After beating Sixmilebridge NS & Clonlara NS, Quin Dangan were through to the Division 1 Semi-Final for the first time in their history and they faced Gaelscoil Mhíchíl Cíosóg in the Semi-Final.
GMC started the game with a bang scoring two points in the first five minutes, but Sam retaliated with a goal and a point and we were back in the game. It was end-to-end after the goal as GMC went through and had a shot on goal and Óisín was brave enough to make an unconventional save with his helmet. Niall scored a brilliant point which was followed by a point from GMC before the break.
At half time, Quin were up by 2 points after a good half but the message from the Coaches at the break wasn't more of the same but everything bar the kitchen sink being thrown at it.
GMC came out dominant in the second half scoring two points early in the second half, GMC got a penalty early on the second half which was saved by the one of the men on the line. Evan scored a point and Jack scored from a free putting us up by 2 points. Then a controversial decision gave GMC a penalty in the last minute which they scored. Every man went forward for the last attack, Jack had a shot, blocked, Evan had a shot, blocked once more, Niall had a shot, blocked, and it was finally cleared as the whistle blew. The season was over.
Final Score: Quin Dangan 1-4, Gaelscoil Mhíchíl Cíosóg 1-5
I have absolutely have no doubt in my mind that the Secondary Schools next year will have a great influx of new talent which this team has in spades.
Tulla will get the two thirds of Half Back line, Evan and Lorcan not mentioning our two corner forwards, Adam and COG, one of our Corner Backs, Ronan and one of our many up-and-comers, Cormac O'K.
Flannan's will get our fearless Goalkeeper, Óisín, our Half Back, Fionan and our Half Forward, Niall.
Rice will get our Full Back, Cormac and one of our up-and-comers, Daire.
The future of Hurling is bright for all of these schools.
For the last time, Senan, the journalist extrodinare, signing out.
For those wondering, No, this is not the same match report as yesterday, funnily enough we had to play both teams once again in a 3 way playoff to see who qualifies for the Cumann na mBunscoil Division 1 semi final. You may notice that the scoring is quite low, as these games are not as long as the usual games.
Quin Dangan vs Clonlara
This was quite an uneventful game, it wasn't quite the battle that a neutral would be hoping for. The sides went in at the break with a point a piece. Quin managed to score 2 points thanks to Jack and we won the game... 1 down, 1 to go.
Final Score: Quin Dangan 0-3, Clonlara 0-1
Quin Dangan vs Sixmilebridge
We started the game on the back foot as Sixmilebridge got a goal and a point and we remained scoreless until half time. We got two points from Jack and we were back in it and finally, a goalmouth scramble that came to COG who finished it coolly into the back of the net. Points from Niall and Sam sealed the deal as a tremendous show of heart to send us for the first time ever to the Semi Finals of Division 1.
Final Score: Quin Dangan 1-4, Sixmilebridge 1-1
Clonlara beat Sixmilebridge to ensure their place in the Semi Finals. So now the Semi Finals contain Quin Dangan vs Gaelscoil & Ennis National vs Clonlara.
Gaelscoil who have won before in 2015, will play us after getting beaten by The Nash in a game which they lost by a point. For spectators who want to support the team, The match will take place at 12am in Gurteen on Monday the 12th of June.
Written by journalist extrodinare, Senan.
Quin Dangan vs Clonlara
Quin went into this game knowing a win in this match would put them through to the Division 1 Semi-Final, an accomplishment that the school previously never achieved before.
Quin scored 2 points early on but Clonlara didn't answer back with a whisper, they answered back with a roar, a goal in the roof of the net and from that point on, the face of the game changed. It was end-to-end until the end of the half, where Clonlara scored another goal which gave them a one goal lead going into half time.
Quin came out with a bang at the start of the second half with a point from Jack and a goal from Sam. However, they were the only scores we would get until the end of the second half. As much as I hate to say it, It was an annihilation from that point onwards. Clonlara scored 1-3 unanswered until Niall had a chance and the Clonlara keeper made a safe that would have made Eoin Murphy proud as the ball was tipped over the bar. Another goal sealed our fate as the game ended
Final Score: Quin Dangan 1-6, Clonlara 4-4
Quin Dangan vs Sixmilebridge
After a 7 point beating at the hands of Clonlara, this was truly a Do or Die game for Quin, a win would enter them into a 3-way playoff with Clonlara and Sixmilebridge, which would send the top 2 teams through. A loss however, would send Sixmilebridge and Clonlara through and Quin out.
SMB started off with an early Goal and a Point but Quin retaliated with a Goal from Sam and a point, Unfortunately, this run of scores was short lived as SMB scored another goal. At half time, SMB led by two points.
We needed a hero and in the second half we got one, Jack scored 7 points unanswered and ultimately which would turn the game in our favour.
Final Score: Quin Dangan 1-11, Sixmilebridge 3-3
We replay both teams in a 3 way playoff to decide who will go to the Semi-Finals
Written by journalist extraordinaire, Senan.
Here at Scoil na Mainistreach we participate, promote and compete in a variety of different sports. Among these are; gaelic football, hurling, camogie, basketball, rugby, swimming, athletics, soccer and tennis. Our school field, which opened in early 2008, provides wonderful sporting facilities for all our students. During the summer of 2009, we built fantastic changing rooms which further enhanced our sports facilities. In 2011 we laid an Astro turf pitch which is an excellent all-weather surface and is used daily for hurling, football and soccer.
Training and coaching takes place during lunchtime and after school under the guidance of teachers. We are very lucky to have enthusiastic staff on sporting fronts. Mr Lynch, a former member of the Clare County Hurling team, along with fellow Clooney-Quin hurler and captain Mr Murphy, have great expertise in passing on the knowledge of hurling and football skills while Mrs Gallagher, our school sports co-ordinator, Miss Daffy, Mr Clohessy and Ms McCormack are all excellent coaches in both camogie and Gaelic football. County board coaches visit the school once a week for two school terms and work with children of all ages on their hurling skills. We also avail of expert coaching in the areas of basketball, rugby and tennis.
We have competed and participated in the following competitions; Cumann na mBunscoil, gaelic football, hurling and camogie competitions, indoor camogie and hurling , tag rugby blitz, annual Primary Schools swimming competition, East Clare athletics competition and the Marion Keane Memorial Basketball competition. We have enjoyed much success in the above competitions. In recent years we were Division 2 girl’s football winners, Division 3 camogie winners, Division 5 hurling and Division 4 boys football champions. We were silver medallists in the Marion Keane Memorial Basketball competition. We also have had huge success in the areas of athletics and swimming. Several of our students have been awarded County All Star awards in recent years.
Sport and physical activity is widely promoted throughout the school and there is indeed something for everybody. In 2011 we are seeking Active school status for the school. Scoil na Mainistreach meets all the curriculum requirements while also incorporating fun and competitiveness. We encourage all of our pupils to take part ensuring enjoyment for all along with a competitive attitude and a will to win.