Santa Sabina Dominican College

Sports Roundup 2018/2019

Sports Roundup 2018/2019
Sports Roundup 2018/2019

Sports Roundup 2018/2019


Santa Sabina is usually very well represented in Athletics with many athletes excelling in the North Leinster, Leinster and even All Ireland competitions. We would like to thank Mr. Delany for setting up the school running club and we wish to encourage all students to get involved when the opportunity arises.


This year Santa Sabina entered 2 badminton teams in the Leinster League, in Junior and Senior competitions. The girls represented the school very well in a series of competitive matches. Many thanks to Mr O’Sullivan for all his work in managing the teams


Basketball, as always is very well represented in Santa Sabina with 8 teams representing the school this year. The girls have trained very hard throughout the year and we would like to thank all the basketball coaches: Ms. O’Doherty, Mr. Hone, Ms. Murphy, Philly and Casey.

Our Senior prem team brought home silverware at the Dominican cup and we would like to invite them up on stage where Siobhan will present them with their medals.

Helena Hughes, Alysia Rafter, Ciara Walsh, Isobel Greene, Amy Moran, Hannah McMahon, Kate Kelly, Mollie Heaney and

Well done to all involved.


Camógie in Santa Sabina was given a massive boost this year when we welcomed Ms. Murphy and Mr. Flynn to the school. Their expertise along with Mr. Grannells meant expectations were high and the team definitely delivered. They trained hard and reached the Leinster final. Here they played Pobailscoil Setanta and winning this match led them to an all Ireland quarter final making it the furthest any Santa Sabina Camógie team has gone in history. They lost out to a very strong Ennis team but the girls did the school very proud. Well done to all the players, Mr. Grannell, Ms. Murphy and Mr. Flynn.

We would like welcome the students to the stage now to get their medals: Clodagh Gibson, Aoife Arnold, Lara Hegarty, Lucy Ryan, Leah Chambers, Ellen Quinn, Eva Gurley, Keeva Keenehan, Lara Crosby, Aoife Harpur, Aisling Quinn, Lauren Hickey, Lucy Latham, Katie Ryder, Kerrie Harpur, Grace Quilligan, Lucy Murphy, Leah Coogan, Tara Murphy, Lauren Hickey, Eva Nolan, Saoirse O’Neill, Hannah Stapleton and Orna Hickey.


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. This year we placed 4th, and the previous year we 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.

Gaelic Football

Santa Sabina has a long history of established sporting. Gaelic Football however only truly began here about six years ago, it has grown from strength to strength over the years and the interest is massive with players coming from Binn Eadair, Naomh Baróg, Scoil Uí Chonaill, Naomh Mearnóg, Raheny, Trinity Gaels and even Ballymun Kickhams. This year, the u14, junior and senior teams put up some massive scores and performances. Unfortunately they did not bring home any silverware in the Leinster competitions , losing out in semi finals in both u 14 and junior divisions. The u14 team recently competed in a blitz in Beann Eadair hosting 15 teams, Santa Sabina came out on top in this occasion and Mr. Grannell and Iníon were exposed to the massive talent among the first and second years. They can only be hopeful looking forward to next year with this group of players coming through.

Santa Sabina now has three strong and talented panels. A great deal of the success over the last few years is due to Mr. Granell and this year with Iníon joining the SS football family, we look forward to much more success in the future.

In other exciting news, Santa Sabina were winners of the Lidl LGFA post primary schools competition which means we look forward to new jerseys, footballs, cones and water bottles in the coming year.


There are 10 hockey teams in the school and about 120 girls playing. Training takes place every evening on the astro turf for different teams. We have many coaches including Ms. Pearson, Ms. Murphy, Ms.Byrne, Ed Hipwelland Carol O Meara. We enter the Leinster league and the Northside league every year and play schools from all over Leinster. This year we were successful in the Northside league with the Senior 1’s winning the Senior Prem and our Minor 1’s losing 1 nil in the final. With many of this talented team now moving on to college, we look forward to players coming through from our younger years. The school is home to so much talent and skill and the potential to do well on the hockey scene is huge. The girls really enjoy playing hockey, it’s gives them the opportunity to train hard while making many new friends.

We would like to welcome the Senior hockey team to collect their Northside league medals: Katherine Bolger, Alanna McGeachin, Meg Cahill, Sarah Whyms, Aoife Markey, Natasha Bryce, Anna Kirk, Arlene Haas, Millie Cassidy, Eve McCormack, Melanie Bryce, Ali Cox, Aoife Horgan, Laura Kellet, Kate Horgan, Izzy Hargrove and Kirsty Quinn.


