Girls Complete South Double

Our girls have added a camogie title to the football title won earlier this month.

In what is becoming an incredible year for the school in Cumann na mBunscol competitions, our girls team captured the South Roinn A camogie title today in Martinstown. This is the first time the school has won the Roinn A division and only its second camogie title.

The girls had three tough fixtures to negotiate on the route to the title. Against Hospital NS scores from Molly, Sinéad and Lucy helped the school get off to a confidence building start.

The second game against Kilfinane NS saw the team produce another commanding display all over the field. On the scoresheet in this game were; Molly, Lucy, Róisín and Katie.

The final game of the day was against the camogie stronghold of Galbally. Herbertstown rose to the challenge and ran out convincing winners with scores from Molly, Lucy, Róisín and Katie.

Massive congratulations to the girls on a fantastic achievement. Well done to Mr. Franklin and Ms Mann who put in a huge amount of work coaching these girls all year.

Premier Hurling Final

South Limerick Primary Schools Premier Division 2022

The school’s hurlers travelled to Kilmallock on May 24th to participate in the top hurling division of the South for the first time in 34 years. Any thought that this talented bunch of players would not be able to compete at this level was quickly dispelled after a quality performance in the semi-final. Herbertstown ran out convincing winners over Bruree NS to set up a meeting with Kilmallock in the final.

Kilmallock NS 1.07

Herbertstown NS 1.06

Fitzgerald Park in Kilmallock was in immaculate condition for the final and shortly after referee Josh Dineen threw in the ball, all in attendance quickly realised that the teams were very evenly matched. Points were exchanged in the early stages and midway through the first half the scores were level at 3 points each. Kilmallock then edged in front and looked to be headed into the break with a two point lead. A long delivery from their goalkeeper managed to split the Herbertstown defence and a Kilmallock forward pounced to rattle the net. The two point deficit had suddenly become 5 and Herbertstown were left with a minor mountain to climb. H/T: Kilmallock 1.05 Herbertstown 0.03

Such has been the belief of this bunch all through the year, the team in maroon came roaring back into the game in the second half. The Kilmallock lead was chipped away and with only moments remaining the scores were level. The game would be decided when a Kilmallock defender won a free and their freetaker, to his credit, held his nerve to split the posts. The final whistle would sound shortly afterwards.

Herbertstown scorers: Ciarán 1.03, Jack 0.02, Darragh 0.01

Tremendous credit is due to the Herbertstown team who came within a whisker of completing a South Premier double.

Beidh lá eile ag an bPaorach.

UL Sports / Athletics

Well done to our 46 athletes who participated at the UL Sports today.

Pupils from Herbertstown NS took part in races ranging from 80metres to 400 metres, as well as relays and long jumps. Everybody gave their all in their events and did their school proud.

South INTO Mini Sevens

The South Limerick division concluded their INTO Mini 7s competitions in recent weeks and we had excellent outings in all codes.

Girls’ Football

The Herbertstown girls reached the South final after wins over Knockainey, Ballylanders and Emly. Despite a spirited display in the final, Bruree NS claimed the South title.

Football

Our boys’ team reached the semi-final of the competition following wins over Ballylanders NS and Hospital NS. In a tight and tense game with Emly NS, Herbertstown went agonising close to getting through, with a fine save denying Herbertstown a goal with the final kick of the game as Emly won by 2 points.

Camogie

In the camogie, Herbertstown had wins over Knocklong and Kilfinane. Hospital NS edged an exciting clash of neighbours and this was enough to send them through to the final.

Hurling

Herbertstown and Knockainey met in the opening round of the competition and all that separated two evenly matched teams at the end of the game was 1 goal, which was scored by the boys in black in the final minute. Herbertstown regrouped to record a win over Hospital NS but Knockainey had done enough to secure passage to the South Final where they beat Kilmallock NS.

Attention now turns to the main Cumann na mBunscol competitions in the coming weeks.

Ned Daly Shield 2021

Kerry clinch Ned Daly Shield honours for 2021 with a narrow win over Mayo.

In a superb game of football, played between teams from fifth class, the Mr Franklin coached Kerry side got the telling scores in the final moments to win the Ned Daly Shield.

Congratulations to both teams on great performances and a big thank you to Dylan O’Connor who referred the game.

Pádraig Pearse Cup 2021

Dublin claim the 2021 Padraig Pearse Cup.

On Wednesday a football match between two teams from within the sixth class bubble took place.

The teams, Dublin (coached by Mr Franklin) and Galway (coached by Mr Fitzgerald), had been picked some weeks previous and had been training during lunch time ahead of the game.

The onlooking support from the other classes in the school were treated to a lively encounter, full of skill and enthusiasm. Dublin built on a half time lead to stretch ahead by 8 points in the second half. However, some quickfire goals from Galway brought the deficit back to one point with around a minute to go. Dublin held their nerve and landed a late point to secure a two point win.

Afterwards, Mrs Heelan presented the Pádraig Pearse Cup to the Dublin captain.

Boys & Girls Teams through to South Finals

Well done to our boys hurling team and girls camogie team who have qualified for south finals in their divisions.

The girls are through to play Effin NS in the Roinn B decider following wins over Ballylanders NS and Knockainey NS yesterday in Martinstown.

The boys are through to the Roinn A final following victories over Kilfinane NS, Hospital NS, Galbally NS and Croom NS in their blitz last week. In a local derby, Herbertstown will play Hospital in the final and it will be the first time Herbertstown have played in the Roinn A final since 1988.

Active School Flag Survey

Our Active School Flag Committee carried out a sports/P.E. related survey last week.

Members of our Active School Flag Committee were busy last week as they carried out a survey of our pupils’ views on sport & P.E. in the school.

ASF Committee carrying out survey
Pupils filling in the questionnaire

The committee tallied up all the results just before the Easter holidays and produced some very interesting results!

ASF Committee tallying the results

Results

Do you look forward to P.E.?

Do you like sport?

Favourite P.E. lesson

How long do you spend being active at home each day?

Favourite Sport

Are you a member of a sports club?

Club Membership Statistics

What sport would you like to see in the school?

Top 5 Favourite Sports Teams

Favourite Sports Person

Does sport/P.E. make you happy?

Hurling with James Ryan

A big thanks to Limerick GAA GDA James Ryan who coached all classes in the school in hurling prior to the mid-term break. The children had a lot of fun and also got excellent practise with the skills of the game. The school is working towards renewing its Active School Flag and securing GAA 5 Star Centre status and the work James did with the children was a huge help towards these goals. Well done to the boys and girls for the great effort they made with James in sometimes very cold conditions!