Sport in the school is about humility, dedication and hardwork.  We need to keep up the numbers who play sport in our school.  This is part of our DNA. The work that is put into sports will compliment the success achieved in the classroom.  We must also continue to maintain a strong level of respect and gratitude to those in school that make these sports happen.  Without the teachers/coaches that are involved none of this would happen and I would like you to show your appreciation to all your teachers and coaches.  The awards for the 2015/16 season are as follows.

ATHLETICS

Ridgeway Cup Best U14 Boy Noah Pim
Elliot Cup – Best U15 Boy Chris Reynolds
Walshe Cup – Best U16 Boy Rory MacGabhann
Pococke Cup – Best Senior Boy Anu Awonusi
Sports Shield – Best Minor Girl Ruth Burke
Junior Victor Lodorum – Best Junior Girl from Forms 2 and 3 Ruby Millet
Victor Lodorum – Best Senior Girl Ellen Atkinson
Trevor Stedmond Cup – 100m for Boys Glenn Holmes

Summer Track and Field Athletics report 2016

The Summer term of 2016 has proven to be one of our most successful in the school’s history going back many years. The numbers turning up for athletics as their ECS choice is steadily on the rise, and hopefully with more input from other sports in the College this trend will continue in the coming years.

South Leinster Athletics championships

A total of eighty or so athletes donned the school singlet this year to represent Kilkenny College in the South Leinster Athletics championships held in the RSC in Waterford, late April and early May last. In all the team secured a total of thirty medals of a variety of colours spread across a range of events as diverse as Long Jump, High Jump and Pole Vault, Shot Putt, Discus and Javelin, Hurdles, relay and 1500m respectively.

Worthy winners of note included Alex MacNeill of Form 3 in the Inter girl’s Pole Vault, Ruby Millet also of Form 3 in the Inter girls Long Jump, and Anu Awonusi in the Senior Boys Shot Putt, where he set a new record distance.

Leinster Schools Track and Field Championships

From this group of thirty medallists in the South Leinster’s a total of seventeen athletes qualified to compete in the Leinster Schools Track and Field Championships at Morton Stadium, Santry, on May 11th and May 14th just gone. Of the seventeen who competed so admirably on the day some six athletes in all did well enough to medal in their events and these included;

  • Chris Reynolds of Form 2, Silver in the Junior Boys Discus,
  • Alex MacNeill of Form 3, Bronze in the Inter Girls Pole Vault,
  • Ruby Millet of Form 3, Gold in the Inter Girls Long Jump,
  • Lukman Onilenla and Dorian Corcoran Whitten of Form 5, both securing a bronze medal in the Shot Putt and Javelin respectively.
  • Anu Awonusi of Form 6, defended his Senior Boys Shot Putt title while adding a Silver medal to his tally in the Senior Boys Discus.

All six athletes now qualify to represent the College in the Schools All Ireland Track and Field Championships in Tullamore Stadium on Saturday June 4th next and we wish them well for this competition.

The Church of Ireland Inter Schools Track and Field meeting

Elsewhere, the Kilkenny College Athletics department also played host on the 17th May last to the Church of Ireland Inter Schools Track and Field meeting in at the RSC in Waterford. A total of four schools competed for the honours at this friendly team event, ourselves, Ashton School, Bandon Grammar School and Midleton College. In this meet a mixture of some track events, field events and jumps too, finished off by an exciting and riveting series of 4x100m relays, the College teams, boys captained by Anu Awonusi and girls ably led by Ellen Atkinson, secured runners up spots in both team events.

Those who performed well on the day to assist in securing these runner up positions were; on the girls team; Ruth Burke (form 1), Samni Areoye (form 2) Ruby Millet (form 3) along with a senior relay team comprising; Mia Griffin, Kara Fitzherbert, Ellen Atkinson and Yasmin Pratt.

On the boys side good performances were had by, Cameron Wagenaar, Gavin Manning (both Form 1), Noah Pim (Form 2), Ross Daly, Malik Onilenla (both Form 4) and Anu Awonusi (Form 6) and the senior relay team of ; Costa-Wallace, Holmes, Daly and Martin.

All told the event went off very smoothly, with all of the participants showing great determination and teamwork in assisting their teams do so well on the day. We look forward to travelling to Limerick next year where the hosts will be Villiers School and going one better in the competition there.

