It has been a very busy start to the school sporting year, as we have implemented a new extra curricular participation policy and SOCS, our new extra curricular software package. Implementing these two new systems, combined with the start of our winter sports season, means we feel we have achieved a lot in the first eight weeks. Thanks to all of you for your patience as we get SOCS up and running. We have had over 35,000 visits to our sports website so far which means our information is being seen, which is great. Please keep supporting and encouraging your children to commit to our sports teams’ trainings and matches as we head into the winter months. As the weather turns colder and wetter, it becomes a bit more appealing to skip trainings but we are working hard to develop our entire school bodies commitment and resilience, so having parents on the same page as us regarding attendance, helps significantly. Please read on to hear about the various sports and achievements we have had so far this year.
We are really proud of all the students listed below who have done great things in their respective sports over the past couple of months, and we wish them all the best of luck in their upcoming events and competitions:
- Adam Murphy, who won gold at the British Karate Championships a couple of weeks ago
- Zoe Bolton who won the Interschools individual showjumping 1m competition in Mullingar. Our equestrian team finished 2nd in that event too, which was made up of Zoe, Sarah Fitzpatrick, Juliette Borton and Rebecca Moore
- Annabel Sweetnam, who has been selected to trial for the Irish U16 Girls Hockey squad
- Rowland Rixon-Fuller, our staff member, who has been named as assistant coach for the irish U18 Girls Hockey squad
Sports round up
Our Rugby season is well under way. Our SCT and JCT have started their league campaigns, with both teams having tricky starts. Our JCT had a very courageous win over Roscrea just before the mid term break, 18-15, which will be a good confidence booster for them. Our SCT have improved each week but have found themselves on the wrong end of the scoreboard in all three matches. It needs to be noted that our goal for the senior rugby programme at the moment is grow the number of players who are able to play at Leinster Senior Cup level over the next 2-3 years, and our coaches are doing a good job at that from 1st year through the 5th year. Our 1st years, 2nd years and 2nd XV have had numerous friendlies against other schools, and it's very encouraging to see 7 teams outside of the JCT & SCT suit up for Rugby each week.
Our girls Rugby programme has kicked off the season well too. Both our senior and junior girls competed in the Leinster Girls 7's tournament, with our Juniors winning the day. This means they are off to Energia Park on Weds Nov 7th to compete in the All Ireland final for Junior Girls 7's. If you are free please get down and support them on the day!
All our Hockey teams have started their league campaigns (except 1st years). Our Senior girls & boys both have started well, with our Senior girls unbeaten so far and our Senior boys only having a close loss to St Andrews. Both teams have a great shot at making a deep run in their various tournaments this year. It's also great to see the number of Hockey teams, both boys & girls, out each week representign the school. For two weeks running we had over 140 students from The King's Hospital playing Hockey for the school on a Wednesday afternoon. This is testament to the great work our coaches are doing with all our teams. Our Senior Girls, Senior Boys and Junior Girls also went on a pre season tour to Armagh in September which was a great success, both in terms of the work they got through on the pitch, but aslo the culture building off the pitch.
We are spending a lot of time trying to improve the quality of our basketball programme to bring it in line with Rugby and Hockey, and Mr. O'Connor is doing a great job in this. We have four teams competing in Leinster leagues across boys & girls Basketball. Our U16 boys, girls and our U19 boys and girls. Our U19 girls are unbeaten so far, and all other teams have had a mixture of wins and losses.
We are in a period of transition with Rowing, as previous Head of Rowing Will Yeomans having moved on to Australia and also a large cohort of 6th years that were very successful have left the school. Having said that, we have opened up rowing to 1st and 2nd years so we have a core group of around 20 students who are committed to Rowing currently. They recently competed at the Trinity College Indoor Rowing blitz and all had a great time, in what was for most, their first time competing in any format of Rowing.
We are pleased to announce that the numbers playing Badminton have grown from last year to this year. We regularly have over 40 at training, and we have been able to enter 4 teams in to the schools league this year. These macthes will start up after the mid term break.
Inter Class Cup
The Inter class cup is back this year, and again it has grown to include both 1st and 2nd years. The fiorst event was Tag Rugby, which happened in the last week of this half term. The Interclass cup is a event based competition which sees our students classes (1K, 1L, 2M etc) compete against the other classes in events like Tag Rugby, Indoor Hockey, Debating, Basketball etc. Points are tallied and there will be ab overall winner at the end of the year who will take home the inter class cup.
The 2018 sports awards were held at the end of September, and the night was a great success. Andrew Balbirnie, Irish Cricketer, was the guest speaker and Dougie Goodwin, previous Irish Cricket captain, was inducted into the Hall of Fame. Awards were presented to students for intra school competition (Athletics, Cricket), inter school competition (Athletics, Cross-Country, Hockey, Rowing, Rugby) and for regional and/or international representation. We had 14 students acknowledged as representatives for Leinster across Hockey, Rugby and Swimming. We also had 15 students acknowledged as representatives for Ireland across Hockey, Athletics, Rowing, Karate, Tetrathlon, Fly Fishing, Equestrian and Touch Rugby. The blue ribbon awards of the evening went to Craig Adams (Hall Cooper Cup for Sportsmanship) and Georgia Dunlop (Whiteside Trophy for Sportsmanship) for their respective outstanding sporting achievements, as well as their ability to be role models for their peers and contribute to sport on the whole at The King’s Hospital. Check out the website for a complete list of award winners, and also the photo of all the students who represented Ireland who were celebrated on the night. For more on the Sports Awards including list of winners click here http://www.kingshospital.ie/sports-awards-2018.