There is really no need for ‘plastic’ Jamaicans to represent our country in international competition. But, as one would expect in any football match, the second 45 minutes of the matches seen on the weekend provided evidence that our young boys are just playing too much football. Manning Cup, Walker Cup, daCosta Cup, Ben Francis Cup, Oliver Shield and FLOW Super Cup mean that the better schoolboy footballers have very little time to (a) recover and (b) pay the requisite attention to the whole purpose of school, which is to get an education that will equip them to be productive citizens once school is over. The many stops for cramps, injuries and inexplicable technical lapses of youngsters (who earlier in the season were guaranteed to put away simple goalscoring opportunities), can only be explained by exhaustion, mentally and physically. Professional footballers in the very popular English Premier League protest in no uncertain manner when schedules require them to play three matches in seven days. Yes, professional adult males. Yet we (constantly) demand that our young Jamaicans play three matches weekly “because we have to complete the competition before the end of the school term”. The lives and future of our children are being sacrificed on the altar of blatant commercialism. At what point do we the people say to the organisers of schoolboy football ‘no mas’, ‘no more’? We can reduce the number of games played by the ‘better’ schools by (a) dividing the Manning Cup and the daCosta Cup into two tiers, with promotion and demotion based on their placing in the previous year’s competition, or (b) mandating that players be restricted to the number of games played in any football season. There is many a precedent for this. The legendary football icon, Lindy Delapenha, caused the hierarchy of a concerned ISSA in the late ’40s to restrict the number of events a child could compete in at Champs, which played a significant role in preserving his health. Delapenha is alive and well today, after a pioneering role in getting players of colour to play in the EPL. The paucity of local schoolboy ‘star’ players going on to represent their country can be traced to burnout and lost opportunities when football trumped scholastic study. Other countries have found interesting ways of mandating the number of games children play in any one season of a sport. We do not have to reinvent the wheel. We owe it to our children. LITTLE TIME TO RECOVER The FLOW Super Cup is living up to the pre-competition hype generated by a really professional marketing blitz. The competition pits the eight zone champions in the rural daCosta Cup competition against zone champions in the metropolitan Manning Cup. The initial set of games is so arranged that it ensures that it is ‘country’ versus ‘town’. This format attracts large attendances at games and serves either to deny or confirm the widely held belief that the ‘town’ schools are better funded and coached than their ‘country’ counterparts. The organisers at FLOW, the generous sponsors of this competition (dubbed the Champions League of schoolboy football), have selected the Montego Bay-based Catherine Hall complex and Kingston-based Sabina Park as the venues to be used during this weekend competition. Good choice, as it ensures that the innate