In the absence of our annual Sports Assembly both the Rugby and Hockey Departments held their respective awards night via Zoom.
We are grateful to Mr Ashmore for taking the lead in organising the Rugby Awards and to Mr Willis for leading the Hockey Awards. Both were supported by their colleagues in their respective departments.
The Rugby awards were held on June 4th while the Hockey Awards took place a week later on June 11th.Both Depts created a video montage of the year’s events and we have posted them on the College’s Instagram account. Special thanks to Form 5 student Cameron Wagenaar for his work on the hockey video.
Kilkenny College Hockey Awards 2020
The Hockey Awards had over 150 remote participants and included a Hockey Quiz using the app Kahoot. Well done to Holly Hutchinson, Julie Greene and Sara Stephens all form 5 who were the prize winners. We say thanks to all at www.hockeyexpress.ie for sponsoring the prizes.
The Hockey Dept were fortunate to have current Irish Internationals Deirdre Duke and Jeremy Duncan join them remotely and this short video you can see here.
First Year C
Most Improved Player- Abby Chadwick
Player of the Year-Caitlin Fallon
First Year B2
Most Improved Player-Roisin Dunne
Player of the Year-Isabelle Maxwell
First Year B1
Most Improved Player-Marthe Dolan
Player of the Year-Jane Lalor
First Year A
Most Improved Player-Molly Finlay
Player of the Year-Ruby Conroy
Most Improved Player-Julia Cardines Treacy
Player of the Year-Davina Than
Most Improved Player-Sarah Keane
Player of the Year-Mia Collier
Most Improved Player-Charlotte Hathaway
Player of the Year- Amy Handcock
Congratulations to the following for representing the South East in the Under 16 Inter Provincials: Emer Sweetnam, Emma Simmons, Lilly Grace and Amy Handcock.
Junior B 3
Most Improved Player-Eve Gallagher
Player of the Year-Sarah O’Connor
Junior B 2
Most Improved Player-Theodara Lande
Player of the Year- Abi Codd
Most Improved Player-Emmeline Bird
Player of the Year-Rebecca Moynan
Most Improved-Jess Trayer
Player of the Year-Zoe Handcock
Congratulations to 3 U.16 SE interprovincial players – Zoe Handcock, Megan Sherwood and Sarah Wilson– Well done! And congratulations to Zoe who went on to be selected for Irish training and trials.
Most Improved Player-Amelia Clegg
Player of the Year-Eva Whyte
Most Improved Player-Juliette Norse
Player of the Year-Tara O’Byrne
Most Improved Player-Eva Shirley
Player of the Year-Lilly Onilena
Most Improved Player-Julie Greene
Congratulations to Julie Greene and Ava Chamney for being selected for the South East Under 16 Interprovincial Squad. Special mention for Julie Greene who is currently in the Irish Under 16 squad.
Congratulations to the following girls for Representing the South East at the under 18 Inter Provincials: Flo McDonald, Lucy Oakes, Faye Neill, Issy Walshe, Holly Hutchinson, Ally Williams.
The Sixsmith Cup is sponsored in recognition of the fantastic contribution Ms Sixsmith has made to hockey in Kilkenny College and at Club, Interprovincial and International Levels. It is given to the player that demonstrates a passion for the game, constant improvement, skill and leadership.
Recipient Rachel Lacey
Most Improved Player-Charlie Nesbitt
Players of the Year-Noah James and Craig Bailey
Most Improved-Alex Fairbank
Player of the Year-Liam Richardson
Most Improved Player-Gavin Corcoran
Player of the Year-Charlie Moran
Most Improved Player-Ed Lambert
Player of the Year-Shaun Dalton
Most Improved Player-Will James
Player of the Year-Henry Huston
Most Improved player-Alex Symes
Congratulations to the following:
This Cup is in memory of Herbie Sharman who coached and administrated and championed Hockey in the College for many years. It is given to the player that demonstrates a passion for the game, constant improvement, skill and leadership.
Recipient -Simon Young
The Cup was sponsored by the King Family, three of which represented Kilkenny College in Goal. It is awarded to, a girl or boy, in recognition of the specialised nature of the position and the qualities of bravery, athletic ability and commitment that are necessary to play it, to the highest level.
Recipient – Ian O’Keeffe
Kilkenny College Rugby Awards 2019/20
Best forward and best back
1st Year D
Diarmuid Smithwick-O’Brien – Charlie Nesbit
1st Year C
Jerry O’Donovan – Dean Fairbrother
1st Year B
Gary O’Rourke – Mark Miller
1st Year A
Andrew Cooper – Ivor Fenton
2nd Year C
Arthur James – Ben Collier
2nd Year B
Gary Power – Eric Valentine
2nd Year A
Gavin Atkinson – Danny Benn
Josh Mills – Pearse Phelan
James Grace – Max Passberger
Stephen Smyth – Sean Naughton / Adam Cope
Adam Shirley – Charlie Kennedy
2nd XV (5th Years)
James Cooper – Tom Donald
1st XV (5th Years)
Josh Akanji-Murphy – Liam Foot
The 6th year awards will be distributed at their graduation ceremony.
