Sports day took place on Friday 24th May and was a great way to round off the year for students and teachers alike. There was a lovely atmosphere around the school and across Parnell’s pitches and even the double booking of the astro athletics track didn’t dampen spirits. Ms O’Connor quickly improvised to set up a running track on the big pitch and we were ready to go in no time.
There was great participation from all years, particularly 5th years and competition was close amongst all the classes especially on the football pitch. 5.2 were deservedly crowned Chanel Sports Class of the Year 2019.
Class winners for each year were:
1st Year: 1.4
2nd Year: 2.2
3rd Year: 3.3
5th Year: 5.2
The Tug of War in the middle of the athletics track was as popular as ever, with lots of shouting, heaving and collapsing in exhaustion. The Egg and Spoon (or baby potato and spoon) proved very challenging and many of the races only saw 1 or 2 competitors with the skills to actually finish the race, from a starting line up of 10!
The day ended with the traditional football match between 6th years and teachers (helped by a few able bodied 5th years). Hats off to Ms Dunphy and Ms Harding who bravely represented the female teachers this year. It was a close encounter to say the least with great side-line support the length of the pitch. The 6th years thought they were away with it, scoring a very early goal. The celebrations could be heard in Ms Brazil’s office, but unfortunately it was disallowed. Eventually, they did make it count with a good strike from Lee Prior Nolan.
In fairness to the teachers, despite their “maturity”, they kept pace with the lads and most of the attacks came from them in the 2nd half. They came agonisingly close and finally thought they were going to equalise when the ball landed in front of the box, but despite the great heroics of Mr Fahy in front of goal, he couldn’t keep the ball down.
Ben McCormack (5th year) finally levelled it for the teachers before the whistle. A fair result for a match that was played in good spirit and with great sportsmanship from both sides. A fitting end to an enjoyable Sports Day 2019.
Thanks to Mr O’Keeffe and Mr Fahy for all the organisation and Mr Carroll for playing paparazzi and taking photographs.