Olympic Handball in St. Peter's
Since the establishment of Olympic Handball boys' and girls' teams in St. Peter's over fifteen years ago, our school has achieved an outstanding level of success. Olympic Handball was first set up in 1999.
In 2003 our senior boys' team tasted success (under the watchful eye of former teacher,Mr. Daly) by winning the senior Divison 2 Dublin finals at the very first attempt . This was an incredible achievement considering that the boys had never played the game before. Down through the years, both our boys' and girls' teams have reached Dublin finals with our senior girls' team winning an Olympic Handball festival in Gormanstown, Co Meath in 2011.
Our most memorable success to date was when our boys' junior (U-11) team won the Dublin finals in 2006 beating a marvellous St. Pius X, Terenure boys' team. After a very tough first half, St. Peter's were trailing 5-0. The half-time team talk was crucial with coach, Mr. Ryan telling the boys to "go out there and play like you have got nothing to lose". The boys really turned things around in the second half (thanks in part to an excellent display in goals by Michael Scully and an overall outstanding team performance) and actually managed to keep St. Pius X scoreless while scoring 5 goals themselves-the scoreboard read 5-5 as the full-time whistle approached. Extra-time beckoned. Extra-time was full of tense and nervy moments but our boys managed to score the decisive goal to put us 6-5 in front. We all let out a collective sigh of relief as the referee blew the whistle to signal the end of a thrilling game. St. Peter's were victorious and the boys couldn't contain their delight. It was a truly unforgettable experience for those who had the pleasure of witnessing it that day.
Olympic Handball 2013-2014
On Thursday, 27th of March 2014 St. Peter's held the Inter-schools U-13 Handball blitz (Dublin North group matches). There were three schools involved; St. Peter's boys' and girls' U-13 teams, Corduff (Lusk) boys' and girls' U-13 teams and St. Colmcille's (Swords) girls' U-13 team. Our girls' team were first to play against Corduff. After a fairly close opening few minutes, the girls started to pull away and finished up very strongly in the end to record an important win. It was now the boys turn to play against Corduff's U-13. The pressure was on our boys as they knew that a win would see them through to the Dublin finals. They really stepped up to the mark and performed out of their skins to achieve the victory that was required. The girls now knew that a positive result in their second game (against St. Colmcille's) would also boost their chances of a place in the finals. The girls did the school proud and in the end they also gained a place in the finals with a superb win.
Congratulations to the boys' and girls' teams and their coaches on reaching the Dublin Finals for the second year running. The Dublin Finals will take place after the Easter holidays and we all know they will tough. The two teams will have an extra training session in the Aughrim Street Sports' Centre on Friday, 4th of April from 3-4p.m. in preparation for the Dublin Finals. We wish them the best of luck in the finals.
The Dublin U-13 Olympic Handball finals took place on Thursday, 1st of May in Blanchardstown I.T. Both boys’ and girls’ teams represented the school. The finals were organised into a league format with both boys and girls playing a total of four games. The boys were in competition with St. Olaf’s N.S. Dundrum, Harold N.S., St. Mary’s, Blessington and Rush N.S. The girls had to play games against St. Olaf’s, St Mary’s, Corduff N.S. and Rush N.S.
The boys’ first game against St. Olaf’s was a very close-run affair. The boys were very competitive and in the end narrowly lost. They went from strength to strength after their first match and could have salvaged a draw against the All-Ireland champions, Harold but lost by a single goal. They played very well and won their next match against St. Mary’s, Blessington. Their final match was against Rush N.S. (the eventual Dublin champions). It was a very close match with Rush leading 1-0 at half time. The boys rallied in the second half and were 2-1 down with two minutes to play. Our goalkeeper miraculously saved two penalties to keep us in the match. On the stroke of full time our centre scored the decisive equaliser to earn a 2-2 draw!!!
The girls’ team also played four matches narrowly losing three and winning their last game against St. Mary’s , Blessington. Overall the boys and girls did the school proud and were presented with medals for their wonderful achievements.
Olympic Handball 2014-2015
Senior Olympic Handball trials (4th-6th classes) took place over the course of a few lunchtimes at the end of September. We had over 100 pupils participating in trials. Ms. Carroll and Mr. Ryan are currently carrying out secondary trials with the hope of selecting this years' girls' and boys' senior Olympic Handball teams. Best of luck to all concerned in the year ahead!!
