Hard luck to our 2nd Year boys basketball team who were beaten in the All Ireland play offs in Dublin last week. The boys qualified for the play offs after winning the South East final a few weeks ago. Unfortunately we were up against very strong opposition in their pool and most of the lads were still recovering from their late return from the school tour in Italy. Thanks to David O Reilly for all his hard work with the lads since the start of the year.
Junior Golf Team
More good news as our junior golf team won the Munster Final and now qualify for the All Ireland final next month.
2nd year boys basketball team
Congratulations to our 2nd year boys basketball team who smashed it. Bringing the cup home after 31-17 victory over Cbs Kilkenny at WIT Arena today 22nd March.
Tennis Under 19 Boys
Well done to the under 19 tennis team who traveled to cork to play against Presentation. They won 3-0.
Our players, Liam and Patrick Reynolds , Odhran O’Donnell and Eoin Hayes will be playing in the final
on March 22 in Cork and hope to hold on to the trophy the team won last year. Best of luck boys!
Under 16 Basketball team
After winning the South East final for the third time in a row before Christmas, our Under 16 girls’ basketball
team had home advantage in the All Ireland play off tournament this year. Last Saturday, teams from Kerry,
Cork and Dublin came to Tramore to fight for a spot in the All Ireland semi-final.
First up was Coláiste Pobail Setanta from Dublin. The girls knew they’d have their hands full with many of
their girl’s close to 6 foot. Our defence was immense, with Sadiya Ajala backing up all her teammates in
the centre of the zone. Barbara Severec was on fire as she top scored with 27 points. It was tight till the
end, with Ardscoil coming out with the win by 4 points.
Next up was St. Joseph’s, Ballybunion. We started really strong with lots of fast breaks being finished by
Amirah Busari, top scorer of the match with 24 points. The girls looked to be cruising at half time but
Ballybunion started to claw their way back bit by bit and ended up drawing the match at full time. Triple
overtime was needed to separate the two teams and thankfully it finished with Ardscoil two points in front.
The atmosphere was electric in the hall at the end of the match so the crowd were happy with that result.
This meant that it was a ‘winner takes all’ clash as the last game of the day against St. Mary’s, Macroom.
Both teams had two wins each and the nerves were obvious on both sides. St. Mary’s had one particularly
strong player who stepped up her game for our match. We tried lots of different defences in an attempt to
control her but to no avail. It was one match too much and the triple overtime had taken it out of our legs.
Macroom ran out winners by 20 points in the end and will now play in the All Ireland semi-final in the
Well done to each and every one of the team whose commitment for the year has been fantastic.
Under 16 Basketball team
South East champions for a third year in a row
Senior Hurling – Kilmac vs. Ardscoil Na Mara 17/11/17
The game started with Kilmac leading by three points. Ardscoil Na Mara received their first point by a score from Chris Kavanagh. An excellent play was seen when half forward Dan Morrissey was passed the ball from a free, he then passed it into corner forward Jack Meaney and from here he scored an excellent goal. Kilmac did not give up and scored two more points. This made the game level.
Throughout the first half you can see great pressure and clearance from the full backs and the half backs such as Keith Flynn, Eoin Hayes and David Jordan. Keith made excellent catches and showed great strength throughout the entire game. David Jordan cleared the ball out of the defensive line and into the midfielders Jack Keoghan and Conor Butler. Dan Morrissey added another point to the score board. Full forward kept the pressure on and allowed Tramore to get a free, this was taken by Chris Kavanagh and was scored giving Tramore the lead.
Yet another free was taken by Chris Kavanagh and scored. Kilmac then started to hit two more points to stay in the game, Tramore only had a two point lead now. Corner forward Ian Thompson made a run at goal but sadly has his shot saved. Jack Keoghan made an excellent side-line cut into the hands of Dan Morrissey who found Chris Kavanagh who slotted over another great point.
Kilmac started to hit the sliotar over the bar and became level scoring three points. Conor Butler made an attempt but was unsuccessful. Jack Keoghan showed great defensive skills by keeping extreme pressure on the Kilmac team. In the last minutes of the first half Chris Kavanagh scored his 6th point in the first half. The first half ended in 1-7 Tramore to 0-9.
The second half started with an attempt at goal from Tramore, Meaney passed into Kai Willmott who passed it to Ian but his strong efforts were sadly saved. The defensive line showed great pressure and clearances yet again.
A free was awarded to Tramore and taken by Chris Kavanagh, he passed it to Meaney who made another great goal. Kilmac responded with another point. Michael Brennan was subbed in for Ian Thompson who showed great persistency. Lorcan Lynch with no hurley showed great pressure and was awarded a free. Chris Kavanagh added another point to the score board. The midfielders throughout the game kept extreme pressure on the Kilmac team and communicated well. Kilmac scored a point and our goalie Jack Larkins strong efforts were futile and Kilmac scored.
