St Joseph’s Secondary School, Rush
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Sport in St. Joseph’s

This school year has seen the welcome return to sporting activities, much to the delight of the students. Many of the teams have already been out playing, and here is an update on their progress so far:

Senior Boys Gaelic Football

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Students from across TY, 5th and 6th year lined out for our Senior Boys team. This year, the competition was a straight knock-out format. Unfortunately, we came up short in a very competitive game against a strong Ardgillian CC side. Well done to all the players involved for their commitment and effort in training. Finally, thanks to Mr Dunne and Mr O’Hara for managing the team.

Junior Boys Gaelic Football

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Our Junior Boys team could not have had a better start to their season. Unbeaten and topping their top – the boys went on to get a comfortable win in their quarter-final clash. The team have really gelled since the start of the year and with the semi-final coming up in March, there are high hopes of maintaining their unbeaten record and progressing onto the final. Huge thanks to Mr. Roche and Mr. Skelly for all their hard work so far this year – hopefully some silverware is coming in the near future!

Second Year Boys Gaelic Football

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A strong group of 1st and 2nd year students represented our school in the “Second Year Boys'' competition. Unfortunately, they were very unlucky to be knocked out in the group stages. The boys lost narrowly to Ardgillian CC after an amazing comeback fell just short. Against Lusk CC, nothing went our way regrettably. The togetherness and great nature of all the players in training and matches cannot be understated – well done to all the players on creating such a positive environment. While this is the end of the road this year for this team, the 1st Year competition will begin for some of these players after the Mid-Term break. Thanks to Mr. Dunne and Mr. O’Hara for their time and effort in managing the team.

Junior Ladies Gaelic Football

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Congratulations to the St Josephs Junior Ladies GAA team and Ms Quinn, Ms Keily. The Girls beat Clonturk in the Quater Final of the League Thursday 3rd Feb 2022. Super performance by all the players

A great mixture of St. Maurs and Round Towers players from across 2nd, 3rd and TY have come together to form our St. Joseph’s Junior team. They have done superbly, winning their group, showing great teamwork and work rate on the pitch. Next up is their semi-final, which will be played in March. Hugh thanks to Ms. Kiely and Ms. Quinn for their help and guidance in managing the team.


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Second Year Boys Basketball

Students from across 1st and 2nd year lined out for our Second year boys basketball team. This year, the competition was run following a league format with progression to quarter finals if you were top of your group. Unfortunately, we came up short in very competitive games against Ardgillan CC and a very strong Portmarnock CC team. Well done to all the players involved for their commitment and their gallant efforts in training. Finally, thanks to Mr Devlin and Ms. Cody for coaching the team and also Mr. Dowling for spearheading basketball in the school.

Senior Boys Soccer

Senior football team played one cup Match against Malahide. A competitive game that went to extra time but not to be St Joseph's day. In the league, they have played 2 games. We came out on top against Balbriggan 4-2 and we were unfortunately beaten by a very good Drogheda team, Ballymakenny. Matches will continue after the school break, with the team growing in confidence with every game.

U15 Boys Soccer

The u15 season has been very stop-start due to the pandemic, however, the momentum from an early win away to Ashbourne was maintained in a recent victory away to Balbriggan CC. St. Joseph's now march on to the quarter-final stage and a game away to Bettystown.

First Year Boys Soccer

1st year Boys had a great start to their league with a great performance and high scoring win against Beaufort, Navan. All involved are looking forward to their next few games after mid-term, especially after such a promising start.

Thank you to Ms. Dempsey, Mr. Dowling, Mr. Murphy, Mr. Devlin and Mr. Delahunty for all their hard work, commitment and effort with all the soccer teams this year.

Finally, a big thank you to St. Maurs GAA and Rush Athletic who have been incredibly generous and supportive in providing their facilities for our teams for both training and matches. The sporting season is far from done in St. Joseph’s - other sports such as athletics, cricket, badminton, camogie and more will hopefully provide more success stories for the students, teachers and school in the coming months. Regardless, it is fantastic to see such an important extra-curricular activity return in a big way to school life – long may it continue.


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Sport in St Joseph's

We are very lucky to see many talented sports players and sporting teachers come through the doors of St Joseph's. Sport is very much a passionate and alive culture in our school with teachers and students dedicating their extra-curricular time to a range of different sporting options.

Oct 28
October Midterm Break
Wishing all exam candidates the very best of luck as the Leaving Certificate and Junior Cycle written exams begin this morning
St. Josephs has donated a total of €31,350 to Aidlink as a result of all of our fundraising efforts earlier this year. Thanks to everyone who helped out and took part in the various fundraising events.
Congratulations to the Senior Boys Cricket Team who have won the Senior Boys Cricket Cup. An historic first for St Josephs. Well done to all.
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