St Louis Grammar School
Ballymena
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Gaelic

GAELIC FOOTBALL

St Louis compete in the Danske Bank Ulster College’s competitions at every age group.  In the past the school has won the Herald Cup, the Loch and Iuir Cup and the O’Doherty Cup.  In 2014, the school added the Corn Colmcille to the trophy cabinet for the first time in the school’s history!

MACLARNON CUP

This is the competition for the senior boys. It is an extremely competitive competition and St Louis teams are always well prepared for their campaigns.  There is always an overlap of players involved in the school senior hurling and football teams so usually the physical side of training is shared and the schedule allows each team to prepare for fixtures accordingly.  The majority of the 2015/16 squad were involved in the Herald Cup as a Year 12 group which narrowly lost the final so hopes were high that the boys could go one step further as senior players.  The MacLarnon squad were in a group with familiar opposition in the form of St Pius X, Holy Trinity Cookstown and Our Lady’s Castleblaney and reached the knock out stages.  A convincing quarter final win over St Eunan’s Letterkenny set up a semi final encounter with Patrician Carrickmacross.  However, St Louis’ hopes of reaching the St Patrick’s Day decider once again came undone as the Monaghan side were simply too strong for Mr Adams’ team. There was some consolation for the team as Patrician went on to collect the title defeating Holy Trinity 2-15 to 0-13 in Armagh. 

Their upcoming campaign is outlined below.  Good luck to all the players involved and their mentor Mr Adams.

Current Holders:

Patrician Carrickmacross

GROUP B

St Louis Ballymena

St Ciaran’s Ballygawley

Holy Trinity Cookstown

Virginia College Cavan

 (Top team automatically qualifies + highest ranked 2nd placed team)

(2nd & 3rd place teams = play offs)

 

Fixtures

w/c 24th October: Virginia College v SLGS

w/c 7th November:  SLGS v Holy Trinity

w/c 14th November: SLGS v St Ciaran’s

3rd place play offs if required – by 26th November

QF Play offs: w/c 28th November

Qtr Finals: by 11th February 2017

Semi Final: by 25th February 2017

Final: Friday 17th March 2017

RANNAFAST CUP & SHIELD (Year 12)

Having won the Corn Colmcille as a Year 9‘s, the Year 12 football squad have competed in the A grade competition for the last two years.   This year’s competition is the Rannafast and all teams will progress to the knock out stages of either the Cup or the Shield competition. 

Their 2016/17 fixtures are outlined below:

Current Holders:

Patrician Carrickmacross

 

 

Group A

St Louis Ballymena

St Patrick’s Maghera

St Pius X Magherafelt

St Michael’s Enniskillen

St Patrick’s Dungannon

 

(3 teams qualify)

 

 

 

Fixtures

 

w/c 19th Sept: SLGS v St Patrick’s Maghera

w/c 26th Sept:  SLGS v St Pius X

w/c 3rd October: SLGS v St Michael’s

w/c 10th October:  SLGS v St Patrick’s Dungannon

w/c 17th October:  SLGS bye

Play offs:  by 29th October

Qtr Finals Cup/Shield: w/c 7th November

Semi Finals Cup/Shield: w/c 14th November

Cup Final: Friday 25th November 2016

Shield Final:  w/c 21st November 2016


Loch an Iuir 2016/17

The current Year 10 squad compete in the Loch an Iuir competition.  The upcoming Loch an Iuir fixtures are outlined below:

Current Holders:

St Patrick’s Downpatrick

 

GROUP B

St Patrick’s Keady

St Louis Ballymena

Virginia College

St Patrick’s Downpatrick

 

 (2 teams qualify)

 

Fixtures

w/c 10th October: St Patrick’s Downpatrick v SLGS

w/c 17th October: St Patrick’s Keady v SLGS

w/c 24th October: Virginia v SLGS

Playoff: by Tuesday 15th November  

Qtr Final: w/c 14th November 2016

Semi Final: w/c 21st November 2016

Final: Friday 2nd December 2016


TREANOR CUP  2016/17

The Treanor Cup is for the Year 11 Ulster College’s competition.

Current Holders:

St Eunan’s Letterkenny (Cup)

 

GROUP A

Loreto Coleraine

St Eunan’s Letterkenny

St Louis Ballymena

St Columb’s Derry

Holy Trinity Cookstown

 (3 teams qualify)

 

Fixtures

w/c 6th February: SLGS v St Columb’s Derry

w/c 20th February: SLGS v Loreto Coleraine

w/c 27th February: SLGS (bye)

w/c 6th March: SLGS v St Eunan’s

Qtr Final w/c: 27th March 2017                            

Semi Final w/c: 3rd April 2017

Final: Wednesday 12th April 2017


CORN COLMCILLE

St Louis had success in recent years in the Corn Colmcille winning it in May 2014.  The current Year 9 squad had a full year of gaelic as Year 8’s and combined with a good number of footballers into Year 8 in September 2015 played a major role in their run in to the Corn Colmcille Final in May 2016.  Unfortunately St Louis’ fine run came to a crushing end as their opponents St Columb’s Derry were slick and powerful and despite the best efforts of Mr Henry’s side, the Derry city boys were crowned 2016 champions.

