A swimming club is starting at The King's Hospital, utilising the fantastic swimming pool facility we have here. There will be two sessions per week initially, Tuesday and Friday mornings, and it is expected that the students who sign up to be part of the club attend every session. The club is open to any student who wants to train or swim competitively, and who has experience swimming already. The head coach will be Artur Matusik, who is also coaching at the Tallaght swim team, and in Westmanstown swim club. Artur holds a masters degree in Physical Education and comes very highly regarded. He will be assisted by staff members Harriet Dunlop & Sarah Jackson. If students want to sign up to be part of the club, they need to speak with Mr Keelty to register their interest.
Our SCT Rugby team have had a very successful January. The month started with their Vinnie Murray Cup campaign. The team faced Gorey Community College in round 1, and comfortably disposed of them 34-5. This pitched the team against The High School in the quarter final, with another victory 38-15 aided by a very strong first half performance. This then meant we faced Newpark in the semi final, who a lot of people had as dark horses to win the cup. Again, our boys started strongly and ultimately saw off a tough Newpark 39-5. This victory meant we qualified for the first round of the Leinster Senior Cup, and a match against Clongowes Wood College. This was played at Clontarf Rugby Club and proved to be the match of the 1st round, with both teams playing some quality rugby. Our boys ultimately lost the match 29-21, but played with passion, commitment and reslience for the full 70 minutes and did the school very proud. The date for the final of the Vinnie Murray Cup is yet be confirmed, but we await Wesley College in that match.
Photos from those matches available to order here.
After qualifying for the All Ireland Secondary School boys championship, our senior A side were looking to use that momentum on a deep Senior Trophy run. We beat St Columbas in the quarter final in front of a large home crowd which meant we drew Newpark in the semi final. Newpark were a very good side however and unfortunately ended our trophy run.
Our Junior A side went through their Leinster 'A' section with 5 wins and 1 loss, giving them 2nd place in their section and qualifying for a semi final against St Andrews which is a great effort for a young side (four of the players are eligiable for the same side next year). This match proved to be a tough outing against a good St Andrews side, and the boys ultimately lost. They are through to the 2nd round of the Leinster Junior Cup after dispatching of Temple Carrig in the first round.here.
The Minor A boys have qualified for the B league semi final after their win in Kilkenny College on Feb 8th. They will play Wesley College B's in the semis after half term.
Our 1st year (U13) boys team has had a very good season too, finishing second in their Leinster U13 'A' section with 5 wins and 1 loss. They have Newpark in their league semi final in the first week back after the mid term, and their second round cup match against Taney that week also. Good luck for both those matches boys!
Our Junior A girls side are still in the hunt for a semi final spot in the Leinster Junior girls 'premier' section. Their final match in their group is against Muckross, and if they win that they go through to the semi final.
Our Senior C girls side had a fantastic league campaign, finishing top of their section with four wins from four. They are currently awaiting the finishing of the other matches to find out who their semi final opposition will be.
EYHL HOCKEY HIGHLIGHTS
A group of TY students under the tutelage of Mick McKinnon are producing a weekly highlights video of the Irish Hockey League for their TY Enterprise project. The highlights are streamed on eurohockeytv.org or follow them on Twitter. It is a fantastic learning experience for them and they would love to grow their audience, so if you are passionate about hockey please support them.
Four girls have qualified for the Leinster Cross Country championships after placing in the top 10 at the West Leinster Cross Country championships held earlier this term. They are:
- Emily Heather
- Pia Hayes
- Rebecca Moore
- Greta von Campe
Our U16 boys Basketball team went through their Leinster 'C' section unbeaten and played some great Basketball doing so. They came up against St Michaels in the semi final, played here at The King's Hospital but unfortunately went down in a close match.
This term sees our 1st & 2nd year girls competing in Leinster 1st & 2nd year leagues, and our boys programme have a few friendlies organised for the remainder of the term.
Two of our students, Sophie Thompson & Cameron Crooks, entered the Rowing Ireland Indoor Rowing Championships held in Limerick in January. They both did exceedingly well with Cameron rowing a personal best to finish 26th nationally, and Sophie finishing .1 of second behind Cameron in 27th.
We have just finished our first season competing in the Leinster schools Badminton league. We entered three teams, one U19 girls squad and two U19 boys squads. Being our first time entering the league, we faced some stiff opposition but all students enjoyed the competition and this provides a great opportunity for growth for years to come.
Summer sport, including Cricket, Tennis and Athletics will be starting at various points after St Patricks day so keep an eye on our website and social media for more information.
SPORTS DIRECTOR: Dave Keelty firstname.lastname@example.org