Ladies Gaelic stars of tomorrow gathered in Croke Park yesterday ahead of their Tesco Junior Post Primary Schools All Ireland Finals which take place on Saturday 31st March.
Schools from Tipperary, Tyrone, Galway, Wexford and Dublin have reached the 2012 Tesco Post Primary School Junior All Ireland Finals.
In the Junior A Championship final Loreto Omagh take on Coláiste Dun Iascaigh of Tipperary. Loreto had a convincing win over Galway’s Glenamaddy NS to book their spot in the A final while Coláiste Dun Iascaigh ensured their advancement with a five goal blitz against St Leo’s of Carlow.
The Junior B Championship final sees Scoil Bhride Mercy, Tuam pitted against Dublin’s Coláiste Íosagáin. Scoil Bhride powered past Donegal’s Moville netting five times to reach the final while Coláiste Íosagáin overcame the challenge of Waterford’s St Augustine’s after extra time to book their spot in the final
The Junior C Championship final will feature St Mary’s New Ross and Dunmore Community School, Galway. Dunmore posted an impressive 4-14 to 2-3 victory to advance their chances of All Ireland glory while St Mary’s outscored Loreto, Clonmel 3-6 to 2-6 at the semi-final stage.
Pat Quill said “Cumann Peil Gael na mBan is indebted to all associated with the organisation, coaching and playing of ladies gaelic football in our Post Primary Schools throughout the country. Sport has a major role in society and plays an integral part in the social and educational lives of our students. It requires a phenomenal input and effort from many people in reaching today’s Tesco All Ireland finals to successfully balance both academic and sporting commitments. Tesco have formed a close partnership with our association which is of mutual benefit to both organizations and I thank them for their financial and marketing assistance”
John Prendergast, Head of Trade Planning and Local Marketing said “All Ireland Final Day at any level of any sport is a day to savour but to be taking part with your school friends with whom you have toiled day in day out, is extra special. Your school team is a mix of backgrounds, could be a mix of parishes and brings together a mix of players from different clubs. The All Ireland Post Primary Schools Finals are all about the players and the managers of the schools competing and of course it is a very proud day for their schools, for their families and for their friends”.
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Tesco All Ireland PPS Junior Championship Finals
31st March 2012.
Tesco Junior A Post Primary Schools All Ireland Championship Final
Colaiste Dun Iascaigh, Cahir, Tipperary v Loreto, Omagh, The Down’s, Westmeath, 2.00pm (S Duane)
Tesco Junior B Post Primary Schools All Ireland Championship Final
Scoil Bhride Mercy, Tuam v Coláiste Íosagáin, Stillorgan, St Brendan’s Park, Birr, 3.00pm, (S Regan)
Tesco Junior C Post Primary Schools All Ireland Championship Final
St. Mary’s, New Ross, Wexford v Dunmore Community School, Galway, St Brendan’s Park, Birr, 1,00pm (D McEnery)