Another Ulster Final for Our Lady’s
The U-13 Boys GAA team qualified for the Irish News final in fine style with an impressive 7-12 to 4-09 win over St. Louis Kilkeel in Newry last Thursday. A strong second half performance which included two fine goals from James McVicar and Connor Eccles proved to be the difference between the sides. Best on the day were Connor Eccles, Séan Hamill, Eoin Gorman and Shay Duffy. The win now sets up a final meeting with either St. Ronan’s Lurgan or Donnaghmore who play in the other semi final. The Boys have won all five matches so far this year and we wish them all the best for the final.
Our Ladys Castleblayney (Back row left to right), Eoin Gorman, Dylan Kerr, Daniel Montgomery, James McVicar, Ryan McKiernan, Oisin Brannigan, Jack Dunlop, Séan Hamill, Connor Eccles, Barry John Grimley, Dylan Duffy, Ciaran Coogan, Gavin McSkeane, Connor Brennan (Front row left to right) Conor McCooey, Barry Duffy, Senan O’Brien, Kevin McCahey, Adam Myles, Shay Duffy, Martin Sheridan, Jack Flynn, Odhran McArdle, Cillian Hanratty, Dylan McMahon, Cian Watters, Fionnan Kelly
Victory for Senior Boys at DCU Senior blitz
A number of fourth and fifth years travelled to DCU on Wednesday April 20th for a 7 aside blitz with 24 teams, they boys played 7 games , 12 minutes per half. They won all their games and received medals and a shield. Frank Connolly earned player of the tournament.
• Senior Boys GAA have qualified for the Mac Larnon Quarter Final
• U/13 Boys GAA
Well done to our U-13 Boys GAA who beat st ciarans ballyg 4-11 to 2-5.
They have started a flexibility & conditioning programme under the direction of Monaghan GAA Games & Development Team
• U/14 Boys GAA qualified for the Ulster Quarter Final and were narrowly beaten
• U/16 Boys GAA narrowly beaten in the Ulster Quarter Final
• Representatives from the school attended the U/16 Queens Future Star trials and the Ulster Colleges All Star trials
First Year Lunchtime League
Under 13 Blitz
MacLarnon Cup Final victory for Our Lady’s
Pictured at The Glencarn Hotel Castleblayney are members of the triumphant
MacLarnon Cup Squad from Our Lady’s Secondary School together with their
Principal and Coach, Mr Eddie Kelly and other members of the management
team, Mr Paul Lonergan, Mr Tony Graham & Mr Darren Bishop. Assistant
Manageress of The Glencarn, Mrs Kathleen Lavelle is also pictured with the
Huge congratulations to the management and squad of the Senior Boys GAA team in Our Lady’s Secondary School who were crowned Ulster Champions on St Patrick’s Day when they claimed the MacLarnon Cup having beaten near neighbours, Patrician High School Carrickmacross on a scoreline of 4:08 to 0:08 in the Athletic Grounds Armagh.
History is repeating itself in that Our Lady’s last claimed this title in
2005 under the management of Eddie Kelly, Paul Lonergan & Tony Graham and the current squad are managed by the same team with the added benefit of the youth of Darren Bishop, PE teacher in Our Lady’s, who played on that winning team in 2005.
Principal of Our Lady’s, Mr Eddie Kelly and coach of the 2005and the current
teams is eager to highlight the strengths and commitment of this group of
players, “I had 27 players who turned up for training on St Stephen’s Day,
this group of lads have formed a great bond and are giving 110% to training
and playing. We now face An All Ireland Quarter Final on Saturday when we
meet the Markey Cup winners to see who will represent Ulster in the All
Ireland ‘B’ series. So come out and show your support for this remarkable
group of young lads”.
Joint captains Barry McGinn and Barry Kerr with the MacLarnonCup, below the Mascot and friends getting ready for the final.
Two Prestigious Ulster Colleges All Star Awards for Our Lady’s Castleblayney.
Gaelic Games in Our Lady’s Secondary School Castleblayney received a great boost last week when it was announced that Barry Kerr and Barry Mc Ginn were selected on the Ulster Colleges All-Star team of 2014/2015, the ultimate individual award in Ulster Colleges football. This is the first time since Stephen Mc Ginnity and Michael Deery were selected on the Ulster Colleges All Star team of 1988 that the Our Lady’s has had two representatives on the All Star team. Both players attended an initial trial in Cookstown on Tuesday December 2nd and were selected to compete in a final trial game last Wednesday December 10th in Belfast. Throughout both games both players displayed their excellent footballing skill and ability as well as a keen work ethic that brought them to the attention of the selectors present. On Friday morning there was great excitement in the school when it was announced that Barry Kerr had been selected at left half back and Barry Mc Ginn at centre half forward on the Ulster Colleges All Star team of 2014.
