We extend a very warm welcome back to all staff and students at Roscommon Community College after the Halloween Break. We have returned to a very busy schedule of In-House Examinations. We would like to wish all of our students great success, may they reap the rewards of the hard work and study applied. These examinations will particularly benefit our 3rd and 6th Year students as they are good preparation for mock examinations later in the academic year.
A Successful Day Out!
Our Cadet and Senior Volleyballers had their first competitive outing of 2018 before the midterm. They travelled to the Convent of Mercy Roscommon where the Cadets met the Convent’s two teams and our Seniors met the Convent and Claremorris. With three teams in both competitions, and the top two teams going through, we were hopeful that we would make it out of both our groups and look forward to another day out.
Our Cadets were all set for another year, after losing to the Convent in the All-Ireland Final last year, they were there to prove that they would be strong competition again this year and that they are hoping to go one step further than last year.
Up first, they faced the Convent Red Team. The girls showed from the outset that they were determined to set their mark and that they did. The girls displayed their excellent team work and communication skills as they set one another up for shots and encouraged each other throughout the games. In the end, they won both games comfortably on a score line of 25-13, 25-14.
As the top two teams would be going through, this meant that our ladies would have another day out regardless of the result in their final game. Even with knowing this, it did not distract our girls, they had a job to do and wanted to finish as they had started. When they played the Convent Blue Team, they played with the same determination, skill and grit as they had against the first Convent team and thankfully they also came out victorious, 25-14, 25-17. The girls showed how much they have improved and also showed how focused they are for the year ahead. For our girls there is just one thing on their mind – The All-Ireland Final – and while it will take a lot of commitment and hard work to get there, there is no doubt that they have the ability to go all the way.
On the same day, our Senior Ladies were also competing. This was their second outing of the year as they had previously played in the participation round last month. After winning all games during the participation round, the girls had high hopes to keep their winning streak going. The girls played Claremorris first, a school renowned for their volleyball success. The girls knew it would be a tough battle but that did not deter them. Continuing on from their great performance during their first excursion this year, the girls executed each shot perfectly and ensured only the best option was taken. This led to great success as they bet Claremorris 25-13, 25-17.
The girls then found themselves in the same position as the Cadet Ladies, they knew they were through to the next round but could they retain their 100% record of this season? The girls kept calm and composed and skilfully bet the Convent 25-15, 25-14, which meant they also topped their group on the day.
The very best of luck to both teams who will be out again in the next round over the coming weeks.
Connacht GAA Junior Boys Hurling ‘C’ Championship
RCC 2-07 CBS 4-09
On a difficult day for hurling with a gale blowing right across the pitch in Lisnamult, our Junior Hurlers took on Roscommon CBS. This game proved to be a very entertaining and competitive clash. In truth it was a very good advertisement for Roscommon hurling. Both teams struggled to get a foothold in the game early on as both teams battled for supremacy.
The CBS got the first goal of the game and dominated large parts of the first half going in at half time four points up. Most of our scoring came from Adam Donnelly and Kyle Kelly. Our management team were far from worried as many of our players were putting in excellent performances. The second half saw RCC dominate with Liam Egan and Donnelly again scoring goals.
With five to go RCC were just one point down but the CBS rear guard held firm and they finished the stronger team. Paddy Fallon in goals had an excellent game as did the full back line of Aaron O’Flaherty and Leo Gately. Mikey Lohan marshalled the half backline very well. Darragh Finneran at midfield, Liam Egan and Paddy Naughton up front hurling particularly well.
We wish Darragh O’Sullivan a speedy recovery from injury.
TY Fieldtrip-Suck Valley Way Walk
On a beautiful Friday morning last week our TY Geographers set out to travel part of the beautiful Suck Valley Walk as part of our studies on Roscommon’s drainage system. We began our walk in Athleague and followed the course of the River Suck all the way to Castlecoote. The entire walk was about 8km and an exhausted group was delighted to get refreshments afterwards. All in all an excellent experience was had by all and we feel it will give us greater insight into the workings of Roscommon’s local rivers.
Roscommon Comhairle na nÓg AGM
On the 18th of October ten students from second and transition year attended the Roscommon Comhairle na nÓg AGM in The Hub in Castlerea. They were joined by students from other schools around the county. Four students who are currently on the Roscommon Comhairle also attended the AGM. They were, Liam Pearce, Remy Ryan, Roscommon Joint Policing Committee Representative, Ryan Davies, Vice Chairman, and Michael Lough, National Executive Delegate. Sinead Dillon, Youth Leader.
The event ran from 10am until 2:30pm. Ryan was the MC for the event. Cathaoirleach Ivan Connaughton, Remy, Michael and Chairperson, Katie Blain gave speeches at the start. When students arrived, they were asked to write down the three biggest issues they thought young people faced in the county.
The five biggest issues outlined were crime, alcohol, drugs, bullying and travel. Students then took part in a World Café exercise where they were split into groups and went to five different tables where at each table they commented on the problems and solutions of these issues. Edwina Farrell from Youth Work Midlands gave a talk about Internet Safety. After lunch students voted on which of the five issues they wanted the Roscommon Comhairle to work on over the next year and each school voted for the students they wanted to join from their school.
Congratulations to Jared Comer, transition year and Molly Beckett, second year, for being elected onto Comhairle na nÓg. Many thanks to Comhairle na nÓg for organising the event.
U14 Girls Gaelic
On October 26th the Roscommon Community College girls played neighbours Coláiste Mhuire, Ballygar. Nerves showed in RCC’s beginning and Colaiste Mhuire got off to the better start and settled into the game well. It was evident that RCC’s U14 team, composed of mostly first years, struggled with the physique and strength of the Ballygar side from the offset. However, this did not deter their determination and fight for every ball. Katelyn Lynch made some great saves in goals under immense pressure. All of the backs defended well throughout in particular Eimear O’ Connor, Sienna Snow and Mia Kilcline.
The second half showed a great improvement in play from the RCC side with a noticeable increase in work rate. More efficient passing and tighter marking led to some impressive well-earned scores from Grace Dwyer, Heather O’ Sullivan, Sienna Snow and Chloe McNamara. However, Ballygar proving that bit too strong built on their lead and ran out eventual winners of the match. The girls showed great character, never gave up and learnt a lot from the game gaining invaluable experience which will certainly stand to them in the future.
Best of luck in the next match girls!