Aviva schools spectacular proves a huge success
Published 23/06/2015 | 02:30
On May 14, 2015 primary schools from all over Ireland travelled to the Aviva stadium for the Spar FAI Primary schools 5-a-side National Finals.
My school, Scoil Naomh Sheosaimh Buaile Beag, was one such school.
Once we arrived at the amazing stadium we were hit with a wave of excitement. With the face painting, clowns, mascots, blow-up Spar inflatables and spectacular samba drummers, the stadium was almost bursting at the seams with anticipation.
Despite the less than glorious weather, nothing prevented the crowd from screaming when their school appeared on the giant screen.
There was an A, B and C category for the boys and A and B for girls. Our school was in the top groups.
The FAI had generously given the four teams in each category an entire new football kit in their province's colours, making the teams look even more professional and prepared.
The first match in the A section was St Leonards against Ballyduff. We watched carefully to see what sort of competition we were up against and we knew straight away that it would be tough.
The first team our boys played were Butlersbridge NS from Ulster, who beat us 4-2.
The next matches went by in a blur of cheering, chanting and nerves. After the nerve-wracking 30 minutes the final result was a draw, 3-3.
The boys were tired but they had to use the rest of their energy to play yet another match immediately after.
Their tiredness definitely didn't detract from their performance in the third/fourth place play-off against St Leonards, since the final score was a second draw, 2-2.
Finally it was time for the presentation ceremony. We sat down extremely excited to see our team come out and receive their third-place medals. The boys wore their medals with pride and were given the biggest cheer our school could muster.
Although our school didn't win the overall tournament, we were still unbelievably proud of what the team had achieved.
Amy O'Gorman, aged 12, from Scoil Naomh Sheosaimh Buaile Beag, Galway, is the winner of the Spar FAI Primary Schools 5s - Future Sports Journalist competition.