7th December 2017

Well done to our graduation committee on all their hard work with the organisation of the fundraising events for Christmas.  Students are raising funds for their graduation in August and for the St. Vincent de Paul Christmas Appeal.  The committee would like to thank Ms Lohan, Ms Commins, Ms Concar, Ms Garvey, sixth year parents and the Parents Association for their generosity and support.  There will be a Bake Sale on the 21st December at 11 am. 

 

 

 

7th December 2017

RCC were victorious in the Connacht Emerging Junior Rugby League on Thursday last against Athlone Community College by 33-0. RCC scored five tries on the way to an extremely impressive win as they dominated the opposition from start to finish. This was the second time the two teams met in the competition as RCC overcame Athlone CC in the first game of the group in very bad conditions in early October. This game was different as the weather and pitch conditions in Ballinasloe RC were perfect for a free-flowing game of rugby.

RCC won the toss and decided to receive the kick off. This allowed RCC to set the tone of the game and that they did with Ciaran Corcoran charging at the Athlone CC defence and bringing the play straight back into the Athlone CC half. RCC forwards gained ground off almost every pick and go until they made it into the Athlone CC twenty-two. Then with the Athlone CC forwards sucked in, the ball was spread wide and Dara Finneran flew into the corner to give RCC a 5-0 lead after 3 minutes. Six minutes later Sean Trundle crossed the whitewash and Eoghan Farrell slotted the conversion to leave it 12-0 after 10 minutes.

After 17 minutes RCC won a penalty about 35m from the posts and Sean Trundle kicked it over to leave the score at 15-0. Darragh Kiernan scored the first of his two tries in the 22nd minute after a great break through the middle by Sean Trundle. Eoghan Farrell then kicked a penalty to leave the score at 23-0 at half time with RCC in complete control.

The second half was a lot closer with Athlone CC putting the pressure on at the start of the half. RCC tackling and line speed was super in defence with Athlone struggling to make inroads into the RCC half. RCC turned the ball over after many plays and broke down the field. Again, they built the phases of play through the forwards with RCC rucking particularly impressive. Darragh Kiernan eventually broke through the cover for the first try of the second half after seventeen minutes to leave the score 28-0. RCC subs done well in the closing moments of the half and Adam Donnelly who was impressive throughout got the try he deserved with two minutes remaining on the clock.

 

There were joyous celebrations when the referee blew the full time whistle with players and supporters who had travelled running onto the pitch. Full time score 33-0. Congratulations to the team and their manager. 

 

7th December 2017

 

2nd Year students preparing for the upcoming Creative Ireland Exhibition in Roscommon County Council.

 

 

7th December 2017

We travelled to Glenamaddy for round 3 of our championship. Despite our heavy defeat to Dunmore the previous week we had trained very well since and our confidence had been restored. We started brightly and showed a great fluency in our passing particularly with our kick passing. As the game progressed it was clear that it wasn’t just our kick passing that had improved. Our tackling from 2 to 15, which was almost absent against Dunmore was ferocious. This was exemplified by our full forward line who produced many turnovers on the edge of the opposition’s 20 metre line. Mikey O’Brien and Cathal Warde were always there to pick up the loose ball and scored some excellent points. Aaron Garvey added two frees. By half time, it was clear that we were the better team everywhere except on the scoreboard, 1-02 to 0-5. We started the second half very slowly and Glenamaddy had a goal after just a minute. For the first ten minutes our defence were under extreme pressure. However, they held firm with Ryan Duke, Ben Kelly, Aaron Gorman, Ray Glennon, Aaron Flaherty, Paddy Naughton and the excellent Matthew Shally holding the opposition scoreless for the remainder of the match. Our midfield of Leo Gately and Eoin Gilleran began to dominate and set up most of our attacks. Aaron Flaherty scored an excellent point after a run through the middle from his own centre back position. Daniel Gillooley, Sean Carley and Stephen Smyth were introduced with 15 minutes to go and they added to the performance by scoring a point each. Heading into injury time we were still a point down. A fantastic piece of running and skill from man of the match Leo Gately created space for Mikey O’Brien on the 20 metre line to receive a hand pass and shoot to the top corner. We showed plenty of resolve, courage and determination in that second half. We have a real chance of making the quarter finals for the first time if we beat Ballyhaunis next week. Best of luck lads.

 

 

 

7th December 2017

It was a tense afternoon last Wednesday as RCC took on Elphin in a County Roscommon Derby. Elphin started the game excellently, putting themselves three ahead in the opening quarter of the game. RCC, however, never let their heads drop and managed to bring themselves level through an Erik Matik hat-trick. Fabio Henrique’s ‘fabio-lous’ deliveries into Matik were deft and cunning, slicing open the Elphin back line like a hot knife through butter. Soon after drawing level Louis McCaffrey was brought down in the box leaving Roscommon with a chance to take the lead with just ten minutes left. Erik Matik stood over the penalty and ‘matik-ulously’ placed the ball in the bottom corner. There was still, however, ten minutes to play and Elphin were not going to let the game go. They pressed hard for an equaliser but were constantly rebuffed by a second half defensive masterclass by Fabian Matik, Darren Lannon, Dominik Holub and Jamie Shaw. Fabian gave his brother fierce competition for man of the match in this regard. Elphin were presented with a golden opportunity to equalise right at the death in the form of a corner. They managed to squeeze it in at the near post meaning extra time was now an inevitability. Legs were becoming very heavy and extra time was played with little intensity. It was saliently clear that the game would have to be decided in the most nail biting of fashion - a penalty shoot-out. It was Adam Bracken who was the star here as he saved two penalties to allow Roscommon Community College to come out the victor.

 

 

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