Divine Word kindly invited Taney 5th class girls to play a hockey match last Friday in TRR. Two six a side teams donned Taney hockey tops for the first time and played two matches each. The girls played great and had a fab time, winning a couple and losing a couple. A thoroughly enjoyable afternoon despite some rain showers! Looking forward to seeing the girls in their Taney hockey tops again in 6th class!
Our Senior soccer end of year tournament was held on Wednesday for the first time since 2019 on a sunny but windy day up in Wayside Celtic. It was a lovely way to finish off a fun few weeks of inter-school football games for the 5th and 6th classers, where each team played 4 games against our neighbouring schools. Whilst the results were varying, everyone enjoyed a little taste of normality and pulling on the Taney shirt, many for their very first time.
None of the games or training would have been possible without the hard work and dedication of our soccer coaches, Ken, Conor, Luke and Gordy. Some of the games had to be arranged on various days of the week and our coaches were very happy to take extra time out from their week to ensure our children had the experience of playing for their school. A very big thanks to Gordy (Gordon Lindsey) who helped us out on the first day and stayed for the entire season.
Everyone at Taney Senior Soccer wishes the outgoing 6th classers all the best in Secondary school and look forward to returning in September to what we hope will be a full season of inter schools’ football and some tournaments!
Over 90 Taney pupils from 2nd, 3rd and 4th class signed up for junior hockey, which was held on Friday afternoons in Three Rock Rovers.
Due to covid, hockey was mixed this year with the pupils playing within their class pods until restrictions eased.
Sport is a wonderful way to make new friends from the other class groups and thankfully we could mix and encourage this towards the end of the season.
A panel of 20 coaches was used throughout the year. Many thanks to the hockey playing parents who coached when regular coach numbers were down. We had Irish senior, U21 and indoor internationals coaching, as well as our regular Taney coaches who are so reliable and passionate about Taney hockey.
The hockey improved so much throughout the year. The coaches regularly commented on the good behaviour and talent on display.
For the season finale we had a tournament for 80 children, split into 8 teams. It was super fun and a great way to finish the Taney hockey season! Well done everyone.
Another great term of 64 boys and girls from 5th and 6th class. The start back was rocky as we had to postpone for a couple of weeks due to Covid however with smiles on faces for the return on 25th January thankfully we have not looked back! We were also very fortunate to have been able to enter the Leinster 6th class schools league games. There were 2 girls teams and 1 boys team. Although no finals were reached all teams played their hearts out and were a credit to the school.
Once things settled back two 5th class blitzes were organised with Kildare Place and Whitechurch. Great to see all the hard work the coaches have put in and the skills of the children for those games. A massive thank you to our coaches, all of those who helped us throughout the season and for the parents ferrying children to various league locations! Onwards on upwards to an uninterrupted season come September!
The 5th and 6th class children are back in Wayside Celtic the last few weeks for soccer training – smiles all round!
5th and 6th class are so happy to be back at hockey practice after school. What better way to burn off some energy in the afternoon!
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.
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!