Sports

Since the establishment of the school at Thornhill. Games such as cricket, football, hockey, lawn tennis were included as recreational activities for the boys.

In the Easter term of 1920, the first ever rugby match was played against another school. The match was against Aravon School, which is situated only several miles away from St. Gerard’s. On this occasion the team wore a kit of green jerseys with light blue collars, white shorts, and green and blue stockings. The school colours are still green and blue

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Photograph courtesy of St. Gerard’s School

The sport of hockey developed at St. Gerard’s throughout the 1930s and it became the game in which the school won the most honors. In 1934 the school entered the Leinster Cup for the first time and in 1936 the Junior team won the Leinster schools Hockey Cup.

The girls also made notable impact on the sporting fields of St. Gerard’s. In 1984, the Junior girls won the AIJS hockey League. Presently, sports are compulsory at St. Gerard’s School. Hockey and rugby are the primary sport,  with teams playing in various provincial leagues and cups.

 

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Elena Tice, St. Gerard’s Class of 2016. Photograph: Irish Hockey Official Website

The sports of show-jumping, soccer and athletics are also enthusiastically undertaken by many of the students.

More recently the school has been represented by student athletes at provincial and national level by  Elena Tice (Irish Hockey & Irish Cricket), Jack Conan (Leinster & Irish Rugby).

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Jack Conan, Class of 2011. Photograph: http://www.irishrugby.ie

In terms of the Leinster Senior Cup; the girls claimed Hockey Senior Cup victory in 2015 and were finalists in 2016. These achievements demonstrate the conviction, determination and resilience of the students and staff of what was once a single-sex school. The historic win was described by Senior Cup Vice Captain as ‘one of the finest displays of camaraderie and sportsmanship’ and the evidence of such is memorialized on the walls of St. Gerard’s School.

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Member of SCT Hockey team 2015, Photograph used with permission of student

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SCT Leinster Hockey Champions 2015, Photograph used by kind permission of St. Gerard’s School

The walls of St.Gerard’s are covered in various boards which detail the achievements of its students. The acknowledgements include, school captains, university scholarships and the spirit of the school award. Pictured below are two boards which represent the students who were commended for their contribution to sport in the school.

 

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