This year’s Sem Corn na nOg team concluded their schedule of games towards the end of November. The squad, made up of 38 players after a series of trials have made enormous strides in their development with a series of excellent performances at the highest level of Ulster Colleges competition. The campaign began in the most dramatic fashion with the Sem boys securing their own place in college folklore when they resurrected themselves from a 13 point half-time deficit to defeat St. Colman’s Newry, in Armagh. The dramatic scenes at the final whistle will last long in the memory of the young players involved. The second game was against Maghera, who were without a number of their key players, but in a very competitive game our lads emerged victorious for the second game in a row by the narrowest of margins. Both these results gave the boys great encouragement and meant a win against Abbey C.B.S. would secure a semi-final spot.In this game the concession of a flurry of early goals proved too much to overcome and despite a performance full of character and endeavour we were on the receiving end of a heavy defeat. This was followed by another defeat to St. Mary’s Magherafelt who had inflicted a very heavy defeat on this team in last year’s Dalton Cup, however at the final whistle on this occasion only four points separated the sides in a very competitive encounter. The final game of the campaign saw the Sem take on Coláistí Inis Eoghain and the boys completed the competition in some style with a high scoring victory.
This years competition is only a step in the process of these young players’ development and under the stewardship Martin Corey (Co. Monaghan GAA) they will now focus on their athletic development, focusing on speedwork, running mechanics, flexibility and core strength. The Corn na nOg has been a hugely positive learning experience where these players have displayed vast improvement and character against high quality opposition. Well done to all and we look forward to watching these players develop further as they progress to next year’s Brock Cup.
The Sem Rannafast team bowed out at the quarter final stage of this year’s competition. In the group stages The Sem had defeated St. Mary’s Magherafelt, St. Paul’s Bessbrook and the amalgamated Coláistí Inis Eoghain to top their group. Their reward for this was quarter final tie with St. Colman’s College Newry, which was played in Culloville. This game turned out to be one of the games of the year and it took extra time to separate the two gallant teams. St. Colmans advanced on the scoreline of 2.21 to 4.13. The Rannafast cup was eventually won by St. Pats Cavan and they became the fourth different competition winner of this age group, joining St. Pats Maghera, ‘The Sem’ and the Patrician High School. This illustrates the level of competition at this age group and should set it up for a very open and highly competitive MacRory cup in a couple of years.
The MacRory Cup team exited the competition at the quarter final stage against Omagh CBS
St. Macartan’s Rannafast Cup campaign off to winning start
St. Macartan’s College began the defense of their Rannafast Cup title in impressive fashion with a win over St. Mary’s College, Belfast on September 17th. The game was played in near perfect conditions in Sherry’s Field, Armagh. Although “The Sem” are the current holders of the Rannafast Cup, the current squad boasts only three players from the team that played in last year’s final. However, this group of players claimed silverware of their own last year when they won the Brock Shield back in May.
During last year’s Brock Cup competition, The Sem were beaten convincingly by this same St. Marys team – so this was always going to be a difficult opening fixture. However, from the minute the ball was thrown in, the Sem boys displayed the wonderful progress that they have made over the Summer playing with their clubs.
A strong defensive performance in the first half, after playing against the wind, put the Sem 1-7 to 0-3 in the lead at the break. The highlight of the first half was the performance of Oisin McKenna who was making his competitive debut for the Sem. The Sean McDermott’s player registered three points from play in the opening half and added another point to this tally in the second half. Indeed McKenna wasn’t the only debutant to make a positive impression on the match as Scotstown’s Dylan McCarey also showed up very well, despite playing out of position at corner back.
Credit must go to the St. Mary’s team who battled gamely in the second half despite the concession of an early goal. However, a very controlled performance by the Sem saw them see the game out comfortably. Aside from the result of the match, another positive outcome for the Sem was the performance of the substitutes when introduced. In particular, Truagh’s Cillian Woods caught the eye in scoring three points from play despite taking to the field with only ten minutes remaining.
MacCormack Cup winning team 2014
2012 Ulster All Star Mel Boyce with G.A.A. Ard Stiurtoir P. Duffy and coach, Mr. S. Meehan
Mc Rory Team 2010
Mc Rory Team 2009
2009 Bank of Ireland Allstars Daniel Mc Kenna and Christopher Mc Gorman with Mr. R. Mc Hugh, Mr. G. Coyle, Mr. P. Duffy and Mr. S. Meehan
Kieran Hughes at the presentation of The B.O.I. All Star Awards
Kieran Hughes with his All Star Award. Also Mr. G. Coyle, team manager
Mc Rory Team 2007/08
Mr. Frank Mc Eneaney of the Westenra Hotel Presents Sponsorship Cheque
Paul Mc Guigan