St Louis Grammar School
Ballymena
Promoting Excellence, Endeavour and Empowerment

Hurling

St Louis’ hurlers are provided with the opportunity to compete in Ulster College’s competition for each year group.  Local clubs including Dunloy, Loughgiel, All Saints, Con Magees, Tir na nOg, Ahoghill and Rasharkin provide the talent base for the hurling squads.  Having won the McGreevy Cup in 2012 and the Kirk Cup in 2014, the senior team of 2014/15 ensured all St Louis hurling teams now play in the top tier of the various Ulster College’s competitions after winning the Casement Cup in November 2014.

The successful Casement winning squad narrowly lost out on an All Ireland final appearance in early 2015 going down in extra time to St Declan’s Kilmacthomas (Waterford).  However, the majority of the squad were eligible to play in the 2015/16 Mageean competition and the experience gained in 2014/15 was fundamental in their first final appearance in over two decades.  St Louis topped their group with two wins (over Divis and Cross & Passion) and a draw (against Maghera) to automatically qualify for the semi final.  On 19th October they faced Maghera again and a 1-18 to 1-14 victory set Mr Morgan and Mr Gillan’s side up for a final decider against highly rated St Mary’s CBS.  However, an all-round brilliant team performance saw St Louis claim the school’s only ever second Mageean title with a comprehensive 2-16 to 1-9 victory over the Belfast side.   

There was great excitement as St Louis made amends for last year’s semi final defeat and reached the All Ireland final after a 2-14 to 2-6 win over St Raphael’s Loughrea.  On Easter Monday St Louis’ faced Abbey CBS in Thurles.  Despite dominating the game, the home side forced extra-time and once again this proved a step too far for the Kintullagh boys as Abbey won 2-19 to 2-13.  While the players, mentors, parents, staff and supporters were bitterly disappointed at missing out on the All Ireland title, the 2015/16 school year proved to be a very memorable one for all the St Louis hurling community.

MAGEEAN CUP

Current Holders:

 

St Louis GS Ballymena

 

Group A

 

St Patrick’s Maghera

St Louis Ballymena

St Killian’s Garron Tower

Divis

 

 

Fixtures

 

w/c 12th September: Maghera v SLG

w/c 19th September: SLGS v Divis

w/c 28th September: SLGS v St Killian’s

Qtr Finals: w/c 3rd October

 

Semi Final:  w/c 10th October 2016

                           

Final:  Friday 28th October 2016

 

MCNAMEE CUP

Since winning the McGreevy Cup in December 2012, St Louis now compete in the A grade of the Year 9 hurling competition.  For the last 3 years they have managed to reach the knock out finals stages only to lose narrowly to Cross and Passion (2013 and 2014) and St Killian’s Garron Tower in 2015 and 2016.

The McNamee 201/16 fixtures are outlined below:

Current Holders:

St Patrick’s Maghera

GROUP A

St Louis Ballymena

St Patrick’s Maghera

St Killian’s Garron Tower

 

 

 

Fixtures

w/c 12th September:  St Pat’s Maghera  v SLGS

w/c 19th September: SLGS (bye)

w/c 26th September:  SLGS v St Killian’s

Quarter Final:  w/c 3rd October 2016

Semi Final:    w/c 10th October 2016

 

Final:  Friday 28th October 2016

 

FORRESTER’S CUP FIXTURES (YEAR 12)

Having won the Kirk Cup in 2014, St Louis now compete in the A grade of the Year 12 competition.  In 2015/16, the school reached the semi final of the Forrester’s competition only to lose out to St Killian’s Garron Tower despite dominating the opening 40 minutes of the game.

 

Current Holders:

St Patrick’s Maghera

GROUP A

St Louis Ballymena

St Patrick’s Maghera

St Mary’s CBS

Armagh Schools

 

 

Fixtures

w/c 20th February: SLGS v Armagh schools

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

w/c 6th March: St Mary’s CBS v SLGS

Quarter Final w/c:  13th March 2017

Semi Final w/c: 20th March 2017

Final w/c: 27th March 2017


LEONARD CUP (YEAR 11)

St Louis reached the final of the Leonard Cup for the first time in the school’s history in December 2015.  The game was played in blustery and difficult conditions at Armoy and St Louis opponents, Cross and Passion were pre match favourites.  The wind was a major influence throughout and the Ballycastle side were worthy 2-7 to 0-6 winners in the end.

 

Current Holders:

Cross & Passion Ballycastle

GROUP A

St Louis Ballymena

St Patrick’s Maghera

Cross & Passion

St Killian’s Garron Tower

St Mary’s CBS

 

(4 teams qualify)

 

Fixtures

This competition will be played as a one day blitz in Ballymena on Wednesday 9th November 2016

Semi Final w/c:  14th November  2016                                  

Final w/c: 21st November 2016


GALLAGHER CUP (YEAR 10)

St Louis reached the quarter finals of the Gallagher Cup in 2015/16.

Current Holders:

St Patrick’s Maghera

GROUP B

St Louis Ballymena

Cross & Passion Ballycastle

St Killian’s Garron Tower

 

 

Fixtures

w/c 24th April: SLGS v Cross & Passion

w/c  1st May:  St Killian’s v  SLGS

w/c 8th May:  bye

Quarter Final w/c: 15th May 2017                           

Semi Final w/c: 22nd May 2017

Final: Wednesday 29th May 2017


ALL STARS

St Louis achieved their first Ulster College’s Hurling All Stars back in 1988.  Mr Quinn who teaches in St Louis was an All Star in 1989 when he was a pupil at St Louis! Six male students were honoured with Danske Bank Hurling All Stars in 2015/16.  As always the standard over the two trials back in November was very high and to have six hurling all stars in one year is exceptional and this equals the biggest representation from a single school in the 28 year history of the scheme.  

 

Player of the match in the Mageean final, James McNaughton won his first All Star award in 2015.  James joins his brother Nicholas and sisters Una and Lucia who all collected Ulster College's All Stars during their time in the school. The Loughgiel clubman is also an Antrim and Ulster Boxing champion.  

 

Mageean captain Cathal McNaughton collects his second award as last year he was selected at centre half back and in 2015 he was selected at full back.  The St Louis list is completed by the Dunloy quartet of Ryan Elliott (Goal Keeper), Eoin O'Neill (mid field), Conal Cunning (corner forward) and Ciaran Elliott (corner forward).  The four Cuchuallians players were central figures in their club's county success in 2015 as well as to the St Louis Casement and Mageean campaigns in the last two years.  Ryan Elliott is the son of former Dunloy, Antrim and Ulster 'keeper Shane who was selected on the first ever College's Hurling All Star team in 1998.  St Louis total of All Stars now stands at 40.  13 of the 15 Hurlers selected on the 2015/16 team come from Antrim schools.

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