This academic year St Mary’s College, Naas, celebrated 75 years since it’s foundation. Over the last 75 years many sporting achievements have been recorded. 2012 continued that sporting tradition and below is a brief summary of how the various participants performed througout the sporting year.
Badminton: The school participated in the Dublin and Region school league. The senior U19 team played great matches against Our Lady’s Templeogue and St Joseph’s of Cluny in the group stages but unfortunately did not qualify for the knock out stages. Well done to Sarah Barton, Melissa O’Brien, Aisling Whyte, Niamh Aherne and Joanne Mulligan.
St Mary’s had two excellent U16s teams this year, both teams playing in division 2. Teams A and B played superbly with a victory for St Mary’s A over St Mary’s B in the semi-final. Well done to Orlagh Behan, Ellen Fay, Gillian Donohue, Finola Cassidy and Fionnuala O’Connor.
The A team progressed to the final, where it had a great win against Holy Faith, Clontarf, claiming the title for a second year in a row. The A team came second in the Leinster finals. Congratulations to Amy Barton, Anne Marie Kelly, Doireann NicDhonncha, Rachel Kinnerk and Sylvia Power.
The 14B team of Rachel Collins, Brianna Reilly, Sophie Byrne and Elaine Whelan played some great badminton to win their section but unfortunately was defeated in the regional quarter final.
The 14A team of Laura Kinnerk, Aine Sheehan, Cora Moloney and Ailbhe O’Sullivan took the Dublin regional division 1 title. Representing Leinster, on March 28 in Gormanstown, they won the All Ireland division 1 U14 title. This was the third occasion on which St Mary’s College has won the national minor shield.
A special word of thanks to all the pupils who came to support the girls and to Sarah Barton for her dedication to the sport.
Camogie: In Leinster, the senior team competed well throughout the season but missed out on a semi-final spot. Well done to Ciara O’Hara for her contribution to camogie over six years.
The minor and junior teams both won their respective championships. This double was made special by the fact that several of the girls played in both games, showing a high level of dedication, skill and fitness to bring back both cups.
The minors beat Clane, by two points with excellent performances from Roisin O’Hara, Lorna Bergin, and Megan Campion. The trophy was accepted by team captain, Katie Kelleghan.
The juniors had a rather more straight forward victory over Confey College with fantastic performances from Sarah Clancy, Sarah Fitzsimons and Niamh Phelan. The trophy was collected by captain, Niamh Hegarty. The future is bright for camogie in St Mary’s.
Volleyball: It has been a most outstanding and memorable year for the school volleyball club. In early December, the senior A team won the All Ireland senior A title (the first time in ten years). The St Mary’s girls then beat Dalriada High School Ballymoney, Co Antrim to take the All Ireland Schools Championship, a first for St Mary’s.
The senior B team, captained by Lucy Madge, had a fine season and was narrowly beaten in the All Ireland final.
The cadette C team was in the All Ireland final, the cadette B team reached the All Ireland quarter final and the cadette A squad, led by Sarah Benn, won the All Ireland title.
The cadettes also represented the Republic of Ireland against Craigavon Senior High School in the North/South finals, taking the cadette All Ireland Schools Championship title, completing an amazing double for St Mary’s.
The second years retained the All Ireland spikeball title with the first years losing out at the semi-final stage. At present the second and first year J6 squad are still competing at the All Ireland quarter final stage.
Well done to all the St Mary’s students selected for the Kildare county squad.
On the International front, Katie Nolan, Aebhin Nugent, Heather Clancy, Aisling Clancy, Orla Lynch, Karen Benn and Sarah Benn were selected for the junior national squad. They travelled to the Faroe Islands in January, representing Ireland at the small nations European qualifying tournament.
Congratulations to Katie Nolan who was presented with an Evening Herald school sports star award by Des Cahill, at the Aviva stadium.
Athletics: The cross country season was once again a great success. The first outing of the year was the Kildare Cross Country Championships where team medals were claimed at minor (silver), junior (gold) and intermediate (silver) level.
The South Leinster Championships took place in Clongowes Wood College in February where the minor team ran very well but just missed out on a medal.
The junior team again proved that it was the one to beat in 2012. The girls not only took gold medals, but Anna Cleary and Siobhan Delaney finished second and third respectively. This team progressed to the Leinster Championships, claiming silver medals, and then to Galway, to compete in the All Ireland Championships in early March.
The team, which was comprised of the reigning bronze medal winners, ran well on the day but unfortunately just missed out on the medals on this occasion.
Gaelic Football: The seniors had great wins over Ardscoil na Trionoide and Kilcullen but bowed out at the Leinster quarter final stage, to Banagher. Best players over the season were Shannon Doheny, Grace Clifford, Niamh Hederman and Lydia Furey.
The U16s were narrowly defeated by Ardscoil na Trionoide but had a great win over Maynooth. Unfortunately they bowed out at the group stages. Best players were Chelsea Crowe and Caoimhe Jameson.
The U14 team showed fantastic commitment to training and were unluckily beaten by Ardscoil na Trionoide and Holy Family Newbridge. Best players were Niamh Bergin, Emma Byrne and Cora Moloney.
Hockey: This year we were represented in the Leinster Schools hockey league by a minor, a junior and a senior team. While we didn’t bring home any trophies, all of the girls have made great progress and have shown tremendous commitment to the game.
Thanks to all sixth years who represented St Mary’s over the years. A special word of thanks to Medbh Dillo who did a fantastic job as our first year hockey coach this year.
Soccer: This has been another successful year for all of the school soccer teams. The first years, captained by Alice Linehan, have reached the Leinster final. The future for soccer in St Mary’s certainly looks bright.
The U15 team, captained by Hayley Nolan, was unlucky to go out at the round of 16 stage of the Leinster competition. Both teams played some excellent, high scoring games.
The U17 team, captained by Aoibheann Woods, has been very impressive this year, defeating title favourites, Eureka Kells, in a fantastic game. The next challenge will be the Leinster semi final.
The senior team, captained by Grace Clifford, made it to the Leinster final before losing, on penalties, to Tullamore. Thank you to the sixth years Grace Clifford, Fiona Fallon, Amy Gallagher, Marie Clarke, Ciara Lawlor, Amy Drewitt, Aoife Hederman, Bríd Doolin and Leanne Campbell for their support of soccer throughout their time in St Mary’s.
Well done to Hayley Nolan who was selected for the Irish U16 representative squad.
Basketball: The senior team reached the regional semi final but was unlucky to lose to a strong Wexford side. Well done to Bríd Doolan, Gina Burke, Shauna Clancy, Seanagh McCarthy, Deirdre Mullaney, Meabh O’Brien, Amie Creaton and coach Joe Clancy.
In April, the senior and junior teams played host to a basketball team from Harry S Truman High School, New York. The American girls played teams from St Mary’s and the CBS but also took some time out to visit Glendalough and Kilkenny castle.
Well done to all involved in another successful year. To all teachers involved in coaching extra curricular sports in the year 2011/12. Bernie Briody, Stephen Brogan, Paul Campbell, Norma Carroll, Bronwyn Cuddy, Niamh Delaney, Aoife Hennessy, Edwina Kelly, James Langton, Frank Maguire, Marion Moloney, Anne Marie Ralph, Francis Wallace and Irene Woods.