We are back……

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After nine months of no after-school sports for the children in Taney, we are finally back on the pitches.  While it is not the full programme, it is a great start.  How lovely it was to see the hockey sticks on the backs of our 6th Class pupils going into school yesterday morning, followed by their football boots today, and we look forward to 5th Class hockey commencing on Friday.

We are currently trialling “bubble sports”, where each class is coached on a separate pitch to ensure that all Covid regulations are carefully adhered to.  We hope that we will be able to roll this out further down the school in due course, so that children across the other years will also be able to resume the much-loved Taney sports.

A special thanks to the Sports Coordinators for their help in getting Taney Sports up and running this week.

Boys Hockey Update

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Although the season sadly came to a premature end the boys made fantastic progress working with their coaches to develop new skills and push their game on.  We had lots of kids trying out new tricks and some even braved putting on the goalie gear….and stayed upright!

Due to the high standard and numbers of boys playing senior hockey this season we had two 11-a-side teams this year playing in Senior School Leagues U13A and U13C.  Our A team, after playing at the highest level in 1st year hockey, qualified for the U13B semi-final; narrowly losing 1-0 to Sutton Park.  Taney B team topped their section of the U13C league winning a semi-final place with a potential final place!

Our 8-a-side teams were at the top of their leagues and had qualified for finals day.  The A’s were beaten by Whitechurch 2-1 in a nail-biting match.  As both teams were on equal points after the match Whitechurch were deemed league winners but the A’s were due to have a final v’s Whitechurch for another bite at cherry playing for a gold medal.  The B’s 8-a-side won league outright and were also due to play on finals day; they were doing really well before the season had to be halted.  Avril met some of the boys in Marlay to hand them their Leinster Hockey medals!  The 8-a-side C team gained fantastic experience competing against top 6th class teams in their league, the coaches were delighted with their gain in confidence and maturity.

Two of the boys were jointly awarded Player of the Year trophies this year, in recognition of all their hard work and team spirit.  Well done to them both.  Our A team goalie also had a fantastic season in goals and saved our skin many times.  We will miss all our graduating sixth classers and we’re so sorry we didn’t get to give you a good send off in person, please keep up your hockey and we wish you all the very best for your future!

Players of the Year

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There are many different aspects of Taney Sports Committee that provides the reward which makes up for all the dedication and hard work of being a member.  Watching kids faces light up when they score their first goal, seeing kids of different abilities being part of a team or hearing about kids who didn’t even know what shape a cricket bat was when signing up for their local club.

One of those enjoyable occasions is taking the team photos at the end of the year, watching them all beam with the pride of their achievement, be it winning the league, a cup or just the fact that this picture solidifies their entire sporting year with their team mates!   Part of this occasion is to announce the Player of the Year for our players who will be moving on from Taney at the end of June.  Unfortunately due to these unusual times these photos and announcements can not take place.

So for the Class of 2020 instead of an announcement in Assembly in front of their peers, they must make do with a trophy delivered to their door on what would have been the eve of their last Taney Sports Day.  We as a committee hope that this gesture goes a small way towards letting these kids know that their achievement is important and we want it to be recognised.  The recipients were chosen by their relevant coaches.

Everyone on Taney Sports Committee would like to congratulate all players that took part in all the sporting activities over the shortened 2019/2020 season and we hope to see you all back again as soon as possible in the Autumn term.

Senior Girls Soccer

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The Girls Senior Soccer team got off to a flying start by winning their first match against St. Annes 2 – 0 for the FAI Girls Cup. The team definitely showed the leadership skills that we had worked on in the last term, as well as great skill, energy and drive.  It was such a shame that they were not able to continue playing as we all know they would have done really well.

Luke, Tadgh and Cameron all agreed that we were lucky to have this group of girls and they will go far.  We look forward to hopefully getting back to soccer in the new term – there is a lot of potential with the 4th and 5th class girls coming through.  We wish the 6th class the very best in their next steps in their secondary school they go.  We will miss them!

Boys Senior Soccer

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The four boys’ senior soccer teams, on return to School in January 2020, continued with their training on Wednesday afternoons in Wayside Celtic grounds on the Glenamuck Road.

With the Schools League starting in January the boys were very enthusiastic to represent Taney and demonstrated during matches their commitment, teamwork and friendship.  Occasionally due to adverse weather conditions a few training sessions and league matches had to be cancelled, but whenever they did take place the boys were never found wanting.  On behalf of the Boys Senior Soccer Co-ordinators (Roisin, Monica and Philip) they would like to extend a special word of thanks to the Coaches (Ken, Dylan, Connor and Luka) and also to all the parents who turned up to support the boys, not only at training but also during matches, by offering support from the side-lines.  Thanks, is also due to the parents who gave of their time to look after the footballs and kit bags.

Unfortunately, with Covid-19, as we are all too aware, training and matches came to a sudden abrupt end in mid-March.  As 6th Class boys depart, we wish them all the very best in their future education and sporting activities.

Habitat for Humanity 6 a-side Hockey Tournament

Six Taney teams comprising of both boys and girls from 4th Class took part in the annual Habitat for Humanity Fundraising 6 a-side hockey tournament on Tuesday 4th February in Wesley College.  It was a fantastic afternoon, with plenty of great hockey played and oodles of fun.  All teams did very well in their groups.  One of the Taney teams made it to the final against Whitechurch having beaten Kill of the Grange in the Semi- final.  They played extremely well and it was a great, and very close game, but were unfortunately defeated by just one goal.  It was great to see such fantastic school spirit with all the Taney teams staying around to cheer them on in both the semi final and final.

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