Conclusion;

To conclude I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the members of staff who supported the athletics squad during the course of the year both Cross Country and Track and Field, Ms Hennessy, Mr Lowry, Ms Murphy, Ms Gannon Ms Dunphy and Mr Nolan. They did this by giving sound advice, good training and coaching support, and above all, for doing it with great enthusiasm and a sense of fun. Well done to all!

BOYS HOCKEY

Best U13 Boy Cameron Wagenaar
Best U14 Boy David Connolly
Best U15 Boy Declan Coffey
Best U16 Boy Aaron Empey
Best U18  Player Louis Bourke

The Sharman Cup is dedicated to the memory of Mr. Herbie Sharman, a teacher who during his time in Kilkenny College gave so much energy and dedication to hockey in the school and throughout the country.  This cup is awarded to highlight endeavours and resilience on the hockey field.  It is given to the 6th y ear boy who shows dedication and commitment to the course coupled with a high skill set and determined will to win.  This year the award goes to Eoin Halton.

GIRLS HOCKEY

U13 Player of the Year Faye Neill
Most improved U13 player Rachel Coe
Minor Player of the Year Grace Jackson
Most improved Minor Player Clodagh West
3rd Year Player of the Year Emily Dundon
Most improved 3rd year Player Marianne McIver
4th Year Player of the Year Grace Donald
Most improved 4th year Player Muireann Twomey
U18 Player of the Year (Form 5) Ellen Atkinson
Most important U18 Player Laura Horan

The Senior 1st, Senior 2nd, Junior A, Junior B and Minor A all won their leagues.  Congratulations to the Junior A’s who won the cup.

Similar to the Sharman Cup, the Sixsmith Cup is awarded to the 6th year girl who shows remarkable endeavour and determination on the hockey field.  The recipient of this award has displayed many fine traits in her career such as enthusiasm for the game and a keen awareness of her fellow player.  I’d ask Ms. Sixsmith to come up and present the award to Jane Hogg.

(Goalkeeping Award) King.

The King Cup is given to the 6th year student who typifies the characteristics of a great goalkeeper.

Qualities such as bravery, athleticism, energy and determination see Dave Ola as a worthy winner of this year’s trophy.

RACKET SPORTS

Badminton:

We had consistent numbers coming into badminton with a lot of enthusiasm. At Under 19’s we had 3 teams competing in the Kilkenny Blitz of which a girls and a boys team went on to play in Leinster competitions where they were narrowly beaten.

At Under 16 we had 4 teams in the local blitz where we finished in second place. Thanks to members of those teams who helped out with the Under 14 squads.

This year at Under 14 is where we had great success. The A girls won the Kilkenny Blitz and narrowly lost out in the Leinster final for a place at the All Irelands The girls A team of Melanie Griffith, Grace Jackson , Faye Neill and Lucy Oaks.

The boys also won Kilkenny and then went on to win Leinster a wonderful achievement to reach the All Ireland finals. The team performed really well on the day and were closely pipped to the top spot and gained valiant runner up medals and were a credit to the school..

Scott Neale,JohnMcNamara Stephen Fennell & Henry Huston 

Tennis report

We had a Junior A and B team competing in the Leinster Boys Leagues as well as a Minor team.

The Junior A’s had very close matches, just not quite enough points to qualify out of their group.

The Junior B team had 2 wins and 1 loss which knocked them out of the running but all enjoyed their matches and overall there was good quality tennis.

The Minor boys team came out of a very tough group before beating Wesley in the semi final and are now on their way to Lansdowne tennis club to play CUS school Dublin in the final at 1pm today so we wish them all the best in that match.

The girls had their annual Kilkenny schools blitz in the tennis club. The Juniors did extremely well winning the A and B section and the 1st year team put in some good performances so all bodes well for the future.         A team: Faye Neill, Jessica Waagner, Isobel Burke and Sarah Levie

B team: Marianne McIver, Amy Moynan, Amy Lawlor and Jennifer Hodgins

The Senior Girls were beaten in the final by a strong Loreto side and the B team were narrowly beaten in their final too. We had a full Spanish TY team who also performed well and unlucky not to make it to the final

School Singles Cup Championships

Junior Girls      Winner – Faye Neill

Runner up – Isabel Bourke

Senior Girls     Winner- Rachel Armitage

                           Runner up – Kym Hodgins

Junior Boys     Winner – Max Neill

                          Runner up – Andrew Arnopp

Senior Boys     Winner – Thomas Vidal

                           Runner up – Aodhan Cooper

Special mentions in our Sports Assembly.    

