Bawn earn their glory
HALF-DAYS and no homework at Old Bawn CS, the Dublin and Leinster double winners.
The Tallaght school made history by winning the Leinster U16C Football Championship for the first time.
In the Dublin final, they beat St Kevin's of Finglas, who were coached by Dublin's Ger Brennan.
Kieran Durkan and Kevin McKenna manage Old Bawn.
They have 23 in the squad, 21 from Thomas Davis and two from St Anne's. Kieran was the coach of the St Jude's side that secured the Dublin AFL Division 1 title earlier this year. Kevin is with the Celbridge GAA club. The duo insist that preparation was the key to Old Bawn's success.
"Ardee CS scored 6-8 against Rathangan, so we worked hard on our defensive game in training to curb their attacking threat," explains Kieran.
"In the Leinster final, we managed to restrict Ardee to six scores. Great credit is due to the lads. It was a huge team performance.
"Their work ethic was immense. Every player fought for the ball. It was such a proud moment for the school."
The Leinster final was played at the Meath Centre of Excellence at Dunganny. Some 300 people saw the Dubliners win by 1-9 to 0-6. Heroes all: Patrick Reilly-Shields; Eoin McGuigan, Darragh Fulham, Stephen Burke; Liam Quinn, Cian Murphy, Dylan Hanley; Chris Sallier, Noel McGill; Alan Hudson, Vincent Ogbe, Ross Nevins; Evan Mearns, David Byrne, Jason McClelland, Aaron Carruth, Ryan Deegan, Daniel Smullen, John Redmond, Adam Halpin, Barry Hendrick, Aaron Moore, Daniel Thorpe.