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Munster Schools Team Racing Championships 30th March 2017
Munster Schools Team Racing Championships 30th March 2017
On Friday 30th March, the school sailing team traveled to Schull for the Munster Schools Team Racing Championships with Mr. McGlade. Our team consisted of nine sailors not all of our team could travel for this event, so we had three boats with a helm and a crew in each one. The team on the day was R. O’Sullivan, M. O’Herlihy, A. Power, M. O’Sullivan, C. Foster, D. Connolly, R. Flannery, L. Hanlon and C. Middleton.
Team racing involves two teams of three boats competing against each other on a short course where teams must work together to get their boats in the best positions to get the lowest point combination. For example, if the team can get their boats into positions 1, 2 and 3, they have the lowest score combination because 1+2+3= 6.
There were thirteen teams from eight schools from Cork competing in the event, including Coláiste Muire. Our team was determined to qualify for the National Team Racing Championship and went into each race that morning with the intention of working together to finish with the best possible results in order to compete that afternoon to qualify for the Nationals.
The wind that day was quite strong and picked up as the day went on, challenging all the teams competing. We won three races and lost two races that morning, but it was enough to compete that afternoon. Our team went into the last four races with the aim of winning all four in order to get to Nationals. Together, our three teams of sailors raced against the two Skibbereen teams, Regina Mundi, Christian Brothers and Scoil Mhuire and won all five races with a strong lead each time. Overall we won eight out of ten races that day and this enabled our team to qualify for the National Team Racing Championship in Schull on the 29th and 30th of April in Schull.
We hope to sail as well again at Nationals. Everyone did a great job on the water and proved themselves well able to handle the pressure of the event.
We hope to come back just as strong for the National Championships in a few weeks and sail just as well to achieve a rewarding outcome.
We will be training after school on Fridays to prepare for the event.
Thank you to Mr. Barry and Mr. McGlade
By: Caoimhe and Maeve TY
First Year girls reach Cork Basketball final
The first year girls under the guidance of coach Carol Ann O’Driscoll have reached the Cork final. Having won their pool, they went on to defeat Carraignabhear in the Quarter Finals. They defeated a strong side form St. Al’s Carrigtwohill today in the semi finals.
The Crosshaven side went into an early lead through the scoring prowess of Rachel Stack. The Carrigtwohill girls rallied and there were three points between the teams at half time, Coláiste Muire enjoying a slender lead. Great scores from Katy Mulcahy and tenacious defence from Aoibhe O’Sullivan and Holly Fegan saw the girls go into a lead of 10 points, a lead which they maintained until the end. Emily Russel put in a strong performance while Gabriel Corcoran showed great vision in setting up several scores. Alana de Courcey, Kate O’Brien, Clara Neaves and Shona Mulcahy and Sophie McCarthy all contributed to an excellent result.
Minor Hockey girls win
The minor girls hockey team (a combination of 1st, 2nd and 3rd years) headed to Harlequins on Tuesday the 14th of March, to play Christ King Girls Secondary School. After a tough defeat to Cobh last week the girls were determined to get the result this time.
The Crosshaven girls came out all guns blazing at the beginning of the first half, dominating possession in the opposition’s half. Crosshaven put together some nice passing sequences through the centre of the pitch leading to shots on goal by many of the girls, but the Christ King goalkeeper held strong managing to keep the scoreboard at 0-0. After numerous efforts the Crosshaven girls were rewarded with a penalty corner but unfortunately could not capitalise on the opportunity. The Christ King defence worked well together to keep their team in the game.
Crosshaven girls began to show signs of fatigue giving the Christ King forwards more opportunities to score, but first year; Holly Feagan made some fantastic saves in the Crosshaven goal. To make matters worse Crosshaven’s rock in the midfield, Eimear Brady had to leave the pitch after a follow through strike from an opposing stick left her winded.
The Crosshaven girls showed great character, scoring the opening goal against the run of play. A strong cross from Niamh Scriven was deflected into the goal by Roisín Flannery. This concluded the first half. Despite the goal the girls came off the pitch at half time feeling deflated. A motivational team talk by Ms. Breen and Erica lifted spirits heading into the second half.
The girls came onto the pitch with a new mind set and this reflected in their play. An early goal by Niamh Scriven put Crosshaven 2-0 ahead in the opening minutes of the second half. The goal began with a seemingly innocuous ball from the defence but was picked up and carried into the circle by Niamh before she took her shot.
After returning to the field of play at the start of the second half Eimear Brady’s persistence in the centre of the field lead to her winning a short corner for the team. A strong injection from Sorcha Conway was gathered by Eimear. With no hesitation she slapped the ball; it flew past the keeper’s outstretched arm sitting nicely in the bottom right hand corner.
Crosshaven took their attention away from play after the goal, which led to a chance for Christ King which was again saved by Holly. The girls soon refocused winning their third penalty corner of the match. Once again Eimear took the shot which came up off a Christ King stick hitting Rachael Sisk on the side of the head. She was persuaded to come off the pitch and played no further part in the game.
