leah duffyThe hardworking and extremely talented U14 football team has enjoyed huge success this season, powering past Moyne CS in the Leinster quarter final to set up a semi final against Presentation SS Kilkenny.

Wearing borrowed gear from Garrycastle GAA as both teams had a blue strip the girls played  a super game to beat the opposition 6-12 to 6-6. They now await their opponents for the final, the winners of the clash between Naas and Ashbourne.

Well done to the team and to coach Dee Slevin who has worked hard to prepare her dedicated squad. So dedicated that they spent the May bank holiday weekend at a team bonding camp in Clare. The following account was written by the girls themselves:

 

aspire 1At 5pm on Sunday the 6th of May, the u14 football team (1st and 2nd year students) met with their dedicated coach, Deirdre, outside the Bower to depart to Aspire, Clara where they took part in various bonding activities.

After a 20-minute bus journey, the enthusiastic footballers participated in a tough training session to prepare for their upcoming quarter final on Friday the 11th of May. The girls really enjoyed this training session which was taken by former Offaly player, Joe Quinn.

Although the players were exhausted from the heat, they then proceeded to take part in some bonding activities. Here the girls were taken out of their comfort zones as they were grouped with teammates that they wouldn’t usually bond with.

Each group had to work as a team to complete the challenging tasks. They were then randomly divided into different rooms for their overnight stay.DSC09786

After the evening meal, the girls engaged in a trust exercise where communication was key. The team was blindfolded and lead through a forest, over and under various obstacles, by Keeva Reid (captain for the weekend). Before bed, an enjoyable table quiz was held.

The following day the team were up at 7am for a strength and conditioning gym session which pushed them to their limit. After breakfast, the girls competed in team challenges which included races and puzzles where they had a good laugh.

Last but not least was the greatest event of the trip, a fun run through muck, dirt and many other obstacles. This event was all about teamwork aspire 3and fitness as the squad had to help each other overcome the obstacles. The girls encouraged each other the whole way through and never left anyone behind.

Overall this was a great experience for the girls, they all became best of friends and although they were tired they never stopped talking the whole way home. Deirdre has prepared this talented team incredibly well for their big games. Best of luck girls!

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Before and After camp!