A large cohort of our staff and students are involved in sports after school. Here we have just a taster of the teams and activities involved.
The Senior Girl’s Basketball team is through to the Midlands Regional Finals. The semi-finals took place this Tuesday and Thursday when Cadets took on Tullamore and the seniors played Monasterevin. Both teams were successful and we are delighted that they are now in the finals! Well done to all the squad and trainers. Their hard work and dedication is really paying off!
For the girls soccer team, our first years competed in a futsal blitz last week. They won 1 match and lost 2. Girls rugby will kick off after Christmas while the boys train every Monday with Mr Harrison and Mr Grace and have recently unveiled new Piper’s Hill rugby jerseys, kindly sponsored by EMS copiers. We look forward in the future to working closely with Naas RFC to develop links and teams and organise matches between local schools.
Our camogie team are competing in the South Kildare/Carlow Camogie League (1st -TY students). The girls won the Shield Final of this league last year and are hoping for more success this year. They played their first game last week against Cross & Passion Kilcullen beating them 10-4 to 1point. A fantastic victory and great excitement for the next few matches!
The boys Under 16 Basketball team won their game in Portlaoise this week in the South Leinster A's. We have previously beaten De La Salle of Waterford by 1 point in an exciting game and PBS Newbridge by 8 points. We hope to continue this winning streak in the upcoming final and the boys have been training hard in preparation for the next game.
Ms Cormican and Ms McNerney train the girls Gaelic football team. To date the Seniors have beaten Athy and are due to play Monasterevin in the next few weeks. Our junior team recently beat Athy in Naas and Castlecomer Community College, 5-12 to 4-9. Currently both of our teams are in the division E qualifiers. We hope to continue this winning streak and praise the hard work and dedication on the team and their trainers.
Students and staff are also involved in weekly golf lessons with PGA Pro Brian Sweeney, facilitated by Mr Brennan. There is a great buzz and atmosphere and hopefully in the new year there will be outings to local driving ranges and clubs to hone their skills.
Ms Cormican and Ms Edwards have also recently established badminton after school training and there have been a number of matches organised.
This is just a flavour of what’s on offer in Piper’s Hill College. We look forward to updating the blog with more successes and wins for our teams in the near future!
By Ellen Murray
The FAI cup final between Cork City FC and Dundalk FC took place on the 5th of November 2017. Cork City were just after terminating the 12 year drought they suffered and finally lifted the SSE Airtricity league title and were looking to secure the clubs first ever double being the SSE Airtricity League and the FAI Cup.
I attended the game in the Aviva Stadium in Dublin with my father, my uncle and my 2 cousins as we all love Cork City FC. We arrived just as the women's Cup final was about to end and Cork City's women's team beat UCD 1-0. So it was a great start to the day and a good reason to hope that the men's team could match the women's performance with a victory.
The atmosphere was ecstatic even with a solid hour to go before the men's match commenced.
Finally Cork City FC and Dundalk FC stormed out onto the pitch in front of over 30,000 League of Ireland fans. The Cork fans displayed their gigantic flags and set off several flares and sang their heart outs with chants for their beloved club.
There was a minutes applause for a Dundalk fan who tragically lost his life in a matter of days before the final being only 27.
The match was just about to commence and we sang Amhráin na Bhíann and then it all began.
The teams were neck and neck and it was a very quiet 90 minutes besides when both sets of fans stood and gave a minutes applause again in the 27th minute for the loss of a fellow League of Ireland fan. However Dundalk FC's goalkeeper (man of the match) Gary Rogers made a cracker of a save in the 90th minute to deny Cork City the win and only one thing awaited us... extra time.
Dundalk scored in the first few minutes with Danish player Niclas Vemmelend heading it into the top corner.
But when all hope was lost, Cork City's Frenchman Achille Campion was subbed on and was clean through on goal smashed it past Rogers into Dundalk's goal. I sprinted down the steps in celebration screaming and destroying my larynx. Cork City FC's goalkeeper Mark McNulty pulled off several flying saves just before the end of extra time to keep our hopes of our first double alive.
It was the 120th minute and the whistle blew for full time. It was 1-1 so the dreaded penalty shootout awaited...
The penalties were taken in front of the Dundalk Fans via coin toss between the captains of each side. Cork City stepped up first and scored 4 penalties out of 4 (Karl Shepard, Greg Bolger, Conor McCormack and Stephen Beattie). Dundalk scored 3 consecutive penalties and Dundalk's fourth penalty went brilliant for me as Mark McNulty leaped like a salmon and saved the penalty. All Cork needed to do was score and they achieved their first double. Keiran Sadlier took the ball and marched on to the penalty spot. Stepped back and started running to kick the ball, time suddenly stood still...HE SLOTTED IT HOME TO SECURE CORK CITY FC THEIR FIRST DOUBLE!!!
The Cork end went crazy along with the players. Me and my father sprinted down the steps in celebration expressing our love for Cork City jumping up and down the steps screaming until our voice was hoarse.
Cork finally proceeded to the trophy presentation after the celebrations finished. Cork City FC's Captain Alan Bennet placed his hands on the FAI Cup and lifted it into the cold winter sky, Cork City FC finally achieved their first double with dramatic scenes at the Aviva Stadium.
All of Cork won't forget this moment in a lifetime. I know I won't.
Written by Ice Hockey Player, Lara O'Heinigh
The Flying Ducks from Dublin is one of the finest Irish ice hockey team, established in 2015. They fused with the Dublin Ducks and the Flyers. I joined in 2015 when they officially became the Flying Ducks. I was given a warm welcome by the team and the current president of the club Aishling Daly.
When I first stepped onto the ice, I took to it like a duck to water. Overtime my skill level improved and I became the integral part of the team. Unfortunately due to the lack of facilities we only have the ice for the guts of 6-7 weeks and the remainder on inline rollers.
On the upside of not having the facilities it means I get to travel more in search of ice. I have been to Scotland, Canada with my team where we got to meet Justin Trudeau and have been to Czech Republic twice. I hope to travel to Rhode Island next year as part of an exchange.
I really love the adrenaline that comes with the speed and power of the sport. I know it’s really unusual to play Ice Hockey in Ireland but that is part of the charm. I have made many friends and contacts from all over the world through hockey. It’s a fantastic sport that needs more recognition!