Barry Mc Ginn is the son of Gerry and Veronica Mc Ginn from Doohamlet and he plays his club football with the Doohamlet Club. Barry has been a member of the County Minor Panel this past three years, he won an Ulster Minor Championship with Monaghan in 2013 and captained County Minor team last year. Barry Kerr is the son of Ciaran and Ann Kerr from Annyalla in Cremartin and he plays his club football with Cremartin. Barry is a current member of the County Minor Panel and played centre half back on the County Minor team last year. This is the second successive year that Barry has received this award as last year he was selected at right corner back on the Ulster Colleges All Star team of 2013. This has ensured that Barry is the first player in the history of the school who has received two Ulster Colleges All Star Awards.
This is Our Lady’s seventh Ulster Colleges All-Star and indeed their fifth award from 2006. Speaking at the school during the week Principal Mr. Kelly who also coaches the Senior Boys football team along with Mr. Bishop and Mr. Lonergan congratulated both boys on their outstanding achievement. ‘ for a school to have one Ulster Colleges All Star in any year is a fantastic achievement but to achieve two in one year is a huge honour and one of which we in Our Lady’s are justifiably and extremely proud. Both boys have been and continue to be excellent ambassadors for Gaelic games in the school and are great role models for the younger players in the school. I am delighted that the skill and commitment that we see on a daily basis has been recognised at provincial level and I have no doubt that with continued hard work and application that they both have great futures ahead of them in Gaelic Games. The high levels of success we have enjoyed in GAA in recent years is a testimony to the great work done by all teachers involved in coaching & promoting GAA’
Pictured at Our Lady’s Secondary School in recent times is Gary Longwell of
the Sports Institute, Northern Ireland and Ryan Mellon of Ulster Council GAA
on the occasion of their meeting with students, Frank Connolly & Micheál
Bannigan who have been selected for inclusion in the Ulster Player
Performance & Welfare Programme. Also pictured is Mr Eddie Kelly, Principal
of Our Lady’s and coach of the Senior Boys team in the school. Mr Kelly has
expressed his delight at the boys’ inclusion in this elite programme and
also with the fact that Our Lady’s have two of the three Monaghan
participants in the programme.
SENIOR BOYS BLITZ
The Senior boys team won the county 7 -aside blitz in Cloughan on Monday September 22nd.
Our Lady’s Secondary School U13 Boys GAA team are through to the Ulster Colleges Irish News Final.
what has already been an eventful and extremely fruitful year in GAA in Our Ladys continues with our U13 Boys reaching their first Ulster Final. They have progressed extremely well since the start of the year under the guidance of Mr Bishop and Mr Mooney. They topped their group with convincing wins against Ballyshannon and St Michaels Lurgan. In those games the team proved themselves as being capable of playing a high standard of football. Key performers in the group stages where Adam Blanche at full back who was aided by Conor Rice. At centre half back Darren Mc Mahon pushed the team forward with the help of Conor Corrigan at midfield. Conor is also the captain of the team. In the forwards two key marks men are Josh Mone and Joseph Hughes. Both have contributed largely to the scores in the group stages.
In the quarter final the lads had their first real test against Rathmore where they went 11 pints down mid way through the game. However the team dug deep and showed great resolve to grind out the victory winning by 4 points. Max Rogers at mid field,Jason Diffy and Josh Mone drove the team on late in the second half to secure a semi final spot.
In the semi final the boys played Del a Salle Belfast who proved to be a tough opposition. Once again facing an uphill challenge our young men clawed back a 4 point deficit to run out ten point winners. Goals on the day proved vital and Josh Mone created and supplied the majority of scores. At midfield Conor Corrigan and Max Rogers gave great support to their defence and attack and they were helped by Colm Bishop and Geroid Coyle throughout the game.
This win has set up the Ulster Final against Loreto Colraine which takes place this Thursday in Cookstown at 12:30.
Under 15 Boys in Treanor Cup Quarter Final
The under 15 team secured joint top spot in their group and progressed to the quarter final of the Treanor Cup on March 31st. They played against a strong Ballymena side in very testing conditions and unfortunately bowed out of the competition. Great progress made this year by the team.
Under 16 Boys
Our Lady’s U16, 7’s team who competed in the DkITCarthycup on April 22nd
The Under 16 boys beat Letterkenny on Mon Oct 20th 3:18 to 4:8 and are now through to the Ulster Semi-Final.
