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