School Blitz 2016 Report

Johnstown GNS win Annual Inter-school's GAA Blitz 2016

Last Wednesday, June 15th, three of Foxrock Cabinteely's local schools, Our Lady of Good Counsel Johnstown GNS, St Patrick's Hollypark GNS and St Brigid's Cabinteely GNS competed in the annual inter-school's GAA blitz in Kilbogget Park. Hollypark brought four teams on the day, Johnstown brought three and Brigids brought two.

Girls were chosen from 2nd class up to 5th class and in total there was close to 110 girls participating. All of the girls were really excited, with many of them competing in their first school blitz. It was a very mixed day with some heavy rain early on and difficult conditions to play in.

In group 1, Johnstown got off to a flying start beating Brigids 8-2 to 0-0. Hollypark then won their match against Brigids 4-6 to 1-1. Finally, Johnstown beat Hollypark 10-1 to 2-2.

In group 2, Johnstown also started with a win against Brigids 3-2 to 1-5. This was followed by Brigids beating Hollypark by 7-2 to 1-3. Finally Johnstown beat Hollypark 8-3 to 1-2.

In group 3, Hollypark drew with Johnstown in the first match by 1-3 to 1-3. This was followed by another Hollypark team scoring a victory over Johnstown of 5-4 to 2-1. The group finished with both Hollypark teams drawing with each other 3-4 to 3-4.

This meant that we had four teams through to the semi finals, two from Johnstown, one from Brigids and one from Hollypark.

In semi final 1, Johnstown had to play against the Brigids team they had beaten earlier in the day but this time the legs were tired and Brigids scored a narrow victory by 4-3 to 3-1. In semi final 2, Johnstown had a comfortable win against Hollypark 6-1 to 1-3.

This left Johnstown and Brigids to compete for the title, held last year by Hollypark. In a thrilling final 20 minutes of end to end football, the watching crowd of players (who stayed around to watch their teammates), parents, family and coaches enjoyed watching a real battle.

The victory for Johnstown was sealed with a late goal by team captain Evie Dowling who burst through the Brigid's defense and struck the ball along the ground hitting the right corner of the back of the net.

When the final whistle went, neither team of girls appeared to know who had won but the referee announced it was won by Johnstown by a single point. There was lots of screaming and cheering and smiling faces.

Pat gathered all the girls together to congratulate them on a great display of football and to present the trophy to Evie to hold aloft. There was huge cheering and plenty of cameras on hand to capture the special moment.

Well done to Brigids and Hollypark on a great effort and congratulations to Johnstown who bring the cup back to their school with pride.

Written by David O'Connor.

Click here to view the results from all the games. Photos from the day are available here.