CORN Glór na nGael, the annual Gaelic football competition for primary schools, was held recently over two afternoons with a total of 12 teams from local boys’ and girls’ schools taking part. Sponsored and organised by Glór Cheatharlach, the competitions were played in a blitz format in the Éire Óg GAA Grounds.
The girls’ competition took place on Tuesday afternoon with the boys taking to the field on Thursday. An attractive feature of the popular Corn Glór na nGael competition is that players are drawn from fifth class and under, with senior pupils excluded from the panel. A total of 14 mini-games were played in a very sporting manner under the watchful eye of referees John Kearns and Pat Kehoe.
First up were the girls on Tuesday with teams from Scoil Mhuire gan Smál, Scoil Fiacc, Queen of the Universe, Bennekerry as well as two teams from the Gaelscoil competing. Two groups of three teams played the preliminary rounds with Bennekerry and Scoil Fiacc winning two games each and to qualify for the final. Despite a spirited performance, and urged on from the sideline by their coaches and parents, Scoil Fiacc girls could not match the strength and speed of the Bennekerry girls who emerged worthy winners with joint captains Méabh Ní Néill and Orla Ní Bhuaigh lifting the Glór na nGael Cup.
Coached by Deirdre Tomlinson and Eddie Corcoran, the best players for Bennekerry alongside Méabh and Orla were Lauren Nic an Bhaird, Máire Nic Bhranaigh and Amy Ní Riada while Erin Tóibín closely guarded her net. Best for Scoil Fiacc were Ella Ní Bhroin, Rose Fataki, Heather Ní Cheocháin as well as goalie Emma Breathnach and team caltain Emma Ní Dhúill.
The boys took to the field on Thursday and a total of six teams participated. There were two competitions with Holy Family boys and two teams from Bishop Foley School competing in the all-boys’ schools competition. The blitz threw up some superb football and magnificent scores from the young footballers with Askea boys winning the opening game. However, Bishop Foley’s first team won their two games and lifted the Glór na nGael Cup. Notable performances for Askea were put in by Seán Phiri, Shane Ó Ceallaigh, Kealen Mac Siúlaí, Bailee Mac Tomáis and Comey Alejandro. Star players for Bishop Foley school included Cialan Ó Brádaigh, Liam Ó Riain, Cillian Ó Longáin and Eoin Ó Mír.
Meanwhile, the competition for boys in mixed schools saw teams from St Fiacc’s, Gaelscoil Cheatharlach, and Bennekerry NS compete. There were some great football displays throughout the afternoon with Scoil Fiacc and Bennekerry emerging to contest the final. This was a thrilling encounter with both sides picking off some fine scores but having clocked up three goals the Bennekerry boys proved once again that goals win games. Joint captains Brian Ó Bruadair and Séamus Cranny were delighted to lift the Glór na nGael Shield. Best for Bennekerry were Aodhán Ó Riain, Seán Ó Broin, Cian Ó Cíosáin, Seoirse Ó Casaide and Seán Ó Bogaigh. Jerry Ó Dúshláine and Alex Ó Dúbháin excelled for Scoil Fiacc while Rónan Ó Súilleabháin, Cian Ó Riabhaigh, Callum Mac Grabhagáin and Jack Ó Broin performed best for the Gaelscoil.
Having received their trophies and medals all teams were complimented on their magnificent sporting behaviour over the two afternoons of Gaelic football which produced some skillful moves, brilliant scores and great entertainment.