Leinster U20 – Jake Caldbeck
Leinster U19 – Ryan Strong
Leinster U19 – Charlie Tector
Leinster U17 – Harry Rogers
Leinster U17 – Stephen Smyth
Leinster U17 – Sean Naughton
1st XV (5th Years)
Holly Talbot-Jessica Shirley
The 6th year awards will be distributed at their graduation ceremony.
REPORT COURTESY OF THE IRISH TIMES
Leinster Schools outhalf Charlie Tector held his nerve to kick Kilkenny into the Senior Cup quarter-final in Donnybrook on Thursday. Leinster League semi-finalists Wesley came into this with a degree of confidence which grew when Tector missed a penalty and their Jack Atkinson didn’t for an early edge.
When Kilkenny hooker Darragh O’Reilly was binned for a high tackle, it opened the door to the possibility to build on a solid start. However, Tector, fullback Jonathan Crossley and wing Adam Strong all looked strong on the ball and Kilkenny has plenty of ideas on how to keep Wesley at bay by keeping the ball to themselves.
The swirling wind was a problem which played havoc with the kicking strategies as both schools looked to probe for openings; Wesley opting for a more direct approach and Kilkenny looking to the wide channels. Wesley number eight Oisín Spain was everywhere, flying into the air to claim a high ball, Tector matching that with one of his own takes in a game of good moments without the continuity to make them matter.
The half-time break gave the respective coaches the breathing space to make adjustments and Kilkenny went after the territory. This paid a seven-point dividend when Tector powered through a tackle and executed an offload for captain Ryan Strong to claim the tonic of a try, Tector converting for the lead in the 42nd minute.
The adrenalin was coursing at this point and Wesley’s Spain, in his eagerness to make a difference, was red-carded for a tip tackle on Joshua Coyle. Wesley reacted well to this setback, moving upfield to set up two scrums inside the 22, Atkinson taking the ball on from the first and O’Reilly infringing after the second to be sent-off for a second yellow.
The body blows were coming thick and fast for Kilkenny as centre Luke Fitzpatrick muscled over for Atkinson’s conversion to make it 10-7 in the third quarter.
Not long after, they were temporarily reduced to 13, replacement Fiach O’Byrne leaving the field for a fierce tackle that looked legal from the stands. It looked a long way back for Kilkenny. Still, Adam Strong put on the pressure to force a scrum and Tector knocked over a penalty in the 63rd minute. He was back again four minutes later to snatch the lead before Kilkenny held out in a hectic endgame.
KILKENNY: J Crossley; G Edogun, M Hodgins, R Strong (capt), A Strong; C Tector, J Coyle; S Neale, D O’Reilly, C Chamney; N Pim, J Caldbeck; J Treacy, R Jacob, J Akanji-Murphy.
Replacements: H Dawson for Edogun (17 mins, temp); F O’Byrne for Jacob (48); L Foot for Coyle (59).
WESLEY: G Dunne; A Galbraith, L Fitzpatrick, T Elliott, J Matchette; M Collins, J Atkinson; P Costello (capt), C Gilmer, J Fish; K Wallace, S Cronin; T Geoghegan, D Campbell, O Spain.
Replacements: S Verdon for Collins (27 mins); M Collins for Cronin (48); T Durham for Dunne (63).
Referee: P O’Connor (Leinster Branch).
Both our SCT and JCT squads are in the final stages of their preperations for their first round cup games in the next fortnight. Both teams have achieved some promising results over Munster and Leinster schools during December and January. Both teams would welcome your support on the following dates below.
Our Senior Cup Team play Wesley College in the first round of the Bank of Ireland Senior Schools Cup on Thursday the 30th of January at 3pm in Energia Park in Donnybrook.
Our Junior Cup Team play Terenure College in the first round of the Bank of Ireland Junior Schools Cup on Wednesday the 5th of February at 3pm in Naas RFC.
Last Thursday saw the opening of a new additional training facility at Kilkenny College. On hand to cut the ribbon of the new facility were a number of past pupils representing the Hockey and Rugby Departments, the College’s two main sports. Representing girls hockey was Charlotte Cope (Class of 2018) captain of the All Ireland Kate Russell winning side from that year. Charlotte was joined by current Irish hockey international Jeremy Duncan (Class of 2012) who currently plays as a professional in the Belgian League with Royal Oreé in Brussels. Representing the Rugby Department was Shane Delahunt (Class 0f 2012),who has played with Connacht for last six years. As it happens both Shane and Jeremy won a Leinster league title at U18 level as Jeremy was a dual player at the time. All three, like many past pupils are regular visitors back to their Alma Mater. Also attending the opening were captains of a number of boys and girls hockey teams as well as captains of girls and boy’s rugby teams, as well as many coaches.
Speaking at the opening Headmaster Simon Thompson said :”This facility has been provided for our teams to support their health and fitness throughout the course of their seasons play. Our board wishes to ensure our sports teams can be the best they can be, fit ,healthy and supplement free, ready and able to compete against any other school. We are committed to ensuring our teams understand the importance of healthy nutrition and diet while being able to challenge themselves and to perform in competition”
S&C coach Stephen Gray who works with all athletes warmly welcomed the new facility. ”We are incredibly fortunate to have this facility and the support of the College community to develop the potential of all our young athletes whatever their chosen discipline”
More pictures in our picture gallery