skills of the boys are given a chance to shine on a stage that will be televised and broadcast to the nation. Every genuine fan of local football has bemoaned the lack of proper playing surfaces used for different and varied competitions in Jamaica. But the hierarchy of the Jamaica Football Federation has apparently decided to concentrate the majority of its resources in (what is now confirmed as a futile attempt) to buy our way to the World Cup Finals using ‘foreign’ sources. But I digress. That is for another column. This year’s FLOW Super Cup competition has lived up to the hype, as the eight matches played over the weekend have seen the expected blowouts and, of course, an upset. The first half of every match has provided a comprehensive insight of the unbelievable talent of our youngsters. We do have good LOCAL footballers and, indeed, good LOCAL coaches!
SCOIL COLMCILLE in Letterkenny were today crowned Large Primary Schools County Athletics champions in an action-packed day at Finn Valley AC.Annagry PS were crowned champions in the Medium School section whilst Lifford PS were winners in the small school category.Here are all the results from the day: GIRLS 60m Born 20041. Brenda Carr, Dooish2. Bonnie McLaughlin, Scoil Iosagain3. Keevagh Thompson, Dooish4. Lugin Saddig, SMGS Born 20031. Shauna Harkin, Tiernasligo2. Ciara O’Donnell, SMGS3. Stephanie Okoh, SMGS4. Julie Wilson, Donaghmore Born 20021. Lauren Callaghan, Dromore2. Mikila Byrne, Niall Mor, Killybegs3. Faith Moore, St. Marys, Stranorlar4. Meagan Ryan, MilfordBorn 20011. Aisha Oladapo, SMGS 2. Natasha Hamilton, SMGS3. Aine Kerr, St. Brigids, Convoy4. Sinead Gallagher, St. Marys Stranorlar Born 20001. Sommer Lecky, Erganagh2. Hanah McElchar, Gleneely3. Claire Kelly, Gleneely4. Cliona Finn, SMGS Born 19991. Janine Boyle, Dooish2. Arlene Crossan, Lurgybrack3. Ailbhe O’Donnell, Annagry4. Meagan Bernardo, Woodland NS Born 1998 1. Sarah Doherty, Annagry2. Claire Sweeney, Ranafast3. Mary T. Doherty, Scoil Iosagain4. Niamh Ward, Tooban Born 20031. Zoe McCarron, Tiernasligo2. Shauna Harkin, Tiernasligo3. Ciara O’Donnell, SMGS4. Stephanie Okoh SMGS BOYS 60mBorn 2004 1. James Bright, Scoil Colmcille LK2. Neil Mulcahy, Castlefin3. Glen Campbell, St. Marys Stranorla4. Lee Callan, Ramelton Born 20031. Joseph Aiddo, Scoil Colmcille, LK2. Liam Hannigan, Gaelscoil LK3. Alex McDermott Gaelscoil LK4. Gerry McKinney, Tooban 80mBorn 20021. Isac Alankhlah, Scoil Colmcille LK2. Conor Black, Kilmacrennan3. Stephen Black, Kilmacrennan4. Wekem Asare, Scoil Colmcille, LK Born 20011. Oisin Bradley, Gaelscoil2. Pauric Harold, Dooish3. Oisin McElhinney, Gleneely4. Aaron McDaid, Scoil Iosagain 100mBorn 20001. Martin McDaid, Newtowncunnngham2. Thomas Mullen, Raphoe3. Ciaran Black, Kilmacrennan4. Umar Adeyoola Scoil Colmcille, LK Born 19991. Calvin O’Brien, St. Marys Stranorlar2. Jerome Atuahene, Scoil Colmcille LK3. Alex Carlin, Lifford4. Daniel Marzan, St. Patricks, Carndonagh Born 19981. Noah Sanni, Scoil Colmcille, LK2. Oisin Toal, Gaelscoil3. Darrah Toal, Gaelscoil4. Kehng McCrea, Seissiaghoneill Born 20031. Joseph Addi, Scoil Colmcille, LK2. Liam Hannigan, Gaelscoil3. Alec Mc Dermott, Gaelscoil4. Jamie Murray, St. Marys Stranorlar GIRLS 300m Born 20021. Daniella Jansen, Dromore2. Megan Ryan, Milford3. Demi Carlin, Lifford4. Sarah