Sancta Maria College, School Blog.

Sancta Maria College Girls U14 Gaelic Team Suffer Heartbreak While the Senior Girls Triumph in Double Header Against Claremorris.

Another impressive win for our senior girls Gaelic team on the 22nd of November. It was an action packed game but the girls saw it through to the end. By half time Louisburgh were leading 1-8 to 0-5. Throughout the second half the home side were making mistakes but managed to hold onto their lead. Full time score 6-12 to 2-13. Unfortunately our U14 girls did not share in the celebrations but battled for the 50 minute game.

Sancta Maria College Trad Group

Sancta Maria College trad groups meet to play a few songs every Thursday first class after lunch. Students who play an instrument and are interested in participating should contact Mr. Murphy for more information.

TY Students take part in the Macra Na Feirme Quiz

On Thursday last a group of 12 TY students traveled to Castlebar with Ms. Hynes where they took part in a Macra Na Feirme quiz.

We had 3 teams of 4 attending the competition and were up against 18 other teams from schools across Mayo.

While we did not win the competition we had some prize winners in the raffle.

An enjoyable day was had by all.

Sancta Maria College Running Club

Running Club was cancelled on Tuesday but it was rescheduled to Thursday at 9.05 am.

Members of the club met outside the woodwork shed just after 9 am. Unfortunately we were not allowed go on the 5 km run around Bunowen because we had no gear but we did get some pictures of the 10 or so members and Mr. Freeman.

The club is made up of mostly second and first year students, majority being boys. However Mr. Freeman said he is hoping to get more students to join by organising a fun run sometime during the year.

John O' Shea Talk to TY students

On the 23rd of October, John O’Shea came into the school to talk to our TY group. He started off by telling us about what he was like when he was at school. Like so many of us he didn’t have much interest in the books but he described himself as a doer and when he didn’t get the points for what he wanted, he ended up setting up the biggest charity in the history of our state - Goal.

He told us some lovely stories and some very, very sad stories about the children dying out in all the poverty stricken countries. The TYs were captivated by his tales of famines, natural disasters and terrorist attacks. It was very interesting to hear these stories from someone who had witnessed it first hand and had to deal with it.

He told us of the difficult decisions himself and others had to make in split seconds. He told us of the times when they would have to measure the bicep of the young children and how hard it was to leave the ones whose biceps were too thin, as they knew there was no hope for them. It was a very emotional talk.

We left the talk with a lot to think about like what we could do to help the people and the children. All in all, it was a very empowering talk.

Sancta Maria College School Board Game Club By Callum Conlon and Matthew Joyce

Starting at 1:10 each Thursday in room 22 the school board game club attracts a range of students from 1st to 5th year. No matter what level you are, you can always play the most complex of game. The club provides students the opportunity to socialise with each other as they enjoy a broad range of games. From Cluedo to Scrabble, from puzzles to Guess Who, you are always welcome to the Sancta Maria Board Game Club.

Sancta Maria College, Louisburgh vs St. Patrick's College Killala By Theo Cullen and Amy Kilcoyne

This Wednesday the Louisburgh girls soccer team played St Patrick’s College, from Lackencross, Killala in a home match. The exciting game kicked off at 12:30 and immediately Louisburgh seemed to have the upperhand, maintaining possession and making a number of beautiful plays up and down the field.

There were a number of chances for both sides, but a stalwart defense and a few missed opportunities resulted in the game being still at nil-nil at half time, although Louisburgh had put 3 shots on target. In the second half, the Louisburgh girls seemed to have lost some of their spirit and unfortunately seceded a goal to the Killala team in the last ten minutes.

Despite the best efforts of the team, they were unable to score a goal despite a four more shots on goal. Fatigue from the long match perhaps played a role in this defeat today, although the performance from the Louisburgh team was still very admirable and the opposition was without a doubt very tough.

Well played to all those who took part today and thanks to our Killala friends for coming all the way to play us!

Sancta Maria College, Louisburgh vs Our Lady’s Belmullet. By Vanessa O ' Malley and Mathew Joyce

Referee: Mr. Gibbons.

It was on a cold, mid-October’s day that Sancta Maria’s junior team took on Belmullet’s purple and yellow of Our Lady’s secondary school. The Louisburgh lads were eager to commence the game and arrived onto the pitch at 11:15 to begin their warm-ups and it wasn’t until fifteen minutes later that the Belmullet team joined them.

At twelve pm exactly the game began and not only two minutes later the ball was kicked over the bar by a Belmullet player.

Sancta Maria’s first score followed seconds later and the game picked up pace as both teams vied for possession.

Louisburgh’s goalkeeper was challenged harshly and a free kick was rewarded.

