On the 5th of November 2013 St. Joseph’s BNS Terenure played St. Pius X Templeogue in Croke Park.
The team were confident that they would be able to defeat St. Pius if they played to the best of their ability. The teams had played each other earlier in the year in a match that St. Joseph’s narrowly won.
On the day of the match the team was eager to get on to the pitch and full of energy. We all hoped that the numerous training sessions we had attended would pay off. It would not be easy to win this game. The St. Pius’s players were of great quality and skill.
The game started with St. Pius having immediate control of the ball. We were lucky that they did not convert all their chances but they did get an early goal that disheartened the St. Joseph’s players to an extent. However St. Josephs fought back and moved the ball into the forwards leading to five points. St. Joseph’s first goal was the result of excellent teamwork and use of the ball. As a result of the passing captain Matthew Mc Getrick scored an amazing goal that greatly boosted the whole team’s confidence. After the goal the match turned into a well balanced point scoring game. The St. Joseph’s players were especially good at winning the ball from the air. By halftime the match had evened out and it was a very close game. During half time our coaches Mr. Brennan and Mr. Ring told us that we could win if we kept working hard and winning the ball.
When the ball was thrown in for the second half St. Pius again took control but St. Josephs stayed in the game because of excellent defending and tackling. St. Pius scored several points and would have scored goals on numerous occasions would it had not been for the amazing goalkeeping by Alex Dunne. St. Josephs scored a few hard worked points one after the other. Tom Malone scored a decisive goal that gave St. Joseph’s breathing space on the scoreboard. St. Pius continued to launch attacks on the goal but were beaten back by excellent defending. The last goal came from good movement and eventually Ciarán O’ Riordan scored a goal following a run that destroyed the entire Pius full backline. St. Pius won a few balls from the air near the end of the game but it enough. Finally the referee blew the whistle and we celebrated a well deserved victory.
After the game Matthew lifted the trophy and was met by a chorus of cheers from the St. Joseph’s supporters. It was the end of a great season. Overall it was a well deserved victory.
Eoghan O’Gara and Denis Bastick created great excitement here in St. Joseph’s today when they arrived as All Ireland winners with the Sam Maguire Cup. They were warmly welcomed by all the boys in the school and the boys posed some very interesting questions.
Members of the winning team in the school league, Monaghan, were presented with their medals by Eoghan and Denis. This was a great honour for all the boys.
Eoghan and Denis also played for St. Joseph’s in Croke Park and they said that they were some of their most memorable matches. They wished our senior team the best of luck in the final on November 5th
On the 24th of October Mr O’Flynn’s sixth class took part in an interschool debate. The first knockout round was against St. Colmcille’s National school in Knocklyon. It was a very exciting day. The St. Josephs team included the captain Christian, Alex, Shane and the subs Gavan, Jacob and Kieran. The St. Josephs boys team did unbelievably well but the all girl from St. Colmcille’s school team were very good opponents. The first speech by the St Colmcille’s team was brilliant but the boys came back in the crossfire round. The captains at the end made a summing up speech. Both teams did brilliantly but, unfortunately, there could only be one winner. In this case, that winner was the all girls team from St. Colmcille’s. They were deserved winners and the St. Joseph’s team were great losers. It was a great experience for the St. Joseph’s team and the class. All in all it was a great day!
We are delighted to welcome our biennial book fair to St. Joseph’s from October 16th to 22nd. There are books to suit all age groups and many areas of interest are catered for. We encourage the boys from 2nd to 6th class to check that their book has an AR quiz available for it.
All classes visit the book fair during the week and parents are welcome to visit each morning from 8:30 – 9:00 along with the boys. The Junior and Senior Infant boys are timetabled for 1:30 to 2:20 pm. We encourage the boys of all ages to keep reading. One day you may become a best selling author!
We would like to thank the executive of the Parent Association for organising supervision of the book fair and helping to ensure its success.
This is Maths Week all over Ireland. In St. Joseph’s we are having fun with practical maths., maths activities and ICT. We are having maths trails, bingo, maths table quizzes, maths board games, and problem solving activities throughout the week. There were prizes and fun for all.