The Crosshaven girls showed great mentality and didn’t let the scare phase them, returning to their attacking ways. This resulted in the final goal of the match; a shot on goal by Danni Claffey rebounded off the keeper landing on Roisín’s stick concluding in her second goal of the match.
On a warm day in harlequins the girls from Crosshaven put in a shift to be proud of winning 4-0 against Christ King. Good luck in the rest of the tournament girls!!
First Year Basketball teams shine
The first year girls, coached by Ms. O’Driscoll and her fourth year team, played against Bantry on Thursday the 2nd of February 2017.
From the very beginning of the match Crosshaven dominated the game. They started off strongly with 21 points in the first quarter with no reply from Bantry. The second quarter was equally as impressive and the scoring continued bringing Crosshaven to a lead of 31-0. Bantry put themselves on the scoreboard in the closing few minutes of the second quarter. The second quarter ended with a “Buzzer beater at the end of the second quarter by Emily Russell from downtown”- Pat O’Flynn. The heavy scoring continued for the final two quarters with Crosshaven racking up an impressive score of 47-06. It was an excellent display from everybody involved and we are all really proud of our first year girls. This was two wins in a row as the girls started their campaign with a win against Scoil Mhuire.
The first year boys put in an excellent performance on Wednesday, beating Glanmire Community school. Great performances by Zack Murphy and Josh McCarthy.
Credit Union sponsors new jerseys
Many thanks to Michael Desmond and the and the Crosshaven and Carrigaline Credit Union who have kindly sponsored a set of GAA jerseys for Coláiste Muire teams.
Pictured below are Credit Union chairman, Michael Desmond. hurling coach, Mr O’Rourke, representatives from school teams and the Credit Union team.
The Credit Union is open in the school on Tuesdays at 1.03 p.m in Miss Cooper’s room. New members are welcome.
Basketball – Mixed fortunes in Senior semi-finals
The Boys’ senior basketball team have reached the Cork “B” schools’ final following a keenly contested semi-final against Kinsale Community school. Conor Mason and Jai Evelyn starred as the Crosshaven side held on in spite of an intense comeback by the Kinsale side in the final quarter. They will play Glanmire Community school in the Cork final on Thursday 15th December.
The Senior girls’s were very unlucky in their semi against St. Aloysius, Carraigtwohill. Despite excellent performances by Molly Murphy, Ciara O’Brien and Cliona Wrenne, Coláiste Muire went down by a three-point margin.
Senior Girls Soccer in impressive win
The senior girls soccer team had a very successful venture on Thursday when they defeated St.Brogans of Bandon. The scoreline was 5-0.Goals came from Shauna McKenna who was assisted by captain Emily Kennefick. Katie Bowen and Abbey Fitzgerald also made it onto the score sheet with a goal each.While Georgia O’Kelly scored two well placed finishers.The girls displayed great attitudes and determination playing in very cold and challenging conditions.Well done to all who played!
Hockey season off to good start
On the 16th Of November 2016, Crosshaven’s Senior Team started their season off well. They played Cobh and it was by no means an easy match. Crosshaven began strongly. At the beginning of the game Alice Brady passed an exceptional ball to Sarah Ahern who let it off to Fiona Pêche. Fiona took a shot but Cobh’s goalkeeper made a strong save. Out of nowhere Caoimhe Ronayne made a massive rebound and she got Crosshaven going with the first score. Cobh did not give up as they continued pushing and testing Crosshaven backs but Aisling O’Mahony and Phoebe Piper were not letting anyone pass. Crosshaven continued to work as a team and kept possession with excellent team play from Eimear Brady and Emily Russell. The first half ended with a score of 1-0 to Crosshaven but Cobh was not finished just yet. Cobh began the half very strong but Sorcha Conway made some exceptional saves in goal and no score was going in against her! The game continued with Alice Brady taking a tough hit to the chest but she ventured on and continued playing. Niamh Scriven , Andrea Long and Katie Bowen took some strong shots and were very unlucky not to get a score but Cobh were not giving up. Captain Casey Smith continued to encourage the players which kept all of Crosshaven going. The match ended with a final score of 1-0 and Crosshaven started their season off with a win.
First Year basketballers crowned Cork champions
The First Year basketball team of Coláiste Muire were crowned Cork Champions amid jubilant scenes in Neptune stadium on Thursday, March 10th. Having been behind for much of the game, the Crosshaven side staged a dramatic comeback in the final quarter to edge out St. Fachtna’s of Skibereen by three points. Robert Twomey lead the comeback in a terrific display of skill. Adam White impressed throughout.
The Second Year team were unlucky to loose out to Clonakilty Community college. In another close contest, Coláiste Muire were narrowly beaten in the closing stages. Great performances from James O’Grady and Eoghan Kirwin.