Last Saturday was a great day for the Preparatory School.
The College hosted the Munster v Leinster U18 Schools game at our Sports Complex, which was a key game. as the winner would win the Interprovinical Schools title. There was keen interest in our school as we had a past pupil (and current 5th Year Student) Alex McHenry playing with Munster.
Our school was involved also as 6th Class students acted as Ball Bays and 3rd & 4th Classes played a Mini Game at Half-Time. Our boys also provided a guard of honour for both teams before the game.
In a great game, Munster won 19-10, having lead 19-0 at the interval. Well done to Alex and all the Munster Squad. Our boys really enjoyed cheering the team to victory and playing some part on the day!
CBC Prep School Fifth and Sixth Class teams with their Scoil Íde counterparts after Saturdays excellent games in the grounds of St. Munchin’s College , Limerick. More pictures to follow. Many thanks also to our supporters on the day.
The Preparatory School will hold a three day rugby camp on 29, 30 and 31 of October. For full details, download the brochure by clicking Rugby Camps.
The weather did not disappoint today, though rain was forecast. The boys enjoyed a full range of sporting events, including the novelty race for Sixth Class boys. Picture shows some of the proud Mums watching the race.
The proud Mums watch the novelty race
The CBC boys were delighted when past pupil Donncha O’Callaghan acknowledged their cheering by giving them a big thumbs up sign.
The boys of Fifth and Sixth Class had a most enjoyable trip to Dublin last Saturday. They went to St Michael’s first where they played two games against a St Michael’s side. Next, it was on to the Aviva Stadium to enjoy the Ireland v Argentina match. A splendid time was had by all.
RECENT RUGBY CAMPS were a great success, judging by the reaction of the participants ─ Prep School boys from First Class to Sixth Class and their friends from other schools ─ and the very positive feedback from parents. Two camps are planned for this school year as follows:
October/November Camp: Tuesday 30th October to Thursday 1st November
March Camp: Tuesday 26th to Thursday 28th March
TIMES: 10.00am to 2.00pm
The brochure may be downloaded from this site by clicking: “Brochure” and application forms are available from Prep School teachers
After a great game of hurling, the victorious CBC team are presented with the cup and medals.
The team members come up for the presentation of cup and medals
The Captain is congratulated on the team's victory
CBC has won the cup!
Finally, all the medals have been given out.
The spectators are delighted with the win
The entire Prep School went to Pairc Uí Rinn this morning to support the senior boys compete with Dungourney in the final of the Sciath na Scol Roinn H6 Hurling Final. Three buses and numerous parents dropped the boys out in time for the 11.30am start. It was a hard fought battle between two very determined teams, but constant pressure from CBC put them well ahead at half time. When the full time whistle was blown, the score was CBC five goals and five points; Dungourney, five points. The CBC Hurling Team were thrilled to bring a cup back for the trophy cabinet.
The team lines up before the match
Some final words from CBC Coach Mr Steven Lynch
The game begins at a frantic pace
Breaking through the opposition
CBC boys are fascinated by the hurling!
Every ball is contested
All eyes on the match
The tension of it all!
Robert Hedderman of Sixth Class has been selected to play for Cork against Kerry in Gaelic Football. The Junior Cert boys were on hand to give him a big cheer at this great achievement.
Junior Infants give a big cheer for Robert
All the boys of the Preparatory School spent last Tuesday at the Glen Resource Centre. Last year, Junior Infants to Second Class went there for their school tour and enjoyed it so much that it was decided that the destination of this year’s school tour for all the boys would be the Glen Centre. Despite a little bit of rain, all the boys gave the Centre top marks for fun activities. The younger boys finished at 1.00pm, thoroughly exhausted; the older boys stayed going until 3pm.