Current Holders:

St Columb’s Derry

GROUP C

St Louis Ballymena

St Pius X Magherafelt

Holy Trinity Cookstown

St Columb’s Derry

St Eunan’s Letterkenny

 

(2 teams qualify)

 

Fixtures

w/c 6th February: SLGS v St Pius X

w/c 20th February:  SLGS v Holy Trinity

w/c 27th February:  SLGS v St Columb’s

w/c 6th March:  SLG v St Eunan’s

Qtr Finals: w/c 27th March 2017

Semi Final: w/c 3rd April 2017

Final:  w/c 12th April 2017


YEAR 8 LEAGUE

Year 8 boys compete in blitz days.  Their first is Friday 14th October 2016 in MUSA which leads to quarter finals.  There will be a county organised blitz in Term 2 and the Danske Bank McQuillan Cup will take place on Friday 2nd June 2017 usually in Belfast.

CLUBS

St Louis pupils represent the following Clubs:  All Saints Ballymena, St Mary’s Ahoghill, St Comgall’s Antrim, Tir na nOg Randalstown, Pearses Kilrea, St Mary’s Rasharkin, Creggan Kickhams, Erin’s Own Cargin, Con Magees Glenravel, Cuchullians Dunloy and Roger Casements Portglenone.

ALL STARS

Unfortunately the role of honour for football All Stars is a short one at present in St Louis.  Receiving a College’s All Star in Gaelic is a formidable achievement as the standard of players in Ulster’s MacRory, MacLarnon and Nolan Cup competitions is incredible.  While St Louis students received the school’s first Hurling All Stars back in 1988, it was 2003 before a student received a football one. It was Paul Doherty who was the school’s first recipient.  The Rasharkin player won his in the Full Forward position and Paul was part of the last St Louis team to reach the MacLarnon Cup final.  Paul was joined on the All Star list in 2012 when Dermot McAleese received the school’s second ever Award.  Dermot was instrumental in that year’s MacLarnon team reaching the semi final and throughout both trials, he stood out as a very strong and talented player who could read the game well, work as a team player as well as being able to take scores.  The Roger Casement’s Club man won his award in the Centre Half Forward position.  Ironically St Louis’ only two football All Stars are first cousins!GAELIC FOOTBALL

St Louis compete in the Danske Bank Ulster College’s competitions at every age group.  In the past the school has won the Herald Cup, the Loch and Iuir Cup and the O’Doherty Cup.  In 2014, the school added the Corn Colmcille to the trophy cabinet for the first time in the school’s history!

MACLARNON CUP

This is the competition for the senior boys. It is an extremely competitive competition and St Louis teams are always well prepared for their campaigns.  There is always an overlap of players involved in the school senior hurling and football teams so usually the physical side of training is shared and the schedule allows each team to prepare for fixtures accordingly.  The majority of the 2015/16 squad were involved in the Herald Cup as a Year 12 group which narrowly lost the final so hopes were high that the boys could go one step further as senior players.  The MacLarnon squad were in a group with familiar opposition in the form of St Pius X, Holy Trinity Cookstown and Our Lady’s Castleblaney and reached the knock out stages.  A convincing quarter final win over St Eunan’s Letterkenny set up a semi final encounter with Patrician Carrickmacross.  However, St Louis’ hopes of reaching the St Patrick’s Day decider once again came undone as the Monaghan side were simply too strong for Mr Adams’ team. There was some consolation for the team as Patrician went on to collect the title defeating Holy Trinity 2-15 to 0-13 in Armagh. 

Their upcoming campaign is outlined below.  Good luck to all the players involved and their mentor Mr Adams.

Current Holders:

Patrician Carrickmacross

GROUP B

St Louis Ballymena

St Ciaran’s Ballygawley

Holy Trinity Cookstown

Virginia College Cavan

 (Top team automatically qualifies + highest ranked 2nd placed team)

(2nd & 3rd place teams = play offs)

 

Fixtures

w/c 24th October: Virginia College v SLGS

w/c 7th November:  SLGS v Holy Trinity

w/c 14th November: SLGS v St Ciaran’s

3rd place play offs if required – by 26th November

QF Play offs: w/c 28th November

Qtr Finals: by 11th February 2017

Semi Final: by 25th February 2017

Final: Friday 17th March 2017

RANNAFAST CUP & SHIELD (Year 12)

Having won the Corn Colmcille as a Year 9‘s, the Year 12 football squad have competed in the A grade competition for the last two years.   This year’s competition is the Rannafast and all teams will progress to the knock out stages of either the Cup or the Shield competition. 