FIRST YEAR’S LUNCHTIME LEAGUE 2014
The first year boys had a great opportunity to show off their skills and get to know each other as they took part in the first year lunchtime league. 44 first year boys competed in last week’s lunch time league, the teams which
competed were captained by Kevin Tibby, Joshua Mone, Andrew Connolly and
Joseph Hughes. Eventual winners were the Armagh team captained by Joshua
Mone. The second yr leagues commence this week and will be followed by the Lunchtime league for first and second year girls.
Our Lady’s clinch O’Doherty Cup
DANSKE BANK ULSTER COLLEGES O’DOHERTY CUP FINAL.
Our Lady’s Secondary School 1-10
St Louis Kilkeel 1-4.
Despite being forced to play the final 20 minutes with 14 players, following the 2nd yellow card dismissal of Aaron Kelly, and losing their centre half forward Barry McGinn on a black card around the same time Our Lady’s Secondary School Castleblayney held out for victory to clinch their second O’Doherty Cup title at the expense of a gallant St Louis Kilkeel in this hugely entertaining contest that built to an exciting finish in Inniskeen, on Thursday evening.
Castleblaney laid the foundations for victory with a dominant first half where Barry McGinn along with the midfield pairing of John Beattie and Conor Marray dictated matters and they were well worth their nine points lead at half-time. Early scores from Barry Mc Ginn and a Michael Bannigan goal in the seventh minute got the Castleblayney school off to a lightning start to lead by 5 points before St Louis opened their account through Calum MacDonald from a free in the 15th minute for what was their only score of the first half. Further scores in the first half from Our Lady’s came from Ryan Murphy, John Beattie, Kevin Mc Vicar and Jamie Walshe as the Castleblayney school defended in groups before counter attacking at blistering pace.
St Louis came out with renewed purpose for the second-half, McDonald opening the scoring with a point from a free in the first minute. However Barry McGinn converted a free for the Castleblaney School in the fourth minute but they then suffered a double blow inside two minutes when they lost the influential Aaron Kelly to a second yellow card in the 8th minute and Barry McGinn on a black card two minutes later. They rallied though for two excellent points from centre back Barry Kerr but St Louis then grabbed a late life line with a goal from substitute Christopher McVeigh with his first touch 10 minutes from the end of normal time and from there they piled on the pressure but could only manage two further points, both from frees by Calum MacDonald, as Castleblayney held out for what was overall deserved victory. St Louis’ Piaris Kane picked up a Black Card in stoppage time.
Teams and Scorers: Our Lady’s Sec School: Barry McEnaney, Eoin McKearney, Mark Kelly, Daragh McKenna, Kevin McVicar 0-1, Barry Kerr 0-2, Daniel Friskey, John Beattie, Conor Marray, Ryan Murphy 0-1, Barry McGinn 0-3 (3f), Jamie Walshe 0-1, Michael Bannigan 1-1, Ryan McVicar, Aaron Kelly 0-1. Subs: Frank Connolly for B McGinn (BC), Ronan McNamara for R McVicar, Aaron McElroy for R Murphy.
St Louis Kilkeel: Caolan Magee, James Rice, Shane Sloan, Cormac O’Hagan, Patrick Kelly, Gareth McDowell, Darragh Campbell, Sean Gallagher, Kory Colgan, Callum McDonald 0-4 (4f), Daithi Young, Aaron D’Arcy, Owen Collins, Piaris Kane, Michael O’Rourke. Subs: Cathal Keaveney for K Colgan, Aiden Sloan for P Kelly, Darren Fitzpatrick for D Campbell, Christopher McVeigh 1-0 for M O’Rourke, Ben Rafferty for S Sloan, Shaun Doran-Harper for P Kane (BC). Referee: Eddie Fitzsimons (Antrim).
ULSTER TITLE FOR UNDER 14 BOYS
Congratulations to the under 14 boys football team on winning the Ulster final and receiving the GerryBrowne cup.They played the game against Donaghmore, Tyrone on Wednesday Dec 9th and came away with a great victory, winning by an impressive ten points.
Under 16 Boys:
Herald Cup The boys have had a few challenge matches already this term which has provided them with good experience. They won their match against Strabane on Thurs Oct 3rd with a very convincing scoreline of 5:13 to 2:12 and they beat Keady by 13 points in their next game. This led them to the Quarter final play off for the Herald Cup but unfortunately they did not make it through this year.
Ulster Colleges All-Star for Our Lady’s
Congratulations to Barry Kerr on being awarded an Ulster Colleges All Star Award.