Our legendary Headmaster Kevin Kelleher famously preferred the oblong ball to the round but his comments about soccer and its fanbase were usually just good-natured jokes and Mr. K. always welcomed and encouraged any attempt by our staff to foster healthy athletic competition. Indeed, Shay Keenan was right there by Mr. K’s side for most of those years. Well, Shay is still there, surrounded by enthusiastic youngsters, running PE classes and events like last week’s covid-postponed 2020 Junior School Soccer Tournament. Of course, new Junior Sport Czar Louis Magee was there too, somehow corralling the can’t-stand-still-for-a-second-because-they-are-so-excited kids into teams and a knock-out format.
The thrills and spills were as dramatic as ever, with the physics-defying, post-phantom foul agony roll a highlight, and the goal celebrations were as stylish, albeit socially distanced. There were some surprise results due to a levelling of standard with the lack of preparation time across the board. In our geographically imaginative matches, Athlone Town beat Boca Juniors (substance over style); Cabinteely beating Arsenal (ditto); UCD beating PSG (poor students over galacticos); and Salford beating Bayern (What’s ‘Salford’?). As you can see from the beaming faces, including Louis, a great time was had by all!