Santa Sabina Dominican College

Sports Round-Up 2019 - ‘20

Sports Round-Up 2019 - ‘20
Sports Round-Up 2019 - ‘20


The senior girls competed in Clonliffe Schools Cross Country event in Santry in October. The team consisted of 5 Senior Students who won silver for Santa Sabina in their age category.

After- school training was due to take place weekly from Easter with the school intending to enter into the Track & Field Schools Santry event later in May.


We had 7 basketball teams this year competing in the SSA basketball league.

1st Years

Our first years made up two wonderful groups of very enthusiastic players who showed great commitment to both training and games. The Premier team competed strongly in their league reaching the final having played extremely well throughout their league. The Div 2 team took part in a very competitive league and their enthusiasm for the game shone through each time they stepped on the court.

2nd Years

We had a huge number of dedicated second years out for training every Monday afternoon, and we hope to see all our players back on court as soon as is permitted! The Division 2 team competed in the S.S.A Dublin Regional 2nd Year League finished 3rd in their table.


The U16 Premier team was made up of a very talented group of girls who played hard in every game and were unlucky to miss out on a place in the final. Hopefully we can build on their talents for next year.


Santa Sabina was again represented by two teams at this level: Premier & Div 2. Both teams competed well in their leagues. A great bunch of girls who were a pleasure to coach and gave 100% effort.

Many thanks to all the students who took part this year, and of course thanks also to their dedicated coaches-Philly Clarke, Ms O Keeffe, Ms Sexton and Ms O Doherty

Gaelic Football

1st year

We had record numbers this year from 1st year. We had 63 students who participated in a number of mini games and training sessions every Wednesday. The future is bright for Gaelic Football with the new recruits.

Junior Team

This was our junior team's most successful season to date in the Leinster championship. They were very committed and trained at 7.30am every Thursday and this stood to them as we have gone unbeaten for the year and we are due to play the Leinster final against Our Lady’s College, Greenhills.

Senior Team

The Senior team now playing in the higher grade due to our previous success, played very well all year but fell short against a very strong St. Vincents (Dundalk) team in the group stages. We would like to congratulate Keeva Keenehan on representing Dublin in the Minor Championship this year. Best wishes to all 6th year players who have given a lot of commitment to the teams and best of luck in their future careers.

In other exciting news, Santa Sabina were winners of the Lidl LGFA post primary schools competition which means we were gifted new jerseys, footballs, cones and water bottles. Thanks to all at Lidl Baldoyle for this equipment.

Ultimate Frisbee

Santa Sabina entered five 5th year teams in a friendly beginners blitz in Abbotstown on 22nd November 2019. With no winners on the day, the girls still played great frisbee and one of our teams picked up the Spirit of the Game award for showing fair play, team spirit and knowledge of the rules.

Back to Abbotstown on the 23rd of January 2019, the 5th year students were mixed with players from many different schools and played with and against their Santa Sabina teammates. They were now prepared for the All Ireland Schools Cup in March.

On the 5th of March, Santa Sabina entered 6 teams into the All Ireland Schools Cup competition. This consisted of two 6th year teams and four 5th year teams. Our sixth year team went on to win the schools cup with the other 5 teams finishing 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 7th. The 6th year team also picked up the Spirit of the Game award.

The same 6 teams were due to play in the All Ireland Championships later in the year where Santa Sabina would have been aiming for 3 All Ireland titles in a row.

Well done to all the students and their coaches Iníon and Mr. O’ Neill (St. Fintan’s High School) for their continued success in this sport.

Equestrian Sport

The equestrian team in Santa Sabina is rapidly growing, having increased to 10 members this year. We’ve had 2 teams competing for the last couple of years in the Killossery Interschools league. Last year, Santa Sabina placed 4th, and the previous year placed 2nd out of 20 schools. This sport takes a lot of work and dedication and we would like to commend everyone's efforts. Everyone involved has shown brilliant team work skills and sportsmanship. We would like to thank the coaches and the parents for helping the team achieve success year after year.


1st Years

We saw a huge uptake of girls taking part in hockey training and then beginning their games in January. It was a mixed set of results with the girls winning some games. Well done to all who took part, went to training and enjoyed every second.

