Basketball Success!

Basketball Success!

It was another busy year for St. Paul’s basketball teams. Our boys and girls competed in the Meath Primary Basketball League where both teams made it to the finals in Trim. The girls were first to play and were met with a very tough side. Although they were trailing in the first half of the game they fought back to win and they brought the trophy back home. The boys’ team had enjoyed a hugely impressive season in which they remained unbeaten coming into the final match. They faced a very strong St. Paul’s N.S., Navan team and despite their hard work and effort the boys were narrowly defeated. St. Paul’s are very proud of both teams and want to wish the sixth players the best of luck for the future! Thank you to the basketball coaches Ms Mullen, Ms McGowan and Ms O’Donovan for all their hard work in training the teams both during lunchtimes and after school.

 

FAI Soccer Tournament Report

FAI Soccer Tournament Report

On the 29th March 16 girls went out to represent St. Paul’s in the MDL in Navan. The first match for the second team against was extremely competitive with a 1 all draw which was scored by Ciara Coroner. The second team unfortunately had a match straight after their first one and were playing against White Cross this match was one of the most competitive for the second team, at the last few minutes St. Paul’s scored an amazing 3 goals but unfortunately it wasn’t enough and St. Paul’s lost by won goal with the score being 3-4 to White Cross. St. Paul’s third and last match was once again extremely competitive. This match was against Dunboyne. The girls played amazingly and with luck not on their side they lost 4-5. All the girls on the second and first team played amazing and even better the first team got through to the play offs!! We all wish them the best of luck and let’s hope they do amazing.

By Cara O’Sullivan

FAI Soccer Tournament Report

FAI Soccer Tournament Report

On Friday the 29th of March, the girls’ soccer teams headed to the MDL in Navan to compete against other schools. In the first match, the girls 1st team won and one of the main mids, Grace Kelly, had to leave after that match to go to the dentist. After their first match of glory, they moved onto their next match which they lost by 2 goals. After that match they went and played their third match, this winning by ten goals. After, almost like a miracle, Grace Kelly returned from actually missing her dentist appointment! Now with more hope, the girls went on and won their next match, making them through to the play off. For the play off, the girls were playing Ratoath Senior National and many girls on our team knew the girls on the other team. For the first part of the game, Ratoath were in the lead by one goal, but towards the end Molly Kearns, stormed up the pitch and took her shot, scoring a goal, making the end score, one all. The girls were made do penalties, with Molly Kearns in goal, she saved all the penalties from the other team and Molly scored a penalty as well as Grace Kelly! The girls had made history for this was the first time St. Paul’s girls’ soccer team had made it through to the finals!    

By Elsa Johnson

 

Leinster Olympic Handball Finals

Leinster Olympic Handball Finals

The U-13 Boys’ Handball team did themselves proud in the recent Leinster Finals, coming third overall. In the semi-final they faced tough opposition in Rush N.S. After a thrilling battle with some excellent displays St. Paul’s lost out by the narrowest of margins with the game finishing 1-0. Rush went on to win the final. 

The boys met St. Olaf’s in the third place play-off and they performed exceptionally well. They played with confidence and flare and they won the game comfortably on a scoreline of 6-0. They can be extremely proud of their achievements this year and they are a credit to themselves and the school.  Thank you to the U13 Girls’ Team for giving up their lunchtimes to give the boys competitive games in the lead up to their Leinster finals and to their coach Mr Duffy for training the team all year.

Meath Olympic Handball Finals

Meath Olympic Handball Finals

It was another successful day for St. Paul’s Olympic Handball teams in Gormanstown with all four of our teams having reached the Meath Finals. Each team started with a semi-final game. First up, our U11 girls’ and our U11 boys’ took on Skryne N.S. both games were close encounters and St. Paul’s displayed some great skills but were unlucky to lose out to very strong Skryne teams. The U11 girls played Carnaross N.S. in the play-off game for 3rd place and played their hearts out. They beat Carnaross to secure their 3rd place medal. Our U11 boys faced St. Anne’s N.S. in their play-off game but were very unlucky to lose out to a very determined St. Anne’s team. The boys finished 4th place in Meath.

Our Senior Boys’ Team were up next to play Skryne N.S. in their semi-final. With a great display of teamwork and skills the boys secured their victory and a place in the Meath Finals. Here they played Yellow Furze N.S. The game was very fast paced and end to end scoring. The boys were beaten by narrowest of margins, a goal, to come 2nd in Meath and qualify for the Leinster Finals.

Our Senior Girls Team met Yellow Furze N.S. in their semi-final with the game staying level with one a piece for much of the game. The girls showed great skill and determination but were very unlucky to lose out in the dying minutes with a goal for Yellow Furze. The girls finished 3rd in Meath. We are very proud of all the children and the work they put in to reach the Meath Finals. Thank you to all their coaches for giving up their time to train the teams.

Aldi Rugby Tokens

Aldi Rugby Tokens

As official supermarket of the IRFU, Aldi’s giving primary schools the chance to win €50,000 to develop their playing facilities and help more kids live a healthy and active lifestyle. Two Primary Schools will win €50,000 each to develop their playing facilities. A primary school in each province will receive €2,500 worth of training equipment for their school, a training session with Paul O’Connell including a new set of school jerseys and Aldi branded water bottles. Every school who enters a fully completed poster will receive an Aldi Play Rugby kit bag, 4 rugby balls, a water bottle holder and 6 water bottles.

As many of you know we have been very busy here at St. Paul’s collecting rugby tokens each time we shopped in Aldi over the past few months. At Assembly for the past few weeks there has been great excitement as the unveiling of our progress of each poster. Each poster hold 300 stickers and we have been very fortunate to have filled eight posters with the help of all our wonderful families in St. Paul’s. Thank you for all your incredible support in this. Thank you to the Active Committee, in particular the 5th Class members who helped in sticking on the stickers for the posters. The closing date in April 11th so now all we have to do is await the news of the winners of these fantastic prizes.