25th January 2019
Roscommon Community College’s senior rugby team suffered a disappointing loss in the Senior Emerging School’s Cup pool game in Creggs on Wednesday last, January 23rd . Both teams began brightly on the new 4G pitch and endeavored to play positive attacking rugby. Foxford got the early breakthrough when their bigger forwards set an excellent platform for their backline to finish off with a try in the corner for a 5-0 lead. RCC were rocked by this and Foxford extended their lead with two further converted tries for a healthy 19-0 advantage. RCC, showing plenty of grit, rallied and a brilliant line break by centre Adam Bracken saw flying wing Kyle Kelly in support and Kelly went in for an excellent try that was converted by Eoghan Farrell. This gave the Roscommon lads a boost and it was followed up with another converted try when out half Ben Finnerty crossed to reduce the deficit to 19-14. A Foxford try on the stroke of half time was a setback and left the score 24-14 when the whistle blew.
RCC began the second half with an excellent break down the right by Finnerty and the excellent Ciaran Corcoran powered over for an unconverted try which narrowed the gap to 24-19. This was as close as RCC got and the remainder of the game was dominated by the stronger Foxford outfit. Despite excellent RCC defence led by the hard-working Corcoran, Tiernan O’Sullivan and Diarmuid Treacy in the centre, Foxford crossed for three further tries to put a gloss on the score and it finished 39-19. The younger RCC side, backboned by Transition Year students, conclude their pool next Tuesday when they travel to Loughrea to take on St Raphael’s College.
RCC: Diarmuid Treacy, Dean Conlon, Aaron Hannon, Erin Coyne, Kyle Kelly, Ben Finnerty, Eoghan Farrell, Adam Donnelly, Tiernan O’Sullivan, Dylan Geraghty, Eoin McDonnell, Darragh O’Sullivan, Diarmuid Quinn and Luca Stratford.
Subs Used: Adam Bracken for Hannon, Fabio Oliveira for Donnelly
25th January 2019
We would like to wish all of our 3rd and 6th year students the very best of luck in their upcoming Mock Examinations. These examinations will allow students to see where they are at in terms of their learning within each subject area and practice the timing of the examination, a very important experience at this stage of their academic journey. We hope that all of our students reap the awards of all the hard work and time that they have given to their studies to date.
25th January 2019
Best of the luck Shauna Clogher and Siobhán Treacy who will represent RCC in the Connaught Schools Handball Competition.
17th January 2019
We would like to extend an open invitation to 5th and 6th class students and their parents / guardians to meet our staff, students and view our facilities on Saturday, 26th January 2019 between 10 a.m and 2 p.m. Ms Keena is currently visiting all primary schools in the catchment area, where she will furnish 6th class students with a copy of our School Prospectus and Application Form. Looking forward to seeing you on the 26th January.
17th January 2019
The RCC ladies have landed themselves in another All-Ireland Final after defeating Meán-Scoil Mhuire gan Smál, Roscommon on the Convent’s home turf last Monday, the 14th of January. After last year’s defeat, the RCC ladies were determined not to be denied another opportunity to be awarded a gold medal.
The girls travelled down to the Convent gym on Monday morning in the hopes of getting their revenge after last year’s defeat, where the Convent defeated them in the All-Ireland Final. While some of the team have progressed to Senior level, a good cohort still exist, and the pain of last year’s defeat still burns within them.
It was a very important day for both RCC and Meán-Scoil Mhuire gan Smál as only one match would determine who would progress to the All-Ireland Final. Our girls were nervous to begin, with the Convent displaying very good serving and good communication skills. Our ladies soon found themselves 24-12 down as they struggled to return the opposition’s serves and failed to communicate with one another. However, after a good return from the RCC ladies, we gained possession and Ellie Lohan was next to serve. Lohan displayed her excellent serving ability, ones which the Convent appeared to struggle with. Lohan served ten shots in a row, meaning the girls had brought the game back to 22-24, could the girls make such a tremendous comeback? With 25 being the magic number, our girls fought back. They were not going to let this game slip easily. With excellent team work, our girls had brought the game back to 24 apiece. At this stage, both teams were aware that they needed to win by two or more points, one would not suffice. It was the Convent that found themselves reaching the magic number first and despite our girls' best efforts, the Convent ladies took the game 26-24. This only meant one thing for the RCC girls, a tie-breaker was required if they wanted to make it that one step further in the competition.
Despite the loss of the first game, the RCC ladies had the momentum, the confidence and the belief going into the second. They knew they had the ability to defeat the all-girls school and here is where they showed their true potential. With excellent serves from Ellie Lohan and Shauna Clogher, controlled digs from Ina Van Opstal and Siafra Finneran, strategic returns from Tara Naughton and Rachael Tarmey, the girls took the second game with ease on a score line of 25-11. Now all that stood in their way of making it to the final was one game to 25 – winner takes all.
Our girls have never been seen to play so well. Things all fell into place for the RCC ladies; they worked as a team, supported one another and committed to all the shots, never deeming any out of reach. What can only be described as a flawless performance, the girls showed their true determination to ensure they secured their place in the All-Ireland Final. One must admire the Convent team, they never gave up at any stage. They kept trying to add points to the board and kept fighting. Unfortunately, for the Convent girls, our ladies were adamant to set down a marker for whoever they face in the final and in the end, they were crowned victorious on a score line of 25-14.
Very well done to the entire panel of players on a magnificent achievement! Thank you to Ms Farraher and her team of referees and officials who hosted the event. Also, thank you to our own referee Gabriela Papuga who refereed the second game. The girls will now face Strokestown in the All-Ireland Final on Wednesday the 23rd of January in Kilkenny. The best of luck ladies!
Back Row (l-r): Roksana Ptak, Elle Fynn, Caoimhe Leonard, Ina Van Opstal, Shauna Clogher, Selina Armasu, Tara Naughton and Zara Grehan
Front Row (l-r): Myah Mc Cormack, Julie Hoban, Katie Cronin, Rachael Tarmey, Ellie Lohan and Siafra Finneran.