u16 Gaelic Football Team
All of our extra-curricular sporting teams got off to a great start this term. Whether it be football, Gaelic, basketball, rugby, badminton etc. , it is fantastic to see them all out training and putting in the work after school. There is great camaraderie amongst the teams and banter with the coaches, i.e. the teachers who give so much of their personal time to give the lads these opportunities and build relationships across class groups and years.
Here follows a match report from the u16 Gaelic game against Clonturk Community College on Tuesday 21st November.
DUBLIN COLLEGES GAA
Clonturk Community College 3-12 - Chanel College 8-14
The result sounds comprehensive but this was a very competitive and enjoyable football match played in perfect conditions in Parnell’s complex. Tiarnan Brown grabbed the game by the scruff after 15 seconds when he accelerated through the Clonturk defence for the opening point. The clinical Sean Mulligan (0-2) and Liam Henshaw added points either side of the opening Brown goal.
Although Clonturk stayed in touch, all of the Chanel forwards had scored by half time with Reddy, Donnery, Brennan and Madigan all scoring.
Madigan would finish the game with 3 goals and Brennan kicked four fine points at crucial times in the game. At times Chanel were guilty of overplaying but some of the passing was sublime. Moloney and Brown dominated midfield and used the large pitch to great effect. CJ Madigan impressed with his pace and tigerish, combative style.
The defence was kept busy at all times by a strong-running Clonturk attack. Killian Shannon was outstanding at full back in front of a very impressive Cori Lennon Olufemi. Cori made several point blank range saves to keep us ahead. His distribution was efficient and effective. Parnell’s Clayton Flood and Jamie Donnery were the pick of the backs although Maher, McHale and Logan O’ Connor had good moments too. Flood was very aggressive in a good way. Mike McDonald also was tigerish and feisty out of possession. Brown finished with 1-3 but covered vast tracts of the pitch.
There are areas to tighten up- Clonturk were allowed to run hard at the heart of the defence a little too much. But Coach O Keeffe was very impressed with the work ethic, the controlled aggression, the maturity and the scores.
Well done to all for representing the school with class and excellent behaviour. Thanks to all the panel for helping out with cones, jerseys and water.
Hector McThug, Irish Times