The mighty ball
Enjoying rock climbing
The Centre has a wide variety of climbing activities
The excitement of zip wire
The School Sports were held last Thursday (17 May) at the CIT Sports Centre. The Preparatory boys had all the facilities to themselves from 9.30am to 12.30pm when their big brothers arrived from the Secondary School. It was a great day of fun and experimenting with various races on the running track, attempting the high jump and the long jump and finishing off with a game of soccer: each class had one of the astro turf pitches to themselves from 12.00 to 1.00. A great day out!
Getting ready for the three-legged race
Going for the high jump
Clearing the bar in the high jump
Hopping along in the sack race
The sack race is keenly contested
About to hit the dust in the long jump
The "puck fada" competition
The wheelbarrow race is about to start
...and they're off...
Sixth Class three-legged race competitors at the starting line.
Sixth Class get ready for the final race of the day: the Novelty Race
A race to put on the dresses!
At the end of the race, the boys are transformed into girls!
CBC have reached the final of the Hurling level Roinn H6 competition. The game will be played next Wednesday, 30 May, at Páirc Ui Rinn at 11.30am. The opposing team is Dungourney. Arrangements are being made to get as many pupils as possible to attend the match and support our team on the day. Entrance costs €2 for children and €5 for adults; more information later.
CBC Hurling Team
An interesting account of one of the matches played by the Prep School Bath touring group appears on the Avonvale RFC website, under the heading: ‘Vale fail to light any candles as the Christian Brothers take the trophy home to Cork’. The article reads as follows:
Vale 0 – Christian Brothers 2
“Having seen the Christian Brothers take apart several teams it was a fairly nervous start to our encounter with the Irish team. However whilst the tackling and scrummaging were holding up very well, the problem was at the breakdown.
“Christian Brothers were very adept at counter rucking and were able to constantly recycle the ball, keeping Vale under pressure, which finally resulted in a try.
“In the second half Vale came close to scoring on a few occasions but could not find any way through. One of the Christian Brothers big centres finally powered across Vales tryline late in the game for their second try. A loss but a brave display by Avonvale.”
For a full report on the tournament go to: http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/avonvale/m/match-report-10776.html?official=0&fixture_id=667224
At Tuesday’s assembly, the Sixth Class touring group were proud to show off the trophy they won for beating all comers at the Avonvale tournament over last weekend. Pictured below: Mr Dennis Linehan, Ronan Barry (Touring Captain) with tournament shield, Daithi Heffernan (Team Captain) vice captains Tom O’Connor and Paddy Kelleher and Dr Larry Jordan.
The Sixth Class touring group returned to school at midday today after a very successful tour of Bath. They recorded a famous win when they beat all comers at the Avonvale Bathford tournament and brought the trophy home to the Prep School trophy cabinet.
Touring Team Captain Ronan Barry in action during the Bath Tour
Mr Michael Cronin (of John Cronin, Oliver Plunkett St, CBC uniform supplier) made a last minute dash to Cork Airport this morning to deliver a set of touring jerseys to the CBC Prep School team, arriving just before the flight took off for London. The Sixth Class boys designed the special jersey for the Bath Tour, something of a tradition for the last ten years. The artwork went in very late and Mr Cronin performed above and beyond the call of duty by collecting the jerseys from the delivery depot in Little Island at 6am and arriving at the airport just in time. He also took the photo (below) of the class just before take off.
The Bath Tour Jersey 2012
The team pause for photograph just before take off.
The annual Bath Tour has come round again, with this year’s Sixth Class boys flying out to Heathrow Airport, with three Preparatory School teachers and many parents as well, early tomorrow morning.
Dr Larry Jordan presented each of the 25 members of the touring group with rugby gear this afternoon in a specially made McWilliams touring bag. A photograph of the group was also taken, which is reproduced below. We wish the team all the best in their forthcoming games with English teams.
The whole school gathered in the Hall for the presentation of rugby gear.
Dr Jordan makes a presentation
Dr Jordan makes a presentation
Dr Jordan with Captains, Vice-Captains and other members of the travelling group
The Touring Group, including the teachers who will travel: Mr S. Lynch (left) and Ms McAdoo and Mr Linehan (right).
