On the 10th of January, our senior boys rugby team made the journey to Carlow to play their third match of the season against Pres De La Salle Bagenalstown.
The team started off very strong with Harry Fortune scoring the first try of the match within the first ten minutes and then another incredible try only several minutes later. Unfortunately, the opposition then stepped up their game leaving the boys behind at half time.
Despite the team’s best efforts and a try by Jan Osinski, the lads suffered an unfortunate defeat.
Hard luck lads and best of luck in your upcoming matches!
Team: Tom Cleary(c), Jan Osinski, Harry fortune, Aaron Jeffries, Jack O’Toole, Joshua Hayden, Lucas Hayden, Evan Smith, Shane Kelly, Andrew Mccann, Paul Egan, Charlie Goodwin, Sean Doyle, Neil Browne, Dylan Thompson, Jackson Bolger, Cillian Fulmer, Nathan Byrne
On Wednesday 19th of December St. David's u-15 soccer team lined out against Creagh College from Gorey in a must win encounter. The group was finely poised coming into the game. The Gorey school knew a draw would be enough to seal progression through to the semi-final stage but David's needed a victory in order to progress.
The game began as a tense affair with Creagh enjoying their fair share of possession and moving the ball well on the excellent Greystones United astro pitch. They were rewarded for their efforts as they broke through and their number nine was taken down within the penalty area. The referee correctly awarded a penalty which was dispatched into the corner with a minimum of fuss.
St. David's began to increase their intensity and work rate without creating any clear-cut chances. A moment of magic from striker Michael Martin was required to bring the Greystones side back on par. After a nice flowing move Martin picked up the ball on the edge of the area, cut inside two players and unleashed an unstoppable effort into the right hand top corner which left the goalkeeper rooted to the spot. St. David's continued to pile on the pressure and were again rewarded when the excellent Callum Smith scored the first of his brace of goals.
St. David's continued to push hard at the beginning of the second half with Alex Hassett and Mark Hayden causing issues for the Wexford school along the wings. The midfield trio of Euan Brady, Cian Ó Longaigh and Captain Cian Bollard worked tirelessly to ensure a constant supply of possession to the attacking quartet. After spurning a couple of chances mark Hayden made a brilliant run through and put David's ahead by another goal. This was quickly followed by a second for Callum Smith.
As the game moved towards a close Creagh managed to pull a goal back. This increased the nerves of the David's players but a sterling defensive effort by Cathan McCarthy, Robert Shparuta and Sam Condon, along with a final goal by Mark Hayden sealed passage to the semi-final stage for St. David's.
Congratulations to the U16 basketball team on their magnificent victory in the East Leinster Plate final in Inchicore today. It was an excellent achievement by all involved.
Well done to Ms. Courtney and Ms. Ní Chatháin on coaching and managing the lads throughout the year!
Bruno De Las Vega
Shane Dunne Hughes
Quintin Lawlor Maher
On friday the 14th of December our first boys rugby team set off to Wicklow to play their second match of the season against East Glendalough.
The boys started the game off well with Mike O’ Neill scoring an excellent try within the first minute. The boys were unfortunate not to hold onto the win and were behind at half time. The second half begun with another excellent try from Mike O’Neill. Despite their hard work and best efforts the team suffered an unfortunate defeat but the boys kept their heads held high and continued their hard work for the duration of the game.
Hard luck lads and the best of luck in your upcoming matches!
Team: Hugh O’ Carroll, Dara Costigan, Jack O’Neill, Oliver Orr, Joshua Barry, Finn Burke, Lucas Du Preez, Charlie Nolan, Evin Donnelly, James Browner, Rian Morris, Max Latham, Oscar Scott, Mike O’Neill, Sebastian Roache, Tiernan Farrell, Harry Murphy, Conor Keogh.
On the 14th of December the first year boys football team played their first match against Gaelcholáiste na Mara in Arklow. The lads worked hard for the entirety of the game despite bad weather conditions.
The team played well for the first half of the match and the defence managed to keep the other team from scoring but unfortunately, the opposition managed to score at the start of the second half. The boys kept their heads high but by the end of the match they lost by three goals with a final score of 1-4.
All of the lads played well but there was an exceptional performance from the team captain Alex Baines who scored an amazing goal during the second half.
Good luck lads in your upcoming matches!