Olympic Handball will start on Thursday, 6th of November for the girls (2:30-3:30p.m.) and on Friday, 7th of November for the boys (2:30-3:30p.m.)
Olympic Handball Dublin Group Stage Tournament
Our Olympic Handball round-robin tournament will take place on Thursday, 26th of February in St. Peter's. We will welcome U-13 boys' and girls' teams from Rush N.S., Corduff N.S. and an U-13 boys' team from St. Lorcan's Palmerstown. Best of luck to the U-13 boys' and girls' teams on Thursday and to their coaches Ms. Carroll and Mr. Ryan.
Pictures from the girls' matches
The boys in action against St. Mary's and Corduff N.S.
Final group matches and Dublin Finals-April 5th 2017
Having finished top of their group after six matches, our boys knew that a win against St. Attracta's in their final game would guarantee them top spot and a place in the semi-finals. The pressure was certainly on our boys as they had played their first match of the season against them and found them to be a very tough opposition. The boys definitely rose to the occasion. The strength of our attack and some solid defending meant that we had a resounding victory in the end-a complete turn-around from their previous match against the same oppostion.
This fantastic win meant that we were set to face St. Olaf's in the semi-final (a team we hadn't beaten in our two previous attempts!) The boys were going to have create history if they were to reach the Dublin final for the second year in a row. The boys started well and kept Olaf's at bay to win out in the end. A repeat of last year's Dublin final (St. Peter's vs. Rush) was on the cards.
In the final, the boys started extremely well racing into a 4-2 lead. However, some clever play from the star player from Rush meant that we were 5-4 behind with only four minutes left on the clock. We managed to tie the match at 5-5 but Rush had the final say scoring the winning goal with a minute to go to win 6-5 (they had gained revenge as we had beaten them 4-3 in the final the previous year!). The boys were disappointed but they still collected their Dublin trophy from last year, their silver medals and have a Leinster final to prepare for in May.
Congratulations to our boys on a great season so far.
Pictures of the day.
Collecting our Dublin winner's trophy from 2016!!
The boys then progressed onto the Leinster finals in Gormanstown where they were narrowly beaten by the Leinster champions. St. Paul's (Meath) 3-2. In the 3rd/4th place play-off they had a chance to replay their Dublin Final against Rush. Our boys certainly had their homework done and sniffed out Rush's strategy for scoring goals. The boys won comfortably in the end and were worthy of their third placing in Leinster.
On Monday, 22nd of January, our boys' and girls' senior Olympic Handball teams travelled to Gormanston to compete in the Dublin qualifiers. The girls had already played three of their competitive games and had three more to play on the day. The boys, however, had eight games to play as they had only participated in friendly games beforehand. The boys had to play St. Mary's (twice), St. Attracta's (twice), Harold 1 (twice) and Harold 3 (twice) to determine their fate. The girls performed very well, drawing their second match and only narrowly losing their other two matches. After their first match against St. Attracta's, the boys really picked up their efforts winning three matches, drawing two and narrowly losing the other two matches. The final results have yet to be decided so the boys are waiting to see if they have qualified or not. Unfortunatley, the girls will have to wait until next year.
The U-13 Olympic Handball finals took place on Monday, 19th of February in the Blanchardstown Indoor Arena. Our boys were pitted against the reigning Dublin champions, Rush (who beat us by a single goal in the final last year) in the semi-finals. Rush got off to a great start and never looked like stopping. Our young squad found it difficult to keep up with their pace and lost out in the end. In the 3rd/4th place play-off against Corduff, we made a very strong start to go 1-0 up. Corduff then powered back and took a lead with 5 minutes to go. The score was 2-1. Our boys showed great resilience and team-work when our circle-runner headed towards the opposition defence and scored a fantastic goal to draw us level. the game went to extra-time. Unfortunatley, Corduff scored a penalty to go 3-2 ahead and that's how the scoreline remained.
Our very young squad went above and beyond expectations to reach the Dublin Finals and represented the school very well.
There will be an in-school Olympic Handball tournament at the end of May/early June to round off the school year.
Pictures from the qualifying rounds on January 22nd in Gormanston.