Rebel Óg honours St Colman’s and Loreto Secondary Schools
It was a double for Fermoy as the first two Rebel Óg awards of the year were presented yesterday.
Then first two monthly winners were St Colman’s College and Loreto Secondary School Fermoy.
St Colman’s were honoured as they bridged a 12-year gap to win the O’Callaghan Cup (Cork PPS SAHC final).
A dominant display saw them see off the challenge of Gaelcholáiste Mhuire an Mhainistir Thuaidh by 1-24 to 1-10, with captain Michael O’Driscoll leading by example.
On the day of the final at MTU they had nine different scorers, with the dead-ball striking of Jamie Magner (0-11 overall) also significant.
Loreto showed that the hard work they have been putting in since last August was worth it as they won three Munster titles and one All-Ireland camogie title in January.
They overcame tough opposition in Coláiste an Phiarsaigh, Cork; Scariff from Clare and Laurel Hill, Limerick, before facing Kinsale Community School in the Munster final, with they won by 3-7 to 2-4.
They also added the Muster Sevens Munster title to their trophy cabinet and following on from this to Meath to compete in the All-Ireland series.
They had a good win in the semi-final to secure their place against St Marks of Down in the All-Ireland final. After a close battle they won by three points.
The other title they won was the Cork Colleges Junior title, beating GC Mhuire AG in the final.
Speaking at the event Michael O’Mahony, chairman of Rebel Óg congratulated both schools on their success and said they should use these wins to build on going forward.
He said they were a credit to themselves, their families and their schools and he hoped they would enjoy playing sport for many years to come.
Also echoing these sentiments Mick Evans, chairperson of the judges said that the schools’ structure plays a vital and important part in the development of players for clubs and county sides, and long may that continue.