Rugby

Mixed Fortunes for U16s in Pollock Rugby Cup

Rugby Blitz Ballymena 2016

The U16s rugby team travelled to Ballymena on Wednesday, 19th October to play in the Pollock Cup - a competition for the best secondary schools in the province.

CCS played Carrick in the first game. The boys were slow to start after the two-hour bus journey. Carrick scored after 3 mins, with no conversion. The CCS team started to string a few phases together. Michael Harkin, with good strength and vision, drove over for our first score (not converted) after 6 minutes. After half-time, both teams tackled well and the Carrick boys finished a slick back-line move under the post (converted) two minutes from time. Full-time score: CCS 5 - Carrick 12.

In the second game, CCS played Sperrin and both sides showed great tackling and rucking skills. Some clever play out of CCS’s own 22 by full-back Doherty pinned Sperrin back continuously, but CCS could not break down their defence. Full-time score: CCS 0 - Sperrin 0.

In the final pool game, Fivemiletown were the opposition and CCS dominated from the off with Michael Harkin and Shaun Doherty scoring; Mark Scott converting one. Full time score CCS 12 - Fivemiletown 0. The team watched the last game in hope that the score would have been on our side. But Carrick progressed to the final against Craigavon. Carrick won the Pollock Cup in the end.

Team: Paddy Monagle, Owen Doherty, Caolan Whoriskey, Michael Harkin, Finin McLaughlin, Dylan Doherty, Patrick O'Leary, Stephen Kelly (captain), Andrew Cunningham, Christopher McDaid, Mark Scott, Odhran Cavanagh, Tony Keyes, William John Callaghan, Anton McLaughlin, Patrick Doherty, PJ Callaghan, Shaun Doherty, Sean Carroll, Ultan Doherty, Ethan Harkin and Patrick O'Leary.

Annual Sports Awards. One Word...Focus.

Michael Murphy CCS

Annual Sports Awards 2016 photo album

On Wednesday afternoon, 25th May, one of the country's most highly-rated sportsmen visited CCS for the Annual Sports Awards. The "Man From the Glen" addressed all the pupils involved in school sports. During his speech, Michael reiterated the key ingridient for his development as an individual and a sportsperson...Focus. He advised young people to surround themselves with positivity and to concentrate fully on the matter at hand, at that moment in time, whether it's sport or study. There is no better role model for our pupils than Michael Murphy and we would like to thank him for his visit and his inspirational words.

U16 Rugby - CCS Dominant Against St. Columba's

CCS - St Columba's 22-0

The CCS U16s rugby team played St. Columba's Stranalor on Thursday 17th December and won impressively 22-0. The CCS boys started strongly with some determined runs by Stephen Kelly (captain), Padraig McCarron and Oran Kearney, but St. Columba's defence stood strong. CCS opened the scoring with a fine penalty kick from out-half Ultan Doherty. Connor Quigley, running the game at scrum-half, passed to Padraig McCarron who ran at the opposition's numbers 10 & 12. A superb offload found Conor Bambrick, who showed great pace and a fantastic side-step to score under the posts; Ultan Doherty converted. The rest of the first half saw CCS playing mostly in the opponent's 22, but giving away penalties to allow them to clear their lines. The half ended CCS 10 - 0 St. Columba's.

In the second half CCS were playing into the wind and needed the front eight to rule the half; they did that. Continuous carries from PJ Callaghan, Kevin Noone and Owen Doherty opened up the visiting team's defence. Finally the breakthrough came with another fine finish from winger Ciaran Doherty. St. Columb's threw everything at the CCS lads in the last 10 minutes, but with some great tackling by Patrick O'Leary and Dylan McGonigle, and ball-stealing by PJ Callaghan, the try line was never reached. At the end Ultan Doherty picked up a loose ball near the wing and with a quick turn of pace passed the St. Columba's back line to score under the posts. A successful conversion followed. Final score CCS 22 - 0 St. Columba's. We would like to thank Gregg Byron from Inishowen RFC for referring the game.

The CCS U16s rugby squad: Stephen Kelly 2B, Sean Carroll 2D, Michael Harkin 3B, Keanan Callaghan 3C, William J Callaghan 3C, Finin MacLoachlainn 3D, PJ Callaghan 3E, Dylan Mc Gonigle 3F, Paddy Monagle 3F, Dylan Doherty 3G, Eoin Doherty 3G, Darragh McCormick 3G, Kevin Noone 4C, Oran Kearney 4D, Thomas Mullin 4D, Thomas Cavanagh 4D, Ultan Doherty TYA, Patrick O’Leary TYA, Sean Byrne TYB, Padraig McCarron TYB, Micheal Porter TYB, Connor Quigley TYB, Oisin McGonigle TYC, Conor Bambrick TYB, Ciaran Doherty TYB.

Inishowen Rugby Club Helps New Gym Push Forward...

Carndonagh Community School would like to thank Inishowen Rugby Club for their very kind contributuion to the refurbishment of the gym facilities in the school. At the beginning of November, IRFC committee members Anne Scott and Mick McGarry presented a €500 cheque to Principal Paul Fiorentini. Also present was Brian McNally who was representing both the school and the Rugby Club.Inishowen Rugby Club Gym Donation