Ulster Ladies Colleges All Star Success for Our Lady’s Secondary School as they celebrate their twenty first All Star in eight years
Pictured in Our Lady’s Secondary School are Aisling Callan & Niamh Kerr who have been selected from 110 girls to be part of the Ulster Ladies GAA U-20 panel. Also pictured are team mentors, Tony Graham & Ms Roisín O’Keefe & Our Lady’s Principal, Mr Eddie Kelly
Congratulations to two members of Our Lady’s Secondary School Senior Girls GAA Panel, Aisling Callan & Niamh Kerr who were selected for the Ulster Ladies GAA U/20 panel that was announced recently.
Aisling Callan from the Donaghmoyne club and Niamh Kerr from the O’ Neill’s Shamrock club were selected by the school to attend an initial trial at Garvaghy Centre of Excellence Tyrone where 110 girls from across Ulster attended. The two girls impressed the selectors present to be invited back to a second trial that was attended by 60 players from across the province. Our Lady’s are delighted that the two girls have been selected as representatives on this year’s team.
Both girls will train with the Ulster Panel in the coming months with the aim of being selected on the 25 player panel to attend the Interprovincial Competition in Kinnegan in January. Both Aisling and Niamh were members of the successful U/16 and Senior Ulster winning teams in the school last year. They are key members of the current panel at the school who have made a promising start to their Ulster ‘A’ campaign.
Under 14 Girls win Ulster Final
Our Lady’s Secondary School Castleblayney secured a third Ulster title last Monday, 23rd May when they defeated Sacred Heart, Newry in the Girls U14 ‘B’ GAA Ulster Final in Crossmaglen. Under the management of Tony Graham and Ms Ferrick, the girls displayed a winning performance showcasing their immense talent with a comprehensive win on a scoreline of 6-09 to 1-09. Joint captains Erin Hamill and Jayne Drury accepted the shield after the match.
This win for the U14 team will be written into the annals of Our Lady’s as it places the school in the enviable position of being the only school to have won the Senior Girls, U16 girls and U14 girls in one season, a spectacular achievement. The school will now be playing GAA in division’ A’ next year in each age category competing against Ulster’s best teams. The future of girls’ football in Our Lady’s is on a very strong footing and in safe hands.
Our Lady’s Girls in 3rd Ulster Final this year!
Our Lady’s Secondary School Castleblayney has qualified for the Ulster U14 Girls Football Final this week. The team overcame Pius X of Magherafelt, Co. Derry with a comprehensive win in Garvaghy Co. Tyrone. The girls are the third team this year in Our Lady’s to reach an Ulster Final with the Senior Girls and U16’s already having brought Ulster Final wins home and reaching All-Ireland Semi Finals. The U14 girls are now preparing for the final next week under the management of Tony Graham and Ms. Ferrick. The girls will play Sacred Heart, Newry, in which they hope to bring back a third Ulster title to the school.
Pictured are the U14 Girls Football team in Our Lady’s who will contest an Ulster Final next week when they will meet Sacred Heart Newry. They are hoping to emulate the success of the Senior Girls and the U16’s, both teams who brought Ulster trophies to the school.
Congrats to our students on representing Ulster in the interpros
Congratulations to the Senior girls team and their mentors Tony Graham and Roisin O’ Keefe on their fantastic win today in the Ulster final in Garvaghy beating St Mary’s Magherafelt. Well done to Orlaith Maguire who was named player of the match.
Pictured is Pete McMahon, Supervalu, Castleblayney making a
presentation of Training tops to the Senior Girls Gaelic team ahead of their
Ulster Final clash last Thursday. The girls were crowned Ulster champions
after a very comprehensive win. See report in the sports section. Pictured
are team members, Eimear Finnegan, Orlaith Maguire, Aoife McBennett, with
mentors Tony Graham and Roisin O’Keefe and Principal of Our Lady’s, Mr Eddie
Kelly. The team and mentors would also like to acknowledge the support of Mr
Raymond Watters, Old Coach Inn.
Our Lady’s Qualify for the Ulster Final
Our Lady’s Castleblayney 2-10 Coláiste Oiriall 2.08
Our Lady’s Castleblayney qualified for their fourth Ulster Senior Final in
five years following a narrow two point victory over Coláiste Oiriall in
the Peace link Clones on the 12th December.
The all-Monaghan clash was eagerly anticipated and a large attendance
watched an enthralling contest which was keenly contested throughout. The
form guide suggested a close encounter with Coláiste Oiriall who
comprehensively defeated a highly fancied St Paul’s Bessbrook in the group
stages, adding to this they had won Ulster titles at Senior and U/16 C level
in 2015. Castleblayney for their part were backboned by four Ulster Colleges
All Stars and have become a major force at Ulster Colleges at both A & B
levels in recent years.
