8th April 2022

Roscommon Community College 3-13

St. Joseph’s Charlestown 1-16

RCC’s Junior Footballers have booked their place in the Connacht Final with a brilliant performance in the Connacht GAA Air Dome on Monday the 4th of April.

The first half was very entertaining. It was a slow enough start to the game for RCC. Points from Dylan Treacy and Ryan Dowling got them going in the opening minutes. Some brilliant defending from Ashton Glancy denied the opposition an early goal with a crucial block inside the area. The opposition were playing some great football but defending from Conor Morris was equal to it. Shortly after, the floodgates opened for the men in Primrose and Blue. Oisin Mullen burst the net to give RCC their first goal. Ryan Dowling and Dylan Treacy exchanged points before Ryan Dowling drove through the Charlestown defence to score a brilliant goal. The opposition hit back with a couple of frees before Dowling got in behind the defence to score his second goal of the game and our third. This left the scoreboard reading 3-6 to 0-8 at half time.

RCC started the second half well. With the brilliance of Liam Naughton slotting over a series of points to keep the scoreboard ticking. He was crucial throughout the game with his presence around the middle of the field and his excellent long range shooting. Kian Mulligan and Conor Carley linked up well to set up Conor Harris for an excellent score. A few minutes before the end, the RCC team were put under immense pressure by the St. Joseph’s forwards. It took a fantastic block from Conor Carley to prevent them adding a second goal which was got earlier on in the half. Some superb goalkeeping from Sean Allen kept RCC in the lead with an unbelievable save which he tipped onto the post. A final few points from Dylan Treacy and substitute Brian Keegan ensured RCC’s place in the Connacht Junior D Final on the 4th of May where they will play Colaiste Chroi Mhuire of Spiddal.

 

 

 

 

8th April 2022

By Heather O'Sullivan (4B) and Aoibhinn Murray (4D)

RCC-2.19 St.Cuans 3-3

Just one game away from the so far illusive final the first year footballers played St Cuans on home turf. A strong wind meant that St. Cuans started off with a significant advantage.

Cormac Naughten opened the scoring just mere seconds after the throw in with a wonderful point from play. It was a great start for the first-year squad whose determination to win each ball allowed them to dominate the opening period. When St. Cuans had the opportunity to attack Pierce Fannon halted their progression with some powerful but fair tackles. Eventually St. Cuans found their breakthrough splitting the defence and a powerful shot left the goalkeeper with no chance. The RCC side never dropped their heads and Tiago Lemos worked his socks off to win each stray ball eventually winning a free well, within the usual free kick taker Naughten's scoring range. Despite the wind wreaking havoc with previous RCC shots, Naughten's freekick went right between the posts. After a string of missed opportunities, the home side finally found their shooting boots hitting three points in quick succession and finally taking the lead. Moments before half time David Glancy played a one two with his midfield partner Rory Connolly before spotting Naughten who used his electric pace to beat the full back and blast the ball into the back of the net.

Leading at half time on a score line of 1-6 to 1.2 meant while it was advantage RCC, the margins were tight, and errors would be punished. The visitors started brightly but failed to capitalize on their chances and when the RCC retained possession, the half forward maestro Marc Shally slipped past an opposition challenge before curling the ball over the bar. St. Cuans swiftly replied with a top-class finish, thankfully the Roscommon side still held a six-point advantage but at that stage anything could happen. Disaster struck when a mistake at the back was punished by the away sides clinical corner-forward. That was to be the last RCC error as they stormed through the final ten minutes. Cormac Naughten, the team's experienced free kick taker ended up with a tally of eight points from frees, adding to his already impressive goal and five points. With the last kick of the game Pierce Fannon broke through the midfield and drove forward at pace before setting up Rory Connolly who spun past the defender and scored. What a way to end the game.

The impressive all-round performance from the goalkeeper to the substitutes will have them well positioned to be competitive against whoever they face in the final.

 

 

 

 

 

8th April 2022

Our Ladies Junior Volleyball team travelled to St Mary’s College, Galway to compete in the Semi Final stage of their competition. They had made it to the last eight which in itself was a massive achievement. With only the top team going through on the day from this round, it was vital that the ladies were on top form.

Up first they faced the home side, St. Mary’s. Our girls started off the day brilliantly. Their serves were excellently executed, and they showed tremendous teamwork. They defeated the Galway side comfortably in the first game 25-15. Knowing what was at stake, the opposition showed in the second game that they were not willing to give up too easily. The Galway Girls quickly quashed the Rossie’s confidence, taking the second game 25-15. This resulted in the first of many tiebreakers that took place on the day. In the decider, both teams displayed their talents, with neither team gaining more than a two-point lead throughout the contest. While both teams were deserving of the points, it was Galway who came out on top, just pipping the Rossie Ladies to the post by the tightest of margins, 15-13.

