Elphin CC News 4-2-11

Boys Junior Gaelic Football

Elphin Community College VS. Corron College Ballymote

Elphin started the game off brightly with a score from Shane Killoran to give Elphin the first score of the match. More scores followed by Gerard McDermottroe by scoring 1-2 in less than a minute. Elphin dominated the first 10 minutes with scores from Austin Kielty and Darren Lee to give a score of 3-4 to 0-0. Tactical substitution by Coach Peter Carney would see him take off both the scorers Austin and Darren and replace them with Gavin Higgins and Luke Monaghan. Some great scores from the 2 super subs and from Donal Brady would see a very 1 sided lead at half time with the score at 6-7 to 0-0 in favour of Elphin. During the 2nd half Elphin kept up their domination from the 1st half with some great play that started with Shane Killoran who gave a great ball over the top that Team Captain Finbar McDermott would get on the end of and beat his man then feed the ball to Cathal Brady who was coming of his shoulder and from there was only 1 outcome, Cathal kicked the ball over the bar, the best score of the game that all started with Shane Killoran with the ball over the top. Some brilliant Defending from Conor Sweeney and Christy O’Connor gave Ballymote no chance of getting a score. Further scores from Dillon Beirne and Ryan Larkin widened Elphin lead with the score at 7-12 to 0-0, Ballymote still without a score. Some miscommunication in the defence saw number 15 for Ballymote through on goal but a save from Mark Brennan stopped the ball heading into the top corner, Ballymote still without a score. Substitute James Dwyer would score 1-1 and finish the game for Elphin. The full-time score at The Orchard in Elphin was 8-14 to 1-0 to Elphin. “The 1st & 2nd years played outstanding when they came on against opposition twice their size, some brilliant footballers coming up through the ranks!” some words after the game by Coach Peter Carney. The team would like to thank teacher Mrs. Sullivan and Coach Peter Carney for taking some of their own time out to come and train and help them for the match.


Spike ball

My names Bronagh Weston and I am the P.R.O for my school’s, Spike Ball course. Elphin Community College was one of the chosen 18 schools to take part in the Volleyball Association of Ireland’s Transition Year Girls Spike ball Leaders Award Programme 2010-11. This is funded by the Irish Sports Council ‘Women in Sport’ project encouraging girls to actively participate in sport.

On The 18th January Mary Lawlor and Graham Torrance, development officers from the Volleyball Association of Ireland, for a full day training course, visited us. Graham introduced the game of spike ball, which is an adapted game of volleyball. We learned the spike ball rules, how to play the game and how to introduce it to Primary School students. We also learned about coaching, refereeing, sports reporting and organising a Spike ball Blitz.

We all enjoyed the coaching. I found the best part of the day was when we went into groups and coached the rest of our class as if they were the kids in Primary School. The toughest part was trying to do the drills, and trying to get everyone into the right places. There are 11 of us TY girls involved in the programme , and we are looking forward to getting out there and doing the best we can to teach the pupils. I would like to say a big thanks to Graham and Mary for coming down and doing there best to teach us, and to our teacher Mr. Noone for organising it all for us.

by Bronagh Weston

Senior Boys Gaelic Football

Elphin C.C. took on Coola Vocational School in a group game in the senior schools match on Monday 31st . A strong Coola team took a convincing lead in the first half with a strong breeze behind them. Towards the end of the 1st half Elphin gradually put a few scores together. In the 2nd half Elphin pulled back a 10 point deficit and leveled the game with the last kick of the match. Unfortunately Elphin lost momentum in extra time and Coola ran out eventual winners.

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