2nd Years

The Minor B team competed in both the Leinster Schools Minor 4 League and the Northside Schools League during the year. They got to the Semis of the Northside League and were due to have a play-off against Loreto Balbriggan. The winners were due to play Holy Faith mid March.

Junior Team

The Junior A and B teams took part in the Leinster Hockey league along with the Northside league. The A team finished mid table in the Leinster league but were unable to progress to the finals. However the A team got to the finals day of the Northside league and were due to play Sutton Park in the final. The B team also had a mixed bag of results throughout the year but always played with a smile on their face and won their final game of the season against King’s Hospital school.

Santa Sabina Senior 1 XI

The senior 1s showed huge potential this year, which will provide great sporting opportunities in the future. A huge thank you to the work put in by captain Millie Cassidy, Vice-Captain Eve McCormack and the whole squad.

The senior 1A girl's league began with an unfortunate early defeat to Teriesians Senior A, who have now gone on to be one of the top sides in the province topping the table, this defeat gave way for a sense of determination and grit from the squad who battled and won 2 matches against rivals Mt.Temple and Loreto Balbriggan. A second loss of the season to Loreto Dalkey was a hard blow which didn't reflect the performance exhibited. The girls travelled to Dundalk Grammer and played an exceptional game with a resulting draw going against the grain.

The senior 1 XI gave their coach a heart attack on the pitch with an exceptionally dramatic game of end to end hockey-playing, this leading to being up 1-0, 2-0 dropping to 2-1 then 2-2 before going to shuttles. Two players showed serious class during this challenge which was Eve McCormack Vice-Captain/Forward and Sophie Howard goalkeeper. The two girls played a pivotal role, Eve in scoring the winning 1v1 resulting in 6-5 sudden death and Sophie making incredible saves having never in her life experienced them before and only taking up goalie this year.

The girls went on to do the school so proud meeting St Andrews school, one that is well known in the hockey community as being a strong senior side. St Andrews was competing in the premier league whereas Santa Sabina the league just below. The girls were 2 nil up at half time having been on top for the majority, but with a lot of pressure both physically and mentally the girls ended their game and cup adventure with a 3-2 loss.

NSL: The senior 1s participated in the northside league ending in an unfortunate defeat to a previously beaten side Mt.Temple in the semi-finals.

Santa Sabina Senior 2 XI:

Senior 2s competed in the senior 3 division and showed huge potential missing out on a draw against Temple Carrig due to a goal post getting in the way on more than one occasion! The girls lost 4-0 to Loreto Foxrock which they found hard to bounce back from. Due to the nature of numbers available and the competitive environment among other schools, the next two games were cancelled leaving the senior 2s withdrawing from the league, this was not ideal as some of the girls really wanted to continue.

Overall the Hockey this year was top-class and with more numbers and commitment next year is sure to be a good year.

Well done to all our hockey players and their coaches Ms. O’Keeffe, Mr. Sansom, Erika and Carol for their hard work this year.


Santa Sabina has been competing in the annual All Ireland interschools sailing competition since it was first set up in Sutton Dinghy Club in 1975 and since then we have had much success. Most recently, our A team picked up silverware in 2015. We would like to thank the parents involved for helping coordinate the teams and for giving them the opportunity to represent the school each year.


Our U15s team competed in Leinster Schools Squash League and qualified for Provincials due to take place March 27th. They had weekly training after school on a Friday (combination of 5th years, 2nd years and 1st Years) in Sutton LTC (courts booked weekly) with Ms O Keeffe. The senior team was due to compete at the end of the school year with the hope of retaining their All Ireland glory over the past few years.

Additional Sports News

Before-School Fitness Club

This was set up by Ms. O’Keeffe in October for 5th and 6th Year students (approx 14 students).The girls came in every Thursday morning at 7.30am throughout the year. This was an excellent initiative to improve the health and fitness of our students while making use of our top class gym facilities.


Two TY students represented the school at the P.Expo National event in DCU in March.They entered a P.E project on how females are defined in Sport.

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