Santa Sabina has been competing in the annual all-ireland interschools sailing competition since it was first set up in sutton dinghy club 43 years ago since then we have had much success for example our A team coming 2nd in 2015. We compete every year and this year we had three teams competing. We currently have 17 members on the team and next year we hope to compete in more events. We would like to thank the parents involved for helping coordinate the teams and giving them the opportunity to represent the school.


Santa Sabina are represented in various inter school swimming competitions. We would like to thank the coaches and the parents for helping the team achieve success year after year.


The Tennis season was short and action-packed with matches starting before Easter this year, with 6 school teams entering into Leinster Schools league competitions. Our Senior 1 and 2 teams both reached the finals which were played last Monday. Our Senior 1 team had a nerve racking final and beat Muckross to bring this magnificent trophy home, making history. It is a truly wonderful achievement to get Santa Sabina’s name on this cup which dates back to 1927.

Sadly, our Senior 2’s were not so successful in their final!.

A big thanks to Sutton Lawn Tennis Club for facilitating all our home matches where many of the girls play.

Senior Girls, Katherine Bolger, Ali O’Dea, Lara Collier, Anna Mc Greal, Sophie O’Conner, Nicole Haas and Rebecca Nolan

Ultimate Frisbee

Ultimate frisbee is one of the fastest growing sports in Santa Sabina in recent years. As the saying ‘success breeds success’ goes, this year was an exciting year for the sport. Last years All Ireland success lead to an exciting commitment to the sport. Training at 7.30am on Friday mornings did not turn the girls off and they trained consistently from September to as recent as this week. We entered 4 teams into the all Ireland competition and their hard work and dedication paid off with all 4 teams progressing from their groups and reaching the semi finals. An all Santa Sabina affair meant the all Ireland cup was coming home no matter what but the girls played competitively and set a huge standard for other schools going forward. The 6th year team edged out the 5th years in controversial circumstances.

The 5th years were not left empty handed though as 10 of them went on to make the Irish u20s team which will travel to Poland in August. We wish them the very best of luck.

The future for the sport looks bright as this years mixed blitz with St. Fintans has over 50 Santa Sabina students playing frisbee with the hope to make the school team next year.

We would now like to invite the winning All Ireland team to collect their medals now: Ciara Dodd, Sarah Whyms, Sophie Moran, Ella McGinely, Katherine Bolger, Lara Crosby, Lucy Murphy and Rachel Hegarty.


Volleyball has been in Santa Sabina for many years and many girls have enjoyed the various competitions and trainings over the years. There is a senior and junior volleyball team. The teams train twice a week with their coach Tony. Every year, the teams do very well and we wish them continued success in the coming years. We would like to thank Tony for all his hard work.

Wheelchair Basketball

This year in TY we competed in wheelchair basketball along with St Fintans. This is an innovative to help increase students awareness of the work of the Irish Wheelchair association. They get an appreciation for the difficulties experienced by the wheelchair community but also realised the opportunities available to them to live a full exciting life through sport. Our school, along with St. Fintans raised €2000 for the IWA through this programme. This was an amazing experience as we entered the mixed Leinster tournament and won. We then got a second day out for the all Ireland competition. Thanks to the TYs and Iníon for their hard work.


The 4th Years really enjoyed a module of Squash down in the local club - Sutton Squash Club, which will hopefully encourage them to continue to play. We have a number of girls who train and play for Leinster/Ireland… Caitlin McConnon, Kelly Byrne, Ali Carton, Emma Dineen.

Dominican Cup 2019 Dominican College Cabra

This year the Dominican Cup was hosted by Dominican College Cabra.

We continued our great success over the past years and reached finals in all competitions.


The Hockey team were in very good form coming off their excellent victory in the North side league a few weeks previous. They played very well throughout the competition in tough conditions at times. They beat Griffith avenue in a shootout in the semi final and were very unlucky in the final losing out 1-0 to Taylor’s Hill Galway.


The Basketball team mainly made up of 5th years have a very bright future ahead of them. The girls were super competitive throughout the competition and reached the final very comprehensively. In the final,the game was abandoned due to unplayable surface. It was a very exciting finish and the girls won out on a shootout. Captain Helena Hughes received the coveted trophy.


The 6th year team were very confident throughout and made no mistake on getting to the final by not conceding one goal. In the final the girls came up against a very strong Muckross team and lost out 3-1 after an inspiring performance.


We had a number of students who competed in the Athletics Competition.

Aisling Quinn and Millie Cassidy both reached the final of the 100m, finishing 5th & & 7th.

Hannah Stapleton and Murphy ran the 300m and finished 5th & 7th.

Ellen Quinn and Katie Loughney both competed in the super competing 600m race.

The medley relay team was Katie Loughney,Laura Kellett, Sarah Whyms, Aisling Quinn, Millie Cassidy and Eve McCormack.

The team placed 5th out of 9 teams just missing out on the bronze by 3 points.2

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