In mid-October, combined team from Forms 1 and 2 represented the College in the Gaelic Football Schools Tournament, organised by the Hertfordshire Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA). The team, most of whom were new to the sport, has been training for several weeks with the assistance of the Herts GAA development team and had shown remarkable progress in that short space of time.
The boys progressed to the shield semi-final, thanks to a strong victory over Beaumont in their opening fixture, before facing more experienced sides in Joan of Arc and St Michael’s. Despite losing to a seasoned St Mary’s side in the knockout phase, the boys can be very proud of what they achieved in their debut in the competition.
The team was led by captain Thomas Visaya-Neville (2S) and vice-captain James Keegan (1Mc), who used their experience in the sport to good effect, supporting their teammates on and off the pitch. In addition, a special mention should go to Jonty Belmont (2J) who used his agility and skill to slot into various positions across the pitch, and to Harry Nicol (2M) who made a number of excellent saves in goal from close rang,e to keep St Columba’s chances alive in several matches.
The attitude and enthusiasm of the boys was fantastic, as it had been during their training.
Mr C Sheils