2012 was the first time in quite a few years that Scoil San Treasa has had a Gaelic Football team. It was a great year and a successful year as well for our Gaelic team.
We were training very hard since September and we were all very excited and nervous for our first game. We went to Deer Park for our first game against Holy Cross. We got the first few scores and we were ahead and had settled in very well.Very soon, the other team scored two goals – they were beginning to get into the game. At half-time we got a team talk from our two coaches Mr. Campion and Mr. Walsh. The second half was completely different and we all played absolutely amazingly, only conceding two more scores. In the end it was a comfortable win for us. We were happy with our first win against Holy Cross.
The following week we were back training hard in Deer Park. We trained very hard as usual and we really wanted to win our next game against St. Mary’s Booterstown. It was a home game for us in Glenalbyn. The referee threw the ball in and the match was on. At the start of the match it was obvious that we were the stronger team. We got score after score and the other team found it hard to score against our mass defence. At half-time we were well ahead but our teachers told us to push on and keep playing the way we were and that we needed some more scores.
The next few days we were back on the training field. The next match against Star of the Sea was to be our hardest match. The first day we were supposed to play the match it was cancelled because of the weather. We played Queen of Angels instead. We won this game comfortably.
Next up was Our lady of Wayside. We came to the game knowing we had to win. The game started and we were away scoring. It was not an easy game, however, as they had a tall full forward who was hard to mark. They scored a few goals against us and we had to dig deep at half-time to get the win. In the end we won the match which left us with a ‘winner-takes-all’ final.
In our final game we had to play Star of the Sea. We were all training hard for this game. This game was away in Clann na Gael GAA grounds. At the start we got a few scores but soon Star of the Sea were doing well. They were a strong team and by far the strongest we played all year. At half-time they were two points up. We knew that we would have to play better in the second half to win the match. We got a few scores and so did they before we scored a goal. At the end they put a lot of pressure on our defence – we had to try and keep them from scoring. At the final whistle because we all thought it was a draw. We went over to the referee to find out who had won. He counted the scores and announced we had won. It was an amazing half of football. At the end of the game we did a mudslide and had lots of sweets. We had amazing players – from our keeper, to our defence, our midfielders, our forwards and all our brilliant substitutes. We also had two of the best managers in Mr. Walsh and Mr. Campion. Well done to all involved and to the parents who brought the boys to training and matches.