Thursday 29 March was a day of great excitement in the Preparatory School. Many of the pupils witnessed CBC’s victory in the Munster Junior Cup the day before. Winning in Musgrave Park in glorious sunshine was a memorable occasion, but what made it even better was the fact that the team captain, Gregory Roche, was a past pupil of the Preparatory School.
As on all such occasions, the winning team was welcomed back to the College with the cup the day after the victory. The avenue was lined with pupils and teachers and the boys were clapped and cheered as they make their way to the main school building.
First to greet them were the boys of the Preparatory School. As can be seen from the pictures below, they gave Captain Gregory Roche and his gallant team mates an extra special reception.
The boys wait for the parade to begin
One of the Junior Infants Class gets to hold the Junior Cup.
Greg Roche, Captain, is cheered by the Prep School boys
The parade moves on up the avenue to the main school building
Third to Sixth Class will be playing against Cobh Pirates on Saturday next. Third, Fourth and Fifth should be dropped off at 10.00am for a 10.30am kickoff and should be collected at 11.30am. The Sixth Class game takes place immediately afterwards: arrive at 11.00am; kickoff at 11.30am and collection at 12.30pm. Directions to Cobh Pirates rugby grounds can be found by clicking the following link: http://www.cobhpirates.com/directions.html
This year’s school tour was on Tuesday 24 May. Junior Infants to Second Class went to the Glen Recreation Centre where they had a very enjoyable day of activities, including wall climbing.
The boys of Third to Sixth Class went to the Oysterhaven aquatic centre where more adventurous activities were on offer, including canoeing, boating, rope bridge crossing and other pursuits that involved getting wet and muddy.
Third Class out on the water in Oysterhaven
CBC Prep School boys in Oysterhaven
Trying to get to the other side while staying dry
The annual Sports Day was held at CIT Sports Grounds this year as the Mardyke was not available. A great day was had by all. Sprints, three-legged, egg & spoon and novelty races were run off for all classes from 3rd to 6th. Meanwhile, back at the school, the younger boys had their Sports Day on the Astroturf.
Concentration before the start of the egg and spoon race.
Sack race contestants near the finishing line.
Sixth Class boys pictured immediately after the novelty race.
Sixth Class arrived back in Cork last night after a hectic weekend in Bath. They played seven rugby matches over the three days at three different venues. They also spent some time sight seeing, culminating with a guided tour of the famous Roman Baths. The touring team also found time for bowling, quasar and a visit to the cinema.
The Preparatory School touring group prior to their departure from Cork Airport last Friday
The team prepares to take to the field
The team is clapped by the opposition at the end of the match
Group photo in the Roman Baths
Roman Bath Attendants?
Balcony overlooking Roman Baths
Looking down on main pool in the Roman Baths
The boys relax after their final match of the tour
Fifth Class were guests of Scoil Cholmchille, Blarney Street on Friday last, to play return cricket and hurling matches. All the boys enjoyed the event and it is planned to have some more matches before the summer holidays.
CBC Cricket/Hurling Team
Waiting to Bat
The end of a hectic game of hurling
A few weeks before Ireland’s famous victory over England in the Cricket World Cup, a cricket match had been planned between CBC Prep School and Scoil Cholmcille CBS, Blarney Street. The match took place this morning at Lansdowne in glorious sunshine. The fact that cricket has been very much in the news this week, made the event all the more enjoyable.
The Fifth Class boys from each school competed and everyone got a chance to play. The final result: we want more cricket. A return match is planned for next Friday morning when the CBC boys will be the guests of Scoil Cholmchille.
The boys finished off the morning’s sport with a game of hurling on the Astro Turf. What energy!
The Scoil Cholmchille Team
The CBC Prep School Team
Action at this morning's cricket match
Getting ready to defend the wicket
After cricket, a hurling match: hard to tire out these boys