- By St. Patricks Classical School
- In Gaelic Football, Sport, St Pats Tribune
- Tags Gaelic Football, North Leinster League, Senior Football
The return of the school year inevitably means the return of the Senior Football team. For the past few years this team has been at the forefront of this school sports scene. The new season of course brings with it fresh hopes and dreams of footballing glory. Last year the team suffered a disappointing defeat to Clane in the knock out stages. This premature Leinster departure will surely inspire and motivate the new crop of players to best their predecessors and bring home some eagerly awaited silverware.
When I spoke to the principal, Mr. O’Rourke, he was quick to inform me that silverware would not be the primary objective this year. Mr. O’Rourke stated that his aim for the year would be to “improve the talents”of all the players involved in senior football. Although this is most definitely true, I’m sure bringing home a trophy would also be high up on the agenda. Especially since in recent years this school has been in somewhat of a drought. Now of course a drought for this school would be the equivalent of a very successful couple of years for many other schools. In St. Pat’s however football is a religion and the native game has been a major part of this school for generations.
School football is very much a case of “out with the old in with the new”. Players such as Brian Conlan and Conor Nash who played a starring role in last year’s campaign have since moved on out of this school and therefore will not be playing a part on this year’s team. Mr. O’Rourke reckons that these two along with such talents as Eanna O’Kelly Lynch and Cian O’Reilly will be big losses to the team. However talented players such as Cian Swaine and Diarmuid McCabe will surely take over the reins and star in this year’s team. Trials for this year are currently ongoing and as always a vast amount of players have put their hats in the ring.
The North Leinster League fixtures will go as follows:
- St Pats Navan V Sc Dara Kilcock (5/10/2016)
- Colaiste Eoin V St. Pats Navan (12/10/2016)
- St. Pats Navan V Colaiste Aodhan (19/10/2016)
- Colaiste Mhuire Mullingar V St. Pats Navan (26/10/2016)
- St. Marys SS Edenderry V St. Pats Navan (9/11/2016)
These games will be of course hopefully be followed by semi-finals and finals. In terms of the games St Marys of Edenderry will probably prove to be the most formidable opponents having won the Leinster Junior all Ireland last year beating us on their way. The Leinster championship which is run in a knock out format commences on the (23/11/2016) when St. Pats will face Col. Eanna in what should be a fairly tough affair.
That is all for now let’s hope that this year is a tale of trial and triumph and not one of disappointment and woes.