when their scrumhalf scored a fine solo try which was converted to bring the score to 13-12. A grandstand finish had everything which concluded with a penalty to Attracta’s in the last kick of the match. Fortunately for RCC the penalty hit the post and was gathered by Daire Keenan who showed a cool head to kick it off the pitch and finish the game. RCC sit top of the pool as the cup enters its concluding stages.

RCC :Gareth Delaney, Sean Trundle, Jack Donnelly, Conor Lavin, Diarmuid Treacy, Daire Keenan, Eoghan Farrell, Aaron Hannon, Simon Leonard, Tiernan O’Sullivan, Dylan Geraghty (c), John Cunniffe, Erik Matik, Adam Bracken, Luca Stratford.

Subs: Diarmuid Quinn, Cormac Lavin, Evan Croghan, Keelan Gallagher, Brandon Kilcommins, Kevin Trautt

Well done to Jakub Salamon(1B) and Alisha Kerr (1A) who were winners of the Worldwise School Art Competition. Students were asked to design an A3 posteranti-bullying poster or an anti-discrimination poster, themes of our Worldwise development education project this year. There were a large number of posters entered and these will be displayed throughout the school. More Worldwise competitions to follow later in the year on this topic!

Celebrating Proclamation Day 2016 by raising the Irish flag at Roscommon Community College were Dr. Frank Chambers (Principal), Niamh Dillon (Head Girl 2016), Sgt Declan Donlon (Ecoy, 6BN, Reserve Defence Force and Teacher) and John Neilan (Head Boy 2016). Proclamation Day was celebrated by all 4,000 schools and third level colleges in the country and was a truly historic, once in a lifetime occasion for students and staff alike. 

 

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