Soccer Marathon In Aid Of Cope

On Saturday 9th March, second year students took part in a day long soccer marathon in the school. Organised by the students of 2D, the marathon aimed to raise money for COPE. Consisting of 8 teams, the marathon kicked off at 9 o clock in the morning. Every player played one match an hour and a league table was consistently updated. The enthusiasm and commitment of the students was great to see (especially for 9 o clock on a Saturday morning!!)

Many activities were also organised outside of the soccer matches. A commentary table was set up so students could commentate on games going on. Special mention has to go to Cormac Kiely who showed he has a bright future commentating with Sky Sports! There was also an interview area with a special advertising background just like the Premier League so students could give interviews after matches. A number a games consoles were also set up to keep students entertained between games.

The day was not without controversy however! It all began when Mr. Cullen sent off Peter O’ Sullivan for a handball outside the box. This was the start of a flurry of cards throughout the day and the referees (teachers) suffering endless abuse!!!! All in good fun though!

At 2 o clock the students were rewarded for their morning efforts with pizzas and drinks. Afterwards, the league’s top four played in the semi finals. Both games were extrememly tight and needed penalties to separate them. The final was a similar contest that took extra time to settle. Most valuable player of the day was awarded to Cian Denn who goals propelled his team to the cup (even though he was transferred during the day!). A special thanks has to go to all the teachers who gave up their time to help run this marathon. A great time was had by all students.

Most importantly, the sum raised for COPE ws over €2,000. This is a testament to all the students who took part on the day and the massive efforts they put into their fundraising.