Champions! SCT Win the McMullen Cup, 41-0, with Style and Substance
Tweet it. Snapchat it. Instagram it. Go ahead. But it really isn’t necessary. This day, this match was not one of those all too common moments of interest which are instantly captured, ridiculously magnified and granted a spectacular but ephemeral glory- forgotten when someone posts an animal doing something cute or a person doing something stupid. This day, for Gav Maguire and his SCT, and for the whole St. Conleth’s community, past and present, will take a proud and pre-eminent place in the memory, impervious to the vagaries of our contemporary, attention deficit culture.
We will do our best, but there were just too many memorable moments to capture or mention: The calm but determined visages of the boys as they prepared for the biggest battle of their lives…. Gav and Michael Hassett, hovering on the sidelines like Mercedes engineers at the assembly plant, fine-tuning their rugby-playing machines… Brendan Connor, Sean Bortolozzo, Finn Mulcahy and Colin Duffy scoring scintillating tries… The incredible support of students, staff, parents and alumni- taking Donnybrook Stadium away from the big boys of rugby, for at least one day… Ben Doggett kicking conversions from angles which even Paddy and Simon could not measure with their ever-present Maths Sets… And perhaps most tellingly in regards to the care and concern with which Gav has moulded both the skills and the morals of these young men, Captain Kevin Dolan repeatedly and flawlessly leading his team like a mobile colossus up and down the pitch, but straying several yards offside in the waning moments to to help up a fallen opponent, overcome by the enormity of his defeat. We will let the pictures tell a bit more of the story, but if you were there you don’t really need them to remember one of the proudest days in St. Conleth’s history.
their game faces...
Susie Carey, Class of 2012, enjoys the victory.
Coach Gavin Maguire and out-half maestro, Ben Doggett, have a firm grip on the McMullen.
Kevin Dolan, passing...
Ben, once again, kicking with power and accuracy.
Simon, just refusing to go down.
The view we had of Brendan...
...and the view Enniscorthy had for most of the match.
What sound does your spine make when 200lbs of All-American beef lands on it?
The refined lot that is St. Conleth's Alumin Boosters Club.
Ben got the golden boot, but we all know which Doggett got the looks...Becky!
... a few years back.
Senior School and...
...Junior School support.
St. Conleth's SCT: 2016 McMullen Cup and League Champions!
Colin Duffy scores an emphatic try in the Cup Final.
Time To Get Your Green (and Black) On!
The rugby world has taken notice: Gav Maguire’s SCT are a force with which to be reckoned as the pitches of Leinster are littered with the spent hulks of supposed rugby powers which have been left by the wayside on this glorious and historic march to the McMullen Cup Final. The Leinster Illuminati will be there (Read their preview official preview here). Mr. Kelleher will be there, taking attendance. You need to be there, too! 3:00 kick-off at Donnybrook Stadium, this Tuesday, the 23rd. All the current Conlethians will be out in force, and we are calling on parents and alumni to join us.
It was 1986 when St. Conleeth’s last won this cup. It was not a great year for music, with Chris de Burgh ruling the Irish charts and ‘Mr. Mister’ placing three songs in the year-end American top ten. But there was some inspiration deeper in the charts that year, as St. Conleth’s SCT hit their opponents like a ‘sledgehammer’ and the team’s movement on the pitch was ‘like a chain reaction’, leaving their fans on ‘the edge of heaven’ and ‘taking their breath away’. The 2016 version will have their own chosen tunes pumping through their Beats as they get psyched for the biggest match of their lives. Do not be mistaken. This is it. ‘The Final Countdown’ starts now!
Junior Schoolers Star in Blanch and Paris!
Yes, our Junior Schoolers choose the most elegant of locales for their athletic endeavour! Jude Moes from Fourth Form gained a Personal Best in the All-Ireland Minor Schools Swim on Sunday in the National Aquatic Centre, dropping his entry time by 1.6 seconds. He was understandably thrilled with his swim. Jude was modelling our new, bespoke St Conleth’s swim hat which is sure to be a “to die for” fashion item around the pools of South Dublin for the foreseeable future. The caps are on sale from each classroom for 10 euro per cap.
And James Moriarity-Smyth had a ball at the Paris Fencing Academy. He was the youngest by quite a margin so he was fencing 15 to 17 year old opponents for the last few days. All-in-all a splendid experience – pas mal!
Jude with classic smile and swim-cap
And many a personal best!
Jude on his way...
James taking in the splendour of the big fencing event in Paris.
That's the Irish flag which James is proudly representing!