FAI Development Officer Barry McGann is currently coaching our pupils on Friday mornings.
The sessions are being thoroughly enjoyed by pupils from juniors to 6th class. They will serve as a great boost to interest in soccer in the school. In the coming weeks our pupils will take part in the Primary Futsal tournament in Cappamore. In the last term, our senior pupils will participate in the SPAR FAI Primary School 5s.
The 2017 Sports Day saw the introduction of teams for the first time. Every pupil in the school, from Juniors to sixth, was placed in one of six teams: Puffins, Deer, Frogs, Hares, Owls and Foxes. Points were awarded to the top five finishers in the running races, sack races and spud and spoon races. There was also an award for the team with the best team spirit. At the end of the races the points were totted up and it was The Puffins who emerged victorious. Congratulations to them and their coach, Mrs. Heelan.
Following the races the finals of the Ned Daly Shield, the Padraig Pearse Cup and the Summer Soccer League were played. These finals were the culmination of weeks of preliminary matches and the finals were closely fought contests. Congrats to Dublin who claimed the Ned Daly Shield, Mayo who captured the Pádraig Pearse Cup and France who beat England 3-2 in the final of the Summer Soccer League. Thank you to FAI Development Officer Barry McCann who came to the school to watch the soccer final and, along with Mike Bermingham of Herbertstown AFC, presented the school with footballs and equipment.
Our boys and girls were unlucky to bow out of the FAI Soccer 5s in Corbally last week at the semi-final stage. Both teams were very unfortunate not to progress despite some excellent performances. Attention now turns to the upcoming primary school athletics and the Cumann na mBunscol hurling and camogie events.
On Thursday two teams from our third & fourth classes travelled to Cappamore to represent the school in the FAI Primary Futsal tournament. Herbertstown NS joined other schools such as Templeglantine NS, Killinure NS, Cloverfield NS and Dromtasna NS at the indoor event.
Both our girls’ and boys’ teams performed fantastically well in what was their first time participating in an event like this. The boys reached the semi-final of their tournament, losing out on penalties. The girls’ team had an impressive run which brought them to the final where they also lost out on penalties.
Despite the disappointment the pupils felt they can be very proud of themselves. The next outing for the pupils at this grade will be the indoor hurling after Christmas and another day to look forward to. Well done to Mr. Wixted, Mr. Gubbins and Breda for guiding the teams through the day.
Our pupils return to Herbertstown with silverware for a second time in a week!
Two teams travelled to Corbally today to take part in the UEFA Grass Roots soccer 5 a side competition. Our girls team performed admirably, picking up a win,a draw and a loss in their three games.
The boys qualified out of a tough group which included Roxborough N.S., St. Nicholas and Christ the King, Caherdavin. This set up a semi-final meeting with Milford NS and with confidence building among the group they advanced to the final.
In the final Herbertstown faced a formidable Bilbao NS side. In a tense affair the scores were tied on a number of occasions including at half time where the game was finely poised at 2-2. With Ross pulling off some vital saves and captain Patrick Bermingham leading by example our team produced a memorable victory with a goal in the dying moments to win 4 -3.
Huge congratulations to the team who displayed tremendous team work throughout. Well done to Mike Bermingham who gave up his time to guide the team through the day.
Team: Ross, Seán, Adam, Aaron, Patrick, Euan, Ryan
Herbertstown National School