Trophies and Triumphs for Divine word girls Camogie
As you all know Divine word school Camogie team made it to Croke park on Monday the 10th of June this year. We started the day with War paint and plaits courtesy of Mrs Hayes. Then we all headed to the buses with a guard of honour cheering us on. The atmosphere on the bus was ecstatic and was filled with chants and laughter but the nerves were running high. Entering the stadium was like living a childhood dream. We ‘climbed the steps of the Hogan stand’ and watched the boys finish at half time on a draw. But we had to leave to prepare for the biggest match of our lives so far. As we walked onto the pitch we saw the boys hoisting the trophy. The pressure was on, but our nerves were settled when our Captain won the coin toss. After much advice from our coaches we were ready, the match had begun………
Within a minute Naithí had scored a jammy dodger sandwich with peanut butter on top goal. Our hopes deflated rapidly but we picked ourselves up with a great goal from Maisy white and a point from Ciara kellegher. Sadly they got a point to make it level at the stroke of half time.
With an inspirational speech from our captain we went out with high hopes and we sure lived up to them with a further 2 points and 2 goals courtesy of Aoife Sneyd (1-o) Holly Mcanerny (1-0) and Ciara Kellegher (0-2). And after a long fought second half that glorious final whistle blew. The final score was 3-3 to 1-2, we had won. We jumped for joy with many tears shed. After the trophy and medal presentation many pictures were taken. We headed back on the bus and had a wonderful party at the Johns clubhouse. We would like to give many thanks to Mrs Hayes for doing our amazing hair and to Helen and Barbara for organising the party afterwards and most importantly our coaches Mr O’Connell and Mr Conlon for everything They have done for us this Camogie season. Written by Ciara Kellegher and Katie Byrne
On Monday the 10th of June our school team played the hurling final in Croke park. It was a very close match against worthy opponents. Our opponents were Chnoc Liamhna. On the morning of the match our class were split up. The morning felt very long and tense because we were all very apprehensive myself and Evan were in Ms O’Brien’s class and the only work we got done was our mental maths and we did Zumba with Ms Graham. We ate lunch and then we went to the hall and Mr Williams wished us good luck and then we went on the bus to Croke park. The atmosphere was electric on the bus Alavro was leading the chants. Most of the journey was swift except for one road which took about 20 minutes to get down because of the traffic. When we got to the stadium we sat down and started watching another match. One of their players was quite skilful and we were all begging to feel increasingly nervous for our oncoming match.
After a while we were called to our dressing room where everyone prepared for the match. We walked out of the dressing room and walked onto the pitch and started our warm-up on the pitch. However, a photographer came up and took our team photo. Then the match got underway the match was tight the whole way through. In the last minute one of their players made a clean catch, turned around and struck the ball sweetly and the suspense was unbearable but he hit the crossbar and we all let out a sigh of relief as Tadhg scored the winning point. As the final whistle blew our team all shouted wildly cause we had won the game by one point.
Many thanks to our astounding coaches Mr Reilly and Mr Timmons we couldn’t have done it without you.
Evan, Tom and Oisín.
We went to Marlay Park today and ran a mile. Congratulations to all. Medals all round.
A successful week for the girls Gaelic football team with 3/3 wins.
The first match took place in bushy park where the girls got their first win.
The Divine Word side were intimidated by their opponent’s side but it didn’t stop the forward line from pushing several points past them.
The second match was only 24 hours later on the same playing field but that didn’t stop them from bringing home yet another win.
The third and final match was in S.t Enda’s park where the girls fought hard for the last win of the week.
Among the heroes of the week were Katie, Ciara and Roslyn. Over the three days the score line totaled double figures. Divine word congratulates everyone involved, It only uphill from now on!
A special thanks to Roslyn in Mr Reilly’s class for speaking with us this week.
Written by Rowan Kelly.