Clonmore Blitz 2018
West Wicklow Blitz- Hollywood- 27/04/18
Our senior boys hit the ground running after having a good rest from any competitive action in schools football during recent months. We were delighted to get the opportunity to take part in a West Wicklow blitz in Hollywood GAA grounds. Despite missing two important players, Aaron Byrne & Nathan Flynn, we arrived with great optimism and hungry for success!
Our first game was against Valleymount N.S. From the very beginning we knew we had a battle on our hands. It was clear that they had some very skillful players on their team. Our 6th class contingent of Aaron Kelly, Aaron Davis, Lee Doyle & John Mc Kernan showed all their experience in this game. We limited our opponent’s attacking opportunities to the minimum and were quick and ruthless in counter-attack when we had chances of our own. Jack & Cian Weekes worked tirelessly in this game whilst Oran Keating’s kickouts gave us a great platform on which to build our attack. Conor Forde and Daire Byrne were solid in defense and kept their markers quiet. We ground out a gritty victory and moved onto our next game.
Our next game was against Glendalough N.S. We played some scintillating football during this match but in truth we were far too strong for our opposition and defeated them at our ease. William Doyle and Luke Kelly were very strong in defense whilst Conor Joyce and Kyle Davis were troublesome for their markers in the forwards.
We played Hollywood N.S in the final as they were the other undefeated team in the blitz and favorites for silverware. Our Hacketstown boys had much different ideas. From the very beginning the entire team were switched on and knew what they had to if victory was to be theirs. Defensively we were top notch and Aaron Kelly, Lee Doyle and Aaron Davis made no mistake when opportunities for scores presented themselves. Again, Oran Keating was very steady in goals and Conor Forde and Jack Weekes fought to the very end to ensure that no cheap scores were given away. Most encouraging was how we worked as a team. The attitude and work ethic among our players was excellent and the senior players offered great encouragement to their younger counterparts. We were worthy champions on the day and can be very proud of our performance.
A huge congratulations to those who competed in Garyhill in their first handball tournament. Despite having never played until the weeks leading up to the event, the pupils gave it their all and reaped the rewards as a result. Well done to all!
The infamous Cecil Whelan joined us in Carlow Lawn Tennis Club in order to prepare for our first Handball Tournament.
Thank you to Mr. Corcoran for organising the lunch time school competition in order to choose the pupils who qualified to compete, to Cecil Whelan for coaching us voluntarily, to C.L.T.C. for providing a coaching venue, to the pupils who refereed the matches, and of course to parents who drove children to both training and the competition itself. Well done to those who participated at such a high standard, having never played before and with great success!
1st/2nd Class Football Blitz 29/09/2017
1st and 2nd class attended a football blitz in Stratford. Two teams from Hacketstown, Stratford and Grange took part. The two Hacketstown teams won all their matches. They displayed amazing football skills and really enjoyed the games. Well done!
Clonmore GAA/Hacketstown NS Blitz – 30/05/17
The torrential rain cleared just in time today for the tenth annual Clonmore GAA/Hacketstown NS Boys Blitz. In glorious sunshine eight teams took part in the competition which is restricted to children in fourth class and younger.
The younger boys from all the the schools served up a feast of football in some tightly contested games and the skill levels of the players impressed the large attendance.
At the end of the competition Tullow won the D final, Hacketstown won the C final, Knockananna won the B final while a late, late score from Baltinglass pipped Rathvilly in the A final.Kareem Mtoto from Baltinglass received the Player of the Blitz award.
Afterwards all repaired to the clubhouse for the trophy presentation and a great spread of refreshments provided for everyone by the Hacketstown NS Parents Association.
Hacketown 4th/3rd/2nd class boys who beat Baltinglass in their final.
Carlow GAA – 10/05/2017
Approximately 50 children from 2nd, 3rd and 4th class were lucky enough to spend most of their day in the scorching sunshine in the Clonmore GAA grounds. They used the brand new dressing rooms and were divided into groups and practiced their skills with some of the best coaches in Carlow who came out from county headquarters to coach them. The groups worked on a variety of skills and then played an action packed and fun filled blitz. We are very thankful to all the coaches who helped us. The coaches in turn were very impressed by the great skills our students possessed.
First & Second Class Blitz- Stratford – 28/04/17
Three mixed teams of boys and girls travelled to Stratford for a very enjoyable few hours of football. Every child played four games of football. The children were a credit to their school being extremely well behaved and displaying all the skills they have been working on throughout the year. It was wonderful to see the energy and great attitude the children possessed and the teams really played well together. The future of our school’s football teams looks bright!
West Wicklow Blitz- Blessington – 31/03/17
We set off in great spirits for Blessington with two teams of young and very enthusiastic footballers and a large number of parents who were equally very enthusiastic supporters. As we were leaving our 6th class contingent at home due to preparations for their confirmation we knew we may find it difficult against such strong opposition as Baltinglass, Blessington and Dunlavin. This did not at all dampen the spirits of the 2nd-5th class children who prepared themselves for battle.
Our senior team faced two outstanding teams in Dunlavin and Baltinglass. While they acknowledged the difficulty of the task at no point did any of our players give up. We tackled and worked hard from start to finish and never gave up in any of our games. Jack and Cian Weekes covered a huge amount of ground whilst Daire Byrne,Lee Doyle and Kyle Davis tackled hard in defense. Aaron Kelly and Aaron Davis led by example in midfield and encouraged those around them. Up front we had very few opportunities but John Mc Kiernan and Aaron Byrne worked well defensively when needed and Oran Keating was constantly looking for possession. Conor Joyce chipped in with a very well taken goal.
Our second team provided great entertainment for the large number of parents who came along to support. Some of the 5th class girls were truly exceptional with great displays from Emma Whelan, Heidi King and Abaigh Doyle. Sophie Myers and Tara Lyons worked tirelessly while Leah Furlong chipped in with a few outstanding scores. William Whelan was steady in goals and Luke Kelly was constantly tackling and working hard. Four boys from second class were also part of the team on the day and showed no signs of nerves. Tough tackling Rory Doyle and Luke Mulvany brought the 5th and 6th class opposition players to their knees on more than one occasion. Jack Lyons read the game very well and always seemed to be in the right place. Conor Forde put his head on the line with a wonderful block and always made himself available for the Hacketstown kick outs. Everyone agreed it was a great day and despite not all the results going our way we were a happy bunch as we made our way home.