Roscommon Community College had a hard fought win over St Brigid’s Loughrea in the Connacht Junior Development League on Wednesday, September 24 at Creggs. Despite losing many experienced players from last year’s league winning team, RCC settled to their task and defended well in the initial stages, keeping the much bigger Brigid’s team at bay. Strong running from Erik Matik at prop and Sean Trundle on the left wing saw RCC bring the game into Brigid’s half and their reward came on 25 minutes as Oisin Campbell waltzed over for an excellent, if unconverted try. Brigid’s applied pressure for the remainder of the half and it took a tremendous try-saving tackle by Adam Arnold to keep the score at 5-0 as the half time whistle went.

RCC had the benefit of the breeze in the second half and played the game in the Brigid’s half. Excellent tactical kicking by out half Daire Keenan kept Brigid’s pinned back and from one such attacking scrum, full back Arnold skated in for a try on the short side. Keenan converted with a magnificent kick to make the score 12-0.

Brigid’s raised their game and from a loose RCC clearance, their full back and best player ran in impressively for a try which was unconverted. It was game on as Brigid’s finished much better than RCC. It took another tremendous Arnold tackle to keep the impressive Brigid’s full back from scoring his second try. From the resultant scrum, RCC cleared the danger and were comfortable as they ran down the clock to record a victory in their first game of this season’s league.

RCC: Adam Arnold, Kevin Trautt, Jack Donnelly, Conor Lavin, Sean Trundle, Daire Keenan, Darren Meares, Oisin Campbell, Simon Leonard, Adam Bracken, Dylan Geraghty (c), Pedro Silva, Luca Stratford, Nathan McGovern, Erik Matik.

Subs used: Brandon Maguire for Luca Stratford, John Mannion for Pedro Silva  

Well done to Fifth Year pupil Emma Lalwani who was this year’s lucky recipient of a Galway Roscommon ETB scholarship to the Euro Languages summer course in German. Emma was selected from a large pool of potential candidates and attended the prestigious language course for three weeks in July. While in attendance, Emma enhanced her skills in the areas of reading, writing, listening and speaking in German. Language learning on the course was not just confined to the classroom, but involved a variety of cultural, sporting and other recreational activities, all the while maintaining total immersion in the target language. rsz emma lalwani euro languages scholarship

I want to wish all our students the very best of luck in our upcoming musical Hairspray. I know Ms. Smyth and Ms. Nestor, the Parents Association, all the cast and the background crew have been working tirelessly over the last three months to perfect this story of racial integration and challenge! The show will be staged over 4 days in the Arts Centre in Roscommon Town starting from September 23rd 2015. I know you will enjoy the show and look forward to seeing you all there.

Dr. Frank Chambers

Adult Education night classes will begin in Roscommon Community College on Tuesday 29th and Wednesday the 30th of September. A full list of classes and times will be available in the local papers in the coming weeks.

Rehearsals are in full swing for our school musical 'Hairspray' which takes place in Roscommon Arts Centre on 23rd-26th September. Students and staff have been working hard to bring the 1960's to life and everyone is very excited to take to the stage. Tickets are available through the booking office in Roscommon Arts Centre and are selling fast. Best of luck to all involved!