Jane Porter, Tooban 600m Born 20011. Zoe Kelly, Dromore2. Karen Gallagher, Scoil Mhuire, Cashel3. Lauren McDaid, Tooban4. Anna McGinley, Scoil Iosagain 600m Born 20001. Laura Crossan, Lurgybrack2. Nikita McDevitt, St. Patricks, Castlederg3. Alana Clarke, Woodlands4. Sinead Brown, St. Marys Castlefin 800m Born 19991. Amy Crossan, St. Marys Stranorlar2. Nikita Lyons, Muff3. Alton Murphy, Gaelscoil LK4. Abbey Stokes, Scoil Iosagain 800m Born 19981. Ciara Finnegan, Gaelscoil LK2. Mary T. Doherty, Scoil Iosagain3. Sarah Doherty, Annagry4. Eileen McKinney, Scoil Iosagain BOYS 300m Born 20021. Isaaaci Abanrwah, Scoil Colmcille LK2. Jard Friel, Scoil Iosagain3. Jon Reid, St. Bridgids Convoy4. Adam Whoriskey, Scoil Iosagain 600m Born 20011. Ronan Frain, Woodlands2. Pauric Harold, Dooish3. Shane McMonagle, Tooban4. Shane O’Donnell, Scoil Colmcille, LK 600m Born 20001. Pat Loughrey, Scoil Iosagain2. Samuel McClintock St Marys, Stranorlar3. Luke Gavigan, Dooish4. Ben Carr, Woodlands 800m Born 19991. Michael McGroary, Woodland NS2. Denver Kelly, Tooban3. Charles McDaid Tooban4. Brian McNamee, St. Brigids Convoy 800m Born 19981. Stefan McCrossan, St. Marys Stranorlar2. Pauric Patton, St. Marys Stranorlar3. Niall O’Donnell, Scoil Colmcille, LK4. Oisin Toal, Gaelscoil LK LONG JUMP GIRLS BORN 19991. Elaine McCrossan, Lurgybrack 4.12m2. Ailbhe O’Donnell, Annagry 4.07m3. Janine Boyle, Dooish 3.95m4. Amy Hannah, Annagry 3.90m BORN 20011. Sinead Gallagher, St. Marys Stranorlar 3.30m2. Aine Kerr, St. Bridgets Convoy 3.06m3. Katherine McGlinchey, Castlefin 3.06m4. Clare Doherty, Woodlands 2.96m BORN 20001. Sommer Lecky, Erganagh 3.56m2. Tara Harley, Rannafast 3.46m3. Nikita McDevitt, St. Patricks, Castlederg 3.40m4. Caoimhe Boyle, Annagry 3.38m BORN 20021. Daniella Jansen, Dromore 3.06m2. Makela Byrne, Niall Mor 2.97m3. HollyCarr, St. Muras 2.82m4. Aine Wilkinson, Drumore 2.75m LONG JUMP BOYS BORN 19991. Oisin Purdy, Scoil Colmcille 4.15m2. Eoin Kelly,Kilmacrennan N.S. 4.10m3. Shane Doherty, Kilmacrennan, 4.08m4. Kieran McCloskey, Illistrin 4.05m BORN 20011. Samuel Wilson, Raphoe Central 3.85m2. S. Martin, Kilmacrennan 3.75m3. Joel Bradley Walsh, St. Marys, Stran 3.60m4. Eoin McGarrell, Dooish 3.50m BORN 20001. Umar Adeyoola, Scoil Colmcille 4.25m2. P. J. McBrearty, Scoil Colmcille 3.90m3. Pat Loughrey, Scoil Iosagain 3.90m4. Niall Campbell, Killybegs 3.80m BORN 20021. P McGrory, St. Muras 3.72m2. A. Houston, Dooish 3.70m3. Conor Black, Kilmacrennan 3.58m4. S. Black, Kilmacrennan 3.56m HIGH JUMP GIRLS20021. Aoife Lenon, Scoil Iosagain2. Lauren Callaghan, Drumore N.S3. Caitlin McGonagle, Seissoghneill4. Rebecca Quinn, Educate Together19991. Shannon Cregg, Raphoe Central 1.25m2. Arlene Crossan, Lurgybrack 1.25m3. Ailbhe O’Donnell, Annagry 1.15m4. Ciara McMenamin, St. Marys Stran 1.15m20001. Natasha Devenney, Lifford 1.05m2. Rachel Gallagher, Annagry 1.03m3. Jill McGettigan, Kilmacrennan 1.03m4. Rachel McLaughlin, Scoil Iosagain 1.00m20011. Chantelle McGrath, Tooban .92m2. Aoibh Gallagher, Annagry .94m3. Caoimhe Gallen, Dooish .92m4. Elaine Sweeney, St. Marys Stranorlar .90m HIGH JUMP BOYS20021. Steven Black, Kilmacrennan 1.10m2. Conor Black, Kilmacrennan 1.05m3. Callum Murray, Annagry 1.00m4. Barry Ryan, Glencovitt .95m19991. Conor Lynch, St. Johnston 1.25m2. Kieran Brady, St. Muras 