Primary Schools’ Gaelic Football Tournament
St. Mary’s Grammar School, Magherafelt hosted its annual Primary School Gaelic Football Tournament on Wednesday 28th February 2018 in Meadowbank Sports Arena. It was a bitterly cold and wintry day, but that did not stop 12 primary schools competing.
Each school played 3 group games to determine if they would make it into Division 1 or Division 2 for the knockout stages.
There was some excellent football played throughout the day and the semi-finals of Division 1 saw Holy Family PS, Magherafelt take on Holy Trinity PS, Cookstown, whilst the other semi-final pitted St. Mary’s PS, Bellaghy against St. Patrick’s PS, Loup. After two incredibly tight and absorbing games, Holy Family progressed to set up a final against St. Patrick’s, Loup. It was nip and tuck the whole way through, with each side enjoying their fair share of domination but it was St. Patrick’s who claimed the Division 1 title on a score line of 3:3 to 3:1. It was extra special for the Loup as their number 6, Ethan Rocks, picked up the “Player of the Tournament” Award after some outstanding displays.
In the Division 2 final, it was a Magherafelt Derby as Spires Integrated PS faced Gaelscoil an tSeanchai. It was another exciting game with Spires taking victory and lifting the Division 2 Shield. The event was organised by the Year 14 BTEC Sport Students. A lot of time and effort went into the smooth running of the event and they can be exceptionally pleased with how the tournament ran.