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Winter Sports Round-up

Fri 20th Dec 2019

Athletics

Glory Uzomefuna, Hannah Moriarty and Yemi Talabi took part in the All-Ireland combined event in Athlone in November from where Yemi qualified to represent Ireland at the International combined events in Glasgow on November 29th.

Badminton

Badminton has been very popular this year with over 40 students taking part each week for fitness and competitively. We have teams at u16 boys, u19 boys and u19 girls levels entered into the Dublin School's League. To date, our U19 boys team have made it to the semi-final of their competition and both of our U19 girls teams are through to the quarter-finals of their competitions. 

Basketball

Our boys have had more success this term and while our u19s had a tough time in the league they improved through the knockout rounds, defeating Tallaght CS and Kishoge CS to reach the final in the Oblates arena. Our supporters, helped by the TY Samba drumming group, created a great atmosphere and our team showed great fighting spirit. Ultimately we were beaten by a strong Ardgillan team by a narrow point margin into second place. Our U16 boys showed great promise and developed well over the season.  They were narrowly defeated in the semi-final by Tallaght CS.

Our U16 girls had a mixed season with victories over Old Bawn and Holy Family Rathcoole the notable high points. Our U19 girls season was most memorable for wins over Mark's and Firhouse.

Cricket

TY students, Cal Barron and David Saint. completed a Welcome to Coaching course with Cricket Leinster last week. Indoor winter nets training will begin in the New Year.

Hockey

The hockey season is well underway now with most of our teams well in to their league campaigns. The senior boys are enjoying a particularly strong season with an excellent showing at the All Ireland competition, which was co-hosted here in KH. The boys became the first KH team to qualify for the semi-finals in 25 years.

At senior girls’ level, we have the largest number of players in recent years, and have fielded a ‘D’ team for the first time in many years. The senior A team are challenging in the Leinster premier league with a great 7-0 win against St Andrews to their name. The senior B team top their league and are primed to challenge for the knockout stages.

We have been regularly fielding a junior B boys team again this term; indicative of the growing numbers in the sport at all levels and our increased competitiveness. The rest of the season promises to be exciting

We were delighted for the sport that the Irish women’s hockey team qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. We are even more proud of our Head of Hockey, Mick McKinnon, who has contributed to the team’s success as assistant coach, pictured below with past pupil Head Coach Nigel Henderson and keen hockey fan Leo Varadkar.

Rowing

Following a few weeks of training on the rowing ergometers in KH, working on technique and building a base level of fitness, our rowers now train on the river weekly. Numbers are continuing to grow and our students are making great progress. There is plenty of potential in the group and we hope to see them in competition in the near future.

Rugby

The rugby season for all teams is well underway. Our 2nd year boys have started the season well and have been very competitive in their fixtures. Our Junior boys were drawn in a very tough group for the league. They have been drawn against Wilson’s Hospital in the first round of the Fr Godfrey Cup, which will take place on January 15th in MU Barnhall RFC.

Our senior boys trained for a week in France before hitting the ground running in September. Following some tough fixtures in the league we have been drawn against PSS Newbridge in the first round of the Vinnie Murray Cup which will take place on January 8th in Templeville Road.

Our girls’ team continues to train regularly with fixtures scheduled for the New Year. Grace Adams, Kate Edgehill and Grace Gavigan have been selected for the Leinster u18 Girls Dublin Development squad.

Coach Development Day

The next coach development session will take place on Thursday, January 9th so there will be no sports training that afternoon.

Derek Maybury - Director of Sport sports@thekingshospital.ie