Mac Reill leads the way as keepers shine at Croke Park
With 15 finals up for decision, it was another hectic and rewarding day at Croke Park yesterday.
All the facets that make this prestigious event on the Dublin GAA calender were there in massive quantities with the quality on offer throughout reflecting both the excellent work of teachers and coaches in the schools and the talents that the players have nurtured in their formative years.
One of the most noteworthy skills on show from the first game to the last was that of the goalkeepers, with Dublin's future looking safe and sound should Stephen Cluxton ever wish to hang up his gloves.
Certainly, there was no finer custodian than Mícheál Mac Réill from Gaelscoil Brian Bóroimhe, who produced a string of superb saves to keep his side in contention in the Corn Chlanna Gael against Gaelscoil Thaobh na Coille.
However, even Mac Réill's brilliance could not deny the Belarmine school, who enjoyed a 3-12 to 2-10 success with David Ó hAoláin, Colm Ó Craodhn, Seán Ó Drisceoil, Liam Ó Donaile and Ben Mac Riobáird playing key roles for the winners.
It proved a double success for Thaobh na Coille as they tasted success in Sciath an Chladaigh with a 5-8 to 2-2 win over Scoil Mhuire, Woodview.
Captain Róisín Ní Chathasaigh led by example with a wonderful personal tally of 2-7 while Sophie Nic Aogáin mirrored that influence when plundering three goals.
All of the contests proved hugely competitive with the Sciath Kitterick a highlight of the day as Hollypark BNS and St Laurence's shared out a thrilling 1-13 apiece draw.
The watching Ciaran Whelan couldn't fail but be impressed by the fielding of Hollypark's Stephen McMahon and the Foxrock school were served well by the talents of Jaques de Patoul, Hugh O'Neill and brother Patrick Van Zuydum and Shane Van Zuydum, who shared 1-8.
However, that they didn't clinch the win was down to the battling qualities of their opponents who deserved to share the trophy after fine personal displays from Ciarán Donovan, Theo Clancy, Conor Hughes, Leo Hennigan and Seán Garavey.
Mount Anville claimed Corn an Chladaigh with the excellence of Jordan Hennebry, Aimee Wyse, Holly Hogan, Alex Bedford and Sadhbh Murphy pivotal in their 3-11 to 3-7 win over Scoil Mológa from Harold's Cross with Ellie de Shiúin shining for the beaten finalists.