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Arklow students soar

TRANSITION year students from four schools in Arklow took part in a tag rugby blitz that was exciting and entertaining for all involved.

The 160 students were divided into 20 teams of eight and sorted into four groups of five teams. Each team had a mix of students from each school, allowing for the opportunity for students to get to know one another in a social and fun setting.

Each team was designated a county to represent and each grouped battled it out for a place in the semi-finals. These were contested by Carlow, Wexford, Cork and Galway.

After a tantalising round of semi-finals, it seemed Galway and Carlow were destined to face off in the finals with Carlow pinching the glory by three points with a last-minute try from Patricia O'Donnell of St Mary's Secondary School.

The day turned out to be a great success, with students having fun and enjoying the games. The schools that took part were Arklow Community College, Arklow CBS, Gaelcholáiste Na Mara and St Mary's.

Many thanks to Noreen O'Reilly for all her help in organising and to the referees Sean Byrne, Joe Bulmer and Kelly Ann Conroy.

If any school is looking to set up rugby in the Arklow area, please contact Barney at ArklowCCRO@leinsterrugby.ie.