At twelve minutes into the game Our Lady’s scored their first goal, going straight into the right corner of the net. A kick out that fell into the wrong hands brought the ball back up to the Louisburgh goal again, however this attempted goal was saved by the Louisburgh goalkeeper.

Another goal to the Belmullet team, this time kicked by no.14.

Sancta Maria were not to be disheartened and soon enough they kicked another brilliant point.

An impressive display of skill was shown by both sides and in an effort to stall James Duffy who was unstoppable when carrying the ball, Our Lady’s decided to swap their no.15 who was marking James to no.19.

At 12:30 the half-time whistle was blown and the teams left the pitch with Belmullet: 5 goals 9 points to Sancta Maria’s 4 points.

The second half was more energised, Louisburgh were not going to give up no matter the score difference. A switch of Louisburgh goalkeepers with Danny O’Farrell now in meant that the previous goalie, Saul McCarthy could move up the pitch in another effort to decrease the difference in score.

Two more goals from Belmullet in quick succession yet the yellow and black of Sancta Maria were determined to win.

When Isaac O’Grady kicked a great point, things were looking good for Sancta Maria. Two more points followed. The ball found its way slowly moving down to the Louisburgh net but Padraig Kitterick fired the ball back up the field. Another goal followed by a point to the Belmullet team however Charlie Morrison managed to catch the ball and kick it into the net, scoring Louisburgh’s first and only goal of the match.

Two more Louisburgh points from Ciaran Lyons and Danny Hedley had Louisburgh supporters screaming encouragement for Sancta Maria to keep going.

However it was not to be Sancta Maria’s day and the match came to a close with Belmullet 8 goals and 16 points to Louisburgh’s 1 goal and 10 points.

Sancta Maria College Vs. St. Joseph’s of Foxford (By Caroline Mannion and Amy Gleeson)

Sancta Maria College took on St. Joseph’s of Foxford in the 2nd Round of the Junior School’s rugby cup in Carrowholly on Thursday the 11th of October. Foxford came with a strong reputation as beaten finalists in last year’s competition.

The Louisburgh lads are fielding a rugby team for the first time ever and were looking for their second successive win, having beaten Enniscrone comprehensively in the first round in September.

Louisburgh coach Colin Cooper started working with the 1st year group in Sancta Maria back in 2017. This year he was joined by Mr Griffith and they have put this team together that are now able to compete.

The game started at approximately 12 noon and at a ferocious pace, with both teams playing attacking rugby. Great effort was shown by both teams and Louisburgh’s burning spirit resulted in Captain Finley Gibbons breaking the Foxford line and scoring the first try under the posts, he converted the try to give Louisburgh a 7 – nil lead after around 7 minutes into the 1st half.

More great work by the Sancta Maria forwards lead to another lovely try just before half time from Alvaro Sarabia.

Louisburgh lead by 12 points at half time and deservedly so. Their forwards were on top. Players such as Cian O’Malley and Kevin McCann lead by example and set up a platform for the backs to attack the opposition. In the backline Cormac Lyons and Captain Finley Gibbons pointed the way. An honourable mention is due the the three 1st year debutants: Martin McDonnell, Kyle Gibbons and Daragh O’Toole as it was their first match.

In the 2nd half Sancta Maria controlled the possession and fabulous tries were scored by William McAlonan and Cian O’Malley.

Foxford were foiled on the line a number of times by excellent Louisburgh defence, but managed to score their first and only try 20 minutes into the 2nd half.

Louisburgh ran out winners with 22 points to 5.

As a person who is new to rugby, I felt that Louisburgh were more organised and better able to return possession. With a few extra passes they probably could have scored a few more tries.

Overall it was a great game, lots of attacking rugby, good scrummaging and great lineouts. Great effort was given from both sides despite the blustery and rainy weather conditions.

Sancta Maria march on, unbeaten, and are likely to play a team from Galway in the semi-final and could possibly be in with a chance to earn a place in the Connaught final.

And finally, to the man of the match, Laoch na hImearta. Everybody agreed that Kevin McCann was a worthy recipient. Light on his feet and abover everyone else in the lineouts, he played some phenomenal rugby.

Sancta Maria College V Davitt College (U16 Girls)

After a bad start the Louisburgh girls started to make headway against a strong, defensive Davitts side. Three minutes in and the home side were trailing by three points. After some impressive intercepts and runs by the twins, Ciara and Tara Needham, and three early goals in the first half, the home team led by four points going into the second half.

There were brief moments of calm throughout the second half as the home side faced a changed Davitts side. With a few fouls, against Louisburgh, and a few points the away side looked as if they were going to end the match with a tie. However two goals for the home team meant Sancta Maria took the win.