Commiserations to the Junior Boys Rugby squad who lost narrowly to Newbridge College on a 22-20 scoreline in the final of the Leinster Schools Junior League at Donnybrook yesterday. This was a memorable final from the first minute to the last. The JCT displayed great tenacity and skill in coming back three times from behind and scoring three excellent tries. Both sides fought to the final whistle and at the end Newbridge emerged narrowly victorious. Congratulations to both sides and all the coaches for providing a match worthy of any final. The standard of play and sportsmanship was excellent throughout. Thanks also to all those students, parents and family members who gave unstinting support to our squad throughout the game and after the match had ended. Best wishes to the SCT and JCT as they move into the Leinster Schools Cup competitions. The SCT play Wilson’s Hospital School on Wednesday 18th January at Donnybrook Stadium and the JCT play CBC Monkstown on Thursday 9th February also at Donnybrook Stadium.
JUNIOR LEAGUE FINAL – MONDAY 16th JANUARY
Kilkenny College JCT will contest the Leinster Schools Junior League Division 1A final this coming Monday in Donnybrook at 2pm. Newbridge College will provide stern opposition after comfortably accounting for their group and Semi Final opposition, and it is fitting that the two unbeaten teams in the competition have reached the final in what is sure to be a compelling game. All support would be welcome in Donnybrook next Monday.
Results to date;
Newbridge College - Final 16th January
Castleknock College - Won 12-7
St. Gerards College - Won 20-11
CC Roscrea - Won 37-3
Kings Hospital - Won 56-0
CUS - Won 60-0
The High School - Won 65-3
CBC Monkstown - Won 48-5
St. Andrews College - Won 51-0
SCT AND JCT CUP DATES
Kilkenny College SCT v. Wilsons Hospital School, Bank of Ireland Vinnie Murray Cup 2nd Round, Wednesday 18th January at 2pm, Venue TBC
Kilkenny College JCT v. CBC Monkstown, Bank of Ireland Junior Cup, Thursday 9th February at 3pm, Donnybrook Stadium.
Joe Schmidt, Ireland Head Rugby Coach, was a welcome and popular special guest at Kilkenny College on Wednesday 7th December. Joe made time in his busy schedule to travel to the College and speak to the assembled school community before rounding off his visit by meeting as many students and staff as time permitted.
Upon arrival Joe was met by a group of junior cycle students who are captains of their respective sports teams. He was shown the Irish representative jerseys from a variety of sports worn by former students of the College which hang in Red Square. The was an atmosphere of celebration in the College Sports Hall upon Joe’s entrance reflecting the success of the Irish team’s recent achievements in defeating South Africa, New Zealand and Australia.
Joe Schmidt then spoke to the students and staff reminding them that excellence is achieved through repeated practice and preparation. It is not given to anyone. He emphasized that a group or team succeeds best when each person within it is working to be the best that they can be. It is then that the combined effort will achieve the best possible results.
The captains of the four senior girls and boys rugby and hockey teams then made a presentation of thanks to Joe, including a Kilkenny College rugby jersey.Joe’s natural warmth and empathy shone through during his visit. A Whole School ‘Selfie’ and a lap of honour around the all the year groups brought the Assembly to a conclusion. Joe was gone, but the halo lives on
KILKENNY COLLEGE SERVICE OF NINE LESSONS AND CAROLS
In The Cathedral Church of St. Canice @ 11:00 a.m. On Monday the 19th of December. Refreshments for Parents/Guardians in Rothe House, Parliament Street following the Service Courtesy of the Parents’ Association.
‘15 Third Level Scholarships and national awards for members of the Leaving Certificate Class of 2016 at Kilkenny College.’
The achievements of significant numbers of students from the Leaving Certificate Class of 2016 have been recognised by a variety of third level institutions and associations in recent weeks.
Three Entrance Scholarships were awarded by Trinity College Dublin to members of the class of 2016 on the 22nd November. Sarah Morrow, Castlecomer Road and Daire Pryal, Holdensrath, two of the recipients, both achieved 625 CAO points in the Leaving Certificate 2016. Both Sarah and Daire are now studying Medicine. Sophie Cairns, who attained 605 CAO points is now studying Engineering.