Tramore only led by 1 point now. Defensive players Keith and Leon O’Brien made excellent catches and clearances from David Jordan. Kai was taken off and Niall Long was put on. Chris Kavanagh made another 3 points and Kilmac made 2 more points in response. Dan Morrissey made great blocks and kept good pressure. Kilmac players made a run at the defensive line and made it through and scored an impressive goal. Kilmac were now leading and the boys hopes were beginning to fade.
Lorcan Lynch was taken off and John Murphy was put on in the last 5-10 minutes. The defensive players kept going and putting the ball into the hands of Conor Butler who passed it up to The full forwards, Mike Brennan. Mike made a run at goal but was fouled by a Kilmac player and was awarded a free. Chris Kavanagh scored his 11th point and the game was level. Kilmac scored their final point and was leading. Tramore then began to score points one by one. Chris Kav scored another 4 points due to the help of the defensive players such as Keith Flynn, Eoin Hayes and David Jordan clearing the ball and the forwards passing him the ball. It was a great win by Tramore and they finished the game with a three point lead. The final score was 2-17 Ardscoil Na Mara to 2-14.
Report by Sophie Douglas and Laura Jane Murphy
Senior Girls Volleyball
Ardscoil Na Mara 9-1 Col. Dun Iascaigh, Cahir
The unbeaten Tramore side had a fantastic win on Monday against Cahir in Tramore beating them an astonishing 9-1.
Tramore’s Tom Barry played a perfectly timed through ball just minutes after but Dara O’Brien’s shot was stopped by the Cahir keeper.
The home side went 2-0 up after 20 minutes of play when winger Charlie Binions’ low driven cross past the keeper was hit first time by Lee Hennessy into an empty net.
Charlie Binions dribbled past 3 defenders and smashed the crossbar from the edge of the area after 30 minutes of play. Very unlucky not to put the Tramore side 3 ahead.
Ardscoil Na Mara make it 3-0 when Charlie Binions then played a super through ball between the two away centre halfs to Lee Hennessy who stuck the ball into the top right hand corner.
The home side go into halftime 4-0 when another exquisite through ball by Milo Cox falls to the feet of striker James Fitzpatrick who put the ball past the away keeper.
The goals just kept on coming for Ardscoil after the away side’s keeper threw the ball directly to Charlie Binions who calmly slotted the ball over the line to make it 5-0.
Dara O’Brien put Ardscoil 6-0 when his fantastic effort from the edge of the box went past 3 defenders and into the back of the net.
Dara O’Brien grabs another for himself just 5 minutes after when his shot from outside the area went in off the post to make it 7-0 to the home side.
A perfectly picked out pass from James Fitzpatrick to centre half Frankie who beat 3 players on the wing, cut inside and smashed the ball past the keeper to put Ardscoil Na Mara 8-0 ahead.
Cahir did manage to get one back when a free kick from the halfway line was taken by their centre, which went in passed keeper Cian Egerton.
Jack Deegan then put the final goal away when a brilliant switched ball was played to him by Dara O’Brien. Jack beat his defender and finished near post.
The scoreline remained at 9-1 for the remainder of the game and was a fantastic win again for the U15s.
Ardscoil started off very strong creating plenty of chances when a free that was whipped in by Lee Hennessy was met on the volley from Jack Deegan to put them 1-0 up in the first 10 minutes.
First Year Boys Team
On Tuesday 07/11/17 ten of our First Year boys soccer panel took part in a county futsal competition in WIT Arena. The team did very well on the day winning 3 of their 5 matches.
Ladies Gaelic Football
The first ever Ardscoil na Mara ladies Gaelic football match took place on 09/11/2017. The girl’s lost out to a very strong Loreto Clonmel team. Well done to all involved.
1st Year girls soccer
Congratulations to the Ardscoil na Mara team on qualifying for the FAI Post Primary Schools First Year Munster Fustal Finals
Ardscoil had two great wins!
Camogie players training hard at the early morning session.
Senior Hurling Salesian Secondary College vs Ardscoil Na Mara – 25/10/17
U15 Soccer Munster Cup Round 1 – Ardscoil na Mara 3 De La Salle 1
Both our girl’s basketball teams started off on a winning note against Waterpark last week. Our Under 16 team displayed great team work throughout the game with a total of 11 players getting their name on the scoresheet. Final score was 60-8. The Under 19s had a very slow start and went down 11-0 in the first quarter. Then they woke up to keep Waterpark scoreless for the rest of the game and finished on a scoreline of 42-11.
Ardscoil na mara 0-12 Douglas Community College 1-08
Girls Soccer – Junior and Senior Southern League Champions!