Team: Alex Baines, Jack Carey, Jason Crinnion, Charlie Farrell, Christopher O’Toole, Will Mitchell, Adam Redmond, Jack Cullen, Tom Martin, Luke Van Den Bergh, Christian Toher, Alexsander Pociejkowicz, Cian Howard, Cormac O’Flanaghan, Lennon Carey
The boys started off well in the first half and had a few chances. Unfortunately the first big chance of the game came to Templecarrig which they scored from. Mark Hayden came close with two chances in the space of three minutes. Stand out performances in the first half came from Mark Hayden, Cian O’Longaigh, Cian Bollard, Euan Brady and Callum Smith.
The second half saw a bright start from Davids. They had many half chances with two of them coming from Callum Smith. Great control from Callum Smith allowed him to get a shot away which forced the Templecarrig keeper to make a save. Good kicking from goalkeeper Luke Whelan put Tom O’Malley through down the right wing for another St. David's chance.
The lads put in a good shift but were unfortunate that they couldn't capitalise on some chances but they showed great enthusiasm and a desire to win and hopefully will win their next matches.
The next game will take place on Wednesday of next week against Creagh College. A win in this game will secure a place in the semi-finals.
Quintin Lawler Maher
Bruno De La Vegas
The first quarter was a great team performance. The team came out at the start with a desire to start well and seemed to want the win more than their opposition. St.Davids had a big lead at the end of the first quarter with Glenn Halligan scoring four baskets and Ignacio Fernandez scoring three. Ignacio also ended the first quarter with two blocks and a further steals.
The lads were still eager to win in the second quarter with baskets from Quintin Lawler Maher and two baskets from Mark McConnell. More baskets from Ignacio Fernandez and Dylan Anderson gave St.Davids a healthy lead at half time. Star performances in this quarter came from Ignacio Fernandez and Mark McConnell.
The third quarter started off very well with Ignacio scoring a three pointer. Ignacio then set up Quintin for another basket. More baskets followed for Ignacio, Dylan Anderson and Glenn Halligan. In this quarter Ignacio scored his twentieth point of the game.
In the final quarter the lads showed no nerves and finished the job off with two baskets from Mark McConnell, four baskets from Ignacio and three baskets from Glenn Halligan. It was overall great play from the team and they showed great commitment in the final quarter.
A big well done to the lads who qualified for the final after this massive 60-43 victory. Stand out performances came from Ignacio Fernandez scoring fourteen baskets, having seven steals and three rebounds, Glenn Halligan scoring nine baskets and had two rebounds and Mark McConnell scoring five baskets. Overall it was a great team performance that Ms.Courtney and Ms.Ní Chathain were very proud of. Hopefully the lads can bring home the trophy from the final and hopefully they can play as well as they played in this semi-final.
On the 4th of December, our senior boys soccer team had a triumphant victory against St. Killian’s Bray. The lads worked incredibly hard by not letting the opposition have a chance of scoring a goal during the entirety of the game.
At half time the score was 0-0 and the boys knew it was going to be a challenge if they were going to be the overall winners of the match. A few minutes into the second half, the first goal of the match was scored by Matthew Counihan. Shortly after, Eoghan Ó Longaigh scored a second goal bringing the score to 0-2. Although they were in the lead, they didn’t let it get to them and the team continued to stay strong right until the final whistle.
The team are now through to the semi-final. Well done lads and good luck!
Team: Aaron Jeffrey, David O’Sullivan, Marc Lynch, Daire Devine, Matt Counihan, Gerard Acton, Shaun Cranley, Adam Cassidy, Stephen Anderson, Eoin Dorgan, Eoghan Dorgan, Eoghan Ó Longaigh, Charlie Goodwin, Eoghan Hughes, Matteo Bellia, Neil Browne, Drew Campbell
On Friday the 9th of November St. David’s first years lined out in a local derby versus Templecarrig Greystones in their first match of the season. Both teams knew coming into this match that they would be faced with very tough conditions due to the harsh weather on the day. For some players on the David’s team it was their first rugby match ever, let alone first match together as a year group. However, this fact would seem hard to believe to a spectator of this match as the tremendous effort that St. David’s put into this match portrayed a much more experienced outfit. They showed incredible heart to fight through the tough conditions and to put two tries on the scoresheet. Templecarrig, however, were the more experienced side which proved to be the deciding factor in this match as they managed to score three tries David’s over the course of the game. Our 1st Year’s performance done the school and their coaches proud and there is certainly more to come from this particular group of students. Final score 15-10 to Templecarrig Greystones. Tries for David’s came from James Browner and Mike O’Neill.