Sports Report 2011/2012
The school year of 2011/2012 proved to be another outstanding year for Holy Cross College sports teams with a broad range of teams and individuals representing the College with distinction. The highlight of the year was undoubtedly the double winning performances of the school’s soccer teams with both the Boys U-16 and U-18 teams claiming an historic NI Cup double. In what was a truly memorable day for the town of Strabane, the character, commitment and football ability shown by both teams was a fitting reflection of all the qualities espoused and instilled within HCC.
Pictured are the successful Holy Cross College U-18 Boys Youth Soccer team who captured the N.I Schools Cup for the first time in their history after a spirited display against Devenish College at Ballymena Showgrounds. Despite trailing by two goals at half time, a committed second half performance was rewarded with a 2- 2 draw at full time before eventually clinching the title in extra time on a scoreline of 3- 2.
Holy Cross College made it a double victory of schools football titles at Ballymena Showgrounds when the U-16 team (picture 2) defeated St Joseph’s Boys, Derry by a solitary goal scored midway through the first half by captain Gary Henderson. It was a fitting finale to the exploits of this talented group of players who had previously experienced defeat in the year 8 and Year 10 finals.
Not to be outdone, the Girls’ U-18 soccer team reached their second final in a row but unfortunately they relinquished their crown after a penalty shoot out. The Girls’ U-15 seven-a-side soccer team kept the HCC flag flying when they annexed the NI Cup at the end of June in what was a fitting finale to a momentous year.
On the Gaelic front this year, HCC, despite not claiming any silverware, experienced a successful year with teams competing in all competitions. The McLarnon Cup squad reached the quarter finals for the first time in the school’s history. The performances of the Year 11 team also provided a degree of optimism after some outstanding performances. Hopefully, this can be built on next year. The girls’ Gaelic teams also showed great promise and commitment and hopefully this will provide sound foundations for the coming year. HCC hurling teams also competed in a variety of competitions throughout the year with some success.
The school golf and cricket teams enjoyed another successful year with the golf squad reaching the Darren Clarke Foundation Cup final for the second time in three years.
In athletics, Gareth Crawford claimed fourth place in the All-Ireland javelin competition, despite being a year below the age limit.
HCC Shotokan club enjoyed another successful year with all students achieving improved grades. The school also had representative teams in basketball and show jumping.