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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Women's Rugby World Cup Visits CCS

The Women's Rugby World Cup was a high-profile visitor to CCS on Thursday, 11th May. The school's rugby pitch was a hive of activity, with local primary school pupils enjoying a blitz of catch-and-run. Our own girls spent at least half an hour posing with the World Cup before taking part in a tag-rugby match with the boys. The main event of the day was CCS Girls XV v St. Columba's Girls XV (Stranorlar). It has to be said that many of the spectators in attendance weren't quite ready for the spectacle. There's no doubt that some of the tackling was on a par with anything seen in boys rugby. The game's intensity was notable and every girl on the pitch gave it the whole nine yards...At one point there MAY have been a short recess to let everyone calm down a bit! Fair play to Mr. Spencer for managing to keep a lid on proceedings, while imparting his knowledge of the game in the process. In the end, the CCS ladies ran out 20-10 winners. But as can be seen from the photos, everyone left the battleground with their heads held high. Well done to both teams on a superb exhibition of "the gentleman's game". 

Women's Rugby World Cup Visits CCS (photo album)

Womans Rugby World Cup 2017

U16 Rugby - Second Half Masterclass Secures County Title

U16 Rugby CCS 2017

U16 Rugby - Donegal Champions photos

CCS U16s played St. Columba's, Stranorlar for the County Title on Wednesday, 5th April 2017 at Letterkenny Rugby Club. St. Columba's kicked off and the CCS forwards caught and drove forward by securing rucks and strong carries. CCS were camped in the opposition's 22 for the first 15 minutes before a knock-on was kicked downfield by St. Columba's. A penalty was conceded by the Carn men for not releasing at the breakdown. Posts were called and points taken. CCS were infringing at the breakdown again inside their own half and the Stranorlar side took advantage of the position and scored, making it 6 - 0 on 25 minutes.

CCS composed themselves and from the restart made great territory. The forwards flashed the ball out to the backs for centre Dylan Doherty to cross the whitewash for the first try. Conversion missed, 6 – 5. With 5 minutes to go in the first half, CCS conceded yet another penalty and the half ended 9 - 5 to St. Columba's.

In the second half, CCS had the wind at their backs and dominated possession through great work by the forwards and back line. Tries scored by Stephen Kelly, Michael Harkin and finally PJ Callaghan under the post saw the CCS lads winning 26 – 9, with Mark Scott converting three of the scores.

Stephen Kelly was presented with the Donegal U16s trophy by Gerard Doherty and celebrations began; a well-deserved result for the commitment shown by all the players throughout the year.

U16s Squad: 1) Paddy Monagle TYC, 2) Eoin Doherty 5G, 3) Finin Mac Lochlainn 5E, 4) Michael Harkin TYD, 5) James Kelly 2B, 6) PJ Callaghan 5C, 7) Patrick O'Leary 5G, 8) Stephen Kelly 3B, 9) Connor Quigley 5D, 10) Mark Scott 3B, 11) Tony Keyes 3G, 12) Dylan Doherty 5F, 13) Odhran Cavanagh 3B, 14) William John Callaghan 5D, 15) Ultan Doherty 5G, 16) Sean Carroll 3D, 17) Ethan Harkin TYB, 18) Darragh McCormick TYC, 19) Paddy Doherty 5A, 20) Christopher Gill 5F, 21) Caolán Whoriskey 3D and 22) Christopher McDaid 3B.

CCS Wins Donegal Sports Star Award - Best Sports School 2016

Donegal Sports Star Award 2016

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CCS secured Best Secondary School at the 2016 Donegal Sports Star Awards on Friday, 27th January at Errigal Hotel. The school came out tops in a category including Abbey Voc., Coláiste Cholmcille, Loreto Letterkenny and Scoil Mhuire Buncrana. 2016 certainly was a standout year for CCS. The All-Ireland senior boys soccer title was the highlight of highlights. The new wellbeing centre was furnished with an impressive suite of spin bikes, treadmills and rowing machines. There was silverware in golf, and advances in rugby, Gaelic football, camogie and cross-country running. Mr. John McGuinness accepted the award on behalf of everyone who contributed to and participated in sports in CCS throughout 2016. Also to be honoured on the night were current Third Year pupil Lughán Devenny (Under-15 Sportshall Athletics Team) and past pupil Labhaoise Clarke (Special Recognition - Boxing).

U18s Knock On Title Door After St. Eunan's Cracker

U18 Rugby Carndonagh Community School

CCS 27-14 St. Eunan's photo album

CCS U18s XV took on their counterparts from St. Eunan's Letterkenny in pursuit of the Donegal Schools Senior Rugby League Title. After having lost to St. Columb's College of Derry the previous week, the CCS men had a lot of amends to make...and amends were certainly made in an enthralling encounter. The first half was clearly won by the CCS XV who outplayed their opponents both physically and tactically. The pack, led by team captain Finin McLaughlin, proved a very hard pack to stop as shown by surging runs from Aaron Addy, Stephen Kelly and the captain himself. Great rucking from the back-row of Paddy O'Leary, Padraig McCarron and Daniel Marzan ensured slick, clean ball for the back-line to carve up their opposition. Three tries were run in during the first half, leaving a very strong St. Eunan's side bewildered.

The second half was a different affair with St. Eunan's men regrouping and starting to play some intelligent rugby. They gave up trying to take on the might of the CCS pack and decided to unleash their very strong and fast back-line, resulting in two very quick tries to bring them right back into the game. After a prompt and lively recital of "The Riot Act", the CCS men regrouped and closed down further attacks from the St. Eunan's back-line by keeping their defensive line steady and solid. Through continued pressure, St. Eunan's repeatedly turned over their ball due to forced errors; the CCS men were able to clear their lines. Carndonagh finished the game on a high through a series of rucks and mauls which eventually resulted in a penalty. Ultan Doherty put the ball between the uprights to promptly end the match 27-14 in CCS's favour. Man of the match performance goes to scum-half Conor Quigley, whose intelligent play kept St. Eunan's on the back foot. But overall, it was the magnificent team performance and collective tenacity from the CCS Gentlemen that proved the determining factor in this superb victory.

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.