U14 Gaelic Football Reports
Our u14 football team have been very busy over the past 2 weeks playing 3 games in the North Leinster Juvenile Competition. On Thursday the 13th we played Athlone CC in our second game of the competition. Coming off a loss to St Pats Navan the lads were out to prove themselves on their home pitch. The game started off nip and tuck with both sides exchanging scores and some excellent passages of play on show. Midway through the first half Mel’s began to exert some dominance scoring 2-2 without reply. Athlone however fought back to leave the half time score 2-7 to 2-5 in favour of St Mel’s. The second half proved to be the turning point for St Mel’s getting a quick fire 2-3 to establish a lead which they never relinquished for the remainder of the game. The final score read St Mel’s 5-13 Athlone CC 3-9
On Wednesday last St Mel’s welcomed Moate CC down to our pitch for a rearranged fixture. The match was played in excellent conditions on the pristine surface which is our new senior field. After gaining confidence from our win the previous week St Mel’s started the game confidently banging over 3 points without reply. Moate fought back with 1-1 of their own and the first half continuing in this vein. St Mel’s defensive display during this period was excellent as they grew into the game. Half time score read St Mel’s 1-6 Moate 1-3. Similar to last week it was the beginning of the second half where Mel’s did their most damage. In the first 10 minutes Mel’s scored 2-4 without reply and continued to exert this dominance for the remainder of the game. In the end the game finished St Mels 6-16 to Moate 1-6. The next game for this continually improving team was Friday of last week against Mullingar CBS with a report to follow in next weeks leader
In November the U16 Team played Marist College Athlone twice. The first time in the last round of the North Leinster League. Played in Athlone St Mel’s showed great heart, character and determination through out. Trailing at half time by 4 points the team started the second half very fast notching 1-1 in quick succession to draw the match level. The match remained nip and tuck until the last 5 mins when Marist got 3 points without reply and despite the best Mel’s efforts they could not drag themselves back into the game. Despite the loss the team has qualified for the North Leinster A semi final against the same opposition
After a few weeks of intense training the U14 travelled to Athlone to play their semi final. Played again in the Athlone school grounds in crisp dry conditions St Mel’s travelled in the hope of an upset. Marist had topped the group and were favourites to advance. St Mel’s started very well playing an excellent brand of football which was causing real problems for the Marist defence. We went in at half time 2 points down with a real chance of kicking on in the second half. Marist however got 2 quick goals after half time which left an uphill battle for the Mel’s team. Despite the massive task they never gave up fighting to the very end doing their school and their clubs very proud. Our final game in this competition will be the North Leinster Shield final versus St Pats Navan to be played in December.
U16 Gaelic Football Reports
Senior Football Reports
The Senior Gaelic team played Athlone Community College last Wednesday. The skills displayed on both sides made for an excellent display of football. It was a tight first half seeing both teams evenly matched. However Robbie O’Connell gave St Mel’s the edge over Athlone with a brilliant goal from 40 yards out. St Mel’s came out with all guns blazing in the second half and were the dominant force in this battle. the final score saw Mel’s triumphant with a winning score of 6-14 to 1-7. Many thanks to our coaches/ mentor Mr Gacquin and Mr Farrell. This match was the second match in the league.
St Mel’s had a great win over Marist College Athlone in what was a closely contested battle. Declan McKenna, the Mel’s keeper pulled off some clutch saves keeping us in the game. Shout out to Brian Harte, Paul Brady and Paddy Duggan who were outstanding. The game was tight until the end but thanks to 2 goals from Pauric Halpin and Dylan Smith Mel’s emerged triumphant with a scoreline of 2-9 to 1-10.
Round 1, 2 and 3
The school Senior and u16 teams are competing in the Midland League A division again this year where the standard is extremely high. All of the team’s games have been away from home so far. The u16s were unlucky to lose against St Mary’s CBS Portlaoise, De La Salle Waterford and Colaiste Cholim Tullamore, all games that they could have won. The seniors were no match for De La Salle, last year’s All-Ireland champions in ‘B’ but a narrow defeat to Portlaoise is presently the subject of an appeal. The Seniors secured their 1st win of the campaign against Colaiste Cholim last week, holding on to win 76-72 in a very entertaining encounter. With three home games to come in the league, both teams will be hoping to make progress towards the play-off stages.
After a slow start St Mel’s gained the upper hand in the 2nd and 3rd quarters against a determined and skilful Rathangan team to hold out for another good victory U16 St. Mel’s 38 Rathangan 33. Huge thanks to Mr McWeeney for training and mentoring basketball in St. Mel’s.
A very close encounter saw St Mel’s behind by just 3 points at the end of the 1st quarter. A Strong performance by Rathangan saw them open a big lead in the 2nd quarter but St Mel’s got back into the game in the 3rd quarter with some good controlled basketball taking the high percentage shots to close the gap to just 2 points with two minutes left. But Rathangan retained control of the ball in the crucial final minutes and were lucky to hold on for the win. Final score St. Mel’s 62 Rathangan 66.