The summer term came and went incredibly quickly. This term means a change in focus for our students, with hockey sticks, basketballs and rugby boots being replaced by tennis rackets, cricket pads and athletic spikes. While participation in sport drops away in this term (which we are aiming to change) with the junior certificate and leaving certificate looming large, it was still great to see the number of students participating in social sport every afternoon, making the most of our fantastic grounds. The tennis courts were always full, and there was always a 'pick up' soccer or touch rugby game going on too. We aim to instill a lifelong love of sport and physical activity in our students and seeing this highlights to me we are on the right track to achieving this.
On another note, I hope you enjoy reading our brand new The King's Hospital Extra Curricular booklet that was posted with summer reports and can be downloaded here This has all the information you need to know about anything extra-curricular for next year, and it highlights the change to the compulsory sport policy that we have made, looking ahead to the next academic 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:
- Grace Adams (F2), Emily Heather (F1) and Henry Seebach (F1) represented the Irish Pony Club on the Irish Tetrathlon team at the UK Regional Championships in Warwick in early Jun. This sport combines Running, Shooting, Riding and Swimming so these three students are obviosuly good all-around athletes.
- Hannah Moriarty (F1) won gold at the Girls U14 Long Jump at the National Indoor Athletics Championships
- Rory Govan (F3) has been selected on the Irish fly fishing youth teams to compete in the world championships in Poland, and the Four nations in England.
- Holly Shaw (F3) represented Ireland in Kickboxing in two events, firstly the Austrian Classics which is part of the WAKO world cup series where she won bronze in 16-18yrs -70 kg Point Fighting and placed 5th in light contact fighting. Secondly at the Kickboxing Ireland Nationals in both points fighting and light contact 16-18yrs -70kgs and she won silver in both.
- James Magginnis (F4) and Isabella Dunlop (F3) had their first competitive matches for the Ireland U16 Hockey teams (boys and girls respectively), travelling to Germany to take on the Germans and the Netherlands as part of their build up for the 6 nations in July. Our own senior boys coach and staff member Rowland Rixon-Fuller traveled as well in his role as assistant coach for the girls U16 side.
- Rex Dunlop and Cian Tucker (both F1) represented 3 rock rovers at the European U14 Club Hockey Championships in Rotterdam. The team finished 3rd, so well done to them
Local Club Partnerships
We are really excited to be partnering with two local clubs in our community to grow sporting participation, and hopefully generate more members for those clubs. More info is below:
MU Barnhall and Tag Rugby
We held the first MU Barnhall and KH Tag Rugby blitz here at KH in April, which saw 30 kids from schools throughout Lucan and Celbridge come down and play Tag Rugby, many for the first time. MU Barnhall have been going to local primary schools to teach them the basics of tag rugby, so this blitz was a great opportunity for those kids to put the skills they had been taught into a game environment. Our TY students refereed the matches and the MU Barnhall guys were on hand to coach the kids on the day. It was a fantastic afternoon which the kids loved, and we will be looking to host the event again in Sept or October this year.
Weston Hockey Club and the KH Cup
We sponsored and supported Weston Hockey Clubs first ever KH cup, a Hockey festival for 3rd and 4th class boys. Weston already hold the Rory Cunningham Cup for primary school girls so this cup is a chance to get primary school boys involved in Hockey. We had teams from St Andrews National School, St Mary's Boys School, Adamstown Educate Together and Scoil Aine participating, with our TY students refereeing and each team had one of our coaches working with them throughout the day. In the lead up to the event we also offered each school the opportunity to have one of our coaches visit the school and give a coaching session free of charge.
School Team Results
Our Senior boys Rugby 7's team were crowned National champions for the 2nd year running at the IRFU national 7's championships at Terenure Rugby Club. Our path to the championship was:
- Beat Clonmel 61-0
- Beat St Gerards 32-7
- Beat Bandon Grammar 28-19
- Beat Newbridge 35-7 in the semi final
- Beat Clongowes 33-10 in the final
This is a fantastic achievement so well done to the players and Dan Van Zyl as coach.
The Cricket season was a frustrating one due to weather and other schools not being able to field sides regularly. However, we had a very passionate and committed group of U13 and U14 boys who were always out training even if their match had to be cancelled. The U13 side narrowly missed out on a place in the Leinster semi finals due to coin toss (!) as there was not enough time left in the school year to play the semi final and final due to the weather disruption earlier in the season. The signs are promising for a strong junior side next year though with the amount of enthusiastic boys we have.
On the girls side, our Junior team had a strong season but unfortunately missed out on the semi final narrowly. Our U13 team had a great season and went through round robin play unbeaten, before winning their semi final (in thrilling fashion in the last over). This took them to the final to play a strong St Andrews side who were too good for us on the day.
