Rugby

U18 Rugby - CCS Overwhelm Limavady 36-0

Match Report by Odhrán Cavanagh

Every time match day comes around, for the previous week Mr. McNally has to listen to constant questions about when it’s on, who we’re playing, who’s playing where, etc, etc. But I still think not telling anyone about the match till 3pm the day before was a drastic measure. Our wingers barely had time to book their hair and nails. We were to play Limavady Grammar School at 2pm the next day. Some of our boys complained about the late kick-off time (dangerously close to their afternoon nap) and others had a Gaelic match and wouldn’t be back in time (It turned out it was only McCormick so we didn’t worry).

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Annual Sports Awards 2018

CCS Sports 2018

PHOTO ALBUM - Carndonagh CS Annual Sports Awards 2018

On Friday, 11th May, the Áras welcomed the most successful group of athletes ever assembled in CCS for the Annual Sports Awards. With the stage weighed down by silverware, a conveyor belt of teams and individuals took to the stage for certificates, medals and mementos recognising their many and varied achievements. Treasa Doherty - past-pupil, Donegal Football star and Carn woman - was on hand to do the presenting. She outlined the values that are critical to achievement at the top level, highlighting 'dedication' as key to getting the best out of yourself, regardless of silverware. She did lament the lack of Saturday lie-ins. But such sacrifices must be made! Members of the Senior Boys Soccer squad (once again National Champions) and the Mackey Cup winning Gaelic Football squad were each presented with a display photo for the mantlepiece. There were Ulster titles all over the place with First Year soccer and futsal (boys and girls) taking many of the plaudits. Some big futures there. (Remember, DEDICATION!)...The afternoon was rounded off with the ‘Inishowen Tours Outstanding Prospect in Sport Award'. The worthy recipient of that prestigious accolade was Daniel Houghton, now a two-time National senior boys soccer champion and an International goalkeeper. We'll endeavour to publish the full list of titles secured throughout the year, if we can remember them all. Overall, 2017-18 will be remembered as the most successful year to date for sport in CCS.

U16 Rugby - Omagh Leave Valiant CCS Stuck in a Ruck!

We were prepared for anything: Gear bags packed, water bottles filled, the finest rugby kits in the school freshly washed, Ethan was coming; we were set. A full squad ready of the top u16 rugby players in the school (also Sean) were going to Omagh to win. Then the match was cancelled and we had to go back to class, despite the protests of three of our players who had missed breakfast that morning. Slightly disheartened, but unbroken, we once again prepared ourselves mentally and physically to play a bit of rugby as a team, despite a change in manager from Mr. McNally to Mr. Spencer. Then it got cancelled and we had to go back to class, again, to the dismay of the players and the manager alike. The next day, tired, and desperate to actually get playing rugby, we headed to Omagh without Ethan (singing his wee heart out at the talent show) or Ronan Kelly (rushed to NowDoc after scraping his knee), taking the wrong kits and a size 4 ball instead of a size 5.

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Senior Rugby - Magic Display Takes Years off Mr. McNally!

Senior Rugby CCS

The senior CCS boys’ rugby team returned with vengeance after their previous defeat to Rainey, when they faced St. Columba’s in the Ulster U18s Trophy Semi-final. From the starting whistle the boys emptied the tanks and played with one hundred per cent commitment to winning the game. The Columba’s team came out with initial bursts of pressure coming from the opposition flyhalf, who kicked more than an angry donkey; but that pressure was handled perfectly by an on-form Darragh McCormick (who played the first decent match of his life).

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Senior Rugby - Boys v Men!

CCS RugbyThe boys’ senior rugby team kicked off their season on Wednesday, 29th November, when Mr. McNally retreated from teaching to take the team to Rainey. A young PJ Callaghan was told he was going to the hill and Stephen Kelly was handed a Mars Dar Duo to force them both to play. It was too tempting an offer for Kelly to turn down. The team felt defeated from the beginning when team hero Christopher Gill couldn’t go due to international duty against New Zealand; good luck Christopher!! From the whistle, team captain Finin MacLochlainn, an all-around phenomenal person on and off the pitch, dump-tackled the other captain off the field. The CCS lads piled on the pressure until a mistake caused the Rainey boys to score under the posts. Birthday boy Connor Bambrick retaliated with a compelling run down the wing to score. Runs from Stephen Kelly, PJ Callaghan and Michael Harkin constantly forced the Rainey defence back. Poetry in motion occurred when Stephen got the ball, steamrolled an unsuspecting Rainey prop and offloaded to Finín, who performed a perfectly timed one handed passed to Eoin Hela, who reminded the crowd of a young Michael Flatley, spinning like there was no tomorrow.

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