Having lost the first set, RCC knew they had to outdo the two remaining teams in order to even have half a chance of making it through. Next, they encountered their nearest rival’s Scoil Mhuire Strokestown. Whenever the teams have met in the past, there has been little between them, and this time was no exception. With our confidence shook from the previous loss, it took our girls some time to get into the game. Strokestown capitalised on this, and despite our girls’ best efforts to regain control, the competitors snatched the first game 25-19. Our girls knew it was now or never, with Galway beating Kilkenny comprehensively, it meant every point and every win counted. Another loss would certainly mean RCC were out of the running to progress to the All-Ireland Final. With this in mind, our girls showed what they were made of. They were not willing to surrender or accept defeat. They returned to the court determined, motivated and driven. Strategically placed serves, along with skilful defence and attacking shots, resulted in our ladies forcing a tiebreaker on a score line of 25-22. Having been narrowly defeated against the Galway side in their previous tiebreaker, there was a concern that RCC may underperform. Thankfully, this was far from the case, and the Roscommon Ladies took the tiebreaker, along with the precious points, defeating the Strokestown side 15-10.

After a short break, the final two games of the day took place; Roscommon faced Kilkenny’s Presentation College with Scoil Mhuire coming up against Galway. Unfortunately, with RCC having lost to Galway in the tiebreaker at the start of the day, it would not only require the Ladies to beat the Munster side, but Strokestown would also need to come out on top against the home side. With both games commencing simultaneously, all the RCC Ladies could do was go out, give it their all and leave everything on the court. Unfortunately, our girls had a slow start and became overwhelmed by an exceptional server on the opposing side. The first game appeared to get away from them and they were defeated 16-25. Thankfully, our girls proved that this was not the way they would like to end the day, regardless of how they finished up on the table. They came out fighting once more in the second, recovering from a seven-point deficit to force a tiebreaker with a nail-biting 28-16 victory. It seems our ladies love tiebreakers, with it being three for three. Would they underperform as they did in their first tiebreaker or outperform themselves? Unfortunately, before the tiebreaker commenced, the ladies learned that Galway had defeated Strokestown in two straight sets, which meant the Galweigans would be making it to the All-Ireland Final. While one may think this may deter our ladies, they proved that they wanted to end the day on a high. Despite knowing they will not make it through, they continued to serve tactically, set up one another nicely and smash on the return which resulted in a highly entertaining game which ended in a Roscommon victory; 15-12.

Overall, it was an extremely successful day. The girls improved with each game they played, they displayed their amazing digs, high volleys and super serving; skills that had been worked the season commenced. While the journey for this competition has concluded for this committed bunch of girls, there is no doubt that this team is one to watch in the years to come.

Well done to every player who attended the sessions throughout the season, no matter what the weather, they gathered in their drones to work on their skills. They showed great commitment and determination throughout the year and have represented your school brilliantly.

 

Back Row (L-R):

Gabija Rusyte, Julia Grzegorczyk, Shona Kennedy, Eva Satchwell, Ena Dupanovic and Joyce Kapinga Fwamba

Front Row (L-R):

Alanna Campbell, Hollie McDermott, Ciara Allen, Joelah Okambawa, Rayane Olegario and Lorena Rosic

 

 

 

 

8th April 2022

Well done to Ms Fleming and Ms Tully who were a part of the Roscommon Ladies Football squad who won the Division 3 League Final on the first weekend in April. Roscommon Ladies beat Wexford which finished on a score line of nine points to one goal and five. Congratulations again to the whole Roscommon panel and management on their achievement. 

 

 

8th April 2022

By Fernanda Ribas Madruga De Vargas (6D) & Rute Marques (6D)

Over the last few months, students at Roscommon Community College have formed a group and organised an additional ‘Mental Health Awareness Week’. Students consisting of each year group came together to discuss the importance of mental health. The 4th - 8th of April was dedicated to Awareness Week, a vital week devoted to educating RCC students on mental health and wellbeing support systems within our school and local community. The group was formed by Rute Marques, a sixth-year student, who recognised the necessity for discussion on this topic. At the first meeting, our leader reminded the Awareness Team about the protocol and its importance. A plan was made to break down each day to centre around a specific topic.

Monday was named ‘Make a Start Monday’. We began the week with a video, giving an introduction to what would take place each day and ensure that students and staff knew that this week is ‘Awareness Week’. ‘Target Kindness Tuesday’ was about highlighting kindness and the benefits this could have on a person’s wellbeing. We understand that a few pleasant words may not change anything, but we hoped to create a welcoming and friendly environment in our school as we can never imagine what a person is going through and this could have a positive impact on them. We wished to discuss an app in development on ‘Where You Go Wednesday’. ‘Helpfinder’ is an app created by an NUIG student, Sara Marques. It offers information on mental health resources in your local area. It is currently based on services in Galway, however on the first of June 2022, there will be the addition of Roscommon’s support. This day was of great significance to the Awareness Team as many young people are in need of help but entirely unaware of the resources available to them. The topic of ‘Talk it Out Thursday’ is to encourage students to find an adult they can trust should they ever need someone to talk to. The Team have outlined on this day and throughout the week, that teachers are available to confide in. Our school offers a protocol if a student is struggling with mental health. A student should be able to approach a teacher or their class tutor -this is the teacher responsible for a specific class-. If necessary, this information will go through the year head and senior management of the school. In extreme cases investigations will be started. The school offers as much confidentiality as they can and wish to support their students. In RCC every student should be able to speak to any teacher they wish to. The last day of the week, ‘Facing it Together Friday’ is a chance to reflect on all that has been discussed and taught. It is of great value to The Team that students have learned something and that Awareness Week continues annually, consistently discussing mental health, the importance of it and the support they can access if necessary.

Teachers and staff have commented on the ongoing success of ‘Awareness Week’ and we hope this continues in our school forevermore. 

 

 

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