The Mountrath Community School first year hurling team travelled to Freshford in Kilkenny on Thursday last to participate in the Leinster ‘A’ competition.
They had won the right to represent the county by winning the county competition held in Rathleague, with the final being played before the Laois and Limerick NHL game in O’Moore Park.
They beat St Fergal’s from Rathdowney on their way to the county final and in the final they faced a good team from Heywood Community School but eventually came away convincing winners.
In the Provincial stage of the competition held in Freshford, Mountrath Community School faced stiff competition from Colaiste Mhuire, Johnstown and Banagher College, two teams with a strong tradition in schools hurling. They first faced Banagher and came out on top with a score line of 3-15 to 3-4.
They next had to contend with the first of two Johnstown teams, Johnstown having two teams in the competition. They beat Johnstown ‘A’ on a score line of 3-10 to 2-2 and Johnstown ‘B’ on a score line of 5-15 to 1-4.
Having won their three matches it was off to Nolan Park in Kilkenny to face Banagher who had also qualified for the provincial decider. Mountrath Community School went into the final with the tag of favourites and it certainly suited them, the final score was Mountrath Community School 3-12 Bannagher 2-2.
The Mountrath Community School included players from eight different clubs - St Fintan’s Mountrath, Naomh Eamann, Camross, Rosenallis, Emo, Borris-in-Ossory/Kilcotton, Ballyfin and Abbeyleix-Ballypickas. Throughout the competition Mountrath Community School put in a good team performance with some fine individual displays. The result is a reflection of the good sporting ethos of Mountrath Community School and of the dedication of the management and staff to a holistic education for the students who attend the school.
Hopefully, this team can achieve the same level of success as they progress through Mountrath Community School.