Our junior girls soccer team are southern league champions! Following on from the success of the senior team earlier in the week we welcomed Cobh to Tramore for the junior final. It was a very exciting game throughout. Cobh scored first despite Ardscoil na Mara having a couple of good chances early on. Captain Freya Roche equalised in the second half. There were few chances for either team after that and the match went to extra time. The game was heading for a penalty shootout when Fiona O’Kane scored a fantastic goal to win the final. It was another fantastic display from Ardscoil na Mara. Well done girls.
Our senior girls soccer team recently became southern league champions. The team had been unbeaten in the league this year and we travelled to Cahir full of optimism. Our opponents Coláiste Dún Iascaigh had also been unbeaten. The match had reached the midway point through the second half before Saoirse O’Brien broke the deadlock. Cahir equalised within minutes before centre back and captain fantastic Sadie Mai Rowe fired home to restore our advantage. Cahir continued to push for an equaliser to bring the game to extra time. Our victory was sealed with a fantastic goal by Chloe Spillane in the dying moments. It was a well-earned victory and a fitting end for the our sixth years who played their last game for Ardscoil na Mara. Well done ladies!
Congratulations to Shane, Mark, James and Jamie winning gold 4x100m relay.
15 ½ Boy’s Gaelic football team
Ardscoil na Mara under 15 ½ Boy’s Gaelic football team who were unlucky to lose the county final to De La Salle on a score line of 1-8 to 1-6.
Well done to the athletes from Ardscoil na Mara who travelled to the County Athletics Championships on Wednesday 26th of April
Medal winners on the day were as follows:
Sam McGrath 100m bronze
Geoff Thomas 100m silver
Mia Crawford 800m silver
Sam McGrath, Geoff Thomas, Luke McCarthy, Callum Hurley
4 x 100m relay silver
Callum Hurley 800m gold
Jamie Stone High Jump Bronze
Shane Cawley Shot, Discus Gold
James Murphy Long, Triple jump Gold
January has been a busy month for our soccer teams.
Conor Shiels: 2nd senior boy
Jake Bagge: 3rd inter boy
Inter boys team: Jake Bagge, Adam Power, Ethan Hurley, Luis Byrne and Rahim Sharif
On Friday last no fewer than 50 students from Ard Scoil na Mara along with their coaches Mr Hatton and Ms Wall travelled to Lismore to compete in the County Badminton Championships. Considering the fact that badminton is a relatively new sport in the school, Ard Scoil accounted very well for themselves – bringing home 12 trophies in total.
Just qualified for our 1st All Ireland Final. Two tough but fantastic wins. UCD next Thursday. Well done girls!
Under 16 boys and girls basketball
Hard luck to our Under 16 boys and girls basketball teams who both lost their South East semi finals to Cashel and Bridgetown respectively. The boys was a very tight affair with Tramore losing out by a heartbreaking two points. Well done to both teams for reaching this far.
1st Year Soccer Team A who won the Waterford Finals and qualified for the FAI Schools Munster final.
Well done to Boys team B team who participated in Waterford Futsal Finals in WIT.
Congrats to our camogie team. A great victory over Kilmallock final result: 7-11 to 2-3! Well done girls
Great start for the under 19 boys in Tennis who beat Cashel 5-0 before mid-term. It is looking promising this year. Our 3 sixth years students are Morgan Lohan, Connor Reynolds, Mark O’Sullivan and Liam Reynolds in TY. Their next match will be against Cork. We wish them the best of luck.
First year Girls Soccer – Futsal
Ardscoil na Mara first year girls soccer team did very well this week, finishing second in the Waterford Futsal competition.
Girls Senior Soccer
Great game by Senior Girls agains Christ the King in Cork, lost by 1 goal. Well done to all involved.
The first game ended with a 7-4 win to Rockwell. They played the second Rockwell team and had a fantastic victory. The score of the second game was 9-4 to Ardscoil. The girls were delighted with the result.
Ardscoil na Mara 3.7 Kilmacthomas 0.14
Basketball Under 16 and 19
Our Under 16 and Under 19 girl’s basketball teams got off to a winning start in the South East league against Abbey Community College. The Under 16s had a comprehensive victory with a scoreline of 42-8. Emily Cronin led in rebounds, with Barbara Severec top scoring for the team. The Under 19s was a much tighter affair, with the girls clawing back from being 8-0 down in the first few minutes to win by 8 in the end. Hannah Grimes and Eabha Cox topped the scoreboard, with the team defence leading them to victory.
Under 19: Beat Abbey Community College 28-20 Top Scorers: Eabha Cox, Hannah Grimes
Under 16: Beat Abbey Community College 42-8 Top Scorers : Barbara Severec, Tobi Siloko