1.25m3. Alex Carlin, Lifford 1.25m4. Ben Doherty, Scoil Iosagain 1.20m20001. Adam Duffy, St. Muras, Tooban 1.18m2. John Timlin, Scoil Iosagain 1.13m3. James Kelly, St. Johnston 1.13m4. Luke McDermott, Annagry 1.08m20011. Michael McFadden, Annagry 1.10m2. Aaron McDaid, Scoil Iosagain 1.10m3. Diarmuid Foy, Dooish 1.04m4. Adam McCrudden, St. Mura 1.01m SHOT GIRLSBORN 98/991. Alex Samdra, sMGS 9.35m2. Bridgid McDyer, Annagry 9.21m3. Niamh McGranaghan, St. Marys C 8.94m4. Georgina O’Donnell, Kilmacrennan 9.15mBORN 20001. Tara Harley, Rannafast 7.20m2. Natalie Duncan, SMGS 6.88m3. Leah McGee, Raphoe Central 6.66m4. Orla Sweeney, Rannafast 6.10m SHOT BOYSBORN 98/991. Thomas McGowan, Rossnowlagh 11.71m2. Mindaugas, Sessiaghoneill 11.43m3. Daniel Devlin, Annagry 11.07m4. Denis Brig, Scoil Iosagain 10.17mBORN 20001. James Kelly, St. Blaithins 10.25m2. Dean McCullagh, Murlog 7.55m3. Fintan Keeney, Scoil Colmcille LK 7.12m3. Luke McDermott, Annagry 7.12m THROWING SLIOTHAR GIRLSBORN 19991. Niamh McGranaghan, Castlefin N.S. 31.10m2. Shakira McCrudden, Dooish N.S. 30.90m3. Amy McGonagle, St. Naoimh, Mura 28.25m4. Shannon McDowd, S.M.G.S. LK 24.10mBORN 20001. Natalie Duncan, SMGS 21.85m2. Leah McGee, Raphoe Central 21.70m3. Erin Duffy, St. Patricks Castlederg 21.40m4. Mia McCusker, S. Ios Leah Duncan, Milford, Ciara Arthur, S.Ios. BOYSBORN 19991. Michael Doherty, Scoil Iosagain 38.35m2. Ben Wallace, Raphoe Central 38.10m3. Dane Davidson, Ramelton 36.95m4. Paul Friel, St. Marys Castlefin 36.40mBORN 20001. Jack McBeth, Raphoe Central 34.10m2. Reece Uflan, Milford Scoil Mhuire 33.25m3. Brandon Bogan, St. Marys Castlefin 32.6m4. Conor O’Donnell, St. Colmcille, LK, 31.00m4. Kieran Patton, Woodlands 31.00m RELAYSBoys Born 2001/2002 Medium School1. Kilmacrennan2. Annagry3. Tooban4. CastlefinBoys Born 2001/2002 Large School1. Scoil Iosagain2. Woodland NS3. Scoil Colmcille, LK4. St. Marys Stranorlar Girls 1999/2000 Small School1. Rannafast2. Gleneely3. Tiernasligo4. Bruckless Girls Born 1999/2000 Medium School1. Annagry2. Dooish3. Castlefin4. St. Patricks, Castlederg Girls Born 1999/2000 Large1. Woodland NS2. Scoil Iosagain3. St. Marys Stranorlar4. Lurgybrack Girls Born 2001/2002 Small School 1. Lifford2. Gleneely3. Ranafast4. Tiernasligo Girls Born 2001/2002 Medium School1. Dromore2. St. Marys Castlefin3. St. Patricks Carndonagh4. Annagry Girls Born 2001/2002 Large School1. Scoil Iosagain2. SMGS3. St. Marys Stranorlar4. Woodland NS Boys Born 2001/2002 Small School1. Gleneely2. Lifford3. Fintra4. Tiernasligo Boys Born 1999/2000 Small School1. Lifford2. gleneely3. Ranafast4. Tiernasligo Boys Born 1999/2000 Medium School1. Tooban2. Kilmacrennan3. St. Marys Castlefin4. Dooish Boys Born 1999/2000 Large1. Stranorlar2. Scoil Colmcille LK3. Illistrin4. Scoil Iosagain OVERALL RESULTS SMALL SCHOOL:1. LIFFORD 26 POINTS2. RANNAFAST 21 POINTS3. TIERNASLIGO 18 POINTS MEDIUM SCHOOLS:1. ANNAGRY 46.5 POINTS2. TOOBAN 43 POINTS3. KILMACRENNAN 37 POINTS LARGE SCHOOLS:1. SCOIL COLMCILLE LETTERKENNY 58.5 POINTS2. SCOIL IOSAGAIN, BUNCRANA 57 POINTS3. ST. MARY’S STRANORLAR 48 POINTS ALL THE RESULTS FROM THE COUNTY PRIMARY SCHOOLS ATHLETICS FINALS was last modified: June 1st, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:AnnagryFinn Valley ACletterkennyLiffordprimary schools athletics champs read more