  • Rhiannon Blackweir is the current Kilkenny U16 Ladies Soccer goalkeeper and has trials for Chelsea Ladies over the summer.
  • Jackson Oya and Michael Prendergast made the Kilkenny Kennedy Cup Squad.
  • Olivia Deverell has represented Laois in Ladies Football and Portarlington in Women’s Rugby.
  • Lauren Thomas and Sam Grace both received Hockey Scholarships to Trinity and UCC respectively.
  • Clodagh Cassin was awarded an Ad Astra Scholarship at UCD.
  • Martin Mulhall was awarded a rugby scholarship at IT Carlow.
  • Daryl Culbert is the Autocross Driver of the Year in the U14 bracket.
  • Former member of staff Eoin O’Brien made his Clare Senior Hurling debut this year.
  • Congratulations to Mr. Carter, Mr. Caddy and former student Padraig Mahon who played for the Leinster Junior Rugby Team in the Interprovincial series. Past pupil Roy Stanley played in the same series for Connacht.
  • Jennifer Gray, sister of Stephen was in the 2020 Ireland Cricket World Cup squad.
  • Louise Carter was 2nd in the National Hunter Trials.
  • Peter Lydon was Player of the Year in London Scottish this year and made the championship dream team.
  • Well done to Shane Delahunt, Craig Ronaldson and Robin Copeland who continue to compete at the highest level in European Rugby.  A memorable highlight this year was when all 3 players started in the Munster and Connacht game in Thomond Park.
  • Mike Healy was 2nd in the British National Tetrathlon Championships in Bishop Burton last August. He is still the current Irish Champion.
  • Massive congratulations to Rory Hogan who has qualified for the National Match plays in Tennis in Belfast. He has also won several regional tournaments at Senior level.
  • Harry Duggan continues to play golf at a very high level. He recently competed in the Irish Amateur Open.
  • Badminton U14s
  • Tennis – Rory Hogan
  • Sailing – Doug Elmes
  • Keith Lucas – world record in the T2 100 kg. Bodyweight deadlift on the 31st (European Record in the same competition) – lifted 230 kg.
  • Former student Jonathan Yates won the prestigious West of Ireland Golf Championship. Current student Harry Duggan also competed very strongly in that tournament and recently competed in the Irish Amateur Open.  We wish Harry and Jonathan all the best in t heir developing careers.
  • Congratulations to Dougie Elmes who continues to perform at the highest level in sailing. This year Dougie won a Gold medal in the ISAF Youth World Championships and came first in the British End of Season Competition. He was also voted Sportsperson of the month for the Southeast in January.
  • Well done to the college U16 Gaelic Football Team who won the County Schools’ Blitz in   If (Craig Strong), Miss Dunphy and Mr. Ashmore could come up to the stage and receive the Shield.

RUGBY

U14 Player of the Year Brian Atkinson
U15 Player of the Year Glen Culbert
Harry Lewis Cup JCT Rugby Daniel Thompson
U16 Player of the Year is shared between Craig Strong and Jason Rothwell
UY18 Player of the Year is shared between Josh Miller and Reuben Pim

The Corrigan Cup is given to the 6th Year Boy who exemplifies hard work and enthusiasm on the Rugby field. This player has shown remarkable strength of character and determination to push the team whilst remaining focused on achieving his goals.

This year the award goes to 2 players who typify all these characteristics.  Can I ask Jordan Leybourne and John Ridgeway to come up and receive their awards.

Students who are attending Leinster Rugby Development Programme this summer.

Leinster U17 Daniel Thompson

John Rogers

Alex AdeogunLeinster U18Lloyd Stephens

Reuben PimLeinster U19Josh Miller

A massive congratulations to members of the U15 7’s Rugby Team who won the plate in the Umbrella 7’s in April and also raised a huge €2,300 for victims of the Earthquakes in Nepal.

As a reward, they will have a training session with Jamie Heaslip in September.  Could I ask for a big round of applause for all those second years.

On the 4th of April the Senior 1st Rugby Team won the school’s Senior Plate for the second year running by beating King’s Hospital.

