This year we were very well represented in the Primary Game by our 6th class pupils.
Shane Heffernan played at the Limerick v Clare match. Vivienne Hannan was part of the Primary Game Limerick team to play at half time in the Limerick v Cork game. Órla Ryan will take part in a game later in the summer in Croke Park. Well done to all three!
Niall Martin and Shane Heffernan represented our school in the East Limerick schools hurling team this year.
We had five girls on the East Limerick camogie team in the Neville Shield; Alannah Culhane, Amy O’Brien, Beatrice Cahill, Órla Ryan and Vivienne Hannon.
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Caherelly N.S. have been crowned I.N.T.O. Mini 7s County Camogie champions for the first time ever! On Wednesday the 18th of April 2018 the girls in Caherelly N.S. made history by winning the competition in Mick Neville Park Rathkeale. The Allianz I.N.T.O. mini 7s is a competition which takes place each year in football, hurling and camogie, for girls and boys and is open to all schools to enter. It is a 7-a-side competition with matches of 7 minutes per half. This was an amazing experience for us all and is one of the highlights of my Primary School life!
We started training after mid-term with Ms Ryan, Mrs McGuinness and Andrew Ryan and luckily all of our training paid off. The qualifiers were held in April in Caherelly with Crecora and ourselves being the two teams to go through to the East finals in Doon on April 16th. On that blustery day we played Lisnagry, Crecora, Tineterrife and Knockea. Each team played fought hard and put it up to us but we came away with the East title. We were very happy winning the East Final as it was our school's first time to win in all the years of taking part. The boys also did very well and got into the East final but unfortunately they didn't get through on the day.
We didn't have long to wait until the County final as it took place only two days later in Rathkeale. The four teams who qualified were, Caherelly (East), Raheenagh (West), Bruree (South) and Patrickswell (City). With nerves building up beforehand we headed off on the bus to Rathkeale. Mrs McGuinness and Andrew spoke to us about what we had already achieved and calmed our nerves. Once the ball was thrown in all we thought was the match and playing as a team. We fought very hard and put everything we had practised into action knowing what was at stake. With two matches played against Raheenagh and Bruree and two victories under our belt, we faced Patrickswell. The also had won two matches so it was going to be down to this result to determine who would be crowned champions. We gave it everything, we marked our players and got into good positions. The wind was very strong on the day and our opposition were skilful. When the final whistle blew we knew that we had given it everything and the title was ours. The feeling was unreal! We were all so delighted and it was definitely worth all the bruises! We were presented with the I.N.T.O. Allianz Shield by Bro. James Dormer, Secretary of the Limerick Cumman na mBunscol.
The celebrations began with a stop at the shop where Mrs. Allen, our Principal treated us to ice-creams. Arriving back at school was a special moment for all of us as the whole school had lined out in a Guard of Honour. We felt like heroes as we walked together through the archway of hurleys. Parents , children and teachers cheered and clapped for us. Representing my school has been a huge privilege. It wouldn't have been possible without my amazing team mates, we played as a team and supported each other in every game. Maybe some day we will play for Limerick together in Croke Park!
Caherelly Team; Beatrice Cahill, Alannah Culhane, Amy O'Brien, Vivienne Hannan, Órla Ryan, Leah Tierney, Leah Whooley, Lucia Cosgrove, Grace Hennessy, Isobel Tierney.
This month our 4th & 5th class girls and our 3rd and 4th class boys took part in the Allianz Cumman na mBunscol Indoor hurling in Caherconlish Millennium Centre. It is a 5-a-side competition with a maximum of 10 per panel for each school involved. Our boys and girls really enjoyed taking part and played very well. Our girls team are through to the East Limerick final later in the term.
Well done to Alannah Culhane, Amy O'Brien, Órla Ryan and Shane Heffernan, our four sixth class pupils who represented us in the East Limerick boys and girls football teams.
Sarsfield Cup and Larkin Shield East Limerick Football Teams
By Shane Heffernan
In October I went to the Sarsfield Cup trials. This is a Gaelic football team picked from East Limerick schools. Boys from East schools go to trials for three weeks and the selectors pick the best talented twenty players. The trials were on in Murroe at half three on a Wednesday evening. I was nervous because I really wanted to get on the team. My Mom encouraged me and told me to do my best.
There were 72 boys at the trial the first week. The next week, there were 52, then they cut it down to 34 for the third week and finally the team of 20 was made. An email came to the school to let us know I was picked, I felt so happy.
We had a training session, then we played Doon Secondary school 1st year. I made lots of friends from others schools. Last Tuesday we played West Limerick. If we won we would have been in a final in the Gaelic Grounds.
The final was between the Limerick City and West Limerick, the final is in the Gaelic Grounds.
Well done to the Limerick City team who won on the night defeating Limerick West by 1-6 to 1-1.
Larkin Shield Team (Girls)
Alannah, Órla and Amy from 6th class were selected to be on the girls East Limerick team. They got to the final against the West Limerick and were beaten in a very tight game.
Our boys and girls from 3rd and 4th classes took part in the *Futsal games in Galvone in November. It was a great day for them and a chance to try out something new.
*Futsal is five-a-side soccer and the aim of the programme is to increase and sustain participation at all ages and ability levels by promoting and developing the game as a complementary format of football within the football family. The game allows players to improve their technical skills as it requires quick thinking and rapid decision making facilitating the development of overall football “intelligence”.