- Published: Thursday, 04 April 2019 11:20
CCS v Crana College
In a changed knockout format, CCS were paired with local rivals, Crana College. The Buncrana team enjoyed home advantage in the first leg, played in perfect golfing conditions at Northwest Golf Club, Buncrana. Jack Duffy secured the individual prize for Crana College with a magnificent 4 under par round. However, great credit must go to the CCS boys who battled away to win the overall team score for the day. Martin O'Connor, Ryan Collins and Cormac Monagle all scoring well on an unfamiliar course.
The return leg was played in very challenging conditions at Ballyliffin Golf Club. The CCS boys certainly made most of home advantage, winning both the individual and team prizes. Martin O'Connor secured the individual honours with a brilliant 32 points in near gale force playing conditions. Ryan Collins won second with a very respectable 29 points. Cormac Monagle ensured a clean sweep for the CCS team when he posted the final score to ensure passage into the next round for CCS.
CCS secured their third title in four years in a well fought out final at Dunfanaghy Golf Club. Played in near perfect golfing conditions, the team, led by stalwarts DJ McGeoghan and Oisin McGonigle, played steady and consistent golf through the final round. Newcomer to the CCS team, Martin O'Connor, put together an impressive round on a course he had never played before. Ryan Collins again showed his class, scoring 35 points and ensuring the title for the CCS team.
CCS Golf Champions 2018; DJ McGeoghan, Oisin McGonigle, Cormac Monagle, Paddy Monagle, Martin O'Connor, Ryan Collins.
On Friday, 11th May, the Áras welcomed the most successful group of athletes ever assembled in CCS for the Annual Sports Awards. With the stage weighed down by silverware, a conveyor belt of teams and individuals took to the stage for certificates, medals and mementos recognising their many and varied achievements. Treasa Doherty - past-pupil, Donegal Football star and Carn woman - was on hand to do the presenting. She outlined the values that are critical to achievement at the top level, highlighting 'dedication' as key to getting the best out of yourself, regardless of silverware. She did lament the lack of Saturday lie-ins. But such sacrifices must be made! Members of the Senior Boys Soccer squad (once again National Champions) and the Mackey Cup winning Gaelic Football squad were each presented with a display photo for the mantlepiece. There were Ulster titles all over the place with First Year soccer and futsal (boys and girls) taking many of the plaudits. Some big futures there. (Remember, DEDICATION!)...The afternoon was rounded off with the ‘Inishowen Tours Outstanding Prospect in Sport Award'. The worthy recipient of that prestigious accolade was Daniel Houghton, now a two-time National senior boys soccer champion and an International goalkeeper. We'll endeavour to publish the full list of titles secured throughout the year, if we can remember them all. Overall, 2017-18 will be remembered as the most successful year to date for sport in CCS.
CCS secured Best Secondary School at the 2016 Donegal Sports Star Awards on Friday, 27th January at Errigal Hotel. The school came out tops in a category including Abbey Voc., Coláiste Cholmcille, Loreto Letterkenny and Scoil Mhuire Buncrana. 2016 certainly was a standout year for CCS. The All-Ireland senior boys soccer title was the highlight of highlights. The new wellbeing centre was furnished with an impressive suite of spin bikes, treadmills and rowing machines. There was silverware in golf, and advances in rugby, Gaelic football, camogie and cross-country running. Mr. John McGuinness accepted the award on behalf of everyone who contributed to and participated in sports in CCS throughout 2016. Also to be honoured on the night were current Third Year pupil Lughán Devenny (Under-15 Sportshall Athletics Team) and past pupil Labhaoise Clarke (Special Recognition - Boxing).
Oisin McGonigle emerged as the overall individual winner, as CCS kicked off their campaign to retain the Donegal Schools' Golf title for the third year in a row. Conditions were perfect as CCS took on St Eunan's, Loreto Milford and Scoil Mhuire at Stranorlar & Ballybofey Golf Club last Thursday. Oisin, recently cut to a 12 handicap, returned a fine score of 38 points (which included 2 blanked holes!!), to secure first place on the day. After Day 1, the CCS team find themselves in 3rd position.