I would like to ask Glen Dudley and Jack Delahunt to come up on stage and receive the Trophy.

INTERNATIONAL ACHIEVEMENTS.

In the school we are very lucky to have students who have achieved International honours.  Every year the list seems to grow.  This year, we would again like to offer a small token in appreciation of this achievement.

Our first student has competed in National and World Championships in the kettlebells.  It is a weightlifting sport very similar to the Olympic lifting movements of Snatch and Jerk.  He has represented Ireland in the 95kg Junior professional division where he won a silver medal and is the current All Ireland Champion in the 32 kg kettlebell professional adult and junior division.   He has also been offered a sports scholarship for NUI Maynooth for his achievements in the sports.  Could I ask David Warner to come up to the stage to receive his award.

Another 6th year student has also competed in the National and World Championships in kettlebells.  This student came 8th in the world championships and won a bronze in the Biathlon Category in the 2016 All Ireland Championships. Could I ask John McCurdy to come up and receive his award.

2 first year boys competed for Swim Ireland in an U14 swimming gala in Germany.  Both swimmers and backstroke competitions.  Would Colin Dragoi and Alex Maher come up on stage to receive their award.

3 girls represented their country at a 3 match series in Scotland.  One of the girls, Yasmin Pratt scored her first international goal in the first game.  Could I ask Yasmin, Sophie Thomas and Ellie McLoughlin up to the stage to receive an award.

JONATHAN YATES

We are also delighted to have Jonathan Yates with us today. Jonathan attended Kilkenny College from 2005 to 2011, playing rugby during the week and golf at weekends. In 2011 he attended Maynooth University where he was part of the Padraig Harrington Golf Academy.

In 2013 he received a golf scholarship to UCD and is currently a member of the Leinster Golf Panel.  He came 5thin last year’s Irish Amateur  Open and this year achieved the milestone of winning one of the major amateur championship, The West of Ireland Championships, previously won by players such as Shane Lowry and Rory McIlroy.  Jonathan has just been capped for Ireland as he competed on the Irish team at the French Amateur Open in Chantilly.  We offer our congratulations to Jonathan and offer him a small token of our appreciation.

Jonathan would also like to present his Irish jersey to Mr. Thompson to be put in Red Square.

McCLURE CUP

Sport is not always about taking part in an activity. It is also reflected in a student’s willingness to teach, to help and encourage and to give up their own time to assist in the development of others. The McClure Cup is awarded to the student who fulfils all this criteria in the area of swimming and aquatics. The very worthy winner again this year is Zara Beattie.

SPENCER CUPS (voted on by 6th years)

Boys:   William Rothwell

Girls:   Pasquinna Sida

The Quater Centenary Cup is awarded to the 6th year boy who shows a true sense of sportsmanship on the sports field.  Coupled with great ability, this player always focuses on the positive, always encouraging his players and showing a proper respect to members of his own team and opposition. I am thrilled that this award goes to two fine sportsmen this year: Alvin Stanley and Adam Oakes.

The O’Connor Cup is a similar award for the 6th year girl who mirrors the same qualities of loyalty, allegiance and sportsmanship on the sports field.  It is very encouraging to see these positive characteristics in our young athletes.   I am delighted to tell you that this year the award goes to Sarah Young.

The Ruddock Cup is given to the 6th year girl whose participation and skill set have been consistently at the highest level throughout her time in school. No matter what sport this girl is involved in, she demonstrates an excellent ability to persevere in tough times and develop new skills whilst competing at the highest level.  This year the award goes to Lydia Cope.,

The Godfrey Day Cup is awarded to the 6th year boy who has consistently been involved at the highest level of sport in the college.  In order to compete at this level, this player has always shown a remarkable level of consistency whilst wanting to better himself as a player.  He has shown huge enthusiasm for sport and a tremendous athleticism throughout.  I am delighted that Glen Dudley has won this award.

The George Williams Award goes to the 6th year student (boy or girl) who represents all that is positive and energetic about sports in Kilkenny College.  This trophy is awarded to the student who consistently shows great ability whilst remaining humble and more importantly, interested in what others do. This student is a true ambassador of sports in this school and is an inspiration for all students out there in how to get the most from the wonderful opportunities we have in sport. This year, the award goes to Anu Awonusi.