Staff 4-0 Pupils
The staff showed no mercy for the pupils in the ever eventful competitive match on the school Olympic handball court at the end of sports day last week.
The pupils had been plotting and planning all week in advance, tinkering with selections and formations to suit the four five minute quarter format. However, the large crowd of pupils and parents were silenced within minutes, as the staff used their height advantage to set up Mr. O’Connor for the first goal.
In the first two quarters, good passages of play from EM, AD, DR, KK, ER and KM were repelled by Mr. Flanagan and Mr. O’Connor in goals, while Mrs. Connor (one goal) and Mr.Ó Braonáin’s intricate, theatrical passing moves caused panic in the pupils’ defence. But for TS, LW, GS and SK in goals, the lead would surely have been more than 2-0 at half time.
Rumours of a mid-winter staff training camp looked to have been based on solid information with the fresh legged introduction of Ms. Collins and Ms. Duignan. However, the pupils were gifted a lifeline with two penalties in the second half. Try as they might however, Ms. O’Brien had the “fortress closed” sign up in the staff goals. EA dramatically upended himself after propelling towards the goals to shoot and the game stoppage seemed to affect the flow of the pupils’ game plan. Darting runs from EF were also repelled and goals from Mr. Flanagan and Mr. Ó Braonáin, after good build up play from the midfield duet of Mrs. Johnson and Ms. Corcoran. The special flying squadron members Mrs. Crinion, Ms. Delaney, Mrs. Reilly, Davy, Mr. Ebbs, Mr. O’Connell and Mrs. Goulding were kept in storage.
Near the end, fifth class pupils were seen furiously writing scout notes for the same fixture one year hence but, soon after, the final whistle had been blown. The pupils were very magnanimous in defeat and a credit to the school but a programme of extreme stretching exercises may be needed for the pupils playing in next year’s game.
Formal objections were raised about the standard of refereeing by both sides, which will be dealt with in due course by the school’s Board of Management. Well done to all.