Standard on the rise at Cumann na mBunscol
The commitment and application may be the same but the quality on show at the Cumann na mBunscol finals day continues to increase as 12 finals were decided in Croke Park yesterday.
A large crowd filtered in and out of headquarters from as early as 9.30 and they were treated to a series of deciders that were a credit to all schools and players involved.
While there are always some star performers inherent in every panel, it was the general standard of the less-celebrated players that was most noteworthy with the basics of catching, kicking and passing of an impeccably high standard.
Scoil Chrónáin were one team to impress from the start and Seán Ó Dálaigh, son of former Dublin player Wayne Daly, had the honour of the first score of the day with a cracking point in his side's Sciath Chlanna Gael victory over St Brendan's Artane.
Ó Dálaigh and Liam Mac Lochlainn were in inspired form for the Rathcoole gaelscoil with Gearóid Ó Scanláin, Sumsoar Khan, Ferdia Ó Nualláin, Seán Ó Súilleabháin and Adam Ó Mordha more than playing their part in a 5-9 to 1-6 win.
The Sciath na Laoch final was also highly competitive with Ballyboughal NS doing just enough to defeat a battling St Fintan's Sutton by 4-7 to 1-4.
Aishling Rodgers, Alex Smyth, Kate McGill and Leah Jordan shared the scoring for the winners but Fintan's emerged with great credit from the final with the likes of Lucy Collins, Melanie Gallagher, Eve Quilligan, Emma Cooling and Olivia Giblin typifying their efforts.
St Michael's College JS beat Sacred Heart Ballygall by 2-16 to 1-8 to claim the coveted Corn na nGearaltach.