The past term has been one of the busiest terms for sport in Portlaoise College for the past few years. The numbers of students participating in organised sport in the school has increased and this has also improved the schools fortunes on the sporting fields. The school’s Boys’ Basketball teams were first off the blocks in September and competed fiercely with the Seniors enjoying victories over Roscrea and Castledermot and the Juniors defeating Castledermot also. Alas qualification for the next round eluded both teams and they bowed out with their heads held high. Well done to all involved including Mr. Murphy and Ms. Walshe. The U14 girls’ Basketball team have also competed well and are due to play in the Laois Championships Finals shortly with Ms Scully.
The school’s hurling and football teams were next out and both teams competed in the local blitzes with the Boy’s Football team progressing well in Leinster before reaching the Leinster Final and just losing out to Kilkenny College in a pulsating game. Well done to all and to Mr. Kenny, Mr. Walsh and Mr. Murphy.
The school’s soccer teams have also tasted success this year with the U17 soccer team defeating The Curragh 5-1 and are now waiting to play their next game after Christmas. The U15 boys also competed earlier in their league defeating Athy to finish 3rd in their league. Well done to all including the coaches Mr. Kelly, Mr. Gleeson and Mr. Hamm.
Some of the school’s Volleyball teams will also be competing after Christmas with the Girls Cadette Volleyball team the most successful, reaching the All-Ireland Quarter Final which will be played in January. The Boys Cadette team still remain in their competition with a trip to Thurles next up for them. Both senior teams competed earlier in the year and put in some fine performance for teams new to the sport.
1st and 2nd year Basketball and Spikeball will take off in the New Year for both boys and girls and will be hoping to emulate last year’s results where two teams qualified for the All Ireland Finals in UCD. The girls U14 Football will also make its debut for the school in the New Year.
Finally away from team sports, the school also competed in several Athletics events this term, including trips to O’Dempseys and Santry under the guidance of Ms. Behan. The school also competed in The John Treacy Marathon and ran against schools from all over the world.
A busy and successful term for sport in the school and hopefully with a bit of luck major success will not be too far away in the near future.