It was a case of so near and yet so far for the Coláiste’s gallant junior camogie team as they lost out narrowly to Lismore’s Blackwater Community School in the Munster final in Cahir, last Saturday.
The game was played in ideal weather conditions, but the heavy ground conditions following the week’s rain mitigated against a free-flowing game. Lismore got off to a flier, scoring 1-01 in the opening exchanges without reply. Cahir replied with two well-struck frees from midfielder Ashling Moloney bringing them back into the game. Lismore again pointed, but Cahir were gradually coming more and more into it, and a good period of pressure resulted in another point for Ashling Moloney. Caoimhe Condon then pointed what was probably the score of the game, controlling the ball beautifully before turning and scoring. Cahir were now just a point behind with the score at 1-02 to 0-4 after 18 minutes. Amazingly this was to be the final score of the half, though in the remaining time Cahir enjoyed the better of the exchanges. They were solid in defence, where Jessica Weste made some excellent blocks at corner back, and tigerish through the middle where Maureen Murphy and Aoife Corcoran in particular were tenacious in their efforts. The forwards maintained pressure on a resolute Lismore defence. Good work by Caoimhe Condon saw her shot deceive the keeper but the defence were alert to the danger and cleared the ball off the line. Lismore’s keeper showed her worth soon after with a good save, and again the defence stood firm and cleared.
Cahir began the second half with great intent but their efforts did not result in an equaliser. Lismore took heart and for a period were certainly in the ascendancy. Cahir keeper Laura Dillon made a superb save to keep the gap at one point, but shortly afterwards Lismore pointed a free, followed quickly by a very well-taken 65 to extend the gap to three points. It looked as if they would put the game beyond the Coláiste’s reach at that stage, but the Cahir girls responded. Roisin Howard found space but was fouled and the reliable Ashling Moloney pointed the resultant free. With Aoife Corcoran and midfielders Maureen Murphy and Ashling Moloney prominent in exchanges, Claire Walsh thundering into the game at full back and Rebecca English resolute and determined at wing-back Cahir began to enjoy greater possession. Another great turn from Roisin Howard but her shot was blocked and the follow-up shot went agonisingly across the goal. With the game entering the final phases and Cahir focussed on attack, a quick Lismore counter attack saw the corner forward race free. The Cahir defence recovered quickly but from an acute angle she pointed to leave three points between the teams again, 1-05 to 0-05. Cahir continued to work hard in attack, but were thwarted by the tight marking and blocking of the Lismore defence. They had the satisfaction of getting the last score – a short free to Roisin Howard which she then pointed. It was too little too late though, and Lismore emerged as victors on a final scoreline of 1-05 to 0-06.
Cahir: Laura Dillon, Jessica Weste, Claire Walsh, Kirsty Arbuckle, Roisin Costigan, Emma Buckley (Captain), Rebecca English, Maureen Murphy, Ashling Moloney, Shauna Burke, Aoife Corcoran, Roisin Howard, Lauren Fitzpatrick, Caoimhe Condon, Regina Cooney.
Green Schools Energy Awareness Campaign
The Coláiste’s Green Schools committee have been busy throughout this term, working towards gaining the second green flag for the Coláiste – the energy flag.
Green-Schools is an international environmental education programme and award scheme that promotes and acknowledges long-term, whole school action for the environment. It is a long-term programme which fosters a strong sense of citizenship and leadership, promotes teamwork and brings students into the decision making process. The programme aims to increase awareness of environmental issues among students and to use to further positive environmental action throughout the school and in the wider community.
Work has been ongoing in making changes to structures and practices within the Coláiste, all with the aim of conserving energy. These include structural factors such as fitting of new double glazing on all external windows, switching over to the more energy efficient option of gas heating, placing time clocks on water heaters and using energy efficient light fittings throughout the school, to raising awareness by poster competitions, displays and reminder notices in the various classrooms and social areas. Committee members have had a number of promotions to encourage energy awareness among all in the Coláiste. During the most recent Green Schools Awareness days on December 1 and 2, classes discussed ways to save energy at home or in school, all bringing to mind the slogan “Think globally act locally”. Topics related to energy and conservation have also been taught in related subject areas to many year groups. Those who visited the Coláiste for the recent Open Night or Information night will doubtless have seen the eye-catching “Save the world” display in the main social area. The Committee is also active in maintaining the anti-litter campaign throughout the Coláiste.
An Taisce representatives will visit the Coláiste shortly to assess the progress made, and will make the decision as to whether the Coláiste has been successful in the application for the second green flag. While the flag would be justifiable recognition of the work put in, the first hope of those involved is that the focus on energy awareness and conservation will help transform practice and encourage energy efficiency both in the Coláiste and beyond.