1st March 2018
Roscommon Community College 17 St Joseph’s College Foxford 15
Roscommon Community College just about deserved to win this Senior Emerging School’s Cup match at a windswept Creggs on Friday, February 23. Playing into the elements in the first half RCC began well with some early possession but a massive kick from Foxford resulted in a five metre scrum from which they went over in the left corner for an unconverted try. RCC then took over and excellent play saw a scoring pass from Arnold unfortunately go to ground on the Foxford line. Defending the scrum, Foxford attempted to clear but the kick was superbly blocked by all-action number 8 Adam Finnerty and he pounced on the loose ball to tie the score at 5-5.
Finnerty made an excellent break from a scrum which brought play to the Foxford line and when the ball was moved left by scrum half Simon Leonard, flanker Erin Coyne breezed over under the posts where Daire Keenan easily converted for a 12-5 lead. Foxford had some attacking moments late in the half as RCC suffered a sin-binning but weathered the storm to lead 12-5 at the break and the elements to come.
As often happens when a team has advantages, RCC lost possession and their concentration to allow Foxford dominate the opening 15 minutes of the second half. In this period strong running from an impressive Foxford side yielded them two well deserved tries which were not converted for a 15-12 lead. RCC rallied and used the wind to get field position. After as number of close drives from Tom Fallon and Oisin Campbell, the ball was spun wide to Erik Matik who scored to the right of the posts. Out half Daire Keenan was unable to convert and RCC held a two point lead. This should have been the opportunity to kill a dogged Foxford side off and had Kieran Ward passed to an unmarked Danny Arnold this would have surely been the case.
In a grandstand finale, Foxford won a penalty 22 metres out directly in front of the RCC posts. Their goal kicker missed to the left and they came back at RCC in waves. Bringing play to the RCC line in search of the winning score, tremendous defence saw RCC strip the Foxford carrier in the tackle and pressure was relieved. The game concluded with Foxford counter attacking but a forward pass brought a hugely competitive game to an end.
Roscommon Community College: Conor Lavin, Eoin McDonnell, Oisin Keenan, Kieran Ward, Jack Naughton, Daire Keenan, Simon Leonard, Adam Finnerty, Erin Coyne, Oisin Campbell, Tom Fallon, Dylan Geraghty, Erik Matik, Danny Arnold (c) and Luca Stratford
Subs used: Paddy Kenny for Conor Lavin, Adam Bracken for Eoin McDonnell, Diarmuid Treacy for Jack Naughton.
1st March 2018
Balla SC 7-04 RCC 3-05
Three Balla goals in the first 10 minutes doomed Roscommon Community College to defeat in this entertaining Connacht 2nd round championship match. RCC never recovered from these early goals and were at times made to look ordinary by a good Balla side. In saying that however, RCC did make a better fist of things in the second half actually winning that half but their poor showing in the first half had left them a mountain that would in the end prove impossible to climb.
Two Balla players in particular did most of the damage in that early 10 minute blitz. At various times both players were allowed to run from deep in their own halves to either score or give a final pass for a score. It took the RCC players and management time to come to terms with the strong running of this Balla team. Unfortunately by the time the management made the changes and the RCC players had settled, it was too late. The half time score, 4-04 to 1-00, the RCC goal coming from a fine strike by Sean Carley after some strong running by Leo Gately into the Balla half where he managed to find Eoin Gilleran who hand passed to Carley and he drilled a left foot shot into the roof of the net.
A number of player and positional changes were made at half time. RCC came more into the game and began to win more possession in the Balla half. Ray Glennon and Aaron Flaherty began to dominate in defence which allowed RCC a platform to take the game to Balla. This they did and scores from Ryan and Conor Duke, Daniel Gillolly and Leo Gately put some respectability on the final score. Balla were obviously the deserving winners but RCC will be kicking themselves after conceding those early goals.
Despite the loss there were a number of good performances on the day. Matthew Shally gave a commanding performance between the sticks. In defence Aaron Gorman, Ray Glennon and Aaron Flaherty were dogged throughout. Leo Gately tried hard in midfield. RCC must regroup and ready themselves for the Roscommon county championship which begins in the next few weeks.
Team: Matthew Shally, Ryan Duke, Aaron Gorman, Ray Glennon, Aaron Flaherty, Paddy Naughton, Eoghan Gilleran, Leo Gately, Aaron Garvey, Mikey O’Brien, Cathal Warde, Fabian Matik, Miguel Arthur Sousa, Caio Mulryan da Silva, Daniel Gillooly, Sean Curley, Adam Gately, Conor Duke, Lorcan Rudden, Evan Donnelly, Keelen Feeney.
22nd February 2018
We extend a very warm welcome back to all staff and students after Mid-Term. We would like to wish all of our third and sixth year students the very best of luck in the completion of their mock examinations.
22nd February 2018
From the beginning of the academic year, our transition year students have been perfecting their business ideas for their mini companies. On Friday 9th February, they took part in the Student Enterprise Awards Competition in our school where they showcased their business ideas. The competition is run by the Local Enterprise Office (LEO) and our entrepreneurs were interviewed by the judges about the process they had just gone through. The judges were, Sinead Fannon (Marketing Consultant), Ann Brown (LEO) and Jeremy Cullen (LEO). We owe them a huge debt of gratitude for their support and advice to students on setting up and running a company.
We would like to congratulate our students for their hard work and commitment and a huge well done to all who took part.
The following prizes were awarded and were very well deserved:
1st Prize – Wooden Crafts – Laura Leonard and Séan Trundle.
2nd Prize – Sass – Sophia Ivanenko, Farrah Rahmat and Anne –Marie Croughan.
3rd Prize – Club Calendars - Tara Hegarty and Meabh Hickey.
New Concept Development – Michael Lough, Dean Cribbon and Ryan Davies.
Best Interview and Presentation Skills – Keelan Gallagher.
22nd February 2018
Congratulations to Michael Staunton who was recently selected for the Irish U17 Badminton team. Michael, along with three others were selected to represent Ireland for the coming year. The Irish under 17 team will compete against Belgium in an international friendly followed by the Victor Jot U17 individual event in Edegem Belgium. The event will take place over the Easter weekend March 29th. This is a hugely prestigious honour and opportunity for an excellent student that has placed a great emphasis on excelling in both sporting and academic fields.