Three times Ulster All Star, Muireann Atkinson opened the Blayney girls
account with a well taken score in the opening minutes and her duel with O’
Neill Shamrocks club mate Hannah McSkeane was to prove the contest of the
game. Aoife McBennett increased Our Lady’s lead with a well taken goal,
however the hugely impressive Caoimhe Ward responded for the Monaghan girls with a well taken goal. Atkinson & McBennett added further scores from frees as aided by a strong breeze Our Lady’s stretched their lead with scores
from team captain Eimear Finnegan and full back Emma Kerr. Sorcha McCague increased Our Lady’s lead with a well taken goal but on the stroke of half time the Monaghan town girls replied with a goal by Emma Clerkin. Our Lady’s had an eight point cushion at the break but had to play the second half into a strong breeze.
Coláiste Oiriall dominated early proceedings of the second half with Emma
Clerkin, Morgan Mc Kenna and Caoimhe Ward all narrowing the deficit with
well taken scores from distance. With the lead now reduced to one point,
injured Ulster All Star Celine Nally entered the fray hitting Our Lady’s
only score of the second half. A combination of some wayward shooting and
some heroic last ditch defending by Orlaith Maguire, Emma Kerr and the ever- dependable Sorcha Mc Donald ensured that Our Lady’s defence was not breached in the closing stages. Our Lady’s ran out deserving two point winners to set up an Ulster final date with St Mary’s Magherafelt on the 14th January in Garvaghy. The Our Lady’s team and scorers were Sorcha Mc Donald (O’ Neill Shamrocks), Orlaith Maguire (Castleblayney), Emma Kerr 0.01(O’ Neill Shamrocks), Ashling Callan ( Donaghmoyne), Megan Byrne ( Doohamlet), Sarah Boyd (Latton), Eimear Conlon ( Aughnamullen), Andrea Duffy ( Aughnamullen), Eimear Finnegan 0.01 ( Donaghmoyne), Jennifer Duffy 0.01(O’ Neill Shamrocks), Niamh Kerr (O’ Neill Shamrocks), Saoirse Boyd (Latton), Aoife Mc Bennett 1.03 ( St. Bridget’s), Muireann Atkinson 0.03 (O’ Neill Shamrocks), Sorcha Mc Cague 1.00 (O’ Neill Shamrocks). Subs used Celine Nally 0.01 ( Scotstown)
OUR ULSTER COLLEGES ALL-STARS
FOR OUR LADY’S
Pictured in Our Lady’s Secondary School after the announcement of four
Ulster Colleges Ladies All Stars Awards are the worthy recipients Muireann
Atkinson, Eimear Finnegan, Celine Nally & Orlaith Maguire. Also included in
the photo are Our Lady’s Prinicpal, Mr Eddie Kelly, Ladies GAA mentors, Mr
Tony Graham & Ms Roisin O’Keefe. Another red letter day for Our Lady’s GAA
History was made on the double in Our Lady’s Secondary School on the 19th of
November when the school received four highly prestigious Ulster Ladies All
Stars, this being the largest number of All Stars ever received by any
school in the history of the All Star Awards.
The fact that one of the players, Muireann Atkinson received her third
consecutive Colleges All Star Award was also another first as no player has
ever been previously selected for three consecutive years.
Congratulations to Muireann Atkinson, Eimear Finnegan, Orlaith Maguire &
Celine Nally on this prestigious award, a fitting acknowledgement of their
sporting prowess and their excellent GAA skills.
The four girls were selected by the school to attend an initial trial in
Cookstown where 110 girls from around Ulster attended. All four girls
impressed the selectors present and were invited back to the second trial on
the 18th November that was attended by 60 players from across the province.
The school was delighted that all four girls were selected as
representatives on this year’s team.
Orlaith Maguire was selected at corner back; her selection was a fitting
tribute to her outstanding form in the opening games in the Ulster
competition. Orlaith is a member of the Castleblayney Faughs club and the
award is a great boost to Ladies GAA in the town.
Muireann Atkinson was selected at midfield and in so doing has become the
most decorated player in the history of the scheme collecting her third
consecutive All Star Award – a feat never achieved before. Muireann is a
member of the O’ Neill Shamrocks club and has just completed her third year
on the Monaghan Senior panel.
The captain of Senior Ladies GAA team Eimear Finnegan from the Donaghmoyne
club was the third recipient from the school. Eimear has been centre back on
the school senior team for this past three years and has recently won Senior
and Intermediate Championships with the Donaghmoyne club.
The fourth award winner was 5th year student Celine Nally from the Scotstown
GAA club. Celine is an extremely talented all round sports person who has
excelled in a number of sporting codes at the school this year.
The girls will receive their All Star Awards at a presentation at Kelly Inn
on the 15th January and they will also represent Ulster in the
interprovincial series at the end of that month. The four awards this year
bring in total 10 Ulster Ladies All Stars to the school in four years; this
is a huge testament to all the fantastic work done in coaching and promoting
GAA at all levels in the school. The Awards are a timely boost to the Senior
Girls GAA team in the school ahead of their Ulster Semi-final match with
Colaiste Oiriall Monaghan.
U16 Girls football team
U16 girls football team advance to the Ulster Semi Final after a convincing win in Garvaghey on Thursday Dec 17th.