ONE hundred and 25 students took part in the post-primary school’s competitions at Shannonvale, ensuring entrants aplenty in the four categories – senior and junior boys and girls.
Although back in numbers from the record highs of recent years, the event was, nonetheless, a resounding success in terms of turn-out and competitiveness.
Once again, the trail-blazers were Maria Immaculata Community College, Dunmanway, who had multiple representation in each sector and such was the quality of performance from their leading lights that first place was attained in each of the four grades.
Clonakilty Community School, with good team selection also, gave spirited chase and were second in each of the four while there were excellent contributions from Coachford Community College and St Brogan’s Bandon.
Dunmanway’s winning trio in senior boys were Jason Daly, Kilronan, David O’Regan, Reenascreena, and Ciarán Murray, Togher Cross. They were 116 metres too good for teammates from the same school, Darragh Hayes, Connor O’Connell and Tadg O’Driscoll.
Maria Immaculata’s senior girls’ team – powered by the Ahern sisters, Niamh and Ciara, along with the outstanding Kate Murray – scored a thrilling win over the very strong Clon Community College selection that included Hannah and Margaret Sexton and Sinead Walsh.
Dunmanway’s junior boys’ outfit were star performers on the day. Brian O’Driscoll, Danny O’Donovan, and Andy O’Sullivan amassed a total that exceeded even the senior boys’ winning figure and it left them over 350 metres ahead of their second placed rivals, Brian and Danny Horgan and Padraigh O’Sullivan.
Their junior girls’ winning team had championship winners in their line-up. Marie Russell, Rachel Kingston and Emer O’Connell were 100 metres ahead of Clonakilty’s promising trio, Daire O’Brien, Sarah Harrington and Grace Murphy.
Ból Chumann’s James O’Driscoll expressed his thanks to Shannonvale Bowling Club, who left no stone unturned in ensuring the competitions were run off without a hitch. He thanked too the many sponsors who provided catering and those club and regional personnel who officiated at the many scores.
Results were as follows:
Senior boys: 1. Maria Immaculata Community School, Dunmanway; (Jason Daly, David O’Regan, Ciarán Murray) 1,800m; 2. MICC Dunmanway 2 (Conor O’Connell, Darragh Hayes, Tadg O’Driscoll) 1,684m; 3. Coachford Community College (Johnny Byrne, Jack Long, Cian Madden) 1,328m.
Senior Girls: 1 MICC Dunmanway (Niamh Ahern, Ciara Ahern, Kate Murray) 1,428m; 2. Clonakilty Community College: (Hannah Sexton, Margaret Sexton, Sinead Walsh) 1,358m; 3. MICC Dunmanway 2 (Shauna Kiely, Ciara Cross, Ciara Murphy) 900m.
Junior Boys: 1. MICC Dunmanway (Danny O’Donovan, Andy O’Sullivan, Brian O’Driscoll) 1,928m; 2. MICC Dunmanway 2 (Brian Horgan, Danny Horgan, Padraigh O’Sullivan) 1,584m; 3. Clonakilty Community College, (Oisin Murphy-Hurley, Mark McCarthy, Eoin Hurley) 1,339m.
Junior Girls: 1. MICC Dunmanway (Marie Russell, Rachel Kingston, Emer O’Connell) 1,086m; 2. Clonakilty Community College (Daire O’Brien, Sarah Harrington, Grace Murphy) 983m: 3. Clonakilty Community College 2 (Emma O’Driscoll, Ciara White, Nicole Hayes-O’Donovan) 848m.