Rising Stars and Rackard League Medal Presentation
This year we reached the final of the Rising Stars competition where we were beaten in a exciting game versus Gaelscoil Moshiolog. Throughout this year the boys have shown an incredible appetitive for Gaelic football through our lunchtime league and also all the matches we played on our way to the final. The boys did themselves proud on a very cold night in Patricks Park where they battled from the first whistle to the last and all got the opportunity to play a part in the journey to the final. The match began very close where both sides showed their talents under the lights as the frost slowly crept onto the field. Kicking and hand passing skills were evident of the talent on show with the crowd adding to the sense of atmosphere. Unfortunately after a tough game Gaelscoil Moshiolog just began to stretch away and won a deserved first ever title. The rising stars competition was geared towards giving boys and girls a chance to hone and improve their skills which by the end of the year we could clearly see. The boys in question on the panel were always excellently behaved and showed great pride in the jersey with their school and parish mates. Thank you also to all the parents who helped to drive this year as we travelled the county from Horeswood to Bannow
This year the boys of Piercestown and Murntown took to the field reigning champions for the past two years. To win a Rackard league title once is difficult, to win it twice takes a good side but to win it three times shows a bunch of boys who together for the past three years led by example and never dropped below their lofty standards. On a bitterly cold night in Patricks Park the boys battled a talented Glynn team for 50 minutes. The game was tense with the conditions of a swirling wind coming into play. We went ahead 0-2 to no score through well taken points before what would become hugely important happened. A well placed diagonal ball was quickly dispatched in towards the goal before Adam Connick rose highest to collect the ball and drilled it to the net. The rest of the game was all about who wanted it the most as the sides battled for every ball under the floodlights. In the dying stages a superb save from Rian O’Dowd kept the margin at a two score game as he scrambled the ball off the line. The boys held on to again lift the cup for the third year in a row a huge achievement where some lucky boys had now gone through their years of school football never having lost a competitive game. Also a presentation was made to Adam Connick and Kevin O’Mahoney for being part of all three title winning sides and to each school.
The medals of both teams were presented by former principal of Murntown and Chairman of the Rackard League Kevin Waters in Piercestown NS last week.