On the day we were placed in a group of 4 schools from the province of Leinster that included the champions of 3 other qualifying counties; Offaly, Wicklow and Kildare. Put in perspective, these opposing teams consisted predominantly of 6th Class Boy’s, our young group had six 4th class boys in our squad of 8 players.
Our squad of Max, Harry, Ben, Zach, Glen, Josh, Ali and Louis all acquitted themselves very well competing in the correct way and playing some very attractive football throughout the competition, a fact that was acknowledged by the tournament organisers during the ending presentation ceremony.
On the finals day unfortunately, we lost our 3 games. However, the attitude and application not just on Wednesday but on the many outings, and early Tuesday morning training sessions that we’ve had this year was to be highly commended. Despite the disappointment of last week there were 8 smiling faces that travelled back to Dublin which showed how much fun the lads had from the whole experience.
Our goalkeeper Max pulled off some fantastic over saves over the 3 games which drew applause from all the spectators in the attendance. FAI Senior International Manager Martin O’Neill was also in attendance on the day and would have been impressed.
Our Captain Harry, the only 6th class boy in our group was a superb example and always kept the team going, particularly when the games appeared to be slipping out of our control.
Our 4th class boys, Zach, Glen, Ali, Ben, Louis and Josh all showed moments of class and should be very pleased with their performances. All six players are eligible to play in this competition for another two years.
Everyone at Saint Mary’s N.S. is extremely proud of the boys’ achievement this year. It has been a fantastic learning experience for the boys having the opportunity to play against older and more experienced quality teams from around the province. A huge thank you also to all the parents who have helped throughout the season by providing lifts to and from the games, and being supportive on the side-lines with such positive encouragement, particularly in the wind and rain that we had to endure last week.
The memories and accomplishments that we can look back on from this season’s efforts were not achieved in one day. The effort and enthusiasm from every single one of the 19 boys that turned up each Tuesday morning all helped to contribute to our success and made it all such an enjoyable experience. We also remain “Champions of Dublin”.
If there are parents that have pictures of the Leinster Finals Day, we would really appreciate if you would please send them in to Josephine so that we can get them posted on the school website.