Roscommon Community College suffered a narrow defeat in their second pool match of the Connacht U16 Emerging schools league on Thursday, October 1 at a foggy Creggs. Both teams endeavoured to play open, attacking rugby and this resulted in a try fest which Jarlath’s just about shaded on the balance of play. RCC went ahead with an unconverted try by prop Erik Matik which Jarlath’s responded to almost immediately to lead 7-5 following a successful conversion.

RCC went ahead again with an excellent solo effort by centre Jack Donnelly which was converted by Dáire Keenan to leave the score 12-7 to the hosts. RCC then had their worst spell of the game where they conceded two tries, one of which was converted to leave the score at 19-12 to Jarlath’s. On the stroke of half time RCC No. 8 Oisin Campbell barged his way over to regain the lead with Keenan adding the conversion to give a two point advantage at 19-17.

On the resumption RCC pressed hard and were rewarded with a fine try by substitute wing Kevin Trautt. This was unconverted but extended RCC’s lead to 24-17 and seemingly in control. Jarlath’s then raised their game and dominated territory scoring a well worked try in the left corner to narrow the gap to 24-22. Jarlath’s then scored another try as RCC began to take wrong options and miss tackles. A converted try for Jarlath’s gave them a 29-24 lead and despite Campbell almost getting over to level on the stroke of full time, Jarlath’s went the length of the pitch to score a converted try under the posts. After a hugely entertaining game which could have been drawn at the death, RCC had to make do with a losing bonus point.

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

Subs: Kevin Trautt for Ian Trautt, John Mannion for Pedro Silva, Brandon Kilcommins, Shane Donaghue, Keelan Morris, Rian Beirne, Brandon Maguire, Leo Young, Keelan Gallagher.   

After a short break to recover from our recent musical ‘Hairspray’ students will soon be busy again as rehearsals are set to commence shortly for our annual carol service. Students who are interested in taking part are asked to sign up on the list posted on the music noticeboard.

Guitar club will also be up and running after Hallowe’en. Anyone interested is asked to give their name to Ms. Smyth before the Hallowe’en break.

On Monday October 5ht RCC took on Elphin in Orchard Park in wet conditions.

The game got off to a good start for the home side where three points went unanswered before RCC got on the score board with a point from Dáire Keenan. Once Dáire found his range he continued on target until the teams were level. During the first half the sides were evenly matched, swapping points. Good defence from the fullback line, Cormac Conway, Danny Arnold and Seamus Lynch helped the side to keep the Elphin attack at bay.

It was not long into the second half when a goal by Dáire Keenan for RCC put a gap between the sides followed up by a point from Simon Leonard. Elphin, however, continued the battle with a goal of their own to keep them well in contention towards the last quarter of the game. In the last ten minutes the sides were even again when RCC got another 2 points. They kept the ball in the Elphin half by putting immense pressure on the kick outs but failed to capitalise on the position. Elphin still had a couple of chances getting up the field in the dying minutes but the RCC defence held fast till the final whistle.

Final Score: RCC 1-10 Elphin CC 1-8

Well done to the RCC panel on getting off to a good start in the Connaught Junior C League.

TEAM: K. Ward, C. Conway, D. Arnold, S. Lynch, J. Naughton, O. Campbell, O. Keenan, P. Kenny, C. Lavin (0-1), J. McCormack(0-1), M. Egan, G. Delaney, S. Leonard (0-2), T. Fallon, D. Keenan(1-6).

Subs: K. Connolly (for K. Ward), E. McDonnell, N. McDonnell, P. Silva, I. Alves.  

Roscommon Community College is looking forward to welcoming Elma Wash, mother of the late Dónal Walsh, to the school on Thursday the 15th of October. After tragically losing her son to cancer, Elma now visits schools around the country to wear awareness around teenage suicide and Mental Health.

A charity, Donal Walsh #Livelife Foundation, was set up by his family primarily in order to promote his anti-suicide #Livelife message. On Monday the 12th of October, the school is having an ‘Eat Pizza Slice’ fundraising event in which all funds will go towards the charity. Donations are used to assist in continuing the conversation Dónal started to prevent teenage suicide.  Money raised by our school will be used to offer teenage appropriate rooms in various care facilities such as Hospices, Hospitals, Console and other care areas.

We travelled to Castleblakney for the first round of the 1st and 2nd year championship. After heavy rain on Sunday night the pitch was very heavy in patches but thankfully it didn’t take from what was a highly entertaining and competitive game until the final 10 minutes when Cuans found another gear. A Trevor Fallon 65 and a Keelen Morris goal is all we had to show for at the end of the first half despite playing well. Four Roads’ Fallon and Sean Trundle were excellent from start to finish and Oran’s Michael Staunton worked very hard in midfield. As the 2nd half wore on and Cuans grew stronger, Liam Egan pulled off a string of great saves. Athleague’s Adam Arnold was holding his own at full back and Kyle Kelly tried hard at centre forward. Despite the loss, our hurlers showed fantastic commitment, courage, desire and no less skill to stay so long in the game. Congratulations to any of our first years who made their hurling debuts for the school. Our final goal was scored by Michael Lohan and his roar of delight at finding the net could be heard up and down the field. Such enthusiasm will be needed during the winter months.1 and 2 Hurling