Wednesday, April 6th was a great day for Knockanean! Realtóg was held out in the shed. By holding it outdoors it meant the whole school could be together to watch it. A lot of people participated and had a great time. Every class performed and all had great acts. There were a lot of different acts such as music, arts, singing and drama. After every act different teachers commented on the act and praised each act for their efforts. Everybody had a really good day
On the 5th of April, we went to Gurteen to play in the 1st round of the Marion Keane basketball tournament. The teams there that day were Crusheen, Gaelscoil Mhichil Ciosog and Barefield. In the first game, we played GMC and we lost narrowly on a score of 7-6. In the 2nd game, Barefield defeated Crusheen. In the 3rd game, Barefield did us a favour and defeated GMC. That gave us a chance if we won our last two matches which we did defeat Crusheen and then Barefield. That meant we and GMC were in a playoff to see who would advance from the group. The playoff was 5 min long and with time up we got a basket that we thought had won it for us but the referee disallowed the score because he said it had gone over time. We then had to go to Golden Basket and unfortunately, they got a free throw which they scored. We were devastated and disappointed. Thanks to Joe & Anne for the time they put into coaching us and to Paul Kennedy of PK Masonry for sponsoring our new basketball gear
By Shay Stubbs and Harry Leahy
At 9:15, on the 7th of April we left for Gurteen to play Gaelscoil Mhichil Ciosog , Barefield and Crusheen in the Marion Keane basketball tournament. We were playing in the first match against GMC and we won 7-4. In the 2nd match, we played Crusheen, which we won 16- 0. The final match of the day was between ourselves and Barefield. We knew if we won this match we’d advance from the group. At halftime they were 2-0 up. At the start of the 2nd half they scored a 2nd basket to go 4 up. We then scored three baskets in a row and a free shot to win by 3 points. We now go on to the 2nd round after Easter.
On Mon April 4th classes from 3rd to 6th went to Gurteen for a blitz. Colm made up teams of 5 or 6 mixed between all the classes from 3rd to 6th. There were girl’s teams and boy’s teams. The teams were divided into groups and each team played the other once in the group stages. The four teams that had the most points got through to the semi-final and then the winners played the final. Denis Hynes from the FAI was there for the full day. O’ Keeffes kindly sponsored refreshments such as water, crisps, bananas and biscuits and importantly the teachers got coffee! Overall we had a really great day.