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Tuesday, 13 December 2016
Villiers Calendar 2017 (€12) and Viliers Christmas Cards (€8) now available from Janet while stocks last.
All class group photos included.
All class group photos included.
Sunday, 11 December 2016
The 2016 Subway All-Ireland Schoolboys Championships were held in Dublin from the 26th to the 28th of October. This year the tournament was played out across thirty three matches, seven venues, and four groups. This event has long served as one of the highlights of the Irish hockey calendar and this year was no exception, ultimately exhibiting contests of the highest quality.
Having qualified through a challenging provincial play off competition, Villiers were subsequently drawn against Methody from Belfast, High School from Dublin and Banbridge Academy (also from the North) who happened to be the current title holders.
A tense and thrilling first game against High School saw a dominant Villiers side go one nil up with a decisive goal mouth finish from Captain John Costello. A physically assertive High School team were equally matched in all areas of the field. However, Villiers would lose out by a late goal against the run of play to finish 2 - 1. A courageous and disciplined performance would set the standard and send a message to other teams in the group.
As expected game two against the All Ireland Champions was played at a ferocious pace with Banbridge relentlessly attempting to break through the Villiers defense only to be repeatedly rejected by a superb team performance governed by Craig Morrow and Stephen Tutty. Fatigue would finally get the better of the red blockade that was the Villiers players and the advantage of experience would benefit Banbridge who eventually manufacture two late goals.
Having marginally missed out on getting an elusive win, Villiers took an assertive position against Methody with John Costello, Quinten Eacrett, and Jannis Von Maydell all hitting the target early on and James Hodkinson adding to the tally to ensure a memorable 4 -3 victory. All squad members should be proud of their efforts and take confidence that they can compete and perform with the best sides in the country.
All Junior teams had a great season with huge numbers attending training. The Junior C team were very competitive and came third in their league. The Junior B team narrowly missed out on winning their league and were runners up to Ursuline's, Thurles. The Junior A team had a superb season and made history making it to the Junior A cup final this year. We had four representatives on the Munster u.16 team-Taine Amodeo, Mariana Birdthistle, Lauren Ryan and Muireann Scanlon. Muireann Scanlon vice captained the squad at the interprovincials. Lauren Ryan received her first Irish cap this year – a tremendous achievement. The squad had a fabulous dinner together to celebrate the end of the season. The Senior Girls had a great season with record numbers attending training on a weekly basis. The season started on a high with a very successful trip to the Netherlands. On the girls return they went from strength to strength throughout the season. Our Senior C's were beaten in extra time in their cup and our Senior B team were runners up in both their league and cup competitions. Kathryn Buckley captained the Munster U. 18 team during the Interprovincial tournament last October. All of the coaches would like to wish all of the outgoing 6th year players all the best with future endeavours both on and off the hockey pitch. They were a great bunch of girls and will be greatly missed next season.
At the annual Munster Branch award ceremony in Cork, Villiers boys hockey were presented with the ‘Best Boys Hockey School Award’ for the 2015-6 season. What an achievement. We are all delighted and very proud of receiving this award for the very first time. Congratulations must firstly go to our coaching team who give of so much of their time to our students – George Blackwell, Declan O’Brien, Brian Gray and Alan Whisker. Secondly to the players themselves for putting in the hard work on the training pitch. We currently have a talented bunch at both senior and junior levels. We reached both the senior and junior A & B cup finals this season, winning both the junior A & B cups. It was our senior A’s third consecutive cup final and it was 17years since we last lifted the junior A cup. Our talent at the upper end of the school can be seen with our above average Munster provincial representation. Well done to one and all. Munster U16 Munster u18 Ireland u16 Ireland u18 Quentin Eacrett 1. Andrew Tutty 1. Conor Beck 1. Andrew Tutty Conor Beck 2. John Costelloe 2. Quentin Eacret Steven Tutty 3. Calum Morrow Craig Morrow Marcus Ryan Jannis Von Maydell Cup Results – Senior A final v Bandon 0-2 , Senior B v Bandon 0-3, Junior A v Newtown 3-2 ( scorers – Gerard Hodkinson, Jannis Von Maydell & Marcus Ryan) Junior B v Ashton 6-0 winners. While our long season has come to an historic end, we already look forward to next season and continued success!
Sunday, 4 December 2016
Congratulations to high achieving past pupils who were awarded Entrance Scholarships in UCD and NUIG.
Calum Morrow, Meadhbh Barry and James Walker were Entrance Scholars in Science and Law in UCD while Laura Cooke was awarded her Scholarship in NUIG Medical School.
Well done guys- we are very proud of your achievements.