Their 2016/17 fixtures are outlined below:

Current Holders:

Patrician Carrickmacross

 

 

Group A

St Louis Ballymena

St Patrick’s Maghera

St Pius X Magherafelt

St Michael’s Enniskillen

St Patrick’s Dungannon

 

(3 teams qualify)

 

 

 

Fixtures

 

w/c 19th Sept: SLGS v St Patrick’s Maghera

w/c 26th Sept:  SLGS v St Pius X

w/c 3rd October: SLGS v St Michael’s

w/c 10th October:  SLGS v St Patrick’s Dungannon

w/c 17th October:  SLGS bye

Play offs:  by 29th October

Qtr Finals Cup/Shield: w/c 7th November

Semi Finals Cup/Shield: w/c 14th November

Cup Final: Friday 25th November 2016

Shield Final:  w/c 21st November 2016


Loch an Iuir 2016/17

The current Year 10 squad compete in the Loch an Iuir competition.  The upcoming Loch an Iuir fixtures are outlined below:

Current Holders:

St Patrick’s Downpatrick

 

GROUP B

St Patrick’s Keady

St Louis Ballymena

Virginia College

St Patrick’s Downpatrick

 

 (2 teams qualify)

 

Fixtures

w/c 10th October: St Patrick’s Downpatrick v SLGS

w/c 17th October: St Patrick’s Keady v SLGS

w/c 24th October: Virginia v SLGS

Playoff: by Tuesday 15th November  

Qtr Final: w/c 14th November 2016

Semi Final: w/c 21st November 2016

Final: Friday 2nd December 2016


TREANOR CUP  2016/17

The Treanor Cup is for the Year 11 Ulster College’s competition.

Current Holders:

St Eunan’s Letterkenny (Cup)

 

GROUP A

Loreto Coleraine

St Eunan’s Letterkenny

St Louis Ballymena

St Columb’s Derry

Holy Trinity Cookstown

 (3 teams qualify)

 

Fixtures

w/c 6th February: SLGS v St Columb’s Derry

w/c 20th February: SLGS v Loreto Coleraine

w/c 27th February: SLGS (bye)

w/c 6th March: SLGS v St Eunan’s

Qtr Final w/c: 27th March 2017                            

Semi Final w/c: 3rd April 2017

Final: Wednesday 12th April 2017


CORN COLMCILLE

St Louis had success in recent years in the Corn Colmcille winning it in May 2014.  The current Year 9 squad had a full year of gaelic as Year 8’s and combined with a good number of footballers into Year 8 in September 2015 played a major role in their run in to the Corn Colmcille Final in May 2016.  Unfortunately St Louis’ fine run came to a crushing end as their opponents St Columb’s Derry were slick and powerful and despite the best efforts of Mr Henry’s side, the Derry city boys were crowned 2016 champions.

Current Holders:

St Columb’s Derry

GROUP C

St Louis Ballymena

St Pius X Magherafelt

Holy Trinity Cookstown

St Columb’s Derry

St Eunan’s Letterkenny

 

(2 teams qualify)

 

Fixtures

w/c 6th February: SLGS v St Pius X

w/c 20th February:  SLGS v Holy Trinity

w/c 27th February:  SLGS v St Columb’s

w/c 6th March:  SLG v St Eunan’s

Qtr Finals: w/c 27th March 2017

Semi Final: w/c 3rd April 2017

Final:  w/c 12th April 2017


YEAR 8 LEAGUE

Year 8 boys compete in blitz days.  Their first is Friday 14th October 2016 in MUSA which leads to quarter finals.  There will be a county organised blitz in Term 2 and the Danske Bank McQuillan Cup will take place on Friday 2nd June 2017 usually in Belfast.

CLUBS

St Louis pupils represent the following Clubs:  All Saints Ballymena, St Mary’s Ahoghill, St Comgall’s Antrim, Tir na nOg Randalstown, Pearses Kilrea, St Mary’s Rasharkin, Creggan Kickhams, Erin’s Own Cargin, Con Magees Glenravel, Cuchullians Dunloy and Roger Casements Portglenone.

ALL STARS

Unfortunately the role of honour for football All Stars is a short one at present in St Louis.  Receiving a College’s All Star in Gaelic is a formidable achievement as the standard of players in Ulster’s MacRory, MacLarnon and Nolan Cup competitions is incredible.  While St Louis students received the school’s first Hurling All Stars back in 1988, it was 2003 before a student received a football one. It was Paul Doherty who was the school’s first recipient.  The Rasharkin player won his in the Full Forward position and Paul was part of the last St Louis team to reach the MacLarnon Cup final.  Paul was joined on the All Star list in 2012 when Dermot McAleese received the school’s second ever Award.  Dermot was instrumental in that year’s MacLarnon team reaching the semi final and throughout both trials, he stood out as a very strong and talented player who could read the game well, work as a team player as well as being able to take scores.  The Roger Casement’s Club man won his award in the Centre Half Forward position.  Ironically St Louis’ only two football All Stars are first cousins!


 

 

 

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