This term saw some great results from our students at both the West Leinster Athletics champs and the Leinster Athletics champs:
West Leinster results
- Rex Dunlop – Minor boys 75m Hurdles
- Felix Campbell – Senior boys Javelin
- Christian Fashoe –Junior Boys 200m
- Hannah Moriarty – Minor Girls 80m, Minor Girls Long Jump
- Yemi Talabi – Inter Girls Long Jump
- Kate Edghill – U16 Girls Long Jump
- Jade Treacy – Inter girls Javelin
- Junior Girls Relay 4 x100m (Erin King, Grace Adams, Antoinette Shodiya, Antonia Shodiya)
- Intermediate Girls Relay 4x100m (Vicky Abimbola, Greta von Campe, Agathe Charvolin, Yemi Talabi)
- Cian Smith – Minor Boys Discus
- Yemi Talabi – Inter girls 100m
- Ruth Campbell – U16 Girls Discus
- U16 Girls Relay 4 x 300m (Juliette Borton, Grace Adams, Erin King, Zoe West)
- Senior Girls Relay 4 x 100m (Ella Murtagh, Florence Sheridan, Poppy Conolly-Carew, Ellie Gavigan)
- Minor Boys – 4 x 100m relay (Rex Dunlop Sheun Bamidele ,Henry Seebach ,Max O’Dowd)
- Junior Boys - 4 x 100m relay (Ewan Mahood ,Rory Ardiff , Christian Fashole, Farrell Ebisin)
- Ross Thornton – Junior Boys Shot
- James Caullier – Inter Boys Jong Jump
- Mannie Akpan – Minor Boys Discus
- Christian Fashoe – Junior Boys 100m
- Cathel Mullen – Senior Boys Shot
- Isabella Dunlop – Inter Girls 80m Hurdles, Inter girls triple jump
- Allanah Forte – Senior Girls Javelin
- Tanesha Yimga – Inter girls Shot Put
- Anotnia Shodiya – Junior Girls 100m
- Florence Sheridan – Senior Girls 100m Hurdles
- Kenneth Cooper – Inter Boys 110 m Hurdles
- Imran Jiwo – Senior Boys Long Jump
- Cian Smith – Minor boys dicus
- Rex Dunlop – Minor Boys 75m hurdles
- Christian Fashole – Junior boys 200m
- Yemi Talabi - Intermediate Girls Long Jump
- Antoinette Shodiya, Antonia Shodiya, Grace Adams and Erin King – Junior Girls 4 x 100m relay
- Yemi Talabi -Intermediate Girls 100m,
- Yemi Talabi - Gold Intermediate Girls Long Jump with a national record of 6.02 metres.
This is an amazing result so well done Yemi, and well done to her coaches Ciaran Donohue and Rolus Olusa
Unfortunately our tennis teams didn't have the greatest season in terms of results on the court, with none of the teams qualifying for semi finals or finals in both the girls and the boys. This didn't dampen enthusiasm for the game however, with numbers always high at trainings. It was great to have the expertise of Mick Donaghy and Lyall Cohen and his team on hand throughout the term as coaches as well to grow our students understanding of the game.
As usual, the soccer teams performed well under the expert tutelage of Mr Tucker, Mr O'Donoghue, Mr Malone and Mr Cunnigham. The boys teams had wins against Dundalk Grammar, Wilsons Hospital, Drogheda Grammar and Clongowes. The girls team went 1-1, beating Dundalk but going down to Wilsons Hospital.
We had a very successful rowing season, outlined by the success listed below, as well as the fact we had 29 1st & 2nd years down at Municipal Rowing Club in May to give rowing a try for the forst time, so the future looks bright for our rowing programme.
- Sophie Thompson, 2nd place Womens club 1 single skulls
- Aoife Kiernan and louise Watson, 2nd place Womens club 1 Double skulls
- Niall Henry and Lachlan Hill, winners Men’s club 2 double skulls
- Sophie and Cameron, winners Women’s club 1 double skulls
- Neptune Regatta
- Cameron Crooks, Aoife Kierna, Sophie Thompson and Louise Watson, 2nd place Womens club 2 quad
- National Schools Regatta
- Cameron Crooks, Aoife Kiernan, Sophie Thompson and Louise Watson, 2nd place in the U23 Womens quad
- Niall Henry, Kellet Gilchrist, Jack Butler, Thomas Gillick, 2nd place in the U23 mens quad
Inter class cup
The first ever inter class cup was held this year, fantastically organised by Mr Jarvis. This event saw our 1st year tutor classes compete in five different events; Tag Rugby, Indoor Hockey, Swimming, 5000m race and athletics. They received points for [participation and for results in each of the events. The students really got behind the idea of the cup, and this made for a very exciting competition as it came down to the very last event in the athletics to decide the winning class. The class of 1Q was the winning class for 2017-18. Mr Jarvis will continue to organise this next year, and we will grow this to include 1st and 2nd years.