The Colaiste Chiarain junior hurling team had a very successful year in reaching the Dublin Colleges junior hurling final. The year started off with a disappointing, narrow loss to neighbours Confey College. However, big wins over Coolmine Community School and Colaiste Mhuire, Cabra saw the team qualify for the quarter finals as group winners. Colaiste Chiarain faced Chanel College, Coolock in a home quarter final and made home comforts count by disposing of Chanel College in clinical fashion.
The team were now into their second successive semi-final at this level after reaching last years semi-final where they were beaten by St. Josephs CBS, Drogheda. Holy Family Community School, Rathcoole were the opposition this year and this was the schools first game to be played outside of Leixlip. However, it turned out to be the teams best performance of the year. Played in heavy underfoot and strong blustery conditions, the players played with determination and passion throughout. It was these qualities that saw them overturn a six point deficit in the second half into a four point victory to reach the final.
Awaiting the team in the final was Colaiste Choilm, Swords. In advance of the final, the players were presented with half zip tops by Principal Joe Sweeney. The final was played in perfect conditions on the astro turf at the GAA Development Centre, Abbotstown on January 18th
The first half was hugely competitive and a brilliant goal from Darragh Melville saw Colaiste Chiarain take an early lead. However, two goals just before half-time were to prove decisive to the outcome. However the players and subs continued to work tirelessly and showed great pride by playing to the end. Indeed a highlight of the whole game was a Ben Travers goal where he soloed through the whole defence before he unleashed an unstoppable shot to the roof of the net. The final scoreline read 5.13 to 2.6 in favour of the Swords school. Great credit must be given to the players for reaching the final and for the excellent attitude they displayed throughout the year. A special mention must go to the four 1st Year students who were part of the panel, Conall Henson, Sean McManus, James Foster and Paul Donnellan. Finally, a massive thank you to the support the team has gotten from St. Marys GAA Club and supporters who attended games, especially on the day of the final, it was heartening to have such a big crowd present.
Colaiste Chiarain Junior Hurling Panel: Karl Burke, James Bowden, Evan Malone, Ciaran Silke, Dara
Mooney, Conall Henson, Jake Casey, Nathan Browne, Darragh Melville, Ben Travers, Rory Noonan,
Michael Ball, Ethan Hearne, Sean McManus, James Foster, Paul Donnellan.