With the winter sports season disappearing slowly into the rear view mirror, I would like to take this moment to reflect on what has been a very good two terms. While you will read below about the success we have had in cups and leagues across various teams, I want to highlight first and foremost every student who has represented their school in a winter sport, and thank them for being a fine role model for their peers. Everyone who participates in sport here plays a role in helping the teams who go on to win those cups and leagues.
Sport is ultimately about performing on match day, and that is where people's judgement lie. However, what isn't seen is our students' commitment to training, even when it's cold and wet outside. What isn't seen is the students who stay behind after training to do extra fitness or skill work, such is their desire to improve. What isn't seen is the mistakes and the learning that comes from those mistakes in training, that all go in to building a team that is confident and believe in themselves. It is these things that need to be celebrated across all our teams, just as much as our teams who have won finals. So to all our students who represented the school this winter sports season, well done, and thank you. To all the parents who were glorified taxi drivers, who stood on sidelines and supported our teams, thank you. To all of our coaches who gave endless energy and enthusiasm to our teams, thank you. You have all helped make this season a success.
To provide some context to my comments above, I surveyed our student body when I started eight months ago to find out what sport meant to them, and the results speak volumes. Sport for students at The King's Hospital is primarily played for:
- Physical, mental, social and emotional fitness
- A chance to interact with their friends.
If our sports programme can ensure we provide an environment that provides these three things to our students, we will see more continue to participate as they will want to be involved, with the knock on effect being more teams and athletes will go on to have the same success that the teams and athletes mentioned below have had this season.
TRINITY TERM SUMMER SPORTS
This term brings us in to our summer sport season, and I would like to ask that you continue to support your child in actively participating in summer sport. For Form 1 & 2 students, Cricket and Tennis are the compulsory summer sports, with opportunities to get involved in Athletics events as well. For the older year groups, along with Cricket, Tennis & Athletics there are the opportunities to participate in Rowing and Soccer. With the days getting longer and warmer, I look forward to seeing our whole student body outside participating in whatever sport they enjoy. We are very fortunate to have such a beautiful campus. Let's not waste it!
The students highlighted below have all been selected for Leinster and/or Irish teams or squads in their chosen sports. Well done to all of these students.
- Brooklyn Mapfumo - represented the Leinster U17 Hockey team, who placed 3rd at the International Easter Hockey tournament in Holland
- Grace Adams, Emily Heather, Henry Seebach - Selected for the Irish Junior Tetrathlon training squad.
- Craig Adams - Selected to trial for the Leinster U19 Rugby squad
- Adam Murphy - Selected to compete in the European Karate Championships in Poland
- Cian Tucker, Rex Dunlop - Part of the under 14 Three rock rovers hockey team who placed 3rd in the European Hockey League U14 tournament
- Matthew Gardiner - Selected for the Leinster Interpro swimming squad
HILARY TERM ROUND UP
Our Rugby season finished around St Patrick's day, as is tradition. Updating on our previous newsletter, our SCT took on Wesley College in Vinnie Murray Cup final at Donnybrook. The team were well up for the match and started very strongly, going up by two scores and maintaining that advantage until the 55 minute mark. However, Wesley's bench brought more energy than ours and this proved to be the difference, with Wesley going on to win 35-27. It was a season of 'nearly's' for our SCT team, with some great performances mixed with some lapses in concentration that proved costly in the end. Well done to the team though, as at every match they represented the school with pride, and thanks to our coaches; Mr Jarvis, Mr Plummer, Jonathan Sharkey and Mr. O'Donoghue.
Our Juniors, 1st & 2nd year boys all finished the season strongly, with these teams playing some great Rugby and showing what they had learnt through their first season here with wins over Campion College (from the UK), CBC Monkstown and Newbridge College respectively.
Our 1st year (U13) boys team made two finals this year, a fantastic achievement. First up, they took on St Andrews in the Leinster U13 cup final in atrocious conditions at Three Rock Rovers. The boys probably had the best of the chances in the first half but couldn't convert and ended up chasing the game and going down 2-0 in a very well played final. In their 2nd final in 5 days, they played Wesley in the U13 A league final. The boys showed tremendous composure in the match as they went down 1-0 early, but scored with 5 minutes to play to make it 1-1, and the match went into penalty strokes. Our boys held their nerve, with Bryan Lydon, Cian Tucker and Rex Dunlop all scoring their strokes, and our keeper, Elliot Connolly making three fine saves to keep Wesley out, which meant the boys won the league, becoming the first King's Hospital team to win this league in a long time! Well done to all the boys who helped that team achieve success throughout the year, and their coaches Mr Tucker, Mr Rixon-Fuller and Adam Clayton, as well as goalkeeping coach Sean Butler.
Two other boys hockey sides made their Leinster league finals. Our Minor B boys team beat High School to take the Leinster Minor C league trophy, and our Junior B boys played Newpark School in the Junior B league final, but Newpark were too strong on this occasion.
Our girls hockey programme had a great end to their season too. Five of our teams made finals in the Northside Hockey league, with four going on to be successful.
- 1st year A beat Malahide 3-0
- Minor A beat Mt Temple 2-1
- Junior B beat Glasnevin on penalty strokes
- Senior A beat Mt Temple 2-0
- Minor B lost to St Wolstons on penalty strokes after finishing 1-1 at full time.
The first regatta of the spring season (the Tribesman Head of the River) saw Cameron Crooks win the Junior 18b single skulls, and together with Aoife Kiernan, won the women's club 2 double skulls. The rowing squad have a big weekend this weekend too, with the Neptune regatta on Saturday April 7th and the Commercial regatta Sunday the 8th. Good luck to all our rowers competing in that.
We had three teams place in the top three at the West Leinster Medley relay event towards the end of last term. Well done to the following girls:
- Junior Girls (2nd place)
- Antonia Shodiya
- Antoinette Shodiya
- Grace Adams
- Erin King
Intermediate Girls (2nd Place)
- Yemi Talabi
- Kate Ormsby
- Juliette Borton
- Isabella Dunlop
Senior Girls (3rd place)
- Rebecca Moore
- Tanesha Yimga
- Sinead Walsh
- Mireia Roca Gomis
Our swimming programme completed it's first term, and has been very popular with our students. There were 25 students regularly attending the Tuesday and Friday morning sessions which is a fantastic start. These sessions will continue this term, so any one interested in joining needs to speak to Mr Keelty to confirm their place. Please note these sessions are for experienced swimmers.